After a grand opening celebration on March 12, 2016, Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum, the Speed Art Museum, has officially reopened to the public after an extensive three-year renovation. Located in the heart of campus at the University of Louisville, the Speed Art Museum offers a unique and exciting way to experience a vast variety of culture and art.

The new museum is “designed to inspire creativity and foster deeper engagement” for visitors, especially convenient for students living on or near campus. Admission to the Speed on Sunday's is free for all visitors.

The University of Louisville has been recognized as one of the nation’s top institutions for producing student Fulbright awardees during the 2015-2016 academic year, listed by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and promotes cultural exchanges with more than 140 countries. The prize is one of the most prestigious in academia.

UofL announced 10 Fulbright winners for the 2015-2016 academic year and has had 89 winners since 2003—more than all other Kentucky institutions combined.

UofL has had 89 winners since 2003—more than all other Kentucky institutions combined. Harvard topped the list for the 2015-16 academic year with 31 Fulbrights. The rest of the top five were Michigan (29), Northwestern (26), Yale (26) and Arizona State (22). Besides Stanford, U of L was tied  Penn State, George Washington and Washington.

UofL will announce the names of 2016-17 Fulbright scholars beginning in late March and continuing through early summer.

Ten of the 24 applicants at U of L won Fulbrights, the highest  percentage of any of the 42 universities.

At last, you’ve finally wrapped up your stressful midterm exams, typed that dreadful research paper for your professor that smells like cheese and are ready to start planning a relaxing yet event-filled fall break. Whether you’re a native of the eccentric city of Louisville, KY, or are visiting from out-of-town (Hi - we’re happy you’re here!) there is never a dull moment in this bustling city.

Lucky for you, Louisville is at one of its busiest times of the year during this exciting fall season. Whether you’re a die hard Cards fan (#L1C4) and are interested in cheering on the Louisville Cardinals to victory in the 55,000+ seater, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, or would rather attend a groovy concert at Headliners Music Hall or the KFC Yum! Center, we meet all of your touristy needs and more here in the ‘Ville.

Personally, I’m looking forward to endless amounts of art gallery hopping, boutique shopping and coffee sipping this fall! Speaking of art galleries, one of my all time favorite art festivals to attend is the St. James Court Art Show. This one of a kind fine arts and crafts show hosts over 750 artists from all over North America. Held in the heart of historic Old Louisville, the St. James Court Art Show is an amazing excuse to explore impressive artwork with friends, take too many pictures and indulge in copious amounts of pumpkin spice lattes.

Speaking of pumpkin spice lattes (I know, I know…) Louisville is the heart of deliciously rustic coffee shops and quaint tea houses. A Louisville favorite, one can always depend on Heine Bros. Coffee to satisfy their pumpkin dreams with their signature pumpkin pie (yes, I said pie) latte brewed specifically for fall. However, if you’re looking for a nice cup of java for any other time of the year, I personally recommend Quills Coffee. If you’re lucky they may even fancy up your coffee with picture perfect foam art for Instagram!

Another festival favorite of mine that takes place during fall is the Nulu Fest. Located on East Market Street, the Nulu Fest is a huge block party for downtown Louisville lovers with lots of delicious food, vendors, live music and more. After you’ve visited Nulu, be sure to drive down to The Highlands, or dare I say, “The Land of the Hipsters,” located on Bardstown Rd. The Highlands is full of quirky boutiques, restaurants and record shops all awaiting your arrival. As a Louisville native and Bardstown Rd. enthusiast, I have my fair share of boutique favorites such as Pitaya, General Eccentric, Acorn, Wild Fox and Urban Attic. Better Days Records and Great Escape, a comic book shop, are some hot spots too!

One of the many reasons I love Louisville is it’s enthusiasm for the Performing Arts. That being said, Louisville is the home to several theatres including the Louisville Palace, The Kentucky Center of Performing Arts and Actors Theatre. If you’re here for the week check out “Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula” at Actors Theatre, a local Halloween “must-see!”, running from September 11 - November 1.

At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Okay now all of this sounds great but when is she going to tell us where to eat? What about the food for Pete’s sake?” Have no fear. Though we love keeping our tourists entertained, the people of Louisville also love to eat. For me, it’s all about the scenery. I want to enjoy my food just as much as the atmosphere of where I am eating. My favorite restaurant go-to is Dragon King’s Daughter. If you’re a fan of incredible sushi, people watching and low lighting (as well as low prices), this place is for you. Other Louisville dining favorites include Jack Fry’s, the Mayan Cafe, Wild Eggs, Mussel & Burger Bar, Rye on Market and the Troll Pub. Also- if you’re really into atmosphere as well as getting a bang for your buck, I recommend Rivue, a rotating dining room that gives customers a 360 degree, up close and personal view of the glistening Louisville skyline. For dessert (I know I am RELENTLESS!), don’t forget to stop by Gigi’s Cupcakes and try their Pumpkin Spice Latte or S’mores cupcake baked specifically for fall.

