Spalding University https://spalding.edu What do you want out of life? Wed, 27 May 2015 13:35:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 CarFit Event on Campus June 11 https://spalding.edu/carfit-event-on-campus-june-11/ https://spalding.edu/carfit-event-on-campus-june-11/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 20:31:16 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=15704 Spalding University’s Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy will host a … Continue reading

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Carfit logoSpalding University’s Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy will host a local CarFit event, a program designed to help older drivers find a better “fit” with their cars, on Thursday, June 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This free event aims to provide older adults with the opportunity to work with a team of trained technicians and health professionals to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them.

Although older drivers are more likely to wear their seatbelts, and less likely to speed or drink and drive, they are more apt to be killed or seriously injured when a crash does occur due to the greater fragility of their aging bodies. Many driver safety programs aim to improve adult driver safety by addressing declining cognitive abilities and skills. However, evidence shows that older drivers can also improve their safety by ensuring their cars are properly adjusted for them.

Jointly developed by the American Society on Aging (ASA), AARP, AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association, CarFit is a community-based education event that began in 2005 to promote injury prevention for aging drivers by evaluating drivers’ comfort and safety in their vehicles. By assessing factors such as seatbelt utilization, driver seat positioning, steering wheel tilt, and mirror placement, participants will learn from an on-site demonstration of correct positioning. Based on the findings of a twelve-point checklist, participants will receive recommendations for modifications. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, and post event feedback indicates that most participants benefit from the resulting recommendations.

The event will be held in association with an open house for the Spalding University Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility. In addition to providing a valued service to the community, Spalding’s Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy (ASOT) students will further their education with specialized training via AAA/AARP/AOTA partnerships. “I [am] happy to work with everyone to highlight the skillset that ASOT students will gain to better serve our community,” says Sara Story, faculty member in the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy.  “I look forward to educating tomorrow’s leaders by participating in this unique program to keep our seniors safe.”

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John Patrick Shanley, Writer of “Doubt” and “Moonstruck,” to Speak at Spalding University https://spalding.edu/john-patrick-shanley-writer-of-doubt-and-moonstruck-to-speak-at-spalding-university/ https://spalding.edu/john-patrick-shanley-writer-of-doubt-and-moonstruck-to-speak-at-spalding-university/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:20:39 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=15557 John Patrick Shanley, winner of an Academy Award for screenwriting … Continue reading

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John Patrick Shanley

John Patrick Shanley

John Patrick Shanley, winner of an Academy Award for screenwriting and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, has been named the Diana M. Raab Distinguished Writer in Residence for Spalding University’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program. Shanley gives a public presentation at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway. The event is free, ticketless and open to the public.

Shanley is from The Bronx, New York. His plays include “Outside Mullingar,” “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,” “Savage in Limbo,” “Italian-American Reconciliation,” “Welcome to the Moon,” “Four Dogs and a Bone,” “The Dreamer Examines His Pillow,” “Dirty Story,” “Defiance,” “Beggars in the House of Plenty” and “Storefront Church.” His theatrical work is performed extensively across the United States and around the world. For his play, “Doubt,” he received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the arena of screenwriting, he has nine films to his credit, most recently “Doubt,” with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, which was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay. The film of “Doubt” was also directed by Shanley. Other films include “Five Corners” (Special Jury Prize, Barcelona Film Festival), “Alive,” “Joe Versus the Volcano,” which he also directed, and “Live from Baghdad” for HBO (Emmy nomination). For his script of “Moonstruck” he received both the Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for best original screenplay. The Writers Guild of America awarded Shanley the 2009 Lifetime Achievement In Writing.

The Diana M. Raab Distinguished Writer in Residence fund was established in 2011 through a gift from Raab, an alumna of the Spalding MFA in Writing program. An award-winning memoirist, essayist and poet, Raab is the author of nine books, most recently Lust.

Shanley’s appearance is the headline event for Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing, May 23-30. The festival is Kentucky’s largest and most prestigious spring-fall reading series. Past headliners include Frank X Walker, Tim O’Brien, Ernest J. Gaines, Jacqueline Woodson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Pico Iyer and many others.

