Meet Joe Wiley

Joe Wiley

I am from Lexington, Kentucky and have worked for UK for almost seven years.  I have been married three and a half years and my wife and I welcomed our first child into this world in January.  I am an avid Cincinnati Reds baseball fan and enjoy watching UK football games.

1. What do you do in your spare time? 

In my spare time, I play on an adult baseball team in town.  I enjoy writing, exercising, and spending time with family.  

2. What is your favorite movie or book?

My favorite movie is O'Brother Where Art Thou?  In my opinion, this movie was the most superbly written and acted movie ever devised since the creation of cinema.  Gopher, Everett? 

3. What is the most interesting place you've been?  

The most interesting place I have been has been Chiloteca, Honduras.  I went with a team in college that worked with small business owners who had micro loans.  We advised them on business practices.  It was a humbling experience because of the extreme poverty and scorching heat.  

The Art of Stress Management

Hello everyone.

In this blog, "The Art of stress management", I will share with you a few simple techniques that you can incorporate in your daily life to handle stress more efficiently. The techniques that I am going to talk about are the ones that I have researched and incorporated in my daily life and have experienced the benefits of using them.

By the way, what is stress?

I think that the stress starts out with a concern about something, soon it becomes worry which consumes our mind and develops into stress. I categorize stress as level 1 when it is just a concern, level 2 when it becomes worry and level 3 when it develops into “stress”. So the best time to catch "stress" is when it is at the level 1 category.

What happens when people get stressed? They feel that they are losing the control, they are getting off the track. So basically we want to get back on track and be in control. We want to take charge of our thoughts, our emotions, our schedule and our ability to handle the problems.

In this blog, I will outline

  • Some common sources of stress
  • How not to handle the stress, and
  • How to best handle the stress

Now let’s see what the most common stress causing elements are.

Meet Heather Pigram!

Heather PigramI was born in Louisville second oldest of four.  During high school I thought music was going to be my life until college.  I attended UofL but soon transferred to UK where I found what I enjoyed.  I received a Bachelor’s Degree of Hospitality and Management Tourism.  Working as a front desk for Holiday Inn Express in Nicholasville wasn’t my ideal job.  Friends encouraged me to apply at UK.  A week later I got a phone call asking me to come in the next day to start work.  I began working with the A&S IBU for Chemistry, Physics, and Anthropology through STEPS. I worked for about two months as a STEPS employee before I became a permanent full-time employee in January.

1. What do you do in your spare time? 

During my spare time I enjoy reading ScFi, mystery, and adventure, shopping, watching NFL, going out with friends and playing my clarinet.

2. What is your favorite movie or book?

Meet Kara Covert!

Kara and her son, Evan


Kara Covert is the Assistant Dean for Advancement for A&S.  Before arriving at UK in October, she worked as the Associate VP for Advancement at Transylvania University.  Prior to that, Kara served Eastern Kentucky University as Associate VP for Development, and Washington University in St. Louis working in both Alumni Relations and Development.  Kara’s undergraduate degree is from Transylvania and she holds a Masters degree from Vanderbilt University.  Despite growing up in Louisville, Kara credits her late grandmother for instilling a love of blue early in life.  Kara lives in Lexington with her husband Michael, who is the Associate Dean of Students at Transy, and their nine-year-old son, Evan.



1. What do you do in your spare time? 

Focus on the 20% that matters most!

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” -William James.

How many different ways, formats, styles, and schemas have you devised as the secret to your time management? Whether you draw up to-do list, set schedules or fill your desk with post-its, chances are you work to discover how to get ahead and make the most of the time you have.

Turns out there is a mathematical law called the Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule), which says that for many phenomena, 80% of the consequences stem from 20% of the causes. In most cases, we obtain 80% of our results from 20% of our actual effort. Think about it, isn’t this true?

My Wired Community: Casey Williams

Becoming part of the A&S Wired LLP is to this day one of the best choices I have ever made. This is not because I was given a fancy new iPad, and a guaranteed spot in a suite style dorm, but because I met some of the most amazing people, and felt like I was actually known in the huge sea of students at UK. Being part of Wired gave me the opportunity to become part of an actual small community that throughout my freshman year became more of a family. It never failed that someone else from Wired was in one of my classes, and I always saw someone to say greet when walking around campus. I met some of my best friends through wired, that I otherwise may never have known (despite the fact that we had gone to rivalry high schools and lived twenty minutes apart out entire lives). These are friendships that I will have forever regardless of where we may go in our futures. When looking ahead, I see these friends at my wedding, sharing family vacations, and reliving our best days as Wildcats at college reunions.  Any incoming freshman that is traveling far from home, feeling clueless about the college life, or just interested in meeting new people they have something in common with should consider joining Wired.

My Wired Community: Nathan Hunter

If you clicked on the link to this article, there is a very good chance that you have already at least heard of A&S Wired. There is also a good chance you know that A&S Wired is one of several organizations that the University of Kentucky refers to as “living-learning communities.” At this point, you may think to yourself, “This all sounds good, but what exactly is the point of A&S Wired?” I wondered this very same thing during the college selection process while I was looking at UK and first heard of A&S Wired. After being a part of the program for nearly two years now, I have realized that A&S Wired can be described in detail by looking at the three words that make up its title – “living”, “learning”, and “community.”

My Wired Community: Andrea Richard

How A&S Wired will change your academic career

By: Andrea Richard

It’s your freshman year at UK.

You may be thousands of miles away from home, a few hours away, or live right down the block. Your entire high school may ‘bleed blue,’ or, you may be one of two. You’ll encounter several new faces throughout your first few weeks, yet will remember only a few. A&S Wired unites first-year students of similar majors, with similar interests, all with the common goal of achieving academic success.

The people you live with are students you’ll sit next to in your biology classes, math classes and English classes too. You study together, brainstorm with each other, and learn from one another as well. Wired is the support system each freshman wishes to have when stepping foot on the college campus.        

My Wired Community: Icyana Abner

Post by: Icyana Abner

As time nears for you all to make huge decisions that will affect your future to come, one thing most people forget about is community. When most people think of a community, they think of where students will be living. But what people do not realize is that it means so much more than that. Any freshman can just live in a residences hall, but to actually be a part of a Living Learning Program is a big deal. Not only do you get to meet your fellow neighbors, but you build a bond that is stronger than the normal residence halls. This is because the students learn and grow in common classes that teach a variety of skills. Skills that will help them in the future like team building, public speaking, and thinking outside the box. Students are normally asked to work in groups for long periods of time, and this helps to build relationships that are long-lasting and can last outside of their first year. Also, most of the Wired classes help students become familiar to Lexington due to minor projects that relate to the University and how we fit in Lexington. 


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