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Campus Services Insider - Spring 2013

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CAMPUS SERVICES BY THE NUMBERS – 3rd Quarter Comparisons (January - March)

Campus Recreation

FY12 FY13 Percentage
Visitors to CRC
223,478 232,989
*Red & Black Membership 1,157 1,134
Total Memberships 1,739 1,740
Group Fitness Participants** 13,433
R.E.C. Kids Spring Break Camp 31
Aquatics Programs 190
Birthday Parties 39
Intramural Basketball Participation 1,066

*UC Affiliates – Employees, Retirees, Alumni, etc.
**Change due to semester conversion  



FY12 FY13 Percentage
**Visitors to TUC 443,147 381,216 -14%
**Catskeller/Cinema Attendance 10,626 9,419 -11%

No Parking Rate Increase for 2013-14

The staff of Parking Services has contained costs and maximized efficiencies in parking facilities over the past year. In turn, parking rates will remain the same for FY14. For a complete listing of rates and parking information, please visit The staff of Parking Services would like to thank faculty, staff and students for their continued patronage.

Keeping Campus Roads Clear

Thanks to the seven parking maintenance staff members who are responsible for cleaning the drives, lots, and garages on the Uptown campuses, students, faculty/staff, and visitors were able to safely travel around campus this winter. This small, yet dedicated crew has tracked more than 552 additional hours maintaining 100 acres of parking during the cold, snowy winter months. They used 365 tons of salt, enough to fill 15 tractor trailers.

Be Safe on Campus

In collaboration with Public Safety, Parking Services launched a Be Safe on Campus live online chat series in January on the first Monday of every month. Students and interested others participated in four chats that included topics like spring break safety and technology and social media safety, as well as general campus safety.

4th Annual CS Showcase a Success

Five-hundred and sixty-six (566) faculty/staff members attended the 4th Annual Campus Services Showcase held on May 2, the interactive exposition that focuses on the wide range of products and services provided. The event included interactive digital signage demos, culinary demonstrations by executive chefs from Caminetto at Kingsgate and Mick & Mack’s, a Classic Fare Catering culinary showcase, and free samples and wares provided by our partners from GBEX (office supplies) and our licensed vendors. Additionally, attendees were eligible to win great prizes from scratch off cards, receive mini-massages from the Campus Recreation massage therapists, and interact with colleagues.  

New this year was the Silent Auction for the Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship, established in 2010 by Campus Services in memory of Larry Elsasser, who served as director of TUC for 30 years. More than $1,000 was raised at the Showcase for the scholarship fund, which awards student employees $500 annually.

Kingsgate Conference Center’s Renovation Efforts Unveiled

A renovation of rooms and public spaces at the Kingsgate Marriott was completed in early March. All 206 guest rooms and public spaces were renovated using eco-friendly initiatives.

Guest Rooms

The 198 hotel rooms and 8 suites were designed and renovated for the unique needs of both business and leisure guests. Renovations include:

  • New bedding;
  • Wall vinyl with recycled material;
  • Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, eliminating dangerous fumes;
  • Carpeting made of recycled material;
  • Energy efficient HVAC systems within each room;
  • Updated drapes, sheers, artwork, towel caddies, lamps, and telephones;
  • New furniture in the suites including couches and end tables made from recyclable materials;
  • Recycle containers in all guest rooms;
  • HD flat-screen TVs;
  • Complimentary wireless internet (100MBps) in all spaces; and
  • Water-conserving toilets, toilet paper and shower heads.
Public Spaces

Renovations in the public spaces of the conference center include:

  • Bearcat Lounge has been renovated with furniture that is both new and made of recycled material and its doors were removed for a more open feel for dining and meetings;
  • New high tops and communal tables made out of recycled materials were added in the lobby;
  • New televisions have been added to the Bearcat Lounge for guest enjoyment;
  • Outdoor, eco-friendly furniture was also added including chairs, couches and tables;
  • Electronic reader boards are being utilized across all hotel spaces, allowing for paperless communication throughout the hotel;
  • Re-covered dining chairs and re-furbished dining table tops in Caminetto Euro-American Bistro;
  • New lobby furniture, including carpet and artwork made of recycling material; and
  • Wall vinyl depicting murals of UC buildings on campus in vestibule.

UC’s Kingsgate Marriott is committed to being the top green lodging destination in the area. The conference center features 206 newly renovated rooms, 26 meeting rooms, 20,000 square feet of total meeting space, including a 5,355 square foot Grand Ballroom with seating capacity of 540. To set up a tour, please call 487-3800.


Eden Garage

The stair towers in Eden Garage underwent a renovation beginning in early March with the SE stair tower. The stairs are closed to all pedestrian traffic until completed.  When the SE tower has reopened, the contractor will move to the SW stair tower and at that time, it will be closed to pedestrian traffic.  

