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FAL 2016

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F A L L 2 0 1 6 U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 1 9 H A P P E N I N G H E R E Making an impact Alumnus Frank Diebold, 73S, and his wife, Martha, are giving Louisville students the chance to build a future in STEM fi elds thanks to a generous donation. Their recent gift allowed J.B. Speed School of Engineering to outfi t local K-12 schools including Nativity Academy and the West End School with maker spaces — hands-on learning labs where students can use 3-D printers, electronic components and more to complete simple engineering projects. Frank used his degree in mechanical engineering to become a director at Fabricated Metals, LLC. Martha is a CPA and philanthropist who regularly works with marginalized populations. The pair also sponsor an award bearing their names for Speed School students who develop projects to improve quality of life around the world. Marking a milestone The McConnell Center was established in 1991 by UofL alumnus and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (64A) as a simple scholarship program intended to identify, recruit and nurture Kentucky's next generation of great leaders. But over the last quarter-century, the center has expanded its mission footprint, developing into one of the most acclaimed academic programs in the nation. Fundraising efforts have resulted in the center distributing more than $3.5 million in scholarships, producing over 200 McConnell Center alumni — including 12 Fulbright and three Truman Scholars — in a variety of fi elds including engineering, medicine and, of course, politics. In his new book, "The Long Game: A Memoir," Sen. McConnell refl ected on the program, which brings in 10 new students each year. "My hope, which has certainly come to fruition, is that by studying in Kentucky, these bright young men and women will then choose to remain in Kentucky after graduation, using their talent and leadership skills to advance our state." While the McConnell Center may be best known for luring political heavyweights such as Secretary Hillary Clinton and President George W. Bush to speak at UofL, it's the center's civic education program that may be making the biggest impact. Thousands of Kentucky high school students have participated in center- sponsored fi eld trips, seminars, and AP U.S. History workshops, with nearly 300 of them taking part in the center's Young Leadership Academy held every summer. The center also provides continuing education for teachers, crafted so educators can better explore topics important to the American experience and pass that knowledge on to their students. "The McConnell Center decided to put our weight behind supporting, nurturing and developing Kentucky history and social studies teachers because their work is so vital to the future of this nation and our commonwealth," said Gary Gregg, center director. The center's reach even includes a coveted partnership with the U.S. military, with the center chosen to host the U.S. Army's annual Strategic Broadening Seminar, solely focused on leadership development for a select group of offi cers, non-commissioned and civilian personnel. The overwhelming success of the program has resulted in the Pentagon's decision to put this pilot program on a permanent basis. Legacy McConnell Center alumni reunited to celebrate the center's 25th anniversary and were honored on the fi eld during UofL's homecoming win against N.C. State. Frank and Martha Diebold

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