while you were away


By Erin Holaday, Kody Kiser, Amy Jones


University of Kentucky sophomore Brittany Courtney went into a freshman writing class last fall with the same thought that many of her accounting major peers do each semester.


"I'm not a writer, but I've always done well in my English classes," said the Frankfort native, who found herself wholly unprepared for lecturer Beth Connors Manke of the College of Arts and Sciences 

President profile

With more than 7,000 students,17 departments and 14 programs, the University of Kentucky’s College of Arts & Sciences would be one of the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Yet its size and diversity is increasingly an advantage when it comes to creative and innovative ways to teach and conduct research, President Eli Capilouto believes.


behind kweek


By Keith HautalaAmy Jones, Kody Kiser


Each year, the University of Kentucky welcomes new and returning students to campus with nine crammed-full days incorporating more than 350 activities and events. It's called K Week, and it has become a proud UK tradition in recent years.   With a daily schedule that starts at the crack of dawn and continues well past sundown, it's possible for new students to spend every waking minute of K Week exploring the university.   Some activities are
wired arrows


By Erin Holaday, Colleen Glenn

It’s almost time for class and you’re still in your dorm room. But you’re not going to be late. There’s plenty of time to walk downstairs.


Imagine what residence halls will be like in 2020. That’s what the College of Arts & Sciences did when they created a new living and learning community at Keeneland Hall.


Debuting this fall, 


History professor Karen Petrone's new book unearths a wealth of buried stories from the Soviet state about the memory of World War I.

bathke in ethopia

By Erin Holaday Ziegler

A University of Kentucky statistics professor's summer teaching trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was the final component in forming an international partnership between UK and a newly merged higher education institution at the source of the Blue Nile.



College of Arts and Sciences statistics Professor Arne Bathke oversaw the signing of the partnership agreement between UK and Bahir Dar


Check out the Herald-Leader's feature story about A&S Wired, UK's newest residential college and living-learning community. This summer, 65-year old Keeneland Hall was renovated and outfitted with state of the art technology and will include faculty offices to actively engage students. Check out the slideshow below for a peek at the new graphics and renovations!



DeWall headshot

By Divya Menon, Erin Holaday


For proof that reection, exclusion and acceptance are central to our lives, look no farther than the living room, says psychology professor Nathan DeWall in the University of Kentucky's College of Arts & Sciences.


“If you turn on the television set and watch any reality TV program, most of them are about rejection and acceptance,” he said. The reason, according to DeWall, is that acceptance—in romantic relationships, from friends, even from strangers—is absolutely fundamental to humans.


University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences Dean Mark Kornbluh sits down with professors Cristina Alcalde and Jeff Rice to talk about A&S Wired Residential College. Along with Psychology professor Nathan DeWall, Alcalde and Rice serve as co-Directors of UK's newest Living Learning Community. For more information on A&S Wired, visit


Cheyenne Hohman is a graduate student in Library & Information Science at UK and is a podcasting coordinator for the College of A&S. We turned the tables on her to find out about her recent endeavors that included an internship at the Library of Congress and a Zine Writer's Residency in Halifax, Nova Scotia


It was in the UK College of Arts & Science that Tracy Campbell learned to think like a historian, and to see the connective tissues of historical events.

“To me UK is a magical place,” Campbell said. “I was a changed person by the time I graduated. Those required classes that A&S made me take kicking and screaming opened up whole new worlds for me.”

Today, Campbell is infusing the next generation of UK students with the curiosity, technique and enthusiasm of a historian as a professor in the UK Department of History. His effectiveness in the classroom was recently recognized with a 2010 Great Teacher Award given by the 


The 2008 Russia–Georgia War was a blip on the screen for most Americans who may remember it only because the conflict was referenced during the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Beijing, which coincided with the five-day war. While most of  us still struggle to locate Georgia on a map, the war had profound effects on tens of thousands of people living in militarily contested areas.
“It was actually looking at a map during my senior year in college that got me interested in that region of the world,” said Erin Koch, assistant professor in the UK Department of Anthropology, who has been researching in Georgia since 2000.

Georgia is located in the South Caucasus, which is a neck of land that connects Asia with

Cindy Isenhour

Ph.D. Student By Saraya Brewer
Photos by Mark Cornelison

With an undergraduate career heavy in business and marketing, and several years experience working in an advertising firm, Cindy Isenhour might seem like an unlikely candidate to suddenly turn her academic focus toward anthropology.

