MondayDecember 16, 2019

CState bachelor's degrees are approved for Fall 2020 start!

Cincinnati State is now authorized to offer two Bachelor of Applied Science degrees-- one in Land Surveying and the other in Culinary & Food Science.

Both bachelor's programs will begin admitting students when registration for Fall 2020 begins, in March of 2020.

The College's authorization to offer bachelor's degrees was approved Dec. 4 by the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Both of the new programs address regional needs for bachelor's-level graduates with specialized skills that aren't provided by other educational institutions in the area.

Provost Robbin Hoopes said, "These two baccalaureate technical degrees build on Cincinnati State's founding values, and allow us to expand our commitment to providing unique technical pathways for students who seek in-demand jobs in our region."

  • Licensure as a professional land surveyor requires a bachelor's degree, but no other school in southwest Ohio or northern Kentucky offers the degree. The closest programs are at the University of Akron, and at Vincennes University (Indiana).
  • Similarly, there are no colleges or universities within 100 miles of Cincinnati State that offer a bachelor of food science program.

The Cincinnati State Catalog for academic year 2020-21 will include all policies and other information pertinent to the bachelor's degree programs. The new catalog is scheduled to be published before Fall 2020 registration opens.

  • The Land Surveying program is expected to offer junior and senior level classes starting in Fall 2020, since some potential students are already "in the pipeline" and have completed prerequisite courses at Cincinnati State or other institutions.
  • The Culinary & Food Science program will not offer upper-level courses until academic year 2021-22.

The College has started the processes required to give students in both bachelor's programs eligibility for federal financial aid, and that approval is expected early in 2020.

Tuition for bachelor's degree courses will be the same as for associate's degree courses. Maintaining the same tuition was a requirement in seeking approval for the new degree programs.

The HLC approval this month was the final step in a process that began in 2017, when the state of Ohio authorized community colleges to seek approval to offer bachelor's degree programs that meet specific workforce needs.

Provost Hoopes said, "I am thankful to everyone who helped with this long journey, especially Dr. Monica Posey, Civil Engineering Technology Program Chair Carol Morman, industry leader Steve Cahill of Abercrombie & Associates, and many others inside and outside the College who long advocated for a bachelor's degree for surveying."

"Their many years of work were key to persuading officials in Ohio to allow community colleges to offer technical bachelor's degrees to fill unmet industry needs."

Ohio is the 24th state to permit bachelor's degrees to be awarded by community colleges.

Other bachelor's programs offered at Ohio community colleges are:

  • two bachelor's programs at Sinclair Community College (Aviation Technology/Professional Pilot and Unmanned Aerial Systems).
  • one bachelor's program at Lorain County Community College (Microelectronic Manufacturing).
  • one bachelor's program at Clark State Community College (Manufacturing Technology Management).

The Sinclair, Lorain, and Clark State bachelor's programs are already in operation.

H&S Soup Kitchen raised over $2K for scholarships in 2019

During calendar year 2019, the Humanities & Sciences Division raised nearly $2,400 for the Larry Pucke Memorial Scholarship Fund through the weekly "Soup Kitchen"-- a tradition that began about 20 years ago.

The idea of a weekly "pot luck" lunch to promote community among division employees began in H&S when the late Professor Pucke (seen at right in a 2002 photo) was a full-time faculty member in the Math department. 

The pot luck turned into a tribute and fund-raiser after Prof. Pucke's retirement.

Current Soup Kitchen coordinator (and Writing Center Manager) Terry Endres said Spring semester 2019 brought in $1,175 and Fall semester proceeds amounted to $1,221.

Terry said typically about a dozen H&S faculty and staff members are involved each semester as volunteers who provide the weekly choices for soup and "sides."

The Soup Kitchen concept has expanded over the years to include special events like the Holiday Buffet that closed out 2019's offerings with a smorgasbord of 12 different entrees, salads, and desserts (photo below).

Other culinary variations that have become part of the Soup Kitchen annual calendar include a Chili Cook-Off and other "competitive" cooking/eating opportunities.

Terry said for the past few years, about a third of the soups each semester are provided by faculty members from CIT, and diners/donors to the Pucke Scholarship include faculty and staff from all parts of the College.


Meredith Effler (and Dot) were ready to dig in to the December Soup Kitchen Smorgasbord on Dec. 10.

Leadership Club collected many gifts for foster kids

Leadership Club Vice President Jose Villarreal (left) and Club President Sierra Montgomery (right) presented the Club's toy drive collection to Keri Carter-Moore of the NECCO Foster Care Agency.

Club leaders said this year's contributions to the NECCO Giving Tree and Toy Drive to provide gifts for children surpassed the past two years of the project.

The Club leaders and members thanked everyone in the College community who assisted, especially the personnel of the Humanities & Sciences Division and the Admissions Office, who provided "extraordinary support" for this project.

Student Retention Focus Fund is halfway to challenge grant

Nearly half of the funding needed to obtain a $3,000 matching grant has been donated to the Student Retention Focus Fund-- so if you're considering a donation, please remember to follow through before the end of December.

