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Spalding University
Spalding University
Former names
Nazareth College
Catherine Spalding College
Spalding College
Type Private
Religious affiliation
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
President Tori Murden McClure
Students2,322 [1]
Undergraduates1,305 [1]
Postgraduates1,017 [1]
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBlue and Gold
NicknameGolden Eagles
Affiliations Kentuckiana Metroversity
SportsNCAA Division III – SLIAC (changed from NAIA in 2007)
MascotOllie the Eagle

Spalding University (SU) is a private university in Louisville, Kentucky. [2] It is affiliated with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. [3]


Spalding University traces its origins to Nazareth Academy, one of the oldest educational institution west of the Alleghenies. [4] Nazareth Academy was founded in 1814 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and was located in Nelson County near Bardstown, Kentucky. [3] Spalding was named after Mother Catherine Spalding, foundress of the Sisters. [3]

In 1829 the legislature of the Commonwealth of Kentucky granted the school a charter allowing the school to confer degrees. In 1920, the Sisters opened Nazareth College in Louisville, Kentucky's first, four-year, Catholic college for women. [3] The Louisville and Nazareth campuses merged. In 1969, the school was renamed Spalding College and in 1971 all instructional activity was moved to the Louisville campus. In 1973, Spalding College became co-educational and an independent college in the Catholic tradition open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. In 1984, Spalding College became Spalding University. [5]

Academic programs

Spalding offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the areas of health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and education. [6]

Undergraduate Programs


Spalding University's accounting program offers courses designed to help develop problem-solving, financial reporting and decision-making skills relevant to the accounting field. There is also an option of double majoring in business administration and accounting and early admission into their Master in Business Communication. [7]

Business Administration

The business program allows students to design their program according to their individual professional goals. Their courses balance the principles of management, marketing, accounting, business ethics and finance with a liberal arts education and focuses on hands-on problem solving, case studies, group work and interaction with community professionals to enhance team-building skills and technical competencies in the field. The concentrations offered are marketing, financial planning, human resource management and business management.

There is also an option of double majoring in either Accounting and Business Administration or Accounting and Financial Planning. [8]


The communications program offers the opportunity to design a unique plan of study, with options ranging from public relations, social media and organizational, intercultural and leadership communication. In addition, the courses include hands-on learning and working with top employers in the area for internships. The concentrations offered are integrated organizational communication, communication studies and media studies. [9]

Creative Writing

In this program, courses offer the ability to develop an advanced level of competence in writing and in the exercise of creative intellect. Students are able to study with two writers-in-residence annually, who are professional essayists, memoirists, novelists, playwrights and more. There are also opportunities for working on the literary journal Word Hotel, taking part in salon-style literary readings, and connecting with Louisville's literary community. [10]

Criminal Justice Studies (pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges)

The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to expand students’ understanding of the inner workings of the criminal justice system. Students explore the legal, administrative, ethical and reform aspects of the criminal justice system and take courses across areas of study such as psychology, social work and liberal studies. Through internship experience and a capstone project their senior year, students develop practical knowledge. [11]


This program helps students gain the abilities needed to receive their initial state teaching certificate, pass the PRAXIS exam, excel in the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) and effectively teach. Students are also given the opportunities for field-based learning experience in diverse settings, to learn theories to effectively design curriculum and assess learning, and the understanding of how to create a learning environment responsive to students’ diverse physical, social, cultural and intellectual needs. The certifications offered are elementary (P-5), middle grades (5-9), secondary (8-12) and learning behavior disorders (P-12). [12]

Studio Art

The studio art program encourages exploration through dynamic offerings such as the core principles of the foundation program and cutting-edge techniques of digital media. The concentrations offered are digital media, general fine arts, graphic design, interdisciplinary sculpture and painting/drawing. [13]

Health Science

This program offers students the ability to engage with and support diverse populations through health and wellness, develop professional, communication and leadership skills, and experience hands-on learning through fieldwork and community-based service learning programs. The health science Bachelor of Science in Health Science offers the chance to integrate into the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy or Athletic Training programs. [14]