Digital Signage

Campus Services signed a contract with digital signage software provider FourWinds Interactive in December 2012 after completing a competitive RFP process that begin in 2011. FourWinds is the leading provider of digital signage in the higher education market. FourWinds can be found on more than 100,000 digital signage displays in 27 countries worldwide. Major non-university accounts include MGM Resorts International and Courtyard Marriott.

Campus Services is partnering with the Planning, Design, and Construction office to implement approximately 60 digital signs in all CS areas. Phase 1, which will be fully implemented by August 1, 2013, will include a total of 22 signs throughout TUC, Campus Recreation, Morgens Hall, and the DAAP and Campus View Cafés. The major goals of the digital signage implementation are to:

  • More effectively communicate with customers by providing interactive wayfinding, information on campus events, building and retail hours, and services;
  • Notify students, staff, and visitors of emergencies;
  • Display menus for campus restaurants and cafes; and
  • Eliminate paper signage to enhance our sustainability efforts.

Daniels and Siddall Halls

Over the next two summers, H&FS will be renovating the shower rooms of Daniels Hall. This renovation program will provide Daniels Hall residents with new shower pans, surrounds, shower heads and other cosmetic improvements.  The Daniels Hall shower renovation follows similar renovation programs recently completed in Siddall and Calhoun Halls.

During the summer of 2013, Siddall Hall will receive a comprehensive roof replacement.  The renovation program will be completed with occupancy maintained in the residence hall by coordinating the renovation work to minimize any impact on the summer occupants.  In addition to the roof replacement, Siddall Hall has received a number of recent improvements, including, but not limited to, shower renovation, mattress and window treatment replacement and comprehensive painting.

DAAP Café and Bookstore

Renovation is underway at DAAP that will result in relocation of the DAAP Café and DAAP Bookstore to Level 4000 of the Aronoff Building,  just across the hall from the Café’s current location. The two operations will be adjacent to one another and are targeting their openings for the beginning of fall 2013 classes. The new space will be more accessible to DAAP students, faculty, and staff, and the Café will offer greater variety, including espresso and specialty coffee products and will also pilot an equivalency option for meal plan holders. During the renovation, the Bookstore remains open in the temporary location of Aronoff 4421, and the Café remains open in its current location.


Campus Recreation

The GTAC Disability Open Swim meet will return to the Campus Recreation Center’s Aquatics Complex Saturday, May 11, through Sunday, May 12. The Disability Open is hosted by the Greater Toledo Aquatic Club (GTAC) and UC Campus Recreation, in collaboration with U.S. Paralympic.  All sessions are free and open to the public. GTAC Head Coach Keith Kennedy, an alumnus of UC, started the meet 10 years ago. The Disability Open was created to encourage swimmers with disabilities to compete in the Paralympic movement. Competition is very keen, and many swimmers who started out at the GTAC meet have gone on to join their countries’ elite swimming ranks.

The Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross will be hosting a lifeguard instructor course on May 9 and 10.

Summer swimming lessons will run on Saturdays from May 11 through June 22 and June 29-August 3. For more information, visit

13th Annual Helping Hands

Helping Hands is preparing for its 13th year of assisting students as they move into the residence halls.  Each year, the number of volunteers grows. This year’s move-in is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21, and Thursday, August 22.

High-traffic times are expected to be between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., so volunteers are encouraged to schedule their shifts during this period.  Three to four-hour shifts are preferred, but if that is not possible, any amount of time is appreciated. As a Helping Hands volunteer, faculty/staff greet students, assist with directions, answer questions, provide water, and help unload vehicles. 

Wednesday, August 21, will be a very busy day with the re-opening of Morgens Hall along with the other halls.  To ease the annual rush at Calhoun Hall, H&FS is “splitting the building” by directing two arrival times.  Residents of the lower floors will be directed to arrive in the morning, while residents of upper floors will be directed to begin arriving at noon. Hall openings are as follows.

Wednesday, August 21    Calhoun Hall*, Dabney Hall*, Stratford Heights, Turner/Schneider Halls, Morgens Hall

Thursday, August 22         Daniels Hall*, Siddall Hall*, Campus Recreation Center

*These halls are the halls where the most help is needed. Please consider this when registering.

Click here to register for Helping Hands. Every effort is made to assign faculty/staff to his/her preferred hall, however, adjustments may need to be made to ensure coverage. When schedules are completed at the beginning of August, volunteers will receive an assignment confirmation email.

There is an “All Hands” meeting on Thursday, August 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Tangeman University Center, Great Hall. At that time, volunteers will meet with their hall coordinator to review the hall opening plans and new volunteers can pick up their Helping Hands t-shirt. The t-shirts for this year will be the same as last year. We ask that repeat volunteers wear their shirt from last year in support of the university’s sustainability initiatives. In appreciation, all volunteers and coordinators will receive a free lunch at CenterCourt or MarketPointe@Siddall for the day worked and a free day pass to the Campus Recreation Center.

