50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Gala: A Night to Remember


On September 28, 2017, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of UC Blue Ash College with our 50th Anniversary Gala, benefiting the UC Blue Ash Student Scholarship Fund.

Our college opened for the first classes in September 1967. We are hosting a variety of events and activities throughout the 2017-18 academic year to mark this significant milestone. The gala was the premier event in our anniversary celebrations.

The evening included a cocktail reception at Progress Hall- the newest addition to our campus – followed by dinner and the program in an elegantly decorated tent on the Quad.

Perfect weather helped make for a perfect night, as alumni, students, and current and former faculty, staff and administrators of the college came together.

Co-founding Father, Ernest Muntz

Dr. Ernest Muntz enjoyed seeing old friends at the 50th Anniversary Gala. He was the longest-tenured dean at our college.

Special guests for the evening included some of the ‘founders’ of our college, such as dean Ernest Muntz: the namesake of Muntz Hall, who helped open the college in 1967 and served as dean for 21 years. Introduced by interim dean Robin Lightner, dean Muntz received a standing ovation from the 250 guests in attendance.

Dean Lightner also recognized all of the faculty, staff and alumni who were part of our college when it opened on September 25, 1967. One of our original students was Martha Smith, who traveled from Tennessee to attend our Gala.

President Pinto

UC President, Dr. Neville Pinto

This special event also featured guest speakers, each of whom added to the feeling of pride and excitement for our college. UC President Neville Pinto talked about the importance of our college in the growth of the University, Dr. Derek Van Amerongen discussed why he gives back to today’s students as a scholarship donor, and our alums Suaad Hansbhai and Eric Broyles shared how professors at UC Blue Ash helped them find their confidence and purpose.


Overall, it was a very special night as we honored our rich history of inspiring student success – then, now, always. We’re ready for the next 50 years! Please enjoy the gallery of photos taken throughout the night, by our Electronic Communications Manager, Pete Bender.

50th Anniversary Gala


If you were not able to attend the Gala, but would still like to donate to our scholarship fund, please click here.

About Olive Wright

Olive Wright is the Communications Intern with the Communications Department at UC Blue Ash College for the 2017-18 academic year. Look forward to seeing Olive's contributions to UCBANOW and www.ucblueash.edu all year long.