2017 Outstanding Graduates
Doctor of Philosophy, Architecture
Dr. Mae Al Ansari is a graduate of both the MS and PhD Programs in Architecture. An exemplary student in her own right, she also contributed greatly to the success of other students and the program as a whole. She was unstinting in her attentiveness and support the work of others, and gave the still-new PhD program, of which she is the first graduate, a sense of continuity by setting an example for less-advanced students.
Caroline Beaulieu has consistently demonstrated excellence throughout the years in the program. She is an extremely talented designer who has the ability to work with others and at the same time be able to stand on her own. Her leadership skills are particularly impressive within and outside the university. She has helped design public spaces for resettlement communities for typhoon Haiyan victims in Leyte, the Philippines. Beyond school, she has volunteered for Design Lab, the Freestore Foodbank and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Master of Fine Arts
Kelly Cave has the rare ability to communicate with her work a steadfast tenacity in a research driven approach that translates conceptual idea to form beautifully. Not only does she possess excellent skills in the classroom, she is a connector of like-minded creative individuals and has become an integral part of DAAP community. The faculty in the School of Art at DAAP recommend Kelly Cave completely for this award.
Rachel Coulomb is an exceptional student who has consistently displayed a high level of rigor and dedication in her academic work, her strong leadership and her involvement with the profession. She has consistently produced top quality studio work throughout her undergraduate education and her most recent studio work for the 2017 Lyceum Competition was awarded 3rd place overall. Outside the classroom, Rachel served as AIA Student Chapter President for two years, and received Honorable Mention for the AIA Ohio Architecture Competition in 2014.
Travis Gysegem is a hard-working, inquisitive student with a critical mindset. His work has consistently demonstrated not only a mastering of the topic at hand, but a desire to exceed expectations. He combines classroom excellence with work throughout Greater Cincinnati. Travis has served as treasurer and co-founder of Students for New Urbanism, and is active in the Planning Student Organization. He has provided over 120 community service hours. Travis has received outstanding evaluations for co-op work at Catalytic Fund, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership.
Elizabeth Hauserman is a talented and conscientious Urban Studies student who takes full advantage of the program’s emphasis on non-physical aspects of urban life and the skills necessary to engage in creating innovative futures. She is completing her Urban Studies degree while working full time in warehouse supply. Elizabeth’s perseverance in completing her degree is testament to her steadfast, strong spirit and her drive to succeed in her current position while simultaneously preparing herself for a new professional journey.
Zoe Kusnier is the 2016-2017 Outstanding Student in the BS Horticulture program. Zoe has sustained an energetic and rigorous level of achievement in her course work, her volunteer work, and in her professional associations with local employers. She has received scholarships that recognize her passion and enthusiasm for Horticulture and the role of vegetation in the urban environment. She receives the highest praise from her faculty and peers.
Master of Community Planning
Yilin Li has been an exemplar student in our Masters of Community program, due to her strong desire to learn, ask critical questions and deliver top quality results. Yilin has taken advantage of a wide range of curricular and extracurricular opportunities at DAAP, including her travel to Europe and participating in the Urban Land Institute's local and national competitions. Through her strong interest in urban design, sustainability and social issues, she has combined various aspects of our profession and has an strong potential to rise as a leader in the field.
Simon Leclerc is a talented designer, a committed and successful student, and an outstanding co-op employee. He has served as a DAAP ambassador for his entire school career, always maintains a positive and cheerful demeanor, and always steps up to help out when needed. Simon has been heavily involved with his international fraternity during his time at UC and has held several positions on the chapter's executive board. Simon exemplifies the attributes of our number one-rated Industrial Design Program.
Arin Moyer has displayed outstanding academic performance. While earning her undergrad in both Fashion and Fine Art, this quietly committed student served as a gallery assistant for the DAAP galleries, house lead counselor for the DAAP camp program and director of a community based library center in Germany. She also participated in the Sustainability and Style Gala, where light was shed on city development projects, environmental impact, and the creative force in growth through an experiential event. She created an experimental art book in a medium that advocates new criteria for engagement. She has consistently shown leadership, positive disposition, and personal initiative.
Graphic Communication Design
Sarah Porter entered UC with a Cincinnatus Founders Scholarship and has fittingly served her peers as the president of the Student AIGA and as the Publications Editor and Webmaster for the UC Bands. She has traveled internationally on co-op to engage with the emerging field of service design. Her classroom work is consistently of the highest quality—rigorous in method, sensitive in execution, and guided by an empathy for users and audiences.
Master of Design
Allison came to DAAP because she wanted to become a designer “to have the ability to help improve people’s lives.” There is no doubt that whatever career Allison chose she will continue to have a positive impact on the people she meets. Allison has been a leader in the MDes program as a teaching assistant, working at Livewell Collaborative and by receiving the Judith Smith Koroscik Graduate Fellowship for the 2016-17 school year.
Hope Rice has excelled in all her art history classes at the University of Cincinnati. She has also made a mark as a dramaturge at CCM and is active in Cincinnati’s independent theater scene. Hope’s academic achievements link closely with her interest in the role of art in the world and her involvements in community and social projects. With her excellent research skills, engaging personal qualities, and all-around initiative, she truly stands out.
Megan Steven’s dedication to Fine Arts and Ceramics is reflective in the work that she makes, which improves daily. Megan is driven to be an artist and is one of hardest working students in the program. Megan has been the President of the Ceramics Club for two years and has organized numerous visiting artist demos and lectures. She single handedly took 10 of her fellow students to the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts conference for the last three years. She has organized sales and fundraising initiatives, all while working an outside job and maintaining a studio practice. Last summer Megan beat out dozens of applicants for a job at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME. The director commented that she had one of the strongest applications since he started working there. Megan is mature, trustworthy, and other students respect and value her input.
Master of Architecture
Marissa was the spirit of the class of 2017; she organized the student blast, gave tours to interested students, hosted visiting lecturers and faculty, and did great work on the side!