The Festival of Contemporary Writing is part of Spalding’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program. The creative writing program offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, playwriting and screenwriting. Fall and spring semesters begin in Louisville in November and May, respectively, while a summer semester with residency abroad begins in June or July and is designed to fit teachers’ schedules. The summer 2015 residency takes place in Greece. For more information, see www.spalding.edu/mfa

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Give a Day Grant Supports Community Garden https://spalding.edu/give-a-day-grant-supports-community-garden/ https://spalding.edu/give-a-day-grant-supports-community-garden/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:01:25 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=15560 Spalding University’s Mayor’s Give a Day was truly a community effort this year. … Continue reading

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Spalding University’s Mayor’s Give a Day was truly a community effort this year. Thanks to a $200 Give a Day grant and additional volunteers from outside of the Spalding University community, university affiliates and community neighbors will be able to enjoy fresh, locally-grown produce from the Spalding Universiy U-Pick Garden located at 128 and 130 College Street.  With supplies and materials purchased with the grant funds, nearly 20 volunteers came out on April 21 to plant a variety of vegetable plants, including kale, spinach, tomatoes, tomatillos, corn, brussel sprouts and various herbs, donated by New Earth Garden Center. The community garden has 12 raised beds, which will be tended to by members of the Spalding community, and  new signage donated by Farley Printing.

In addition to the community garden, Spalding community members contributed to the Mayor’s Give a Day week of service on April 18-26 by writing birthday messages for the clients of ElderServe, a local non-profit organization that empowers senior citizens to live independently with dignity. Approximately 100 handwritten cards have been delivered to the organization to be distributed throughout the year.

“In true Spalding fashion, the community stepped up to fill a need,” says Beth Henley, manager of donor relations and stewardship. “One project provided  fresh produce for our neighbors and the other provided kind words—both provided nourishment for the body and the soul.”

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Borders Named Healthcare Fellow for 2015 https://spalding.edu/borders-named-healthcare-fellow-for-2015/ https://spalding.edu/borders-named-healthcare-fellow-for-2015/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:40:45 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=15018 Dr. Kevin Borders, chair of the School of Social Work … Continue reading

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Dr. Kevin Borders, Louisville Healthcare Fellow 2015

Dr. Kevin Borders, Louisville Healthcare Fellow 2015

Dr. Kevin Borders, chair of the School of Social Work at Spalding University, has been named a Louisville Healthcare Fellow for 2015 by Health Enterprises Network. The Louisville Healthcare Fellows program is a year-long appointment to a community of health-related professionals who connect and expand their knowledge base at 10 monthly meetings, organized around presentations, events and discussions. In addition to the monthly sessions, the group obtains additional experiential learning through a coordinated group project. Borders is one of three out of 18 honorees to represent a university this year; Bellarmine University and Sullivan University are the two other schools.

“Being appointed as a 2015 Louisville Healthcare Fellow is quite an honor,” says Borders.  “It is an opportunity to gather monthly with health-related executives and learn from each other and around focused topics. I have met other chairs and deans in local universities, attorney’s, physicians, contractors, and local health-related business executives.”

Borders says the group has covered topics of  economic development,  genomics and innovation in science and technology, and that upcoming sessions will focus on translational research and logistics. Borders says, “social work has an important role to play in health and wellness.”

According to the Health Enterprise Network website, “the fellowship structure has produced motivated, informed and connected individuals ready to take on the challenges and opportunities in our community, nationally and abroad.”  The program has over 200 alumni, several of whom represent Spalding University. These alumni include Dr. Joanne Berryman, dean of the Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Science; Dr. Steve Katsikas, chair of the School of Professional Psychology; Dr. Carolyn Lewis, former chair of the School of Nursing; Dr. Cindee Quake Rapp, director and professor, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy; Dr. Laura Strickland, chair of the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy; and Dr. L. Randy Strickland, university provost and professor in the Auerbach School of Therapy.

