FridayApril 2, 2021

Stimulus fund checks were sent to CS students this week

Starting on Mar. 29, Cincinnati State mailed checks for $500 each to 2,245 currently-enrolled students who are eligible for the second round of Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II).

The grant funds were provided to the College, for distribution directly to students, as part of the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) legislation that was approved by Congress in December 2020.

  • Cincinnati State received over $2 million in CRRSA funds to be awarded directly to students with "exceptional need" as a result of unexpected expenses due to the disruption of campus operations from COVID-19.
  • The College Financial Aid Office prioritized Federal Pell Grant recipients as those who would receive the CRRSA-provided funds.

The initial HEERF funds for students were allocated as part of the CARES Act Federal legislation approved by Congress early in 2020.

A third round of emergency funds for students is part of the American Rescue Plan Federal legislation that was approved in early March of 2021.

Financial Aid Director Penny Parsons said future disbursements of emergency funds to CState students will take place after the College receives more information about the eligibility criteria and establishes an application process.

Welcome new faculty and staff members in EIT

In addition to new colleagues introduced in a previous edition of Daily News, the Engineering and Information Technologies Division has welcomed two tenure-track faculty co-op coordinators and two new staff members during Spring Semester.

Hannah Held is the new Co-op Coordinator for students in Audio/Video Production, Computer Network Engineering Technology, Graphic Design, Graphic Imaging Technology, and Web & Multimedia Design.

Hannah started working at CState while earning her Associate of Arts degree, when she was a co-op student assigned to assist the co-op coordinators in Humanities & Sciences.

Hannah says her initial experience helped her "find a passion for helping students achieve their professional goals."

She added, "I'm eager to help hardworking students and innovative companies connect and achieve greatness!"

Hannah completed a bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership from Northern Kentucky University and also gained professional experience in marketing and office management in the engineering industry, and as a recruiter in the IT industry.

Hannah's fiancé, TJ, is a chemist at KAO in Cincinnati, and Hannah's 9 year old son is in the third grade in a Spanish Immersion Program.

Her hobbies include yoga, reading, writing, cooking, traveling, music and film, plus sports and video games.

Doug Woodruff is now a full-time Co-op Coordinator for Civil Engineering Technologies, Chemical and Environmental Engineering Technologies, and Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technologies, after serving as a part-time co-op coordinator in EIT for six years.

Prior to joining CState, Doug worked in the manufacturing field for about 30 years.

Doug earned a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management from "The" Ohio State University and says he is a diehard Buckeye football fan.

He also has an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. 

Doug says he "loves sports of all sorts," and, when time permits, he also enjoys taking classes at the College. He says, "I like to to add to or refresh my own knowledge and skills, and taking classes helps me better understand what my co-op students are learning and experiencing."

Jonathan Wagner is a new Senior Lab Technician in EIT, returning to the EIT Lab Center where he initially worked as a co-op student while he earned two associate's degrees: Computer Support & Administration and Electronic Systems Engineering Technology.

Jonathan will take over as head of the EIT Lab Center when Wayne Herbers retires this summer.

After graduating from CState, Jonathan worked in various positions at Pomeroy, first as a Desk-side Support Technician at P&G's Fabric and Home Care Innovation Center in St. Bernard, where he helped office and chemical plant employees with technical issues. Later, he worked at Pomeroy headquarters in Hebron, KY, as a Repair Technician.

Jonathan says, "I have a passion for Cincinnati State because the College was a turning point in my life, for the better. I want to see others start on a career path toward something they love doing, as I was able to do because of the College."

Jonathan's hobbies include video games, Magic the Gathering, and managing audio/video equipment and recordings for his church.

John Thomas (seen here fishing with his niece and showing off his "pandemic summer beard") is the new Clerical Assistant at the Cincinnati State West Campus in Harrison.

John started at CState working in Distribution (so you might remember him from your visits to the Mail Room). He also earned an associate's degree in Business Management.

He worked at Walgreens for 15 years but decided to "flip-the-script on my career for a spell" and became an over-the-road truck driver.

