WednesdayNovember 28, 2018

NKU seeks CState input for their strategic plan

Northern Kentucky University President Ashish Vaidya invites Cincinnati State students, faculty, and staff members to attend the "Talk Shop" session on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Conference Center Room 342.

The session is part of NKU's strategic planning process, "Success by Design."

President Vaidya wants to hear your thoughts on designing NKU’s future direction, framed by a commitment to advancing student success and aligned with regional needs.

Light breakfast will be provided.

If you can't attend the Talk Shop session, but want to provide input by completing an online survey, or want to learn more about NKU's strategic planning process and timeline, visit

Transfer Center move still in progress

The transfer of the Transfer Center from Main 168 to the ATLC Second Floor was delayed on Nov. 26, because of problems with locks for the new doors.

The move is expected to be completed on Nov. 28. However, if you're looking for Transfer Center assistance and can't find anyone in the new ATLC location, please return to Main 168.

Colleague/MyServices outage on Nov. 30

Colleague/DATATEL and MyServices will be inaccessible from 7:30 to 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, because of system maintenance.

The IT Services Department asks you to plan to accommodate this disruption of service, and apologizes for the inconvenience.

CState in the news for Cyber-Security expertise

Paul Weingartner explains his work as an election security "pathfinder." (Image from

Paul Weingartner, Program Chair for Computer Network Engineering Technology and the Cyber-Security Major, served as a security "pathfinder" for the State of Ohio during the past several months.

In his "pathfinder" role, Paul helped several Ohio counties evaluate the security of their voting systems prior to the midterm elections.

Paul was interviewed about his work by WLWT (Channel 5) TV and by WCPN, an NPR radio station in Cleveland.

You can watch/hear Paul's comments (and learn about issues involved in voting system security) by clicking the links above.

"Women Walking West" event included CState speaker and attendees

CState participants at the Women Walking West Inaugural Gala included (from left) Yan Li, Najah Khalil, Dr. Leesha Thrower, Manirambona Ernestine, Katrina Rugless, Maggie Oliveira, Kamola Shermatova, and Prekshya Nepal.

Cincinnati State students, faculty, and staff members attended the Inaugural Gala for Women Walking West, held Nov. 1.

This non-profit organization, based in Mason, OH, seeks to support women from around the globe in pursuing their educational and professional goals.

The organization provides scholarships and professional mentors for women like Manirambona Ernestine, a former Cincinnati State student.

Faculty member Maggie Oliveira (English as a Second Language instructor) said Ernestine shared a powerful story about how her family fled their native Burundi to live in refugee camps in Rwanda and Tanzania before immigrating to the US.

After studying ESL at Cincinnati State with Professor Andrea Cheng and completing her Pre-Business Administration degree, Ernestine transferred UC where she double-majored in finance and accounting.

She has since graduated and recently accepted a full-time position as an accountant.

Maggie said, "Women Walking West paired Ernestine with a mentor in banking who provided guidance and support for her along the way."

You can learn more about Ernestine and the Women Walking West organization in this interview on the program "InFocus", from the City of Cincinnati's CitiCable.

CState International Student Affairs Interim Director Katrina Rugless, who attended the Gala as a guest of Conversa Language Center, said, “It is important for the College to be immersed in partnerships with the broader international community, locally and regionally."

"It was great that Cincinnati State students and staff were able to be involved in the Women Walking West event," she added.

Enjoying the Women Walking West Gala (from left): Ron Sylva, Mimi Summers, Prekshya Nepal, Maggie Oliveira, Yan Li, and Najah Khalil.

"Girls on the Run" had CState support

Cincinnati State's Cheer Zone was filled with energy to inspire "Girls on the Run" participants.

More than 3,500 girls ages 8 to 13, and their adult running buddies, were part of the “Girls on the Run” 5K walk/run that took place Nov. 17.

As runners left the Ohio riverfront and entered Kentucky, a vigorous Cincinnati State Cheer Zone (seen in photos above and below) supported the runners with smiles, shouts, and high fives.

Cheer Zone participants included faculty members Meredith Effler, Kathleen Pickens, Barb Ratliff, and Mark Tiemeier, as well as students from the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society.

Girls on the Run is an international program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade that encourages running-– and in the process helps girls build character, self-confidence, and a sense of empowerment.

Girls on the Run envisions “a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.”

If you (or your College club or group) would like to join the CState Cheer Zone for the Girls on the Run spring event, on May 11, 2019, please contact Meredith (

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