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Award Winners

2014-2015 Award Recipients

Gregory Ziton

Gregory Ziton (’17), a student in the Lindner College of Business, has been accepted into the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship program to study at the American University in Dubai. Greg is majoring in Finance and Accounting with a minor in Business Analytics and is a Cincinnatus Presidential Scholar, Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholar, and a member of the University Honors Program. While at UC, Greg has taken on various leadership roles, including serving as a Learning Community Leader in the Lindner College of Business PACE Program, the Vice President of Recruiting for the Kolodzik Business Scholars Association, Vice President of Finance for the Lindner Ambassadors program, and Director of Internal Affairs for the Lindner Finance Club. Greg is also a member of the Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and volunteers with the Bearcat Buddies program. Greg is from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Saint Ignatius High School.

2013-2014 Award Recipients

Jarod Gregory, 2013 Goldwater Honorable Mention

Jarod Gregory, a student in the College of Engineering and Applied Science ACCEND Program, is a recipient of the 2014 Goldwater Scholarship. Jarod will graduate with his BS in chemical engineering and MS in environmental engineering in Spring 2015. He has performed co-op work at Duke Energy. Jarod was one of a group of students who competed in the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Sustainable Design Expo contest. Jarod took a leadership role in the research field and began his own research project in 2013 in collaboration between the environmental and biomedical engineering departments. After graduation, he wants to pursue either a research position as an environmental engineer or continue school to obtain his doctorate degree.

Daniel Griffin is a recipient of the 2014 Goldwater Scholarships. Daniel studies computer engineering, with a specialty in biomedical engineering and computing. He has performed coop work at Novel Device Laboratory and Wright Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory. After graduation, Daniel wanted to pursue a PhD in Electrical or Computer Engineering. Eventually, he hopes to develop cheap, non-invasive, and remote monitoring medical devices to reduce health care costs.

Jacob Fessler will travel to Mozambique for the 2014 fall semester to study Portuguese. Jacob is a major in International Affairs. He is interested in eventually working in the foreign service in international development/aid or national security.

Hannah Randolph will spend the 2014-15 academic year studying at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, studying Mandarin. Hannah is a major in economics and international affairs with a minor in mathematics; she expects to graduate in Spring 2016. After graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD in Economics, ultimately becoming becoming a foreign service officer with the US Department of State.

Michelle Dietz is the winner of an English Teaching Assistantship in Germany. In the spring of 2014, she received her MA from UC in German and Jewish Studies. While in Germany, she hopes to engage in volunteer work with the elderly in care facilities or hospitals. Ultimately, Michelle aims to complete a PhD in German Studies and become a professor.

Trishia Mudd is the winner of an English Teaching Assistantship to the Czech Republic. She graduated from UC in the spring, receiving a BS in Secondary Education: Language Arts, and Psychology and English. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Trishia hopes to volunteer with the Youth in Action Programme in the Czech Republic, encouraging young people to participate in volunteer work abroad. Her future goals include completing her TESOL certification and pursuing doctoral studies in Literacy, Language, and Culture.

Cheryl Nachbauer is the winner of a Research Grant to Chile. In partnertship with her affiliates there, she “will design a comprehensive and culturally specific disaster relief housing strategy that transcends the reconstruction process to include recovery of the individual.” Cheryl's project fits into her broader aspiration to dedicate her career to executing holistic disaster relief solutions that address natural disasters by incorporating local building materials. Ultimately, her career goals is to establish a nonprofit firm that focuses on designing architecture that heals. Cheryl is a UC alum who received her MA in Architecture in 2009.

Fotina Naumenko is the winner of a Research Grant to Russia. While there, she will study at St. Petersburg Conservatory, researching Russian vocal music and opera. Her work will culminate in the “creation of a program for American singers to learn to sing in Russian” in order to make performing Russian music more accessible to American singers and increase performance of Russian music in USA. Fotina aims to establish a Russian diction website, creating a “rich cultural resource.” Fotina is a UC aulm who received her MM in Voice in 2012; she will return to CCM in the fall of 2015 to begin working towards her DMA.

Will McIlwain, Rangel Fellowship Recipient

Will McIlwain is a 2013 Rangel Fellow. The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Fellowship is a highly competitive program that selects only 20 Fellows nationwide. In addition to the Rangel Fellowship, Will has also received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and the William J. Clinton Scholarship to study at the American University in Dubai. He is one of the 2013 UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence recipients.