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From the Director
Dr. Ann Vail Spring greetings to all! The semester is moving quickly and faculty and students recently returned to campus from spring break. While there is much excitement for the final weeks of the semester, there is also a sense of concern due to the uncertainties surrounding the state budget and funding for higher education. The University of Kentucky is truly the University for Kentucky, and we are proud of our achievements in education, outreach, research and Extension.

With warmest wishes,

Ann Vail Ann Vail

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Feature Stories
Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center announces grant recipients

Photo The Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center recently announced 17 grants awarded to implement creative strategies to reduce food insecurity for children in some of the nation's most persistently poor rural counties. Housed in the School of Human Environmental Sciences, the center is a partnership with the U. S Department of Agriculture.

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Student team wins UK Venture Challenge

Photo Allison Burke, merchandising, apparel and textiles major, teamed up with Caitlin Halliwell, equine business management major, to compete in the UK Venture Challenge. HES faculty members Dr. Janet Kurzynske and Dr. Scarlett Wesley worked with the team on the custom-fitted riding boots concept that was deemed the winner of the challenge.

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Researcher to focus on improving diets of teens

Photo A new grant in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition will fund research examining teen food purchasing habits in rural Kentucky and North Carolina.

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Study finds racial disparities in school discipline

Photo Through a recent study, a University of Kentucky doctoral student found racial disparities in disciplinary policies in American middle and high schools. Albert Ksinan, a student in the UK Department of Family Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, analyzed data from the Civil Rights Data Collection. He specifically focused on disciplinary measures for the 2011-2012 school year.

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Student Spotlight
Photo New York Study Tour explores fashion industry
Twenty-three students majoring in merchandising, apparel and textiles recently traveled to New York City for a five-day study tour. The elective credit course provided students with an opportunity to learn about all aspects of the fashion industry.

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Photo HES student organizations offer opportunities for professional development, service
Through a series of profiles, the School of Human Environmental Sciences is highlighting opportunities for student involvement. The weekly series provides a profile of each student organization in the School.

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RTM students attend National Retail Federation's BIG Show
Eight students from the Department of Retailing and Tourism Management (RTM) recently attended the National Retail Federation's (NRF) BIG Show, along with Dr. Scarlett Wesley, Associate Professor. The student group included NRF Ambassador, Madison Elder and NRF Rising Star, Kristine Rosen.

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Photo The Campus Kitchen receives $5,000 grant
The Campus Kitchen, a student service organization that provides a sustainable approach to reducing food waste while providing meals to those struggling with hunger, received funding to support their work through the UK Student Sustainability Council.

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Focus on Faculty and Staff
Stephenson named UK Alumni Association Great Teacher
Earlier this year, six University of Kentucky educators were named recipients of the UK Alumni Association 2016 Great Teacher Award, including Dr. Tammy Stephenson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition.

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Family and Consumer Sciences Extension welcome four new agents
Family and Consumer Sciences Extension welcomed new agents in Breathitt, Green, Jessamine and Muhlenberg counties.

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Photo Meuret joins faculty in Department of Retailing and Tourism Management
Scott Meuret's 25-year career in the hospitality industry, paired with his passion and experience in teaching, have prepared him for his new position as a lecturer at the University of Kentucky.

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School of HES celebrates 2015 scholarly work
In January, the School of Human Environmental Sciences celebrated scholarly accomplishments from 2015, including $6.8 million in extramural grants and 25 refereed journal articles.

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April 18-20
Family and Consumer Sciences in-service training, Marriott RiverCenter, Covington
April 18-21
Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) state meeting, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington
April 21
Department of RTM Spring 2016 Fashion Show, Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center; silent auction: 6 p.m.; show begins: 7 p.m.; tickets $30/person ($10/students) or $300/table. For additional info or to purchase tickets, contact Linda Marshall at (859) 257-4917.
April 29
School of HES Student Awards Celebration, 5 p.m., E.S. Good Barn, UK campus, Lexington
May 2-6
Finals week at UK
May 8
UK Commencement, Rupp Arena, Lexington; Undergraduate ceremony, including the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment: 9 a.m.; Graduate and professional ceremony: 7 p.m.
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May 10-June 7
UK 4-week summer session
May 13-22
Education Abroad: Hospitality and Tourism Experience in Jamaica
May 18-June 6
Education Abroad: The Italian Table — An Exploration of the Heritage of Sustainable Food and Cultural Diversity
June 9-August 4
UK 8-week summer session
July 12-23
Education Abroad: Keys to Well-Being — Lessons from the World's Longest Lived People (Ikaria, Greece)
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Director: Ann Vail, Ph.D.
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