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Proudly Cincinnati July 2011

College of Business renamed in honor of Carl Lindner

The University of Cincinnati's College of Business has been renamed the Carl H. Lindner College of Business in honor of the internationally recognized business leader's extraordinary support and his legacy of entrepreneurship and business excellence.

Read more about the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

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Enemy fire can't break resolve of distance-learning grad

U.S. Air Force Captain Jimmy Hernandez saw his alma mater's actual campus for the first time when he received his master of education degree during June Commencement. While distance-learning is becoming more common among UC students, Hernandez's personal adventures in earning his degree are quite uncommon.

After entering the distance-learning program in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services in 2005, he pursued his online studies while serving in Korea, Italy, Afghanistan and Iraq. At one point during his stint in Iraq, he submitted a report via UC's online learning portal while under a desk avoiding an enemy mortar attack.

"The road was long and hard, but I'm happy to set the example for my soldiers and sons to see," he says. "I never want to stop learning, and that's what supported me through the journey of completing my degree."
UC alums part of select group of female university presidents

When Mary Ellen Mazey officially becomes president of Bowling Green State University in July, she'll be the second alumna of UC's McMicken College of Arts & Sciences to lead a university in the last two years. Linda Bennett, who received three degrees from the college, became president of the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville in 2009.

Each alum hopes to emulate UC's transformation at her current university, including strategically improving infrastructure and strengthening connections between the universities and their communities. "As a young institution, USI can learn a lot from the direction UC has taken," Bennett says.



International students give UC high marks

In the latest survey of international students attending more than 200 global universities, UC ranks among the leaders in providing key learning and living opportunities. The International Student Barometer ranks schools in such "Learning" categories as opportunities to teach, virtual learning and technology, and in such "Living" categories as financial support, housing costs and Internet access. This kind of feedback from the international student community helps UC address emerging needs and tailor instruction to cultural differences within the campus community.

Read more about the International Student Barometer.
Raymond Walters College renamed UC Blue Ash

Regional campuses and colleges of major universities usually carry geographical names indicating the communities in which they're located, as in the case of UC Clermont College. UC's other regional college has followed suit, changing its name from Raymond Walters College to UC Blue Ash College. The change reflects the college's greatest strengths: the UC brand and its Blue Ash location--two aspects most often cited by incoming students as reasons for enrolling there.

As UC's longest-tenured president, Raymond Walters will continue to be honored. The college's Science and Allied Health Building will be renamed Walters Hall and will house a display showcasing President Walters' accomplishments.



New grads apply their teaching gifts where needed most

Four of UC's newest alumni have joined Teach For America, a national corps of outstanding recent graduates whose passions lead to a 2-year commitment to teach in urban or rural public schools as they become leaders in expanding educational opportunity.

Matthew David Craig (Kettering, Oh.) graduated from CCM in June and will begin teaching in Oklahoma City. "I believe every student has the potential to learn and achieve at the highest level," he says. "The gap between high- and low-income schools has nothing to do with potential and everything to do with an inequity in quality of education. I Teach For America to help eliminate this inequity."

Read more about UC's new Teach For America teachers.
Young alum combines design & biking in new venture

Josh Suhre, a 2007 graduate of DAAP's School of Design, combined his lifelong interest in BMX (bicycle motocross), his UC-trained design sense and disciplined approach to tackling challenges, and his co-op successes to found Operativ, which creates BMX apparel and related products.

"DAAP does teach a process for doing things that can be applied beyond design," says Suhre, who's done nearly everything on his own to get his brand and company off the ground. His efforts have been noticed, including coverage from ESPN. "I wanted to launch something from scratch," he explains. "Take my ideas from concept to a company. And I thought the timing was right. BMX and action sports are quickly becoming an integral part of major media events like the Olympics."

Read more about Suhre's BMX venture.