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Carl H. Lindner College of Business

Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Senior Starts a Legacy for UC Community

Motivated by his personal challenges, Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS senior makes an impact at the University of Cincinnati.

“In my college career, I wanted to make choices that make an impact.”

Finance and marketing senior Alex Hotte has faced some unexpected twists throughout his years at the University of Cincinnati. But as he approaches graduation, he can look back and know he completed his biggest goal—to make a tangible difference to his fellow students and to the university as a whole.

Alex's contributions span the campus—from fraternity life as a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, to Student Senate, to the Nightwalk Safety Board—as well as across the city, with internship and co-op experiences at companies such as Nielsen, Hershey and, most recently, Medpace. As a Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS student, Alex has even traveled abroad to work with companies in Austria, Geneva, Amsterdam and Munich.

His list of involvement is extensive, but Alex's greatest legacy may be his founding of the Cincinnati Dance Marathon, a student-run, philanthropic event that works to support the children being treated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

“I saw the concept had been successful at other schools,” Alex says. “I felt that starting a dance marathon would help UC move forward and become competitive regionally.”

Students in previous years had attempted this same event but were not able to locate the finances or commitment to continue it into future years. Alex, however, thinks the Dance Marathon has a place at UC because it complements other campus events like Relay for Life.

“These events are owned by UC students. The enthusiasm of the students makes these events sustainable and effective,” he says. Alex hopes that the Cincinnati Dance Marathon can be used as a model for future philanthropic involvement.

Alex's dedicated and passionate altruism are motivated in part by the medical issues he experienced during his pre-junior year, when he was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain aneurysm. After a risky, but successful surgery, Alex faced a long road toward recovery—one he did not have to travel down alone.  “During my time in the hospital, I was overwhelmed by the comfort and support of my UC family. They were focused only on my well-being; they wouldn't let me worry about how this would affect my future,” he says.

Following his recovery, Alex found himself even more determined to foster personal relationships and connections on campus. “I had the choice to halt everything or move forward,” he says. “My experience, though, taught me to deal with things appropriately. It was extra motivation to return to campus, make the most of the time I have left, and give back to a community that has given me so much.”