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Chicagoans for Cincy! Celebration

Chicagoland Bearcats gather together each year to recognize and celebrate the many contributions and overall excellence of UC alumni in the area.

Mark your calendar for the next annual Chicagoans for Cincy! Celebration. Stay tuned for full details and to register.


Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022

Venue West
221 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Located in Fulton Market

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Celebration. See below for more details

Support the Scholarship

Thanks to all those who supported the Chicagoans for Cincy! Alumni Scholarship over the last year. Between #GivingTuesday and the crowdfunding page, Chicagoans for Cincy! raised over $22,000.

Chicagoans for Cincy! supports scholarships that help Chicago’s best and brightest students receive a world-class education at our alma mater, one of the nation’s top urban research universities. Since establishing an endowed scholarship fund in 2016, Chicagoans for Cincy! has raised well over $100,000 to provide an annual scholarship award for incoming freshmen from the Chicago area, renewable for up to 8 semesters pending fund availability and student eligibility.

Alumni Awards

Chicagoland Bearcats look forward to recognizing and celebrating the many contributions and overall excellence of UC alumni at the annual Chicagoans for Cincy! Celebration.

Chicagoans for Cincy! Celebration and Chicago Alumni Network volunteers review award nominee materials and select the award winners. Honorees are notified in advance of the annual celebration, where they will be recognized. UC colleges, institutional partners, alumni, past award-winners, Bearcat family, and friends are all encouraged to nominate a great Chicago Bearcat.

Nominations are due Sept. 17, 2021.

2020 Chicagoans for Cincy! Alumni Award Winners

Outstanding Achievement Award - Donald Nally, CCM '82
This award is given to an alumnus of UC on the basis of notable achievement in his or her field. This award differs from the Distinguished Service Award in that it is not restricted to service to the university.

Donald is responsible for imagining, programming, commissioning, and conducting at The Crossing, which The New York Times has called “America's Most Astonishing Choir.” He has been nominated for five Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance, winning in 2018 and 2019. Donald is the director of choral organizations at Northwestern University, where he holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music. He has served as chorus master at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and for many seasons at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. He has also served as music director of Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble, chorus master at The Chicago Bach Project, and a guest conductor throughout Europe and the U.S.

He was the American Composers Forum 2017 Champion of New Music, and received the 2017 Michael Korn Founders Award from Chorus America. He is the only conductor to have two ensembles receive the Margaret Hillis Award for Excellence in Choral Music — the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia in 2002 and The Crossing in 2015. Donald has taught masterclasses at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, Duke University, the University of Notre Dame, and Colgate University. He has been a guest speaker on panels at the national conferences of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Opera America, Chorus America, and the American Choral Directors Association, as well as at Yale University.

In addition to his work with The Crossing, Donald has recently been visiting resident artist at the Park Avenue Armory, music director of David Lang’s 1,000-voice Mile Long Opera on the High Line in Manhattan, and chorus master for the New York Philharmonic for world premieres of Julia Wolfe and David Lang. He has worked closely with Lang and artists Allora & Calzadilla on projects in Osaka, London, Edmonton, Cleveland, Houston and Philadelphia. In 2019, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Westminster Choir College.

Distinguished Service Award - Paul KingsleyPaul Kingsley, A&S ’98

This award is given to an alumnus of UC who has faithfully rendered outstanding service to the University of Cincinnati. This award is meant to recognize outstanding volunteer contributions by UC Chicago alumni and demonstrate appreciation to those who are usually over-modest, unpaid, and unthinking of personal reward.

Paul graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in economics. Upon graduation, he was awarded the McKibbin Medal for Outstanding Undergraduate Male Senior from the College of Arts & Sciences, and as a student was active in intramural athletics, sang in the UC Men’s & Women’s Choruses, and was the President of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society.

After graduating from UC, Paul attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 2001. He went on to practice mergers and acquisitions with a subspecialty in sports law in Chicago until 2005. Notable work included assisting clients in the purchases of Universal Studios, MGM Studios and the Oakland Athletics. Following his stint in Chicago, Paul moved to Phoenix where he lived for nine years working in commercial real estate and starting his own commercial real estate law practice. He was an active participant in the UC Phoenix Alumni Network.

While he returned to Chicago in 2014, Paul continues to grow his Arizona commercial real estate practice. Working remotely for the past five years, he’s assisted clients in closing more than $2 billion in commercial real estate transactions.

Paul is the chairman of the Scholarship Committee for the Chicagoans for Cincy! Alumni, the “unofficial” keeper and promoter of the Chicagoans for Cincy! Facebook page, and has been a UC football season ticket holder for the last five years. One of his most cherished UC alumni memories is walking down Bourbon Street in 2010 at the Sugar Bowl. He lives in West Loop with his two sons, who he is raising to be avid Bearcat fans and hopefully future Bearcats. His favorite colors are red and black.

Outstanding Achievement Award

  • Eva Maddox
  • Alan Channing
  • Denny Reigle
  • Wally Becky
  • Brent Freese
  • Susan King
  • Tom Behringer
  • Michael Schroeck
  • Donald Nally

Distinguished Service Award

  • Denny DeMoss
  • David Watkins
  • Chris and Spes Mekus
  • Yetta Starr
  • Matt Wagner
  • Patty Klingbiel
  • Sean Connell
  • Paul Kingsley

Rising Star Award

  • Paul Green
  • Cindy Chiang
  • Andrew Eloff
  • John Lutz
  • Ann Taylor
  • Adjoa Anyane-Yeboa


Chicagoans for Cincy! is a group of dedicated UC alumni living in the Chicago area. We encourage local students to attend UC, we promote Chicago as an extraordinary job destination for all UC graduates, and we hold the premier UC alumni event outside of Cincinnati each year.

Along with the UC Foundation and UC Alumni Association, Chicagoans for Cincy! supports scholarships that help Chicago’s best and brightest students receive a world-class education at our alma mater, one of the nation’s top urban research universities.

If you haven’t already, join the Chicago Alumni Network Facebook Group and LinkedIn Group to keep in the loop with Chicagoland Bearcats.

Get Involved

Interested in getting involved with the Chicagoans for Cincy! Committee? Contact Chicago Alumni Network Leader Jacki Adkins.