Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel to Present "Mice, Men, and Mental Illness" - Oct 3rd!

Via UC News:

Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel to Present Lurie Family Lecture Oct. 3

Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, MD, will present the Lurie Family Endowed Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Lecture at noon Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Medical Sciences Building’s Kresge Auditorium. His topic will be, "Mice, Men and Mental Illness.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Kandel is University Professor at Columbia University, Fred Kavli Professor and Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Sciences, and a senior investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

For his work on learning and memory using the nervous system of a sea slug as an experimental model, Kandel was awarded a share of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Subsequent research with genetically modified mice has enhanced understanding of cellular processes involved in dementia and other illnesses that affect memory.

Continuing education credit is available. For details, contact Angela Olive at 513-558-5326 or

Eric Kandel

VA Mobile Van is Coming to UC Blue Ash College - Oct 3rd!

Via UC News:

Veterans Administration Mobile Van Is Coming to UC Blue Ash College Wednesday, Oct. 3

The Veterans Administration mobile van cruises to UC Blue Ash College.

Date: 9/24/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Tom Cruse
Phone: (513) 936-1538
Other Contact: Helen Kegler
Other Contact Phone: (513) 745-5691

UC ingot In conjunction with Homecoming festivities at UC Blue Ash College, the Veterans Administration Mobile Van is coming to campus to provide critical information to veterans on current health and dental care benefits. In addition staff will be on hand to provide medical screening, history and physical exams, along with dental health screenings.

The van will be at UC Blue Ash on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Representatives from the VA will be present to answer questions and provide guidance on the numerous programs available to veterans. Please make sure to take advantage of this free benefit.

Why Youth Voting Matters with Jerry Springer - Oct 3rd!

Former Cincinnati Mayor Jerry Springer will visit the University of Cincinnati on Tuesday October 2nd and Wednesday October 3rd to encourage young people to vote, and to do so early.

Springer will be speaking in Tangeman University Center’s Great Hall at 8 p.m. on Tuesday October 2nd. Then, at 9 a.m. Wednesday October 3rd, Springer will accompany busses of students down to the Board of Elections to register to vote and/or cast their early ballot for the 2012 election.Springer, who is best known for his popular television show has maintained a dynamic voice in politics since his days as mayor.

 Students can and will change the election, so come out and meet JERRY, JERRY, JERRY! We are asking you to send out this email to your list-serve along with our Facebook event:

If you have any questions please email

Saturday, September 29, 2012

UC Clermont Awarded $250,000 Manufacturing Grant by Appalachian Regional Commission

From UC News:

UC Clermont Awarded $250,000 Manufacturing Grant by Appalachian Regional Commission

Join UC Clermont College for a check presentation by the Appalachian Regional Commission at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 28, at UC East.

Date: 9/25/2012 10:00:00 AM
By: Mae Hanna
Phone: (513) 732-5332

UC ingot
The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded UC Clermont College a $250,000 grant for the college’s Manufacturing Technology Center.

A check will be presented to the college by the Appalachian Regional Commission on Friday, Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at UC East, located at 1981 James Sauls Sr. Dr. (formerly Front Wheel Dr.) in Batavia. All are invited to attend.

UC Clermont College will receive new federal resources to train 100 workers for jobs in advanced manufacturing.

“Our goal is for The Manufacturing Center to become the training and education hub for southwest Ohio with its ideal location and state-of-the-art equipment. We invite inquiries from other manufacturers interested in forming education/workforce training partnerships in this institutional center of excellence. We are proud to play a role in the manufacturing rebound in a state once known for its manufacturing prowess,” said UC Clermont College Dean Greg Sojka.

Statistics in the Greater Cincinnati region show that 9,000 of 16,000 jobs created in 2011 were in the manufacturing sector.

“Despite high unemployment — 8.3 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, January, 2012 – local businesses struggle to find qualified workers for in-demand jobs. This grant will help our region’s workforce grow with a one-stop, hands-on facility for training,” said Assistant Dean John Nelson and co-author of the grant.

UC Clermont College has leased and transformed the 10,000 square-foot space in the former Ford Plant into Manufacturing Technology Center’s labs and classrooms. UC Clermont already leases space and offers classes in the facility called UC East. This grant will allow for additional equipment in the Manufacturing Technology Center to train more unemployed or underemployed workers for jobs in high-tech manufacturing.

