The Study Central, Academic Coaching Find New Home for Fall Semester

The Hilary J. Boone Center.
Hilary J. Boone Center

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 31, 2020) — Fall semester is approaching, and while things are going to look different for everyone, the University of Kentucky's Transformative Learning team is particularly excited about a recent move. The Study Central and Academic Coaching have found a new home in a campus location familiar to many. Beginning Monday, Aug. 24, both services will begin providing in-person operations at the Hilary J. Boone Center.

The Boone Center, located at 500 Rose St. in the heart of campus, is a 19,561-square-foot facility featuring an outdoor courtyard and gated terrace. The venue is just steps away from William T. Young Library, many residence halls and the university’s academic core, making it easy to drop in early and often.

This move comes at a particularly convenient time as the university prepares to resume on-campus classes for the first time since closing in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re excited about having the additional space available at the Boone Center,” says Christie Maier, assistant director of The Study. “This fall it will allow us to physically distance while still providing in-person services that are crucial for student success.”

Until April 2020, the Boone Center was used as a meeting, dining and special event venue and served as one of UK's two university clubs.

The space is currently being converted to accommodate services that previously operated out of the basement of Donovan Hall. These include The Study’s drop-in peer tutoringsupplemental instruction sessions and drop-in academic coaching. Future plans are in the works to expand services and continue to support students’ academic success. 

The Transformative Learning staff is excitedly preparing to welcome students to a more visible and spacious venue, especially at a time when the ability to safely physically distance is critical. 

During the Fall 2020 semester, The Study Central at the Boone Center will open for drop-in tutoring from 2-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, while Academic Coaching will provide drop-in meetings from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Both will continue to offer services virtually as well. The Study will also offer in-person tutoring at its North (Jewell Hall) and South (Woodland Glen 3) locations. For more information, visit  

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