Cincinnati State Foundation Board leader Barbara Gould, who created the Student Retention Focus Fund with her late husband William J. Motto, said she will match donations made this month dollar-for-dollar, up to $3,000.

The Student Retention Focus Fund helps students who are facing unexpected financial emergencies caused by life situations like a health crisis, car breakdown, child care costs, or unexpected increase in rent.

The fund provides financial assistance to these students, who would otherwise be at risk of dropping out because of their unanticipated financial setbacks.

  • To give online, go to the "Donate Online" page of the College website at and select “Student Retention Focus Fund” from the dropdown menu.
  • If you wish to contribute by check, you can make the check out to the “Cincinnati State Foundation,” noting “Student Retention Focus Fund,” and deliver it to the Advancement/Development Office in ATLC 337 (Clifton Campus).

Thank you for helping to make a difference in the lives of deserving students.

Condolences to Diane Taft

Alma Rasch, mother of Associate Bursar Diane Taft, passed away on Dec. 11. 

Visitation will take place Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at St. Michael Church, 11144 Spinner Ave., Sharonville, OH 45241. A Mass and Christian Burial immediately follows the visitation. 

Messages of condolence may be posted at the Spring Grove Funeral Homes website.

Academic Divisions post between-semester office hours

The academic division offices on Clifton Campus have announced these offices hours for the rest of December and in January prior to the start of Spring semester:

Dec. 16-19 -

  • BTD and H&S - Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • EIT/CIT - Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • HPS - Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 20 -

  • BTD, EIT/CIT, and H&S - Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • HPS - Open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 2-3 -

  • BTD, EIT/CIT, and H&S - Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • HPS - Open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 6-9 -

  • BTD, EIT/CIT, and H&S - Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • HPS - Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jan. 10 -

  • BTD, EIT/CIT, and H&S - Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • HPS - Open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 13-16 -

  • BTD, EIT/CIT, and H&S - Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • HPS -
    • Mon. & Thurs. Open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Tues. & Wed. Open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jan. 17 -

  • BTD, EIT/CIT, and H&S - Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • HPS - Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Service Hours adjustments: Overlook, Library, Enrollment Services, IT Services

Food Services:

The Overlook Cafe is open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the weeks of Dec. 16-20, Jan. 2-3, Jan. 6-10, and Jan. 13-17.

  • Soups, salads, and grab-and-go items will be available.
  • Specials from the grill and pizza stations may be an option as well (but are still under discussion).

Services and hours may change depending on the volume of customers.

  • Bakery Hill is closed Dec. 16-20 and Jan. 2-17.


The Library is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weeks of Dec. 16-20, Jan. 2-3, Jan. 6-10, and Jan. 13-17.

The Library is closed on Saturdays that include Dec. 21, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, and Jan. 18.

Enrollment Services:

For the week of Dec. 16-20, and on Jan. 2-3, Enrollment Services (including the Welcome Center/Admissions, Financial Aid/Registrar's Office, and the Testing Center) will be open:

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays

On Jan. 2 and 3, Career Center services will be provided through the Welcome Center. The Career Center on the ATLC 2nd floor will be closed those days.

Enrollment Services offices will return to standard operating hours on Monday, Jan. 6.

Information Technology Services:

For Dec. 16-20, Jan. 2-3, Jan. 6-10, and Jan. 13-17, services are as follows:

  • HELP DESK Walk-up Service Window in Main Building open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • HELP DESK Phone Support available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

[listing corrected Dec. 16, 3 p.m.] OPEN LAB in ATLC 316 is closed Dec. 16-20, but will be open Jan. 2-3, Jan. 6-10, and Jan. 13-17 from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

No Saturday IT Support services on Dec. 21, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, and Jan. 18.

Wi-Fi upgrade in progress

Beginning Monday, Dec. 16, upgrades to the wireless internet access network (Wi-Fi) will take place on Clifton Campus.

  • The ATLC Wi-Fi upgrade begins Dec. 16 and is expected to be completed by Wednesday, Dec. 18.
  • The Health Professions Building Wi-Fi upgrade begins Dec. 18 and is expected to be completed by Friday, Dec. 20.
  • During the upgrade, access to Wi-Fi will be inconsistent.

Wi-Fi on Harrison Campus will be upgraded on Monday, Jan. 6.

Information Technology Services will provide instructions later this week on how to access the new Wi-Fi system.

Daily News seeks your 2020 info items

The Daily News staff plans to publish a new edition on Wednesday, Dec. 18, but that's the last planned update for 2019.

If we receive time-sensititve items to share, we'll publish on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Otherwise, the news cycle will begin again on Monday, Jan. 6.

If you have a message that needs to be shared via Daily News when the College re-opens after Winter Break, please send it to the Daily News mailbox ( during December, and preferably no later than Friday, Dec. 27.

We will monitor our messages during the Winter Break, but if you provide items on Jan. 1, we can't guarantee they will be published promptly on Jan. 2.

The staff thanks you for your consideration and wishes you an abundance of pleasant news-reading experiences now, and in the new year.

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