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6/3/2020

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to learning and working environments that are diverse, inclusive, and equitable for students, staff, and faculty.

We stand in solidarity with those working to confront systemic racial injustice in our communities and in the United States. We recognize the disproportionate burden of racism and other forms of violence on many within our A&S community during this time. We affirm our support of faculty, students, staff, and alumni in standing against all forms of racism, discrimination, and bias.

During this time of pandemic and continued racism and violence that especially impact marginalized communities of color, we recognize the disproportionate impact on Black and African-American people. In the context of the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and here in Kentucky, Breonna Taylor and David McAtee, we affirm that

5/27/2020

By Jenny Wells-Hosley

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 27, 2020) — The COVID-19 pandemic has turned life upside down for almost everyone, and University of Kentucky students had to quickly adapt to finish out a semester that was unlike any other in UK history. Maria Sanchez, who graduated from UK this May, was no stranger to these challenges. Sanchez chose to share her personal story of family, hard work and resiliency, and how she plans to use her skills and experiences to create a better tomorrow.

From Mexico to the United States

Sanchez has lived in Chicago for more than half of her life and identifies as a Chicagoan. However, she was originally born in Mexico City and lived in the city’s outskirts as a young child. Her father died when she was just 1 year old, leaving her mother as

5/9/2020

2020 University of Kentucky Environmental and Sustainability Studies Graduation Address
By Shane Tedder

Class of 2020, graduates of the University of Kentucky’s Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, you are our first Coronans, and you stand on the precipice, between this chapter and your next, facing a world forever changed. Your time here, on this campus with these people, has been forge-finished by the hottest flames and the most intense pressure of this turning point in the history of our kind. The heat and intensity will subside, but this will be a collective campfire for the rest of our lives, one that we will gather around to share stories of what was, what became, and, most importantly, the roles we played.

Your graduation today, in the spring of 2020, also coincides with the intersection of the 50th

4/27/2020

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at the University of Kentucky Cordially Invites You to a Celebration of the 2020 ENS Graduating Class

Graduation Ceremony Saturday, May 9th at 10 AM EST

Join Via Zoom

Cap and Gown Encouraged, Friends & Family Welcome!  Speakers include past graduates of the ENS program.

Kindly Reply to bbeymer-farris@uky.edu

Our Spring 2020 Graduates:

Alec Foust
BAs in ENS and English with minors in WRD, Geography, and Creative Writing. I studied in Milan, Italy, during my fourth year of undergrad, where I interned with a small magazine that fact checks companies' claims about their environmental and social impact. I'm interested in environmental and public health and plan to attend grad school within the next

4/20/2020
A scuba diver looks at a large sea turtle.

By Richard LeComte

Kristen Gould has dived – that is, scuba-dived -- into her studies of the environment. For the past three summers, Gould has pursued a summer program called Sprout Experience, which takes students to Caribbean shores for hands-on work with wildlife.

“Sprout is run by two teachers (Julie Milkie and Daniel Grigson) who have been traveling for a long time,” said Gould, a sophomore University of Kentucky student majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. “They began this program to take students across the world to do environmental education and cultural immersion trips which are very hands-on trips with researchers – they have a lot of connections.”

Gould, who’s from Avon Lake, Ohio, heard about the program at school and has continued with it as her UK studies began. The teachers who have run the

4/13/2020

By Gabriela Antenore

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has selected 12 undergraduate students as new scholars for the Gaines Fellowship Program.

The Gaines Fellowship is presented in recognition of outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, an interest in public issues and a desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities. Founded in 1984 by a gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center for the Humanities functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education on UK’s campus. The Gaines Center is designed to enrich the study of the humanities at the University of Kentucky.

3/25/2020
This Living Learning Program gives freshmen a mentored head start on the way to majoring in the sciences and mathematics

By Richard LeComte

Started in 2015, the STEMCats Living Learning Program has helped students majoring within the many and varied areas of the sciences or mathematics find their way to success at UK. And STEMCats peer mentors are a big part of that effort. 

“I have a group chat with my mentees about how things are going,” said Keanu Exum, a STEMCats peer mentor majoring in biology and neuroscience. “I want to make myself known to my mentees — that I am a resource for them.” 

Getting students situated in STEMCats is having a positive effect on the academic careers of the participants, says a study conducted by Carol D. Hanley of International Programs in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. STEMCats is a program

3/2/2020

By Gabriela Antenore 

The University of Kentucky’s College of Arts and SciencesEnvironmental and Sustainability Studies program will host a speaker series to give students a realistic look at what they can do with their degrees. The three-part “What can I do with an ENS degree” Spring 2020 Speaker Series is set to begin Feb. 13.

“As corporations are starting to put the planet before profits, our speaker series demonstrates the diversity and growing job market in the field of sustainability,” said Betsy Beymer-Farris, director of Environmental and Sustainability Studies at UK. “It gets students

2/12/2020

By Gabriela Antenore

The University of Kentucky’s College of Arts and SciencesEnvironmental and Sustainability Studies program will host a speaker series to give students a realistic look at what they can do with their degrees. The three-part “What can I do with an ENS degree” Spring 2020 Speaker Series is set to begin Feb. 13.

“As corporations are starting to put the planet before profits, our speaker series demonstrates the diversity and growing job market in the field of sustainability,” said Betsy Beymer-Farris, director of Environmental and Sustainability Studies at UK. “It gets students excited and

5/31/2019

By Lori Adams

The University of Kentucky has released its Dean's List for the spring 2019 semester. A total of 6,562 students were recognized for their outstanding academic performance. 

