On May 12, 2015, more than 150 guests attended the UK Libraries Spring Gala in William T. Young Library. The event began with a presentation in the UK Athletics Auditorium, during which guests heard updates from Dean Terry Birdwhistell, Director of Development Daniel King, and UK Libraries National Advisory Board President Gail Hart.
|Advisory Board President Gail Hart|
2014-2015 Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Nathan Moore, a recent UK graduate, shared his experiences working in UK Libraries.
|Student Intern Nathan Moore|
UK Provost Tim Tracy presented the Paul A. Willis Award for Outstanding Faculty to Dr. Doug Boyd of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the Special Collections Research Center.
|Provost Tim Tracy and Dr. Doug Boyd|
UK President Eli Capilouto spoke, and presented the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement to Dr. George C. Wright, UK alumnus and President of Prairie View A&M University.
|President Eli Capilouto|
|Left to right, Provost Tim Tracy, Dr. George C. Wright, President Eli Capilouto|
Dr. Wright delivered the keynote address offering an overview of his four decades of international research on race relations.
|Dr. George C. Wright|
|Dr. Wright addressed attendees.|
|Dr. Wright received a standing ovation.|
Following the presentation, guests enjoyed a reception in the atrium of Young Library including music provided by the UK College of Fine Arts School of Music, hors d'oeuvres, and beverages.
|Student musicians from the UK School of Music performed.|
|William T. Young Library was transformed for the Gala.|
|Young Library provided an excellent venue for guests.|
|Dr. George Herring, left, and Dr. George C. Wright|
|Left to right, Jenny Dr. Boyd, Doug Boyd, and Mary Beth Thomson|
All in attendance deemed the event to be a success, and guests lingered long into the evening.