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Remarks by President Zimpher to the Board of Trustees, November 18, 2008


Thank you Chairman Wyler.  I’m Nancy Zimpher and I’m Proudly Cincinnati.  So you can’t have missed the fact that on October 25th we launched our fundraising campaign, Proudly Cincinnati.  Today, if approved, our $1 billion goal will put us in a group of only 65 other universities – 65 is the number that includes public and private universities, that is pretty rarified air if you don’t mind my saying so – who are in the process of completing $1 billion or above campaigns.  Among them are the University of California, Berkley; Stanford; the University of Virginia; Yale University; and Proudly Cincinnati.

This past Thursday, Vice President Sandra Degen presented the State of Research Report.  Actually we have had three “State of the …’s” this fall – the State of the University Report, which I did, the State of the Academic Health Center, which Dr. David Stern delivered, and then most recently Sandra Degen’s report on research. She had lots of good news to share including the fact that the University of Cincinnati and its affiliates generated more than $350 million in funding last year, a $20 million increase.  It includes a 70 percent increase in support for business and industry, an area where we are really working hard to raise the yield.
The College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services celebrated on November 6th the reopening of Teachers College, where the renovations of that lovely building are now complete.  This new facility includes a library, a video conferencing room with new state-of-the-art equipment, a new center dedicated to STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine), updated labs and new instructional computer labs.

In providing students with 21st century learning, UC is increasingly a destination for greater numbers of graduate students.  We talk so much about our undergraduates, but the good news from our graduate school, the academic home of our master’s and doctoral candidates, recently released in its annual report, a year that made history with the highest number of master’s and doctoral degrees ever awarded at the University of Cincinnati – more than 2,400 in total.  Graduate applications are up 8 percent and graduate enrollment is up nearly 15 percent over the last four years. 

A new scholarship for students who are physically challenged has been established, thanks to the generous gift from the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation.  The first Unnewehr Fraser Scholarships have been awarded to Shirley Suell, a 49-year-old student from Madisonville and a 33-year-old Christian Brown who lives in Anderson Township.

While we are talking about scholarships, let me add that our Clermont College has inaugurated a 5K Walk/Run to raise scholarship dollars.  The first-ever Walk/Run held in October raised over $7,500, thanks to the generous support of 11 sponsors and 115 registered participants and donors.
Our UC architecture faculty and students are leading design for the 21st century. The Fernald Preserve Visitors Center they designed has just won a Platinum LEED rating for environmentally friendly and energy efficient design.  LEED, as you know, a coveted award, stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and we believe this to be Ohio’s first-ever Platinum LEED rating.
Another great honor, our dance professor Jiang Qi’s original dance titled Space has won a bronze medal for outstanding choreography in China’s National Ballet Competition.  This piece was created for the Shanghai Dance Academy.  So, I think you have to say from here in Ohio and all the way to China we are reaping rewards.
We have a number of important developments in the Academic Health Center that I think warrant mention.  First about the issue of return on investment, our College of Medicine along with its affiliated teaching hospitals generated nearly $5 billion of economic impact for the region and the state in 2007.  This study commissioned by the Ohio Council of Medical Deans also found that our medical school and its affiliates are responsible for more than 55,000 full-time equivalent jobs in Ohio and have generated $151 million in total state tax revenue. We are making quite a contribution to the economy of this region and this state.  And second, about quality, more than one hundred UC faculty members are named Top Docs in Cincinnati Magazine’s November 2008 edition, on your newsstands now.  Of course, you can download the complete list of Top Docs on the Cincinnati Magazine Web site. 
And still about the Academic Health Center relative to teaching, a professor in our Winkle College of Pharmacy, Adele Sacher, has been named the 2008 Outstanding Educator by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences.  The award recognizes his extensive contributions to teaching and research.  Fourth, relative to discovery, UC researchers led by Manoocher Soleimann have uncovered a gene that helps control the secretion of acid in the stomach – information that could aid scientists in creating more efficient treatment options for conditions such as acid reflux or peptic ulcers.   This discovery was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Fifth, an important name change, the Neurosciences Institute in October added UC to its name signaling an important shift to strengthen its national awareness and recognition.  Professor John Tew of Neurosurgery and a neurosurgeon with the Mayfield Clinic will continue to serve as the Clinical Director of the UC Neurosciences Institute. The Institute employs more than 100 faculty members in areas such as the Brain Tumor Center, the Stroke Center, the Epilepsy Center, the Functional Neuroscience Center, the Neurotrauma Center, the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, and the Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis.
And on one final note to begin the morning, I want to remind you that immediately following the meeting this morning we will have our annual ritual of Board of Trustees appreciation.  This is a luncheon that will be held at the Turner Center.  We’re going to use shuttle buses for your convenience to take you there and as soon as you need to leave the shuttle will take you back. You don’t have to wait for a crowd, we are going to be very efficient, and we are going to keep you on schedule. But we think, in a very exciting experience, we will show you the UC Simulation Center, a lot of work we do with Procter & Gamble, also the Niehoff Urban Studio, and the Live Well Collaborative in our theme for the day – Creating Opportunity through Corporate Relations. So we look forward to a lunch with you and with a number of the UC family.