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UK Alumni Association Launching 'From the Blue' Podcast

LEXINGTON Ky. (April 20, 2021)  Do you want to hear interesting stories about University of Kentucky alumni and the paths their lives took after college? Do you want to hear some interesting behind-the-scenes stories you may not have heard before?

The UK Alumni Association has launched a podcast, "From the Blue," which features UK alumni interviewing their fellow UK alumni. Listeners will hear conversations between UK graduates who have journeyed through many walks of life after leaving campus. Guests will tell nostalgic stories about UK but with new and surprising perspectives.

“Our mission at the UK Alumni Association is to keep our alumni connected to UK and each other,” said UK Alumni Association Executive Director Jill Smith. “We are excited to meet alumni where they are and foster meaningful connections through this digital platform. We hope our alumni will learn something new, profound, entertaining or perhaps surprising from fellow alumni or an old friend on the 'From the Blue' podcast.”

The first episode features former UK basketball player and philanthropist Jamal Mashburn in conversation with George Wright, UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni inductee and interim vice president for institutional diversity at UK.

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The UK Alumni Association is committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association, visit or call 800-269-2586.

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