WednesdayDecember 12, 2018

Internal Giving Challenge ends Dec. 13

The Internal Annual Fund Giving Challenge ends Thursday, Dec. 13... so it's not too late to give your pledge form to your Team Captain, or drop off your pledge in the Development Office in ATLC 337.

  • If your pledge form is turned in before 3 p.m. on Dec. 13, you'll be entered in the final drawing, with five chances to win an opportunity for you and a guest to enjoy a special Wine Tasting, with appetizers, hosted by Executive Chef Jason Lafferty in the Summit Restaurant.

Recognition for all who supported this year's Giving Challenge takes place Friday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Conference Center.

  • The Coin Wars winner and the overall team winner will be announced.
  • Light refreshments will be available.
  • Join your colleagues to celebrate the 2018 "This Is CState" campaign!

Last week's drawing winners are:

  • Lunch with Dr. Posey - Erlinda Chess, David Hensley, Debra Lierl, and Kevin Wesselman
  • Admission for four people to the Brewing Heritage Trail Cincinnati - Jeff Lovins

Bookstore offers Faculty/Staff Appreciation Sale Dec. 12 to 14

The Clifton Campus Follett Bookstore is proud to be part of the Cincinnati State community.

To celebrate the season, the Bookstore invites College employees to enjoy a 30% discount on all full-price Cincinnati State clothing and gift items when you shop this week!

While you're shopping, you can also enter a raffle for one of four $25 gift cards.

Click to see the Sale Flyer

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Days are:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 12 - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 13 - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 14 - 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Show your employee ID to the cashier to receive the discount.

Program Assessment resources posted from Common Time sessions

If you missed the Dec. 3 Common Time presentation by Dean Geoffrey Woolf on "Using Rubrics as Assessment Instruments," the video recording of the session is available at

The Dec. 10 Common Time presentation could not be recorded because of technical problems.

The video recording from the Dec. 3 presentation includes several "bookmarks" that allow you to jump to a specific section of the recording by clicking a link. 

After you open the video, you may need to click the arrow icon (as seen in the top line of the image at right) to expand the full list of bookmarks.

The video recordings for most Common Time sessions are posted on the College intranet:

  • Go to the How the College Works intranet area
  • Select the Academics link
  • Select the Common Time Recordings folder

The schedule of topics for Common Time in Spring Semester 2019 also is posted on the intranet in the section "How the College Works" > Academics > Common Time Schedule.

Environmental Program Mentor Carl Gatton recognized by students and staff

Carl Gatton, an adjunct faculty member for the Environmental Engineering Technology (EVET) programs for 18 years, was honored recently with a memorial bench located outside Room 241 in the Main Building on Clifton Campus.

Environmental students, along with faculty and staff members, gathered to recognize Carl's many contributions to the environmental field prior to his death in September 2017.

The bench was donated by Carl's sons.

EVET Program Chair Ann Gunkel said Carl was "a mentor to many, and passionate about helping those of us who work in the water and wastewater world. He felt strongly about educating those in this field."

Carl worked and retired from Warren County Water Works, where he was a supervisor. He was an active member and served as president of the Southwest Section of the Ohio Water Environment Association (SWOWEA).

Ann said Carl also was a member of the "Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers," an "unofficial" group that encouraged environmental professionals to get involved in service activities.

Carl was an electronics engineer, pilot, author, patent holder, and was recognized with many awards throughout his career.

At Cincinnati State, Carl taught classes in Water & Wastewater Technology, Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Statistics.

Ann said, "Carl always made you feel comfortable talking to him, and always had something to share with others that he had read, learned, or experienced."

She added, "With this bench outside our environmental classroom, we can keep Carl in our hearts and thank him each day for his many contributions to students at Cincinnati State as well as his professional achievements."

November Board of Trustees Meeting Report

The Cincinnati State Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 27, 2018, was the first regular meeting of trustees since August. The September and October regular meetings were canceled due to scheduling conflicts of trustees or President Posey.

Trustees held a special meeting on Nov. 1, 2018, for the swearing in of new Trustee Barbara Turner. The Nov. 1 meeting also included several contract approvals and approval of the FY18 Efficiency & Affordability Report to the State of Ohio.

The Nov. 27 Trustees meeting included the following proceedings and business:

  • Trustees recognized the outstanding accomplishment of ESL (English as a Second Language) Department Chair Maggie Oliveira, who received the 2018 John Fallon Early Teaching Award from the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges. Oliveira joined Cincinnati State as an adjunct in 2014 and became a full-time faculty member the following year.
  • Trustees also recognized the outstanding accomplishments of four health programs that recently earned re-accreditation: Surgical Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, and the Practical Nursing Certificate.
    “Program accreditation requires hundreds of hours of work, but it greatly benefits students, employers, and the community,” said Health & Public Safety Dean Janelle McCord. “It’s about quality.”

President Posey’s Report included these items:

  • Outlining Spring enrollment strategies, which include the hiring of a new admissions director, a multi-faceted Spring enrollment push, and the ribbon-cutting event for the new Welcome, Transfer, and Career Centers. 
  • Reviewing College key performance indicators (persistence, credit completion rate, and average credit hours earned).
  • Listing recent College activities including Convocation, the ENGAGE | Student Event, recent grant awards of nearly $900,000, student participation in the Big College Event, and a series of Strategic Plan Listening Sessions. Recent media coverage has included TV news stories on the Cincinnati State-Wilmington College pathway, and the Scholarship Recognition Event that included the announcement of a new scholarship funded by Mack Fire. 

Other Trustees meeting items included:

  • Student Government Vice President Laurette Kameni reported on recent student activities, including a Commit to Graduate event; on-campus training presented by Women Helping Women on intervention and empathy; a canned food drive that exceeded 2,000 donated items; a "Start the Semester Stress Free" information table; a transfer fair; a "C-State Trivia" event; and showing of a documentary film about suicide, with the goal of raising student awareness of this under-discussed mental health epidemic that affects all levels of society.
  • Institutional Research & Effectiveness Director Cody Loew presented information about new, interactive software dashboards that will provide the College with better access to demographic and other data for planning and research.
  • Trustees approved the October Financial Report. CFO Chris Calvert noted that the College’s budget was “off to a positive start” for the first four months of the fiscal year, due to controlling costs and higher-than-projected Fall enrollment.
  • Trustees also approved six contracts totaling $129,069 related to the renovation of three STEM labs: biology, physics, and material testing. All funds for the contracts came from State Capital Funds.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at 3:45 p.m. in the Conference Center on Clifton Campus.

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

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