To make a Dean’s List in one of the UK colleges, a student must earn a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher and must have earned 12 credits or more in that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes. Some UK colleges require a 3.5 GPA to make the Dean’s List.

The full Dean's List can be accessed by visiting: www.uky.edu/PR/News/DeansList/.

5/15/2019

By Loretta Stafford

Childhood friends Zach Major, Kayne Finley, Keagan Finley, and Austin Major

On the heels of graduation, many new alumni look forward to spending the summer traveling, learning about the world and themselves in the process. However, this summer’s travels hold special significance for two spring 2019 UK grads.

Zach Major, a physical therapy student in the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences who recently graduated with his B.A. in environmental and sustainability studies from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Robby Larson, who earned his degree in neuroscience from the college as well, will join former UK swim team member Keagan Finley on a cross-country bike ride. The team will make “Cannonballs Across America”

3/25/2019

By Nate Harling

Students in Jeff Rice’s WRD 300: Introduction to Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies class presented on the week’s reading, “Made to Stick.” Rice is chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Everyone hears it at some point. Whether it is across the table from a relative at Thanksgiving dinner, on a quiet car ride home with a parent or while out for coffee with an old friend from high school. When a student majoring in the arts and sciences informs someone else of their field of study, they will be met with the same question, often accompanied by a slight lift of the eyebrows: “So what are you going to do with that?” This kind of skepticism is indicative of the widespread social perception that students of the liberal arts are less prepared for

10/9/2018

By Meg Mills

UK Has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA each year since 2012.

"This is a very exciting time to be involved with sustainability at the University of Kentucky, and I am inspired by the work being done and opportunities being made possible by students, staff and faculty across our campus." Shane Tedder, UK’s sustainability coordinator, said. 

Nationwide, October is designated as Campus Sustainability Month by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. UK is participating with events and opportunities throughout the month. These remain:

October 6-14 is Tree Week 2018, presented by the Urban Forest Initiative and collaborators on campus and in the community, including the TFISE. This week of events is a

10/2/2018

By Madison Dyment

For many students, the pinnacle of their collegiate experience is securing a position on a research project. For UK student and environmental and sustainability studies major Charles “Adler” Hulsey, that opportunity came through UK’s Student Sustainability Council and the Office of Undergraduate Research.

“I actually was made aware of this opportunity by a friend who worked previously with the Student Sustainability Council,” said Hulsey. “They had a research opportunity available for the summer; I applied and I got it.”

This particular position required Hulsey, a native of Alabama, to travel to South Carolina and study under his sponsor, Michael Vassalos, at Clemson University. Even without having conducted any kind of real academic research before, his background as an ENS major made Hulsey an excellent fit for the subject.

“My research

4/25/2018

Join us on a weekend trip to UK's Robinson Forest. Take a weekend off from studying to surround yourself with your fellow classmates and the serene beauty of Eastern Kentucky.

All food, lodging, and transportation will be provided.

We will be leaving at 9am on April 21st and returning at 12pm on the 22nd

4/25/2018

Come out to celebrate the end of the year with the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program. All students and faculty are welcome. We encourage you to bring prospective students, family, and significant others!

The ENS Outstanding Student Award will be announced to our program's top senior student.

Food will be provided, courtesy of Sav's Grill.

 

Wednesday, April 18th at 5:30pm

 

4/24/2018

Students will present their final semester projects on 4/19. All projects are based off the University of Kentucky's draft of the Sustainability Strategic Plan (UKSSP).

1. Materials & Management 3-3:30pm

2. Buildings & Grounds 3:30-4pm

3. Energy 4-4:30pm

4. Food & Dining 4:30-5pm

5. Transportation 5-5:30pm

11/20/2017

By Jennifer T. Allen

Alexis Abdullah came to the University of Kentucky from Atlanta with the goal of experiencing different cultures and gaining new perspectives. Ryan Thorn came to Lexington from his hometown of Mercer, Pennsylvania, to experience a new part of the country. As UK seniors, both traveled 8,241 miles last summer to the southwest coast of South Africa to engage in an immersive experience unlike any they had before.

“When I came to college, I knew I wanted to study abroad at some point,” said Abdullah, a senior environmental and sustainability studies major. “I wanted to experience a different culture and gain perspectives that expanded my own. The opportunity to study abroad in South Africa appealed to my interests because of the history of social injustice and human rights struggles that are associated with the

6/29/2017

By Lori Minter

The University of Kentucky has released its Dean's List for the spring 2017 semester.  A total of 6,412 students were recognized for their outstanding academic performance. 

To make a Dean’s List in one of the UK colleges, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and must have earned 12 credits or more in that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes.  Some UK colleges require a 3.5 GPA to make the Dean’s List.

The full Dean's List can be accessed by visiting: www.uky.edu/PR/News/DeansList/.

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how

2/14/2017

By Lori Minter

A record number of students made the University of Kentucky Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester. The 7,408 students were recognized for their outstanding academic performance.  That's an increase of more than 200 over the previous record reached in fall 2015 when the number of students on the UK Dean's List surpassed 7,000 for the first time.  Last semester's Dean's List includes over 700 more students than the spring 2016 semester's list.

To make a Dean’s List in one of the UK colleges, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and must have earned 12 credits or more in that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes.  Some UK colleges require a 3.5 GPA to make the Dean’s List.

The full Dean's List can be accessed by visiting www.uky.edu/PR/News/

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