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Officials dedicate archives at UofL
(Nov. 11, 2009) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - U.S. Senator and Secretary Elaine L. Chao share a few remarks at the dedication of the McConnell-Chao Archives, which is housed at the University of Louisville.
McConnell-Chao Archives wins four Telly awards
(Feb. 16, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Two films being shown daily at the University of Louisville's Sen. Mitch McConnell and Secretary Elaine L. Chao Archives and Civic Education Gallery have each won two 2010 Telly Awards.
Gregg defends US constitution at UC-Boulder debate
(Sept. 17, 2009) BOULDER, Co. - Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center, defended the Constitution at a Constitution Day debate at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Gregg remembers McConnell Scholar alumni on Veteran's Day
(Nov. 9, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The McConnell Center honors alumni and all military officers on Veteran's Day.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to visit March 25
(Mar. 13, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to visit the McConnell Center March 25, 2013.
Change of venue for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio's March 25 talk
(Mar. 13, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - All tickets have been distributed for the event.
Floyd earns Fulbright ETA to Malaysia
(April 3, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior McConnell Scholar Meagan Floyd will spend 2013-2014 teaching English language and conversation to primary school students in Malaysia.
Evan Shepherd receives Truman scholarship
(April 19, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville junior Evan Shepherd has been named a 2013 Truman Scholar, a prominent award given to 62 U.S. college students and valued at $30,000.
Scholars bring attention to cancer research, create Relay For Life team
(April 12, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ten Scholars raise more than $700 for the American Cancer Society.
Harvard IOP releases spring 2013 survey of millennials
(May 2, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Center partner shares latest insights from national sample, aged 18-29.
McConnell Scholar graduates prepare for new adventures
(May 3, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 10 University of Louisville graduates will pursue a variety of graduate degrees and research programs, as well as business opportunities.
Whitlock invited to GEAR UP leadership academy focused on education advocacy
(May 28, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior McConnell Scholar Benjamin Whitlock has been selected for a year-long national program focused on education advocacy.
Scholars complete 1,247 hours of community service
(May 30, 2013) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Danielle Robinette, a sophomore McConnell Scholar, earns distinction with the most McConnell Center service hours completed in one year.
Center welcomes newest McConnell Scholars
(Aug. 16, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The McConnell Center welcomes its 21st class of McConnell Scholars.
Pittman to teach English in Japan over summer break
(June 29, 2012) TOKYO, Japan - Junior McConnell Scholar Hunter Pittman will lead English language immersion camps in Tokyo for 48 days.
Scholars earn top political science awards
(April 25, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Four McConnell Scholars received the Louis C. Kesselman and Jean & Eleanor O'Sullivan Awards.
Shepherd earns Henry Clay Scholarship to intern in DC
(May 10, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Evan Shepherd, of Hopkins County, will study transportation and labor issues this summer in U.S. Senator McConnell's Washington, DC, office.
New Scholar council elected
(April 24, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Tyler Bosley, of Kenton County, was elected by his peers to be the 2012-2013 McConnell Scholar Chair.
Seniors successfully defend undergraduate theses
(April 25, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Three McConnell Scholars at the University of Louisville complete thesis projects.
Waters named 2012 McConnell Center debate champ
(April 12, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Meghan Waters beat junior Ben Weyman in the championship round.
Shireman studies development in Costa Rica
(Jan. 23, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore oSha Shireman, of Meade County, will study in Costa Rica for the spring semester.
Four head to national moot court tourney
(Jan. 11, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After a strong performance in regional competition, four McConnell Scholars head to nationals this weekend.
Four scholars to compete in national moot court tournament
(Dec. 5, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After top performances at regional competition, four McConnell Scholars earn bids to the national moot court tournament. Two others may earn at-large bids.
Weber named to Teach for America Corps
(Nov. 28, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior McConnell John Weber to teach two years in Nashville's low-income communities.
Moot court team heads to Fla. for regional competition
(Dec. 1, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Teams consider fourth amendment and protected speech cases.
Weber named to food service's national student board of directors
(Nov. 16, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - John Weber, a senior McConnell Scholar, is one of two Kentucky students named to a food service national board.
Pair elected to top offices in local Kappa Delta sorority
(Nov. 14, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bagby and Mahanes elected President of Chapter and Vice President of Standards for UofL's Kappa Delta Sorority.
