The event will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. behind the Founders Union Building and will include free food, inflatable rides, activities and entertainment for people of all ages. The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, fruit, hummus, fresh vegetables and soft drinks. In many cases, the food is locally grown or produced by local vendors.

“We want to thank our faculty and staff for the commitment they’ve made to make UofL a premier metropolitan research university,” Ramsey said. “This picnic is one way we can say ‘Thank You’ not only to our employees, but also to their families for their support.”

To help with planning, event organizers are asking employees to register for the picnic here by Wednesday, Sept. 5. Several door prizes, including tickets to a UofL football game and men’s and women’s basketball games, will be given away through a drawing among everyone who registers for the event by Sept. 5.

John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.