WednesdayApril 17, 2019

HLC Visit on Apr. 22-23 includes 5 Open Forums for College community

Cincinnati State will host the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Comprehensive Quality Review Peer Review Team on Monday, Apr. 22, and Tuesday, Apr. 23.

The Review Team members are:

  • Dr. Margaret A. Swanson, Team Chair - Former Provost (Retired), Dean of Health Careers, Program Director and Faculty, Respiratory Therapy, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL
  • Laurie A. Gruel - Senior Director for Institutional Planning and Grants, San Juan College, Aztec, NM
  • Dr. Linda Lujan - College President, Lamar Community College, Lamar, CO
  • Scott Kuttenkuler - Vice President for Student Affairs, Southeast Arkansas College, Pine Bluff, AR
  • Dr. Allan Levandowski - HVAC Engineering Technology CTE Instructor, College of Lake County, Rockford, IL

The Review Team has requested several meetings to discuss how Cincinnati State operates with a continuous quality mindset, and in alignment with the five HLC Accreditation Criteria and core components, programmatic accreditation criteria, and federal regulations.

Meetings that are open to the College community include:

Session M7 – Criteria One and Two Open Forum - Mon., Apr. 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m. - Conference Center Rooms 344-346

Topics: Focus on fulfilling the institution’s mission, diversity, student and faculty involvement in community & society, ethics, and fair polices & procedures.

  • Session scope covers all aspects of College operation from Board of Trustee structures to the delegation of operations to faculty, staff, and student responsibilities.
  • Explore how the mission is created, maintained, publicly articulated, and used to guide institutional operations in ways that serve the public good and communities served.
  • Explore how the institution acts with integrity as it guides all operations with ethical and responsible conduct.

Session M8 – Criteria Three and Four Open Forum - Mon., Apr. 22, 2:45-3:45 p.m. - Conference Center Rooms 344-346

Topics: Focuses on the quality of the academic programs, curriculum development, qualifications of faculty, program review, availability of courses, advising, assessment of student learning, and retention.

  • Explore how the College provides high quality programs to students wherever and however educational offerings are provided (on campus, off-campus, and online).
  • Explore relevant co-curricular and other student support services available and how those services are appropriate to the needs of students.
  • Explore how the College demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its programs, learning environments, and support services and how it evaluates the effectiveness of programs and services through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
  • Faculty, staff, and others involved in curriculum design/delivery; support services; assessment of student and program outcomes; and monitoring student retention, persistence, and completion are welcome to attend.

Session M9 – Criterion Five and Future Open Forum - Mon., Apr. 22, 4-5 p.m. - Conference Center Rooms 344-346

Topics: Focus on finances, strategic planning, future institutional plans, and institutional effectiveness.

  • Explore how the College’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill the mission, improve the quality of educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.
  • Address the College’s processes for systematic and integrated planning including monitoring institutional growth through the Strategic Plan on the basis of understanding current capacity.
  • All stakeholders involved or interested in these institutional planning topics are welcome to attend.

Session M10 – Drop-in Session - Mon., Apr. 22, 4-5 p.m. - President's Dining Room (ATLC 2nd floor, inside the Summit Restaurant)

Topics: An open drop-in session to give students, faculty and staff members, and external stakeholders the opportunity to speak with Review Team members privately to provide positive comments, ask questions, or express concerns.

Session M14 – Drop-in Session - Tues., Apr. 23, 8-8:50 a.m. -  President's Dining Room (ATLC 2nd floor, inside the Summit Restaurant)

Topics: An open drop-in session to give students, faculty and staff members, and external stakeholders the opportunity to speak with Review Team members privately to provide positive comments, ask questions, or express concerns.

Title IX follow-up training starts this week

Cincinnati State is conducting follow-up Title IX Training for all full-time and part-time employees.

Conducting periodic follow-up training is a "best practice" in implementation of Title IX policies.

Look for a message coming this week to your Cincinnati State email address, with a link to an online training course.

  • The message sender is "Cincinnati State Community College"
  • The message subject is "Cincinnati State Community College Online Training"
  • The online course "Bridges: Taking Action" should take less than 30 minutes to complete. Click the "Begin Training" button in the email message to start.
  • You can stop and restart the course as needed. When you return, the course will open to the last page you visited.
  • The deadline for completing the online course is September 1, 2019.

Title IX is federal policy that helps the College establish an environment that recognizes the dignity of every person, free of discrimination and harassment.

