UC Blue Ash eMedia Students Make it Seven in a Row

For the seventh consecutive year, the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is recognizing students from Electronic Media Communications at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. This year, two projects are being honored with the coveted Student Production Award and three others received Honorable Mention Awards. 
 
The students will be recognized at the 50th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards Gala on August 2, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. Accompanying the student producers to the ceremony are their faculty advisors William Boyle, David Hartz, Dave Hubble and H. Michael Sanders. 
 
Each project represents professional levels of accomplishment in the areas of photography and lighting, graphics and animation, technical execution, writing and direction. The eMedia students and their faculty advisors are being recognized from a field of 40 college/university entries from across the 4-state region and their productions were judged and critiqued by industry professionals on behalf of the academy.
Jaerett Engeseth (L) and Keith Benson are UC Blue Ash eMedia students who  earned regional awards for their projects.

Jaerett Engeseth (L) and Keith Benson are UC Blue Ash eMedia students who
earned regional awards for their projects.

 
The Ohio Valley Chapter of NATAS honors the top student work in specific categories, just as they recognize professional work. The award–winning projects from UC Blue Ash are:
Catalyst by Jaerett Engeseth (producer/director/photographer) in the Photography category.
Animation Reel by Kyle Newton (producer/animator) in the Animation category.
 
In addition, UC Blue Ash students took home the following honorable mention awards: 
Catalyst by Jaerett Engeseth in the Short Form-Fiction category and a second honorable mention to Jaerett in the Audio/Sound category. 
Epic Bath by Keith Benson received an honorable mention in Animation.
 
Other student projects that were nominated included: A Game of War by Calvin Akred (writer/producer/director) and Heaven Spot by Kyle Newton (producer/director) both in the Special Visual Effects/Graphics category.
“These awards are certainly a form of validation for the students and faculty in our program,” says H. Michael Sanders, professor and department chair for the eMedia program at UC Blue Ash.  “We know that our students are producing high-quality work, but to receive that confirmation from such a prestigious organization really shows that our students are prepared for successful careers.”
 
The Ohio Valley Chapter of NATAS is one of twenty regional chapters in the United States. It includes television markets across Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The complete list of college award winners is available at http://ohiovalleyemmy.org/students/2014-college-awards/
For more information about the Electronic Media Communications programs, visit http://www.ucblueash.edu/emedia/ or call (513) 745-5717.
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New Program Connects Alumni with Current Students

UC Blue Ash student Rasha AlSheyyab (left) with her alumni mentor, Kara Sanders.

UC Blue Ash student Rasha AlSheyyab (left) with her alumni mentor, Kara Sanders.

A new program at UC Blue Ash College brings alumni together with current students to provide guidance on succeeding in college, finding the right career, and landing that first job out of school.

A trial version of the UC Blue Ash Alumni Mentoring Program was conducted this spring and has been so successful the college plans to expand it by attracting more alumni and students to participate. Five alums worked with five students over the spring semester.

“This program gives you the chance to really make a huge impact on a young person at such an important time in their life,” said Josh Goode, local attorney, UC Blue Ash alumnus, and Chair of the UC Blue Ash Alumni Council.

The students meet with their mentor on a regular basis and attend specific events together, like the inaugural UC Blue Ash business etiquette dinner,What the Fork?  During the process students can learn more about planning for a career, networking, and interviewing for a job.

“The opportunities this program provides are amazing,” said Rasha AlSheyyab, a student who participated before graduating this spring from UC Blue Ash. “The connections you can make and the first-hand experiences you are able to get are just too good to miss.”

Rasha was paired with Kara Sanders, an alum of UC Blue Ash and the Craft Education Manager for Messer Construction.  As part of her experience, Rasha job shadowed staff in the Communications Department at Messer, attended meetings with senior leadership, and visited a job site.

For Kara, working with Rasha was rewarding in more ways than she anticipated. “This has been a great way for me to give back to my college and help a young person in the process,” said Kara. “Rasha is outstanding. The program ended this spring but we still talk all the time, I want to continue mentoring her and helping with her professional goals.”

Any UC Blue Ash alumni or students interested in participating in the UC Blue Ash Alumni Mentoring program can send an email to alumni@ucblueash.edu or call (513) 936-1500.  More information is also available at http://www.ucblueash.edu/about/alumni/mentor.html

 

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Student Paying Her Own Way Wins Free Tuition

 

UC Blue Ash Dean, Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, with free tuition winner Rebecca Bauscher

UC Blue Ash Dean, Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, with free tuition winner Rebecca Bauscher

Rebecca Bauscher understands just how important it is to win free tuition for the summer at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. That’s because she is paying her own way through school. 

The rising sophomore from Milford has worked since she was 14-years-old and says she tries to save every penny.  She currently works at a dog-training academy while pursuing a business degree at UC Blue Ash. Her future plans are to eventually open her own dog-training business.

Bauscher won free tuition for the summer after her name was drawn from a pool of students who registered for summer classes by the April 28 deadline. “I was really surprised, I just kept looking at my phone with the email that said I won,” she said. “I had to email them back to make sure this was all true.”

The college offers an incentive for students to register early so they are able to get the classes and schedule they prefer. The free tuition drawing was created by UC Blue Ash Dean, Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, and is offered each semester.  The value for summer tuition at UC Blue Ash is approximately $1,700.

“We love to award scholarships and grants to our hard working and deserving students,” said Dean Short-Thompson.  “I really admire Rebecca for paying her own way through college and I’m delighted that we are able to take care of her tuition this summer.”

Bauscher said she chose to attend UC Blue Ash because her older sister graduated from there and really liked the college.  As a graduate of Milford Christian Academy, Bauscher also found the idea of smaller class sizes (average 20 students per class) very appealing. “My graduating high school class only had 10 students, so I’m used to small classes.”

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New Event Benefits Both College and Elementary Students

UC Blue Ash Rad Tech student, Tory Miller, shows a humerus bone to kindergartners from Blue Ash Elementary.

UC Blue Ash Rad Tech student, Tory Miller, shows a humerus bone to kindergartners from Blue Ash Elementary.

The Radiologic Technology program at UC Blue Ash College hosted more than 85 kindergarten students from Blue Ash Elementary School as part of the X is for X-Ray event.

The purpose for the new event was two-fold.  It gave students in the Radiologic Technology (Rad Tech) program at UC Blue Ash the chance to interact with young children in a health care setting as they prepare for clinical rotations at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital this summer.  For the kindergarten students, it was a chance to learn more about the different bones in our bodies and the process for having an x-ray exam – none of the children actually received an x-ray.

UC Blue Ash didn’t try to take on all of the kids at once; they were split into four, two-hour shifts of about 20 kids each on May 20 and 22.

The college students showed the kindergartners the x-ray lab, explained how the x-ray equipment worked, and provided examples of bones. The little ones also got to do some arts and crafts by making their own ‘hand x-rays’ with Q-tips and glue, and they played games that included ‘pinning the skull on the skeleton.’

For the younger kids, X is for X-Ray was a great learning experience. “Our kindergarten students really need hands-on learning and they got that with all of the different activities,” said Tami Miller, a teacher at Blue Ash Elementary.  “They were also excited to come to the college and see the big kids.”

Three students from the Early Childhood Education program at the University of Cincinnati in Clifton also participated in the program.  They developed some of the different activities for the children and helped supervise during the event.

The clinical rotations that UC Blue Ash Rad Tech students will do at Children’s Hospital are just part of their education and training.  Along with rigorous academics in the classroom, they complete clinical rotations at several other hospitals in the area before they can earn their associate degree.

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Study Abroad Program Reaches Record Level

 

Study Abroad Group

UC Blue Ash students prepare to leave for the study abroad program in England and France.

The Study Abroad program at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College sent a record number of students on a trip to Europe.

A total of 29 students and two professors are spending time in France and England (from May 11 – June 3) as part of the largest contingent ever to participate in a study abroad program at the college.

The program was created at UC Blue Ash in 1997 to provide students with an opportunity to experience learning while also immersing themselves in a new culture.  Since its founding, the college has led more than 15 trips to countries that include Costa Rica, England, France, and Germany with courses that cover creative writing, foreign languages, literature, electronic media, and more.

This year’s British Summer Study Abroad trip to France and England offers two courses – American Expatriate Writers and Media, Culture and Communication. Along the way, students will visit the Louvre, Palace of Versailles, Westminster Abbey, and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).  You can follow along with the students by reading their blog site. Each student on the trip is contributing: http://bit.ly/1iSLynV  Also,  you can click on the image below and listen to the live recording of UC Blue Ash Students being interviewed on BBC Radio.

Study Abroad Students at BBC Radio Lincolnshire. Click to hear the students interviewed live on the air.

Study Abroad Students at BBC Radio Lincolnshire. Click to hear the students interviewed live on the air.

Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most students at UC Blue Ash, many of whom have never travelled outside the U.S.  Kevin McMillan, of Colerain Township, is a freshman who is ready to leave
our country for the first time.  “I’ve always had the dream of travelling around the world, so this is a great start. I am excited to take a class about a new culture while actually experiencing the culture.”

The program also provides a wide range of long-term benefits for students.  Karla Kohel, a pre-business major at UC Blue Ash, feels it will give her an advantage when she graduates. “Study abroad is becoming more of a necessity than it used to be.  It can really help to have this experience when you are out there in a competitive job market.”

