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UC's new Clifton Court Hall reaches major milestone

May 25, 2022

The final beam was hoisted high above Clifton Avenue this month in the topping off ceremony for Clifton Court Hall, one of the latest additions to the University of Cincinnati’s uptown west campus. Situated near the northwest corner of campus, the 185,000 square foot structure will house several departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, in addition to 24 classrooms, 230 faculty and staff offices when it opens in spring of 2023.

UC alumna launches urban streetwear start-up

February 22, 2022

Lindsay Kaminer may have just recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati, but she has already gotten a jump-start on the job of her dreams, launching her own apparel company. The College of Arts and Sciences communication major graduated in December, 2021, and by then the idea for her brand, Street House was on its way to becoming reality. A self-described fashion aficionado, Kaminer says: “I’ve always dreamed of starting a clothing brand. I do have a full-time job, and I love it. But in the long run this is what I would want to do if I can grow it.” Kaminer works fulltime in a related field as assistant apparel buyer for Tennis Point, a global retailer of tennis clothing, in Sharonville. Her work on Street House is—for now—an after-hours passion. In addition to her communication degree, Kaminer earned a minor in fashion studies from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Street House is a ‘streetwear’ brand, a style defined simply as fashionable but casual clothing—think comfortable hoodies, roomy tees, slouchy sweats and knit caps. The style became popular in the 1990s in New York City, Los Angeles and Japan, and has grown into a billion-dollar global industry.

Craft beer career brews for UC alum

December 6, 2021

For the city of Cincinnati, breweries are big business, with dozens of craft locations spread across the area. For College of Arts and Sciences alum Matt Cremeans, the abundant brewery scene provided opportunity for a new career. Cremeans, who graduated in 2014 with his degree in communication with a certificate in public relations, began working at Rebel Mettle Brewery in January. After visiting the brewery, Cremeans began speaking with the owner, Michael Brown, and eventually joined the team. Brown, an Air Force veteran, had opened the location in September of 2020, establishing it as one of only three local breweries to be veteran owned. Cremeans said that his time at UC helped to prepare him for the world of sales and interpersonal relationship building. During one course at UC, Cremeans had the opportunity to create a marketing plan for a selected company. Through this exercise, he says, he found a better understanding of how to craft the company’s image to benefit the marketing system. This aided him as he moved from UC into the full-time workforce.

UC student body leaders use platform to empower others

October 28, 2021

University of Cincinnati student body leaders have taken on a full slate of undergraduate activities, including classes, studies, Bearcats games and leading student government for UC. Elected as president and vice president earlier this semester, the students set to work delivering on their platform of diversity and inclusion, sustainability, campus spirit, mental health and accessibility.  Initiatives so far include a Mental Health Advocacy Week, a career-ready clothing drive and civil discourse training.

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.    

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?

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.

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