Scholars named homecoming semi-finalists
(Oct. 17, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Three McConnell Scholars have been named 2011 University of Louisville homecoming court semi-finalists.
Scholars, teachers study in Colonial Williamsburg
(Oct. 7, 2011) WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - McConnell Scholars and Kentucky high school social studies teachers discuss founding documents and leaders in Colonial Williamsburg.
Scholars pursue diverse opportunities after graduation
(July 14, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ten students graduate from the McConnell Scholars Program and prepare for new chapters in their lives.
Center welcomes 10 new scholars
(June 23, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ten students from Kentucky join the McConnell Scholars Program.
Five freshmen earn campus leadership positions
(Sept. 13, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Scholars join Freshmen LEAD and Task Force Freshman
Scholar considers ways to promote traditional music in Kentucky's highlands
(Sept. 6, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Meghan Waters spends part of her summer interning in U.S. Representative Geoff Davis's office.
Student published in national magazine
(Sept. 1, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore McConnell Scholar Hunter Pittman publishes an article in The NODA Review.
Four head to national moot court tourney
(Jan. 11, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After a strong performance in regional competition, four McConnell Scholars head to nationals this weekend.
Three McConnell Scholars earn international scholarships
(July 22, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Hunter Davis, Blake Christopher and Michael Zeller earn international scholarships along with six other University of Louisville students. Nine University of Louisville students, including three McConnell Scholars, have earned scholarships to conduct research, travel abroad and, in some cases, study foreign languages and cultures that are considered critical to U.S. national security.
Scholar receives Boren Scholarship
(June 13, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Michael Zeller will spend the next academic year studying at Moscow State University in Russia after receiving a Boren Scholarship.
Class of 2012 departs for the People's Republic of China
(May 16, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ten McConnell Scholars embark on a month-long study abroad program.
Shepard wins debate championship
(April 26, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Ben Shepard wins three matches to secure the championship title.
Senior scholar named queen of the Kentucky Derby Festival
(April 18, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trisha Maclin, a senior McConnell Scholar majoring in English and political science at the University of Louisville, was chosen by the traditional spin of the wheel April 15 at the 53rd annual Fillies Derby Ball.
Scholar embraces 'service before self' award
(April 7, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Scholar Alexandra Jenkins is the assistant director for the university's Relay For Life team.
Scholar receives English-Speaking Union scholarship
(April 6 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Blake Christopher, a junior from Estill County, will attend the History, Politics and Society Program at the University of Oxford this summer.
Scholar receives Etscorn International Summer Research Award
(March 28, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Michael Zeller will use the $5,000 scholarship to research at the Churchill Archives at the University of Cambridge.
McConnell Scholar elected student body president
(March 11, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Kurtis Frizzell (McLean County) will serve as the 2011-2012 University of Louisville Student Government Association President.
Scholar receives David Hershberg Scholarship for International Study
(March 8, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Michael Zeller receives $2,500 to study Winston Churchill in Europe.
Election Results: McConnell Scholars face off in student body president run-of
(March 7, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Juniors Kurtis Frizzell (McLean County) and John Weber (Jefferson County) are pitted against each other in the University of Louisville's student government run-off elections.
Scholars help local elementary students go green, eat healthy and read
(Feb. 7, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The McConnell Scholars Program has partnered with the Head Start Program at Dawsom Orman Elementary for a semester-long project to help students go green, eat healthier and enhance their reading skills.
Six Scholars advance to moot court nationals
(Jan. 13, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Teams consider Commerce Clause and same sex marriage issues
Scholar named 2011 Kentucky Derby Princess
(Jan. 11, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior Trisha Maclin, of Marion, will attend more than 70 local events as a Kentucky Derby royal.
Poetry professor leads Scholars through Wendell Berry's work
(March 21, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jeffrey Skinner, a creative writing and poetry professor at the University of Louisville, led McConnell Scholars through a collection of poetry by Wendell Berry, a Kentucky native and famed poet.
New McConnell Scholar Council elected
(Dec. 14, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Five McConnell Scholars selected by peers to lead in 2011.
Scholar combines service and scholarship in Cebu, Philippines
(Dec. 13, 2011) CEBU, Philippines - Alexandra "Alex" Jenkins, a justice administration major from Trigg County, is currently in Cebu, Philippines, with the university's International Service Learning Program.