As you can see, there are tons of adventures waiting for you as well as friends and family this fall break. Whether you decide to cheer on the Cardinals, attend an art festival or even take a trip to visit Dracula, there is always something to do in Louisville, KY. So get out there! Explore all the wonders our city has to offer. After all, “It’s Happening Here.”

Peyton Schmidt
Sophomore, University of Louisville

The incoming freshman class of 2019 could already be defined as UofL's "best class ever," and classes have yet to begin. This may not be the biggest freshman class (record held by last year's freshman class), but of the 2,825 incoming students who have enrolled thus far, 149 are already sophomores and another 22 are up to junior status - a new record for UofL.

From Mark Hebert in UofL Today:

“For the past few years, more than half of our incoming students have college credit before they get here,” said Jenny Sawyer, executive director of admissions at UofL. “It’s a national trend and due, in part, to the success of high schools and universities working together to boost college readiness.”

Sawyer said 30 credit hours is a general guideline for sophomore status and the university’s early college programs and partnerships with schools in Bullitt, Oldham and Jefferson counties are having a positive impact. University officials also reported that incoming students had an average ACT score of 25.5, the highest in the institution’s history and well above the national average of 21.

Incoming class of 2019:

  • 55 percent have some college credit
  • 149 will enter as sophomores
  • 22 will enter as juniors
  • 82 percent are Kentucky residents
  • 37 percent are from Jefferson County
  • 23 percent are students of color (includes international students)
  • 37 U.S. states and territories, other than Kentucky, are represented

Students begin to move in today, August 19, and classes begin Monday, August 24. We are looking forward to another great school year with an talented freshman class - There is No Better Time To Be A Louisville Cardinal!

While you are a student at UofL, significant changes will be taking place to the landscape of our ever-developing campus.  Several multi-million dollar projects will bring new and revitalized facilities to improve the space where you learn, play, live and relax

A $2.2 billion six-year capital plan will help shape campus development into the next decade. This includes on-campus student housing, where Center, Wellness and West Halls have been demolished to make way for a planned student-housing complex that will include a restoration of Stansbury Park (adjacent to the site).

“This project has a dual purpose,” said Kathleen Smith, chief of staff to the president.  “It will result in the first new student housing on UofL property since 2005 and a beautiful restoration of Stansbury Park to the way park designer Frederic Olmsted wanted to see it.”

A water feature, bicycle pavilion, great lawn, sculpture garden, tennis courts and a welcome center with restrooms are some of the features planned for the multi-million dollar makeover. The park is located directly across Third St. from the main entrance to UofL, Grawemeyer Hall and the restored Thinker statue.

“People repeatedly tell us how beautiful our main entrance is,” Smith said.  “We want the opposite side of 3rd St. to be stunning as well and leave a lasting impression on the thousands of visitors who pass UofL at Derby time and throughout the year.”

Numerous new housing developments catering to the UofL student population are being built near campus, including a new apartment complex off I-65, and another “neighborhood-like” development behind Bettie Johnson and Kurz Hall.

For current and prospective Cardinals, this is good news. The campus you walk onto this fall will look different in a year, and in fours years. Enjoy the $1.8 billion in recent campus development now (including our state-of-the-art Student Rec Center, a remodeled Floyd St. entrance to campus, and the 3rd St. bridge into campus), and watch campus continue to rise.

Artist rendering of new planned student-housing complex.

"It's Happening Here," is more than just a slogan or a phrase - it is definitive of the University of Louisville as a whole! UofL is constantly developing, changing, building-on, and striving for more. Here at UofL, we seek to give our students the absolute best experience they can have, while gaining an immeasurably valuable college education.

The University of Louisville, in conjunction with Diversity Recruitment of the Office of Admissions, and the LGBT Center, will host Cardinal OUTlook Day on Saturday, April 25. This event is geared towards all high school students who either identify as LGBTQ or are allies of the LBGTQ community. Join us to become more acquainted with UofL's campus, and learn more about UofL's LGBTQ services on campus: Register here.

