Award-Winning Lindner Honors-PLUS Students Are the Faces of UC

What's with the "PLUS"?
P = Promise as a business professional
L = Leadership in school and community activities
U = Understanding of the global marketplace and diverse cultures
S = Success through talent, commitment, dedication, and effort

Now, the UC College of Business is celebrating

T = Teaching
E = Enriching
N = Networking

Y = Young
E = Enthusiastic and
A = Academically
R = Responsive and Responsible
S = Students

The Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS program will mark a decade at the University of Cincinnati College of Business (CoB). Ten years into this exemplary program, CoB faculty and staff take time to celebrate the successes of the past, highlight the accomplishments of program alumni, and thank the generous donors who make the program possible. The CoB Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program 10th Anniversary Celebration is Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Tangeman University Center.

All students admitted to the Lindner Honors-PLUS Program receive merit scholarships sufficient to cover all in-state academic and general fees. As with other University Honors students, students are chosen based on test scores, grade point average and class ranking. In addition, Lindner Honors-PLUS criteria seek to attract students whose academic measures place them in the top 10 percent nationally, whose extracurricular activities indicate excellent leadership potential, and who are motivated to become business and community leaders.

Their leadership shines through even before graduation.

“Last year we swept the outstanding co-op student awards in business, and we’re well represented this year also,” says Jeri Ricketts, director of the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program in UC's College of Business. She also goes on to say that what makes this so remarkable is that they only accept 25 students each year straight out of high school (and sometimes transfer in two or three at the end of freshman year), for a total of about 125 students in the program.

“The awards garnered by our 25 students — out of 600 College of Business grads and 4,000 UC grads each year — make it clear that they are making a huge contribution to UC’s campus leadership,” Ricketts notes with pride. “Our hope is that their service to the college and university makes a significant positive difference in the experiences of many other UC students.”

Beyond that, Ricketts hopes that the students’ leadership on campus is carried over to leadership in the community. For instance, Jay Hummel was honored in the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “40 Under 40” last year.

“Most [40 Under 40] recipients are at the high end of the 35–40 age range,” Ricketts says. “Jay was 26 when named (one of the youngest ever), primarily for his work as president of “Give Back Cincinnati” — a community service organization of literally hundreds of young professionals in Cincinnati.”

“Of course this isn’t happenstance,” explains Ricketts. “We take deliberate steps to develop professionalism and leadership in our students from the day they arrive on campus. They all receive full in-state tuition scholarships, and we make it clear that their scholarship comes with strings attached, much like an athletic scholarship. We expect our students to set the bar high in terms of academics, co-op performance, leadership on campus and community service. The support they provide each other, the networks they have developed, the positive peer pressure, and the support we give them all contribute to their success.”

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