John's hobbies include the outdoors, fishing, traveling, the History Channel, and "supporting our hometown sports teams."

He says, "I’ve always been interested in airplanes, and now I get to help everyone who keeps the planes in the air!"

Clifton Campus pedestrian pathway closed through Apr. 5

Today, and continuing until around 5 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 5, access is closed-- including for those on foot-- to the portion of Lot D that has been available to those traveling from A and B Wings of the Main Building to the Health Professions Building and the "roundabout" (as seen in the photo above).

A large crane is set up in this portion of Lot D (located near where the brown dumpster is pictured above) as part of the Main Building recovery work. No vehicle or foot traffic is allowed in the area until the work is completed.

To those on Clifton Campus who are affected by this short-term change, thank you for your cooperation in ensuring safety.

Alumni Career speaker on Apr. 7 is Caren Welborne

The Alumni Career Series hosted by the Cincinnati State Career Center and the Alumni Affairs Office welcomes Caren Welborne for a virtual presentation on Wednesday, Apr. 7, starting at 5 p.m.

Ms. Welborne is a Director of Project Management at Worldwide Clinical Trials in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, where she manages global clinical research studies in rare diseases.

Ms. Welborne earned a Culinary Arts Certificate from Cincinnati State in 2006.

Since then, she has worked as a personal chef in catering support, as a farmers' market representative for Blue Oven Bakery, and served as as Recorder for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), Southwest Chapter.

Ms. Welborne earned a bachelor of science degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Ashland University (Ohio) and a master of science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy.

Join the Zoom event:

Meeting ID: 819 4005 1349 | Passcode: 122536

Pastry Capstone class shared treats with VA Medical Center

One of the requirements for students enrolled in the Spring Semester course PAS 290-- the Capstone class for the Pastry Arts associate's degree program-- is to prepare an array of sweet treats for catered events.

In pre-pandemic times, these student projects would have been the center of attention at an on-campus activity, but this year Chef Betsy LaSorella and her students took a different approach.

The treats were prepared as usual (see photos at right and below), and then shared with Cincinnati's VA Medical Center.

Jay Zwerin (above on far left), the Central Operations Manager for the Midwest Culinary Institute, delivered boxes containing about 600 individually-wrapped bags of student-created treats to the Medical Center on Mar. 18.

The specialty cookies, candy, and other elegant pastries were enjoyed by Medical Center personnel seen in photos above and below, and also enjoyed by many others not seen in the photos.

Jamie White, a Voluntary Service Specialist at the VA Medical Center, told Jay the donated treats were "a big hit with our Veterans and frontline staff" and "very delicious as well!"

Chef LaSorella said that in addition to practicing their catering skills, students in the Pastry Arts Capstone course focus on preparing plated desserts for fine dining.

The Capstone students also take the Certified Pastry Culinarian exam offered by the American Culinary Federation as a course requirement.

Below: Marcus Allen and Liara Lockhart prepare “Fuhgeddaboudits” (a fancy rice cereal treat).

Below: Student Evan Fridley works on molded chocolates.

Below: Students Kiara Iker (left) and Bailey Sutterfield prepare strawberry fruit bars.

Below: Bailey Sutterfield takes steps required for tempering of chocolate.

Below: VA Medical Center staff members get ready to enjoy some of the donated pastries and chocolates.

(Photos provided by Jay Zwerin and Chef Betsy LaSorella)

Overlook "specials of the week" for Apr. 5-8

For the week of Apr. 5-8, the "specials of the week" from Kate's Catering at the Overlook include:

  • Wednesday, Apr. 7 -"Build your own Taco" Bar - ($8)
  • Thursday, Apr. 8 - "Build your own Pasta" Bar ($8)
  • The Sandwich Special for the full week is a Roast Beef, Gouda, and Caramelized Onion Croissant ($6)

The Overlook Cafe on Clifton Campus is open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

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Today's Chef Choice
Weekly Specials
  • 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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