WednesdayAugust 5, 2020

Virtual Commencement 2020 starts Aug. 9 at 3 p.m.

Cincinnati State's 2020 Commencement will "premier" on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 3 p.m.

The pre-recorded video event will be available starting on Sunday at 3 on the College website's Commencement page:

Viewers can replay the 1-hour video ceremony as many times as they wish, on any device.

Each of the College's 1,098 graduates in the Class of 2020 will see their name highlighted as part of the video ceremony.

The Commencement video was prepared with assistance from Storyocity, a production and motion design studio founded by Cincinnati State graduates.

The keynote speaker for Commencement is Rob Portman, a U.S. Senator for Ohio.

Others who will be part of the Commencement event include:

  • Honorary Degree recipient Barbara Turner, president and chief operating officer of Ohio National Financial Services, Inc. and a member of the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees since 2018.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Jason Asic, ’04, chief operating officer for Mercy Health West Hospital in Cincinnati and a board member of the Cincinnati State Alumni Association.
  • Three student speakers from the Class of 2020 – Judith Kafando (Associate of Applied Business, Accounting), Harrison Perin (Associate of Arts & Addiction Studies Certificate), and Lynda Monteith (Associate of Applied Science, Surgical Technology).

Graduating students received an email message this week directing them to the Commencement web page.

Graduates also are receiving a "care package" from the College that should arrive (via postal mail) by Friday.

  • The graduation gifts include a mortarboard and tassel, and a bag of confetti (suitable for simulating the Cintas Center confetti cannon experience, seen in the photo above), as well as a diploma cover and other mementos.
  • In addition, graduating students had the opportunity to pick up "Cincinnati State graduate" yard signs provided by the Alumni Association.

All 2020 graduates are invited to participate in Cincinnati State's next in-person Commencement, which is expected to take place at Xavier University's Cintas Center in 2021.

Fall students can purchase "CState Recommended" computers at College Bookstore

Students enrolled for Fall Semester 2020 are receiving information this week via email about two options to obtain computer equipment:

  • Purchase a “CState Recommended“ laptop at the College Bookstore (using financial aid funds, if qualified)
  • Borrow a laptop computer and/or Wi-Fi hotspot from the College

Purchasing Computers:

Students can now buy directly from the Cincinnati State Bookstore a laptop computer recommended for Cincinnati State remote and/or in-person classes in their major.

Program chairs reviewed and recommended one of three Dell computers for each academic program.

Financial Aid Considerations:

  • Students who are using or plan to use financial aid to help pay for their Cincinnati State education may be able to use some funds to buy a computer.
  • Depending on the type and amount of financial aid awarded, students may be able to use "excess" financial aid funding (after tuition and fees have been paid) to cover all or part of the cost of a laptop computer and required software (if applicable).
  • Students using financial aid to purchase a computer must buy a “CState Recommended” computer from the College Bookstore-- unless the student waits to use their refund of "excess" financial aid. Refund checks will be mailed in mid-October.
    Purchases can be made online, with arrangements for delivery to the student's address or pick-up at the Bookstore.
  • Computers purchased using financial aid cannot be returned to the Bookstore for a refund unless the package is unopened.
  • Students should talk to a Financial Aid advisor for more information.

Borrowing Laptops and Hotspots:

For Fall Semester 2020, Cincinnati State will continue to have a limited number of laptop computers and personal Wi-Fi “hotspots” that can be borrowed by Cincinnati State students at no cost, on a first come, first serve basis.

To borrow a laptop and/or hotspot, students must complete an eForm:

CState partnership for Cybersecurity education is recognized

The National CyberWatch Center has published information on an articulation partnership between Cincinnati State and Western Governors University Ohio (WGU Ohio) as part of its annual recognition of innovations in cybersecurity education.

Recipients of innovation awards were recognized on Aug. 4 during a virtual Community College Cyber Summit.

  • The CState/WGU partnership is described in the publication 2020 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education (click to download PDF).
  • Over 250 ideas were submitted, but only 40 were selected for inclusion in the annual publication. A panel of educators reviewed and selected items for publication.
  • Krista Spencer from WGU and Paul Weingartner, Program Chair for Computer Network Engineering Technology - Cybersecurity Major, developed the CS/WGU program.
  • The CState/WGU program description, titled “How to Earn a Cybersecurity Associate's and Bachelor's Degree Two Years After High School Completion and for Less Than $15,400, Inclusive of all Resources and Certifications,“ is on page 49 of the PDF document.

The partnership helps high school students who are taking College Credit Plus courses to first earn a Cincinnati State associate's degree in Computer Network Engineering Technology - Cybersecurity Major and then transfer to WGU to earn their bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity.

Paul said Tim Mott and Lorrie Cox assisted in developing the articulation.

The National CyberWatch Center is "a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance Information Security education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce." The Center is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.

Condolences to the family of Gary Boyle

Gary Boyle, a Counselor at Cincinnati State from 2006 until 2016, died on July 17, 2020.

Gary was a key contributor to Cincinnati State's Black Male Initiative and became part of the student organization's advisory board soon after joining the College faculty.

As chair of the advisory board, Gary helped BMI grow into an organization that helped students become more engaged in the College and their external community, and helped improve retention rates for black male students.

According to his colleagues, Gary was a man of faith as well as an effective counselor, teacher, and friend, who showed compassion for those who came into his company.

in addition to meeting with students and consulting with colleagues, Gary served on College committees, presented workshops on campus, and presented at state and local professional conferences.

His colleagues noted that they valued the wisdom Gary often shared, including this advice (from Wayne Dwyer): “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.”

Webinar offered on "Preparing Instructors for an Uncertain Fall"

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

The Chronicle of Higher Education is offering a free virtual forum on "Preparing Instructors for an Uncertain Fall" on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. (Eastern time).

Panel members will discuss:

  • What does it mean for institutions to be prepared for the various learning environments (in-person, remote, and hybrid) anticipated for Fall semester 2020?
  • What dedicated institutional support is needed to make remote learning as effective as face-to-face instruction?
  • How can colleges offer the right kind of assistance to ensure that traditional courses are not just replicated online, but redesigned?
  • How can colleges prepare faculty members to deliver high quality courses in a hybrid or completely remote environment?

Click here to learn more and register for the forum.

Registrants who can't attend at the scheduled time will receive a recording of the session.

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