Sizemore, Students and President Ono Expand Scholarship Fund

By: Ashley Duvelius
March 30, 2015

CEAS Professor Greg Sizemore's Leadership class raises $5,000 for scholarships and President Ono surprises class with a match gift, bringing the total to $10,000.

Students in Greg Sizemore’s Leadership class present President Ono with check

Students in Greg Sizemore’s Leadership class present President Ono with check

As a UC faculty member for 20+ years, Professor Gregory L. Sizemore, JD, has profoundly impacted the lives of hundreds of students. His enthusiasm, professional experience and commitment to education provide his students with invaluable knowledge, leadership experience and industry connectivity. Sizemore calls his teaching philosophy “engaged learning.” As a prime example of this teaching philosophy, his Leadership Development class incorporates a segment called “Leaders as Givers” which aims at developing his students as a whole and allowing them to experience the “joy of giving.”  Sizemore’s “Leaders as Givers” is now a highly anticipated annual tradition not just for his students, but also for the entire UC community.

Sizemore explains, “I think the leaders that I admire and that most admire are selfless givers of their time, their talent and their treasure. After all, that is about all we have to offer. And it’s not about equal giving, it’s about equal sacrifice. Leaders find, acquire and share resources as opportunity presents. Also, IF leaders are givers, and I think they are, we need to ‘walk the talk’ and learn to live authentically which also speaks to our integrity. This exercise is a tangible way to ‘walk that talk.’ Amazingly we had about 97% participation from $5 to over $500 contributions. Amazing from a seated class!”

Giving proof to this year’s challenge success was the check for $5,000 which Sizemore and his class presented to President Ono on behalf of the College of Engineering and Applied Science on March 25, 2015. President Ono then matched the gift, bringing the total to a phenomenal $10,000!

Sizemore also developed and sponsored the Construction Management/Architectural Engineering Technology (CM/AET) Leadership Conference in 2006, bringing together engineering and construction students from around the region. Additionally, he founded and gave the lead gift for CM/AET Senior Class Scholarship Fund, a result of the “leaders as givers” segment of his Leadership Development class. That fund is funded primarily by current students and recent alumni. He continues to work closely with CEAS and the UC Foundation to develop funds for scholarships that promote education in construction management and architectural engineering.

Sizemore continues to gain recognition for his outstanding contributions to UC’s goals of placing students at the center and achieving excellence in teaching effectiveness and student learning.

He reflects, “Student focus is one of my values (see attached my personal commitment I make to the student each year). And I think that should be our focus as a learning community. Dr. Ono inspired me when I once heard him say ‘educate the mind and educate the heart.’ To me that means taking a leadership role in developing the whole student where and when possible. Coaching, mentoring, scolding, setting standards, teaching, and after they graduate, befriending them.”