LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 8, 2022) — University of Kentucky Appreciation Day (UKAD) is scheduled for May 26, 2022. The event will take place at the Gatton Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weather permitting, all activities will be outside to include seats for dining, with the food being served as take-out in the Grand Ballroom.
Supervisors are encouraged to adjust schedules accordingly without requiring leave to be utilized. UK HealthCare employees should notify their supervisors in advance if they would like to attend, so schedules can be adjusted accordingly to not impact patient care.
Pick Your Favorite T-Shirt Design
Almost 50 people submitted designs for the 2022 Appreciation Day T-shirt design contest. UK employees can vote now through March 15, 2022, for their favorite T-shirt design. The design that receives the most votes will be printed on this year’s T-shirt. To cast your vote, click here.
Department T-shirt orders
We are still accepting department orders for T-shirts. The orders must be completed through the Staff Senate online order form no later than March 25, 2022. Every department that completes the form will receive an immediate follow-up message signaling confirmation of the order. You are advised to check your quantities/sizes ordered for accuracy and save confirmation for proof of order placed — a link will appear at the top of the confirmation page after you submit your order. A confirmation number will be sent by April 8 to the main contact who placed the department order.
Shirts will be distributed prior to Appreciation Day at multiple locations. The person listed on the order as the department contact will receive a confirmation email by April 8 which will have the date and pick-up location. Orders that are not claimed the day of the distribution will be forfeited. There are no individual orders or late orders. You can place your department order here.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.