This announcement follows recent news of a machinist training pilot program partnership with Milacron Plastics Technologies Group LLC (Milacron) that began Sept. 4. The grant will enhance and compliment this training program. According to officials, Milacron sees this pilot program as having the ability to develop a training platform that can not only create a pipeline of skilled workers for Milacron, but can be accessed by other local manufacturers in years to come. For more on the Milacron partnership

UBSA Presents Red & Black Pride Week 2012 - Oct 1st-6th!

The United Black Student Association presents Red & Black Pride Week 2012

UBSA will be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness all week by taking donations at each program

Monday, Oct 1st - Volley for the Cure
UC Rec Center Courts, 7PM-10PM

Tuesday, Oct 2nd - "Who's Leading You"
820 Swift, 7PM
Learn about the presidential candidates

Wednesday, Oct 3rd - Obama v. Romney Debate
CRC Classrooms, 6:30PM
Watch party

Thursday, Oct 4th - E-Board Meet & Greet
Outside EPS (555 Steger Student Life Center), 1PM-3PM
Ice cream social

Friday, Oct 5th - Alumni Roundtable
425 TUC, 3PM-5PM

Saturday, Oct 6th - UC Homecoming Parade

Nominate Local Leaders for Ohio American Trustees Project - Due Dec 20th!

From UC Service Learning & Civic Engagement:

Dear Community Partners Across the State of Ohio,

We are inviting you to get involved with the Ohio American Trustees Project (OAT Project).  The American Trustees Project, first started by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Engagement at the University of Texas, uses digital videos to tell stories of everyday, civically-engaged role models from local communities to educate, motivate, and activate civic participation, especially for students in grades 6-12. Grounded in communication and education theory, the American Trustees (AT) Project uses the power of the narrative to teach, the strength of role models to inspire, and digital technologies to connect and educate.

Downloadable materials are available to help you, local teachers, student groups, or organizations nominate your community heroes. Nominations are due December 20, 2012 and three (3) finalists will be announced in January to begin production of professionally produced videos to honor and capture the finalists’ community contributions. Within one year, nominators will see the contest from start to finish: professionally produced videos that can be used to increase connectivity to local heroes and to inspire ways to participate in local Ohio communities.

If your group, class, or organization’s trustee nominee is selected as a finalist, the professionally produced video will honor your participants as co-producers.

What’s holding you back? Be a part of recognizing your local heroes through the Ohio American Trustees Project!

Check out the website today and get started (click HERE).

Friday, September 28, 2012

UC Is Nationally Recognized for Supporting the Education of Veterans

From UC News:

UC Is Nationally Recognized For Supporting the Education of Veterans

UC is among 15 percent of the nation’s educational institutions to be hailed as a “military friendly school.”

Date: 9/17/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823

UC ingot   For the fourth year in a row, the University of Cincinnati is highlighted among 15 percent of the nation’s colleges, universities and trade schools as being an education destination for veterans. UC was named to the 2013 Military Friendly Schools® list by G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel adjusting to civilian life.


The list honors the top 15 percent of the nation’s educational institutions that are doing the most to embrace the nation’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their academic success.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows UC’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media.  “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Collins.

UC had more than 1,000 veterans enrolled over the past academic year and counts 1,009 veterans this fall. The university provides a generous evaluation of veterans’ military credits and experience, plus provides immediate in-state tuition to any veteran who moves to Ohio. 

UC also provides a counselor in Admissions to specifically work with veterans, as well as staff to assist with career placement. In addition, UC offers in-state tuition without residency requirements for active-duty military students.

Over the last academic year, UC contributed $45,130 towards tuition waivers for students participating in the federal Yellow Ribbon GI Enhancement Program, which expands tuition benefits to post-9/11 veterans.  

This fall, a new Veterans One Stop Center is coming to the second floor of University Pavilion to provide increased support and services for the University of Cincinnati’s growing student population of military veterans. 

UC is also raising funds to support veterans through its Salute to Service program. UC Foundation reports that so far, the Salute to Service campaign has raised more than $115,340 from 307 donors.

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. 

A detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® will be highlighted in the annual “G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®,”distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.  Click here to view the full list of military friendly schools.

