MondayApril 15, 2019

Info Sessions for Benefits Open Enrollment start Apr. 16

Open Enrollment for Employee Health Benefits will take place during the week of Apr. 22, 2019.

  • Details of the Open Enrollment schedule are below.
  • Choices made in April Open Enrollment are for the benefits year that begins July 1, 2019.

Prior to the Open Enrollment period, Benefits Information Sessions will be offered on these days:

  • Tuesday, Apr. 16 - 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr. 17 - noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Apr. 18 - 8 to 9:30 a.m.

At the information sessions, a representative of HORAN, the College’s benefit broker, along with Human Resources Department personnel, will describe and answer questions about changes to health benefits that go into effect on July 1.

  • All Information Sessions take place in the Culinary Demonstration Theater, ATLC 043. Employees should use the entrance on the ATLC first floor, near the Campus Bookstore.
  • Information Sessions will be available by live-streaming at and the video will be posted for employees who cannot attend a scheduled session.
  • If you want to review the videos and materials distributed during the Fall Open Enrollment sessions, including information on the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), go to the Human Resources section of the College intranet: Human Resources > Benefits and Compensation > Benefit Communication Tools > 2019 Benefits Information

If you have questions about health benefits or Open Enrollment, please contact the Human Resources Department by email at

Open Enrollment Schedule

On Monday, Apr. 22, benefit-eligible employees will receive an email message with:

  • a link to the Open Enrollment Portal.
  • a schedule of days and times you can sign up to get help from a Sun Life representative while completing your Open Enrollment.

The online Open Enrollment Portal will be available from Monday, Apr. 22 until Friday, May 10. 

  • Be aware that you'll need social security numbers for yourself and your dependents to complete Open Enrollment.

Sun Life representatives will be available to assist you in completing Open Enrollment at these locations and days:

  • Tuesday, Apr. 23 - Clifton Campus - Main 180 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr. 24 - Clifton Campus - Main 180  - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Apr. 25 - Clifton Campus - Main 180 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Apr. 26Clifton Campus - Main 180 - 8 a.m. to noon 
  • Friday, Apr. 26 - Harrison Campus - Room 113 - 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Monday, Apr. 29 - Evendale Campus - WDC Conference Room - 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Monday, Apr. 29 - Middletown Campus - Room 302 – 1 to 3 p.m.

Beth Hamon receives "Great Ohio Nurse" recognition

Beth Hamon, Professor of Nursing (seen above during a mission trip to Honduras), was recognized as one of “100 Great Ohio Nurses” by the Ohio Nurses Association and the Ohio Nurses Foundation.

The list of "100 Great Ohio Nurses" for 2019 appeared in the April issue of the publication The Ohio Nurse.

Beth was nominated by a colleague who wrote, “Beth teaches safety and professionalism first, and the focus is always on critically thinking about what the patient NEEDS. She not only holds her student’s hands, she helps them to learn how to hold their patient's."
The nomination continued, "Beth has shared her knowledge and experience with multiple new faculty as they move from novice towards expert in their new field of teaching.”
Health and Public Safety Division Dean Janelle McCord said, “We are proud to have great faculty like Beth, who are passionate about sharing their expertise with their students and colleagues, and do so because it is who they are.”

Student poster sessions on Apr. 17 & 18 describe collaborative projects

Throughout Spring Semester, students enrolled in ESL 052 (English as a Second Language Level 2) and PSY 110 (Introduction to Psychology) collaborated on research projects that focused on social justice topics.

Members of the 12 student groups formed from the two classes will describe the results of their research, as well as their approaches to working together, in Poster Sessions on Wednesday, Apr. 17, and Thursday, Apr. 18.

  • The Poster Sessions times/locations are:
    • Apr. 17 - 11 a.m to noon, ATLC First Floor Lounge (near the fireplace)
    • Apr. 18 - 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m., ATLC "The Spot" (near the Bookstore)
  • All students and employees are welcome to view the project posters and discuss the projects with students from the two classes.
  • The posters will remain on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Apr. 17 and 18, in locations listed above for each day.
  • A sample poster is below (click the image to see a larger view of the poster contents).

