E-Portal newsletter, Spring 2011

In the Spring 2011 Edition of the e-Portal

Trustees Award recipient Cumbler relishes teaching role

History Professor John Cumbler received the UofL Trustees Award at the May 14 Commencement ceremony.

“At Louisville, you get the chance to change these students’ lives.”

Cumbler has been on the faculty at UofL since 1975. The Trustees Award isn’t his first. He has received two UofL Distinguished Faculty Awards — one for teaching and another for scholarship, research and creative activity. He also traveled to the Netherlands as a Fulbright award winner.

But receiving the Trustees Award may be the most treasured of his accomplishments.

“At heart, I’m a teacher, and recognition of that is very important to me,” Cumbler said. “This award is about the impact you’ve had on your students, about being a force in students’ lives. This goes beyond the classroom.”

john cumblerSee full story: UofL Today: Trustees Award recipient Cumbler relishes teaching role

Two French Professors decorated by French government

Danielle Day, lecturer, and John Greene, professor, both from the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, were decorated as chevaliers in the Order of Academic Palms by the Republic of France.

M. Jean-François Rochard, cultural attaché of the French Consulate of Chicago, presented the awards April 7 at the Rauch Planetarium. Napoleon Bonaparte established the order in 1808 to recognize eminent academics and cultural figures who contribute significantly to furthering French culture throughout the world.

A native of France, Dr. Danielle Day received her PhD from the University Paul Valery/Montpellier, France where she taught for 2 years. She received an award from an ambassador program to represent the French language and culture abroad and was a lecturer in various American universities before joining the University of Louisville in 1987. In 2001, she became Director of our annual “Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900” which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in February 2012.

A native of Great Britain and a U.S citizen since 2002, Dr. John Greene received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught at the University of Louisville since 1991. The Palmes Académiques are not the first recognition he has received in his distinguished academic career: Greene was named university French teacher of the year for 2007-2008 by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). In 2006-07 he received the national curriculum development award from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) for a course entitled “Discovering the Exotic in the Eighteenth Century/La découverte de l’exotique au 18e siècle”. In 2006, he was a recipient of the University of Louisville Distinguished Teaching Professor Award following a nomination by a group of seventy students.



A&S Faculty Awards 2011

Each spring, the faculty and staff of the College of Arts and Sciences gather for the A&S Faculty Awards to celebrate the achievements and service contributions of our outstanding faculty. Kandi Walker of the Department of Communication earned the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award, and English Professor Dennis Hall was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for a Career of Service.

Other 2011 Award winners include:

  • Rhonda Buchanan, Classical and Modern Languages
  • Gerald Hammond, Chemistry
  • Carol Hanchette, Geography and Geosciences
  • David Imbroscio, Political Science
  • Manuel Medina, Classical and Modern Languages
  • Sergio Mendes, Physics and Astronomy
  • David Simpson, Urban and Public Affairs


Their contributions to the success of the college and all of our students deserve high praise. We congratulate -- and thank -- these outstanding colleagues. Full list of awards winners: 2011 A&S Faculty Awards


A&S as a pathway to the world

international mapA&S offers rich opportunities that broaden students’ understanding of and engagement with their community and the world beyond.  Through the College’s international programs, students are traveling abroad to study and engage in service learning in places like Brazil, China, France, South Africa, South Asia, and Trinidad.

In addition to study abroad, A&S also offer area studies programs in Judaic Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Asian Studies.

For a sampling of some of the places that A&S undergraduate and graduate students will be studying and conducting research in summer 2011 see the A&S International Programs Interactive Map on the A&S International, Diversity, and Outreach website.

A&S Class of 1961 celebrates Golden Alumni Reunion

One of the annual traditions of Commencement Week at UofL is the Golden Alumni Reunion. A university-wide program of the UofL Alumni Association, the Golden Alumni reunion welcomes 50 year graduates back to campus to reunite with classmates.

On May 12, Dean Hudson hosted a luncheon for the A&S Golden Alumni in the Hite Art Galleries in Schneider Hall -- the building that originally housed the university library. That's certainly not the only "change" that greeted our guests, some of whom had not been on campus since '61. Howard and Judy StaceyDean Hudson highlighted not only the physical transformations seen on campus but also the new programs, initiatives, and opportunities available to today's UofL students.

Pictured to the right are Howard and Judy Stacey, A&S Golden Alumni who attended the 2011 reunion luncheon. A storybook couple, Howard was a member of the Cardinal basketball team, and Judy was a cheerleader. After retiring from a successful basketball coaching career, Howard and Judy moved back to Louisville. AS Judy remarked at the luncheon: "Louisville is always home to us." 

Saturday Academy celebrates 20th anniversary with June 3 Gala

The Saturday Academy, a University of Louisville-organized community enrichment program, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a June 3 gala fundraiser and program at the Muhammad Ali Center.

saturday academy GalaFestivities will open with a 6:30 p.m. reception and then a 7:30 p.m. dinner and program featuring Courier-Journal columnist Betty Baye and former National Basketball Association and UofL star Darrell Griffith, as well as performances by UofL's African American Theater Program and the Dave Clark Quintet. Attire is black-tie optional for the gala at the downtown center, 144 N. Sixth St.

$65 of the the $100 gala ticket price will benefit the academy's endowment fund to support its operations and establish a UofL endowed chair in black public history. Registration is encouraged by May 18; to register, contact Katina Whitlock at Katina.whitlock@louisville.edu or Clest Lanier at cvlani01@louisville.edu.

