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Glenn Kotche ’94 FA is
drummer and percussionist
for the rock band Wilco.
Cover: Zoran Orlic


Glenn Kotche ’94 FA:
A creative life with Wilco and beyond

Best known for his music with a trend-setting
band, Kotche credits his strong education at UK
for helping him through his innovative career.
By Hal Morris


Tom Shaver: Seeing blue and making a


2017 UK Homecoming and Golden Wildcat


This 1962 UK alumnus from Muhlenberg County excels
in the international automotive industry and provides
major support for his alma mater.

Come join the fun Oct. 5-8 when UK welcomes back
its cherished Wildcats for a fun-filled, family-oriented
weekend on campus.

Leading by example

Meet the nine newest members serving for the first time
on the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors.
By Linda Perry

UK Honor Flight: An unforgettable day for
veterans and UK
About 70 veterans participated in the University of
Kentucky Honor Flight, an all-expense-paid trip
to Washington, to visit memorials and a daylong
commemoration of their service.

By Whitney Harder, Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser

Our Wildcat Society members

The UK Alumni Association wants to say a big “thank
you” to all UK alumni and friends of the association who
generously gave to the Wildcat Society this year.

Photo: Zoran Orlic


Glenn Kotche


Pride in Blue
Presidential Conversation
UK News
Blue Horizons
Alumni Engagement


College View
Wildcat Sports
Class Notes
Career Corner
In Memoriam	



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* Board of Directors
Susan V. Mustian ’84 BE - President
J. Fritz Skeen ’72 ’73 BE - President-elect
Taunya Phillips ’87 EN, ’04 BE - Treasurer

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Richard A. Bean ’69 BE
Michael A. Burleson ’74 PHA
Bruce K. Davis ’71 LAW
Scott E. Davis ’73 BE
Marianne Smith Edge ’77 AFE
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Dan Gipson ’69 EN
Brenda B. Gosney ’70 HS, ’75 ED
Cammie DeShields Grant ’77 LCC, ’79 ED
John R. Guthrie ’63 CI
Ann B. Haney ’71 AS
Diane M. Massie ’79 CI
Robert E. Miller
John C. Nichols II ’53 BE
Dr. George A. Ochs IV ’74 DE
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Paula L. Pope ’73 ’75 ED
David B. Ratterman ’68 EN
G. David Ravencraft ’59 BE
William Schuetze ’72 LAW
David L. Shelton ’66 BE
J. Tim Skinner ’80 DES
James W. Stuckert ’60 EN, ’61 BE
Hank B. Thompson Jr. ’71 CI
Myra L. Tobin ’62 AFE
J. Thomas Tucker ’56 BE
Henry R. Wilhoit Jr. ’60 LAW
Elaine A. Wilson ’68 SW
Richard M. Womack ’53 AFE


* Pride in Blue

Letter from UK Alumni Association president
Susan V. Mustian ’84 BE
Loyal, passionate and kind —
These are the words I’d use to describe University of Kentucky alumni, volunteers and leaders.
This past June, the UK Alumni Association hosted its annual Summer Workshop. Alumni club
leaders, along with members of the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors, gathered in
Lexington for two days to learn about the exciting things happening at the University of Kentucky
and celebrate the milestones from the past year. What a wonderful group of volunteers —
committed to living, learning and leading according to the values of the University of Kentucky.
Throughout the weekend, I couldn’t help but hear numerous UK stories being told amongst the
group. Some came from families who held multigenerational UK degrees while others live out of
state or carry their Big Blue Pride in a distant land. As an alumni body, woven together by various backgrounds, the
UK Alumni Association sees strengths in our differences. While no two members are alike, we all have our own “UK
story” and can share the impact UK has had locally, nationally and internationally.
Our charge as alumni is to spread the University of Kentucky influence. My journey to become part of the Big
Blue Nation started with my love of horses. I grew up riding horses in West Virginia, and that love drew me to horse
country and the University of Kentucky. Little did I know how this love for horses would impact my life. I earned my
undergraduate business marketing degree from UK and as a student, I had a wonderful experience. As an involved
volunteer with Student Activities Board, I spent a lot of time in the Student Center. I even met my husband of now
30 years in the SAB offices of the Student Center. Career opportunities took us out of state and then abroad, but
all the while, our UK connection remained strong. Through alumni clubs and networking, we found a piece of our
Old Kentucky Home in South Bend, Indiana, and even Hong Kong before returning to the Northern Kentucky area
where we remain today.
I am frequently inspired by volunteers at the local and national level who give generously of their time and treasure
to help their alma mater. Pictured below are our Executive Committee members from 2017-2018. Together, they
hold 17 UK degrees from seven academic colleges and represent five different states. It has been rewarding to serve
alongside fellow alumni who all have their own unique UK story. Whether volunteering at a local club golf outing,
sending off the newest class of Wildcats from an area or cheering on the Cats as they dance their way through March
Madness, a love for the University of Kentucky binds us all together.
Each of you has a UK story, and we all have the opportunity to be an ambassador for our beloved alma mater. Do
us proud at home and abroad— you may be the only UK connection someone has!

