Monday Memo October 14, 2019

Dean's Message

Dear Faculty & Staff,
We welcomed over 1600 people, including 700 prospective students, for Cardinal Preview Day on Saturday, and the participation of A&S faculty and staff for the information fair, lab tours, and workshops was amazing!! Faculty interaction with our prospective students and parents is key to successful recruiting, so many, many thanks! 
Next week we have a many worthwhile Homecoming activities, so this is the week to plan ahead!

Cards Come Together
 activities will provide us with many ways to collaborate and help our community. We have boxes throughout A&S buildings to collect canned goods for The Cardinal Cupboard serving those on campus in need (by 10/22); linens for twin beds to help Shelby Men’s Recovery Program (by 10/23); coats, hats, & gloves for JCPS students (by 10/24); and personal hygiene products for refugee families (by 10/25).

We can come together by putting our time to good use in special ways next week too. Activities include

All of the above activities are voluntary, and staff can use Community Service Leave, but should obtain supervisor approval before registering to participate. I encourage all supervisors to be supportive of these activities.

Our annual day of giving, Raise Some L, begins next Tuesday (10/22) at 6:02 pm and runs for 1798 minutes (through Wednesday, 10/23). The measurement of success for Raise Some L is participation, not dollars raised. So, a donation of $10 from you will be of great value. This is a great opportunity to lend your support to any program in A&S. I encourage you to become an ambassador, as it can further your impact if you ask friends and family to support your program of interest too! It takes under two minutes to become an L Raiser, so sign up now! Last year, A&S came in second for participation, so let’s aim to win this year!  

Alumni Awards - Jenny Sawyer (Political Science, 1978) UofL’s Executive Director of Admissions, is being honored as the 2019 UofL Alumna of the Year. George Nichols, III (Sociology, 1985) is the Arts & Sciences alumni honoree. Mr. Nichols is Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs for New York Life Insurance, and previously served as Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Insurance. He was named one the “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” in 2018. Both of these successful A&S alumni will be recognized at halftime of the Homecoming game against Virginia.

We welcome back and celebrate our Golden Alumni, those who graduate 50 years ago, as well as our alumni veterans. Additionally, several departments will be welcoming back alumni too with special dinners and tailgates, including Criminal Justice’s 50th celebration, and the Army ROTC's game kickoff in the updated Dougherty Hall gym. Philosophy will be honoring J. Angelo Corlett, Professor of Philosophy & Ethics at San Diego State University, who was the A&S Alumni Fellow in 2004. His interesting public lecture will be Thursday, 4-5 pm, in Humanities 300.

Finally, the Homecoming game on Saturday is against the University of Virginia. If you are interested in participating in the raffle for two tickets (A&S staff & faculty only, please), send an email to; drawing will take place by noon on Wednesday 10/23. Hope to see you out and about next week, and GO CARDS!


Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, Ph.D.


Bravissimo, Prof. Nuessel!

Last week, Frank Nuessel received the University of Toronto Mississauga Department of Language Studies Award for Outstanding Contribution to Italian Studies at a ceremony held in Canada on October 2, 2019.

Prof. Jones bears the Torch of Excellence

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association’s Lyman T. Johnson Constituency Group presented Prof. Ricky Jones (Pan-African Studies) with the 2019 Lyman Johnson Torch of Excellence Award at a ceremony last week. The award honors an African-American alum whose faith, hard work, and determination has positively affected the lives of people on the UK campus and beyond.

Prof. Remington Smith wins accolades at two film festivals

Land Lord, a feature-length script by Prof. Remington Smith (Film Studies), won 2nd place for Best Unproduced Feature Length Screenplay at the FilmQuest Film Festival. Out of 150 submitted scripts judged by professional screenwriters, 35 finalists were officially selected as a part of FilmQuest's 2019 program, where Land Lord placed 2nd overall. The script follows a Black woman moves into an aging apartment complex tracking a stolen bag of money, but has to choose between her job as a bounty hunter or saving a young Black boy whose mother has been killed by the sun-obsessed, white vampire landlord. With this recent win in hand, Remington begins fundraising this fall to shoot the script in summer 2020.

In addition, Prof. Smith's documentary, The Derby, won Best Documentary Short at the Austin Revolution Film Festival. Receiving over 3,000 submissions, Austin Revolution was recently ranked one of the "50 Film Festivals Worth the Submission Fee" by Movie Maker magazine. 

Karen Freberg interviewed with Adobe at Nasdaq in New York City

Prof. Karen Freberg (Communication) discussed the current challenges facing advertising on Adode Influence Cloud's and Nasdaq's Facebook Live shows as part of NYC Ad Week. Freberg is part of the Adobe Insiders, a group of influencers, advocates, and users of Adobe products who work in the marketing field. 

Great Place to Learn

Capitol steps: Political Science students make run for experience

Founded in 1998, the Frankfort Legislative Program continues to grow under the leadership of Prof. Jason Gainous (Political Science). A new feature of the program that makes it unique is that it gives stipends to students, making it more accessible.

“It’s not a barrier; the travel, the time, getting lunch in Frankfort,” Farrier said. “We want all students to have this opportunity. Our motto in Political Science is that students build their resumes as they earn their degrees.”

