UC Blue Ash Five Facts: November 22, 2017


In this edition:

  • Our Alumni Spotlight shines on a grad who earned her bachelor’s degree at UCBA;
  • A big turnout for our UC Tobacco-Free event;
  • And Summit Park on ice?

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2017 Edition

Haley Fritz graduated from UC Blue Ash with her bachelor’s degree in 2013.

UCBA Grad ‘Applies’ Herself.

Haley Fritz earned her bachelor’s degree in the Applied Administration program at UC Blue Ash before going on to complete her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at UC Uptown. She is the recipient of our 2017 Young Alumnus Outstanding Achievement Award, has led a successful career in leadership roles with area non-profit organizations, and now has her own event planning business. She is the subject of our new Alumni Profile – click here to hear from Haley about how UCBA and the Applied Administration program prepared her for a successful career.

Students line up to take the tobacco-free pledge during our Great American Smokeout activities on November 16.

Tobacco-Free GAS. 

Thanks to all who took part in our Great American Smokeout (GAS) activities last week. We had 138 students sign smoke-free pledges, provided 160 free boxed lunches, and appreciated the help of 10 volunteers. Thanks to our Biology Dept. for providing human cadaver lungs – one from a non-smoker and one from a smoker. Students had the opportunity to write a positive message about UC being tobacco-free on our graffiti wall, meet Mr. Grossmouth (model of teeth, tongue, and oral cavity showing the effects of using smokeless tobacco), and receive free toothbrushes and toothpaste. They also received information on the dangers of smoking and available tobacco cessation resources. See photos from the event here.

Students attended a performance by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival at UC Blue Ash.

 Full House for Shakespeare.

We recently hosted our annual performance of a Shakespeare play by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, which drew more than 400 students from area high schools (Clermont Northeastern, Bethel-Tate and Cincinnati College Preparatory). This year’s play was the classic Romeo & Juliet; it was followed by a Q&A with the actors. The free performance is offered annually to high school and UCBA students as part of our year-long series of events celebrating poetry and the literary arts. It’s sponsored by the Department of English & Communication and the Dean’s Office.

The Spread the Warmth Coat/Hat Drive runs through December 1.

Spread the Warmth.

As we approach the holidays, our college is conducting the Spread the Warmth Coat/Hat Drive to collect items that can be donated to the Cincinnati Homeless Coalition to help those less fortunate stay warm this winter. We’re asking for donations of gently used or new coats, hats, gloves/mittens, or scarves. Look for donation bins in Muntz, Progress and Walters halls, or drop them off at the information desk in the UCBA Library – If you have a library fine each donated item will count toward waiving up to $15 in fines. The Spread the Warmth Drive will end on 12/1. It’s sponsored by the UCBA Library and our Student Nurses Association.

The area under the glass canopy at Summit Park in Blue Ash has been transformed into a skating rink that is open to the public.

Skating at Summit.

A new ice skating rink opened this past weekend at Summit Park in Blue Ash and will be available to the general public through February. The rink is located directly under the glass canopy, in the center of the restaurants at the park. Admission is $5; kids three years and under can skate for free. Beginning in January, skaters will be able to participate in broomball, curling, and pond hockey. The rink will be closed on holidays and operating hours will vary. For a full schedule, visit

50 Facts

We are up to Fact 14 as we cover 50 Facts about UC Blue Ash as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

FACT 14:

We are THANKFUL to have more than 23,000 alumni from UC Blue Ash College. So many of them are making a positive impact in their community and in their field, whether close to home or around the world.
Learn more about our outstanding alumni!

Don’t miss a fact! Check out our 50 Facts Archive page to see the full list of our UC Blue Ash facts!

UC Blue Ash College Almunus, Eric Broyles (1990)

Quote of the Week

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them,
is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”

— W.T. Purkiser, preacher, scholar and author.  

Photo of the Week

UCBA history professor and author, Rob Gioielli signs copies of 50 Years of UC Blue Ash College: Inspiring Student Success – Then, Now, Always during our book signing event last week in the UC Blue Ash Bookstore. You can pick up your copy in the bookstore or online 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 all year long.

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