More than 300 people participated in the Run with Our Heroes 5K, run and walk last Sunday to celebrate all members of the military, veterans, and their families. This was the second year for the race, put on by the University of Louisville and Seven Counties Services.
The event was about physically showing support for veterans, but also raised money and awareness for the U of L Student Veterans Services Fund and Veterans Behavioral Health Support Programs at Seven Counties Services.
Louisville mayor Greg Fischer attended the run and walk which was part of the Mayor’s 2015 Week of Valor designed to honor veterans and their families.
While at the Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals (AHEPPP) national conference in Savannah, GA last week, UofL took home the award for the 2015 AHEPPP Excellence in Publication – Newsletter!
The AHEPPP Awards provide the opportunity to recognize some of the shining stars and promising practices in the profession. The Excellence in Publication category recognizes institutions of higher education and its professional(s) who have developed outstanding materials, both print and/or electronic, that contribute to the field of parent and family engagement. Nominations will be judged on content, as well as innovative and functional design.
Thanks to Glenn Gittings and everyone for all the ideas and hard work in the functional re-design of the Parents Association Newsletter.
UofL’s Career Development Center has been awarded Silver Status for 2015-16 from the national “Out for Work” organization, which assess programming and resources that equip LGBT students for future careers.
The award is an increase from last year’s bronze status. This year’s score was 87 percent.
Under the guidance of director Trey Lewis, the UofL Career Development Center has made LGBT students a focus of its programming and collaborated with the LGBT Center and community organizations to develop new services.
“We know that LGBT students face unique challenges as they anticipate their future careers. For some, just the question of when to come out is an obstacle to their work experience. We want to be sure we are helping them answer those questions thoughtfully,” said Lewis.
Candace Lamb, assistant director of the center, hosts regular workshops and coaching sessions to address the needs of LGBT students. She is a frequent guest facilitator at the LGBT Center , has helped the center’s LGBT ambassadors develop their brands and online presence, and hosted panels with successful LGBT corporate employees.
“The goal is to take a look at career exploration through the eyes of LGBT students, and to build a program that makes them feel included and supported,” she said.
Lamb organized a vendor fair for LGBT employee resource groups this year as part of the university’s Pride Week celebration. “It’s what I love, opening up career opportunities to those who might not yet realize that they can achieve their dreams.”
Pinkie, Robin and George are being recognized this year for their long time service to UofL. The banner with their pictures appeared yesterday outside the HR building.
Congratulations to them and the other Student Affairs staff being recognized this year:
George Howe – 45 years
Robin Sutherland – 40 years
Pinkie Smyser – 40 years
Frank Mianzo – 35 years
Shirley Hardy – 30 years
David Horrar – 25 years
David Hatfield – 25 years
Julie Onnembo – 20 years
Greg Johnson – 20 years
Amanda Cunningham – 10 years
The University of Louisville was notified last week by the Department of Education that our TRIO Student Support Services grant was refunded for an additional five years. The 1.1 million dollar grant provides assistance to low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities. The program’s mission is to increase retention and graduation rates by offering academic, financial, and personal support.
The grant was written by Nadine Petty in collaboration with Kathy Pendleton and former REACH Director, Cathy Leist who contributed a page of information of the services to be provided to TRIO students by REACH.
The TRIO Student Support Services grant earned 101 out of a possible 106 points available to be awarded. The new grant will take effect on September 1, 2015 and continue through August 31, 2020.
The 2010 – 2015 grant cycle consisted of goals of 75% fall-fall persistence, 80% academic good standing rate, and a 55% 6-year graduation rate. These goals were met via intrusive advising, workshops and seminars based on academic and personal enrichment, and student advocacy.
Services for the upcoming grant cycle will remain the same as the current cycle with the addition of a newly defined focus on recruiting and serving students who are veterans. This service will be provided in part through collaboration with the Office of Military and Veteran Services.
New grant services also will focus on “difference education”, i.e. workshops and seminars will be facilitated by successful students whose social and demographic backgrounds are similar to those of TRIO SSS students. These successful students will discuss how their “differences” influence their college experiences and the strategies they use to combat challenges brought on by said “differences”.
Congratulations to Nadine and her staff Jeremy Johnson, Keeley Copridge, and Brenda Powell for the great job they did last year meeting their student goals which played a large part in the grant being refunded.
A crew is removing the old signage from the Red Barn today in preparation for the installation of the a new digital signage system. The new digital system will be able to handle graphics and pictures and be bright enough to catch the attention of students walking up the SAC ramp. The sign was purchased by SGA.
Dale Ramsay, Director of Intramural Sports and Recreation, received an Award of Merit at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) conference held March 30 – April 2 just outside of Grapevine, Texas.
Congratulations to Dale – who is more than deserving of this national recognition. Check out the video of the award presentation as well as Dale’s remarks.
The NIRSA Regional Awards of Merit recognizes a professional from each NIRSA Region who demonstrates exceptional performance or dedication to NIRSA or the field of collegiate recreation on a statewide or regional basis. The award is presented each year during the Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo.