Presidents' Day

Presidents’ Day
Monday, February 20, 2023
9 am - 4 pm
Office of Admissions

Whether you are ready to commit to the Cardinal Community or still making your decision, spend Presidents' Day with us to learn more. Attend engaging mock classroom lectures with UofL professors, meet with campus services, tour campus, enjoy a complimentary lunch and more. You must be an accepted student to attend the Presidents' Day visit.

Advance registration is recommended but not required. 

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You may have noticed that the regular Campus Visit Program (CVP) tours at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM are full on Presidents Day, February 20.  There is still plenty to do and see on campus without a structured tour, and there will be an additional touring opportunity at noon.  Registration and details will be available at check-in on Presidents Day.  The tour will last approximately one hour and will not feature a housing stop (see below for information on drop-in tours at residence halls).  In the meantime, you can familiarize yourself with campus using our virtual tour.

Mock Lectures/Classroom Experiences: Student Activities Center (SAC)

SAC Multipurpose Room

  • 9:30 AM: SAC Multipurpose Room A/B: School of Nursing—Christina Meek, DNP, RN.  Nursing faculty will offer an introductory nursing lecture that will address basic principles and concepts covered in the nursing program.
  • 11:00 AM: SAC Multipurpose Room A/B: Department of Biology—Dr. Rafael Demarco, Dr. Rachel Neal, Charles Elder.  Biology department faculty and a graduate student will discuss ongoing clinical and research related to pre-healthcare (metabolism & stem cells, development of the prenatal environment, and anhydrobiosis--when organisms withstand dehydration for long periods of time).
  • 11:00 AM: SAC Multipurpose Room C/D: Department of Communication—Dr. John Ferré. First Amendment 101. Although the First Amendment to our Constitution promises freedom of speech and press, the United States ranks 42nd out of 180 countries in the latest Press Freedom Index published by Reporters without Borders Press. What expression does the First Amendment protect?  What expression does the First Amendment not protect? And what dimensions of expression did the First Amendment not anticipate?  Consideration of these questions is essential to understanding our civic lives today.
  • 1:00 PM: SAC Multipurpose Room A/B: College of Education and Human Development—Teacher preparation— Amanda Lacey.   Thinking Like a Teacher: Why All Classwork Isn’t Created Equal. Why do teachers assign so much work? Are there differences between the types of work they assign? Are some assignments more important than others? Find the answers to these questions and more by learning how to think like a teacher in this mini lecture on formative assessments, summative assessments, and what those two terms actually mean. 
  • 1:00 PM: SAC Multipurpose Room C/D: College of Education and Human Development—Sport Administration—Dr. Megan Shreffler and James Breeding. Ethical Issues in Sport Media and Public Relations. We will discuss how agenda-setting and framing are used in sport media. We will also discuss common image repair strategies used in sport.

SAC Floyd Theatre

  • 3:00 PM: Department of Political Science—Dr. Jasmine Farrier.  Dr. Farrier’s lecture is entitled, “How political science thinks about categorizing/analyzing Presidential Power v. Presidential Leadership.” Research universities offer unique opportunities for students to learn from professors who gather, analyze, and publish new information. In this lecture, Prof. Farrier will introduce research that helps us understand the US Presidency historically and in real time -- beyond the daily headlines. She will explain and explore two key concepts in scholarship: power and leadership.
SAC 116
  • 9:30 AM Kent School of Social Work—Dr. Armon Perry.  This mock lecture will focus on the purpose and goals of professional social work. Attendees will be presented with information on the major professional organizations, as well as its core values and Code of Ethics. Interactive discussion and questions will be encouraged so that attendees can learn how their lived experiences may have implications for how they practice as a social worker.
  • 10:30 AM School of Public Health and Information Sciences—Dr. Sara Choate. Public health faculty will offer an interactive lecture addressing how public health policy makers identify a problem at the beginning of the policy-making process. Students are encouraged to bring a phone/tablet/laptop to participate in co-creating a digital brainstorming session with their peers.
Belknap Academic Building (BAB) 218
  • 3:00 PM Department of Comparative Humanities– Dr. Hilaria Cruz and Dr. Pamela Beattie.  Humanities faculty will offer a classroom experience on endangered languages and children’s books.  Students will learn about how paying attention to little things—like how vowels work in languages—can have a huge impact on everyday life—especially when the study of linguistics intersects with art and storytelling! Students will have the opportunity to engage with children’s books in indigenous languages and explore the relationships between language, culture, and identity.  This activity will demonstrate practical and intellectually stimulating possibilities for degrees in linguistics and the humanities.

Engineering Garage

Class sections of ENGR 111 (Engineering Methods, Tools, and Practice II) will have additional seats at 9 AM, 11 AM, and 1 PM.  Class runs for 1 hour and 40 minutes.  Attendees will observe a brief (c. 20-30-minute) class session on programming before participating in a hands-on activity involving circuitry.  Bringing a laptop is helpful but not required.  Students attending as observers should sit at the tables numbered 18-24.  Additional seating is limited and advanced registration is required.  Please contact Andrew Grubb at to sign up or if you have questions.

School of Music

Some ensembles, which are open to music and non-music majors, will be open for observation. Please see the list of available ensembles below.  No additional registration is required to drop in the following sections (all rooms are in the School of Music):

Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 109-10
Room 267

Women's Chorus
MUS 109-27
Room 267

Wind Symphony
MUS 109-02
Room LL65

Collegiate Chorale
MUS 109-05
Room 267

Symphonic Band
MUS 109-22
Comstock Hall

University Chorus
MUS 109-15
Room 267

Drop-in Tours/Open Houses for Campus Offices

  • Center for Engaged Learning (CEL): The CEL will be open for questions and tour from 11 AM – 1 PM.
  • Housing & Resident Experience: Drop-in tours at Belknap Village North, Kurz, and Unitas residence halls from 10 AM-2 PM.  Visitors are also welcome to stop by the Housing & Resident Experience office in Stevenson Hall all day; impromptu tours may be available if staffing allows.  If you would like to schedule a tour outside of drop-in hours or of a specific residence hall not listed, you can do so through the Housing & Resident Experience website.      
  • Student Recreation Center (SRC): A limited number of drop-in tours of the SRC will be available in the morning and afternoon.Please drop by the SRC from 11 AM-12 PM and 3-4 PM for touring opportunities.
  • Office of Adult & Transfer Services:  The office will be open for visitors to ask about transfer admissions and credit evaluations from 9 AM-3 PM. If you plan to speak to someone about bringing in AP, IB, or college credit from elsewhere, please make sure that you come with a list of courses and exam scores, or course numbers of college classes. The details are tremendously helpful.  You can also expedite the process by consulting the following university resources that show credit equivalencies:


  • Student Financial Aid Office: Stop by the Houchens Building with questions during the day, and there will also be presentations in the Floyd Theatre in the Student Activities Center at 9:45 AM and 12:45 PM.
  • Metropolitan College/UPS: Staff will be available in the Metropolitan College office (Houchens LL09) to discuss participation in the Metro College program and tuition assistance benefits through UPS.