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Fall Fun in Greater Cincinnati

You’re starting to notice that familiar crisp chill in the air as you stroll across campus, and with a jolt you realize that it’s actually fall. In fact, you’ve been so caught up in classes, papers, and midterms that the season is already half over. You haven’t even gotten the chance to consume anything remotely pumpkin-spiced! It’s almost Halloween, and you need to take some time to celebrate this ever-so-sweet and spooky season. Luckily, Greater Cincinnati is packed with a range of unique fall events for both the brave and the faint-of-heart.


The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (CET&L) provides professional development and support for all members of our UC community that engage in teaching. For graduate students, this includes graduate students who are instructors of record, Teaching Assistants (TAs), and those interested in teaching. If you teach or are interested in teaching in the future, be sure to check out the resources and workshops CET&L offers


The Bearcat's Declassified Resource Survival Guide

Campus can be an overwhelming place when you are first trying to navigate the many buildings, offices, and campus resources available to you. Luckily, the Bearcat has put together this list of resources and services that will help guide you to where you need to go for whatever needs you may have.


Alumni Spotlight: Nicole Trimble

Nicole Trimble, an MFA alum from DAAP, recently put the finishing touches on a mural that is jam-packed with a collage of 19 portraits. Portraits are a staple of Nicole’s painting practice, but she doesn’t often get to do them in the massive, blown-up scale of a mural. “With this one it was nice because they let me take the creative reigns,” she says. 

Check out this week’s feature to learn more about the local artist and her latest mural.


The Bearcat’s Declassified Job-Hunt Survival Guide

The end of the semester is near! For those of us who are set to graduate this spring, that means it’s time to jump headfirst into the job market. This can be a very daunting time for many people, and it can seem like there’s a lot at stake—you’ve got this!

Read this week's feature for a few tips that will help get you ready for the job search and application process.


Mariam Elgafy Believes in the Power of Using Your Voice

Mariam Elgafy champions empathy as the best way of communicating with and advocating for others. Her teaching philosophy has led her to win the Excellence in Teaching Award from both the Graduate School and the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools, a achievement that will enable her to continue building upon her advocacy work for students.

Check out this week’s feature to learn more about Mariam.


An ancient Athenian pot with fingerprints left by whoever threw the clay.

Athenian pottery with fingerprints (c) copyright ASCSA, Agora Excavations

Sarah Beal is Excavating Untold Stories of Ancient Athens

Sarah studies ancient Athenian culture from the 3rd century AD, with a particular interest in pottery and dining practices that has taken her on a lifelong journey all over the world. She has worked on archaeological digs in Pylos and Gordion (where King Midas and his golden touch originates), and she also spent two years in Athens working on her current research project, a study of the ancient pottery of Athenian citizens. 

Check out this week's feature to learn more about how Sarah is uncovering ancient stories that have never been told until now.


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