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MondayNovember 24, 2014

Veterans Upward Bound has found a happy home at Cincinnati State

The Veterans Upward Bound program that’s housed at Cincinnati State has a mission.

They call it “Operation Eli’s Eagles.”

The story behind that name tells a lot about the program, which held an Open House the other day, and about why it is housed at Cincinnati State even though it is not part of the College.

Veteran’s Upward Bound, or VUB, is designed to help men and women who have served at least 181 days of active duty and who want a little help preparing to transition back to civilian life and, often, to enter college. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

Through the VUB, veterans take assessments and work with advisors to sort out educational and career goals, and the advisors help them research colleges that offer those fields of study. VUB also helps with military transcripts, transcripts, and financial aid.

According to Terence Harrison, assistant director of the VUB office housed at Cincinnati State. “We are institution neutral, which means that our program participants will receive help to attend any school in the country, but 90% of the students attend Cincinnati State when they graduate from the program.”

This is where Operation Eli’s Eagles comes in.

The Eli in the name comes from Elisha Jones III, a VUB graduate who was instrumental in bringing the program to Cincinnati State.

According to Lead Program Education Specialist Rochell Prater, Elisha came through the Veterans Upward Bound program and then enrolled at Cincinnati State. He graduated with an Associate of Arts degree, then transferred to Northern Kentucky University, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in Social Work. He then went on to graduate from the University of Louisville with a master’s in Social Work.

Rochelle said Elisha played a crucial role in getting the VUB program to Cincinnati State, by working with Bari Ewing, the College’s director of access programs, to secure a winning grant.  (Bari is pictured above with Terence and Ed Gentry, a VUB alumni and current Cincinnati State student.)

Harrison lauded the accommodation the office has received from Cincinnati State.

“This school has done a lot to give us this space here,” said Harrison. “The Marketing Department has really worked with us, and Cincinnati State has been a really good partner because it’s a recognizable brand. Once people come to this program they get a feel for this school, and they say, ‘This is someplace where I might go to school,’ and that has happened.”

More than 600 students have gone through the VUB program at Cincinnati State since 2006.

– Jocelyn Taylor

  • Terence Harrison, Rochelle Prater

  • VUB

Men defeat Jackson College, prepare for weekend’s Queen City Tournament

Cincinnati State extended its record to 5-0 with a 99-71 win over Jackson in men's college basketball over the weekend. 

Deandre Hollins-Johnson led the Surge with 16 points while dishing out a career-high eight assists.  The sophomore also tied a career bests with eight rebounds and four steals while solidifying himself as the Surge's floor leader.  He has tallied 38 points over his last two games.

Glover Anderson and Marcus Hill contributed 14 points each.  Hill was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field.

Cincinnati State shot 53 percent from the floor, the fourth straight game in which the surge topped the 50 percent mark. 

The first half started off as a tug-of-war. Jackson, though small in height, limited the inside shooting of the Surge. Turnovers and fouls allowed Jackson to tie the game at 16, forcing Coach Tate to call a timeout.

“That happens when you have eleven days off,” said Head Coach Andre Tate, describing his team’s slow start. “I figured we would have a little rust in the first half.”

The Surge stepped up their defense and pressured Jackson’s inbound passes. Sophomore Deandre Hollins-Johnson had three straight steals in the backcourt which allowed the Surge to stake a 35-25 lead.

“That’s something we work on every day in practice,” Tate said. “I knew if we got after them for 40 minutes, we could force some turnovers.”

Jackson responded with 5 quick points, but the Surge maintained their lead and ended the half 41-32.

In the second half, the Surge came out with more energy, shooting 56% from the field. James Kilpatrick kick started the defense with two straight steals and four points for a 69-47 lead.

Under the steady leadership of Hollins-Johnson, the Surge increased their lead to 31 and diminished any chance of Jackson making a comeback. “He’s a floor general,” Tate said of Hollins-Johnson. “He’s one of the better ball defenders that we have.”

The men’s basketball team will host the Queen City Tournament Nov. 28-29 against Moraine Valley and Monroe.

Vote today in the Middletown Idea Challenge

The Middletown Idea Challenge is a competition between local college students for the best idea to create a better and brighter Middletown. Here is a link to the seven finalists in the running to win a $1,000 college scholarship from Middletown Community Foundation.

Two of the finalists are students at Cincinnati State Middletown:

  • E. Anne Grady - Economy Non-Food Drive
  • Jeremy Bailey - Environment and Beautification Rain Gardens

The post with the most "likes" will win! The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Middletown Community Foundation.

Cast your vote today! Voting closes at 10 p.m. on Dec. 8.

Cincinnati State Women Edge Mercyhurst

Cincinnati State's women's basketball team survived a Mercyhurst North East second-half comeback attempt for a 65-63 victory, upping the record of the No. 17-ranked Surge to 4-1.

Maura Hackney scored 17 points and Jasmine Watson tallied 10 and gathered 11 rebounds to lead the Surge.  Taylor Character, making her Cincinnati State debut, added 12 points.

Cincinnati State overcame an early six-point deficit and built a 15-point lead by halftime (39-24) but Mercyhurst closed the gap in the second 20 minutes. 

It is the second time this season that the Surge edged Mercyhurst in a two-point decision.  Cincinnati State overcame an 18-point deficit in the second half to trim the Saints, 82-80, in the season opener.

The Surge, who had been idle for nine days prior to Saturday's meeting at Mercyhurst, are off until Dec. 1 when they host Cedarville's JV team.

Latino students visit campus

On Friday, Nov. 21, the Office of Admission hosted its annual Latino High School Student Workshop on campus. Approximately 50 students from four area high schools – Middletown, Hamilton, Princeton and Withrow University – attended.

Students began their day with presentations from Bryan Wright, International Student Affairs Manager, and Jen Martin, Arts and Sciences Program Chair. The students then went to break-out sessions to hear more about our academic programs and our cooperative education program. The event concluded with lunch and a campus tour.

A huge thank you to Bryan, Jen, Kelly Harper and all of the co-op coordinators who gave time from their busy schedules to meet with the students. – Paige Jessee, Admission Representative