December 19, 2017 Announcements



    Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017



    The Sustainability Council is seeking volunteers to help tap trees on Belknap campus in 2018 to make fresh maple syrup. The maple-tapping workshop is Jan. 12 at Garden Commons at the Cultural Center, with speaker Dave Barker, who has been helping UofL faculty and students tap trees and make maple syrup from the sap on Belknap and Shelby campuses for the past two years.



    Faculty and staff notables

    Brandeis Law Professor John Cross, an international expert in intellectual property law, has been cited in a new rule issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Rule on Attorney-Client Privilege for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board was published in November




    UofL Today holiday schedule

    The Thursday, Dec. 21 UofL Today email will be the last UofL Today email delivered before holiday break. Any campus announcements received after noon on Wednesday, Dec. 20, will not appear in UofL Today until Tuesday, Jan. 2.
    Additional Information: Alicia Kelso


    Mark your calendar for January Schnatter Center event

    January 23, 4:30 p.m., PNC Horn Auditorium, Harry Frazier Hall, College of Business; Free
    Moderated by UofL Department of Criminal Justice professor Michael Losavio, a panel of nationally recognized experts will discuss criminal justice issues. Presented by the John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise. Free pizza for attendees.
    Additional Information: Website, email

    2018 (Spring) Internal Grants Program deadline is March 27, 5 p.m.

    The call for proposals for the EVPRI Internal Grants Program is reinitiated and the EVPRI will be accepting applications for Spring 2018 review.  The Internal Grants Program (Research I, Research II and Undergraduate Research Grants) aims to assist faculty and students in new highly productive research projects.  All grant categories are open to full-time faculty, including full time faculty who mentor students for the Undergraduate Research Grants projects. Information and applications forms are available online.


    Competitive Enhancement Grant – CEG

    The EVPRI office is happy to announce that submission of proposals for the Competitive Enhancement Grant (CEG) are now being accepted. Information and application forms are available online.

    Undergraduate Research Scholar Grants – URS

    The EVPRI office is again accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Scholar grants. Grant information and application instructions are available online.



    First New Employee Orientation of 2018 is Wednesday, January 3

    For departments that have new employees starting right after winter break, please be aware that the first New Employee Orientation (NEO) of the year will be held Wednesday, January 3, 2018. To schedule a new hire for NEO, please work with your Employment Coordinator in Human Resources.
    Additional Information: 852-6258

    Training and Workshops

    Save the Date: IClicker Information and Training Sessions

    January 24
    Looking for new ways to engage your students with course content as well as with each other? iClicker is the nationally recognized leader and award winner in classroom response systems and offers several new innovative features to engage our students. There is a mobile option which allows students to use their phones, tablets, or laptops (iClicker Cloud) as well as a hardware option that requires a ‘remote’ (iclicker Classic).
    Additional Information: Linda Leake, 852-4332


    Health and Wellness

    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: Website


    Get Healthy Now Wellness Center closed for Christmas and New Year’s Holiday

    The GHN Wellness Center will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 21 and Friday, Dec. 22 for Deep Cleaning, and December 23–25 for the holiday observance. We will be open on Tuesday, Dec. 6–30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The GHN Wellness Center will be closed on Friday, December 31– January 1 for the holiday observance. Normal hours of operation will resume Tuesday, January 2, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

    Additional Information: GHN holiday schedule, Facebook, website, email, 852-7755


    Join the Get Health Now Wellness Center

    $15 per month; with the option of automatic payroll deduction; free onsite parking
    Join Get Healthy Now Wellness Center and you could win an Apple Series 3 Watch or a Trek bike. Join now to be entered into weekly and grand prize drawings. This offer expires Dec 31, 2017.
    Additional Information: Email, 852-7755; enroll now


    Two days left to earn $480 in support of your good health in 2018

    December 20 is the last opportunity to enroll in the Get Healthy Now program. This extension allows employees additional time to complete the online health assessment and earn your premium incentive for 2018. Annual completion of the health assessment is mandatory for participation in GHN. Instructions available online

    Additional Information: Email, 852-7755


    Green Tip: Santa will thank you for saving energy this holiday season

    Santa’s North Pole is melting, but you can help by taking a few simple steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When you leave for the holidays: turn thermostats down to 55, close windows tight, and unplug chargers, printers, TVs and non-essential equipment. Get in the habit by switching everything off on a power strip. Always shut off computers and lights when vacating a room. Make a New Year’s resolution to carpool, bus, or bike more and to trade that space heater for a sweater. 
    Additional Information: Tips for a greener holiday


    Partnership for a Green City energy tip 16 – Heating tips for increased efficiency

    Don’t block the airflow around vents. Keep bookcases and other bulky items away from the heating and cooling units so they don’t block and/or absorb the warm (or cool) air that should be coming into the room. Where offices or classrooms, or other areas that are uncomfortably cold or drafty, find out why and fix the problem. Facility personnel, employees, teachers, and students should work together to increase building comfort.



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    Alicia Kelso
    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.