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Outstanding Graduating Students

Charles Wiederhold

Charles Wiederhold
Architecture

Charles “Chas” Wiederhold was chosen by the Architecture Faculty to be Outstanding Architecture Senior of the graduating class of 2013. Chas has a 3.86 gpa. He is from Fayetteville, Ohio. He is known throughout the School of Architecture and Interior Design for his commitment to helping others and public service. He is involved with several student groups, Sigma Phi Epsilon, ROAR Tour Guides, Student Government, AIAS, and most recently started a student organization focused on public interest design. Outside of DAAP he has been recognized by three campus honoraries: Cincinnatus, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Sigma Sigma. He has taken part in two foreign studies programs, travelling to seven countries. He has co-oped in Cincinnati and Chicago. His graduation will leave a large void in the “heart of SAID.”

Sierra Ross

Sierra Ross
Art History

Sierra has an excellent academic record and a diverse resume that includes conference presentations, work experience, extracurricular activities and community engagement. She is clearly a well-rounded student who is interested in gaining experience in her field.

 

 

 

Deborah Toof

Deborah Toof
Fashion Design - Design Track

Deborah Toof has been one of our top students all around since she started in DAAP. She is highly creative, meticulous in her approach to every project and very intelligent. Her design aesthetic shows intellectual curiosity and a dedicated approach to research and when she constructs her designs she is a precise and creative engineer. She is a generous and kind person who gives freely of her knowledge to her fellow design students. She completed co-ops with VPL, Shipley & Halmos, The Brush Factory, Chico's Fash, and MYHABIT. All of these employers have spoken highly of her work ethic and contributions to their companies. We are proud and honored that she has been selected as Outstanding Senior for Fashion Design.

Katherine Geiger

Katherine Geiger
Fashion Design - Product Development

Kate Geiger, with a GPA of 3.9, and a BA in Strategic Communication, has consistently been excellent in every area of the extensive product development curriculum. Every project that Kate has undertaken has been done with extensive research, superior trend analysis, conceptual direction, strong communication skills and excellent construction skills. Her co-op positions have varied from a small bridal couture to large, industry leading retailers. She has worked free-lance while in school as a trend specialist for LPK and taught English as a second language in Taiwan. Kate's unique design combination of integrity, collaboration, innovation and total commitment to any project is exemplary.

 

Jay Stern

Jay Stern
Fine Arts

Jay Stern has been chosen as this year’s recipient for the Outstanding Undergraduate Fine Arts Student Award because he maintains both a powerful self-discipline for his own endeavors in fine arts AND a generous and engaged spirit with his peers within the studio environment. While in school his exhibited his artwork in 15 exhibitions; including solo, two person and group exhibitions. Jay has very high standards for his work and himself, is always supportive of his peers and is excited about their work, is always pushing his ideas with his research, and is an “all round good person.” Jay has been accepted into the MFA program in Arts Leadership at the University of Seattle.

Meredith Ross

Meredith Ross
Graphic Communication Design (Digital Design)

Outstanding Senior Awards are given to those demonstrating academic achievement, professional activity, and rich participation with university life. The Graphic Communication Design faculty has selected senior Meredith Ross as this year’s program co-recipient. In addition to being an excellent full time student, Meredith has devoted her free time with other worthwhile organizations such as Engineers Without Borders. Her consistent sunny disposition has often been welcomed during stressful times. Also, it is a natural when she served as a DAAP ambassador participating in public relations and recruitment activities. As a student, Meredith has proven to be a thoughtful, energetic, and a qualified student who deserves this formal recognition.

Kenny Schipper

Kenny Schipper
Graphic Communication Design (Graphic Design)

The Graphic Communication Design faculty has selected Kenny Schipper as co-recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award. He has been a model student, worthy of respect from his professors, professional practice employers, and most notably his peers. Kenny exemplifies the qualities desired by both reputable academic institutions and employers: inquisitive, empathetic, self-motivated, optimistic, prideful, and diligent. As a designer, he is visually sensitive, creative, and dedicated to user needs through both the identification and solving of problems benefiting society. These qualities have afforded Kenny with prestigious cooperative education experiences at Apple Inc. and Brick. In the classroom, Kenny serves the role of a quiet leader. His humility and hard work serve as pillars of inspiration to all students in our program.

