A well-known Bearcat, Larry Elsasser, Ed ’65, MEd ’73, served as an employee at the University of Cincinnati (UC) for 35 years. For most of those years Larry served as the director of Tangeman University Center.
In 1961, UC recruited Elsasser to play baseball and basketball. Although baseball was his passion, he had a memorable basketball career, playing guard when UC defeated Ohio State in 1962 for the NCAA championship. After graduation, he played professional baseball for the Kansas City Athletics, the forerunner to the Oakland A’s. He later became a Cincinnati Public school teacher, then a math teacher at Raymond Walters College, where he also worked as assistant director of the Campus Center. In 1970, he transferred to the Uptown Campus as assistant director of Tangeman University Center, where he became director in 1976. He retired in 2005.
Larry’s commitment to the university and to the students at UC was always professional and enthusiastic. With Larry’s passing in 2010, his friends at the university established a scholarship in his name to recognize students who also serve the university as student employees. The scholarship will be awarded annually in December and will be awarded in an amount of $500 to at least one student employee working at the university who meets the following criteria:
A university committee consisting of representatives from Campus Services and Student Affairs will review all applications submitted for the scholarship. Determination of the scholarship recipient will be based on:
Two students were awarded the inaugural Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship award of $500 for the 2013 spring semester. Kelly Huston began working at the MainStreet Connection Center (campus information desk) in TUC in 2008. Kati Klinger has worked for Campus Recreation since 2011, first as a fitness floor coordinator and nutrition consultant and now also as a building supervisor. Read more about these incredible students here.