WednesdayOctober 10, 2018

Transfer Center hosts a week of visits from 4-year schools

The Transfer Center is hosting visiting representatives of several 4-year colleges and universities during "Transfer College Days," from Oct. 15 to 18.

CState students are invited to stop by the Transfer Center in Main 168 on Clifton Campus between noon and 1 p.m. each day, enjoy pizza and giveaways, and explore options for continuing your education after Cincinnati State.

Visiting schools are:

Monday, Oct. 15

  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash
  • Wilmington College

Tuesday, Oct. 16

  • Franklin University
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • Wilmington College

Wednesday, Oct. 17

  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • Miami University Regional Campuses
  • Mount St. Joseph University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Wilmington College

Thursday, Oct. 18

  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Ohio University
  • Wilmington College
  • Xavier University

For more information, call the Transfer Center at (513) 569-1884 or contact Transfer Center Director Lisa Violand (

Free produce for students at Oct. 11 Farmer's Market

The Surge Cupboard Food Pantry is offering a Fall Farmer's Market for students on Thursday, Oct. 11, in "The Spot" on the ATLC first floor, outside the Clifton Campus Bookstore.

Free fruits and vegetables will be available to currently-registered Cincinnati State students from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until everything is gone.

Bags for transporting the food are provided, too.

The Farmer's Market is part of a partnership between Cincinnati State's Food Pantry and the Freestore Foodbank.

The Freestore delivers produce to campus once a month for free distribution to students, at no cost to the College.

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.

The Surge Cupboard is open this Fall on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3 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 (

Students: Transportation available for The Big College Event

Cincinnati State will provide free transportation from Clifton Campus to the Duke Energy Convention Center for students who want to attend The Big College Event on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 8 p.m.

  • The Big College Event, sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, is free and open to all Cincinnati-area college and university students.
  • The event includes information and exhibits about job and internship opportunities, social activities, and local community engagement opportunities.

  • Click here to register for The Big College Event.

On Oct. 24, a Cincinnati State van will leave campus at 3:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m., and 6:45 p.m., and will return from the Convention Center to campus at 5:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 8 p.m.

The van holds 10 people, so don't wait too long to reserve a spot, using this link:

Updates on The Big College Event are posted on the CState Career Services Facebook page at

Students may also participate in "Nailed It," a service activity open to all area college students, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati.

"Nailed It" takes place at Duke Energy Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 24. Volunteers will help to frame the walls for four houses, as part of a crew of 500 students and professionals from area businesses.

To sign up for the crew, visit

CState / Wilmington celebration featured student success stories

Students celebrated with Cincinnati State President Dr. Monica Posey and Wilmington College President Dr. James Reynolds. From left: Dr. Posey, Jeff Staley (Wilmington grad), Cassandra Goldschmidt (current Wilmington student), Maurice Riggins (Wilmington grad), Dr. Reynolds.

A news conference on Oct. 8, marking the 15-year partnership between Cincinnati State and Wilmington College, included several success stories from Cincinnati State graduates who also completed their bachelor's degree by taking Wilmington classes on Cincinnati State's campus.

The presidents of the two schools signed an expanded partnership agreement during the news conference.

Channel 5 aired a story about recent grad Maurice "Mo" Riggins, who completed his bachelor's in Business Management this year.

Riggins said, "I think knowing both institutions are working with nontraditional students, they take the time to make you feel comfortable. And with that, you buy into it, you feel like, 'Hey, I belong.'"

Since the partnership between the two institutions was launched in 2003, more than 400 students have earned bachelor’s degrees (or will earn their degree at the end of this semester), with an 82 percent completion rate for students who begin the Wilmington program.

Cincinnati State graduates can earn a Wilmington bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, strategic organizational leadership, education studies, or multimedia studies.

Jeff Staley, who works for Fidelity Investments, completed the Cincinnati State/Wilmington College bachelor’s degree pathway in 2007. He subsequently earned a master of business administration at Northern Kentucky University, where he is now also an adjunct instructor.

“What was key for me was being able to gain work experience while I completed my bachelor’s degree,” Staley said. “The Wilmington program at Cincinnati State afforded that, and being centrally located, made it possible for me to get from work to school in a reasonable amount of time.”

Dr. Posey said, “Many adult students see Cincinnati State as their educational home because of its convenience and the personal attention they receive. We are delighted to partner with Wilmington College because it brings that same attention to the needs of adult students seeking to further their education.”

Wilmington College President Jim Reynolds said, “This unique degree completion partnership between our institutions has literally changed students’ lives over the past 15 years as they seamlessly transition from Cincinnati State to finish their bachelor’s degrees at Wilmington College-- without ever leaving the campus they love at Cincinnati State.”

"The new pathway agreement will further strengthen our partnership for the benefit of students," he added.

(Information provided by Richard Curtis, Interim Media Coordinator, Cincinnati State)

Paper or plastic (straws)? Overlook has both

In response to numerous customer requests, the Overlook Cafe is now offering paper straws as an alternative to the familiar plastic kind.

Chef Brian Willis said, "Many students talked to me about the ecological impact of using plastic straws, and we had comments in our Overlook Suggestion Box, too."

"The paper straws are significantly more expensive than the traditional plastic straws, and they hold up for only 2 to 3 hours at most in a beverage, so we will be evaluating usage and customer satisfaction with both types of straws," Chef Willis added.

Nationwide, efforts to eliminate single-use plastic straws have been the topic of many recent news stories, like this one from

Chef Willis said customer feedback is welcomed during the paper versus plastic try-out period.

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