September 2007 President's Update
Dear Bellarmine Community Members,
It is my sincere delight to welcome all of you to the
2007-2008 academic year! The past several days have seen a whirlwind of
exciting events: move-in day, the community picnic, Matriculation-Book
signing, convocation, and the dedications of Siena and Frazier Stadium
have all been exhilarating and memorable events for all of us at
Bellarmine. It's a week we'll never forget!
It has been my great pleasure to welcome the largest
freshman class in our history at several special recent events. It's
been wonderful to get to know our new freshmen and welcome them into
our family. The Class of 2011 numbers 564 members, which is a 31
percent increase over last year's class. In addition to being a large
class, this year's freshmen are also academically talented, with an
average ACT score of 24. Nearly 200 students come from outside
Kentucky, and another 200 students come from outside Jefferson County.
Welcome Class of 2011!
Welcome New Faculty & Staff!
It also gives me great pleasure to welcome our new faculty
and staff to the Bellarmine community. We're delighted to have you
- Carla Carlton – Communications & Public Affairs
- Hannah Clayborne – Student Affairs
- Melanie Evans – Student Affairs
- Matthew Hensley – Information Services
- Patricia Jane Kitchen – Business Affairs
- Peter Kremer – Development & Alumni Relations
- Jennifer Likes – Enroll Mgmt/Financial Aid
- Gary Petiprin – Student Affairs/Counseling
- Jessica Randall – Student Affairs/Res Life
- Helen Grace Ryan – Student Affairs
- Andrew Schroeder – Enroll Mgmt/ARC
- Dwight Shepherd – Facilities Mgmt/Maintenance
- Andrew Cooper – Athletics
- Andrew Vogt – Safety & Security
- Janet Calvert – Education
- Julien Carriere – Foreign language
- Constance Cooper – Nursing
- Martha Gillis – Theology
- Carl Hafele – Business/Economics
- Laura Hartford – Art
- Louis Heuser – Health Sciences
- Michael Huggins – Nursing
- Mark Kaelin – Biology
- Joann Lau – Biology
- Akhtar Mahmood – Physics
- Corrie Orthober – Education
- David Overbey – English
- John Sizemore – Education
- Winnie Spitza – Communication
- Meme Tunnell – Music
- Ronda Purdy – Counseling Center
- Amy Teeple – Counseling Center
US News Ranks BU As a Top Southern University for 14th
Bellarmine is once again ranked among the top 20
universities in the South according to U.S. News and World Report. The
magazine's 2008 rankings place Bellarmine in the top 20 universities in
the South region of the “Best Universities-Master’s” category. This
marks the 14th year in a row Bellarmine has been ranked in this “top
tier” by the publication. Each year U.S. News ranks 1,400 colleges and
universities based on a variety of criteria ranging from academic
reputation to alumni giving. These rankings appear in four categories:
Best National Universities-Doctoral, Best Liberal Arts
Colleges-Bachelor's (National), Best Universities-Master's (Regional),
and Best Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's (Regional).
Bellarmine Honors Alumni Award Winners
Congratulations to the distinguished alumni who recently
won award at the Bellarmine University Alumni Association dinner.
Bradford T. Ray is the 2007 "Alumnus of
the Year." The award is given in recognition of efforts on behalf of
the university. Ray, chief executive officer of the
Louisville-headquartered company Steel Technologies, is a 1981 graduate
of Bellarmine University. A former inductee into the Gallery of
Distinguished Graduates, Ray also serves on the Bellarmine Board of
Trustees and is currently the board’s chairman.
The Rev. Msgr. Alfred F. Horrigan Distinguished Service
Award is awarded to a past or present Bellarmine employee. This year’s
winner is Alma Schuler, a former employee who served
as Msgr. Horrigan’s administrative assistant while he was Bellarmine’s
This year’s Scarlet and Silver Society inductee is Bob
Zimlich, who is Bellarmine's vice president for business
affairs. Zimlich graduated from Bellarmine in 1981 and joined his alma
mater a year later as an assistant for the former vice president, John
O. “Jack” Kampschaefer.
Bellarmine also inducted six alumni into its Gallery of
Distinguished Graduates: Ryane Conroy, Michael Cowherd, Colette
Dumstorf, Cheryl Fugatte, Mike Mackin, and Jeff Wright.
The Gallery was established to recognize alumni who have distinguished
themselves in professional accomplishment, community service or
demonstration of attitudes consistent with Christian doctrines.
Women's Council Show House, September 8-23
The Bellarmine University Women’s Council will sponsor its
34th Annual Designers’ Show House Sept. 8-23 at Elmwood, located at
260 Leland Court off Chenoweth Lane in St. Matthews. Elmwood is a
magnificent historic landmark home built around 1859 and is only one of
several remaining historic Herr Houses in Jefferson County. The
Designers’ Show House will include 25 design areas with over 5,000
square feet and feature interiors designed by over 30 Louisville-area
designers. Tickets are $12 and available at the door. All proceeds
benefit the Bellarmine Student Financial Aid Fund.
Abell Awarded Scholarship
The Kentucky Broadcasters Association has awarded junior
Communication major Heather Abell a $1000 scholarship
for the 2007-2008 year. Heather has had her own radio program at "The
Big Dog" radio station in Campbellsville and recently completed an
internship with Clear Channel radio in Louisville. Congratulations to
Accounting Alumni Luncheon to Honor Gronefeld
The Bellarmine University Rubel School of Business will
honor Ralph G. Gronefeld, Jr., as its 2007 Accounting
Alumnus of the Year at the school’s 23rd Annual Accounting Alumni
Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 20. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m.
in Frazier Hall In addition to recognizing the accounting alumnus of
the year, the luncheon will provide a forum to introduce accounting
scholarship recipients and allow Bellarmine accounting graduates to
network and get reacquainted with Bellarmine’s accounting program.
