TREAD project engages high school students from head to foot
Leveraging high school students' awareness of shoes and their various brands, three students from UC's top-ranked industrial design program have created a project called TREAD (Teaching Responsibility and Empowerment to Aspiring Designers). The initiative teaches problem-solving skills and design technology principles to sophomores at Hughes STEM High School.
The 7-week program attracts guest participation from professional shoe designers from such companies as Nike and adidas, thanks to the university's industrial design reputation and the volume of UC alumni in the footwear industry. The program just finished its inaugural academic year, and the three co-founding DAAP students plan to incorporate TREAD as a non-profit organization after they graduate from UC in June.
Read more about the TREAD project.
Civic, school pride fuel Sheakley's Bearcats support
For a university that shares its name, image and identity with its home city, Division-1 athletics offer a great opportunity to make a positive impact. This UC/Cincinnati connection is largely why Larry Sheakley became a UC fan as youngster and today has strong UC family ties and is one of the university's top athletics donors.
Sheakley heads Cincinnati-based Sheakley Group of Companies. "I travel a lot, and it became important to me how this university was viewed and also how the city was viewed," he says. He didn't attend UC but became devoted to the Bearcats while watching Oscar Robertson and the NCAA championship basketball teams of a half-century ago. His passion led to funding scholarships and the development of Sheakley Lawn within UC's Varsity Village, named for his father. More recently he became the major donor behind the Sheakley Athletics Center, the football practice facility beside Jefferson Avenue. The facility is also the home of UC's lacrosse team.