December 11, 2017 Announcements



    Monday, Dec. 11, 2017



    UofL is one of 239 schools to earn a community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which is awarded to schools that demonstrate excellence in community involvement. 



    Faculty and staff notables

    Dr. Irina Kirpich, assistant professor of Medicine and Pharmacology & Toxicology, has been selected as the Chair-elect of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry Nutrition Division. Her term will run from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Kirpich does research on the effects of dietary fats and their metabolites on the development and progression of alcohol-induced organ injury.



    UofL Today with Mark Hebert

    WHAS-TV, Great Day Live

    Mondays at 9:30 a.m. WHAS-TV and WLKY-TV also run the UofL stories in their Monday afternoon and Saturday morning newscasts, respectively. Segments can be found on YouTube.

    Monday, December 11: Stephanie Allen is graduating this month with a degree in criminal justice. But the single mother got expelled from high school and nearly flunked out of UofL.


    Radio Show

    Airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. on 93.9 FM TheVille; replayed on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Podcasts can be found on SoundCloud. This week:

    Monday, Dec. 11: UofL’s accreditation is no longer on probation from SACSSOC. Assoc. Provost Connie Shumake discusses UofL’s work to resolve this issue. Anne Banks discusses UofL’s four family and geriatric clinics that have received a special designation for their care. Evan McMahon and Shannon Karol from the Speed Museum talk about relationship with UofL students.

    Tuesday, Dec. 12: Associate AD Kim Maffet and grad students Sarah Walker and Bruce Dougherty talk about Adidas internship program. Interview with Kathrin Switzer, first woman to run Boston Marathon, who was guest speaker at UofL.


    Metro TV and KET KY – The Kentucky Channel

    (Metro TV – Ch. 99 on UVerse, Ch. 184 on Spectrum): Monday and Tuesday nights at 7:30, Thursday 6:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 p.m. (KET KY – Ch. 192 on TWC, other channels): Thursdays at 5 p.m., Fridays at 8 a.m., Mondays at 6:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Metro TV shows on UofL’s YouTube channel.

    This week: Training students to handle the special health care needs of intellectually and developmentally disabled adults – Drs. Priya Chandon from UofL and Matt Holder from Lee Specialty Clinic discuss. Stacie Steinbock and Brian Buford talk about UofL’s program of training health students on special needs of LGBTQ patients.



    Discovery Benefits is new vendor for Flexible Spending Accounts in 2018

    As communicated during Open Enrollment, there will be a new vendor for flexible spending accounts (FSA) in 2018 called Discovery Benefits. If you enrolled in a FSA for 2018, you have likely already received a welcome email from Discovery Benefits to set up your login information for their online portal, if you wish to use it. To do so, you will be asked to provide your name, your mailing address zip code and your employee ID (your SSN is not required). You will also receive a welcome letter mailed to your home address.  For more information about FSAs for 2018 and contact information for Discovery Benefits, visit the website.


    Check out the newly updated Human Resources Policy Library

    The Human Resources Policy Library has been updated. If it has been a while since you last reviewed it, please take a few moments to check it out.  Changes due to the university’s updated compensation philosophy are reflected in appointment rates, pay adjustments, additional and supplemental pay and institutional base pay. Policy 4.20 (Other Leaves) was newly created to include many existing leave categories and the Temporary Medical Leave policy now stands alone and is updated to reflect the university’s procedures. In addition to these specific changes, administrator policies were incorporated throughout the HR Policy Library in an effort to streamline all staff and administrator policies into one policy library. Click here to view the updated Human Resources Library.



    Discounted bowl game tickets available for faculty, staff, students

    The University of Louisville Athletics Department is offering discounted ticket prices for faculty, staff and students to attend our football team’s bowl game in Jacksonville, Florida. Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and the 8-4 Cards will take on Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday, December 30. We expect UofL fans to continue the tradition of turning out in big numbers for our bowl game. But it’s important to buy your tickets through UofL to secure seats in the Cardinals sections, help UofL sell its allotment of tickets and create a home field advantage for CardNation. UofL employees – click on the link for employee ticket deal and enter promo code EMPLOYEE. Students, just click on your student account – no promo code needed.