UofL's College of Arts and Sciences organizes the Saturday Academy programs on black  history, issues and culture; free sessions for adults and high school students run weekly during the regular, public-school year at the Duvalle Education Center, 3610 Bohne Ave. The programs attract diverse audiences representing different education levels and ethnic groups throughout Metro Louisville and the region.

Saturday Academy sessions begin at 11 a.m. with a seminar on African and world history, taught by Blaine Hudson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of pan-african studies. Panel discussions on designated topics of historic or current interest follow, often featuring community representatives or UofL faculty or staff members.

Besides UofL's College of Arts and Sciences and Signature Partnership Initiative, sponsors of the community outreach program include Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Louisville Urban League and Fifth District Metro Council Member Cheri Bryant Hamilton.

For more information, contact Clest Lanier at cvlani01@louisville.edu or 502-852-1397 or see louisville.edu/saturdayacademy.

New “Healing History Academy” seeks participants

The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research will soon kick off a community study group that looks at local racial/social justice history and their current day ramifications.

Racial healing HandsWe want you to heal history! Become part of a group of 25 Louisvillians who will take an exciting, six-month-long journey together to learn parts of Louisville and U.S. history your textbooks never taught you. Participants will meet with and learn from local educators, artists, performers, historians, and community advocates to consider the meaning and unfinished business of social and racial justice movements of the 20th century U.S. Each participant will then turn that knowledge into action by sharing it with others in their home community in search of a stronger, more unified Louisville.

The Healing History Academy is a project of the University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, in consultation with Metro Louisville Human Relations Commission. The Academy is one part of a city-wide, two-year racial healing initiative of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness Center for Health Equity, University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences Office for International, Diversity and Outreach Programs, Jefferson County Race Community and Child Welfare Initiative, and Women in Transition. This initiative is funded in part by America Healing: A Racial Equity Initiative of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

We are looking for adults of all ages and backgrounds, from neighborhoods all across Jefferson County, working in a variety of professions. Students over 18, retirees and the unemployed are also welcome to apply!

From August 2011- February 2012, the Healing History Academy will hold one required monthly session in various locations. Each month will also feature a second, optional learning session that is open all who are interested. Meetings will be filled with hands-on activities, film screenings, book discussions, live performances, talks with local historians, exhibits,community tours…and much more! All materials provided for FREE!

APPLICATIONS DUE JULY 1, 2011. For more information and to download an application visit Anne Braden Institute "Healing History Academy" or call 852-6142.

Physics PhD program gains recognition

The American Physical Society (APS) has posted on its website the research work of UofL student Michael Snyder. Snyder is a graduate physics snyder imagestudent in the PhD program in Physics.  Snyder's research explores ways to visualize magnetic fields in the lab, and we are proud that his work has received recognition from none other the American Physical Society.

Department Chair Chakram Jayanthi says, "It is truly an honor. Our students have excelled in many fronts this academic year, including a Goldwater Fellowship, Etscorn Fellowship, SPS Outstanding Chapter, Marshal White Award, and Mike Snyder's work chosen for the home page of APS. This has been a rewarding academic year in many ways."

The Department has also announced the first PhD graduate of the newly created program, Dr. Jeff Hay.

Fine Arts Student wins national design competition for bioplastics symbol

Graphic design student Laura Howard made her mark April 21 when her design was picked to represent bioplastic products in much the same way that the recycling symbol identifies products that have been or can be recycled. Ms. Howard is an undergraduate student in the Department of Fine Arts. See the full story on UofL Today .

“I wanted to enter this competition because of the cause attached to it,” Howard said. “Being passionate about sustainability, I was excited to have the chance to be a part of something will hopefully play a big role in reducing our dependency on petroleum-based products. And as a college student, the prize money was an attraction, as well.”

Howard received $25,000 from Cereplast on April 21 at a gala event in Los Angeles.

The El Segundo, Calif.-based company patterned its contest after a 1970 competition that produced the recycling symbol. Cereplast received more than 1,500 designs. Public online voting narrowed the field to 200, and a panel of judges, including the creator of the recycling symbol, selected the top three.

Howard was the only student among the finalists. See the full story on UofL Today: Student's design could become as well-known as recycling symbol

Laura Howard

A&S News briefs

  • Avery Kolers is a professor of Philosophy who also directs our Social Change Program. His latest book, "Land, Conflict, and Justice" has been selected as the best book of the year by The Canadian Philosophical Association.
  • UofL's Urban Planning Program in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs, has been named the 10th ranked school in the South Region by The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs 2012. The program is ranked 23 of 25 top planning schools in the country by planning educators -- ahead of Harvard and Michigan.
  • In April, Governor Steve Beshear appointed A&S alumna Maureen Morehead as Poet Laureate of Kentucky for the 2011-12 term. Morehead has published three volumes of poetry and holds both a MA and PhD in English (with a creative writing thesis) from the University of Louisville. More: Maureen Morehead bio.
  • Sena Jeter Naslund, UofL Writer in Residence and former Poet Laureate of Kentucky (2005-06), has been awarded the Governor's Artist Award by the Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley. Naslund was born and raised in Alabama and her 2003 novel "Four Spirits" recalls the violence and bigotry of the civil rights era in her native Birmingham.
  • Lisa Markowitz, of our Anthropology Department, has been appointed by Mayor Greg Fischer to the recently created Food Policy Advisory Council. The council is tasked with proposing "innovative solutions and policies toward creating a healthy food system that will spur economic development." Read the full article on the Courier-Journal website: Mayor Fischer names Food Advisory Council