Campus Services Insider – Winter 2011
CAMPUS SERVICES BY THE NUMBERS
Textbook Rental Hits a Home Run with Students
The new text rental program at the University of Cincinnati Bookstores has been a hit! During fall quarter, the UC Bookstores rented over 7,500 books, saving students $345,700.
Follett Higher Education Group, parent company of the UC Bookstores, surveyed over 12,000 students nationwide who rented a textbook at one of their 780+ bookstores during the fall term. Below are some highlights of that survey:
- 96% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: Renting textbooks saved me money.
- 40% said they spent part of all of the money they saved from renting on other items in the bookstore. Of these, 76% said they bought more course materials with the money they saved by renting textbooks.
- 95% of respondents rated their satisfaction with Rent-A–Text as high or very high.
- 92% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: The renting process was simple.
- 91% of students report being likely to extremely likely to recommend their bookstore’s Rent-A-Text program to a friend.
- 99% of students report that they would rent textbooks from their campus bookstore again.
As one student expressed it, “I love that everyone is trying to help me save money at a time when it counts most.”
If you have any questions about this program, contact the UC Bookstore.
WHAT’S NEW IN CAMPUS SERVICES
Is it Spring Yet?
The Parking Maintenance staff has been extremely busy during this winter season. Seven dedicated employees are responsible for removing snow on all Uptown campuses, including approximately 100 acres of surface lots, streets, and 12 garages. Whether it’s a holiday, weekend, or normal business day, Parking Maintenance plows, salts and treats all outdoor campus areas with the goal of safe travel for students, staff, and visitors. On average 600 tons of salt is dispensed each season and due to the snowy winter thus far, 318 tons have already been used.
Residents Win National Conservation Awards
From November 1-19, 2010, 40 participating colleges and universities competed in a conservation event, measuring both electricity and water consumption compared to the previous year. Two UC Housing units were identified as national winners: Electricity – Building with the greatest percent reduction: Stratford Heights 8; and Water – Building with the greatest percent reduction: Siddall Hall. Todd Duncan, Director of Housing & Food Services, comments, “As UC continually strives to decrease our impact on the environment, Housing &Food Services is very pleased by the success of our student residents in Siddall Hall and Stratford Heights Bldg 8 of for their acknowledged success in water and electricity conservation, respectively, as noted by the Campus Conservation Nationals 2010 competition.” UC was the only university to win in both categories.
Conference & Event Services Partners with Unique Venues
Conference & Event Services has joined Unique Venues, a marketing and membership organization that brings together one-of-a-kind non-traditional event venues with over 40,000 professional and volunteer meeting planners. Their non-traditional venues include colleges and universities as well as arenas, stadiums, camps, retreat centers, conference centers, and cultural and venues. On online searchable database lists thousands of unique event venues and meeting facilities in the United States, Canada, and the UK.
We look forward to partnering with Unique Venues to increase exposure of our meeting spaces, residential camp opportunities, and conference and event management services to a national audience.
New Features at Mick & Mack’s
Chef Bartol has introduced some new features at Mick & Mack’s Contemporary Café. Adding to the “Think Thursday” line-up is Chef’s Gourmet Buffet on the fourth Thursday of each month, offered at the regular buffet price of $10.59.
Other new features include the addition of Chef’s seasonal specials, a guest chef series, warm bread for every table, and Graeter’s ice cream on the dessert menu. With Mick & Mack’s new prix-fixe menu for groups of 20 or more, keep your campus restaurant in mind as a great location for your late afternoon, evening, or weekend group function.
COMING SOON TO CAMPUS SERVICES
“Journal Your Journey” Contest Won by Kirsty Strong
UC Student Kirsty Strong was the winner of the first “Journal Your Journey” Fitness Blog Contest. Kirsty will receive personal training, nutrition counseling, and many other services over the next six months to help her reach her fitness and wellness goals. Follow her transformation at http://campusrecblog.blogspot.com/.
