Daily News

FridayFebruary 15, 2019

Pres. Posey presented National Community College Award to Sen. Portman

President Monica Posey presented the Community College National Education Service Award to Ohio Senator Rob Portman, during the Community College National Legislative Summit held Feb. 11-13 in Washington, D.C.

The Legislative Summit is sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

The National Education Service Award is presented annually by the ACCT to "honor a national leader who has made extraordinary contributions to national public policies and resources that support education, training, and post-secondary learning."

Senator Portman received the award, along with Senator Tim Kaine (Virginia), for bipartisan efforts to expand the Pell Grant program to include short-term training programs.

According to the ACCT, the bill led by Senators Portman and Kaine, known as the Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students Act (JOBS Act) "would be tremendously beneficial to our colleges and students by providing access to Pell Grants for certain short-term programs that are presently excluded from receiving grant aid."

The ACCT also stated, "These shorter-term programs can provide opportunity for students to quickly attain credentials and enter into well-paying jobs, [however] current lack of access to financial aid remains a significant barrier for many students interested in pursing short-term credentials."

In addition, the ACCT noted that "Senators Portman and Kaine have recognized the need for additional assistance for students in these programs and remain committed to advancing the JOBS Act during the upcoming 116th Congress."

Senators Kaine and Portman are co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, and have worked to call attention to career and technical education as a proven method for promoting economic growth and ensuring that students have the skills needed to succeed.

AAUP Service Project offers "Midterm Survival Kits" for students

Janet Schlaak, Mary Repaske, and Laura Morris wrote notes of encouragement to add to the Student "Midterm Survival Kits" assembled by a long line of faculty volunteers (seen in the background and in photos below).

Members of Cincinnati State AAUP (American Association of University Professors) used part of the Chapter meeting time on Feb. 11 to assemble 500 "Midterm Survival Kits" that will be distributed to students next week.

  • Each Survival Kit includes a notebook, pen and pencil, granola bar, candy, bottled water or energy drink, a stress-relief toy, and other treats, along with a brief guide to campus resources.
  • In addition, each Kit includes a "note of encouragement” hand-written by a faculty member.

All contents for the Survival Kits (or in some cases, funds to purchase contents) were donated by faculty members.

Distribution of the Survival Kits starts Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 to 6 p.m., in the ATLC.

  • AAUP will have a table on the ATLC first floor, near the Overlook Cafe, where students can pick up a Survival Kit.
  • Distribution is first come, first serve (one Kit per student).
  • Distribution will continue on Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 5 to 6 p.m. If there are still Kits remaining, distribution will take place on Feb. 21 also.

AAUP Chapter President Pam Ecker said, "Cincinnati State AAUP has a long history of service to students and the College, but this was a new project for us."

"The faculty response to the Survival Kit project was exciting to see," Pam added. "AAUP has made it a priority this year to do even more to promote student success, and the Survival Kits are a fun way to give our students a boost of enthusiasm."

  • Survival Kit assembly line in action

  • Kit assembly line in action

  • Kit assembly line in action

  • Each Kit includes a party blower (to celebrate midterm success!)

  • The final step: adding a note of encouragement to each Kit

  • Varieties of service: Writing notes, assembling Kits, and collecting Career Closet donations

Clifton Campus Gym is closed for roof repairs

The Gym on Clifton Campus is closed until further notice, so repairs can be made to the roof.

Kim Vasko, the Director of Buildings, Maintenance, & Grounds, said the roof is under warranty, but the repair schedule depends on the weather-- the roof must be dry to start the repair process.

The Facilities Department regrets the inconvenience caused to gym users, and appreciates your patience until repairs can be completed.

OTA fundraiser on Feb. 19 at Chipotle

Cincinnati State's Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA), along with the SOTA Club at the University of Cincinnati, invite all members of the College community to dine at the Chipotle on Stetson Street on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds (33%) from that day and time will be donated to the student clubs, to help students attend professional conferences and fund other club activities.

Show the flyer (click the image above to get a printable copy) or mention the fundraiser to be sure your contribution is credited to the SOTA Club.

The Occupational Therapy Assisting students appreciate your support!

Psychology Club examines Ohio medical marijuana policy on Feb. 20

The Cincinnati State Psychology Club will host "Just Say KNOW: What Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Policy Means for You,” on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in Conference Center Room 342.

The guest speaker is Dr. Perilou Goddard, a Psychology professor and drug policy researcher at Northern Kentucky University,

The presentation is open to all members of the College community.

Dr. Goddard will discuss details of Ohio's new medical marijuana policy (and its local and national implications) as well as benefits and risks associated with medical marijuana.

Dr. Goddard has taught and conducted research on drug policy for over 25 years and has given numerous presentations on drug policy issues at U.S. and international events.

Colllege closed Feb. 18 for Presidents' Day

All Cincinnati State campuses are closed Monday, Feb. 18, in honor of Presidents' Day.

Classes resume Tuesday, Feb. 19.