UC Student Body President Lane Hart has been a student ambassador at UC since he was a freshman, when he first volunteered as a ROAR student tour guide with UC Admissions to welcome visitors to campus. As the first fall semester in 48 years gets underway at UC next week, Hart is sending a special welcome to new and returning students, and wants to emphasize that the Student Government Office is the place for students to go when they’re seeking to make connections with the university. The office is located in Room 655 of the Steger Student Life Center.
Hart says he will be planning regular Student Government video updates to share with students this fall, to keep students informed and connected. He says Student Government is at work on a Bearcat Transportation System (BTS) tracking system that is more user-friendly. Representatives are also working on how to make it easier for students to schedule events and reserve spaces on campus.
Hart also wants to remind students that they can learn about student leadership opportunities as well as build their strengths in student leadership by applying to join the Student Government First-Year Leadership Program (FYLP). Applications can be submitted online. The deadline to apply is Sept. 14.
Student Government will also be active in the Get Out the Vote Campaign to encourage voter registration and bipartisan conversations on the issues.
Hart, a 22-year-old Kolodzik Business Scholar and information systems and finance major from Lewisburg, Ohio, first started making his own connections to UC when he was a sophomore at Tri-County North High School. He lived on campus for a week when he joined a summer business program for high school students, which resulted in his first connections with the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.
“I fell in love with the campus and its reputation for cooperative education (founded at UC),” Hart says. “I also liked the physical setting of the campus.
“I feel like UC is part of the city, and as a result, there are opportunities for students to be involved with the Cincinnati community.”
Hart indeed got involved, including serving two years as co-president of Serve Beyond Cincinnati, an organization created in 2007 by UC students who envisioned fueling the passion of a civic-minded generation by providing national and international service experiences for UC students. “I wanted to travel internationally and I fell in love with the people, the organization and the whole purpose behind it.”
He has also participated in UC’s award-winning Racial Awareness Program (RAPP), a year-long, comprehensive experience to educate students on social justice issues.
When he was a first-year student, he also held an internship with Student Government. More recently, he has become involved with the Student Alumni Council (SAC), an organization that fosters stronger relationships between students and alumni.
Lane Hart leads a UC tour on Aug. 17.
Hart also continues to serve as a ROAR tour guide. “For me, it’s a good way to give back, and I always hope that our visitors are impressed by what UC has to offer. I love our campus and I love talking about UC.”
In addition to being a Kolodzik Business Scholar, Hart last spring was also awarded a Goering Memorial Scholarship from the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. The scholarship recognizes students for their outstanding academics and leadership within the college.
“I tell people all the time that I don’t know if I’ll remember some specific formula I learned in a classroom, but I’ll always remember the experiences I had as a UC student – as far as leadership, making connections and developing lifelong friendships,” Hart says. “If students don’t get involved, they’ll miss out on those valuable experiences.
You may end up graduating with a 4.0 GPA, but you’ll miss out on a lot we have to offer.”