MondayNovember 5, 2018

Green Township’s Mack Fire funds new scholarships for Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic program

President Monica Posey and Chief of Advancement Elliott Ruther announced the new Mack Fire scholarship at the Scholarship Recognition Event on Oct. 25.

Members of Mack Fire, Inc., including former and current Green Township firefighters and EMT’s, donated $50,000 to Cincinnati State to establish the Mack Fire Scholarship Fund for students from Green Township who are seeking a degree in Fire Service Technology or EMS Paramedic Science.

Students can apply for the new scholarship-- and many other CState institutionally-funded scholarships-- at the online scholarship application portal,

A group of individuals formed the Mack Volunteer Fire Department in the 1940's to help meet civil defense needs in Green Township.

Mack Fire no longer operates as an active fire department. According to Mack Fire president Ed Wortman (on the left in the photo), its members decided to donate funds to Cincinnati State to "give back to Green Township by encouraging young men and women to go into the fire and emergency medical services.”

“Mack Fire’s generosity will change the lives of students who will save the lives of others,” said Dr. Monica Posey. “It is a wonderful gift and we thank them.”

About half of Mack Fire’s gift will create six scholarships of $2,000 per year for two years, for new or current students from Green Township seeking a degree in Fire Service Technology or EMS Paramedic Science.

Non-Green Township residents may also qualify if they have been employed by the Green Township Fire Department for one year or more, or if they are a direct descendent of a member or past member of Mack Fire.

The remainder of the new fund will form the beginning of an endowment for future scholarships.

Green Township is the third largest township in Ohio. Its fire and EMS services now average more than 21 runs per day, which puts a strain on staffing.

“Communities throughout the country are having trouble getting young people to enter the fire and EMS services, and we are no exception,” said Green Township Fire Chief Scott Souders.

“The new scholarships will help our department develop a stronger recruitment program that we can present to high school students, before they are seniors, to get them thinking about their futures.”

High schools serving Green Township residents include Oak Hills, Colerain, Diamond Oaks, Western Hills, Elder, St. Xavier, La Salle, and Mercy McAuley.

Mack Fire is the second scholarship fund formed in 2018 to support Fire and EMS training at Cincinnati State. In June, Harold Thomas established the Stephen M. Ashbrock Fire and EMS Endowed Scholarship Fund.

For more information about Cincinnati State’s Fire/Emergency Services programs or the scholarships, contact Fire/EMS Program Chair Thomas (Ryan) Mayfield, at (513) 569-1294 or

(Article by Richard Curtis, Interim Media/Communications Coordinator, Cincinnati State)

CState celebrates First-Gen College Student Success on Nov. 8

Cincinnati State will join the Celebration of First-Generation College Student Success on Thursday, Nov. 8, sponsored by the Council for Opportunity for Education.

The celebration highlights the achievements of students like CState's Ebony Cooks (above) and also marks the 53rd anniversary of the passing of the 1965 Higher Education Act, which has helped millions of students become the first members of their families to earn college degrees.

Cincinnati State's College Access Programs will celebrate on Nov. 8 by offering a Tools for Success event for first-generation college students, in Room 131B (Main Building, Clifton Campus).

Cincinnati State's College Access Programs include Student Support Services and the Educational Opportunity Center. Both are US Department of Education-funded TRiO programs.

  • 11 a.m. to noon - a panel will describe and answer questions about services and support available for first-generation students.
  • 12:30 to 1 p.m. - training in using tools like Starfish.
  • Light refreshments will be available.

A goal of the Tools for Success event is to help first-generation students gain resources so they can succeed, like Ebony, who is pursuing a degree in Pastry Arts and working at Bakery Hill, preparing delicious baked goods for the College community.

Ebony collaborates with the chefs and her fellow students in menu planning and is involved in daily Bakery Hill operations.

Ebony attends classes arranged around her work schedule of 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., three days a week.

Regina Livers, Director of College Access Programs, said that involvement with Student Support Services has helped Ebony find a connection to the College.  "She has moved from shy and reserved to becoming an outspoken leader," Regina said. "Ebony is now on a pathway to graduation and success."

The national celebration on Nov. 8 is sponsored by the Council for Opportunity for Education, a nonprofit organization established in 1981, in partnership with the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and The Suder Foundation.

The Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host Federal TRIO Programs that help approximately 828,000 low-income students and students with disabilities each year receive college access and retention services.

PACE Survey deadline extended

To provide more time for busy College employees to complete the PACE Survey, the survey will stay open through Friday, Nov. 9.

If you have not yet completed PACE (Personal Assessment of the College Environment), please take time to share your opinions and submit your survey.

Look for email sent to you from with a link to the survey.

  • The College conducts the PACE (Personal Assessment of the College Environment) survey every three years to gather feedback from all full-time and part-time employees.
  • The more employees who take the survey, the more accurately the data represents the entire institution.
  • Survey results are used by College senior administrators to improve the employee experience and strengthen institutional effectiveness.
  • Information you provide is completely confidential-- your personal responses will not be identified in reports on survey results.

The PACE survey is administered by the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE), an independent survey provider.

  • The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete.
  • You don't have to finish the survey in one sitting-- you can save your progress and return to it later.

If you want to see the reports from the PACE survey conducted in 2015, they are available in the "Facts and Figures" section of the College intranet. (Facts and Figures > Institutional Research Reports > 7. Survey Reports > PACE Results)

If you have questions about the PACE survey, please contact Dr. Lawra Baumann, Vice President of Administration and HR, at

Historical Society lunch talk on Nov. 7 examines Urban Appalachian Culture

Professor Ryan Shadle will discuss "The History of Urban Appalachian Culture in Cincinnati" at the Cincinnati State Historical Society's Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The program takes place from noon to 12:50 p.m., in Conference Center Room 342 on Clifton Campus.

All members of the College community are welcome to bring your lunch, strum some bluegrass tunes (or not), and enjoy this learning experience.

The Brown Bag Lunch series is sponsored by the Cincinnati State Historical Society and Cincinnati State’s History Department.

For more information, visit the Historical Society Facebook page: or contact club advisor Daniel Anderson (

(Image above from Urban Appalachian Community Coalition website)

Halloween greetings from CState

Halloween at Middletown Campus

Cincinnati State Middletown celebrated Halloween with a Monster Bash for students, featuring treats and games.

A Halloween scavenger hunt (see photo below) encouraged students to complete registration for Spring semester, start a financial aid application for 2019-20, and learn more about campus services.

Students who successfully completed the hunt were entered into a drawing to win a CState Middletown hoodie.

Halloween Costume Contest at Clifton Campus

Many intriguing disguises were displayed at the First Annual Fright Fest (see more photos at the bottom of the article)-- the Costume Contest winners were:

First place: Yasmin Payne - Space Queen

Second place: Arlan Brooks - Spiderman

Third place: Lauren Rowe - Hermione Granger

Halloween at the Workforce Development Center

Halloween is a holiday for kids of all ages, as our colleagues at WDC demonstrated. From left: Melissa Leslie, Krystal Wright, and Claudia Johnson.

  • Halloween costume contest 2018, Clifton Campus

  • Halloween costume contest 2018, Clifton Campus

  • Halloween costume contest 2018, Clifton Campus

  • Halloween costume contest 2018, Clifton Campus

  • Halloween costume contest 2018, Clifton Campus

  • Halloween costume contest 2018, Clifton Campus

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