Phillip Douglas

Phillip Douglas
Horticulture

Phillip Douglas of Independence, Kentucky is a 2013 BS Horticulture graduate. After eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Mr. Douglas was honorably discharged in April of 2013 as a Corporal holding the billet of Platoon Sergeant. Mr. Douglas is currently working as the Director of Horticulture for Gainesway Farm in Lexington, KY- a world class thoroughbred farm and American Public Gardens Association accredited arboretum. Over the past three years Mr. Douglas has conducted research on the benefits of woody plants at the Boone County Arboretum. Mr. Douglas currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Kathy and their dog Tess.

Aaron Berding

Aaron Berding
Urban Studies

Aaron Berding exemplifies many of the attributes of an outstanding urban studies student. His focus and hard work in the classroom, with high attention to detail, has earned him an excellent 3.6 GPA. In both the classroom and in the community, he has proven himself to be an able team leader and articulate speaker. His ability to streamline tasks is highly valued. In addition, he is an excellent writer and willing to try new things as part of a thoughtful process of carefully crafting and accomplishing goals. Importantly, he is compassionate about helping others and ultimately making urban communities better places.

 

Thomas Gatlin

Thomas Gatlin
Industrial Design - Design Track

Tom Gatlin was chosen by the Industrial Design Faculty to be Outstanding Senior of the graduating class of 2013. Tom has the highest GPA in his class, 3.94. He has excellent design skills and a responsible work ethic. He is a native of Texas and Virginia and hopes to find at a design consultancy on the east coast. He has worked at Berry Plastic, Crown Equipment Corp., Kaleidoscope, and Eleven. He holds a second degree Black Belt in Karate and is designing better safety gear for Karate competitors for his senior capstone.

 

Brendan Oberkircher

Brendan Oberkircher
Industrial Design - Transportation Track

Brendan has the second highest GPA in his class, 3.92. This is the result of a truly exceptional dedication to his studies, as well as to the program and his peers. His designs are consistently of the highest caliber. They are both conceptually thoughtful and exquisitely executed, and have won numerous recognitions. Recently he traveled to Shanghai, China to present at the 2012 PACE Global Forum, where his project won best overall design concept, best interior design, best human factors and ergonomics, and best engineering collaboration. Brendan’s continual offering of his time, help, and leadership has affectionately earned him the nickname “Captain” by his classmates, and is indicative of his general strong character in and outside of the classroom.  He is a GM Scholarship recipient, an Eagle Scout, and the Creative Lead at Missio Dei Church.

Sarah Mapel

Sarah Mapel
Interior Design

Sarah Mapel, with a GPA of 3.8, and a BS in Interior Design, has consistently been excellent in every area of the curriculum. Sarah is a Cincinnatus Scholar and recipient of a National Co-op Scholarship - among several other national and regional scholarships. She received the Olshansky Award for Originality, and has served as a Teaching Assistant for History of Architecture, a Campus Tour Guide, Beyond Cincinnati Volunteer, and Homeless Shelter Volunteer. Throughout her studio and seminar courses, she has exhibited extensive research and analysis skills. She has strong communication skills and excellent design skills. Her co-op positions have varied from brand experience at Big Red Rooster, Chico’s FAS in Fort Myers, Hospitality in Gensler, Los Angeles, and luxury boutique hotels at Wilson Associates in Dallas, Texas. Sarah's unique combination of hand and digital skills, her integrity, collaboration, innovation and commitment to sustainable design help to form an inspiring role model for the students in our program.

