This Valentine’s Day, love is in the air at the University of Cincinnati and so is the concept of #UCLove.
#UCLove represents the UC community’s love for the university in different forms. It might have started when you met your spouse in French class or your lifelong friend while living in Siddall Hall. It could have been your first visit on campus when you walked up MainStreet in awe of its architecture; or, it could have been during your childhood when your family took you to your first Bearcats basketball game.
To submit your #UCLove story for consideration, fill out the form (link to /share-uc-love-story) and it could be on our site. Please include as much detail as possible about yourself, your spouse/partner and your connection to UC.
Join the conversation on social using #UCLove or check out our Facebook album here. Check out our past submissions #UCLove Stories below.
Couples & Spouses (drop down)
Brandon Addis (A&S '14) & Miranda Luna (A&S '14)
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In the fall of 2012 I noticed a really pretty girl sitting in the desk in front of me. I didn't have the nerve to talk to her. The next day after an exam I was standing around McMicken Commons and someone came up to me and asked me how I did on the exam and it was the pretty girl from class. I ended up talking to her for an hour and missed my next class. I recall calling my best friend afterwards and telling him what happened... and that I had a strange feeling there was something special about her. Many classes, nights at Langsam, football and basketball games later we are now together. If it wasn't for for a fateful moment of chance on McMicken, I'd be a lost man. Thanks UC and that terrible politics class.
Laurie Adkins (CEAS '07) & Kyle Adkins (CEAS '07)
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Kyle and I met as freshmen in the Biomedical Engineering program in 2002. We were in almost all the same classes and found ourselves working together all the time on homework, labs, and projects. We discovered that we had a lot in common and quickly became close friends. Fast forward 3 years to when I realized that I wanted him to be more than a friend and luckily, he did too. On the night of the Crosstown Shootout in 2005 we had our first kiss and we got married in 2014. UC will always have a special place in our hearts and we're so happy we found each other there!
Kent Allen (CEAS '85, Bus '89) & Elizabeth Allen (Nur '85)
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Our #UCLove Story started in the spring of 1982. That spring I noticed a girl on campus who I thought was very beautiful. Fortunately, she was a sorority sister of a friend of mine and I asked my friend to introduce us. A few days later it happened. We got introduced in the library. I’d like to say it was a extremely romantic moment. Unfortunately, after giving me a polite “hi”, she made a quick 180 and walked away. However, my luck changed a few days later as she showed up in the Calhoun cafeteria while I was eating lunch. I noticed that she was having troubles with the Pepsi machine so I decided to “help her”. Since I was a Mechanical Engineering student I thought I should be able to fix it. Much to my chagrin, when I tried to fill her glass, Pepsi went all over my hand and down my arm. Not the smoothest move or romantic moment. However, what I did must have worked since she agreed to go out on a date with me (or maybe she felt sorry for me). That first date was the start of our #UCLove Story that has lasted almost 34 years. And to this day we still laugh about my “Pepsi” moment.
Casey Anderson (CAHS '08) & Jason Anderson (CECH '07)
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Jason and I met during our sophomore year of college. We both lived in the same apartment building, and found out that we both were Greek. We quickly became friends and went to each other's winter formals (Fiji and Chi Omega). After several years of dating, we got married in 2009. We had our first daughter in 2012 and are expecting our second daughter in March.
LeAnne Anklan (Bus '05, '12; CCM '12) & Matthew Anklan (CCM '12, '13)
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It was a freezing cold Fall evening when I first met Matt. I was readying my flute and music for our rehearsal in the Bearcat Bands former band room in Armory Fieldhouse when Matt walked in. A CCM trumpet major, Matt had been invited by a mutual friend to join the pep band to which he jestingly replied that he would join if only "to meet chicks." Little did he know he would meet me on the first night. When our friend had to cancel on attending, I realized Matt knew no other band members and thought it would be best if I could introduce myself. I walked up to say hello and we had a brief chat. When I left, a mutual friend Nate leaned over to Matt and said "That's LeAnne. She's really into band." So true.
After the game, I wanted to talk more, but I was running late for a study session. I decided to put away my flute and folder and put on my jacket oh so slowly, and I timed it just right for the two of us to "accidentally" walk out the door together. We struck up a conversation in the freezing cold weather standing on the band room steps. About 2 hours later, Matt finally asked if I wanted to go get coffee. It was only then that I realized I was exceedingly late for the study session so I regretfully declined, but we exchanged contact information and had our first official date in the coming week.
After marrying in 2008, Matt and I were able to go back to school together at UC in 2010-2012. Matt had left CCM to play trumpet for Carnival Cruise Lines before making his way back to finish his undergraduate degree. In 2012, Matt and I were able to walk together at UC graduation to receive our degrees, his Bachelor from CCM and my two Masters from CCM and the College of Business. We even had a photo session around campus after the ceremony. And yes, we went back to the steps where it all began.
I am involved in several alumni groups on campus including serving as president of the UC Band Alumni Association. Matt has now since received his Masters from CCM and has served on the Bearcat Bands staff. You can see us marching together each fall at Homecoming and playing together when possible with the UC Community Band in the summer. We truly are Bearcats for life!
Marisa Ansari (DAAP '17) & Austin Pearson (A&S '16)
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On the second day of the spring semester of 2015, I was sitting in professional development (my only non DAAP class at the time, which is always exciting for a DAAPer) and a very handsome guy sat next to me. I played it cool through the semester (aka ignoring him). One day we had to peer review each other's resume and he saw that I coach cheerleading, he responded with, "I'm a cheerleader here at UC!" In March he emailed me and "asked when an assignment was due but I could only text him back because his email wasn't working.
... We're getting married this fall.
Kingkini Arend (DAAP `11) & John Arend (DAAP`10)
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John and I first introduced in May 2008 at the SAID GA orientation party at Ellen’s House. I was in the MS Arch program and he had just transitioned to the M.Arch program after finishing the B.S.Arch. I thought John was a faculty member— His beard made him look much older! I thought he was standoffish— especially when I asked him to pass some food and he ignored me (Turns out he was just really preoccupied with final reviews the next day and very nervous and didn’t even hear me). We shared only one shift together at the SAID office and I got to know him a little as a funny, goofy, but a really nice and responsible guy. And then he asked me to a movie and I wasn’t sure if he was asking me on a date. Intrigued as I was, I had a lot of things going on that summer and so I asked for a rain check, again, and again, and again. Taking this as a sign of disinterest he stopped asking and was about to leave for Boston for his co-op when I worked up the courage and asked him out...The rest, as they say, is history. Married for 7 years and with a 3-year-old, I have found my soulmate all thanks to DAAP playing Cupid!
Cherrylyn Bacani (A&S '13) & Michael Dickson (Bus '12 & '13)
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Our #UCLove slowly began in late 2009. Michael was a sophomore, having only recently discovered his roar, and I was a freshman, adapting to college life. On a winter night, our paths eventually crossed. A high school friend invited me to hang out at one of UC's fraternities. Little did I know, I would meet Michael. It took us several months before we were aware of each other's romantic feelings. We officially started dating in the spring of 2010. Fast forward almost five and half years...Michael and I were back on campus for a homecoming game. Prior to watching the parade, he took me for a walk around campus, and a stroll down memory lane. With the help of his brother and a friend (also proud Bearcats, of course), he set up a surprise picnic in front of McMicken Commons, complete with 6 dozen roses, orange juice and champagne (most definitely a complete and balanced meal). My best friend and her boyfriend helped Michael subtly lead me to the picnic, and he got down on one knee, pledged his love (in a somewhat shaky voice), and asked me to marry him. I was surprised, quite the feat for Michael, and I said yes.
UC has always been special to us. We matured into adults here, and learned what it takes to be personally and professionally successful. The Bearcat community provided us a nurturing environment where we found endless opportunities to grow. We are so happy to have found each other at UC, and can't wait to cheer the Cats on at Nippert and Fifth Third Arena as Mr. and Mrs.
Alyssa Banister (CAHS '13) & Brandon Sehlhorst (DAAP '14, Bus '16)
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Brandon and I met the very first night of welcome week freshman year back in 2009! We lived in the same dormatory and had our first date at centercourt (don't worry --he swiped me in). We had a great adventure throughout college together which included being SOLs together, joining Greek life, many bearcat football games, and much more.
Here we are seven years later, after undergraduate and masters degrees, still together and planning our wedding day. We will be getting married September 9, 2017 and cannot wait for the many more memories. We are forever thankful for University of Cincinnati bringing us together and will forever be prideful of our bearcats and our story.
Brittany Barker (A&S '15) & Drew Baugh (A&S '13)
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I enrolled in Music of the Beatles class during fall quarter of 2010 thinking I had found a fun and easy way to fulfill my fine arts requirements. Just as I suspected, the class was a blast and I ended up with much more than just a grade when the course ended. About halfway through the course, I noticed a very handsome fella sitting near me. After a few weeks of battling my shyness, I decided to ask for "help" with my homework. I did not really need help. I was fully aware that Ringo wrote Octopus's Garden. As it turns out, he was dying to talk to me! The rest is history. We owe our relationship to UC and Ringo Starr.
Sarah Barner (A&S '10) & Peter Allan (CEAS '11)
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Peter and Sarah went to high school together in a small town but didn't re-connect until they both attended UC together. After a long distance relationship while Peter finished up his 5-year program and Sarah began her professional career, Peter took Sarah on a carriage ride downtown and proposed. They married in November 2011, and now reside in Marietta, Ohio with their two sons. Without attending UC, their paths may have never crossed again and this love story would have never happened.
Robert “Nick” Bennett (CCM`59) & Nancy Bennett(CCM `60)
In 1957 two CCM students met for the first time at the old Shillito Mansion Campus at Highland Avenue and Oak Street. Robert "Nick" Bennett from Tifton, Georgia and Nancy Thomas from McComb, Ohio.
Their first date was playing tennis, with Nick being the teacher, giving Nancy her first tennis lesson. The Gold Room was one of their favorite meeting places to spend time together. Special dates included attending the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Concerts at the Cincinnati Music Hall on Saturday evenings.
Both students were Voice Majors, Nancy's teacher was Fenton "Pappy" Pugh and Nick's was Robert Powell.
In addition to their music classes they both sang in area church choirs and had part time jobs off campus. Some other performance highlights were singing in the May Festival Chorus with The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Josef Krips in 1958 and yearly Christmas Concerts at the Hall of Mirrors directed by John Loessi and Mr. Beckett. Nick performed the tenor lead in "Cavalleria Rusticana" in the school performance in 1957 and Nancy was in the performance of "Archy and Mehitibel" in l959. Senior Recitals were performed by Nick in l959 and Nancy's being in l960.
After graduating with Bachelor of Music Degrees in 1959 and 1960 they were married at the Clifton United Methodist Church where they were singing in the choir with Charlotte Shockley, Director.
In the fall of 1960 they continued musical training in Boston, Massachusetts. Nick sang with the Boston Opera Group conducted by Sarah Caldwell, touring major cities singing leading tenor roles in "La Boheme" and "Suzanna." They sang in the Trinity Episcopal Church Choir located in Copley Square, downtown Boston.
From Boston they sailed on the SS United States to live in Flensburg, West Germany. There Nick had a contract to sing leading tenor roles in "Falstaff," "Tales of Hoffman," "Il Travatore," "La Boheme," "Carmen" and "Aida." It was quite an exciting experience for them to be living in that country, on the German economy and speaking German daily. All the operas were performed in the German language.
For the 1965-66 season after two years in Germany, Nick landed a contract with the Metropolitan Opera National Touring Company managed by Michael Manuel and Rise Stevens, singing the leading tenor roles in "Madame Butterfly" and "Carmen."
During the tour in 1966 a new direction came for the couple when they were challenged to dedicate their lives to fill time Christian Service. Nick was called to serve as a Minister of Music in Southern Baptist Churches where he has served in Georgia, Tennessee and Florida for these past 52 years. In addition to their church music ministry, the couple has recorded LP albums, cassette tapes and C.D.'s of hymns and gospel songs. Some of their travels have included trips to Singapore, Israel, Brazil and the Panama Canal Zone.
They have been blessed with three children, an Administrator, Engineer and a PE Teacher, and seven grandchildren, among whom the musical talent is continuing with a professional ballerina and a professional guitarist.
It has been a wonderful life together (celebrating 58 years in 2018) and they will always remember and appreciate their days at The College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, and are so thankful for the good musical training they received there.
Russell Best (DAAP '09, '15) & Megan Best (Bus '08)
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Megan and I met at Lendhardt's and Christy's, fall 2007, through mutual friends in the fraternity and sorority community. Once we started dating, we discovered that our fathers had grown up together; the dads couldn't have been happier. We were married September 24, 2011, at St. Monica-St. George, reception at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. On October 12, 2016, we welcomed into the world our little lady Bearkitten, Elliot Rose Best. Along the journey, we've collected two West Highland Whiter Terriers: Lady MacDuffy and Hickory.
Andrea Bobadilla (A&S '14) & Jon Arthur (A&S '14)
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My fiancé Jon and I met our freshman year at UC in 2010. We actually met at a concert one of the first weekends of college through a mutual friend from my hometown. We both were from the greater Columbus, OH area but never had previously crossed paths. We were also both pre-med students so we kept seeing each other after the concert in almost every single class. One day I asked for help with chemistry homework and we found out that homework wasn't the only chemistry there was... (lol). He played hard to get for a while until we officially started dating in April of 2012. Jon then was accepted into medical school in Indianapolis when we graduated in 2014 so we packed our bags and moved. Finally on December 24, 2015 Jon decided it was time to pop the question and I became his fiancé. We fell in love at UC and we also fell in love with Cincy so we're getting married downtown by Washington Park in May of 2018.
Jay Boltz (CEAS '10) & Lexi Hacker (DAAP '13)
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Our Columbus Alumni Network Co-Leader, Jay Bolt, proposed to his girlfriend, Lexi Hacker, during the UC Men's Basketball game on Saturday, February 13 and she said yes! Congrats to the both of you!
Tim Braun (CCM `82) & Cheryl Faul Braun (CCM `82)
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While a CCM student working on an MM in Piano Accompanying ('82), I met Tim Braun (UC Environmental Health) in the Probasco Street apartment building in which we both lived. A first date of coffee and chocolate cheesecake at Zino's began a 2 year romance while UC students. We talked marriage, finished our degree programs, then life and careers took us to different states. No cell phones or emails back in those days! Expensive phone calls became less and less, and snail mail letters fewer. We married others, raised families and built careers 1000 miles apart. However neither of us forgot about the lovely relationship we formed in the early 1980s. In 2012, as a single mother of two young adult sons, a lucky reconnection with Tim on Facebook found him single. Our email correspondence began, followed by weeks of phone calls and finally an "in person" visit in October 2012. A little over a year of flights back and forth from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania to Wisconsin led to a December 14, 2013 wedding. (See photo) It took 30 years for our UC romance to turn to marriage! (We returned to Cincinnati in May 2017 for the first time together since 1982. Of course, Skyline Chili and Graeter's Ice Cream on Ludlow were mandatory stops.
Mary Bridges (A&S '14) & Justin Mugge (CEAS '14)
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I was a junior at UC when a friend of mine told me he knew of someone that I needed to meet. He was apparently "tall, smart, and crazy athletic like you and I think you guys need to be friends". Being a collegiate track and field athlete I had my doubts about a regular student being a crazy athlete quite like me but I agreed to meet this guy. During finals week that winter my friend got us both to meet for a little rock climbing at the CRC. I had never really worked out there since athletes have their own gym. I looked really nervous as I walked into the gym and wandered to the rock wall. Standing lost and looking around for my friend I was approached by a very tall athletic-looking guy in a tight muscle shirt and shorts. "Hi, you must be Mary."
These were the first words I heard from Justin but little did I know they would become the best words I had ever heard. Except perhaps the words I heard last month when he dropped to one knee after our tango showcase performance and asked me to marry him, three years after we met at that rock wall. Three years of me dragging him to football games and him cheering me on at track meets. Three years of me bringing him and his lab mates midnight food during their long night aerospace capstone building sessions. 3 years of hiking, camping, rock climbing, learning to ski, and exploring with a guy that showed me hidden places on campus and serenaded me on the CCM pianos when no one was using them. As an athlete and a driver for UC NightRide, I thought I knew most of the shortcuts, backdoors, and helpful places around campus. He showed me how much I didn't know and made me fall in love with the campus and him all over again. He now works at Honda and I work for the Columbus Zoo. These two UC alumni are starting a new chapter in our lives together, all because of a chance friend introduction and the UC rock wall.
James Bunte (CCM `95) and Betty Douglas (CCM `94)
I met my wife Betty Douglas in CCM Wind Symphony. She sat two rows ahead of me in the flute section and it was love at first sight. I told my saxophone stand partner that I was going to meet that girl...To which he said "You are not going to talk to her, you are a coward!" So after a rehearsal I walked up to Betty and asked her for a flute lesson. After the first lesson, I asked her if she was interested in going down to see the Cincinnati Symphony. 20 years later, we have 2 beautiful kids and we owe it all to CCM!
Frank Busofsky (DAAP '14 &'15) & Abigail Melampy (A&S '12)
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Abby and I met at UC in 2009 through mutual friends. I thought she was cute, and she quickly impressed me by being the only person I had met who had been to my hometown (Charlottesville, Va). Yet, it wasn't until a few years later, after she was named sweetheart of Alpha Epsilon Pi, that we became more than acquaintances. Just by chance, we were both enrolled in Music of the Beatles the next semester. So on top of our shared love of music, we found out that we were compatible in many other ways. While my love for UC was never in question, it was Cincinnati-native Abby who helped me fall in love with the city that I now call home. Six years later we are married, gainfully employed (thanks UC!), and attend as many Bearcats games as we can. We wouldn't be who we are without the University of Cincinnati.
Keisha Byrd (A&S '08) & Chris Simendinger (Bus '07)
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The Tuesday night tradition in the Greek community was to all meet at the local Clifton favorite Uncle Woody's. Chris (a junior) and Keisha (a freshman) met one evening after he asked a group of older sorority sisters who she was from across the bar. After dating for 18 months they went their own paths, but still remained friends for years. Chris went on to the University of Dayton to pursue a law degree and Keisha moved to Washington, DC. They continued their strong friendship through the distance and when Keisha moved back to Cincinnati in 2014 they rekindled their past and have been together ever since. Through many years they have maintained the same tight group of Bearcat friends and look forward to football tailgates and Homecoming each year.
James Cook (CAHS '09) & Charissa Cook (Nur '08 & '13)
Our #UCLoveStory started in 2007 when my friend and college room mate (and eventual best man in my wedding) and I went to the Holy Grail on campus. He kept telling me about a girl from class that I had to meet. I was a little hesitant as my friend was not the best matchmaker. However this time was different. We hit it off right away and Charissa and I have been inseparable ever since. We were married in 2009 and after 6.5 years of marriage and 3 future Bearcats later I can say that he nailed it.
Bob Coppola (CECH '00) & Colleen Cothran-Coppola (A&S '00)
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I played both football and baseball at UC, and Colleen was on the dance team. We met in the training after spring ball for year end physicals. I remember her flirting with me, but she may tell you a different story. We spent the day together at the Greek Games at Nippert during Greek Week. I was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and she was a Chi Omega. Fast forward a bit, we both graduated in fall of 2000, and moved to Chicago for my Chiropractic schooling. Wanting to get closer to the Cincy area after graduating, we settled in northern Kentucky. We have 2 children, Olivia (10) and Antbony (8). We are big supporters, contributors and fans of UC and their athletic programs. We travel to all home football and a few away games each year. My son even celebrated his birthday party at a football tailgate in the alumni center parking lot! Our passion for uv is strong, and I am so thankful we can have family day at UC events. #bestcollegeinamerica
Gabrielle Custer (Nur '16) & Lewis Daniels (CEAS '16)
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Lewis and I met very early on our freshman year through a girl name Erin who lived down the hall from me in Calhoun (who quickly became my best friend, and still is). Lewis will say that we met at a football game (we were standing in the same row...but never actually "met"!), but I am convinced it was officially on that following Sunday at H2O, a campus ministry. Either way, we wouldn't have ever met if we weren't specifically placed where we were at the University of Cincinnati freshmen year 2011. Who would've thought that the first guy you meet in college would become your husband? Yep, that happened to me. Four and a half years later and we're engaged. I couldn't be happier to have met and grown so much together at UC, and we're proud to call it our home.
Scott Dannemiller (CECH`14, A&S '14) & Jessica Dannemiller (CCM `14)
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Scott and I met in Professor Frank Davis’ English 289 during the winter quarter of our sophomore year. Scott was the last person to arrive for class, so he took the only available seat, which happened to be next to me. I instantly thought he was very attractive, and over the course of the quarter, I developed quite the crush on him, but I was too shy to ever tell him. The quarter ended and we both went our separate ways. We would occasionally run into each other on campus, not-so-subtlety flirt for a while, and then head off to our respective classes. It wasn’t until the middle of our senior year that we actually went on our first date. We met up for milkshakes on Calhoun Street, and ended up talking for about five hours. We became “official” not too long after. Fast forward five years, and we are happy married (our wedding was this past May)!
Kimberly Daniel de Acha (CCM `70) & Rafael de Acha (CCM `70)
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We met in CCM’s opera workshop in January 1967. I had heard about a young Cuban bass-baritone who had transferred from Juilliard to study with Italo Tajo, the new head of CCM’s developing opera program. Maestro’s first production was Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Rehearsals began days after Rafael’s arrival. He was cast as Figaro, and I was one of three sopranos cast in the role of the Countess.
Rafael teased me about my blonde hair, and I teased him about his accent. We were buddies. During the summer of ’67, I was performing in a summer stock production of Little Mary Sunshine and offered him tickets to bring date. He attended with a mutual friend. The next day I ran into him on campus and he invited me to lunch, and soon after he asked me out. With my crazy schedule, I couldn’t go, but at the end of the summer season, I invited him to our cast party.
From that evening on, we were a couple. Even though Rafael was an urbanite from Havana, Cuba, and I had grown up on a farm in Ohio, our families were very similar, and we had so much in common. We both knew we’d found our soulmates.
We eloped the following June, got back to school in time to share a club sandwich, perform in a masterclass, and open in The Fantasticks that night on the Showboat Majestic—CCM’s summer musical theatre program at that time. We were graduated in l970, went to graduate school together, and began careers that have spanned five decades—first in New York, then in Coral Gables, Florida, and now back in Cincinnati, the city we chose for retirement.
We have been blessed all our lives to have enjoyed careers in the arts—being paid to do what we love, meeting and working with amazing people, and working in many places in the world. With great support from our parents, we were also encouraged by teachers and mentors, whose training and guidance made all the difference.
In a few months we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Now our focus is to help insure that the next generations of young artists have the same opportunities we enjoyed. We have devoted a portion of our lives to teaching. When one has received great training there is a responsibility to pass it on, and fulfilling that promise has been one of our greatest joys. And, five years ago we founded Music for All Seasons at Historic Peterloon, showcasing area talent, and donating all proceeds to C-CM for scholarships.
We have come full circle, and it all began at CCM, for which we are forever grateful.
Gary Dean (CECH `65) & Mary Jane Dean (CCM `65)
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While a student at UC/CCM my junior year, I was in charge of working with new transfer students who would live on campus. Mary Jane Stephenson was transferring from Ohio Northern University and the moment I saw her I knew she was "the one". I told my friend, who eventually was our best man, "Mike, I am going to marry that young lady." To me she looked like the Cinderella of my dreams.
52 ½ years later we are still married, have two grown children, and play music together professionally and for fun.
As we look back at CCM, we both realize that we got a terrific education, learned to love music, and more than anything, found each other.
Amanda Dembkowski (Nur '08) & Michael Dembkowski (CEAS '07)
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Mike and I met in early 2004 as a matchup date to a Phi Delta Theta/Chi Omega formal. Our dating life revolved around UC. Our first "date" was getting dinner in Calhoun dining hall (broke college kids ;)) and our first kiss was in Sawyer Hall. Mike proposed to me in 2007 on campus where Sawyer Hall would have been if it was still standing. Our wedding was filled with people we met during our UC time, and our love for UC will never end. We currently have 2 children, and both will be huge UC fans (and hopefully future Bearcats) just like us!
