Message From The Dean
Latest Message to Alumni
We make it possible. You make it happen.
At UC Blue Ash, our goal is to have every alumnus thrive anywhere and everywhere in their careers once they graduate from college. As alumni, you might not realize that useful services provided by the Career Center are available to you, for free, for a lifetime. If you’d like to brush up on interviewing skills or have another set of eyes glance over your resume, we welcome you to reach out to us.
We also know that landing your first job as a recent graduate can sometimes be a stressful process, and one that can take time. If your company is seeking interns or hiring for new positions—at any level—we welcome you to share this information with fellow students and alumni at http://www.ucblueash.edu/students/services/career-center/employers.html. As you know, networking is an incredible way to find success in your career path, and connecting a fellow UC Blue Ash Bearcat with a job opportunity will always lead to success.
PREVIOUS MESSAGES FROM THE DEAN
Message from Summer 2016
Investing in People and Our Community
One of the things we take great pride in at UC Blue Ash is the fact that we truly invest in each of our students. We want them to succeed and we want to celebrate those successes with them every step of the way, for a lifetime. Without question, we prepare alumni to go out into the world and accomplish great things—anywhere and everywhere. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is listening to alumni tell their success stories and how UC Blue Ash played a role in where they are today.
It didn’t surprise me at all when several of our Alumni Council members started talking earlier this year about the importance of our alumni volunteering in the community. Volunteers have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of our local communities and beyond and it only made sense for UC Blue Ash alumni to be inspired to do something great. In May 2016, a dozen of our alumni rolled up their sleeves, got a little dirty and volunteered their time at Matthew 25: Ministries Rainbow Paint Reblending Program, which rescues and reuses leftover paint to provide a high-quality, recycled latex paint to the poor throughout the U.S. and around the world. The impact of their work sent a strong message that UC Blue Ash continues to invest in people and help them in areas of the world that are far-reaching. It’s work I’m proud of.
We’ll be expanding this community volunteer project in 2017 and hope you’ll join us. Until then, our work continues on—to ensure our students have every resource available to them to ensure they succeed. Much of that work is enhanced by alumni volunteer efforts at the college at Open Houses, the UC Blue Ash Dash for Scholarships and through the Alumni Mentoring Program. We invite you to be a part of investing in the success of our students with us, as it’s important work that takes many helping hands. For additional information contact Katelyn Hainline, Development & Alumni Coordinator at Katelyn.Hainline@uc.edu or 513-936-1500.
Message from Spring 2016
The Ticket to Thrive
I’ve said on many occasions that spring is arguably our busiest season at the college, but also one of my favorites. It means celebrating the great academic accomplishments of our students—from honoring scholarship recipients, to recognizing honor students in each department, to shaking hands with each and every graduate as they walk across the stage at Commencement—and I love it.
Earlier this month, we celebrated our 2015-2016 scholarship recipients and donors at the annual Scholarship Luncheon, and heard from the UC Blue Ash Alumni Association Scholarship Recipient, Grace Meyer. As an alum, if you’ve ever made a donation to scholarships, you, along with many others, have invested in Grace and her future. Grace is a double major in Neurobiology and Neuropsychology with a goal of attending the University of Cincinnati Medical School to become a pediatrician specializing in children with developmental disabilities, a cause that’s incredibly important to her and her family.
Being a scholarship recipient has allowed her to worry less about balancing multiple jobs while attending school and focus more on academic success. “You allow someone like me to go to school and to thrive—and there is a difference between just going to school and going to school and thriving.”
As alumni of this college, you know first-hand the many financial barriers our students face when it comes to achieving their academic dreams. It’s why we encourage you each year to participate in the UC Blue Ash Dash for Scholarships, and why we would love for you to attend the Distinguished Alumni Celebration & Silent Auction, which benefits the UCBA Alumni Association Scholarship, on Wednesday, April 13. Grace will be there to describe how impactful and inspirational receiving a scholarship can be for a student, and to thank our alumni for investing in her success. As a future UC Blue Ash alum, I know Grace will be in good company with each of you, her fellow alums. We look forward to seeing you at this event to celebrate our outstanding faculty, staff and alumni!
Message from Fall 2015
Challenge is the Crucible for Greatness
Just last week, we kicked off the official start of the 2015-16 academic year by welcoming nearly 5,200 students—or future alumni, as I like to think of them—to our campus, complete with a new and exciting renovation to our One Stop Center in Muntz Hall. This makes it easier for our team to provide exceptional customer service to our students who need assistance with registration, financial aid, and accessing student accounts.
Despite the many student support services in place and outstanding staff on-hand to meet our students’ needs, there are—unfortunately—those who stumble upon barriers and need additional assistance. As alumni, you know this scenario just as well as I do. Sometimes, life comes at you fast. Perhaps you or a fellow classmate struggled with a personal matter that temporarily caused you to falter. Those personal matters often snowball into financial barriers as well, causing hardships and headaches when trying to pay a tuition bill. Finances are the number one reason why UC Blue Ash students are forced to drop out of college.
