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Campus Services Insider – Fall 2012

CAMPUS SERVICES BY THE NUMBERS

Campus Recreation

FY12
FY13
Percentage +/-
1st Quarter Comparisons
     
Visitors to CRC
94,375 128,890 37%
Red & Black Membership*
1,054 1,171 11%
Total Memberships
1,584 1,729
9.2%
Group Fitness Participants**
943 1,504
59%
R.E.C. Kids Summer Campus
437 757
73%
Aquatics Programs
249 354
42%
Aquatics Kids Summer Camp
85 113
35%
Intramural Participation
8,105
8,944
10%

MainStreet

     
Visitors to TUC
268,584
339,725
26.4%

*UC Affiliates - Employees, Retirees, Alumni, etc.
**First week of classes only

WHAT'S NEW IN CAMPUS SERVICES

4,000 Students Participate in the 2nd Annual National Student Day Celebration

For the second year, Campus Services participated in National Student Day (NSD) and expanded the celebration beyond the UC Bookstores to include other auxiliary units such as the student union, recreation center, food services, and parking services. The national event is sponsored by the National Association of College Stores (NACS). The theme was Study, Serve, Celebrate. Major campus partners included Student Activities & Leadership Development (SALD), the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), Student Government, UC Sustainability, and the Alumni Association.

Giveaways started at 7 a.m., filling students’ reusable cups with free coffee, and continued throughout the day until 9 p.m. with free NSD t-shirts, a photo booth with Greg Hand and the Bearcat, and green fortune cookies with parking messages including 25 guest passes. 

A 20% UC Bookstore discount was offered throughout the day and live models donned new apparel available including the UC Official Fan t-shirt. This resulted in a 410% increase in sales as compared to a typical Thursday and the 126% increase over the 2011 National Student Day.

This year, a large Community Service Fair became the signature event of UC’s NSD celebration. Partnering with colleagues from SALD and CCE, the fair was very successful with 46 organizations participating and nearly 500 students attending. Participants included SPCA, the American Red Cross, and the Hoxworth Blood Center with a mobile blood drive.

The fair also included an on-site community service project where students put together 1,150 personal toiletry bags with products donated by P&G. The toiletry bags were then distributed to Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House and the Anna Louise Inn.  Any student who attended the fair was entered to win a $250 UC Bookstores gift card and a Kindle Fire.

Other activities included live music, an outdoor movie, the Rock the Vote and CSPAN Election buses, an Oktoberfest-themed lunch in the dining centers featuring a farm-to-fork menu, free UC Sustainability water bottles, and chair massages at the Campus Recreation Center.

More than 4,000 UC students participated in the daylong celebration, a 38% increase over last year. In addition to the on-campus celebration, 15 UC students, more than any other institution submitted their volunteer experiences and participated in the national competition for scholarships and prizes. Voting ended on October 17 and results will be presented in early November.

Campus Recreation Hosts 2012 Career Fair and Consulado General de Guatemala

Several departments on campus, including Engineering and Business, combined their career fairs into one large event this year into the 2012 UC Career Fair. Needing a larger space, they held it in the Campus Recreation Center gymnasium September 28-29. More than 4,000 students attended the event, which included participation of 332 companies.

On September 29-30, the Consulado General de Guatemala held an event in the CRC to help 1,000 people of Guatemalan descent in the Greater Cincinnati area with their passports, visas, and registration and ID services.

Parking Services Transitions Successfully with Semester Conversion

Prior to the start of classes, more than 13,000 parking permits were sold to faculty, staff and students and high demand garages such as CCM, Corry, Stratford, Woodside and University were sold out for student parking. The first three days to start an academic year normally comes with challenges and opportunities and therefore, a command post is staffed with personnel from the University of Cincinnati Police Department and Parking Services for at least two to three hours daily.  The traffic and available parking is monitored utilizing cameras that are strategically placed around the campus.  Not knowing what to expect on the first day of classes with the conversion from quarters to semesters, Parking Services was prepared and expected long lines in the office and traffic delays.  However, what occurred was a seamless process without any incidents.  The command post was secured within two hours, the third shift police officers were sent home early, and traffic flowed without delays. 

COMING SOON TO CAMPUS SERVICES

Adjustments in Dining Centers Shift Lunchtime Crowds

In 2011-2012, lunchtime at CenterCourt had a tendency to get overcrowded, while MarketPointe @Siddall, though busy, showed additional capacity.  As a result, a number of measures were adopted this fall semester to accommodate growing meal plan activity and balance distribution of diners. 

MarketPointe began a pilot program that adds a daily featured item to the menu, including Milkshake Monday, Chicken Tender Tuesday, Wing Wednesday, Surf & Turf Thursday, and Fruit Smoothie Friday.  MarketPointe also received some facility upgrades with beverage and dessert stations at MarketPointe being relocated to better accommodate dining crowds.  Additionally, ice capacity was added to beverage stations, which allows diners to cool their drinks faster and cut back on waits at the ice machine. New lighting and new color was also added to the dining center, giving it an entirely new interior appearance.

UC’s CenterCourt dining center renovations increased seating capacity from 466 to 548 guests. Updates included new, red chairs, a variety of seating styles and high-top tables that overlook the basketball court in the Campus Recreation Center.

Additionally, outdoor seating at Stadium View Café expanded, adding 25 seats. The “to go” program introduced at Stadium View last fall has continued, following a national trend among college eateries to make meal plans more accessible and adaptable to student schedules. As many as 10 % of Stadium View’s daily student diners enjoyed the “to go” option last year.

Compared to fall quarter last year, lunch activity has shifted by about 8% to MarketPointe ,where 800 to 900 meals are served during the peak lunch period.  All combined, UC’s MarketPointe, CenterCourt and Stadium View dining centers serve more than 1.2 million meals a year.

