UC Blue Ash College

Faculty & Staff Convocation

Inclusion. Innovation. Impact. These are the central pillars of UC's Next Lives Here strategic direction, and we're excited to explore how we can bring them to life on our campus this year. During the Faculty/Staff Convocation on August 20, 2019, we kicked off a new academic year with a look back at the accomplishments of the past year, communication about the state of the college and inspiration for tackling new challenges. Join us all year long as we explore what Next Lives Here means for UC Blue Ash College.


Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/DfwUfhDtTOo?rel=0
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Muntz Hall Renovation | Phase 2

Muntz Hall Third Floor study area

Phase two of the major renovation project for Muntz Hall was completed in summer 2019. The entire project is designed for six phases, if all funding is approved, and will update the majority of the historic building. Muntz Hall was the only building on the UC Blue Ash campus when the college opened in 1967. The original structure was expanded in 1974 to reach its current 172,000 square foot footprint.

Muntz Hall third floor classroom
Muntz Hall Third Floor study area

Phase 2 includes half of the third floor and a new elevator, and incorporates the latest advancements in classroom and office design.

  • Three new classrooms with new seating, new white boards, and updated audio/visual technology for teaching and learning
  • Four new conference rooms
  • 45 new faculty offices grouped by academic department
  • New spaces for students to study or relax, with outlets to charge phones and laptops
  • One new lounge for militray veteran students
  • One new faculty/staff lounge
Muntz hall third floor conference room
Muntz hall third floor lounge


  • 8:00 – 8:30
    • Continental Breakfast 
  • 8:30 – 9:30
    • Welcome by Dr. Robin Lightner, Dean
      • New Faculty & Staff Introductions, Promotions & Tenure
    • Administrative Team & College Updates
      • Budget Update by Marc Watson – Director, Business Affairs
      • Academic Updates by Dr. Tracy Herrmann – Associate Dean
      • Muntz Renovation by Rob Knarr – Director, Facilities
      • Path / CPS / New Programming by Sarah Wolfe – Director, Student Life
      • Staff Representative Council (SRC) by Cindy Jones – Chair, SRC
  • 9:30 – 10:00
    • Break
  • 10:00 – 11:00
    • Breakout Sessions (choose 1)
      • Integrative Health & Wellness | Muntz Auditorium
      • Dr. Sian Cotton – Director, UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness
        • Dr. Cotton will provide an overview of the physiology and psychology of stress and the negative impact of chronic stress on well-being. Participants will be guided through experiential activities, with opportunities for reflection and discussion.
      • Generation Z and Higher Education | Muntz 170
      • Dr. Tamika Odum – UCBA Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Student Panel
        • Dr. Odum will share a short presentation on her research into the characteristics of Gen Z students and their expectations for their higher education experience. She will also be joined by a panel of Gen Z students for an interactive Q & A session.
      • The Oz Principle – Positive Accountability | Muntz 154
      • Tina Mahle – Staff Development Specialist, UC Staff Success Center
        • Tina will provide an interactive presentation that combines UC’s Strategic Direction – Next Lives Here – with pieces of the Oz Principle to explore how we can support culture change and take ownership of the future of UC.
  • 11:15 – 12:30 
    • Guest Speaker: Dr. Neville Pinto, President, UC
    • UCBA Accomplishments Video
    • State of the College: Dr. Robin Lightner, Dean

Contact Information

Pete Gemmer
Director, Marketing/Communications
Muntz Hall 152A