December 19, 2016 Announcements



    Monday, Dec. 19, 2016





    Volunteers from the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development at UofL, along with students from Male High School, planted 300 trees recently in an effort to improve water quality in Cedar Creek. Altogether, a total of 1,500 trees at several sites along streams in the metropolitan area will be planted before the end of January.



    Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research’s assistant director Andrew Marsh is the co-chair of the 2017 National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices, which will be held at Sloss Furnace National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama, in April.



    UofL Today with Mark Hebert

    WHAS-TV, Great Day Live

    Mondays at 9:30 a.m. Segments can be found on YouTube. WLKY-TV also runs the UofL stories on their Saturday morning newscasts
    Monday, Dec. 19 – The University of Louisville’s Holiday video featuring the Singing Cardsmen


    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’s schedule:
    Monday, Dec. 19 – Mikkaka Overstreet and Amy Flint from the CEHD discuss efforts to recruit and train more minority students to become teachers; Dr. Tom Abell tells us about electrical stimulation to treat chronic gastric issues; Marie Kendall Brown and Jeff Hieb describe the TILL, a new teaching lab for UofL professors
    Tuesday, Dec. 20 – Dr. Emma Birks discusses her study that shows heart pump plus aggressive drugs could allow people with heart failure to regain full function; Singing Cardsmen group – two students and faculty advisor Randi Bolding; Citrus Bowl and year end events with UofL Alumni and Student Affairs


    Metro TV and KET KY – The Kentucky Channel

    (Metro TV – Ch. 99 on UVerse, Ch. 25 on TWC): 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. Metro TV shows can be found on YouTube
    This week: Dr. Jason Chesney from the James Graham Brown Cancer Center explains research on immunotherapy which, he believes, will cut cancer deaths by 25% in four year; Fred Espenak, retired NASA astrophysicist and known as “Mr. Eclipse” talks about the total solar eclipse which will cover parts of Kentucky in August



    UofL Today will not publish during winter break

    The final UofL Today of 2016 will be published Wednesday, Dec. 21. UofL Today will not be sent during winter break. UofL Today will return Tuesday, Jan. 3, when the university is back in session. Announcements scheduled to run in the Jan. 3 edition must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 23 at noon.
    Additional Information: Alicia Kelso, submission form


    Mail Services Holiday/winter break schedule

    If you have United States Postal Services (USPS), overnight/express deliveries, or critical, time-sensitive mail during the holiday schedule please observe the holiday/winter break mail services schedule, available online. Note that Friday, December 23 will be the last regular mail service day until Tuesday, January 3.
    Additional Information: Don Bjorgo, 852-6699


    End of Year Gifts should be delivered as soon as possible

    December is a popular time to receive annual gifts/donations. If your department receives funds to be deposited into a gift or endowment program, please deliver them to Advancement Services as soon as possible. Please include the envelope with the postmark date and any backup received with the check. This ensures accurate tax year receipting to the donor along with crediting the appropriate program. The first week after the break we ask that all gift funds be hand delivered to our office.
    Additional Information: Judy Singleton, 852-7021


    Commonwealth Credit Union Holiday Open House

    Through Dec. 23; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 2126 S. Floyd St. (near ULPD and University Parking offices)
    Before you head off for winter break, share some holiday cheer with our preferred credit union partner. Stop by Commonwealth Credit Union’s Floyd Street branch for free hot apple cider, hot chocolate, cookies and other festive goodies. It’s also not too late to take advantage of their seasonal loan special, offered exclusively to the UofL community.
    Additional Information: Tracy Coffey, 502-564-4775, website


    Online Info Session: Master of Science in Social Work

    December 20, 6 p.m., online
    Join our online info session and learn about the tools and strategies that can make your application stand out, connect with our academic advisors and get any program-related questions answered.
    Additional Information: Register online, email 


    Registration open for spring Project Management Certificate program; employee discounts available

    Earn your project management certificate from UofL Professional Development. This two-seminar program is based on the processes and knowledge areas in the Project Management Institute’s “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.” A limited number of spaces in the first and second seminar are available at a 25-percent discount for UofL employees. Classes begin Feb.16.
    Additional Information: Julijana Curcic, 852-5636, website


