Important Dates for the Division of Student Affairs

1921 – Board of Trustees passes resolution permitting “secret single sex” societies opening the door for first fraternities and sororities

1928 – Intramural program establishedBruce Bursack, Fred Rhodes and Denny Golden posing in Grawemeyer Hall

1937 – First Greek Fryberger Sing held

1946 - First Homecoming King and Queen selected

1957 – Ellis Mendleson hired as first Director of Intramural Sports

1959 – Stevenson residence hall opened

1962 – Threlkeld residence hall opened

1966 – Student Activities Board created

1966 – Miller residence hall opened

1966 – University Towers residence hall opened

1969 – Opening of the famous Red Barn - first concert “Your Fathers Mustache”

1970 – George Howe hired as first Director of Student Activities

1971 – Unitas residence hall opened

1972 – Counseling Center established in Menges Hall – Dr. Thomas Koltveit selected as first director

1976 – Creation of the Division of Student Affairs and hiring of Dr. Ed Hammond as the 1st Vice President for Student Affairs at UofL

1976 – Launch of the UofL FM Radio station

1978 – Creation of the Office of Special Student Services (now Disability Resource Center) – Bill Cox hired as first director

1979 – Red Barn received Farmington Preservation Alliance Award

1979 – Joni Burke hired as first staff to work exclusively with Greek Life

1980 - The Red Barn hosted the ABC Live Television Show “Friday Night Live at the Kentucky Derby"  

1983 – Opening of Humana Gymnasium

1985 – Establishment of the Red Barn Alumni Association (RBAA) and the RBAA student scholarships program

1985 – Hosted the first annual Crawfish Boil

1988 – Dennis Golden hired as Vice President for Student Affairs

1990 – Louisville residence hall opened

1990 – Opening of the Student Activities Center (SAC)

1991 – Dedication of Harold Adams Way

1991 – The Multicultural Center established within office space at the Red Barn

1992 – NPHC established as formal group at UofL

1995 – Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership, and Service established

1996 - Denise Gifford selected as Vice President for Student Affairs

1997 – International Service Learning Program (ISLP) established

1999 – HSC Fitness Center opened

2001 – Bettie Johnson residence hall opened

2002 – 50-year anniversary of the UofL Student Government Association (SGA)

2003 – Greek row street renamed Unity Place

2003 - Billie Minardi residence hall opened

2003 – Kurtz residence hall opened

2005 – Michael Cuyjet selected as interim Vice President for Student Affairs

2006 – Community Park residence hall opened

2007 – Tom Jackson hired as Vice President for Student Affairs

2007 – Dedication of the Red Barn as the George J. Howe Red Barn

2009 – The Bellamy residence hall opened

2009 – The Provence residence hall opened

2010 - TRIO Student Support Services established

2010 – Engage Lead Serve Board (ELSB) established

2010 – Establishment of the Bornwasser Student Emergency Fund

2011 – Opening of the outdoor SAC West Plaza

2012 – Freshmen required to live on campus

2013 – Cardinal Towne residence hall opened

2013 – Opening of the Student Recreation Center

2014 – Michael Mardis selected as Vice Provost for Student Affairs

2014 – The Arch residence hall opened

2014 – The Retreat residence hall opened

2015 – 45-year anniversary of Department of Student Activities (Student Involvement)

2016 – Groundbreaking for expansion and renovation of Student Activities Center

2016 – The Nine residence hall opened

2016 – University Pointe residence hall opened

2016 – The Clubhouse residence hall opened