Monday Memo September 23, 2019

Dean's Message

Dear Colleagues,
This week the NACAC (National Association of  College Admissions Counselors) is meeting in Louisville.  Over 6,000 high school counselors, independent college counselors and higher educational professionals will be in town, and we expect many to visit our campus. We are hosting multiple daily tours and also have four drop-in sites (Ekstrom, SAC, Information Centers, and Office of Admissions) where counselors can get a map, instructions on self-guided tours and a packet of information).  On Wednesday night, we are hosting a reception in the SAC from 7-9 and expect between 100-250 counselors on campus.  This is a great opportunity for us to gain more national exposure so please welcome guests here and expect to see a lot of touring.
I also want to congratulate the A&S staff who were recognized for their years of service last Friday. Your work has helped our university gain the national stature that we all enjoy. Many thanks for your 285 collective years of service to UofL!

  • Thomas Sawyer, 35 years
  • Kirsten Armstrong, 20 years
  • Roy Buckman, 20 years
  • Rebecca Ledford, 20 years
  • Lauren May, 20 years
  • Doris Meadows, 20 years
  • Jan Rayburn, 20 years
  • Lisa Rucker, 20 years
  • Janna Tajibaeva, 20 years
  • Sandra Wade, 20 years
  • Lori Cotter, 15 years
  • Rea Diehlmann, 15 years
  • Megan Clifton, 10 years
  • Jenny Jokinen, 10 years
  • Cindy Shain, 10 years
  • Xinmin Yin, 10 years


Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, Ph.D.

Great Place to Work

Candy Kudos

Week one of the Candy Kudos Peer Recognition Program was a great success. We had 41 nominations from across the College. Congrats to all those awesome staff. To nominate someone for something extraordinary they did this past week, please go to Nominations are due Wednesday at 12 noon. 

Employee Resource Groups at UofL

The university hosts a number of employee resource groups (ERGs) that support our vision to be a great place to work. ERGs promote a climate of inclusion and provide a place where employees can come together to network, create a strong sense of community, and share their concerns with others. View list of UofL's Employee Resource Groups
What is an Employee Resource Group?
Through regular meetings, events, and networking opportunities, ERGs bring people together and create a spirit of community that leads to a sense of greater wellbeing. Employee resource groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led groups made up of people who come together around their common interests, backgrounds or identities. They are usually focused on creating strong connections and networks of support for their members and can be powerful tools for helping new employees learn their way around the university. ERGs that focus on a shared identity can also help mitigate the isolation that an employee might feel when they are the "only one like me" who works in their unit.

Great Place to Learn

Save the dates: Cards Come Together Oct 22-25

On October 22-25, join UofL faculty, staff, students and alumni for the first Cards Come Together, a week of service to improve our campus and community. The goal for Cards Come Together is to have 1,000 members of the UofL community participate in the event, completing projects both on campus and in the community. Make sure to hold time on your calendar now. Online signup for specific projects will be available soon. 

Great Place to Invest

Professional Grant Development Workshop

Master the techniques of writing superior winning proposals: October 30-31, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY. This intensive two-day grant proposal workshop is geared towards those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills, as well as beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals to various funding agencies. The focus will be on how to effectively write proposals in times of keen competition and limited resources with the ultimate goal of the participant walking away with a product specific to their interests, including the grant design, abstract and budget.

Cost is $595.00 (includes a comprehensive directory, electronic workbook, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast). Rebate of $45.00 per person is given for two or more registrants from the same organization. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register here.

Raise Some L

Raise Some L, UofL's annual day of giving is right arounRd 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. Check out the PDF with all the info you need!

Important dates & deadlines:

  • Now: Sign up to be an Ambassador and 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.

In the News

UofL Awarded $1 Million to Support Women Faculty in STEM (WFPL, 9/20/19) - The National Science Foundation has given UofL researchers, including researchers from A&S, a $1 million grant. The grant proposal collected data about gender and ethnic representation among university faculty and proposed a plan to help change the numbers by addressing barriers. 

Fingerpointing begins as Louisville researchers investigate dangers of vaping (WDRB, 9/19/2019) - Prof. Joy Hart (Communication) speaks about evidence many says shows a connection between recent deaths and vaping.

Extreme Couponers are Taking Over TikTok (Money. 9/16/19) - Prof. Karen Freberg  (Communication) discusses a recent trend on TikTok.