DAAP News — November 2012
Message from the Dean
Though it may be hard to believe, we already find ourselves one week away from the Thanksgiving holiday. And while we often give thanks for the people and things that make our lives special this time of year, a number of DAAP students are thankful all year long – for the generosity and support of those who finance their education through scholarships and other forms of private support.
It’s nearly impossible to put into words what the gift of a scholarship means to someone in need, yet oftentimes our students are so moved that they write letters of gratitude to their benefactors. I’m pleased to share a few lines from one such letter that illustrates how meaningful the generosity of someone the student has often never met has been to their life:
“...A college education, even at an in-state institution, is still very expensive. Receiving an award like this makes my situation much more manageable, and it also inspires me and gives me confidence that others believe I’ll be successful in this very challenging program.
“This scholarship is also invaluable to me because of my family situation. My father died of an undiagnosed heart problem when I was young and my mother has raised me and my sister on her own. My freshman year of high school, I too was diagnosed with a heart problem. I have since had my heart ailment corrected, but I still see a cardiologist regularly.
"The cost of my medical care has placed an added financial burden on my mother. I am extremely grateful that years of studying diligently and achieving honor roll status throughout high school has led to your generous gift to help us with the financial burden of a college education. Thank you again for helping to make my future a reality -- I will do my best to honor your choice."
As you consider what you are grateful for in your own life, I ask that you give someone else reason to be thankful by considering a year-end gift to DAAP. Education is the single most important step a person can take toward building a better future, and through your generosity, you can create opportunity for students who need it most.
From all of us at DAAP, thank you for your continued support and involvement, and have a safe, happy holiday season.
- Robert Probst
P.S. You can get connected with thousands of DAAP alumni and faculty by joining our LinkedIn Group:University of Cincinnati DAAP Alumni.
Philanthropy News and Opportunities
Support the Jay Chatterjee Global Lecture Series
As many of you know, Dean Emeritus Jay Chatterjee was honored at a special gala that took place at the conclusion of the very successful Surface Conversations symposium last month at DAAP.
The highlight of Jay’s gala (other than some very special memories and stories) was when alumni, friends, colleagues and business partners came together to present a very special gift to Jay that symbolizes his philosophy of never settling for average: The Jay Chatterjee Global Lecture Series.
Through the Global Lecture Series, the University will bring one premier global figure to campus each year to educate and inspire students across all of UC’s programs and disciplines. Just as Jay always taught students to push beyond what they thought was possible, and just as he changed the makeup of UC’s campus through the Campus Master Plan, the Global Lecture Series will shatter preconceptions by bringing preeminent thought leaders to campus.
Thanks to an anonymous donor who has endowed the Lecture Series, as well as a number of contributions from those who attended the gala, we are close to our fundraising goal. Help us get there by making a gift to the Jay Chatterjee Global Lecture Series today!
Contact Laura Johnson Dorl for more information at 513-556-1211.
DeGarmo (Arch '82) Honored with UC Foundation Trustees' Award
Congratulations to Todd DeGarmo, Principal and Chief Executive Officer of STUDIOS Architecture in Washington, D.C., who was recognized with the 2012 Trustees' Award at the UC Foundation's annual George Rieveschl, Jr. Dinner.
Todd was honored for his leadership and substantial personal commitment in organizing the Proudly Cincinnati Washington, D.C. Campaign Committee. Through Todd's efforts, he worked to identify and engage more alumni than had ever been attempted in the Washington region. He hosted or co-hosted countless events, made introductions, and brought in potential supporters who may be interested in contributing to the campaign with gifts of their own.
Over time, Todd’s work and the work of his fellow members resulted in a committee of more than 25 active members. The committee established a campaign fundraising goal of $8 million from the DC region -- and only two years later surpassed their initial target.
Today, through their efforts and the generosity of alumni and corporations in Washington D.C., more than $19.25 million has been raised from the D.C. region since the campaign began in 2005.
Todd became a UC Foundation Trustee in 2008 and has served the university in a number of ways since graduating from DAAP. Once again, congratulations and great work!
Fashion Alumna Kiya Tomlin Sports a New Business
UC fashion alumna Kiya Tomlin, wife of Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, is sporting a new business in that city. Her goal is not only to design and create custom clothing but to provide clients insight into how garments are made.
Fashion Design Alumna Competes in "Project Runway All Stars"
Fashion design grad Althea Harper, who graduated from UC in 2008 and first appeared on "Project Runway" the following year, is now appearing on "Project Runway All Stars."
Bob Holdeman Honored for Reshaping Community via Art and Design
Architecture alumnus Bob Holdeman and his wife, Jane, recently received the Michigan Legacy Art Park's fourth-annual Legacy Award for the indelible mark they have made on the area arts community and landscape.
Recent Design Grad Turns Up the Pressure to Start Business
Young alum Jon Panichella’s senior design project--an unusual furniture collection where the elements hold together via pressure--is the basis for an entrepreneurial business he founded even before he graduated this past June.
Art and Art Education Degrees Lead to International Teaching Career
In earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UC, alumna Cailín O’Connor went to school just a short walk away from where she grew up in Clifton’s Gaslight District. But that hometown education has since led her to an international teaching career.
Alumna Conducts Experiment in the Lost Art of Letter Writing
Fine arts alumna Calcagno Cullen has worked for the past five years on an unusual arts experiment: journaling on her life in San Francisco via writings and drawings and then sending the resulting materials to New York City addresses selected randomly in the white pages.
Fashion Alumna Opens Bridal Boutique in Hyde Park
Amanda Topits has opened a Hyde Park bridal boutique, building on experience she earned working at "Glamour" and "Elle" magazines and other bridal stores after graduating from UC's top-ranked fashion program.
Architecture Student Earns Kudos in “Adaptable Futures” Contest
UC’s Megan Jenkins recently earned an "Honorable Mention" in an international contest asking students to design products, buildings or scenarios that could be easily changed over time in order to adapt to changing needs and demands.
Designer Co-Authors New Book on Creating Breakthrough Products
Best innovation practices by international companies both large and small are featured in a new bookco-authored by UC’s Craig Vogel and Carnegie Mellon’s Jonathan Cagan. Also included in “Creating Breakthrough Products: Revealing the Secrets that Drive Global Innovation” is a seven-step, new-product development process.
Architect’s Book Recognizes Furniture Design as Emerging Discipline
The history, theory, technology and essential craft of furniture design--told via text, color photos and drawings--is presented in the new book, "Furniture Design, Second Edition," by DAAP Professor James Postell. The work, to serve as a textbook and resource among working designers and students, recognizes furniture design as an emerging discipline in its own right.
Jay Chatterjee in Washington, D.C.--Tuesday, Nov. 27
In conjunction with the IDSA Conference in Boston, DAAP will be holding a reception for area alumni and those attending the conference -- come join us and reconnect! The reception begins at 5:30 and will be located at the Westin Boston Waterfront inside the Commonwealth Ballroom.
To RVSP, please email Brooke Hultquist by August 1.
Learn more about UC's campus transformation and meet fellow alumni in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, November 27 at 6 p.m. with special guest Jay Chatterjee.
National Building Museum Auditorium
Room 121 & 122 (Enter at F Street Door)
401 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Click here to RSVP.
For questions contact Steve Warden at 513-556-6057.