Natural Science

The Natural Science program offers education in a wide breadth of scientific knowledge in the fields of biology, chemistry, physical sciences and mathematics. Students can expect to take advantage of dedicated classroom and laboratory space fully equipped with smart technology and learn hands-on with labs that include cadaver dissection, instrumentation facilities for chemistry and physics, as well as a dedicated tissue-culture lab. This program offers concentrations in pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, and pre-veterinary. [15]


The School of Nursing offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing. There are four degrees available: BSN with a regular and a second-degree option, a BSN to RN option, a Master in Science option and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. [16] Students gain skills in scientific inquiry, critical thinking and clinical settings to practice as a BSN-degreed nurse. [17]


The School of Professional Psychology programs provides students with a foundation of knowledge based on current theory, research and applications in the field. Students choose a general psychology track or specialized track in either pre-clinical/pre-counseling or organizational psychology. They will also complete a senior capstone project or applied internship. [18]

Social Work

This program lets students choose from a wide variety of fieldwork options, deepens students’ awareness, acceptance and appreciation of diversity and helps students gain relevant preparation through hands-on service and fieldwork experience. It offers minors in social work and addiction studies and special elective topics such as “Compassionate Social Justice” and “Queering Social Norms: The Politics of Identity and Love.” [19]

Graduate Programs

Athletic Training

The program prepares students to serve in a variety of health, educational and community settings and emphasizes reflective learning by having students actively participate in practice opportunities. Students can expect to communicate effectively with clients across the age continuum in a variety of settings, engage in evidence-based clinical practice and gain access to practice opportunities. Training includes injury/illness prevention, wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation and organizational and professional health and well-being. [20]


The MSBC at Spalding University is the first and only Master of Science in Business Communication program in the commonwealth of Kentucky. The program can be completed in one year. [21] In this program, students are expected to sharpen their ability to identify and solve organizational issues, enhance team performance, cultivate leadership skills and become a compelling communicator. The curriculum integrates business theory, practice and communication and has concentrations in organizational leadership, accounting, and healthcare management. [22]


The education program offers a traditional and an alternative track where students are able to work while earning a Master of Arts in Teaching. Students can expect to learn to administer differentiated instruction for diverse learners, gain a broad range of tools for assessing student learning, develop teaching and leadership skills though experiential learning in local public and private schools and utilize multimedia to enhance teaching and learning experiences. The certifications offered are elementary (P-5), middle school (5-9), secondary (8-12), and learning and behavioral disorders (P-12).

Students can also choose to gain a Master of Arts in Education (Teacher Leadership) where they will focus on becoming a leader in the educational field or a Master of Arts in School Guidance Counseling where they will learn to help students in the counseling field. [23]


Students can expect to gain 750 clinical hours and 20 professional hours of learning outside of the classroom. Spalding offers two courses in pharmacology where students will learn the basics and then how prescribing is completed in a clinical practice. [24]

Social Work

The MSW program is well established and has been accredited for over a decade by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). When students graduate from the program, they will be eligible to sit for state examinations, certification and licensure. They also offer courses applicable toward certification in drug and alcohol. [25]


Spalding University offers a four-semester, brief-residency leading to a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing. Each semester of the program begins with a ten-day residency. At the conclusion of the residency, students return home to correspond with a faculty mentor for the rest of the semester. [26]

The MFA Program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. [26]

The Masters of Fine Arts in Writing degree program has focuses in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and writing for children, and publishes a biannual literary magazine, The Louisville Review. [26]

The program also offers a Master of Arts in Writing, with a creative and professional track. The creative track offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children & young adults, screenwriting, and playwriting while the professional writing track teaches students to master writing skills for today's workplace. [27]

Doctoral Programs

Clinical Psychology

The doctoral program in clinical psychology was among the first Psy.D. programs in the U.S. and has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1989. Students complete four years of practicum training focused on psychological assessment and develop a data-driven dissertation that can be applied to future practice. [28]