Psychology professor Heather Hatchett, who co-facilitated the student projects with ESL instructor Maggie Oliveira, said each student group included PSY 110 and ESL 052 students.

As students worked together on their projects, they honed their research and language skills.

Heather said the poster display, called “We Are Cincinnati State,” should demonstrate overall that "unity and belonging can be forged out of the College’s rich diversity."

Heather said the idea for the collaborative approach to the courses emerged from the self-study reports prepared by the ESL department and the Social and Behavioral Sciences department.

Each element of the student projects was aligned with ESL 052 and PSY 110 course learning outcomes, including the project instructions and timeline, the written assignments, and the group activities and student partner meetings. 

Helpers needed for May 5 Commencement

Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to help with Cincinnati State's annual Commencement Ceremony, on Sunday, May 5, at Xavier University's Cintas Center. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m.

  • Volunteer duties start at 1:30 p.m., and include helping with the student line-up and procession, distributing programs, and other tasks.
  • Faculty and staff members who are participating in the procession can help earlier in the afternoon, and will be excused in time to line up for the procession.
  • Family members of employees also are welcome to assist in distributing programs to Commencement guests.

Volunteer coordinator Linda Romero-Smith said, "Commencement is an exciting event for our graduates, and we hope College employees will join in to make the day special for graduates and their families."

"Our students love to share the day with Cincinnati State faculty, staff members, and administrators who have been part of their college experience," Linda added.

If you want to volunteer, or if you have questions, please contact Linda (

Contribute to ArtsWave campaign on Apr. 16 (or other days)

Cincinnati State's campaign to support ArtsWave continues until Friday, Apr. 26.

If you haven't pledged already, you can drop off your pledge form at the ArtsWave table in the Overlook Cafe on Tuesday, Apr. 16, from noon to 1:30.

A raffle drawing for tickets to local arts events will take place at the end of the day on Apr. 16 and all donors will be entered into the raffle.

  • Mimi Sylva (Middletown Campus) won the raffle held Apr. 8. Her prize is two tickets to the Taft Museum exhibit "Winslow Homer to Georgia O’Keeffe, American Painting from the Phillips Collection."

ArtsWave is the Greater Cincinnati region's local arts agency and the nation's first and largest community campaign for the arts.

ArtsWave funding, workshops, and other resources assist more than 125 arts and community organizations that make our region interesting, innovative, and lively.

Dr. Monica Posey serves as an ArtsWave Trustee.

Your ArtsWave contribution helps create a ripple effect of community benefits, so please consider renewing a past gift or making a new gift to ArtsWave this year. 

  • You can make a pledge by check, or through payroll deduction (fill out the payroll deduction section of the pledge form)
  • You can return your pledge card to the Development Office (ATLC 337) on Clifton Campus, and you'll be entered in the next raffle.

If you prefer, you can contribute your ArtsWave gift online at Cincinnati State's ArtsWave portal:

For additional information, contact Kim Taylor in the Development Office (569-1236 or

I-75 & I-74 Construction Update (Apr. 15-18)

The Ohio Department of Transportation has scheduled overnight projects near the Clifton Campus related to major reconstruction of I-75 & I-74.

Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16 -

  • Lane closure on east I-74 from the Montana Ave. to the I-74/I-75 interchange nightly from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Lane closure on Elmore St. from Beekman St. to Colerain Ave. nightly from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Various lane closures on south I-75 from Mitchell Ave. to Monmouth St. nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Short-term full closures on I-74 and I-75 within the work zone nightly from midnight to 4 a.m. the following day. Traffic will be maintained with law enforcement officers.

Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18 -

  • Various lane closures on north and south I-75 between Mitchell Ave. and Monmouth St. nightly from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Lane closure on Elmore St. from Beekman St. to Colerain Ave. nightly from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Arrow boards and/or signs will alert motorists of the work zone and restrictions. All work is contingent upon the weather.

To help ensure the safety of the construction workers as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed, and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone. Remember, move over or slow down.

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

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