Go Glocal Challenge: April Challenges

Hello Wildcats! April GO GLOCAL CHALLENGES have now arrived!!

Here is a friendly reminder on the guidelines to participate in the challenges:

Students can participate in the “Go Glocal Challenge” by posting photos to the Common Reading Experience Facebook page (@University of Kentucky Common Reading Experience) and/or Twitter account (@UKCommonReading) of the challenges they are participating. For instance, if a challenge is to go to a designated local restaurant, you will need to take a picture of the dining experience and post it on one of the CRE social media sites. The student that participated in the most challenges (indicated by number of unique photos of challenges) will be hailed the winner at the end of the semester and will receive a prize!! Note: Students can form teams for the Go Glocal Challenge!

Here are April’s Go Glocal Challenges:

  • Eat at the local restaurant Stella’s serving local food.
  • Have breakfast at Great Bagel off of Euclid.
  • Grab some delicious tacos at Lexington’s very own Local Taco.
  • Pick up a cup of coffee at Magee’s Bakery on East Main St.
  • Browse for books at locally owned sQecial Bookstore.
  • Participate in the Bluegrass Bazaar on Saturday, April 5th from 4-8pm at the Cheapside Park Fifth Third Pavilion to promote fair labor locally and across the globe. Sponsored by the University of Kentucky Center for Community Outreach, Students Taking Action Globally, the Common Reading Experience, and WRFL radio.
  • Attend the event “How Sweatshops Helped Transform the World” on Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm in W.T. Young Auditorium. Sponsored by the Chellgren Seminar Series.
  • Participate in University of Kentucky’s on campus events as it relates to going glocal. Attend the Farmer’s MarCat and Craft Fair on April 15th from 10am to 3 pm outside the Student Center. Sponsored by the Student Activities Board.

Good luck, Wildcats!!! Don’t forget to post your pictures on our social media sites! 

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Go Glocal Challenge: March Challenges

The much anticipated March GO GLOCAL CHALLENGES are about to be unveiled!!

Here is a friendly reminder on the guidelines to participate in the challenges:

Students can participate in the “Go Glocal Challenge” by posting photos to the Common Reading Experience Facebook page (@University of Kentucky Common Reading Experience) and/or Twitter account (@UKCommonReading) of the challenges they are participating. For instance, if a challenge is to go to a designated local restaurant, you will need to take a picture of the dining experience and post it on one of the CRE social media sites. The student that participated in the most challenges (indicated by number of unique photos of challenges) will be hailed the winner at the end of the semester and will receive a prize!! Note: Students can form teams for the Go Glocal Challenge!

Here are March’s Go Glocal Challenges:

  • Eat at the local restaurant Doodles serving local organic food.
  • Pick up a cup of fair trade certified coffee at Third Street Stuff & Coffee.
  • Browse for books at locally owned Black Swan Books.
  •  Shop for groceries at Good Foods.
  • Participate in University of Kentucky’s on campus events as it relates to going Glocal. Attend the International Dessert Contest held on March 12th.
  • Participate in the Kentucky Arts Council event, Kentucky Crafted: The Market,” held March 7th through 9th at the Lexington Convention Center.
  • Check out the FREE screening of The World Before Her at the Kentucky Theater as part of the One World Film Festival on Saturday, March 8th.

Good luck, Wildcats!!! Don’t forget to post your pictures on our social media sites! 

February Challenge: A Cup of the Common Wealth

Where can you get a great local cup of coffee in Lexington? This month as part of the GO GLOCAL CHALLENGE we are traveling to A Cup of the Common Wealth located off of Main Street on Eastern Ave! The values of A Cup of the Common Wealth include community, culture, and service – as they state in their website, “To celebrate Kentucky is to celebrate community, and we can’t wait to get started.” This Lexington local coffee shop is Fair Trade Certified and a Certified Organic Coffee Roaster.Image

When you walk into A Cup of the Common Wealth, you are greeted by friendly faces and the smell of delectable coffee. One of the things I noticed that stood out to me almost immediately was the “Pay it Forward Board.” Can you guess what the CRE program left on the board?! 

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Check out A Cup of the Common Wealth! Support local and Pay It Forward – make it a great day!

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Don’t forget to post your pictures of the challenges on the Common Reading Experience Facebook Page or Twitter to enter in for your chance to win the Go Glocal Challenge!! 

Go Glocal Challenge: February Challenges

Wildcats, are you ready to take on February’s GO GLOCAL CHALLENGES?!