Members of the 2017-2018 Executive
Committee who are also serving as chairs of
committees for the UK Alumni Association
Board of Directors are left to right (seated)
Barbara Sanders and Ruth Day; (standing)
Mary Shelman, Antoine Huffman, John Cain
and Dr. Michael Huang.

Fall 2017

Photo: Tim Webb

Susan V. Mustian
UK Alumni Association President



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Fall 2017

* Presidential Conversation

The extraordinary power of ‘we’
In varied and dynamic ways, the University of Kentucky
showcases the extraordinary power of “we.” The beginning of
a new academic year offers constant reminders of what the UK
family has accomplished in pursuit of the lofty vision and bold
mission of Kentucky’s indispensable institution. Together, we
have confronted new challenges, risen to meet opportunities
and redefined what it means to be the University for Kentucky.
Because of the extraordinary power of we, the institution
continues to make progress on the lofty, but achievable, goals
of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Together, we have made new
strides in:
•	 Improving undergraduate student success and
•	 Strengthening our graduate programs
•	 Enhancing the diversity and inclusivity of our campus
•	 Expanding our research enterprise
•	 Leveraging our expertise to advance the public good
We look forward to updating the UK Board of Trustees
about our progress in the Strategic Plan’s latest year at the
board’s annual retreat in October.
Bolstered by near record-setting applications, we continue to
enroll high-quality, diverse first-year classes that have moved our
total enrollment beyond 30,760 students. With your help, these
students are succeeding at higher levels. During the last academic
year, UK conferred more than 6,900 degrees to students who left
here ready to lead lives of meaning and purpose.
These degrees are the result of an education designed
to help our students succeed in the workplace and their
communities. We do this by providing them with a distinctive
academic experience where they have the resources of a
modern flagship and land-grant research university. UK has
200 active agreements with global partners, allowing students
the opportunity to participate in education, research, service
and internships abroad. At the same time, UK was among the
top five institutions sending students to the 2017 National
Conference of Undergraduate Research.
Faculty and staff researchers continue to add to a growing
portfolio of transformative research, discovery and creative
scholarship. In fiscal year 2016-17, UK received $331.3 million
in external research grants and contracts — signifying that we
are a major player among research institutions in the country.
The $19.8 million Clinical and Translational Science Award
(CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health — a renewal of
UK’s 2011 CTSA — is one of many competitive federal grants
earned by UK researchers. The $265 million multidisciplinary
research facility is taking shape alongside the newly named Lee
T. Todd, Jr. Biopharmaceutical Building and the Biomedical/
Biological Sciences Research Building. The new research facility
will be a hub for efforts in discovery that address Kentucky
questions with answers that often have global implications.
UK HealthCare continues to meet the needs of patients and
families who require complex, outstanding health care through
our network of providers and state-of-the-art academic medical
center. Annual patient discharges have grown by more than 105