To address these challenges, we have put deliberate measures in place to ensure we’re meeting students where they are on their academic journey, especially when it comes to overcoming financial barriers. We’ve been intentional in increasing scholarships for first-generation college students, single parents and those who have returned to college for a second try. Our faculty and staff initiated an Emergency Relief Loan Fund just this past spring—a program which offers gifts to students in a financial crisis that threatens their progress, with the idea that they would pay it forward eventually, when they are able. We know that family, medical, housing, and transportation emergencies often derail our students and lead them to drop out. This new fund will give us a tool to intervene and give students the time and space to figure out their next steps, while continuing on their academic journey. As I recently stated in my state of the college address, “challenge is the crucible for greatness.” As evidence of how great our colleagues are at UCBA, an astounding 84% of our faculty and staff made a gift to support our college and students.
We’re also embarking on our third annual UC Blue Ash Dash for Scholarships on Saturday, October 10. This community-wide event has raised over $70,000 and has seen over 1,000 participants in its first two years. It’s an incredible event for an extremely worthy cause—to build a healthy pipeline of scholarship funds available to UC Blue Ash students for many years to come. Because nearly half—49% of our students work at least 21 hours per week while also attending school, receiving a scholarship could mean the flexibility to focus more on academics and less on part-time employment. Challenge is the crucible for greatness—and our students are clearly becoming great, in part because of their ability to overcome adversity and challenges.
As alumni, I welcome you, your families, friends and co-workers to join me at the Dash this October. Together, let’s make it a GREAT event, and watch our participation and fundraising results soar over last year! For all things UC Blue Ash Dash, visit http://www.ucblueash.edu/about/alumni/news/dash.html .
Message from Spring 2015
Spring Ahead and Celebrate!
I don’t know about you, but the extra hour of daylight and warmer days in March have given me hope that spring is indeed on its way—and I can’t wait! The last few months of Spring Semester are arguably the busiest at the college, but for good reason. For many students, it’s finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and a final push to cross that stage at graduation. You remember the feeling, right?
Spring is also events season at the college, and there’s no better time for you to make a visit back to UC Blue Ash. We have an incredible line-up of celebrations, events and noteworthy speakers taking place now through the end of April—all of which have details outlined in this newsletter. I welcome you and your families to attend one or many of these events to stay connected to the UC Blue Ash family and celebrate the outstanding work of fellow alumni, students and community partners.
Just last year, the UC Blue Ash Alumni Association also started a new tradition at the college to welcome new graduates into the 20,000-strong UC Blue Ash alumni family at the Spring Graduate Brunch, held just before the afternoon Commencement Ceremony. This year’s brunch takes place on Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. at UC Blue Ash in the Muntz Hall Community Commons. We’re always seeking alumni volunteers to help at this event, so please let us know if you’re interested by reaching out to Katelyn Hainline, Development & Alumni Coordinator at Katelyn.Hainline@uc.edu or 513-936-1500.
Message from Fall 2014
It’s difficult to explain how grateful I am for your support of our college.
We are achieving tremendous things together — all of us — improved student success (retention and graduation) metrics; renovating existing and constructing new facilities; increasing the quality and variety of student support services we offer; and raising more funds to support our students with new, endowed scholarships.
Just last month, we saw incredible support for the 2nd Annual UC Blue Ash Dash for Scholarships, which raised $44,400 for our scholarship endowment thanks to over 630 alumni, students, faculty, staff, corporate sponsors and community supporters—an impressive increase from 425 participants in the inaugural year. Last year, 75% of faculty and staff made a gift to support the college, and we’re slated for an even more impressive percentage this academic year. The message is clear, UC Blue Ash is a college worth our investment.
Students are telling us via longitudinal surveys that they are increasingly satisfied with their experience at UC Blue Ash College, and we’re motivated to keep the positive, student-centered momentum going. Part of keeping our current pace of transformation involves resources from you. Your gifts have unquestionably fueled our progress and our student’s positive experience here. And we have many more improvements ahead. We are planning a big, bright future here as I enter my second term as dean of the college in 2015. We simply can’t thank you enough for your support and know we just wouldn’t be where we are today without each of you.
As always, we welcome your ideas on how we can best serve you, our loyal alumni. Send us your feedback on events or services you would like to see from the UC Blue Ash Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Message from Summer 2014
It’s hard to believe that just four years ago I accepted the position as Dean of UC Blue Ash College. The time I’ve spent at UC Blue Ash has been the most gratifying of my entire career and I am eager to continue our college’s positive momentum in the years ahead—and pleased to announce the University of Cincinnati’s Board of Trustees has unanimously approved my reappointment as Dean, to a new five-year term.
While it’s easy to proudly look back on a long list of accomplishments for UC Blue Ash during this time, I’m choosing to look forward and think about how I want to best make an impact at our college and for our students during the next several years. As a fellow alum of this great university, I ask you to join me and do the same. It’s no surprise that scholarships are an important priority for our college, as financial barriers are the number one reason why UC Blue Ash students are forced to stop-out or drop-out of college. As a UC scholarship recipient myself, who knows the struggle of working and balancing a full-time class schedule, my goal is to make a significant, lasting impact for future students and scholarship recipients at this great college.
