FridayMarch 15, 2019

"Surge Madness" campus activities include brackets & more

The Celebrating Community Committee has announced plans for 2019 "Surge Madness" activities, including a gathering sponsored by the College's Alumni Association, and competition for the coveted Surge Madness Bracket Trophy.

All employees are encouraged to join the Madness to win fabulous prizes (and earn bragging rights for your NCAA Men's Basketball championship selection skills).

  • Sign in (if you have an account), or register by selecting “Create a Bracket Now” and "Sign Up"
  • Click “Join Group.” Our group name is “Cincinnati State Bracket” and our password is “surge”
  • Create your bracket!

Thursday, Mar. 21 is the deadline-- your bracket must be submitted before the tournament games begin.

Also on Thursday, Mar. 21, all employees are invited to the "Alumni Madness Game Watch" sponsored by the College's Alumni Association, starting at 5:30 p.m. in The Summit Restaurant (ATLC 2nd floor).

Monday, Mar. 25 is "Spirit Day," when College employees are invited to show off spirit wear from your favorite NCAA tournament team, or your Cincinnati State apparel.

Thursday, Mar. 28, from noon to 2 p.m., is "Hoops Day," when employees are invited to take a break from your typical routine to shoot some hoops, talk basketball, or just hang out with colleagues (no basketball knowledge necessary).

  • Activities will take place in the Gym (pending completion of repairs) or in the lobby outside the Gym
  • Contact Destiny Howard ( for more information

Monday, Apr. 8, is Championship Game Day. Announcement of the winner of the Surge Madness Bracket Trophy (currently held by Ralph Whaley) will take place shortly thereafter.

The Celebrating Community Committee was formed this year (2018-19) by President Posey. The Committee includes representatives of all sectors of College employees, and replaces the former Surge-A-Palooza and F.U.N. committees.

The Committee’s areas of focus include:

  • Celebrating Community – supporting the planning and execution of annual celebrations such as the Annual Service Awards and Holiday Gathering.
  • Supporting Giving to the College and the Greater Cincinnati Community – galvanizing support for annual efforts planned by Institutional Advancement including the internal Employee Annual Fund, the United Way/Community Shares campaigns, and the ArtsWave campaign.
  • Facilitating Pop-Up Fun – planning and implementing periodic small-scale employee engagement/participation activities (like Surge Madness) to encourage fun, build morale, expand interaction among various employee groups, and celebrate institutional accomplishments.

C-3 Committee Co-Chairs are faculty member Meredith Effler and administrator Patty Edwards.

Members include:

  • Mimi Albers
  • Christine Barrow
  • Athealia Bell
  • Sandi Buschmann
  • Nadine Christman
  • Tony Cowden
  • Melanie Disney
  • Milene Donlin
  • Tom Hale
  • Destiny Howard
  • Virginia Klein
  • Sarah Knight
  • Melissa Leslie
  • Karen Magness-Lewe
  • Terri Reynolds
  • Ron Singleton
  • Tamaree Smith
  • Kim Taylor
  • Ty Walton
  • Carla Wermuth

Two new fitness programs begin Mar. 25

Two new Spring Semester fitness programs led by students in the Health & Fitness Technology Capstone course will begin on Clifton Campus on Monday, Mar. 25, and continue for four weeks.

  • The "Ladies' Strength Training" program, led by HFT Capstone student Nellie Hund (right), will offer two sessions each week:
    • Monday & Wednesday, 1 to 1:30 p.m.
    • Monday & Wednesday, 1:30 to 2 p.m.
  • All are welcome, but the program is designed specifically for women age 40 or older, and focuses on "feeling good about working out to maintain health."
  • Participants will enjoy small group personal training sessions that include fitness equipment, resistance bands, free weights, and body weight workouts.
  • If you have questions about the program you can contact Nellie at

The "Live Fit" program, led by HFT Capstone student Kevin Willis (right), will be offered on Monday & Wednesday from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

  • This program is a "moderate intensity beginner bootcamp" aimed at encouraging women "to have a positive outlook on exercise, feel confident, and achieve fitness goals."
  • Activities include basic strength and cardio training, plus exercises targeting "fat trouble" areas such as arms and backside.
  • If you have questions you can contact Kevin at

To get started, download the Registration forms below, and return the forms to the student leader of the class you want to attend.

If you have questions about the HFT Capstone course, contact Health & Fitness Program Chair Mindy Piles (

Get "1 Night, 12 Kitchens" tickets using payroll deduction

The 15th annual "1 Night, 12 Kitchens" on Cincinnati State's Clifton Campus is Sunday, Apr. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The evening features creative cuisine (appetizers, "small bites" entrees, and desserts) prepared by many of the region's greatest chefs-- including many Cincinnati State alumni-- who donate their time to raise scholarship funds for Midwest Culinary Institute students

Cincinnati State culinary students and faculty chefs work side-by-side with the professionals to help ensure a memorable evening for all guests.

Tickets are on sale at

To purchase tickets using payroll deduction, complete this form and return it to Kim Taylor in the Development Office (ATLC 337).

