Daily News

TuesdayMarch 3, 2015

Dr. Kelly Cowan joins executive staff at Cincinnati State Middletown

Dr. Kelly Cowan has joined the staff at Cincinnati State Middletown as Special Assistant to President Owens.

Her charge is to conduct Middletown community outreach with the goal to help local citizens realize the career opportunities that are available through higher education.

“The first time I met Dr. Cowan, I could tell she had a strong passion to help Middletown residents who want to change their lives,” Dr. Owens said.

Dr. Cowan holds a PhD in microbiology from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Maryland and the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Her scholarly publications have primarily focused on research microbiology and teaching approaches that are effective for those pursuing nursing and other allied health careers.

She has been a professor of microbiology since 1993 and has served numerous roles at Miami University Middletown, including as campus dean.  She also served as the National Chair for Undergraduate Education for the American Society of Microbiology.

During her tenure at Miami University, she said, “I fell in love with the people of Middletown, and shifted my attention to giving – just giving, whatever I had to offer.”

In 2009, she founded the Community Building Institute (CBI) in Middletown providing cradle-to-career programming for youth and creating the Parent-Resource Center.  She was instrumental in early talks leading to Cincinnati State coming to Middletown in 2012, and continues to work with other local Middletown organizations with goals of improve people’s lives.   

Her work at Cincinnati State will be part time, and she is donating that time to the College. 

Success Center will be open over Spring Break

The Success Center will be open during Spring Break on:

  • Monday, March 16 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 17, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Success Center will be open for limited hours during spring break for students that need extra help. Please spread the word about this opportunity.

Surge women's hoops team hosts district quarterfinal tonight

The Cincinnati State women’s basketball team will host Cuyahoga Community College tonight  (Tuesday, March 3) at 5:30 p.m. in an National Junior College Athletic Association Division II District I Tournament quarterfinal game.

The Surge are the No. 3 seed in the tournament, while Cuyahoga is the No. 6 seed. Cincinnati State (18-11, 9-5 OCCAC) topped Cuyahoga (7-15, 4-9 OCCAC) twice this season. After an 84-36 victory at home in mid January, the Surge claimed a 90-39 win on the road a month later.

In the first meeting, sophomore center Jonessa Moore (pictured) scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and freshman guard Samia Carter had nine points, six assists and 10 steals. Sophomore wing Kasia Cicha added 13 points, while no Cuyahoga player netted more than eight.

Moore again led Cincinnati State, posting 25 points and 10 boards in the second contest. Michayla Barga came off the bench to score 17, and Cierra Moran had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.

The Surge out-rebounded the Challengers by 42 and forced 65 turnovers in the two games combined.

Despite the previous results, Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler isn’t take anything for granted.

“We need to go in focused and ready to play,” Beeler said. “We have to work on boxing out, we have to take care of the basketball and we have to make our free throws.”

If Cincinnati State beats Cuyahoga on Tuesday, the Surge will take on Columbus State, the No. 2 seed, at 3 p.m. on Friday in the tournament semifinals at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio. Cincinnati State dropped both games to Columbus State this season, falling 64-63 as the host and 83-73 as the visitor.

Admission to basketball games at Cincinnati State is $5 or free with a Surge card.

Surge men's basketball team plays Columbus State tonight in tournament

The Cincinnati State men’s basketball team will host Columbus State Community College in an NJCAA Division II District 11 Tournament quarterfinal game tonight (Tuesday, March 3)  at 7:30 p.m.

The Surge (24-6, 11-3 OCCAC) edged Columbus State (8-19, 3-11 OCCAC) twice this season. Cincinnati State secured an 85-84 victory in overtime at home before an 84-81 win on the road.

Sophomore forward Nick Barnes (pictured) poured in a season-high 27 points and added nine rebounds in the first game. Grover Anderson netted 18 points, and James Kilpatrick contributed eight points and 12 boards. Columbus State sophomore forward Matthew Rhodes led all scorers with 28 points and went 7-for-10 from 3-point range.

Anderson scored 20 points and snagged seven rebounds as the Surge pulled out a win in the second contest. Sophomore forward Alex Baptiste added 13 points in 23 minutes. Rhodes again was tough to stop, scoring 26 for Columbus State.

Rhodes leads the Cougars with 16.9 points per games, while sophomore forward Christopher Cook paces the club with 6.3 rebounds a contest.