UC Blue Ash makes the study abroad program manageable for students by offering a wide range of scholarships and financial aid, as well as conducting them over two-week or four-week periods.

Along with the British Study Abroad trip, another group of nine UC Blue Ash students will travel to Quebec City in Canada in June to study French.

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UC Blue Ash Distinguished Awards 2014

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UC Blue Ash Dean Cady Short-Thompson congratulates Dr. John McNay during this years Distinguished Awards.

The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College is announcing the winners of the 2014 Distinguished Awards, which recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of alumni, faculty, and staff from the college.

 
The UC Blue Ash College Distinguished Awards Ceremony was held on April 10 at the Cooper Creek Event Center in Blue Ash.  The event also included a silent auction that raised more than $3,000 for the UC Blue Ash Alumni Association Student Scholarship Fund. 
 
2014 UC Blue Ash College Distinguished Alumni 
Deborah Metz – Class of 1974
Dr. Metz is an established expert in water quality and wastewater treatment.  She has spent most of her career with the Greater Cincinnati Water Works where she serves as the Superintendent of Water Quality and Treatment. 
Tamara Miles – Class of 1997
Tamara was a single mother with a dream when she began taking business classes at UC Blue Ash. Today she is an experienced and award-winning Senior Contracting Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy in Cincinnati. 
Yife Tien – Class of 1975
Yife (E-fay) is a successful entrepreneur and a leader in the field of medical education.  He served as CEO of the American University of the Caribbean and recently founded Rocky Vista University, an osteopathic medicine college based in Colorado.  
 
2014 UC Blue Ash College Distinguished Faculty
Outstanding Faculty Service Award – Professor John McNay
Dr. McNay is a published author and respected leader in his field who serves on multiple committees, has represented the college on the UC Faculty Senate, and has created and led numerous study abroad programs. 
 
Exemplary Scholarship Award – Professor Tracy Herrmann
Professor Herrmann is an expert in radiation science, radiobiology, and radiation protection. She helps lead the national Image Gently campaign that is increasing awareness about ways to reduce the risk of exposing children to too much radiation during x-rays or CT scans. 
 
Innovative Teaching Award – Professor Rita Kumar
Dr, Kumar is an expert in Problem-Based Learning (PBL), which uses concepts to help students solve problems as they are presented.  She has led training with faculty to help implement the teaching approach across disciplines.
 
Distinguished Teaching Award – Professor Diana Becket
One of the specialties of Dr. Becket is working with students placed in lower–level composition courses.  She provides creative ways to help her students relate their stories to personal experiences and encourages them as writers. 
 
Honored Adjunct Teaching Award – Professor Laurie Bailar
Whether teaching composition courses or working as a tutor in the UC Blue Ash Writing Center, Laurie has a reputation for implementing highly effective lesson plans and for getting to know each student by name.
 
2014 UC Blue Ash College Distinguished Staff
Staff Distinguished Service Award – Kelly Vearil
Kelly is the expert on veterinary dentistry in the Veterinary Technology program. She continually strives to advance her knowledge of this specialty and routinely volunteers to supervise students on off-campus community service activities. 
 
Rising Star Service Award – Sarah Meagher
As the Assistant Director for Orientation and Leadership Sarah has implemented every aspect of the new freshman orientation program.  She also manages the UC Blue Ash Student Ambassador and Orientation Leader programs. 

 

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Celebrating the Best

More than 85 students were recognized as Honors Graduates, meaning they maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher (out of 4.0 scale), and over 500 students made the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

More than 85 students were recognized as Honors Graduates, meaning they maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher (out of 4.0 scale), and over 500 students made the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

Honor students, scholarship recipients, and members of the Dean’s List were all recognized during a special event hosted by UC Blue Ash College as the 2013-14 academic year winds down.

More than 600 people attended Celebrating the Best, the annual dinner and awards ceremony hosted by the college at the Sharonville Convention Center on April 4. It was an evening for the top students to relish their accomplishments and for everyone in the audience to hear the impressive stories of achievement.

More than 85 students were recognized as Honors Graduates, meaning they maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher (out of 4.0 scale), and over 500 students made the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.4 or higher. Some achieved this while also serving in the military, working full-time, raising a family, or becoming the first in their family to attend college.

Dean Short-Thompson

Dean Short-Thompson

“This is certainly one of our favorite events of the year,” said Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, Dean of UC Blue Ash. “These students really exemplify what it means to apply yourself, work hard, and pursue your dreams with everything you have. It really is inspiring.”

The top student in each academic department was a nominee for the Honor Student of the Year. The award this year went to Christine Henry, a biology major with a 3.9 GPA who plans to continue her education at the University of Cincinnati in Clifton and then medical school, where she will study to become a neurologist.

To see photos of the evening, visit our Celebrating the Best album on Facebook.

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