Daily News

WednesdayMay 18, 2022

OTA faculty members published article in professional journal

Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology (OTA) faculty members Antoinette ("Toni") Durban and Claudia Miller are co-authors of an article in the May issue of OT Practice Magazine, a monthly publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

The article, titled "Creative fieldwork solutions: Shifting the paradigm," discusses new methods used by the Cincinnati State OTA program, starting during the early months of the COVID pandemic, to provide meaningful fieldwork experiences and give students hands-on practice they need to be successful in the workforce.

  • The article describes innovative approaches to fieldwork the OTA program developed during the pandemic when traditional fieldwork locations such as hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics were closed to students.
     
  • The new approaches included partnerships with community recreation centers and community organizations that provide mental health services, such as homeless shelters.
     
  • The continuation of these new partnerships is giving Cincinnati State OTA students more diverse options and opportunities "to gain skills needed to treat any person, group, or population without bias" and "to implement interventions in nontraditional settings."
     
  • Additionally, community organizations that were not previously aware of benefits of working with Occupational Therapists have discussed and/or are taking action to add Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants to their staff-- in some cases leading to employment opportunities for CState graduates.
     
  • The article's conclusion noted:

    "What began as a temporary fix turned out to become a standard of practice for our fieldwork program at Cincinnati State College, and truly ended up as a positive outcome for everyone involved. This opportunity has shown our students how to use their skills and training in a nontraditional setting and to advocate for occupational therapy in the local community."

OTA Program Chair Claudia Miller said, "Toni was a new Fieldwork Coordinator who did a great job handling the challenges of the COVID pandemic and helping the community at the same time."

"It was very impressive work, and we are pleased to be able to share this success story with our professional colleagues," Claudia added.

(Article PDF and graphic from OT Practice Magazine)

CS Upward Bound students attended leadership conference

Eight students from the Cincinnati State Upward Bound program at Mt. Healthy Jr/Sr High School attended the annual Ohio TRIO student leadership conference April 28-30 in Sandusky, Ohio.

Cincinnati State Upward Bound student Jayla Turner (center of photo) was selected for a TRIO Trailblazer Award, recognizing her commitment to education, leadership and perseverance.

Jayla is seen above with Upward Bound staff members Allyson Knue and Arlene Brown and the current and incoming Ohio TRIO presidents Adam Cinderich and DJ Greene-Ndiay.

Another conference highlight was recognition of former Cincinnati State Upward Bound student and TRIO Trailblazer Award winner Tye Compton, who was commended for his commitment to TRIO. Currently, Tye is a Howard University intern in Senator Sherrod Brown's office.

The CState Upward Bound students (photo below) attended conference sessions on a variety of topics, such as financial literacy, college readiness, and healthy relationships. They also participated in personal leadership development activities.

Several students said this event was their first professional conference experience.

Freshman Joselyn Hernandez-Nicasio said, "I would recommend [the conference] to other students because you learn about how to be a leader and other topics that will help you in the outside world."

The Cincinnati State Upward Bound program is one of the federally-funded education TRiO grant program hosted by Cincinnati State; the other is Student Support Services.

For more information contact Interim Director of College Access Programs Shelia Bratcher (shelia.bratcher@cincinnatistate.edu) or Academic Specialist Allyson Knue (allyson.knue@cincinnatistate.edu).

(Reporting provided by Allyson Knue; photos provided by Shelia Bratcher)

Greenhouse Sale continues this week

The annual Horticulture Club Plant and Flower Sale at the Clifton Campus Greenhouse (near the Ludlow Garage) continues this week on May 18 and 19 from noon to 6 p.m.

The Greenhouse will be open for in-person shoppers in search of annuals, perennials, tropicals, succulents, and Zoo native plants, as well as herbs and vegetables.

  • You can use cash or credit card for your purchases.
     
  • The sale will continue each Wednesday and Thursday until all available plants and flowers are gone... but don't wait too long or other shoppers will grab all the good stuff!
     
    (Above, Greenhouse Manager Kelly Wanstrath assists shoppers Richard Miller-Hoopes, Myra Justus, and Robbin Hoopes)
     
  • You can park in the small lot in front of the Greenhouse. Access to the lot is a short driveway located between Ludlow Ave. and the Ludlow Garage entrance.

All proceeds from the annual sale support student participation in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition.

For more information, contact Greenhouse Manager Kelly Wanstrath (kelly.wanstrath@cincinnatistate.edu).

(Photo provided by Robbin Hoopes)

No Daily News on Fridays when there's no news

Daily News will suspend Friday publishing in Summer when there are no time-sensitive news items to share.

  • Therefore, if you have urgent information that needs to be published in a Friday edition, please ensure that the Daily News Editor (dne@cincinnatistate.edu) receives your item no later than noon on Thursday.

The Daily News staff thanks you for your consideration and your contributions.

I-75 / I-74 Construction Update - May 18-20

The Interstate 75/I-74 major reconstruction project has scheduled some evening and overnight restrictions starting Wednesday, May 18.

Wednesday, May 18:

  • Single-lane closure on I-74 West from I-75 North to Colerain Avenue, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Thursday, May 19.
  • Single-lane closures on I-75 North and South between Hopple Street and Mitchell Avenue, from 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Closure of the ramp from I-75 South to I-74 West, between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. Thursday. Traffic will be detoured by way of the Hopple Street interchange.

Thursday, May 19:

  • Single-lane closure on I-74 West from I-75 North to Colerain Avenue, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Friday, May 20. 
  • Closure of the ramp from I-75 South to I-74 West, between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. Friday. Traffic will be detoured by way of the Hopple Street interchange. 
  • Closure of the ramp from I-74 West to Beekman Street, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Friday. 
  • Single-lane closures on I-75 North and South between, Hopple Street and Mitchell Avenue from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.

Friday, May 20:

  • Single-lane closure on I-74 West from I-75 North to Colerain Avenue, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday, May 21. 
  • Closure of the ramp from I-74 West to Beekman Street, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday.
  • Single-lane closure on I-75 South from Mitchell Avenue to Hopple Street, between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Closure of the ramp from I-74 East to I-75 North, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday, May 23. Traffic will be detoured by way of the Hopple Street interchange.

All scheduled work is contingent upon weather.

To help ensure the safety of construction workers and the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed, and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zones.

For detailed traffic and construction information, visit OHGO.com.