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UofL officially welcomes President Bendapudi

UofL officially welcomes President Bendapudi

Not long after Tuesday’s sunrise, UofL employees and students started gathering on the steps of Grawemeyer Hall in anticipation of Neeli Bendapudi’s first day on the job as the institution’s 18th president. By the time she pulled into her parking spot shortly before 8 a.m., about 200 people in total were present.

“I don’t normally get to work this early. Not even close. But this is just too exciting to miss,” said one employee.

Escorted by Louie, Bendapudi made her way through the crowd, stopping to shake as many people’s hands as possible while an abundance of local TV crews followed.

“Please, call me Neeli,” she said to each employee.

 By the time she arrived at the microphone at the top of Grawemeyer Hall, Bendapudi seemed genuinely surprised by the turnout.

“It gives me goosebumps,” she said.

Bendapudi offered a few remarks before making her way to her new office:

“There’s no other place I’d rather be than here today. Let’s not forget why we’re here: We’re here for the students – to make sure we create the best place for them to learn and thrive and go on and solve problems that we can’t even imagine today.

“I commit to you, to all of the faculty and staff – whether you’re in the classroom, taking care of the grounds, whether you’re making sure the heating and cooling works – I commit to you we’ll try our best to make it a great place to work for you.

“And for all of you from the community: the fact that we have so much media presence here today speaks to the interest – the love – that the community has for the university and how much they want the town-gown partnership to be strong, to be sustainable, and to be something that lifts everybody. So, to all of you in the community, I give you my word that we will all work together to make sure you see us as a great place to invest your trust, your support, your guidance.

“In order to do those three things – a great place to learn, work, invest – we need to be a place that says ‘you’re a partner, you are here, you belong as much as anybody else does.’ We have to be a place that celebrates diversity, fosters equity and achieves inclusion for everybody.

“We have work to do … Our best days are ahead.” 

Lemonade Day highlights UofL’s Elevate Portland Initiative

Eleven-year-old Layla Goodwin stood proudly in her bright yellow t-shirt that declared her a “Future Entrepreneur.” The Portland Elementary School fifth-grader, who someday wants to design her own clothing line, was soaking in the sunshine and the lessons in mid-April as she and her classmates ran lemonade stands on Belknap Campus to learn the basics of business.

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UofL Upward Bound Program helps students attain more than $1 million in scholarships

Asha Clark and 30 other seniors from Jefferson County Public high schools stood proudly at the annual Upward Bound Academic Banquet as their names were called and their scholarship awards were recognized. Collectively, the group received more than $1.7 million dollars in scholarships and other aid from various colleges and universities. Clark was one of seven students who received more than $100,000.

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Brandeis Law Student Mashayla Hays continues path of public service with year long fellowship

After she graduates from the Brandeis School of Law next month, Mashayla Hays will head to Pittsburgh, where she will begin a year-long fellowship with reproductive rights organization If/When/How.

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Athletics Ranks Top 5 Nationally in Community Service

The University of Louisville athletics department finished third in the 2018 NCAA Division I Team Works Helper Helper Community Service Competition for its community outreach efforts.

The Cardinals totaled approximately 9,000 hours of community service during 2017-18.

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UofL joins nationwide initiative to grow community partnerships

The University of Louisville is one of 31 colleges and universities in the U.S. to join as an inaugural member of the Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative.

The Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative is a joint project of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), a national organization dedicated to connecting urban universities and their partners, and The Democracy Collaborative, a national research institute developing strategies for a more democratic economy and supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Passport building showcases UofL’s Signature Partnership initiative

The University of Louisville is a member of Passport Health Plan, which broke ground on its new headquarters building on March 14. Five UofL schools will lease space in Passport’s new building, which is on the site of the former Philip Morris cigarette plant at the intersection of West Broadway and 18th Street downtown. 

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UofL hosts middle schoolers for a Day of Science

Louisville middle school students recently enjoyed a day of science. But instead of sitting in a typical classroom, they spent the day on UofL’s campus. 

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Cardinal family encouraged to give back April 13-14

UofL employees, students and alumni are invited to participate in the UofL Alumni/Cardinal Day of Service April 13-14.

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UofL employees, alumni kick off Homecoming 2017 with community service

The UofL Alumni Association and UofL Office of Community Engagement co-hosted the 2017 Louisville Alumni/Cardinal Day of Service Oct. 6 -7. Faculty, and staff, as well as alumni councils and chapters across the nation, co-hosted service events as a way to kick off Homecoming 2017. 

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UofL Signature Partnership marks 10 years of community impact

The Signature Partnership Initiative at the University of Louisville began in 2007 with one major overarching goal – increase education attainment for those living in Louisville’s west end neighborhoods. It became a comprehensive effort, addressing hurdles that can prevent educational attainment including access to quality health care, employment opportunities, social and human services and K-12 educational partnerships.

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UofL pitches in to help with Hurricane Harvey aftermath

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a number of UofL representatives have stepped up to help those affected the most. 

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Nonprofit fair connects students with service opportunities

This was the second year for the Nonprofit Fair, hosted by the Honors Student Council's service committee.

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Human Rights Advocacy Program

UofL's Human Rights Advocacy Program has been recognized as an outstanding model of community engagement. The program, established in 2014 by the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, works to advance the rights of immigrants, refugees and noncitizens through scholarship and engagement.  

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UofL's first African American VP retiring after 31 years on campus

Dan Hall, UofL’s vice president for the Office of Community Engagement, joined the university in the fall of 1985 after spending seven years in Washington, DC, working on Capitol Hill with Louisville Congressman Ron Mazzoli.  Read more

Nursing students give back during spring break

Instead of a beach getaway, a handful of UofL nursing students spent their spring break giving back to the Louisville community and those in need.  Read more

UofL is using technology to help immigrants get around their new home

Faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Geography and Geosciences are creating databases and systems to help refugees and immigrants resettle in Louisville.  Follow this link to see the video featured on WHAS-11 on December 27, 2016.

'Tis the season of giving at UofL

Each year during Santa’s busy season, UofL employees and students step up their philanthropic efforts to help those in need throughout the community, essentially taking on the role of elves.

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