MondayJune 1, 2020

Welcome to (10-week) Summer Semester 2020

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CARES Act emergency funds distributed to 223 students so far

As of May 21, 2020, the Cincinnati State Office of Financial Aid has disbursed $101,700 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants funded by the CARES Act.

A total of 223 students received the grants.

The amount each student received depended on their enrollment status in Spring or Summer Semester 2020.

  • Full-time students can receive emergency grants up to $700 and part-time students can receive grants up to $300.
     
  • Students enrolled in Spring or Summer classes were notified about the availability of these funds on May 18, via email from the Financial Aid office.
     
  • For more about applying for CARES Act funds, go to https://www.cincinnatistate.edu/CARESAct.

Cincinnati State received a total of $2,114,058 in CARES Act funding for students on Apr. 22, 2020.

The Office of Financial Aid estimates that about 5700 students may be eligible to receive the funding.

The College is required to report on distribution of CARES Act Emergency Grants every 45 days.

To view the full report on distribution through May 21, go to https://www.cincinnatistate.edu/CARESactdeclarationreport.

Milene Donlin receives award for "teacher who made a difference"

Biology Department faculty member Milene Donlin received an award from the College of Education at the University of Kentucky as a 2020 "Teacher who Made a Difference" to a UK student.

Milene was nominated by Kristie Larsen, a graduate of Cincinnati State's Nursing program who is now earning a bachelor's degree in Nursing at UK.

Any UK student can nominate an educator who made a difference in his or her life, no matter where the educator lives or earned their degree.

Kristie's nomination letter said that Milene's approach as an instructor for an Anatomy and Physiology 2 class "showed genuine concern and care for her students' progress and success."

  • Kristie's nomination letter also noted that Milene "makes learning fun" and "uses examples that will stick with me even when I become a nurse in two years."
     
  • Kristie said she submitted the nomination "because I believe that teachers who go above and beyond for their students should be recognized."

The annual recognition event for "Teachers Who Made A Difference" was canceled because of COVID-19, so Milene received her award by mail.

Milene said, "I had no idea this was coming, and I was touched that Kristie took the time to recognize me."

"I'm part of a larger system of great teachers here at Cincinnati State and couldn’t do it without the support of my colleagues and administration," Milene added.

"It's really important to me to be part of my students' educational and career journeys and to make any positive impact I can on their lives," Milene said.

Use a CState background for your virtual classroom or office

If you want to add a photo of a Cincinnati State campus (like the one above, for instance) or a College logo to the background of your next virtual class session or meeting, a set of images is available on the College intranet.

To view the background images, go to Marketing and Communications > Brand Resources > Branded Backgrounds for Zoom.

If you have questions or want to suggest additional images, contact Jackie Norton (jackie.norton@cincinnatistate.edu).

Jackie said logos for each academic division and every degree program are already in the Brand Resources folder... so you can turn those images into backgrounds also, if you wish.

Tutoring Center hours announced for Summer 10-week classes

The Cincinnati State Tutoring Center is continuing to provide virtual services for students taking 10-week classes in Summer Semester 2020.

Academic support is available for students who need assistance with Reading, Study Skills, Biology, Chemistry, or Computer Applications.

For questions, contact Tutoring Center Director Debbie Greenlee (debbie.greenlee@cincinnatistate.edu).

Online Learning Support for faculty scheduled for June 1-5

Several training and consultation opportunities are available to faculty this week.

For more information, visit the "Support/Training" section of the COVID-19 Faculty Resources site in Blackboard. (Look for this site near the bottom of your list of Blackboard courses.)

The PDF available from the COVID-19 Faculty Resources site includes details on how to register for sessions offered via Blackboard Collaborate.

Office of Online Learning - Online Office hours with Dr. Jon Mc Kamey:

  • Monday, June 1, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 2, 8-10 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 4, 2-4 p.m.
  • Friday, June 5, 10 a.m.-noon

Center for Teaching and Learning - Phone/Online Office Hours with Julee Johns

  • To make an appointment, send a message to julianna.johns@cincinnatistate.edu or call (513) 569-1724 and leave a message.
     
  • Appointments can be scheduled any day this week

Training facilitated by Paul D. DeNu, Office of Online Learning

  • Monday, June 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Intro to Blackboard Collaborate
     
  • Tuesday,  June 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Intro to Blackboard Collaborate
     
  • Wednesday,  June 3, 7-7:30 p.m. - Blackboard Collaborate Advanced Interactions
     
  • Wednesday, June 3, 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Accessible Materials and Courses
     
  • Thursday,  June 4, 11 a.m.-noon - Screencast-O-Matic Screen Recorder and Video Editor
     
  • Friday,  June 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Intro to Blackboard Collaborate

"Ohio Leads" Virtual Summit for educators begins today

The "Ohio Leads Virtual Summit," sponsored by Northwest State Community College (Archbold, OH) begins Monday, June 1, and continues online via Zoom and other conferencing tools through June 4.

Each day of the Virtual Summit is scheduled to include 5 hour-long sessions that provide "a retrospective on the reaction of education to the COVID-19 crisis."

The primary focus is on actions taken by Ohio community colleges, but other educational institutions are invited to participae also.

For details and information on how to register, visit https://northweststate.edu/wp-content/ohioleads.

Webinars offered on student engagement, change management in higher ed

Many organizations are continuing to offer programs that may be of interest to Cincinnati State faculty and other members of the College community.

Wednesday, June 3, at 2 p.m. (Eastern time zone) - "Change Management in Higher Education" - Chronicle of Higher Education free live webinar

    • The coronavirus crisis has created a ripple effect of change throughout higher ed, revealing overlooked areas for improvement as well as opportunities for sustainable growth.
       
    • In this webinar, a panel of experts will examine how to rethink traditional higher ed business and academic models and create lasting change at institutions.

Click here to learn more and register for the webinar.

A recorded presentation will be available to registered participants who can't attend the live event.

 
Friday, June 5, at 2 p.m. (Eastern time zone) - "Better Student Engagement during Covid-19" -
Chronicle of Higher Education free live webinar

    • Faculty and other educators had a challenging spring semester as Covid-19 forced an emergency pivot to online teaching . In this situation, key teaching tenets still hold true-- including the critical importance of student engagement.
       
    • In this webinar, a panel of experts will explore practical techniques and tips that can be used to keep students engaged and active in the classroom during a chaotic time.

Click here to learn more and register for the webinar.

A recorded presentation will be available to registered participants who can't attend the live event.

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