MondayJanuary 6, 2020

Condolences to the family of Dr. Ron D. Wright, Cincinnati State's fourth president

Dr. Ron D. Wright, the fourth President of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, died Dec. 28, 2019, after battling health problems for some time.

A memorial service for Dr. Wright will take place Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at 1 p.m., at the Gray Road Church of Christ, 4826 Gray Rd., Cincinnati OH 45232.

Dr. Wright served as President of Cincinnati State from 1997 to 2007. During his tenure, the College grew in enrollment and expanded its physical presence in the community, including:

  • Establishing the Workforce Development Center in Evendale in 2000 to serve as the hub for corporate and industry training programs.
     
  • Constructing and opening the Advanced Technology & Learning Center (ATLC) in 2004 on Clifton Campus to house the Midwest Culinary Institute, multimedia centers, information technologies labs, and student activities areas.
     
  • Opening a second parking garage (Central Parkway) on Clifton Campus in 2003 to serve a student population that reached 8,000 that year.
     
  • Opening the Harrison Campus (Cincinnati West Airport) in 1998 as the home of the College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology programs.

Current President Dr. Monica Posey said, “Dr. Wright was committed to student success and he initiated efforts to improve student retention at Cincinnati State.”

“While he was President, Dr. Wright also served on the Governor's Commission for Student Success and the Governor's Workforce Policy Board.”

Cincinnati State Board of Trustees Chair Mark Walton said, “As the College celebrates our 50th Anniversary this year, Dr. Wright will be remembered as a great contributor to our mission of access, opportunity, and support for individuals who are seeking exceptional technical, transfer, and experiential/cooperative education and workforce training.”

Prior to serving as Cincinnati State’s president, Dr. Wright was the Executive Vice President at Delaware Community College in Pennsylvania. After leaving Cincinnati State, Dr. Wright served as Chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Louisiana.

At the time of his inauguration as President of Cincinnati State, Dr. Wright said that throughout his own academic career—from associate degree to doctorate—much of his success was due to “learning environments that nurtured individuals and lifted the least prepared as well as the accomplished.”

New password reset process starts Feb. 10

Cincinnati State is changing the process used to update passwords for all College email accounts.

  • All email passwords will expire on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, and must be updated using the new 2-step verification process.
     
  • To be able to update your College email password, your cell phone number and personal email address must be up to date on your Cincinnati State "My Profile" page. (For instructions on how to update "My Profile," click here.)

The new process will apply to all student and employee accounts. Students are being notified by email of the upcoming change.

Two-step verification (also known as "two-factor authentication") provides extra security for email accounts, and is used by many businesses and organizations.

  • The new process for updating passwords will include entering a security code.
     
  • You'll receive the code either by text message to your cell phone, or by email to your personal email address.
     
  • If you don't enter the security code, you won't be able to update your password.

To avoid problems on Feb. 10, please remember to update your "My Profile" page as soon as possible.

Spring Semester "first day greeters" needed on Jan. 21 & 22

Faculty and staff volunteers are needed on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 22, to weLcome new and returning students to Clifton Campus.

Volunteer greeters will be on duty at seven campus locations, between 8 a.m. and noon each day.

To sign up to assist, visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f48aaa828aaf94-spring.

Thanks for serving as a navigator and greeter for our Spring students!

Scholarship Application workshops for students start Jan. 13

On Jan. 13, 14, and 15, the Writing Center on Clifton Campus will offer additional workshops to assist students who are working on scholarship applications.

Each workshop session covers the essentials of preparing a scholarship application and drafting a cover letter.

Appointments are not needed.

All workshops take place in Main Building Room 237, and three workshops will be offered each day:

  • 11 to 11:30 a.m.
  • noon to 12:30 p.m.
  • 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Applications for institutional scholarships are due Feb. 15, 2020.

Students are encouraged to submit their Institutional Scholarship application and complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for 2020-21 well before the deadline.

Faculty: place printing orders promptly

Faculty and staff members who anticipate large printing/duplicating requests for Spring Semester using the print/duplication services from the University of Cincinnati are encouraged to submit your order as soon as possible.

UC's Spring semester begins Jan. 13, a week before Cincinnati State's Jan. 21 Spring start.

Orders placed this week will compete with demands from UC's faculty, and delays could occur.

The Print/Duplication Request eform is available at https://web3.cincinnatistate.edu/eforms/eform.aspx?form_id=134.

If you have questions about print/duplication services, contact Tony Cowden in the Budget/Fiscal Planning Office (anthony.cowden@cincinnatistate.edu).

"Blackboard 101" workshops for faculty start Jan. 9

The Office of Online Learning has published the Spring 2020 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 Thursday, Jan. 9, and continue throughout Spring semeseter.

  • "Blackboard 101" sessions will be offered on Jan. 9, 10, and 15
     
  • A session on "Blackboard Grade Center Basics" is scheduled for Jan. 16

Other topics scheduled for Spring include:

  • New and frequently-used features of Blackboard
     
  • Using screeen-capture video to record and publish course information
     
  • Using Blackboard Collaborate to create an online "virtual classroom"

If you have questions about a session topic or want to register to attend, send a message to Dr. Jon P. McKamey (jon.mckamey@cincinnatistate.edu). 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.

Office Hours for Enrollment Services, Overlook, Library, & ITS, Jan. 6-17

Enrollment Services:

Enrollment Services, including the Welcome Center/Admissions, Financial Aid/Registrar's Office, the Testing Center, and the Career Center, are following standard operating hours:

  • Monday through Thursday - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Food Services:

The Overlook Cafe is open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the weeks of 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 options as well.
     
  • Services and hours may change, depending on the volume of customers.

Bakery Hill is closed until Spring Semester classes begin on Jan. 21.


Library:

The Library is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weeks of Jan. 6-10 and Jan. 13-17.

The Library is closed on Saturdays including Jan. 11 and Jan. 18.


Information Technology Services:

Information Technology Services on Jan. 6-10 and Jan. 13-17 are as follows:

  • Help Desk Walk-up Service Window in the Main Building is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
     
  • Help Desk Phone Support is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
     
  • The Open Lab in ATLC 316 is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

IT Support Services are not available on Saturdays including Jan. 11 and Jan. 18.

Academic Division office hours, Jan. 6-17

The academic division offices on Clifton Campus have these office hours for January days prior to the start of Spring semester classes:

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.
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