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Ohio higher ed chancellor, legislators pay tribute to UC during Bicentennial year

State officials and office holders gathered March 12 with UC leadership and alumni in Columbus to recognize and celebrate the university's Bicentennial milestone

The University of Cincinnati celebrated its Bicentennial where its founding charters began in 1819: the capital of Ohio in Columbus on March 12.

President Neville Pinto accepted special commendations marking the university’s 200th birthday from Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner, alumnus and State Senator Cecil Thomas, and alumna and State Representative Brigid Kelly as other state officials and alumni joined in the celebration.

The Columbus event provided a fitting nod to UC’s roots, as it was the state legislature that voted in 1819 to issue two charters to create the Medical College of Ohio and Cincinnati College, forerunners of today’s University of Cincinnati.

On hand for the event were hundreds of well wishers greeted by President Pinto, Foundation President Peter Landgren and Alumni Association Executive Director Jen Heisey as well as UC Board Chair Wym Portman, and Board members Margaret Valentine and Phil Collins. Phil and Lela Collins as well as Kim Dobbs are UC’s Bicentennial co-chairs, and both Phil and Kim also attended the event.

Neville G. Pinto, University of Cincinnati president spoke during Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio. UC/Joseph Fuqua II

Neville G. Pinto, University of Cincinnati president delivered remarks on UC's promising future during the Bicentennial commendation and reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio. UC/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

In his remarks, President Pinto recalled UC’s storied past and promising future guided by the university’s strategic direction, Next Lives Here, with its vision of leading urban universities into a new era of innovation and impact.

He said, “Through Next Lives Here, our vision is to give our students an outward-facing educational experience. For example, our faculty and students are partners with the state in the new Ohio Cyber Range focused on cyber security.”

Added Pinto, “We are re-imagining not only the spaces in which we teach and learn but also the cooperative education opportunities best suited for the digital world. We call it Co-op 2.0…It will mean crafting co-ops in conjunction with employers across the state and the nation to address the needs and culture of today and tomorrow. As we take the first steps into UC’s next century, our university will continue to help our students to reach their fullest potential and to drive innovation in our state.”

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/_a0doMNXyvI?rel=0

Photos by Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

Catherine Ingram, Ohio State representative gestured “UC” during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State Rep. Catherine Ingram gestures "U" for UC.

Catherine Ingram, Ohio State representative gestured C for UC during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio. UC/Joseph Fuqua II

Ohio State Rep. Catherine Ingram gestures "C" for UC.

Neville G. Pinto, left University of Cincinnati president and Briget Kelly, (right) Ohio State representative posed with two proclamations during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio. UC/Joseph Fuqua

UC President Neville G. Pinto (left) and Ohio State Rep. Brigid Kelly.

Neville G. Pinto, left University of Cincinnati president and Chancellor Randy Gardner posed with proclamation during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio.

UC President Neville G. Pinto (left) and Chancellor Randy Gardner.

Cecil Thomas, Ohio state Senator shown off his UC socks during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State Rep. Cecil Thomas shows off his UC socks.

Chancellor Randy Gardner, left spoke with Briget Kelly, Ohio State representative during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Chancellor Randy Gardner (left) and Ohio State Rep. Brigid Kelly.

Sedrick Denson, middle Ohio State representative spoke with people during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State Rep. Sedrick Denson.

vDean Verna Williams, left spoke with Bill Seitz, Ohio State representative during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio.

UC Dean Verna Williams (left) spoke with Ohio State Rep. Bill Seitz.

Left to right Scott and Mary Simmer spoke with Neville G. Pinto, left University of Cincinnati president during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Left to right: Scott and Mary Simmer with UC President Neville G. Pinto.

Left to right Peter Landgren, President of the University of Cincinnati Foundation and Vice President for Advancement, Briget Kelly, Ohio State representative, Hope Lane, Thomas Horan, Jessica Miranda pose for a photo during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Left to right: Peter Landgren, President of the UC Foundation and V.P. for Advancement, Ohio State Rep. Brigid Kelly, Hope Lane, Thomas Horan and Jessica Miranda.

Left to right Chris Dalambakis, Gail and Richard Friedman posed with with the UC 200 Bicentennial sign during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio. UC/Joseph Fuqua II

Left to right: Chris Dalambakis, Gail and Richard Friedman.

Left to right Brian and Cynthia Partridge and Jackie Amos posed with with the UC 200 Bicentennial sign during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio. UC/Joseph Fuqua II

Left to right: Brian and Cynthia Partridge and Jackie Amos.

Chancellor Randy Gardner spoke during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Chancellor Randy Gardner.

Peter Landgren, President of the University of Cincinnati Foundation and Vice President for Advancement spoke during the Bicentennial Commendation & Reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Peter Landgren, President of UC Foundation and V.P. for Advancement.

 

Featured image at top of the page: Left to right, Gail and Richard Friedman, UC Trustee Margaret K. “Peg” Valentine, College of Law Dean Verna Williams, Ohio State Rep. Catherine Ingram, Ohio State Rep. Cecil Thomas, UC Chief Innovation Officer David Adams and Bicentennial Co-Chair Kim Dobbs posed with the UC 200 Bicentennial sign during the Bicentennial commendation and reception at the Athletic Club in Columbus, Ohio. photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services