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Patricia Barnstable Brown
Patricia Barnstable Brown presents a check to the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky to support diabetes research. The presentation was made December 26, 1998 at the U of L vs. UK basketball game at Freedom Hall. Left to right, Blaine Hurst, president of Papa John's Pizza, a sponsor of the Barnstable Brown Gala; U of L President John Shumaker; Kentucky Governor Paul Patton; UK President Charles Wethington; Patricia Barnstable Brown; and Churchill Downs CEO Thomas Meeker.

BARNSTABLE BROWN GALA TO FUND ENDOWED CHAIR IN DIABETES RESEARCH

The Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala, one of Louisville's most glamorous fund-raising events, has attracted celebrities ranging from singer Rod Stewart and model Rachel Hunter to General Norman Schwarzkopf. It is a magical event with a serious purpose: To wipe out diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

Proceeds from the gala will now fund pediatric diabetes research at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. $1 million raised over the next five years will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the state's Research Challenge Trust Fund, with the total split between the two schools.

At U of L, the gift will create an endowed research chair and support other diabetes-fighting efforts. At UK, the funds will help recruit and retain top physicians and scientists.

The party's hosts, David E. Brown '57A, '61M and Patricia Barnstable Brown, have strong ties to both universities and want the money raised to stay in Kentucky.

"We want to support our home state," says Patricia Barnstable Brown. "U of L and UK have major research programs and strong medical schools. My husband is a U of L graduate, and everyone in my family has gone to UK. We love these universities, and we're proud of them."

David Brown, a diabetes patient who recently underwent a kidney transplant, adds, "We look to the talent, knowledge, and leadership of U of L and UK to enlighten the medical community so that we can find a cure for this devastating disease."

Pediatric diabetes, known as Type 1 diabetes mellitus, is a chronic childhood disease that has no cure.

"It's important that we use the funds from the gala to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes," says Barnstable Brown. "The party is about the glamour and the glitz, but we never forget why we are doing it. We want this gift to help people."

SORENSON ENDOWMENT IN LAW: "GOING FOR THE BEST"

Each year, approximately 25 U of L graduates enter the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law to pursue the degree of Juris Doctor. Many have gone through the U of L Honors Program and are high-ranking students in their areas of study. The School of Law would like to increase the proportion of Honors Program students in the future and attract high-caliber students from other universities by offering competitive recruiting scholarships.

Now, thanks to a scholarship fund established by Donald L. and Marjorie Sorenson, the School of Law will have more resources to attract outstanding students. The Sorenson fund has been created, with an expected endowment of at least $500,000, to generate additional recruiting scholarships.

Donald Burnett, dean of the School of Law, believes this scholarship fund will make a difference in recruiting. "We want to make the Brandeis School of Law the destination of choice for the best and brightest students," says Burnett. "We face formidable competition from other universities, as talented students shop for both the best education and the best value. If we want to attract those students, we have to be able to recognize exceptional merit by offering substantial scholarships. This generous endowment from the Sorenson family will give us that ability. It will elevate our yield on offers of admission to outstanding candidates."

Donald Sorenson is a former manager of human resources for General Electric at Appliance Park in Louisville. He is an adopted alumnus of U of L, and has served as a member of the Board of Overseers since 1986. The Sorensons are long-time supporters of the School of Law and the Honors Program.

"I'm pleased with the direction of the university, especially the law school's emphasis on quality over quantity," says Sorenson. "Going for the best-that's what I want U of L to do." The first scholarship from the Sorenson fund will be awarded to an entering student based on academic merit in the fall of 1999.

COBBS SAY, "ALUMNI CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!"

Ann and Stewart Cobb, national co-chairs of the Annual Fund, have made it their goal to increase the participation of alumni giving to U of L.

"Across the nation, an important role in the reputation of a university is the participation of alumni who give to their alma mater," says Stewart Cobb. "U of L is gaining stature as an outstanding research university, but we must expand alumni support to raise our national ranking in publications that rate universities."

Each gift from an alumnus, no matter how large or small, is important to U of L. Alumni gifts help the university to:

  • Raise the university's national ranking. A university is not only judged by its academic reputation, student selectivity and retention, faculty, and financial resources, but also by its alumni giving.
  • Aid in obtaining corporate and foundation support. Strong alumni support indicates to grant makers that alumni value the quality of their collegiate experience.
  • Add value to all U of L degrees as the university grows through its programs and nationally recognized faculty and research.
"By building alumni support to help raise U of L's national reputation, we will attract the best and brightest students and faculty," says Ann Cobb. "What greater sense of pride could alumni have than to know their gifts are helping U of L achieve national prominence? Each of us can make the difference."

For more information about giving to the U of L Annual Fund, contact Cheryl Lindsey, director of annual giving, at (502) 852-6588 or send an e-mail message to cllind01 @gwise.louisville.edu.

NEW SCHOLARSHIP HONORS ALUMNUS LENNY LYLES

H. David Hale, president and CEO of First Capital Bank of Kentucky, has established a scholarship in honor of Lenny Lyles, former U of L football player and Alumnus of the Year.

The Lenny Lyles Scholarship Fund will provide support for a student seeking an undergraduate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. It will be awarded to an entering full-time, economically disadvantaged student from the west end of Louisville. Criteria will include the student's high school academic record, as well as high school attendance and citizenship.

"I met Lenny when I came to Louisville 12 years ago, and we've been friends ever since," says Hale. "I established this scholarship because I wanted to help the university and also honor my good friend, Lenny."

