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? 

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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)?

Technology -- Blessing or Curse?

How many of us live by our smart phones? Who of us would not know where to be every hour of the day without our electronic reminders and alarms? I know I rely on my iPhone for more than just making phone calls and texting my teenagers to make sure plans made in the morning are still relevant in the afternoon. If I am unfamiliar with how to get somewhere, my map app gives me turn by turn directions so that I don’t waste precious time. All of the information available, day or night, comes with a potential cost that far exceeds monthly data plan rates.

Today, expectations for many are that we are accessible 24/7. Because we have our work email synced to our smart devices, we can literally start “working” as soon as we awake each morning and can answer our last email right before going to bed at night. Many of us find it hard to fall asleep thinking about the last email we received and the impact it will have on the day ahead. The result can be as severe as insomnia or such light sleep that the body doesn’t properly recharge. Over time, the problems can intensify.

Can you complete the limerick?

Can you complete the limerick? 

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

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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?


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