    Radioactive material orders

    Due to the holiday schedule, the last day to order radioactive material before the shutdown will be Dec. 21, to be received by Dec. 23. Order will not be taken again until January 3, 2017.
    Additional Information: Sarah Hughes, 852-6146


    Training and Workshops

    CPR Training available

    January 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., HSC, Instructional Bldg., Room 307, Paris Simulation Center; $40
    The Paris Simulation Center will offer CPR Training on the following dates and times: January 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..; January 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; February 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; February 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; March 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; March 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; April 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; April 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; May 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; May 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; June 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; June 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Additional Information: Stuart Crawford, 852-2219, or Kevin Martin, 852-3384


    Arts and Entertainment

    Tom Fougerousse: 25 Years of UofL Photography

    Through Dec. 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Photographic Archives Gallery, Ekstrom Library, lower level
    This is the final week to visit Archives and Special Collections for an exhibit of more than 40 photos that UofL staff photographer Tom Fougerousse has taken over the last 25 years. The exhibit runs through Friday.


    Health and Wellness

    Health Assessment deadline extended by Get Healthy Now

    In order to allow all benefit eligible employees the opportunity to participate in Get Healthy Now and earn the $40 monthly premium incentive, the deadline to complete the Health Assessment (HA) has been extended to December 21. Annual completion of the HA is mandatory for participation in GHN. To get enrolled: Complete the online Health Assessment annually during Open Enrollment; Within 2-3 weeks of completing the HA, you will receive a Health Advisory Call to review results and participation guidelines. Questions? 1-888-886-4684 (option 2); Earn Rewards: If you’re Overall Wellness Score (OWS) is 67 or above, you’ve earned your rewards for 2017. If it’s 66 or below, action is required for rewards. More information is available online.


    Get Healthy Now Wellness Center closed for Christmas Holiday

    The GHN Wellness Center will be closed December 21-December 23 for deep cleaning, December 24 -26 in observance of the holidays, and December 31–January 2 in observance of New Years. We will operate on hoilday hours (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) December 27-30. Normal hours of operation will resume Tuesday, January 3 (6 a.m.– 5 p.m.)
    Additional Information: Website, email, 852-7755


    YMCA access for UofL employees over holiday break

    Dec. 21–Jan. 2, YMCAs of Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana; Free, faculty and staff
    In partnership with Get Healthy Now, 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 ID. 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 ID.
    Additional Information: Website


    KORU Mindfulness scheduled at HSC

    January 10, 12-1:15 p.m., Health Sciences Center, Nursing School, K Building, Room 2017
    Would you like to increase your quality of life by reducing stress? This evidence-based KORU workshop will teach you how to calm and focus your mind and body through mindfulness and meditation. It will be held on four Tuesdays: January 10, 17, 24, 31. Class size limited.
    Additional Information: Register, email


    KORU Mindfulness at ULH

    12:15-1:30 p.m.; Four Thursdays: Jan. 9, Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 2; OB/GYN Conference Room, 2nd floor bridge, UofL Hospital, Health Sciences Center; Free for employees, spouses & QAs
    The course is designed to help you learn mindfulness through the practice of skills to calm and focus your mind. If you are feeling stressed or are just interested in learning a new skill that can enrich your life, these classes are for you. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Sponsored by the SOM & GHN.
    Additional Information: Register via email


    Consider veggies to make your holidays healthier

    As the holidays approach with all their cheer and good spirit, you might be tempted to overindulge. While there are tips to avoid overeating and various admonishments that show the benefits of eating less, you can also take a different approach: If you gorge, try to gorge smartly. Vegetables offer more dietary fiber than meats. So eat more vegetables and a little less meat — a little less brisket and little more cauliflower latkes, a little less ham and little more green beans.
    Additional Information: Meatless Monday Recipes, Get Healthy Now Facebook Page, Get Healthy Now website, email, 852-7755



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    Alicia Kelso is the director of social media and digital content. She joined UofL in 2015 as director of communications at the Brandeis School of Law. She also serves as a senior contributor at, writing about the restaurant industry, which she has covered since 2010. Her work has been featured in publications around the world, including NPR, Bloomberg, The Seattle Times, Good Morning America and Franchise Asia Magazine.