Daily News: 03/01/11
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Cincinnati State students, faculty join tutoring initiative at CPS school in Evanston
Cincinnati State will host high school Environmental Day March 1
Elementz to host show at Cincinnati State on March 1
Summit Restaurant, Hoperatives to host beer dinner on March 17
Plans set for inauguration of President Owens
Time to Order Caps and Gowns – Presidential Inauguration and Commencement
March Madness starts tonight in the Cincinnati State gymnasium.
The men’s team – which last year finished No. 2 in the nation – starts this year’s run at 7 p.m. tonight at home against Edison Community College.
It’s the opening round of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Tournament, also known as the National Junior College Region 12, District 7 Tournament for Division II teams.
The Surge ended the season 21-9 overall, 8-4 in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference after losing a heartbreaking final game against Cuyahoga in overtime, 54-52. For Cuyahoga, the victory meant an undisputed first-place finish in the OCCAC and a first-round bye in the tournament. For Cincinnati State, it meant the chance to play tonight against a team (Edison) it has defeated twice during the regular season.
The winner of tonight’s game will advance to the next round of the tournament on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio. They will play the winner of today’s opening round contest between Columbus State and Owens.
For the Lady Surge, who finished the season 19-10 overall and 10-2 in the OCCAC with a 76-61 win over Cuyahoga in their season finale, the tournament won’t start until 2 p.m. Friday at Edison Community College. That’s because Cincinnati State, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, got a first-round bye when its scheduled opponent, Lakeland Community College, chose not to play.
The Lady Surge will play the winner of today’s contest between Edison and Cuyahoga.
As many readers of My CState Daily News have likely discovered by now, Lot D has closed effective today for construction.
It will remain closed to all private vehicles for approximately six weeks.
Lot D is the surface parking on the south and east sides of the Main Building on the Cincinnati State campus. This part of the campus will be involved in the next phase of the College’s stormwater management project with the Metropolitan Sewer District. Plans call for the installation of drainage tiles and pervious pavement to help capture and carry rainwater to cisterns and to rain gardens and other structures designed to keep stormwater on campus and out of MSD’s combined sewer system.
According to Michael Wylie, Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police at Cincinnati State:
- College Drive will remain open during the Lot D construction.
- During the construction phase, faculty and staff who normally park in Lot D will need to park at other locations provided by the college – i.e., the Ludlow and Central Parkway garages, Lots A, C and G or the Central Parkway Community Church next to Frisch’s and the Bethlehem Apostolic Church overflow lot on Hamilton Avenue. Both church parking areas have continuous shuttle service from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Friday from 7 a.m. until the last car leaves at night.
- Members of the Cincinnati State Executive Team will be assigned parking spaces along College Drive. No other assigned spaces will be designated during the construction period.
- Daycare dropoff will return to its former location in front of Main Building during the construction period.
- The pickup/dropoff point for the shuttles that run to and from the off-campus overflow lots will be at the end of the Main Building on Campus Drive, near the Admission offices.
- Regulations prohibiting drop-offs or parking in fire lanes will be strictly enforced.
Wylie and Cincinnati State’s Director of Facilities, Ray Mirizzi, noted that once Lot D construction is finished and reopened, plans call for College Drive in front of Main Building to again be closed so that work on the final phase of the stormwater project can be completed.
In short, they said, parking will be exceptionally tight starting March 1 and for much of Spring Term. They asked Cincinnati State faculty and staff to be prepared and to show a little patience.
The managers of The Summit would like to extend a special invitation to faculty and staff and students at Cincinnati State to take advantage of the terrific deals during Prime Rib Night this Thursday, March 3. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a queen cut for $9.99 and a king cut for $14.99. The a la carte menu will also be offered, and wine, beer and cocktails (for persons above age 21, of course) will be available. Call for a reservation: (513) 569-4980.
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.
Students and faculty from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College are joining in a tutoring initiative at Hoffman-Parham School in Evanston.
Cincinnati State’s partnership with Hoffman-Parham is part of a larger “Be the Change’’ effort by Cincinnati Public Schools to recruit at least 2,000 tutors by the end of the next school year to help elementary students throughout the district improve their math and reading abilities.