Education: Leadership

This is an interdisciplinary, practitioner-based doctoral degree and will promote applicable, dynamic knowledge used for ethical organizational leadership, team building, and innovation as a systems thinker. [29]

Nursing Practice

Students are eligible to earn their terminal degree at the most advanced level of nursing practice. [30]

Occupational Therapy

Students are transitioned into the OTD from Spalding's previous occupational therapy tracks. [31]

The Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy was established in 1995 and offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. [32]

Location and facilities

Administration Building

Located in downtown Louisville, Spalding University's urban campus is located between the main business/government district of the city and Old Louisville in an area referred to as the South of Broadway (SoBro) neighborhood.

851 mansion

When Spalding University, originally called Nazareth College, opened in 1920, its sole building was the 1871 structure known as the Tompkins-Buchanan-Rankin House. This Italianate building was designed and built by architect Henry Whitestone for the family of Joseph T. Tompkins, a wealthy dry-goods merchant and importer. Later, the Buchanans and Rankins lived here. George C. Buchanan was a distiller who aspired to make the mansion one of the greatest in Louisville, and had it redecorated in 1880. [33] Although the facade of this Italianate structure has disappeared, the north and south sides of the original building are visible; on the north are three deeply projecting bay windows, and on the south, a two-story loggia. In 1918 the residence was vacant, so the Sisters of Nazareth purchased it for $75,000 as the site of the college they planned to open in Louisville. The fact that this house is one door north of Presentation Academy, also operated by the Sisters, was fortunate. [33]

As successive owners occupied the mansion, they added such treasures as a hand-tooled leather ceiling from Florence for one parlor, ebony mantels, and a large hand-carved hat-rack, which Mr. Buchanan purchased at the New Orleans Exposition. The stained glass of the mansion is one of its outstanding features. When Dr. John Coolidge, one-time Director of Harvard's Fogg Art Museum, visited Louisville, he said that Spalding University had the most marvelous display of nineteenth-century stained glass he had ever seen.

Erected in 1942, the Administration Building, which was attached to the front wall of the 1871 building, fills not only the space of the two lots north of the original building but also that of the former terrace in front of the mansion. The old stained glass street number, 851, no longer faces the street, but it still gleams brightly in the passageway between the newer building and the old Whitestone mansion.

In December 1973 the mansion was designated a Kentucky Landmark. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in April 1977. [34]

Today, the Mansion and the complex it forms with its adjoining wings are used primarily for academic and faculty offices and classrooms. In addition to all of the College of Education's programs, the academic units based in the Mansion are business, liberal studies, creative and professional writing, psychology, communication and criminal justice studies.

Spalding's Center for Behavioral Health, a nonprofit public clinic supported and staffed by the School of Professional Psychology, is located in the east wing of the complex, and Spalding's Center of Peace and Spiritual Renewal is located on the top floor of the central Mansion. Mass is still held every Tuesday in the Mansion chapel.

The primary administrative operations of Spalding University no longer are housed in the Mansion and now are based in the Egan Leadership Center (901 S. Fourth St.), where the office of admissions, most student services and the academic deans are located, and the Third Street Academic Center (845 S. Fourth St.), where the offices of the president and provost exist, as well as the finance, institutional effectiveness, human resources and advancement/fundraising departments.

Egan Leadership Center

The Egan Leadership Center is located at 901 South Fourth Street and is named after Spalding's former President, Sister Eileen Egan. Sister Egan served the university for 25 years until her retirement in 1994. [3] Containing over 33,000 square feet (3,100 m2) on three floors, the building houses a 125-seat lectorium and the university bookstore on the first level. The second and third floors house student services offices, such as admissions, the office of the registrar, financial aid, advising and student development and campus life. [35]

Teilhard Hall

Home of the Spalding art department, with studio classrooms and individual studios offered to students participating in the program.

