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Co-op Centennial Celebrations: Live and Online

Live events – both here and elsewhere – are tied to on-line options in the year-long birthday toast to co-op. 

Date: 9/22/2005 12:00:00 AM
By: Mary Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: D. Stover and UC Archives/College of Engineering

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Be it resolved: Co-op experiment is a success

Young Herman Schneider

UC's turn-of-the-19th century Board of Trustees gave co-op founder Herman Schneider a most unringing endorsement to try his co-op experiment. The wording of their consent read: "We hereby grant the right to Dean Schneider to try, for one year, this cooperative idea of education...[for] the failure of which, we will not assume responsibility." Schneider quietly delighted in it for the rest of his life. In after years, he publicly preserved the board's painfully reluctant permission on his office wall.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005, when the UC Board of Trustees meet on the eve of co-op's centennial year, the board will vote on a new resolution declaring the co-op experiment the success that it is. The experiment has more than proven itself. The board will consider the new resolution during their 8 a.m. meeting in Room 400, Tangeman University Center.


A century of images on display through June 2006

These 1918 co-op students called themselves The Gandy Dancers, a term for railroad workers.

A display of co-op photos dating back 100 years – along with accompanying text – serves as a co-op time capsule.  The display is currently housed in UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning gallery.  Upcoming exhibits include


Co-op Hall of Honor Induction and Garden Dedication, April 23-25, 2006
At  5 p.m., April 24, 2006, UC will dedicate a garden to the founder of co-op, Herman Schneider.  The dedication will be held between Baldwin Quad and McMicken Green on the UC campus.  Schneider family members will return to their Cincinnati roots from Wisconsin, Maine and Florida to attend.

At 7 p.m., April 24, 2006, the first inductees to the UC Co-op Hall of Honor will be announced at a banquet on UC’s campus.  Their names will be carved into the granite steps of the Herman Schneider Memorial Garden.  Nominations are due by Aug. 15, 2005.  To make a nomination, visit

The national Cooperative Education and Internship Association Conference will be held in Cincinnati April 23-25, 2006.  Conference events on campus April 25 include a keynote address by Bob McDonald, vice president of global operations, The Procter & Gamble Company.


Corporate Symposium, June 20, 2006
UC will partner with the National Commission for Cooperative Education to sponsor a corporate symposium where 200 regional employers and educators will meet during a one-day seminar at UC’s Kingsgate Conference Center.


Join us online too
“100 Cool Co-ops”

Mindy Foster on co-op at United Cerebral Palsy

UC co-op students will go on-line to the “100 Cool Co-ops” site and submit their own descriptions and images regarding why their job is cool – the projects, the people, the places or the perk.  Check it out at

From Jan. 9-20, 2006, the general public gets to go online and vote for the 100 coolest jobs.  The general public, as well as co-op employers and UC community, will vote on which are indeed the 100 coolest co-op jobs.  The winning students will not only receive prizes but recognition at public events, including basketball games, starting in February 2006.

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