MondayApril 22, 2019

HLC Accreditation Visit schedule for Apr. 22-23

Cincinnati State Comprehensive Quality Review

Conducted by Higher Learning Commission
Peer Review Team

Apr. 22-23, 2019

(Open sessions are listed below in bold italics)

Monday, Apr. 22

  • Monday 8-8:50 a.m. - President's Dining Room - Session M1: Review Team meeting with College President and Executive Team
  • Monday 9-9:50 a.m. - President’s Dining Room - Session M2: Review Team meeting with Cincinnati State Comprehensive Quality Review Committee
  • Monday 10-10:30 a.m. - Session M3: President Posey meets with Dr. Margaret Swanson, Chair of Review Team
  • Monday 10-11 a.m. - Review Team members examine materials and files including Federal Compliance, syllabi & credit hour policy, student complaint log, crime statistics, Title IV
  • Monday 11:05–Noon - Conference Center 342 - Session M4: Review Team Focus Area A: Assessment of Student Learning: Common, Program, & Co-Curricular
  • Monday 11:05-Noon - President's Dining Room - Session M5: Review Team Focus Area B: Student Complaint Process
  • Monday 12:05-1:15 p.m. - Summit Restaurant - Session M6: Review Team Luncheon with Board of Trustees
  • Monday, 1:30–2:30 p.m. - Conference Center 344-346 - Session M7: Criteria One and Two Open Forum – Topics: Focus on fulfilling the institution’s mission, diversity, student and faculty involvement in community & society, ethics, and fair polices & procedures.
  • Monday 2:45-3:45 p.m. - Conference Center 344-346 - Session M8: Criteria Three and Four Open Forum – Topics: Focus on the quality of the academic programs, curriculum development, qualifications of faculty, program review, availability of courses, advising, assessment of student learning, and retention.
  • Monday 4-5 p.m. - Conference Center 344-346 - Session M9: Criterion Five and Future Open Forum - Topics: Focus on finances, strategic planning, future institutional plans, and institutional effectiveness.
  • Monday 4-5 p.m. - President’s Dining Room - Session M10: Drop-In Session - 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.
  • Monday 5–6 p.m. - Session M11: Facilities Tour for some members of Review Team
  • Monday 5–6 p.m. - Conference Center 344-346 - Session M12: Federal Compliance

Tuesday, Apr. 23

  • Tuesday 8–8:50 a.m. - Conference Center 342 - Session M13: Distance Learning
  • Tuesday 8–8:50 a.m. - President’s Dining Room - Session M14: Drop-In Session - 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.
  • Tuesday 9–9:50 a.m.  - President's Dining Room - Session M15:  Focus Area C: Student Retention & Completion
  • Tuesday 9–9:50 a.m. - Conference Center 342 - Session M16: Student Survey Follow-up - Open to all students. Refreshments provided.
  • Tuesday 10-10:50 a.m. - President’s Dining Room - Session M17: Focus Area D: Strategic Planning & Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Tuesday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Review Team working lunch & continue review of documents
  • Tuesday 1-1:15 p.m. - President’s Dining Room - President Posey and Dr. Swanson meet
  • Tuesday 1:15–1:30 p.m. - President’s Dining Room - Session M18: Review Team Exit Meeting with President and Executive Team

Review Team Members

  • 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

Benefits Open Enrollment is April 22 to May 10

Open Enrollment starts today, Monday, Apr. 22, 2019, for the benefits year that begins July 1, 2019.

All benefit-eligible College employees MUST make benefit choices using the online enrollment portal, no later than May 10, 2019-- even if you are waiving coverage. 

Please check your College email on Apr. 22 for a message from Human Resources that contains:

  • a link to the Open Enrollment online portal
  • links to sign up for enrollment assistance from Sun Life Benefits Counselors (walking you through the sections of the online Open Enrollment form to add your choices)

Benefits choices made during this Open Enrollment period go into effect July 1, 2019.

  • The network and the services covered are not changing, but premium costs and the PPO deductibles have increased.
  • For additional information, download the July 2019 Benefits Brochure and the Premium Rate Sheet.

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

  • You can complete online Open Enrollment at home or at the office.
  • 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 the locations and days below. (The link you receive in email from Human Resources will allow you to sign up for a specific day and time.)

  • 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.

Need more information?

