MondayMarch 9, 2020

CState Graphic Design student wins Best of Show at ADDY Awards

Graphic Design students, alumni, and faculty celebrated at the 2020 Cincinnati ADDY Awards (from left): Abe Luckey, Zack Mullenix, Jesse Willis, Vatthana Long, Adjunct Instructor Emily Gaston, Student Best of Show winner Julia Kennedy, Program Chair Jason Caudill, and Naimah Quinae. See additional photos below.

Cincinnati State Graphic Design students once again dominated the Cincinnati American Advertising Awards (ADDYs), earning the Student Best of Show and other awards at the 2020 awards event on Feb. 21.

  • Julia Kennedy won the Student Best of Show award and a Gold award for her "California Wildlife Poster."
    Julia also won a contest to develop a new brand identity for the Cincinnati chapter of the American Advertising Federation (also known as the Ad Club), the organization that conducts the ADDY competition each year. (See photo below)
  • Aaron Dorsey received a Silver award for "52 Deck of Cards - Sushi Edition"
  • Jessie Reinert won a Silver award for "Urban Pioneers Poster"

Cincinnati State students received five of the six Student ADDYs presented this year in the local competition.

In the Professional competition, Chris Joecken, a graduate of CState's Audio/Video Production program, was part of the team that created the Best of Show and Gold award winner: a 6-minute online video for Armitron watches, entered in the category "Branded Content and Entertainment for Online Film, Video & Sound."

Chris was the Colorist on the team for producer Douglas Gautraud, whose crew included specialists in New York and Cincinnati.

Graphic Design Program Chair Jason Caudill said, "We appreciate the continuing support for Cincinnati State students during a time when the Cincinnati Ad Club organization is changing and rebuilding."

"The ADDYs give our students a great opportunity to gain recognition and feedback from a professional organization that applies the highest standards for evaluating their work."

"It's also great to get together at the ADDYs with our alumni who are working in design fields, and give current students a chance to network with potential employers and colleagues," Jason added.

The American Advertising Awards (ADDYs) is one of the advertising industry's largest and most representative competitions, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Ad Club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

ADDY entries in this year's Cincinnati competition were judged by professionals from Atlanta, Dallas, and Chicago.

Gold and Silver award-winners from the local student competition are forwarded to the District level, which includes entries from students in colleges and universities throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

ADDY winners from 15 District competitions throughout the U.S. advance to the National ADDY competition. Cincinnati State Graphic Design students have won National Gold ADDY awards twice: Dallas Ford in 2017 and Alli Bacon-Davis in 2008.

Julia Kennedy (right) is recognized by Cincinnati Ad Club President Charlie Martin for creating the Club's new visual identity materials.

Enjoying the ADDY Awards event (from left): Floyd Grace,"V" Long, Emily Gaston, Jesse Willis, Jason Caudill, Julia Kennedy, and Zack Mullenix.

Common Time on Mar. 9 reviews learning from Academic Self-Study

Common Time on Monday, Mar. 9, examines learning gained from Academic Self-Study reports and feedback.

Common Time takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Conference Center and is open to all College employees.

During the past two years, academic programs and departments have prepared Annual Self-Study reports that are carefully reviewed by Provost Robbin Hoopes, Associate Provost Denise Rohr, Dean Geoffrey Woolf, and the other academic deans.

  • Detailed feedback is provided for programs and departments in the spirit of "appreciative inquiry."
  • This feedback provides a starting point for individual feedback sessions between each Program Chair or Department Chair and his/her respective Academic Dean. 
  • Analysis of Self-Study reports and feedback also shows patterns of strength and opportunities for improvement.

During Common Time on March 9, Provost Hoopes will discuss:

  • Overall progress on improvement opportunities that were identified last year
  • Patterns of strength that emerged from this year's analysis of Self-Study reports
  • Improvement opportunities for the coming year that emerged from this year’s analysis

If you can't attend in person, the session will be available via streaming video at

Help fight the spread of illness-- wash your hands!

On Mar. 9, 2020, cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in Ohio, in the Cleveland area.

Cases also have been confirmed in the past few days in Kentucky and Indiana.

The Ohio Department of Health encourages students, faculty, and staff members to continue to be vigilant in your Hygiene Etiquette.

Please keep applying basic steps that help prevent the spread of illness and disease.

Serious respiratory illnesses including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS/CODIV-19) are spread by:

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Unclean hands
  • Touching your face after touching contaminated objects
  • Touching objects after contaminating your hands

To help stop the spread of germs:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put your used tissue in a wastebasket.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

Also, remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

  • Wash your hands with soap and clean, running water, for at least 20 seconds.
    (Daily News Editor's Note: if you're tired of timing your handwashing with the "Happy Birthday" song sung twice, click for some alternative tunes to use.)
  • If clean, running water is not accessible, use soap and available water.
  • If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean your hands.

Finally, If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others so you don't spread your germs. Stay home from work or school, when possible.

Click here to download a poster version of the hand-washing information above (or click the image above).

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Celebrate Earth Day by assisting Great Parks of Hamilton Co. on Apr. 18

The Celebrating Community Committee invites Cincinnati State students, employees, and alumni to mark the College's 50th anniversary by assisting another organization that has served our region for 50 years-- the Great Parks of Hamilton County. 

On Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, Great Parks is hosting a free 50th Anniversary Earth Day Celebration at Sharon Woods. Members of the CState family will gather and assist with tasks like cleaning out invasive plants, planting new trees, removing dead foliage, and doing other work to help spruce up the park.

  • Volunteers receive lunch, a t-shirt raffle, and free trees (courtesy of One Tree Planted). 
  • Volunteers of all ages are welcome, so bring your family and friends, too.
  • The event is free, but registration is required, and space is limited-- don't wait to join the CState team, and make a difference in our community.

To register, visit Please put "Cincinnati State" in the company name area.

On April 18, Cincinnati State volunteers will meet at the Sharon Woods Pavilion Grove Picnic Shelter (11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville, OH 45241)-- and be sure to wear Cincinnati State attire!

Cincinnati State's annual EARTH JAM event on Clifton Campus takes place Thursday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information will be published in a future issue of Daily News.

If you can’t attend the Great Parks Earth Day event, you can register to help with two other free events that support Great Parks, which provides over 17,000 acres of greenspace in 21 parks and preserve throughout the county.

Use the registration link listed above, and remember to put "Cincinnati State" in the company name area when you register.

  • Saturday, Apr. 25, 9 a.m. to noon - Winton Woods Cleanup (10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231 at the Kestrel Point Shelter). Following the community cleanup activities, you can enjoy a grilled lunch and raffle giveaways with Forest Park Environmental Awareness and Wild Birds Unlimited.
  • Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to noon - Shawnee Lookout Greenup (2008 Lawrenceburg, North Bend, OH 45052 at the Shawnee Center). Volunteers will work at the clubhouse to turn landscaped garden beds into a native plant paradise, or help remove some invasive plants. After the work, stay for lunch, REI demos and swag giveaways.

If you have questions about Cincinnati State volunteer activities with Great Parks, please contact Milene Donlin ( or you can call Great Parks at (513) 521-7275.

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