G.I. Jobs is published by Victory Media, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001.

Yellow Ribbon Program at UC

Veterans Educational Benefits

Proudly Cincinnati: A Salute to Service

2012 3E (Energy, Economy, Environment) Summit - Oct 5th!

From UC Sustainability:

3E Summit: Energy, Economy, Environment

Register today for the 2012 3E Summit!
Friday, October 5, 2012
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Xavier University
Cintas Center
Schiff Family Conference Center

Learn how small and medium businesses like yours are saving money, doing right by the environment and meeting supply chain goals of Fortune 500 customers.

Lower Energy Bills
Energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy investments are reducing the energy bills of many companies in Greater Cincinnati.

Lower Transportation Bills
Smart routing and fuel efficient vehicles are lowering fuels costs for businesses and transit and bicycling can lower employee transportation cost and  lower healthcare costs.

Lower Waste Hauling Bills
Recycling, composting, and reusing materials are lowering waste hauling bills for may businesses in the region.

Lower Water Bills
Smart landscaping and rainwater harvesting are some of the ways businesses are lowering their water bills.

All-Campus UC Blood Drive - Oct 8th-12th!

Via UC News:

All-Campus UC Blood Drive

Date: Monday, October 8 - Friday, October 12Time: 11:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.Place: Rec Center Basketball CourtsContact: Laura Reynolds

To schedule an appointment please click the Donor Portal link below and enter group code: UFS

Questions about online scheduling? Email us!
The requirements to give blood are: 
Age: Be at least 17 years old.
16 year olds may donate with parental consent
Weight: Minimum of 110 pounds.
Identification: Must provide photo I.D.
Food: Eat a good meal within four hours before giving.
Drink: Drink plenty of water or juice before and after donating.

About Hoxworth:
Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati was founded in 1938 and proudly serves 31 hospitals in 17 counties in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.  Annually, Hoxworth collects over 90,000 units of blood from local donors to help save the lives of patients in our area hospitals.  At least 350 volunteer blood donors and 40 volunteer platelet donors are essential each day to keep up with the demands of tri-state hospitals and their patients.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

2012 National Student Day Community Service Fair - Oct 4th!

From the UC Center for Community Engagement:

The Center for Community Engagement invites you to meet non-profit organizations and community partners at the 2012 National Student Day Community Service Fair. We hope both community partners and faculty take advantage of this opportunity to network, initiate potential collaborations, and explore the possibility of a Service-Learning relationship.

2012 National Student Day Community Service Fair
Thursday, October 4th
10:45a - 1:00p
McMicken Commons
(rain location: Tangeman University Center)

Outstanding community partners are still signing up to be represented at the Fair, but confirmed organizations are:
Cincinnati Ballet
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Power Inspires Progress
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Ohio Oriental Culture Association
Cincinnati Community ToolBank
Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute
Enjoy the Arts
American Sign Museum
The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati
COR Music Project
Gorman Heritage Farm
Women With A Vision
Sycamore Senior Center
Stepping Stones
LeBlond Boys & Girls Club
American Lung Association
Covington Mentoring Program
St. Margaret Hall
American Diabetes Association
Heartland Hospice
Mercy Health - St. John

There will be live music by DJ Layton from Mad Frog, a sampling of Pepsi food and beverage products, and an on-site project at which volunteers can assemble care packages to be distributed to the Anna Louise Inn and Ronald McDonald House.

Students who attend the service fair can enter to win a $250 gift card to UC Bookstores, a Semester Parking Pass or a Kindle Fire.

UC Student Sustainability Summit - Oct 12th-14th!

From UC Sustainability:
University of Cincinnati Sustainability Summit 2012
The Student Sustainability Summit at the University of Cincinnati (UC) began in the spring of 2011. Its ever-evolving aim is to train the next generation of students to become competent and confident leaders in sustainable initiatives on campus and in our community. The beauty of each Summit is that it simultaneously connects many sustainable student groups on campus, while also improving each individual's capacity to lead new projects and engage even more students to continue the cause. The Summit is a microcosm of sustainability in that it has become self-sustaining by training new students to lead it each year.

