MondayMarch 29, 2021

CState students honored by ELL Foundation

Cincinnati State graduate Aya Hijji was honored as the 2021 "College Student of the Year" by the English Language Learning (ELL) Foundation of Cincinnati during a Recognition Brunch conducted virtually on Mar. 20.

  • Aya, who moved to the US from Palestine, graduated from Cincinnati State in 2020 and is now enrolled at Northern Kentucky University, working on a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership with a focus on human resources.

CState student Alicar Darouich (Syria), majoring in Biological Sciences and seen at right with a proud family member, received the 2021 Andrea Cheng Scholarship.

This award was created four years ago in memory of Cincinnati State faculty member Andrea Cheng and her work on behalf of English Language Learners.

In addition, other Cincinnati State students who received ELL scholarships are:

  • Bouchra Belcadi (Morocco) - Early Childhood Education
  • Patricia Cimalamunga (Republic of Congo) - Biological Sciences
  • Komlan M. Gbedjeha (Togo) - Computer Network Engineering Technology
  • Roberto Zepeda (El Salvador) - Computer Network Engineering Technology
  • Mohamed Habbaoui (Morocco) - CCP student and a senior at Hughes HS

You can watch the entire recognition event online. The awards presentations begin about 36 minutes into the video.

Cincinnati State's President, Dr. Monica Posey, gave welcoming remarks at the Recognition celebration.

Dr. Posey introduced Midwest Culinary Institute Chef Andrew Vogel, who guided participants through preparations for a brunch menu, using recipes sent to attendees prior to the virtual event.

The ELL Foundation was founded in 2006. The non-profit group focuses on helping English Learning students (whose native language or home language is not English) in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area to become successful in their academic lives, while also fostering their cultural identities.

Cincinnati State Professor (retired) Rosa Maria Moreno, the Vice President of the ELL Foundation Board of Directors, said scholarships were awarded this year to 21 college students attending six local institutions: Cincinnati State, the University of Cincinnati (and UC Blue Ash), Mount St. Joseph University, Northern Kentucky University, and Xavier University. 

Scholarships also were awarded to 15 graduating seniors from 7 area high schools.

(Photos provided by Rosa Maria Moreno)

New security step for College email starts Apr. 12

To increase the security of College email (and other Microsoft Office tools) the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department will implement Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) for Office 365.

The implementation will start at 7 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 12, 2021, and will apply to all Cincinnati State employees and students.

  • Multi-factor Authentication is a simple way to protect user accounts by requiring users to provide more than just their username and password when logging in.
  • With Multi-factor Authentication, users must acknowledge an app notification on their smartphone, a text message, or a phone call after correctly entering their password.
  • Starting Apr. 12, Multi-factor Authentication will be required whenever you update your password on your College office computer and on other devices where you use College email.

To download a document that explains Multi-factor Authentication, click here.

  • The document provided via the link above includes another link to a step-by-step instructional video.
  • The video explains how to set up MFA using the Microsoft Authenticator App.
  • You will not be able to set up MFA for your Cincinnati State account until Apr. 12, but you may want to download the Microsoft Authenticator App before Apr. 12.

Congratulations to Dr. Janice Lockett

Janice Lockett, Professor and Program Chair for Nursing, has completed her Ph.D. in Nursing Education.

Dr. Lockett's degree from Capella University was awarded in February 2021.

Janice's doctoral research evaluated the effects of empathy training for associate's degree nursing students.

  • Higher empathy levels of healthcare professionals are associated with optimal health outcomes for patients and nurses, and previous research has indicated that nursing students' empathy declined as their patient encounters increased.
  • Janice's research outcomes support the value of integrating empathy training at multiple levels throughout nursing students' academic studies.
  • First-year and second-year nursing students who participated in Janice's research study showed moderate to high levels of empathy, as measured using the Jefferson Scale of Empathy for Health Professional Students survey.

Janice's research outcomes also show that reinforcement of empathetic skills throughout the curriculum may enhance empathy in health students that continues into their professional practice.

Faculty: Use new eForm to seek stimulus funding for academics

Cincinnati State's senior administrators have allocated $700,000 of the College's Stimulus Funding from the federal government to support academic expenses that meet the following purposes:

  • increase safety for in-person instruction (not including PPE or cleaning supplies)
  • add equipment to support socially distanced in-person instruction
  • add equipment or software (or other online resources) to support remote delivery of instruction, advising, support services, or professional development

Faculty and academic staff members who are seeking approval to use stimulus funds should complete the new eForm titled “COVID Stimulus Expense Authorization(click to view the form).

  • For examples of purchases that qualify for use of stimulus funds, check with the Division Dean or applicable Academic Administrator.

When the eForm is submitted, the purchase cost and a vendor quote or other itemized cost information must be attached.

  • Completed eForms are routed to the Dean or Academic Administrator. If approved by the Dean, the request will go to Provost Robbin Hoopes for final approval.
  • If the request is approved, a separate Purchase Requisition eForm will need to be completed.
  • All expenditures using stimulus funds must be made prior to Jan. 1, 2022.
  • If an equipment purchase exceeds $5,000 from the same vendor, the College must issue a Request for Proposals (RFP), which means the timeline for completing the purchase will be extended.
    Please check with your Dean or Academic Administrator if you think this limit might apply to purchases being made by your department or division.

Faculty or academic staff members who need personal protective equipment (PPE) or cleaning supplies should check with a division administrator.

Remote/Online Learning Support for Mar. 29-Apr. 2

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

  • assistance using Blackboard
  • help in improving your Web, Live Web, or Web Hybrid course

Assistance and/or troubleshooting for Zoom, Blackboard, and other tools also 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.

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

Meeting ID: 810 6058 5299  |  Passcode: 672017

  • Tuesday, Mar. 30 - 1-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 31 - 8-9 a.m.
  • Thursday, Apr. 1 - 10-11 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. 30 - 9-10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 31 - 11 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, Apr. 1 - 2-3 p.m.

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.

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