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UC4A News - Fall 2017

The quarterly update from UC's African American Alumni Affiliate

In this issue:

Greetings Bearcats!

This may, quite possibly, be the best time of year – students have returned to campus, Bearcats football is back in action, and Homecoming is right around the corner!

The new leadership of the African American Alumni Affiliate has been working diligently to build from the momentum created by the previous group. The foundation for taking 4A to the next level has been set, and Yasmin Chilton and the new executive board have accepted the challenge to continue the legacy of excellence in our Black and overall Bearcat community. So what does that look like to you as a UC graduate?

Here are three ways you can help make an impact for our students and alma mater:

      • Engage - you can, not only stay connected to 4A and the university, you should reach out to your friends, classmates, fraternity brothers/sorority sisters, etc. to make sure they are receiving updates from 4A. With so much happening in and around campus, it is important to stay in the loop so that you can continue to be aware of the issues that affect our students and communities.
      • Volunteer - this means asking the question: now that I’m engaged, how can I help? There are countless opportunities for alumni to roll up their sleeves and pitch in. We are always looking for alumni mentors who can help our students successfully transition from student to professional. There are community service projects where we go into our neighborhoods to help those who are not as fortunate as we are. Many working groups and leadership boards at UC can benefit greatly from your expertise in any vocation – health, law, business, criminal justice, arts and entertainment, and others.
      • Philanthropy - African Americans give 71 percent of their giving dollars to faith-based causes, and that is very important. But we want you to understand that your generous contribution to areas of the University of Cincinnati has and will continue to make a tremendous impact for our students. It is also important to note that as a donor, you can choose specifically where you want your gift to go; if you designate your contribution to a specific fund the entire amount will benefit that cause. And supporting programs such as 4A, the Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program, and the AACRC is more important than ever as the cost of education continue to increase as state subsidy decreases.

Go Bearcats!

Justin Gibson, Bus '05
Associate Director for Diversity Outreach and Engagement
UC Alumni Association

The University of Cincinnati Foundation’s Committee on Trustees and Governance encourages you to submit a nomination for the UC Foundation Board of Trustees.

Potential nominees should demonstrate the ability to contribute and raise funds for UC and UC Health, have strong and passionate ties to the university and/or UC Health, and be highly valued in their professions and community. In particular, they are seeking diverse nominees with strong executive leadership experiences and professional backgrounds in the fields of finance, accounting, investment, and healthcare; and who reside in regions beyond the Greater Cincinnati area. The Committee on Trustees and Governance will review each submission and the Foundation Board will approve the final candidates.

Please submit your nomination by no later than Nov. 27, 2017, in order for it to be considered by the committee and, subsequently, the Board.

Click here for the nomination form. You may complete the form online or in print and email to Lynnette Heard, Executive Director of Foundation Board Relations. A brief statement indicating your support for the individual’s potential candidacy may be submitted.

Student Spotlight: Chandler Rankin

Ciara CruderWhen this Darwin T. Turner Scholar from Columbus, OH arrived to campus, his goal was to distinguish himself as a business student. In just a year, Chandler has excelled in the classroom, and in Student Government and as a Business Fellow. Click here to learn more about his plans at UC, and beyond.

Name: Chandler Rankin

UC College: Lindner College of Business | Major: Economics and Marketing | Anticipated Grad Year: 2020

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

What student groups do you participate in?
Student Government (Senator At-Large), United Black Student Association (PACE Chair), Resident Advisor, Darwin T. Turner Scholar, Kolodzik Business Scholar, Business Fellows

What ultimately led you choose to continue your education at the University of Cincinnati?The determining factors in my decision to come to UC were the unmatched opportunities that are provided. Between the scholarship programs that granted my admission, the co-op opportunities and what the city has to offer, and the resources of a large public university, I knew that this was the place for me to develop as a scholar, leader, and young professional.

What are your career goals? My career goals are to ultimately lead a large corporation in the private sector or a government agency in the public sector. I see my career being at the intersection of business and public policy, which is why I plan to pursue a MBA and/or MPA. Working in a highly regulated industry or focusing on the economic development of communities are what I am extremely interested in doing throughout my career.

What makes you proudest to be a Bearcat?What makes me proudest to be a Bearcat is the fact that I know so many have paved the way for me to be where I am today. I am beyond blessed to be a college student striving to meet my goals, and I know that this has come at the expense of sacrifices from many others. I stand on the shoulders of trailblazers, family, friends, mentors, and many more that have given me an obligation to leave a lasting legacy on this campus. I am beyond proud to play my part in truly making UC a premier institution in the region.

Upcoming Events

Onyx & Ruby Award Nomination Deadline
Oct. 13

2017 Homecoming Weekend
October 19-22
Register now for early bird pricing

2018 Onyx & Ruby Gala
Feb. 24

2018 Alumni Weekend
April 13 - 15 | More information to follow

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Justin Gibson, Bus '05
Associate Director,
Diversity Outreach and Engagement

Email Justin
or call 513-556-4312

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