Kingsgate Marriott Gives Back to the Community
The Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center was the recipient of a Community Service Award in recognition and appreciation for outstanding achievement in community service for Marriott International. On June 26, 2010 Kingsgate employees participated in Give Back Cincinnati’s 9th Annual Paint the Town by painting a needy house in Avondale, Ohio. Paint the Town is a community service event organized by Give Back Cincinnati in which volunteers work within a targeted neighborhood to paint owner-occupied homes for those physically or financially unable to do the work themselves.
Paint the Town is a single day event that organizes more than 1,000 volunteers led by experienced team leaders to completely repaint a home’s exterior. Neighborhoods are chosen through a competitive process according to current needs. Paint the Town’s ultimate goal is to not only improve the appearance and value of each of the homes, but to impact the overall community.
Learn more about Give Back Cincinnati at http://www.givebackcincinnati.org/v3/.
Trademarks & Licensing supports “I Love College Hoops” Promotion
Trademarks & Licensing is working with the American Cancer Society, and the local chapter of Colleges Against Cancer as part of a national campaign raising awareness and support in the fight against cancer. Trademarks & Licensing is partnering with select licensees and retailers through the “I Love College Hoops” retail program.
“Love College Hoops Week” is a celebration of the college basketball fan, and it’s supported by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Naismith Award as a way of connecting fans love of College Basketball while increasing awareness and support for the fight against cancer.
The licensees are producing merchandise using designs with college basketball fans in mind for this great campaign. You can identify these items through special hang tags and designs calling out “I Love College Hoops”. Proceeds from the sale of this licensed merchandise will be directed to the American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer charities.
This is a national campaign and fans across the country are being encouraged to support their team and this great cause by purchasing and showing off “I Love College Hoops” products. Trademarks & Licensing worked with Coach Cronin to shoot a video supporting this campaign. The video first aired on the video board at the Crosstown Shootout, and it will run at all Men’s basketball home games through the end of the campaign. You can see the video on Trademarks & Licensing’s website or Facebook page.
This is a great way to show your support of the Bearcats and help us raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer. “Love College Hoops Week” starts with our White-Out Game on January 29 against West Virginia, and the campaign ends with our game against St. John’s on February 13.
Subway is coming to CARE/Crawley
Construction of a Subway restaurant is underway at CARE/Crawley with a late March targeted opening. Located adjacent to the dining atrium, this location will provide the Uptown East campus a convenient dining alternative.
Campus Recreation Partners with Human Resources
In celebration of its fifth anniversary, Campus Recreation will be partnering with the Human Resources Department to offer memberships at a discounted rate. During HR’s drive to get employees and students to take the Humana Health Assessment, Campus Recreation will roll back the prices to its pre-opening price of $30/month for the first 100 current UC employees that sign up between February 1 – 28. This offer will be available for new members only.
Doug Brennan joins Campus Services Operations as Senior Financial Administrator. Doug holds a BBA in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. He previously worked for Arthur Andersen & Company and Luxottica Retail for over fifteen years. Doug’s experience includes budgeting, forecasting, internal/external reporting, and accounting processes. As a key leadership team member of the inventory group, he was responsible for the oversight of physical verification procedures for $300 million in inventory and managed a team of 12 associates.
Emilie Saltz joins the Campus Recreation Center as the new Coordinator of Member Services. Emilie graduated from the University of Cincinnati in June with a finance degree. Since graduation Emilie has worked at Fifth Third Bank while also serving as the Interim Coordinator of Member Services while Erin Kujundzic was on maternity leave. A valuable member of the Campus Recreation team for four years, Emilie worked as both a Member Services Lead and Building Supervisor. This past spring she earned the recognition of being named UC Student Employee of the Year.
Carmen Y. Williams joins Parking Services as Executive Staff Assistant. Carmen is a native of Dayton, Ohio with a higher education career background. Out of 13 years of service at the University of Dayton, six of those years were spent in Parking Services/Public Safety. Carmen’s focus on education is in Communications Management/Human Resources Administration, and she plans to use her work and educational experiences to support and assist UC and the Parking Services Department.
Darlene Bunton was selected by the International Parking Institute speaker committee to present a case study entitled: University of Cincinnati Parking Transition Using 21st Century Technology. The case study will outline the migration from surface parking to garage parking for the Campus Master Plan over the course of the last 20 years, and how the use of technology made the transition successful. The conference will be held in May in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.