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UC Blue Ash Five Facts: June 29, 2017

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In this edition:

  • It’s the final countdown (apologies in advance if you have this song in your head the rest of the day);
  • Learn more about a UCBA student who is making a mark with her poetry;
  • And an expanded version our quote(s) and photo(s) of the week honoring a certain dean who is leaving soon.

June 29, 2017 Edition

Dean Cady Short-Thompson will officially leave UC Blue Ash on July 7

Dean Cady Short-Thompson has made a profound impact during her time at UC Blue Ash.

The Final Countdown.

Cue the song by the band Europe that made a comeback during a recent Geico commercial :). It’s hard to believe, but there are only about nine days left until Dean Cady Short-Thompson leaves UC Blue Ash for Hope College. We will certainly miss her leadership, energy, and support for our students, our people and our college. The list of accomplishments during her tenure is long, impressive and impactful; her legacy will be felt for decades to come. We wish Cady the best in her new role as provost at Hope! See examples of what we have accomplished together under Cady’s leadership.

Robin Lightner begins her role as Interim Dean on July 8

Robin Lightner begins her role as Interim Dean on July 8

A New Era Begins.

Robin Lightner will officially become the interim dean of UC Blue Ash College on July 8, as we transition into a new era for our college. Robin is an accomplished professor and highly-respected faculty leader who has done an outstanding job moving into the administration side; she has served as associate dean of academic affairs for our college over the past year. As Dean Cady has noted, she feels Robin is more experienced and even better prepared for this role than she was when she became dean in 2010. We look forward to Robin’s leadership as we build on the tremendous momentum we have generated over the past seven years.

Congratulations to Sarah Wolfe (left) and Nick Castro for their new leadership positions.

Congratulations to Sarah Wolfe (left) and Nick Castro for their new leadership positions.

New Leadership for Students. 

Congratulations to Sarah Wolfe for being named the new director of student engagement and to Nick Castro on his new role as assistant director for inclusion and involvement. Sarah replaces Marcus Langford, who will become assistant dean of students at the University of Oregon. These will be big shoes to fill but everyone who has worked with Sarah knows that she’s ready. Nick has done a tremendous job establishing our Office for Hispanic/Latino Affairs over the past two years and is clearly prepared for this new opportunity. Both of their former positions will be filled in the near future.

UCBA student Alyssa Ferreri is receiving acclaim for her poetry.

UCBA student Alyssa Ferreri is receiving acclaim for her poetry.

Poetic Accomplishments.

Kudos to Alyssa Ferreri, a UCBA student who is receiving acclaim for her poetry. Alyssa was a past winner in our UC Blue Ash Poetry/Songwriting Contest and is published in 2017 For a Better World, an annual book of poetry and art focused on issues of peace and justice. Earlier this month, she read her poetry at SOS Art, an annual Greater Cincinnati art exhibition. Rhonda Pettit, a professor in our English/Communication Dept. and one of Alyssa’s poetry mentors, also read her poetry at the event. Alyssa says her career goal is to become an English teacher – I’m sure Rhonda’s influence has something to do with that!

This photo shows most of our original faculty, staff and administrators in 1967.

This photo shows most of our original faculty, staff and administrators in 1967.

Who Was Here in 1967?

As we work on plans to celebrate our 50th Anniversary this year, we are trying to identify any students, faculty or staff who were at UC Blue Ash College when it first opened in 1967. If you know anyone who was on our campus during that first year of the college, please contact Pete Gemmer, Director of Marketing/Communications at gemmerpa@ucmail.uc.edu or (513) 936-1632. Whether it was you, a colleague, a parent or grandparent, we would welcome the chance to speak with anyone who was here at the start and learn more about the energy and excitement that must have been palpable on our campus as we started one of the first regional colleges in Ohio.

Quote of the Week

The following are just a few memorable quotes
from Dean Cady Short-Thompson.

“Here we go!” 
–This has been said on multiple occasions, usually after
delivering exciting, challenging, or depressing (budget) news.

“I continue to be honored to lead a very special college that relishes excellent teaching, student-centered service, and a culture that makes student success and graduation our top priority.”
– News release announcing Cady’s reappointment in 2014.

“Why are we limited to 140 characters? That’s not easy for me.” 
– One of her observations/complaints while learning to become a Twitter expert.

“My seven years as your dean have been the best, most productive and most gratifying 
of my career. I am extremely proud of what we have achieved here together.”

– Email announcing Cady’s decision to accept the offer to become provost at Hope College.

 

Photo of the Week

Click on the photo above to begin a gallery of shots featuring Dean Cady Short-Thompson.

About UC Blue Ash College

UC Blue Ash College is a regional college within the University of Cincinnati. It offers one of the best values in higher education with access to a nationally recognized UC education in nearly 50 degrees and certificates, as well as tuition that is about half of most colleges and universities. The college is located on a scenic 135-acre wooded campus in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio.

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