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Some stories require a little more – a little more discussion, more context, more depth and breadth.

That’s the idea behind “Behind the Blue” – a new weekly podcast created by UK Public Relations and Marketing. It is designed to explore through probing interviews the in-depth the stories that make UK the university for Kentucky and that have impact across the institution, the Commonwealth and, in some cases, the world.

Behind the Blue University of Kentucky Public Relations / UK HealthCare

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Some stories require a little more – a little more discussion, more context, more depth and breadth.

That’s the idea behind “Behind the Blue” – a new weekly podcast created by UK Public Relations and Marketing. It is designed to explore through probing interviews the in-depth the stories that make UK the university for Kentucky and that have impact across the institution, the Commonwealth and, in some cases, the world.

    May 16, 2024 - Maria Hatch and Kirsten Turner (Explore First and corporate engagement)

    May 16, 2024 - Maria Hatch and Kirsten Turner (Explore First and corporate engagement)

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2024) – Greystar is a global leader in the investment, development, and management of high-quality rental housing properties. Greystar is one of the largest operators of rental housing in the world, with properties including apartments, senior living communities, corporate, and student housing.
    In 2012, the University of Kentucky embarked upon an historic multi-phased partnership with Greystar to construct state of the art student housing facilities on campus. The development provided new housing to enhance the learning experience for students at the University of Kentucky. The multi-phased project replaced most of the existing student housing located across campus with modern state of the art facilities.
    Over the past two years, Greystar and the University have embarked on a new partnership – working with students through the Explore First: Careers, Cultures and Connections program. Explore First is an education abroad program designed to equip and empower First-Generation students through participation in a 3-week education abroad program in London and Dublin.
    Along with introducing career readiness within a global context, the program connects students with organizations, like Greystar, that have a global presence and employ UK graduates.
    On this episode of Behind the Blue, Maria Hatch, Greystar’s Senior Director of Client Relationships, and UK’s Vice President for Student Success Kirsten Turner talk about the Explore First program and the benefits to both students and corporate participants.
    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.
    Transcripts for this or other episodes of Behind the Blue can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.
    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.
     

    • 38 min
    May 9, 2024 - Anthony Ndirangu & Kobie Boateng (UK's International Nurse Well-being Council)

    May 9, 2024 - Anthony Ndirangu & Kobie Boateng (UK's International Nurse Well-being Council)

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2024) – UK HealthCare employs dozens of nurses from around the world, advancing care for a diverse Commonwealth while also providing an opportunity for international nurses to advance and continue their careers in a cutting-edge health care environment.  
    But packing up your life to work at a hospital on the other side of the globe is never easy. UK’s International Nurse Well-being Council offers those nurses a chance to be heard and help tackle challenges associated with living and working in a new country. The findings from the council’s monthly meetings are shared with enterprise leadership to ensure UK HealthCare stays a great place to work and patients receive the best care possible.  
    The council includes nurses who have been in the U.S. for years and many who are brand new. That mix of experience can help international nurses not just learn to adjust to a new place but also offer a space to be listened to and supported. The council also helps build a cross-cultural community among nurses offering events and potlucks where everyone can share a little bit of their culture.  
    With International Nurses Day on Sunday, check out this episode of “Behind the Blue” where UK HealthCare nurses Kobie Boateng and Anthony Ndirangu explain the challenges international nurses face and how the International Nurse Well-being Council can assist. 
    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.
    Transcripts for this or other episodes of Behind the Blue can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.
    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

    • 54 min
    May 2, 2024 - Cierra Couch (Spring 2024 Commencement Spotlight)

    May 2, 2024 - Cierra Couch (Spring 2024 Commencement Spotlight)

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2024) — Cierra Couch, a representative of the University of Kentucky May Class of 2024, is a first-generation college student who came to UK in 2020 with a strong sense of determination, but without a clear roadmap.
    As a Robinson Scholar from Hyden, Kentucky, Couch instantly found community through like-minded peers who were also from Eastern Kentucky. As time went on, she began to curate her college journey through resources like UK’s Stuckert Career Center, Student Support Services and her first-generation advisor. These services helped Couch first learn about the multitude of opportunities in the field of social work.
    But it was later in her academic journey when Couch stepped into a UK student involvement fair, where, by chance, she learned about Alternative Spring Breaks (ASB), a program that connects UK students to service and learning opportunities across the U.S. and around the world. After becoming involved in ASB, Couch discovered a passion for social work and working with immigrant and refugee populations.
    But perhaps Couch’s most transformative experience happened through Explore First —  an education abroad program designed and implemented intentionally to equip and empower first-generation students at UK, like Couch. She was part of the inaugural cohort of students to take part in this trailblazing program, which launched in the summer of 2023. Students traveled to London and Dublin for a three-week course, which emphasized career readiness within a global context. Couch says this experience helped her solidify her career goal to work in global social work.
    On this episode of “Behind the Blue,” Couch reflects on her time at UK, her experience with the Explore First program and what’s next after she walks across the Commencement stage this Friday with her social work degree. 
    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.
    For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue. Transcripts for this or other episodes of "Behind the Blue" can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.
    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

