LEXINGTON, Ky. (April, 15, 2021) — University of Kentucky Appreciation Day (UKAD) is back and better than ever! Appreciation Day 2021, planned for later this year, will look a little different from the past, but still holding on to some of the same traditions and activities UK employees enjoy.
UKAD T-shirt design voting is back!
UK employees can vote now through April 30 for their favorite T-shirt design. All graphics were designed by fellow UK employees. The design with the most votes will be printed on this year’s T-shirt to be given away at a designated time and location later in August. To vote, click here.
Department T-shirt orders
Department orders for Appreciation Day T-shirts must be completed through the Staff Senate online order form no later than May 31, 2021. Every department that completes the form will receive an immediate follow-up message signaling confirmation of the order. Our committee advises you to check your quantities/sizes ordered and save this message for the future.
A confirmation number will be sent by Aug. 2 to the main contact who placed the department order. Shirts will be distributed Wednesday, Aug. 4, at multiple locations: Kroger Field President’s Pavilion and in UK HealthCare Chandler Hospital. The Staff Senate Special Events committee is currently working on a third location for UK HealthCare Good Samaritan employees who are unable to travel due to patient care responsibilities. There will be designated parking the day of pick-up, with no permit required to enter. Orders that are not claimed the day of the distribution, will be distributed back to the Staff Senate Special Events committee.
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.