President James Ramsey at the 2014 State of the University address.
President James Ramsey at the 2014 State of the University address.

Events honoring faculty will lead to President James Ramsey’s annual address to the UofL community during State of the University Week Sept. 14-17.

President James Ramsey at the 2014 State of the University address.

The president will present his State of the University address Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 2:30 p.m. in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall, School of Music. A reception for the university community will follow the free, public address.

“We have much to be proud of at UofL,” President Ramsey said. “The State of the University address gives us a chance to reflect for a moment, to thank all those who’ve contributed to our success, and to look toward our future. And then it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work.”

Classes are canceled from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. to allow faculty, staff and students to attend the event.

Other State of the University Week activities include:

Monday, Sept. 14 – New Faculty Reception

4:30-5:30 p.m., Second Floor Lobby, Abell Administration Center

Reception for all faculty members hired since October 1

Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Celebration of Faculty Excellence

6 p.m., Brown and Williamson Club, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

Ceremony to honor winners of:

  • President’s Distinguished Faculty Awards (Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity; Service; and Teaching)
  • President’s Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award
  • New endowed chairs/professors
  • Weber Awards
  • New University Scholars and Distinguished University Scholars
  • Faculty whose creative work has resulted in new patents and licenses

Wednesday, Sept. 16 – Dedication of Charles H. Parrish, Jr. Freedom Park

10 a.m., Freedom Park

Free, public event to formally dedicate Charles H. Parrish, Jr. Freedom Park in recognition of UofL’s first African-American faculty member.

Annual State of the University Address

2:30 p.m., Comstock Concert Hall, School of Music

Open to the university community

            1:45 p.m. — Robing and line-up (University Club)

            2:15 p.m. – Cardinal Marching Band drum line leads processional through campus

            2:30 p.m. — State of the University Address

            3:30 p.m. — Post-event reception

Thursday, Sept. 17 – Grawemeyer Awards 30th Anniversary Event

11 a.m., Louisville Palace (SOLD OUT)

Ticketed event to honor Muhammad Ali with the inaugural Grawemeyer Spirit Award for his humanitarian efforts. One of a series of events to recognize the 30th anniversary of the Grawemeyer Awards program.

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John Drees is a 32-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As interim senior associate vice president/director of campus communication, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.