Cincinnati State Head Coach Andre Tate said he thinks his team is playing its best basketball of the season, and believes the Surge are ready for the challenge.

“If we come in and play hard for 40 minutes and take care of the rebounding, we’ll have a chance to win,” Tate said.

If Cincinnati State tops Columbus State tonight, it will face Owens, the No. 2 seed, at 8 p.m. on Friday in the tournament semifinals at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio. Cincinnati State split a pair of games with Owens this season, winning 86-73 at home and falling 107-102 in overtime on the road on Saturday.

Admission to basketball games at Cincinnati State is $5 or free with a Surge card.

Next Women’s Empowerment Alliance workshop is March 5

The next Women’s Empowerment Alliance of Cincinnati State (WEACS) workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in ATLC 108 (The Point).

It’s a writing workshop, titled “Build your health through journaling.”

The presenter is Andrea Cheng, a Cincinnati State faculty member who has become a well-known author and illustrator. (She specializes in juvenile fiction and woodcuts; one of her most recent works was reviewed in the New York Times.)

For some, writing can be intimidating. But here’s the approach WEACS is taking toward this workshop: “This workshop can help you write the stories of your life, using journaling and tools such as writing prompts. You can share your stories and inspire others through your experiences. Learn how writing can help you feel happier and healthier.”

Students are welcome to attend; instructors are welcome to weave this and other WEACS workshops into their syllabi. For more information please contact Neisha Wiley in Counseling Services at Neisha.wiley@cincinnatistate.edu .

ARTSWAVE is coming; Sampler is soon

The Cincinnati State ARTSWAVE Campaign is coming up, April 6 to April 17. 

Those who would like to get a jump on it need merely follow this link, print the form and pay a visit (or send an envelope) to the Development office (337 ATLC) or the Executive Office just down the hall on the third floor of the ALTC.

Questions: Email or telephone Nan Cahall.  Nan.cahall@cincinnatistate.edu / ext: 5807

We tell you all this so that you might enjoy, not only guilt-free but with the sense of bliss that comes from giving early, the upcoming ArtsWave Macy’s Arts Sampler this weekend, March 7 and March 8.

Discover the arts that make Cincinnati amazing with free theater, music, dance, crafts, museum tours, and more.  Among the highlights:

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - Art All Around

Experience free music, crafts, and more at museums and community arts centers in Fairfield, Hamilton, Oxford, Kennedy Heights, Wyoming, and other neighborhoods across the region.

  • Explore the newly-renovated Education Center at the Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Performances and tours at Taft Museum of Art
  • Live music at three Campbell County Public Libraries
  • Mask-making at Ensemble Theater Cincinnati
  • Hip-Hop Dance Lessons at Elementz

Saturday's programming culminates with the 3rd annual Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium Sampler Concert at Memorial Hall from 3 – 5 p.m., this year featuring over a dozen local choirs performing a few selections each.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - Music Hall Open House

Bring the whole family and enjoy an afternoon of music and magic at Cincinnati Music Hall.

  • Face-painting
  • Hands-on arts & crafts
  • Live music, theater, dance, and circus performances throughout the building
  • Special programs for teens & tweens
  • Samples from Dewey’s Pizza starting at Noon
  • Self-guided tours of Music Hall

This open-house festival concludes with a storybook character meet-and-greet in the Music Hall lobby and then a special joint concert, "Fairytale Favorites," sponsored by Dewey's Pizza, featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera, and the May Festival Chorus, and including selections from Hansel & Gretel, The Nutcracker, and even the witches from Macbeth.  Kids of all ages are encouraged to come dressed as their own favorite fairytale or storybook characters!

Get a complete schedule of events at www.theartswave.org, or download the free Macy’s Arts Sampler 2015 app for iPhone or Android. 

We made the cover!

A ceremonial bill signing held last year (Aug. 8) at Cincinnati State’s Middletown campus is among the images featured on the front cover of the new 2014 Annual Report from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation.

The event marked the signing of House Bills 1 and 2, which were designed to create a new, single identity for Ohio’s network of jobs centers and link Ohioans receiving unemployment benefits with a jobs database.

Explaining the details of Ohio's performance funding model

Ohio Board of Regents staff members David Cannon and Penelope Parmer were the featured speakers at Monday’s Faculty Senate presentation on Ohio’s Performance Funding Model for Community Colleges. As the photo above indicates, the event drew a large audience.