Brian Buford, Assistant Provost for Diversity and LGBT Center Director, shares about the growth of the LGBT Center and community at UofL:

Ever since the University of Louisville’s LGBT Center opened in 2007 and I came on board as its director, I’ve made it a little game to see how many ways I can come up with that UofL has been the first to do something, and I gotta tell you…my list is getting long! We were the first school in Kentucky to open a LGBT Center, thanks to the hard work of some student activists and the administrative support we had from our President, Provost, and the chief diversity officer. Around the same time, we were the first school in the country (like the whole United States!) to endow a faculty chair in LGBT studies and soon started offering the state’s first LGBT minor.

The list goes on and on: first public school in the South to get a perfect five-star rating on the Campus Pride LGBT Campus Climate Index, first LGBT-themed housing community, first LGBT study abroad program. I tell you, it’s obvious to me that UofL is the best school around for anyone who wants to promote an inclusive, welcoming climate for LGBT people. Whether you’re part of the queer community or not, a school that supports LGBT people is probably good at a whole lot of other things as well!


Now, we’re anticipating another first; April 25, we’ll be the first school to host a campus visit day for LGBT high school students! We are calling it Cardinal OUTLook Day (get it?) and it’s a partnership between the LGBT Center and the Diversity Recruitment folks to show off all these firsts and convince students that this is the school for them. We’ll even host a special lunch conversation for parents, to answer questions and make sure that they know how serious we are about our commitment.

Know someone who should be there? Tell them to RSVP and be part of something groundbreaking!

— Brian Buford, Assistant Provost for Diversity and LGBT Center Director

February 5, 2015:

Today the University of Louisville received its largest gift ever to the Cardinal Covenant program, which aides eligible low-income students by covering the cost of their tuition, room, board and books. The donation of $1.5 million comes from Drs. Robert and Joyce Hughes, UofL School of Medicine alums.

"Joyce and I strongly believe in education and knowledge as the greatest gift in life," said Dr. Robert Hughes.  "We want to make that gift possible for as many students, present and future, as we can."

Two current UofL Cardinal Covenant students, Anna Brashear and Casey Sanders, spoke during the announcement, genuinely thanking the Hughes for their generosity and support. The each shared about their backgrounds and experiences in the Cardinal Covenant program.

“It was always my dream to become a college student. When I was little, no one had to tell me [to go to college], it’s just what I’ve always wanted to do,” said Casey, who is a sophomore. Casey went on to note that he is the first in his family to even consider going to college, and has become a role model for his younger brother.

The university will also use $500,000 from a previous unrest
ricted gift from the late Owsley Brown Frazier to match the Hughes' donation.


"This is an incredible gift which will extend the reach of the Cardinal Covenant program to many more students who never dreamed they'd have a chance to obtain a college degree," said UofL President James Ramsey.

The Cardinal Covenant program began in 2007, responding to the challenge for low-income Kentucky families to send their students to college. 180 Cardinal Covenant students have graduated, while there are 278 current students participating in the program. For more about Cardinal Covenant, click here.

Jeremiah Chapman, Woodford R. Porter Scholar and 2012 UofL graduate of the Speed School of Engineering, has been chosen as one of Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30, "a celebration of millennials who are out to change the world with innovations, energy and persistence.”

The prestigious award includes 600 men and women under the age of 30 across the country from various categories; Champman, 24, was honored amongst 29 other young professionals in the Manufacturing & Industry category. Chapman, a duPont Manual High School grad and Louisville native, pushed through less than ideal circumstances growing up and as a student to become the highly successful and innovative engineer he is today.

Grace Schneider of The Courier-Journal, details more of Jeremiah's story:

"Youngest of four, Chapman's great grandmother kept the family together at 18th Street and Algonquin Parkway in western Louisville. Their father was never around, and their mother came and went, Chapman and his sister said.

'We all knew we had to pull our own weight,' Xavia Chapman recalled, and that meant passing cash from part-time jobs to pay for household expenses.

Chapman worked as a ride operator at Kentucky Kingdom two summers, then rode two buses to reach Target in Jefferson Mall, where he earned $6.25 an hour at night after school and on weekends. To avoid standing out as the poor kid at duPont Manual High, he said, he ordered clothes on eBay. A guidance counselor looking at his mediocre record of B's and C's early in his junior year asked him if he expected to go to college.

'You're going to have turn it around to earn a scholarship,' Bryan Crady, now vice principal at YPAS, told him.

That lit a fire. His grade point average jumped 1.5 points and when he scored a 5, the top grade, on an Advanced Placement biology final, his confidence soared. 'That was when I changed my perspective,' he said. Using a Woodford R. Porter Scholarship, an award for African-American students, he entered U of L's Speed School, one of the university's most demanding undergraduate tracks.

