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Letter from the Executive Director

Reflections on Coming Home to UC

Fellow Bearcats,

I feel grateful, humbled and honored to return to the University of Cincinnati as the executive director of the UC Alumni Association and vice president of alumni relations with the UC Foundation. And my joy is not simply about coming home to the place I went to school and previously worked. It has more to do with my feelings about UC, the life-changing power of this special place, and the opportunity to help more members of the UC Family benefit from it.

Very early in my career, it became apparent to me that there is enormous potential within the unique connection between alumni and their alma mater. It then became my life’s work to help alumni leverage this relationship — and my ultimate desire was to do that here at UC. The key is simply becoming engaged with the university and UC family, in whatever ways work for you.

Our alumni have tremendous motivation to be involved, from the leadership of our dynamic president Santa Ono, the value derived from supporting UC’s current students (our future alumni), to understanding the awesome strength of the Alumni Association’s vast network. A worldwide family of 275,000 Bearcats translates into countless social and professional opportunities for anyone who chooses to participate.

You don’t have to be the alumni director to feel grateful about how UC has made a difference in your life — and then do something about it. All of us can help the university by being involved — promoting UC to others, reconnecting with UC friends, helping to recruit new students, supporting causes that matter to you, and more. And considering our university’s upward trajectory, this is a great time to be an active, engaged Bearcat!

Thank you for the warm welcome I’ve received since returning to UC. Please let us know how we can serve you better.

Go Bearcats!

Jennifer L. Heisey, ’97
Executive Director, UC Alumni Association
Vice President of Alumni Relations, UC Foundation

Read about Jen’s return to UC and her recent Soapbox Cincinnati interview.


Jennifer Heisey

Jennifer Heisey