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Meet John Haas!

John is a sophomore from Louisville, Kentucky. John is new to the College of Arts & Sciences, and is a student office assistant in the Department of Chemistry.

John finds that working in the College of Arts & Sciences has been very useful for a career in accounting or finance. He has already gained some helpful insights regarding his own communications skills and has increased his knowledge and proficiency in using the Microsoft Office Suite of products.

Currently, John and one other student worker in the Chemistry Department are working on a project to help redo the classroom signs around the Chemistry-Physics building. He feels that he is an important part of the process and that their insight on what would be most helpful for the students will be taken into account and potentially implemented.

When he isn’t hard at work in Arts & Sciences, John is an avid sports fan and loves to attend UK football and basketball games. He also enjoys professional sports and follows the Green Bay Packers, Arsenal and Bayern Munich football clubs. John spends his free time either reading or being in nature, and enjoys fishing, canoeing, and exploring.


Welcome to A&S, John.

Meet Hillary McLean


I am from Indianapolis, Indiana. Following in the footsteps of my only sister, I attended North Central High School there. Once senior year came around, I was determined to be independent and deviate from my sister’s path by attending an out-of-state university. As I was researching schools in the surrounding areas, the University of Kentucky really stuck out to me. It was not until I visited campus, however, that I really felt as though I had found my place. Everyone was quite friendly to me, the campus looked great, and I loved Chandler Hospital – it has such a nice atmosphere! I have been here ever since. Upon my acceptance into UK, I declared biology as my major and decided to follow the pre-med track. I have remained on the pre-med track, but chose to switch my major to dietetics during my junior year. I hope to attend medical school after I graduate in 2017. 


Q: How long have you worked in A&S as a student employee?

Savannah Tate -- An Outstanding Senior Student Employee


Earlier this year, A&S announced an award designed to honor 2 outstanding senior student employees each academic year. One of the winners of the 2014-2015 award was Savannah Tate. Savannah maintained a 3.82 cumulative GPA during her time as a student at UK. Before she even graduated, she was able to secure a full-time position working in the UK Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

We asked Savannah to share with us a few tidbits about her time as a student employee in A&S:

Q: How long have you worked in A&S as a student employee? 

A: I’ve worked with A&S as a student employee for three and a half years. 

Q: What has been your most memorable experience as a student employee? 

A: One of my most memorable experiences as a student worker was the realization that I could make a difference in the lives of others even in the few hours I spent at work per week. I realized that a smile, a kind word, and a helpful attitude can go a long way in brightening someone else’s day.

Senior Student Employee -- Chloe Keeling


Chloe Keeling, Senior Student Employee in Physics and Astronomy

Meet our featured senior student employee, Chloe Keeling. Chloe has been working in A&S for just over 18 months. She has worked that entire time in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, but recently added work with Dr. Rita Basuray to her resume.

When asked about her most memorable experiences while working in Physics and Astronomy, Chloe said that working during the summer was always fun. The Physics and Astronomy teams have weekly themes and one day a week they would all dress up in themed clothing to take pictures. 

One of the tasks that Chloe was asked to take on was the updating of the Physics and Astronomy bulletin boards right outside their front office. When Chloe came on board, the bulletin boards were...well..shabby. The paper had turned yellow from age and the photos were not current by any stretch. "Getting everything updated and looking shard was fun and challenging," said Chloe.

Outstanding Student Employees

Each year the University of Kentucky seeks nominations from managers of students across campus to find the most outstanding of our student employees. This year, they received 42 nominations from healthcare, colleges and central services. A&S student employees represented 13 of those 42 nominees. Below are all of our fabulous student employees that were nominated by their managers for consideration as the UK Student Employee of the Year:

Building a Successful Student Employee Community

Finding talent, hiring talent and building a community of talent is something A&S prides itself on. We are the best place to work, and we have the best student employees! 

Our goal is simple; create an environment where students achieve professional experiences and involvement in strategic activities.

We want our students to not only gain a degree, but advance with marketable years of experience and knowledge in the increasingly competitive job market. We are proactively setting the foundation of student professionalism by partnering with UK HR Training and hosting professional development opportunities such as Business Etiquette 101.

United Way Mid-Campaign Update October 15, 2014

The A&S United Way campaign GOAL for 2014 is $30,000. We started the campaign with the $115 donation from the Chili Cook-Off. As on Monday, October 10, A&S Faculty and Staff have donated $2,674.96, which is just 8.9% of our goal.

Payroll deduction is the preferred method of giving. A tutorial on how to accomplish this in MyUK can be found here. Please note that in order for you to continue an existing Payroll deduction contribution, YOU MUST go into MyUK and authorize the donation for the 2015 calendar year. Existing contributions do not roll over from one year to the next.

2014 United Way Campaign Update October 1, 2014

The preferred method of donating during the UK United Way of the Bluegrass Campaign for 2014 is payroll deduction. It is so simple and allows you to designate your funds to a specific agency. All donations that do not have a designation request will go into the general funds category and will be used for the most pressing needs in our community. 

If you need a tutorial on how to complete the payroll deduction, please visit the link here


As the official start of the UK United Way Campaign is set to begin on October 1 and run through October 31, I wanted to share with you a brief update on how we are doing so far.

Since the beginning of September, several areas are collecting "Change for Change." I am purposely not counting these funds until the campaign ends with hopes that more contributions will come in via this method of giving to the United Way.

In addition to the "Change for Change" program, we also held our first-ever Chili/Soup Cookoff as a kickoff to our United Way campaign.

Thank you to the following people for their contribution to the Cookoff:

Meaty Chili with Spaghetti -- George White

Bean Soup -- Beverly Clayborne

Vegeterian Chili -- Stephanie Morris

2014 United Way Campaign Update

As we get ready to kick off the 2014 United Way campaign at UK, I would like to share with you information about upcoming opportunities to participate either by monetary or community service gifts.

First of all, on Tuesday, September 23, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., in Conference Room 318 in POT, we will kick off our Brown Bag sessions for the Fall. The first topic will be United Way and we are raising awareness and funds by hosting a Chili/Soup Cook Off. To participate, please plan to donate $2 to get samplings of soups, chili and deserts prepared by your co-workers. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP here and let us know if you will be bringing your special recipes for chili, soup or a desert. It should be a fun and informative session.

Five Things You Didn't Know About Stephanie Morris

I was born and raised in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. When I graduated from high school, I came to Lexington to attend UK and I have made it my home. 
1. What do you do in your spare time?  Spare time? What's that? When I leave work, my job of Mom to 4 just begins. I have a 20 year-old, Junior at UK; a 19 year-old Sophomore at EKU; a 16 year-old high school Junior at Henry Clay High School; and last, but certainly not least, an 8 year-old 4th grader at Dixie Elementary. My daughter is into drama and attends a program at UK called ACE (Academy for Creative Excellence). My 16 year-old plays baseball and we have followed him all over the state and region watching him play ball. My husband and I also love to travel with our children and his parents. We have been all over the world together. We've made some amazing memories from the jungles of Belize to the mountains of Hawaii and have traveled the waters all over the Caribbean.


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