Caitlin Denney (Bus '15) & Dustin Kaine (CEAS '14 & '15)
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Dustin and I met my fourth year and his fifth year in college. A mutual friend of ours introduced us one night after a Reds Game at Tin Roof, by literally shoving us into one another. After a fun night of hanging out with friends and talking we exchanged numbers since he was on an out of town co-op and only in for the weekend. We talked over the phone and through texting for the next couple months finding out so much about each other, like his childhood friend was also a Delta Sigma Pi Brother of mine! We found out that we were actually at a lot of the same Delta Sigma Pi events on campus in 2013 and 2014, but never ran into each other. We were actually at the same Halloween party in 2013 being hosted by a mutual friend, he was ghost hence why I probably never saw him since he was wearing a bed sheet!
After he returned from the out of town co-op we called it official and enjoyed our last years at UC by attending tailgates, football games, formals, late night library study dates, trying every beer we could in Cincinnati, and attending each others graduations. At the end of our last year I was offered my dream position in Cincinnati, while he was offered a his dream position in Washington DC. Just like our relationship began separated by distance our relationship met that same crossroads again. Not wanting to hold each other back we decided to accept both of our offers knowing we could handle it, because we handled the distance once before.
We are currently still working in different states but everything is great, and the saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder" is absolutely true! Every time we see each other on long weekends and mini vacations (like me surprising him during the Blizzard of 2016 in DC) we make the most of our time together, never taking a minute for granted. He will probably be embarrassed for me sending this but hey, what are girlfriends for if they don't embarrass their amazingly smart and handsome boyfriend? ;) I could go on and on talking about our memories and how they were made through our two years together at UC. Hopefully by the end of this year he will be back in Cincinnati just in time for football season, and we can make more memories on campus as Alumni!
Michelle DePlaunty-Stuhlreyer (CCM '92) & Peter Stuhlreyer (DAAP '94)
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My husband Peter and I met our sophomore years at UC. We were both in the Greek system and started to hang out and eventually date. He was a Pike and I was a Kappa Kappa Gamma. We dated on and off throughout the rest of our college career at UC. Peter was a DAAP 6 year Architecture student and I was a Dance major who finished up in 4 years. I graduated and toured with a company in Japan and we tried to take a break.... this was before cell phones, internet and email so all we had was snail mail and ATT calling cards from pay phones connected to a wall and a 12 hour time difference! It didn't take us long to figure out that upon my return to the USA and his graduation from DAAP we would be married and move to NYC to pursue our careers and lives together! Fast forward through 27 years of dating, marriage and family and we are now PROUD (out of state) parents of our Bearcat daughter who is now a CCM student! #UCLove
Kayla Distler (CEAS '14) & Ian Blanding (DAAP '14)
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Our #UCLove Story began during my senior year at UC while Ian was finishing up his masters program. One winter weekend, I was with my friend at Arlin's Bar on Ludlow, when Ian came in with some friends. He saw me and wanted to meet me, so while I was away from my seat our friends arranged for us to meet. After we were introduced, we instantly hit it off and talked for hours over some Bell's Hopslam. Turns out our mutual love of craft beer wasn't the only thing we had in common! A few days later we met for coffee and we both knew it was a good match. It wasn't long before we were running around campus together. We both graduated in Spring 2014 and after landing jobs in the Chicago area, we decided to make the big move together. We are now engaged to be married this fall in Cincinnati at Rhinegeist Brewery (Yes, we still love our craft beer!)
Brian Eve (A&S & Bus '86) & Theresa Owlett Eve (A&S & CECH '86)
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Met the future love of my life in Organic Chemistry Lab in 1984. Dated senior year and married two years after graduation. I have the University of Cincinnati to thank for my entire adult life and now our youngest daughter will be entering the "Bearcat Family" this Fall (class of 2021)!
Karen Faaborg (Law `84) & Robert Faaborg
I was hired in 1980 as a member of the faculty in the Arts Administration Program at CCM with additional responsibility for establishing the CCM box office and running the front and back of house operations. During the early years of my time at CCM I was also a student in the UC College of Law.
In 1983 one of the students I had hired to run the box office called to tell me he was going to be late and asked if I could open for him and he would get there as soon as he could. Since it was a quiet weekday afternoon I took a casebook for an upcoming law class with me. I was actually making headway on understanding a very complicated case while making a couple of quick ticket sales to people who came to the window. I was, that is, until this guy showed up at the window and didn’t seem to have any idea what concert or play he wanted tickets to. He started pummeling me with questions such as what are all those ticket for, what group is that, what is the cost, and do you have student or faculty rates?
He seemed nice enough, but he hadn’t actually bought any tickets when he asked yet another question about the book open on the counter, and said that looks like a law book. When I said it was, he said, “Oh, I may have taught one of your professors.” I responded that he looked too young to have taught one of my professors, to which he responded, “I’m forty-two.” By this time I was kind of intrigued by this guy, so I blurted out that I was forty-two too. He immediately said, “Well, then, let’s have lunch.” I learned that Bob, a philosophy professor, had known one of my professors, Glen Weissenberger, when he was an undergraduate at UC in the late 60’s before going on to Harvard Law, and Bob was just starting his teaching career. I became even more intrigued.
A few days later, we met for lunch at the Faculty Club where I learned that Bob had been recovering from a divorce and was looking for CCM events to begin dating when he came over to look for tickets. That lunch was the start of a whole new chapter in each of our lives. Within two months he proposed marriage and I happily accepted. These 35 years have been the best of my life, and I often think how lucky I am that the kid who was supposed to open the box office that day was running late.
Alison Farringer (A&S & CECH '14) & Brian Boveri (A&S & CECH '14)
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Alison and Brian met in August of 2010 as freshman trumpet players in the UC Bearcat Band. After a first date at Mac's pizza pub, the pair navigated undergrad together through countless band trips, football games, volunteer activities, and even a ballet class together! After graduation in 2014, they braved a long distance relationship for nearly 2 years, supporting each other as each pursued their own goals for graduate school. The couple was ecstatic to be reunited for good in 2016, as Alison returned to UC pursue a PhD in Criminal Justice. As partners and best friends, they love to walk the campus 7 years later and reminisce about their years together as young Bearcats.
Megan Fausz (A&S '09) & Rob Fausz (DAAP '09)
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My husband Rob and I met the Fall of 2007. We were both members of UC's Ski & Snowboard Club and had been on the same winter trips to Colorado for years but had never met. Then we both become officers for the club our senior year. From our first meal at Jimmy Johns, my first time introducing him to Skyline, our first date on the ski trip in Colorado to skiing and traveling around the world together and now our family ski trips with our new little Bearcat Hunter, our time together at UC will always hold a special place in our hearts as the beginning of our love story.
Katy Fee (A&S '08) & Rob Fee (CEAS '09)
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All summer long, my friend from high school, and future roommate, was telling me about her boyfriend's roommate, Rob. She couldn't wait to introduce us. Little did I know, the first time I would meet my future husband would be in a towel, fresh out of the shower, sitting at my desk in my Calhoun dorm room! It was my first week at UC, and that was when our #UCLove story began! We have been together ever since! We were able to experience all of the football games, the campus parties, the Homecoming's, the ups and downs of college life together. Rob proposed in May 2007, and we were married on June 20, 2009. We've been happily married for almost 7 years now and have 2 little Bearcats of our own. Our oldest, 5, can't wait to be a Bearcat when she grows up, and we can't wait to share all of the amazing things that UC has to offer with her!
Erin French (CECH '11) & Nicholas French (CECH '11)
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Nicholas and I met fall of 2008, at the beginning of my sophomore year and his junior. He was friends with my neighbor, so I met him at a house party. I was wearing pajama shorts and slippers (which must have really won him over) and we eventually went on an official first date (on which he wore sweatpants). We like to keep it comfy. Fast forward over 8 years and we are happily married with two beautiful kids, doing what we love. We have lots to thank UC for!
Jenna Graham (A&S '15) & Benjamin Ginter (A&S '15)
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I had just transferred to UC from the University of Alabama at the start of my junior year. I realized after the first two days of classes that Ben was in all of my geology classes. He sat next to me in all of them and we began to become friends. We did all of our assignments and projects together. I followed him out west the following summer for field camp because I couldn't stand to not see him for six weeks. We finally started dating in February 2015. We were both accepted to a master's program in geology at the University of Alabama, which is where we are now. Ben proposed February 13, 2016. He led me on an awesome scavenger hunt that ended with me finding the love of my life down on one knee. We are excited to get married this year, and I am so happy that I met him in the UC geology department. Go Bearcats and Roll Tide!
Susan Hakel (CECH '93) & Scott Hakel (CEAS '93)
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Although we met in the fall of 1989, the stroke of fate that brought us together happened the spring before. A soon-to-be sophomore boy who had propensity to waiting to the last minute was put in charge by his group of friends to turn in their housing request for Sawyer Hall. This tall, skinny boy who had enormous pride in his mullet dropped the ball and turned in his housing request way too late. This oversight resulted in him and his disgusted roommates on the sixth floor of Daniels Hall the following fall with only freshmen in sight. In September of 1989, I was a freshman studying Elementary Education and couldn’t have been more excited to be away from home with my two best friends from high school on a co-ed floor that I requested. I don’t know if the experience happens for all who take part in a dormitory experience, but our floor became friends and in lots of ways a family. We spent hours and hours together in the lounges playing Euchre and spending way too much time watching the Nintendo games like Kings of the Beach and Baseball Stars. There was also this new show called The Simpsons that none of us would miss. It would be no surprise that our first kiss happened in the north lounge. However, the floor romance wouldn’t last long. As a nuclear engineering student, he was headed to California for a six month co-op. Six months is a lifetime when you are nineteen years old and long distance phone calls were still very much a thing and quite expensive! It wasn’t pretty, but we made it through those months. Halfway through our senior year in 1993, he surprised me with the ring. We were married in the summer of 1994 and celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary this last June. We have two teenage daughters and our oldest will be a HS senior next school year. UC is on the top of her list, but we have to be honest as it is quite surreal to be watching her make these same decisions that ultimately brought us together. The picture of us was taken in my dorm room that fall in 1989. Just for the record, Scott doesn’t sport the mullet anymore although he credits that iconic hair for getting me to fall for him in the first place.
Colleen Hall (A&S '02) & Andrew Hall (Bus '03)
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We were introduced by our roommates in 2000. Our first official date was a UC Homecoming Football game and we've never looked back. Two mini Bearcats and almost ten years of marriage later and we still have much #uclove!
Ronald Hart Brown (CCM '12) & Stacy Hart Brown (A&S '12)
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It all began in the African American Cultural Resource Center. While promoting an event for Collegiate 100 Honorary, Ron Brown met eyes with Stacy Randle. Through trials & test, love continued to build. As these two grew so did their passion for each other & serving their community. Now residing in Chicago, Ron and Stacy are married with a new Baby girl named Melody. The UC start and the colors Red and Black will always be part of their family.
Bill Harvey (CCM `71) & Jo Ann Harvey (CCM `71)
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Few of us would state that the reason we chose to attend the University of Cincinnati and the College-Conservatory of Music was so that we could meet our life partner. But for many of us, over 27,000 it appears, that is exactly what happened.
Little did Jo Ann Opsatnik from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania know that when she was assigned as the assistant to Bill Harvey from Cincinnati, Ohio in the UC Marching band that they would date, fall in love, get married, have two children and five grandchildren. But it did, and we will be forever grateful for the fate that brought us together.
As CCM celebrates 150 years this year, Jo Ann and I will be celebrating our 46th Anniversary. Thank you CCM, UC and especially Dr. Hornyak, who penciled us into that same marching rank together so many years ago.
Amanda Hecker (A&S '17) & Jacob Lee (Bus '18)
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UC is very important to me, as both my parents attended school here, my older brother and his wife attend here, and my younger brother has been accepted and will be attending UC this upcoming fall. UC has also has a significant impact on my life, as it is where I met my now-fiance.
Jacob and I met on the eighth floor of Dabney Hall our freshman year of college in 2013. I was actually in the UC Bearcat Bands, so we didn't run into each other until Labor Day weekend after the football game, while I went to get some water at the drinking fountain across from his room. I stopped into a room and met a new friend named Jack Lempke, who then asked me to join him and his friends for dinner at Center Court. Jacob later told me he made sure to sit next to me and won my heart with pictures of his dog from back home. Jacob texted me later that weekend and asked me to watch 500 Days of Summer with him in his dorm room, and ever since then we were inseparable. The first few months of our relationship consisted of exploring UC's beautiful campus together for new places to hang out and get to know each other. To this day, the bench next to Blegen and the Law building is our favorite spot on campus. Now, Jacob and I are happily engaged and can't wait to have our bearcat wedding!
