Daily News

WednesdayDecember 19, 2018

Reminder: Timesheets are due Dec. 22

If you want to be paid on Friday, Dec. 28, your employee time report must be submitted no later than Dec. 22, and supervisors must approve time reports no later than noon on Sunday, Dec. 23.

If you haven't done it already, SUBMIT YOUR TIME BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR WINTER BREAK, and definitely no later than Dec. 22.

Limited campus access during Winter Break

All Cincinnati State Campuses are closed from end-of-day Friday, Dec. 21, through Tuesday, Jan. 1.

  • Employees who need access to Clifton Campus during break days for reasons related to job responsibilities must call Campus Police at (513) 569-1558 and request an officer to meet you at the Main Building Dock entrance.
     
    The police officer on duty needs to know who is in the building and their location in case of an emergency.
     
  • Harrison, Middletown, and Evendale (WDC) Campuses are closed for the entire break with no access available.
     
  • College offices re-open Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.
     
  • Spring Semester classes begin Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

AAUP Service Project provided many gifts for foster children

AAUP Service Committee Chair Andi Feld (above), a Co-op Coordinator in CIT, thanks the College community for generous support of the project to provide gifts for foster children who are assisted by Pressley Ridge.

Andi said, "Faculty, staff, administrators, students, and some external friends of Cincinnati State contributed 'wish list' gifts for 42 children--  our biggest group in the three years of this project."

Andi said six participants sponsored more than one Pressley Ridge toddler, young child, or teen.

She also thanked Julie Rohling, Executive Assistant in CIT (photo below), for helping to organize and keep track of all the donated gifts.

"We collected so many gifts they had to be delivered to Pressley Ridge in two vehicles," Andi said.

Leadership Club donated Kindness Rocks to Good Sam NICU


Leadership Club President Sarah Wells (left) and Leadership Club Community Service Coordinator Savannah Hock shared Kindness Rocks with Susan Hayes, the NICU Family Resource Specialist at Good Sam.

The Cincinnati State Leadership Club spent much of Fall semester painting Kindness Rocks for parents with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Recently, the Kindness Rocks were delivered to the Parent Lounge in the NICU. The Leadership Club hopes that family members of hospitalized children will use the Kindness Rocks as a reminder of support and encouragement from others.

Last year, the Leadership Club distributed Kindness Rocks throughout Clifton Campus, to "help spread positivity" for students and College employees.

For more information on the Kindness Rocks Project, visit https://www.thekindnessrocksproject.com.

Library craft workshop turned books into creative decor

Nancy Stubbeman, Lachanna Jackson, and Meredith Effler applied serious efforts to their fun craft projects.

Several members of the College community enjoyed pre-holiday fun on Dec. 12 by gathering in the Library to destroy books-- with librarians supplying the scissors, glue, and incentive to do it!

Librarian Kathleen Pickens said the workshop participants took home finished (or almost finished) projects that transformed paperback books into holiday decorations, along with creative ideas for other fun ways to "up-cycle surplus literature."

(See photos below of some of the finished projects.)

Because of the success of the winter holiday project, the Library plans to offer a similar "spring-themed" event in a few months.

Kathleen observed, "This could lead to the first-ever, positive 'Destroy a Book' Club!"

The Library also reminds everyone that you still have time this week to borrow books and/or videos to keep you entertained during the Winter Break.

Retirees and current employees enjoyed Holiday Lunch

More than 40 CState retirees joined current College employees for a festive Holiday Lunch on Dec. 6.

Past employees in attendance (who may or may not be in the photo above) included Denny Baker, Debra Barrett, Marc Baskind, Debbie Bogenschutz, Stewart Bonem, Eleanor Bonner, Gene Breyer, Jim Bronstrup, Martha Brosz, Tom Brougham, John Buttelwerth, Dan Cayse, Dan Chern, Bob Coil, Sharon Davis, Vince DeVol, Bob Eveslage, Bari Ewing, Gary Graff, Peggy Harrier, Rich Hendrix, Marcha Hunley, John Hurley, Charlie Johnson, Joanne Johnson, Linda Knepp, Keith Mains, Linda Meador, Dave Miller, Mike Nakoff, Kathy O'Gorman, Joe Roberts, Tom Stark, Annie Stark, Diana Stephenson, Ken Stoll, Ed Sunderhaus, Ed Swearingen, Lana Teetor, John Wagner, Carolyn Waits, and Marylou Wetterer.

The Holiday Lunch was sponsored by the Cincinnati State Foundation.

In addition to honoring the retirees, President Monica Posey thanked those who contributed to the lunch planning and set-up, including the Advancement and Human Resources Departments, the Midwest Culinary Institute, and the Celebrating Community Committee.

  • Dr. Posey also recognized two College Founders who have died: Past College President Cliff House and faculty member Clyde Kobberdahl.
     
  • In addition, Dr. Posey expressed gratitude "to all who are dedicated to our mission."

Director of Advancement Elliott Ruther announced that Dr. Posey has attained a commitment to the Cincinnati State Heritage Society of over $1 million, from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

  • This donation to the Foundation is also part of the "quiet phase" of the comprehensive fundraising campaign. The beginning of the public campaign will coincide with the College's 50th anniversary, in September 2019.
     
  • The Cincinnati State Heritage Society is open to all donors of planned gifts such as a bequest, a charitable trust, a gift annuity, or other forms of long-term giving. More information is available from the Advancement Office.

Student speaker Sarah Wells told the audience about her own journey toward graduation, and expressed appreciation to all who help make student scholarships available. "Your support means so much to students, and your interest in our lives matters," she said.

Vice President Amy Waldbillig announced the start of a new #CStateSpirit2019 campaign that will continue through June 2019.

  • New Cincinnati State t-shirts were distributed to everyone attending the lunch, and all are encouraged to wear these shirts (and other gear with the official Cincinnati State logo) as part of the spirit campaign.
     
  • If you didn't get your shirt, stop by the Marketing Office in Room 175 on Clifton Campus.

See below for more photos of Holiday Lunch activities.

I-75 & I-74 construction update (Dec. 19 & 20)

The Ohio Department of Transportation has scheduled overnight projects near the Clifton Campus on Wednesday, Dec. 19, and Thursday, Dec. 20:

Wednesday, Dec. 19

  • Various lane closures on north and south I-75 between Monmouth Street and Mitchell Avenue from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Various lane closures on east I-74 from Montana Avenue to the I-74/I-75 interchange from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Short-term full closures on east and west I-74 and north and south I-75 for equipment relocation between midnight and 4 a.m. Thursday. Law enforcement officers will maintain traffic.

Thursday, Dec. 20 (if necessary, rain date will be Friday, Dec. 21)

  • Various lane closures on north and south I-75 between Mitchell Avenue and Monmouth Street from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Close the ramp from east I-74 to north I-75 from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Friday. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained. The detour uses south I-75 to Western Avenue/Liberty Street (Exit 2A) to left on Findlay Street to north on Winchell Avenue to north I-75.
  • Close the ramp from Hopple Street to north I-75 from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Friday. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained.

Arrow boards and/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the work zone and lane closures.

All work schedules depend on the weather.

For ongoing traffic, construction, and and weather-related information, please check www.OHGO.com.