FridayFebruary 28, 2020

CState receives Student & Teacher of the Year honors from ELL Foundation

The English Language Learning Foundation honored Cincinnati State student Ndieme Ngom as "Student of the Year" and faculty member Larry Feist as "Educator of the Year" at the organization's Annual Recognition Breakfast on Feb. 20.

In addition, Ndieme and six other Cincinnati State students received scholarships of $500 to $1,000 from the Foundation. Scholarship recipients include Shaymaa Alhadad, Bouchra Belcadi, Youssef Bellafkih, Sharon Chinhando, Aya Hill, and Amal Masto. (See photo below.)

  • Ndieme is majoring in Early Childhood Education and expects to graduate in December 2020. She is the Vice President of Student Government, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society.
  • Professor Feist, the program chair for Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, was recognized for implementing events that bring English Learners to Cincinnati State, such as ESL Engineering Days, as well as outreach activities at area schools. Larry is an active participant in Hispanic Chamber of Commerce events and in other organizations that assist English Learners.

The ELL Foundation was founded in 2006. The non-profit group focuses on helping English Learning students (whose native language or home language is not English) in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area to become successful in their academic lives, while fostering their cultural identities.

Cincinnati State Professor Rosa Maria Moreno, the Vice President of the ELL Foundation Board of Directors, said more than 30 scholarships were awarded this year to students representing 18 countries, who are currently attending 15 Cincinnati-area high schools and higher education institutions.

Cincinnati State faculty member Maggie Oliveira also serves as a member of the ELL Foundation Board.

Cincinnati State students, faculty, and staff members celebrated at the ELL Foundation event.

President Monica Posey joined guests at the ELL Foundation Breakfast, including YMCA President Jorge Perez (left) and Alfonso Cornejo, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Cincinnati (right).

Rosa Maria Moreno presented the Educator of the Year award to Larry Feist.

(Photos provided by Elliott Ruther and Rosa Maria Moreno)

Black History Month event celebrated CState contributors

Debbie Greenlee and Dr. Sandra Dees posed with their posters at the celebration

The "Cincinnati State Celebrates Black History Month" event on Feb. 27 brought many participants to the Conference Center to recognize African American faculty, staff members, and administrators for their contributions to the College.

Photos below show glimpses of the celebration, including the creative array of refreshments.

The Celebration was sponsored by the Student Activities Office.

(Photos by Katelyn Pipenur, Marketing Dept. Student Intern)

Ohio Kings final home game is Feb. 29

The Ohio Kings professional basketball team plays the final home game of their inaugural season starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, in the Gym on Clifton Campus.

The Kings take an 8-4 record into their game against the Dayton Sharks.

Tickets for this game are $10 each. For more information on tickets, visit

The Ohio Kings are part of the re-established American Basketball Association (ABA), which has 70 teams and nearly 1,000 players competing at the professional level.

Team members throughout the ABA include former NBA players, NCAA Division 1 and 2 players, McDonald's All American team members, and international athletes.

  • The ABA has unique rules that emphasize a faster-paced game, leading to higher scoring and more excitement for fans.
  • The Kings have scored over 100 points in 10 of their games so far.
  • Last weekend, the Kings beat the Gary Sun Rays by a score of 201-86-- the highest number of points scored by the Kings this season.

The Kings will finish their season next week by traveling to Akron for a rematch with the Akron Aviators. The Kings beat the Aviators 124-94 in the season opener.

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