Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Observations and Reflections

I recently had the opportunity to speak at two very enjoyable events.  Members, friends, and supporters of UK’s Spindletop Hall gathered October 22 to celebrate its placement on the National Register of Historic Places.  Recognized during the program were UK’s College of Design students who conducted the research to make the nomination and selection possible.

Using archival material from Explore UK and oral history interviews from the Louie B. Nunn Center, I shared with the audience some of the lesser known stories about the grand residence.  For example, who knew that after purchasing the property UK explored the idea of moving the UK College of Law to Spindletop?  Best reason to move - parking!
Friday evening I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Golden Wildcat dinner sponsored annually by the UK Alumni Association.  Gretchen Bower, Event Coordinator for the Alumni Association, arranged a wonderful dinner and program that included funny and poignant stories from members of the class of 1963.

During their four years at UK the class of ’63 witnessed the opening of the UK Chandler Medical Center, the doubling in size of the Margaret I. King Library, the first addition to the Student Center, and the construction of the Chemistry-Physics Building.  

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