    Julie Weber memorial service

    December 13, 4-6:30 p.m., University Club
    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Julie Weber, director of Campus Housing at University of Louisville, after a battle with cancer. The campus community is invited to a visitation and service on Wednesday, December 13 at the University Club in her honor. The visitation will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. and the service will start at 5:30 p.m.
    Additional Information: Justin Leibowitz


    Staff Senate to meet today

    Dec. 11, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Chao Auditorium
    The Staff Senate will meet for its monthly meeting today in Chao Auditorium. The meeting agenda is available online. All are welcome.


    Notice for H-1B and O-1 Visa Holders

    If you currently hold H-1B or O-1 visa status and are traveling abroad over the winter break, with the intent to apply for a visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy, contact University Counsel for an employment verification letter to present at your visa interview.
    Additional Information: Carcyle Barrett, 852-6211


    Angel Tree for Animals

    December 19, Houchens LL Lobby: HSC SPHIS
    Time is running out to give a gift to save animals. Shelters depend on donations to keep animals alive. Giving is easy and many inexpensive items are needed. Don’t have time to shop? Cash and gift cards acceptable too. Deadline extended to December 19 at 2 p.m. Email for a list of needed items.
    Additional Information: Belknap: Julie Oechsli, 852-1489; HSC: Darla Samuelsen, 852-2797


    Book collection drive

    Through Dec. 18
    The UofL Women’s Center is partnering with the Family Scholar House and Gray’s Bookstore for a Book Collection Drive to benefit the Women’s Center Student Parent Association & W4WStudent Board, and FSH. UofL faculty can drop off old editions of textbooks that are no longer used or spare copies of texts that have been piling up over several semesters. Drop off location: Women’s Center located in the Administrative Annex Bldg.
    Additional Information: Website, email


    UofL Fire Marshal shares safety suggestions for holiday break

    Dwain Archer, the UofL Fire Marshal, reminds faculty, staff and students to observe a number of fire safety suggestions before leaving on holiday vacation. They are available online.

    Louisville Chapter of SFN and SPOG’s Holiday Food Drive

    Through Dec. 20
    Donation boxes located in MDR 111 & 6th Floor Lobby, CTR Lobby. Monetary donations go to MDR 533. Label items with your name: Each item or $1 donation is worth one entry to win a $20 Starbucks gift card.
    Additional Information: Email or email


    Central Receiving relocated

    Central Receiving is now located at the Surplus Warehouse, 1901 S. Floyd Street. For questions, please call 852-5890.


    Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Month Planning Conference Call

    January 17, 11 a.m.
    Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky invites UofL faculty, staff and students to get involved in Child Abuse Prevention Month, set for April 2018. This conference call can be joined from anywhere you have phone access and will help you get involved in planning child abuse prevention activities for the month. If you already are scheduling an activity or want to learn more about how you can get involved, this conference call is for you. To join the call and obtain the call-in number, RSVP via email.


    Paris Simulation Center Tour

    December 13, noon to 2 p.m., Paris Simulation Center, Instructional Bldg. B, Room 307; Free
    The Paris Simulation Center Open House includes a Sim Center tour and human patient simulator demonstration.
    Additional Information: Stuart Crawford, 502-222-5515 (Cell), 852-2219 (Office)


    Dare to Care donations being collected 

    Through Dec. 14, Gardiner Hall, Schneider Hall, Stevenson Hall
    The College of Arts and Sciences is collecting food and donations for the Dare to Care Food Bank through Dec. 14. Contact Jackie Gutterman if you are willing to keep a food donation box in your department/office. If you can help deliver food and donations on Friday, Dec. 15, contact Jackie Gutterman, A&S Dean’s Office, 852-2234 or via email.