Here is a reminder on the guidelines to participate in the challenges:

Students can participate in the “Go Glocal Challenge” by posting photos to the Common Reading Experience Facebook page (@University of Kentucky Common Reading Experience) and/or Twitter account (@UKCommonReading) of the challenges they are participating in. For instance, if a challenge is to go to a designated local restaurant, you will need to take a picture of the dining experience and post it on one of the CRE social media sites. The student that participated in the most challenges (indicated by number of unique photos of challenges) will be hailed the winner at the end of the semester and will receive a prize!! Note: Students can form teams for the Go Glocal Challenge!

Here are February’s challenges:

  • Eat at the local restaurant Alfalfa
  • Pick up a cup of coffee at A Cup of the Common Wealth
  • Browse for books at locally owned Morris Book Shop
  • Shop for clothes at Lucia’s
  • Participate in University of Kentucky’s campus events as it relates to Genocide Awareness Week. Attend an Evening with Derreck Kayongo on February 17 from 7 to 9pm in the Center Theater. Come hear Derreck Kayongo’s, a University of Kentucky professor, perspective on being a refugee of Uganda’s civil war. Sponsored by the Student Activities Board
  • Participate in the on campus event Soup and Substance: A Day in the Life on February 20 from 5 to 7 pm in the MLK Center. The event is part of Genocide Awareness Week and is a simulation demonstrating the difficulties of food preparation and daily activities in certain locations around the world. Sponsored by the Student Activities Board. 
  • Attend the on campus event Taste of Our World on February 26 from 11am to 1:30pm in the Frank Harris Grand Ballroom of the UK Student Center. The event brings together cuisine from Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East/ Mediterranean, and North & South America. Ten Thousand Villages and a fair trade vendor will also be there. Sponsored by the University of Kentucky Cultural Diversity Festival.
  • Check out the FREE screening of La Source at the Kentucky Theater as part of the One World Film Festival on February 27 at 7pm.

Good luck!!! Don’t forget to post your pictures on our social media sites! 

January Challenge: Josie’s

My experiences eating at Josie’s has always been great, but dining here this month brought about a new way of thinking about the restaurant: it was local. From Josie’s cow painting on the wall to the casual atmosphere of the restaurant, I felt like I could have been in a relative’s or friend’s kitchen rather than an eatery!

Glancing over the menu, it is hard to make a concise decision on what to order. My mind (and taste buds) kept going back and forth between the Chucktown Burger, Chevy Chase Special, or the alluding special of the day- a bacon filled quiche. I ended up having no decision regrets about the Chevy Chase Special, which includes eggs, choice of meat, potatoes or grits, and biscuits and gravy!

Hoping to make my meal all the better, I proceeded to ask our waitress about their food products and where they came from (I felt very much like Kelsey Timmerman on his quest to find out where his clothes were made!). She told me that most of their products are locally produced and grown. This made my taste buds and GLOCAL mentality all the more pleased!

Check out my Chevy Chase Special pictured below. Don’t YOU want to go GLOCAL?!

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UK Student Tip: You can use your Dining Plus Account at Josie’s.

Keep checking back for more updates and challenges on how you can go GLOCAL!

Go Glocal Challenge: January

Ready for your first set of Go Glocal Challenges?! Here you go!! 

January Go Glocal Challenges:

Don’t forget to post your pictures on the Common Reading Experience Facebook Page or Twitter to enter in for your chance to win the Go Glocal Challenge!! Image

Go Glocal Challenge!

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The Common Reading Experience book this year, Where Am I Wearing?, is about author Kelsey Timmerman’s quest to learn more about where his clothes were made and the people that made them. During the fall 2013 semester, UK students, faculty, and staff learned from Kelsey during his author visit in October, participated in the Where Am I Road Tripping Series to Berea, KY and the Freedom Center, and participated in such events like Kentucky Pride Week, the Black Gold documentary screening, and the Where Am I Map Project.

This semester we are challenging UK students to actively participate in being GLOCAL! The Common Reading Experience Program has created a “Go Glocal Challenge” that will continue throughout the spring 2014 semester. The “Go Glocal Challenge” is a partnership with different organizations and programs around campus and the greater Lexington area that will encourage students, faculty, and staff to live “glocally.”

Each month there will be a new set of challenges that will be unveiled in this blog and the Common Reading Experience social media sites. Examples of challenges could include shopping for clothes at a local store, eating at a local restaurant, or participating in the Farmer’s MarCat at UK.

Students can participate in the “Go Glocal Challenge” by posting photos to the Common Reading Experience Facebook page (@University of Kentucky Common Reading Experience) and/or Twitter account (@UKCommonReading) of the challenges they are participating in. For instance, if a challenge is to go to a designated local restaurant, the student will need to take a picture of the dining experience and post it on one of the CRE social media sites. The student that participated in the most challenges (indicated by number of unique photos of challenges) will be hailed the winner at the end of the semester and will receive a prize!! Note: Students can form teams for the Go Glocal Challenge!

Are you excited yet?!? You know we are! Have fun and go glocal!!