DAAP News, September 2011
Message from the Dean
Itís hard to believe another summer quarter has come and gone so quickly. We are looking forward to welcoming an incoming class of 550 students to our bright and talented DAAP family, and eagerly wait to see what fresh, creative and innovative ideas and projects our new students will produce! Please take time to read the stories in this issue about our talented students and notable alumni.
In the past, I have said I would let you know when we needed your help. Did you know only 11% of UC's alumni gave back to UC during the 2009-10 academic/fiscal year? According to U.S. News & World Report, UCís record of alumni giving pales in comparison to other universities, ranking 13th among the 16 Big East universities and far behind Xavier, Ohio State, Miami University and the University of Dayton.
Thanks to the commitment of many alumni who answered the 1819 call, UCís alumni giving rate climbed to 12.5% for the 2010-11 academic/fiscal year ending June 30, 2011. At DAAP, we are committed to doing our part -- and we need every DAAP alum to please consider making a gift that will help us raise the funds necessary to compete with other highly esteemed colleges such as Notre Dame, Georgetown, and Xavier. All it takes is one gift of $18.19 to help us ìmove the needleî! Your gift may be designated to the program of your choice so please make your gift today.
The college will honor students and benefactors at DAAP's annual Benefactors Event on November 3rd. With your help we are able to present our bright young students with opportunities that otherwise would not be possible! But don't just take it from me:
ìThe award you have supported not only helps me deal with the financial circumstances of attending college, but also shows me that good work can be recognized, and encourages me to keep pursuing my aspirations.î ñMary Schartman
Please join us on November 3rd as we thank those who have been so generous in the past and encourage others to join this group of highly esteemed donors who recognize and invest in our talent.
Thank you for your continued support and involvement.
- Robert Probst
Philanthropy News and Opportunities
Nearly 2,000 Books from David Niland Collection Donated to DAAP Library
The teaching legacy of long-time UC architecture professor David Niland, who passed away in 2010, will continue for many years to come.
The David Niland Endowment Fund
In celebration of what would have been Professor Nilandís 81st birthday in April, we have established the David Niland Endowment Fund with a generous gift from an anonymous donor.
David Niland was a distinguished and passionate teacher and practitioner. He was an inspiring educator with an understanding of aesthetic principles, highly developed formal composition skills, a great love of architecture, a commitment to and love of teaching, and an extensive knowledge of architectural history and theory. Your support will ensure that Professor Nilandís legacy of design excellence will remain in the school forever.
Click here to support the David Niland Endowment Fund.
September Spotlight: DAAP Annual Fund
As we usher in a new school year, we are also beginning a new year of giving to the Annual Fund. Donations to the Annual Fund are used to bridge the gap between tuition revenue and our operating budget. Your contributions are more important now than ever before.
Participation from everyone makes reaching our fundraising goals easier, and the entire DAAP community benefits from the shared effort. Your gift will help support critical academic programs, technology upgrades in the computer lab and the rapid prototyping center, building improvements, and scholarship assistance for students.
Please click here to give to the DAAP Annual Fund.
Strong Bonds Among DAAP Alumni Lead to Endowment Effort
Architecture alumni who graduated DAAP in 1982 have maintained strong bonds ever since - including adventurous, biennial reunions. Now the architecture grads of '82are joining to create an endowment to celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of their graduation from DAAP.
ëBack to the Bridgeí 1970s Reunion: Saturday, September 24
If you graduated from UC during the 1970s, you're invited to return to campus for the university's biggest-ever reunion emceed by Denny Janson of WCPO-TV and Bill Keating of KMK Law.
After campus tours and a meet-and-greet, the day will culminate with a performance by local band The Remains ñ who will pipe in a heavy dose of 70s hits throughout the evening to jog memories of the past.
Come "Back to the Bridge" to celebrate our days at UC and reconnect with your old college friends! To learn more and register,please follow this link.
Master Class Lecture and Presentation: Friday, October 14
Marc Stickdorn, a co-author of This is Service Design Thinking will be leading a Master Class workshop from October 12-14 at DAAP. On Friday, October 14 at 2 PM, he will give a lecture followed by student presentations from the workshop. The lecture and the presentation are open to public, and all professionals are welcome to attend.