Danielle Hensley (CECH '15) & Ian Silver (CECH '14 & '15)
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They were introduced by two fraternity/sorority brothers/sisters in 2012 and were acquaintances through friends for a while. Little did she know, he was telling her friends that he thought she was cute and wanted to take her out, but he didn't ask her. A few months went by while her friends kept telling her over and over how much he talked about her. Six months later she confronted him and they agreed on a Panera date. 3+ years (and almost 4 degrees between the two of them!), they couldn't be happier!
Lisa Higgins (DAAP '07) & Adam Higgins (CEAS '07)
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Ours isn't a traditional UC love story.
Adam and I met when we were 10 years old in a little town called Zanesville, OH. Our two elementary schools merged together into a middle school in West Muskingum schools. We didn't talk much as he was super shy, but I always knew he was a nice guy.
Fast forward a few years - my parents decided to move to Columbus when I was 14 years old. At that point, Adam and I lost touch.
In fact, we didn't see each other again until I came to the West Muskingum graduation to see my best childhood friend walk the stage. We ran into each other and started to catch up. In that moment, we both discovered we had decided to go to UC to become Bearcats - him in Mechanical Engineering and me in Graphic Design. Both of us laughed at the coincidence and said we would see each other around.
Come fall, as I was moving into the brand new Turner dorm I spotted Adam. He and I had been assigned rooms on the same floor of Turner! Another crazy coincidence. Again, we chatted here and there when we saw each other, but didn't get super close.
Two years later we had both decided to move off campus, of course unbeknownst to each other. As I was walking down Atkinson after parking my car after I moved in, there was Adam again at the other end of the street. He had moved onto the same street I had moved onto!
At that point, we decided not to ignore the universe any more. We started dating in March 2005, got married in October of 2007 and now we have two beautiful little girls.
So, while UC didn't introduce us to each other, it brought us together for our perfect love story.
Beatrice Hill (CEAS '10) & Nate Rosenthal (Bus '12)
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Nate and I met in 2008 during a party with all my old Phi Delta Theta friends. We hit it off right away. I didn't really hear back from him until six months later during spring quarter. He called to see if I wanted to go to his Delta Sig formal. I accepted and we started to date a little bit after that. We invited each other to each others semi formal, him to SAE's and me to Chi'Os that spring. Summer came and he went to study abroad in Perú and we drifted apart while he was gone and broke up before school started. We never really spoke after that for six years. Fast forward six years later to Thanksgiving weekend of 2014 when I moved to St. Petersburg, Florida for a job. Nate happened to be on vacation in Clearwater with his family around that time and he remembered (thanks to Facebook) that I lived nearby. He took the courage to get in contact and catch up. We met that evening with some of my friends and it seemed that we picked up where we left it off six years ago. After we saw each other we kept talking for a few months and trying to make our relationship work while being in long distance. And the rest is history! I'm so lucky that UC and Greek life helped bring us together!
Paul Hillner (CCM `79) & Debbier Hillner
I was a graduate student in the CCM Masters Program for Wind Conducting when I met Debbie in December of 1976. She was a secretary in the CCM Prep Dept. at that time. I was teaching trumpet and conducting the Prep Dept. Brass Choir. We were married in September of 1978. We have 3 birth children - Sara, 36, Brian, 34, Lauren, 26, and 2 adopted children, Preston, 13 and Jacob, 10. Sara graduated from UC/CCM in Electronic Media, Brian graduated from UC/DAAP in Industrial Design, and Lauren graduated from UC/DAAP in Interior Design. Sara is working as a TV Editor in Hollywood, Brian is creating software packages to assist designers in automotive design and Lauren is working at FRCH as an Interior Designer in downtown Cincinnati. Preston and Jacob are attending North College Hill Middle School in grades 7 and 5 respectively.
Bob Hockenberger (CCM `68) & Carol Alexander (CCM `64)
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It all started in the Fall of 1961 when as a Freshman I was being hazed wearing a CCM beanie and washing the Pan Fountain with a toothbrush. I look across campus (old CCM at Highland Ave. and Oak St.) and see this tall brown hair beauty and say to myself, "Who is THAT?!” I asked several people and found out it was Carol Alexander. Marie Speziale was a great help in answering my questions. This Carol person was dating another guy so I was very disappointed. However I didn't give up. I worked in the cafeteria second semester and at the beverage station one day she approached and asked for an ice-coffee. Wow maybe she just wanted to say hello. It was understood that if ladies went to the neighborhood establishment (The Avalon Gardens) they were to be escorted back to the dorm. In April of 1962 after a Saturday night CSO concert, Carol and Marie were getting ready to leave and asked if someone could walk them back to the dorm. My chance had finally arrived. I yelled, "Bob Detricht and I will walk you back!” Arriving at the dorm I was at a loss for words. I had been waiting all year to say something to this beauty and I froze. Finally I spoke…"Would you like to have dinner tomorrow night? Maybe Frisch’s on Reading Road?" YES was the answer. I met her under the clock at 5:30 p.m. and the rest is history.
We dated until 1966 when on St. Valentine's Day we got engaged and married on July 2, 1966. We had two children Amy and Doug, three grandchildren Aaron, Jacob and Gabby. Many happy years and memories of spending summers at our summer place in northern MI. Carol loved to fish and take boat rides. It was wonderful. Unfortunately on Jan. 3 2006 Carol was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. She was a very strong person that year during treatment but the cancer won and she died on Jan. 10th 2007. We were married 40 wonderful and happy years. Carol taught privately flute and piano to many dedicated students. She was a loving Mom and Grandma. And the best wife and soul-mate a person could ever have. I miss you sweetie, very much.
Susan Hughes (CCM `78) & Tom Hughes (CCM `77)
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It was truly destiny!
Our journey to meet each other included a field trip to see Brigadoon, attending a college in another state, and a chance encounter with a former professor. All of these paved the way to a marriage while attending CCM and over 40 years together.
Susan had been fairly set on attending another state school in Ohio. But after a field trip with her High School Choir to see a CCM performance of Brigadoon, she was so impressed that she knew immediately CCM was the school for her. Building on a life-long desire to teach music, and with a strong background in voice, piano, and cello, Susan’s acceptance into CCM’s Music Education program with a Voice concentration was a natural.
After leaving his previous college and taking various classes at UC, Tom happened to meet a former professor of his who taught voice in the prep department at CCM. After a few months of training, and realizing that music was his passion, Tom auditioned and was accepted into CCM in Music Education, also with a concentration in Voice.
Finally, with both of us at CCM, the magic was in place. Susan was a freshman and Tom was a (much older) transfer student also taking freshman courses. As we were in most of the same classes, we were hard-pressed to miss each other and found ourselves catching a look during Chamber Singers, or sitting near one another in Dr. Crabtree’s Music History lecture.
It wasn’t until a couple weeks into the quarter that we formally met in the hall waiting for a class to begin. The first music theory quiz had just been returned, and with much consternation, the grade that Tom earned was way lower than Susan’s. It was then Tom realized that if he was going to be successful at CCM, he would have to get to know this very cute freshman. Eventually the “The Nearness of You” evolved into “Our Love is Here to Stay”. We became engaged on Valentine’s Day just four months after we met, and were married the following year while attending CCM.
Xan Waddell Jeffery (CCM '87 & '91) & Michael Jeffery (Bus '86)
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Mike and I met in June of 1986 at Cooter's! He and his PIKE brother, Scott Porter, sat on our bar stools while my friends and I were dancing. We were married in September of 1987, with Scott and my girlfriend who was with me when we met, serving as our Best Man and Maid of Honor.
Michelle Kowalski (CECH '11) & Steven Kowalski (CEAS '11)
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Steven (2011, CAS) and I met in grade school but continued our love at UC. We got married last summer and got pictures on campus. Our entire bridal party has attended UC at some point in their lives.
Mark Krumme (CCM `72) & Linda Calandrino (CCM `72)
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In the fall of 1968, Linda and I were cast in the UC Theatre department’s production of Annie Get Your Gun starring Pam Meyers. It was directed by Paul Rutledge and performed in Wilson Auditorium. We were both freshmen at CCM, she in ballet and I in Musical Theatre. Linda and I had exchanged pleasantries on occasion but that was about it until closing night and the cast party. I had asked another dancer to go with me to the cast party but discovered, after a thorough search of the dressing rooms, that she was nowhere to be found. Linda was there in the dancers’ dressing room standing in front of a makeup mirror looking fantastic in a brown and black striped “hot pants” suit, heels, and her show makeup that accentuated her gigantic brown eyes. This entire vision was supported by two gorgeous legs. Overall, it was an irresistible first impression for an 18-year-old boy from Cincinnati
I asked if she had seen my date and she said, in this wonderful Brooklyn accent, “Mary Lee got a ride to the party with Judy.” I was stood up!
“Well, do you need a ride to the party? I asked. “I think we are the only 2 people left in the theatre. You could ride with me”. I wasn’t sure if this was true but I didn’t want her riding with anyone else. Linda agreed and off to the party we went.
There, we danced and talked and I learned her last name – Calandrino. She was one of the ballet girls who came from New York with scholarships to the dance department. My assumption was that all New York girls were “fast” and “worldly”. Linda corrected that misconception in short order.
We stayed out all night that first night (November 16th 1968) because Linda was well beyond her curfew at Daniels Hall. I dropped her off at 6:00am. To assure her of my honorable intentions, I promised I would return to take her to Sunday mass at St. George’s. I can’t remember where they came from, but I came to pick her up with flowers in hand.
Despite her insistence that she could not get serious because of her dancing, I wore her down and we dated exclusively throughout our four years at CCM. We performed in all the major musicals which allowed us to be together at rehearsals and for many dinners before in Siddal Cafeteria. In my junior year, I was offered a scenic design fellowship working with Paul Shortt on the sets and props for CCM’s productions. This gave us the opportunity to spend even more time together in the evenings after work. We were pretty much inseparable and on our Christmas break in 1971, I proposed to Linda in Brooklyn. We married a year later in December of 1972.
This past November we celebrated our 49th year together. Linda has had a successful career as a dancer, teacher and dance studio owner, while my performance and scenic design experience have given me a fun and rewarding career as a designer and producer of corporate events and videos.
Writing our love story makes me wonder. Would we have fallen in love if we had met somewhere else? Maybe. But how would we have discovered our passion for music, art, theatre and dance? At CCM you are surrounded by artists who live for the moment that they can surrender to the romance of a La Boheme or a Romeo and Juliet. I’m not sure if that makes sense. But, in 1968, for a ballerina from Brooklyn and a singing actor from Cincinnati, CCM was the perfect place to fall in love.
Kat Laclede (A&S '15) & Ryan Timms (A&S '14)
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I was not looking forward to my first day of Organic Chemistry Lab. Three hours of hard coursework and frustrating experiments were ahead of me, and then I met my randomly assigned lab partner. I was so worried that Ryan would be lazy, or rude, or unfriendly, but as fate would have it he was funny, smart and adorably handsome. I didn't know then that I had met the love of my life, but a year of friendly flirting and two years of dating later and we are still together. To this day I joke that after spending that semester as my OChem Lab partner he has seen the worst of me, and things can only go up from here!
Tiffany LaCour (CECH '11 & DAAP '13) & Marcus LaCour (A&S '09)
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I met my husband Marcus in R.A.P.P. 23 in 2008. We went on our annual R.A.P.P. retreat to Grailville in the Fall of 2008. Marcus decided to walk the ground of Grailville without a coat. I offered to share my blanket with him and the rest is history! Marcus and I were married on September 2nd, 2012.
Sarah Lane (A&S '11) & Curtis Ra'shaaun Lane (CEAS '11, Bus '12)
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We met in the summer of 2010 right before we both started our senior year. It was a hot July night down on the levee in Newport. He was working a shift as a bouncer and I was out with friends. I thought he was so cute and I was introduced by a mutual acquaintance. When we started talking, I noticed his beautiful eye lashes. Now both of our daughters (Amari  and Isla , cute lil' bearkittens!) share those same beautiful eye lashes! The more we got to know each other throughout that last year at UC, we knew that this would last and together we could weather any storm.
