by Deborah Rieselman
Every day, as Charles Winburn crossed the University of Cincinnati campus on his way to high school, he made a promise to himself: "Some day I'm going to go here."
The words were not said with the calm reserve of a teen-ager plotting his future, but with the earnest resolve of someone striving for the stars. For a child who had been through 13 or 14 foster homes, it was a mighty dream, not to be easily achieved.
Going to UC was a privilege, said Winburn, Univ '72, CCS '73, MEd '75, current Cincinnati city councilman, at the Living Legends Symposium. Most panelists echoed his sentiments. Regardless of the struggles they faced while they were here, the alumni shared a sense of staunch pride in their alma mater.
While alumni loyalty over receiving an education is typical, these alumni showed a great depth of appreciation, no doubt related to the difficulties they surmounted to get here.