For the full story

Great Place to Work

Former Fulbright Scholars will be speaking next month on behalf of the program

Former UofL Fulbright Scholars Muriel Harris, Karen Kayser, and Gerry Willinger will speak on behalf of the Fulbright Scholar Program on November 13 at the Clinical Translational Research Building, Room 123 at the HSC and November 18 in the Belknap Academic Building, Room 218. You are invited to attend and discover all the benefits participating in the program can offer. Hear about travels to Ghana, India, Hungary and much more! The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers nearly 470 awards in over 125 countries. Don’t miss this engaging opportunity with your Fulbright Alumni! RSVP

  • Muriel Harris presents “A Fulbrighter’s Journey from Louisville to Kumasi”
  • Karen Kayser presents “A Research and Teaching Fulbright in South India 
  • Gerry Williger presents “The Fulbright Program with Hungary” 

Great Place to Invest

Professors Bronwyn Williams and Mary Brydon-Miller win foundation grant

Prof. Bronwyn Williams (English; Director, University Writing Center) and Prof. Mary Brydon-Miller (Education) received a $50,000 grant from The Spencer Foundation to support their Global Climate Change Education Project. The project, which also includes Prof. Shira Rabin (Biology), helps middle school students deepen their understanding of climate change by connecting them with peers from around the world in a global online conversation  The grant will fund a three-day planning conference and workshop next April at UofL, bringing together teams from South Africa, the Philippines, Australia, and Norway.

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! Starting at 6:02 PM on 10/22 and continuing for 1,798 minutes, we will call on faculty, staff, campus partners, and Cardinals everywhere to make a gift and spread the word to #RaiseSomeL. Last year we raised funds for nearly 300 different campus initiatives. Go to to get started. 

Items of Note

Post your events in Do502

If you are not currently posting your public-facing events on to the Do502 event calendar, we encourage you to do so. Do502, Louisville Public Media’s community event calendar, is one of the most viewed entertainment calendars in the city. Their weekly e-blasts go to 50,000 subscribers (although your event may not be chosen for that channel).
Directions for how to load an event into the Do502 calendar. If you have trouble, contact Ashlee Clark Thompson, culture editor.

Proposal submission change

As of October 15, the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration will require that all proposals be received for review through iRIS. The College of Arts and Sciences procedure will continue to require a completed signed PCF (Proposal Clearance Form), budget detail, budget justification and project narrative to be sent to the A&S Research Office for review. Proposals will still need to be submitted via sponsor guidelines (FastLane, Assist, Workspace, etc.).

Upon receipt, the A&S Research office staff will load the signed PCF and supporting documents into iRIS using the “short form” option. iRIS will generate an email instructing the PI to log on to iRIS to sign off and submit the short form to the Sponsored Programs office. This replaces our email to Sponsored Programs with the documents.

In the News

"Raymond Lull: The Medieval Prophet of Computer Science." (BBC Radio 4) - Prof. Pam Beattie (Comparative Humanities) is featured on the Science Stories, Series 9. She begins speaking at around the 8-minute mark.

Louisville has a new holiday, Here's what to know about Indigenous Peoples' Day (Courier-Journal, 10/11/19) - Professor Kelderman discusses how Columbus Day became this new, more inclusive holiday.

Street Studies: Photographs by Guy Dove and Elizabeth Reilly (LEO Weekly, 10/11/19) - Dove, a professor of Philosophy, and Reilly, UofL's curator of Photographic Archives, will have their work on display for the next month

After name-calling and 'sickouts', will Kentucky teachers topple Bevin? (Courier-Journal, 10/11/19) - features Prof. Dewey Clayton in regards to the upcoming gubernatorial race.

Dear future Kentucky governor: These college students have a message for you. Listen up! (Courier-Journal, 10/10/19) - features the thoughts of four UofL students.

Why one man sustained African-American theater in one of the whitest states in the country (Burlington Free Press, 10/10/19) - Professor Johnny Jones talks about the roots of African-American theater in Vermont.

Dementia and religious: "What if I forget about God?" (The Voice, 10/7/19) - Focuses on the work being done by Professor Benjamin Mast.

Colleges focus on prevention and support as more students deal with suicidal thoughts (Courier-Journal, 10/7/19) - Prof. Kaila Story talks about the negative impacts of racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Playwrights Take the Helm at Louisville's Theatre [502] (WFPL, 10/5/19) - This spring, [502] will workshop a play with seniors from the Theatre Arts Department.

Diversity & Inclusion

Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award

Prof. Cate Fosl (Director, Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research) and Chris Hartman (Director, Fairness Campaign) accepted the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award for the Southern Region at the Engaged Scholarship Consortium meetings in Denver on Wednesday. This award honored the Kentucky LGBTQ Heritage Project. A video was shown at the ceremony prior to calling the winners, as well as representatives from the A&S Dean's Office and Office of Community Engagement, to the stage. Congratulations!

Meet Dr. Beverly Moss, Ohio State University 

Dr. Beverly Moss is prolific scholar of literacy practices in African American community spaces, composition theory and pedagogy, and writing center theory and practice.  Dr. Moss will discuss her work-in-progress, “’Taking Me Out of My Comfort Zone:’ Phenomenal Women Taking on New Literacy Challenges.” The work-in-progress presentation will be followed by plenty of time for discussion. Feel free to stop by even if you cannot stay long. Tuesday, October 22, at 4:00 – 6:00 pm in BAB 406. Please contact Gesa Kirsch for Optional Advanced Reading. Brief bio


Sustainabilty Week starts Thurs., 10/17!

A full week of events to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage your passions for environmental, social & economic justice! Check out the full roster of events!