Staff honored for service to university
Human Resources and University of Louisville administrators honored staff employees Sept. 20 and Oct. 11 for their service to the university.
“This is the 31st annual luncheon,” President James Ramsey noted at the Sept. 20 event.
“We’re honoring a total of 329 employees with combined number of years of service—this will knock you out—of 6,715 years. That’s pretty special.”
The event has grown so large that HR has started to have two luncheons so staff can bring a guest.
Ramsey recounted again to each group the first staff recognition luncheon he attended—how as interim president he came to work that Friday in 2002—even though his home basement had flooded overnight—because he didn’t know whether he’d get the chance again to “thank the incredible staff for all that you do to make this such a very special place. I’ve wanted to be here every year since because I never know how many chances I’ll have to thank you for all that you do,” he said.
“We’re headed in the right direction and great things are happening at the university,” Ramsey said.
“We know that that trajectory has been accomplished on your backs. We’ve not been able to do the things we’ve wanted to do for you” regarding recurring salary increases and increased department funding for supplies.
“And so we thank you because the faculty can’t teach, the faculty can’t do their research and the students can’t learn and do what they do if you don’t do what you do. So we’re very deeply appreciative for everything that you do day-in and day-out to make the University of Louisville a very, very special place and to allow us to be on this amazing trajectory.”
Deans and vice presidents read the names of the honorees from their units each year while Ramsey greets them as they receive their certificates. This year, as Provost Shirley Willihnganz introduced Vice President Larry Owsley, the entire room stood in appreciation of his 30 years of service. Owsley recently retired from the university.