April 2007 President's Update

Dear Bellarmine Community Members,

In March it was my pleasure to invite everyone in the Bellarmine campus community to the town meetings we convened to present and discuss the new Bellarmine University master plan. The plan suggests where we might build additional new facilities for teaching and learning - and for working, playing and living - as we realize Vision 2020 and develop our 135-acre campus beautifully, intelligently and well, in five phases over 15 years or so.

The town meetings – and other opportunities – allowed me to collect your suggestions and ideas so we would have the benefit of your input before revising the plan and presenting it to the Board of Trustees for approval later in April.

I received dozens of feedback sheets and e-mails in response, and we have many good new ideas to consider. This has been a very encouraging process.

Remember that the purpose of the master plan is to have an overview of what our campus might look like as it grows – to give us a big-picture view so that changes in the master plan, and all future decisions about the final locations of actual buildings, and what will go in them, can be made in the context of the whole campus.

Thanks again for your interest and your help as we envision building on Bellarmine’s remarkable existing strengths and realizing a brilliant future.

3,000 Hear Bob Woodward Deliver Wyatt Lecture

The Wyatt Lecture on March 20 was a tremendous success for the university and for the 3,000 people who filled Knights Hall to hear Bob Woodward, America’s pre-eminent print journalist for the past 30 years and counting, discuss the Bush administration and its handling of the Iraq War. The founders and benefactors of this lecture, the late Wilson W. Wyatt and his wife, Anne, were clear that the series should help educate Louisville and the region in the field of politics and public service. And the timing of Bob Woodward’s visit was especially appropriate because Bellarmine is celebrating the Festival of the Remnant Trust this semester with an exhibit entitled, "Faith, Freedom and Governance" – and because we have been developing and will soon inaugurate a new Institute for Media, Culture and Ethics. Many thanks to our benefactors, and to everyone here who worked so hard on this high-profile event. It was a significant, relevant cultural event for Louisville, and it was produced beautifully, professionally and well.  

Bellarmine Photo Galleries

In addition to the Wyatt Lecture photo gallery, you'll find other new photo galleries on our web site, including the High School All-American Jamfest and the Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony.  

Construction Update

Work on our state-of-the-art new Owsley B. Frazier stadium is progressing, and it will be increasingly visible and attractive from now until its completion in August. The new residence hall, with huge windows and spectacular views, will also be complete the first week of August. Work should begin very soon on aligning the entrances to the campus on both sides of Newburg Road. We hope eventually to have a traffic signal and pedestrian crosswalk there, and also to make this a beautiful signature entrance for our campus.

Student Service Trips

Congratulations, well done, and thank you to the students, faculty and staff who used their spring break to help those in need. Student groups traveled to Guatemala, Belize, Eastern Kentucky, and Louisiana to help make a difference in the lives of others. We're all proud of your efforts. For more information on these trips, please see these Concord Online and Courier-Journal stories:

Boutell Named to Prestigious Post

Bellarmine’s Director of Financial Aid was recently elected President of the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA) at the association's conference in Nashville. As part of the three-year term, Heather will serve over the approximately 1,500 member association during 2008-2009. SASFAA is compromised of financial aid administrators from Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. Heather's election makes her only the fourth Kentuckian to hold the position. The SASFAA President sits on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators board.

Burchard Music Performed in Denver

The Mercury Ensemble, a professional string ensemble, performed the world premier of Lament for Strings, composed by music department faculty member Richard Burchard in Denver in February. The ensemble also performed Burchard’s transcription of O Magnum Mysterium for strings, originally composed for 5-part choir of mixed voices.

Brosky Honored, Publishes PT Paper

Congratulations to Professor Tony Brosky for being chosen one of 40 Outstanding Alumni of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences. Professor Brosky also is lead author of a paper published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. The paper is entitled "Physical Therapists, Student and Community Partner Perspectives and Attitudes Regarding Service-Learning Experiences."

Lee Completes Emory Program

Congratulations to Professor Barbara Lee on the completion of the wound management, ostomy and continence program at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Professor Lee is currently completing her residency program and will be taking the specialty certification examination offered by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society.

Emma Kay Krebs

David and Melissa Krebs welcomed their third child and second daughter, Emma Kay on Wednesday, February 28. Emma weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. and was 19 ½ inches long. David is the head athletic trainer and Melissa is the former women’s basketball assistant and head field hockey coach.

