COM Students Brave the Cold for the 7th Annual Walk For Warmth


Walk for Warmth

by: Camiran Moore

Consider how you enjoy spending your Saturday mornings in the dead of the winter. Perhaps you prefer being all snuggled up with a soft blanket, your heat dialed to 75 degrees, and a warm cup of hazelnut coffee cupped in your hands. However, on Saturday, February 28th for a group of University of Kentucky students their morning was anything but cozy and warm. University of Kentucky’s own, Dr. Alan DeSantis and Lecturer Jenna Haugen, led the CI (College of Communication & Information)Connect’s Living and Learning Program (LLP) “crew” to a charitable act of kindness that they won’t soon forget.

The students participated in Walk for Warmth, an annual two-mile walk around the city of Lexington. The event is hosted by the Lexington Rescue Mission. Registration fees of $30 and donations fund the Lexington Rescue Mission’s Homeless Prevention Program, providing emergency financial assistance to people who are financially close to being homeless. This was the 7th year that Walk for Warmth has held and the first year that Ci Connect LLP participated.

As the largest team that registered for the walk, 14 Ci Connect LLP students, including peer mentor Fotis Tompoulidis, took part in the Walk for Warmth along with director Dr. DeSantis and community service expert, Jenna Haugen. Under the direction of “Dr. D” each LLP participant was encouraged to fund-raise the registration instead of using out of pocket money. The 16 of us gathered in our classroom, below Champions Court 1 at 8a.m. the morning of February 28th and we feasted on fruit, yogurt, and donuts before the adventure began! We bundled up in our most fashionable sweat suits (it was about 10 degrees that morning) and headed toward downtown, to the Phoenix Park area, where registration was held. With our new Walk for Warmth t-shirts, hand warmers and hot chocolate, we posed for a few pictures, got in a couple interviews on local news WKYT- 27, and we were on our merry way. Through the city buildings and down the snow covered sidewalk we went, with the two-mile walk concluding at the Calvary Baptist Church where our team gathered for a free lunch (and some more T.V. interviews, woo)! All in all, it was a good morning for the students and staff of Ci Connect LLP. We not only made a difference in the lives of others, but we also had fun while doing it. We bonded and laughed over the little things, something as simple as conversation.

Perhaps comfort did lie in our hearts on that Saturday morning, as we understood our time and money were put toward a greater goal. If you would like to learn more about the Lexington Rescue Mission or Walk for Warmth visit So, what will you do to give back to your community?

Ci Connect LLP Team— Walk for Warmth Participants:

Alexis Winton

Allie Plata

Ansley Siebold

Brijan Emerson

Cami Moore

Connor Claure

Erin Harville

Ethan Fadele

Fotis Tompoulidis

Kayla McMillin

Kenadie Minton

Madison Rexroat

Tanner Sunny

Uchenna Udechukwu

Dr. DeSantis, Alan

Jenna Haugen