Daily News

FridayMarch 27, 2015

Landscape students perform well in national competition

Cincinnati State’s Horticulture team finished in the top 20 percent overall at the Professional Landcare Network’s 39th Annual Student Career Days, held this year at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Six faculty “coaches” and 21 students from Cincinnati State attended the event, which attracted more than 750 students from 65 colleges and universities.

Overall Cincinnati State ranked No. 13 among the 65 schools, and among just the community colleges its team members placed fourth in collective individual events.

A total of 28 events were held during the competition. Some were designed for a single individual, some for two individuals, a two-person team, or a three-person team. Among the highlights for Cincinnati State:

  • Veteran team member Kendra Insprucker earned a perfect score to win the maintenance cost estimating competition.
  • In the Truck and Trailer Operation event, team members Nathan Wolfe and Tyler Toole placed second.
  • Shelly Smith earned third place honors in Annual and Perennial Identification, and placed sixth in Business Management.
  • Julie Flickner placed fourth in Interior Plant Identification, missing third place by only 2 points.
  • Julz Lucas placed fourth in Plant Problem Diagnosis, again by a margin of just 2 points.
  • Mary Ann Schultz placed ninth in both Business Management and Woody Plant Identification.
  • Steve Knizner, Jr. placed 10th in Irrigation Design.
  • Mary Ann Schultz and Julie Flickner teamed up in the two-person team for Personnel Management and placed 10th.
  • Team members Kendra Insprucker, Clayton Schulte, and Chris Anderson also placed 10th in the Landscape Plant Installation, the final, “main event” of Student Career Days, which this year resembled a mud wrestling tournament.  Conditions on Saturday were extremely difficult due to more than an inch of rain that fell Friday evening into Saturday morning.

At a reception for scholarships, students Kendra Insprucker and Neil Hoh were awarded scholarships from the PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation, which gave out over $50,000 to deserving students.

Faculty members Mark Deacon and Heather Wiggins, meanwhile, accepted a plaque for the College recognizing the Landscape Horticulture Programs as fully accredited by PLANET.

While at the event, students toured the internationally known JC Raulston Arboretum and Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a nursery dedicated to the propagation of rare plants.  They also attended a national career fair.

Next year’s competition goes back to the original host, Mississippi State University.  While going back to its “roots,” there will be lots of changes.  PLANET will become the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) next month.  Student Career Days will become the National Collegiate Landscape Competition.  And, Cincinnati State is beginning the process to determine how to host the event in 2018 or 2019.


Meet the 2015 House/Bruckmann Award nominees

Ten faculty have been nominated for the 2015 House/Bruckmann Award for Faculty Teaching Excellence. Two will be selected by a vote of their peers to receive the honor. The presentation will be made during a reception April 13.

As has become a custom, the Daily News has asked each nominee to complete a brief biographical form to be shared with the Cincinnati State community. We’ll publish these over the next weeks, in alphabetical order. Next up is Julianna Johns.


Julianna L.  Johns

Health & Public Safety

Biology Program Co-Chair

Cincinnati State start date: 2009

Courses currently taught: Biology 131, 132 (Majors Biology), 100 (Integrated Biology and Skills for Success in Science), 275(Animal Behavior)

Courses previously taught: Biology 111 (non-majors biology, BIO 151, 152 (Anatomy and Physiology)

Education: The College of Notre Dame of MD, BA, Biology, 1998,  ACT (Graduate Accelerated Secondary Education, 1998; University of Cincinnati, MS, Biology, 2007

Cincinnati State Activities: SI, Chair, Sabbatical Committee; Professional Development Committee, Reader for the Academic League; AQUIP Green Committee; Member, several hiring committees;  AQUIP writing team and lead instructor and curriculum writer for Bio100 and Bio130 series.

Community Activities: I speak at several local high schools; volunteer my time as an arachnologist and biologist  at several kids camps and local activities in the summer.

Residence Neighborhood: Western Hills/Westwood

Helping veterans prepare for the job market

Brittney Molitor, right, and Kristin Moore, representing Total Quality Logistics, participated in an event Thursday designed to help Cincinnati State veterans improve their resume-writing skills and prepare for the job market.

Middletown Early Childhood Education Information Event

More than 25 individuals turned out Thursday at the Cincinnati State Middletown campus for an “Early Childhood Education Info Night” session.

The event was designed to provide information about the associate degree in Early Childhood Education as well as the Child Development Associate credentials.

After Academic Vice President Monica Posey welcomed guests to Cincinnati State Middletown, Holly McArthur discussed in detail the ECE curriculum and how students can be successful. Donna Keith then talked about how students could start a career in childcare with a Child Development Associate certificate. Kandise Bobo talked more about the Middletown campus and reviewed the admission process. 

Denielle Young from TEACH Early Childhood Ohio came in from Columbus to talk about the TEACH Scholarship. To top if off, a panel of graduates of the ECE program talked with the group to share their experiences and answer questions.

Childcare was provided by CState students of the CDA certificate program.

Cincinnati State team to participate in national workshop

A Cincinnati State team lead by Julianna Johns and Carolyn Rost has been selected to participate in the first Avida-ED Active LENS educator workshop, which will be held at Michigan State University June 4 - 6.  The workshop is part of a national project to improve evolution education through active learning and digital-based teaching methods. 

Condolences to the family of Wayne Vaughn

Wayne Vaughn, a former administrator for the College, passed away recently. Here is a link to his obituary.