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W I N T E R / S P R I N G U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 5 F R O M T H E P R E S I D E N T Dear friends and alumni of UofL, If you are reading this magazine, you probably have some connection to the University of Louisville, either as an alumnus, employee or supporter. If so, you're aware of the amazing trajectory UofL has been on since the enactment of the Postsecondary Education Reform Act of 1997. But what do others see when they look at UofL? Do they understand the progress we've made and the ways in which UofL is touching lives all over Kentucky and, in many cases, all over the world? The focus of this issue of University of Louisville Magazine is to show just how much our university continues to impact our state, region and world. You'll be reading about, and hopefully sharing, our efforts to recruit doctors, nurses and health care support services to underserved areas; use new research to fight autism, cancer, arthritis and obesity; expand environmental sustainability efforts; and other stories about how UofL touches people far beyond our three Louisville campuses. When you recognize our reach, you realize how far UofL has come from our days as a private institution, which primarily served students from Jefferson County. Our university has embraced this transformation and will continue to evolve if we're to reach our statutorily mandated goal of becoming a premier metropolitan research institution. Every great city can lay claim to a major research university and Louisville is no different. It's from these institutions that new ideas are developed, creative minds are free to discover and where knowledge is created and broadly shared. Research universities are economic engines and improve the quality of life in their communities. Those things are happening right now at UofL, helping make Louisville a great city. If we're to continue on our trajectory and do even more for our city, state and students, we must step up and be willing to do some things differently. That's why we've embarked on an ambitious endeavor to take a hard look at our entire university and ask: What could we do better? How can we better serve our students, the Louisville community and the commonwealth? We're calling this the 21st Century University initiative and right now are in the process of receiving and analyzing feedback from faculty, staff and students on a list of recommen- dations for moving UofL forward. The four guideposts for shaping our university include: • Foster a culture of excellence • Be globally engaged, accessible and student-centered • Enhance and enrich our scholarship, teaching and research • Serve as responsible and effective financial stewards When the 21st Century University initiative is completed, UofL will be even better at giving students the tools they need to compete and excel in the 21st century while becoming even more relevant to the future of our city and state. We have much to be proud of, but more hard work to do — and you can help. Help us share the news about the incredible ways in which UofL is touching lives and helping our region grow and prosper. We're continuing to work hard to give you plenty of reasons to spread the good word about UofL and explain why every day is a great day to be a Louisville Cardinal! James R. Ramsey President Inside the Oval President James Ramsey fi elds questions from students at McCracken County High School in Paducah, Ky. U L _ 5 5 UL_5 5 1 / 2 4 / 1 4 9 : 4 8 A M 1/24/14 9:48 AM

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