Morrison Hall

Originally opened in 1961, the residence formerly known as Our Lady of Louisville Hall only housed 116 students. [36] An addition was constructed and opened in 1968 bumping the total occupancy to 350 residents. In 1970 the hall was renamed in honor of Sister Charles Mary Morrison who served as registrar and Dean from 1925 to 1950. The building currently houses undergraduate and graduate students in 165 dormitory-style rooms on the north side of the building and shares the south side with the Kentucky College of Art and Design (KyCAD).

Spalding Suites

The Spalding Suites opened in the fall of 2011 and are designed as apartment-style living for students who choose to live on campus. [36] The Suites were designed for true community living as all residents share a common living room, kitchen and bathroom within their suite.

Residents can choose to live in a private bedroom within an 8-person suite, a double bedroom within an 8-person suite or a double bedroom within a 4-person suite. Bedrooms come equipped with a standard twin size bed, desk and chair, cable box, and wardrobe. All bedrooms have windows and blinds and a private lock.

Columbia Gym (and its ties to Muhammad Ali)

The building at 824 S. Fourth St. is the home of Spalding's men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball teams, as well as the Golden Eagles' NCAA Division III athletic department. It is also famous as the location where Louisvillian Muhammad Ali was introduced to boxing as a young boy in 1954. At that time, the boxing gym in the lower level of the building was called the Columbia Gym. The lower level of the building is now the site of Spalding's student fitness center, lounge and health clinic as well as the athletic department offices. The first level includes the basketball/volleyball courts as well as a 700-seat auditorium. An upper level includes a ballroom that is used for campus events.

The building's name was changed from Spalding University Center to Columbia Gym [37] on Jan. 17, 2018 in honor of Ali's history there. The renaming took place on what would have been Ali's 76th birthday. The introduction of Ali (then Clay) to boxing at Columbia Gym was serendipitous and has become a key part of Ali lore. He stopped by the building for a Louisville Service Club event that was occurring upstairs and offered free snacks. He parked his red Schwinn bicycle out front while he went inside, and when he came back out, it had been stolen. An irate Clay was told out to report the theft to a local police officer named Joe Martin, who was on site because he also happened to run the Columbia Gym and train young boxers. Clay informed Martin that his bike had been stolen and said he planned to beat up the thief. Martin replied to Clay that if he wanted to do that, he better learn to fight first, leading him to try boxing.

In honor of Ali and Martin's encounter, a replica red bike now hangs over the front entrance of Columbia Gym.

In 1963 Spalding University purchased the former Columbia Auditorium for use in administrative, recreational, athletic, religious, and cultural events, including public lectures by notable public figures. The auditorium seats about 700 people in its main floor and balcony. [38]

The building was designed by Louisville architect Thomas J. Nolan in 1925 in a classic style in accordance with Vignola. The external walls are of Bedford limestone with buff brick trim. Interior floors and staircases are marble. The Knights of Columbus commissioned the building to serve as a center for their many activities. [38]

After the economic depression of 1929, the Knights of Columbus could not maintain it, so it was used by other groups. During World War II it was a service club for military personnel. It was also used by the Louisville Orchestra in that group's early days. Perhaps the best-known use of the gymnasium in the building was the housing of Golden Gloves Boxing events during the 1950s. It was there that Clay (now Muhammad Ali) trained as a teenager. [39]


Spalding University is a member of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which it joined fully in 2012. The Golden Eagles have 14 varsity sports programs (six men's, eight women's) and are members of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). About 30 percent of Spalding's undergraduate students participate in varsity sports. Spalding's athletic director is Roger Burkman, who was a member of the University of Louisville's 1980 NCAA Division I basketball championship team.

In 2006, Spalding changed the name of its athletic nickname from Pelicans to Golden Eagles via a selection committee that included student input. The Golden Eagle was picked because it embodies strength, courage and strong vision. The image of the Pelican, which embodies peace, justice, service and spiritual values, remains on the university's official seal. In 2018, Spalding unveiled its first official Golden Eagle mascot, a blue-and-gold bird named Ollie, as selected by a campus-wide vote.

Notable alumni

See also


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