D. President's Report to the Trustees (PR 1)
President Todd reported that the National Institutes of Health awards, as well as other awards, had increased in the College of Nursing. He applauded Dean Jane Kirschling, College of Nursing, for her efforts in increasing the awards for the college. He noted that the College of Nursing is not only doing well in the size of its program, but it is also doing well in research.
University of Kentucky Advocacy Network (UKAN)
President Todd reported that the university had the UKAN annual luncheon in Frankfort to kick off the legislative session. During the morning, university officials talked to the committees about the university's priorities for the legislative session, and legislators were invited to attend a luncheon. Nick Phelps did a great job of moderating the luncheon. Dean Jane Kirschling talked about doubling the size of the nursing program since that is important to the legislators and the state as a whole. UK student Andrew Lynch, who is from Whitley County, did a tremendous job speaking about undergraduate research and his experience at UK. There were 109 of the 138 legislators in attendance, which was a phenomenal turnout and served the university well. President Todd noted that he also spoke to the legislators.
UK Pharmacy Residency Program Wins Top National Honor for Training UK HealthCare's pharmacy residency program has been awarded a top national honor in the training of pharmacy residents. The program had been ranked 3rd previously; however, it is now ranked 8th due to its current situation with facilities. The new pharmacy building is now underway, and Dean Kenneth Roberts says that it is going to be the largest academic pharmacy building in the world when it is finished. The new facility, along with the other programs in the college, will put the college back up in the ranking.
SEC Names Jacob Tamme Its Scholar-Athlete of the Year
UK football team tight end Jacob Tamme has been named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. This is the second consecutive year a Wildcat has been chosen SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which is quite a commendation to the university's young people. Mr. Tamme had also been selected by the National Football Foundation as one of 15 scholar-athletes. Although he did not win the award, he was chosen to speak on behalf of the 15 athletes at the event in New York City, and approximately 3,000 people were in attendance. He is an outstanding young man and will do well in life.
UK Opera Singers Advance in Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions President Todd said that it is phenomenal for UK to have regional competitions on campus. Vocalists from UK Opera Theatre sang their way to the top of district auditions for the Metropolitan Opera in November. There were several UK students highlighted in the competition, and First Lady Patsy Todd attended the event.