Campus Embraces Spirit of Giving
Date: Nov. 28, 2000
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones and Jen Carter
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photo by: Dottie Stover
Archive: General News
We don't want to give away any secrets, but we know what some
Greater Cincinnatians will be finding inside their gift boxes
this holiday season. We know because many of these presents are
being made possible by individuals in the UC community who are
pulling together to reach out to people in need beyond the bounds
New hats and gloves, socks, blankets, art supplies, books and
Barbies are definitely among the treasures that will be received
this season, in addition to robes, tape decks, dolls and sports
equipment. Givers and receivers don't even know each other, but
each and every giver behind these holiday items is a UC faculty,
staff or student.
"We used to exchange gifts ourselves, but most of them ended
up being just dust collectors," said Julie Muenchen, assistant to
the College of Business Administration dean. "About 10 to 15
years ago, we decided to do something to help other people. We
started out by adopting a family to buy gifts for."
This season staff members at CBA instead organized a Giving
Tree. Anyone can choose a name from the tree and buy one or more
of the requested gifts listed on the tag. The CBA service project
will benefit children ranging from infancy to 18 years old, all
associated with the foster, adoption and shelter programs of the
Lighthouse, located on Stratford Avenue near West Campus.
Presents from the CBA Giving Tree are due by Dec. 11 in the
In the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, staff, faculty
and student volunteers are helping to serve the community this
holiday season by teaming up with Mercy Franciscan at St. John to
adopt five families and make their holiday dreams come true. It's
the second year for this partnership, which like CBA, involves a
Giving Tree adorned with tags listing the first name of the
recipients, their gender, age and needs.
According to Jeannette Songer, assistant dean, each person in
the families selected by Mercy Franciscan lists items they would
like to receive. Adults' lists include at least two household
items they need in addition to personal wishes. "These lists are
usually very, very practical. They are not frivolous at all,"
said Songer. It's up to A&S faculty, staff and students to
volunteer to make the needed purchases or donate money to pay for
"People will sometimes take an extra step and bring in books
for the children and we divvy those up," she said.
This year, A&S staff and students helped to raise money for
the gift purchases by having a rummage sale. Leftover items from
the sale were donated to the Salvation Army. Ruth Hoffman, a
senior academic advisor, came up with the idea for the sale.
Dec. 8 is the deadline for gifts in the A&S program. They can be
dropped off in Room 102, McMicken.
The Medical Center Community Outreach Program along with
members of the Association for Women Administrators will aid the
homeless and low-income women and children who have turned to
Bethany House for assistance. Medical Center volunteers will be
hosting a holiday party for the women and children at Bethany
House on Gilbert Avenue on Dec. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Anyone
wishing to help should contact Maria Bolten at 558-3613.
Also, the Medical Center Community Outreach Committee, along
with AWA and numerous Medical Center departments and units, are
adopting families for the holidays. If your department is
interested in providing gifts for a family, please contact Jenni
Summers at 558-2484.
Hats and mittens are also being collected by the Community
Outreach Committee this year for Rockdale Paideia Academy. The
collection will run through Dec. 15. Collection boxes are located
throughout the Medical Center or individual donations can be
dropped off in Room 187, Health Professions Building. To get a
box for your department, contact Mary Duke at 558-7635 or Marcia
Miladinov at 558-4597.
Other holiday happenings on campus include:
The main bookstore on West Campus will host an
open house, 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, for faculty and
staff. The event features double discounts, prize drawings and
free gift wrapping with a donation of a nonperishable food item.
Hor d'oeuvres and entertainment offered.
CCM's Feast of Carols concert will take place at
5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday,
Dec. 3 in Corbett Auditorium. Saturday's performance will
feature the Northern Kentucky Children's Ensemble Choir and
Summit Camerata of Summit Country Day School. The first
performance on Sunday will feature the Children's Choir of
Greater Cincinnati. Finneytown High School's Choir will perform
in the evening. All performances will feature A Feast of
Carols, a new arrangement by CCM alumnus Randol Bass.
Tickets are required: 556-4183.
The School of Planning will hold its annual Holiday Feast
at 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. It is open to faculty, staff
and students of the school.
MBA students and faculty will hold a Winter Holiday Prom
at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Cincinnati Club.
Tickets: $15/couple; $55/couple (faculty). For information: 556-
University of Cincinnati Association for Administrators,
Managers and Professionals will host its Holiday Luncheon Party
2000 on at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, in the Alumni
Center, for members only. Cost is $5. Watch the UCAAMP web site
at www.uc.edu/ucaamp for