On June 1, Spalding University celebrated commencement with its largest graduating class of 763 undergraduate and graduate students. The ceremony, in which hundreds of the graduates participated, took place at 10 a.m. at Canaan Christian Church (2840 Hikes Lane).
The Board of Trustees of Spalding University and the University community honored two distinguished individuals with deep roots in the Louisville community, who have made significant contributions in their fields of service. The recipients exemplify service, philanthropy, leadership and a dedication to the greater good: businesswoman and artist Nana Lampton received the honorary degree, Doctor of Public Service, and Mary Haynes, CEO and Administrator of Nazareth Home, was awarded Spalding’s highest honor, the Caritas Medal alumni award.
Lampton is a successful business woman and a passionate civic leader. A native Louisvillian, she is Chairman and CEO of Hardscuffle, Inc., and its subsidiary, American Life & Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky. She works on local and national levels to advance in industry, the arts, and community development. She is also an acclaimed poet and painter. One nominator for this award described her as: “a model citizen for our community. She has earned the enormous respect of her fellow Louisville business leaders, while also pushing the boundaries that might confine other heads of international business. She’s a wonder and a model leader, demonstrating to all, but especially to young women in our community, that many things are possible for one life.”
Caritas medalist Haynes graduated from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in 1977. She is currently CEO and Administrator of Nazareth Home, a long-term care facility founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 1974. Throughout her career in healthcare, Ms. Haynes has been active in education and advocacy for patients with dementia and their caregivers as well as an advocate for the nursing home-related vocations. Her leadership and expertise has been recognized by her peers. She is described as a community leader who cares deeply for nursing home residents and who has worked diligently with staff to develop Nazareth Home as the top-awarded Nursing Home in Kentucky in 2013.
Additionally, President Tori Murden McClure introduced the inaugural Compassionate Partner Award. This honorary degree is the highest honor the University can bestow upon an organization. Kosair Charities was the 2013 recipient, honored for their commitment to compassion and community-wide enrichment.
Spalding and Kosair Charities are both dedicated to compassion and community advancement. For nearly 20 years, Spalding has been a beneficiary of Kosair Charities’ investments to the community. Their support was instrumental in the development of a mobile wellness unit and Kosair Charities’ Enabling Technologies of Kentuckiana (enTECH) at Spalding’s Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy—an assistive technology resource center specializing in adaptive technologies to promote greater independence for individuals with disabilities. Most recently, Kosair Charities gifted its largest single donation to the University to enhance the health and natural science education programs in the newly dedicated Kosair Charities Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences at Spalding.