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UK Celebrates Appreciation Day With Food and Fun

Mark Cornelison | UK Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2018)  University of Kentucky Appreciation Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Kroger Field. The event is held to express thanks to UK faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication to the university. A schedule of events can be found here.

Everyone from the UK community is welcome. Supervisors are encouraged to adjust schedules accordingly without requiring leave to be utilized. UK HealthCare employees should notify their supervisor in advance if they would like to attend, so schedules can be adjusted accordingly to not impact patient care.

All Appreciation Day activities are free and include:

  • Lunch (hamburgers, veggie burgers, nachos, chips, cookies and drinks)
  • UK Department and Vendor Exhibit Fair
  • Photo booth
  • Clearly You Crystals
  • Virtual Reality
  • Voting booths for the staff representative for the UK Staff Senate, as well as the UK Women’s Forum
  • T-shirt giveaway
    • Department T-shirt pickup time will begin 10 a.m., in the UK and Visiting Team Player Guest Entrance between gates 2 and 3.
      • Group T-shirt Pick-up is reserved only for employees who cannot attend.
    • UK ID Required for Individual T-Shirt Pick-up.

To provide ease of transport to the UK Appreciation Day site, bus service and specifically designated free parking have been secured.

Republic Parking will operate two buses specifically for those attending UK Appreciation Day. The buses will operate from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. One bus will service the southern side of campus and one bus will service the northern portion.

Northern Loop

  • Stop 1: Scovell Hall (Huguelet Drive at S. Limestone)
  • Stop 2: Administration Drive (near Gillis Building)
  • Stop 3: UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital (front entrance driveway)
  • Stop 4: Rose Street at Columbia Avenue
  • Stop 5: Kroger Field, Gate 4 (event location)

Southern Loop

  • Stop 1: Ag North
  • Stop 2: UK Chandler Hospital flagpole
  • Stop 3: Kroger Field, Gate 4 (event location)

UK Appreciation Day attendees may utilize the Blue Route and White Route provided by Lextran, as well as the Orange Route provided by Transportation Services. However, these routes will only provide faster access to the stadium area and will not drop off directly to the event.

Campus buses can be tracked in real time using the TransLoc Rider app on iPhone and Android devices or by visiting their website here, allowing for users to plan for delays caused by traffic, accidents or inclement weather.

Kroger Field parking lots will be available for free Appreciation Day parking and will not be controlled for permits on Thursday, May 24.

The UK Appreciation Day Commission extends a special expression of thanks to the Office of the President, exhibitors and the following University of Kentucky entities whose support makes UK Appreciation Day possible: UK AthleticsOffice of SustainabilityCampus RecreationTransportation ServicesPhysical Plant DivisionPublic Relations and MarketingStudent CenterUK BookstoreUK Dining; and University Sound and Lights.

UK Appreciation Day is sponsored by the Office of the President, coordinated by the UK Staff Senate and brought to faculty and staff by the UK Appreciation Day Commission.

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: #uk4ky #seeblue