percent since 2003,
surpassing 39,000 in
the last fiscal year. UK
HealthCare represents
44 percent of our $3.7
billion academic and
research enterprise,
caring for patients
throughout Kentucky
and, increasingly, the
All of these efforts
are bolstered by the
more than $2.3 billion
in capital investments
to improve student
success, instruction, research and discovery, quality of life and
health care initiated or approved over the last several years. More
than 90 percent of that investment is the result of public-private
partnerships, philanthropy, strategic use of our resources or other
collaborations such as unprecedented support from UK Athletics
and private philanthropy for the Jacobs Science Building. In every
case, the capital investments we made extend our ability to teach,
discover and heal those we serve.
We have identified and are pursuing the right set of priorities
for the right time, but disruptions — both current and future
— to what we do and how we do it challenge us to continue
thinking anew. Global disruptions, changes in the traditional
student pipeline, flat or declining public support for our work,
the need to address the complex questions of our day and
the pressure to improve efficiency and productivity demand
a creative and sustainable response. The context of our time
compels us to look ahead and adopt creative, ambitious,
responsive and lasting solutions that will enable us to achieve
aspirational goals in teaching, learning, research, care and
service. These disruptions are not unique to the University of
Kentucky or our state; they will rock higher education for the
foreseeable future. Our ability to adapt will be integral to our
future success.
The UK alumni family — some 250,000 strong — shares
and contributes to the collective power of “we.” Your enduring
support gives me confidence that the University of Kentucky
can, must, and will be a creative leader in academia. To thrive,
it will take a shared effort from the entire UK family — on our
campus and beyond. This work, and our shared future, will be
marked by challenge but also by incredible opportunity.
I look forward to walking this path, together, as a united Big
Blue Nation.

Eli Capilouto


* UK News

Newman named executive vice president for health affairs
Photo: UK Public Relations & Marketing

Owensboro native Dr. Mark F. Newman will be UK’s new executive vice president for health
affairs and will begin his post in October. He is an anesthesiologist and currently serves as president of Private Diagnostic Clinic, the physician practice plan for Duke University Medical Center, a position he has held since 2014.
Newman will succeed Dr. Michael Karpf, who led UK HealthCare for nearly 15 years through
a remarkable transformation, growing to a $1.5 billion enterprise with nearly 40,000 inpatient
discharges and 1.5 million clinic and outpatient hospital visits annually.
Newman attended Western Kentucky University and received the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship to attend medical school at the University of Louisville. He completed a residency in the Air Force and a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Transesophageal
Echocardiography at Duke University Medical Center before returning to active duty at Wilford
Hall Ambulatory Medical Center, a U.S. Air Force facility. He was deployed for Operation “Just
Cause” and then for “Desert Shield” and “Desert Storm.” ■

A groundbreaking ceremony for the UK College of Medicine
– Bowling Green Campus was held in June at The Medical Center at Bowling Green. This four-year, regional campus medical
school is the first of its kind in Kentucky and is a partnership
between The Medical Center, the University of Kentucky and
Western Kentucky University (WKU). Construction is scheduled
for completion by summer 2018.
The UK College of Medicine – Bowling Green Campus will
be a fully functioning campus, using the exact same curriculum
and assessments as UK’s Lexington campus. On-site faculty will
have UK College of Medicine appointments and teach in small
groups and provide simulation/standardized patient experiences
with lectures delivered on-site from Lexington utilizing educational technology. Clinical experiences will occur at The Medical
Center at Bowling Green and surrounding community practices.
Longtime UK faculty member and administrator Dr. Todd
Cheever will serve as the first associate dean for the Bowling
Green campus. Dr. Don Brown, a vascular surgeon and Bowling
Green physician, who also serves as director of medical education at The Medical Center, has been named assistant dean. ■

Photo: UK Public Relations & Marketing

Groundbreaking for UK College of Medicine –
Bowling Green Campus

UK College of Medicine students Claci Ayers-Walls of Bowling
Green, Taylor Johnson of Russellville and Mary Kate Greenwood
of Edgewood help officials during the groundbreaking
ceremony for the new Bowling Green campus.