3rd Annual National Student Day – Thursday, October 3

The 3rd Annual National Student Day will take place on Thursday, October 3. Details are still being finalized but the annual event will feature events, giveaways, discounts, and a community service fair.  4,000 students participated in the 2012 event.

Participate in Paint the Town

The staff of the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center are participating in Paint the Town again this year on Saturday, June 8. Paint the Town is a community service event organized by Give Back Cincinnati. Volunteers paint exterior homes in a designated neighborhood/community. The 2013 community is Norwood. The single-day event will have 1,000 volunteers with the goal of improving the lives of others and the community. The home Kingsgate Marriott staff will paint this year is a two-story, medium sized home, owned by an older couple who has lived there for 41 years. If interested in participating with the Kingsgate team, click here. Select Marriott from the drop down list to register. Spouses, family, and friends are welcome to participate, but all volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. For questions, contact Donald Lee at 316-3402 or

Apple Service Center on Campus

From iPads to MacBooks to iMacs, the UC Bookstores in Tangeman University Center can assist with purchases, technical questions, and in-warranty or out of warranty repairs beginning in June.  The computer department sales associates have completed the Apple-required training on the features and capabilities of the Apple family of products. Service associates will be Apple certified technicians, meaning they have completed the Apple training and passed the Apple certification test.

The UC Bookstores carries a large assortment of Apple hardware items, but is happy to order whatever is needed. MacBooks and iMacs are all priced with the UC educational discount.

The UC Bookstores also offers a large selection of accessories and peripherals for Apple products from adapters to cases and more.

Advantages to purchasing Apple iPads or computers from the UC Bookstores include:

  • Convenience – right in the center of campus;
  • Knowledgeable sales associates;
  • Technical service on campus (beginning sometime in June); and
  • Educational discount on MacBooks and iMacs.

Campus Services Hosts ACUI REGION 7 & 9 Conference November 1-3

The staff of MainStreet Operations and Conference & Event Services (CES) is pleased to host the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Regions 7 & 9 Conference, November 1-3, at Tangeman University Center and the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. ACUI Region 7 includes institutions from Ohio and Michigan, except the Upper Peninsula, and Southwestern Ontario, and Region 9 includes Indiana and Illinois, except for Chicago Metro Area.

UC was selected as the 2013 host site through a competitive process. More than 200 college union and student activities professionals and student staff are expected to attend. Founded in 1914, ACUI includes members from 517 institutions and seven countries. The conference theme is Uncover Change and Conference Co-Chairs are Campus Recreation Associate Director Kendra Violet and CES Program Director Corinn Shemak.

Conference Description: From the students who come and go through the years…to technology and its impact…to the regional realignment within ACUI, our world is ever shifting. “Uncover Change” and learn how to thrive through changing times and become positive change agents on college campuses. Conference details will be available at in early June.


Campus Recreation’s iLearn class, Couple’s Boxing, was featured in a Valentine’s Day fitness segment on Channel 9 WCPO-TV in February. The piece highlighted affordable pricing and the fun aspect of boxing with your significant other.

Watch Couple's Boxing segment here.

Campus Recreation personal trainers and staff were featured in a fitness segment as part of a television series for Local 12, WKRC-TV, on Get Fit Cincinnati. The segment aired five times in March.

In April, Best College Reviews named UC’s Campus Recreation Center the Most Amazing Campus Student Recreation Center. The article included, “UC students have all the amenities that modern students expect, but they enjoy partaking of them in world class architectural achievements, which is a big part of why Cincinnati takes our top spot.”

Read the Best College Reviews article.


University Dining Services staff members Michael Browner and Tim Tucker were recently awarded Man of the Year (Browner) and Employee of the Year (Tucker) from the Integration of Knowledge and Resources for Occupational Needs (IKRON), originally founded in 1969 as the University of Cincinnati Rehabilitation Center.

Director of Housing & Food Services Todd Duncan presented “RFP:  Impacting your Campus Dining Program,” and Director of Food Services John Hautz and H&FS Coordinator Katy Higbee presented “Creative Solutions for Addressing Overcrowded Dining Centers” at the NACUFS 2013 Midwest Region Conference in March.

Parking Services welcomes Justin Kristy, an electrician, who comes to UC from Glenwood Electric with more than 13 years of electrical experience. Justin will be assisting in maintaining garage lighting for safety.

Bearcat Card/Marketing Program Director Ellen Robinson-Wyatt and Director of Marketing Amy Browns Taylor presented “Your Campus Card – Staying Current, Moving Forward” on using strategic social media for card programs at the 2013 National Association of Campus Card Users (NACCU) annual conference in April.