FridayJuly 16, 2021

Cincinnati leader & aunt of CS faculty member was honored at statue dedication

Marian A. Spencer, a Cincinnati civil rights activist and political and civic leader for many years--  and the great-aunt of Cincinnati State faculty member Daniel Anderson-- was honored on June 27 with the dedication of a statue at Smale Riverfront Park.

The statue for Mrs. Spencer marked the first time a woman in Cincinnati has been recognized with a named statue.

Daniel shared photos of the event, which was attended by a large crowd of family members, friends, and admirers of Mrs. Spencer, who died in 2019 at age 99.

Above, Daniel (2nd from left) and others gathered around the sculpture. The figures of two children symbolize Mrs. Spencer's work with youth and her legacy of inspiration to future generations.

The statue dedication was delayed for a year by the pandemic and took place just before what would have been Mrs. Spencer's 101st birthday.

Daniel said, "I am overjoyed and honored for my great-aunt to be the focus of the first statue in Cincinnati named for a woman."

"She was a remarkable woman of dignity, compassion and grace, who stood up for justice and equality," Daniel said.

"She was born in 1920 in Gallipolis, Ohio, where she witnessed the Ku Klux Klan marching down her street, and where my great great grandfather (an ex-slave) inspired her to fight for justice."

Mrs. Spencer was awarded an honorary degree from Cincinnati State in 2015.

Her contributions to the Greater Cincinnati region included leading the efforts to desegregate Coney Island's swimming pools in the 1950s, and serving as the first Black woman elected to Cincinnati City Council, in 1983, as well as serving as vice-mayor of the city.

Mrs. Spencer held leadership roles in NAACP, the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees, and the Woman's City Club, along with contributions to many other organizations.

She was honored as a "Great Living Cincinnatian" in 1998 and received numerous other accolades throughout her life.

From left: Gina Erardi (assistant sculptor), David Anderson (Daniel's brother), Tom Tsuchiya (sculptor), Camille Haamid (Daniel's mother), and Daniel Anderson.

Statue dedication event MC Courtis Fuller (WLWT-TV) at podium with Camille Haamid (Daniel's mother).

Nursing students sponsor blood drive at Hoxworth from July 18-24

Students in the Nursing 202 class this summer are partnering with Hoxworth Blood Center for a "virtual campus blood drive" from July 18 to 24.

All Cincinnati State students, employees, and friends and family members may participate at any of the seven Hoxworth locations.

Hoxworth serves more than 30 hospitals in the tri-state region, and donors of all blood types are needed to assist with lifesaving situations, including people who have undergone severe trauma, complications following childbirth, anemic patients, surgical patients, and cancer patients. 

If you have questions, contact Nursing instructor Lindsey Stewart (

Eligibility requirements for blood donors:

  • You must feel well and healthy, with no fever, sore throat, or flu-like symptoms
  • If you had major surgery recently, you must be released from doctor’s care

For whole blood donation:

  • At least 16 years old (parental consent is required for donors younger than 17)
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
  • Donation frequency: every 56 days (8 weeks)

For platelet donation:

  • At least 17 years old
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
  • Donation frequency: every 14 days, up to 24 times per year

For Power Red donation (2 units of red blood cells):

  • Male donors - at least 17 years old, 5 ft. 1 in. tall, and weigh at least 130 lbs.
  • Female donors - at least 19 years old, 5 ft. 3 in. tall, and weigh at least 150 lbs.
  • Donation frequency: every 112 days, up to 3 times per year

Colleague maintenance on July 18

On Sunday, July 18, from 7 a.m. to noon, Information Technology Services will be performing several technology maintenance tasks. Systems affected include:

  • Admissions Application
  • Colleague
  • eForms
  • Informer
  • MyServices
  • Starfish

ITS will make efforts to keep service disruption to a minimum during the maintenance period.

Overlook specials for July 19-22

For the week of July 19-22, Kate's Catering at the Overlook will feature:

  • Monday, July 19, through Thursday, July 22 - Hot Chicken and Vegetable Wrap ($6)
  • Wednesday, July 21 - Hot Ham and Cheese + Bagged Chips & Kosher Pickle ($7)
  • Thursday, July 22 - Baked Ziti + Steamed Broccoli & Garlic Breadstick ($8)

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

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