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Proudly Cincinnati September 2011

Proudly Cincinnati Campaign passes $800 million

UC is officially more than 80% of the way to its goal for the Proudly Cincinnati Campaign to advance the university's education, research and service missions. The total topped $805 million at the end of July with two years left to surpass the $1 billion goal. The total raised so far already exceeds the original campaign goal of $800 million set when the campaign was launched in 2005.

Aiding the campaign's success--and symbolic of UC's growing culture of philanthropy--is the record-breaking result from the 2011 UC Faculty/Staff Campaign. More than 4,000 active and retired employees, including 710 first-time donors, made gifts totaling more than $6.73 million to help fund a wide range of university priorities.
Learn more about Proudly Cincinnati and join your fellow Bearcats in strengthening the University of Cincinnati.

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1970s Alumni plan UC's largest class reunion

If you graduated from UC during the 1970s, you're invited to return to campus for the university's biggest-ever reunion. Alumni from classes throughout the decade will get together on September 24 for "Back to the Bridge," the first event of its kind at UC. Campus tours precede a huge meet-and-greet to reconnect with classmates, professors and friends. The evening ends with a '70s concert and dance.

Learn more and make reservations to attend.

Kickoff has arrived!

Bearcat Football is back! The 2011 team debuts Sept. 3 at Nippert Stadium vs. Austin Peay. Throughout the season, the UC Alumni Association's pre-game Bearcat Blitz will launch the festivities before 8 of the 12 games (4 home and 4 away).

The on-campus home schedule features 3 games in September and one in December, with Myers Alumni Center hosting the Blitz during prime tailgating time. The UCAA also will hold Blitzes before road games at Tennessee, South Florida, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.

Here is the 2011 schedule with the Bearcat Blitz details.


1970s Alumni


UC rated among best undergrad universities for 5th straight year

For the 5th year, UC has made the Princeton Review's list of best institutions for an undergraduate education. Only about 15% of the nation's 2,500 4-year colleges are featured in the publication's annual college guide. Ratings are based on data collected about the schools in a variety of ways and from a range of sources, with heavy emphasis on academic excellence.

The feature on UC cited student surveys that hailed the many opportunities available at UC and in Cincinnati, the co-op program that provides a real edge in the job market, the diversity ingrained in every facet of the institution, the transformed campus, and UC's high quality of life.

UC faculty dominate U.S. News 'Top Cincinnati Doctors'

U.S. News & World Report recently published a list of 111 "Top Doctors" in Greater Cincinnati--85 of them are UC faculty members. The list was largely based on peer nominations from doctors across the country. These physicians are in the top 1% in the U.S. in their areas of specialty, according to the publisher of America's Top Doctors, which collaborated with U.S. News. The list was released in conjunction with the U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, in which UC Health and UC partner Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center scored highly.

See the list of UC faculty named as Top Doctors.

UC Among Best Undergraduate Colleges


Young alum designs cool coffee tables

Coffee tables have been following the same basic design for generations. In an effort to make this indispensible piece of furniture more stylish and functional, a UC alumnus has developed an entirely new take on the hard-working coffee table--and his design is winning international awards.

James Cornetet, DAAP '06, realized that different kinds of objects occupy space on today's typical coffee table. His design allows them to be treated differently. Many smaller niches offer space between vertical slats for pens, keys, remote controls, phones or beverages. Sitting below, those drinks can no longer spill on flat items such as magazines or computers, which now rest on the larger "flat" surface created by the edges of the slats. And the table appears tidier as the smaller items are shielded from view by the slats.

See Cornetet's unique coffee table and learn more about his design process.
Ophthalmology Department receives grant for research

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has awarded a $100,000 grant to UC's Department of Ophthalmology to support ongoing and new clinical and laboratory research. The grant will enable UC researchers to work more closely on corneal wound healing, corneal stem cell transplantation, age-related macular degeneration, and other disorders of the eye.

RPB is a voluntary health organization that supports eye research directed at the prevention, treatment and eradication of vision-threatening diseases. With this new grant, RPB has awarded nearly $1.5 million in grants to UC's College of Medicine.

Young Alum Designs Coffee Tables