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Spalding at the Speed Features Tori Murden McClure, Apr. 17 https://spalding.edu/spalding-at-the-speed-features-tori-murden-mcclure-apr-17/ https://spalding.edu/spalding-at-the-speed-features-tori-murden-mcclure-apr-17/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:51:50 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=15180 The second season of the Spalding at the Speed reading … Continue reading

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Tori Murden McClure

Tori Murden McClure

The second season of the Spalding at the Speed reading series kicks off at 6:00-7:15 p.m. Friday, April 17, with a reading at the Local Speed Gallery, 822 E. Market Street. Readers for the evening include Spalding University president Tori Murden McClure (A Pearl in the Storm); former Kentucky Poet Laureate Lee Pennington (I Knew a Woman); Ashley Farmer (The Women); Amy Tudor (The Professor of Bees), Annette Allen (What Vanishes), and Nettie Farris (Communion). Spalding MFA Program Director Sena Jeter Naslund emcees the event.

Spalding at the Speed-A Third Friday Writers’ Gala takes place on the third Friday of each month, April through September, at the Local Speed art gallery in NuLu. The evening includes an open-mic session for 1- to 2-minute readings of works in progress. The series showcases short readings by writers affiliated with the Spalding low-residency MFA in Writing program, other area universities, and the wider literary community. The readers in the April lineup represent Spalding University (McClure), Bellarmine University (Tudor), University of Louisville (Allen), and Indiana University Southeast (Farris). Poet Ashley Farmer is on staff at the Speed Art Museum.

Free street parking is available. A wide variety of restaurants nearby provides an opportunity for further discussion and literary connection at the end of the evening.

Writers and writing groups interested in participating in future readings should inquire with series coordinator Karyl Anne Geary at kgeary@spalding.edu<mailto:kgeary@spalding.edu>. Readings are free and open to the public.

About the Readers
Tori Murden McClure is president of Spalding University and the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Ashley Farmer is manager of school and teacher programs for the Speed Art Museum and the author of two poetry collections, Farm Town (2012) and The Women (forthcoming 2016), and the short story collection Beside Myself (2014). Lee Pennington is a former Kentucky Poet Laureate and the author of several poetry collections, plays, and documentaries. Amy Tudor teaches at Bellarmine University and is an award-winning poet, songwriter, essayist, and photographer, and the author of The Secret Museum (2014), The Professor of Bees (2011), A Book of Birds (2008), and The Land of Intention (1996). Annette Allen, professor of humanities at the University of Louisville, is an award-winning poet and scholar and the author of two collections of poetry, What Vanishes (2006) and Country of Light (1996). Nettie Farris teaches at Indiana University Southeast and is a prolific poet and author of the chapbook Communion (2013).

About the Spalding MFA Program
Spalding’s four-semester, low-residency MFA in Writing program combines superb instruction in creative writing with unparalleled flexibility. The program offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, screenwriting, and playwriting. Students begin the semester in the spring, summer, or fall with a 10-day residency in Louisville or abroad, then return home for an independent study with a faculty mentor for the rest of the semester. Students may customize the location, season, and pace of their studies. See spalding.edu/mfa for more information.

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SU Soccer Hosts 2nd Annual Youth Development Program Soccer Camp https://spalding.edu/su-soccer-hosts-2nd-annual-youth-development-program-soccer-camp/ https://spalding.edu/su-soccer-hosts-2nd-annual-youth-development-program-soccer-camp/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:05:55 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=15170 Spalding University’s men’s and women’s soccer programs will host the … Continue reading

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Spalding University’s men’s and women’s soccer programs will host the second annual Youth Development Program (YPD)—a three-day soccer camp for boys and girls, ages 6-13—from 9 a.m. to noon on July 6-July 8 at the Mike Eimers Training Facility (3011 Stover Ave.).

“We developed the camp to have an opportunity to work with youth players during the summer and to help them develop their soccer skills while having fun,” says Adam Boyer, YPD co-director and Spalding head men’s soccer coach.

Last year, the inaugural camp hosted 31 participants.  Coach Boyer hopes this year’s enrollment to increase to 50 youths. The camp is led by Boyer and co-director Darren Yeagle, who serves as the assistant men’s coach as Spalding University. Players from the Golden Eagle men’s and women’s teams will be volunteer coaches at the camp.

“The goal is to provide [the participants] with three days of fun and excitement, working on improving their abilities as soccer players and encouraging a positive learning environment,” says Boyer.

For more information, contact Adam Boyer.

