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Honorary Society Taps UC Engineering Students

UC engineering students Thaddaeus Voss and Caleb Moore join the exclusive, honorary Cincinnatus Society.

Date: 2/6/2014
By: Desiré Bennett
Other Contact: Arthur Davies
Other Contact Phone: (513) 556-9181
Cincinnatus Honor Society member, Thaddaeus Voss.
Cincinnatus Honor Society member, Thaddaeus Voss.

University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science electrical engineering student Thaddaeus Voss and civil engineering student Caleb Moore have become members of the Cincinnatus Society.

The society is an exclusive honorary society and is the oldest co-ed honorary society at UC  with a membership limited to 35 undergraduate students campus-wide.

The society recognizes campus leaders who promote the prestige of the university by contributing to the recruitment and retention of students, as well as alumni relations.

Active members choose potential new members based on how they exemplify the mission of Cincinnatus, a humble Roman farmer who selflessly led his city to victory in a great battle in 458 B.C. He then declined to be named emperor and returned to his fields becoming our model of a citizen soldier.

Students selected for the Cincinnatus Society are leaders not only in their degree program, but are focused on serving and improving their community through student group involvement and via service to the Cincinnati community at large.

Voss currently serves as the vice president of the College of Engineering and Applied Science Ambassadors. “CEAS Ambassadors is a student organization where passionate engineering students as a group help prospective students realize just how great CEAS is through tours of the engineering complex at UC, class shadows, high school visits, open houses, lunches, etc.,” he said. “[We are] the face of the College of Engineering and Applied Science through our personal experience as engineering students.”

In addition to being vice president, Voss has held officer positions as Events Chair and the College Connections Chair in CEAS Ambassadors.  He is also the IEEE secretary and the vice president of Eta Kappa Nu. Additionally, Voss has served as a teaching assistant for the new Engineering Foundation course,  a Learning Community peer leader, and has participated in several organizations including the Honors Program, Honors Ambassadors, Major Ambassadors, UC Alliance, and GenderBloc.

Voss is excited about this opportunity. “The Cincinnatus Honorary Society has connected me with students that are just as enthusiastic about UC as me,” he said. “I can now learn from their experiences and draw on their styles of spirit for the university as I recruit students as we work together to exemplify the spirit of the Cincinnatus Honorary Society and strive to serve the University of Cincinnati even better.”

Current Cincinnatus adviser and society alumnus, Katie Richardson, shares in this enthusiasm. “Being a member of Cincinnatus is an honor bestowed to a select few – and being part of this elite group was the perfect capstone to my undergraduate career,” she said. “Membership in Cincinnatus means that you are devoted to the recruitment and retention of University of Cincinnati students and that you have dedicated yourself to that promise while pursuing your degree. I am a proud Bearcat – and membership in Cincinnatus helps to solidify my commitment to the University.”