Scholar performs at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
(Nov. 29, 2010) NEW YORK, Ny. - Freshman Melissa Moore plays the piccolo with Eastern High School's marching band
Two Scholars selected for Student Orientation Staff
(Dec. 6, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freshmen McConnell Scholars to assist with University of Louisville incoming student orientation and campus tours
Carroll invited to Teach for America
(Nov. 15, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Andrew Carroll, a senior McConnell Scholar from Erlanger, has been invited to teach history and geography for two years at an under-performing school in Nashville.
Four McConnell Scholars advance to national moot court tournament
(Nov. 23, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Four McConnell Scholars from the McConnell Scholar Moot Court Team advance to the national moot court tournament.
10 new McConnell Scholars announced
(Aug. 6, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ten outstanding Kentucky students will join the University of Louisville this fall as part of the McConnell Scholars Program.
Moot court set for regional competition
(Nov. 16, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Six McConnell Scholars to argue commerce clause, same sex marriage at the University of Tampa
Davis wins Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to New Zealand
(Nov. 9, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Hunter Davis, a senior McConnell Scholar from Ashland, is one of four students in Kentucky to earn a 2011 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.
Scholar helps bring Bill Clinton to U of L
(Nov. 1, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - John Weber, a junior McConnell Scholar from Louisville, will be part of the welcoming party this evening when former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Jack Conway, Kentucky attorney general and democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, arrive at the University of Louisville campus.
McConnell Scholars featured on "Hardball with Chris Matthews"
(Oct. 19, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Scholars Eric Kiser and Max Morley were interviewed by Chris Matthews.
Scholar keeps time for nationally televised political debate
(Oct. 19, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Meghan Waters, a freshman McConnell Scholar, was the time keeper for the Oct. 17 University of Louisville-WHAS TV debate between U.S. Senate candidates Jack Conway and Rand Paul.
Gretchen Morgenson visits McConnell Scholars
(Oct. 13, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Gretchen Morgenson, a Pulitzer-prize winning financial journalist, lunched with McConnell Scholars and university honors students Oct. 4, 2010.
Scholars visit The Thomas Merton Center
(Sept. 29, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Scholars visit The Thomas Merton Center as part of the Center's "Leadership and Literature: Autobiography Series."
Zeller: I was bitten by the Russian bug
(Sept. 8, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Scholar spends four weeks at Moscow State Institute for International Relations
Two scholars named to Freshmen LEAD
(Sept. 10, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Hunter Pittman and oSha Shireman, both McConnell Scholars from the Class of 2014, have been named to the Freshmen LEAD program at the University of Louisville.
Pippin elected to national fraternity office
(Aug. 18, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trey Pippin, of Owensboro, was recently elected president of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity's first national Undergraduate Advisory Board.
Works published in Virginia Review of Asian Studies
(July 28, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - An essay by Robert Works, a 2010 graduate of the McConnell Scholars Program, was recently published in an online journal.
Scholar awarded Rotary Foundation Scholarship
(Feb. 3, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior Roberts Works awarded a 2010-2011 Ambassadorial Scholarship to the College of Mexico
Three scholars pass nationals, move to final Fulbright round
(Feb 5, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Students hope to spend next year abroad in Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Argentina.
Three McConnell Scholars win Fulbright awards
(April 20, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Graduating seniors to teach English in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Argentina
McConnell Scholars graduate with top arts and science, business awards
(May 6, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Scholars Robert Works and Anna Ramsay were named "outstanding graduates" of the college of arts and sciences and college of business, respectively.
Students win top campus awards
(April 21, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Three scholars earn individual UofL Student Awards
Scholars named to top student body leadership positions
(Aug. 27, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Scholars elected to top SGA positions.
Davis pursues master's degree in New Zealand
(Feb. 6, 2012) DUNEDIN, New Zealand - Hunter Davis, a 2011 graduate of the McConnell Scholars Program, is pursuing a master's degree in international studies in New Zealand.
Gaines earns doctorate in political science
(Jan. 31, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dr. Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center, interviewed Susan Gaines, a 2005 graduate of the McConnell Scholars Program who recently earned her doctorate of philosophy in political science.
Goins to serve as adjunct law professor
(Jan. 3, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jonathan Goins, a 1999 graduate of the McConnell Scholars Program, will serve as an adjunct professor for intellectual property-related courses at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.
