No matter how big or small the gifts, all funds raised through the Proudly Cincinnati are making a difference for the future of the University of Cincinnati, its students, faculty, programs, units, and colleges. More than $1 billion has been donated through Proudly Cincinnati so far, and this private support is fueling advancements at UC including new scholarships, endowed chairs, centers and facilities.
Since the beginning of the campaign in 2005, nearly $101 million in private support has been committed to financial aid (scholarships), or one-tenth of the campaign total to-date. More than $37,000,000 has been donated to create NEW scholarships, like the
Kolodzik Business Scholars Program - The Kolodzik program is complement to the nationally recognized Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Scholars Program at the Lindner College of Business. Alumnus Marvin Kolodzik helped establish the honors program to emphasize flexibility and curriculum based on students’ individual career goals. Program participants receive scholarship support, individualized advising and counseling, leadership training opportunities, and are primed for successful careers in business. Combined with the college’s historical strengths in co-op placement, experiential learning and global engagement, the Kolodzik Business Scholars Program now graduates approximately 50 career-ready men and women each year.
Endowed Chairs and Professorships
In addition to money raised for scholarships, Proudly Cincinnati donors have contributed $45 million toward educational and research excellence in the form of professorships and endowed chairs. More than 30 new endowed chairs are now attracting world-renowned faculty and researchers to Cincinnati, including:
- UC Brain Tumor Molecular Therapeutics Program – According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 170,000 people are diagnosed with secondary cancer that spreads to the brain. In 2011, the Harold C. Schott Foundation donated $2 million to the UC College of Medicine to establish an endowed chair of molecular therapeutics, which created a permanent source of funding for the program. UC’s College of Medicine then provided additional funds for $4.5 million, which led to the formation of the UC Brain Tumor Molecular Therapeutics program.
- Chair in Catholic Studies – Donated by the Ruth and Robert Conway Foundation, this chair supports the study of Catholicism's role in shaping secular disciplines for the last 2,000 years – enhancing knowledge and bringing a new area of academic focus to UC. Jeff Zalar, a renowned theologian and scholar, has been recruited as the chair holder and is teaching the first class in Catholic Studies, “The Catholic Intellectual Tradition,” through the history department in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences this spring. While the Conway Foundation provided initial funding for the chair, many other donors in the community have stepped forward to provide additional support in the hopes of expanding the program to an entire Catholic Studies Department at UC.
- James S. Womack/Gemini Chair of Signage and Visual Marketing – Donated by James and Sharon Weinel in 2007, the investment supports the research of Dr. James Kellaris, professor of Marketing at the Lindner College of Business who has been nationally recognized for his research on consumer psychology, marketing and branding.
- Chair in Research and Education of Alzheimer’s Disease – It is estimated that 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and costs to treat the disease added up to more than $200 billion in 2012. Sandy Heimann and her husband Bob endowed the Alzheimer’s Chair at UC in 2008. The Heimann’s gift also launched the Memory Disorders Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute in 2010, one of eight specialty centers within the UC Neuroscience Institute (UCNI), a leading treatment, research and teaching center for complex neurological conditions.
- College of Design Chair, DAAP – In 2007, Myron E. (Mike) Ullman (Business ’69) III and Cathy Emmons Ullman (DAAP ’70) donated $10 million to the School of Design with the vision of preparing the next generation of designers. The Ullman’s gift endowed a program chair and professorships, and also provides faculty support, technology support and “master” classes for students, enhancing students’ access to appropriate design tools, industry technology and expertise.
- Victor E. Schwartz Chair in Tort Law – In 2012, grateful students, friends, and colleagues of former professor and dean of UC’s College of Law Victor Schwartz came together to create an endowment to establish the Victor E. Schwartz Chair in Tort Law. As powerful presence and a renowned Washington D.C. lawyer, Mr. Schwartz personally increased funding on the endowment, which recognizes faculty excellence in the field of tort law. The endowment is also dedicated to teaching and scholarship in the field of torts.
Facilities and Centers
Top notch UC facilities and centers have also been positively impacted by private support through Proudly Cincinnati. Donors at all giving levels have come together to enhance current facilities and build new ones during Proudly Cincinnati, resulting in new spaces for collaboration, study, practice and treatment. Facilities and center upgrades made possible through the Proudly Cincinnati campaign include:
- Lindner Center of HOPE – In 2005, the Lindner family (led by Craig and Frances Lindner) gave a transformational gift that led to the construction of the The Lindner Center of HOPE behavioral facility in Mason. This generosity grew out of their vision to help those who suffer with mental illness –a problem that affects almost every family in some way – and can be devastating to both the person suffering from mental illness and their families. Collaborating with the College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and other doctors, the Lindner Center of HOPE is a national model. From electronic records that reduce the risk of errors, to a holistic treatment approach that also treats family members who have watched a loved one struggle with mental illness, the center is leading the way to a better future for those in our region and beyond.
- Engineering Alumni Learning Center – During the fall semester of 2012, faculty, staff, students and friends dedicated the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science Learning Center – a project that was many years in the making and took the efforts and donations of many people. The Learning Center is a physical embodiment of the college’s commitment to a strongly enhanced freshman year experience, which begins with engineering fundamentals in the very first year. Among the new features, the Learning Center has space for 175 students and features upgraded classrooms, open study areas, mobile tables, chairs and a social area.
- The Goering Center (Family and Private Business Certificate) – A $1 million gift to the Carl H. Lindner College of Business and the Goering Center, from John and Gloria Goering, added a family and private business certificate to the college’s curriculum - the first of its kind offered by any College of Business nationwide. This new program gives students a head start on understanding how to own and operate family or private businesses.
- Sheakley Athletics Center – The Sheakley Athletics Center now serves as the cold and inclement weather practice home for the UC football team, and the adjoining facilities also serve the baseball, lacrosse, track and field and soccer teams, though. the facilities are used nearly year-round. While a myriad of donors at all giving levels contributed to its construction, none of it would have been possible without the personal generosity and volunteerism of Larry Sheakley.
- Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions – Yet another example of private support making a difference, the Winkler Center houses various archives and artifacts from Cincinnati’s rich medical history, including Daniel Drake, Albert Sabin, George Rieveschl and many others. The center is a tribute to former UC President Henry Winkler’s endless pursuit of knowledge, and serves as a unique resource for historical as well as contemporary archives.
- Gardner Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders – With the hope of spurring research that ultimately finds a cure for Parkinson’s disease, the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Foundation donated $5.5 million in 2007 to establish the Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. The Gardner Foundation’s investment created an endowed clinical research program and accelerated collaboration among scientists and physicians. The endowment propels UC’s Parkinson’s disease research and care, and the development of advanced treatments for people with Parkinson’s.
The impact of the Proudly Cincinnati campaign can be felt through the numerous scholarships, endowed chairs and professorships, facility upgrades and centers now visible throughout UC, but this isn’t the end of the campaign… it’s just the beginning.
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