Our families can attest that we are two very different people; I love romance novels, he's more of a mystery cliff-hanger type. I could lay in bed all day on a Saturday, he is up ready to go work out and take on the day. I'm die-hard Skyline, he loves himself some Gold Star. But we have plenty in common as well: We both love House of Cards, Holtman's Donuts, taking adventures to new cities, making a difference in our community and our Bearcats!! There is no one I would rather watch a game at Nippert Stadium with and we are truly best friends! He gets all my #UCLove!
Hannah Lewallen (Bus '18) & Samantha Welch (CEAS '15)
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We met in the UC Bearcat band. The unlikely flute and percussionist pair. We spent a lot of time on the same field marching together, serving the band together in an organization, took a summer calculus class together, and living together by chance with mutual friends. Eventually we realized we had more going on than friendship and have been together ever since!
Beth Ludwig (CECH '95) & Steve Ludwig (CECH '94)
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I met my future husband during my first class at UC which was biology lab. We are both from local high schools so it was fun to meet some other commuters in that class. Needless to say, we didn't really hit it off that year. Actually, we both disliked each other. The beginning of sophomore year, we had US History and biology together back to back. At first I couldn't believe that we were in 2 classes together. However, after a couple of months he grew on me and we have been together ever since. We got married after we graduated (21 years ago) and have 4 amazing kids!!!
Tom (Melford) Mann (CCM `68) and Ilse M. Mann (CCM `69
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It has been 54 years since our first meeting at CCM. Ilse and I started dating two years later after seeing "Zorba the Greek" at the local art theatre. Our group slowly dwindled with, "Sorry but I just have other plans." By default Ilse and I were the only ones to continue the evening at Mecklenburg’s. I first noticed Ilse's absolute kindness, ability to listen, and her strong, beautiful features. Her hair was often in a bun on the back of her head. The dark brown color and the bright sunlight often caused me to just stare. I was the type described as easily distracted. As time passed we became very close as to our likes and dislikes. Without any doubt Ilse was the most brilliant person I had ever met. Her intellect never seemed to dominate whether talking about early music or the Avant Gard. I now realize how much I loved her and her love for me was genuine. We had a break up (my fault) but we kept gravitating to each other.
After we each finished our Master's Degrees, Ilse was teaching at Mt. Alison University in New Brunswick, Canada, and I was teaching at the University of Wisconsin in Superior. Our telephone bills became close to the national debt. While celebrating St. Patrick's Day in 1971, my good Irish next door neighbor asked me, "You ever going to get married?" I said there was only one woman for me but I was about as frightened of marriage as one would feel meeting a mountain lion in the uncharted wilds of Colorado. He said in a quiet voice, "You should call her, tell her how much you love her, and then ask her to marry you.” So after another drink, I held the phone with something that might be described as a mild tremor, and I asked her to marry me. She said yes! I was now in a state of wonder and fright. The telephone began to ring and friends from all over the country began to call. I can remember it was about 2 a.m. in Wisconsin and 4 a.m. in Toronto where Ilse now lived. So as the morning sun began to turn the sky into a golden wonder of light, I sat on a kitchen chair… I had done it! We would be married in August 1971 with a honeymoon in Paris.
Since 1973 we have lived in Raleigh, North Carolina teaching private piano, violin, and viola lessons to many, many students. We raised three wonderful children and three grand kids, I am a fortunate fellow. Ilse has given form to my life, listened to me in times of pain, and has been my dear wife. Her influence has made our kids bright, remarkable people with a zest for life.
To love and be loved is the sublime in living. My being a student brought from the farm country of North Carolina to that grand Victorian mansion at the corner of Highland and Oak Streets gave to me a glorious education and the beautiful, deep love of my wife.
I write in the early morning, sometimes thoughts wander. I see myself as a young man and memories of CCM encompass.
Ashley (Dugan) McFarland (Bus ’05) & Richard McFarland (CECH ’04)
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Richard & I met at Princeton High School and dated through our entire time at the University of Cincinnati. I was in the Lindner Honors-PLUS program within the Lindner College of Business majoring in Marketing and now I work for UC and our 3 Business Honors Programs. I’m thrilled to be back on campus representing a school that has meant so much to me. Richard majored in Criminal Justice and is now a Lieutenant/Paramedic with the Covington Fire Department. UC is one of our favorite places to bring out 3 ½ year old son because we love sharing the #UCLove with him. This May we will celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. Go Bearcats! (Photo credit: Leah Robbins Photography for Blake’s 1 year pictures)
Marie McManama (CCM `09) and Daniel O’Dea (CCM `08)
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My husband and I first met in 2007 while he was a grad student and I was an undergrad both in Bill McGraw’s studio. I was in the middle of my weekly voice lesson when Prof. McGraw and I both heard someone whistling in the hallway. We attempted to proceed despite the distraction. Just then a student popped his head into the studio, not realizing I was in the middle of my lesson. Prof. McGraw asked if we knew each other and introduced us before asking, “Was that you whistling in the hallway? Because it’s really annoying! Could you stop?!” I was left wondering, “Who was that guy?”
A few weeks went by and I went to Panera to study for Bruce McClung’s history final when I was approached by the very same whistler who interrupted my lesson. He asked if I wanted to go see the Rach 3 performed at the CSO that evening. I confessed that it was my favorite of the three (although he argued that the second was far superior) but that I had to study for my final. Daniel pleaded with me, explaining that it was his birthday and I should do it as a birthday present for him. I eventually agreed, although he made no mention of the other person who would be accompanying us to the symphony… She turned out to be my theory tutor… So there I was, the third wheel on what felt like someone else’s date. We ended up having a wonderful time and on the way home I was so embarrassed that I lived in the dorms that I had Daniel drop me off three blocks away. Mortified and worried he would learn my secret he then did not call me for three weeks. I wrote it off and moved on with life until I ran into him outside DVAC after Opera Workshop. He was on his way home to Clifton Colony with a friend and again convinced me to walk home with them. The casual walk turned into dinner and we’ve been together ever since!
We now live in Madison, WI where we both gig regularly around the Midwest and maintain private studios. Daniel got his DMA at UW-Madison and teaches at Lora’s College and I teach middle school choir in the public school district. We were married in June of 2013 and are expecting our first child in April of 2018!
Justine McNulty (A&S '12 & '14) & Luke Fraley (A&S '11)
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Luke and I met my sophomore year and his junior year in our creative writing workshop. We also had another writing class together that semester, and it took nearly the whole semester to muster the courage to speak to one another! At the end of the year get together for our workshop, I asked for Luke's number, and we ended up going to Dewey's Pizza on Ludlow for dinner that evening with a few other friends from our class. Our first date was the Monday of finals week, and a little over 4 years later, Luke proposed to me in front of the lions of McMicken Hall, where we had first met. Now, we are in the middle of planning our wedding for this August!
Phil Meyer (DAAP '85, Bus '90) & Elaine (Borchers) Meyer (A&S '86)
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That one time at band camp...
Long before the American Pie movies, "this one time at band camp" I met my future wife. She didn't remember the first time we met there, but during a UC Marching Band trip to Louisville, she got sick and I took care of her. We started dating and got married after she graduated in 1986.
Two of our three children have participated in college marching band, including one of our sons who met his fiancée in the Indiana University Marching Band. We are one of several couples who were in the UC Marching Band at the 1980s who ended up getting married and are still married over 30 years later, which clearly demonstrates that the UC Band Is Damn Good!
Kellie Morgante (Nursing '15) & Zach Rios (Bus '15)
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My fiancé and I met in 2012 at Sea World Aquatica, a water park in Florida where we both worked. We struck up a conversation on Facebook talking all night long and then he said he would find me the next morning at work. I actually made the first move and asked him to come to the beach with me and some friends and then that night after dropping him off we kissed at his front door. I knew a week in that he was the one!! And now here we are engaged and ready to wed in 2018.
Keith Morris (CCM`92) & Jennifer Morris(CCM `92)
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I arrived in Cincinnati a little over a month before the Reds played game 1 of the 1990 World Series. I had just started my Master's studies in music education; had always been a baseball fan growing up in South Carolina; and was determined to host a World Series watch party in my tiny apartment on Fairview Avenue
Invites were offered to pretty much all of my new friends at CCM- and while I had plenty of snacks and beverages ready, only a tiny handful of people showed. It was an amazing game - the Reds crushed the A's 7-0.
One of the people who did attend was Jennifer Shidemantle - a junior music education major from Butler, PA. She'd been nice enough to bring me a donut during Dr. Liz Wing's welcome breakfast for the incoming music education graduate students on my first day at CCM, just a few weeks earlier. I certainly noticed her always friendly smile in the following weeks, and was thrilled she'd decided to attend my watch party.
After the Reds' game 1 victory, I awkwardly mumbled my way through an attempt to invite her to come back for game 2. Jennifer mercifully bailed me out by offering to "come back over for the next game too."
Our first real date was watching the 50th anniversary re-release of Disney's Fantasia about a week later. I proposed at the top of the Mt. Adams steps a little over 2 years later, and we'll celebrate our 24th year of marriage in July.
We've lived in Hudson, Ohio for the past 20 years. Jennifer teaches music, choir and theater at Seton Catholic School and I travel extensively as vice-president of a Sonoma winery. We have two sons, Mitchell (20) and Matthew (17) who are probably a little embarrassed that their dad just shared this entire sappy but all too true love story about their mom.
Mitchell is a junior neuroscience major and trombone minor at the University of Mount Union. Matthew sings in the concert and chamber choirs at Hudson High School - and is being recruited to play baseball in college - and it all happened because of the Reds and a pretty tasty little donut delivered with a smile on my first day at CCM.
Marie Mount (CEAS '05) & James Mount (CEAS '05)
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My husband and I met as freshman engineering students. He lived on the same dorm floor as two of my high school friends and we all ended up in Calculus 2 together. We started dating soon after and loved sharing our college experience.
Some of our favorite UC things to do included tons of training for the decathlon for Jimmy (he made it to the national meet in 2005), going for runs all over campus for Marie, and spending lots of time with the friends we made along the way.
We now have two daughters who love to visit UC and especially love to see their dad's picture up at the track.
Richard B. Nelson (CCM `76) and Beth P. Nelson (CCM `77)
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Beth and I met in the spring of 1974 in the music library at CCM. I was checking out Vol. 3 of Alfred Einstein's The Italian Madrigal and Beth was working at the desk. We began talking, and that led to a two and a half year courtship which resulted in our marriage in 1977. We had 38 years together before Beth died suddenly and unexpectedly nearly two years ago. How I miss h¬er! We taught, made music, and traveled the world together. We always held a special place in our hearts for CCM, our alma mater and meeting place.
Meredith Niese (Bus '06) & Marc Niese (Bus '05)
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Marc and I met on the SAC retreat 11 years ago. He had just gotten off crutches from ACL surgery and was hobbling along. The retreat was at Shawnee State Park so a group of us were taking a walk after dinner. We struck up a conversation and hung out much of the rest of the trip. He bravely asked me out for Valentines Day which happened to be the day after we returned. We've been married almost 8 years and have two beautiful little girls. Ironically, his brother met his wife in SAC as well! We are a proud UC alumni family and our daughter has the same love for UC that we do!!
Natalie Ochmann (A&S '14 & '16) & Timothy Ochmann (CEAS '15)
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Tim and I didn't begin our love at the University of Cincinnati, having been high school sweethearts, but I followed him to the University and fell in love with it as much as I had with him. The two of us were actively involved in the marching band, as it was through band that we had met in the first place. We finally got married this past May after more than six years together--4 as devoted Bearcats. I will continue to work for the university after graduation, so we will remain a part of the UC community!
Courtney Oltman (CEAS '06) & Jonathan Oltman (CEAS '07)
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The first day of my second year of Graduate School was like any other. Since I had attended UC as an undergrad and had already completed one year as a Grad student, I was very familiar with how things worked. I sat through my Theory of Concrete class reading the syllabus and thinking about what the year had in store. I was totally unaware of this guy sitting behind me. After class, that guy, hurriedly packed his backpack and ran out the door after me. He stopped me in the hall and asked “what is Blackboard?” My first thought was “how could anyone not know what Blackboard was! This guy has got to be weird!” I explained what it was and found out that he did his undergrad at the University of Colorado, or “CU” as he told me. “Don’t you mean UC?” I asked. (Man, this guy is totally odd! He doesn’t even know about Blackboard or that his school should be called UC!) Fast forward through the year and his weirdness grew on me. So much so that we started dating, got engaged, and finally married on August 29, 2009! Jonathan and I had a great “red and black” wedding in honor of our beginnings at UC. Today we live in Colorado, and yes, he was right… it is called CU! We have two boys, Isaac (4) and Oliver (1). Someday we plan to take the boys to UC and show them where it all began!
Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne (1904-1992) & Karl Payne (1903-1967), College of Music
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Although I never attended UC, my parents met as students at the College of Music (now part of CCM) in the 1920s, and that experience had a powerful impact on their lives and careers. My mother, Dorothy Stolzenbach, grew up in Lima, Ohio. In high school she played solos and accompanied many others, so her teacher encouraged her to audition at the College of Music. She played for then Director Adolphe Hahn, and was granted a full scholarship, so in 1922 she enrolled as a student of Albino Gorno, the distinguished Italian pianist. She was also assigned to accompany Karl Payne, a violin student of Adolphe Hahn from Newport, KY, and that was the beginning of their romance. In her senior year she became assistant pianist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (under Fritz Reiner) and she continued to play with the orchestra until about 1950. She learned a great deal from her lessons with Dr. Gorno, who encouraged ensemble playing and the study of modern music. He even arranged many works for 2 pianos or 2-piano 8-hand versions for his students to sight read together, and required them to analyze the harmonic structure. At the college she also heard recitals by major artists of the day (e.g. Rachmaninoff, Kreisler, and many others) and attended concerts and operas at Music Hall, which was next door to the original College of Music. Upon graduating in 1926, she was appointed to the junior faculty of the College. Since Dr. Gorno did not teach children, he often assigned them to her, so she had some very gifted pupils, several of whom were chosen to perform as soloist with the CSO.
In 1928, after receiving a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction from the College, she married Karl Payne. (Karl had by then received diplomas in Violin Performance and Violin Teaching from the College and would earn a degree in Public School Music from the Conservatory in 1933.) Soon after their marriage he joined the WLW radio orchestra, which in those days paid higher salaries than the symphony orchestra. In 1929 Mother traveled to Chicago for master classes with Percy Grainger, who became a lifelong friend and mentor. She studied with him many summers, and they performed together in recitals at the College and elsewhere in Cincinnati. In 1932 she earned a Master’s Degree from the Conservatory of Music and became an accomplished organist, serving for many years at the Mt. Auburn Baptist Church and later substituting in other churches. In1932 she was chosen from members of the faculty to perform Liszt’s Spanish Rhapsody with the Cincinnati Symphony under its new director, Eugene Goossens.
Eventually she decided to quit her college position and open her own studio above the Baldwin Piano Store downtown. There she gave lessons and held performance classes for her students in preparation for upcoming performances. Students enjoyed these and found them helpful, so in 1935 she decided to form a club so that her students – professional and amateur alike – could meet monthly and share their music. It was named the Keyboard Club, and after 82 years it is still going strong!
Soon after her first child was born, she and Karl purchased a home in Clifton and began teaching in the home. When their third child was on the way, they moved to a larger home nearby. For many years she taught students of all ages and levels (including group lessons for beginning students), organized piano quartets for adult students for weekly sight reading practice, held musicianship classes and student recitals, and hosted regular luncheon meetings for teachers to explore ideas for teaching. She was actively involved in many clubs, especially the Keyboard Club, whose activities included a 2-week piano camp in Michigan in 1959 and a musical tour of Europe in 1962. The club also provided scholarships to low-income students and enabled talented high school students to attend summer piano camps. She performed regularly, often in chamber music with members of the CSO. She continued to study in master classes by major pianists, and she invited Percy Grainger to Cincinnati several times for master classes and joint recitals with him. The Keyboard Club also sponsored several recitals and master classes by Vronsky and Babin, with whom she had become close friends.
Her husband Karl continued his job at WLW, also teaching violin and beginning piano students in his upstairs studio in our house, until the radio orchestra ended in the early 1950s. He joined the CSO in 1955, playing in symphony concerts, opera at the zoo, and the Brevard (NC) Summer Festival Orchestra until a few months before his death in 1967.
In 1967 Dorothy Payne was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati, and in 1979 she was named an Enquirer “Woman of the Year.” She died in December 1992, and her archives are now housed in the U. C. Library. A piano scholarship to the College-Conservatory in her name has been created by the Keyboard Club through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, with the first recipient to be selected in 2018.
All three Payne children majored in piano and became professional musicians and teachers, Her youngest daughter, Rebecca Shockley is preparing a revised version of her mother’s memoirs entitled Is There a Piano in the House?, first published by the Keyboard Club in 1985. Her article, “Dorothy Stolzenbach Payne: Remembering a legendary Cincinnati piano teacher”, appeared in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Clavier Companion. A link to that article appears below: https://www.claviercompanion.com/current-issue/dorothypayne (link to http://www.claviercompanion.com/login?return=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuY2xhdmllcmNvbXBhbmlvbi5jb20vY3VycmVudC1pc3N1ZS9kb3JvdGh5cGF5bmU=) (create a free account to read the full article).
Story submitted by daughter Rebecca Shockley.
Tony Perazzo (Bus '90) & Dianna Hull Perazzo (Med '93)
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Dianna and I met in high school, but we fell in forever #UCLove when she came back to Cincinnati to go to medical school while I was still a senior in the College of Business. I proposed four years later on the morning of her "Match Day" when medical school seniors find out where they will go for their residency.
This picture was taken on the day of her hooding in 1993. After the ceremony I realized that I didn't have my car keys. We looked all over the Eden Park Amphitheater for those keys to no avail. As a last ditch effort, we went to the car, which was parked about a mile away, to see if I by chance had left them there. Indeed I had - and I'd left the car running! I was so excited for my beautiful fiancee and her big day, I bolted out of the car and left it running.
Now our oldest daughter is a freshman Bearcat in the Medical Sciences program. We've seen UC grow and change so much. We are truly proud to be Bearcats.
Vijay Permareddy (CEAS '13) & Shruti Chandrika (CEAS '15)
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The cupid shot his arrow at me back in 2012 when I just landed in UC and states. Fall semester classes just begun when I met Shruti from MS Mechanical Engineering. I knew her through a social networking site from my home country but never met her in person. I met her the very first time at my friend’s place and sparks did fly between us. Through a common friend's birthday party, I had a chance to talk to her and spend some quality time. As expected, soon we started dating. At first both of were not really sure where we were heading to, but now its 2016 and we are falling into an abyss of love and affection as every other day passes. UC has not only given me an awesome career, but also got me introduced to the love of my life. As of now, she works in New Jersey and I work in New York City, so we meet very often and we are going really strong.
Julie Peterfish (A&S '13) & David Tepe (Bus '13)
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My #UCLove story began freshman year (‘09) in Turner Hall. I had finally mustered up enough courage to smile big and say, “Hi! I’m Julie!” to the cute golfer next door. All I got in return was “Hey.” (I was convinced he hated me.) Fast forward to sophomore year in CRC dorms. Somehow we were neighbors for a second year in a row. As it turns out, he didn’t hate me at all! Our hallway hellos turned into game nights and Center Court breakfast dates. My Chi-O sisters met him and approved, and I later met his PIKE brothers at a formal event. Soon after that, the “double-function assumption” set in, and we’ve been together ever since.
UC gave each of us unique and valuable experiences, but I'm especially thankful for the ones that David and I shared together. Go bearcats!
Christine Plageman-Mayhaus (DAAP '08) & Eric Mayhaus (CEAS '08)
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The first time I was on campus I was just a little girl going the Sigma Sigma Carnival with my aunt Christie who was then attending UC. It was that evening with me that she officially met fellow Bearcat and her now husband, Greg Wolf. I like to take some credit for bringing them together...Greg let me win Graeter's coupons that night and was able to snag my aunt's name and number as she filled out a form for the prize drawing at the Sigma Chi booth...needless to say her name was called and she won the prize (and Greg) at the carnival that night!
Years later I moved from Nashville, where I grew up, to attend UC's DAAP Program and study fashion design. Eric, who grew up in Cincinnati and attended St. Ignatius School and LaSalle High School, also chose to attend UC to pursue engineering and to run track and cross country for UC.
During our second year at UC Eric and I both lived in Sawyer Dorm (no longer there!). We met on the elevator on our way to class early one morning. Eric and his friends were to shy (and sleepy) to say hello that morning but I wasted no time in introducing myself and then skipped off to studio.
We continued to run into each other on campus and soon we were going to Mass together at Saint Monica Saint George. As we talked on our way to church one day we discovered that not only had our dads both attended Elder HighSchool and our moms both attended Seton HighSchool around the same time but my grandmother had taught Eric in the fourth grade at St. Ignatius.
Eric and I began dating the spring of '05. He came to visit me during my co-ops in New York and San Fransisco and after 4 years of dating proposed to me in New York's Central Park a year after graduating together. It was perfect.
We have so many special memories of being together at UC...the first time he held my hand was at The Sigma Sigma Carnival as we watched the fireworks show...we each met each other's parents for the first time on campus at different events...we rushed the field together when UC beat Rutgers, he asked my dad for my hand in marriage at the Clifton Skyline while I prepared for my final fashion show....the list goes on : )
We are so thankful UC brought us together! We will celebrate 7 years of marriage this year and have two beautiful baby Bearcats! We still get together with our UC friends every year and love revisiting campus together!
#bearcatsforlife #UCtrack&field #UCcrosscountry #DAAP #bearcatlove
Kristen Price (CECH '11) & Sean Price (CEAS '12)
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That one time at band camp...
My husband and I met in band our freshman year. He was cute, but I wasn't sure it was going to go anywhere. We broke up after two weeks of dating. We were friends but at the same time drove each other crazy. Everything was a battle and working together was not very easy. After a few years, we moved into a house with several other friends. We got alone fine (even though he was not clean!) We both dated other people and thought that being friends was all we would ever be. One day after we were both single, we decided that maybe all of that tension and fighting was really something more. We started dating and things became more and more serious even though we both were very careful about thinking too far into the future. As college ended and we looked at all going our separate ways, we moved in together and realized there was no turning back. We have been together for six years now and married three of those. It's crazy to think that the guy who drove me crazy all t hroughout college is going to continue to drive me crazy for the rest of my life. Thank you UC for bringing me so many amazing friends, memories and of course, my husband :)
Ranjani Ravi (CEAS '14) & Avinash Raghuram (CEAS '13)
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Avinash and I met at UC during our part-time on campus job at ASIT on Edwards. He and I were both pursuing our Masters degree at UC. Avinash was asked to mentor me by our supervisor as I was a new employee. We got to know each other well with time and went on to become great friends. Avinash asked me out on the last day he was to leave Cincinnati, as he moved to Charleston for his job in July 2013. I had no immediate answer. But, eventually as we kept in touch, I fell in love and we decided to tie the knot. We got married in December 2015. UC has great memories for both of us. We made great everlasting friendships and got prepared for life's endeavors. UC will always hold a special place in both of our hearts!
Alyssa Roberts (A&S '13) & Katie Johnson (Phar '15)
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Though we didn't meet until our third year at UC, when we met through a mutual friend, Katie and I both lived in Turner Hall during our freshman year. (I still swear I saw her in the elevator once.)
Four years later, our #UCLove has survived--despite two years of long distance while I did Teach For America in Indianapolis and Katie finished pharmacy school. Now, I am lucky enough to be a staff member, and Katie is continuing her work with the College of Pharmacy. I'm so grateful to have met my other half and even more grateful that we are both lifelong Bearcats!
Kim Roberts (A&S '11) & Alex Apyan (CEAS '12)
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Well I was a UC cheerleader and my husband was a UC football player. He would always be in the field house as we entered in from the cat walk before games, so I would smile and wave, like I did to everyone. I knew who he was through a friend so I just thought it was natural to smile and say hi. One day I guess I didn't say hi, so he got my number from a mutual friend and texted me "way to say hi?". I was so confused as to who it could be. Once I found out I thought it was very cute and we continued to talk. We began dating my senior year and his fourth year. He came to watch me cheer women's basketball and all other cheer events. His senior year I came back for the games and traveled to bowl game to support him. UC athletics was a shared love of ours. We were both very involved and supportive of our sports. We got married in 2014 and moved to Houston, Texas but that didn't stop these two bearcats. We have gone to every game when UC travels to Houston, we are a part of the local alumni association and still are football season ticket holders. We come back to multiple football games throughout the season. People tease us for always having UC clothes on and having our house decorated in Bearcat stuff, but to us it is home. UC is the place I not only found myself and my best friends, but my husband. Once a Bearcat, forever a Bearcat!
