Naomi Fitter and Thomas Meyer Receiving UC Presidential Leadership Medal

Naomi Fitter and Thomas Meyer named to receive UC’s most prestigious honor for undergraduates.

Original Story by Dawn Fuller
Photos By: Lisa Ventre

The 2012 recipients of the UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence will be introduced at the University Recognition Ceremony at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 6, in the Great Hall of Tangeman University Center. UC President Gregory H. Williams will present the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence to Kaitlin Dauner, Naomi Fitter, Thomas Meyer and David Watkins

A UC tradition since 2002, the recipients of the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence are selected for their academic excellence, their commitment to co-curricular activities, their citizenship in support of the university’s goals and values, their dedication to diversity and their potential for future success and achievement. The recipients will receive special recognition at their All-University Commencement ceremonies June 8-9 in Fifth Third Arena.

The bronze medal features the university’s crest on the front and the recipient’s name on the back. The 2012 honorees were selected from 26 applications of graduating seniors and 13 finalists.


Naomi Fitter awarded 2012 UC Presidential Leadership Medal

Naomi Fitter is from Milford and is a graduate (and valedictorian) of Milford High School. The National Merit Finalist was the first UC student to be awarded a Choose Ohio First Scholarship – a state supported program to attract students talented in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Fitter is earning her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), as well as a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from A&S. Fitter was the first female president of the UC Robotics Team. She has achieved research experiences through the UC PACE Automotive Design Program as well as at the University of California – San Diego (UCSD). Her cooperative experience involved working with the oral care division of P&G. Fitter has been a member of the UC Bearcat Bands and Tau Beta Sigma, the honorary band sorority, throughout her years at UC and has served in numerous positions in those organizations. The University Honors student has also been involved in the UC Women’s Chorus and Theta Tau, as well as a number of honorary organizations including Tau Beta Sigma and Theta Tau, as well as Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, Golden Key International Honour Society, Cincinnati Women in Excellence and Spirit Together (CWEST) and Sigma Phi. Her commitment to service led her to live at UC’s Center for Community Engagement House for a year, where she helped organize a team to participate in UC’s annual spring Relay For Life fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. She has also participated in UC’s Bearcat Buddy program to provide tutors for students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Her Spanish academic pursuits have evolved into service as a translator and interpreter for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Su Casa Hispanic Ministries and the Children’s Law Center. Upon graduating from UC, Fitter will be entering directly into the mechanical engineering PhD program at University of Pennsylvania, where she is also considering pursuing a master’s degree in robotics. The University of Pennsylvania has also awarded her a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Igert Fellowship to support her continued studies.


Thomas Meyer awarded 2012 UC Presidential Leadership Medal

Thomas Meyer is from North Royalton, a Cleveland suburb, and is a graduate of Padua Franciscan High School. The University Honors student is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and is earning a minor in materials engineering. His co-op experience has involved working at Kaleidoscope Design, AtriCure Inc., and Avtron Industrial Automation. Meyer’s talents also extend into music. He played cello with the UC Symphony Orchestra and recently lent his baritone to the Men’s Chorus. Ever since he started at UC, he has served as a student ambassador to UC through the Campus Tour Guide volunteer program with UC Admissions. Meyer is one of the founders of a Bearcats 101 Challenge – an initiative and blossoming website to build campus spirit by promoting exciting places and events on campus. He spread the idea by serving as a peer leader with UC’s First Year Experience (FYE) program. Meyer is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and the Student Alumni Council. His leadership and service as president of Engineers Without Borders has led to outreach in Tanzania and Kenya, where he worked on a now-completed community water system to serve more than 500 people, as well as a new school building which is set for construction this summer. He also traveled on service trips to Guatemala as part of his involvement with the UC student organization, Serve Beyond Cincinnati, and to India as part of a seminar with the University Honors Program. As a member of the student organization, Colleges Against Cancer, Meyer photographed and designed promotions for UC’s annual Relay For Life fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. He belongs to the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership honorary, Cincinnatus Honorary Society and the Men of Metro Honorary Society.