WednesdayApril 11, 2018

"Choose Ohio First" scholarships assist STEMM students; deadline is May 31

Choose Ohio First is a state-sponsored scholarship program that offers funding to Ohio residents who are earning degrees or certificates related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine-- referred to as STEMM fields.

Choose Ohio First (COF) scholarships can provide up to $7,368 per academic year, as well as enrichment activities, academic and student success support, co-op or internship opportunities, and networking with other COF Scholars throughout Ohio.

Students in eligible programs who will be starting at Cincinnati State in Fall Semester 2018 can apply now for scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2018.

To qualify for a Choose Ohio First scholarship, students must meet these criteria:

The COF scholarship program began in 2008 as a way to increase the number of Ohio students entering and successfully completing STEMM majors at Ohio’s public and private colleges and universities.

The State of Ohio provides the funding, but the Choose Ohio First Scholarships are awarded to eligible students by the individual colleges and universities.

Scholarship funding is limited, and students must maintain eligibility requirements to continue receiving funds.

More information is available on the Ohio Department of Higher Education website, on the Choose Ohio First page.

Leadership Club promotes campus kindness

Leadership Club members encourage others to "spread kindness" on Clifton Campus. The project team included (standing, from left) Zach Schmitz, Sarah Clond, Sarah Wells, Brittany Bond, and Pat Malloy (in front).

Members of the Leadership Club spent much of this academic year decorating Kindness Rocks with messages of encouragement and support (see photos below).

Recently, the painted rocks were placed in large planter pots around Clifton Campus.

Leadership Club President Sarah Wells said the local project was inspired by The Kindness Rocks Project, a national effort to "cultivate connections within communities and lift others up through simple acts of kindness."

The Leadership Club members hope their project will "spread positivity," as others look at the messages on the rocks, take one if they need encouragement, and possibly make additional Kindness Rocks to add to the pots.

The Leadership Club thanks Grounds Supervisor Kim Vasko and the Grounds Crew for their help with the project.

Learn more about CState's high deductible health insurance plan on Apr. 13

College employees are invited to an information session about Cincinnati State's High Deductible Health Insurance Plan on Friday, Apr. 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in HPB 002 (Lindner Auditorium).

If you can't attend in person, the presentation will be available via streaming video at, and will also be available online for later viewing.

Mikal Jeffries of HORAN, the College's benefit broker, will discuss the details and options of the high deductible health insurance plan offered by Cincinnati State, so you can make an informed decision about whether it's the right choice for you.

Background: What is a High Deductible Health Plan?

Health insurance deductibles are the amount of money you have to pay for health care services before your insurance plan starts covering costs.

The College pays 100 percent of the monthly premium for the High Deductible Health Plan.

With a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), you are responsible for covering all of the costs of deductibles. However, if you enroll in the HDHP plan through Cincinnati State, you can also open a Health Savings Account (HSA) to help pay for qualified medical expenses, tax-free.

When you participate in the HSA, an amount that you select will be deducted from your paycheck and deposited in your HSA. You can use the money saved in your HSA to pay for qualified medical, dental, and vision care expenses.

Your money in your HSA is not taxed, and it is also earning interest and building to cover future health care expenses.

The IRS has rules for how much you can contribute to an HSA, as well as rules related to withdrawals from your HSA.

Additional information on High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) is covered in this 11-minute video (click to view).

Occupational Therapy "walk a mile" event is today

Cincinnati State's Occupational Therapy Assistant students invite you to "Walk A Mile in their Shoes" today, Apr. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All CState students and employees are invited to the "roundabout" between the Main Building and the Health Professions Building, where you can learn more about the experiences of those with physical disabilities and how occupational therapists can help those with disabilities.

  • Participants will walk a lap with a simulated disability, to understand how disabilities can add difficulty to everyday activities.
  • Then, participants will try again, with help from adaptive equipment to make walking easier.
  • Donations of $2 to $4 will be accepted, and the event will also offer a chance to test your grip strength for a $1 donation.

All "Walk a Mile" participants can enjoy free cotton candy and popcorn.

Proceeds from the "Walk a Mile" event will be used to help CState students attend the 2019 national conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Help CState Cheerleaders support the "Autism Speaks" Walk

The Cincinnati State Cheerleaders invite all members of the College community to assist on Thursday, Apr. 12, as they prepare for fundraising and participating in the Cincinnati Autism Speaks Walk.

The Autism Speaks Walk, on May 19, promotes advocacy and action for the diverse needs of the autism community. Fundraising associated with the walk is used to support innovative research and to provide services for people on the autism spectrum and their family members.

The Cheerleaders' "Autism Awareness Workshop" on Apr. 12 is a free, hands-on activity to help create tie-dyed socks and decorated bracelets that will be sold, with proceeds going to the Autism Speaks Walk.

Join the Cheerleaders from 3 to 5 p.m. at "The Spot"-- the glass-enclosed area outside the Bookstore, on the ATLC First Floor-- for the crafts projects.

Children from Cincinnati State's Mallory Child Care Center have been invited to help with the decorating also.

(Warning: don't wear your "Sunday best" attire if you want to get involved in the creation process.)

If you don't have time for DIY crafts, you can visit "The Spot" to support the fundraising efforts by purchasing completed socks ($2) or bracelets ($1).

Socks and bracelets will be on sale for several weeks leading up to the May 19 walk.

For more information, contact Cheerleaders advisor Sherry Boulding (

Geoff Woolf joins poetry reading on Apr. 12

Dean of Humanities & Sciences Geoffrey Woolf (who is also the author of several books of poetry) will participate in a poetry reading on Thursday, Apr. 12, at Chase Public, located at 2868 Colerain Ave. in Camp Washington.

All are welcome to attend this free event, which was organized by Lisa Howe, a Cincinnati State Writing Center instructor.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the reading begins at 7:30.

Other local poets participating in the reading are Caylin Capra-Thomas, Avril Thurman, and Sara Tucker.

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