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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.

A&S Black alumni, faculty honored at Onyx & Ruby Gala

March 8, 2022

University of Cincinnati alumni, faculty, staff and students gathered in February to honor African American leaders and achievers at the 2022 Onyx & Ruby Gala. Awardees included College of Arts & Sciences alumni N. John Bey and Maurice Stewart, and professor of English LaVerne Summerlin, who recently marked her 50th anniversary on faculty at UC. Summerlin received the Tower of Strength award, which recognizes a UC faculty or staff member for shaping students’ personal and professional development. Summerlin, who has been at UC since 1970, has received over 20 educational and teaching awards, including the A.B. Dolly Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching.

A&S Tribunal helps students form a voice on campus

February 2, 2022

In early 2020, after COVID-19 moved classes online, the University of Cincinnati implemented a pass/fail option. This allowed students who were worried about the effect of a low grade on their GPA to choose to have their instructor either pass or fail them, thus ensuring that remote learning wouldn’t reflect on their record. (Separated the ideas up a bit) The College of Arts & Sciences was one of the first colleges to adopt the pass/fail option, and eventually, each college on UC’s campus would adopt the policy. The A&S Tribunal, the College of Arts & Sciences’ student-led governing body, was instrumental in the implementation of this policy.    Isabel Slonneger, Vice President of the A&S Tribunal, recalls the purpose of the pass/fail initiative: “Tribunal is for advocating on behalf of students,” she says. Pass/fail has been vital for students, especially those who do not thrive in an online learning environment.     The pass/fail initiative is only one of many initiatives that the A&S Tribunal spearheads. As the student government for the College of Arts & Sciences, the Tribunal works to represent students and their needs and make changes that will benefit both. Any A&S student can join the Tribunal, and it’s one step closer to making connections, new friends and changes that matter on UC’s campus. (nut graf) 

UC research funding grows in FY 2021

December 10, 2021

University of Cincinnati researchers collected more external research funding in Fiscal Year 2021 —$221 million — than the $207 million in FY 2020. Top federal sponsors in FY 2021 included the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Science Foundation. Local and state supporters include the Harold C. Schott Foundation, Talbert House, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Department of Youth Services and others.

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?

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