University of Cincinnati – A Gift of Education
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. Today, many students are not quite so lucky, as the cost of college has risen considerably, and for many it is unaffordable without some form of financial aid or scholarship.
Many years after graduating, they were drawn back into involvement with the university through the UC Foundation and were introduced to some wonderful Chicago area alumni. They were impressed by the devotion and commitment of local UC Alumni Committee leaders who tirelessly support and promote UC, and work hard to re-connect Chicago area alumni to the University.
Through their involvement with the UC Foundation alumni committee, Spes and Chris also met new college deans as they took their positions. Among them were the deans of DAAP (Robert Probst) and Engineering (Carlo Montemagno). Both men are impressive, forward thinking leaders that are actively transforming the programs within their colleges to better educate and prepare students for professional careers, and at the same time striving to attract/retain top caliber faculty.