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FAL 2016

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4 4 | L O U I S V I L L E . E D U Student Affairs honors fi rst Legacy Award winners The fi rst Student Affairs Legacy Awards were presented during Homecoming weekend. The Student Affairs Legacy Award symbolizes the lasting impact honorees have had on the success of generations of our students and con- tributions to Student Affairs and the university. The awards were established earlier this year as a way to commemorate the division's 40th anniversary. During a weekend celebration, the division welcomed back former staff, students and more to celebrate its success. Among the highlights of the weekend was the awards presentation. The fi rst awards honored the fi ve past vice presidents of student affairs. After receiving their award, each spoke about his or her experiences working with students and leading the division. THE HONOREES INCLUDED: Ed Hammond, 1976-1987 Dennis Golden, 1988-1994 Denise Gifford, 1996-2005 Michael Cuyjet, 2005-2007 (interim) Tom Jackson, Jr., 2007-2014 STUDENT AFFAIRS Bright ideas brought to life Every fall, thousands of curious and innovative people descend on Louisville to attend IdeaFestival. Like TED conferences, The Aspen Institute and Pop Tech, IdeaFestival presents speakers who give compelling talks about their research and discoveries with an eye toward the future. In 2010, IdeaFestival added something new to its agenda, opening with a program geared toward high school students called "Thrivals." The brainchild of Nat Irvin II, Strickler Executive-in- Residence and management professor in the College of Business, Thrivals came from groundbreaking research he published in 2004. Irvin then coined the term "thrivals" to describe a new demographic of forward-thinking African-American youth with a global viewpoint. This year's theme was "Future of Human Imagination." Among the speakers were Margot Lee Shetterly, author of "Hidden Figures," which tells the story of black female NASA mathematicians (the movie is to be released in January 2017). Five hundred copies of the book were distributed to students attending Thrivals. Another speaker was Yari Rodriguez, an MIT researcher who is a fi nalist for a spot with a group that will settle on Mars beginning in 2025. Students from several regional high schools attend Thrivals each year for free, but they have to earn their spot, Irvin said. The students write essays before being chosen to attend, and the cost of the students' tickets is paid for by donors. Central High School, a Signature Partnership School with UofL, sends the most students, all of whom consider being chosen to attend Thrivals a highlight of their school year. "Thrivals is a way for young people to be able to have these kinds of experiences now, not later, not when they're 25. They need to be informed, to be exposed to some of the best thinkers in the world. That's what an institution like ours… is about," Irvin said. COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Singer Janelle Monáe speaks at the 2016 Thrivals event. She is joined onstage by Yari Golden-Castano, left, an MIT engineer and Mars Project candidate, and fellow performer Chuck Lightning. Recipients of the fi rst Student Affairs Legacy Awards, from left, Ed Hammond, Dennis Golden, Denise Gifford, Michael Cuyjet and Tom Jackson.

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