Lou Swift - Hall of Fame
by Sarah Geegan
The UK College of Arts and Sciences inducted four new members to the A&S Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 19.
The "Celebrate A&S: Alumni and Faculty Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" took place at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Two faculty members and two alumni joined the ranks of the current 30 alumni and 6 emeritus faculty A&S Hall of Fame members.
"The College of Arts and Sciences is honored to recognize these distinguished and accomplished faculty and alumni," said Mark Lawrence Kornbluh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "They exemplify the academic and professional excellence for which the college strives, and showcase the success so many of our students, faculty and alumni achieve."
The ceremony followed an academic theme; the inductees wore formal academic regalia and received medallions with the UK A&S seal.
The 2012 Hall of Fame inductees are:
Matthew Cutts, current leader of Google’s webspam engineering team.
James C. Duff, previous counselor to US Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, and current president and CEO of the Newseum in Washington DC.
Susan Abbott-Jamieson, an Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology.
Louis Swift, a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
Lou Swift graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1963 and joined UK’s faculty as the chair of the newly reformed Department of Classics in 1970. His research interests focus on the study of early Christianity, including the issue of war and peace in late antiquity, and the relationship between religion and politics in America. Though he officially retired in 2001, he continues to teach an undergraduate course on the connection between religion and politics in America.
In addition to his teaching duties at UK, Swift also served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1996-1998, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies from 1990-1999, and the Director of the University Studies Program from 1986-1999. He was also recognized by the National Academic Advisors Association in 1997 with the Pace Setter Award. During his tenure at UK, he was instrumental in forming the Central Advising Office, the Undergraduate Research Program, and the Preparing Future Faculty Program.