December 20, 2016 Announcements



    Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016





    UofL’s Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Alumni Relations are hosting the Citrus Bowl Service Project at the Official UofL Alumni & Fan Tailgate Dec. 31 in Orlando before the Cardinals play LSU. Volunteers will assemble hygiene kits that will be distributed to those in need by Clean the World. Clean the World recycles hotel amenities, reducing landfill waste while helping children and families across the globe. 



    Paula J. Bates, PhD, a researcher with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at UofL, has been named Kentucky’s and UofL’s fourth Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Bates is among the 175 Fellows elected this week by the NAI. To qualify, NAI Fellows must be academic inventors named on U.S. patents and nominated by their peers.




    Last UofL Today before winter break will be sent Wednesday

    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


    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


    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

    Professional development trainings for next semester now available online

    Professional development trainings for the Spring 2017 semester are available on the Human Resources website. Please register online.
    Additional Information: Website, email


    Green Tip: Environmental impact of e-mailing large files

    We assume that e-communications are eco-friendly – no paper, no ink, no shipping supplies, no gas for transportation, etc. But it takes energy to move digital data, too. It’s estimated that emailing a 1.2-megabyte attachment such as a large photo can use enough energy to boil 4 kettles of water. The information industry’s global carbon footprint now matches the airline industry’s. Rather than e-mailing large attachments, use file-sharing sites such as Blackboard, Flickr, DropBox, or SharePoint.
    Additional Information: Website


    Grand Rounds

    No Cardiovascular Medicine Grand Rounds on Dec. 21

    There will be no Cardiovascular Medicine Grand Rounds on Wednesday, Dec. 21. The next CMGR is will be January 11, with Dr. Brad Sutton, MD, MBA – Assistant Dean for Health Strategy & Innovation – University of Louisville.


    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



    Direct questions about UofL Today to Alicia Kelso, 852-2670, or the Office of Communication & Marketing, 852-6171. The deadline for including a submission in the next day’s UofL Today email is noon.

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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.