UK’s ‘Pikeville to Paducah’ vision pays off for Trigg
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LEXINGTON - When he became the University of Kentucky’s 11th president in 2001, Lee T. Todd Jr. said he envisioned UK’s campus “stretching from Pikeville to Paducah.” ”The Commonwealth is UK’s campus,” Todd said.

It’s a vision that UK has taken to heart, as evidenced by the fact that the university’s scientists are conducting research in every one of Kentucky’s 120 counties.?That includes Trigg County, where the College of Agriculture is helping farmers become more productive through no-till methods.

But those aren’t not the only ways UK continually touches the lives of Trigg County residents. The university is educating 19 young Trigg Countians in the 2009-2010 academic year, assisting business people, advising homemakers and offering guidance on health care.

Two Trigg Countians came to UK as a freshman in August, joining one of the university’s brightest and most diverse first-year classes ever.

“I’m impressed by the way UK continues to improve the quality and diversity of our student body, particularly with the addition of students like those from Trigg County,” Todd said. “We once again increased both the number of incoming freshmen and their average ACT score. ?

“What’s most exciting to me is that I feel that all of these increases can be tied to the quality of our faculty and staff and the unique, world-class educational experience those individuals consistently provide to our students.”

Trigg County already has 395 residents who are UK graduates. Of those, four are physicians, three are dentists, six are lawyers and 10 are engineers.

The county also relies on professionals at UK HealthCare to treat medical conditions. In the fiscal year ending in June 2009, Trigg Countians visited the UK Chandler Medical Center and its clinics on 26 occasions.

Business owners sought counseling and training from the Kentucky Small Business Development Center – part of the UK Commercial and Economic Development Office – on 16 occasions.

Meanwhile, Trigg County farmers, homemakers and regular citizens relied on College of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service agents David Fourqurean, Cecelia Hostilo and Janeen Tramble for information designed to improve the quality of their lives and health.

UK’s future economic impact also will extend into Trigg County, as coming generations seek their degrees both on the campus in Lexington and on the Internet via Kentucky’s Commonwealth Virtual University. Better earnings, a more educated work force and a higher tax base – the evidence of real prosperity – can be expected.

(This press release was submitted by Dan Adkins, media contact for the University of Kentucky.)
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