MondayOctober 8, 2018

Common Time today offers updates on Financial Aid & Registrar procedures

During Common Time today, Oct. 8, Penny Parsons, the Director of Financial Aid, and Jason Moore, the Senior Director of Enrollment Services and Registrar, will provide updates on several policies and procedures that affect Cincinnati State students, including:

  • The timeline for awarding financial aid, which is changing to two disbursements per academic year starting in Fall 2019.
  • Clarification of "residency," which means where you live, as defined by the state of Ohio.
    "Residency" is sometimes confused with requirements for "tuition reciprocity" (agreements that permit residents of some counties of Indiana or Kentucky to pay the Ohio in-state tuition rate).
    (Note that "residency" also could refer to the amount of credits that must be earned through Cincinnati State classes, when a student also is applying credits earned elsewhere to their CState degree/certificate.)
  • FERPA regulations and student privacy rights. FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

Anyone who provides advice for students (formally or informally) on these topics is encouraged to attend, so you can share accurate information and avoid errors related to these parts of College operations.

Common Time takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Main Building Conference Center (Clifton Campus) and is open to all College employees.

For those who cannot attend in person, the session is available via live-streaming video at

CState & Wilmington celebrate successful path to bachelor degrees

The 15-year partnership between Cincinnati State and Wilmington College will be celebrated today, Oct. 8, at a news conference taking place from 10 to 10:30 a.m., in the Summit Restaurant (ATLC 2nd floor).

CState President Dr. Monica Posey and Wilmington's President, Dr. James Reynolds, will sign a new partnership agreement, and students and graduates of the program will speak.

During the 15 years of the partnership, about 400 Cincinnati State graduates have continued their education to earn a bachelor's degree, taking Wilmington classes that are offered in the evening on Cincinnati State's campus, and online.

Students in the program can earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, strategic organizational leadership, education studies, or multimedia studies.

All College employees are invited to attend the news conference.

Printable Catalog for 2018-19 is available

It's now possible to print the College Catalog for 2018-19 in PDF format. The full PDF file is 372 pages.

To download a copy of the Catalog PDF:

Celebrate Campus Children's Center Week at the Mallory Center

The Mallory Early Learning Center at Cincinnati State is joining the national celebration of "Campus Children's Centers Week" with two events:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, starting at 10 a.m., near the Overlook Cafe, join in "Music and Movement" activities with Mallory Center students, Early Childhood Education students, and the singing ECE staff (led by adjunct faculty member Andy Hopkins).
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., visit the Open House at the Mallory Early Learning Center (4th floor of Main Building, Clifton Campus), to enjoy a muffin and learn more about the Center and its multiple roles, which include:
  • Supporting College students by offering high quality learning experiences for their children while they attend class and are successful in completing their degrees.
  • Providing hands-on laboratory experiences for future Early Childhood Education teachers.

The theme of Campus Children's Centers Week is "A Cause for Celebration."

The week is sponsored by the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers, a nonprofit organization that supports excellence in programs for young children in communities of higher learning, by providing opportunities for leadership, professional development, research, networking, and advocacy.

Benefits Open Enrollment deadline is Oct. 19

As evident from the smiling face of Chief Information Officer Frankie Baker (right), it's easy to complete online Open Enrollment for benefits.

All benefit-eligible College employees must complete the Online Open Enrollment form no later than Friday, Oct. 19-- even if you are waiving insurance benefits.

Please check your College email from Oct. 4 for a message from Melanie Disney with a link to the Open Enrollment portal, the schedule for enrollment assistance from Sun Life representatives (who will walk you through the sections of the online Open Enrollment form to add your choices), and other important information about benefits.

Open Enrollment with assistance from Sun Life representatives is available:

Enrollment that must be completed by Oct. 19 covers the "mini-plan" benefits year that begins Jan. 1, 2019, and ends June 30, 2019.

Another Open Enrollment period will be offered in Spring for the full benefits year that will begin July 1, 2019.

Need more information? Recordings and all handouts from the Open Enrollment Information Sessions are available on the College intranet. Select Human Resources > Benefits & Compensation > Benefits Communication Tools > 2019 Benefits Information.

Questions? Contact Human Resources at or 569-1565.

No US Mail today (it's a holiday)

The U.S. Postal Service is recognizing the Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples' Day holiday on Oct. 8... so don't expect any new mail to arrive at your office today.

No outward-bound College mail will be leaving campus on Oct. 8, either.

I-74 construction update (Oct. 8-12)

The Ohio Department of Transportation has scheduled overnight projects on I-74 near the Clifton Campus from Oct. 8 to Oct. 12:

Two lanes of I-74 traffic and all ramps will be maintained throughout. Lanes will be narrowed and shifted through the work zone. Overnight single lane closures should also be expected.

  • Monday, Oct. 8 through Thursday, Oct. 11 - Close the left lanes of east and west I-74 between Spring Grove Avenue and just north of southbound Beekman Street nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 12 - Close the left lane of west I-74 from Spring Grove Avenue to just north of southbound Beekman Street from 9 p.m. until approximately midnight. Close the right lane in this area from 12:01 a.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
  • In addition, close the left lane of east I-74 in this area from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Once complete, two lanes of west I-74 traffic will be shifted to the inside (median) lanes with work taking place in the outside lane. Traffic will remain in this pattern for approximately three weeks.

Arrow boards and/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the work zone and lane closures.

All work schedules depend on the weather.

For ongoing traffic, construction, and and weather-related information, please check

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