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Table of Contents 1. Student Emergency Fund Launches with $75,000 Gift 2. Registration Open for Third Annual Veteran Symposium 3. New and Improved Facilities for Our Students! 4. George Howe Awarded “Citizen of the Year” 5. Two Winners of the 2010 Parent of the Year Award 6. Outstanding Performance Awards 7. Staff Winners of UofL Years of Service Awards 8. Intramural Department Hosts State Conference 9. 10-Year Anniversary for Bettie Johnson Hall 10. Dale Ramsay Writes About “Granny’s Gone Wild” 11. Panhellenic Extension, IFC Expansion, and NPHC Reinstatement 12. Learn at Lunch has Good Turn-out 13. That’s a Lot of Ones!!! 14. John Smith Works National Championship Volleyball Match 15. New Online Resources for RSO’s! 16. Welcome Justin! 17. Counseling Center Adds New Staff Members 18. SAC Student Staff – A Cut Above the Rest 19. Happy Holidays Everyone! 20. Save the Date!

1. Student Emergency Fund Launches with $75,000 Gift A generous gift by Louis W. and Louise Weisser Bornwasser kick started a new student emergency fund designed to help students stay in school and on track toward graduation. The Fund is a collaborative effort between the Division of Student Affairs,

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Student Financial Aid, and University Advancement. The Dean of Students Office will serve as the main point of contact for the fund. The new fund was established to assist students by providing immediate financial support when they need assistance with unexpected emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage or need for temporary housing. Students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources. Louis W. Bornwasser (‘70) and his wife Louise Weiser Bornwasser (‘71) are both UofL graduates. As a student Louis was the driving force behind The Off the establishment of the Engageme ice of Community nt made a Red Barn 41 years ago. Put do na of $3,333 to the Louis W tion quite simply, without Louis’s Louise We . a nd isser Born efforts the Red Barn would wasser Student E mergency not exist. Louis’s efforts also Fund as p of the 201 art 0 C o m mu helped establish WLCV the n ity Engageme nt Award. campus radio station. T h e a ward Louise and Louis have recognized students been active members of the for their pa rticipation Red Bam Alumni Association in the UofL M for the past 25 years and Immunizati ass o n Project. have contributed countless T h a n ks to the s hours of their time and funds tud worked so hard and to ents who throughout the years to of Commu the Office nity Engag ensure the Red Barn and ement. its history are preserved. Louis is currently the owner of Hadden Theater Supply Company.

tions a r b Vi To make a gift to the Louis W. and Louise Weisser Bornwasser Student Emergency Fund go to To learn more about the Louis W. and Louise Weisser Bornwasser Student Emergency Fund go to

2. Registration Open for Annual Veteran Symposium Registration for the 2011 Veteran Symposium is now open on line at The symposium will be held on February 21 and 22, 2011 at the Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville. Each year we strive to improve the program based on national trends and participant feedback. We have planned an outstanding program this year that will maintain our position as the premier national event in higher education related to veteran’s issues. Session topics this year include: •• Social & Academic Integration for Student-Veterans •• Developing and Using CAS Standards for Veterans and Military Programs and Services •• Tools for Assessing Veteran Needs •• Creating a Comprehensive Military Student Services Office •• Disability Dynamics within the Student Veteran Community •• Why Women Veterans •• Veteran’s Preference in the Federal Hiring Process •• Strategies for Improving Career Assistance to Student Veterans Featured presenters include: •• Dr. Douglas Franklin – Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) – Ohio University •• Genevieve Chase – Founder and Executive Director American Women Veterans

•• Dr. David Di Ramio – Author and Professor at Auburn University •• Dr. Amanda Kraus – Disabled Veterans’ Reintegration and Education Project – University of Arizona •• Dr. Kelly Wesener – Assistant Vice President for Student Services at Northern Illinois University •• Brett Morris – Associate Director, Veteran Affairs – Eastern Kentucky University •• Dr. Katherine Selber – Professor, School of Social Work – Texas State University-San Marcos •• Beth Avey – ONE Knox – Fort Knox, Kentucky •• Linda Robinson – Civilian Personnel Advisory Center – Fort Knox •• Terri Carr – Military and Veteran Student Services – University of Louisville •• Dr. Kristin Wilson – Assistant Professor – University of Louisville •• James Atkinson – Career Development Center – University of Louisville New this year are: presentations by UofL faculty on research related to student veterans, networking and scheduled opportunities for participants to share information about their campus programs, a student veteran issues roundtable discussion, and a student veteran panel. To register on line or learn more about the 2011 Veteran Symposium go to

3. New and Improved Facilities for our Students! The University Tower Apartments lobby has been transformed from a small unusable area into a spacious and welcoming environment. The renovated space contains a television room, a pool table, a study/ meeting room, and a reception desk. The residents and staff are BEYOND excited to have a functional lobby again. To arrange a tour of the new area contact the Housing and Residence Life office at 852-6636. 2

tions a r b Vi 4. George Howe Awarded “Citizen of the Year” Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held their Achievement Week Founders Banquet and Dinner Dance on November 19, 2010 where Undergraduate Chapter Omega Psi Phi president, Steven Edwards presented George Howe with the “Citizen of the Year” award. Congratulations George!

