Five Things About Me

jay youngI was born in Danville, KY and lived there until 2003. I moved to Lexington in 2003 after graduating Centre College where I earned my BS in Biology. I then attended the College of Public Health (’06) here at UK to earn my Master’s of Public Health (MPH).  I began working at UK in 2005 for the College of Pharmacy and last year (2013) started working for the College of Arts & Sciences.  I have been married for almost 9 years to my wife Marianne and we live here in Lexington. We have a son, Thomas, who is 4 years old.  We also have a dog named Sophie, and two cats, Bell and Alley.

Brad's Blurb

Dear Staff,

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending the College of Arts and Sciences Staff Appreciation Day Luncheon on June 4, 2014, at Memorial Hall.  Several of the College’s outstanding staff will receive recognition for achievement and service.  More information on how to RSVP and the specific time of the event is forthcoming in the mid-May A&S newsletter. 

UK Appreciation Day (UKAD) is scheduled for Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the UK Student Center.  UKAD is a time to honor staff and faculty and celebrate community.  Each year there are numerous giveaways and plenty of food so I hope you can make it.  UKAD is sponsored by the Office of the President, coordinated by the Staff Senate, and brought to you by the Appreciation Day Commission.

Five Things About Me

libby weir UK has been a large part of my life, working here since 1978.  I can truly say that it is a great place to work.  I was most excited to join Arts and Sciences in the fall of 2013 and I absolutely love being part of this learning environment. 

1. What do you do in your spare time?
My spare time is mainly spent with my family doing fun things together with my mom, sister and two grandchildren.   On the internet, I like to play words with friends and love pinterest.  I like to shop for antiques or collectibles to decorate my home.


2. What is your favorite movie?
Toss up between Holiday House and Must Love Dogs.

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.

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. 

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