Daily News

FridayDecember 6, 2019

Human & Social Services is the newest associate's degree at CState

Cincinnati State now offers an associate's degree program in Human and Social Services (HSS).

The new program, housed in the Humanities & Sciences division, started accepting students this Fall. New courses in Human and Social Services will be offered starting in Fall 2020.

Program Chair Marianne Niese said the HSS associate's degree prepares students for work in human services, social services, and behavioral health settings.

Students complete a Practicum course that includes 150 hours working at a community agency, providing direct service to clients under professional supervision.

Graduates are eligible to register as a Social Work Assistant (SWA) through the Ohio Counseling, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board and can be employed at the SWA level, one of Ohio's "in-demand jobs."

Students who choose to continue their education to a bachelor's degree may then seek credentialing as a licensed social worker.

Marianne said the new program was developed with assistance from an Advisory Board that includes executives from the Hamilton County and Butler County Boards of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Center for Addiction Treatment, and Community Health Alliance.

"The coursework and practicum experience will prepare students to work for these employers and other organizations and agencies that help those dealing with with mental health concerns, chemical dependency treatment, corrections, developmental disabilities, or other human services needs," Marianne said.

The HSS degree program is described on the College website at https://www.cincinnatistate.edu/academics/degrees-and-certificates/human-and-social-services-hss.

Those seeking more information can contact Marianne at marianne.niese@cincinnatistate.edu or (513) 217-3712.

Happy Hour today after final Story Quilt workshop

All College employees are invited to enjoy a Pre-Holiday Happy Hour in the Summit Restaurant (2nd floor of ATLC), on Friday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Happy Hour follows the First Fridays "special edition" Story Quilt Workshop in the President's Dining Room.

Stop by for conversation with friends, while sipping a purchased beverage, and snacking on complimentary light refreshments.

Happy Hour is sponsored by Provost Robbin Hoopes.

Suicide Prevention Workshop offered on Dec. 10

The Cincinnati State Psychology Club is hosting a workshop on Suicide Prevention on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in ATLC Room 313 on Clifton Campus.

The workshop is open to all members of the College community.

Many college students struggle with managing depression along with their educational requirements and other daily responsibilities.

Presentation leader Dr. Heather Hatchett will discuss strategies that can be used to reduce the risk of suicide, She will also provide resources that can increase a person’s ability to  manage depression, which is a significant risk factor for suicide.

Part of the workshop will focus on learning effective ways to ask someone if they are considering suicide, and effective responses to statements of suicidal intent.

Other workshop elements include:

  • recognizing the signs of depression
  • explaining strategies to minimize immediate risk and increase the chances of getting competent help
  • learning about local, web, and phone resources available to individuals who suffer from depression and risk of suicide

Practical Nursing students worked with Mallory Center for clinical experience

During Fall semester, over 40 students in the Practical Nursing Certificate (PNC) program completed their pediatric clinical objectives on Clifton Campus, by collaborating with the William L. Mallory Early Learning Center.

Practical Nursing students provided educational activities for the preschool children on topics including handwashing, dental hygiene, fire safety, nutrition, exercise, and play safety.

The nursing students also enhanced their skills in collecting data from healthy children who are infant to preschool age.

Participants pictured above include PNC Program Chair Barb Ratliff and PNC faculty members Dr. Nikki Howard and Jennifer Tyler (faculty member Dr. Sue Batory not pictured), Mallory Center Director Shelley Bosko, and Practical Nursing students Latisha Black, Khaira Able, Lindsey Miller, Cara Brower, Jackie Hammonds, Shanice Greene, Lillian Ennis, and Latoya Henderson.

"Sustainable is Obtainable" Environmental Day welcomed 250 HS students

Over 250 high school students and teachers from 9 area schools attended the annual "Sustainable is Obtainable” Environmental Day on Clifton Campus on Oct. 30, hosted by Cincinnati State's Environmental Engineering Technology (EVT) programs.

Participating schools included:

  • Cincinnati Christian Junior/Senior High
  • Fairfield HS
  • Hughes STEM HS
  • Kettering Fairmont HS
  • Laurel Oaks HS
  • Loveland HS
  • Mount Notre Dame HS
  • Notre Dame Academy
  • Shroder HS

Dr. Ann Gunkel, Program Chair for Environmental Engineering Technology, said, "The students and teachers who attended had a wonderful day of hands-on activities in the environmental labs and classrooms, and left with an extremely positive impression of Cincinnati State." (See event photos above and below.)

Ann added, "Many dedicated professionals at the College helped with event presentations or by making sure the logistics, facilities, equipment, and food went well for our visitors."

Presentations included:

  • Air Quality - George Schewe, Trinity Consultants
     
  • Chromatography (detecting chemicals with specialized instrumentation) - Gail Quinlan, Cincinnati State (photo at top of page)

  • Environmental Careers/Co-op - Doug Woodruff, Cincinnati State, & Kylie Johnson, Cincinnati Civic Garden Center
     
  • Environmental Sampling - Ann Gunkel, Cincinnati State, & Barb Browne, Metropolitan Sewer District (retired)
     
  • Fernald Preserve - Angela Marczi, Fernald Preserve
     
  • Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) - Jeremy Begley, LEED Consultant
     
  • Managing Rainwater - Jennifer Geiger, Cincinnati State
     
  • OSHA Safety Dressout - Katrina Ferry & Amber Kleiman, Cincinnati State EVT students (photo above right)
     
  • Stormwater Controls - Craig Frye, Sanitation District #1, Northern Kentucky
     
  • Stream Assessment - Amanda Nurre, Great Parks of Hamilton County
     
  • Sustainable Horticulture - Mark Deacon, Cincinnati State

A special presentation was given by Seth Cloran and Tom Platter from Consolidated Analytical Systems (CAS), sponsors of the Environmental Day.

The company was formed in 2012 by Cincinnati State EVT graduates Seth and Meredith (Haft) Cloran (seen below in a photo from Fall 2018 Environmental Day, along with EVT faculty and staff) and Tom Platter.

The three first met as students in the 1998 Environmental Mountain Ecology course field trip to Colorado, led by Dr. Gunkle and Senior Lab Technician Gail Quinlan.

CAS was formed to fill an industry need for specialists who understand ambient air quality monitors. The company started with six employees working in a 5,000 square foot building on Spring Grove Ave. in Northside.

Now, CAS is an industry leader in providing fully operational, turn-key ambient air quality monitoring shelters and enclosures that are stand-alone laboratories. CAS clients include the US Environmental Protection Agency, state and local government agencies, universities, private labs, and industrial companies.

(Photos provided by Ann Gunkel)

  • Dean Doug Bowling welcomed high school students & teachers

  • Students learned about environmental issues

  • Mark Deacon discussed Sustainable Horticulture

  • Environmental Sampling demonstration

Condolences to the family of Matt Thibodeaux

Matt Thibodeaux, a College employee in the Facilities Department for over 10 years, passed away on Nov. 26, 2019. Services were held Dec. 3.

Messages of condolence may be posted at the Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home website.

Remembrances may be made to N.A.M.I (National Alliance on Mental Illness), 3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA, 22203.