5. Two Winners of the 2010 Parent of the Year Award More than 40 students took the time to nominate their parent for the 2010 Parent of the Year Award. The Dean of Students Office hosted a program on the Saturday of Homecoming to recognize all of the nominees. The committee had a difficult time deciding on the winner, so for the first time two parents received the award. This year’s recipients were Patrick John Hughes and Greg Cribbet. Each father received a plaque and a copy of his son’s nomination letter. Tim Cribbet nominated his father, Greg, for being his longtime champion. In his nomination letter, Tim explained that he was born three months premature and suffered a brain injury. Doctors told his parents that he had a 5 percent chance of survival. “Anyone facing those overwhelming challenges must have someone in their corner that will fight for their life. Fortunately for me, that someone is my father,” Tim wrote. Greg made sure that his son had access to everything he needed to succeed—such as special water therapy classes—and spent every hour possible helping him

learn to walk. When Tim started elementary school, Greg encouraged and supported his efforts to play golf. When Tim wanted to manage his high school’s football team, Greg transported him to every game and practice. Since Greg retired nine years ago, he has made his son’s education his first priority. Recently, the family relocated from Columbus, Ohio, so Tim could finish a degree in sport administration at UofL. “He has been a source of physical and mental motivation, a tireless advocate, sacrificed hours of his retirement and his life to invest in ‘my’ future, and all with an unconditional love that defies mere explanation,” Tim wrote. Greg said at the award presentation that Tim has been an inspiration to him. His son, he said, is driven to get an education, and because of that drive, he has done everything he can to help. “You want your child to have every opportunity,” Greg said. “That’s the job of the parent.” Patrick Henry Hughes is blind. He nominated his father, Patrick John Hughes, who pushes his chair so the accomplished musician can be in the marching band. The elder Hughes also attends class with Patrick Henry each day to help him with visual cues. Wrote Patrick Henry in his nomination letter: “People are always saying they admire him for the ‘sacrifices’ he makes, but he will tell them what he does is not a sacrifice but a blessing to be able to spend so much time with his son. Despite what he may say, I believe what he does is a sacrifice.” “Obviously, I’m honored that my son would take the time to nominate me for this award,” Patrick John said at the ceremony. “It’s an honor to be here today with these other families.” The father said he enjoys his second go-around at college with Patrick Henry and that he might be learning more attending class with his son than he did as a student. “He’s being the kind of student I wish I would have been,” Patrick John said. Later on in the day of the recognition ceremony, Patrick John Hughes was on the football field, pushing his son’s wheelchair as part of the UofL Marching Band. 3

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8. Intramural Department Hosts State Conference

For their hard work this past year, Provost Shirley Willihnganz honored Michelle Massey and David Hatfield with Outstanding Performance Awards November 30. Congratulations to you both.

51 friends and colleagues from nine different colleges and universities around Kentucky gathered in Louisville for the annual Kentucky Intramural and Recreational Sports Association State Conference hosted by the UofL Intramural Sports and Recreation Department. The conference featured outstanding presentations from Director of Student Activities, Tim Moore, who presented on Innovative Thinking and Robert “Bubba” Bringhurst from the Department of Public Safety who presented a program designed to prepare staff for an active shooter scenario. In addition to the presentations, the group was able to take private tours of the new KFC Yum! Center and the renovations of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Intramural people always want to see facilities, and being able to show them these two new facilities was a treat for all participants. The conference included a business meeting and discussions about plans for our state association to host the Region II conference of our national professional organization in Lexington next year. The conference wrapped up with a social trip to Churchill Downs during Breeder’s Cup week, which was fun for everyone. It’s always good to network with your friends and colleagues, and especially so when you are able to host them on your own campus and in such a wonderful city.

