FridaySeptember 11, 2020

Dr. Posey to provide College update at 4:30 today

President Monica Posey will update employees today (Sep. 11) about the water line break that closed Clifton Campus from Aug. 31 to Sep. 8, and discuss anticipated next steps.

The Update takes place from 4:30 to 5 p.m. via Zoom.

The Zoom meeting link is https://cincinnatistate-edu.zoom.us/j/83514873117?pwd=N3NVNjA3VTNYb210dHRZYldxc0MxZz09

Meeting ID: 835 1487 3117  |  Passcode: 941981

For additional ways to connect to the meeting, see the email message from Dr. Posey sent on Sep. 10, about 3:45 p.m.

Classes and services continue the move from Main

Computers, lab equipment, and classroom supplies are still on the move from the Main Building to new locations as faculty, academic support staff, and academic administrators work to re-start all classes that were disrupted in the aftermath of the Clifton Campus water line break on Aug. 31.

Senior Lab Technicans Wayne Herbers and Gail Quinlan (above) are among many faculty and staff members involved in the moving process.

Provost Robbin Hoopes said 323 in-person course sections that were meeting in Main Building classrooms and labs have been affected by the disruption.

Some student services located in Main, such as Disability Services, also are in process of restarting activities in alternate locations.

Most of the affected course sections were able to be moved to rooms in ATLC or HPB.

As of Thursday morning (Sep. 10), many students in the displaced class and lab sections were either attending class again in person or completing assignments remotely while set-up is completed this week in the new location.

Some academic programs are still seeking ways to ensure that all course learning outcomes can be achieved, including use of specialized equipment that cannot be moved easily from Main.

  • Programs facing these challenges include Automotive Maintenance Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Chemical Technology, and Graphic Imaging Technology.
     
    Some of these programs are still seeking off-campus locations to continue activities, but COVID-19 restrictions have added complications to the search for appropriate alternate facilities.
     
  • Instructors of Chemistry and Physics classes who were using labs in Main to make instructional videos for students will move to labs on Middletown and Harrison campuses to complete the video shooting.
     
  • Practicum activities for Early Childhood Education students that would have used the Mallory Center in Main will work with off-campus community partners as an alternative.

"Our faculty and academic staff are working tirelessly and creatively to figure this out," Provost Hoopes said. "The faculty are using their expertise to solve teaching challenges, and many are assisting with the physical work of moving, too."

"It's an amazing effort," Provost Hoopes said.

Emergency lighting in Main creates pathways for safe movement of equipment from rooms and hallways to new spaces.

A newly-established classroom for the Landscape Horticulture program in HPB 112 includes the program mascot "Ms. Head," seen near the center of the photo below, in front of the poster leaning against the window. (Keep reading to learn her story.)

According to Horticulture professor Heather Augustine, Ms. Head joined the program staff in 2004, when she was discovered behind a bush near a beauty college in Provo, Utah, where CState students were participating in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC).

Ms. Head accompanied the students back to Cincinnati State, and since then has traveled with Horticulture students from Ohio to California, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Kansas, Colorado, and more.

Ms. Head returned to Provo for NCLC in 2017, where she received a Surge face tattoo.

Heather said, "Over the years Ms. Head has brought laughter and a sense of community to Cincy State Horticulture staff, students, and alumni."

"When we relocated to HPB, we could only grab the essentials, and Ms. Head was one of the first items we packed," Heather added.

"We have encouraged our on-campus students and staff to visit our HPB room if they get homesick for the horticulture labs in Main 108-- they will find a familiar face who is steadfast in this storm of change."

(Photos provided by Julie Rohling, Kathy Freed, Yvonne Baker, and Heather Augustine)

IT services & phones will be offline on Sep. 12

College IT services (including College email and Voice Mail, Blackboard, Colleague, and Starfish) will be shut down for a few hours on Saturday, Sep. 12, starting at 2 p.m., to conduct maintenance on the generators that are providing power for the data services center.

(NOTE: Previously, this article incorrectly listed the outage date as Sep. 13. Daily News regrets the error.)

Barring any unforeseen problems, phone and IT services are expected to be restored no later than 8 p.m. on Sep. 12.

Services affected include:

  • Admissions Application
  • Blackboard
  • Colleague
  • College Email
  • College Voice mail
  • eForms
  • Informer
  • MyServices
  • Network Storage (nas)
  • Starfish
  • Surge Time
  • Virtual Desktop

The data center, located in the Main Building on Clifton Campus, houses the computer servers and networking equipment that run all College information technology services as well as College phone equipment.

  • The photo above shows some of the cabling used to connect the data center equipment in Main to temporary generators.
     
  • The data center equipment has been operating on generator power since Sep. 2, and maintenance for the generators is required every 10 days.

Faculty members should inform students about possible disruptions to remote course activities and College IT services on Saturday.

(Photo provided by Julie Rohling)

Free lunch on Monday & Tuesday for Clifton Campus students & employees

Kate's Catering at the Overlook will reopen next week and all students, employees, and contractors on Clifton Campus are invited to enjoy a boxed lunch at no cost on Sep. 14 and 15 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

President Monica Posey is sponsoring the food service on Monday and Tuesday to thank everyone for the extra efforts made in the aftermath of the water line break and the continued closure of the Main Building.

Box lunch options will include:

  • Chicken Grape Salad Croissant
  • Ham and Cheddar on Pretzel Bread
  • Turkey Club Ciabatta with Bacon
  • Chicken Caesar Salad with Croutons
  • Grilled Vegetable Wrap with Hummus

All boxed lunches include fruit salad, a cookie, and choice of chips.

Distribution of loaner laptops & hotspots resumes

Distribution of on-loan laptop computers and personal Wi-Fi hotspots to Cincinnati State students has resumed.

Students who previously requested a laptop and/or hotspot for Fall Semester can pick up their equipment on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in ATLC Room 007.

  • Room ATLC 007 is on the Lower Level of the ATLC near the Welcome Center.
     
  • The student who reserved the equipment must pick it up in person, after receiving an email stating their equipment is ready.
     
  • Students must show a College ID or driver's license at pick-up.
     
  • Students picking up equipment must follow College safety procedures, including wearing a mask.

Students who are registered for Fall classes can still request a laptop or hotspot, by following these steps:

Allow 2 days for form processing.

For help completing the eForm, call the IT Help Desk at (513) 569-1234.

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