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Read "Otis" to Children on October 3rd with Jumpstart's Read for the Record

by The Cincinnati Team

Jumpstart's Read for the Record - Oct.3  

Once again the Cincinnati Team is Reading to children during the celebration of Jumpstart's Read for the Record.  We will read "Otis" to the classroom and give each child  their very own book to take home to their family.  For many of the children, this may be the first book they have owned.  If you would like to help us buy books, please send a check to Saralou Durham, 3522 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH  45208.Jumpstart - Read for the Record - Otis

What is Jumpstart?  Jumpstart works toward the day that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.  Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Their proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

What is the Read for the Record?  Jumpstart’s premiere national campaign, Read for the Record, is the one time of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart in its efforts to promote early childhood education. On October 3rd, people across the country will read the children’s book "Otis" by Loren Long, a local Cincinnati author. 

Each year, the campaign has shone a national spotlight on America's early education achievement gap and literacy needs.  In 2012, 2.3 million people participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.  Do you think we can beat the record?

Why don't you read the book, "Otis" to your children and grandchildren?

"Best Bang for your Buck" List Names University of Cincinnati # 1

by The Cincinnati Team

University of Cincinnati Named Number 1 on "Best Bang for Your Buck" List 

Santa Ono, President of the University of Cincinnati, is justifiably proud of their ranking as Number 1 in the list recently published of the 12 universities where students get the "Best Bang for Their Buck"  The list looked at average student debt upon graduation, starting salaries, tuition and room and board, six-year graduation rates, and the percentage of students that qualify for Pell grants.

Why are they looking at this information?  Based upon the plans developed by President Obama for a collegiate ranking system, distribution of federal education funds will be dependent upon how well universities do in this ranking.  The hope is that this rating system will help control sharp tuition increases.

UC was noted for offering a good return on investment with high graduation rates and decent starting salaries upon graduation.

St. Mary's Funfest - August 15-18

by The Cincinnati Team

Hyde5 and the St. Mary's Funfest-  August 15 - 18       

The Hyde5 is the latest addition to the long-running St. Mary's Funfest.  Doesn't a late evening run through beautiful Hyde Park sound like a lot of fun?  This 5K race starts at 2867 Erie Avenue, near Montieth and ends in front of St. Mary's Church. They have a special race  designed for kids ages 6-13 that is one mile long.  After the race, plan to return to the St. Mary's grounds for prizes, refreshments, food and music by the Whammies. St. Mary's Funfest 2013 

Along with the race, the parish is sponsoring an alumni night after the race.  Tables will be set up so you can meet and greet friends from your classes.

Finishing up the festival on Sunday evening is a LaRosa's Spaghetti Dinner from 5 - 7 pm.

Walnut Hills, Wyoming, and Indian Hill Schools Receive Accolades

by The Cincinnati Team

U.S. News Ranks Best Public High Schools

Walnut Hills High SchoolThe list of Best High Schools in America has been released.  U.S. News and World Report has joined forces with the American Institutes for Research to analyze over 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia.  They used statistics from the 2010-11 school year.

Walnut Hills, Wyoming, Indian Hill Schools, ranked 1-3 as the best high schools in Ohio, ended up ranked 87th, 98th and 134th respectively in the nation. Other local schools ranking in the top echelon are Sycamore, 14th in Ohio; Madeira, 16th; Turpin 21st; Lakota East, 34th; and Mason, 35th.  All of those schools also ranked in the top 1000 schools in America.  I'll bet that not many other cities in the nation can claim such great statistics!


by The Cincinnati Team


University of Cincinnati Design School Ranked #3 in the World   

Business Insider recently undertook a survey to find the top 25 design schools in the world.  They were specifically searching for schools that brought value to their graduates.  All of the schools shared similar academics, staff quality and campuses.
Most of the respondents worked as art directors of product designers. They felt that skills and knowledge were the primary benefits of their college level design programs.  They evaluated the schools based upon the percentage of respondents that rated their schools as "somewhat valuable", "valuable" or "extremely valuable".
The University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning was rated #3.  Ahead of them was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and the Rhode Island School of Design.  Others in the top 5 included Carnegie Mellon School of Design and Parsons the New School of Design.