This year's Summit will take place at General Butler State Park in Carroll, Kentucky. Students will arrive Friday, October 12th at 4PM and stay until Sunday, October 14th at Noon. All food and housing will be provided for the entire weekend. There is a $20 deposit required for all Summit attendees that will be returned at the end of the weekend. Choices for the skill sessions and professional speaker series are first come first serve. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact the co-directors of Sustainability Mark Schutte or Ron Gillespie.

Mark Schutte (513.258.7426)
Ron Gillespie (937.475.6581)

"Motivation, Hope, and Somebody in Your Corner" - A Mentoring Story

From UC News:

'Motivation, Hope and Somebody in Your Corner'

Undergraduate’s work with a professional mentor – thanks to the STEER program – helped him escape the streets, find inspiration, land an internship and follow his dream of starting an urban youth recreation and education center.
Date: 8/27/2012
By: Tom Robinette
Phone: (513) 556-8577
As someone who almost succumbed to the treacherous culture of the streets, Da’Shawn Johnson wants to ensure others don’t stray down that path.

Johnson, 21, grew up in Over-the-Rhine at a time when the neighborhood was still among the poorest in Cincinnati. There came a point when he had to choose between taking his chances on the streets and seeking the promise of better things through higher education. What’s more, he had people counting on him – three sisters who needed their big brother to give them hope.

Now a fourth-year organizational leadership major at the University of Cincinnati, Johnson knows he made the right choice. The path to success is laid out before him thanks in part to support from the Striving to Transform, Enrich, Empower and Reward (STEER) program.
Da’Shawn Johnson (middle row, sixth from left) mentored sixth- through eighth-graders as part of his Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School internship.

STEER matches mentors from the local professional community with second-year, African-American students at UC in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences and Lindner College of Business, as well as those with majors in criminal justice. Mentors provide nurturing experiences to support and motivate mentees; help them achieve academic excellence; broaden their career exposure; and facilitate relevant on-the-job experience. 

Aaron Alexander, a senior purchasing manager at Procter & Gamble, was one of Johnson’s STEER mentors. Alexander says he has watched Johnson learn how to set goals that are realistic yet stretch his capabilities and to view unforeseen changes in his plans as personal challenges instead of insurmountable roadblocks. 

“Da’Shawn has a thirst for knowledge that continues to impress me,” Alexander says. “Other students can learn from his example that hard work and dedication pay off.”

Through STEER, Johnson landed an internship with the Children’s Defense Fund’s (CDF) Freedom School this summer. In July, Johnson attended a CDF conference and worked at a Freedom School program hosted at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center downtown. He mentored sixth- through eighth-graders, working to instill a passion for education in them and proving how someone just like them can escape the streets and follow his dreams. 

“This was a different summer program from what I was used to growing up,” Johnson says. “When we first got there, none of the kids loved to read. All they wanted to do was play games. But eventually they all started learning how to read better and how to like reading.”

Johnson says his efforts got the attention of Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, and he was even featured on a WLWT report. The experience has helped give him confidence that he can be a difference maker in other people’s lives. When he completes his studies, Johnson wants to gain some experience in the professional world, perhaps at a nonprofit organization, before eventually starting his own recreation and education center for inner city youth. 

“Growing up in Over-the-Rhine was very hard,” Johnson says. “I thought if I can overcome that situation, I know the kids I’m working with can too because most of them came from the same background as me. All it takes is a little motivation, some hope and somebody to be in your corner. Most of these kids, they don’t have anyone in their corner.”

And maybe some of those children he’s helped will follow the path he made out of the streets and toward a brighter future.

“There’s no way I would have been able to succeed on this level or be able to help kids the way I’m able to if it wasn’t for A&S and STEER and programs like it,” Johnson says. “This school offers a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience.”

For information about STEER, contact Director of Student Retention Initiatives Carol Tonge Mack at

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

National Student Day - Win Scholarships & Prizes!

Have you have heard about National Student Day, which celebrates students’ volunteerism and social responsibility?  

The 2nd annual event will take place on Thursday, October 4. Read more about our community service fair and other activities on our website:

Additionally, there is a national competition where student submit their volunteer experiences online at the National Student Day website, , for a chance to win scholarships and prizes. Last year, 19 UC students submitted stories and 3 UC students finished in the top 10 and were awarded iPads. See information about this here.

