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UK Featured in Delta In-Flight Magazine

Media Contact: Keith Hautala, 859-257-1754, x231 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 4, 2008) - Travelers on Delta Air Lines in June will get a glimpse of what Lexington has to offer in a 60-page portrait in this month's issue of Sky, the airline's in-flight magazine.

The University of Kentucky features prominently in the magazine's portrait of the Bluegrass region, alongside the area's famed thoroughbred horses, bourbon and dry-stone fences. So, some 3.4 million Sky readers will soon learn what those who live here already know - that UK is a big part of what makes Lexington so special.

An article on higher education in the region highlights UK's accomplishments in teaching and research, illustrated by a photo of the William T. Young Library. An article on local health care providers gives top billing to UK HealthCare and features a photo of Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs, with a model of the new UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, scheduled to open in phases beginning in 2011. And, since no profile of life in Lexington would be complete without a nod to Kentucky basketball, a two-page photo spread gives Sky readers just a hint of the excitement inside Rupp Arena right before a Wildcats home game. 

The magazine also showcases a number of UK's fine arts offerings in an article on the arts' regional presence. The article highlights the success of UK Opera Theatre and includes a picture from the spring production of "Hansel and Gretel." Another image shows "La Negresse," a bronze bust by French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, which is part of the UK Art Museum collection. For visitors coming to the Bluegrass in June, the article lists a sampling of this month's productions, including "As It Is in Heaven," presented by the UK Department of Theatre, and "It's a Grand Night for Singing," an annual production from UK Opera Theatre, as well as two art exhibitions at the museum.

The magazine's publisher, Pace Communications of Greensboro, N.C., originally planned to devote only 28 pages to the profile but found enough material to justify more than twice the space, according to a May 29 article by Jennifer Hewlett of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

"It's a stunning piece," the newspaper quotes Steve Mitchem, managing director of the portrait series, as saying. "We probably could have done 100 pages."


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