UofL’s 10 best moments of 2017

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The University of Louisville this year continued the vital work of enlightening minds and changing lives that has been our hallmark for more than two centuries. From challenges tackled to achievements celebrated, there is much to be proud of and thankful for as we reflect on 2017. So, here’s a Lettermanesque round-up of a few of our many accomplishments:

 

10ESPN GameDay 

Oval Prep for College Game Day
Oval Prep for College Game Day

The excitement of football season got kicked up a notch when ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast live from The Oval in September. We ensured our campus was camera ready, highlighted our history and even engineered a bust of host Lee Corso, putting Cardinal pride and progress on full display for a national audience.

 

 

 


 

 9Confidence restored

Forum on budget
President Postel asks UofL employees to ‘switch gears,’ focus on future

We attacked our issues head on and in the public eye, conquered a budget shortfall and, by focusing on the future, proved the adage “tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

 

 

 

 


 

8University of Louisville Hospital

University of Louisville Hospital Transition
Signage changes took place as University Medical Center again took over as manager of UofL Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center following four years of a joint operating agreement with KentuckyOne Health.

On July 1, UofL’s University Medical Center took over management of University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center following four years of a joint operating agreement with KentuckyOne Health. High-quality staff was retained and increased, and other improvements are well underway, making UofL a continued leader in teaching the next generation of caregivers and providing unsurpassed patient care.

 

 

 


 

7Research breakthroughs

Michael Detmer, professor, music therapist and the study’s lead researcher.
Michael Detmer, professor, music therapist and the study’s lead researcher.

UofL continued its growth as a premier metropolitan research university with life-changing discoveries and impacts including helping a paralyzed man stand six years after a complete spinal cord injury, using one of our largest-ever federal grants to revolutionize the treatment of heart disease, measuring the power of trees as a public health strategy, exploring the effects of environmental pollutants on cardiometabolic disease and liver disease, and using music to unite young and old.

 

 


 

6Community Service

UofL's School of Dentistry has provided free dental care to local children on the first Friday in February (national Give Kids a Smile day) since 2002
UofL’s School of Dentistry has provided free dental care to local children on the first Friday in February (national Give Kids a Smile day) since 2002

The bunch of do-gooders that are UofL’s students, faculty and staff gave children reasons to smile, kicked off a youth violence prevention campaign, hosted a camp for kids with hearing loss, helped Hurricane Harvey victims, spent spring break serving others and more. Our signature partnership program celebrated a decade of community impact and shared its community engagement leadership with others in the higher education sector.

 

 

 


 

5Fundraising records

The 2017 total is the most the group has ever raised for the 18-hour dance marathon. The money goes toward pediatric cancer research at UofL.
The 2017 total is the most the group has ever raised for the 18-hour dance marathon. The money goes toward pediatric cancer research at UofL.

It was a record year for fundraising, with our largest-ever Day of Giving, the launch of a new crowdfunding platform and a banner year for the raiseRED dance marathon supporting pediatric cancer research.

 

 

 

 


 

4More graduates, more diversity

There were more than 2,000 at this semester’s celebration, making it one of the largest in university history.
There were more than 2,000 at this semester’s celebration, making it one of the largest in university history.

More than 3,000 students earned their diplomas this spring, making the graduating class of 2017 one UofL’s largest. Our freshman class is the most diverse in our school’s history, and the number of students coming from around the globe to study at UofL is on the rise.

 

 

 


 

3More opportunities

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

UofL expanded its academic offerings in 2017, including a new degree program in sustainability, the first of its kind in Kentucky, and a new major and minor in music and new media. We added new certificates in engineering and health law, launched an online winter session and introduced a new minor in Chinese Language, providing even more ways for students to explore their career options and determine how they can make a difference in the world.

 


 

2Student successes

After finishing in the top three four years in a row, River City Rocketry finally took top honors at the NASA Student Launch challenge.
After finishing in the top three four years in a row, River City Rocketry finally took top honors at the NASA Student Launch challenge.

Student successes are commonplace here at UofL. This year, our rocket team took top honors at the NASA Student Launch challenge, our Quiz Bowl team held onto its national ranking, entrepreneurship teams received accolades for a new fitness app and a way to keep track of easily misplaced items, and our baseball team went to the College World Series (while also keeping their studies at the forefront).

 

 

 


 

1More student successes

Four Filbright scholars from UofL for 2017
L-R: Hannah Touchton, Jeremy Ball, Dzemila Bilanovic, Hung Ryan Vuong. Not pictured: James Logan Zechella.

Our students were so outstanding this year, it bears repeating. This means student success also is number one on our countdown. UofL students again proved they’re among the best in the nation. Kentucky’s only Truman Scholar this year hails from UofL, and there were six Fulbright Scholars  (including one awarded in September) bringing our Fulbrights total to 110 since 2003, more than all other Kentucky public universities combined.

 

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Kim Butterweck

Kim Butterweck has nearly two decades of experience in a variety of communications disciplines including marketing and advertising, public relations, internal communications, editing and creative messaging, event planning, community relations and video production. She joined the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2015 as director of communication initiatives and works closely with the Office of Admissions and Grawemeyer Awards. She also is responsible for the university’s sponsorship development program and marketing research. Kim produced the Telly Award-winning documentaries Vintage Kentucky: The Vine to Wine Experience and CTE for Me; and is co-founder of Eve Theatre Company.