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Celebrating the "good old days," U of L's Bicentennial ends one phase as it hits high gear in another. While winding down the formal celebration, U of L cranks up its Bicentennial campaign, "Building for Excellence -Architects of the Future." The campaign ends in 1999, with a goal of raising $200 million for U of L's future. The best is still ahead.
Celebrating memories, the Bicentennial leaves many of its own. Led by Michael Mangeot, executive director, the celebration combined the serious with the fun. Supported by a number of special committees, Mangeot helped coordinate U of L's official birthday party, Founders Day, and events as varied as the Med-Law Forum on genetics and U of L's entry in the Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon Race. The U of L balloon was shaped as a birthday cake, of course.
Instilling pride and generating recognition for U of L's contributions, the celebration reached its goals. Alumni, faculty, staff, students, community supporters, and academic peers participated in the observance of the 200th anniversary. Notable visitors included First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, author John Updike, playwright Neil Simon, Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham, Senator Bill Bradley, and Olympic athlete Carl Lewis as part of the Kentucky Author Forum; children's rights advocate Marian Wright Edelman, Founders Day speaker; and genetics researcher Ian Wilmut, who cloned the sheep "Dolly," at the Med-Law Forum.
But time marches on. More than 1,700 Bicentennial babies, born at U of L Hospital in 1998, will benefit from the gains made through the "Architects of the Future" campaign. Let's continue the celebration!
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