The full ride, worth an estimated $48,000, was supplemented with $12,000 from the National Society of Black Engineers. The group awards designated funds to support a black Speed student who demonstrates academic excellence and financial need.

To pay for living expenses, Chapman worked as a resident assistant. There he met Frommeyer, a fellow RA two years his senior. Juggling a chemical engineering load, with labs, reports and 3 a.m. calls at the dorm nearly forced Chapman to drop out during his sophomore year.

'I would just always fall behind," he said, but leaving school seemed far worse. 'I felt like it would be quitting, and I was good at school.'"

Chapman is now the founder of Crisp, a company that manufactures FreshFy, a tool used in deep fryers to extend the life of oil and thus help restaurants reduce costs. His company was recently the recipient of Louisville's Vogt Award.

Read more about Jeremiah's accomplishments after graduation, specifically in manufacturing for the restaurant industry in Louisville, here. To find out more about the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship at UofL, click here. We are very proud of Jeremiah and congratulate him on his successes, while we look forward to his future innovations and advancements for the city of Louisville!

Kristi fondly flashes back to her four-year-old self, sitting in stands at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium during one of the many UofL football games her family has faithfully attended since she was a child (and before, her dad and grandfather’s are former UofL football players). It was a homecoming game, and the king and queen were being crowned on the field. “I want to go on the field! How can I be out there?” she questioned her mom? Mrs. Knop explained to her young daughter that Kristi would have to go through school, get accepted into college, choose to attend UofL, and become involved on campus. 17 short years later, that dream is a stunning reality for senior nursing student, Kristi Knop.

Fast forward to October 18, 2014, and Kristi kept warm with a big red and black scarf paired with her dress and heels, standing the Louisville Cardinal’s football field during halftime of the N.C. State game as her name was called over the PA system, crowning her as Homecoming Queen. So what happened in between, that led the 4-year-old dreamer to her senior year at the University of Louisville?

“I grew up in Louisville and went to Sacred Heart. My dad and grandfather’s went to UofL and played football. I always wanted to go to UofL.” Kristi recounts her college decision process as a highschooler at Sacred Heart. “At one point, my friends [and I] were all saying, ‘let’s get away, let’s go away for college.’

“But then it kinda of hit me, why would I go anywhere but UofL?”

Kristi first officially visited UofL as a prospective student during Accolade, a special campus preview event for academically talented students.

“I came to Accolade and thought, this place is awesome.” The rest is history. Kristi is a great ambassador for the school, constantly praising the diverse culture of the city surrounding the university, along with her constant appreciation for the “family” like culture UofL exudes.

“ Freshman Orientation makes a big difference. It creates that big family feel at UofL ..."

“Freshman Orientation makes a big difference. It creates that big family feel at UofL, from the very start.” Knop went on to be selected as an SOSer, student orientation leader, the summer before her senior year. SOSer’s spend the entire spring before summer Orientation preparing to welcome the new freshman, and then live on campus all summer, leading incoming freshman in 10 Orientation sessions throughout the summer.

At UofL, you’re not just a number. You just have to reach out a little bit, meet UofL halfway, and the university makes you feel so special. As an SOSer, I’ve had freshman come back and tell me “We felt like Louisville was our home after Orientation, not just another new freshman.”

When asked her favorite thing about Louisville as a city, Knop couldn’t single out just one thing.

“The city - I am obsessed with Louisville! Hook-line-sinker.”

“There are so many things [Louisville] offers. It’s so diverse. These days, colleges are trying to sell diversity; UofL doesn’t have to. It’s a fun, diverse city; you can be downtown, in the suburbs, NuLu (New Louisville), and then out in the country, all within miles.”

In addition to being an SOSer her senior year, Kristi will graduate with her nursing degree in Spring 2015. Knop is also a member of Chi-Omega, serving as the sisterhood chair. The Chi-O house on campus is one of her favorite spots at UofL. “It’s my home [for the past 3 years], I have so many fun memories there. I also love the Stansbury fountains – sometimes I run though there when I’m on a run. It’s beautiful!”

“ The city - I am obsessed with Louisville! ”

In a fairy-tale sort of storybook ending, Kristi will treasure her experience as a UofL undergrad student, perfectly capped off with a walk across the field that brisk October evening as the 2014 Homecoming queen. She hopes to remain in her favorite city, Louisville, after graduation, to pursue her nursing career.

“The feelings and culture surrounding UofL have been progressing and changing even since I started here [at UofL]. It’s such an a good college experience.”