Digital Books Increase in Popularity

E books or digital books are beginning to show an increase in popularity if the price is right and they have functionality.  For the fall semester, digital book sales were up more than 300%.  They still account for only about 4% of sales, due to the fact that not all titles are available as digital books and the prices are not yet low enough on all titles.  Where the price is dramatically lower, however, the students will purchase the digital book as evidenced by an art history course where 29% of the students purchased the digital book.

Functionality is important, however, particularly the ability to highlight and make notes.  A case in point here is a course where students were given free access to a digital book.  However, because the digital book had no functionality, 36% of the students still chose to purchase a printed copy.

All of this leads to one clear point – it is important to give the students a choice.  The University of Cincinnati Bookstores offers used, new, rental and digital options. This approach satisfies different learning styles and helps to keep textbook costs in check.

Annual Report Now Available

Campus Services’ annual report for fiscal year 2012 is now available. The report highlights FY12 accomplishments and highlights including the elimination of the operating deficits that accumulated from the opening of MainStreet and other new facilities. Click Here to review the annual report.

Annual Bookstores Open House – Friday, December 7

Save the date for the UC Bookstores’ Annual Open House on Friday, December 7 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Faculty and staff will enjoy 25% discount (10% in addition to the regular 15%), author signing, appetizers, desserts, and jazz and holiday classics by the Benjamin Thomas Trio. A special $20 gift card with the purchase of an Apple iPad will be offered. Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring a canned good and receive a collectible open house mug, while supplies last. Canned goods will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank.

Morgens Hall Renovation Progressing – Completion Scheduled for July 2013

Morgens Hall is visibly transforming. The recent partial installation of the new glass exterior on the south and west elevations allows a preview of the “new look” of the 480-bed apartment tower.  At the west elevation of Morgens Hall, the UC community can observe the historic external balcony structure being enclosed to expand the living space of the apartment units.  The initial glass exterior installation activity will move to the east and north elevations in upcoming weeks, with the full installation of the glass exterior scheduled for completion in spring 2013.  Given the transparency of the glass exterior, residents will have privacy and external light control with ceiling to floor “MechoShades”, designed at a 3% transparency.

Hidden from casual observation is the significant construction progress in the core of the building involving wall construction and “rough in” of the electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems.  As the exterior glass installation progresses around and up the tower, the wooden temporary wall is being removed, allowing for the "rough in” activity to complete across the full floor plate.  Once floors are wrapped in glass and the HVAC is active, the finish work of painting, floor covering installation and other finish activities will move in parallel fashion.

While the new exterior of Morgens Hall transforms and improves the external appearance of Morgens Hall, most apartment units have retained their original design with additional living space provided by the balcony enclosure.  The north and south end units, originally designed as one-bedroom options for up to four students, have been redesigned.  The new apartment contains five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room for up to nine students in single and double-occupancy bedrooms.  All bedrooms in Morgens Hall will be single and double-occupancy and have an operable window.  As with all UC Housing options, units will be equipped with bunkable/loftable beds, allowing residents to create a unique living space based on their personal preferences. 

CAMPUS SERVICES IN THE NEWS

Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship Award – Deadline November 30

The staff of Campus Services established the Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship Fund with the UC Foundation in 2011. 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. The inaugural scholarship(s) will be awarded for the spring semester. The application will be available on the Campus Services website on November 5.

The scholarship will be awarded annually and will be awarded in an amount of $500 to at least one student employee working at the university who meets the following criteria:

  • The student must be enrolled as a full time student at the University of Cincinnati.
  • The student must be employed by the university as a enrolled student employee at the time of application for the scholarship and award.
  • The student must have completed or is in the process of completing two semesters of academic work and hold a cumulative university grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • The student must submit the required forms including a reference from their supervisor at the university.

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:

  • Completion of the required forms.
  • Demonstrated need for the scholarship.
  • Demonstrated work as a student employee.
  • Supervisor review and comments.

Scholarship winner(s) will be announced the week of December 10. For more information, contact Amy Browns Taylor at amy.browns@uc.edu.

Campus Recreation's Assistant Director of Fitness & Welness Ashley Varol was featured in the IDEA Member Spotlight of IDEA Fitness Journal's October edition.

STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Campus Recreation Center housing complex was featured in the August 29 article, "10 Public Colleges with Insanely Luxurious Dorms" article in The Fiscal Times. Click Here to read the article.

Director of Parking Services Darlene Bunton was recently selected as the 2012 Innovator of the Year Award by the National Parking Association. The NPA is the leading trade association comprised of 2,000 members of the $18 billion U.S. parking industry. The Innovator of the Year Award is given to a parking leader whose business practices and professionalism demonstrate excellence in innovation and showcase best practices. Bunton received this prestigious inaugural award at the NPA conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on October 16.

NPA released a press release with the following statement about Bunton’s award. “Her leadership, systems development, technology adoption and team training focusing on bottom line performance and parker experience helped the university develop a comprehensive parking services plan that revolutionized its parking operation. Bunton's introduction of system wide data management and technology upgrades transformed customer service, operations and overhead costs.”

Bunton has been a dedicated employee at UC for 39 years, working 33 of those in Parking Services and Public Safety. As a recipient of this award, she will serve on the Parking Magazine Advisory Council from November 2012 through October 2014.

Director of Marketing Amy Browns Taylor was recently interviewed by the Educational Advisory Board for a research project on auxiliary services marketing. The Education Advisory Board provides best practice research/advice to university leaders across North America.

Campus Recreation’s Associate Director Kendra Violet was accepted into UC’s 2012-13 Women’s Leadership Development Program (WILD).  The competitive program is a seven month leadership program designed to assist UC women in advancing to senior academic and administrative positions.