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.
Alan admits having tried the patience of the co-op office staff by repeatedly asking for more challenging assignments. After his first three placements, the staff, in desperation, told him to pick one that he found interesting. Fortunately for the health care industry, he chose a position at a hospital.
Alan credits UC with developing his passion for helping those less fortunate. At the end of his freshman year, the students in his dorm elected him to be their representative in the UC Residents’ Hall Association. In typical 60’s fashion, the members would sit in a circle on the floor and bare their souls to each other. This soul-searching inspired Alan to help create an inner city tutorial program for local Cincinnati high school students. He recruited other UC students to tutor in reading, math and literature. After graduating from UC, Alan taught business math and consumer economics in a junior high school in Cincinnati’s West End.
He was pleased to make a gift to the College of Business last year in appreciation of the leadership skills he acquired during his years at UC. One particular management course stands out in his memory. During his senior year, the President of Fifth Third Bank was invited to talk to the class and explain how to link basic management skills with creating a mission and vision, a valuable lesson for Alan.