Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement Awards Celebration

Every year, the Office for Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement honors graduating seniors, highlights outstanding undergraduate students, recognizes exceptional faculty and staff members, and shows appreciation for an extraordinary industry partner. The annual awards banquet gives us a chance to pause, reflect, and celebrate accomplishments and positive impact.  

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2021 Award Recipients

Outstanding Staff Member: Diana Riggs
Outstanding Faculty Member: Brittany Arthur
Outstanding Freshmen Student: Temple Corbett
Outstanding Sophomore Student: Kevin Edmonds
Outstanding Pre-Junior Student: Ashley Kirby
Outstanding Junior Student: Priya Modgil
Keynote Speaker: Pete Strange
Senior Speaker: Moriah Henry
Industry Award: Woolpert

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Outstanding Freshmen Student: Temple Corbett

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Outstanding Sophomore Student: Kevin Edmonds

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Outstanding Pre-Junior Student: Ashley Kirby

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Outstanding Junior Student: Priya Modgil

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Senior Speaker: Moriah Henry

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Outstanding Faculty Member: Brittany Arthur

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Outstanding Staff Member: Diana Riggs

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Keynote Speaker: Pete Strange

Industry Award

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Our Industry Award for 2020-2021 is awarded to Woolpert. Woolpert, Inc., founded in 1911in Dayton, Ohio, is an Architectural Environmental Geospatial firm.  With a vision to become the premier architecture, engineering, geospatial and strategic consulting firm, and one of the best companies in the world, Woolpert has more than 35 offices in Dayton and over 1,000 employees. Woolpert is dedicated to fostering a culture of inclusion and diversity for all employees and the world around us. Woolpert promote an environment in which all individuals feel respected, empowered and encouraged to share their backgrounds and perspectives.   

Woolpert, Inc. reached out to our office in July 2020 to inquire into how their corporation could support and be involved with our 2020 Women of Color Summer Engineering Camp. After that time, Woolpert continued conversations with IECE and our Development Office about their sincere interest in supporting. In 2021 Woolpert established the Woolpert Excellence Fund to support scholarships for women of color engineering students and to support the 2021 Women of Color Summer Engineering Camp.  In addition to financial support for the camp, Woolpert engineers are excited to get involved, demonstrate their use of Drone technology, share their academic and career experiences, and participate in science related activities with camp students.  

Thank you, Woolpert, for your continued support and for making a difference in our community! 

For more information about the IECE awards, please contact CEAS_IECE@uc.edu

On November 10, 2020 the office off Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement held a virtual celebration that celebrated the past and present of CEAS.

Two Pioneers in CEAS Henry T. Brown and Clark Beck passed away in 2020. Both became the first black students to earn degrees from the UC College of Engineering, Brown in chemical engineering and Beck in mechanical engineering in 1955.

Neither intended to be pioneers or the first black graduates but they rose to the occasion nevertheless, becoming advocates for civil rights, educational opportunity and professional equality. They served as community leaders in many realms, lighting a path for countless others after them, thus setting the foundation for inclusive excellence and community engagement in our college. We are profoundly grateful for their sacrifices and determination as they sowed the seeds of diversity and inclusion for CEAS.

The Outstanding Industry award was presented to Messer Construction. For the past 82 years, Messer has continued to support our students through our co-op program. In 2007 they established The Robert Dorsey Fund for the Future scholarship that has awarded numerous racially and ethnically diverse students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. More than ever before, they are committed to working with the Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement office to create a pipeline of a diverse workforce through the Summer Bridge Program, the CPS Strong Program, and by being the construction company of choice for our engineers.

The following Bearcats were recognized for their outstanding commitment to Inclusive Excellence and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

  • Outstanding Freshman: Tia Current
  • Outstanding Sophomore: Matthew Adkins
  • Outstanding Pre-Junior: Troy Meadows
  • Outstanding Junior: Trey Potter
  • Community Engagement Award - Student: Cameron Wallace
  • Outstanding Staff: Corinne Cook
  • Outstanding Faculty: Dr. Daniel Waddell
  • Community Engagement Award – Staff: Dr. Rachel Chicchi
  • Outstanding Alumni: Shannon McKenzie
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Outstanding Freshman: Tia Current

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Outstanding Sophomore: Matthew Adkins

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Outsranding Pre-Junior: Troy Meadows

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Outstanding Junior: Trey Potter

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Outstanding Staff: Corinne Cook

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Outstanding Faculty: Daniel Waddell

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Community Engagement Award - Staff: Rachel Chicchi

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Outstanding Alumni: Shannon McKenzie

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Community Engagement Award - Student: Cameron Wallace

Allison Hershner (Outstanding Staff Award)
Mary Schuster (Outstanding Faculty Award)
Marathon (Industry Award)
Damien Rushing (Outstanding Jr. Alumni)
Keith Oliver (Outstanding Sr. Alumni)
Ambar Alvarez-Garcia (Outstanding Freshman)
Quoran Knights (Outstanding Sophomore)
Moriah Henry (Outstanding Pre-Junior)
Kellen Crosby (Outstanding Junior)
Natasha Sutton (Senior Speaker)