Ian Rodway (A&S '98, Med '02) & Jennifer Webb Rodway (CCM)
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Jennifer an I met freshman year in French class in Swift Hall. French class was one of the few classes a chemistry major and a clarinet major would have in common. We both went onto complete undergraduate and graduate degrees at UC. We were married in 1999, and have been happily married since. We have four children and live in the Cincinnati area. We remain active on campus through CCM prep and season tickets to Bearcats football and basketball.
Maria Rosensweig (A&S '11) & Ryan Rosensweig (Bus '09 & DAAP '11)
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In my senior year I was asked by my college (Arts and Sciences) to participate in a class commissioned by then Provost Ono and the University called 'Envisioning the Future of Technology.' Little did I know this collaborative studio would be where I met my now husband (Ryan Rosensweig, UC MDes + BBA). We love UC and could not be happier to build our future together!
Molly Sammons (A&S '13) & Chris Sammons (Bus '15)
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My husband attended the University of Dayton for undergrad. Thankfully, he was a UC fan and traveled to the Sugar Bowl. It was our freshman year and we were introduced by our mutual friend. We became really good friends, but that was it. We stayed friends until our junior year, when we decided to take it a step further. Our first date was to the UC vs. UConn football game. I don't remember the outcome of the game, but I do remember knowing that we would someday get married. Fast forward to February 2015. We were engaged at his house on Klotter Avenue. When planning, we knew we wanted to tie UC in as much as possible. We chose to get married at St. Monica-St. George and do pictures on UC's campus! We stopped by Murphy's Pub after pictures to pay respect to one of our favorite college hangouts and had the Bearcat make an appearance at our reception. If it weren't for our love for UC, I wonder if we ever would have met. I am so thankful we did. We now have a future Bearcat fan on the way!
Sam Scales (A&S '10) & James Scales (A&S '08)
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James and I met my freshman year, his junior year in the spring. I remember going back to my dorm and telling my roommate I was 'not a fan of James Scales'. I haven't gone a day since without speaking to him. We were good friends until he graduated and then we started dating my junior year. James joined the Air Force after graduating and we spent a year and a half dating long distance. We now proudly display our red and black in Denver, CO with our 7 year old pup, Harley and 16 month old, Nolan. I love telling our friends how we met in college.
Carl Schmid (CECH '14) & Jessica Theobald (CECH '15)
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I met Jessica during my time as a brother in Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. We both had a strong mutual interest in sports, she was working in the UC Football office and I was coaching basketball at the time. With the coaching change the football team needed someone to help with graphics and as she likes to say, "you have your job because of me." We worked many a gameday, recruiting event, golf outing, and banquets together. The love of football and UC really brought us together. Through our times working in the office we've traveled to the Belk Bowl and the Military Bowl. Going into this season she had no idea what I had planned. The Thursday night primetime win over Miami (FL) was one of the most thrilling games we'd ever experienced working with the team. With her birthday the next week and knowing that I would have to be at work, I had planned a "birthday dinner" with the Saturday night off. Little did she know I had been planning months in advance for this one night. As we drove towards downtown for dinner, I got a call from my boss asking me to come in and take pictures of the stadium for our recruiting department. It's not uncommon for me to get called last minute for work things so she didn't think much of it. The months of planning culminated in asking her to marry me on the 50 yard line of Nippert using a video that I had painstakingly prepared for the last two weeks. We are now in the process of planning our wedding and although red and black aren't our colors, UC is what brought us together.
The video of the proposal: https://youtu.be/ngajBwBpHXI (link to https://youtu.be/ngajBwBpHXI)
Nancy Sheckler (CECH '14) & Dominick Magoteaux (Bus '15)
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Dominick and I met through sorority and fraternity brothers in our third year at UC (2013.) Our dates involved Bearcat games, and me swiping him into Center Court. We grew up together at UC, it's where we met and fell in love. We still attend Bearcats games together today, being on campus reminds me of how we fell in love every time I'm there. Fast forward three and a half years later Dominick got down on one knee on Christmas Day, and I said yes! At UC I found the love of my life.
Laura Simanski (A&S '12) & Joe Cerreta (CEAS '14)
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I moved in to a house on Moerlein Ave in my Junior year with four of my teammates on the women's lacrosse team. A couple of days after we had moved into our house, we received a note in our mailbox from the five boys next door inviting us to a cookout at their house. At the cookout was the first time that I met Joe. Joe was in his sophomore year as an electrical engineering major. It wasn't love at first sight since we were both in other relationships, but I knew something was very special about Joe. The boys became our biggest fans on the lacrosse field. They each picked one of our numbers out of a hat to be able to wear our jerseys at the games. Joe picked first and got my number, #8! As my junior year and the beginning of senior year went by, we remained friends and the relationships Joe and I were both in didn't work out. Joe and I got closer everyday after and he soon became the person I wanted to talk to everyday. He came to every one of my games at Nippert Stadium and also some away games including Notre Dame. We started dating close to the end of my senior year without any regard to the fact that I was moving back home to Maryland after graduation. After graduation, we decided that long distance was our only option. We made it two years through long distance before he graduated in 2014 and we moved in together in Philadelphia. Now, we are engaged after almost 4 years of dating! I doubt I would have ever met Joe if I didn't attend UC and I am so thankful everyday that I chose such a great college to meet such a great man!!
David Slack (CEAS '98 & '00) & Sally Slack (Bus '01)
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Sally and I met sometime during her sophomore year of undergrad. We were both selected to be in the Student Alumni Council. After I graduated with my Bachelors degree, we both found ourselves working at the Alumni Center; me as a graduate assistant and she as an undergraduate assistant. I remember sharing an office with her.
We began dating just after New Year in 1999. We dated until after I finished my masters in 2000. I began working at P&G in the summer of 2000. I proposed during the fireworks display at the dedication of the new green space that had once been 'B' Lot. Just before homecoming in 2000.
We were married in November of 2001. The Mick and Mack replicas were in attendance at our reception at the Kingsgate; on loan from Carol Steger. The wedding colors were red and black, of course. Our wedding logo was the lions paws on rings instead of spheres. My wedding gift from Sally was a shiny set of UC cuff links.
Matt Stephens-Rich (A&S '11) & Jessica Amrine (A&S '12)
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Jessica and I first met each other casually as fellow marching band members of the Bearcat Marching Band. Outside of seeing each other at football games and the occasional party, our paths did not truly cross. It was not until the end of my junior year (2010) that our relationship took true form.
It was the end of the academic year, and Jessica (and her roommates) found themselves in need of housing for finals week, as their apartment lease had expired the week prior. It was actually two fellow roommates who had made the arrangements. When Jessica arrived, I felt an instant draw to her; however, she was not looking to kindle any kind of relationship. That night, we stayed up until 2 a.m. talking - while I thought it was creating a connection, Jessica later attested that she only stayed up to talk because I would not leave the couch on which she was planning to sleep.
Never the less, we kept in communication throughout the summer, with our relationship slowly (but surely) taking root. My grandfather had actually passed away over these months, with Jessica kind enough to write a condolences card to my mother (to which she responded, "So Matt, who is this girl?"). By the time band camp rolled around at the end of the summer, Jessica and I were inseparable, yet still not officially dating.
To seal the deal of making Jessica my official girlfriend, I thought it would be a great idea to pop the question at the steps of McMicken College. So the night of November 1st, I took Jessica out to dinner at Five Guys (a fine establishment), and walked her home afterwards. Yet as we were about to pass the steps of McMicken, where I was planning to ask her out, we got into a squabble that dampened the mood. After having stormed by McMicken, I finally got the situation under control, and asked Jessica to officially date me on a random Clifton street in front of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Jessica and I continued to date for the next five years; at a distance while I worked in California, and close by when I attended graduate school at (The) Ohio State University. On our five year anniversary of dating (last year), and also to celebrate my birthday, Jessica planned a surprise camping trip at Hocking Hills. I snagged the opportunity - and proposed to her at the perfect moment during a long hike.
We are now married and live and work in Columbus, Ohio; I work for a statewide non-profit organization in alternative fuels in transportation, and Jessica works as a Registered Nurse at a nearby hospital. We would not be where we are, romantically or professionally, without our time at UC.
Steve Storgion (Bus '88) & Michelle Hammond Storgion (DAAP '89)
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Michelle Hammond and I were introduced by a mutual friend and Cincinnati Alum, Melissa Minard, in the spring of 1986 at a Delta Tau Delta event. Next Michelle invited me to accompany her to a Chi Omega function and we have been together ever since.
Before graduating, Michelle and I had lived our entire lives in the Cincinnati area. Michelle grew up in Edgewood, KY and I in Delhi Township. Actually, Michelle lived in New York City, New Haven and Boca Raton on Co-Op assignments for 3 months at a time as part of her undergraduate curriculum. After graduation I worked for a Cincinnati based tech company and a year later Michelle headed off to Boston to pursue a career in fashion design. In 1991, the year we were married, we made Chicago our home as it was the best place for both of us to pursue of our career ambitions. The next move was to St Louis in 1994 when the May Company (now Macy’s) hired Michelle to be lead designer for a clothing line sold exclusively their stores across America.
We are still in St Louis today as we are celebrating our 29th Valentine’s Day. and this fall we will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. We have three wonderful children (John 18, James 16, and Frances 13) who love visiting their cousins in Cincinnati. As grandchild of one of the pioneers of Cincinnati Chili, 3-Ways and Coney Islands have a special place on this St Louis family’s dinner menu. You will also find Graters Ice Cream, Queen City Sausage Brats, and Goetta at our house too.
As we are now looking for colleges for our oldest son John, Michelle and I often think what it would be like if one or both of us had not chosen UC. Looking back nearly 30 years since we met, we know, without a doubt, we made the best choice with the University of Cincinnati.
Happy Valentine’s Day Michelle. #UCLove, Steve
PS: GO BEARCATS!
Alyx Taggart (A&S '13) & Blaise Taggart (CECH '13)
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Blaise and I technically met our freshmen year in McMicken Hall during our Effective Public Speaking class, but we didn't fall for each other until sophomore year in Spanish class held in Crosley Tower. He proposed the same week we graduated from UC and we were married a year later at Pinecroft, which is Powel Crosley's estate. There is a fantastic stain glassed window there with the UC Crest, my MOH got the room to do "Down the Drive" during her speech and Blaise threw a football with a UC garter around it for the "toss". Everything came full circle with our love of the Bearcats at the center of it. Blaise spent all 4 years of undergrad working for the Bearcats football team as a student video worker and a year post-grad in the recruiting department. We recently moved to Houston, TX because the Texans gave Blaise the opportunity to pursue his lifelong dream of being an NFL Scout. We PROUDLY represent the Cincinnati Bearcats in a city heavily saturated with Houston Cougars fans. We were there to welcome the Bearcats Football team when they played the Cougars this fall and intend to be there front and center when the basketball team visits in March. UC has literally given us everything: our education, our relationship and professional experience. Absolutely nothing in this wonderful life we have built together would have been possible without the University of Cincinnati.
Billy Tighe (CCM `07) & Kristine Reese (CCM `05)
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Kristine and I met in the summer of 2003. I was an incoming freshmen and she was a rising junior in the CCM musical theater department. The musical theater department has a “buddy program” for incoming freshmen. Each year the upperclassmen select a new student and get to know them over the summer. The goal is to help them with any questions they may have about the program, the city or college life in general so that they come to school feeling prepared and with a “buddy.” Well Kristine just so happened to be my best friend Colt Prattes’ buddy. We were best friends, gone to high school together and were very excited to be heading to CCM in the fall. I heard a lot about Kristine over the course of the summer and she and Colt seemed to be becoming fast friends.
