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2012 Award Recipients

The UC Alumni Association presents many awards to UC alumni and members of the UC community at the UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration every year.


Five honorees were selected for 2012 UC Alumni Awards:

William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement

Thomas Humes

Thomas H. Humes, Jr.
Bus ’71, A&S ’77

The word that might best fit with Tom Humes is “home.” Professionally, he has created 35 new communities that produced over 5,000 homesites for families throughout southwestern Ohio. As a volunteer, he has served many organizations to strengthen the Greater Cincinnati community that so many call home. And as a UC student and alumnus, he has been a model of devotion and selfless commitment toward preserving the university as a lifelong “second home” for all Bearcats.

Humes could hardly have been more active and involved as an undergraduate pursuing his marketing degree. President of Interfraternity Council, Delta Tau Delta and his Junior Class, he was also named the College of Business Outstanding Senior and the university’s “Mr. Bearcat” in honor of his academic success, leadership and school spirit. He was even the Bearcat mascot during his senior year.

As a young alum he stayed on campus, serving as assistant executive vice president, and later assistant to the president, under Warren Bennis and Henry Winkler. He coordinated UC’s efforts to become a full state university and led UC’s transition to full state affiliation. Shortly after, he transitioned to his career in real estate development where his achievements and accolades have been plentiful. Beginning by rehabbing old homes in Clifton, today he serves as President of Great Traditions Land & Development Company, and has developed more than 4,000 acres; creating many of Cincinnati’s best known communities. For Humes, “groundbreaking” is not merely a literal or ceremonial term, as his work reflects great vision and innovation. This has garnered such distinctions as four times being named “Cincinnati’s Developer of the Year”, and “Builder of the Year” by the Cincinnati Homebuilders Association, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bicentennial Listing among “Cincinnatians Who Is, Was and Will Be Important to Cincinnati,” a Distinguished Achievement Award from UC’s Department of Real Estate, and receiving the construction industry’s highest honor, “The Spirit of Construction Award”.

Humes’ personal investment in his community has manifested itself through service with many organizations, including serving as a board member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the Greater Cincinnati Port Authority, the Leadership Council of the Metropolitan Growth Alliance, and Ohio Cancer Research Association.  He also served as an original member of the Riverfront Advisors that concepted the Banks project in 1999.

Yet his tremendous involvement in his university as a student and young alumnus never tapered off. Humes epitomizes the spirit of “the lifelong Bearcat” through his ceaseless service at UC. Receiving the “Taft Medal” comes after such honors as the College of Business’s “Carl H. Lindner Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Business”, the “Presidential Award for Excellence”, the UC Foundation’s “Chairman’s Award”, and the UC Alumni Association’s “Alumni Distinguished Service Award”. Humes currently serves as a member and Vice Chairman of UC’s Board of Trustees, and a board member and on the Executive Committee of the UC Foundation; he was a 20-year board member and past President of UCATS; co-chaired UC’s Campaign for the Campus to fund the university’s Greenspace Project; and together with his wife, Marty, has been appointed by President Gregory Williams to Chair the University’s Presidential Bicentennial Commission, that will celebrate our 200th birthday in 2019.


Alumni Distinguished Service Award

Thomas Horwitz

Thomas Horwitz
DAAP ’78, ’81

For many lifelong Bearcats, an essential part of the alumni experience involves giving back to the university and its current students in the form of sharing expertise gained from the successful careers launched by their UC educations. Tom Horwitz has done exactly that — imparting his knowledge and perspective to the future architects and interior designers studying in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP).

As a principal with FRCH Design Worldwide, Horwitz is responsible for the firm’s hospitality and restaurant practice, working with clients nationally and internationally on requirements ranging from brand consulting and image positioning to the creative and technical disciplines of planning, design, graphic communications and architecture. And largely through his efforts, FRCH has become a partner of DAAP and a reason for the high rankings of its Schools of Architecture and Interior Design.

Horwitz hosts fifth-year Professional Practice course students at FRCH, where several of the firm’s principals provide insight on resumes, interviewing and portfolios. He has also participated in fifth-year studio midterm and final reviews, a pivotal point for students transitioning to the professional world. Horwitz and his FRCH Hospitality Studio members also contribute many hours assisting with third-year Hospitality Design Studio and Graphic Representation courses; conduct walking tours with FRCH designers; perform individual student desk reviews during studio hours; and offer presentations and lectures on both hospitality and retail space planning and design, culminating in final project reviews often held at FRCH offices.

Horwitz has also frequently worked with professors directing the Master of Architecture program, offering insights via case studies on brand creation and the Thesis Programming process.  Additionally, he has been extremely instrumental in guiding FRCH’s involvement in UC’s co-op system, which includes hiring interior design, architecture and graphic design students.


UC Alumni Association Mosaic Award

Willie Carden, Jr.

