WednesdayApril 19, 2017

Expansion of "Be Great" Grants & Partnership with CYC Announced Today

Cincinnati State / Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Partnership Announced Apr. 19

(Left to Right) Norwood HS Principal Brad Winterod, Cincinnati State President Monica Posey, Norwood High School Senior Malia Miller (who will attend Cincinnati State next year), and Cincinnati Youth Collaborative CEO Jane Keller

A new partnership will be announced this morning, Apr. 19, between Cincinnati State and Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC). The partnership will expand the College's Be Great Grant program to three more local school districts: Norwood City Schools, North College Hill City Schools, and Winton Woods City Schools.

The announcement will be made by Dr. Monica Posey, Cincinnati State President, and Jane Keller, CEO and President of CYC, at 10 a.m. at Norwood High School.

Students from the three districts will join students from Cincinnati Public Schools in eligibility for the grants, which are designed to reduce the cost for college tuition and books to zero.

The Be Great Grant program, which begins in the 2017-18 academic year, was launched in February for Pell-eligible students of Cincinnati Public Schools who plan to attend Cincinnati State. It provides full-time students with up to $1,000 for tuition and $1,000 for books to help fill gaps beyond their financial aid.

More than 200 soon-to-be CPS grads have already signed up for Be Great grants. Now they will also be eligible to have a college mentor provided by CYC.

In addition to providing the Be Great Grants, Cincinnati State plans to make space available for students, mentors, and CYC staff in the Student Success Center, and will track results that can serve as a model for other colleges.

CYC provides mentoring, work readiness, and college and career success for more than 5,000 students in the four districts it serves—Cincinnati Public, Norwood City, North College Hill City, and Winton Woods City Schools. Currently 96% of CYC students graduate from high school on time and with a post high school plan for success.

The Cincinnati State Foundation provided initial funds to support the Be Great Grant program, and funds are now being extended by a donor. The Foundation is seeking additional donors to extend the program further.

A major donor, with other funders, is working with the College to announce a new level of the program to support students in academic programs that lead to careers in high-demand industries.  

To qualify for a Be Great Grant, students and their parents or guardians need to complete a Cincinnati State Admissions Application and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Help for these applications will be provided by CYC.

Once a student’s FAFSA is complete and her or his federal, state, and institutional aid have been determined, the Be Great grants kick in to cover any gaps in tuition and book costs.

Students, parents, and high school counselors interested in learning more about the Be Great High School Grant program can contact Tammie Larkins, Cincinnati State College Representative, at (513) 569-1470, or at

"Crafting for a Cause" starts work today on Summer project

College faculty and staff members of "Crafting for a Cause" display their recent finished project, an afghan that will be donated to City Gospel Mission.
(Left to right) Abbey Yee, Cathy McKee, Jen Martin, Kathy Wolfer, and Karen Douglas

Cincinnati State Crafting for a Cause is a group of faculty, staff, and students who are interested in serving the Greater Cincinnati community by creating and then donating hand-crafted goods to a community organization. 

During Fall and Spring semesters, the group created an afghan from crocheted granny squares that will be donated to the City Gospel Mission. Each unique square was made by a group member who participated in the project.

The group is meeting today, Apr. 19, at 3 p.m. in "The Pit" area underneath the Main Building gym, to begin the Summer project: personal care bags designed to be filled with hygiene items and donated to area women’s shelters in the name of the College. Handmade items for this project will include sewn drawstring bags and knitted or crocheted washcloths.

Members of the group are happy to provide basic lessons in knitting or crocheting (during group meeting times) for those who want to join but are unsure of their crafting skills.
If you would like to join Crafting for a Cause or have questions about the group, contact Jen Martin (

Dietetic Tech Students join Public Policy Advocacy Day in Columbus

CState Dietetic Technology students at Public Policy Advocacy Day, Mar. 29, 2017
Front Row (left to right):
Letitia Hess (faculty), Beth Palmisano, Kimberly Haire,  Eudora Gause, Erika Oundo, Mariah Peters, Kristin King
Back row:
Adam Carr, Erika Jones, Tyler Kushner, Samantha Braeuer, Bryan Massey, Sam Johnson, Shannon Lang
Not pictured: Program Chair (& photographer) Candice Jones

Thirteen first-year students from Cincinnati State's Dietetic Technology program in the Business Division, and their instructors, attended the 27th Annual Legislation & Public Policy Advocacy Day on Mar. 29 in Columbus.