Lyles is a member of the U of L Athletic Hall of Fame, was the number one pick in the 1958 NFL draft, and was voted to the All-Time Silver Anniversary Team of the Baltimore Colts.

Known for his athletic achievements, Lyles has also been a successful businessman and civic leader. He is owner and president of Lyles Enterprises, and has served on many boards of civic organizations in the Louisville area, including U of L's Board of Overseers.

An active volunteer and mentor to student athletes, Lyles has been honored with awards from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Kentuckiana Region, and the YMCA Black Achievers program.

"I hope more people will get involved and help students through scholarship gifts," says Hale, a member of U of L's Bicentennial Campaign steering committee. "U of L has strong leadership and a great future. It's providing the opportunity for students to get an excellent education without leaving home. I hope we can keep these bright young people here as professionals as well."

Alumni Giving Rates at Public Research/Doctoral Institutions

Alumni Giving Rates at Public Research/Doctoral Institutions
Source: Coucil for Aid to Education (FY 1996-97)


LUTZ HALL NAMED AFTER SPEED SCIENTIFIC SCHOOL TEACHER AND DONOR

Since its completion in 1995, it has been known as the Academic Building, but the U of L Board of Trustees voted recently to give it a more meaningful name. The building will now be called Paul Lutz Hall, after the engineering graphics professor who left $3.3 million to the Speed Scientific School when he died in 1994.

Lutz Hall is a key facility in the Speed School's Challenge for Excellence initiatives, housing 15 high-tech laboratories, 13 faculty members, and 45 graduate students. Four departments of the College of Arts & Sciences are also housed in the building.

Lutz, a 1937 Speed School graduate, joined the faculty in 1955. He retired in 1973 but continued to teach part time and was honored with the title professor emeritus in 1985.

As an instructor, Lutz was known by students as stern and imposing. However, he is also remembered for his dedication to both his students and the university. The engineering school was his chief passion, which led him to make the generous bequest in his will.

"I can think of no more fitting tribute to Paul Lutz," says Dean Thomas Hanley of the naming of the building. "His dedication to Speed School knew no bounds, and his generosity has provided a critical cornerstone for expansion in teaching and research. It is appropriate that this building, an integral part of the Challenge for Excellence, should bear his name."

CRUSADE FOR CHILDREN SUPPORTS DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS

The WHAS Crusade for Children has been a strong supporter of the U of L Department of Pediatrics for more than 30 years, through both direct grants to the department and grants to Kosair Children's Hospital.

In 1998, the Crusade gave nearly $1 million to the department and the hospital for programs and equipment. It also made a special grant of $1 million to equip a pediatric cardiac catheterization lab at Kosair Children's Hospital.

Gifts to U of L included $38,000 for hearing assessment of newborns at U of L Hospital, $33,000 for the children and youth clinic, and several grants to the Child Evaluation Center: the learning disorders clinic, $198,000; the autism program, $108,000; and the Indiana genetics clinic, $30,000.

"With the support of the Crusade for Children, the Child Evaluation Center has been able to continue to enhance the quality of the lives of Kentuckiana children with developmental disabilities, birth defects, and genetic disorders," says Joseph Hersh, professor of pediatrics and associate director of the center.

Since 1967, the Crusade for Children has given over $10.5 million to the U of L School of Medicine, according to Bud Harbsmeier, executive director of the Crusade for Children.

"The Crusade has a great relationship with U of L," Harbsmeier says. "The doctors are very dedicated people and we want to give these great doctors the tools they need to help children. That includes making sure that Kosair Children's Hospital remains on the cutting edge of children's health care."

Larry Cook, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and chief of staff at Kosair Children's Hospital, says that "the Crusade makes the difference for us between being average and being outstanding. All of the things they fund would simply not be available through the routine funding of the children's hospital or the university."

FARLEY FUND SUPPORTS HUMANITIES EDUCATION

When Filomena Farley was looking for a way to honor her late husband, she could think of no better way than to contribute to the Division of Humanities at U of L.

"My husband was an engineer with General Electric for 30 years," says Farley. "When he retired, we took classes together at U of L. He loved the humanities, especially philosophy. We both believed strongly in liberal arts education. He would be pleased to be helping students in this area."

Farley established the Filomena DeMarzo and Frederick Leo Farley Award in Humanities, an annual scholarship for Kentucky residents. Recipients must be juniors or seniors pursuing a bachelor's degree in humanities, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

The 1998-99 recipients of $1,000 each are Angela Brining, Robin Carroll, and Stacy Clark-Gann. The funds can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, or living expenses.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for me," says Clark-Gann, a senior pursuing a double major in humanities and English. After graduation, she plans to work on a master's degree and teach high school humanities. "I'm a full-time student, and I work full-time, so it's helped lighten my financial load."

Elaine Wise, chair of the Division of Humanities, was "elated" when she learned that Farley would fund a humanities scholarship. Wise first met "Fil" (as she is known to her friends) and Fred Farley when they took one of her classes several years ago. It was the start of a lasting friendship.

"We are so pleased to have this scholarship," Wish says. "It is helping some of our most promising students finish their degrees with a little more ease," Wise says. "I'm glad that Fil was able to make this endowment now, rather than in her will, because she has enjoyed the process of creating the scholarship and hearing from or meeting the students who are benefitting from it."

Farley encourages others with ties to the university to think about contributing to scholarships or program support.

"People do need to help build funds within the programs they care about so they can thrive," she says. "Many people who went to school on scholarships, like I did, feel this way about giving back. It's a pleasure for me to be involved in this and to know that I can help young people reach their goals."