Daily News: 03/30/11
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
SERS to sponsor Retirement Conference April 16 at Princeton High School
Bookstore needs textbook information as soon as possible
It’s ArtsWave Trivia Time!
Ventriloquist will make return appearance on April 1 in ATLC Lounge
State is seeking applications for grants to fund direct care research projects
Cincinnati State students bring back awards from landscape horticulture competition in Illinois
Library elevator out of service
Cincinnati State community can get discounts to Cleopatra exhibit at Museum Center
Construction will block loading dock access behind B Wing on Friday, April 1
Ohio is promoting biobased purchases by its higher education institutions
House/Bruckmann Faculty Excellence nominees for 2010-11 named
Last chance to see Cincinnati State Archives Exhibit on Co-op
Opportunities available for faculty at 2011 Higher Education Conference at NKU on April 1
September 23 is the date for the Presidential Inauguration
Nominations sought for 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award
The School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (SERS) will sponsor a Retirement Conference Saturday, April 16 at Princeton High School. The event, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., will present information about pension benefits as well as health care coverage. For more information about SERS please visit www.ohsers.org.
Financial aid usage begins in the Bookstore on Monday, April 4. Please submit your textbook information to the Executive Assistant in your division or contact Laura in the bookstore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 961-1067. Thank you!
The answer to yesterday’s question (Which organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary season this year?) was the Ensemble Theatre. Congratulations to Debbie Bogenshultz from the Library, Frances Cottle from Facilities and Jason Caudill from the Center for Innovative Technologies division. Thanks to all who participated!
Today’s question: How much stage blood was used each night in the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of Dracula?
(a) 1 Cup
(b) 1 Pint
(c) 1 Quart
(d) 1 Gallon
The first three people to answer correctly will win something to help the day go a little smoother. Please email your answer to Patrice Sanders in Institutional Advancement at email@example.com.
Denny Baker and Company will make a return visit to Cincinnati State on Friday, April 1 (and this is no April Fool’s joke) at noon in the ATLC First Floor Lounge. Denny is a comedian and ventriloquist – and audience members often find themselves participating in the show. So join Student Activities on Friday for fun, and you will soon be trying to determine who is real and who is not.
Congratulations to Johnna (Academic Advisor, E & SD) and Will Bradley on the birth of their son, William Collin Bradley. Born March 24, 2011. Mom and baby are doing fine!
The State of Ohio’s Long-term Direct Care Workforce Executive Committee is requesting applications from qualified investigators to perform research projects and write briefing papers and comprehensive reports on a variety of subjects covered by the project. Up to $672,000 has been budgeted to fund approximately seven research projects.
A full description of the application is available; click here to access.
Students from Cincinnati State’s landscape horticulture program won team and individual honors during the recent Student Career Days competition, held this year on the campus of Joliet Junior College in Illinois.
More than 800 students from 60 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada participated in the event, sponsored by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). In addition to the contests, the event included job fairs, tours and opportunities for students and faculty members to meet industry representatives.
In the 2011 team competition, Cincinnati State placed 20th out of the 60 schools. Of the teams that placed ahead of Cincinnati State, only four were community colleges; the rest were large scale university programs. (Miracosta College’s program, run by former Cincinnati State faculty member Claire Ehrlinger, placed 21st.)
In the individual competitions, students were allowed to compete in up to five events. Among the top performers for Cincinnati State:
• Tyler Davis, Compact Excavator Operation, 11th place.
• Tyler Davis, Computer Aided Landscape Design, 11th place.
• Zac Christman, Construction Cost Estimating, 12th place.
• Tyler Davis, Maintenance Cost Estimating, 15th place.
• Mark Wilson, Irrigation Design, 15th place.
• Zac Christman, Skid Steer Loader Operation, 10th place.
• Alex Benoit, Turf and Weed Identification, 5th place.
• Blake Harpenau, 3D Exterior Landscape Design, 8th place.
Davis placed 12th overall out of the more than 800 students attending the competition.
