MondayMarch 8, 2021

Women's Empowerment Network celebrates International Women's Day & Women's History Month

After a semester on hiatus, the Cincinnati State Women's Empowerment Network is announcing a series of programs to mark Women's History Month, starting today with a celebration of International Women's Day.

Programs and activities are open to Cincinnati State students, faculty, and staff members.

You can stay informed about the Women's Empowerment Network, including updates on programming and empowering messages, on social media:

  • Instagram - @cstatewen
  • Facebook - Cincinnati State Women's Empowerment Network 

For more information, or to be added to the Women's Empowerment Network email list, contact Jayne Dressing (

Welcome, new Senior Lab Tech Karen Brinton

Dr. Karen Brinton is the new Senior Laboratory Technician for the Chemistry Department in Humanities & Sciences.

Karen has been an adjunct instructor of Chemistry at Cincinnati State since 2018.

Her experience as a community college adjunct instructor began in 2005 in southern California, where she taught both chemistry and earth sciences.

A native New Yorker, Karen has lived most of her adult life in southern California. She moved to Cincinnati a few years ago to be closer to family.

Karen earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Oberlin College, an M.S. in Chemistry from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.

Prior to becoming a teacher, Karen worked as a geochemist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, studying the reactions of amino acids in extreme environments similar to those on Mars.

Karen said, "I'm looking forward to getting the chemistry labs up and running again for in-person classes, with the extra safety challenges brought on by the pandemic."

She added, "As someone who loves to cook and bake, I'm excited that the Chemistry Department will be offering food science-based labs to support the Culinary and Food Science bachelor's degree at Cincinnati State."

Karen's hobbies are playing the cello, knitting, sewing, and baking, and she says she plans to add gardening and raising chickens to the list.

She also enjoys spending time with family and her greyhound, a rescued racer named Poppy (who posed with Karen for the photo).

Faculty: Look for Spring Starfish Progress Surveys

Starfish Progress Surveys for Spring Semester courses are available to faculty starting today, Monday, Mar. 8, and need to be completed by Sunday, Mar. 14.

Your survey responses help monitor and assist the academic progress of students in specified classes and student support programs.

Faculty members receive an email message to let you know if you need to complete Progress Surveys for your students.

The online Progress Surveys are available in the Starfish tab of Blackboard.

If you have questions about using Starfish, please send a message to

Library Book Club March selection is "Peter Pan"

Cincinnati State faculty and staff members are invited to join the March meeting of the virtual Library Book Club, to discuss the whimsical and adventurous fantasy classic Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.

The Book Club meeting takes place Thursday, Mar. 25, at 1 p.m., on Zoom (click here to connect).

  • Peter Pan-- also known as The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up or Peter and Wendy-- started as a 1904 play by J.M. Barrie and then became a 1911 novel.
  • Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous little boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, and the pirate Captain Hook.
  • The story has been retold and reinterpreted numerous times, in a variety of media and formats, throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Check out the Library Book Club Guide for more information on this month's selection, including library e-book access and meeting details.

Reviews and a book description are available at GoodReads.

If you have questions about the Library Book Club, please contact Librarian Jordan Breeze (Curtis) at

Online Learning Support for Mar. 8-12

The Office of Online Learning is offering several opportunities this week for faculty seeking:

  • assistance using Blackboard
  • help in improving your online courses

Other assistance (including help with Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate) is available by appointment.

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.
  • If you are a new instructor and need access to this resource site, please contact a division administrator.

Blackboard Open Office Hours/Help with Blackboard Tools are facilitated by Dr. Jon McKamey (via Zoom)

Meeting ID: 810 6058 5299  |  Passcode: 672017

  • Monday, Mar. 8 - 10-11 a.m.
  • Monday, Mar. 8 - 1-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 9 - 11 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, Mar. 11 - 1-2 p.m.
  • Friday, Mar. 12 - 9-10 a.m.

Online Course Delivery: Improving the Student Experience is facilitated by Dr. Jon McKamey (via Zoom) 

Meeting ID: 832 8593 4234  |  Passcode: 881480

  • Tuesday, Mar. 9 - 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 10 - 9-10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 10 - 1-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Mar. 11 - 8-9 a.m.
  • Friday, Mar. 12 - 11 a.m.-noon

Faculty members are encouraged to sign up for the self-paced, 6-module online course Teaching Online for Cincinnati State, facilitated by Jon. Faculty can enroll in the course at any time. See the weekly PDF training schedule for more information.

Paul DeNu from the Office of Online Learning is available by appointment to provide Zoom training and/or troubleshooting.

Paul is also available by appointment to help with individual concerns related to Collaborate, audio/video work, Screencast-O-Matic, closed captioning, accessibility, and other Blackboard assistance.

To schedule an appointment, send email to Paul at

Julee Johns, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, is available by appointment.

Call (513) 569-1724 to leave a message for a return call.

I-75 / I-74 Construction Update: Overnight ramp closure on Mar. 9

The following overnight restrictions are scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 9 on I-75/I-74:

  • Closure of the ramp from I-75 South to I-74 West from 12:10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Traffic will be detoured by way of the Hopple Street interchange.

All scheduled work is contingent upon weather.

To help ensure the safety of construction workers and the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed, and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zones.

For detailed traffic and construction information, visit

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  • Sandwich Special: BBQ Bacon Chicken Wrap - $5 (Apr. 19-22)
  • Build your own Nacho Bar- $8 (Apr. 21)
  • Blue Plate Special: All American Meat Loaf/Mashed Potatoes/Peas & Corn/Buttermilk Biscuit- $10 (Apr. 22)

Spring Semester 2021

Overlook Cafe open M-Th 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Bakery Hill closed

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