Ramsey will discuss the past year’s successes and look forward to the future during his presentation, which will be at 2:30 p.m. in the School of Music’s Comstock Concert Hall. A reception will follow at 3:30 p.m.

State of the University Week will begin Thursday, Sept. 5, with a talk by Ramsey on “State of the State Economy: Impact on the Day to Day Life of UofL” at 1 p.m. in Horn Auditorium in the College of Business.

Events continue with a faculty/staff appreciation picnic Friday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Humanities Quadrangle on Belknap Campus. The picnic will include food, music and drawings for prizes ranging from autographed footballs and basketballs to a week of VIP parking. Shuttles will run to and from the Preston Street shuttle site near the Health Sciences Center Plaza between Muhammad Ali and Chestnut Streets from 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

A Celebration of Faculty Excellence Monday, Sept. 9, will include recognition of UofL’s Distinguished Faculty Award winners and others. The event will be at 6 p.m. in the Brown and Williamson Club of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Here’s the full schedule of events:

Thursday, Sept. 5

State of the State Economy: Impact on the Day to Day Life of UofL

1 p.m. – 2:15pm, Horn Auditorium, College of Business

Friday, Sept. 6

Faculty & Staff Picnic

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Humanities Quadrangle

Monday, Sept. 9

Celebration of Faculty Excellence

6 p.m., Brown and Williamson Club, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

  • President’s Distinguished Faculty Awards (Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity; Service; and Teaching)
  • President’s Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award
  • University’s new endowed chairs/professors
  • New University Scholars and Distinguished University Scholar
  • 2012 Community Engagement Faculty winner
  • Faculty whose creative work has resulted in new patents, licenses and options

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Showcase of Faculty Excellence 2013: Engagement

  • Noon – 2 p.m. – Faculty presentations
  • 3 p.m. – Hiram Fitzgerald, Michigan State University

New Faculty Reception

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., HSC

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Ann and Jim Bowling Quiet Study Area Dedication

10am, Ekstrom Library 4th Floor

Wednesday, Sept. 11

State of the University Address

  • 2:15 p.m. – Marching Band Drum Line leads processional through campus
  • 2:30 p.m. – State of the University Address
  • 3:30 p.m. – Post-Reception
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