In addition, Don Bischof was recognized at the PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation’s scholarship reception with the Groundmasters, Inc. Scholarship. (Groundmasters was a local company that is now part of the Cincinnati-based Brickman Group Ltd.)
More information on the events can be obtained from http://www.studentcareerdays.org/.
Cincinnati State Students participated in the following contests:
- 3D Exterior Landscape Design
- Annual & Perennial Identification
- Arboriculture Techniques
- Business Management
- Compact Excavator Operation
- Computer Aided Landscape Design
- Construction Cost Estimating
- Exterior Landscape Design
- Interior Landscape Design
- Interior Plant Identification
- Irrigation Assembly
- Irrigation Design
- Irrigation Troubleshooting
- Landscape Maintenance Operations
- Landscape Plant Installation
- Leadership Skills
- Maintenance Cost Estimating
- Paver/ Hardscape Installation
- Personnel Management
- Plant Problem Diagnosis
- Sales Presentation
- Skid Steer Operation
- Small Engine Repair
- Tractor Loader Backhoe Operation
- Truck & Trailer Operation
- Turf & Weed Identification
- Wood Construction
- Woody Ornamental Plant Identification
The elevator in the Library is out of service effective immediately. The outage may last several months. The CyberLab remains available for use but requires taking stairs, and therefore is not ADA-accessible. Library instruction classes that have students who are unable to use stairs may make appointments for those students to have a private session with a librarian. Access to the CyberLab is now through the doors halfway along the G-wing hallway, near Instructional Support Services. Signs are posted by the appropriate doors to point the way.
Cincinnati State students, faculty and staff can get steep discounts to one of the most popular exhibits to hit the Museum Center in a long time.
Show your college ID and receive $4 off admission to Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt now through Sept. 5, 2011.
This offer is available online (plus ticket service fees) through www.cincymuseum.org/cleopatra. Click on “Buy Tickets Now’” and enter the promo code UNIVID when prompted, or purchase tickets at the Museum Center box office with a valid college ID and this flyer (discount code - CleoUnivid$4).
As ever in life, certain restrictions apply:
- Good for up to 4 tickets with flyer and valid college ID
- Valid college ID and flyer required to pick up tickets at will call
- No other discounts or coupons apply
Due to construction activities, access to the loading dock behind B Wing by college staff and vehicles for small deliveries will not be available on Friday, April 1.
Also because of construction, the fireloop (fire hydrants) on the east side of campus will be shut down until the morning of Wednesday, March 30. This will not affect water usage inside the buildings.
Those involved in making purchases for the College should be aware of Ohio’s “Biobased Law,’’ also known as Ohio Revised Code: Section 123:5-1-13, the biobased products bid preference policy. It says:
- (A) The Department of Administrative Services, other state agencies and state institutions of higher education must procure biobased products that fall within the designated item categories list compiled by the United States Department of Agriculture, as maintained by the Department of Administrative Services. State agencies must procure equipment ,materials, and supplies in accordance with procedures set forth in section 123:5-1-14. In addition, each institution of higher education must report their biobased expenditures to the Chancellor Ohio Board of Regents every September.
- (B) Requests for proposal and invitations to bid will contain a statement that biobased products may be considered and that a preference may be applied for those biobased products meeting the specifications set forth in the bidding document.
- (C) The minimum content for the anticipated biobased purchase shall be derived from the United States Department of Agriculture’s determination of minimum content for the designated item.
Following is the link to the Federal government biobased approved product catalog.
Note: If your department has purchased biobased products not found within the Federal government catalog, please forward the purchase order number and description of the biobased item ordered to purchasing.
Congratulations to the 2010-2011 House/Bruckmann Faculty Excellence nominees:
A reception in their honor will be held April 4, 2011 at 3 p.m. in the Conference Center (Rooms 344-346).
This is your last chance to see the Cincinnati State Archives exhibit on Cooperative Education at Cincinnati State and in our community, so come check it out if you haven’t already done so. The archives display cases are located within the library, to the left of the entrance.
