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UC student hopes to earn first Ecuadorian Oscar nomination

October 26, 2021

When UC doctoral student Dani Granja started work on the script for the film Sumergible, she was one of two people teaching screenwriting in Ecuador. Alfredo León León, director and co-writer of Sumergible, approached her with the script, hoping Granja could breathe some life into the text. Eight years later, Sumergible is Ecuador’s official submission to the 2022 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film. Only 10 Ecuadorian films have been submitted for an Oscar nomination and none has yet earned a nod.

UC communication professor receives distinguished scholarship...

October 15, 2021

A&S Professor of Communication, Ronald L. Jackson II, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Orlando L. Taylor Distinguished Scholarship Award in Africana Communication from the National Communication Association (NCA).    This award, the only one in the entire field of communication designed to honor a scholar who has shown dedication and commitment in the field of African American and African Diaspora communication, is named for the first Black president of the NCA, Orlando L. Taylor.    “Given that I have worked arduously to build a program of research over the last 26 years that has offered well-cited foundational texts for the study of African American communication, this is one of the most meaningful awards in my career,” Jackson said.    

 UC alum creates platform to encourage young women in STEM

October 6, 2021

Madelyn Leembruggen has long excelled in STEM-related subjects, with the study coming naturally to her. The alumna of UC’s College of Arts and Sciences graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a 4.0 in 2018, with degrees in Physics, Astrophysics and Mathematics. Leembruggen has long been aware of the lack of representation of women role models for young girls interested in pursuing their STEM passions. Now a PhD candidate in theoretical physics at Harvard, Leembruggen set out to help inspire the next generation of women in STEM.

A&S grad applies liberal arts education at global tech company

October 1, 2021

One might not think that degrees in history and journalism would lead to a successful career in the Silicon Valley. But they certainly have for University of Cincinnati alumnus Chad Reid, who is vice president of marketing and communications for a San Francisco tech company. Reid, who attended UC from 2005 to 2010, is an executive for Jotform, which has developed a platform for creating and sharing online forms. The skills Reid acquired in the College of Arts & Sciences at UC have translated well to a career in marketing, he said. “Companies need people who can write, especially who can write on a deadline,” he said. “They also need people who can research.” Becoming a journalism major at UC was “a no brainer” for him, Reid said, because he had been editor of his high school newspaper. But UC didn’t have the major when he first arrived at the university. It announced it was starting a journalism program after Reid’s freshman year.

Nontraditional students find their place at UC

September 28, 2021

Nontraditional students can be hard to define and even harder to teach in a traditional environment. UC’s College of Arts & Sciences makes it a point to offer flexible scheduling, learning and asynchronous options, aspects that helped Kathy Silbernagel and Al-Raheim Washington earn their liberal arts degrees this year. “In actual class setting, I saw little or no difference between my approach and those of my fellow classmates,” Silbernagel says. “If there is a difference it might be in that many—maybe most—students coming out of high school do not have clear career choices in mind and this was not an issue for me.” Nontraditional students are defined by one or more of seven characteristics: delayed enrollment in college; attends college part-time; works full time; is financially independent; has dependents other than a spouse; is a single parent; or does not have a high school diploma, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. How about a 70-year-old retired CEO and a family advocate and success coach in his mid-30s with a GED?

Journalism alum attributes career success to UC experience

September 20, 2021

Saleha Mohsin, the first student to graduate from the University of Cincinnati’s journalism program, knew from a young age that she wanted to do for a career. “My mom actually told me when I was 15, ‘I think you're going to be a journalist’,” she said. But when she enrolled at UC, the university did not have a journalism program – just a handful of journalism courses housed in the university’s English program. So she enrolled in 2001 first as an undecided student and then as an English major in the College of Arts and Sciences. It was during that first year when Mohsin became involved in the campus newspaper, The News Record.

UC alumna kicks off new career at The Cincinnati Enquirer

September 16, 2021

When Kelsey Conway came to visit UC’s campus before her freshman year, she had no clue that she would be returning to the same city seven years after her graduation to work for The Enquirer, and as the first female lead reporter for the Bengals. “The fact that I am now back in the same city where it all started for me essentially in my journey to being a sports reporter is just incredible on so many levels,” Conway said. Conway’s interest in sports coverage, along with her own skills as a lacrosse player, guided her to UC and into the Arts and Sciences Journalism Department. Conway graduated from the College of A&S with her degree in journalism and minor in electronic media in 2014.

UC journalism prof and alumni inspire young students of color

September 15, 2021

A group of young students of color, educators and local media personalities came together on June 26 this year in a Zoom meeting room. The goal? Encourage young students to consider journalism as a career. The result? A day of learning and enthusiasm for the students and organizers alike. The virtual workshop called “Tools to Succeed,” which is in its third year, was hosted by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJC) and the Greater Association of Black Journalists (GCABJ). UC College of Arts & Sciences professor and SPJC Vice President Jenny Wohlfarth helped start the workshop in 2018 along with Kyle Inskeep, Local 12 news anchor and president of GCABJ.

UC liberal arts alums share their journeys to success

September 13, 2021

As a first-year student moving into your transformative college days, you might find yourself wondering what the finish line looks like. Alumni from UC’s College of Arts and Sciences have stories to share—and prove through their own experiences that earning a liberal arts degree from A&S degree can unlock doors to countless, and sometimes unexpected, career paths. Here, discover some of the creative paths they carved to success.

Got a passion? Join a club! 

September 7, 2021

By Rebecca Schweitzer      [COPY] A big part of the freshman experience at any university is social connection. In UC’s College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in UC with some 8,000 undergraduates, first-year students can find friendship and like minds through a wide variety of student organizations.   As students return to campus life this fall, clubs offer safe communities in which to learn more about the local community or world.  Clubs focused on current interest topics such as social change, the environment and politics exist within clubs such as We The People, GIVE and Students for Justice in Palestine, while other clubs such as Bearcat Bhangra and Opera Club meet over shared niche interests. 

Interdisciplinary Studies opens professional door for UC alum

September 3, 2021

By Rebecca Schweitzer      [COPY] For many students, college is a time of uncertainty and discovery. It is during these formative years that many learn where their interests lay and what future they hope to create for themselves. This was no different for A&S alumna, Jelanah Cheatham.    When Cheatham began at UC in 2014, she felt completely unsure about what career path she hoped to follow. She found herself switching majors multiple times and shifting her post-college aspirations every semester.     After a few semesters of this routine, Cheatham decided Interdisciplinary Studies seemed like a good option and concentrated her curriculum in Math, Marketing and Computer Science.    

Doctoral Bearcat earns Emerging Voices Fellowship 

September 2, 2021

A University of Cincinnati doctoral candidate in the History Department has been awarded the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies Emerging Voices Fellowship. A doubly sweet victory was earned on the same day that he received this award. Maurice Adkins completed the final stage in the Ph.D. process by successfully defending his dissertation titled “Leadership in the Shadow of Jim Crow: Race, Labor, Gender, and Politics of African American Higher Education in North Carolina, 1860-1931.”

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