Student Organizations

CLASSICS:  UK Classics Club  (on Facebook here)
Faculty Advisor: Valerio Caldesi-Valeri
  • Free and open to all students with an interest in the languages and cultures of the ancient world regardless of their major, the UK Classics Club strives to offer social and educational opportunities meant to raise awareness of Classical Studies and foster a greater sense of fellowship among students who share a passion for the cultural legacy of ancient Greece and Rome. The Club sponsors get-togethers with Classics faculty and graduate students (free food, folks, and always great conversations!), musical performances (ever thought of how a modern poet-musician would perform an ancient poem?), film screenings (do classical themes make for Hollywood flicks that are so bad that they’re good?), public lectures, and other activities. Join us for an exhilarating time and find out how classics is still very much alive and relevant to this day.
CLASSICS:  Tau chapter of the Eta Sigma Phi (ΗΣΦ) Classics honorary at UK  (on Facebook here)
Faculty Advisor: Valerio Caldesi-Valeri
  • Eta Sigma Phi is the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek. Members are elected by local chapters which have been chartered by the society. The purposes of the Society, in the words of the Constitution, are "to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities; to promote closer fraternal relationship among students who are interested in classical study, including inter-campus relationship; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome."
FRENCH: UK French Club
Faculty advisor: Julie Human
  • Visit the UK French Club website for more detailed information.  You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.  We offer cultural and conversational activities, including conversation hours, a film series, game nights, and roundtable discussions--and often free food! All activities are organized by graduate student teaching assistants and undergraduate students in the French section of UK's Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department.  Our semester schedule is posted here.  For a list of French tutors, click here, and for a list of translators, click here.

GERMAN: UK German Club 
Faculty advisor: Joe O'Neil
  • Visit our Facebook page ("University of Kentucky German Club").
  • Meetings for the German Club take place at the Max Kade German House. Come join us! Meet new people! Learn something new! Anyone interested in the German language or culture is welcome!  If you love the German language, culture, people, or just want to hang out with people this is for you. Contact for current meeting and event schedules.
  • German Club provides:
    • Opportunities to connect with other German students outside the classroom.
    • Exposure to German popular culture and current events.
    • Information about study abroad programs, much of the information coming straight from of students who have participated in study abroad.
ITALIAN: Italian Club
Faculty advisor: Gloria Allaire
  • The Italian Club meets monthly on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Room varies. For Fall 2016, the Italian Club meets in Whitehall CB 215 on the following dates: Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 7. For anyone who wants to learn more about Italian language and culture. You do not have to speak Italian to be a member.
  • The Tavola italiana meets on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. at COFFEA, 385 Rose St. The Italian Table is designed for anyone who loves the Italian language and culture, and it's a good opportunity to chat in Italian in an informal environment. In Fall 2016, it meets on the following dates: Sep. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 9, 30. For more information, contact Dr. Gloria Allaire at    

JAPAN: Japanese Culture in Kentucky Society (JCiKS)

  • The University of Kentucky's Japanese Culture in Kentucky Society (JCIKS) is a student run organization aimed at providing students at the University of Kentucky the opportunity to engage in social activities and meetings exemplifying Japanese culture as seen in Kentucky.  In addition, JCIKS aims to provide tutoring in the Japanese language for non-Japanese students, and English tutoring for students from Japan. JCIKS also exists to offer assistance and support for students from Japan studying at the University of Kentucky, with the goal of fostering a spirit of community among students from Japan and students interested in Japan.
  • Regular meetings occur every Thursday night at 7 pm in Room 203 of Whitehall Classroom Building. All UK students, professors, and staff with interest in Japanese language or culture are welcome. There is no membership fee.  For more information, contact JCiKs President Ilona Hoffmann or visit
RUSSIAN: UK Russian Club
Faculty advisors: Cynthia Ruder and Anna Voskresensky
  • The UK Russian Club sponsors monthly Russian Tea, an event that provides Russian speakers of all levels the opportunity to speak Russian in an informal setting.  Everyone is welcome!  In addition, the Club sponsors film showings, lectures, and cultural events throughout the semester.  The highlight of the Club's activities is RUSSIAN WEEK, which is held in the spring semester of each academic year.  This week features traditional egg painting, films, folk dancing, and other activities.  The week is capped off by a Russian dinner to which participants contribute some sweet or savory Russian dish.  A wildly popular book auction is also held, and graduating Russian majors are honored.  In addition, the Club sponsors an annual t-shirt design competition that becomes the logo for that year's shirt.  For more information contact any member of the Russian Club Central Committee.  2013-14 Committee members are:

    Joey Belza; Mitchell Mundorff; Travis Thompson; Nash Whaley

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