Schedule of Events
7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Free drip coffee with reusable cup in all locations – Starbucks (CCM & SSLC), Caf├ęs, Quick Mick’s, Campus View (UHALL), ExpressMart (TUC), and Market on Main (CRC)
8 a.m. - 8 p.m.UC Bookstores – 20% discount on 1 clothing or gift item to all students with UC ID
9 a.mParking – Free fortune cookies for students until they run out in Campus Green, Calhoun, University Avenue, and Woodside Garages.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.PNC - Play games such as dartboard, corn hole, basketball, and enter the chance to win a Spring Semester Parking Pass.
10 a.m. - NoonPNC - Kiss 107.7 broadcasting live
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Hoxworth Bloodmobile on McMicken Commons and signup sheet for Fall Blood Drive

All students who give blood today will receive a coupon for the Official Fan t-shirt from UC Bookstores
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.Farm to Fork Lunch featured items at MarketPointe and CenterCourt

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Live mannequins modeling UC apparel including the Official Fan t-shirt at TUC Food Court entrance and UC Bookstores entrance
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Community Service Fair
McMicken Commons
Sign up for the Center for Community Engagement's weekly service update list serve, find out about volunteer opportunities, and be entered into a drawing to win:
       – $250 gift card to UC Bookstores
       – Kindle Fire courtesy of Pepsi
Community Organization Tables

Various organizations set up to discuss service opportunities available to the UC community
Live music on TUC front porch by DJ Layton from Mad Frog
Pepsi sampling

Pepsi Max, Pepsi Next, Quaker Real Medley's, Sabra Hummus and Salsa, Smart Food Popped Chips
Community Service Project

Assemble care packages with assorted toiletries that will be distributed to Anna Louise Inn and Ronald McDonald House
Noon - 4 p.m.Rock the Vote will have voter registration information, music, and freebies on Campus Green. Sponsored by SALD.
2 - 3 p.m.Free National Student Day t-shirts to the first 500 students who come into UC Bookstores beginning at 2 p.m.

Photo Booth (2 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
       – Photos with the Bearcat
       – Photos with Greg Hand
3 - 5 p.m.Free chair massages in the MainStreet passage way (CRC)
5 p.m.The Homecoming 5k

Cincinnati Dance Marathon and Relay for Life are partnering with the Student Alumni Council. Registration begins at Alumni Commons, $10 per person. Come enjoy music, food, fun, and interact with with champions from Cincinnati Children's Hospital and cancer survivors with the American Cancer Society.
5 p.m.Free UC Sustainability water bottles to the first 350 students (CRC) beginning at 5 p.m.
7 - 9 p.m.Catskeller Unplugged music series with free 'Skeller sticks and soda
7 - 9 p.m.Homecoming Week outdoor movie (Catch Me If You Can) with free popcorn and soda. At Sigma Sigma Commons with FREE parking at the Alumni Center parking lot. Co-sponsored by the Student Alumni Council and Commuter Student Association.

Program on Misrepresentations of Africa - Sept 28th!

From UC African Students Association:

UCASA will be having a meeting this upcoming Friday September the 28th 2012 at 4pm in Swift 819. 

We will be discussing the misrepresentations of Africa. We will be observing the new controversial Rick Ross video among other examples of how the media misrepresents Africa as a whole. Be ready to discuss the stereotypes associated with Africa, how the media play into it and what we can do to eliminate this ongoing problem. 

Bring an open-mind along with your thoughts and opinions. We can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks. Light refreshment will be provided. 

Fall 2012 Drag Show Seeking Performers - No Experience Required!

From GenderBloc:

The FALL 2012 Drag Show Committee is looking for performers! No experience required.

Don't miss out on your chance to f*ck up gender roles with outrageous pop music and razzle dazzled costumes! Rehearsals start Monday September 24. Contact Jaisha at for more info!

Have you watched every episode of RuPaul's Drag Race?
Do you want your 15 minutes of fame?
Are you interested in challenging gender roles by f*cking them up?

We want you to perform in the fall 2012 Genderf*ck Drag Show

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Study Abroad Expo - Oct 3rd!

From UC News:

With more international education opportunities available now than ever before, the UC community will get a chance for a global overview on Wednesday, October 3rd, when UC International Programs convenes its 2012 Programs Abroad Expo.

