MondayFebruary 10, 2020

CState will help make Cincinnati's 2020 Census a success

The City of Cincinnati and Hamiliton County are preparing for the national 2020 Census, and Cincinnati State is actively involved.

  • Census Day is April 1, 2020. The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone be counted in a national census every ten years.
  • Counting must be completed by the end of July 2020.
  • The City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio, have set a goal of increasing the count for our area, which will have a positive impact on federal dollars available to support schools, hospitals, roads, and other projects and organizations that benefit from federal funding.
  • Local officials estimate that 30% of Hamilton County residents were uncounted in the 2010 census, and resulting in loss of millions of dollars in potential funding. (See more in the local Census kickoff video from WLWT-TV.)

For those interested in employment related to conducting the Census, an Information Table and Information Sessions are available on Tuesday, Feb. 11:

    • A U.S. Census Bureau Information Table will be located outside the Career Center (ATLC 215) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Information Sessions about employment opportunities and how to apply will take place in ATLC 223C (Large Huddle Room) at these times:
      • 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
      • 11 - 11:15 a.m.
      • noon - 12:15 p.m.
      • 12:30 - 12:45 p.m.
      • 1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Information about Census-related employment also will be available at two additional Information Tables:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27 - Information Table on the ATLC First Floor, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 5 – Information Table at the Career and Co-op Job Fair

Faculty and staff members who want more information about bringing in speakers or supporting the Census through events should contact Career Center Manager Kelly Harper (

Planned activities to promote Census 2020 at the College include:

  • Student Government outreach to students
  • Information tables during Spring campus events and at the Voter Registration table
  • Presentations by Census officials to student and employee groups
  • Support for outreach initiatives of local Hispanic organizations, coordinated by faculty members Rosa Moreno, Grace Yek, and Paul Callahan

New mayor of Middletown visits CState

Middletown Mayor Nicole Condrey, who began her term of office in December 2019, visited the Cincinnati State Middletown Campus on Feb. 4, for introductions and a campus tour.

Mayor Condrey (above, center, with President Monica Posey and Middletown Campus Interim Director Tom Hale) is the first woman to serve as mayor of Middletown. She defeated a 12-year incumbent in the Nov. 2019 mayoral election.

  • Condrey is the co-owner and general manager of Start Skydiving, and is a professional skydiver with more than 1,600 jumps.
  • Before moving to Middletown about 3 years ago, Condrey served as a U.S. Foreign Service officer for information management and in other federal government positions.
  • Condrey holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

President Posey said the discussion with Mayor Condrey included understanding the new mayor's vision for Middletown, and examining ways the College can continue to align and partner with the City of Middletown.

Dr. Posey said, "The Mayor was very positive about Cincinnati State, and she is committed to supporting our work in Middletown and Butler County."

"Mayor Condrey has a fresh perspective and some innovative ideas for advancing the City of Middletown," Dr. Posey added.

Update: Documentary with CState connection wins Oscar!

On Sunday, Feb. 9, the Academy Award for Best Documentary was presented to the film "American Factory."

Melissa Godoy, a Cincinnati State adjunct instructor in the Audio/Video Production program, was the Line Producer and an additional camera operator for "American Factory."

Melissa, an award-winner independent filmmaker, has been teaching Cincinnati State courses in scriptwriting and other elements of filmmaking for more than 10 years.

She has teamed several times with the producers/directors of "American Factory," filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, who live in Yellow Springs, near Dayton, Ohio.

The 2020 Oscar nomination was Reichert's fourth nomination and first win in the Best Documentary category.

For more of Godoy's thoughts about working on the award-winning film about American and Chinese workers in a manufacturing plant near Dayton, see the article in the Feb. 5 edition of Daily News.

Melissa said the Oscar for "American Factory" was "a wonderful outcome."

In her acceptance speech, Julia Reichert said, "Working people have it harder and harder these days, and we believe things will get better when workers of the world unite."

Co-producer/director Steven Bognar described the film's crew as "unstoppable," and praised the "tough, inventive, great people of Dayton, Ohio."

Godoy also noted that Reichert’s speech expressed admiration for the other nominated documentaries.

"It shows what a small world this doc community is," Godoy said.

"They actually helped each other out at times. It’s hard work and takes a lot of moral support. Carol Dysinger, the winner for the amazing short documentary, 'Learning to Skate in a War Zone (If You're a Girl),' made that clear."

"I was happy to hear that the pain and joy of making documentaries is shared."

Student Activities presents Black History Month events

The Cincinnati State Student Activities Office, in collaboration with other campus organizations, is offering several February events in recognition of Black History Month.

Events are open to all Cincinnati State students as well as College employees.

Tuesday, Feb. 11 - Research Your Roots Genealogy Day - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., ATLC 101

  • Begin a family genealogy project with guidance in online research led by experts from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
  • Drop in as your schedule permits and start learning about your family’s origins.
  • Background information for family genealogy projects is available from the Freedom Center’s website.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 - Seminar: Moving Forward After Incarceration - noon to 1:30 p.m., ATLC Auditorium

  • Speakers are Dr. Ricardo Smith, author of "Voices Cry Out: A Post-Prison Mindset" and Judge Fanon Rucker, former Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge.
  • Topics include factors that contribute to success or failure in pursuing housing, employment, and education.
  • Sponsored by Cincinnati State Black Male Initiative.

Thursday, Feb. 13 - Maintaining Healthy Relationships - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Main 180

  • A speaker from Women Helping Women will discuss attributes of healthy relationship and red flags that warn when a relationship might not be healthy.
  • Women Helping Women is a local non-profit organization that strives to create a culture of support and to prevent domestic violence and abuse.

Other events planned for Black History Month include:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18 - Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Performance - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., "The Spot" (ATLC 1st floor)
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 - Student Diversity Discussion - 11 a.m. to noon, Main 180
  • Thursday, Feb. 27 - Cincinnati State Celebrates Black History Month - noon to 2 p.m., Main Bldg. Conference Center

"Cooking in Concert" dinners to support cultural programming for students begin Feb. 13 with "Viva Italia"

Cincinnati State's Midwest Culinary Institute (MCI) and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra (CCO) are collaborating to offer "Cooking in Concert," a series of dinners at the Summit Restaurant that pair music and cuisine.

Proceeds from the dinner series will be used to support free cultural events for Cincinnati State students, including CCO performances. 

The "Cooking in Concert" series begins Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m., with "Viva Italia," featuring Italian food and beverages. In accompaniment, the CCO String Quarter will perform music of Italy.

Click to download the complete "Viva Italia" menu.

Future dinners in the series include:

  • Thursday, April 9 - (Way) Over the Rhine: An Evening in Germany, with the CCO Brass Quintet
  • Thursday, June 11 - Fête de la Fleur: An Evening in France, with the CCO Woodwind Quintet
  • Thursday, October 8 - From Tapas to Tempranillo: An Evening in Spain, with CCO musicians

Individual tickets for each dinner are $100, covering the cost of food, beverages, music, and parking, and providing support for future Cincinnati State student programming.

"The Grand Tour" ticket for $350 includes all four dinners.

If you have questions, contact MCI Executive Chef Jason Lafferty (

Bakery Hill weekly special is chocolate strawberry donuts

The Bakery Hill special for the week of Feb. 10 to 14 is a Chocolate Strawberry Donut for just one dollar.

Chef Mike VanFleet encourages you to visit Bakery Hill this week to enjoy the donuts and the other Valentine-themed treats, too!

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