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What is Organizational Leadership?

November 12, 2021

By Erinn Sweet What happens when companies and organizations value people over profit? Can leadership in the workplace be taught, or is it a practiced skill? These and other questions are just few of the timely topics addressed in UC’s Organizational Leadership major, offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, designed to teach students to cultivate and apply leadership skills in corporate, nonprofit, or community settings. The program combines a liberal arts education with a curriculum that focuses on theoretical and practical study of leadership. In the classroom, students gain tactical career experience through class projects, guest lectures, and certifications that provide them with marketable knowledge. “This degree is a pathway,” says assistant professor Tom Mobley. He notes that at least one-third of students graduate with a professional certification (for example, certification through the Society for Human Resource Management). Mobley adds that about 60 percent of students complete an internship during their undergraduate career.

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 students explore career paths through NeuroSociety Club

May 7, 2021

By: Joí Dean As a freshman, Victoria Popritkin, the current president of NeuroSociety , a third-year neuroscience and vocal performance major, was in search of an organization that would complement both of her future career choices. Right away Popritkin felt that the student organization NeuroSociety, was a place for people with a variety of different career paths and not a road that would only lead to medical school. According to CampusLink, NeuroSociety, is a group of undergraduate students looking to learn more about the brain and the career fields associated with neuroscience through speakers, movies and hands-on activities.

UC to host symposium on socially just community research

March 2, 2021

Event: March 5, 2021 9:30 AM

On Friday, March 5, The Cincinnati Project (TCP) will host its seventh-annual symposium titled “The Art and Science of Socially Just Community Partnered Research,” sponsored by UC’s College of Arts and Sciences and The Taft Research Center. Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) Mohan Dutta will deliver the keynote speech. Based in New Zealand, CARE is a global organization dedicated to developing community-based solutions for social change, advocacy and activism, inspired by the conviction that health is a human right. Founded in 2016, TCP unites researchers from UC’s College of Arts and Sciences with community partners to benefit marginalized communities in Cincinnati, tackling economic, race, gender and health issues. Past TCP research has focused on high eviction rates in Hamilton County, resulting in city legislation to protect the rights of renters through an eviction prevention plan. In addition to the keynote speaker, the symposium will include discussion panels from area organizations such as Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, the Center for Closing the Health Gap, and UC faculty researchers. Topics will include ways in which community-based research can be conducted in socially just ways, in order to benefit the communities it is designed to serve. The symposium will be held virtually via Zoom from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, please visit The Cincinnati Project.

Pandemic creates professional opportunity for UC undergrad

December 17, 2020

By Jenn Cammel    COVID-19 caused millions of college students to study remotely this year but, for University of Cincinnati Arts and Science neuropsychology major Alex Powell, the pandemic meant a new job. In May, Powell joined the medical lab team as an intern at Gravity Diagnostics in Covington. Powell, who plans to attend pharmacy school after graduation, found the position online while looking for a Summer job. At the lab, his job was to get the samples ready to be tested and enter data as well as other basic lab technician work. “Gravity Diagnostics started as a small lab that initially did Toxicology, STI and Upper Respiratory testing,” Powell says. “When COVID hit, the owner purchased the equipment necessary for testing it and it's been growing ever since.” Powell and his coworkers had many precautions in place to help keep them—and their work environment—safe. “It was pretty interesting seeing the pandemic firsthand,” he says. “Whenever the country had a strong spike in cases, we would see it firsthand in the number of samples received per day.

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