Monday Memo September 16, 2019

Dean's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Many thanks to those of you who shared your time with me at the State of the College. I enjoyed the opportunity to highlight the many achievements of our faculty, staff, and students, and hopefully convey to you what I see as our priorities for this academic year.

Today, it is a pleasure to highlight new additions to our Monday Memo. Please look for our new spots with brief information on diversity and inclusion, as well as sustainability. These new spots will identify our achievements and provide helpful suggestions for ways in which can improve. We also announce in today’s message a new informal process by which we can recognize the staff and faculty who have been especially thoughtful, caring, or made the extra effort in recent work.

Please also consider participating in the A&S effort to help “Cards Come Together,” announced last week by President Bendapudi. We will be collecting donations until October 22 for Jefferson County Public Schools, Dare to Care, Volunteers of America Men’s Recovery Program, and Catholic Charities. The items desired and our locations with A&S collection boxes are noted in today’s message. Please also consider participating in service activities on scheduled for the week of October 21 so that we can show the community our caring Cardinal spirit.

Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, Ph.D.

Great Place to Learn


Winter Session courses posted and promotion underway

Whether students want to accelerate their graduation date, need to catch up on a course they missed or just want to squeeze in an elective between semesters, Winter Session is the perfect opportunity. All Winter Session courses are offered 100% online in three intensive weeks. Enrollment is open to current, new, transfer or visiting UofL students and begins October 16. For more information, including a list of courses offered.

Please help us promote the Winter Session by adding this hyperlinked graphic to your email signature. For the signature graphic and instructions on setting up your signature

Alumnus appointed Clark Atlanta University President

Dr. George T. French, Jr. (Political Science, '86) was recently appointed President of Clark Atlanta University. Read about his tenure as President of Miles College here.  

Great Place to Work

Performance evaluation information

It’s that time of year again - time for annual performance evaluations! The evaluation is a performance conversation for both the employee and supervisor and an opportunity to review your expectations, successes, and concerns for the fiscal year (7/1-6/30).

Each employee should be given the opportunity to complete a self-assessment form. The forms are new, so take a moment to review the link below for any question that you may have. 

All forms are due to the A&S Dean’s Office no later than October 15, 2019. Please send the forms via campus mail to A&S Erin Wood or through the HR service account at If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Erin Wood at 852-8041 or

Nominations sought for 17th annual Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Gender Equity Award

Deadline to apply is Oct. 11.
Nominations are being accepted for the Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Gender Equity Award, which will be presented to a member of the UofL community whose work has directly furthered gender equity. Examples of projects should be consistent with the scope of the Women’s Center, the Commission, and the focus on women’s rights which characterized Dr. Tachau’s life. The award will be given Nov. 12 by the Women's Center and the Commission on the Status of Women at the Women's Empowerment Luncheon.
Additional Information: Carcyle Barnettwebsite

Cards Come Together week is coming up

As part of “Cards Come Together,” week mentioned in President Bendapudi’s email, A&S is collecting donations for the following organizations Tuesday, September 17-October 22.
Catholic Charities of Louisville – Hygiene items:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant           
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Toilet paper
  • Razors and shaving cream (men & women)      
  • Dish and laundry detergent
  • Mops/buckets
  • Feminine hygiene products                  

Dare to Care – Canned food items 
JCPS Collection Drive – Coats, hats, and gloves (all sizes to benefit elementary, middle and high schools in Jefferson County)
Volunteers of America Shelby Men’s Recovery Program – New twin size bedding & linens
Please drop off your donations at any of the following A&S locations:

  • A&S Dean’s Office – Gardiner Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 233
  • Biology – Life Sciences Building, Room 139
  • Communication – Strickler Hall, Room 310
  • Criminal Justice – Brigman Hall, Room 227
  • English – Bingham Humanities Bldg., Room 315
  • Physics - Natural Sciences Bldg., Room 102
  • Sociology – Lutz Hall, Room 103
  • Urban & Public Affairs Bldg., Room 103/105
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies – Stevenson Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 320

For a full list of events October 22-25 and other donation sites during the week.

Kentuckiana Heart Walk is this Saturday, 9/21

It's only 5 days until the Kentuckiana Heart Walk - Saturday, September 21st.  Support is needed to reach both the $75,000 university fund goal as well as the overarching Kentuckiana Heart Walk goal of $1,045,000. Please consider making a personal gift and/or registering to participate in the event. 
While there are countless reasons to support the AHA, the #1 reason is that the American Heart Association’s primary mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Moreover, UofL derives a major benefit from funds provided by the American Heart Association.
Please join your UofL colleagues in supporting the American Heart Association. Remember all gifts will help further fund life-saving research to keep hearts beating!

Great Place to Invest

Raise Some L

Raise Some L, UofL's annual day of giving is right around the corner and we are so excited for another record-breaking year! Each year, we look to our faculty, staff, and campus partners to help us Raise Some L. Last year we raised funds for nearly 300 different campus initiatives.
Important dates & deadlines:

  • Now:  Sign up to be an Ambassador 
  • 9/23: Contact your development officer if you have a specific fundraising project idea.
  • 9/24, 11 AM: Ambassador Launch event
  • 9/27: If your idea/project is cleared, fill out the form to request a #RaiseSomeL page. 
  • 10/23, 6:02 PM: “Raise Some L” for 1,798 minutes.

Check out the PDF with all the info you need!

In the News

Theatre Arts opens new season with 'King Hedley II' (UofL News, 9/12/2019) - Provides an overview of a production being put on by UofL's Theatre Arts department