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Dear Alum,  
~ Since my last report to you in the Kentucky Alumnus magazine, the University has accomplished
much. There are three matters I would like to highlight here.
First, University of Louisville President John Shumaker and I have been working closely to in-
_ sure continuation of the Bucks for Brains/Research Challenge Trust Frmd established by the
Legislature in 1997. This program, where the state’s universities raise money to match the state’s
allocation dollar—for—dollar, is having a big impact, and we need it to continue. Look at the Re-
search Notes in this issue to see just how big the short-term impact has been on hiring and sup-
porting outstanding faculty and providing graduate student fellowships. The long-term impact
will be even greater. Many of you responded to my e-mail ir1 February asking that you join me in
p telling your legislators how important the Bucks for Brains initiative is. Thank you for speaking
I up for your University. Please continue to do that during the waning days of this legislative ses-
I sion. l
j On campus, our students continue to make us proud. At each home UK basketball game, we
I have been bringing outstanding students to center court to take a bow for their efforts. Senior
Jennifer Kasten of Nicholasville received a $50,000 Marshall Scholarship in 2002 and was the first
to be honored this way.
, In the community, the East End Community Outreach Partnership Center, a new $400,000 ini-
tiative supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/Of-
I fice of Policy Development and Research will help residents address the family, educational,
I housing and neighborhood revitalization issues in that area. The uniqueness of this initiative is
the partnership between the University, residents and more than 22 community-based organiza-
j tions and local government agencies.
p Lexington and the University of Kentucky have entered into a joint venture to develop a
I "college-town concept" for an area of the city bordering the UK campus. The plan would be a
blueprint for how the area should develop and how the character of the existing neighborhoods
I can be preserved and enhanced. The area includes several city blocks bordered by Rose and
Limestone. Euclid and High streets. You find some great examples of the college—town concept in
the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor, University of Georgia/Athens, and the University of
North Carolina/Chapel Hill.
These three initiatives are illustrative of the wide-ranging action being generated by all con-
stituents interested in the success of the University of Kentucky This administration, faculty, staff,
- students. alumni and our many friends are focused on an ever-improving University making sig-
nificant contributions to an ever-improving quality of life throughout the Commonwealth and
4 KENTUCKY Arun/mus