2017 Recipients

Bob FealyChairman's Award
Robert L. Fealy

Beginning his Bearcat journey in 1969 as an engineering major, Bob’s academic interests changed to business and industrial management. Earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1973, Bob has used the skills, knowledge and experience he gained from his undergraduate program— along with his strong sense of entrepreneurship—to make his mark on the business world as well as life-changing nonprofit ventures.

UC’s significant impact on Bob’s life fuels his personal mission to give back to his alma mater with much-needed scholarships, world-class facilities and extraordinary co-op and internship opportunities to experience UC to the fullest. Bob and his wife, Rose, have established the Fealy Scholarship Fund, the Fealy Bearcat Bridge Fund for Entrepreneurship and the Robert L. and Rose E. Fealy Endowment for Entrepreneurship, all within the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. Lindner Hall houses the Robert and Rose Fealy Auditorium, a state-of-the-art facility that benefits students, faculty and visiting business leaders and executives, and the Alumni Engineering and Applied Science Learning Center has benefited greatly from Bob and Rose’s thoughtful philanthropy.

Bob has given his energy, time and inspirational leadership to the UC Foundation Board of Trustees since 2005. He has served as Chairman since 2014, and when the Foundation needed a new leader in January 2017, Bob volunteered to take on the role of Interim President. In this important role, he provided strength and support to the Foundation’s staff through the hiring process of its new president.


Marvin P. KolodzikTrustees' Award
Marvin P. Kolodzik

To give Lindner College of Business students the same experience he enjoyed as a student and business professional at UC, Marvin P. Kolodzik founded the Kolodzik Business Scholars (KBS) program in 2008. As part of Lindner Business Honors, KBS offers a well-rounded business education (i.e., scholarships, co-ops/internships and study abroad opportunities) to students who become campus and community leaders.

Marvin has been a University of Cincinnati Foundation trustee since 2005 and is a former Economics Center trustee. Currently, he serves on the Center’s Finance Committee and the Lindner College of Business Advisory Council. Marvin is a member of UCATS, where he received the Order of the Black Blazer Award. He has endowed a scholarship for a UC football player while also supporting UC Women’s Volleyball.


Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor CureGroup Philanthropy Award
Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure

2017 marks the eighth Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure event. Thousands of survivors, caregivers, family, friends, brain tumor specialists and community members participate in this inspiring walk/run to benefit the research and educational efforts of the University of Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

The Walk was the first major fundraising effort of the community advisory board supporting the UC Brain Tumor Center. Members of this board have all been affected by brain tumors.

Since its inception, Walk Ahead supporters have raised $2 million. Awareness and funds for research are crucial—215,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with brain tumors each year. During the last two decades, the incidence of brain tumors has increased 22 percent overall and 55 percent in people over 65 years of age. The funds raised go to treat brain tumors, find cures and understand why these tumors occur.

Mark A. GodseyUC Foundation Staff Award of Merit
Mark A. Godsey

Professor Mark Godsey is an award-winning classroom teacher, a top scholar on the issue of police interrogation and one of the leading attorneys and global activists in the Innocence Movement.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities at UC Law, Mark co-founded and directs the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP), which is recognized as one of the most active and successful Innocence Projects in the world. To date, it has secured the release of 25 individuals on grounds of innocence who collectively served 470 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.

Mark’s passion for UC and the OIP has led him to become one of the College of Law’s most active fundraisers. He was instrumental in helping to secure the largest-ever gift for the College of Law and any innocence program from longtime Cincinnati benefactor Richard Rosenthal to provide to the OIP in perpetuity.

Jessica BrawandStudent Philanthropy Award
Jessica S. Brawand

Jessica has served as a reliable student volunteer in many integral roles for the university and UC Health. While at UCBA, Jessica was a vital contributor to the UC Blue Ash Dash 5K for Scholarships, the college’s signature fundraising event. She also provided crucial support during TAG Day and Welcome Week, and was actively involved as a Student Orientation Leader and Ambassador. Jessica’s contagious energy and unwavering positivity have been strong assets in promoting events and fostering a philanthropic mindset among the student population.

In 2016, Jessica was one of 49 students across the nation selected to participate in the Advancement Internship Program sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In her assignment with the UC Foundation, Jessica played a significant role in facilitating UC Health’s Employee Giving Campaign, and she developed a program plan for UC Health Engagement Opportunities, a pillar of the Grateful Patient and Family Program.



Past Recipients

Chairman's Award 

2016 Steven A. Wilson
2015 John B. Goering
2014 Phil D. Collins
2013 Kirk Perry                       
2012 Jerry P. Leamon
2011 Sandra W. Heimann
2010 Anthony J. Perzigian, PhD
2009 Jeffrey P. Williams
2008 James C. Kautz
2007 George L. Strike
2006 Timothy E. Johnson, PhD
2005 Jeffrey L. Wyler
2004 Otto M. Budig, Jr.
2003 Brian H. Rowe
2002 Joan R. Herschede
1999 Reuven J. Katz
1998 Marjorie Hiatt
Thomas H. Humes, Jr.
1997 J. Clay Stinnett
H.C. Buck Niehoff
1996 Sigma Sigma
1995 James A.D. Geier
1994 Donald E. Becker
Robert J. Herbold
1993 Jack E. Brown
Dorsey W. Jones


Trustees' Award 

2016 James P. Jurgensen, II
2015 Michael McGraw
2014 A.J. “Gus” McPhie
2013 Ed and Jean Wedbush
2012 Todd C. DeGarmo
2011 John M. Tew, Jr., MD
2010 Larry A. Sheakley
2009 Cora K. Ogle
2008 Robert E. Dobbs
2007 James J. Amann
2006 John Cuppoletti, PhD
2005 Gary E. Menchhofer
Margaret K. Valentine
2004 George J. Wile
2003 John B. Goering
2002 Roger H. Zanitsch
1999 S. Jay Stewart
1998 Nancy R. Hamant
1997 Eugene R. Allspach
Lamar L. Kerr
George A. Kralovich, Jr.
1996 James C. Kautz
1995 James A.D. Geier
John J. McDonough
1994 Frances D. Cohen
Jack L. Kopinsky
1993 Mary Ellen Betz
James E. Sauls, Sr.


UC Foundation Staff Award of Merit  

2016 Jeri B. Ricketts, PhD
2015 Cady Short-Thompson
2014 Caroline Brotherton-Miller
2013 William Mulvihill
2012 Linda E. Bledsoe
2011 Steve Rosfeld
Judy Rowe See
2009 William E. Henrich
2007 Richard W. Bauer



Group Philanthropy Award

2016 Ride Cincinnati
2015 CCMpower


President's Medal of Honor  

2013 Steve Wilson       


Student Philanthropy Award 

2016 Sara M. Whitestone
2015 Jack Kelly
2014 Andrew Harmon  

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