7. Staff Winners of UofL Years of Service Awards On October 8th, Caroline Stephens (40 years), Robin Sutherland (35 years), Frank Mianzo (30 years), Julie Onnembo (15 years), David Horrar (20 years), Joni Burke (30 years), Pinkie Smyser (35 years), and George Howe (40 years), along with Gregory Johnson (15 years), David Hatfield (20 years) and Garry Baker (20 years) were honored by President Ramsey at a luncheon for their many years of service at the University of Louisville. George Howe sums up his experience: “The students keep us young—to say the least—and the students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends inspire me every day”.


tions a r b Vi 9. 10-Year Anniversary for Bettie Johnson Hall

The University of Louisville Properties (ULP) celebrated its 10-year anniversary of Bettie Johnson Hall with a carnival on October 13th. Over 300 students came by for free food, games and prizes. The DJ kept the party bumping as the students danced and mingled. A magician strolled around and mystified residents and staff with his creative mind-tingling tricks. A clown made everyone feel “funny” with balloon hats, balloon bracelets and, of course, balloon swords. We appreciate everyone that came by to help us celebrate 10 years of roommates, RA programs, diversity, staff events, and all the excitement that comes with living on campus. Bettie Johnson Hall is home to 490 students including most of the UofL athletic teams. Amenities include apartment-style living, fully-equipped kitchens, outdoor swimming pool, volleyball court and various meeting, study and social areas. For a tour of Betty Johnson Hall, call the Residence Housing office at 852-6636.

10. Dale Ramsay writes about “Granny’s Gone Wild” “Grannys Gone Wild” may be the best title of an article ever and it is the one for a recent article written by Dale Ramsay, Director of Intramural and Recreational Sports, for Vype magazine. Vype is a national publication that deals with high school sports. Dale is a regular

columnist for the magazine and writes articles from the sports officiating and sport society viewpoints. His articles are always challenging and explore many levels of sports and their implications to life. Most of his articles are written from the viewpoint of an official to fans, serving to dispel many commonly-held misconceptions. Dale’s latest article, the “Granny” article as it has become widely know, dealt with a grandmother that came out of the stands at a 12 year old girls basketball game to assault a girl that had just fouled her granddaughter. You can read Dale’s article at;

11. Panhellenic Extension, IFC Expansion, and NPHC Reinstatement For the first time in 30 years, the Panhellenic Council voted to add a new sorority chapter to the UofL campus. The new sorority will bring the total number of NPC sororities to seven. The council is currently reviewing materials and applications to decide which group they will invite to campus. The new sorority group will colonize (the step before becoming a chapter) in fall of 2011, immediately after Formal Recruitment 2011 is completed. 5

tions a r b Vi Special thanks to Dean Mardis, Tim Moore, and Joni Burke for their tireless efforts in promoting extension and its benefits to our sororities and their national organizations. In spring 2011, UofL will also welcome a new IFC group, Alpha Tau Omega, and the reinstatement of an NPHC group, Phi Beta Sigma. Alpha Tau Omega will begin its colonization after IFC spring recruitment. Phi Beta Sigma will begin its new member intake process during the spring 2011 semester. Please remember to support these groups as they work to make our Greek system even better in 2011! The Student Activities staff is excited about the new and returning Greek organizations that will offer more involvement and leadership opportunities for students.

12. Learn at Lunch has Good Turn-out November’s Learn at Lunch session featured a presentation on Publication Design Tips with Susie Cucura. The session covered some basic elements of good and bad design, and included examples to show the difference. The importance of upholding the UofL Brand was also covered. The session went so well, that Susie will be presenting the same session again, sometime next semester. Near the end of the presentation, it was requested that the Professional Development Committee (PDC) also have a session on Web Design Tips. Be looking for these and other upcoming events sponsored by the PDC.

13. That’s a Lot of Ones!!! Winterfest is back. Winterfest is a series of events welcoming students back to school during their first two weeks in January. One highlight of Winterfest is the Spring RSO (Recognized Student Organization) Fair that will take place on 1/11/11 from 11 am until 1 pm. Who can forget that day!!! Please join the University in welcoming back the students. For a schedule of Winterfest events, go to:

14. John Works National Championship Volleyball Match John Smith, Assistant Director of Intramural and Recreational Sports, was recently chosen to work as a Referee during the championship match of the USCAA National Championship Volleyball Tournament. The tournament was held at the Mid America Sports Center in Louisville and featured collegiate teams from as far south as Florida, north as Pennsylvania, and as far west as Texas. The United States Collegiate Athletic Conference is comprised of small schools across the country and the top ten schools in their ratings are invited to compete in their respective national championships. It was John’s third time to be selected for the tournament and the second time to work the championship match. It increases the department’s reputation and level of credibility with our participants when staff members are selected for such honors.


tions a r b Vi 15. New Online Resources for RSO’s! Student Activities recently launched a new online student group management system to help student groups manage rosters, hold elections, post photos and many other amazing tasks all from a simple, accessible, social media interface. Students interested in joining a student group can also search through an interactive list of groups to contact student leaders and find out how to get involved. Explore this exciting new system by going to In addition to the new Symplicity system, the student organizations website has been redesigned and updated to provide RSO’s (Recognized Student Organizations) with resources in a more interactive and engaging way. Explore the new website at http://

16. Welcome Justin! The Department of Intramural and Recreational Sports is happy to welcome Justin Peterson to their staff. Justin is the new Intramural Coordinator and replaces Adam Jines who left to take a position at the University of Delaware. Justin became involved with recreational sports while he was an undergraduate student at Central Michigan University where he served as an official and event supervisor while completing his bachelors’ degree in History and Social Sciences. His experiences in recreational sports convinced him that his future was in that field which lead to Justin accepting a graduate assistantship in the Recreational Sports department at Indiana State University where he majored in Recreation and Sport Management.