It’s an effort that has the full support of Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens, who has long been active in the push to improve the quality of the region’s public schools.
“Reading and math are fundamental to a child’s success in school,’’ said Dr. Owens, himself a product of the Cincinnati Public Schools system. “Tutoring is something we all can do to help children succeed.’’
The Cincinnati State tutoring program began during the 2010 Late Fall Term when approximately 30 students and three faculty members signed up for a “Cincinnati Reads’’ training session put on by the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati. That session – held at Cincinnati State – covered the basics of helping students from kindergarten through grade three with reading, and included a free background check.
Many of the student tutors are from Cincinnati State’s Early Childhood Education program; others are Associate of Arts and Associate of Science co-op students who will receive internship credit for tutoring in both reading and math at Hoffman-Parham.
Whether it’s reading or math, the basic notion is the same: pair a child with a single tutor who will stay with the child until he or she completes their fourth grade proficiency tests. That way, the reasoning goes, the tutor and student will be able to build a relationship, learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and figure out ways to grow. Educators say studies have repeatedly shown that such tutoring programs have dramatically improved learning and test scores.
Jayne Dressing, a co-op coordinator for the College who helped organize the tutoring program, said Hoffman-Parham Principal Stacey Hill-Simmons is still looking for more volunteers, even for the remainder of the current school year.
Dressing said she hopes there’s enough interest that Cincinnati State employees might be able to organize car pools or vans to Hoffman-Parham on their lunch hour to tutor at least one day a week, as happens with employees at some corporations in Greater Cincinnati. If there’s enough interest, she said, another training session with free background checks will be offered on campus.
For more information about the “Be the Change’’ initiative please visit www.cps-k12.org/Community/CLC/CLCNews/CLCNewsJan11.pdf or contact any of those at Cincinnati State who are involved with the program. They include:
- Rayma Smith, Dean, Humanities and Sciences Divisions ((513) 569-1616, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Crystal Bossard, Chair, Early Childhood Education ((513) 569-4756, email@example.com)
- Jayne Dressing ((513) 569-4778, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Sandy Owen, Instructor ((513) 569-1518, email@example.com)
- Monna Beckford, Resource Coordinator, FamiliesFORWARD/Hoffman Parham School, 3060 Durrell Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45207, (513) 363-2733, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cincinnati State will host approximately 150 high school students and teachers from Laurel Oaks, Butler Tech, Switzerland County High School in Indiana and St. Henry High School in Northern Kentucky today (March 1) for a day-long round of environmentally-themed events. This marks the 12th consecutive year that Environmental Engineering Technologies faculty members Dr. Ann Gunkel and Ann Fallon have received funding from Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. to develop programs with environmentally-based themes at the College.
In an effort to make high school students more aware of the green issues which impact their daily lives and the careers available to them, the 2011 “From Rainwater to Rivers” High School Day will focus on environmental issues in the home, at school, work, and in their community. Students and teachers from participating high schools in Greater Cincinnati will participate in hands-on activities dealing with storm water runoff, watershed management, water treatment, nonpoint source pollution, environmental mapping and more!
Now is the time for the leaders of tomorrow to realize that by incorporating green practices into everything, they do will save money as well as help protect the environment. The “From Rainwater to Rivers” presentations will target high school teachers and students making them more aware of their watershed, actions that impact water quality and the health of local streams. The interactive activities that have been developed for the high school students are designed to spark students’ interest as well as to demonstrate the complexities of many environmental issues. The sessions will also expose students to the exciting field of Environmental Engineering Technology.
The Elementz Hip Hop Youth Arts Center will be hosting a show at Cincinnati State on Tuesday, March 1 in the ATLC Lounge. The show will start at noon and last approximately 45 minutes.
ElementzYouthCenter for Hip Hop & Respect opened in 2005 on the corner of Liberty and Central Parkway in the West End. Open four days a week from 2:30 p.m.-9 p.m., it is designed to attract teens and young adults interested in Hip Hop and the message of "respect." Three full-time employees and seven part-time instructors work with 40-45 youth, ages 14-24. Elementz has over 300 active members, mostly from Cincinnati's inner-city neighborhoods, but includes and welcomes youth from throughout the city.
