December 5, 2016 Announcements



    Monday, Dec. 5, 2016





    Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy are co-winners of the 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education. Their 2014 book, “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education,” explores the role of teachers in perpetuating serious political deliberation in schools. They write that teachers should encourage conversations about difficult political issues because those discussions help students understand diverse points of view and become more politcally engaged adults.



    UofL staff will present at the Leadership Educators Institute: Dec, 11-13. Dominique McShan, program coordinator for multicultural programming and organizations, will facilitate a discussion about student activism as a vehicle for leadership development. Pamela Curtis, director of student leadership and service, and Kathy Meyer, coordinator for student leadership and service, will discuss a new sophomore leadership course at UofL that addresses student career exploration and leadership development. 




    Retirement investment representatives on campus

    Check in to see if your retirement investments are on track. One-on-one consultations with retirement investment representatives from TIAA and Fidelity are available on Belknap and Health Sciences Campuses each month and are free to employees and retirees. Reps will be at UofL from TIAA on December 7, 8, 13 and 14th and from Fidelity on December 8, 12 and 20. These are by appointment only. Register online.
    Additional Information: Website


    Grawemeyer Hall Holiday Open House

    December 16, 3-5 p.m., Grawemeyer Hall
    The Cardinal Singers will perform. People can park behind the Speed School.
    Additional Information: 852-2151


    IT issues virus alert

    Information Technology has received reports of a harmful computer virus known as Ransomware causing significant damage to data on university computer drives. To avoid infection, DO NOT open any email attachment that ends in “.docm” and be cautious of all email attachments. Infected files will have an extension of “.zzzzz” and will contain instructions to recover the files, DO NOT follow these instructions. If your computer has become infected notify the helpdesk or your tech support personnel.
    Additional Information: HelpDesk, 852-7997, website


    Proposals deadline approaching for 2017 Optimal Aging Conference

    December 16
    Involved in any exciting new research or innovative programming? Are you passionate about a topic relating to the aging population? The Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging and the Kentucky Association for Gerontology are looking for presenters who have interest in the field of aging to submit a presentation proposal for the 2017 Optimal Aging Conference.
    Additional Information: Proposal submission website


    U Club open dining membership promotion

    December 2, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., University Club
    UofL Faculty, Staff and graduate students who are not members are invited to dine at the Club the months of December and January. Consider becoming a member. Currently, we are offering half off of the one-time initiation fee for a full membership. Also, the Club is the perfect place to take your staff for those last minute holiday gatherings. Let us take this opportunity to thank the University Community for all of your support during the year.
    Additional Information: Linda Johnson, 852-6996, website


    Training and Workshops

    Lab Safety/Hazardous Waste and Radiation Safety Training

    December 8, 9-11:45 a.m., Room 2034, K-wing (Nursing School), HSC Campus; Free
    Recently hired lab employees who work with chemicals should attend the Lab Safety/Hazardous Waste session. Individuals who will begin working with or around radioactive materials should attend the Radiation Safety Orientation session, which starts immediately after Lab Safety. Please register for the class online, clicking on classroom training and select the appropriate class or classes to sign up. 
    Additional Information: Cathy Price, 852-2956



    Biochemistry Seminar

    December 5, noon Homberger Library, HSC-A, Rm 614
    Ted Kalbfleisch, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, will speak on, “The New Equine Reference Genome: In the Home Stretch.”
    Additional Information: Email 


    Health and Wellness

    Get Healthy Now holiday schedule

    Plan ahead to make sure your wellness goals are met during the holiday season. Please visit the Get Healthy Now website to view the December Group Fitness Schedule and to view our Holiday Schedule for hours and closures.
    Additional Information: Website, 852-7755, email 



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