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Proudly Cincinnati April 2012

'Picture Perfect' Alumni Weekend

Alumni from every UC college will be coming back to campus the weekend of May 19-20 for Alumni Weekend 2012.
Read more about the full weekend schedule and plan to be with us!

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Innocence Project draws national coverage

The UC College of Law's Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) was recently featured on NBC's "Dateline" for its work to free a woman imprisoned for 15 years for crimes OIP believes she didn't commit. After two years of freedom, the Ohio Supreme Court overturned her exoneration due to a technicality; and she is now in legal limbo. OIP Director Mark Godsey indicated a petition has been filed with Ohio Gov. John Kasich seeking clemency. "The Supreme Court said the judge didn't have jurisdiction to free her, but they did not overturn the finding that she wasn't guilty," Godsey said.

Read more and watch the "Dateline" segment.

UC Bands alumna finds perfect way to give and receive

Arlene Brill's love for the UC Bearcat Bands led her to create a gift annuity that will support a band scholarship forever. "I always wanted to do something specifically for the band at UC," said Brill (CECH '65, '68). "I believe in its 'Tradition, Pride and Passion' and want to help current and future band members have the same positive experiences I had."

Brill said her conversations with the UC Foundation uncovered the perfect solution. "You don't have to be a millionaire to participate in an annuity program," she said. "You can give at the level you're comfortable with. I've always felt we pay it forward, but sometimes you need to pay it back. This annuity will be perpetual in helping students."

Read more about her story and gift annuities, and watch a video.

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UC Professor named one of nation's best

According to the Princeton Review, UC has one of the top professors in the nation. LisaMarie Luccioni, who teaches business etiquette and professional image in the Lindner College of Business' Lindner Honors-PLUS program and communications in McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, is profiled in The Best 300 Professors, published this month. Luccioni was cited for her "genuine concern for students to succeed and her unique Business Etiquette & Professional Image course that culminates in a 5-course meal at a high-end restaurant to demonstrate skill in real-world settings."

UC Students win national 'Battle of the Rockets'

The rigor of UC's aerospace engineering program and the ingenuity of its students were showcased in March as 20 students competed in the national "Battle of the Rockets" competition in Culpeper, Va. UC's entrants were divided into two teams; and one, competing under the name Rocket Underground, earned first place. "It was a visible culmination of all the work we had put in over the year," said team leader Alex Apyan, a senior who was also been a member of the Bearcat football team for the past several years. "During our design classes, we gained a lot of experience in the entire design, manufacturing and operational phases of an engineering system."

Read more and watch a video.

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Educational Partnership with Iraq reflects UC's global stature

A 9-member delegation of students and staff from UC's College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) is currently in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq as part of an educational partnership with Salahaddin University-Hawler. UC is one of only 5 universities selected by the U.S. Department of State to participate in this groundbreaking 3-year program.

"Two years ago we had a very fuzzy idea about what building a partnership with the faculty and students at Salahaddin University would look like," said CECH Associate Dean Nelson Vincent prior to the April trip. "Now our collaboration is very personal, thriving, and changing cultural awareness and mutual appreciation in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq." The program is strengthening the expertise of Iraqi faculty in teaching and research, online learning, international exchange opportunities, and English fluency as well as establishing a community career center.

Read more about the partnership.

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