That summer Colt and I were working as camp counselors at a musical theater camp in our home town and just so happened to also be working with another of Kristine’s friends from CCM. She decided on a whim to come and visit her friend from CCM and have the opportunity to meet her “buddy” over the summer before the school year began. She was only in town for a few days, but it became very clear that we were going to more than “buddies.” I gathered the nerve to ask for her number before she departed from her trip and we spent the rest of the summer talking every day. I arrived at school in the fall with my best friend by my side and my future wife there to welcome us. We started officially dating in October of my freshman year and we’ve been together ever since. As of this writing we’ve been married seven years and are currently playing a married couple in the FINDING NEVERLAND national tour. See more of our love story here. (Photo credit Jeremy Daniel)
Breana Trauger (CEAS '09) & Josh Trauger (CEAS '09)
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Josh and Breana were both Civil Engineering majors at the University of Cincinnati but somehow they did not meet until fall quarter of their sophomore year. Interestingly, Breana and Josh were at freshman orientation at UC on the same days and had to have crossed paths at some time then or during their freshman year as they had some of the same courses. Breana even has a photo with her and two of her friends at Josh’s house from a party fall of sophomore year; but they did not know each yet, nor did either of them know they were at the same party until sometime later in the relationship. Calculus 4 fall quarter of sophomore year in the basement of Zimmer Hall was the place they eventually would meet and start to talk. After some conversation in class they exchanged phone numbers and started to talk and text. They quickly got to know each other very well with Breana exceeding her messaging allowance in November of 2005. Throughout winter break, Josh and Breana continued to hang out and by the end of break they were becoming pretty serious and decided to give the relationship a “shot” and officially became a couple on December 30, 2005. Breana and Josh married on July 26,2014 in Cincinnati and celebrated with their friends and family in TUC's Great Hall in the place where they most likely for the first time were in the same room for their freshman orientation 10 years earlier.
Check out their UC themed wedding proposal: http://breanajosh.ourwedding.com/view/4088852298967219/31275282 (link to http://breanajosh.ourwedding.com/view/4088852298967219/31275282)
Debra Greiman Trauth (CCM '88) & Roger L. Trauth (Univeristy College '66, CCM '69)
In late March of 1989, my best friend called me at work with some huge news to tell me. She said, I just had lunch with your husband. I said, "My WHAT?" I was getting ready to start looking at grad schools not interested in dating. So pictures were handed out, and it took the people I work with 2 weeks for me to say yes to dinner and an REM concert. They kept telling me, it is just dinner, you don't have to marry the guy.
We went to The Diner for dinner before the concert. Typical first date questions...so where did you go to school, UC- what was your major, Radio and TV. I perked up and said, I was a CCM Broadcasting major too. And then we both were taken back when we both said I worked at WFIB. Then we started talking about how he was part of the original studio that he helped to build, and how it changed when it moved to the new CCM building (Now the demolished CCM building!)
We ended up leaving the concert early to head to The Blind Lemon for a drink. And again we started talking about school and the times that we spent there. After that back to his house to play piano duets until 3 a.m.
We continued to see each other every day from that initial date. We were married at Fern Grotto on Kauai Hawaii in 1991 and never spent another day without each other.
We spent time on campus with our only son for football, basketball games and Homecoming from the time he was born in 1994.
Sadly, in October 2000 my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. In 2003, we marched together as a family in the Homecoming Parade including our son who was only 9 at the time. That would be his last Homecoming to attend.
I lost my Bearcat Love on January 3, 2004 due to the progression of his colon cancer.
It is common to meet other UC Alums when you are dating in Cincinnati. To find someone who graduated 17 years before you and also worked at WFIB, the original student radio station was amazing and made those reunions so much fun.
We were truly a Bearcat love story.
Marie Trelka (CECH '07) & Nick Trelka (CEAS '05)
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My husband Nick Trelka and I met in the spring of 2005 during Greek Games on Sigma Sigma Commons. Nick is a Sigma Alpha Epsilon and I am a Kappa Alpha Theta. He was only weeks away from graduating and 3 months from a move to Germany. We spent as much time together as possible and I told a mutual friend that I was going to marry him and he laughed. Nick and I briefly dated and when he moved to Europe, we still remained friends.
Fast forward to Nick moving back to the US and living in three states in five years! We reconnected when he lived in Denver and that was it! We moved to Cleveland in and began our life together. Nick proposed in 2010 on Sigma Sigma Commons and we took our engagement and wedding pictures on campus and at SAE!
We are lucky in love and life! We welcomed twin boys and two future SAE's to our family in 2015. We love being able to take our boys to campus and walk around Clifton and share the memories of our great times at UC.
Karen Tupman (A&S '82)
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This is about my parents. They met at UC their freshman year in the fall of 1948. My mom had been asked to serve at a fraternity function. He saw her and thought she was pretty, so he asked her to go to the football game with him. Her response was, "With you?"
Well, she ended up going with him. They married on August 23,1952 and have been married for 65 years!
Cheryl Faltin Weiss (Nur '71) & Terry Weiss (A&S '69, Med '73)
It was Valentine's day in 1970. I was in the lobby of Logan Hall, the student nurse's dorm talking to the receptionist. Outside it was sleeting and the streets were icy. A nice looking guy walked in the dorm and introduced himself as Terry Weiss, a medical student then asked the receptionist if she knew of a nursing student who would like to go out that evening. She turned to me and said "How about it, Cheryl, do you want to go out?" I said yes and off we went to a party. He was charismatic, fun and charming and I had a wonderful time. When he dropped me off that night, he told me he would call me. I wondered if that was just a line he was handing me to say goodbye. Two days later, he called and we and we started dating. A year later, on Valentine's Day we got engaged. Best Valentines Days ever! UC has lots of good memories for me.
Jessica Willard (A&S '13) & Jonathan Greer (Bus '13)
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Jonathan and Jessica credit the University of Cincinnati as where they first met. Although they grew up in the same hometown of Toledo, Ohio living only three minutes away from each other and attended the same grade school for seven years together, they finally crossed paths on UC's campus. Jessica went to visit a friend at Daniel's Hall and that friend invited Jon to join them since they went to the same high school. Luckily, Jon decided to join them after UC's Skydiving Club had to reschedule their first jump of the year. Jon and Jessica meshed instantly and formed a friendship, which then led to more. Jon and Jessica enjoyed many adventures together during their time in college. They both graduated from the university and moved back to their hometown, where they share their first home with their kitten, Amelia. Jon and Jessica continuously visit Cincinnati since they have grown a deep connection to the city and all it has to offer. They are planning to tie the knot on June 11th.
Erin Woebkenberg (CECH '10) & Nick Woebkenberg (A&S '08)
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Our #UClove started in the summer of 2006. I was heading into my sophomore year at Miami University. Over the summer Nick and I met through mutual friends. Prior to starting my year at MU, Nick began introducing me to his love of UC. Over the course of the first semester, the two of us made the commute to and from both Universities. As time went on, the commute became more-one sided as I began to fall in love, not only with Nick, but also with UC. During this time, Nick introduced me to all of the famous UC cheers (which I made fun of then) that are now my favorites, the pride of being a Bearcat on game day, the joy of living in Clifton among other Bearcats, and the beauty of the UC campus. By spring quarter of 2007, I had left MU and became a full time Bearcat. This summer marks are 10 year anniversary of being together and our 5th wedding anniversary. We cannot thank UC enough for being the catalyst of our #UClove story.
Christie Wolf (Bus '91) & Greg Wolf (Bus '92)
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My UC love story started when I was babysitting my 4 year old niece the night of the Sigma Sigma Carnival my sophomore year at UC. She was playing the ball toss game at the Sigma Chi booth when Greg Wolf, who was working the booth, helped her win Graeter's coupons. While we had “seen each other” in Lindner Hall and even shared a Managerial Accounting class, we had never officially met. Of course my niece won, and Greg had me fill out my name and number for the Sigma Chi booth grand prize drawing at the end of the night. Later that night I heard over the PA system that the winner of the Sigma Chi drawing was Christie Westerkamp, and to please report to the Sigma Chi booth to claim your prize. While the prize received that night was just a party t-shirt, the real gift was the start of what has become our 28 year UC love story. That cute little niece, Christine Plageman, went on to graduate from UC in fashion design and met her husband Eric Mayhaus and created their own awesome UC love story. Our UClove story was shared by some great friends who also married their UC sweethearts (Amy & Mike Taney, Leila & Phil Collins, Holly and Chris Carper, and many more). We look back on so many great memories of Homecomings, bowl games and basketball games with friends and our two boys that all started with that simple gift of a t-shirt.
#UClove #LindnerCOB #AlphaChiOmega #SigmaChi #SigmaSigma
Roxanne Your (A&S '97; CECH '98 & '03) & Anthony Your (CEAS '97)
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During the fall of my freshman year a friend from high school introduced me to Anthony. She knew he was a co-op at the same company both my parents worked. Because of this connection we had a lot to talk about. He invited me to his fraternity's formal. After that we were inseparable. I attended 4 years of Triangle fraternity's formals and he attended all the UC football games to watch me preform with the UC Band. We were married in 1997, one week after graduation. We continued to visit UC for Homecoming in the fall. I was not sure we would be able to make Homecoming in 2002, because our 2nd child was due 2 days before the game. Since I was 2 days overdue, we decided to attend the Homecoming parade and walk around campus. All the walking helped me go into labor a few hours later. The next summer, I received my Master's degree from UC, surrounded by my husband and our little Bearcats. The University of Cincinnati gave me more than an education. I have so many wonderful memories from my many years of trecking from one side of campus to the other, marching under the lights of Nippert Stadium and falling in love with Anthony.
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Katie Normand (A&S '14) & Hayley Wagner (Bus '14)
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For the third quarter of my freshman year, I needed to be in a specific English class. Well, I set my alarm wrong on the morning that I was supposed schedule my classes online, and by the time I logged on, all the spots for that class had been taken. I emailed around and no one could open up an extra spot for me. I was SO mad at myself! Luckily, I happened to check again later and saw the school ended up adding one more section, so I grabbed a spot. When I arrived to class on the first day, the girl behind me, Hayley, made a comment about my Cleveland Browns notebook, and we began talking. Since then, we've never really stopped. We ended up really hitting off, did all of our projects together that quarter, and quickly became best friends! Four years later, despite Hayley moving to Florida and my travels all over the world, we still manage to keep that constant conversation going, to the point that our significant others even get a little jealous! Looking back, I'm really glad I slept through my alarm.
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Michael Bolden (CECH '78 & '80)
I am a home grown Bearcat, raised up in Evanston and College Hill. I went to Hoffman Elementary, Sawyer Jr. High School, Couter Tech and Aiken High School. I am the oldest of nine kids of Fred and Sandra Bolden and the first one to go to college. I remember the pride in my great grandmother's eyes when she attended my first graduation at UC in '78 for my associates degree in law enforcement from University College and two years later my second graduation from the College Of Community Services for my bachelors in criminal justice. All 50 members of my family were in attendance at both of my graduations. This milestone in my life started a long line of brothers, sisters and relatives that attended UC and call it home. I will always remember my time spent in the union at McDonald's, at the library and DuBois Bookstore. I started UC with my high school sweetheart and lost her to another. UC and Cincy will always be a vital part of who I am and have grown to become. Go Bearcats!!!!
Brittany Floyd (Bus '11)
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No, I am not writing you to tell you about how I met my special one, the love of my life, at the University of Cincinnati. This won't be your conventional love story, but one of how I met a lot of people that I love, the people that made me the person that I am in some of my most crucial developmental years, and the people that helped me identify the career path that I love.
Being the first in my family to go to college, I had no idea what I was doing or wanted to do. I went on tours all of over Ohio. While it wasn’t love at first sight, it was love at first step. Once I arrived at UC on my tour, I knew that I wanted to be a student there.
Throughout my four years, I held a part-time job at the Spicy Pickle (RIP), volunteered in leadership positions for several organizations, had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia, had a beer here and there ;), and met a ridiculous amount of amazing people that I am still in contact with today. Beyond my peers, I was taught by some of the best. Although I was never the type to be close to my professors, there are several that I always admired, Rick Sweeney being just one. Their drive to teach, their drive to be successful in their fields, their drive to be a role model for us is truly admirable.
Don’t even get me started on how I fell in love with the city of Cincinnati itself.
Being part of the rise of social media, it was through the opportunities that I was given at UC, through my job, peers, friends, and more that I realized I had a natural ability to help brands connect and build strong relationships with people online.
Almost five years later, I am still doing exactly that. Today, I am living in Washington, DC, working for one the most well-respected PR firms in the world developing digital strategies for a Fortune 50 company. In addition, I have integrated myself in the DC community and serve on the board of directors for Washington Women in Public Relations leading their marketing communication efforts. I’m not telling you this to boast, but to thank UC. I truly love you, UC, and couldn’t have done it all without you.
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