WednesdayOctober 16, 2019

Horticulture Club "Third Thursday" sale is Oct. 17-- and it's gourdulent season, too

On Thursday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Horticuture Club is offering a "Third Thursday" Plant Sale.

  • You'll find the plant sales table on the Main Building First Floor (Clifton Campus), near the College Distribution Center (also known as "the Mailroom").
  • "Third Thursday" sales of seasonal plants in a variety of sizes (and prices) take place the third Thursday of each month, unless that day is a College holiday.

In addition, the Horticulture Club is accepting orders until Wednesday, Nov. 6, for Thanksgiving "gourdulents"-- a combination of a gourd and succulent plants.

The gourdulents are seasonal decorations that continue to look lovely for weeks (or possibly months), and the succulents can be replanted for additional enjoyment.

  • Gourdulents are available in three sizes: Small ($10), Medium ($20 and $25), and Large ($30). Most of the samples in the photo above are small or medium-sized gourdulents.
  • To order your gourdulents, send an email message to Greenhouse Manager Kelly Wanstrath ( Let her know how many you want, and the sizes.
  • Orders will be available for pick-up (and payment is due) on Nov. 20 and 21, at a table near the Main Building Mailroom.
  • No extras will be available at the pick-up table-- so to guarantee you get your gourdulents, be sure to place your order promptly!

Proceeds from Horticulture Club projects help students participate in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition.

Norbert Thomas received commendation from Cinti Rec Commission

Norbert Thomas, the Lead Classroom Multimedia Technician in the Information Technology Services department, was commended recently by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) for assistance provided this summer to the City's Youth to Work Program (Y2WK).

Over 150 youths ages 14 to 18 participated in the 8-week Y2WK training program held on Cincinnati State's Clifton Campus. The program prepares students for work experiences in the community.

Greg Walker, the CRC Senior Administrative Specialist for Youth and Teen Programs, said, "Norbert welcomed the CRC youth and staff by helping with all of the program's technology needs."

"He was on hand during training days to assist with set-up, troubleshooting issues with computers and equipment, as well as providing referrals to staff in other departments who assisted in providing an excellent experience at Cincinnati State."

Walker continued, "We appreciated Norbert's genuine care for the young people who were new to the campus. His presence and expertise helped things to go smoothly. We also appreciate the efforts of the supporting team that helped our instructors in the classrooms and filled work requests expeditiously."

Walker added, "Along with Mr. Thomas, we appreciated the efforts of Associate Dean Kim McMillan, Dr. Kim Richards, and all the Cincinnati State staff who helped open the campus doors to the Y2WK program. Our evaluation results showed that youth who participated could see themselves going to college after completing the training program on Cincinnati State's campus."

Students: Transportation available to/from The Big College Event on Oct. 24

Cincinnati State students are encouraged to take part in The Big College Event at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The event is a free, one-night-only experience for all Cincinnati-area college and university students. A College ID card is required for admission.

Students can click here to register for The Big College Event.

For students who need transportation to/from the event, several options are available:

  • UBER - Register by Friday, Oct. 18, and note your need for transportation on the registration form. You will receive a code for a free Uber ride to and from The Big College Event.
  • PARKING - Parking is free at the garage located next to the Convention Center. When you check-in at The Big College Event, ask for parking validation.
  • SHUTTLE FROM CINCINNATI STATE – Sign up to take a shuttle from Cincinnati State and back. Make sure you sign up for both departure and return, if needed.
    • The shuttle will depart from Cincinnati State at 3:45, 4:45, 5:45, and 6:45 p.m.
    • The shuttle will return from the Convention Center at 5:15, 6:15, 7:15, and 8:00 p.m.

To sign up for the shuttle, visit:

If you have questions, please contact Kelly Harper at or (513) 569-1647.

The Big College Event, sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, includes:

  • information and exhibits about job and internship opportunities, interest groups, social scenes, and local community engagement opportunities

  • free food

  • a free swag bag

  • free resume review and free professional "headshot" photos

  • a free concert (8 to 9 p.m.) with Moonbeau and Triibe

Updates on The Big College Event are posted on the CState Career Center Facebook page at

Hispanic Heritage Celebration & Passport to the World continue Oct. 16 & 17

Cincinnati State's Hispanic Heritage Week activities continue today and Thursday, along with the "Passport to the World" International Student celebration.

Activities for the College community include:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16
    • "Passport to the World" International Student Celebration - noon to 2 p.m., "The Spot," ATLC 1st Floor - Meet students from Cincinnati State’s vibrant international community, and learn about their hometowns, their languages, and more.
    • Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Exhibit - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ATLC 102 - Try "Day of the Dead Bread" (a sweet treat) and learn the real meaning of this festival.
  • Thursday, Oct. 17
    • "Passport to the World" International Student Celebration - 9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., "The Spot," ATLC 1st Floor - Meet students from Cincinnati State’s vibrant international community, and learn about their hometowns, their languages, and more.
    • Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Exhibit - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ATLC 102 - Try "Day of the Dead Bread" (a sweet treat) and learn the real meaning of this festival.
    • Hispanic Heritage Celebration - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, ATLC 1st Floor Lounge - Free nachos, chips, salsa, and fun!

The display case (seen above) on the Main Building second floor, near the Humanities & Sciences Office (Room 232), also honors Hispanic Heritage Month.

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the designation of the 30-day period each year from Sep. 15 to Oct. 15 as a time to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Locally and regionally, Cincinnati State and many other colleges and universities conduct activities that celebrate the nation's rich Hispanic/Latino cultural heritage and history.

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