The gift of learning without fear.

After speaking on the steps of the US Supreme Court yesterday in support of marriage equality alum Kinsey Morrison ’14 had this to say, “One final thought after an unforgettable day: I realized tonight that if my sisters and I went to any other schools, we might be really afraid to go back tomorrow. St. Francis and Stanford have both given me the gift of learning without fear, one I too often take for granted when I forget how long I lived without it and how many people still do.” Thank you Kinsey and very well done!

Chinatown Bus by Emmaly Saliga ’16

Emmaly Saliga ’16 is one of three prize winners from Word Hotel, the literary journal of the Spalding University BFA program. Emmaly’s poem is titled “Chinatown Bus”.

“Chinatown Bus”

I count Waffle Houses

too many tangled up in Owenton

and then Ohio walled in with them

The fire escape is open leaking

rain into mauve and blue velvet

static hair stuck in patterns

a man changes a tire

on the side of the road

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Jillian Morrison ’17 a winner from Spalding’s Word Hotel.

Jillian Morrison ’17 is one of three prize winners from Word Hotel, the lit journal of the Spalding University BFA program, for her poem “Everything You Loved About Me Has Changed.”

Everything You Loved In Me Has Changed

I’m eight

when I watch the sun travel down the hill so green

and my mind wanders from the splendid vision of the bottom of the sea

to the marking of a bumble bee, a clear yellow sting

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Web design/development Intern

Web design/development Intern

St. Francis School is seeking an energetic, intelligent, independent intern to complete a 4-6 week project.  This is a paid internship. The ideal candidate will be proficient in the following areas:

• WordPress development

• Experience with Genesis framework is a plus

• Responsive web design

• PHP, CSS, jQuery, Javascript

• SEO and Google Analytics

The focus of the project will be to update the content and design of the school’s website (within the approximate parameters of the existing design). Primary goals will be:

• Develop and implement a consistent and intuitive organizational structure

• Evaluate and possibly update the stylistic elements of the site (typography, backgrounds, etc.)

• Fix functional problems

• Adapt the current design to be responsive for mobile devices.

Submit resume and cover letter to Siofra Rucker.

Alumni Profile – Michael Trager-Kusman ’02

Alumni Profile

Michael Trager-Kusman ’02

Michael left his job at the Department of Treasury in Washington D.C. to move to New York and pursue his passion. From starting as an unpaid pizza delivery boy, he climbed his way up to become a line cook at one of New York’s most premier gastropubs, The Breslin, where he met Tyler Morris, now executive chef of MTK Productions.  Michael had gotten the crash course needed to pursue his dream of starting a restaurant in his hometown of Louisville.  RYE on Market opened in the NULU district in early 2012, followed by Atlantic No. 5 in the summer of 2013.

Briefly describe your career after leaving St. Francis.

St. Francis was a great help in opening my mind to different career paths and not limiting myself based on pressure or expectations.  After college, I spent time in both Washington D.C. working in the Department of Treasury, and then in New York City as a chef.

Looking back at your time at St. Francis, what stands out?

The creative freedom to learn in different ways.  I felt like I was stronger because St. Francis created an environment that allowed me to be independent and learn the way I needed to.

Do you recall a specific teacher or friend that influenced you in some way?

Mikulak teaching Walden had a huge impact on me. At the time I had no clue what he was talking about, but it really began to mean something later in life.

How was your experience at St. Francis a factor in determining your career path?

It allowed me to think outside the box and chase my true dreams.

What are the highlights of your career thus far?

Opening RYE – my first restaurant.

What are you currently working on?

Always looking for opportunities to educate about and provide “good,” clean food.

How do you define success?

Being happy in what you do, which I believe happens when you care deeply about what you are doing day-to-day.

At RYE, we believe food should be approachable yet challenging; something that pushes the senses and comforts the soul. Founded on the conviction that our most valued social experiences are created around food, RYE believes food exudes an energy that is, at times, indescribable. We believe that local and regional food simply tastes better. Capitalizing on the unrivaled products of our local farms, RYE focuses on using sustainable, seasonal, unadulterated ingredients, allowing us to provide you with a fresher, cleaner, more flavorful cuisine. Beyond what we believe, you can trust that we are focused on being the very best at what we do.

Atlantic No. 5 features an innovative take on lunchtime classics and coffee by local roasters Sunergos. Grab a quick bite while you’re on the go or pull up a chair, plug in your laptop and stay awhile. Join us for breakfast, lunch, and after-work drinks, and check out our upcoming music events.