Hall earns Fulbright grant to Macau
(June 3, 2011) MACAU, China - Chelsey Hall, of Brooks, is the seventh McConnell Scholar to earn a Fulbright grant.
Video: Cameron delivers UofL commencement address
(May 24, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - McConnell Scholar alumnus Daniel Cameron delivered the 2011 commencement address for the University of Louisville.
Yelin dances, teaches in Argentina on Fulbright Scholarship
(May 17, 2011) SANTA FE, Argentina - Meet competitive ballroom dancer and multilingual McConnell Scholar alumnus Boris Yelin who is currently on a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Argentina.
Cameron to be UofL commencement speaker
(May 11, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - By UofL Today (
Works awarded Fulbright Grant and Humphrey Fellowship
(April 20, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Robert Works (McConnell Scholar Class of 2010) is the recipient of two prestigious international awards.
Vermani headed to GWU's internal medicine program
(March 17, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Samir Vermani, a McConnell Scholar alumnus from the Class of 2007, will graduate from the University of Louisville's medical school this spring.
Adams retains post with Republican Governors Association
(Jan. 11, 2011) WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mike Adams, a 1998 McConnell Scholar graduate, retains his post as general counsel and deputy executive director for the 2012 election cycle.
Six alumni pass Kentucky bar exam
(Aug. 30, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Six McConnell Scholar Alumni passed the July 2010 Kentucky bar exam. Congratulations to the following new lawyers:
Salyer alumnus headlines League of Women Voters event
(Sept. 20, 2010) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Neil Salyer, a graduate of the McConnell Scholars Program, will discuss "The People and the Constitution: Popular Interpretations from the Left, Right and Center," along with Dr. Allison Martens, U of L political science professor.
Jennings quoted in The Wall Street Journal
(Oct. 20, 2010) Scott Jennings, a 2000 McConnell Scholar graduate, comments on today's political climate in The Wall Street Journal.
Glover prepares for first tour of duty overseas
(Oct. 25, 2010) FT. CAMPBELL, Ky. - Jordan Glover (Class of 2006) was promoted to captain last week at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Spencer named University of Michigan MSW student of the year
(March 20, 2012) ANN ARBOR, Mi. - Rudy Spencer, a 2009 graduate of the McConnell Scholars Program, earns top Master's of Social Work award at the University of Michigan.
Jennings serves as Romney's state manager in Ohio
(May 18, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Scott Jennings, a 2000 graduate of the McConnell Scholars Program, serves as the senior adviser and state manager for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in Ohio.
Goins named one of '2012 Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40'
(May 29, 2012) LAS VEGAS, Nv. - Jonathan Goins, a 1999 graduate of the McConnell Scholars Program, will be honored at the National Bar Association Gala in Las Vegas in July.
Barclay co-authors devotional guide
(June 27, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Laura Barclay, a 2005 graduate of the McConnell Scholars Program, co-authors a daily devotional guide.
Hazelwood joins UK law faculty
(Aug. 21, 2012) LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kristin Johnson Hazelwood ('96), a member of the inaugural class of McConnell Scholars, recently joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Class of 2012 pursues variety of opportunities
(Aug 21, 2012) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Eight students prepare for new adventures following their graduation from the McConnell Scholars Program at the University of Louisville.
Lofton passes the Ky. bar exam
(Oct. 10, 2012) LEXINGTON, Ky. - McConnell Scholar alumnus Mauricus Lofton ('09) joins the Ky. Bar Association.
Kiser named honor advocate at Washington & Lee University
(Oct. 30, 2012) LEXINGTON, Va. - McConnell Scholar alumnus Eric Kiser ('12) has been selected to guide students through the university's judicial process.
Prizes for UofL students who constitutional amendments
As part of the university's Constitution Day celebrations, UofL students are invited to propose a 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Three winners will be announced ($300 for first place; $200 for second; $100 for third). Materials must be submitted online by Sept. 28.
Scholars consider Malcolm X biography
(Jan. 25, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – W.S. Tkweme, a University of Louisville assistant professor in Pan-African Studies, led McConnell Scholars through Malcolm X's autobiography.
Lukacs: We're at the end of the modern age
(March 8, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Renowned historian John Lukacs, PhD,
Country's best days are ahead, Biden tells UofL audience
(Feb. 11, 2011) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – By UofL Today