  • All handouts from the Open Enrollment Information Sessions are available on the College intranet. Select Human Resources > Benefits & Compensation > Benefits Communication Tools > 2019 Benefits Information
  • If you want to watch a recording of the Information Session held Apr. 18, go to

Questions? Contact Human Resources at or (513) 569-1565.

Board of Trustees meeting on Apr. 23 has revised schedule

The Cincinnati State Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet in regular session on Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019 in the Conference Center on Clifton Campus.

The meeting is open to the public.

The Board is expected to adjourn to Executive Session from 3:45 until about 4:30 p.m. The public meeting will resume immediately after the Executive Session.

The meeting agenda is as follows:

Call To Order

Sunshine Law Compliance Announcement

Roll Call

Adjourn to Executive Session

Resume Public Meeting

  • Approval of the Proceedings of the Regular Board Meeting of Mar. 26, 2019
  • Consideration of Items for Possible Addition to Agenda
  • Recognition of Accomplishments Reflective of the College Mission
  • Consent Agenda for Recurring Items
    • Personnel Reports
    • Facilities & Capital Projects Reports
    • Public Safety Monthly Incident Reports
    • Institutional Advancement Report

Action Items

  • Finance Report
  • Resolution & Approval of Contracts
  • Academic Quality & Student Learning Updates / Sabbatical Leave Recommendations

Status of the College Community

  • Student Engagement & Education / Student Activities Report
  • Shared Governance / Faculty Senate Report
  • President’s Report    
  • Chairperson's Report & Trustee Association Report          

Old Business

New Business

Adjourn to Executive Session / Return to Public Session


The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for May 28, 2019, at 3:45 p.m., in the Conference Center on Clifton Campus.

Appreciation Day for academic employees is Apr. 24

The Leadership Club invites all employees in all academic divisions to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Apr. 24.

The event is open to all full-time and adjunct faculty, and academic staff members.

Club members will be stationed in the Main Building Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to greet academic employees with refreshments as well as handmade thank-yous and other tokens of appreciation.

Please stop by the Conference Center at a time that works for you, and enjoy some end-of-semester appreciation from our students!

Graphic Design students win ADDY awards at local & district levels

Current Graphic Design students and graduates of Cincinnati State's program celebrated success at the 2019 American Advertising Awards (ADDYs) competition conducted by the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF).

Vatthana "V" Long (3rd from left above), who will graduate at the end of Spring Semester, won a Gold ADDY award and the Judge's Choice award in the Student Awards competition, for his entry "Self Reflection," a Digitally Enhanced Still Photograph (below).

  • "Self Reflection" also won a Silver Student ADDY in District competition awards announced Mar. 26. The entry now moves on to the National Student ADDY competition. National awards will be announced in June.
  • The Gold ADDY project was created in a class taught by adjunct instructor John First, a 2004 Graphic Design graduate.

Cincinnati State students received four of the nine Student ADDYs presented this year in the Cincinnati competition.

In addition to V's Gold ADDY, CState earned three Silver awards:

  • Silver ADDY for Packaging - Jesse Willis for “Cloudberry | Ramune Label Design”
  • Silver ADDY for Single Poster - Jessie Reinert for “FC Cincinnati”
  • Silver ADDY for Logo Design - Vatthana “V” Long for “Deep Sea Logos”

Also, a Silver ADDY for Packaging was awarded to Kyle Brinker, who graduated from CState's Graphic Design program and is now earning a bachelor's degree at Northern Kentucky U.

Graphic Design Program Chair Jason Caudill said, "The American Advertising Awards give our students a great opportunity to compare their work to design projects from college and university students around the region and the nation."

"Our students especially enjoy meeting the professionals who attend the awards events, and networking with potential employers and colleagues," Jason added.

Jason continued, "This year's ADDY Awards are particularly special since one of our graduates, John First, was the instructor of the class where 'V' Long created the project that received the top prize in Cincinnati, and then earned a District-level award, too."

"This achievement underscores the continuing legacy of success for Cincinnati State's Graphic Design program," Jason said.

CState Graphic Design students, faculty, and alumni attending the local awards event included (photo above, from left): Emily Gaston, '18, double major in Graphic Design/Web & Multimedia Design; Ellie Keidel; Vatthana "V" Long; Jesse Willis; Graphic Design Program Chair Jason Caudill; John First, '04 & adjunct instructor; Ashley McNutt, '18; Jordan Shapiro, '18; Miesha Howard; (front right)
Jessie Reinert, '18 and will complete a second degree in Audio/Video Production in '19; Theresa Nagengast, '18.

