UofL's McConnell Center was one of five places around the globe that was chosen to host the Strategic Broadening Seminar program.
UofL's McConnell Center was one of five places around the globe that was chosen to host the Strategic Broadening Seminar program.

Taking notes, reviewing case studies, and participating in class seminars doesn’t seem like a typical day for a U.S. soldier. But that’s how 30 U.S. Army soldiers from across the country spent their September – at the University of Louisville’s Strategic Broadening Seminar.

The seminar, sponsored by UofL’s McConnell Center, is a series of intensive classes that cover a range of subjects including history, political philosophy and constitutional law. The Army’s goal is to have their mid-career soldiers learn how to think beyond tactics and the battlefield.

“It’s probably one of the best military opportunities I’ve had,” said Captain Sam Spencer-Pittman, one of the participating soldiers.

UofL’s McConnell Center was one of five places around the globe that was chosen to host this program. Gary Gregg, the director of the McConnell Center, said that: “it’s a great testament to the kind of faculty we have on campus, and to our Army-friendly environment at the University of Louisville.”

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Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.