WednesdayJuly 11, 2018

Free produce for students at July 12 Farmer's Market

The second Surge Cupboard Farmer's Market for Summer semester takes place Thursday, July 12, in "The Spot" on the ATLC first floor, outside the Clifton Campus Bookstore.

Free fruits and vegetables will be available to Cincinnati State students from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (or until everything has been given away).

The Farmer's Market is part of a partnership between Cincinnati State's Food Pantry and the Freestore Foodbank, which delivers produce to campus once a month for free distribution to students, at no cost to the College.

The next Summer Farmer's Market will take place Thursday, Aug. 9.

Registered Cincinnati State students can visit the Surge Cupboard Food Pantry (in Main Building Room 137) once a month to obtain non-perishable items at no cost.

This Summer, the Surge Cupboard is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A team of student and staff volunteers assists the students who use the Food Pantry and/or attend the monthly Farmer's Market. To learn more about volunteering, contact Lachanna Jackson (

Youth Leadership Summit encouraged innovation

Dr. Monica Posey joined students, sponsors, and speakers at the 2018 Youth Leadership Summit held on Clifton Campus.

On July 2 and 3, a group of 67 high school students gathered on Clifton Campus to examine "The Spirit of Innovation" at the annual Upward Bound Youth Leadership Summit, sponsored by AT&T.

The participating students represented the Upward Bound program at Mt. Healthy High School, which is facilitated by Cincinnati State, as well as the University of Cincinnati's Upward Bound program.

President Posey welcomed students at the event opening session on July 2, along with Mark Romito, AT&T Director of External Affairs, and City of Cincinnati Council Members Tamaya Dennard and Greg Landsman. The guests challenged the students to work collaboratively, think creatively, and to be innovative leaders.

Throughout the two-day Leadership Summit, students learned about their unique leadership styles and worked enthusiastically in groups to conduct "think tanks" on current social problems (such as cyber-bullying, school safety, and childhood poverty), and then propose innovative solutions. The student groups presented their solutions to a panel of judges.

Cincinnati State’s Upward Bound program, one of several TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is staffed by Assistant Director Calvin Robinson, Jr., and Academic Specialist Allyson Knue. Arlene Brown provides administrative support.

Cincinnati State was awarded grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2012-- with a grant renewal in 2017-- to support the TRIO Upward Bound program at Mt. Healthy. The current grant ends in May 2022.

"Traditional" Upward Bound (like the program at Mt. Healthy) helps secondary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds (including low-income individuals and first-generation college students) to successfully graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary options.

Students in the program receive support including career counseling, academic assistance, and a summer enrichment program that incorporates the Youth Leadership Summit.

TRIO Upward Bound is part of Cincinnati State's College Access programs, which include Veteran’s Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and the Educational Opportunity Center.

Students gathered in the Conference Center for Youth Leadership Summit activities.

Cincinnati International Wine Festival supports student scholarships

Chief of Advancement Elliott Ruther and Business Division Dean Linda Schaffeld accepted a contribution of $25,000 from Debbie Dent, Executive Director of the Cincinnati International Wine Festival, and a member of the Advisory Board for Culinary programs at CState.

Cincinnati State was one of 35 organizations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky that received funds from the Cincinnati International Wine Festival, at its annual Check Presentation event on June 20.

The International Wine Festival awarded over $450,000 to community organizations in 2018. The Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State received a check for $25,000, which will be used to support scholarships.

Business Division Dean Linda Schaffeld said, "We appreciate that the International Wine Festival, which began as a way to promote the wine industry, has assisted our students in Culinary, Pastry Arts, and Hospitality programs for many years."

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a nonprofit organization founded in 1991 that focuses on providing funds for the arts, education, and health and human services.

Annual fundraising efforts include four events: winter dinners, grand tastings, a charity auction and luncheon, and the Russ Wiles Memorial Golf Tournament.

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