Daily News

FridayApril 29, 2016

Helping Girls on the Run

The Cincinnati State women’s basketball team has incorporated a public service component into its program. Recently this took the form of supporting an initiative known as “Greater Cincinnati Girls on the Run.”

Girls on the Run is an international program that tries to inspire young women to get involved with the sport of running. But the real ambition is higher — it aims to build character and self-confidence, and empower young women to fulfill their potential. It’s fair to say it tries to inspire girls to “Be Great.” This, the Cincinnati State coaches said, was definitely something the women’s basketball team wanted to support.

Hence, during a recent practice 5K run by the Westwood Town Hall Girls on the Run, the young women were joined by several members of the Cincinnati State team, including Chloe Baird, Kianna Delas, Cydney Franklin, Tiarna Harfield, Dan’shae Hill, Brooke Jenike, and Cierra Moran. Not only did they run with the team, they cheered on individual members.

Girls on the Run team members and their parents said they were excited for the extra runners and cheering from Cincinnati State.

“It’s good for the girls to see that the community is behind them,” said Andrea McCarthy, a Cincinnati Community Center Director and Girls on the Run head coach. “We hope ‘I can run a 5k’ can translate into ‘I can go to college’ and beyond,’ ” McCarthy added.

The program will culminate in a city-wide, celebratory 5K walk/run on May 7 on the downtown Riverfront starting at Paul Brown Stadium where families, friends and supporters of the participating runners are planning to cheer them to the finish. 

Cincinnati State will have its own cheer zone for this city-wide event, and welcomes more participants. Volunteers need to be in their zone by 9:00 a.m. and should plan on staying until about 11:30 a.m. Details and the cheer zone location will be shared a few days prior to the event. This is a child and Surge friendly event.

If you would like to cheer, please contact English and Literature Instructor Meredith Effler at 1734 or meredith.effler@cincinnatistate.edu or Library Information Services Coordinator Kathleen Pickens at 1611 or kathleen.pickens@cincinnatistate.edu.

For more information on Girls on the Run, please see this link or check out this video.


TRiO Signing Day

The TRiO staff held a “Signing Day” ceremony Thursday to celebrate the success of its soon-to-be graduates and signal that, much in the same way that athletes sign a document to mark the next step in their athletic career, their charges will be advancing to the next stages in their lives.

It proved to be a bittersweet occasion for Bari Ewing, below, who founded the TRiO program at Cincinnati State 19 years ago. She plans to retire at the end of May, and told the assembled group on Thursday that in some ways she feels as if she is leaving her children.

As for the students graduating from the program, which provides intense academic support services, their plans are varied. Some are pursuing additional academic degrees, others are going into the workforce, while some plan to catch their breath over the summer before plunging into the next chapters of their lives.


ACF cakes competition winners

“Passion, dedication, concentration, talent, and a lot of work got these students to win medals in the ACF competition. The pastry team at Cincinnati State is so proud of each one of them and their work – congratulations!"

Those are the words of Chef Graciela Contreras, who coached the Cincinnati State cake team that came away with two gold and two silver medals in the recent American Culinary Federation competition hosted here at Cincinnati State. We’ve noted this before, but it bears repeating: 

  • Joslyn Tasso – Biscuso         Gold
  • Tiara Schackelford                  Gold
  • Michelle Blanchard                Silver
  • Breanna Cheap                       Silver
  • Chad Curran                            Silver
  • Elyse Davies                            Silver
  • Chris Horn                               Silver

Better yet, we now have photos, including, in the slide show below, ones that show our students with the cakes that won them their prizes.

The photo above shows some members of the team. Left to right are Michelle Blanchard, Joslyn Tasso-Biscuso, Tiara Schackelford, Elyse Davies and Chef Graciela Contreras. Click off the page, onto a hot link and then back onto this story to see the slide show. 

  • Chad Curran, Silver Medal

  • Chef Kelsee Newman (left) and Breanna Cheap, Silver Medal

  • Chris Horn, Silver Medal

  • Elyse Davies, Silver Medal

  • Joslyn Tasso-Biscuso, Gold Medal

  • Michelle Blanchard, Silver Medal

  • Tiara Schackelford, Gold Medal

Display will promote suicide awareness, prevention

Cincinnati State was recently awarded a grant as part of the Warrior Run. The grant is used to provide tools and education regarding suicide awareness and prevention.

The Warrior Run was started by Nancy Miller to honor her husband, Jim Miller, whom she lost to suicide in July 2008. Jim was very active in the community of Mariemont, coaching both soccer and track. Jim also served as the Director of the Gallagher Student Center and advised Student Government at Xavier University for 25 years.

In an effort to increase awareness and prevention, members of the Warrior Group here at Cincinnati State will be putting on a moving and emotional display. The display will contain true stories about people who survived suicide attempts or people who lost a loved one to suicide.

The purpose of the display is to make the discussions about suicide less taboo, and encourage those who need help either coping with loss or navigating their own struggles to get the help they need. The display will be right outside the Overlook in on the 1st floor of the ATLC building.

The content of the display may be sensitive to some. If you need assistance processing any of the information or what to talk to someone please reach out to one of the resources below: 

  • Students – Please go to the Advising Center, Main 168, or call (513) 569-5779
  • Employees – Please go to www.trihealtheap.com for resources and screenings 

The Warrior Run will be held Oct. 1, 2016. For more information please visit www.cincywarriorrun.org.

For more information please contact Andrea J. Milani, Director of Student Activities, at 1555 or andrea.milani@cincinnatistate.edu.