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Dear A&S Staff,

Congratulations on the completion of another very successful semester.  I hope that everyone is looking forward to the summer and the opportunity to regroup and reenergize moving forward.     

-Don’t forget to plan ahead for your 4th of July weekend.  With July 4th falling on a Saturday this year, July 3rd (Friday) is the official UK Holiday.

-- Please save the following dates for the July A&S Staff Retreat. Although, the agenda is not yet finalized, we anticipate the event to take the form of a three part mini-conference. 

                Part 1:  July 22, Wednesday morning (1/2 day)

                Part 2:  July 23, Thursday morning (1/2 day)

                Part 3:  July 24, Friday morning (1/2 day), followed by A&S social event in the afternoon

*More specific agenda information will be forthcoming.

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Senior Student Employee -- Chloe Keeling

 

Chloe Keeling, Senior Student Employee in Physics and Astronomy

Meet our featured senior student employee, Chloe Keeling. Chloe has been working in A&S for just over 18 months. She has worked that entire time in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, but recently added work with Dr. Rita Basuray to her resume.

When asked about her most memorable experiences while working in Physics and Astronomy, Chloe said that working during the summer was always fun. The Physics and Astronomy teams have weekly themes and one day a week they would all dress up in themed clothing to take pictures. 

One of the tasks that Chloe was asked to take on was the updating of the Physics and Astronomy bulletin boards right outside their front office. When Chloe came on board, the bulletin boards were...well..shabby. The paper had turned yellow from age and the photos were not current by any stretch. "Getting everything updated and looking shard was fun and challenging," said Chloe.

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Meet Erin Norton Miller

 

Erin Norton Miller at the Baker Museum in Artis—Naples, FL

Hi there; I’m Erin Norton Miller.  I am a native of Lexington, and UK is my alma mater!  I was an English major here and received my BA in May of 2000.  Before working at UK, I had jobs doing everything from retail to working in a warehouse to banking.  I started my career at UK in 2010 in a STEPS position in the College of Pharmacy.  I joined the College of Arts & Sciences in 2011 and began my current position as the Department Manager at the UK Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies in June of 2013.  I really enjoy being a part of this College and getting to work on the Culture Committee.  I love being in a place that values learning and excellence but also encourages getting to know and having fun with colleagues.

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Outstanding Student Employees

Each year the University of Kentucky seeks nominations from managers of students across campus to find the most outstanding of our student employees. This year, they received 42 nominations from healthcare, colleges and central services. A&S student employees represented 13 of those 42 nominees. Below are all of our fabulous student employees that were nominated by their managers for consideration as the UK Student Employee of the Year:

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Brad's Blurb

Dear Staff,

The College has one open job posting on the UK job website for a College Financial Specialist, Level 43.  The deadline to apply is April 26 (Sunday).  Due to the upcoming retirement of Beverly Clayborne in the Department of Political Science there will be a Department Manager job opening up in July.  When that position is getting ready to be posted I will let you know.       

There are a couple of key dates and events to pass on as calendar reminders.  First, UK Staff Appreciation Day is on Thursday, May 21, 11:00 am-2:00 pm at Pieratt Field and the Hilary Boone Tennis Center. There will be free food, live music, t-shirts, exhibits, caricatures and more.  This event is sponsored by the Office of the President and coordinated by the Staff Senate, and brought to you by the Appreciation Day Commission.  Secondly, the A&S Staff Service and Outstanding Staff Awards Ceremony is Tuesday, June 6, 11:00am-1:00 pm.  A full lunch will be provided.  More details on location will be coming soon in future newsletters. 

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Meet Christine Gildersleeve, Department of Chemistry

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Hi y’all! My name is Christine Gildersleeve. It’s almost easier to tell you where I am not from, than where I am from. I was born into a military family which meant that from the get-go I was on the move. Born in Texas but raised predominantly in the Pacific Northwest (or PNW as us Seattleites call it) I have always felt an innate desire to be close to the ocean. As a child I spent many of my vacations in the Southern Outer Banks (SOBX) of North Carolina. My mother is a Carolina girl and my father actually got transferred back to her home town when I was in high school. It was a lot of fun going to the same high school as my mom and having my extended family close-by.

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Brad's Blurb

Dear Staff,

UK Healthcare is also hosting its annual Health Conference for Women on June 1, Saturday, 7-2:15 pm, at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.  The conference is designed to educate women with the most up-to-date health care information in a fun and relaxed setting.  This year’s conference will include 15 presentations on a variety of women’s health topics.  Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of health screenings, including blood pressure and stroke risk assessment, visual acuity, facial skin analysis, and more. The event also includes a continental breakfast, a lunch with entertainment, giveaways and an exhibitor fair featuring a variety of products and services for women from businesses and organizations throughout Central Kentucky.  The cost for this event is $10 and the deadline to register is Friday, May 17.  To learn more and/or register go to:  http://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/community/events/women/.

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Student Employee Spotlight -- Introducing Brooke Kuerzi

Hello out there, humans! My name is Brooke Kuerzi and I was born in Louisville, KY and grew up in Rowlett, Texas. I am working on a BS in Biology at UK, and I only have two semesters left (fingers crossed!). I chose UK for a couple very simple reasons; it was close to Louisville and my sister was already here. I began as a political science major, and I was convinced that I was going to become a politician, but I quickly realized that I was bored. Nothing felt challenging enough. Having never been a particularly exceptional science student, I obviously picked biology, and here I am today- stressed, miserable at times, but absolutely confident with my choice, and excited for the future.

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Meet Scott Horn

 

My name is Scott Horn. I was born in Prestonsburg, Kentucky but have lived most of my life here in Lexington. I have one older sister, Ashley, who is married with three children, and they live in Paris (Kentucky). When I was in undergrad I bounced around majors a lot, finishing a B.S. In Math and B.A. In Spanish, but I studied computer science and opera performance as well; only the A&S majors stuck :). A couple years ago I also finished a Masters in Library Science, and before working for UK I had worked ten years for the Lexington Public Library.

Spare Time: I listen to a lot of orchestral music at home, and I’m a bit of a news junkie. I play video games, but don’t own any consoles. Mostly I play adventure or interactive fiction games, my recent favorites being 80 Days, Kentucky Route Zero, and Gemini Rue. I’ve been working on a story for my own interactive adventure game set in the Big Blue Building in 2063, which I’m really excited about.

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Brad's Blurb

Dear Staff,

I am pleased to announce that the Faculty-Staff Relations Committee is scheduled to meet for the first time on March 26.  Staff members include Aaron Vaught, Brian Connors Manke, Christine Gildersleeve, and Kathleen Harman.  Faculty members include Dr. Chana Akins, Dr. Armando Prats, and Dr. Edith Glazer.  The charge of the committee is to help determine and describe current levels of collegiality and respect among the College, identify areas of issues and concern, identify areas of strength with regard to faculty and staff collegiality in the College, and to recommend ways to improve areas or issues of concern and advance a work environment of respect within the College.  Look for updates of the committee actions in the weeks and months ahead. 

The University of Kentucky Retirement Plan Oversight Committee recently proposed changes to the UK Retirement Plan to become effective July 1, 2015. The proposed changes to the UK community include a streamlined core investment structure with lower fees on investments, loan limits aligned with industry standards, and a minor voluntary plan contribution adjustment.

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