Gronefeld, who graduated from Bellarmine in 1981, now serves as
president and chief executive officer of ResCare, a Louisville-based,
publicly-traded human services company. He joined ResCare in 1995 as
director of internal audit and has held a variety positions since that
time. Prior to his service to ResCare, Gronefeld served as president of
Total Color, a Louisville graphic arts firm. For more information and
reservations, call 502-272-8240.
Isabella Mae Owen
Congratulations to Ann Olsen and David
Owen, proud parents of Isabella Mae Owen,
who was born on August 8. She weighed 7lbs, 8oz.
Elizabeth Clarie Keith
Congratulations to Emily and Tom Keith on
the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Claire Keith,
who became a new Knight weighing 8lb 3oz.
Cole Edward Wiegandt
Congratulations to Scott and Danielle Wiegandt,
who welcomed Cole Edward into their family July 19th.
Dr. Paul M.
Pearson has published the following works:
“‘Beyond the Shadow and the Disguise’: The Zen
Photography of Thomas Merton.” Thomas Merton and Buddhism: Wisdom,
Emptiness and Everyday Mind. Edited by Bonnie B. Thurston. (Louisville:
Fons Vitae, 2007): 176-197.
“Merton and Buddhism: A Bibliography.” Thomas Merton and
Buddhism: Wisdom, Emptiness and Everyday Mind. Edited by Bonnie B.
Thurston. (Louisville: Fons Vitae, 2007): 243-255.
Mark C. Meade – “A Civil Rights Protest in Reverse: A
Correspondence Course by Merton in Contemplative Dialogue.” Presented
at the 10th International Thomas Merton Society Conference, Memphis,
TN., June 7-10, 2007.
“Wide Open to Heaven and Earth: Community, Culture,
Contemplation.” Presidential Address for the 10th International Thomas
Merton Society Conference, Memphis, TN., June 7-10, 2007.
“A Wide Open Lens: The Photography of Thomas Merton.”
Presented at the 10th International Thomas Merton Society Conference,
Memphis, TN., June 7-10, 2007.
Dr. Pearson has also resumed the role of Program Chair
for the 11th International Thomas Merton Society Conference to be held
at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY., from June 11-14, 2009.
Burchard Named Commissioned Composer for 2008
Congratulations to Bellarmine music professor Richard
Burchard, who was recently selected as the Kentucky Music
Teacher's Association Commissioned Composer for 2008. This is the first
time the commission has been awarded to a Bellarmine music professor.
Burchard's commissioned composition is for a 7-part choir of mixed
voices. The World Premier of the work will take place in Salzburg,
Austria, in June 2008 and the American Premier will take place at
Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, in October 2008 during the KMTA
State Conference. The composition is automatically entered into the
Music Teachers' National Association national competition.
Barnett Brings Film Festival to BU
Please join me in congratulating Kyle Barnett
on receiving a grant from the French American Cultural Exchange to
bring the Tournées Festival, a French-language film festival, to the
Bellarmine campus this fall. The Tournées Festival will also serve to
launch Bellarmine’s new Undergraduate Film Association, which will file
as a registered student organization this fall with Dr. Barnett as
faculty advisor. Weekly screening dates on campus will begin in late
September and finish in early November. A complete film listing, with
screening dates, places, and times, will be available soon.
Lansing School Achievements
Cronin co-authored an article with Joy Knight of the Kentucky
Hospital Association. Knight, J. M. & Cronin, S. N. (2007).
Enhancing patient care delivery systems through improved nursing
engagement. KBNursing Connection, 12-26-29.
Monica Ruiz Key was selected as a
national "Scholarship America" recipient for the 2007-2008 academic
Twenty-eight Senior nursing students supervised by Professor
Pat McEachron provided health care to over 150 children and
young adults at the National Spina Bifida Conference Summer 2007 in
Lansing School alumna Erika Kravic, BSN,
RN of the Office of Child Advocacy, Kosair Children's Hospital was
inducted into the Atherton High School Hall of Fame, April 2007 for
recognition of her work for children's rights. Erika serves as
coordinator for Safe Kids Louisville and Jefferson County.
Congratulations to Dr. Christy Kane on
completing her dissertation defense for the doctoral degree in Student
Personnel from the University of Louisville.
Professor Tony Brosky co-authored with Dr.
Ron Scott the article titled, "Professional Competence in
Physical Therapy" published in Journal of Allied Health, Summer 2007.
Dr. Gina Pariser authored "Physical
Therapy Management of a Manual Laborer Following a Modified Radical
Neck Dissection, in Rehabilitation Oncology, Summer 2007.
A Friendly Reminder About Parking
With the fall semester underway, we encourage you to park
on campus lots and not on neighborhood streets. As Bellarmine
University continues to grow, it is as important as ever for us to
respect our neighbors. We are increasing our parking capacity as we
grow. Please park on campus. If special events or other circumstances
require you to park on a residential street, please remain courteous to
our Highlands neighbors. To avoid being ticketed or towed, park
legally and do not block driveways. Thank you.
A Dedication To Service
We have completed the audit of service hours for the
2006-07 school year and are happy to report that 34 faculty and staff,
23 student organizations, 5 service trips, and 22 Bellarmine Volunteer
Days bring our total service hours to 21, 673. The Independent Sector’s
2006 estimated dollar value for a volunteer hour is $18.77. Combined
with the Relay for Life donations, this brings our estimated
contribution to $442,802.21. Congratulations and thank you to all of
President's Update Suggestions
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