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Merit Weekend

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Merit Weekend 2019


Friday Activities

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8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Check-In – Singletary Center for the Arts (March 8 and 22) Gatton Student Center Ballroom (March 29)

9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

ALEKS Math Placement Exam – Receive ticket at check-in. Dismissal to exam will be announced in the Singletary Center Concert Hall (March 8 and 22) or Gatton Student Center Ballroom (March 29). Students will be escorted to a computer lab and directed back to the check-in location after completing the exam. Please refer to your ticket for details and times.

9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Foreign Language Exams – Receive ticket at check-in. Dismissal to exam will be announced in the Singletary Center Concert Hall (March 8 and 22) or Gatton Student Center Ballroom (March 29). Students will be escorted to a computer lab and directed back to the check-in location after completing the exam. Please refer to your ticket for details and times. (Required for students in the College of Arts & Sciences)

10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Academic College and Enrollment Management Resource Fair – Singletary Center for the Arts Mezzanine and President’s Room (March 8 and 22) Gatton Student Center Pre-Function Area (March 29)

Noon – 1:15 p.m.

Lewis Honors College Lunch and Open House – This event is for students and guests of those who have been admitted to the Lewis Honors College. Event will take place at Lewis Hall.

1:30 p.m.

Welcome to Merit Weekend and Opening Session – Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall (March 8 and 22) Gatton Student Center Ballroom (March 29)

2:45 p.m.

Students: UKonnect #1 – White Hall Classroom Building (See chart below for location) Family/Guests: Student and Academic Life 101 – Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall (March 8 and 22) Gatton Student Center Ballroom (March 29)

UKonnect Group Locations White Hall Classroom Building

UKonnect 1 UKonnect 2 UKonnect 3 UKonnect 4

4 p.m.

College Meeting for Students, Family and Guests – See chart below for location

Agriculture, Food and Environment 114 White Hall Classroom Building Arts and Sciences Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema Gatton College of Business and Economics Kincaid Auditorium – Business and Economics Building Communication and Information 102 White Hall Classroom Building (March 8 and March 22 only)

201 204 208 209

UKonnect 5 UKonnect 6 UKonnect 7 UKonnect 8

211 212 217 233

UKonnect 9 UKonnect 10 UKonnect 11 UKonnect 12

235 237 240 242

UKonnect 13 UKonnect 14 UKonnect 15 UKonnect 16

Design (March 8 and March 29 only) 209 Pence Hall

Health Sciences 122 White Hall Classroom Building

Education (March 8 and March 22 only) 234 White Hall Classroom Building

Nursing (March 8 and March 29 only) 214 White Hall Classroom Building

Engineering 106 White Hall Classroom Building

Public Health 208 White Hall Classroom Building

Fine Arts (March 22 and March 29 only) 212 White Hall Classroom Building

Social Work 201 White Hall Classroom Building

243 244 245 246


5:15 - 6:30 p.m.

Interest Sessions – White Hall Classroom Building (see pages 4 and 5 for details)

6:45 p.m.

Foreign Language Exam – 302 White Hall Classroom Building

6:45 p.m.

ALEKS Math Placement Exam – 304 White Hall Classroom Building

6:45 p.m.

Lewis Honors College – 118 White Hall Classroom Building (Students/guests who were unable to attend the Lewis Honors College Lunch and Open House can visit with representatives of the Lewis Honors College at this time to receive the information shared during the Lunch and Open House.)

6:45 p.m.

Living Learning Program and Honors Pathway Meetings – White Hall Classroom Building (see pages 4 and 5 for details and locations)

3 Students can purchase their WildCard student ID card during Merit Weekend in Gatton Student Center Suite 380. The WildCard Center will be open Friday until 4:15 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. There is a $17 charge for the student ID and $5 charge for an additional ID holder (optional). Each student will need to bring a government issued ID to obtain the WildCard ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID or state identification card).


Interest Sessions - White Hall Classroom Building

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Living Learning Program and Honors Pathway Meetings (6:45 p.m.)

Session I (5:15 - 5:45 p.m.)

Session II (6 - 6:30 p.m.)

