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Statewide tour to introduce new UK equine faculty

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2008) – The University of Kentucky Equine Initiative and Kentucky Equine Education Project have partnered to introduce some of UK’s newest equine faculty to residents across the state through its UK New Faces Tour.

The tour will kick off Oct. 21 in Lexington on the UK campus and finish up Nov. 25 in Elizabethtown. In between, UK’s newest equine faculty – and in some cases established faculty in new roles – will make stops in London, Benton, northern Kentucky, Morehead and Bowling Green.

This tour has been several years in the making.

In March 2005, UK’s College of Agriculture set out to better serve Kentucky’s multi-breed horse industry by building on the university’s strong tradition of excellence in equine research, instruction and service and to enhance the state’s well-deserved status as the “Horse Capital of the World.”

UK’s College of Agriculture held listening sessions across Kentucky as the Equine Initiative was forming to get a sense of what residents of the state wanted and needed from an equine program at Kentucky’s flagship university. Participants overwhelmingly responded that it was important that UK greatly enhance its equine programs. The direction of the Equine Initiative was largely shaped through these sessions, and the upcoming tour provides the opportunity for UK to share what’s been put into place as a result of that input.

Faculty who will be participating in the New Faces Tour include Jamie MacLeod, Equine Initiative director; Bob Coleman, associate director for undergraduate education in equine science and management and extension horse specialist; Fernanda Camargo-Stutzman, assistant professor in animal and food sciences and equine extension specialist focusing on youth; Mary Rossano, assistant professor in animal and food sciences conducting research in epidemiology; Ed Squires, new director of advancement and industry relations for the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center; and executive director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation; Jill Stowe, assistant professor in agricultural economics, teaching and conducting research on issues related to the equine industry; and Kristine Urschel, new faculty member in animal and food sciences with a focus on nutrition.

Locations were chosen in regions across Kentucky based on facility availability and relative ease of travel. Each of the following events will occur from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, E.S. Good Barn on UK’s campus

Thursday, Oct. 23, Laurel County extension office in London

Thursday, Oct. 30, Marshall County extension office in Benton

Monday, Nov. 3, Kenton County extension office, in conjunction with the Northern Kentucky Horse Network meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 11, on the Morehead State University campus

Tuesday, Nov. 18, Warren County extension office in Bowling Green

Tuesday, Nov. 25, Hardin County extension office in Elizabethtown

“Expanding equine programs means attracting new leaders to teach and conduct programs of quality and relevance to the horse industry. In consultation with UK students and our industry-wide stakeholders, we have added valued team members in animal nutrition, animal epidemiology, 4-H, agricultural economics, pathology and toxicology,” said Nancy Cox, associate dean for research in the UK College of Agriculture and primary administrative contact for the Equine Initiative. “Our faculty is motivated to conduct first-class research, teaching and extension programs that support the well-being and economic value of the horse. Our programs reach across the state and address all horse owners.”

The mission of the Equine Initiative is to discover, share and apply new knowledge that will enhance the health, performance and management of horses commensurate with the signature status of Kentucky’s horse industry. It is an overarching framework for all equine programs at UK and employs a cross-disciplinary approach that has resulted in enhancements to existing equine programs and the formation of new equine areas of emphasis.

One of the most tangible of these enhancements was the formation of an undergraduate degree program. The equine science and management degree program is now in its second year and has attracted more than 120 undergraduate students to UK.

Since its inception, the Equine Initiative has enhanced equine research programs, expanded outreach programs to address equine issues of interest to Kentucky’s youth andmadults, established new partnerships with other equine organizations and universities, began building new facilities on the Maine Chance Equine Campus and hired more equine focused faculty and staff.

More information about the UK New Faces Tour can be found at http://www.ag.uky.edu/equine.


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