Print a downloadable version of the YDP brochure to register:

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2015 Keenan Lecture to Address the Intersection of Sustainability and Spirituality https://spalding.edu/2015-keenan-lecture-to-address-the-intersection-of-sustainability-and-spirituality/ https://spalding.edu/2015-keenan-lecture-to-address-the-intersection-of-sustainability-and-spirituality/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:00:10 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=15050 Spalding University’s School of Liberal Studies presents the 2015 Keenan … Continue reading

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Spalding University’s School of Liberal Studies presents the 2015 Keenan Lecture “Organic Torah: Spirit, Systems and Sustainability” featuring Rabbi Natan Margalit, Ph.D., president of Organic Torah, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 in the Egan Leadership Center’s Troutman Lectorium (901 S. Fourth St.). The 2015 Keenan Lecture is supported by the Bob and Felice Sachs Charitable Fund. The event is free and open to the public.

Margalit will explore the idea that in order to overcome the present environmental crisis and stop the degradation of life-sustaining natural systems, individuals and communities need more than scientific and technical fixes—a deeper shift is needed in the way they think and feel about their place in this world. Margalit views that this is where religions can make an important contribution. “Recently we have seen the beginnings of a shift in science and in culture toward a more ecological, complex systems approach which understands the world in terms of relationships and patterns,” Margalit says.

“Each year the Keenan Lecture provides the opportunity for timely issues in religion and culture to be discussed openly, demonstrating that only with contributions from various perspectives can we get a fuller picture of how to create a more just and sustainable society,” says Dorina Miller Parmenter, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies at Spalding.

This year’s discussion will focus on major themes in Jewish thought and practice which demonstrate an organic, holistic approach to sustainability. “When we are speaking the same language of systems, spirit and science can work together toward sustainability,” adds Margalit.

“Rabbi Margalit will share how the roots of Judaism can help people of all faiths to think about how environmental sustainability and prosperity needs to be grounded not only in science, but also in a spiritual and emotional transformation,” says Parmenter.

The Keenan Lecture was established in 1982 to honor the memory of Dr. Mary Emily Keenan, S.C.N. Her career in the fields of religious studies and classical languages was distinguished by fifty years of teaching at Spalding University, and for twenty of those years, she served as chair of the religious studies department. Complimentary parking for the event is available in Spalding lots off of Third, Fourth and Breckinridge Streets. Individuals interested in attending or wanting more information can contact Dorina Miller Parmenter at (502) 873-4438.

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Spalding Joins Mayor Fischer for Give a Day 2015 https://spalding.edu/spalding-give-a-day-2015/ https://spalding.edu/spalding-give-a-day-2015/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:36:59 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=15030 Derby 2015 is right around the corner, and what better … Continue reading

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Give a Day 2014, Community Garden

Spalding volunteers constructed and planted a raised bed vegetable garden during the 2014 Give a Day week of service.

Derby 2015 is right around the corner, and what better way to kick off the season than with community involvement? Mayor Greg Fischer’s Give a Day volunteer week of service was established in 2012, and as an official Derby event, it is considered the official start of the Derby Festival.

Spalding University joins in the spirit of giving this year with two primary projects:

For anyone with a green thumb, Dr. Brenda Nash, garden coordinator and assistant professor in the School of Professional Psychology, is looking for 12-24 volunteers to help renew the raised garden beds in Spalding’s community garden. “Spalding University is in the middle of one of the largest food deserts in Louisville,” explains Nash. “It is our hope to grow produce that can be shared with our neighbors.” This year’s planting is planned for Tuesday, April 21.

In a second project, which will take place from April 20-23, volunteers can flex their penmanship and writing skills as they write birthday messages for the clients of ElderServe, a local non-profit organization that empowers senior citizens to live independently with dignity. Prospective volunteers are encouraged to contact Beth Henley, manager of donor relations and stewardship.

Over the past few years, Spalding has used the Give a Day week of service to clean up the waterfront, clear out debris from 7 acres of a vacant property, write encouraging notes to Family Scholar House residents and construct the community garden that is being replanted this year.

“Volunteerism is such a huge part of Spalding’s culture, so why not participate in the biggest volunteer effort in Louisville,” asserts Henley. “And with Louisville being the first Compassionate City, and Spalding being the first Compassionate University, it makes sense for us to take part.”

