Summer 2022 Newsletter

Street view of the Gatton Student Center


The mission of the UK Women and Philanthropy Network is to motivate and bring together women as leaders, donors and advocates for the University of Kentucky.

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Headshots of W&P Co-Chairs Cathy Doyle and Kelly Holland

Note from the Co-Chairs

Greetings from the UK Women and Philanthropy Network! We hope you are having a wonderful summer and are looking forward to an exciting fall at the University of Kentucky. Our proposal submission window has recently closed, and we are eager to read the new ideas that faculty and staff have put forth to support UK students through our funding opportunity.

We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and look forward to seeing you on campus at the Symposium on November 3.

Street view of the Cornerstone Building on a rainy evening.

Touring the Cornerstone

In June, W&P members and their guests enjoyed an evening at The Cornerstone, hearing from Dr. Seth DeBolt, the director of the Distillation, Wine and Brewing Undergraduate Certificate Program at UK and Heath Price, UK’s associate chief information officer, who played a huge role in bringing an Esports program to UK. Watch the Zoom recording of the presentations here.

Calendar of Events

Our annual Symposium is scheduled for November 3, 2022.

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By the Numbers

The UK Women and Philanthropy Network recognizes the essential and continuing role of women in the life and progress of the University of Kentucky. Our goal is to create a culture of service and philanthropy through members’ donations of time, talent and resources. Since inception, our membership has awarded $2,683,719 in grants to support students, research projects and programs at the university.

Corrine Elliot

Recipient Spotlight: Corrine Elliot

Corrine Elliot received two summer undergraduate research grants that were funded by the Women and Philanthropy Network. Now she's in her fourth year at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is earning her doctorate with a focus on computational chemistry.

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Member Spotlight: Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the executive director of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management in 2005 from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics and a master’s degree in career and technical education from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 2011.

Read about Jill

2021 Women and Philanthropy Network Symposium

Call for Membership

More members means we can fund more programs in November! Invite your friends and colleagues who are passionate about UK students to join us. We currently have 213 members and want to increase that before voting in November. Welcome to our new members in 2022:

  • Jana Kennelly, Lexington
  • Sandra Miller, Lexington
  • Kay Reis, Lexington
  • Julia Costich, Lexington
  • Jamie Bowling, Middlesboro
  • Michelle Raney, Lexington
  • Lu Young, Nicholasville
  • Pat Hudson, New York, NY
  • Natalie Dickey, Lexington
  • Cecil Booth, Chicago, IL
  • Jennifer Greer, Lexington
  • Jean Cravens, Lexington
  • Mary McCall, Lexington

Pay your membership on your schedule!


It's time to pay dues for 2022 voting. If you haven't yet paid, there are easy ways to do so. Pay online, by check, recurring credit card or auto bank draft. Hard copy statements will be mailed on August 19. Learn more about payment options here.

Leadership Council

Are you interested in a leadership position with the Women and Philanthropy Network? Consider volunteering to serve on the leadership council. We are recruiting 10 women to serve a three-year term from 2023-2025.

Learn more