102

102

Pre-Professional Advising

Pre-Pharmacy Advising

106

106

Campus Involvement

Fraternity and Sorority Life

110

110

Internships

Internships

114

114

Transformative Learning

Campus Involvement

118

118

Living on Campus

Living on Campus

122

122

Education Abroad and Exchanges

Education Abroad and Exchanges

208

208

Musical Ensembles

Musical Ensembles

212

212

102 White Hall Classroom Building

MathExcel

Transformative Learning

214

214

Scholars in Engineering and Management (SEAM) 7:20 p.m.

Peak Performance

Peak Performance

234

234

Undergraduate Research

First-Generation Connections

Students admitted to one of the following Living Learning Programs or Honors Pathway will have the opportunity to meet other participating students as well as staff and faculty to learn more about these programs and have your questions answered.

Agriculture Residential College 114 White Hall Classroom Building Audre Lorde Social Justice 238 White Hall Classroom Building Business Enterprise 110 White Hall Classroom Building (March 8 & 22 only)

Creative Arts

Holmes Hall Creative Arts Spaces 163 Art Education Studio Engineering Residential College 6:45 p.m.

102 White Hall Classroom Building First-Generation Scholars 234 White Hall Classroom Building International Village

Financial Aid and Academic Scholarships

204 White Hall Classroom Building

Representatives from Financial Aid and Academic Scholarships will be available in 219 White Hall Classroom Building to answer your questions and provide information.

122 White Hall Classroom Building

(5 – 6:45 p.m.)

If you and your family/guests are unable to attend all the sessions of interest this evening, please note that many representatives will be available Saturday during the Resource Fair to answer any questions you may have.

Interprofessional Healthcare Residential College LexEngaged 208 White Hall Classroom Building STEMCats 212 White Hall Classroom Building


Interest Session Summaries Campus Involvement - Looking to explore student organizations and involvement opportunities on campus? There are more than 500 registered student organizations that fall into 12 categories including academic, club sports, cultural, fine arts, hobbies and interests, political, professional, recreational, religious, service and more; there is something for everyone! Join us to learn about student organizations and our online student engagement platform where you can connect with organizations, programs and departments. The Office of Student Organizations and Activities connects students to their passions and strengths as well as provides leadership development that helps students build and enhance their marketable skills. Not only will students build lifelong friendships by getting involved, they will also build a better future! Education Abroad and Exchanges - UK Education Abroad and Exchanges offers programs for every major during the summer, fall, winter, spring and academic year. Studying abroad is just one piece of the pie; there are also opportunities to intern, teach, serve or conduct research abroad. Come learn how you can complete degree requirements overseas! #seeblueabroad First-Generation Connections - First-Generation Student Advising is here to help first-generation students at UK navigate the complexities of higher education. We do this by providing targeted advising, offering mentoring opportunities and sponsoring a living-learning community. The university defines a “first-generation student” as neither parent or guardian having earned a bachelor’s degree. Come connect with us! Fraternity and Sorority Life - Fraternities and sororities have a rich tradition at the University of Kentucky, starting in the 1890s. They continue to provide support, friendship and leadership to students and the UK community today. Being a member of a fraternity or sorority is a great way for students to be involved, form lifelong friendships, participate in community service and philanthropic endeavors and increase their leadership skills. This session provides incoming students and their families more information about the membership opportunities here at UK, as well as time to ask questions of the FSL staff. Internships - One of the most important career development experiences that students can participate in is an internship. It is a great space to test out, explore and learn about different jobs and make decisions about maximizing your time at UK as you prepare for the working world. Internship experience is one of the most important activities that employers look for when recruiting new graduates for employment opportunities. You’re invited to meet with representatives from the James W. Stuckert Career Center to learn how to find an internship, how it fits into your four-year plan and how to earn academic credit! Living on Campus - Welcome home! Students are our top priority at the University of Kentucky. That’s why UK has invested nearly $2.5 billion in the last several years revitalizing our campus, including our housing and dining facilities. Campus is designed for you. Attend this session and learn about the Living Learning Program, discover the various residence halls and room types available and hear about all the state-

