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UC Blue Ash Five Facts: April 26, 2017

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In this edition:

  • A professor is caught off guard in his classroom;
  • A special guest made it to our Nurse Pinning Ceremony, to the surprise of one of our students;
  • And top students are nominated for the 2017 Honor Student of the Year.

April 26, 2017 Edition

Todd Callais, center with the Diversity is Beautiful Award, with Bleuzette Marshall, members of the award committee, and his students.

Todd Callais, center with the Diversity is Beautiful Award, with Bleuzette Marshall, members of the award committee, and his students.

A Beautiful Surprise.

Congratulations to Professor Todd Callais for winning our new UC Blue Ash College Diversity is Beautiful Award. The award came as a surprise to Todd, literally. Members of the award committee, along with Bleuzette Marshall, UC’s VP for Equity and Inclusion, visited Todd’s classroom last week to present him with this special recognition. The award celebrates faculty, staff and administrators at our college who have shown a significant “awareness of diversity and inclusion.” Only students could submit a nomination and Todd’s students noted that he always makes his classroom a welcoming environment that encourages students to participate in important real-world issues.

New UCBA Nursing graduate, Tara West, gives Jordan Boudarant a kiss after he surprised her by making it to the Nurse Pinning Ceremony.

New UCBA Nursing graduate, Tara West, gives Jordan Boudarant a kiss after he surprised her by making it to the Nurse Pinning Ceremony.

Surprise Guest to Nurse Pinning.

There was another nice surprise at our Nurse Pinning Ceremony that was held this past Saturday in Muntz Auditorium. Among the 400-plus guests who attended was Jordan Boudarant, a soldier in the U.S. Army who had been serving in Afghanistan before recently being injured and transported to Ft. Hood in Texas for rehabilitation. He surprised his girlfriend, Tara West, by making it to the ceremony to see her receive her nursing pin; he also plans to be there for her graduation on Saturday. The two have kept in touch while being thousands of miles apart – but Tara said she couldn’t believe he made it home for her big day.

Honor students will be recognized at tomorrow's Celebrating the Best event.

Honor students will be recognized at tomorrow’s Celebrating the Best event.

Candidates for Top Student.

Congratulations to all of our students who have been nominated as the 2017 Honor Student of the Year candidate from their respective academic programs! Each of these students are among the top graduates in their specific disciplines and each carries a GPA of 3.6 or higher. All of our nominees will be recognized at the Celebrating the Best event tomorrow (Thursday) evening in Muntz Auditorium, when the 2017 Honor Student of the Year will be announced.

Kirk Carter – Math, Physics & Computer Science
Clairessa Ciupak – Chemistry
Emily Couch – Veterinary Technology
Savannah Hawley – Allied Health
Rachel Kauffman – Electronic Media
Gabrielle Mann – Nursing
Danielle Maraan – English & Communication
Vanessa Seaman – Biology
Siming Shen – Business & Economics
Emma Snyder – Art & Visual Communication
Madison Wallace – Behavioral Science
Suzanne Yorke – Dental Hygiene

Director of Student Life & Engagement, Marcus Langford, multi-tasks by taking a selfie while giving blood.

Director of Student Life & Engagement, Marcus Langford, multi-tasks by taking a selfie while giving blood.

Thanks for Giving.

Our Spring Fling was a lot of fun and the weather was great as students got to enjoy free pizza and ice cream, as well as games and activities. Some students, faculty and staff also took a moment to give blood in the Hoxworth Blood Mobile that came to our campus. Below are the stats from our blood drive – a big thank you to all who donated.

  • 43 bearcats registered
  • 29 units of whole blood collected
  • 1 double red unit collected
  • 16 bearcats registered to donate for the first time
  • 93 lives will potentially be saved!
Drop off unwanted prescription drugs for safe disposal by the Blue Ash Police Department.

Drop off unwanted prescription drugs for safe disposal by the Blue Ash Police Department.

Dispose Unwanted Drugs.

The Blue Ash Police Department will accept potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Blue Ash Municipal & Safety Center Parking Lot, which is located on Cooper Road just a few blocks from our campus. Anyone can bring pills for disposal during this free event; liquids and needles will not be accepted. The effort is part of National Drug Take Back Day. Since starting the event 12 years ago, the Drug Enforcement Agency and its partners have collected more than 7.1 million pounds of unwanted pills.

Quote of the Week

“Don’t be afraid of fear. Because it sharpens you, it challenges you, it makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self.”

– Actor Ed Helms speaking at the Knox College Commencement ceremony.

Photo of the Week

Congratulations to all of our new UC Blue Ash College graduates. Enjoy your accomplishment, you have earned it!Congratulations to all of our new UC Blue Ash College graduates. Enjoy your accomplishment, you have earned it!

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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