This year’s Expo takes place at Bearcat Plaza (outside of TUC) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with an alternate rain location of the TUC Atrium. Over 50 exhibits will be set up to help highlight all aspects of international education at UC.

This will be the ninth year for the expo, which can conveniently serve as a one-stop option for students and faculty interested in learning more about UC’s international options. During the 2011-12 academic year, approximately 850 UC students had an international experience as part of their education. About half of the participants will represent UC programs, with the other half from a variety of universities and educational travel groups from around the world.

In addition to the educational opportunities, the event will also include door prizes. We appreciate your support and interest in supporting educational opportunities abroad for our students

UC Alumni Association's Free Career Development Workshops - Tuesdays in October!

From the UC Alumni Association:

Career Development Workshops

Navigating job searches and occasional career changes is a necessary skill in today’s business world, but that doesn’t mean everyone is comfortable doing it — or even really knows how.

Your UC Alumni Association has partnered with noted career strategist Julie Bauke to offer a FREE workshop series in Cincinnati to help UC alumni with these specific career management needs.

“Want a New Career? Strategies for Change — at Any Age”

Are you considering a career change, but aren’t sure how to do it — or even what else you could do? Join us in Cincinnati for this three-day workshop featuring practical career change tools and strategies.

You will learn:

  • How to decide when the time is right to make a change
  • How to look at your skills, your interests and experiences in new ways
  • Developing the career messages that point you toward your new career
  • Networking as a core career-change strategy…and much more!
Consecutive Tuesdays – October 9, 16, 23
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. each day

Myers Alumni Center on the UC Campus

Register online now!

Volunteers Needed for Programs Abroad Expo - Oct 3rd!

From UC International:

Programs Abroad Expo  - Weds., October 3rd from 10-2 on Bearcat Plaza – We are seeking volunteers!

This is your chance to do “one stop shopping” for education abroad opportunities on one day.  Around 50 booths representing programs in more than 50 countries will be featured in the University of Cincinnati’s Programs Abroad Expo. The annual expo, sponsored by UC International Programs will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3rd on Bearcat Plaza between TUC and the rec center (rain location:  TUC atrium).

UC students will have the chance to learn about UC programs offering overseas study as well as programs offered by other organizations and partner universities. There will also be information about financial aid and scholarships that can be used to help cover program expenses such as the UC International Programs Student Grant, which has increased funding to over $450,000 given away annually. Door prizes will also be given away in random drawings.

Student volunteers are needed to make this event a success!  If you can offer an hour or two of your time assisting the representatives at their tables or volunteering at other tasks, please click here to sign up to volunteer:
Expo volunteers will get a free t-shirt.  Volunteer hours can count toward Cincinnatus and other community service requirements and can also fulfill UC International Grant outreach project requirements.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Campus Vote Project Virtual Town Hall - Sept 26th!

From UC Service Learning and Civic Engagement:

On September 26th at 3 PM, Campus Vote Project will be hosting a virtual Town Hall focused on getting college students out to vote this November.

Using Google Hangouts, the Campus Vote Project will be moderating a panel that will include Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and other student voting advocates, and taking questions via Twitter and Facebook. The focus will be on strategies that election officials, college administrators, and student organizations have taken to help students register and vote. We will hear directly officials that have dealt directly with problems that students have encountered in their college communities and how to overcome those obstacles.  

Click HERE for more information.

The sign-up page for the event is now live and can be accessed by click HERE for typing the following into your browser: 
RSVP now to get a link to the hangout when it goes live, then check your email at 3 PM on September 26th to find out where to go to watch the Town Hall in real time.

Inaugural Midwest African Reunion - Sept 29th!

From UC African Students' Association:
The Midwest African Reunion is on Saturday the 29th of September 2012. It will be a good opportunity for people in various majors to network, and gain an upper hand in terms of internships and full-time job opportunities. 

Tickets are $15 without access to the open bar, and $20 with access to the open bar. There will be food, and entertainment will be provided at this event also. Originally it was ging to be held at the Freedom Center, but due to a political debate being held on the same date the venue has been changed to 'The Celestial Steakhouse(1071 Celestial St.Cincinnati, Ohio 45202). 