of-the-art dining venues and meal plan options. Representatives from Campus Housing, UK Dining and Residence Life offices will be on-hand to share information and answer your questions. MathExcel - Learn about the MathExcel program, a special version of Calculus I (MA 113), and apply for admission after the presentation. MathExcel students get extra personal attention in intensive, collaborative workshops that are devoted to problem solving. MathExcel is open to all students who are eligible to enroll in Calculus I. Music Ensembles - Music ensembles at the School of Music are open to all UK students regardless of major, based on audition. Ensemble auditions take place a few days before the first day of class every fall, with auditions also sometimes taking place before the spring semester. Ensembles include concert bands, orchestra, choirs and athletic bands. Come join us to learn about how you can be a part our outstanding music ensembles. Peak Performance - While coming to college is exciting, positive life events such as this can also be stressful. To be the best U at UK, it is imperative to manage your stress well. This session will introduce you to unique stressors related to being a talented scholar as well as strategies and resources, including the Counseling Center, on campus to help you succeed at UK. Pre-Pharmacy Advising - All students planning to pursue pharmacy are strongly encouraged to attend this session. The pre-pharmacy advisor will present an overview of the nationally-ranked College of Pharmacy and its doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program, admissions requirements, class scheduling and major selection for pre-pharmacy students. Tips to begin strengthening your application will be provided. Pre-Professional Advising (pre-law, pre-medical and preparatory programs for other pre-professional and allied health professions) - Advisors from across the university will share information to help you plan for professional school. This session is open to students from all majors to educate you on the admittance process for professional degree programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary science, law and other professional schools. Bring your questions and let this panel give you the details on what you need to know now! Transformative Learning: Recipe for Success Interest Session - Research has shown there are some common behaviors, habits and strategies students use to succeed academically. This session will walk through the essential ingredients for academic success and provide a basic “recipe for success” related to the services and resources provided by Transformative Learning. TL is a student’s one-stop shop for on campus academic resources, and our student services include academic coaching, peer tutoring at The Study and common hour review sessions. Undergraduate Research - The great benefit to undergraduate students attending a research university is the chance to become engaged in serious academic scholarship and research with UK faculty. The best approach to learning is providing students the opportunity to participate and gain hands-on experience — to learn by doing. Join us in this session to learn more about opportunities for undergraduates and the support programs to enhance their undergraduate career at UK.

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Student Program

Continental Breakfast will be served

Saturday Activities

8:15 a.m.

UKonnect Meeting #2

White Hall Classroom Building*

9:30 a.m.

Advising and Registration

Various Locations**

*UKonnect Group Location White Hall Classroom Building UKonnect 1 UKonnect 2 UKonnect 3 UKonnect 4

201 203 204 205

UKonnect 5 UKonnect 6 UKonnect 7 UKonnect 8

207 208 209 211

UKonnect 9 UKonnect 10 UKonnect 11 UKonnect 12

212 213 214 215

UKonnect 13 UKonnect 14 UKonnect 15 UKonnect 16

217 219 114 122

**Advising and Registration Location

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Agriculture, Food and Environment Arts and Sciences Gatton College of Business and Economics Communication and Information (March 9 and March 23 only) Design (March 9 and March 30 only) Education (March 9 and March 23 only) Engineering Fine Arts (March 23 and March 30 only) Health Sciences Nursing (March 9 and March 30 only) Public Health Social Work

106 White Hall Classroom Building 110 White Hall Classroom Building 106 White Hall Classroom Building 102 White Hall Classroom Building 106 White Hall Classroom Building 106 White Hall Classroom Building 118 White Hall Classroom Building 106 White Hall Classroom Building 106 White Hall Classroom Building 106 White Hall Classroom Building 106 White Hall Classroom Building 106 White Hall Classroom Building

11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

Gatton Student Center Champions Kitchen

11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m. Department and Program Resource Fair

Gatton Student Center Ballroom

11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m. Merit Weekend Check-Out Gatton Student Center Ballroom and K Week Sneak Peek 1:30 p.m.