Elementz focuses on providing instruction and performance opportunities in Hip Hop and urban arts. Specifically, Elementz provides instruction in Audio Engineering, Beat-making, DJ'ing, Hip Hop Dance, and Graffiti Arts. Youth are taught to use these art forms to tell their stories and learn creative expression. Elementz members perform in a showcase each month at the Center in the West End, and at other community events, such as the Fine Arts Fund Sampler Weekend, the Black Family Reunion, and the Clifton Heights Music Festival. Elementz graffiti artists had their first art show at PAC Gallery in Walnut Hills this past summer.
Elementz is led by Tom Kent, Executive Director, and Brother Abdullah, Program Director. More information about Elementz can be found at www.elementz.org.
The Summit Restaurant has a special event scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day, March 17: a beer dinner, put on in conjunction with Hoperatives, a group dedicated to the art and craft of brewing a product that once and might again put Cincinnati on the map.
Chef Sean Kagy has come up with a nice twist on the traditional beer dinner concept. Rather than courses being served in a set order, this will be a “dine-around” format with four stations staffed by culinary students, each serving a dish paired with a different beer. In addition to being served a “welcome’’ beer, guests will be able to visit each station as often as they like.
Here is the menu:
Station 1: Beer-Cheese Nachos with assorted toppings.
Station 2: Beer-braised Short Ribs with seasonal accompaniment
Station 3: Beer-braised Mussels with seasonal accompaniment
Station 4: Assorted Desserts
The event will start at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $40, $35 for Hoperatives members; either way it includes complimentary valet parking but not tax or gratuity. Reservations should be made by calling (513) 569-4980. (Since this is a special event, reservations cannot be made through OpenTable).
March 17 marks the second round of the NCAA basketball tournament. Rest assured, at least one working television tuned to the tournament will be set up.
One more assurance: There will be no green beer.
- Beginning Tuesday, March 1, the trash compactor at the Main Building loading dock will be out of service. This is a result of the second phase of the MSD stormwater project, which will close Lot D for the next six weeks.
The Environmental Services Department will provide normal routine services in the Main building during this period. Faculty and staff are asked to refrain from bringing any items to the trash compactor or the Main Building loading dock until Lot D reopens.
- Weather permitting, beginning next week a new handicap ramp will be constructed near the bookstore entrance in ATLC. All building access will remain. Duration of project is expected to be about four weeks, depending upon the weather. Call Ann James at ext. 1512 with questions.
The Board of Trustees has announced the Inauguration of Cincinnati State’s fifth president, Dr. O’dell M. Owens. Please mark your calendars for the events listed below.
Wednesday, May 11
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Harrison Campus Meet and Greet
(sponsored by Harrison business leaders)
Thursday, May 12
7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Business Leaders Breakfast Scholarship Fundraiser
(sponsored by Board of Trustees)
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
(sponsored by Middletown community)
Friday, May 13
Installation Ceremony, Cincinnati State Gymnasium
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Inauguration Reception, Overlook and Terrace
Saturday, May 14
Cincinnati State Day –11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(community meet and greet; showcase for prospective students; picnic for faculty, staff and students)
Caps and gowns will be ordered for the Inauguration, as well as for the 2011 Commencement (Thursday, June 23, 8 p.m.) at the same time. Caps and gowns will be collected after the Inauguration and held for faculty until Commencement.
All faculty who wish to participate in one or both events must order their cap and gown by Friday, March 11. A new list will be compiled this year. Click here for the link to the eForm
The annual College Transfer Fair at Cincinnati State will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 pm. on Wednesday March 2 in the Conference Center. Representatives from more than 40 colleges, universities and the Armed Services will be on hand to provide information about their institutions and answer questions from students. This is a great opportunity for any student who is about to graduate and wants to explore options beyond Cincinnati State and it’s also a good way to motive students who are just getting started here and want to do some long-range planning! No reservations are necessary. Please encourage your students to attend. And don’t be shy about stopping by yourself – this is a great way to stay current with opportunities for your students. For more information please contact Sue Dunning at email@example.com or 1539.
