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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 | 2 9 E D U C A T I N G O U R N A T I O N ' S M I L I T A R Y POWER PARTNERSHIPS That UofL has been invited to host such esteemed military programs comes as no surprise to those familiar with world-class faculty, dedicated staff and strategic-minded leaders. But the military may not have taken notice if it hadn't been for the efforts of UofL's Offi ce for Military Initiatives and Partnerships. UofL created the offi ce in 2011 and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between UofL and Fort Knox that included plans to educate, employ and treat military members. A similar MOU was signed in 2012 between UofL and the Kentucky National Guard. Its executive director, Renee Finnegan, and its director of military outreach, Kevin Finnegan, are both committed to creating win-win outcomes for the university and the military. Together, they promote UofL's unique academic strengths and resources to military leadership, while also reaching out to the university's deans and department heads when they learn about military initiatives that would be a great fi t for their areas of expertise. Renee readily offers praise for UofL faculty and staff, not just for participating in such programs, but also for giving them their full attention and dedication. "The faculty and staff at the University of Louisville are passionate about helping the military," said Renee. "They routinely go above and beyond their duties to assist the military and our student veterans." The same might be said of the Finnegans, who could have easily settled into retirement after admirable careers in the U.S. Army, where both reached the rank of colonel. Instead, Renee explained, "We served as soldiers and we're honored to be able to continue to serve our nation's military in our current roles at the University of Louisville." include Lt. Gen. Josiah Bunting, President of the Guggenheim Foundation and Vietnam veteran; William B. Allen, former chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; and Maj. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands, commanding general of the Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, where he leads an organization that manages the careers of more than one million soldiers around the world. "The Strategic Broadening Seminar is an excellent opportunity for our soldiers and officers to step back from their daily duties and build some academic and intellectual capital," said Seamands. "It enhances skills that are essential to do more with less and in more innovative ways. Those who attend are different when they graduate and come back to the Army." Cpt. Matthew Scrivner, who took the course in 2015, agreed. "I can honestly say that this has been the best, most intellectually challenging and stimulating month of my life. The accommodations, program subject and depth, faculty expertise and level of concern and regard provided by the McConnell Center were second to none." At the end of the 30 days, the soldiers return to their stations around the world, but not without the sense of having explored new intellectual ground and gained a deeper understanding of justice, freedom and democracy — the very ideas they risk their lives to defend every day. ■ Renee and Kevin Finnegan, retired Army colonels, work to create win-win outcomes for UofL and the U.S. Military. " We take classical political philosophy and we try to make it relevant to them and let them wrestle with these big concepts of what it takes for a democracy to work..." —Gary Gregg

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