Brad's Staff Blurb

Dear A&S Staff,

At the last College staff retreat we heard from Cheyenne Hohman on the results of the staff culture survey that many of you completed last fall.  The summary slides are posted on the A&S Culture Committee webpage for your reference at:   It is important as an organization to continue to discuss, evaluate, and seek ways to address and advance those staff culture areas that need improvement.  I would like to give you some feedback on a few of the actions that the College is pursuing toward this regard. 

Brad's Staff Blurb

Dear Friends,

I hope everyone has a good week.  I would like to begin by providing you with a few upcoming calendar events.   All staff are invited and encouraged to attend.

April 8 (Tuesday) - Kelvin O’Dell   (Brown Bag Lunch Series-Conflict Management/POT 945 @ 12:00 noon). 

 April 9 (Wednesday) - The fifth annual “UK Remembers” ceremony to honor students, staff, faculty and alumni who we have lost during the past year will take place from 12:15–12:45 p.m., in the Botanical Garden next to the UK Student Center.  In the event of rain the event will move to Center Theater inside the Student Center.  All UK students, staff and faculty as well as members of the community are welcome to attend.  UK President Eli Capilouto and representatives of the student body, faculty, staff and alumni will speak; Paws and Listen will perform; and the UK Air Force ROTC Color Guard will have a presentation of flags.

April 15 (Tuesday)  – James Thomas (Brown Bag Lunch Series-Higher Education 101/POT 945 @ 12:00 noon).

Staff Picks -- 70's Music

Can you guess who is in the picture and what his/her favorite song is from the 1970s? 

click the picture to listen to his/her favorite song. 


Staff Picks -- 80's Music


Guess who is in the picture and match the photo and song with the appropriate A&S Staff member.

5 Things You Did Not Know About Genecia Norwood

Genecia Norwood is a Student Affairs Support Associate in the College of Arts & Sciences Advising Center.  Genecia has been an employee of the University of Kentucky for 17 years.  Prior to working in the A&S Advising Center, Genecia worked in the Department of Political Science.  Genecia is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and she has earned a BS degree in Family Studies from the University of Kentucky.  Genecia is married to Bishop Jerome Norwood, and they have two sons, four grandsons, and one granddaughter.

1.       What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I like to read, shop, decorate, make flower arrangements, and write letters of encouragement.

2.       What is your favorite movie or book?

            My favorite movie is “The Color Purple” (1985).

3.       What is one ambition or goal you have for next year?

Brad's Staff Blurb

Thanks again to everyone who helped organized the staff retreat.  I appreciate the suggestions many of you provided for making the next retreat even better.  

I would like to take this opportunity to describe my role in greater detail.  As Dean Kornbluh described at the retreat, I am taking on a new set of responsibilities within the College.  One of my new roles is to serve as your Staff Advocate.  Based on your retreat feedback, one of the important things that I need to provide is consistent communication between the Dean and the staff.  This includes consistent updates from the University and College and communicating for the staff to the Dean.  I intend to provide information via the bi-weekly A&S newsletter and the Staff Advocate “badge”, as well as email updates to all staff.       

In this role, I serve as a resource to all staff in identifying and evaluating options for the resolution of workplace issues.  This could include identifying work-life balance in scheduling, identifying needed training, or conflict resolution with a colleague or supervisor.  I hope to provide neutral advocacy to help everyone work towards positive outcomes. 

5 Things You Did Not Know About Travis McKenzie


What do you do in your spare time? 

I really enjoy working with my hands. I like to figure things out and make things better. (well more accurately stated - attempt to make things better). So I find myself working on my truck, building something for the house, or seeing what electical components I could put together to make something new or better. My last recent big project (that was successful) was building our kitchen table.

What is one ambition or goal you have for the next year? 

To get outdoors more and become a better hunter. I am a terrible shot, but really enjoyed these past few years learning the sport and I think wild game is delicious! In the words of Jimmy Buffett I have quite the "carnivorous habit".

 This was my first snow goose! 

Are you a cat person or a dog person (or do you like another species entirely)?

Can you complete the limerick?

Can you complete the limerick? 

Below are news-related limericks with the last word or phrase missing from each. Can you complete the limerick?

We gators catch prey every time, and not just in mud and in slime. Thanks to Darwin's advances, we hide up in branches. We gators have learned how to...


I collect my Koala bear's muck. Now on tests my poor brain won't get stuck. With help from my buddy, I won't have to study. I'll just take his poop for good...

5 Things You Didn't Know about Jessica Pennington

Jessica PenningtonJessica Pennington is the Behavioral Case Specialist for A&S and also works with the residential colleges.  Before starting with A&S in June, she worked as a Research Assistant for the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development.   Jessica’s is a UK grad with both a BA in Psychology and MS in Educational Psychology.  Jessica was born in New Jersey, and grew up half in California and the other half in London, KY. She lives in Lexington with her husband of 2 ½ years, Adam.








1. What do you do in your spare time? 

I am a pretty serious crafter, I crafted my entire wedding everything from my garter to making over 250 paper flowers. I still love wedding crafting, woodworking and making homemade gifts for people is my favorite. Other than that I like to read and spend time with family and friends.

2. Are you a cat person or a dog person (or do you like another species entirely)?


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