College of Engineering Meet the Dean/Associate Dean

118 White Hall Classroom Building

All College of Engineering students and their family/guests are invited to come meet the Dean/Associate Dean. This informal question and answer session will take place on Saturday afternoon, after the registration process. This is a great opportunity to hear from the leaders of the College of Engineering on what brought them to campus, why they believe in our program and why you should make UK and the College of Engineering your home next year.


Family and Guest Program Saturday Activities 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast 8:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. Family and Guest Program

Gatton Student Center Ballroom

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

Gatton Student Center Champions Kitchen

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Department and Program Resource Fair

Gatton Student Center Ballroom

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Merit Weekend Check-Out and K Week Sneak Peek

Gatton Student Center Ballroom

Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema

The Family and Guest Program will include a student panel made up of current UK students and presentations on the following programs and topics: Campus Safety

Student Account Services

Transportation Services

University Health Service

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Four Pillars of Academic Excellence

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Belonging and Engagement

Student Health and Wellness

Your education at UK is more than just exams and grades; it is belonging to a community that supports your growth, challenges your viewpoints and builds lasting relationships. Your educational opportunities at UK will allow you to address social problems through service learning, education abroad and undergraduate research. With more than 500 student organizations, you can connect with other students and expand your interests across music and the arts; spirituality and religion; culture; service and philanthropy; sports and recreation; and much more. If you can’t find the organization you are looking for, grab a few friends and start your own! Live on campus or join a living learning program to really make campus feel like your new Kentucky home. They say “home is where the heart is,” and at the University of Kentucky, we want to make sure you feel at home.

Your well-being is at the core of your growth and development not only as a college student, but as an adult in the global marketplace. With an emphasis on the dimensions of wellness emotional, financial, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual - the University of Kentucky wants to prepare you with the tools and knowledge necessary for self-actualization. We provide services for your personal well-being and offer multiple opportunities for leadership and professional development through ambassador programs, student employment and internships. Whether you wish to try something new, change up your lifestyle for some healthier or safer habits or simply find ways to continue your healthy habits as a college student, we have everything you need to ensure your success!

Academic Success

Financial Stability

Academic success is at the center of everything we do at the University of Kentucky. Taking a student-centered approach, Student and Academic Support is just one of several units within the Division of Student and Academic Life focused on your academic and personal success. We provide support and resources to not only enhance academic achievement, but also help address your need for support in other areas of your life. Success is not simply measured by graduation, but is defined by how well you have grown in your intellectual, emotional, social and ethical development during your time at UK. We strive to have our students become career and world ready, fostering the ethos of being life-long learners and critical thinkers.

Being away from home for the first time can be challenging especially learning to manage your own finances. Sometimes money management isn’t taught in high school but we know the need for financial literacy concepts to be delivered and ingrained in our students is an essential life skill to ensure your future success. The University of Kentucky’s Student Financial Wellness Center is geared toward engaging our students in financial literacy programs and provides a place for peer mentorship through the MoneyCATS team. The center is also a resource dedicated to the entire UK community supporting the evolving financial needs of students across campus.


University of Kentucky Academic Expectations 1. Attend and prepare for ALL classes Be open to incorporating new study behaviors that will help you reach your goals. Be aware of old habits that are inhibiting your success as a student. It’s up to YOU to read and understand the assigned material; lectures and assignments proceed from the assumption that you have prepared for class.

2. Reflect on and apply what you learn College is a learning environment in which you take responsibility for thinking through and applying what you have learned. Mastery is often seen as the ability to apply what you have learned to new situations or to solve new kinds of problems.

3. Create and respect relationships It is your responsibility to build relationships with people (professors, students, advisors) who will support you in reaching your goals. At the beginning of each semester, introduce yourself to all of your professors to begin building relationships. Each semester, meet with your academic advisor at least once in addition to your priority registration appointment.

4. Expand your education beyond the classroom Take advantage of opportunities outside the classroom that will enrich your education and college experience. Investigate these possibilities with your academic advisor, professors, and student involvement.

5. Believe in your ability to succeed Believe in yourself and be persistent. Maintaining positive behaviors and attitudes will help you reach your goals.


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18-09058 Merit Weekend Program 2019  

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