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2013 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 2013 UC Alumni Awards:

William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement

Dr. Joseph P. Broderick, Med '82

Dr. Joseph P. Broderick
Med '82

People across the world have benefited, and will continue to do so, from the ongoing work of UC’s Dr. Joseph Broderick, who is one of the world’s foremost researchers, teachers, physicians and leaders in battling the effects of stroke.

The Cincinnati native followed his UC medical degree (where he was first in his class) with five years of neurological training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, including a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease. He then joined the teaching/training staff at UC’s College of Medicine in 1987, where he has served in many capacities. His current positions most notably include Department of Neurology & Rehabilitation Medicine chairman and professor, and research director of the UC Neuroscience Institute. In addition, he is co-founder of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team (now UC Stroke Team) as well as director of UC’s Cerebrovascular Research Program.

When medical experts around the world tackle the challenges associated with stroke, they turn to UC’s leading expert, leveraging the significant scientific advancements he has made in stroke treatment and the care of stroke patients. To support that work, Dr. Broderick has attracted $82 million in sponsored research funding over the last 15 years. In the process, he has become a pioneer in testing and treatment of ischemic stroke, the leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in the U.S. His work has earned him many of his field’s most prestigious awards, including the Daniel Drake Award (the UC College of Medicine’s premier accolade) and the American Heart Association’s Clinical Research Prize (becoming the first stroke investigator to receive the award).

Beyond his cutting-edge research, Dr. Broderick has worked tirelessly to raise stroke awareness and understanding in the Greater Cincinnati community while producing a prodigious record of published work to deepen the knowledge base in his field among practitioners and patients alike. He is also a dedicated teacher who is continuously developing coursework and lecture series for students and residents, securing funding for training programs, and mentoring physicians and researchers following in his footsteps. Because his academic excellence and professional reputation is known worldwide, he travels extensively to share insight and offer educational opportunities around the globe.

As one of his most respected national colleagues has said, “Joe Broderick’s name is synonymous with the best of stroke therapy and also with the University of Cincinnati. He has been a model academician and devoted his energies to the betterment of his university. There is no better ambassador for your institution.”

Click here to hear what Dr. Broderick has to say about his time at the University of Cincinnati.

Alumni Distinguished Service Award

The Alumni Distinguised Service Award recognizes alumni who have rendered outstanding, faithful and selfless service to their alma mater.

Bill Keating

Bill Keating, Jr.
Bus '76, Law '79

When you combine accomplishments as a student-athlete, success in professional life and deep commitment to UC, there are few Bearcats like Bill Keating, Jr. Keating compiled a Hall of Fame career at academic and swimming powerhouse St. Xavier High School, then replicated it with a Hall of Fame career as a Bearcat. In his four years, he earned both his BBA and MBA while being awarded the coveted Jimmy Nippert Award as UC’s outstanding graduating student-athlete.

After graduating from UC Law School, Keating has had a successful career as an attorney with Keating Muething & Klekamp. He primarily practices corporate law while also advising clients in business succession planning, executive compensation, and estate and tax planning. He has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America list.

He dedicates his time and energy to a variety of community causes, serving in board and leadership positions with Magnified Giving, GCNKY Women’s Sports Association, the Pro-Seniors, St. Ursula Academy, St. Xavier High School, the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corp., and a number of other organizations that promote education and athletics.

Keating’s love and support of his alma mater truly stands out. After his sophomore year, he donated his athletic scholarship back to UC and became a dorm resident advisor. At graduation, he donated his first paycheck to UC. At age 27, he became the youngest person appointed to the UC Board of Trustees, serving from 1981 to 1990. He chairs the Lindner College of Business Board of Advisors and is vice-chair of the UC Center for Entrepreneurship, past president of C-Club, and former trustee of UCATS.

He has also provided tremendous support to women’s athletics and was the driving force behind selling out recent women’s UC-Xavier basketball games. He also chaired the effort to honor the pioneers of women’s sports by finally awarding their varsity letters. He has received the highest honors bestowed by UC Athletics through induction into the James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame and the Order of the Black Blazer. In addition, the Lindner College of Business has honored him with its Distinguished Service Award.

In short, if there’s a club, committee or board at UC, it seems there’s a good chance Bill Keating, Jr. has been, or still is, involved in it — and quite possibly leading it. He has come to personify the words “UC Alumni Distinguished Service.”

Click here to hear what Bill Keating has to say about his time at the University of Cincinnati.

UC Alumni Association Mosaic Award

The Mosaic Award is presented to an alumnus/alumna whose leadership enhances our shared community through cultivating collaboration, fostering inclusiveness, championing the cause of the underrepresented, and promoting equity and opportunity for all. 

Dr. Jeffery T. Burgin, Jr.

Dr. Jeffery T. Burgin, Jr.
A&S '97

Jeffery Burgin has carried and embodied the message of learning, cultural growth, and service to others as his career in higher education has taken him to six universities throughout the eastern half of the U.S. since his graduation from UC with a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies and Pre-Law.