UK among top 100 worldwide universities
granted U.S. utility patents in 2016
UK is listed in the new report “Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016.” The report, published
by the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property
Owners Association, utilizes data acquired from the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents
play in university research and innovation.
The rankings are compiled by calculating the number of utility
patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which
list a university as the first assignee on the issued patent. The
report shows UK with 36 patents.

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“This ranking evidences the incredible amount of innovation
happening here at UK,” said Ian McClure, director of the UK
Office of Technology Commercialization, which is responsible
for managing all of UK’s intellectual property and commercializing its research through technology licensing and start-up ventures. “The new patents we received in 2016 cover breakthrough
technologies spanning from new flexible materials to medical
devices to cancer and other disease therapeutics.” ■

* Expanding Your Horizons introduces
middle school girls to STEM
Forestry in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, who was one of the event coordinators, “to open their
eyes to some of the possibilities and introduce them to role
models, young women who are just a little older than they are,
to show them that those pathways are possible.” ■

Photo: UK Public Relations & Marketing

Sometime during the transition from middle school to high
school, girls often find their early interest in science and math
steered in other directions, often toward careers that fit comfortably into a box of more “traditional” women’s roles. A recent daylong workshop at the University of Kentucky sought to
stem that tide by introducing 120 Kentucky middle school girls
to a challenging STEM (science, technology, engineering and
mathematics) career.
A multidisciplinary project, Expanding Your Horizons, focused on countermanding some of the possible reasons that
girls’ interest in the sciences flags at a certain age, such as peer
pressure or a lack of female role models. During the workshop,
the young students met many female undergraduate and graduate students studying STEM disciplines at UK who introduced
them to a large variety of topics, such as the ecological impact
of trees, water treatment and purification, neuroscience, chemistry, electrical engineering and molecular gastronomy, just
to name a few sessions. It was funded by a grant through the
Kentucky National Science Foundation EPSCoR (Experimental
Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Program through
an Education, Outreach, and Community Award.
“Our goal is to give them a tiny taste of the great opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said
Ellen Crocker, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of

Girls gather around a microscope at the 2017 Expanding Your
Horizons STEM workshop for middle school female students.

Mark Shanda has been selected as the next dean of the UK College of Fine Arts and will begin his role Sept 1. He is a professor and season producer at the Department of Theatre in the
College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State University. He is also president of the United States
Institute for Theatre Technology. Shanda is co-author of “Drafting for the Theatre,” a theatre
technology textbook in use by virtually all the major theatre programs in the country.
Shanda succeeds David Sogin, who has served as interim dean from July 1, 2016.
“Professor Shanda is an internationally renowned leader with transformative contributions to
the field of fine arts,” UK Provost Tim Tracy said. “His core values of excellence and innovation
support the college’s and university’s vision for the future. I look forward to seeing the college
continue to thrive under his leadership.” ■

First Lewis Honors dean selected
Photo: UK Public Relations & Marketing

Photo: UK Public Relations & Marketing

UK College of Fine Arts names new dean

The former head of one of the most highly regarded honors programs in the country is the first
dean of the Lewis Honors College at UK.
Christian Brady served as dean of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University from
2006 to 2016. Previously, he directed the honors program at Tulane University. At Penn State,
Schreyer — under Brady’s leadership — raised more than $80 million to enhance honors education, developed a renowned leadership academy and tripled applications to the college while also
increasing selectivity.
Brady is a scholar of ancient Hebrew and Jewish literature. He has written two books and has a
third one in progress. Brady is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and papers. ■



* UK News

Take an online tour of the KGS Meteorite Collection
Photo: UK Public Relations & Marketing

The Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) has acquired a large collection of meteorites
over the last 20 years from two generous donations, as well as through purchases of specimens. The collection is curated by Warren Anderson of the KGS Energy and Minerals
Section with the help of several recent KGS student workers. Visitors to the Mining and
Mineral Resources Building on the UK campus can view many of the meteorite specimens
collected from every continent, including meteorites found in Kentucky.
But for those who can’t visit the campus, the collection is now available as an interactive
tour at the KGS website at www.ukalumni.net/meteorite. The new meteorite page provides information about meteorites and the KGS collection and includes a “Launch” button to start the tour. Photos of each meteorite are available, plus information on the year
it was found, location, weight and type of meteorite. Many of the specimens are pieces of
larger meteorites displayed at museums elsewhere, such as the Smithsonian Institution in
Washington; the Natural History Museum in London, England; and other locations. ■
Gibeon meteorite, Namibia, Africa

