WednesdayAugust 14, 2019

The Overlook is back!

The Overlook Cafe will be open during the week of Aug. 19-23, with operating hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. This week between semesters is a “soft opening” to ensure that all systems are working.

Starting Monday, Aug. 26, the “grand re-opening” of the Overlook marks the return to full-service operations, with hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, throughout the semester.

Chef/Associate Dean Jason Lafferty said the Overlook menu has been updated in response to concerns and suggestions from students, faculty, and staff.

“Employees and students should be pleased with quicker service times, new fresh options, and the return of many convenient favorites,” Chef Lafferty said.

When you visit the Overlook, you’ll notice:

  • new additions to the soup and salad station
  • additional healthy options in the grab-and-go section
  • new grill items including southern chicken fingers
  • new single and double cheeseburgers
  • new pizza and grilled sandwich options
  • and starting in September, the Overlook will offer weekly specials

During the week of Aug. 19, Bakery Hill will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily, with baked goods, beverages, and grab-and-go items, but no hot special.

Starting Aug. 26, Bakery Hill's Fall semester hours will be Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In Fall semester Bakery Hill will continue some of the options that were offered during the summer, as well as some new weekly specials.

Preview CState's 50th Anniversary celebration at "State-of-the-College" lunch on Aug. 30

On Friday, Aug. 30, all College employees are invited to a luncheon where President Monica Posey will deliver the "State of the College" address, along with a preview of plans for Cincinnati State's 50th Anniversary celebration.

The lunch takes place in the Conference Center on Clifton Campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. You're welcome to attend as much of the event as your schedule allows.

To help with planning, a reservation is appreciated-- please reply by end-of-day on Friday, Aug. 23, using this e-form:

In addition to enjoying a great lunch and Dr. Posey's remarks, you'll learn more about plans for the year ahead, particularly upcoming events and activities that will highlight the College's history, and help the Greater Cincinnati community gain more appreciation of Cincinnati State's vital contributions over the past 50 years.

The luncheon is expected to include some special surprises, too.

The official kick-off of the 50th Anniversary year will take place at "Charter Day" on Sep. 19-- the 50th anniversary of the day in 1969 when the College received its charter from the State of Ohio.

The State of the College Lunch is sponsored by the Cincinnati State Foundation. Planning for the event is a collaborative effort of the Celebrating Community Committee and the College's Institutional Advancement Office.

Online Learning Office schedules Fall faculty workshops

The Office of Online Learning has published the Fall 2019 schedule of Professional Development Workshops for College full-time and adjunct faculty members.

Click to download the schedule, which includes detailed workshop descriptions.

Workshops begin Wednesday, Aug. 20, and continue throughout Fall semeseter.

Topics scheduled for Fall include:

  • New and frequently-used features of Blackboard
  • Using screeen-capture video to record and publish course information
  • Developing and maintaining a personal faculty webpage

If you have questions about a session topic or want to register to attend, send a message to Dr. Jon P. McKamey ( You'll receive confirmation and additional details after you register.

The schedule is available to faculty via Blackboard, in the Blackboard Users Group (BUG) Training Information area.

Retirement Party for Chef Jeff Sheldon on Aug. 20

Members of the College community are invited to a retirement party for Jeff Sheldon, Program Chair for Culinary Arts, on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The party at the Summit Restaurant, featuring drinks and appetizers, will take place from 4 to 7 p.m.

Please stop by to thank Jeff for his many years of service to the College.

Donations will be accepted to support several animal-related charities that Jeff champions.

To RSVP, please send a message to Laura Horn (

Retirement Party for Chief Mike Wylie on Aug. 27

Mike Wylie, the Chief of Campus Police, is retiring at the end of August.

All members of the College community are invited to a Retirement Reception for Chief Wylie on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Conference Center on Clifton Campus.

Please stop by and offer your thanks and best wishes to the Chief!

"Dead Dough" sculptures add beauty to end of semester

Students completing the course Pastry 225, Artisan Bread Baking, created an array of Pate Morte ("Dead Dough") centerpieces under the direction of Chef Michael Vanfleet.

These bread-based projects are called "dead" dough because the recipe has no yeast and therefore the bread doesn't rise-- making it an appropriate materials for use in creative sculptures.

The photos above and below showcase examples of the Fall-themed bread sculpture projects prepared by talented CState Pastry Arts students-- and if you want to see the originals, stop by the Pastry lab in ATLC 227.

Today, Aug. 14, the students will complete their final projects-- a "lightly yeasted bread platter." Those works will be viewable in ATLC 227 also.

(Photos by Amy Wagner, Cincinnati State Website & Digital Manager)

Students can buy Metro discount card now

An article in Daily News on Monday, Aug. 12, describing the discount program for Cincinnati State students who use Metro buses, had an incorrect date for when students may begin purchasing a Fall Semester Metro Card.

Students can purchase the Fall Semester Metro Card any time by logging into MyCState, choosing MyServices, and clicking on Transportation. Students must have a valid SurgeCard to order a Metro Card.

With the Cincinnati State-Metro discount card, students pay just $1 to ride Metro in any zone, with a transfer for just 50 cents.

Additional information is available in the article published in Daily News on Aug. 12.

Watch out for big trucks on Clifton Campus on Aug. 16

On Friday, Aug. 16, a boom truck (i.e., a large truck with an attached crane) will be delivering a new boiler to the Health Professions Building on Clifton Campus.

Delivery work is scheduled to start at 6 a.m. and be complete by 8 a.m., but if you're in Parking Lot D near the HPB early in the day, it's possible you'll encounter truck traffic and/or a truck parked for unloading.

In addition, on Aug. 16 a concrete truck will be located outside the Main Building, near the Physics labs. No blocking of traffic on College Drive is anticipated, but be aware of possible, temporary obstructions.

I-75 & I-74 Construction Update (Aug. 14-16)

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

Wednesday, Aug. 14 -

  • Various lane closures on north I-75 from Monmouth Street to Mitchell Avenue from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day.  
  • Single lane closure on the ramp from north I-75 to west I-74 from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Short-term full closures on I-75 and I-74 within the work zone between midnight and 4 a.m. the following day. Traffic will be maintained with law enforcement officers.

Thursday, Aug. 15, and Friday, Aug. 16 -

  • Various lane closures on north I-75 from Monmouth Street to Mitchell Avenue from two hours after the Cincinnati Reds game until 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Single lane closure on the ramp from north I-75 to west I-74 from two hours after the Cincinnati Reds game until 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Short-term full closures on I-75 and I-74 within the work zone between midnight and 4 a.m. the following day. Traffic will be maintained with law enforcement officers.

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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