Willie F. Carden, Jr.
Univ ’80, Bus ’86 ’00

It’s fitting that the 2012 recipient of the UC Alumni Association’s Mosaic Award is someone who celebrates all of nature’s colors — from black and white to yellow, blue and green. Such is life when you’re the Director of Parks for the City of Cincinnati and Executive Director of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, and when your interpretation of “inclusion” suggests a bouquet of opportunity, capability, ingenuity, sustainability, vibrancy, and the sheer wonder of natural beauty.

Native Cincinnatian Willie Carden, Jr. was fortunate to encounter a series of pivotal role models — people he calls his “angels” — as he grew to young manhood. From his parents to school coaches and teachers, and from early employers to chance benefactors, Carden took advantage of timely insights and emerging opportunities to build a successful career with the city. Today he is widely hailed for his unique brand of leadership in running one of the nation’s top 10 urban park systems — a crown jewel for the community’s quality of life and economic vitality.

In rising to his current position, which he has held for a dozen years, he demonstrated patience and integrity in overcoming episodes of discrimination, responding in the best way possible — by working incredibly hard, earning respect and new friends wherever he went, and helping his city and its citizens see and share his vision for Cincinnati’s park system, including innovative new concepts for funding its operations.

In enriching his community through environmental awareness, civic beautification and principled leadership, Carden has become an advocate and role model for minorities searching for their own foothold in life. Yet, he has also championed equality and opportunity for all — leading by example and creating an undeniable professional legacy that simultaneously benefits everyone is his community. In this way, this proud UC alumnus stewards a vital asset for the city and, by extension, the city’s university and all who pass through it.


Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award

Joseph Judge

Joseph P. Judge
Bus ’00

Some students and new grads can be called “involved.” Some young alumni are “high achievers.” Some are selfless contributors to their communities. In Joe Judge, UC has an alum who sets a high standard in all those ways.

Judge’s undergraduate career seemed to run at full capacity. He was active in his fraternity. He was tapped into UC’s two men’s honoraries (Sigma Sigma and Men of Metro). He walked onto the UC football team as a placekicker, was a perfect 5-for-5 in the Bearcats’ 1997 Humanitarian Bowl victory (UC’s first bowl game in 47 years), and eventually earned a scholarship in his senior year. And in 2000 he earned his business degree in finance and real estate.

His transition to professional life was seamless. After interning with The Staubach Company (a global real estate advisory firm) as a student, Judge joined the company after graduation and began to quickly rise through the ranks. His remarkable abilities in site selection and acquisition, financial analysis, negotiations, marketing research and business development propelled him to a vice-president role in the Cincinnati office, then to a leadership position in the company’s critical Washington D.C. region. His upward trajectory continued after Staubach became part of Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc. in 2008, including being named to the “35 Under 35 Rising Stars in Commercial Real Estate” industry honor roll nationally. He is now the company’s Managing Director of Tenant Representation for the Washington D.C. office.

To Judge, a successful career must include giving back to others, and he is involved with about 40 charitable causes throughout the D.C. area, nationally and internationally. Success also includes support for his beloved alma mater, and Judge has never stopped being engaged and invested in UC. In the years immediately after receiving his degree, he led the UC Alumni Association’s Young Alumni efforts, and he is currently part of the Proudly Cincinnati Campaign Leadership Committee for Washington D.C. He also continues to be engaged with the football program and in developing scholarships for future students.


Andrea Zahumensky

Andrea Zahumensky
CEAS ’00

UC excels in preparing its students to hit the ground running in the business world, while also encouraging them to create impactful relationships in the community and with UC as engaged alumni. In each of these pursuits, Andrea Zahumensky exemplifies the outstanding young alumna.

After an extremely involved undergraduate experience, Zahumensky graduated in 2000 with a degree in Industrial Engineering and began a career as an IT professional at local consumer products giant Procter & Gamble. However, her career path turned to marketing four years later, leading to enormous success within the company’s Oral Care division. As  Brand Manager for P&G’s North America Crest Toothpaste business, she led a surge in sales and market share growth to reach record levels. In 2011, she became Associate Marketing Director, Global Oral Care Expansion, responsible for overseeing the division’s expansion across four continents, a top corporate investment priority for P&G.

Community projects have also benefited from Zahumensky’s leadership, most notably the Shemenski Foundation. She was one of the founders and original board members of the non-profit in 2009 to raise funds to beat cancer in honor of UC alumnus John Shemenski. She continues to serve on the board and her ongoing volunteer efforts have helped raise more than $100,000 and foster a new partnership with the UC Brain Tumor Center.

In addition, Zahumensky continues her substantial involvement with the Lindner College of Business where she shares her real-world experiences with UC students. She also mentors students and new grads who are beginning their careers at P&G. Zahumensky works with the Lindner College of Business International Programs Office as well, having recently hosted 45 Chinese Executive MBA students when they visited P&G. Additionally, as a former graduate of the UC LeaderShape Institute for leadership development, she contributed her time and expertise as an alumni facilitator for those students who followed her in the program.