The College's related policy and procedure statements are published in Section 2.1 of the College's Operations Manual, available on the College intranet.

If you have questions about the training, or if you do not receive the message with the link to the online training, please contact Andrea Milani, Director of Campus Life, at

Environmental Earth Jam & Sustainability Workshop on Apr. 18

All students and employees are invited to Cincinnati State's 21st Annual Environmental Earth Jam, on Thursday, Apr. 18.

Earth Jam activities take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Sustainability Workshop (see details below) is offered from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

If weather permits, Earth Jam will be outdoors, in the ATLC Courtyard. The back-up location is the ATLC First Floor.

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

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

This year, Earth Jam includes a Sustainability Workshop 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, examines 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:

Visitors to Earth Jam who wear this year’s Cincinnati State Earth Day t-shirt will receive a free plant from the Environmental Club’s booth.  

  • Shirts are $15, and are available at Earth Jam.

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

Pottery wheels and a kiln available to the highest bidders

Cincinnati State invites sealed bids for two Robert Brent Corp. Model XL Pottery Wheels (photos above and below) and one Evenheat 2329A Kiln Model LT-3K + Fan Stand (photos below).

  • All items are currently located at the Occupational Therapy House (918 Ludlow Ave., across the street from the College Greenhouse on Clifton Campus).
  • The minimum bid for each item is $100.
  • Pottery wheel 1 works perfectly.
  • Pottery wheel 2 is in fair condition, but still usable. It turns very slowly without pushing the pedal, so the switch needs to be turned to the “off” position when the wheel needs to be still.
  • The pottery wheels come with extra “bats” (platforms to hold clay before attaching to the wheel) as accessories.
  • The kiln is about 25 years old. When last operated a few years ago, the kiln shut off before it was completely fired.
  • It's recommended you check comparable items on eBay for pricing and product details.
  • If you have questions or want to arrange a time to view the items, contact Cindy Kief (

Sealed bids must be delivered on or before 2 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 26, 2019, to the Purchasing Office on Clifton Campus (Main Building, Room 157).

Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud starting at 2 p.m. on Apr. 26.

  • The bidder offering the highest bid for each item shall be awarded and must deliver full payment in cash or cashier’s check to the Purchasing Office no later than 5 p.m. on the next business day after the award (Monday, Apr. 29).
  • The bidder will then have 5 business days to secure title transfer and remove the item from Cincinnati State property.
  • Failure to meet these timelines and requirements will result in forfeit of the bid and permit the College to award the item to the next highest bidder.

What is a Sealed Bid?

A sealed bid is a document enclosed in a glued (sealed) envelope submitted in response to an invitation to bid.

The bid should include the name, address, and phone number of the bidder, the item you are bidding on (pottery wheel 1, pottery wheel 2, or kiln) and the amount offered as the bid.

Sealed bids received up to the deadline date will be opened at the above-stated time and place (in the presence of anyone who may wish to be present) and evaluated for award of a product/contract.

Definition adapted from


 Kiln controls

  • Pottery wheel

CState hosted high school academic competition

High school students from 16 Southwest Ohio schools visited Cincinnati State on Saturday, Apr. 6, for the annual Ohio Academic Competition (OAC) Regional Tournament.

Over 200 students, coaches, parents, and volunteers participated in the event.

Little Miami HS (photo above) and Wyoming HS (photo below) took first and second place, earning spots in the OAC State Tournament that takes place May 11 in Columbus.

Participating high schools included Archbishop McNicholas, Batavia, Cincinnati Country Day, Clermont Northeastern, Fairfield, Harrison, Indian Hill, Little Miami, Loveland, Madeira, Mount Notre Dame, North Adams, Sycamore, Turpin, Walnut Hills, and Wyoming.

Tournament Coordinator Ryan Shadle thanked volunteers who helped make the day a success, including:

  • CState faculty members Janet Schlaak, Scott Freeman, Milene Donlin, Todd Majestic, Mary Repaske, and Laura Morris
  • Student Government volunteer Stephen Perry and Psychology of Leadership class volunteers Angelina Boyle and Henri Mbedi
  • Community volunteers Greg Bouman, Amanda Van Mil, Don O’Brien, Jon Dowling, Allison Evens, and Samantha Stephens

Concrete truck on College Drive on Apr. 19

As part of the ongoing work on the boiler replacement project, a concrete truck and pump will be working near the electric car charging station on College Drive on Friday, Apr. 19, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Work should be completed around noon, and traffic will NOT be blocked during the concrete pour.

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