UK has opened a Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI),
spearheaded by the UK College of Health Sciences and supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.
The 10,000-square-foot facility, part of the UK Nutter
Training Facility on campus, will conduct research into injury
prevention and performance optimization for professional and
collegiate athletes, the tactical athletes of the U.S. military and
physically active people of all ages in Kentucky and beyond.
There is no similar facility within 400 miles of Lexington. Seven UK colleges are involved in the work of SMRI, in addition
to personnel from UK HealthCare.
SMRI is outfitted with sophisticated equipment to assess biomechanical, physiological, musculoskeletal and neurocognitive
health and is supported by a team of eight core faculty, staff,
and research assistants and 40 affiliate faculty. SMRI operates a
facility in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where its team works
with the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. ■

Photo: Mark Cornelison

UK Sports Medicine Research Institute opens

The UK Sports Medicine Research Institute boasts 10,000 square
feet of sophisticated equipment for both civilian and military

Gatton Building achieves LEED Gold Certification
Photo: UK Public Relations & Marketing

The UK Gatton College of Business and Economics Building has been certified as
a LEED Gold building by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Gatton is the
third building at UK to receive a LEED Gold certification.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the USGBC’s leading
rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient and high performing buildings. The six major environmental categories of review include: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and
resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design. Certified Silver,
Gold and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based
on the total number of points earned within each LEED category.
The building utilizes water-efficient plumbing fixtures, which reduce water use by
42 percent compared to a baseline model and is 26 percent more energy efficient
than the baseline model. More than 40 percent of materials used in the renovation
were regional and all adhesives, sealants, paints, composite woods, sealers and floor
systems were low- or no-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emitting materials. ■


Fall 2017

* Blue Horizons

Violence victims manage chronic pain with mobile app
UK researchers are studying how to help victims of sexual
and domestic abuse alleviate chronic pain using a smartphone
application. Charles Carlson, professor of psychology in the
UK College of Arts and Sciences, and Matt Russell, a doctoral
candidate in clinical psychology, are currently conducting the
first clinical trial of its kind at the UK Orofacial Pain Clinic
on patients experiencing myalgia and other chronic pain in the
head and neck regions.
Carlson says a significant portion of the clinic’s female patients have suffered from sexual or physical abuse at some point
in their lives, which often results in a prolonged state of activity
that can contribute to pain within the body.
“Breathing with the use of the diaphragm muscle is one of
the body’s most efficient ways to induce a parasympathetic (rest
and digest) response that will help calm the sympathetic (fight
and flight) activity often associated with pain or other external/
internal stressors,” Carlson said. “As a result, the scientific liter-

ature suggests slow-paced diaphragmatic breathing can be helpful for management of chronic pain conditions such as myalgia,
migraines and fibromyalgia, or other health concerns such as
irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension or insomnia.”
Diaphragmatic breathing is a practice most people can learn,
so Carlson and Russell are exploring whether patients can help
manage their pain by learning to breathe diaphragmatically
without the use of a professional therapist. By providing patients with a mobile application that teaches the diaphragmatic
breathing approach, the team hypothesizes patients will learn to
self-regulate their body’s sympathetic tone to manage their pain.
“We designed the smartphone application to teach patients
the basics of paced, diaphragmatic breathing with audio directions only,” Russell said. “Then, we use a visual aid to help pace
their breathing, an important piece of strengthening the parasympathetic response.” ■

11 UK students, alumni win NSF Research Fellowships
The UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that 11 of the universitys students and alumni have
been selected to receive government-funded National Science
Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. NSF fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with
a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees. For
the 2017 competition, NSF received over 13,000 applications
and made 2,000 award offers.
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) benefits are
a blessing to many of the nation’s up-and-coming researchers.

“The award will fund the remaining three years of my Ph.D.
program. It will allow me to focus o