Promotion and Tenure

Please join me in congratulating our colleagues on their well-deserved promotion and tenure achievement. Their accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, and service foster our student-centered environment and define academic excellence. It is truly such work that will realize Vision 2020 and establish Bellarmine University as the "Premier Independent Catholic University in the South."

  • Dr. Dan Bauer, Rubel School of Business – promotion to Professor
  • Professor Caren Cunningham, Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences – promotion to Professor
  • Dr. Mary Goral, Frazier Thornton School of Education – tenure and promotion to Associate Professor
  • Dr. Mary Huff, Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences– tenure and promotion to Associate Professor
  • Dr. Adam Renner, Frazier Thornton School of Education – promotion to Associate Professor
  • Dr. Steve Wilt, Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences – tenure

New Beeny Baby

Dr. Claudia Beeny and her family are pleased to announce the arrival of their new baby boy! Jack Alan Beeny was born March 6, 2007 at 4:36 AM. He weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 19.5 inches long.

Mock Trial Success

BU's Mock Trial Team earned a top-10 finish for the sixth time this year in the recent American Mock Trial National Tournament in Waukegan, Illinois. Out of the 24 teams in the division, Bellarmine placed seventh, with a record of 5-2-1. This year alone, in head-to-head competition, Bellarmine has beaten Cornell, Columbia, NYU, Furman, Duke, and the University of Arizona. In tournaments in New York City and Illinois, Bellarmine student Staci Windsor was recognized as the top attorney in the entire field. She was the only student attorney in the division to garner a perfect score. Angelica Sanchez also received a top-ten witness award.

Wagoners Inducted Into Mock Trial Coaches Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Ruth and Jim Wagoner, who were recently inducted into the American Mock Trial Association Coaches Hall of Fame. This honor is bestowed upon coaches who have not only produced excellent competitive results over a long period of time, but whose programs have upheld the high ethical standards of the American Mock Trial Association. The Wagoners' accomplishments include 11 Championship top ten finishes (Five National finals, one National Championship win, 21 consecutive National Championship appearances). Each has been awarded the Neal Smith Award for exemplary contributions to law related education.

Wilson Book On Horse Racing Psychology

Congratulations to Dr. Tom Wilson upon the publication of his new book "The Psychology of Thoroughbred Handicapping" (Two Peas Press) Wilson's book examines the applied psychology of thoroughbred handicapping and it is now available for purchase in the Bookstore. For more information, excerpts, reviews, ordering online, and educational information about the handicapping game, visit Dr. Wilson on the web at: http://psyhorse.com.

Faculty and Staff Anniversaries

Congratulations and thanks to the following faculty and staff on their 10-, 20-, and 25-year anniversaries!

10 Year Honorees
Teresa L. Moore
Eric Roorda
Richard Burchard
John W. Boyd
David K. King
Theresa Broderick
Gary T. Sims
Terry Tindall
Skip Welch

20 Year Honorees
Patricia M. Selvy
Michael Mattei
Thomas W. Fisher
Linda S. Lally
Michael Bankhead
Linda S. Bailey

25 Year Honorees
Patricia A. Ballard
Joanne L. Kleinhenz
Roy A. Stansbury
Robert L. Zimlich
Muzaffar Ali
Porter E. Smith

Metroversity Award Winners

Congratulations to this year's Metroversity Adult Learner and Faculty Award winners:

  • Faculty Award Winner – Dr. Patricia Gillette (Physical Therapy)
  • Undergraduate Student – Abigail Cocanougher (Music)
  • Graduate Student – Mary Cantrell (Nursing)

They will be recognized on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. at the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sara Yount.

William David Mahan

Congratulations to David and Cheryl Mahan upon the arrival of William David Mahan. He weighed 7 lbs 10 oz. Mom, Dad, baby and big sister Peyton are all doing fine.

Davenport Honored By Kentucky High School Coaches

Congratulations to men’s basketball coach Scott Davenport, who was inducted into the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches Court of Honor at the Sweet 16 tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Davenport coached 10 seasons at Ballard High School in Louisville, leading the team to a state championship in 1988 and runner-up finish in 1987.

Smith Named One Of NCAA’s Finest

Congratulations to Bellarmine women’s basketball coach David Smith, who was recently named one of NCAA women's basketball's 25 finest coaches by the NCAA. Smith has a career winning percentage of 70.9 percent, 499 wins, and has taken four teams to the Sweet Sixteen.