Here at the University of Kentucky, I am sad to report, geoscience, any other kind of science (and the arts and humanities) all take a back seat to basketball. Lest any of us forget who or what is most powerful and popular around here, every autumn around this time a big chunk of campus is given over to people, who, apparently lacking jobs or interesting lives, camp out in an attempt to get free tickets to a PR event. The event, called “Big Blue Madness,” is the first open basketball practice for a given season. I’ve never been or watched (yes, believe it or not, it’s televised), but apparently it is a dog-and-pony show.

Suggestion for the occupants of these tents: Get a Life!


Brad's Blurb

Dear Staff,

The College welcomes Brook Kuerzi to the College of A&S staff.  Brook started on June 13 as an Instructional Laboratory Coordinator in Biology. 

At the UK Staff Senate meeting held in May, President Capilouto presented information on the current budget situation.  Student success is the number one priority of the UK Strategic plan moving forward.  It is also good to see that another top priority is to make sure that UK staff and faculty are paid well in order to keep exceptional talent. 

More in depth information on UK plans for a realignment focused on student success and academic excellence is at:

A blog by the Provost on how UK plans to support student success is at:

A blog by Eric Monday’s that talks about how UK plans on matching money to the student success mission is at:

Brad's Blurb

Construction activities around campus will continue to impact our roadways.  Recent campus road closures to be aware of include Avenue of Champions until July 12th and the new Academic Science Building sidewalk until July 15th

Voting is now open to select 2016-2018 UK Women’s Forum Board members.  To cast your vote, go to the following link.  The voting window is open through May 27th at 6pm. 


The lack of a student center has put a cramp in many aspects of our day to day business.  However, there is an end in sight, even if it WAY off in the distance.  The renovation complete countdown clock as of May 20, 2016 sits at 590 days and counting.  The following video fly-through is a really good overview of what it is going to look like when finished.


Brad's Blurb

Dear A&S Staff,

It is that time of year to think about nominating a colleague for the annual A&S Outstanding Staff Award.  Two staff members will be recognized for their excellence at the A&S staff retreat on August 4th and 5th.  Each awardee will also receive a $1,000 award.   Nominations will be accepted through April 29.  To submit a nomination go to Outstanding Staff Award Nomination Form.  

Go ahead and mark your calendars for the A&S Staff Retreat scheduled on August 4th and 5th.  The A&S Staff Council is planning a rewarding couple of days that you won’t want to miss.  This year’s plans are to combine several events during the retreat to include:  unconscious bias training, outstanding staff awards, staff service awards, Dean’s College update, and the ever competitive “field day”.  Expect more specific information on the schedule of activities to come out in future newsletters and all staff emails. 

Project Management Office

We have the privilege to work with many areas within A&S on a regular basis. Whether it’s helping a student change his/her major or helping a faculty member launch an event, we are here to help those in our college by embedding process to effective and efficient results. 

Often times we are the front lines and the first contact our students seek when they have questions. Our front office fields and handles a vast array of questions and request on a daily basis. It is also where students come to sign in to speak with advisor, change his/her major, and request changes to their records. As you can imagine, there is never a dull moment, and always a smorgasbord of questions and request.  

  • Over 7,000 student advising appointments a year
  • Over 1,500 change major/minor request a year
  • Thousands of other request that are processed and managed within our over 5,700 student digital folders.  

Check out this article about our front office, advising and student support team!

Teresa Lazzari

My name is Teresa Lazzari and I am currently in my junior year as a mathematical economics major here at the University of Kentucky, where I will graduate in May of 2017 and pursue a career as an actuary.  I was born and raised in Florence, KY where I graduated from Boone County High School class of 2013. My parents, Jim and Mary Lazzari have four children, I being the youngest.  My oldest brother, Blake is currently married to his high school sweetheart, Becky and are living in Dubai for a couple of years due to work.  My other brother, Nick is currently in Indiana working on his PGA certification at a golf course.  My sister, Gina is graduating this May from nursing school here at UK, where she will be working post-graduation. My sister and I live together down here in Lexington. I am an active member of Kappa Delta Sorority on campus, where I spend most of my time. Being in a sorority takes up a lot of my time outside of class, but I still manage to keep up personal hobbies such as running, drawing and playing with dogs.

Tech Tips From the Hive

We continue to move forward on our transition to the Office 365 mail system.  Overall, the UK migration is 11% completed, while the college is still just starting out at 3%.  All of the Hive mailboxes were migrated a few weeks ago with only minor disruptions on the morning when the transition was finalized.  We will move on to the rest of A&S soon, migrating only a few departments at a time so that we have time to help address any problems that crop up with access on mobile devices or through Outlook. 



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