“In my spare time, I was becoming more and more interested in issues of social and environmental justice,” Isenhour explained about her switch in focus. “I started to realize that there were a lot of contradictions in my own life - in terms of sustainability, working in an industry that drives consumerism.”
As it turns out, her relationship with marketing and advertising made her uniquely qualified for the direction her research would take: the culture of consumption, and how it pertains to sustainability. Isenhour, who has a B

When Kyle Longley applied to doctoral programs in history, he narrowed the choice down to two schools: the University of Kentucky and one other. But a visit to Lexington and Billy’s Bar-B-Q, where he had lunch with George Herring, the professor who would become his mentor, made UK the place to go.

“Once I met George, there was


Moisés Castillo can convince you that everything you’ve ever read circles back to Cervantes. As a new professor in the Hispanic Studies Department, Castillo doesn’t need to do too much convincing to get students to relate to an author who has been published only nearly as often as the Bible. “I can teach, through Cervantes, how all of these issues connect directly, expressly, in a very transparent way in today’s politics, today’s way of treating religious issues, ideology," he began. “It is amazing, and students say, ‘I should’ve taken Cervantes to understand Borges,’ because Borges was reading Cervantes. To understand Balzac, and the French, or James Joyce, every single great novelist today: you have to understand Cervantes.”

For the last several years, the department of Hispanic Studies has been without a professor


In the time away from her anthropological research, Susan Stonich engages in a familiar and common hobby – “I’m a weaver.”

“The creative part of my life is weaving and textile design, I’m very interested in that,” she said.

But the nature of weaving, interlacing different threads to create a larger, coherent fabric, is integral to understanding Stonich’s career as an anthropological researcher and political ecologist. “I really do research that tends to integrate all those previously diverse fields.”

At the core of both Stonich’s research and pedagogical approach is a belief in the value and necessity of interdisciplinary perspectives. “We have to do a better job from the undergraduate level to the graduate level to train our students to be truly interdisciplinary,” she explained. “Because of the kinds of problems that I look at in my work, an interdisciplinary


Many people decide to go abroad to study another culture. Hispanic Studies masters students Ana Pociello Samperiz and Naiara Porras Rentero went abroad to study both other cultures as well as their own. Both from small villages in northern Spain (“Naiara’s is smaller though,” Pociello Samperiz will quickly inform you) it was a love of the English language that brought them to America.

As students at University of Valladolid in Spain, both Pociello Samperiz and Porras Rentero studied abroad in Greece and Italy respectively and enjoyed the international experience. They both jumped at the opportunity to study and teach in the UK Department of Hispanic Studies though a program at the University of Valladolid called Lectorado. Each year the program sends


One of the best-selling books of 2005 was “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything,” which debunked conventional wisdom and highlighted the role of statistics in getting to the bottom of our thornier questions. In a similar way, UK’s newest statistical scholars, Simon Bonner and Matthew Schofield, have focused their research on the emerging field of ecological statistics in ways that could potentially impact how we attempt to protect threatened species.
But first, just what is ecological statistics?

Dustin Lueker

PhD Student by Jason Kazee
photos by Mark Cornelison

Hailing originally from Pinckneyville, Illinois, University of Kentucky statistics Ph.D. candidate Dustin Lueker is a born again Kentuckian. He moved to Mount Sterling with his family as a teenager where he attended Montgomery County High School. Lueker enrolled in Morehead State University where he completed his undergraduate studies in mathematics and then came to UK to pursue a doctorate in statistics.

“I think most people who know me were surprised to learn I chose statistics over math, but I really liked the environment and atmosphere of the stats department. It reminded me a lot of the Math Department at Morehead.” Lueker finds the close-knit culture of the smaller Statistics Department at UK to offer a degree of personal attention students in other programs miss out on


The son of a naval architect/marine engineer, Steven C. Grambow credits his father for putting him on the path to hard sciences.
“He was my biggest influence. At a relatively young age he was the chief engineer and naval architect of a World War II Navy Shipyard in Sausalito, CA that at its peak had over 20,000 employees. He went on to have a long and successful career as an engineer and project manager in international mining and minerals. He had a brilliant mind and enjoyed studying math, physics and general science as a hobby. It definitely rubbed off on me.”
Grambow grew up in Northern California and started college at UCLA,


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