The American Advertising Awards, aka the ADDYS, is one of the advertising industry's largest and most representative competitions, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Ad Club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Gold and Silver award-winners from the local student competition are forwarded to the District level, which includes entries from students in colleges and universities throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

ADDY winners from 15 District competitions throughout the U.S. advance to the National ADDY competition. Cincinnati State Graphic Design students have won National Gold ADDY awards twice: Dallas Ford in 2017 and Alli Bacon-Davis in 2008.

Vatthana “V” Long and John First

Nursing graduates achieve near-perfect pass rate on NCLEX

Cincinnati State Nursing students from the cohort that graduated in December 2018 achieved a pass rate of 98.2% on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX).

Out of 56 graduates (some of whom are seen above with faculty member Beth Hamon, right), 55 passed the NCLEX on the first attempt.

Health & Public Safety Dean Janelle McCord congratulated the Nursing faculty, Program Chair Janice Lockett, and Associate Dean and Director of the Cincinnati State Bethesda School of Nursing Dr. Denise Rohr for their efforts that contributed to this outstanding student accomplishment.

Environmental Tech student earned scholarship & certifications from Aquatic Support Operations group

CState Environmental Engineering Technology student Tyler Rasp (on left in photo) recently was awarded a scholarship from the Aquatic Animal Life Support Operations (AALSO) professional organization, after earning the AALSO Water Quality Technician Level 1 Certification in Fall Semester while enrolled in the course EVT 230 (Treatment Technologies).

Tyler received travel funding from AALSO to attend the annual Symposium and Workshops held Mar. 30 to Apr. 3 in Long Beach, California, on the historic Queen Mary ocean liner.

Environmental Engineering Tech (EVT) Program Chair Dr. Ann Gunkel (on right in photo) also attended the Symposium, a five-day idea exchange where professionals and students are able to rebuild pumps, size chillers, calibrate sensors, fuse pipe, and operate ozone systems on an automated 5,000 gallon fully functional aquatic system called The Big Automated Water Loop (BAWL).

Tyler helped to assemble The BAWL and also worked with a group that installed a protein skimmer using PVC.

"It was nice to gain some experience with pipefitting and solvent welding," Tyler said. "We had to double check the polyethylene fittings to make sure the bolts were tight enough so they would not leak, but not crack the fittings, either."

"I learned a lot while working on The BAWL," Tyler said. "It was my favorite experience at the Symposium."

Tyler also presented a poster session (conducted in the engine room of the Queen Mary) that explained his proposal for a low-impact aquarium and native plant nursery. "I received a lot of helpful feedback for my proposal," he said.

During the Symposium, Tyler took the exam and earned the Level 2 Water Quality Technician Certification.

"The Symposium was a great experience, and I hope to go again in the future," Tyler said.

Dr. Gunkel said courses EVT 230 and EVT 246 (Operations of Wastewater Treatment Plants) began incorporating AALSO certifications this year, in response to recommendations made at the annual Advisory Board meeting.

"Representatives from AALSO, including Newport Aquarium personnel and professionals from California, visited Cincinnati State in Fall Semester," Ann said. "They made presentations to the EVT classes and conducted a behind-the-scenes tour of Newport Aquarium for our students."

Ann said seven students in EVT 230 earned the Level 1 Water Quality Certification and four students in EVT 246 earned the Level 1 Life Support Operator Certification. One student earned both certifications.

"Cincinnati State is one of only seven colleges or universities in the U.S. that has incorporated AALSO training into the curriculum, and is the only school that offers students the ability to earn two different certifications," Ann said.

AALSO was formed in 1994 when approximately 30 zoo and aquarium Life Support System professionals met to discuss water filtration systems. Now the organization has over 1,000 members, 500 certified operators, and about 300 vendor members.

AALSO encourages advancement of the science and technology of life support for care of aquatic systems and animals. The organization provides a forum for water quality and mechanical system professionals at zoos and aquariums, along with curators, researchers and vendors, to exchange information and ideas to enhance stewardship of the animals in their care.

  • Tyler examines equipment display

  • Ann meets with local and national professionals

  • Tyler prepares for poster session

  • Tyler assembles equipment

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