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Denny Reigle, Captain of the Varsity Baseball team and Senior Class President, and Patty Edwards, Homecoming Queen, met at UC in July of 1966 when Denny stole her from one of his fraternity brothers after a dinner at Meier’s Wine Stuba.  Denny dressed up in a coat and tie and took her to the movies to see Dr. Zhivago.  But it took him another 10 years – and  the encouragement of Patty’s father, who met him at the front door with a shotgun – to propose marriage. Read full story

Denny and Patty

Eva and Lynn Maddox’s lives have been blessed in so many ways and they feel both a desire and an obligation to give back.  While they were born into families with moderate incomes, they both were raised by parents who believed strongly in the importance of education. In addition to quality academic experiences, their parents believed in training about life values and principles - skills they learned at home and as undergraduates and continue very much in evidence today.  A significant focus of their philanthropy is education related, including gifts to the University of Cincinnati.  Read full story

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Rick Chesley’s dad, Stan, began the UC tradition in the Chesley family many years ago, earning both his undergraduate and J.D. degrees at UC, and some of Rick’s earliest memories are of attending basketball and football games in the old UC stadium, especially the first Bengals game in 1968.  Although he moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University for his undergraduate degree, he returned to UC for law school where he met his wife, Dee Dee, during the beginning of his third year.  Dee Dee practiced law for seven years after graduation when they moved to Chicago.  Now that the kids are grown, Dee Dee is completing her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Development from Erikson Institute in Chicago and will use both her Masters and Law Degrees working in the advocacy field after she graduates in May.  Read full story

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Kris met his wife, Sherri, who also attended UC, during Kris’ senior year in 1993.  On their third date, he invited her to a St. Patrick’s Day party which he was hosting at the Sigma Sigma house.  After some festivities, she slipped going up the basement stairs and broke her thumb.  Kris shut down the party and took her to the University Hospital.  Twenty years, four kids and two dogs later, she is still Kris’ “star athlete” and takes care of all of them, except on St. Patrick’s Day and her birthday.  Read full story

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After Paul and Sherry Green graduated in 1990, he joined Arthur Andersen LLP while Sherry continued her education at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in Northern Kentucky where she earned her J.D.  They were married after Sherry’s graduation and she began working for the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office until they had their first child.  She now devotes herself to their four children - ages 8, 10, 12 and 14 - who are all active in sports, and running the household.  Their family and faith are very important to them and, as Paul says, “life is busy at the Green household.”  Read full story

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After earning his B.A. in Accounting from UC, Mike Schroeck began working for U.S. Shoe Corporation.  He attended Xavier University part-time while working for U.S. Shoe and earned his Masters of Business Administration Degree in Accounting and Finance.  He eventually joined Price Waterhouse where he founded the Data Warehousing Practice and was responsible for the overall strategy, leadership and guidance of the Industry's first and leading Business Intelligence Services Practice.  Read full story

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Craig and Carole made the move from Minneapolis to Cincinnati in the early 70’s when Craig’s employer, General Mills, transferred him to their Kenner Toy division.  While Craig learned the toy business as Vice President of Marketing and Product Planning, Carole decided to return to school full-time and finish her degree.  At age 30, Carole enrolled at UC and earned her BA in Management and Marketing in 1977 and her MBA in 1978.  Carole, who was “directionally challenged” with a great spirit of adventure, enjoyed the daily drive from their apartment in Mount Washington to the UC campus where she was President of the UC Women’s Honor Society and a Junior Achievement advisor - and a UC Bearcat to the core.  Read full story

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When Alan was planning his future career, he read the want ad section in the New York Times every weekend and noticed that the jobs posted required applicants to have not only a college degree but two years of work experience.  Fortunately for him, UC’s co-op program filled both requirements.  Read full story

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This quality education is one of the reasons Ann Taylor chose to make a gift during the Proudly Cincinnati Capital Campaign.  When she asked where her money could be put to the best use, she was told that the University needed significant funds toward the rebuilding of the law school.   The Chicagoans for Cincy! and future law students and faculty thank Ann for her generous support of the building fund.  Read full story

Ann Taylor

When Spes and Chris Mekus attended UC in the late 1960’s-early 1970’s, they were fortunate that their parents could cover the cost of attending college to complete their degrees in Interior Design and Architecture, respectively.  They graduated debt free and ready to start their careers - and ultimately founded their own architectural/design practice.  They decided to do their part by making an annual scholarship commitment to UC’s engineering program with the hope it will give a promising student the chance to accomplish great things.  Read full story

Chris Mekus
Spes Mekus

On Thursday, October 28, 2010, the UC College of Business celebrated the grand opening of the Robert and Rose Fealy Auditorium. The ribbon-cutting ceremony honored Robert and Rose Fealy for their gift of nearly $1 million, which funded the renovation of the auditorium. The renovation will benefit College of Business students and faculty, as well as business leaders and executives visiting campus to share their expertise with UC students. Read full story

When Chuck and Marilyn George attended UC in the 1950’s, the tuition for seven weeks in the co-op college was $800; and tuition at the College of Music was $1,500 for the year.  This is a far cry from the costs of getting an education today and the reason they created the Charles and Marilyn George Music Scholarship Endowment Fund to CCM and the Charles and Marilyn George Architectural Scholarship Endowment fund to DAAP. Read full story


Blake Layda graduated with a BSCE in Civil Engineering and also swam competitively on the UC Swim & Dive Team, waking up early to swim in Laurence Hall, where the pool was located before the Recreation Center was built. He left his legacy at UC by holding the 50-yard freestyle record for over 10 years after graduation.  Currently, Blake holds records in the top 10 spots of six different swimming events. Read full story

Read more about Blake Layda on the UC 'Where You Are' Blog

Denny Demoss’ advice to current undergraduates at UC is to “Dream a little bigger than you think.” He says although it is easy to stay where you are, one should explore a little more and learn to do new things. Taking advantage of new opportunities will help make you a well-rounded person.  Of course Denny sets the perfect example when he passes on what I thought was the most important advice: to do charitable things. Read full story

Read more about Denny DeMoss on the UC Where You Are Blog