President of UC Student Honorary Presented with National Award
Jaime Meyer, president of UC’s Mortar Board chapter for outstanding seniors, accepts the Golden Torch Award at the organization’s national conference.
By: Dawn Fuller
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Jaime Meyer of Delhi is president of a UC student honorary that was founded on campus back in 1932. The Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society opens its membership to college seniors who excel in academics, leadership and service. The national office of Mortar Board honored the UC Mystic Thirteen Chapter as one of 28 chapters out of 223 chartered collegiate chapters nationally to receive the Golden Torch Award for “going above and beyond the timeliness and excellence while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.” Meyer represented the UC student organization when she received the award at the national conference in Columbus in July.
“It’s a great honor,” Meyer says of the award. “It means your chapter went above and beyond its regular requirements for the year. The application for the award is reviewed by the national headquarters.”
She says UC’s Mortar Board Chapter’s dedication to service includes participation in events such as Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and Green-Up Day, plus, chapter members spend one Saturday each month cleaning up a stretch of Martin Luther King Drive. The seniors have spoken with Cincinnati Public students participating in the GEAR UP (Gaining Early Access and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) partnership (of which UC is a member) that aims to increase the number of students from low-income households to stay on track for college. “We teamed up with different organizations for GEAR UP day and helped with some of their events and also gave students tours of the campus,” she says.
Meyer adds the chapter also meets for social events, such as taking in a Reds Game or touring the Cincinnati Zoo’s Festival of Lights in December. “Sometimes, we just go out for pizza.”
Meyer, a graduate of Seton High School, is a fifth-year accounting major and a Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS scholar – a College of Business educational experience for students who have demonstrated excellence in academics and leadership. She says she thought joining Mortar Board would be a “great outlet to meet seniors from other colleges that I wouldn’t typically get to interact with at UC. So I applied and I was accepted.”
Meyer says she chose UC because she knew the reputation of the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS program was beyond compare. Her sister, Laura, was a previous graduate of the program and works at Ernst & Young, where Jaime is serving her cooperative education experience.
“I can’t stress enough how great the UC co-op program really is,” she says. “Students get real-life experience and they’re getting paid, which helps with college tuition, plus, you’re very likely to walk out of Commencement with a job offer.”
As a hometown student who’s attending a hometown university, she says her study-abroad experiences have also given her a global view of business on her tours of France, Munich, Geneva and Amsterdam, plus, another study-abroad experience took her on a trip to Italy, studying music and art history.
“If there’s anything I’d recommend to incoming students, I’d recommend co-op and studying abroad. My professors that took us to Italy had traveled there for 16 years, so they know exactly where to go and I learned so much more than if I had just tried to travel there by myself.”
Meyer is also a member of the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity and has served as a campus tour guide. “I’ve been working as a tour guide since my second year in college so it was interesting at one time, taking different routes around the construction. Now that the construction is finished, it’s fun to show off the campus to potential students and it’s even more fun when we see alumni on these tours, because they’re amazed at how the campus has changed.”
So, what’s her advice to new and future students? “Get involved. I know everybody says that, but I can’t stress that enough. I know people who have driven to class and have turned around and driven home and I don’t think they get as much out of their college experience. What you put into your time at UC is what you’re going to get out of it.”