Diversity News

Simon Says - December News from Gatton Dean Simon Sheather

Welcome to the holiday 2018 edition of Simon Says!

As we celebrate this season of giving, we are proud to share this collection of holiday memories and experiences from Gatton students from around the world.

Hearing from students hailing from Nigeria, China, Germany and many other places in between, one message stands out: The holidays are about spending time with loved ones. We had fun creating this video, and we hope it brings a smile.

'A Big Blue Family': Jewish Students Find Community at UK

Alex Rosenzweig grew up in Long Island, New York, some 750 miles away from Lexington, with no links to the Bluegrass State. Now, in his final year pursuing a degree in engineering and a minor in Jewish studies at the University of Kentucky, he says he is part of a “Big Blue family.”

While he began his first year alone in a new place, he is now in his senior year as part of a strong network of friends, including two siblings and two cousins. How five relatives from Long Island ended up going to UK together is a long and complicated story, but it starts and ends with community.

UK MBA alum Dr. Carol Steltenkamp is named to External Chief Medical Officer at UK HealthCare

Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, professor of pediatrics and alum of the Professional MBA program at the University of Kentucky' Gatton College of Business and Economics, has been appointed to External Chief Medical Officer at UK HealthCare. In this new role, Dr. Steltenkamp will represent the voices of clinicians in strategy, outreach and communications; and will be responsible for developing and maintaining strategic clinical alliances with physicians and health care organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.

UK MBA Victoria Russell leads diversity and inclusion efforts at Papa John's International

Victoria Russell, alum of the MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, is the current Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Papa John's International, Inc. and has been with Papa John's for almost 13 years. She was recently spotlighted in the "Business Women First: Woman Making a Difference" by Louisville Business First. Papa John’s diversity and inclusion efforts will be crucial to the future success of the brand and Victoria (and her team) are ready for the challenge.

UK MBA alum Kimra H. Cole named new President and COO of Columbia Gas of Kentucky

University of Kentucky MBA alum Kimra H. Cole has been named President and Chief Operating Officer at Columbia Gas of Kentucky. Headquartered in Lexington, KY, Columbia Gas of Kentucky delivers clean, affordable and efficient natural gas to approximately 135,000 customers across the state and is one of NiSource’s seven regulated utility companies. Cole has served in various leadership roles in marketing, engineering, and operations during her 22 years with Columbia Gas of Kentucky and NiSource.

MBA Alum Taunya Phillips Appointed UK Alumni Association President

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 9, 2019) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association recently announced its 2019-2020 Board of Directors officers during its annual Summer Workshop. This year’s officers are Taunya A. Phillips, president; Hannah Miner Myers, president-elect; Mary Shelman, treasurer; and Timothy Walsh, secretary. The new slate officially took office July 1 and will serve until June 30, 2020.