A Rivercity Homecoming: October 14-15
This yearís Homecoming spans the nostalgia and tradition of our Clifton campus to the excitement of Cincinnatiís bourgeoning riverfront. The annual UC Alumni Association family-friendly Homecoming Parade has been moved to Friday, followed by a pep rally at Myers Alumni Center featuring Cincinnati favorites Graeterís and Skyline Chili.
Saturday, the riverfront goes red and black! The UC Football Bearcats take on regional and conference rival, the University of Louisville Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium. Homecoming at Paul Brown Stadium celebrates UC as Cincinnatiís college team while offering expanded tailgating opportunities and exciting fan experiences.Visit the official Homecoming page here!
Design and Engineering Faculty and Students Win Recognition at PACE Forum
In 2007, UC received the prestigious PACE designation from an international consortium of companies. Since then, UC students have routinely exhibited their projects ñ and in the latest competitive presentations, faculty and studentsonce again received recognition for their work.
Humanitarian Design Course Heads to Tanzania
Honors students in a spring Humanitarian Design class completed that coursewith a two-week summer trip to rural Tanzania where they tested their projects and came up with some new ones.
Planning Program Moves Up in National Rankings: No. 16 in U.S., Best in Ohio
UCís planning programis among the very best in the nation, according to the recently released 2012 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs.
UC in the Himalaya: Next Effort to Focus on Adaptive Tent for Greater Warmth
University of Cincinnati prototype designs ñ specifically a very thin, but warm sleeping bag as well as a sleeping platform ñwill be tested in the Himalaya Mountains this month.
Learn more about the trip, as well asthe researchers taking part in the journey.
DAAP in the News: New York Times, Fast Company and More
News media, web sites and national rankingsprovided kudos to DAAP during August 2011. Check out the fantastic coverage!
Industrial Design Program Wins Recognition in Cincinnati Innovates! Contest
The award was presented to the UC design program in recognition of the number and quality of entries from the program since Cincinnati Innovates began in 2009.
2011 DAAP Summer Design Camp Recap
The DAAP Design Camp that was featured in the last edition of this newsletter was very successful, attracting 63 high school students from 10 states. Students participated in a week-long immersive camp in three design disciplines that were taught by DAAP faculty and industry professionals. The camp also included team building exercises, lectures, field trips, design studio sessions, and a mini-DAAPworks.
To see a video recapping the week, pleasefollow this link. Those involved with the program hope to expand the camp further in 2012 to reach even more talented young designers!
Planning Faculty Wins Fulbright to Conduct Research in Denmark
UCís Jan Marie Fritz has won a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Human Rights and International Studies to conduct research related to womenís rights in Denmark.
Artists Exhibit Ceramics Inspired by Taft Museum of Art
UC artists Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davisare exhibiting porcelain ceramics inspired by the dÈcor and collection of Cincinnatiís Taft Museum of Art.
Planning Faculty Member Named to UCís Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning
Michael Romanos, professor of planning,was recently named as the first faculty member from DAAP to UCís Academy of Fellows.
Fulbright Winner to Research How Countries Commemorate Revolutions
One of Nnamdi Ellehís areas of study is how countries commemorate revolutions via architecture. As a UC faculty member,heís won a Fulbright to study such architecture in South Africa.
Planning Alum Creates Winning Design for Indianapolisí Monument Circle
Young alum Greg Meckstrothrecently won a competition to redesign Indianapolisí Monument Circle, a gathering point at the city center not unlike Cincinnatiís Fountain Square.
Alum Designs Mascots for World Choir Games
UC graphic design alum Davis Stanardwon the recent competition to design mascots ñ "Whirl" and ìTwirlî ñ for the 2012 World Choir Games.
One Cool Coffee Table Wins Alum International Recognition
Young UC alum James Cornetet has designed one very cool coffee table.It recently won an international design award and is short listed in another prestigious, international competition.
DAAP Education Leads Alumna to Study and Work in Europe
DAAP alumna Cindy Malonwas able to pursue study and work in Europe after earning her UC graphic design degree.
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