In his duties with the Intramural and Recreational Sports Department, Justin will be responsible for the operation and administration of the structured league, tournament and special event areas of the program. He will work closely with a number of student organizations, including the Intramural Council, as well as a significant number of undergraduate student supervisors. Justin is an avid sports fan who enjoys attending sporting events of all kinds. Yes, he has attended a UofL basketball game and seen the inside of the new Yum! Center. He is engaged to Stephanie Starke who will soon graduate from Central Michigan University with a masters’ degree in Speech Pathology and relocate to the Louisville area. The intramural phase of the recreational sports program has been experiencing record growth for the past five years. Justin is excited and ready to do everything possible to continue that growth through being actively involved with the participants.

17. Counseling Center Adds New Staff Members Welcome to the new staff members in the Counseling Center! Tanisha Allen is working for the Counseling Center and Jeremy Johnson, Jacqueline Ford, Ciara Pierce and Diane Doby are working with the new TRiO Grant. Tanisha Allen resides in Indiana. Her previous place of employment was Life Spring in Jeffersonville IN. She has been working on her Undergraduate at Kentucky State and Indiana University Southeast and plans on completing her Undergraduate in Psychology at UofL. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Jeremy Johnson is the Program Coordinator for the TRiO/Student Support Services program. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 2007, and recently received his Masters of Education from the College Student Personnel program here at the University of Louisville. Before joining the SSS 7

tions a r b Vi staff, Jeremy was a graduate assistant in the Student Activities Office where he worked with recognized student organizations and greek life. Jacqueline Ford is the Student Development Specialist for the TRiO/Student Support Services grant. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. She earned a Masters of Education in Student Personnel Services from the University of Louisville in 1990. She has over 12 years of experience in Student Affairs, primarily in the areas of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs. Ciara Pierce is the Clerk Senior for TRiO/Student Support Services. Ciara has bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Liberal Studies from Kentucky State University. She just recently received her master’s degree in Pan-African studies at the University of Louisville. Her academic and professional interests are in diversity in higher education and minority graduate student achievement. Diane Doby is the Administrative Assistant for the TRiO grant. She has worked in numerous departments around the University of Louisville, preferring the academic departments in order to assist students. She has worked in Communications and Mathematics, with her most recent position being in the Chemistry Department.

smiles on their faces. Thank you to all the student staff for your hard work and dedication. Pictured Left to Right: Front row— Sarah Derrick, Lauren Hoeks, Franklin Neff, Branesha Hill, Bryan Wessel. Back row—Jacob Bramley, Coburn Spencer, Victoria Spencer, Ashlea Boyer, Danielle Hayek, Alex Connor, Taylor Purnsley and Kim Cardeiro. (Not pictured: Laura Arns, Katie Lewis, Juan Rohas, Nick Seligh and Byron Terry.)


18. SAC Student Staff – A Cut Above the Rest The SAC student staff are an important and integral part of the operations of the Student Activities department. This is a stellar group of students who work, either at the front desk or with facilities, and perform more duties than they can enumerate. These duties range anywhere from answering the plethora of calls that come through the office each day to assisting with the stage placement in the multipurpose room for large scale events like “Diwali.” They do it all with willing spirits and

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Red Barn Birthday Reception Student Affairs Holiday Party

2011 January 13 January 28 January 28 February 1 February 15 February 16 February 27 February 27–28 March 1 March 12–16 March 26–30 April 7 April 15 April 18 May 20

Part-time Job Fair New Staff Orientation 9th Annual International Fashion Show Learn at Lunch, Publication and Design Tips University Wide Job Expo Divisional Staff Meeting 74th Annual Fryberger Sing CPAK Conference - Lexington Learn at Lunch, Web Design Tips NASPA Conference - Philadelphia ACPA Conference - Baltimore 2nd Annual Off-Campus Housing Fair 26th Annual Crawfish Boil 12th Annual Student Awards Classified Staff Retreat

21. Special Thanks Thank you Shirley Hardy, George Howe, Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., Jeremy Johnson, Dr. Michael Mardis, Laura Mercer, Frank Mianzo, Dorothea Muller, Julie Onnembo, Kathy Pendleton, John Smith, Charisma Stigall, JT Stinnett, Robin Sutherland, Laura Ulmer, Beverly Wolford and Karen Zody for your contributions to this newsletter. The Student Affairs Vibrations newsletter is produced and edited by Susie Cucura, Student Affairs Publications and Marketing Coordinator,


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