Daily News

WednesdayJuly 18, 2018

Welcome, new MCI Executive Chef Jason Lafferty

Dr. Jason Lafferty (seen above with his wife, Lindsey) joined the College on June 25 as an Associate Dean in the Business Division and the Executive Chef for the Midwest Culinary Institute.

Jason brings to the College over 25 years of experience in food service, restaurants, hotels, and resorts. He has worked at many award-winning establishments in South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida, including Kiawah Island Resort and Charleston Place Hotel.

He has also worked with Food Network personalities and James Beard Award-winning chefs.

Before coming to CState, Jason served as Director for the Dedman School of Hospitality at Florida State University. He holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration/Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University.

Jason earned bachelor’s and associate’s degrees, in Culinary Arts and Foodservice Management, from Johnson and Wales University.

Jason's experience in education also includes working as a Chef Instructor for Viking Range Corporation, teaching college classes at the University of Mississippi, and serving as Director/Chair at the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, and The Art Institute of Indianapolis.

Jason grew up in Memphis, TN; however, his wife, Lindsey (who is also a chef), is originally from Ohio (just outside Defiance). Jason and Lindsey have two children: Amelia, age 5, and Porter, age 2. 

Jason enjoys golfing and the outdoors, and of course, cooking and eating at local restaurants. He also says he "loves" Alabama football.

His noteworthy professional accomplishments include appearances on the Food Network and the Sundance Network (on Chef Ludo Lefebvre's program "Ludo Bites"). He also represented Gulf Seafood at a symposium at the Smithsonian.

Jason said, "I'm excited to live in Cincinnati and contribute to Cincinnati State and the Midwest Culinary Institute."

Jason's office is in the Business Division (Main 330). You can reach him at 569-4859 or jason.lafferty@cincinnatistate.edu.

Parking Lot C-1 closed on July 19

On Thursday, July 19, Parking Lot C-1 (the lot with the guard shack, in front of the Central Parkway Garage), will be closed.

The closing is needed to test improvements to the digital gate controls and credit card processing.

After results of the test are evaluated, gate control changes will be implemented in other Clifton Campus parking lots.

Air Quality Advisory for July 19

An Air Quality Advisory is in effect for Thursday, July 19, for Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana.

Any time you're concerned about the quality of the air outside, Cincinnati State's Environmental Engineering Technology students and faculty members remind you that accurate and detailed air quality information is available every day at Air Quality Advisory, a service of the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency.

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency (which employs CState interns and graduates) uses seven ozone monitors-- located throughout Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties-- to collect air quality data 24 hours a day.

On Air Quality Advisory days, you can help reduce ozone formation by taking these actions:

  • When possible, take the bus, carpool, bike, or walk instead of driving.
  • Refuel your vehicle after 8 p.m., do not top off when refueling, and tighten the gas cap.
  • Do not idle your vehicle; exhaust contributes considerably to ozone formation.
  • Combine trips or eliminate unnecessary vehicle trips.
  • Keep your vehicle maintained with properly inflated tires and timely oil changes.
  • Avoid use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment on Air Quality Advisory days.
  • Avoid use of oil-based paints and stains on Air Quality Advisory days.
  • Never burn leaves or other yard trimmings.
  • Suspend use of fire pits, campfires and charcoal grills on Air Quality Advisory days.
  • Conserve electricity by turning out lights and unplugging unused appliances and electronics.

To learn more about local air quality and how the Air Quality Agency does its work, visit SouthwestOhioAir.org.

Nursing students provided Care Bags for Children's Hospital patients

CState students delivering "Chemo Care Bags" to Cincinnati Children's Hospital included (from left) Brittny Wilkinson, Raveen Givens, Lauren Noble, Lakisha Stearns, Mac Gerhardt, Hellen Scharff, Emmalee Hollowell, Rebecca Korfhagen, Kayla Moore, faculty member and project coordinator Nicole Kuhlenberg, and Alexandra Dykes.

For the third year in a row, Nursing faculty member Dr. Nicole Kuhlenberg coordinated a service project to provide Care Bags filled with toys, games, and personal care and comfort items to patients undergoing chemotherapy in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children's.

Students, faculty members, and alumni of the Nursing program (and other College programs) donate and assemble materials for the Care Bags to help brighten the experience for children and their family members.

Hospital personnel then distribute the Care Bags to those receiving inpatient and outpatient cancer treatment.

More than 300 Care Bags have been delivered to Cincinnati Children's over the three years of the project.

June Board of Trustees meeting report

At the meeting on June 26, 2018, the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees approved the College’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget (which went into effect July 1, 2018 and ends June 30, 2019).

The FY 2019 budget is designed to be break-even without relying on College reserves. It is part of a 3-year fiscal plan designed not just to maintain, but also to improve the College’s long-term financial health.

Chief Financial Officer Chris Calvert noted that tuition paid for credit hours is the main source of revenue for the College and will be the most important variable in achieving the FY 2019 budget’s slim surplus of $51,058.

The FY 2019 budget is based on General Fund Revenues of $60,074,782, with General Fund Personnel Expenses of $44,114,135 and General Fund Operating Expenses of $11,713,298.

The FY 2019 budget also takes into account deficits of nearly $4 million in the Plant Fund, which includes the debt owed on the ATLC building.

The Trustee meeting also included the following:

  • President Posey’s report, which included recognition of Cincinnati State’s participation in the Urban Appalachian Conference, travel by Dr. Posey to Washington DC to meet legislators, and a press conference announcing a new scholarship for firefighter/EMT students.
  • Trustees approved the 2018 Campus Completion Plan that is designed to increase total completed credit hours by intensifying recruitment and retention; accelerating the redesign of advising and student support services; clearing institutional roadblocks to student success; and intensifying institution-wide continuous improvement activities.
  • Recognition for the Cooperative Education program and the two recipients of this year’s Co-op of the Year Scholarships: Hannah Sherlock (Associate of Arts) and May Ali (Mechanical Engineering Technology).
  • College Auditor Plante Moran reviewed plans for conducting the Fiscal 2018 Audit. A final version will be released in early October.
  • Trustees approved the May 2018 Financial Report.
  •  Trustees approved seven contracts for Fiscal Year 2019, including:
  • Plante Moran, for the annual audit ($84,000)
  • Campus Management, for customer relationship management software ($57,000)
  • Hobson’s, for Starfish software ($78,000)
  • CDW Government, for Microsoft enterprise licenses and applications ($77,135)
  • CDW Government and Amazon Web Services, for enhancements to computer network engineering programs ($248,190)
  • Enquirer Media, for digital recruitment and marketing services
  • Champlin Architecture, for an amendment to the original contract for design services for the Welcome Center, Career Center and ATLC renovations ($30,354)