Cincinnati State’s Interpreter Training Program will hold its 7th Annual Silent Auction from 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 11 in the Conference Center. Please join the ITP staff, students, Deaf Club members, alumni, friends and family for a delightful – and instructive – event, featuring a Silent Auction from 7-8 p.m. and a Live Auction from 7:30-9 p.m. Deaf auctioneers (including Humanities and Science Instructor Tony Merchinsky) will conduct the Live Auction, but voice interpreters will be provided! Proceeds from the event will be used to buy equipment for the language lab.
Donations are needed for the event. Unwanted Christmas gifts, gently used items, handmade items, gift certificates, gift baskets and the like are welcome at the ITP office in Room 232 Main on or before March 11. For more information please contact Jessica Minges at ext. 1829 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Cheryl Beatty at ext. 1717 or email@example.com
The Cincinnati State Alumni Association will host its Fourth Annual “March Madness Scholarship Mania” event on March 24 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at The Point. Requested donations are $20 from the General Public, $15 from members of the Cincinnati State Alumni Association and from students, faculty and staff with a valid Surge card. Reservations are required and may be made through the Cincinnati State Alumni Office at (513) 569-1236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special focus in Human Resources for the past couple of months has been on how we will enhance the services we provide to Cincinnati State. Based on input provided by our faculty and staff, we have focused on three areas.
First, we took this opportunity to think about how we can best serve the needs of the college and as a result have a new Human Resources vision and a set of guiding principles. The vision and guiding principles have helped us shape the recent changes within Human Resources, and will continue to do so as we move forward. In the coming weeks, you can expect to see our new vision and hear how we will make it come alive.
Second, we have expanded our customer service practices to be more accessible for faculty and staff. In this area we have:
- Attended a course to explore customer service imperatives.
- Implemented new customer service standards to use in interacting with our customers.
- Expanded our front desk coverage and office hours. We are now open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays
Third, we have identified a number of actions to improve and streamline our hiring processes. These actions include changes that will be immediate, as well as many that will occur within the next couple of months. In the short-term, you can expect to see new applicant and screening committee communications tools and processes. Additionally, we are partnering with our Payroll Department to identify ways to improve the efficiency of our payroll systems and processes.
Finally, we are pleased to announce that Bonnie Jones has joined the Human Resources staff as a Human Resource Associate concentrating on HR Information Systems (HRIS). Bonnie’s presence will greatly assist us in automating and streamlining many of our processes and providing interactive on-line services.
As we continue to make changes over the next coming months, we will continue to seek your feedback and support to ensure that we are meeting your needs.
Sixteen students will be attending the Professional Landcare Network’s Student Career Days from March 15-20 at Joliet Junior College near Chicago. Student Career Days is a competition where landscape students compete in 29 events ranging from personnel and business management to operating skid steer loaders and excavators; it also includes computer aided landscape design. Last year’s event featured 60 schools and more than 800 students from across the country, plus schools from Canada and England. As this is an official school-sanctioned event, we are asking cooperation from faculty members who are teaching these students in adjusting assignments. Any questions should be directed to Mark Deacon or Heather Wiggins. Thanks!
Students attending this year’s Student Career Days:
Alex Benoit, Josh Bryant, Tim Christie, Zac Christman, Tyler Davis, Sara Donaldson, Phil Douglas, Tamya Edwards, Bobby Elliott, Alex Fuerbacher, Blake Harpenau, Jason Meyer, Katie Mills, Jourday Musnicky-Moore, Mark Wilson, and Ian Zehler.
Training from Instructional Support Technologies for the week of February 28 - March 4, 2011
Tuesday, March 1
10 am-12 noon
Blackboard: Online Assessment Creation and Management
Wednesday, March 2
12 noon-2 pm
Blackboard: SafeAssignment Creation, Submission, and Management
MS Word: Working with Tables
Thursday, March 3
10 am-12 noon
Blackboard: SafeAssignment Creation, Submission, and Management
Blackboard sessions are taught by Dr. Jon P. McKamey, Instructional Designer. File Management, Word, and Excel 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.