UC Alumni Association names top alumni award winners

Five UC alumni to receive highest honors at April 2 event

The University of Cincinnati Alumni Association has announced the recipients of its highest honors for UC alumni. This year’s honorees include:

  • Jeffrey L. Wyler, Bus ’65, Hon ’11
  • William P. Wiesmann, M.D., A&S ’68, Hon ’08; Sandra S. Wiesmann, CECH ’66
  • Christopher T. Lewis, M.D., Med ’00
  • Anndréa M. Moore, Bus ’10

The UC Alumni Association annually honors a select few of its more than 300,000 alumni based on their career accomplishments and contributions to the university and community, recognizing them during Alumni Weekend festivities.

“UC’s rich history and bright future are built on the great deeds and character of our alumni,” said Jennifer Heisey, executive director of the UC Alumni Association and vice president of alumni relations for the UC Foundation. “For that reason, each spring we’re thrilled to recognize an outstanding group of honorees who exemplify these traits and accomplishments that are unique to the Bearcat family. Their contributions are as compelling and diverse as they are. Through their professional and volunteer capacities, they represent the innovation and impact that our university is known for, lifting others here at home and around the world. And their devotion to their alma mater has been self-evident in all that they do.”

These five honorees, along with 14 college-specific award recipients, will be recognized at the 2020 UC Alumni Celebration on Thursday, April 2, 2020, to be held in the Campus Recreation Center on the UC campus. Individual tickets may be purchased for $100 and table sponsorships start at $1,500; visit alumni.uc.edu/dac. Please contact Sarah Barnard at sarah.barnard@uc.edu or 513-556-2078 to learn more.

About the honorees:

headshot of Jeff Wyler

Jeffrey L. Wyler, Bus ’65, Hon ’11 – William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement

Jeff Wyler is the founder and CEO of the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family, one of the country’s top 50 dealership groups employing 1,300 and selling more than 40,000 vehicles annually — a far cry from the fledgling dealership he took over in 1973 at age 32 with 12 employees and first-year sales of 383 vehicles. The phenomenal growth was a product of Wyler’s dogged determination, calculated risk-taking, innovative spirit, and unerring customer focus. An early turning point came when he began to use TV advertising to draw customers to his Clermont County dealership where, he promised, “cars, like eggs, are cheaper in the country.” A decade later he introduced the “automall” concept combining his multiple domestic and foreign franchises. By de-emphasizing specific brands in favor of greater convenience, wider selection and lower pricing, he built a more user-friendly car-shopping experience as well as greater equity in his own brand. Through the years, Wyler has been extremely engaged in the community and a champion of his alma mater, including helping to elevate the UC academic experience while chairing UC’s Board of Trustees.

a photo of William and Sandra Wiesmann posed together

William Wiesmann, M.D., A&S ’68, Hon ’08; Sandra Wiesmann, CECH ’66 – Robert E. Dobbs Distinguished Service Award

Seeking to make a personal impact on new generations of Bearcats, Bill and Sandy Wiesmann created the Next Generation Leadership Scholars program in which exceptionally talented undergraduates with financial need can engage in multi-year scientific research opportunities at Bill’s California-based biotechnology firm. Scholarship recipients are students of the STEM disciplines within Bill’s College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education within Sandy’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. Beyond financial support, Next Generation Leadership Scholars work summers with professional scientists as they explore groundbreaking research. Students learn essential procedures that reinforce and expand concepts covered in their UC classes — building their resumés and life skills to help position them for greater success. The Wiesmanns also offer ongoing personal guidance, providing insight on career paths, personal growth and professional contacts. They feel this opportunity to get to know the scholars personally, thereby deepening their investment in the students’ futures, is a gratifying and driving force behind their philanthropy.

headshot of Christopher Lewis

Christopher T. Lewis, M.D., Med ’00 – Marian A. Spencer Mosaic Award

Serving an international health elective in Tanzania in 2003 was so moving to third-year UC medical resident Chris Lewis that he founded the Village Life Outreach Project to “unite communities to promote Life, Health and Education.” Thus began a partnership that continues to transform lives in the East African country. He has since led more than two dozen trips to a trio of Tanzanian villages with UC and UC Health faculty and students. They treat the sick, establish methods of ensuring clean water, build schools, create feeding programs for the schoolchildren, and help village leaders craft systems by which they can sustain the work and its benefits. Beyond the on-the-ground impact, Lewis derives satisfaction from Village Life’s reciprocal nature; the experience changes everyone it touches. Now UC’s vice provost for academic programs, he feels the UC participants receive more than they give. “We have our lives changed by the lessons we learn in Tanzania — lessons in humanitarianism, the importance of community, what poverty and wealth really mean.”

a headshot of honoree, Anndrea Moore

Anndréa M. Moore, Bus ’10 – Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award

Anndréa Moore’s professional career has taken her to Google, Apple and Facebook. From consulting with businesses on digital marketing strategy to launching global product features impacting millions of users, she shares her expertise in digital marketing, product storytelling, email engagement, and customer journey optimization. Her tech industry experience led her to see potential in a formal peer network, so she founded Black Tech Women, growing it from a small online community to an organization of more than 3,000 members internationally and partnering with many premier tech companies to help black women become senior leaders in the technology space. Moore also actively mentors others in their professional journeys, including advising with the Management Leadership for Tomorrow Career Fellows Program and coaching more than a dozen juniors across the country to secure internships. She has been a panelist and speaker at SxSW 2018, Tech Inclusion, the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurship Conference and the Google Online Marketing Challenge Summit.

2020 Outstanding Alumni Awards

College of Allied Health Sciences – Teresa Hollenkamp, CAHS ’83, ’85

College of Arts and Sciences – John S. Michelman, PhD, A&S ’60, ’65  

Blue Ash College – Anita Ingram, UCBA ’90, Bus ’92

Carl H. Lindner College of Business – Patricia S. Kautz, Bus ’88

Clermont College – Christopher M. Titzer, Cler ’12, ’13, CECH ’14

College-Conservatory of Music – Betty S. Glover, CCM ’44

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning – Daniel S. Iacofano, PhD, FAICP, FASLA, DAAP ’76, ’86

College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services – Reginald A. Wilkinson, EdD, CECH ’98

College of Engineering and Applied Science – Carol C. Clinton, PhD, CEAS ’81, ’08, ’11

College of Law – Melany Stinson Newby, JD, Law ’74

College of Medicine – Martin A. Samuels, M.D., Med ’71, Hon ’05  

College of Nursing – Janice M. Dyehouse, PhD, Nur ’72, A&S ’89

James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy – Gregory A. Fox, RPh, Pharm ’83

UC Athletics – Mary Wineberg, CECH ’02

Visit alumni.uc.edu/celebration for more information about the honorees and the UC Alumni Celebration.

About the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association
The UC Alumni Association (UCAA) represents and serves UC’s more than 300,000 alumni worldwide, helping them maintain a lifetime connection to each other and their alma mater. The UCAA staff and volunteers work to provide year-round opportunities for networking, continuing education and professional development