Nutrition students from the Ohio State University and Bowling Green State University also attended. 

Students learned about nutrition-related legislative and regulatory issues, in Ohio and in the Federal government, which could have an impact on dietetic professionals in Ohio.

Much of the discussion focused on House Bill 49 (HB-49), which proposes placing the Ohio Board of Dietetics and other health care professional boards under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Medical Board.

Cincinnati State students then met with local legislators Senator Lou Terhar (Ohio Senate District 8), Representative Alicia Reece (Ohio House District 33), and Representative John Becker (Ohio House District 65) to discuss HB-49 and other public nutrition concerns that are under examination by legislators. 

Faculty member Candice Jones, Program Chair for Dietetic Technology, said the Public Policy Day activities increased students’ knowledge and built confidence in their ability to advocate on nutrition issues with legislators and other policy makers.

Want to plan the next Surge-A-Palooza? Please volunteer!

The Human Resources Office is seeking faculty and staff volunteers to serve on the Surge-A-Palooza Planning Team.

An organizational meeting will be held Thursday, Apr. 27, at 10 a.m. in the HR Conference Room, located in Main 184 (Clifton Campus). 

The Planning Team will review feedback from last year’s event, provide recommendations for possible changes to the annual event, and work with HR to identify a date for the next Surge-A-Palooza. 

Volunteers can expect to meet about once a month for planning, with the potential for more frequent meetings in the weeks immediately before the event. 

If you have questions or want to volunteer, please contact either Lawra Baumann, HR Director (569-1759), or Jesse Brown, Surge-A-Palooza Planning Team Volunteer (569-1533).

Completion Plan Update available on Video

If you missed the Common Time presentation on Monday, Apr. 17, regarding the College's Completion Plan and possible implementation of "meta-majors," you can view the video at this link:

The video contains bookmarks so you can “jump” to various portions of the presentation. You may need to click on “Sharing” to expand the bookmark list.

To read the 2016 College Completion Plan, go to the College Intranet.

  • On the Intranet page, look for the block titled "College Projects."
  • Then click the link for "Ohio Completion Plan." (The same link is also in the "How the College Works" block.)

To access recordings of past Common Time presentations:

  • Log into MyCState and go to the Intranet section
  • Find the "How the College Works" block, and select "Academics"
  • From the list of folders, select "Common Hour"
  • You'll see a list of all available Common Time recorded presentations

Free Coffee on Friday with Elliott Ruther

Free Coffee Friday for staff and faculty continues on Friday, Apr. 21, in the Staff Lounge adjacent to ATLC 108. 

Chief of Development Elliott Ruther will be in the lounge from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. for greetings and conversation. All College employees are welcome to stop by.   

The final Free Coffee Friday of the semester will take place Apr. 28, featuring conversation with Human Resources Director Lawra Baumann.

I-75 construction update (new info added)

The Ohio Department of Transportation has scheduled these overnight construction projects near the Clifton Campus on Wednesday, Apr. 19, and Thursday, Apr. 20:

  • Rolling lane closures of all lanes on southbound I-75 from the I-74 split to just south of the Western Hills Viaduct from 8 p.m. on Apr. 19 until 5 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 20.
  • Single left lane closure on southbound I-75 from the I-74 split to just south of the Western Hills Viaduct from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Apr. 20.
    Afterwards, close the ramps from eastbound Hopple Street to southbound I-75 and the Harrison Avenue off-ramp from southbound I-75 from 10 p.m. on Apr. 20 until 5 a.m. Friday, April 21.

Arrow boards and/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the work zone and lane closures.

All work schedules depend on the weather.

For ongoing traffic, construction, and weather-related information, please check

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