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President Zimpher's Remarks to the Board of Trustees, May 27, 2008


Welcome, Diana, Ryan and Susan.

And I, too, want to add my thanks and farewell to Jay Radley. Jay was just terrific as our Student Government president and no more so than last week with the visit by our Chancellor, Eric Fingerhut. Thank you, Jay. I will be talking more about the University System of Ohio and the chancellor’s 10-year strategic plan later in the meeting, but I did want to say that his visit, which extended over two days, went very well. He hosted a well-attended forum that attracted key people from the community, and we had some lively discussion on economic development. He left saying he had gotten a better idea of what the University of Cincinnati really is.

We have a lot of great news to cover:

  •  Our Center for Access and Transition, which works to help under-prepared students make a smooth and quick transition into college degree programs, has been selected to win an outstanding Institutional Advising Program Certificate of Merit from the national association of advising professionals. The award will be presented in October.
  • Five graduate business students, four of which are graduating this June, won the inaugural Association for Corporate Growth Cincinnati Cup competition among teams from Xavier, Miami, NKU and UC.  We are proud to see this great finish to a new rivalry.
  • We have had a number of successes on the state level since our last meeting:

1. UC won the largest amount for a single project, in this round of the Ohio Research Scholars program. That’s $28 Million for an aerospace research program focusing on power and propulsion and involves a UC-led consortium that includes OSU and University of Dayton. The proposal includes recruiting three new Ohio Research Scholars, three at UC, one at OSU and one at UD.

2. UC along with our partners at the Cincinnati Public Schools, Strive and others have been awarded $600,000 to turn the Hughes Center across the street into a STEM High School. This is on top of  a $500,000 state award to us in February to create a STEM elementary school at Taft Elementary.  In addition the House has voted and the Senate may be voting as we speak on an $250 million economic stimulus package over five years that includes a focus on co-ops and internships.  UC has taken a leading role in assisting the legislature in the development of this new and exciting program.

  •  The U.S. Department of Defense awarded a $2.3 million grant to our departments of neurosurgery and psychiatry to study traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.  As a part of this study, our UC reseachers will join investigators at nine other centers around the country.
  • UC and the Hamilton County Park District have agreed on a space for a new living lab for our students in archaeology, environmental studies and geology. The new Cincinnati Center for Field Studies will be located at the Knollman complex, also known as the South Family Shaker Complex, in Miami Whitewater Forest.
  • UC alumnus and basketball legend, Oscar Robertson, has a new honor to add to his long list of awards.  Our Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Research recently presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • And in a moment we will hear from Caroline Miller for our regular enrollment report.  I want to say that we’re hearing that the latest Student Satisfaction Inventory is showing significant increases in student satisfaction at UC in many key areas such as instructional effectiveness, recruitment and financial aid, campus support services, campus safety, the university’s response to diverse student populations, campus climate and more. None of the categories showed any drops.