|Finalists Kim Bauer, Ayla Rapoport and Sonya Mueller wish each other good luck before the banquet.|
In her letter of support for Bauer’s nomination, Associate Professor Barbara Wenner wrote about how impressed she was with Bauer’s “interest and excellence” in an Honors English literature course — especially impressive considering that Bauer is a double major in chemistry and Spanish.
But the C-Ring Award is for more than just academic achievement.
|The seven finalists are joined here by Mitchel Livingston, UC Interim President Monica Rimai and A&S Dean Valerie Hardcastle.|
“The C-Ring recognizes women who work to improve the quality of life in our communities; who feel a responsibility to the greater world. These are women who ‘lift as they climb,’ selflessly reaching out to other women and girls to help them succeed,” says Rinto.
Wenner also talked in her letter of support about Bauer’s working with women in other countries.
“She has been abroad six times, both studying and doing volunteer work from working in a maternity clinic in Nicaragua to studying medical Spanish in Peru,” Wenner wrote.
Debbie Brawn, director of Programs and Administration for the University Honors Program, nominated Bauer.
|Mitchel Livingston, UC Vice President of Student Affairs & Services and Chief Diversity Officer, spoke at the C-Ring Award banquet.|
“Kim gives back to the communities and organizations of which she is a part,” Brawn wrote. “Kim is sensitive to diversity and other cultures. She readily adapts, as is evidenced by her success studying and living abroad. Her personal passion for learning and travel serves as an inspiration.”
Bauer hopes to enter graduate school and earn a combined master of physician assistant studies and master of public health degree, with the goal of improving the quality of women’s health internationally.
"Women around the world struggle to find equality and to obtain an education. Of the estimated 1.2 billion people living in poverty (less than $1 a day), 70 percent are women,” Bauer wrote in her essay. “By working with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for single-parent moms, by educating impoverished women at a Nicaraguan maternity clinic, and by providing needed supplies to women in Peru, I have been working to fight gender inequality.”
|Kim Bauer's parents were with her to share her happy moment.|
More stories about the C-Ring Award and previous winners:
C-Ring Cycle 88: It's Down to Seven Finalists
The C-Ring is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards at the University of Cincinnati.
Nominate an Outstanding Undergraduate Woman for the C-Ring
If you know a female undergrad who's a good student, gives back to her campus community and works for the advancement of women, nominate her for the 2009 C-Ring by Feb. 20!
2008 C-Ring Winner Grateful to UC for Strong Sense of Community
Graduating University of Cincinnati senior Amy Schlegel has won the 2008 C-Ring Award, given to an outstanding undergraduate woman.
C-Ring Committee Members:
|The C-Ring Winners' Circle: Connie Kling Hanna (1953), Joan Linhardt Plunkett and Susan Grogan Faller (both '72), Julie Flammer ('99) and Susanne Riggs Malof ('75).|
C-Ring Honorary Members:
Karen K. Faaborg — senior vice president and Chief Human Resource Officer
Andrea R. Lindell — dean, College of Nursing
Victoria A. Montavon — dean, University Libraries
Elizabeth C. King — dean, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
Kristi A. Nelson — senior vice provost, Academic Planning