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Scholarship and Service on Display at Annual Celebration https://spalding.edu/celebration-of-scholarship-and-service-2015/ https://spalding.edu/celebration-of-scholarship-and-service-2015/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:27:38 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=15014 Scholarship and service drive Spalding University’s connection and commitment to the … Continue reading

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Scholarship and service drive Spalding University’s connection and commitment to the community. To exhibit this, the university hosts the annual Celebration of Scholarship and Service that represents the yearly accomplishments of faculty, students and staff through interactive poster sessions, table displays and podium presentations. The 2015 Celebration of Scholarship and Service will take place from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on April 17 at the University Center Ballroom, 824 S. Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40203.

“This is an opportunity for different schools across campus to come together in one place to share their work with others,” says Dr. Robin K. Hinkle, director of the master of science in business communication program and this year’s event organizer. “Seeing how others serve and further scholarship within the diverse Spalding community and the larger Louisville community creates an appreciation for differing viewpoints and opportunities for collaboration.”

The celebration started with just a handful of faculty sharing posters representing scholarship completed that academic year; it now represents work from all corners of the campus. This year, there will be over 40 entries by faculty, staff and students, allowing for conversation about achievements and discussion for future opportunities within the community to promote diversity, liberal and professional studies, spiritual values, service and peace and justice.

This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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Spalding University Hosts 43rd Annual Running of the Rodents https://spalding.edu/spalding-university-hosts-43rd-annual-running-of-the-rodents/ https://spalding.edu/spalding-university-hosts-43rd-annual-running-of-the-rodents/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:54:20 +0000 http://spalding.edu/?p=14977 On Thursday, April 9, Spalding University hosts its 43rd Annual … Continue reading

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On Thursday, April 9, Spalding University hosts its 43rd Annual Running of the Rodents themed, “The Great Ratsby,” a tribute to The Great Gatbsy. Trained rodents will compete for the coveted garland of fruit-flavored ring cereal as they speed around a miniature racetrack—.024 furlongs in length—created by Spalding alumna Madonna Wilson. Local news personalities Jean West and Dawn Gee of WAVE 3 will emcee the races. Gee has served as the voice of the races for more than a decade.

“This year’s ‘The Great Ratsby’ theme will incorporate the film’s fun atmosphere while celebrating Spalding’s oldest tradition,” says sophomore student Elizabeth Decker, member of Spalding’s Campus Activities Board.

A public parade will precede the Running of the Rodents. This is a family-friendly event and a good spring break outing for school children and their parents. Parade participants will be dressed in Gatsby-inspired attire, and in Kentucky Derby tradition, racing fans will wear decorated hats as part of the festivities.

Lunch (cash-only) will be offered following the parade in the University Center Ballroom, 824 South Fourth Street.

Special events taking place earlier during “Rat Week” include:

  • Monday: The Race to Town in Mother Catherine Spalding Square (April 6, race a remote-control car from “Long Island” to “NYC,” Breckinridge St. between Third and Fourth Streets)
  • Tuesday: Fruit Rings Eating Contest (April 7, 11:45 a.m. in the POD, Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth St.)
  • Wednesday: Film Screening in Troutman Lectorium (April 8, 6 p.m. ELC First Floor, 901 S. Fourth St.)

Additional Information

Rat Parade (11 a.m.): This year’s route begins on Spalding’s campus and tours through the SOBRO neighborhood. Starting on Fourth Street just south of 901 S. Fourth St., the parade will head north and will turn east on Breckinridge Street to Third Street where it will then head north, crossing York Street to Fourth Street, ending at the University Center (824 S. Fourth St.).

Rat Races (11:30 a.m.): Spalding University Center Building (824 S. Fourth Street) Ballroom a.k.a. “Spalding Downs.”

History

When Spalding University’s former professor Sister Julia Clare Fontaine overheard a senior complain about the “rat race” of finals week, she immediately had an idea for a stress reliever before spring session final exams. Since 1973, the Running of the Rodents has been a fun-filled Louisville tradition. Coined as “The Most Exciting Two Seconds in Sports” by Trivial Pursuit® after 1987’s Deep Throat won the Rodent Derby in 1.8 seconds, Spalding University’s annual rat race serves as both a stress reducer and a unique method of teaching students about animal care as well as behavior modification techniques.

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