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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.

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.