MondayDecember 3, 2018

Students: Join the Collegiate Leadership Competition Team

Students in all programs and majors are invited to join Cincinnati State's team for the Collegiate Leadership Competition (CLC) that will take place in April 2019 in Cleveland.

Two years ago, Cincinnati State became the first community community college to participate in the CLC. The CState team came in second in the regional competition, where all the other teams represented four-year colleges and universities.

This year, SOCHE (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education) is providing funds to help more students participate in the competition.

To be part of the CLC team, students must register for the Spring semester course LDR 220, "Critical Thinking in Leadership."

Course activities incorporate the CLC curriculum, which aims to "create a dynamic practice field where student leaders can apply what they’re learning in a context that stretches them to the boundaries of their leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities."

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to download and share the CLC flyer with students who may be interested in this unique opportunity to develop their skills in critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork.

Students or employees who want more information about CLC and the Leadership course should contact Julie McLaughlin (

Historical Society lunch on Dec. 5 explores History of Opioids

Faculty members Tom Bauer and Marianne Niese will discuss "The History of Opioids" at the Cincinnati State Historical Society's Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The program takes place from noon to 12:50 p.m., in Conference Center Room 342 on Clifton Campus.

All members of the College community are welcome to bring your lunch (but don't do drugs, kids!) and enjoy this learning experience.

The Brown Bag Lunch series is sponsored by the Cincinnati State Historical Society and Cincinnati State’s History Department.

For more information, contact club advisor Daniel Anderson (

Farmer's Market on Dec. 6; Surge Cupboard says "thanks" for donations

The Surge Cupboard Food Pantry offers the final Fall Semester Farmer's Market for students on Thursday, Dec. 6, in "The Spot" on the ATLC first floor, outside the Clifton Campus Bookstore.

Free fruits and vegetables will be available to currently-registered Cincinnati State students from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until everything is gone.

Surge Cupboard advisor Cindy Sefton said, "Last month we got lots of apples and potatoes-- we'll have to see what kinds of delicious produce arrive this month."

Bags for transporting the food are provided.

The Farmer's Market is part of a partnership between Cincinnati State's Food Pantry and the Freestore Foodbank.
Thank you for your Food Pantry donations

Cindy said the Surge Cupboard advisors wish to thank the College community for the generosity of past weeks.

"The response from students, staff, faculty, and administrators through the Convocation Food Drive and the Student Activities Clubs Food Drive has been humbling and overwhelming," Cindy said.

"Thanks to you, our cupboards are full and our bounty is great."

If you wish to contribute to the Surge Cupboard in December, please consider toiletries (shampoo, deodorant, soap) or baking items (flour, sugar, oil, and muffin, bread, or cake mixes).

Cindy added, "Your kindness makes a difference to each student who shops with us, and they know the donations come from the College community. Students leave the pantry with full bags, words of gratitude, and big smiles."

AAUP Service Committee project is a Giving Tree to help children

For the third year, the AAUP Service Committee is partnering with Pressley Ridge to provide holiday gifts for children in the agency’s foster care program.

Starting Dec. 3, a Giving Tree will be available in the Center for Innovative Technologies Office (Main 210). The Giving Tree also will be available at the Employee Holiday Lunch on Dec. 6.

All members of the College community are invited to select one or more ornaments from the tree. Each ornament-- like those in the photo-- has the name and age of a child (from toddlers to teens) and their holiday wish list.

There is no set expenditure-- you're welcome to provide one item from the child's wish list, or several items. All contributions are appreciated.

  • Wrapped gifts, tagged with the recipient's name, will be collected in Main 210 until the end of the semester on Friday, Dec. 14.
  • You're also encouraged to include your name on the gift tag, so the children can send thank you notes after the holidays.

If you have questions, contact AAUP Service Committee Chair Andi Feld at 569-1457 or

Pressley Ridge is a non-profit organization that provides diverse services for children, adults, and families who are facing difficult challenges and complex situations.

Sarah Hughes, Clinical Coordinator for Pressley Ridge, said, “We really appreciate Cincinnati State's support for the kids each year. It is a huge help, and really makes the kids and their families happy.”

Giving Challenge campaign continues with Coin Wars and another prize drawing

The 2018 Coin Wars Challenge-- always a popular portion of the Annual Fund Giving Challenge-- begins Monday, Dec. 3, at noon, when jugs will be in place in all divisions and departments.

  • The coin container for Team 6 (ESD) will be in the Financial Aid Office on the ATLC First Floor.
  • The Team 7 (Special Ops) jug will be in the IT Help Desk area (349 Main).
  • Remember, silver coins (and paper bills) count toward your team's total-- but pennies will be deducted from the total, so deposit those coins in the other teams' containers!

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, after 2 p.m., look for a large display on the wall of the Overlook Cafe, recognizing employees who have contributed to the "This is CState" Giving Challenge.

Also on Dec. 5, at 3 p.m., another prize drawing will take place.

  • If your campaign pledge card arrives in the Office of Development prior to the drawing, you could be the winner of a $50 VISA gift card-- and you'll be entered in all remaining drawings also.
  • The winner of the drawing on Nov. 30 was Tony Cowden.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, all of the Coin Wars jugs will be in the Conference Center during the Employee Holiday Lunch-- so you can make your contributions (or sabotage other teams with your pennies) in full view of the College community.

Remember, the goal of the campaign is 100% participation. A small contribution by every employee demonstrates to other donors, outside the College, that we all believe in and support the College mission and want to invest in its future.

Poinsettia Sale starts Dec. 4

To bring the semester to a colorful conclusion, the Horticulture Club is selling poinsettias on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. this week and next week (or until all plants are gone).

Look for the table filled with poinsettias in these locations:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays (Dec. 4 & 6, Dec. 11 & 13) on the first floor of Clifton Campus Main Building, near the Distribution Center (otherwise known as the Mail Room)
  • Wednesdays (Dec. 5 & 12) on the ATLC first floor, near the fireplace

Poinsettias are $7 and $10, depending on the variety and size.

All proceeds from plant sales assist Horticulture students in attending professional conferences and competitions.

For more information, contact Greenhouse Manager Kelly Wanstrath (

Try a Winter Peppermint Patty at Bakery Hill

The December special at Bakery Hill is the Winter Peppermint Patty-- a hot espresso steamed milk latte that includes white chocolate and peppermint, and is garnished with whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles.

The Peppermint Patty is available in two sizes: a 12 oz. drink is $3.50, or get a 20 oz. drink for $4.50.

Visit soon, and enjoy a tasty boost to propel you through the final weeks of the semester!

I-75 & I-74 construction update (Dec. 3 & 4)

The Ohio Department of Transportation has scheduled overnight projects near the Clifton Campus on Monday, Dec. 3, and Tuesday, Dec. 4:

  • Monday, Dec. 3: Lane closure on north I-75 from Monmouth Street to Clifton Avenue from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Traffic will be shifted to the inside (west) and lane widths will be reduced to 11 feet.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4: Lane closure on south I-75 from Mitchell Avenue to Monmouth Street from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Traffic will be shifted to the inside (east) from just south of Clifton Avenue to the I-74 interchange.
  • At the I-74 interchange, south I-75 traffic will transition to the outside (west) for work in the middle lanes of south I-75. Traffic will then transition to the inside (east) from just south of the I-74 interchange to Monmouth.
  • Lane widths will be reduced to 11 feet.

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 and weather-related information, please check

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