School of Nursing group provides health care in Haiti

Working under a tree or in austere shacks without running water, University of Louisville School of Nursing students and faculty found makeshift ways to provide health care to patients in rural Haiti.

The group returned last week from a clinical and service learning trip to Thomonde, a region in the central part of the country, where they provided health screenings and education. This was the first time the School of Nursing sponsored a trip to Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere that faces serious barriers to health care.

“There is no place in Haiti that is not devastatingly poor,” said Marianne Hutti, PhD, APRN, School of Nursing professor who helped supervise the trip. “The clinics didn’t have some of the most basic things that they needed.”

Through Louisville-based nonprofit Supplies Over Seas, the group brought about 150 pounds of medical supplies to clinics, including thermometers, stethoscopes, bandages, exam gloves, antiseptics and a baby scale.

The School of Nursing group, which included a nurse practitioner and a registered nurse who work in Louisville, treated more than 600 patients over five days in partnership with Project Medishare, a nonprofit that supports health care in Haiti.

Most in rural Haiti have little-to-no access to basic health care, hospitals, prenatal care, clean water or sanitation systems, according to Project Medishare. One in five children dies before reaching the age of 5.

Despite providing care with limited resources, Mary Kring, a student in the School of Nursing’s RN to BSN program, broadened her abilities.

“I worked in the prenatal assessment area, which provided me with some new skills as I have never worked in this area before,” Kring said. “Twice, we were able to diagnose twins for expectant mothers using our hands, measuring tape and a Doppler ultrasound. The women were ecstatic to hear the news.”

Mary Allis, a BSN student at the School of Nursing’s extension campus in Owensboro, said working in Haiti was humbling and she plans to participate in another service learning trip through the school.

“During my time in Haiti, I got to experience more in depth what I had been getting to practice in my first semester of clinicals,” Allis said. “It was amazing to get to step out of my comfort zone and to help those around me.”

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Public health faculty named assistant editor for top anesthesiology journal

J’Aime Jennings, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, recently was named assistant editor for the Healthcare Economics, Policy and Organization section of the journal, Anesthesia & Analgesia.

Jennings will work alongside the editorial board and executive editor of the section to offer detailed criticism and analysis of manuscripts that have the potential for increasing the value of Anesthesia & Analgesia to the clinical and scientific community.

“I am thrilled for this opportunity to work with more senior colleagues, as well as provide service to the academic community. Furthermore, examining topics where I have expertise within a different context, in this case anesthesiology, offers me a truly enriching experience,” Jennings said.

Jennings received a PhD in Health Services Administration with a concentration in Strategic Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also holds a BBA in Economics from the University of Georgia and a MPA from the University of West Georgia.

Her research interests include the integration of public health and health care through collaborative relationships, population health management in hospital settings, and topics related to the broad theme of public health services and systems research. Jennings’ most recent research focuses on the predictors and performance outcomes of hospital community orientation, and research surrounding the elimination of disparities in health outcomes.

Jennings is an active member of the Academy of Management Healthcare Management Division, as well as the AcademyHealth Membership Committee and Public Health Systems Research Interest Group.


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UofL Faculty Senate, June 2016 meeting

The Faculty Senate met June 1, 2016 at the School of Dentistry on the HSC campus, with Chair Pamela Feldhoff presiding.

Minutes from the May 4, 2016 minutes were approved to start the meeting. Representatives from the Student Government Association and the Staff Senate were not present to provide reports.

Action Item

Redbook: The second reading of the A&S Policy Change, which aims to clarify language, was approved. The new language specifies board-appointed administrative assignments and reads: “Faculty who have administrative appointments shall be reviewed for their administrative services as well as other faculty responsibilities. Each department shall include a process for evaluation of its chair in personnel policies.”


Harlan Sands, CFO, provided an update on the university’s change in travel partner from Pan Am to Anthony Travel, effective June 23. Athletics already works with Anthony Travel, so the transition should be smooth, Sands said. Transition guidelines will be issued in the next few weeks.

Sands also provided an update on some changes being made to parking availability around campus, some of which will be compromised by construction. Specifically, some green and blue spaces behind the Speed building will be lost permanently to make room for a planned pedestrian walkway.

“We are taking a hard look at this. Parking is a real stressful point. We’d love to have people park next to their office, but that’s just not possible with the development happening on campus,” he said. “Parking is a limited resource and we need to look at our parking schemes and how we do it.”

Parking decks are included in the master plan, but the university’s core property will be used more for things core to our mission, such as academic buildings, Sands added.

Sands was agreeable to a suggestion to work with the parking advisory committee on solutions.

