Spalding University easily exceeded its fundraising goal for its second annual Giving Day on Thursday while more than doubling the amount of contributions it received for the event last year. The Giving Day focuses on encouraging donations to Spalding from within the university’s own community of faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends of the university.

Spalding raised $17,465 over 24 hours, surpassing the goal of $10,000 by mid-afternoon. On the 2016 Giving Day, Spalding raised about $8,000.

“This year’s Spalding Giving Day was a huge success,” Spalding Chief Advancement Officer Bert Griffin said. “It’s a testament to the pride our faculty, staff, students and alumni have in our university and its mission to be a diverse, compassionate, dynamic educational community. This money will help support students and keep Spalding moving forward.”

Giving Day is part of Spalding’s faculty and staff fundraising campaign. In 2016, 85 percent of Spalding’s faculty and staff donated back to the university. More information on contributing to Spalding is available online at

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__  Attend beSU Engage: Kick-off your on-campus experience with this required 2-day, 2-night program.

__  Start classes in August

A keynote speaker who knows firsthand the challenge of overcoming a devastating injury will highlight the Kentucky Occupational Therapy’s annual conference this weekend at Spalding University.

On Saturday morning, marathon wheelchair racer Paul Erway, who began his racing career in the aftermath of one major accident, then continued it following another one, will give what he hopes are uplifting remarks to the audience of therapists about maintaining a positive spirit in the wake of trauma.

“Even if you have a disability, you can still compete in life,” said Erway, a resident of Shelby County. “You can still overcome those challenges – and there can be bumps in the road in life – and you can still make a value of yourself. And the big thing is, the more people you help, you’ll be blessed.”

Erway’s speech at 9:15 a.m., Sept. 16, is titled, “Getting Back on Your Horse,” which is a homage to lessons learned from his childhood and background riding and training horses. It will focus on experiencing a setback or accident and the “unbelievable ride you can take” when you overcome your fears and move forward from it, Erway said.

Erway’s first accident came in 1980, three days before his college graduation. He was a backseat passenger during a car wreck in which he suffered three shattered vertebrae and was paralyzed from the chest down.

A year later, after a period of grief and depression, a friend from college challenged him to a 100-yard wheelchair race.

Erway lost the race, “but that kind of got the fire burning again,” he said, “I said, ‘If I’m going to be in this chair, I’m going to push it as fast as I can.’”

He began getting involved in wheelchair races on the track and the road and started traveling to events. Though he was never able to qualify for the Paralympics, he did compete in the world championships in Europe and has raced in a marathon in Japan.

In 2006, he had another terrible accident. While on a wheelchair training ride on a country road, Erway’s chair got off balance and collided with a pickup truck. Erway suffered multiple broken bones, and because it occurred on a 94-degree day, his back was severely burned while he lay on the asphalt.

He made his way back on the road, however, and achieved, remarkably, a goal of completing 50 marathons in 50 states and 50 weeks in 2013.

Erway said he thinks his experience and message can relate to everyone, regardless of whether they’ve had an accident or not.

“You can learn to get back into things that make you struggle, make you try to achieve because everybody goes through those levels of depression, whether it’s (after) the loss of a job or the loss of a loved one. You have to pick yourself up and get going again.”

In addition to his racing, Erway has also devoted his professional career to finding solutions to help disabled people. He’s a rehab products consultant for Superior Van and Mobility, which makes modifications to vehicles for disabled drivers.

He’s involved with mentor programs for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and local hospitals, and he’s affiliated with multiple organizations dedicated to nerve and spinal cord causes.

Thank you to Canaan Christian Church for providing the live stream. To watch Spalding’s 2017 Commencement, check back on June 3 at 10 a.m.

As you transition to college, here are 10 things to keep in mind.

  1. Find your community. It will take time to build, but be sure to maintain a supportive network of friends, living  mates and college staff and faculty.
  2. Find a mentor on campus. While many find faculty the most accessible type of mentor, there are many other people who are there to help you – including staff, alumni, coaches and local community members.
  3. Get involved. College is a time to pursue not only your academics goals, but also to explore and engage in various activities and groups that college campuses provide. You just might a new passion.
  4. Live on campus. Studies show that students who live on campus are more successful. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy living on your own without paying for cable, a gym membership or electricity and you’ll never haggle a roommate about paying their portion of the rent.
  5. Get deep. Engage in intellectual discussions with your peers. College is a time to discover new ideals and to open your mind to others’ views of the world.
  6. Study hard, play hard. Find balance in your social and academic pursuits. Sometimes the things you learn while eating cold pizza at 3 am are just as important as what you learn in the classroom.
  7. Get connected. Locate your on-campus support staff. On campus counseling, career development and learning support centers are always ready and willing to help you succeed.
  8. Be money-wise. Many students find that becoming financially independent comes with a new set of temptations and burdens. Seek help in creating a budget and learning how set financial goals.
  9. Take care. It’s easy to neglect your physical health with all of life’s changing demands. Be mindful of your needs. Eat right, get enough sleep and try to be physically active.
  10. Branch out. Keep an open mind. Universities are havens for connecting people of all cultures and backgrounds, many different from your own. Embrace the experience and enjoy getting to know more about the world and people around you.

College on your terms

Spalding is the only college in the state of Kentucky to offer a six-week block approach to learning. However you want to achieve your degree, you’ll find success by building a schedule that works for you. Choose to focus on one course at a time, or take on more. You can enroll in up to 18 hours per semester while never taking more than two classes per session. But don’t worry about academic burnout, you can rest and recharge for a full week after every six-week session.

Learn more about our block schedule.

Private education at a public college cost

Spalding is among the most affordable private institutions in the state of Kentucky. Ninety-nine percent of our first-time, full-time students receive financial aid, including scholarships and grants. Our financial aid staff will work closely with you to reduce your out-of-pocket expense, making your investment in private education as affordable, if not more affordable, than a public institution.

A compassionate community

Spalding University is the first-certified compassionate university in the world (Compassionate Action Network). We have a long-standing history of serving our community. In fact, our founder Mother Catherine Spalding was a pioneer of education and service in the Louisville area. Become part of this community and become a part of a movement where our fellowship and commitment to living compassionately drives us.

See our mission.

A built-in network

We truly are invested in our community. In addition to our philanthropy, we’ve built relationships with countless businesses and organizations. As a student, you’ll benefit from these partnerships through real-world learning, taking what you learn in the classroom and applying it directly to your field.

A competitive education

Our NCAA Division III Golden Eagle teams allow over 200 scholar-athletes to play college sports. Athletes are known for their perseverance, dedication and team-building skills. Combine this with a Spalding education and you will be prepared for success after college.

If athletics isn’t your thing, we offer opportunities for involvement that will build your résumé to give you a competitive edge.

Your city, your campus

Louisville is an exciting place to live, learn, work and play. Our small, family-like community enjoys the amenities and beauty of living in a river city that is among the best places to live in the U.S. Our two residence halls make campus living convenient, safe and fun. With our downtown location, you can walk to popular restaurants, events, concerts and entertainment establishments.

Learn more about our small college in the big city.

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