    Cardinal Jr. Winter Tennis Camp available 

    December 17, 2-5 p.m., Dec. 20-23, 1-4 p.m., Bass-Rudd Tennis Center; $60 per day
    Coach Rex Ecarma invites juniors aged 8 to 18 (grades 2-12) to his Winter Tennis Camp. Camp days are December 17 2-5 p.m., and Dec. 20-23, 1-4 p.m. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Players all welcome.
    Additional Information: Email, 852-0217



    Biochemistry Seminar today

    Dec. 11, noon, Homberger Library, HSC-A, Rm 614
    Chad Samuelsen, PhD, assistant professor, ASNB, UofL, presents “Cortical Integration of Gustatory and Olfactory Signals.”
    Additional Information: Email

    Training and Workshops

    Lab Safety and Hazardous Waste Training/Radiation Training

    December 14, 9-11:15 a.m., Room 2034, K-wing (Nursing School), HSC; Free
    New lab employees who work with chemicals should attend this training. Recurrent training is required every three years and may be completed online. Individuals who work with or around radioactive materials should attend the Radiation Safety Orientation session, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Bring laptop computer. Attendees can pre-register online.
    Additional Information: Rachel Cary, 852-3558


    Health and Wellness

    Act now to earn $480 in support of your good health in 2018

    Get Healthy Now has extended the enrollment opportunity until Dec. 20, 2017. This extension allows employees additional time to complete a biometric screening (optional) and take the online health assessment required for participation in the employee wellness program, and to earn the $40 monthly premium.
    Additional Information: Email, 852-7755


    Join Darrell Griffith, GHN team and others at the wellness center holiday open house

    December 13, 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center; Free, Open to all UofL Employees & GHN members
    Bring your UofL memorabilia for a special autograph session with Darrell Griffith from noon to 1 p.m. Move through InCycle, Tai Chi, yoga, Barre Basics, Zumba, Salsa. Refuel with meatless options. Soothe your soul with chair massage.
    Additional Information: Website


    Get Healthy Now to host book signing with Tom Owen and Sherri Pawson

    December 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center
    Just in time for the holidays, Tom Owen and Sherri Pawson, will release their book, “University of Louisville Belknap Campus: The Campus History Series.” A limited number of copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event – hosted at the GHN Wellness Center on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 14 5-6:30 p.m. Credit (preferred), cash, or checks accepted by UofL Bookstore who will be on-site to support purchase process.
    Additional Information: Website


    YMCA access for UofL employees over holiday break

    Dec. 21–Jan. 2, YMCAs of Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana; Free, faculty and staff
    How do you plan to stay healthy and happy over the holidays? The YMCAs of Greater Louisville including branches in Southern Indiana invite all UofL employees to work out for free during the winter break. To take advantage of this opportunity, all you need is a current UofL employee I.D. Should your spouse, immediate family member or out-of-town guest join you, there will be a $5 per-person per-day fee with picture I.D.
    Additional Information: For information, hours and to locate a YMCA near you, go online


    Stay calm and salsa on

    December 13, 5-5:30 p.m., Studio A (2nd floor), Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym, 601 Presidents Blvd.; Free for employees, spouses & QAs
    Join us for a free holiday salsa class with Cherie Lanier. Take advantage of GHN from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for healthy refreshments, fitness classes, autograph sessions and more. 
    Additional Information: Website



    Adolescent MDD/Depression 12 to 17 Years Old

    IRB# 15.1189
    The UofL Kosair Charities Pediatric Clinical Research Unit at Norton Children’s Hospital is conducting a research study evaluating the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug in adolescents ages 12 to 17 years old who have MDD or feelings of depression. If your child is eligible his or her participation will last approximately 10 weeks, including 9 visits to the study site, which compensation for time and travel is provided.
    Additional Information: Trisha Aponte, 502-629-5539, website



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