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Big Blue Family VIDEO: Western Kentucky Natives Relish Working Together at UK

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 24, 2014) — Even though they grew up around 250 miles west of Lexington, Jill Holloway Smith and her younger sister Jamie Holloway Risen always loved and supported the University of Kentucky. 

When their cousin, Susan Lax, made the move across the state for a position in UK Athletics’ Media Relations department, the sisters began to picture themselves on campus, too.

The rest, as they say, is history, since all three now work in various roles within the university. 

Watch the “Big Blue Family” video above to discover what it’s like for these family members to work on the same campus and why their devotion to UK is so strong. 

This video feature is part of a special new series produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community. There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields. The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and everyday. 


Since the "Big Blue Family" series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!  Click on the video box below to watch the other videos in this series. 

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,