UCAA worked closely with the
colleges to host more than 1,000
alums for our annual Alumni
Weekend and Reunions in May.
May’s “Bearcats at the Ballpark,”
UCAA’s annual UC day with the
Reds, was attended by 1,013
members of the UC family and
included a variety of UC festivities
throughout the evening,
highlighted by the ceremonial
first pitch delivered by UC
Clermont Dean Gregory Sojka.
UCAA organized a City of
Cincinnati Alumni Luncheon at
City Hall in June, meeting with 75
alumni who work for the City of
Cincinnati. UCAA co-organized
and co-hosted the event with
Deputy City Manager and UCAA
Board member Scott Stiles (DAAP
alums also heard from
Councilwoman and UC alumna
Yvette Simpson (Law ’04).
The UC Distinguished Alumni
Celebration (formerly UC Day
Celebration) was held in June
and drew a record crowd of 365,
including a guest presentation by
former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, a UC
alum. The annual event honored
a slate of five outstanding alumni
with the UCAA’s top alumni
awards: Tom Humes, Bus ’71, A&S
’77 (
William Howard Taft Medal
for Notable Achievement); Tom
Horwitz, DAAP ’78, ’81 (Alumni
Distinguished Service Award);
Willie Carden, Jr., Univ ’80, Bus
’86 (
Mosaic Award); and Andrea
Zahumensky, CEAS ’00, and Joe
Judge, Bus ’00 (Jeffrey Hurwitz
Young Alumni Outstanding
Achievement Award). The
number of nominations
submitted for the awards rose
from the previous year.
UC’s 2011 “Rivercity
Homecoming” in October
leveraged the opportunity
created when the football game
was moved downtown to Paul
Brown Stadium. UCAA held the
traditional parade, followed by a
campus-wide pep rally, on Friday
night (drawing a few thousand
people collectively), allowing for
all other game-day festivities to
take place downtown on Saturday
drawing about 40,000). UCAA
worked with media sponsor Cincy
Magazine to create a special
supplement carrying the UC
and Homecoming messages;
that supplement was targeted
primarily toward Cincinnati’s
business leaders to further
leverage the dynamics and
unique opportunities of the game
A revitalized Young
Professionals alumni group
organized a slate of activities
that connected with the local YP
segment, including a sold-out bus
trip to Keeneland in Lexington,
Ky.; a presentation with Cincinnati
City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld
a YP himself ); and the launch
of monthly YP Happy Hour
networking events in downtown
Cincinnati. Collectively, dedicated
YP events drew 290 alums.
Engagement Activity Closer to Home and Campus