UK Happenings

Alumni Weekend Brings New, Old Traditions to Campus

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2012) — Alumni and friends of the University of Kentucky are encouraged to return to campus for Alumni Weekend, April 19-22. This fun-filled weekend, sponsored by the UK Alumni Association, is packed with events that will entertain and educate those who participate.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the Wildcat Alumni Plaza and sculpture unveiling at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, off Avenue of Champions, directly across from Memorial Coliseum.  Attendees will witness the beginning of a new tradition on campus as the 7-foot-tall, 9-foot-wide bronze wildcat sculpture is officially dedicated.

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Other highlights of the weekend include:

Thursday, April 19
Pure Blue Networking
7–9 p.m., Barrel House Distillery
Immerse yourself in the historic, downtown Lexington warehouse district, for an exclusive opportunity to see UK alumni-owned Barrel House Distilling Company. Hear from the owners as they share the challenges and rewards of starting a small business in today’s economy. Enjoy Barrel House Distilling Company wares and hors d’oeuvres as you mix and mingle with fellow UK alumni at this private event for friends and fans of UK.

Friday, April 20
UK Baseball Tailgate
5:30–7 p.m., Field between Ingles Hall and Parking Structure No. 7
Join fellow alumni and friends at this casual, action-packed tailgate with food, fun and fabulous prizes. At game time, take a short walk to Cliff Hagan Stadium to cheer on the UK Baseball team as they take on the LSU Tigers. Cost includes the tailgate, as well as admission to the game.

UK Block Party
6–10 p.m., South Limestone between Avenue of Champions and Maxwell Street
Gather on South Limestone for a block party with alumni, students and friends. There will be live music, inflatables, and food is available for purchase on site.

Saturday, April 21
Back to Class
10–11 a.m., W. T. Young Library Auditorium (intersection of University Drive and Hilltop Avenue)
Go back to class, reminisce of your days as a UK student or learn something new about the advertising world from UK marketing Professor Scott Kelley. In his lecture, "The Role of Sports Marketing in Reaching Today's Consumer," Professor Kelley, Gatton College of Business and Economics, discusses sports marketing and its impact on the marketing practices of business organizations and sports organizations.

11 a.m.–noon, W.T. Young Library Auditorium (intersection of University Drive & Hilltop Ave.)
Go back to class, reminisce of your days as a UK student or learn something new about health care law from UK law Professor Nicole Huberfeld. In her lecture, "Health Care Before the Supreme Court: A Vehicle for Change?," Huberfeld discusses the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She will give details about the specific aspects of the law that are being challenged and the potential outcomes of the Supreme Court's upcoming decision.

An Afternoon with the acoUstiKats
2–4 p.m., Helen G. King Alumni House (corner of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue)
Enjoy a dessert reception at the King Alumni House with fellow alumni and friends while enjoying a performance by the acoUstiKats, the all male a cappella ensemble.

Blue/White Game Tailgate
4–6 p.m., Commonwealth Stadium
Join us at Commonwealth Stadium and enjoy free drinks, cotton candy, and popcorn. We will also have music and games for all alumni and families. Then head into Commonwealth Stadium to watch the Blue/White game.