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'UK at the Half': Celebrating the 2020 Hall of Distinguished Alumni Inductees

Watch why the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni is so important to our university.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2021) — For this "UK at the Half," Tauyna Phillips, last year's University of Kentucky Alumni Association national president, and former UK President Charles Wethington, explain the importance of celebrating our alumni.

Last Friday, UK inducted 27 new members into its Hall of Distinguished Alumni. The inductees were also recognized during Saturday's UK Football game for their contribution to the welfare of the Commonwealth and nation in arts, sciences, business, industry, engineering, journalism, politics, military science, religion, agriculture, labor or other fields of endeavor.

"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button above. 

Left to right: Taunya Phillips, Davis Marksbury, Terry Woodward, Jim Duff and Paula Pope.
The 2020 inductees were welcomed back to campus on Friday for an induction ceremony, and some attended Saturday's UK football game. (Left to right:) Taunya Phillips, Davis Marksbury, Terry Woodward, Jim Duff and Paula Pope. Photo by Michael Huang.

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.