Thursday, May 11
6 – 9 p.m.

Loft Lucia
7 N Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60607

The 2023 Chicagoans for Cincy! Celebration has moved to a spring date! Join us for an evening of Bearcat spirit, including drinks, bites, silent auctions, raffles, awards and remarks from UC Leadership. 

Interested in helping to plan our 2023 Celebration? Contact Jacki Adkins, UC Alumni Chicago Network Leader for more information.

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.

Support the Scholarship

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 eight semesters pending fund availability and student eligibility.

Still want to support Chicagoans for Cincy!? Donate directly to the Chicagoans for Cincy! Alumni Scholarship Fund.


There are several sponsorship opportunities available to support the Chicagoans for Cincy! Celebration. View the sponsorship packet below for a detailed description of all sponsorship options. 

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors:

Eva and Lynn Maddox
Tom and Linda Behringer

2022 Award Recipients

This award is given to a UC alumnus who has faithfully rendered outstanding service to the university. It recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions by UC Chicago alumni and shows appreciation to those who serve without expectation of personal reward.

From Neal’s nomination:
“As a student, he was directly influenced by Warren Bennis, UC’s president from 1970 to 1977. He worked for Warren’s family and saw firsthand- what a global leader should be. Warren really had a tremendous impact on his life and career. Neal is extremely passionate about UC. He has an undergraduate degree from A&S and a Law degree. He owes a lot of his success to Warren and has been an advocate for developing the Warren Bennis Leadership Institute at UC. He provided a lead gift to start the student-led Warren Bennis Leadership Experience in 2018 and has been a mentor to Jack Fitzgerald ’17, ’20.”

This award is given to a UC alumnus on the basis of notable achievement in his or her field. It differs from the Distinguished Service Award in that it is not restricted to service to the university.

From Larry’s nomination:
“Larry is a retired healthcare finance executive. He worked as the Senior Vice President and CFO for Aksys, Ltd., a provider of hemodialysis products and services for patients in renal failure. He spent 17 years with Fortune 500 healthcare company Baxter International as a VP/Controller and Corporate Treasurer. Larry also served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War.”

This award is given to a young or newly-involved alumnus of UC on the basis of professional achievement in his or her field of endeavor, and continued service and involvement with the university and community.

From Kathleen's nomination:
“UC graduates scores of outstanding, ambitious, and bright students every year who go on to do amazing things and I have had the good fortune to know and be inspired by a great number of them. But what makes Kathleen Hurley special among this talented company is her commitment to the service of others. The pandemic changed a lot of things about our society and many among us have just been holding on, hoping for the best. But the silver lining of any difficult situation is that it brings out the best of the truly great among us. Kathleen stepped up in those dark times, forging a path for her school and students in the uncertainty of the early days of the pandemic, maximizing her student’s opportunities, and leading the way forward, while also going on to graduate with her Master’s in Education and passing the principal licensure exams.”

Outstanding Achievement Award

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

Distinguished Service Award

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

Rising Star Award

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


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.

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.

Headshot of Alex Reitz

Alex Reitz

Program Director of Alumni & Donor Experience, National Engagement