Some of the companies, and organizations that will be in attendance are:
Fifth Third Bank
Minority Recruiting Cincinnati
Ohio National Financial Services
Radio One
The Cincinnati Herald
Obama Campaign/Political Figures
US Bank
African American Chamber of Commerce
Accelerated Solutions Group,
20/5th Hour Inc
Booji bee jewelry
Time Warner Cable
College professors
US Army
Reginald Worthen photography
City of Cincinnati City Council
Gregory cooper Spencer Photography
Emanu Restaurant 

Some Organizations include
-Bowling Green State University
-Northern Kentucky University
-DePauw University (African student association) 
- Xavier University (African student association)
-Xavier Career Services Center
-NKU Career Services Center

A Week of Career Development! Activities Today through Thursday!

Today, Monday the 24th, learn how to present yourself at a career fair and get your resume critiqued by employers before Wednesday and Thursday!

Career Fair Prep Session:
Monday, Sept. 24th, Noon -3 pm, TUC 400
Noon - 1 pm - Sara Short, TQL - How to present yourself at a Career Fair
1-2 pm - Merle Heckman, Emerson Corporation, Successful interviewing tips
2-3 pm - Guille Gomez, GE, How to presnt yourself at a Career Fair
Bring your resume and get it critiqued by employers.
ADVANCE – Diversity Networking Reception
Tuesday, Sept. 25th, 6-8 pm, TUC 400

Diversity, Professional, and Creative Student Career Fair
Wednesday, Sept. 26th 10 am - 4 pm Campus Rec Center
More than 125 companies

Technical Student Career Fair 
Thursday, Sept. 27th 10 am - 4 pm Campus Rec Center
More than 150 companies

Research the companies and get details at Dress professionally and bring copies of your resume for internships, co-op jobs and full-time employment!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Team Led by President Ono Wins $3.7 Million NSF Grant to Become National Model for Women in STEM

From UC News:

Team Led by President Ono Wins $3.7 Million NSF Grant

With the help of an NSF grant, UC will work to become a national model for the recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty in the STEM disciplines.

Date: 9/14/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Katie Pence
Phone: (513) 558-4561

UC ingot   A $3,749,336  grant from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Program will bolster the University of Cincinnati’s efforts to increase the participation and advancement of women faculty, including women of color, in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. The principal investigator for the grant isInterim President Santa J. Ono.  His co-principal investigators include Melanie T. Cushion (Program Director) of the College of Medicine, Rachel Kallen and Stacie-Furst Holloway (Associate Program Directors) of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, Steve Howe, also of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Urmila Ghia of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 

The five-year grant, titled Leadership, Empowerment and Advancement of Women Stem Faculty (LEAF), will make UC a model institution for women STEM scientists.

“The STEM disciplines are absolutely essential to the economic development of our region and nation. Already, one-third of our STEM faculty at UC are over the age of 60,” said President Ono. “If we want to remain competitive in a global economy, we must do a better job of recruiting and retaining women into these fields, and UC is ready and willing to do its part, with the help of the National Science Foundation.”

LEAF will work to transform the culture of the university’s STEM departments to promote equity and professional success for women scientists. Its initiatives include:  

  • Enhancement of the pipeline for women faculty in STEM fields by broadening recruitment, improving hiring, increasing retention and promoting advancement.
  • Transforming the climate for STEM faculty by creating social and collaborative mentoring networks to promote intellectual progress, equity and an inclusive culture.
  • Creating interdependence by enabling sustainable dynamic institutional practice and policy through the establishment of an Accountability and Advocacy Council, which will assess progress and success as strategies are implemented.
  • Conducting research on social networks and discourse regarding STEM.
  • Addressing the unique needs of UC’s STEM faculty who are women of color.
Plans for programming include a series of professional development workshops for women in STEM fields at different career stages, learning communities for informal and formal mentoring of female STEM scientists, and seed grants to support research, professional development and collaboration. 

In addition, there will be programming targeted to deans, department heads and search committee members to provide training in best practices for hiring, promotion and tenure, as well as mentoring and coaching of administrators to facilitate accountability, transparency and inclusiveness.  

Resulting policies and procedures are expected to transform UC as a go-to institution for women STEM faculty and enhance the research, teaching and community missions of the University for all faculty.

Friday, September 21, 2012

PIP 2012 Annual All-You-Can-Eat Brunch - Sept 23rd!

