UofL dedicates renovated plaza on Belknap Campus


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville officials today unveiled Trager Plaza, a renovated area that features a granite infinity pool, bench seating and a sculpture.

    The focal point of the plaza is a sculpture known as “Truth and Justice.” The artwork was commissioned in the 1970s and created by then-faculty member Barney Bright and a student, Ed Hamilton, who is now known nationally for his large-scale public and private sculptures.

    The plaza is named in honor of Republic Bancorp Inc.’s chairman Bernard Trager. He and his wife, Jean, donated the sculpture to the university and provided funding for the plaza renovation.

    “Jean and I, along with the entire Trager family, were able to add to the existing beauty of the University of Louisville campus. We hope that the students, faculty and campus visitors will enjoy this peaceful space,” Trager said.

    UofL President James Ramsey, who presided at the 9 a.m. dedication ceremony, said, “This plaza has been transformed into one of the most beautiful and peaceful locations on our campus. We are truly grateful to the Tragers for their generosity.”

    Trager Plaza is between the Miller Information Technology Center and Lutz Hall.

    Mark Hebert
    Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.