aggressively both toward strangers and close relationship partners is that they feel disconnected
and have poor self-control.
Dr. DeWall has also done some research on pop culture and personality. He studies how
changes in pop culture reflect changes that we have seen in personalities over the past 30 or 40
years. For example, his lab has shown that just as narcissistic personalities have been increasing
over time, narcissistic song lyrics have also shot up.
While Dr. DeWall’s job is doing research, it is also connected to a lot ofhis other
activities as a professor at UK. Dr. DeWall talked about his involvement with Arts & Sciences
Wired, the new residential college that Dean Mark Kombluh is starting with the mission of
retaining students. His goal and vision for Arts & Sciences Wired is to connect students with
each other, faculty, and with their communities both in Lexington and abroad. This is done
through lots of different ways. Students are offered special classes in the domritories that last
eight weeks. The students are given iPads to teach them how to become more connected in
temrs of using technology both inside and outside the classroom. There are lots of
extracurricular activities for the students such as each student will write novels during the month
of November. They will not be great novels, but they will be things students can do together. In
conclusion, Dr. DeWall said that he is conducting a lot of great research to provide quantitative
data on what UK is doing at Arts & Sciences Wired over the year.
President Capilouto said that he wanted to close his report with one last statistic. The
most recent NCAA graduation rate report shows that among entering freshmen, the University of
Kentucky’s scholarship student-athletes (as a whole) had a 67 percent graduation rate. Among
that group, the entering football freshmen had a 75 percent graduation rate. In 2002, that
graduation rate was just 25 percent.
The general graduation rate for campus is 60 percent. UK has two SEC Scholar-Athletes
ofthe Year. This year 7l University of Kentucky student-athletes were named to the SEC First-
Year Academic Honor Roll.
President Capilouto said that he attended UK’s first football game in Nashville and had
the honor of being presented the game ball in the locker room. It was a very touching experience
for him, but more important to him was what every coach said to every player. It was made clear
by Coach Joker Phillips and everyone else that the players were to be in class on Friday.
President Capilouto reminded the Board that the team did not arrive back in Lexington until
approximately 4:00 a.m. Friday moming. The coaches take this seriously, and it is reflected in
the data. At a time when many think that Athletics has lost its focus, it is good to see that
Athletics Director Mitch Bamhart and his staff make these student-athletes and their welfare in
the classroom come first. He said Mr. Bamhart works 2447, whether it is with donors, attending
classes, or checking roll, he does it. He thanked Mr. Bamhart and his staff for all the work they
President Capilouto concluded his remarks by saying that this is only a fraction of the
good work going on at the University of Kentucky. There are a number of other items in PR l
that underscore the tremendous activity and success taking place at UK. He asked the Board to