April Activities Around Campus & Cincinnati


What is a Bearcat to do in April?

A lot, it turns out.

We know April is a busy time for everyone, but we’ve found some great April events worth checking out. Make sure to have some much needed fun—and keep plugging away at your professional development—while you no doubt prepare for final projects, papers and exams.

GSGA Soccer Tournament, April 1

The GSGA is bringing back its Soccer Tournament on April 1st, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Gettler Stadium (UC main campus). Teams can have up to 7 members (female members and co-ed teams encouraged), and can include family, friends, and UC staff and faculty. Team players from different departments at UC are also encouraged. Register your team here. If you don’t have a team but would still like to play, feel free to just show up!

International Edible Books Festival Event, April 3

The University of Cincinnati Libraries will celebrate the Edible Books Festival with a delicious event scheduled on Tuesday, April 3, 1—2 p.m. on the fifth floor lobby of Langsam Library. Nearly 20 participants will present their edible creations that represent a book in some form. Submitted entries include edible titles such as “Dragons Love Tacos” and “How to Eat Fried Worms.” Best sellers “The Help” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” are represented along with favorite children’s books “The Poky Little Puppy,” “Humpty Dumpty” and “Curious George at the Baseball Game” among other literary greats. The Libraries International Edible Books Festival is free and open to the public. It is sponsored in part by Books by the Banks: Cincinnati Regional Book Festival. Come to celebrate “books good enough to eat.”

If you are interested in creating an edible book, email melissa.norris@uc.edu by Tuesday, March 27 with your name and the title of your creation.

Start Smart: Salary Negotiation Workshop for Graduate Students, April 3

The UC Women’s Center and the Graduate School are teaming up to host this amazing new workshop. The workshop will provide students with key strategies, techniques, and the confidence to negotiate salary and benefit packages for future employment. Tuesday April 3, 11 a.m.—1 p.m., TUC 417. Free pizza will be provided. All graduate students welcome. Registration required.

Fiction Reading with Karan Mahajan, April 5

Listen to Karan Mahajan give a fiction reading in TUC 417 at 7 p.m. on April 5. Karan Mahajan’s first novel first novel, Family Planning, was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and published in nine countries. His second novel, The Association of Small Bombs, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards and was named one of the "10 Best Books of 2016" by The New York Times. Mahajan’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker Online, The Believer, NPR’s All Things Considered, The San Francisco Chronicle, Granta.com, Bookforum, Tehelka, and the anthology Stumbling and Raging: More Politically Inspired Fiction. He is currently at work on his third novel.

Research and Innovation Week, April 9-13

For 2018, Research and Innovation Week focuses on “industry, innovation, and infrastructure for enhanced well-being and livelihoods.” The five-day schedule features events such as “Leveraging Technology for Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Communities,” “Social Justice – Human Settlements – Global Futures: The Arts & Humanities in the age of Impact,” “Health Innovations & Curing Cancer,” and “Disruption! The UC Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch Competition” (with all UC students invited to participate in the competition). Gathering researchers from across fields and colleges, this event offers something for every scholar.

Zoo Blooms, April 1-30

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden presents Zoo Blooms, a magnificent springtime event in which the zoo transforms into a flower oasis with a combination of more than 80,000 tulips, more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering shrubs and other spring bulbs.

Be sure not to miss Tunes & Blooms, FREE concerts in the garden, from 6—8:30 p.m. every Thursday in April. Zoo admission after 5pm for these events is FREE. Parking is $10.00.

Yoga with Campus Recreation

Enjoy relaxing and challenging yoga classes throughout the month of April through UC’s Campus Recreation. These yoga classes blend strength, cardio, and flexibility. Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced yogi, all our welcome. Classes go throughout the day, beginning as early at 7 a.m. (Rise & Shine Yoga) and ending around 5:15 p.m. (Foundational Yoga).

Written by Danniah Daher, writing & editing graduate assistant to the graduate school office.