UofL to host ‘College for a Day’ event for area students


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville’s Signature Partnership program, in conjunction with the Lincoln Heritage Council Boy Scouts of America, has announced it will host a May 19 “College for a Day” event for middle and high school boys and girls on the Belknap Campus.

    The first-ever, day-long program is open to all area students. Sessions on topics ranging from archaeology to weather will be modeled on Boy Scout Merit badges. The program will focus on science and mathematics including topics such as robotics, space exploration and nuclear science.

    “College for a Day will offer faculty expertise and facilities at UofL to create a fun day of learning for young students,” said Ralph Fitzpatrick, associate vice president for Community Engagement. “We hope this initiative will inspire our youth to stay in school and plan for a college education as part of the city’s overall 55,000 Degrees for 2020 and the related 15,000 Degrees for African American students’ goals.”

    UofL’s Signature Partnership collaborates with public and private organizations, schools and government to improve the educational, health, economic and social status of underserved students and families in the Louisville Metro area.

    “The Boy Scout Merit Badge Program will serve as a base for the sessions, each about two hours in length,” Clint Scharff, local Boy Scout Director of Field Service, said. “We believe it will appeal to both boys and girls, in or out of scouting, who have a work ethic and desire to learn. Scouts who attend may be able to earn or apply work toward their merit badges.”

    Enrollment will be limited to approximately 500 students in as many as 25 subject areas. A fee of $15 will cover costs for program materials and lunch cookout at the Red Barn on campus. Financial assistance may be available for those who are unable to pay the fee.

    For more information about the program, subjects offered and to register visit www.lhcbsa.org/Activities (click on the College for a Day link) or call 502-361-2624.

    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.