Administration announces two extra days off this year
University of Louisville President James Ramsey and Provost Shirley Willihnganz announced Oct. 29 in an e-mail to faculty and staff that they are adding two days off to this year's calendar.
Faculty and staff will receive Wednesday, Nov. 25, and Thursday, Dec. 24, off in appreciation for the work they have done during difficult times, the administrators wrote.
Ramsey and Willihnganz mentioned specifically the hurricane winds, ice storm and flood of the past year, as well as a "simply ugly" budget. State budget cuts have meant that UofL employees have had to go without raises for two years.
"Budgets are tough right now, so this is our way of saying 'thank you' for your commitment, caring, and the wonderful work you do," they wrote.
The administrators noted that the tough times were "balanced by events and accomplishments that continue to inspire us and make us realize that no matter how difficult things can get, we can depend on all of you to see us through."
Among the accomplishments they mentioned were:
- Nearly everyone affected by the flood is moving back into much improved space
- The new Clinical Translational Research building is providing nearly 300,000 square feet of new space for UofL researchers
- Graduation rate is up to 48.4 percent
- UofL hospital and medical school are enjoying the talents of new neurosurgery faculty and chair
- UofL researchers are competing strongly for federal stimulus funds
- UofL was recognized as Number 12 in the country among universities who are "good neighbors"
- Shelby campus will soon be home to new development that will generate much needed funds for the university
The days off immediately precede the Thanksgiving holiday and winter break.
As with any university-wide holiday, such as winter break, the nature of some employees work will preclude their taking those specific days.
"Clinics will stay open, and employees in some parts of information technology and physical plant, for example, may have to work," they noted.
Regular status employees who do have to work those days can work with their supervisors to find another two days when they can be gone.
The days will not be added permanently to the holiday calendar.