Alexander Cassini

Alexander Cassini
Urban Planning

Alexander Cassini exemplifies all the attributes of an outstanding urban planning student.  He is bright, intellectual curious, hardworking and compassionate about meeting the needs of the least fortunate urban residents. He has earned a 3.89 GPA over the course of nearly five years of study. As a first year student, he won the David Peet Memorial Award for Distinguished Freshman Project, and later was recognized in the DAAP college-wide portfolio competition. He is bilingual in French and English and has received outstanding reviews for co-ops in Angers (France), New Orleans, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Paris. He will be continuing his studies at Harvard University, pursuing a Masters of Landscape Architecture.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Emily Teng

Emily Teng
Architecture

Emily Teng was chosen by the architecture faculty to be the Outstanding Architecture Graduate Student of the graduating class of 2013. Emily was born and raised in Texas, and completed her Bachelor of Architecture at University of Texas with highest honors. During her time at UC, she was selected to receive the prestigious Yates Scholar Award. Emily is not only a passionate learner but also is an involved teaching assistant for undergraduates. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to grow professionally through co-ops in Austin, Dallas and Los Angeles. In her free time, Emily loves to watercolor, travel, hang out with friends and read about craft, phenomenology, and theology.

Kathleen Mitalski

Kathleen Mitalski
Art Education

Katie’s accomplishments reflect the highest levels of graduate student achievement. In addition to her GA work in the Visual Arts I & II and Field Experience courses, Katie has many other responsibilities. She manages DAAP’s Saturday Art program, and also serves as president of the OAEA/NAEA Student Chapter. Katie’s arts-based research on visual journals breaks new ground in the discipline: She translates characteristics of contemporary artists’ journaling practices into innovative visual culture curricula. However, while Katie is clearly an outstanding student in her academic work, she is also a truly inspiring role model for the students in our program.

Kathryn Gephart

Kathryn Gephart
Art History

Katie has been very consistent in her academic performance and served as a TA since her first year. In addition, in 2011 she won the Tatgenhorst Award, a travel grant for art history and fine arts students, and has worked as a curatorial assistant at the Taft Museum since 2012.

Zachary Woolard

Zachary Woolard
Community Planning

Zach Woolard is both an outstanding student and graduate assistant on a federally-funded research project. In class, Zach exhibited a palpable zest for learning. His leadership and teamwork skills stood out as he used his prodding, diplomacy, and strong work ethic to push himself and his peers to do their best. As a GA, Zach was an integral member of a team that included five faculty members. He administered budgets, wrote drafts, did analysis, helped prepare presentations, and participated in briefings of high-level officials in Washington, DC.

Sepideh Shahi

Sepideh Shahi
Design

Sepideh is an outstanding student in every way. Her scholarship is impeccable as her 3.980 GPA attests. Her thesis was outstanding, her leadership effective and her demeanor always gracious with a smile that would melt an iceberg. Sepi is good at everything. She exemplifies the well-rounded student who both creates beautiful design and produces beautiful research. She is equally adept at form and function, theory and knowledge formation. She’s the most outstanding student from an outstanding Masters of Design class for 2013.

John Cairns

John Cairns
Fine Arts

John Cairns is a student of life. His interests range from bread baking to art making to risk taking and discipline—breaking. He experiments in the academic setting and in the daily rituals of existence. He is a connector of philosophies and of departments his artistic practices build bridges where none seem possible. In his journey, John Cairns allows himself to become enthralled with getting lost. This unknown path takes his work to the highest level of creativity.

Peter Mallow

Peter Mallow
Regional Development Planning

Peter Mallow is the outstanding graduate from the PhD Program in Regional Development Planning in the School of Planning. He is a lifelong Cincinnatian and previously received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the School of Planning. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, he worked in economic development and real estate development across the Midwest. Upon graduation, Peter has accepted a senior analyst position with a Cincinnati-based research organization. His research interests are in the use of economic evaluation methods to study the intersection of planning and public health. Peter is indebted to his amazing wife, Jenny, and two children, Nicholas and Kristen for their love and encouragement.

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