From Venice on Vine, part of Power Inspires Progress and source of many RAPP meals:

Power Inspires Progress 2012 Annual All-You-Can-Eat Brunch

Sunday, September 23, 2012
10:00am until 2:00pm

Eggs, goetta, waffles, raffles, games, and community!

Sound delicious? Please join us for our 22nd Annual Fundraising Brunch! This event supports an amazing employment education program for low income inner-city residents. PIP provides paid training in a real business with a supportive work environment and high expectations. 

For more about PIP:

$15 for adults and $5 for kids at the door

You can also buy tickets in advance here:

UC Poll Cats - Serve, Learn, and Earn - Applications Due Oct 1st!

From the UC Center for Community Engagement:

UC Poll Cats: Serve, Learn and EARN!

UC Poll Cats gives students who are at least 17 years old the opportunity to work for the Board of Elections on Election Day, Tuesday November 6, 2012. The average age of a poll worker is 72, voting equipment and election laws are becoming much more complex, polling place hours are long and working at the polls requires moving and setting up voting machines. As a result, from time to time there is a need to fill vacancies when Poll Workers retire and the BOE seeks to recruit 18 to 31 year olds to assist voters with electronic voting equipment and new voting procedures.

In addition to compensation of $161.50, the poll work enables students to acquire a real life-hands on civics lesson in the voting process, provides a meaningful community service experience, and an entry point for students to become engaged in the electoral process. Students will be paid for:

  • Attending a 3-hour training class (classes are held at a central location near campus)
  • Working from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. on Monday November 5, the night before Election Day to help set up the polling place.
  • Working on Election Day from 6:00 a.m. to about 9:00 p.m.
In appropriate classes UC instructors may also agree by signing the student’s application form to award credit for a course assignment in conjunction with the poll work.
All poll workers must:
  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Be US Citizens and residents of Hamilton County.
  • Be registered to vote (even if they are 17 years old).
  • Attend a 3-hour training course
  • Come to Monday night Polling Place set up from 7-8:30 pm
  • Provide their own transportation to the polls on Election Day.
  • Not have a felony conviction, unless reversed, expunged or pardoned
To increase your chance of being selected, apply well before the October 1 deadline. Bookmark this website and the download the FAQ sheet for reference.

Poll Cats applications can be downloaded below:

For additional information contact either:
Howard Tolley, Jr.
Professor Emeritus
Political Science
University of Cincinnati
Joe Mallory, Elections Administrator
Hamilton County Board of Elections
824 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Cincinnati, OH  45202

Celebrating 40 Years of Service in the Community with Anniversary Event on Sept. 27

From UC News:

Celebrating 40 Years of Service in the Community with Anniversary Event on Sept. 27

UC Clermont College alumni, retired faculty and the community encouraged to attend.

Date: 9/13/2012 4:00:00 PM
By: Mae Hanna
Phone: (513) 732-5332

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On September 25, 1972, Clermont General and Technical College opened with 97 full time and 184 part-time students. Forty years later UC Clermont College (the name was officially changed in 1987) is celebrating its proud history and service to the community by hosting the 40th Anniversary Celebration. The event will take place on Thursday, September 27 at the Krippendorf Lodge at the Cincinnati Nature Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Lantern – a symbol of UC Clermont College.*

The college is especially encouraging UC Clermont College alumni, retired faculty and the community to attend.  
In celebration of the 40th anniversary, the $40 registration fee will be gifted to the UC Clermont College Student Scholarship Fund to help our students achieve their academic dreams. Please RSVP by September 21 at
Thursday, September 27, 2012
5:30 p.m. – Social Hour
6:30 p.m. – Dinner & Program
Krippendorf Lodge 
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150
For additional information, please contact Meredith Delaney at 558-9964 or Mae Hanna at 732-5332.
* In May 1973 Velma Woodward Newhouse donated a buggy lantern to Clermont College owned by her paternal grandfather Dr. Josiah Woodward. Dr. Woodward owned some of the property on which the college is built and she believed he used to make house calls with that lantern. While there are many conflicting stories associated with the lantern, some of it folklore – it is now inextricably associated with Clermont College and remains a vital symbol of light and Clermont College’s connection to the history of Clermont County.