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FAL 2016

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4 2 | L O U I S V I L L E . E D U LOUIS D. BRANDEIS SCHOOL OF LAW Law students win national competition Three Brandeis Law students clinched a national title in a moot court competition. Megan Diffenderfer, Kellie Money and Carolyn Purcell beat out 38 teams from law schools across the nation to win the 40th annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition. The March event was held at New York Law School. The team was coached by Brandeis alumni Emily DeVuono, 15L, an attorney at Grossman & Moore, and Ben Basil, 11L, an attorney at Priddy, Cutler, Naake & Meade. Professor Ariana Levinson was the team's faculty advisor. "Preparing for these competitions involves many hours of hard work. This title is a testament to how talented Brandeis students are and the fi ne training they receive in oral and written communication skills," said Dean Susan Duncan. The Wagner Competition is the nation's largest student-run moot court competition. Law students Megan Diffenderfer, Kellie Money and Carolyn Purcell are fl anked by Wagner competition co-chairs Trevaughn Luncheon, left, and Doralyn DeDios, right. SCHOOL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY AND GRADUATE STUDIES Fledgling MAGS organization serves as support system for underrepresented grad students To help minority students succeed in graduate school, Latonia Craig, associate director of graduate admissions and diversity recruit- ment in the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, created the Minority Association of Graduate Students (MAGS) in August 2015. MAGS is focused on support, networking, professional develop- ment, recruitment and retention. "It is different than other organizations because of the added functions grad students have in their lives, such as families, internships or jobs. This group be- lieved it was important to have this organiza- tion for support and these events to connect with each other to make sure they're staying and getting their degree," Craig said. Billie Castle, MAGS president, said it is important to have a collaborative and connected group. In its fi rst year, MAGS held 18 events and earned two RSO (Recognized Student Organizations) awards — the Social Justice and Inclusion Award and the Best Collabora- tion Award (for the Stress Management Workshop with the Counseling Center). Castle said the organization's main goals for 2016–17 include increasing its presence on campus, being more inclusive by recognizing cultural heritage and other affi nities, and collecting data on underrepresented students' graduate experiences. Some events include panels on the job market and stress management workshops. "Grad school can be isolating; you don't get that same one-on-one attention you do as an undergraduate," Craig said. "We just want to let them know they're not alone. We'll help you get through." Billie Castle, MAGS president, hopes to increase the group's presence on campus. Veterans honored on 71st anniversary of WWII's ending Several University of Louisville entities joined with groups from throughout Louisville and the United States to commemorate the end of World War II, marked by the surrender of Japan on Aug. 14, 1945. The second annual Spirit of '45 held at Bowman Field on Aug. 13 featured demonstrations and entertainment to evoke memories of Louisville during World War II and to honor the legacy and service of the Greatest Generation. More than 100 School of Dentistry students, faculty and staff volunteered to help throughout the event. Some students provided oral health education at the school's booth, and veterans also had an opportunity to make an appointment for a compli- mentary dental exam and panoramic x-ray in appreciation of their service. SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY Veteran visits the School of Dentistry booth at the Spirit of '45 event.

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