The Power of Place
The Power of Place

38°84: The Official Magazine

So, where did 38°84 come from? Geographically, the latitude and longitude of the University of Kentucky is 38.0406° N, 84.5037° W. We trimmed that down to keep things simple, but the essence is the same: we are here to celebrate the Bluegrass Region and the impact our college, our university, our city and our state has upon the world. Our design students are taking what they learn here and translating it into projects that can have a global impact. We start at 38°84, but it won’t stop here.

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The dawn of a dream come true doesn’t always actualize with confetti and champagne toasts. Sometimes it looks like this: computer keyboard on your lap, lying in bed with your sister next to you, brainstorming about your future and its uncertain path.


CoD Strategic Plan

This strategic plan for the UK College of Design sets the expectation that we will deliver on the expanding definition of design, collaborate with and educate our UK companion colleges and set a foundation that positions the College for growth in students, research, funding and reputation. 2016 was a year of prelude to this strategic plan with a focus on a new college identity, complete budget overhaul, and strategic hires. Through this process we are now committed to expanding the foothold of the College of Design within the University of Kentucky campus and beyond.

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Want to contribute to 38°84?

Do you have a way with words as well as design? Are you forever ensconced in the endeavors taking place at the College of Design? Whether you would like to be a contributing writer or have news to share, we want to hear from you. Please contact Julie Wilson, Director of Communications, at and share your ideas with us. Help us strengthen our ties with our alumni as well as our community by keeping us informed of the amazing work and achievements happening in your world.

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38°84 is published for alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College of Design at the University of Kentucky. Copyright ©2016. All rights reserved. 38°84 Vol 1, Fall 2016. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent of the College of Design at the University of Kentucky. Want to make sure your name is on the alumni list to receive future issues of 38°84? Send inquiries to: Lori Matthews, Director of Philanthropy & Alumni Relations,

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