Greetings Spalding Alumni!
Dr. Kathryn Dowd '72
Spalding University is honored to present the 2022 Caritas Award to Dr. Kathryn Dowd! Dowd is a 1972 graduate of Spalding’s French Education program. She continued her education at the University of Louisville, receiving a Master's in Education in Audiology and a Clinical Doctorate in Audiology from Salus University. Dowd’s contributions working 41 years and counting in the field of audiology and her spirit of service are consistent with the mission and tradition of Spalding. To learn more about Dr. Kathryn Dowd, click here. Congratulations to Dr. Dowd!

With James "KJ" Abrams
KJ Abrams is a 2017 and 2018 Spalding graduate! He received bachelor's degrees in accounting and business administration and a Master's of Science in Business Communication.

KJ currently works as the Community Engagement Specialist at SummerWorks. He is also a mentor, basketball coach, and business owner. KJ has done excellent service for our community! Congratulations to KJ on his success!
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Let's congratulate our fellow alumni on their accomplishments!
These two Spalding alums and leadership experts have teamed up to co-author a new guide on navigating challenging times in the book, HOPE for Leaders in the 2020s. Learn more about Dr. Joe DeSensi and Dr. Hope Zoeller’s book here.
Spalding alum and JCPS elementary teacher, Jessica Goodman was awarded the ‘Oscar of Teaching’ the Milken Award. Learn more about Jessica Goodman and the Milken Award here.

Louisville tech founder and Spalding alum was selected for EY Entrepreneurs Access. Don Weobong has joined the 2022 cohort of the nationwide accelerator program that aims to elevate emerging and established Black- and Latino-owned companies. Learn more about Don Weobong here.
Spalding alum and artist Cierra Evans participated in two art exhibitions at 21C Hotel and Moremen Gallery. Cierra is a local artist that grew up in Eastern Kentucky and loves using her work to create meaningful discussions around Appalachia and it's people and discussions.

Shianne Davis has officially been accepted in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/ Primary Care program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She will start fall 2022!

Jacob has recently started two new exciting business ventures as a licensed Realtor with Hompage Reality and a rental business owner of 502 Bounce. Learn more about Jacob's business ventures here.

We would love to share your accomplishments to include your promotions, career changes, recognitions, etc.!
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Upcoming Events!
Join Spalding Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends for Alumni Night at the Slugger Field! The Louisville Bats take on the Columbus Clippers July 26, 2022 at 7PM.
Come cheer on Spalding baseball! Check out the
official site of Spalding University Athletics for information on upcoming games.


After a two year hiatus, Day at the Downs is back! Celebrate with Spalding Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends on October 1, 2022. Come for a brand new experience at our Annual Day at the Downs. Enjoy an amazing lunch buffet and silent auction while watching the ponies - all included in the ticket purchase!  
Spalding University and the Spalding University Alumni Association are excited to invite the class of 1972 back to campus to celebrate their 50th reunion. The 50th Gold Reunion of the Spalding University Class of 1972 will be held June 3-5. We look forward to celebrating together! If you are a class of '72 alum, click the button below to register for your reunion events.
Class of 1972 Throwback Tuesday

Commencement will take place in combined departmental ceremonies on June 2 -4. View the commencement schedule.

Want to share some words of advice, encouragement, or your favorite quote to the graduating Golden Eagles? Email

The Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Family graciously donated $500,000 to Spalding University to build the university’s first on-campus field house at the Spalding Athletic Complex. Learn more about the Lynn family donation here.

Support the Bright Future of Spalding
Check your mailboxes - you've got mail! Be on the lookout for a mailer sharing Spalding's key investments of time, resources, expertise, and an opportunity to make a gift to support the future of Spalding. Spalding is laser-focused on a bright and promising future for our students and community.

You've heard it right! In addition to offering a more robust arts liberal education, Spalding is offering two new graduate programs completely online! Earn your Master of Science in Nursing or Doctorate of Education in Leadership. Earn while you learn- balance your career and your education!

Campus Wide Campus Climate Survey to access
With generous support from the James Graham Brown Foundation, Spalding engaged DC-based WhitworthKee Consulting to conduct a campus climate assessment, including a campus-wide survey. Results will be released in June, with implementation of recommendations to follow.

Spalding University's library recently digitized a collection of Spalding Yearbooks that span 1964-1972. Check out the digital yearbook collection.

Alumni Engagement Survey
Thanks to all alumni who completed the 2022 Alumni Engagement Survey! We learned so much about the alumni experience, including contributions to alums'
sense of connection to the university, communication preferences, and interests in engaging with students through mentorships and other ways. We are actively using alumni feedback and thoughts to help shape the alumni experience here at Spalding University. 

Interested in taking an active role as an alumni leader? Learn more about Spalding’s Alumni Leadership Council and how you can contribute. Spalding’s Alumni Leadership Council strives to organize Spalding University alumni, cultivate connections, and increase alumni engagement. If you are a Spalding graduate and interested in joining the ALC, download and complete the membership application here.
Spalding University New Program Directors
Academic Year 2021-2022
Dr. Leslie Cairo, Director of the Master of Social Work program
Dr. Nikki Jones, Director of the Doctor of Social Work program
Professor Charles Maynard, Director of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program
Spalding Athletics News
Alumni Trivia Corner
February 2022
Trivia Winner
Ann Tripplett
Trivia Question

Where was the original home of the Spalding Cafe (cafeteria)?

  • Morrison Hall
  • University Center Basement
  • Egan Leadership Center
  • Mansion Basement

The first alum to answer the question will receive Spalding University Swag and be mentioned in the next alumni newsletter!
Email your responses to:
Are you or anyone you know interested in working in a compassionate, friendly, and supportive environment with a healthy work-life balance? Look no more! Spalding University has a few job postings listed, ranging from faculty positions to admissions counselor roles and more! Want to learn more about Spalding's job opportunities? Click the button below. 
Remembering those we have lost and keeping their memories alive.
February 2022- April 2022
Joan LeBlanc Hellmann '54
Martha Terry Ochs Sheeran '66
Byron "Tony" Dalton '69
Elizabeth Ann Betsy Potts '69
Patricia Ann Thompson Pohl '69
Mary L. Winges
Dorothy Brei Marsh '75
Shirley Whonsetler '76
Leigh Ann Nold Rayome '85
Kay Baldwin Gill '11
Amelia Blossom Pegram

To share an obituary of an alum, please email Alumni Relations Coordinator, Vay Davis at and visit the Alumni In Memoriam webpage on the Spalding Alumni Website.
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