Richard T. Farmer, founder and current chairman of Cintas Corp., was inducted into the Miami University Academy of Entrepreneurs at the Thomas C. Page Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in a special ceremony April 16. Induction into the academy is reserved for nationally and internationally renowned entrepreneurs who also support entrepreneurship education at Miami University.

Richard and Joyce Farmer, a "Miami Merger," have generously supported their alma mater, including making the lead gift for the new Farmer School of Business building scheduled to open in 2009. Through their family foundation, the Farmers have contributed to causes ranging from international humanitarian relief to recognition of the legacy of American veterans.

Addressing the honoree, Farmer School of Business Dean Roger L. Jenkins said, "Your career, your entrepreneurial journey, and those you've reached down and lifted up during this journey, is a wonderful business legacy you leave to ... all the Cintas family. As a Miami alum, you surely make us very proud."

Farmer's honors include being named "CEO of the Year" twice by Financial World magazine and "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from Miami, where he served as chairman of the Board of Trustees, and from Xavier University. Fortune magazine listed Cintas among America's "Most Admired" companies in 2006, marking the sixth consecutive year the company appeared on the list.

Miami's new 200,000-square-foot School of Business building, now under construction, will also benefit from a $2 million gift from alumni Jim and Amy Miller Chapman of Columbus. It will house the school's six academic departments and various centers as well as high-tech meeting rooms, a trading room and a 500-seat auditorium. Jim Chapman is chairman and CEO of Red Capital Markets, Inc.

The University of Cincinnati's Graduate Program in Literacy has developed an online course for faculty at community colleges and adult literacy programs in Cincinnati and around the nation.

A graduate certificate can be earned in post-secondary literacy instruction "” a 27 credit-hour (quarter credit-hours) certificate program that can be completed within a calendar year. Eric Paulson, UC associate professor of teacher education for the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, says the new online graduate certificate program will offer two courses this summer.

The certificate prepares educators to teach developmental reading and basic writing in community colleges and adult literacy programs. The program may also fit continuing education requirements for current teachers. Although a master's degree is recommended for the program, it is not required. It includes a capstone experience at a community college or adult literacy program under the guidance of a mentor.

Paulson explains that the certificate could appeal to current community college instructors interested in teaching developmental reading and basic writing and adds it may also appeal to high school teachers interested in teaching at community colleges over the summer months.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. has established a scholarship designed to increase diversity among the students attending Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

"We are very pleased that Toyota has taken this leadership role to help us increase diversity within our law school and within the legal profession," says Dennis Honabach, dean of Chase College of Law. "Greater diversity among our law students will enrich the legal education for all of our students through greater exposure to multicultural ideas, values and experiences."

In addition to receiving financial support during law school, each recipient of the scholarship also will have an opportunity to work as a summer law clerk at Toyota's manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger after the student's first year of law school.

Meanwhile, the College of Law has announced a new annual Summer Public Interest Fellowship, through which Chase students will be able to receive financial assistance while working in public interest unpaid internships over the summer. Funds from Chase College of Law, the Chase Public Interest Group, the Student Bar Association and the Judge S. Arthur Spiegel Family Endowed Fellowship Fund will support the fellowship.

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