University of Kentucky

Eli Capilouto


Last semester, the Board of Trustees approved a proposal to move forward with the renovation of University Lofts – the facility that will become the new academic home for classrooms, studios, office and support space for the School of Art and Visual Studies in the College of Fine Arts.

An investment of dollars in new or renovated space is not, of course, the only way we demonstrate our priorities. But it is one way we show what we value as an institution and on behalf of the many communities we serve.

In the case of the University Lofts, the measure reflects an almost doubling of the investment we are making in this facility ― from the $8 million initially planned in 2011 to the $15 million project approved today. In addition, the Board also approved the renovation of the Schmidt Vocal Arts Center, the result of $1.7 million in gifts and the allocation of internal savings. We also will be spending up to $4.5 million, as part of earlier legislative authorization, to upgrade the mechanical systems ― air handling units, temperature controls, exhaust fans and other necessary repairs and work ― in the College of Fine Arts main building.

Collectively, the university will be spending more than $20 million on new facilities as well as critical renovations and repairs to existing space in the College. My thanks to Dean Michael Tick for his diligence and strong advocacy in working to improve the physical space in our College of Fine Arts.

At University Lofts, the increase in project scope reflects additional analysis that determined expansions were necessary for HVAC, communications, plumbing, electrical and other systems along with upgrades and renovations for the space to maximize the experience of our students, faculty and staff. The result, though long overdue, will be state-of-the-art classroom and studio space for faculty and students and more modern office and support rooms for teachers and staff. This new facility, which also further cements our connection with downtown Lexington, will replace the Reynolds Building, a decades-old tobacco warehouse and process facility, first acquired by UK in 1962. The renovation of the new facility will also promote sustainability while preserving the historical integrity of the building.

Our university, in recent years, has become known throughout the state and in remote corners of the world for our excellence in the arts ― from symphonies in China and arias and operas for high school students throughout Kentucky to new dramas that tell the plight of veterans to sculpture and art that touch our souls.

The arts are part of who we are and essential to what we want to be as an institution. The additional investment approved today is but one way ― one very important way ― we reflect those values and aspirations.

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NCAA Basketball Championship Login to comment

Monday, April 07 2014 12:00:00 AM

Colleagues,

What an exciting weekend! Congratulations to our men’s basketball team on another thrilling victory. On Monday night we will be competing at the highest level for our ninth National Championship.

Following the example of excellence our team has displayed, I want to remind you that the University of Kentucky displays excellence both on and off the court. Regardless of the outcome of Monday night’s game, classes at the University of Kentucky will go on as scheduled.

Please be safe and respectful in your celebrations. Watch out for one another. Keep each other safe. Be smart and careful. Have fun.

Enjoy the game on Monday night, #CelebrateLikeAChampion and we’ll see you in class on Tuesday.

Go Cats!

Eli Capilouto
President

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Friday, April 04 2014 12:00:00 AM

Dear Colleagues and Students,

The intensity of our team and dedication of the Big Blue Nation has carried the University of Kentucky to the Final Four once again. For students and fans remaining in Lexington, I want to remind you to cheer loud and be proud, but to #CelebrateLikeAChampion and honor our program's tradition of excellence. Please be respectful and courteous to each other, your neighbors and to our city.

We share a deep pride for the way this team has represented the University. They have gelled as the Commonwealth’s Team and are proudly extending the greatest tradition in the history of college basketball.

Thank you for your cooperation with campus and local officials during the Sweet Sixteen and the Elite Eight. Please continue to keep your celebrations respectful and safe. We want everyone talking about our team and their accomplishments, not about events happening in our streets.

Like I shared last weekend, we know you will gather. We know you will celebrate. But remember you are representing the University of Kentucky and let your actions this weekend be reflective of the pride you have for your team and your university.

Please be safe and respectful in your celebrations. Watch out for one another. Keep each other safe. Be smart and careful. Have fun.

For our fans traveling to Dallas, please remember that our team is tending to business this weekend, the serious business of pursuing another national championship.

We are embarking on another great weekend for Big Blue Nation – let’s enjoy the ride.

Go Cats!

Eli Capilouto
President

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UK Welcomes NCUR 2014 Login to comment

Tuesday, April 01 2014 10:13:07 AM

Colleagues and Students,

This week, the University of Kentucky proudly welcomes more than 4,000 undergraduate students, mentors and administrators to campus and the Lexington community for the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). From Thursday through Saturday (April 3-5), they will engage and explore together with fellow students from UK and across the United States a myriad of new curiosities and ideas.

We are proud to host the world's next generation of innovators and share with them what it means to "discover blue" in Lexington.

A very important component for the success of this conference is the involvement of UK students, who are strongly encouraged to sign up to volunteer and contribute. Students may sign up at uky.volunteermatch.org for various jobs such as directing attendees, working tables, and providing many other logistical duties that are needed for a conference of this size.  

Faculty and/or graduate student moderators are also needed. To sign up, contact claire.renzetti@uky.edu

The UK community is strongly encouraged to take part in this exciting event by attending poster and oral presentations, music performances, plenary speaker events (featuring Dr. T. Pearse Lyons, Kris Kimel, Nikky Finney and Dr. Ernest Bailey), and career and graduate/professional school fairs. 

Research and scholarship – the creation of knowledge – is a fundamental component of a multi-faceted higher education. It is an integral part of the University of Kentucky’s mission as the state’s flagship and land grant research institution, and the driving purpose of NCUR. By engaging in collaborative discovery among the next generation of thinkers, the conference stirs the aspiring pioneers that will address the world's most intractable problems and create a better future for the communities they touch.

For more information, visit http://www.cur.org/ncur_2014/.

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Respect the Rivalry Login to comment

Friday, March 28 2014 12:00:00 AM

Wildcats,

What an incredible time to be at the University of Kentucky! Both our men and women are in the Sweet Sixteen! For our students and fans that will be here in Lexington this weekend rooting on the Cats from the comfort of your home or with a group of friends out on the town, I want to remind you to cheer loud and be proud, but to be respectful and courteous to other fans and to our great city.

As the country’s greatest fans, I know we will represent the history and tradition of Kentucky basketball with the same dignity and pride as our team. We know you will gather. We know you will celebrate. But remember you are representing the University of Kentucky and let your actions this weekend be reflective of the pride you have for your university.

The University of Kentucky versus the University of Louisville is one of the best rivalries in all of college sports, with a long tradition and storied past. I urge you to respect the rivalry and treat fans of both teams with dignity and respect. The foolish actions of a few tarnish the academic and athletic traditions of excellence that define the University of Kentucky.

Please be safe and respectful in your celebrations. Watch out for one another. Keep each other safe. Be smart and careful. Have fun.

We are embarking on a great weekend for Big Blue Nation – let’s enjoy the ride.

"see blue."

Eli Capilouto
President

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