Student Spotlight

CoE Director Melissa Newman, left, with CoE student Jackie Oney

Jackie Oney, Spirit of Community Award Recipient

Through Circle of Excellence I have received the opportunity to participate in many different events and network with countless faculty, staff, and professionals in the community. Particularly, being the president of CoE for two consecutive years has allowed me to grow in so many ways. I have sat in on brainstorming sessions with Dean Szymanski and Associate Deans Mantel and Gruber. I have met with professionals from CincyTech, Macy’s, Anheuser Busch, and Delta. I have been able to help guide and mentor CoE freshmen through their first year experiences as their PACE Leader. I have created a strategic plan for the future of CoE and helped budget for our events with faculty and staff; and I have volunteered and worked with the homeless in Atlanta. Through all of these experiences I have made so many meaningful relationships that will last a lifetime. I owe so many different people a “thank you.” Because of my work with my amazing network backing me up, I was selected as the recipient of the Spirit of Community Award that is only awarded to one person from the Lindner College of Business every year. I feel so strongly about helping the communities from the Lindner College of Business and UC as a whole because of the support I have received from every other person I have encountered. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and team to support me through my last four years at UC, and I will always be here to support UC in the future.

Lindsey Sweatland, CoE Trip to St. Louis

One of my favorite things to do is to travel to new places. I come from a family of aircraft mechanics and pilots, so I have been wheels up ever since I was born. I am so thankful that 20 years later I am still able to include traveling into my college lifestyle while also gaining experience that will go towards my professional career.

I recently had the opportunity to go to St. Louis for CoE’s domestic trip. While in St. Louis, I was able to connect with my fellow CoE scholars, network with professionals from a diverse selection of companies and volunteer for an organization that helps underprivileged youth create a plan to achieve future success. The dedication and support of our team is what made all of this possible. Through this specific experience, CoE gave me the opportunity to make an impact outside of the Cincinnati community and make connections that I would have never been able to make on my own. Additionally, I have a goal to visit all 50 states in my lifetime and because of CoE, I have added another state to my completed list.

As I reflect on this experience, it is easy to say that I now have a better understanding of what it means to be a well-rounded professional. I am so thankful for the CoE community and all of the support it has given me to become the best professional I can be.