    • 27 min
    April 25, 2024 - Dr. Kenneth Campbell (Heart Research)

    April 25, 2024 - Dr. Kenneth Campbell (Heart Research)

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2024) – Dr. Kenneth Campbell is the director of translational research in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the UK College of Medicine. His work, to help map out an important part of the heart on a molecular level was part of a study published online in the prestigious journal Nature in 2023.
    Campbell says the study is important for discovering new drug therapies for heart disease, the leading cause of death in Kentucky. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kentucky is among the top 10 states with the highest death rate from the disease. 
    On this episode of ‘Behind the Blue’, Dr. Campbell talks about this important research and how the development of the Gill Cardiovascular Biorepository has helped drive heart muscle research around the world.
    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.
    Transcripts for this or other episodes of Behind the Blue can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.
    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

    • 58 min
    April 19, 2024 - Robert Hayes (Student Advising)

    April 19, 2024 - Robert Hayes (Student Advising)

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2024) – Robert Hayes is the Executive Director of Student Community Resources and Services in the UK Office for Student Success. His expertise and mission lies in providing support to first-generation students and offering academic advising within the College of Arts & Sciences.
     He believes academic advisors serve as critical touchpoints for students, ensuring they navigate the complexities of higher education seamlessly. From pre-matriculation meetings to summer orientations, these interactions lay the groundwork for student success.
     Additionally, Hayes sees the unique challenges faced by first-generation students, particularly with disparities in social capital. While these students may lack the familial frame of reference for higher education, he highlights the immense growth potential they possess.
     On this episode of Behind the Blue, Hayes discusses the pivotal role advisors play as the bridge between students and the myriad of resources available to them, the evolving narrative around first-generation student research, and how institutions are shifting towards an assets-based approach, empowering students to embrace their journey with confidence.
     "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.
     Transcripts for this or other episodes of Behind the Blue can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.
     To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

    • 46 min
    April 11, 2024 - Glenn Means & Atticus White (Office of LGBTQ+ Resources)

    April 11, 2024 - Glenn Means & Atticus White (Office of LGBTQ+ Resources)

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2024) – This week marks the beginning of Campus Pride Week here at the University of Kentucky. Celebrated nationally in June, Campus Pride Week, hosted by the Office of LGBTQ* Resources (housed in the Office for Student Success) allows students, faculty and staff an opportunity to honor pride on campus while the spring semester is still in session. 
    Throughout the week, the campus acknowledges the diversity of identities, experiences and histories in the LGBTQ+ community and recognizes all who have and continue to advocate for LGBTQ+ lives, rights and visibility.
    While this is an annual event at the university, this year will look a bit different, as the Office of LGBTQ* Resources has hired both a new director and assistant director. 
    Glenn Means, new director, believes the week will provide the campus community with an opportunity to learn about the office’s resources and build community. 
    Prior to his new role, Means served in the UK College of Public Health as the admissions and recruitment coordinator, and before that, Means worked for the Legislative Research Commission, where he handled constituent service matters for the Commonwealth. Means also served as the development director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass and the donor stewardship manager for Lexington Habitat for Humanity. Outside of his work experience, Means has volunteered with various LGBTQ* organizations.
    “Through all of this work, I have had the opportunity to educate, advocate and inform people on many issues that are important to our community, including mentorship, housing, healthcare, human rights and LGBTQ+ issues,” Means said. “It is a privilege to serve in this role to allow our students to have a safe space on campus and more importantly, a place for them to be themselves.”
    As new director, Means hopes to create a more inclusive, supportive and affirming campus environment for LGBTQ+ individuals. He is committed to championing diversity, equity and inclusion, and to creating a space where all individuals are respected, valued and celebrated for who they are.
    Atticus White, who will serve as the new assistant director, began their journey with the Office of LGBTQ* Resources back in 2018 during their sophomore year at UK where they were an intern in the office. After graduating in 2020, they held various retail and administrative jobs, but says nothing really stuck or felt fulfilling. 
    “I kept thinking back to the office and how wonderful it was to work in an environment that did so much work to support a community I love,” White said. “I sent an email to the director at the time and described my work with the office previously. I made my way into an administrative assistant position. About six months into my position, I became the only full-time staff in the office. I was suddenly in charge of managing everything. While it was extremely overwhelming, I knew that I had to stay to keep our doors open and continue to support our students. After all that hard work and strife, I had the opportunity to apply for and accept the assistant director position.”
    As the new assistant director, White wants to continue the great work the office has been doing since starting with the office but push for more visibility. 
    “Glenn and I have talked a lot about our visions for the office in the future. One of the biggest things we’ve discussed is how to make our office more visible. Many students might not even know our office exists on campus. We want to change that,” White said. “Students of any marginalized identity have specific needs that their peers might not understand or relate to. We must continue our work so that students know that they are welcome not just in our office, but on campus, in Lexington, in Kentucky, in the United States and in the world.”
    Through collaborative initiatives and outreach programs, starting with Campus Pride Week, Means and White

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