WednesdayApril 10, 2019

Ohio's Chancellor of Higher Education visited CState

Campus visitors on Monday, Apr. 8, included Randy Gardner, the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (to the left of Dr. Posey), along with Senior Vice Chancellor Mike Duffey and Senior Vice Chancellor Gary Cates.

During the brief visit, Chancellor Gardner met with members of the College Executive Team, toured the new student services areas of the ATLC (Welcome Center, Registrar/Financial Aid, Transfer Center, and Career Center) and spoke to a few faculty and staff members.

Chancellor Gardner was appointed to his position in January 2019. As Chancellor, he oversees the state’s public two-year and four-year institutions and Ohio Technical Centers; provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly; and carries out state higher education policy.

Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Gardner served as a member of the Ohio General Assembly, with 13 years of service in the Ohio Senate, and nearly 20 years as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives.

Chancellor Gardner said he hopes to visit Cincinnati State again in the future, and said he would be interested in attending a meeting of the Faculty Senate.

New U.S. citizens welcomed at Naturalization Ceremony

Ninety individuals from 36 countries throughout the world took the oath to become U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony on Friday, Apr. 5, in the Conference Center on Clifton Campus.

U.S. District Court Judge Karen L. Litkovitz conducted the ceremony, which was attended by numerous friends and family members of the new citizens.

“It was a great privilege for Cincinnati State to again host this solemn and joyous ceremony,” said Provost Robbin Hoopes.

“We embrace all that these new citizens bring to the rich tapestry of our community, and reaffirm our commitment to assisting our region’s immigrant and refugee population to achieving academic success,” Provost Hoopes added.

Cincinnati State has hosted a naturalization ceremony each year since 2004.

Currently, Cincinnati State is the school of choice for more than 570 international (immigrant and refugee) students representing almost 100 countries.

  • Judge Litkovitz greeted the new citizens

  • New citizens ready to take the oath

  • Refreshments included all-American cake

Condolences to Tom Hale

Evonnia Gail Hale, mother of Tom Hale (Assistant Director, Middletown Campus), passed away on April 8, 2019. 

Visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Apr. 12, in the Zettler Funeral Home, 2646 Pleasant Ave., Hamilton, OH 45015.

Burial follows in Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2151 Compton Rd. in Springfield Township.

Messages of condolence may be posted at

Honors Program service projects include courtyard renovations

As one of their social action projects, students in the Cincinnati State Honors Program have been working on improvements to the enclosed courtyard area of the Main Building.

The courtyard is adjacent to the Gym-- but outside. The door to the courtyard is accessed via Room 07 on the Lower Level of the Main Building.

The current improved state of the courtyard is seen in the photo above. Look below for the pre-improvement "before" photo.

The next work session is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 13, from noon to 2, when students plan to stain the deck and plant flowers. A future goal is installing a raised flower bed.

Other student organizations as well as the College Groundskeeping crew have assisted with the project.

If you would like to support the project (and learn more about courtyard improvement plans), the Honors students have established a GoFundMe site at

Also on Apr. 13, from 10 to noon, Honors students will be at the Maderia Kroger to collect donations for the Surge Cupboard Food Pantry.

During their November food drive, Honors students collected nearly 700 items for the Surge Cupboard.

For more information about the student service projects, contact Honors Program Chair Andrea Trapp (

  • The courtyard, before improvements

  • Honors students at work on courtyard improvements

  • Honors students at work on courtyard improvements

21st Annual Earth Jam is Apr. 18

All members of the College community are invited to Cincinnati State's 21st Annual Environmental Earth Jam, on Thursday, Apr. 18.

Activities take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ATLC Courtyard outside the Overlook Cafe. (In case of rain, activities will move to the ATLC First Floor.)

Earth Jam at CState is held in conjunction with the international Earth Day celebration on Apr. 22.

Environmental Engineering Technology faculty, industry representatives, and student Environmental Club members will provide displays and conduct hands-on activities that focus on local environmental issues and solutions.

Some of the participating industry partners include:

  • Citizens Climate Lobby
  • Cincinnati State Horticulture Club
  • Fernald Preserve
  • Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District
  • Greater Cincinnati Water Works
  • Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District
  • Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Miami Group of the Sierra Club
  • Rumpke Recycling

Earth Jam 2019 activities are sponsored by CAS – Consolidated Analytical Systems.

Visitors to Earth Jam who are wearing this year’s Cincinnati State Earth Day t-shirt will receive a free plant from the Environmental Club’s booth. The Horticulture Club will be selling plants also.

  • This year's t-shirt celebrates the theme of Earth Day 2019, "Protect our Species."
  • Shirts are $15, and are available from Environmental Club members. You can also purchase a shirt from faculty members Ann Gunkel and Ann Fallon (contact info below), or you can buy a shirt at Earth Jam.
  • Cash or checks made out to "Cincinnati State Environmental Club" are gladly accepted, with proceeds used to fund future Environmental Club activities.

Following the Earth Jam activities, a Sustainability Workshop will be offered in Room 180, Main Building, from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

  • The interactive workshop, led by Liz Congleton from the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability, will examine efforts to make Cincinnati a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient place to live.
  • Participants will learn about behaviors that have the highest ability to benefit both you and the planet.
  • For more about efforts to make Cincinnati more sustainable, visit "Year of Living Sustainably" on Facebook:

Questions about Earth Jam? Contact Dr. Ann Gunkel ( or Professor Ann Fallon (

Faculty members are encouraged to bring your students to Earth Jam. If you'd like an assignment that students can complete during the event, contact Ann Gunkel or Ann Fallon.

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