Founded in 1798, the University of Louisville was one of the first universities to be located west of the Allegheny Mountains. Over the years it’s gained prominence as a research university — the University of Louisville School of Medicine was the first to complete the first successful hand transplant. The university experienced rapid growth as a medical research institution between 1999 and 2006, and its accomplishes continue to today. Despite its reputation as a research university, there’s a lot to be said about University of Louisville events across all areas of study. Read on to learn more about fun as well as educational annual and recurring events on campus throughout the academic year.
At the start of the fall and spring semesters, the University of Louisville faculty, staff, and students want to make sure all new students feel welcome. The result? A series of lively events where those who are new to campus can meet new people, learn about clubs and programs, and have fun at the same time. Welcome Week is held over the course of five days every August to help first-year, transfer, and returning students acclimate to campus. A few signature events include the T-shirt Swap, in which students can exchange their high school (or other college) shirts for new U of L shirts and other gear; and a welcome lunch and dinner featuring free food for students and their families. Other events include a party at the LGBT Center, fraternity and sorority cookout, musical performances, icebreakers, and one of the most loved events, Target Takeover. At this event, students are welcomed to the Bashford Manor location of Target from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for special discounts, a live DJ, free food, and games.
Book-in-Common is an innovative way for students to connect to each other. The idea is for all new students to arrive at campus with something in common: they’ve read the same book. The university sends out a message to all incoming students informing them of Book-in-Common and encouraging them to read the book and come to campus prepared to discuss it if they choose. Springboarding off that is a series of events centered around themes and issues raised in the book. For example, a recent book is Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Events surrounding this book include an author visit that includes a lecture and book signing; a writing workshop; and a Critical Thinking Composition Contest, for which the prize is a scholarship.
Other Events Throughout the Year
When it comes to University of Louisville events, there are huge ones, and there are smaller, yet still significant, ones. These smaller events are meant to boost and encourage students when they need it most. One of these is the Finals Fest, held at the end of every academic year in the Ekstrom Library. It features free late-night snacks and massages so students can power through their study session. Pause of Paws is another such event, held every March. The university pairs with animal rescue groups to bring puppies to campus so students can de-stress and the dogs can get in some playtime as well.