Building Our Future One Step at a Time
Last fall, we launched our signature fundraiser for the college, the UC Blue Ash Dash 5K Run/Walk for Scholarships. For a first-time event, I was energized by the outpouring of support from alumni, faculty, staff, students, community residents and corporate partners who participated and played a significant role in raising over $28,500 for our scholarship endowment. The event was a fantastic success and we would love for even more alumni to participate.
I look forward to seeing you this year at UC Blue Ash Dash on Saturday, October 11 at 8:30 a.m. on our campus. Join me as we walk and run that day. Or, you can “sleep in for scholarships”—if you cannot attend the event, or if walking, running or even waking up early on a Saturday morning doesn’t sound fun to you—and you still get a 5K t-shirt! An easy donation of $25 for non-students and $15 for students makes an investment in our scholarship fund which will change lives.
There’s no doubt most of you have seen the recent success in watching your friends, neighbors, family members and favorite celebrities and athletes dump buckets of ice and water over their heads for a great cause—all thanks to the powerful tool of social media. It’s an effort we can learn a lot from. I ask you to share information about the UC Blue Ash Dash on your own personal social media sites and challenge your friends to walk, run or “sleep in for scholarships” too. Help us spread the word on this fun and important event! Register today athttp://www.runningtime.net/Races/UCBlueAsh/home.htm.
Message from Spring 2014
Just a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sharing a meal with over 30 UC Blue Ash students at a Business Etiquette dinner—an event sponsored by the UC Blue Ash Alumni Association. Our outstanding Alumni Council volunteers continue to provide us with great ideas like this one, to help us better connect with students as future alumni. We know our students receive quality academics in the classroom which help them prepare for success in the workforce following graduation, but our goal is to teach beyond what is often found in a textbook. This event was a great experience in teaching students appropriate etiquette in a business setting, a valuable lesson for students interviewing or landing their first corporate jobs. Let’s face it—sometimes it’s tough to remember which way to pass the bread at dinner!
Lift as you Climb - New Alumni Mentoring Program
One of the best parts of my job is meeting with our many incredible alumni who are doing such wonderful things in Greater Cincinnati and beyond. Alumni often tell me that they’re looking for more meaningful ways to connect with their alma mater, beyond attending the many social opportunities the college offers throughout the year. We listened. I’m incredibly excited to announce that this semester, UC Blue Ash College launched a pilot Alumni Mentoring Program.
The goal of this program is to connect current students with an alumni mentor to provide professional and career guidance. We can’t think of any better way to enhance the way we professionally prepare our students than to connect them with our greatest success stories—you. While the pilot program will wrap up later this Spring, we’re already looking ahead to launch this program to the fullest next Fall and we need your help. We’ll match you with a student of similar career interest and guide your experience as a mentor with events and topics for discussion. I can’t think of a better way to make an impact on our students’ lives. Join us for this incredible experience by contacting Katelyn Hainline, Development & Alumni Coordinator, at 513-936-1500 or Katelyn.Hainline@uc.edu.
Message From Fall 2013
I am very fortunate in my role as Dean of UC Blue Ash College to meet so many of the bright and ambitious students that choose to pursue their dreams on our campus. The drive, determination and potential they display are inspiring. As we look ahead, our goal is to keep that momentum and strong connection to UC Blue Ash long beyond the time that students walk the halls here. In fact, this year we hope to further engage and excite our alumni through various ways which help enhance our student experience.
In addition, we want to celebrate YOU—our outstanding alumni who are out in the world doing exciting, innovative and passionate work. I encourage you to share your story with us. Success stories from our alumni greatly enhance the integrity of the programs we offer here at UC Blue Ash. Sharing those stories with prospective students and parents can be a deciding factor in choosing our college.
As our college continues to grow, so does our base of talented and enthusiastic alumni. Our outstanding faculty ensure each graduate is prepared to succeed anywhere and everywhere as a UC Blue Ash alum. But, we need your help in connecting our current students to opportunities beyond the classroom, through internships, co-ops, networking, mentoring and job opportunities. This is a great way for you to help the next generation following in your footsteps.
Making The Connection
We offer a wide variety of ways for our students to connect with you or your business, organization or agency. With more than 60 degrees and programs now available at UC Blue Ash College, we have students who are pursuing an education in nearly every type of industry or specialty.
We are growing our internship and co-op program at UC Blue Ash to provide more hands-on opportunities that prepare our students for the next step into the job market.
If you don’t have internship or co-op opportunities in your organization, networking with or mentoring a student can also be invaluable in their development.
Share Your Story
I would love to hear from you about the success you have achieved since graduating. We want to share your stories to inspire our current and prospective students and help them create their own path to success.Your achievements could be shared in the CATalyst, in a news release, on our UC Blue Ash web site, or on our blog.
Please send an update on your achievements and your current role to Katelyn Hainline, Development and Alumni Coordinator, at email@example.com