A graduate of Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills High School, Burgin credits his time as a UC student in setting the foundation for such a career. “UC gave me a chance, it raised me, and we are charged with being its loyal children,” he says. He feels that his alma mater instilled in him a strong sense of responsibility to leave each community where he has lived and worked better than how he found it. Those principles have altered countless lives as he’s held positions of increasing leadership at various institutions, starting with Vanderbilt University (as a graduate student intern) and leading through Ohio University, Florida State University, Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and currently as Vice President for Student Affairs at Alabama A&M University.

A common thread during his career has been uniting diverse groups of students, encouraging and facilitating multicultural appreciation and activities, and diligently overseeing many aspects of student well being, from personal responsibility and leadership development to student health and judicial affairs.

The ideals of the Mosaic Award resonate under the broad banner of Jeffery Burgin’s achievements to date. He is driven to create opportunities for learning and fellowship with everyone in his reach, giving generously of his time, talent and treasure along the way. His movements are guided by a deep commitment to education, service, social justice, and actively engaging young people toward integrating these pursuits and principles into their lives. And even as his career has taken him to a half dozen far-flung cities, he remains involved in the life of his first university, including current service on the UC Alumni Association’s Board of Governors.

Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award

This award is given to a UC graduate, 35 years of age or younger, on the basis of significant professional achievement in his or her field of endeavor, and continued service and involvement with the university and community. This award is in honor and memory of Jeffrey Hurwitz, BBA ’72, MBA ’73, former president of the UC Alumni Association’s Board of Governors.

Dr. Robert A Coppola

Dr. Robert A. Coppola

Some people make you wonder if, in their worlds, there are more than 24 hours in a day. With everything he does professionally, in the community, and for his university, Dr. Bob Coppola is one of those guys.

Coppola set the tone as an undergraduate — wearing the red-and-black as a member of the football and baseball teams, being active in his fraternity (Sigma Phi Epsilon), and supporting Bearcats sports across the board, all while earning his bachelor’s degree in health promotion and education. His involvement with athletics helped propel Coppola toward subsequent degrees that culminated in his becoming a doctor of chiropractic in 2004. He opened All Star Chiropractic in northern Kentucky and vigorously grew it from startup to a million-dollar business in just a few years, treating more than 300 patients weekly and conducting a range of health- and sports-related workshops throughout Greater Cincinnati. His knowledge of anatomy, physiology and the demands of budding athletes led him to start All Star Performance, a business that provides explosive training for young area athletes. And with his wife, Colleen, a fellow UC grad, he also established and runs a small business called The Shutterbug Photobooth Co. serving special events.

Coppola’s commitment to his community has gone hand-in-hand with the growth of his businesses, because his work is so much about helping people. He has been deeply involved with a range of philanthropic activities, from holiday gift and food drives, to youth mentoring and counseling, to volunteer leadership in cancer-fighting fundraising.

His passion for UC continues to show in his support and leadership for a variety of efforts at the university, especially around athletics. His role as president of C-Club has largely revived the organization of former student-athletes supporting UC athletics. He serves on the UCATS board and generously supports UC Football, Basketball and Baseball. And he is a former president of the UC Alumni Association’s Young Alumni group (now Young Professionals). His biggest passion revolves around UC and includes two of the biggest UC sports fans, children Olivia (8) and Anthony (5), who are with him at almost all sporting events — and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Robert E. Richardson, Jr.

Robert E. Richardson, Jr.
CEAS ’02, Law '05

The philosophy of life espoused and modeled by Rob Richardson, Jr., can be summed up fairly easily: Don’t sit on the sidelines. Richardson was a whirlwind of activity and leadership while a UC student in the early 2000’s, and has maintained that fast pace and deep dedication to his community and university as an alumnus.

Mr. Richardson received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati. While at UC, he established the first college chapter of the NAACP in the Tristate and was elected Student Body President for his senior year, when he also was awarded the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence, UC’s highest honor for undergraduates.

Currently, Richardson serves as Of Counsel with the law firm of Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings, PLLC, with his practice areas including labor and employment, securities and class action litigation. He also serves as a Construction Market Representative for the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) for eight states, including Ohio. In this role, he has led campaigns in Cincinnati on behalf of workers and local residents on publicly funded construction projects. In 2009, he successfully implemented a community workforce on Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) construction projects. The agreement required contractors bidding on projects to pay prevailing wages and employ local residents, graduates of CPS and parents of current CPS students. Richardson also led the effort to implement Cincinnati’s first-ever Responsible Bidder Ordinance in 2012. He now advises the Southeast Laborers’ District Council on its "Build 305" campaign to ensure that local taxpayers in Florida’s Miami-Dade County are provided with opportunities for employment on publicly funded infrastructure projects.

Richardson hosts a weekly radio show in Cincinnati called "Real Talk with Rob Richardson," featuring politicians, community leaders and public policy experts from across the country discussing both local and broadscale issues.

In January 2012, Richardson was elected Secretary of his alma mater’s Board of Trustees, becoming its youngest-ever elected officer. He also chairs the board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee where he works toward providing lower education costs and more scholarships for students.

Mr. Richardson serves on several other boards, including the University of Cincinnati Research Institute, the Agenda 360 Advisory Council, the Hamilton County Democratic Executive Committee, and the Board of Visitors for the UC College of Law.

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