  • General admission tickets are $125 per person (includes food and beer & wine sampling and kitchen tours)
  • Top Chef Patron tickets are $200 per person (includes hors d'oeuvres reception with chefs starting at 5 p.m., kitchen tours, food and beer & wine sampling, access to special Top Chef Lounge offerings throughout the evening, and valet parking)

If you have questions, contact Kim at (513) 569-1236 or

Prepare for Spring Break construction noise & some parking changes

Work on improvements to the boiler system that controls heating and air conditioning in the Clifton Campus Main and Health Professions buildings has been going on for several weeks-- but the construction-related noise will increase during Spring Break week (Mar. 18-22).

This project, which will continue through August, will replace all of the old boiler system mechanics with a more efficient water-based system.

Work underway includes installing new piping and air handlers, and connecting pipes located in ceilings.

  • So far, drilling has been limited to times between 5 and 7:45 a.m., to avoid disruption to classes.
  • During Spring Break week, drilling will be continuous.

In addition, parents who use the Mallory Center have been encouraged to use an alternate parking location from Mar. 18-22, so the designated childcare parking in Lot D can accomodate equipment needed for the construction work.

Other limitations to Clifton Campus access and parking are expected on Thursday and Friday, Mar. 21 and 22. Additional details will be provided next week in Daily News.

Work on the boiler system changes during Summer Semester may require occasional relocation of some classes when air conditioning is not available in specific rooms. Instructors will be notified, and additional information will be shared in Daily News.

If you have questions or concerns about construction work, contact Kim Vasko, Director of Buildings, Maintenance & Grounds (569-1560 or

Spring Break hours/services updates

March 18 to March 24 is Spring Break at Cincinnati State.

Classes are not in session but campus offices and services are open.

Special Spring Break hours on Clifton Campus include:


    • Overlook Cafe open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Hot Line service closing at 1:30 p.m. daily.
      • Limited hot line options, no pizza, no salad bar (grab'n'go sandwiches, salads, and other prepared cold items available)
      • Free Coffee Friday at the Overlook on Mar. 22, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
      • Bakery Hill is closed all week.


      • Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • Closed on Saturday, Mar. 23


      • Walk-up Service Window open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      • Phone Support available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      • Open Lab (ATLC 316 & 317) available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      • No services on Saturday, Mar. 23


      • Open Wednesday, Mar. 20, and Thursday, Mar. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you're aware of other Spring Break service changes, please send information to, and the list above will be revised.

Spring Break activities offered at Parenting Resource Center

The Parenting Resource Center on Clifton Campus is offering programs throughout Spring Break week, including:

  • Tuesday, Mar. 19, 10-11 a.m. - Music & Stories - for Kids & Parents (Main 128)
  • Tuesday, Mar. 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Never Sick of Slime - Experience fun & science of making "slime" - for Kids & Parents (Main 128)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. - Parenting Support Conversation - for Parents (Main 135B)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Effective Consequences - for Parents (Main 128)

The Parenting Resource Center (Main 135B) will be open Monday through Friday during Spring Break, offering a child-friendly study space for students who are parents. Call 569-4793 for daily hours.

The Cincinnati State Parenting Resource Center is supported by grants from the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust and the U.S. Department of Education.

Distance Learning Gathering on Mar. 28 examines "instructional voice"

All employees who teach online or hybrid courses, are thinking about developing these types of courses, or are interested in distance education are invited to a Distance Learning Gathering on Thursday, Mar. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. in ATLC 313.

The Gathering features presentations on "The Instructional Voice in Online Learning." The presenters will describe how they incorporate their instructional voices into online and hybrid courses to help guide student learning. 

Presenters are:

  • Milene Donlin - Health & Public Safety - Biology
  • Scott Horn - Humanities & Sciences - Mathematics
  • James Park - Humanities & Sciences - Sociology
  • Paula Kirch Smith - Business Technologies – Management/Hospitality

To register, use the Distance Learning Gathering eForm. Please register by Monday, Mar. 25.

For more information, contact Dr. Shirley Piazza (

The Gathering is sponsored by the Office of Distance Learning, the Center for Teaching & Learning, and the College-wide Professional Development Committee.

"First Fridays" proposals sought for 2019-20

The College-wide Professional Development Committee invites all members of the College community to submit proposals for "First Fridays" presentations for the 2019-20 academic year.

First Fridays presentations are offered from 3 to 4 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, September through April.

  • Topics can be anything you believe is of value and interest to other College employees related to best practices, research, or key professional experiences in teaching and learning.
  • Presentations can be made by one person or a group.
  • Click the image above to download a flyer that includes additional suggested topics and other information.

Use the First Fridays Pro Dev Call for Proposals eForm to submit proposals.

If you have an idea for a presentation topic and/or a suggestion for a possible speaker (who isn't you), please use the eform to share your suggestion!

Please submit proposals and/or topic suggestions by Friday, Apr. 19.

If you have questions, contact Professional Development Committee member Kelly Hubbard (

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