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A Reminder of Who We Are, Update on COVID-19

We are on a positive trajectory with the virus, but we must remain vigilant in keeping our community safe. Against that backdrop, we are continually evaluating our policies and procedures with respect to COVID. We will continue that process and communicate any time we are ready to make changes, in consultation with campus leaders among our faculty, staff and students.

Leveraging Dollars for Change; A COVID Update

We are leveraging philanthropy to meet the overarching goal of our new strategic plan: to advance Kentucky by helping it become a healthier, wealthier and wiser state. Many of the numbers related to COVID-19 are pointing in the right direction. But we must remain vigilant: Get vaccinated and boosted.

Weekly Update: Single Largest Scholarship Gift, Continued Progress Against COVID-19

This week, I was reminded several times about the faith so many across Kentucky have in this place and of the deep commitments we have to each other as members of this community.

International Travel Changes

Dear Campus Community, As we move into 2022, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge us. However, we have the tools to support the health and safety of our community and the communities with whom we interact, while at the same time engaging in our critical work. This includes our commitment to being a globally engaged university. Along with testing and masking, we know that fully vaccinated and boosted individuals can resume many of their pre-pandemic activities with a low risk of becoming seriously ill.

Weekly Update: Weather, The UK Story, Continued Progress with Vaccination

Campus Community, I hope you are staying safe and healthy this afternoon and weekend. I would like to provide you with several updates. Weather We have learned, several times already this winter, that weather can rapidly change our plans. I am so appreciative of the efforts of thousands of unsung heroes across UK who have worked to keep our campus safe during multiple bouts of inclement weather this winter season. 

Weekly Update

Late this week, I traveled to Western Kentucky and visited with members of our community impacted by the horrific storms that cut a path of devastation through so much of our state in December. The encounters reminded me of the importance of community and the hope that, even in the darkest of moments, there is the promise of something brighter ahead.

Legislative Progress; Our Commitment to Health and Well-being

The state House yesterday adopted a proposed two-year budget and spending plan for the Commonwealth. The spending plan, which now goes to the Senate, underscores the importance of higher education and this institution — in creating a Kentucky that is healthier, wealthier and wiser.

Our First Week Back

The first week of the academic semester is always a powerful reminder of why we are here. We welcomed our students back and saw our classrooms come alive once more with engagement and learning. Our faculty and staff continued to foster the kind of community that is only possible on a robust, residential campus like ours.

The Legislative Session and UK

Last week, the Kentucky General Assembly convened for its annual session that runs until April. This year is particularly important because it is a so-called budget year in which the legislature adopts a two-year budget for the Commonwealth including the investments that policymakers will make in higher education.

A New Semester: Expectations for Student Success and Our Community

The following message from President Capilouto was sent to all of campus on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Campus Community, The sound of shovels and tractors throughout the night and into the morning reinforced for me in a compelling way the unwavering commitment this community has to service — service to students, service to care and service to our state.