WednesdayApril 3, 2019

Info sessions start Apr. 16 for Spring Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for Employee Health Benefits will take place during the week of Apr. 22, 2019.

Choices made in April Open Enrollment are for the benefits year that begins July 1, 2019.

Prior to the Open Enrollment period, several Benefits Information Sessions will be offered.

At the information sessions, a representative of HORAN, the College’s benefit broker, along with Human Resources Department personnel, will describe and answer questions about changes to health benefits that go into effect on July 1. 

Information sessions are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Apr. 16 - 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr. 17 - noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Apr. 18 - 8 to 9:30 a.m.

All Information Sessions take place in the Culinary Demonstration Theater, ATLC 043. Employees should use the entrance on the ATLC first floor, near the Campus Bookstore.

Information Sessions will be available by live-streaming at https://cincinnatistate.adobeconnect.com/cincinnatistate_events and the video will be posted for employees who cannot attend a scheduled session.

If you want to review the videos and materials distributed during the Fall Open Enrollment sessions, including information on the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), go to the Human Resources section of the College intranet:

Human Resources > Benefits and Compensation > Benefit Communication Tools > 2019 Benefits Information

If you have questions about health benefits, please contact the Human Resources Department by email at HR@cincinnatistate.edu.

Calls to 911 from CState will show expanded info

Starting on Monday, Apr. 8, 2019, all calls placed from Cincinnati State College phones to off-campus numbers will display caller identification (Caller ID) for the specific phone number you are calling from.

  • The change applies to office and classroom phones on all Cincinnati State campuses.
     
  • The change will expand and improve the College’s 911 emergency services. Starting Apr. 8, a call from a College office or classroom phone to 911 or 9911 will include emergency information that identifies the campus, the building, and the room number.

Currently, when an off-campus phone with Caller ID displays a call from a campus phone, all Cincinnati State calls appear with the same number, 513-569-1500, rather than displaying the specific phone number in use.

No changes will occur in calls from one College phone to another.

When you make a call from an on-campus office or classroom phone to another Cincinnati State phone that has Caller ID capability, the receiver of the call will continue to see the name and extension number of the on-campus caller.

Chief Information Officer Frankie Baker said the Caller ID project is an Information Technology Services effort that was part of College-wide tasks related to the Campus Completion Plan.

Wright State Transfer Day on Apr. 8

Wright State University is hosting a Transfer Day at Cincinnati State on Monday, Apr. 8, focusing on students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in Engineering or Computer Science.

Information about the CState-to-Wright State Transfer Pathway will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Room 147 of the Main Building (Clifton Campus).

  • Students who visit the transfer event can enjoy free pizza while learning more about transfer to Wright State, and how to qualify for transfer scholarships.
     
  • The application fee will be waived for students who fill out a Wright State application during the event.

Click the image above to download the event flyer.

For more information, contact the Cincinnati State Transfer Center in ATLC 221 or call (513) 569-1884.

Free Fitness Assessments on Apr. 9 & 16

Students in the Health and Fitness Technology (HFT) Corrective Exercise class are seeking volunteers to take part in Fitness Assessments on Tuesday, Apr. 9, and Tuesday, Apr. 16.

Assessments are available from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and from 2 to 2:45 p.m. on both days. Activities take place in the Group Fitness Room, Main 04 (Clifton Campus).

  • The assessment will look at posture as well as movement and strength.
     
  • Students will provide each participant with ways to improve posture so you feel better and move with less discomfort, whether you are exercising or simply carrying out activities of everyday living.

To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Mindy Piles, HFT Program Chair, at (513) 569-5713 or melinda.piles@cincinnatistate.edu.

Landscape Horticulture students were 4th in national competition

Cincinnati State's team celebrated their top-four finish at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition.

