Thanks for Your Support

Today marked the annual Thank a Donor Day at the University of Louisville. The event is “a celebration of the donors who support this University”

These donations contribute to the Endowed Chairs and Professorships, scholarships, research grants and trials, research facilities, student groups, athletic facilities and teams.

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“Thank a donor day is sponsored by Donor Relations. The goal is to get students, faculty and staff out to thank our donors for their private denotations to the university,” said Amanda James.

 

Student and faculty members made signs and signed a cardboard wall to show their appreciation for the donors. They had also shot footage for a video that they plan to send out come thanksgivings time.

 

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After students wrote heartfelt thank you signs and signed the wall of gratitude they were offered a free meal. The members of the Donor Relations organization had a line of grills were they handed out hot dogs and hamburgers to line of students.

This celebration took place today on the Belknap campus in front of the Red Barn. If you missed the celebration, do not fear they will be putting on another event on Thursday at the health sciences campus quad from 11:00a.m. until 1:30p.m. as well.

Lend Me Your Ears

“It’s free to anyone and everyone” are words that college students love to hear. University of Louisville Seniors, Sarah and Ashley, are giving the university students a listening ear.

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The psychology majoring duo, have decided to lead a service project called “free listening.” “Free listening is about listening to people and what’s on their mind without any judgement,” Sarah said.

“Therapy is well-known for its problem-solving techniques and reputation as a tool for overcoming anxiety, depression and addiction. But as Spiegel explains, it’s also a way to establish better emotional wellness in your daily life.”

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Essentially, the process starts with you coming up to the “listeners” and start talking about whatever you want to talk about.  If you want to talk about the time you were eight and thought hamsters could fly, you without any judgement.

Free listening is basically like talking to a therapist, with the exception of diagnosing and it is 100 percent free!

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If you are still on the fence about giving free listening a try, there are a lot of benefits associated with therapy.

“Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends. During talking therapy, a trained counsellor or therapist listens to you and helps you find your own answers to problems, without judging you.”

“Talking with a professional allows you to get a sense of how you appear to other people, helps you get feedback on whatever you’re feeling and offers insight on how those emotions are affecting your everyday life.”

 

Culture Takes Louisville

Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, Louisville, Ky. celebrated its 14th annual WorldFest. It is the area’s prominent international festival, which brings various cultures together and celebrates the differences that make them unique. WorldFest is a way for individuals to leave the comfort of what is known and embrace the unknown. It’s an opportunity to experience Germany, Greece, or wherever without having to spend loads of money on a plane ticket.

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Locals strutted their stuff in the Parade of Cultures. The parade stared behind Metro Hall (527 W. Jefferson) and travel northbound on 5th across Main and Market streets and up the Belvedere. The parade gave people of different ethnicities a way to embrace their heritage and share it with those of dissimilar ones. All groups were encouraged to wear the traditional outfit of their native country.

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People come from all over to attend WorldFest, not only to absorb different cultures but to indulge in ethnic food! The festival offers diverse foods from round the world. It gives people an opportunity to taste food they have never heard of nor imagined they would get a chance to. Vendors that participated ranged from Ethiopian to Nigerian, from Cuban to Puerto Rican, or Thai to Cambodian. The festival was also a great occasion for smaller, not well-known businesses to advertise what they have to offer.

The entertainment at the parade was wide-ranging. There were two stages (main stage and fountain stage) that hosted different events. The main stage presented different genre of multiple bands, while the fountain stage showcased traditional dances.

When you have all there is to do and you have eaten your pineapple ice cream, there are souvenir stands! Each shop sells trinkets or clothing that is personal to their own culture. There were Native American stands selling dream catchers, Africans shops selling dashikis, and much more.

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