Sands introduced Jim Sears, the new AVP for Facilities Management. Sears comes from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Action Item

The Planning and Budget Committee discussed the Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools (CIBRS). The center was proposed by CEHD and passed by the Planning and Budget committee. Terry Scott, interim associate dean for research and graduate students in the Department of Special Education, gave a presentation on the center, stating that the $1.4 million budget will be used to research why kids fail in school. The center hopes to build a synergy between local and federal education departments for this research and formalize outreach to solve some of the problems associated with kids who aren’t succeeding. The center is working with the counseling and psychology departments and trying to build on the initial three or four initial projects focused on special education.

The proposal for the center passed.


President James Ramsey provided an update on the state budget, which includes a 2-percent cut for the current fiscal year and a 4-percent cut going forward. Dr. Ramsey said the initial proposed cut from the Governor was 9 percent and that 4 percent represents a compromise.

A performance funding model is due by December 1. Discussions on that model have started.

The initial budget put forward included:

  • A 2-percent merit-based salary adjustment pool for faculty and staff.
  • A Phase I commitment of $2.4 million to address faculty and staff pay equity issues in response to a recent study that showed many UofL employees are paid at or below the median salary for comparable duties at other universities.
  • $100,000 to ensure UofL’s lowest-paid employees are making a living wage.
  • Continued central funding for promotions and tenure of faculty and staff.

Dr. Ramsey said the university is developing more processes to position the university for future success including identification of a new budget model, and the creation of an anticipated $50 million investment fund from philanthropic efforts, new revenue and reallocation.

The Board of Trustees will meet on June 21 to go over a proposed budget.


Interim Provost Neville Pinto provided an update on initiatives from the 21st Century plan, including:

  1. Strengthen Gen Ed curriculum. Recommendations are under review and are focused on a reduction in credits, from 34 to 31. A formal approval is expected in the fall.
  2. Create excellence in engaged teaching. The Tech Innovation and Learning Laboratory (TILL) is set to open in the fall on the third floor of the Ekstrom Library. “I see this lab as a key element in preparing for a new classroom building and have charged our team to offer opportunities for training to fully utilize new technology in the building,” Provost Pinto said.

Also, a new teaching seminar series took place this year, focused on new faculty. It is expected to be annual.

  1. Build living and learning communities (LLC). Provost Pinto said we’ve expanded LLCs from 8 percent to 22 percent, including an expanded Honors LLC and a new A&S LLC.
  2. We’ve established a Career Service Council to connect student experience with their interest and career services and to do it early, “not when they’re seniors,” Provost Pinto said. We have started collecting employment data so units can better understand that information. We are focusing more on internships and have about 3,000 students in internships per year. A new position was created to help with this objective and has been filled by Stuart Esrock in A&S.
  3. A bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Learning with an emphasis on healthcare will be offered in the fall, in partnership with the Commonwealth College Education Consortium.

Other priorities include identifying competitive areas for future investment and enhancing the campus climate. In regards to the budget, the Provost said we are doing more than just balancing our budget because we are in a high demand area and we have to figure out what UofL offers that people want and tap into that.

“If all we did was wait to hear what the cuts would be and scramble to balance our budget, we wouldn’t be controlling our own destiny,” he said. “That’s why we’ve committed to come up with a $50 million fund. This summer we will build a business plan based on that demand. There will be priorities and reallocations and hard decisions, but we can’t be a great university with just one or two great programs.”

Provost Pinto also updated the Faculty Senate on dean’s searches for the Kent School of Social Work, the School of Dentistry (both waiting for Board of Trustees approval), the College of Business (starting over in the fall) and (on the horizon) the Brandeis School of Law, which is expected to take place next year.

Committee Reports

Academic, Committee on Committees and Credentials: No report.

Redbook: A review of the mission statement change in the School of Music; and the School of Public Health is looking at revisions.

Part Time Faculty: Report is available online.

Planning and Budget Committee: Seeking feedback on engineering certificates.

Executive Committee: Recommendations have been made about the implementation of faculty market equity money.

HRAC Report: Consensus is going away in 2017. No alternative has been identified yet for hiring candidates. Also, a retirement readiness program will be implemented soon.

Chair’s Report: An update was given on the Board of Trustees meeting June 2, as well as the recent DoL Executive Order regarding FSLA and overtime pay for those who make less than $47,476.

A call for nominations for the next grievance officer to replace Enid Trucios-Haynes, who will be the next faculty chair in September.

The Crawford Gym demolition is scheduled to begin in September.

Finally, the ombudsman is retiring at the end of June.

The next meeting is scheduled for July 6 from 3-5 p.m. in Chao Auditorium.


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UofL employees show off talents for annual Open Walls art exhibit

Did you know your department’s program coordinator can also create a fiber tablecloth that is far too pretty to eat off of? Or that the associate professor knows how to paint with acrylic, in addition to teaching brain science.

Were you aware that the employee from physical plant who fixed your heater last week can also create glass pieces. And that communications specialist can weave a basket out of reed and seagrass?

Did you know your dean has quite the eye for photography?