US News Ranks University of Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team


University of Cincinnati ranked high in U.S. weekU.S. News Ranked the University of Cincinnati #139 in National Universities 
The University of Cincinnati was ranked Number 139 in National Universities in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges produced by U.S. News.  Founded in 1819, it's total undergraduate enrollment is close to 22,000.  
As a public University, it is offers 300 programs of study as well as numerous graduate degrees, including law, medicine and engineering.  Highly ranked fine arts, architecture and health programs were touted.
Also of note was the University's co-op programs and urban research capabilities.


More Honors for University of Cincinnati's Architecture           

‚ÄčUniversity of Cincinnati's Vontz CenterTop Colleges Online believes that architecturally interesting college campuses play a significant part in creating a quality learning environment and successful learning experience.  Interestingly, students who love their campuses report greater overall satisfaction with their college experience.

The University of Cincinnati was again recognized for its focus on bringing internationally known architects to the table when designing new buildings.  Frank Gehry's building, the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies was noted at #38 on their list.  If you see the building on Martin Luther King that looks like it is almost ready to explode, you've seen it.  It is known for its curved lines, skewed windows, and tilted angles.  Did you know it cost $46 million to construct?University of Cincinnati's Steger Student Life Center

Coming in at #35 on their top 50 is the Steger Student Life Center.  This building was designed by Moore Ruble Yudell and houses many student organizations on campus.  In real life, you'll know you are there if you enter the gray battleship that pulled onto campus.  The building was named for Joseph Steger, President of the University while the architecturally significant buildings were coming online.

Ranked #30 is Michael Graves' Engineering Research Center.  Graves is also an alum of the University so his work has special significance.  The building was designed to resemble a four-cylinder engine. 

Bleacher Report Honors Nippert Stadium

by The Cincinnati Team

University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium Named to 50 Best to Visit     

Nippert Stadium, University of CincinnatiBleacher Report has named the University of Cincinnati campus and Nippert Stadium to its list of 50 College Football Stadiums, Campuses and Shrines to See Before You Die.  It was lauded for the eclectic combination of old and contemporary buildings.  With the University's commitment to post modern architecture and outstanding architecture work, some of the most prominent architects in the world have done work there.  

In startling contrast to the modern buildings, Nippert stadium, is located in a central spot within the campus.  The stadium, which was completed in 1924, is the fifth oldest stadium in the nation.Bleacher Report Honors Nippert Stadium

Forbes Honors Cincinnati as one of 10 Best for Raising a Family

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Honored as One of 10 Best Cities for Raising a Family by Forbes

Forbes took a look at the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the United States.  They then ranked each of them in seven categories: median income, overall cost of living, housing affordability (what percentage of the market is affordable to a family at the median income), commuting delays, percentage of families owning homes, crime rate and education quality (mainly test scores).
Cincinnati came in at Number 9.
Cincinnati came in 44th in median income, 24th in cost of living, 13th in housing affordability, 36th in commuting time, 68th in percent owning homes, 30th in crime statistics and 8th in Education.  Forbes proclaimed that there were no weak spots. Falling in the upper half of the country in every category except home ownership percentage, Cincinnati stood out.
Other cities in the top 10 include Grand Rapids, Boise, Provo, Youngstown, Raleigh, Poughkeepsie, Omaha, Ogden, and Worcester.



Cincinnati and Norwood Ranked in the Top 100 Communities for Youth

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati and Norwood Ranked in the Top 100 Communities for Youth   

According to research done by the Promise Alliance and the investment firm, ING, Cincinnati and Norwood have achieved national recognition as two of the 100 Best Communities for Young People.  The award is part of a 10-year, collaborative effort, initiative to end the high school drop-out crisis, thus creating a healthy, 21st century workforce.

Promise Alliance bases its work on fulfilling the five Promises...that all children should be entitled to caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education and opportunity to help others. Children who experience 4 out of 5 of these, tend to succeed academically, socially and civically.

Efforts that they have sponsored locally include the Safe Routes to School Initiative.  The Cincinnati Police, Schools, Department of Transportation and local residents worked collaboratively on that project.  Other organizations involved include Bethany House, Dress for Success, Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates, ArtWorks, ArtsWave, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, and Bridging the Gap.

Cincinnati's Strive Partnership has become a national model for aligning resources throughout the community to focus on efforts to raise graduation rates.  Congrats to both communities.

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