UC Alumni Association Names Top Alumni Award Winners

4 UC alumni to receive highest honors at April 12 event

CINCINNATI – January 02, 2018 – The University of Cincinnati Alumni Association today announced the recipients of its highest honors for UC alumni. This year’s honorees include:

  • Marian A. Spencer, A&S ’42, Hon ’06
  • Russell C. “Rusty” Myers, Bus ’82
  • Jacqueline L. Bailey-Davis, CECH ’92
  • Austin G. Allison, CEAS ’08

Each year, the UC Alumni Association honors a select few of its approximately 300,000 alumni based on their career accomplishments and contributions to the university and community, recognizing them at the UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration during Alumni Weekend each spring.

“The remarkable leadership, generosity, vision and determination exuded by our 2018 class of honorees make them compelling choices for these signature alumni awards,” said Jennifer Heisey, executive director of the UC Alumni Association and vice president of alumni relations for the UC Foundation. “We pay tribute to an amazing icon of the civil rights movement, a volunteer whose commitment to his university runs deeply through his family, a policewoman enormously respected and beloved in her city, and a business prodigy who has transformed his industry. Collectively, they are a testament to the outstanding quality of UC’s alumni family.”

These four honorees, along with 14 college-specific award recipients, will be recognized at the 2018 UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration on Thursday, April 12, 2018, to be held at Cincinnati’s historic Music Hall. Individual tickets may be purchased for $100 and table sponsorships start at $1,500; visit alumni.uc.edu/dac. Please contact Sarah Dillon at sarah.dillon@uc.edu or 513-556-2078 to learn more.

About the honorees:

Spencer headshotMarian A. Spencer, A&S ’42, Hon ’06 William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement

For nearly 80 years, Spencer has been a catalyst for the advancement of civil rights in the Cincinnati area and across the country, demonstrating a ceaseless commitment to fairness and equality for all members of society. Her work led her to become Cincinnati’s first African American woman on City Council and first president of the local chapter of the NAACP (among many other firsts), to exert herself against critical issues and pivot points that would unlock needed progress, and to receive countless honors saluting her passion and fortitude in challenging the status quo in the name of justice. She recently donated to UC the entirety of the personal archives that document the careers of her late husband, Donald, and herself through a lifetime of peaceful fighting for right.

Russell C. “Rusty” Myers, Bus ’82 Distinguished Service Award

For 35 years, Myers has rendered uncommonly faithful and passionate leadership to his alma mater, serving in key volunteer roles to elevate the university’s advancement efforts, his college and its real estate program, and other aspects of the UC community. As the fourth member of his family over three generations to serve as the volunteer leader of the UC Alumni Association, Myers has been extremely influential in streamlining and focusing the organization to expand its alumni outreach efforts, particularly via 30+ regional alumni networks across the U.S. and a variety of constituent alumni groups.

Bleuzette Marshall headshotJacqueline L. Bailey-Davis, CECH ’92 Mosaic Award

A 20-year veteran with the Philadelphia Police Department, Bailey-Davis is widely known and has been frequently decorated for her positive interactions with citizens, for seeking ways to extend new opportunities to others, and for her support for criminal justice education as a means to enhance the lives of those in her community. Her PPD responsibilities include monitoring the department’s progress on its work related to the U.S. Department of Justice Collaborative Reform and 21st Century Policing Initiative.

Dustin Grutza bioAustin G. Allison, CEAS ’08 Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award

An entrepreneur of uncommon accomplishment at a very early age, Allison launched dotloop in 2009 just one year after earning his degree in construction management. His startup soon began to revolutionize the real estate industry by creating an online platform to seamlessly and securely handle all of the transactions between buyers and sellers. Within three years, he was featured on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine and included in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list of young business leaders.

2017 Outstanding Alumni Awards
College of Allied Health Sciences - Erin E. Head, CAHS ’10
College of Arts and Sciences - Glen A. Weissenberger, A&S ’69
Blue Ash College - Marjorie A. McDaniel, UCBA ’90
Carl H. Lindner College of Business - Leigh R. Fox, Bus ’01
Clermont College - Hon. Kevin T. Miles, Cler ’91
College-Conservatory of Music - Aik Khai Pung, CCM ’09, ’14
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning - Donald P. Jacobs, DAAP ’67
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services - Sandra S. Wiesmann, CECH ’66
College of Engineering and Applied Science - Christopher B. Hersman, CEAS ’88
College of Law - Daniel P. Carmichael, Pharm ’65, Law ’68, Hon ’06
College of Medicine - Arden H. Wander, M.D., Med ’67
College of Nursing - Nancy J. Robert, ’78
James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy - Mimi E. Hart, Pharm ’78
UC Athletics - Jolinda Lewis Miller, A&S ’98

Visit alumni.uc.edu/dac for more information about the honorees and the UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration.


About the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association
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