While most of us are focused on making UofL great by day, some employees also have artistic talents they hone outside of the office. As part of the 6th annual Open Walls art exhibit, 30 faculty and staff from across campus will display their talents. The show starts June 13 with an opening reception from noon to 2 p.m. in the Ekstrom Library’s Photographic Archives Gallery.

Open Walls was started as an initiative of the Great Places to Work Committee as an opportunity for employees to show their creative side. Participation has grown steadily each year and this year will feature one more artist than last year.

The artists are from all corners of the university including, for the first time this year, a dean. College of Arts & Sciences Dean Kimberly Kempf-Leonard’s submitted photograph captures her perspective during a hike while at her family summer vacation home in Wyoming.


“I spend a lot of time hiking in the mountains with my camera around my neck. The photograph I have on display is from a special family birthday celebration in Yellowstone. I took the photo on a very early morning hike of this tree I thought looked particularly majestic with the steamy clouds from a geyser floating behind it,” she said.

Dean Kempf-Leonard has been taking photographs for fun for a long time. She loves shooting nature and family, mostly when she’s in Wyoming at her home in the Big Horn mountains, near Sheridan.

Chuck Sites is another artist that will be featured in the show. The Systems Analyst from the Speed IT Group has two pieces on display, including an oil painting on canvas titled, “Inspired by Spring.” The title, he said, was motivated by the question, “What is art?”


“Art has such a broad meaning, but when we say ‘the art of X,’ the X has inspired creativity at its core regardless of what X is. For example, ‘the art of war;’ does war have beauty? ‘The art of cooking;’ cooking has something, but does it inspire? When you ponder all the possibilities, the best answer is art is a toy for the mind,” Sites said.


Holly Hogue, an administrative specialist in the College of A&S Research Office, has participated in Open Walls for the past three years. This year, she has submitted two pieces, including a canvas rug.

rug piece

“The canvas rug I made while I was visiting my mom in Key West. She is an artist and gives my husband lessons whenever we visit. The rug sounded like fun so I took the lesson too. Count me in if it sounds like fun,” Hogue said. “The rug started out as a large Zentangle until I got carried away with the flowers. It is colorful and bright, which is totally me.”

Cheryl Monroe, with IT, is displaying two mermaid dolls which have won her awards at the Kentucky State Fair.

“I’ve been making dolls since I was little. My dad always said I had it in me. I used to cut up his socks to make them,” she said. “Normally I make people, but I did mermaids this year because my granddaughter loves them.”

Lana Metzler submitted a photo of Disney World’s Main Street for the show. The piece is especially personal for the HSC Shared Services employee: “In January at age 42, I ran my first full marathon at Disney World. I never thought I could do it. We stayed for the fireworks in the evening and I captured some ‘magic’ on Main Street. I look back at this photo and remind myself that I am a marathoner and that magic truly does happen here,” she said.

Patrick Glisson, from Environmental Health and Safety, will display a collection of spheres created via knot-tying, a talent he developed out of necessity: he was tasked with teaching his son’s Cub Scout Troop how to tie knots and has been doing so ever since (his son is now an Eagle Scout and in his first year at Speed School).

“I like to say I got into tying knots out of self-defense. I’ve been actively doing it now for 11 years,” he said. “I now tie knots to keep me sane.”

William Burton, from the HVAC Shop in Physical Plant, brought his day job to life in a drawing he submitted titled, “Firemain.”

“I am a pipefitter by trade and I love seeing art involving pipes, fittings and such,” he said. “I thought I would do one of my own.”

This is just a sampling of art that will be on display starting June 13 in the Ekstrom Library’s Photographic Archives Gallery, East Wing, Lower Level. The artwork will be on display through June 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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UofL students spending summer abroad as international scholars

Three University of Louisville students will spend part of their summer overseas as international scholars.

Sahadat Mohammad Wali, Megan Wurth and Brigid Connelly have earned a Gilman Scholarship, a prominent award given each year to about 2,700 U.S. college students and valued up to $5,000. The Gilman program is intended to help students with limited financial means pursue academic studies or internships abroad.

  • Wali, a junior psychology and criminal justice major from Mazar-I-Sharif, Afghanistan, is the son of Sediqa Abdul Shukor and Noor Mohammad Wali. He will study Russian in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Wurth, a junior health and human performance major from Paducah, Kentucky, is the daughter of Dwayne and Mary Ellen Wurth. She will study stroke research in Newcastle, Australia.
  • Connelly, a senior women’s and gender studies major from Crestview Hills, Kentucky, is the daughter of Tom and Mary Beth Connelly. She will spend four weeks studying Spanish in Santiago, Chile.

“The benefits of study abroad are many,” said Virginia Hosono, associate director of study abroad in international affairs at UofL. “Students who study abroad come back as different people; it creates lasting effects that influence how they see the world and interact with others.” 

UofL has previously announced several international scholars for 2016, including 14 Fulbrights.


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