Carl H. Lindner College of BusinessCarl H. Lindner College of BusinessUniversity of Cincinnati

Carl H. Lindner College of Business

Something to Cheer About

Through dedication and hard work, a bright future lies ahead for business scholar and industrial management major.
Joe Radloff

Cheerleaders Joe Radloff and partner Morgan Williams at the last home football game of the season.

Joe Radloff, BSIM ‘12, has a lot to cheer about—on and off the field.

On the football field, the fellow Bearcat and Carl H. Lindner Honor-PLUS scholar is a cheerleader and can be seen balancing his stunt partner Morgan Williams, freshman journalism major from Loveland, Ohio, high above his head. The move requires trust and great strength, skills that do not come easily without dedication and hard work.

Cheerleaders log many hours of practice prior to football season at Camp Higher Ground in Indiana.

“To prepare for the main season, we practice every day,” Radloff says.

Once football begins, practice then drops to three days a week until the January National Collegiate Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, Florida, which then ramps back up to every day over winter break.

The UC cheerleaders are among the elite squads in the nation, having finished eighth place or better three out of the last four years at the national competition.

Radloff gladly puts in the practice hours and travel time and still manages to be an academic success.

“I've been able to do all of these things and still maintain a high GPA through dedication, motivation and discipline,” Radloff says.

Off the field, the bachelor of science in industrial management (BSIM) senior currently holds a 3.5 GPA. The BSIM program is one among a few in the country that is engineering based and designed for students with strong technical and quantitative abilities.

“Not an easy thing to do,” Ruth Seiple, associate professor of operations management and director of the BSIM program, says of Radloff’s high GPA. “He’s academically sound and just a nice guy.”

Aside from cheerleading, he’s a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity, the Student Alumni Council, and the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate Program.

As a student in the Lindner Honors-PLUS program, he has excelled, program director Jeri Ricketts says.

“Joe stands out because of his adventuresome spirit and desire to make his own unique contribution,” Ricketts says.  “From ROTC to the UC Cheer Team, he has given back to UC and left his mark.”

With five co-op rotations at General Electric Aviation under his belt, he heads into his senior year with a new goal in sight. After graduation, he’s headed to serve in the U.S. Marine Corp.

Last summer, he completed 10 weeks of Marine Officer Candidate School (OCS), in Quantico, Virginia, “which is like a boot camp for officers,” he says. This summer, he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant, heading back to Quantico to The Basic School (TBS) for six months of infantry-style training.

“After graduation from UC, I will go to pilot training in Pensacola, Florida, for two years,” he says.

He’s excited about his plans.  “This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” he says.  

That’s positively something to cheer about.