Spalding University Launches Latest Greening Initiative

SpaldingSpalding University has recently launched a major component of its greening initiative with the dedication ceremony of 2.2-acre Trager Park, “a grassy recreational space that has been repurposed from an unused pad of asphalt.” Trager Park was created to offer students and community members a space for sports and recreation on Spalding’s campus.

The park will also positively impact the local community by diminishing the urban heat island effect in the area. According to the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability, Trager Park will contribute to reducing surface temperatures and the amount of water that enters the storm water system. In addition 100 trees will be planted and will “increase the tree canopy of a neighborhood that currently only has a 9 percent canopy, which is below the 15 percent recommended for central business districts by American Forests.” Trager Park is the most recent effort by Spalding to contribute to their greening initiative.

To read more about Spalding’s greening initiative, visit Spalding news.

Peace & Justice in ACCU’s Spring Newsletter

Last week, ACCU released the Spring 2015 issue of Update, its quarterly newsletter. You can read it in its entirety here, but be sure to pay special attention to the sections devoted to peace and justice. These highlights include:

  • Scranton Students Learn Homelessness Firsthand by spending a day and night on the streets confronting similar challenges as those which persons experiencing homelessness may face.
  • Carlow Fights Hunger with Pottery by asking their art students to create clay bowls which patrons at a fundraising dinner use and then take home to remind them of the importance of fighting hunger.
  • Caldwell Students Serve in Belize and gain perspectives on poverty, priorities, and happiness.
  • Undocumented Students Appeal to Congress members who are alumni of Catholic colleges and universities by asking them to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
  • Mount Saint Vincent Students Engage the World by participating in international service learning.
  • ‘Compassionate Competitor’ leads Spalding University to log 1.6 million service hours and engage with their charism.
  • Manhattan Professor Teaches the Holocaust and Islam by portraying them both as stories of faith and catastrophe.

 To subscribe to Update, please email Paula Moore.

Spalding University: The World’s First Compassionate University

Worth a read: Spalding University, a Catholic university in Louisville, KY, founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, was designated the first certified Compassionate University in the world in 2011.  The charter applauds Spalding University’s commitment to under-performing elementary schools and participation in health screening and disaster relief efforts around the world.  In a recent feature on President Tori Murden McClure, Religion News Service highlighted the culture of service at Spalding, noting that the students participate in 1.6 million hours of service in one year.   To learn more about President McClure and Spalding University, read the article here.