University of Louisville Magazine

SUM 2018

The University of Louisville Alumni Magazine: for alumni, faculty, staff, students and anyone that is a UofL Cardinal fan.

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5 SUMMER 2018 Cardinal Family, I am so excited to be the 18th president of the University of Louisville. I believe that I've been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at Uof L, and I jumped at the chance to lead an institution with so much promise and potential, where the people are passionate, loyal and supportive. I know the students, staff, faculty and alumni have been through a lot in the past few years. There are many obstacles that lie ahead. I intend for us to move forward together with integrity, transparency, enthusiasm and honesty. We will learn from the missteps of the past, celebrate the successes of the day and embrace the opportunities of the future. I am thankful to Dr. Greg Postel for his leadership as interim president. His accomplishments during a difficult transition period leave us in a stronger position moving forward. Uof L has a remarkable history. It has good bones. It has an incredibly diverse and talented student body, dedicated employees and an alumni base ready to get re-engaged with its alma mater. Our university has a lot of advantages. It starts with our location in a vibrant and caring community. We excel in educating first-generation college students and in attracting top scholars. We're doing groundbreaking research in cancer care, renewable energy and in fighting to overcome paralysis. We give back to our city and beyond through service and outreach. We serve the sick and vulnerable at Uof L Hospital. However, we are not perfect. The university faces real and immediate financial difficulties. We need to grow our student body without sacrificing quality. We need to better support and reward our faculty and staff. We have facilities in dire need of repair. These are daunting challenges, but they are not insurmountable. By working together and harnessing our many strengths, I am confident we can overcome whatever comes our way. Here is my pledge: You will see a lot of me in the coming years. I plan to be visible on our campuses, in the community and at our state capital. I'll be on the road meeting with donors, at high schools recruiting students and in the stands cheering on the Cardinals. I will be visible, accessible and approachable. But I need your help. Card Nation needs to unite in support of our university. That's what our students, staff and faculty deserve. It's what our city and Commonwealth expect. And it's what will ensure the long-term success and vitality of this great institution. We are one team. I couldn't be happier or more excited to be here. Go Cards! Neeli Bendapudi President, University of Louisville from the president Summer 2018 | Vol. 37 | No. 2 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF John Drees MANAGING EDITOR Kim Butterweck DEPUT Y MANAGING EDITOR Erica Walsh CREATIVE DIRECTOR Brian Faust LEAD DESIGNER Ross Bradley CONTRIBUTORS Jessica Byrd, Matt Cable, Janet Cappiello, Betty Coffman, Bethany Daily, Tom Fougerousse, Joshua Hawkins, Mark Hebert, Julie Heflin, Cindy Hess, Judy Hughes, Hayley Kappes, John Karman, Alicia Kelso, Niki King, Gary Mans, Tiffany Meredith, Sean Moth, Laura Nunnelley, Amber Peter, Baylee Pulliam, Jill Scoggins, Bria Staten-Favors, Lottie Stockwell, Maria Tinnell, Brandy Warren, Lindsay Wehr UOFL MAGAZINE Published by University of Louisville Office of Communications & Marketing EDITORIAL OFFICES UofL Magazine 2323 S. Brook St., Suite 124 Louisville, KY 40292 502-852-6430 editor@louisville.edu ADDRESS CHANGES AND ALUMNI UPDATES 502-852-4577 Fax: 800-344-8635 aluminfo@louisville.edu ADVERTISING INFORMATION Anne Edwards 330-243-0129 or aedwards@ louisvillesportsproperties.com Standard mail postage paid at Lebanon Junction, KY. Copyright © 2018 University of Louisville. The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate against persons because of race, age, religion, sex, handicap, color or national origin. This publication was prepared by the University of Louisville and printed partially with state funds. KRS 57.375 Printed in the U.S.A. on recycled paper.

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