Dec 28, 2011

Ring in the New Year in Memphis with the Bearcats!

Well, if you haven't already heard, more than 10,000 of the 12,000 Liberty Bowl tickets available to UC fans have been sold so far to faithful Bearcats alumni and friends. Suffice to say, a good portion of our loyal Bearcat Nation is headed to Memphis, Tennessee to overflow Beale Street with a sea of red and black this New Year's weekend!

If you've made your plans to head down to Memphis already, great! Your UC Alumni Association has reserved the only official Bearcats fan zone on Beale Street for you to enjoy the night before the game. Then on Saturday, December 31 the Bearcats take on the Commodores in the 53rd AutoZone Liberty Bowl

So plan to arrive early to take advantage of special Bearcat discounts while you embrace all that Memphis has to offer! Here's a quick rundown of the weekend's official UC events for your reference:

Friday, December 30
  • Parade - 3:00 pm CT
  • Pep Rally - 5:00 pm CT
  • Party & Buffet - 6:00 pm CT
  • Gala - 7:00 pm CT
Saturday, December 31
  • Tailgate/Buffet - 11:00 am CT
  • Catwalk - 12:10 pm CT
  • Kickoff - 2:30 pm CT

Be sure to visit the official bowl section on the UC alumni website for full weekend details, maps and event registration information. And if you're at the events or the game, be sure to post your pics to the official UC Alumni Facebook page or mention @UofCincyAlumni on Twitter. Go Bearcats!

Dec 15, 2011

UC Alumni Association and Graeter's Ice Cream Hold Bearcat Photo Contest

Your UC alumni family, in partnership with Graeter’s Ice Cream, presents the Season’s Greetings Holiday Photo Contest!

We want to treat you to a familiar taste of Cincinnati this holiday season no matter where you live, so we’re putting a new twist on the holiday family photo tradition. This year, give your holiday photo a UC theme and be entered to win a six-pint supply of free Graeter’s Ice Cream, shipped directly to your home anywhere in the continental US.

We’re awarding six grand prizes to the:
  • Most Spirited UC Clan
  • Best Dressed in Red & Black
  • Most Multi-Generational Group
  • Best Dressed Baby
  • Best Dressed Pet
  • Best Inclusion of Graeter’s
Participating is easy!
  1. Snap a photo of you or your family all decked out in your holiday’s best red and black.
  2. Post your photo to the UCAA Facebook page or email it to by December 30th. 
  3. Check out our Facebook page on Tuesday, January 3rd at noon to see if you’re a winner!
Good News!
Can’t wait to see if you’re a winner? Graeter’s Ice Cream can now be found in grocery stores around the country, including a store near you.

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Dec 14, 2011

Service-Learning: Pioneering Educational Innovation While Strengthening the Community

When College of Engineering Dean Herman Schneider proposed one of the first experiential learning programs – cooperative education – at UC in 1906, he had no idea that providing students with real-world job experience would become a national educational model. Today, cooperative education is available at thousands of colleges and universities around the globe.

Building on UC’s proud history as a leader in experiential learning, the Department of Professional Practice now offers students the opportunity to be part of the next innovative pedagogy combining education and workplace preparation – service-learning.

How does it work? Quite simply, service-learning combines the real world experience of cooperative education with a focus on serving local non-profit organizations, all within the framework of a class curriculum. Students have built websites, run public relations campaigns, created learning materials and much more.

Examples of previous service-learning clients include:
  • Food pantries;
  • Elementary, middle and high schools;
  • After-school programs;
  • Libraries;
  • Local, regional and national charities;
  • Clients within UC and other universities.
By serving these organizations, students gain perspective into a variety of careers while bolstering UC’s longstanding commitment to community engagement– a cornerstone of the UC2019> Strategic Plan.

Want to participate in service-learning? Simply visit the registrar’s website and look for classes that carry an SL designation in the course description. With more faculty and community partners connecting through the Center for Service-Learning website than ever before, there are options available to students in nearly all majors and disciplines.

Have you participated in service-learning? Weigh in below and tell us about it!