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Proudly Cincinnati March 2012

Humes to receive William Howard Taft Medal

Thomas Humes, Jr., is the 2012 recipient of UC's William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement. The president of Great Traditions Land & Development Co., Humes (Bus '71, A&S '77) is recognized as a leader in his industry and in the community and an extremely active, supportive alumnus.

The UC Alumni Association also named the 2012 recipients of the Alumni Distinguished Service Award--Thomas Horwitz, FRCH Design Worldwide; the UCAA Mosaic Award--Willie Carden, Jr.; and the Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award--Joseph Judge and Andrea Zahumensky.

All awards will be presented at the UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration on June 14.  Read more about this year's honorees.

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Tech Accelerator will help commercialize UC research

UC has helped drive the establishment of a new technology accelerator to spur development of job-creating startups and position promising, early-stage research by UC faculty for commercialization. The accelerator will identify viable market opportunities, develop strategies, and facilitate the work needed to prove the product concepts.

"Our primary goal is to get technologies out of the university that have been funded through public resources and transition them into technologies that can benefit society," said Dorothy Air, UC associate VP for entrepreneurial affairs and technology commercialization.

Read more about the new tech accelerator.

Loyal alumni couple leaves a lasting legacy

As Tom and Chris Carleton recently discovered, "average alums" can usually support UC more than they ever realized. More than 20 years after meeting in class, the Carletons considered their lifelong relationship with UC, the personal and professional opportunities created here, and their own interests and passions. The result: A bequest that will support UC in the years ahead. "We wanted to continue making an impact at UC even after our lifetime, but hadn’t considered how to do that until we started do our estate plan," said Tom. "We learned that the assistance we could provide was much larger than we had thought."

Read more and watch a video with the Carletons.

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Nursing's online degree among Top 25

UC's College of Nursing recently placed among the national "Smart Choice" Top 25 nursing schools for online nursing degrees, according to online education and career information website  "We have been a leader in online education since we began offering our nurse midwifery and women's health nurse practitioner programs online in 2006," says College of Nursing Dean Greer Glazer. also ranks UC among the nation's Top 25 for distance learning overall.

Alumni & Partners honored by Lindner College

UC celebrated strong ties to the local business community at the Lindner College of Business 2012 "Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards." Cincom Systems President and CEO Thomas Nies ('62, '68) received the Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement. Thomas Mischell ('70), senior vice president of American Financial Group, and Kirk Perry ('90), president of Procter & Gamble's Global Family Care, received Distinguished Service Awards. Fifth Third Bank received the Business Partnership Award for support to the college and providing opportunities to its students.

Read more about the event and award recipients.

Forbes describes UC's leadership role in co-op

Two people immersed in the UC cooperative education program recently talked with about what makes co-op so special at UC.  M.B. Reilly, UC assistant director/public relations who wrote a book commemorating co-op's 100th anniversary, discussed the program's history and why it benefits students, employers and the university. Anita Todd, assistant professor of professional practice, electrical engineering, offered advice for high school students contemplating co-op during college and addresses the future of cooperative education.

Read the interview with Reilly and Todd.

UC Among Best Undergraduate Colleges


Olympic Champion juggles training and new motherhood

Mary Wineberg electrified Bearcat Nation 4 years ago by winning a track-and-field gold medal for the U.S. in the 4x400-meter relay in the Beijing Olympics. She's training for another shot this summer in London. If her dream is realized, the story will be even sweeter and more improbable--this time, Wineberg is balancing her exhausting preparation with her new role of mother to her 2-year-old daughter.

Watch a video report on Wineberg's quest for an Olympic repeat.

Gifts elevate UC's entrepreneurial and sales centers

Two recent gifts strengthened the Lindner College of Business in key areas. With a $1 million endowment from alumni Elroy and Elaine Bourgraf, the college established the Bourgraf Professorship of Entrepreneurial Practice. This supports the Center for Entrepreneur-ship's efforts to expand UC's reach in the new venture business community--"bridging the gap between classroom ideation and new venture commercialization," according to Dean David Szymanski.

The college also announced a partnership with Cincinnati-based wholesale distributor The Habegger Corp. to help UC's Sales Center educate and train future sales professionals. The Sales Center empowers students to develop all aspects of their personal selling capabilities. "The product of [Habegger's] generous support will be skilled and well-educated graduates to lead their future sales teams," says Szymanski.

Read more about the Bourgraf Professorship of Entrepreneurial Practice.
Read more about the UC-Habegger Partnership and the UC Sales Center.

Young Alum Designs Coffee Tables