October 18, 2016 Announcements


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    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016


    UofL’s Garden Commons at the Cultural Center is a community space for learning about organic urban agriculture and sustainable food systems. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty and community members. 


    Tara Schapmire, PhD, has been elected president-elect of the Association of Oncology Social Work. Her three-year term begins in January 2017. Schapmire is an assistant professor at the UofL School of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Palliative Care and Medical Education of the Department of Medicine. She also is on the faculty of the Kent School of Social Work.




    UofL’s Day of Giving is today

    UofL Day of Giving is a historic day in the life of the university. Card Nation will come together and stand with students, faculty and staff for this 24-hour giving campaign, Oct. 18, encouraging everyone to support areas most meaningful to them. The UofL Alumni Association will be live-streaming updates all day via social media. View all campus projects and share your own online at UofLDayofGiving.com.


    Reminder about NCAA Athletics Compliance and UofL’s Commitment to Institutional Control

    UofL’s commitment to institutional control and maintaining NCAA compliance is a campus-wide, shared responsibility. This responsibility includes the obligation, per NCAA rules, for UofL staff and students to report suspected or potential NCAA violations. If you have questions about NCAA rules and/or have information about a potential violation, please contact UofL’s Athletics Compliance Office.

    Additional Information: Website


    UofL School of Dentistry offering orthodontics discount

    As you consider benefits such as FSA designations and dental insurance during open enrollment, now is the time for braces. The UofL School of Dentistry is offering a $250 discount off the regular price of orthodontic care through the end of February 2017. Orthodontic treatment for anyone 21 and younger is $3,500, the cost for those who are 22 and older is $3,900. This is at least 30 percent less than orthodontic treatment performed at other practices. The school accepts many dental insurance plans.

    Additional Information: 852-5625


    School of Nursing degree programs open house

    Oct. 18, School of Nursing, 555 S. Floyd St., HSC
    Learn more about the undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered at the UofL School of Nursing during an open house. Faculty and student services staff members will host separate information sessions on the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, RN-to-BSN online program and Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing (MEPN) second degree program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Information sessions on the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs will be from 7 to 8 p.m.

    Additional Information: Website


    CardShark Pitch event scheduled

    Oct. 18, 3-6 p.m., Clinical Translational Research Building, Room 124

    Are you familiar with the television show, Shark Tank? UofL has its own “CardShark” pitch tank event. It’s the final session of UofL’s “Trifecta” Translational Training program. This session has two parts: First, learn how to make your product idea attractive to potential partners, investors, and team members, and second, participate (or just watch) in a pitch-off in front of our panel of sharks. To sign up for a CardShark Pitch, email for details.

    Additional Information: Email


    Art Therapy Forum planned

    Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library; Free

    The Art Therapy program is hosting the annual Art Therapy Forum with a overview of the profession and a panel presentation of art therapists in the community. From Ekstrom, we will move to the College of Education where folks will have the opportunity to participate in workshops conducted by first and second year graduate students.



    Center for Predictive Medicine Seminar Series

    October 19, noon to 1 p.m., Room 124, Center for Translational Research Building

    The Center for Predictive Medicine Seminar Series presents “The Nucleolus of Developing Brain Cells as a Target of Flaviviruses” by Michal Hetman, MD, PhD, professor, UofL Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center

    Additional Information: Cathy St. Clair, 852-5596


    The Department of Physiology announces seminar

    October 18, 11:45 a.m., Baxter I Auditorium
    The Department of Physiology Seminar Series presents, “The African/Caribbean Green Monkey: A Translational Model of Essential Hypertension, Cardiomyopathy, Renal and Cardiovascular Disease,” by Jeffrey L. Osborn, PhD, professor, Department of Biology, University of Kentucky.
    Additional Information: Website


    ‘Saving Children’s Lives by Preventing Pneumonia’ by Keith Klugman, MD, PhD

    October 21, noon to 1 p.m., Room 124, Clinical Translational Research Building, HSC
    Keith Klugman leads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work to improve the development and delivery of pneumonia vaccines and expand the use of antibiotic treatments and diagnostic tools. To reserve a lunch, contact Carol Hines at 852-8634 by Wednesday, Oct. 19.



    Benefits Open Enrollment – options include Supplemental Life Insurance

    Keep in mind, supplemental life insurance is a benefit to review during annual open enrollment.  If you are currently enrolled in Supplemental Term Life, you may increase one level of coverage with no Statement of Health.  If not enrolled in Supplemental Term Life, you may elect additional coverage, a Statement of Health will be required.  Dependent and Spouse coverage will be offered, regardless of level of coverage, a Statement of Health will be required. Go to the Open Enrollment website for more information and to make your elections.


    Benefits Open Enrollment Fair this week at HSC

    Please plan to attend one of the following benefits fairs at HSC where you can talk with benefit vendors and benefits staff. HSC Campus, Clinical and Translational Research Bldg. 1st floor, Oct. 19-20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Open Enrollment website for more information and to make your elections.


    Benefits Open Enrollment – Flexible Spending Accounts

    If you want a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you must enroll each year. Your 2016 voluntary FSA will not automatically roll over to 2017. FSAs allow you to set aside money for health care and/or dependent care with pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible health care and/or dependent care expenses. When you elect a health care FSA, your account is funded with preloaded dollars of your elected amount beginning January 1.  Your annual maximum contribution is $2,550. If you elect a dependent care FSA, you may contribute up to $5,000 a year (this is the maximum household contribution) through payroll deduction. Unused FSA funds are not returned to you. Plan carefully to set aside just what you need. Learn more at Chard Snyder. Open Enrollment ends Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. Go to the Open Enrollment website for information and to make your elections.


    Health and Wellness

    Biometric Screening scheduled for Belknap Campus

    Get Healthy Now Wellness Center; Free for UofL Employees, Spouse/QA
    Make an appointment with Get Healthy Now for a free optional biometric screening. Screenings provide the blood pressure, weight, waist/hip measurements and blood cholesterol/glucose data you will need to complete the online health assessment required annually to receive your premium incentive. Please allow 20 minutes for screening.
    Additional Information: Email, 852-7755


    Make a splash with Get Healthy Now’s Water Fitness

    Fall session: Through Dec. 8, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-12:45 p.m., Natatorium, Belknap Campus; Free for UofL Employees, Retirees and Spouse/QA

    The benefits of this class include increased energy, better sleep, joint pain relief and much more. Suitable for all fitness levels and no swimming skills needed (hair can stay dry or not). Register today.

    Additional Information: Website, email, 852-7755

    Go with the flow with Power Vinyasa

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym; $40 Unlimited Classes/semester

    Power Vinyasa is a powerful, energetic form of yoga designed to stretch and strengthen your entire body. It incorporates strength, flexibility, balance, and cardio and modifications are provided for all fitness levels. First class is always free.

    Additional Information: Website, group fitness schedule, email, 852-7755


    Boot those calories with Boot Camp

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Get Healthy Now Wellness Center; Free

    Boot Camp is a fun and high-intensity interval training workout that is designed for maximum calorie burn and to challenge your mind and body. Suitable for all fitness levels.

    Additional Information: Website, group fitness schedule, email, 852-7755



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