University of Louisville Magazine

FALL 2017

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45 FALL 2017 In 1947, the University of Louisville proposed a contest to students with a grand prize of $50 for best composed school song. Band members James Powell, of J.B. Speed School, and John Newton, of the College of Arts and Sci- ences, submitted their take on a school song. Their alma mater was selected and premiered at the November 1947 homecoming and has endured longer than any other school song. We thy sons and daughters now stand To sing thy highest praise. With deepest rev'rence in our hearts For these our college days. Thy honor true we all defend 'Tis known we love thee well. Our thought for years to come will be Of thee our Uof L. The LGBT Center is celebrating a decade of pride. Much has changed since the center started as an office in an unused janitorial closet. In 10 short years, the LGBT Center has made UofL a leader in LGBT issues. UofL was the first school in Kentucky to offer health insurance to LGBT couples and to add "gender identity" to the list in- cluded in discrimination policies, and the first school in the country to endow a chair in LGBT studies. The university ac- quired gender-neutral bathrooms and launched the Rustin Community, which is the region's first LGBTQ and ally-themed housing floor. While their work is not yet complete, the movement for the acceptance of LGBT stu- dents has come a long way and the future looks promising. UOFL PA RTNERS W ITH W EST LOUISV ILLE ORG A NIZ ATIONS 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Signature Partnership Initiative, UofL's premier community engagement effort. The initiative started in 2007 with a goal to enhance the quality of life for residents of West Louisville through the integration of health, social and human services and economic viability of the community. The initiative gained traction and at- tracted the attention of higher education institutions across the country for its unmatched dedication to the commu- nity. UofL is one of 239 schools to earn a community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Ad- vancement of Teaching, which is awarded to schools that demonstrate excellence in community involvement. Last year, 111 community partner- ships occurred due to the initiative and thousands of faculty and students were involved. Louis D. Brandeis School of Law re- ceived its revered moniker two decades ago. Brandeis, a Supreme Court Jus- tice, desired the school to be "a national model in legal education emphasizing public service." Since receiving the Brandeis name, UofL's law school was named one of the nation's top "Best Value Law Schools" and has attained the high- est bar passage rate in the state at 86.5 percent. Through it all, Brandeis has remained front and center — his grave rests under the front steps of the building bearing his name. During finals week, rocks and coins may be found on his grave as students hope it will bring them good fortune on their exams. Brandeis's ideas for the school's success were "The aim must be high and the vision broad; the goal seemingly attainable but beyond im- mediate reach." In two decades, the Brandeis School of Law surely has made good on those aspirations. Once considered a weapon of war, maces have been repurposed to show the strength and prestige of a univer- sity. In the fall of 1966, the Board of Trustees commissioned a scepter to be crafted, which would be at the center of all future formal proceedings. The gold-plated, cherry wood mace, which measures 43 inches long and weighs 20 pounds, was intended to symbolize the uncertainty and beauty of the future. Assistant Professor of Fine Arts John Prangell designed and sculpted the mace. On June 11, 1967, UofL began a time-honored tradition as registrar John Houchens carried the mace on its maiden voyage down the com- mencement procession. The mace, when not in use, resides in the office of the provost. UofL's mace was displayed alongside other prominent university scepters at the Duke University Museum of Art in 1970. CEREMONI AL M ACE ADDED TO COMMENCEMENT SCHOOL OF L AW N AMED FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SONGW RITING CONTEST LE A DS TO LONGTIME ALM A M ATER LGBT CENTER OPENS

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