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Remarks by President Zimpher to the Board of Trustees - January 29, 2008


In the weeks since your last meeting, the University of Cincinnati has had a lot of reasons to celebrate.

• Among them is the new Miss America, Kirsten Haglund, a UC musical theater student at CCM, crowned this weekend. She is the second Miss America from UC in eight years and is from Michigan.

• Thousands of UC fans cheered our football team on to victory in the PapaJohns.Com Bowl in December.  I am told that this was our best attended bowl game in history and this makes us the state of Ohio’s only Bowl Champions this year. I see Coach Brian Kelly here and would him to stand for a round of applause.

• Our College of Law celebrates its 175th anniversary this year and on Friday night hosted a gala to mark this great milestone.  Novelist John Grisham spoke to the audience of 1000 people and spoke earlier in the day to the more than 360 UC law students.

• Two of our vice presidents have been selected to serve in national capacities. Mitchel Livingston, vice president for student affairs and chief diversity officer, has been appointed to the National Oversight Board for the Voluntary System of Accountability. And Sandra Degen, vice president for research, has been elected to a two-year term on the executive committee of the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education (CRPGE), one of the councils of our public universities association, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

• UC and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIGH -OSH) have formed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for future collaborative endeavors. The MOU encourages NIOSH researchers and UC personnel — including, but not limited to, faculty, staff, students and residents—to cooperate in mutually beneficial research, service, and professional training endeavors. The MOU will promote cross-campus projects involving a number of UC colleges.

• Our new master’s of public health program is now accepting applications for its first class of students. The program, which you approved as a new last June, obtained final approval from the Ohio Board of Regents in mid-December. It will be one of the first public health training programs in the nation to emphasize an evidence-based approach to safeguarding and improving the public’s health.

• At the risk of sounding like I’m repeating myself, I am happy to report that UC’s interior design program is ranked No. 1 in the nation for the ninth straight year. Industrial design is No. 2 in the nation for the third straight year. And Architecture is ranked No. 5 in the nation.

• As we watch the Feb. 3rd Super Bowl, UC can take pride in the fact that two UC students have again worked on the graphic designs that millions will see in the city of Phoenix, the Phoenix airport and the Universit of Phoenix Stadium.  It’s the fourth year in a row that UC student designers have quarter-backed in this high-profile way. Also Bearcat grad Mike Wright plays for the Patriots so we will be represented both on screen and on the field.

• Yet another great streak for UC spans 10 years as the UC Division of Criminal Justice has ranked No. 1 again in the country for research productivity in that field.  The program is ranked No. 3 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

• Our College of Business has received a $2 million gift from Sharon and James Wienel to establish the James Womack/Gemini Chair of Signage and Visual Marketing.  Professor James Kellaris will be the first to serve  in this position.

• Our UC Metro program reports that in the first nine months we logged more than 500,000 free bus rides for UC students, faculty and staff, made possible with a contract funded by UC’s Student Government and the university.
• I am proud to note that UC was named one of the best places to work in academics, according to a study of life scientists by the Scientist. Using 39 criteria, UC was ranked along with 83 other institutions both inside and outside the United States.

• And last, I want to note that we have a new book at your places. With photos by Robert A. Flischel, The University of Cincinnati  features photos of our architectural transformation along with some traditional views. It really is absolutely fabulous.