Brad's Blurb

Dear A&S Staff,  Hello and thanks for checking out this installment of my blurb.  Every time I write something for the staff newsletter, I try to provide timely information that you will find useful and interesting.  This month however, in the spirit of full disclosure, my purpose is only to touch on the interesting and you can be the judge if it is useful or not.  I am going to stay away from the newsy topics of the day such as discussing the approaching annual staff evaluations deadline.  This installment is hopefully a little more lighthearted and contemplates some phrases or words we say or write in our day-to-day communication that we might not know we are saying or writing incorrectly.  Consider the following: 

Wrong:  For all intensive purposes         Right:  For all intents and purposes

Wrong:  Statue of limitations                   Right:  Statute of limitations

Wrong:  I could care less                          Right:  I couldn’t care less

Wrong:  Fall by the waste side                 Right:  Fall by the wayside

Wrong: Circumvent the globe                  Right:  Circumnavigate the globe

Erin Norton Miller's Self-Care Workshop Experience

Are you stressed?  This is a common question in our lives that often doesn’t even require verbalization.  Even when we don’t know someone well, it is generally pretty easy to spot a person who is under stress.  The frazzled look in the eyes, furrowed brow, clinched jaw, flushed skin, the short and shallow breathing, and all the other things that can happen, either separately or in tandem, these are identifiable clues to the outward characteristics of stress.  Not fun…not cool.

Brad's Blurb

Dear Friends, 

This month I thought I would provide you with information from the most recent UK Staff Senate meeting.  The next scheduled Staff Senate meeting is Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 1pm in the W.T. Young Library Auditorium.

• Catie Lasley from HR discussed the new FSLA Law and what it means for our employees.  Even though the decision was temporarily stopped federally, the university decided to move forward with implementation of the law. For more information go to:

• President Capilouto publicly thanked the staff at the University for their hard work in helping to maintain our campus during construction and opening of new buildings.

• The Elections Committee is preparing for Senator elections, which will take place in May.  All information, including nomination forms and information on becoming a senator can be found at:


Axiomatic approaches to science and mathematics depend on an underlying set of statements, principles, or propositions that apply to all situations within the domain of study. The axioms run the gamut from undisputed universal laws to widely or even universally accepted but unproved or unprovable generalizations, to propositional stipulations adopted for analytical convenience or because they raise interesting questions.

Examples abound in mathematics and formal logic, and in science, engineering and technological applications of math and logic. Although it is only occasionally referred to as such, the laws of stratigraphy (details in any geology textbook) form an axiomatic approach to sedimentology, sedimentary geology, and related palaeoenvironmental studies. The laws of original horizontality, lateral continuity, superposition, and cross-cutting relationships are assumed in this approach to apply to all sedimentary deposits, and therefore form an axiomatic system for interpretation.

Brad's Blurb

December is here, which means that the annual performance review period is upon us.  Although we might not necessarily look forward to the whole process, our evaluations do serve an important professional purpose.  This yearly exercise serves to benefit your career when you use it to showcase the hard work you have accomplished as a valued member of the A&S team.  This is the opportunity to remind your supervisor of your roles and responsibilities and the successes you have had the previous year.  Here are a few things to consider during the process as you work to complete your 2016 evaluations by the Friday, March 3, 2017, deadline.  

Before the Review:

  1. Scrutinize your performance.  Are you on track with your goals?  What is working and what needs improvement?  
  2. Put together a list of topics and career goals you would like to discuss at your review, along with answers to potentially tough questions.
  3. Review last year’s performance goals.  How have you measured up on each one?  Write down your most important success stories.  Include important deadlines met and new ideas implemented. 
  4. Ensure that your job duties for each Major Job Responsibility are accurate and up-to-date.

At the Review:

Brad's Blurb

Dear Staff:

If you were not able to attend the UK Leadership Forum, videos are available for most sessions on the UK HR website at:   The list of videos and topics are listed below. 

1. Faculty Panel: Inclusive Leadership in the Hiring Process - Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Diverse Students, Staff and Faculty

2. Building Inclusion into Your Organization

3. Many Colors of the Rainbow: Making Space, Showing Up, Creating Change

4. Inclusion in the Classroom

5. Cultural Intelligence

6. Closing Keynote: Hallmarks of Inclusive Leadership

7. Servant Leadership: Leading with Trust, Respect and Empowerment

Campus performance evaluations for staff will be available December 5, 2016.  Updates to position descriptions should be submitted prior to December 23, 2016.  The deadline for completion of 2016 performance evaluations is March 3, 2017.   

Opinions on General Education

General education is important because it is the basis for specialized knowledge. The problem is that specialized education many times does not rely upon general education. For example, take my major of Political Science. It requires a general education in composition, history, and humanities among other broad study fields, but in order to be knowledgeable in my specialized education, I do not require more quantitative fields. A STEM student may require more technical classes as his or her basis of study, but he or she does not need humanities to excel. Ultimately, this shows the downfall of the UK Core. While Composition might be a good fit for all students, humanities or quantitative reasoning are not. It wastes not only a student's limited time at the institution, but it also wastes the individual's money on superfluous classes which do not help the student. A way to aid this may be to provide a broader definition to what is a quantitative class. Political science majors would benefit from statistics as a Mathematics requirement; whereas, STEM students would benefit if Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics History met the requirements. UK Core may parallel with issues in Common Core or No Child Left Behind due to its cookie cutter image of all students.

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:


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