During Spring Break (Mar. 20-23), a delegation of 22 students, four faculty and staff coaches, and Business Technologies Dean Linda Schaffeld traveled to Colorado State University (Fort Collins) for the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ National Collegiate Landscape Competition

Participants in the photo above are:

  • (Front row, from left) Lynn Lorio, Heather Augustine (advisor), Dasha Ferguson, BTD Dean Linda Schaffeld, Dorothy Woodbury, Hannah Carter.
  • (Middle row, from left) Tim McDowell, Jackson Hamann, Kathy Mountain, Kat Meza, Taylor Gillam, Jacob Melvin, Chloe Paul, Jonathan Heflin, Rachel Stothfang, Austin Mobley.
  • (Back row, from left) Mark Deacon (advisor), Brian Walsh, Jack Schaefer, Ed Atkinson, Nathan McKain, Brad Miller, Dan Vidourek, Cara Robinson, Brian Hooten (advisor), Joe Muldoon, and Kelly Wanstrath (advisor).

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is the green industry’s premier professional organization. The 2019 competition was one of the largest in 43 years of the event, with 64 schools represented and 844 students participating.

Cincinnati State's team placed fourth overall-- the highest placement for the College in the past two decades of competition-- and CState was one of five community colleges among the top 20 teams.

The CState team ranked ahead of large schools including Michigan State Univ., Penn State Univ., Virginia Tech., North Carolina State Univ., Univ. of Georgia, Auburn Univ., Mississippi State Univ., and host school Colorado State Univ.

Brigham Young Univ. - Provo took first place and Brigham Young Univ. - Idaho placed second. Third place went to another Ohio team: Cuyahoga Community College.

In individual honors, Lynn Lorio and Joe Muldoon placed 5th and 13th overall out of all students participating. Both Lynn and Joe competed in five separate events.

Lynn also was honored at a scholarship reception where she received the TruGreen Environmental Stewardship Platinum Scholarship from the NALP Foundation. (See photo below.)

Other individual achievement included:

  • Dorothy Woodbury placed 2nd in Landscape Lighting
  • Lynn Lorio placed 3rd in Annual and Perennial Identification
  • Nathan McKain placed 3rd in Small Engine Troubleshooting

For Dorothy’s and Nathan’s events, only the 12 students with the highest qualifying exam scores were allowed to compete. 

Eight of the 29 events required qualifying exams, and in a school first, all of the Cincinnati State students passed the qualifiers for those events. 

Other events that had CState students in the top ten included:

  • Nathan McKain and Jacob Melvin, 5th place, Wood Construction
  • Joe Muldoon, 5th place, Irrigation Design
  • Austin Mobley and Dan Vidourek, 6th place, Landscape Maintenance Operations
  • Lynn Lorio, 8th place, Interior Plant Identification
  • Jack Schaefer, 8th place, Woody Plant Identification
  • Brian Walsh, 9th place, Computer Aided Landscape Design
  • Jack Schaefer and Lynn Lorio, 9th place, Employee Development
  • Joe Muldoon, Dan Vidourek, and Kat Meza, 10th place, Landscape Plant Installation

Each event was worth a total of 200 points, so even students placing outside the top ten in each event earned points towards the team total.

While in Colorado, Cincinnati State students participated in a national career fair with over 100 green industry businesses from throughout the U.S.

Students also toured the Denver Botanic Garden and Rocky Mountain National Park.

The next National Collegiate Landscape Competition will take place in March 2020 at Michigan State University.

  • Lynn Lorio (left) received an NALP Foundation scholarship

  • Dorothy Woodbury took 2nd place in the Landscape Lighting event

  • Students competing in the Hardscape Installation event

Bakery Hill feature drink for April is Buckeye Latte

The April beverage special at Bakery Hill is a Buckeye Latte-- a coffee drink with peanut butter and chocolate flavor enhancements.

This sweet, caffinated treat will undoubtedly provide the boost you need to power through the rest of Spring Semester.

The Buckeye Latte is available in two sizes: 12 oz. for $3.50, or 20 oz. for $4.50.

(Note: your Buckeye Latte may not look identical to the photo above... but is sure to be tasty. Stop by and try it!)

Parking restrictions in Lot D on Apr. 8

A delivery of furniture for the labs that are being renovated is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 8.

To make room for the large delivery truck to safely reach the Main Building Loading Dock, some parking spaces in Lot D (employee parking) will be inaccessible for part of the morning.

See the map above for details.

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