We will be putting up a new exhibit in April, so stay tuned for more information about that.
In addition to the display case, we also have an online version of our current and past exhibits on our website at http://www.cincinnatistate.edu/archives.
The Archives also invites you to visit our blog at http://cinstatearchives.wordpress.com/ or “like” our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/csarchives.
Also, if you are able to help identify people, places and events on our Photo Archives at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cinstatearchives, it would be greatly appreciated.
Contact College Archivist Tracey Stivers (x1608) or Assistant Archivist Natalie Draper (x4688) or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you have any materials that you would like to donate.
The date for this year’s commencement will be Thursday, June 23, 2011, beginning at 7 p.m. and it will be in a new location: The Duke Energy Convention Center, Grand Ballroom. Additional details will be forthcoming.
The 2011 Higher Education Conference is quickly approaching. Sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities (GCCCU) and the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, the conference is being held at Northern Kentucky University on April 1, 2011. This year’s conference, “Online and Up Close,” offers faculty, administrators, and staff a full day professional-development opportunity to identify ways to use technology inside and outside of the classroom to enhance student learning, services, retention, and faculty support.
Sessions start at 8:30 a.m. and the day concludes at 3:30 p.m. Associate Dean Donna DuVall and Director of Distance Learning Jean A. Wisuri will be presenting at the conference in a session entitled Illuminate the Classroom with Elluminate Live! The Office of Distance Learning would like to sponsor four full-time faculty members who wish to attend this year’s conference.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Jean A. Wisuri at extension 1678. The first four full-time faculty to do so will be registered for the conference.
A new date has been set for the inauguration of Dr. Owens as president of Cincinnati State: September 23. The schedule calls for the ceremony to begin at 1 p.m. at the College, followed by a reception. A Scholarship Dinner/ Dance is planned for 7 p.m. at Music Hall, preceded by a VIP reception there at 6 p.m.
May 15 is the deadline for submitting a nomination for the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus. Attached is a nomination form. If you have any questions, contact the Alumni Office at x1236.
eAdvising training will be held on the following days:
Thursday, March 31
To register please use this link: https://swebapps.cincinnatistate.edu/eforms/eform.aspx?form_id=612.
All classes will be held in the ITS training room, 401 ATLC. Call Lana Teetor at extension 1549 if you have any questions.
Cincinnati State will host what promises to be an intriguing segment next month in its “Crucial Conversations” series: a program titled “Strangers No More – How Men View Women, What Women Think About Men.’’
The event will begin at 1 p.m. April 20 in the ATLC Auditorium. Sponsors include the Black Male Initiative, Chi Alpha Cincy 4, Phi Theta Kappa and the Rainbow Alliance.
Student Activities will be sponsoring an Art Show for Cincinnati State students, faculty and staff on May 24. Dust off your brushes and let the creative juices flow! Paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry, stained glass and the like will be accepted for either display or sale (your choice). If you need additional information or wish to participate, either call ext. 1555 or come to Student Activities in ATLC 204.
Training from Instructional Support Technologies for the week of March 28-April 1, 2011
Wednesday, March 30
10 am-12 noon
Blackboard: Grade Center Advanced Tools
Thursday, March 31
Blackboard: Course Management Tools
Blackboard sessions are taught by Dr. Jon P. McKamey, Instructional Designer. MS Outlook and File Management sessions are taught by Paula Harnist, Applications Specialist.
To view a complete description of each session and to register for any of these sessions, visit the Professional Development Website at http://teams.cincinnatistate.edu/prodev. If you are visiting the Website from off campus, you may need to sign in with your Cincinnati State user name and password. If prompted for a domain name, type cincinnatistate in that field. You can register for a session on the Professional Development Website after you choose the session date from the event list. Click on "Register for Event" in the upper left corner of the page, scroll down and enter your information, then click on "Save Registration" at the bottom of the page.
Any problems with user names or passwords should be directed to the ITS Helpdesk. When on campus, dial ext. 1234 from any campus telephone. From off campus, call 513-569-1234.