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Agenda: Groundbreaking Ceremonies for New Herman Schneider Quadrangle

The agenda for the November 15 groundbreaking related to the cooperative education centennial will includes area companies that have served as co-op employers from 1906 to 2006.

Date: 11/7/2006 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Provided by Lucy Cossentino, Len Thomas, Archives

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The University of Cincinnati is the global founder of cooperative education, the practice wherein students alternate quarters spent in the classroom with quarters of paid, professional work.

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In this PhotoShop illustration, UC's 1956 co-op plaza is shown as it will look after it is reinstalled in the new Herman Schneider Quad (formerly Baldwin Quad).

When UC began co-op in 1906, it first sent out 27 untested engineering students to work with 12 local employers. And three of those original 12 employers are still co-op partners with the university – even after the passing of a century and after co-op’s spread to 43 countries. Indeed, UC’s own co-op program has grown to encompass 1,500 employer partners spread throughout the globe.

As part of the 2006 centennial celebrations related to co-op, UC will host a groundbreaking – in cooperation with local employers – of two new co-op plazas on campus. The plazas will be located on the east end and the west ends of Baldwin Quad, which will be renamed Herman Schneider Quad in honor of co-op’s founder, Herman Schneider, one-time president of the university. The groundbreaking ceremonies will begin at 10:15 a.m. and the actual breaking of ground will occur at about 10:40 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, near the west side of Swift Hall.

Agenda for the groundbreaking is as follows

10:15 a.m.
Brief welcome by Kettil Cedercreutz, director of Professional Practice (Co-op) at UC.

10:17 a.m.
Welcome by Nancy Zimpher, UC president, and introduction of three 100-year co-op employers. President Zimpher will also announce that the site will contain a co-op time capsule to be opened in 2056.

10:22 a.m.
Ron Brown, CEO, Milacron, Inc., speaks regarding co-op’s effect on Milacron. With Brown will be Richard Yund, director, Scheduling, Procurement and Information Technologies at Milacron, who began there as a UC co-op student starting in 1966.

10:27 a.m.
Don Lane, CEO, Makino, speaks regarding co-op’s effect on Makino. With Lane will be a current UC co-op student working for the company, Jonathan Taphorn. Also present will be Ken Brill, who began with the firm decades ago as a UC co-op student.

10:32 a.m.
William Finley, engineering and technology manager, Siemens speaks regarding co-op’s effect on his company and his life. (Finley began his career as a 1974 UC co-op student at Siemens.) With Finley will be more recent UC co-op hires from 1998: Jason Obermeyer and Ben Flick, both working as product engineering managers.

10:40 a.m.
President Zimpher and employer representatives break ground.

10:45 a.m.
Presentation of shovels to employers as take-away gifts. Employers also presented with individual plaques celebrating their 100-year co-op partnership with UC.

10:50 a.m.
Employers and other visitors adjourn to UC Joseph A. Steger Student Life Center to  meet artist Anna Christofordis who will create the bust of co-op founder Herman Schneider. When complete, the bust will be placed on one of the new plazas.

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