FridayMarch 6, 2020

House-Bruckman Award nomination period is now open, using new process

Nominations for the House-Bruckmann Faculty Excellence Award are now open, using a new nomination and selection process approved by the Faculty Senate.

Nominations should be made using the online form available at

Nominations will be accepted continuously for the next 12 months, until the end of February 2021. A nomination can be submitted whenever evidence of excellence is noted.

  • Any full-time, tenured faculty member may be nominated for the award. However, award recipients from the past 5 years are not eligible, and self-nominations are not accepted.
  • The nomination form asks respondents to comment on the nominee’s excellence related to up to 3 of the following 7 criteria:
  • Excellence in Instruction
  • Commitment to Student Success
  • Collaborative Spirit
  • Contributions to the College
  • Contributions to the Community
  • Professional Achievements
  • Other
  • A House-Bruckmann Nominee Screening Subcommittee comprised of past award recipients will be formed in Fall 2020. The subcommittee (to be established by the Faculty Senate) will examine all nominations and designate 5 final nominees in Spring Semester 2021.
  • The 5 nominees will be voted on by faculty and academic administrators to determine the 2 recipients of the House-Bruckmann Award.

The new awards process adopted by Faculty Senate implements the recommendations of the Faculty Excellence Task Force, which was established by the Faculty Senate in Fall Semester 2019.

  • The Task Force members worked throughout Fall Semester to review best practices for identifying faculty excellence and to develop a new process for selecting House-Bruckmann Award recipients each year.
  • Task Force members are Tom Burns, Milene Donlin (Chair), Maya Franklin, Janelle McCord, Julie McLaughlin, Kathleen Pickens, Peggy Rolfsen, Janet Schlaak, and Geoffrey Woolf.

Additional changes to the House-Bruckmann Awards process are described in the Faculty Excellence Task Force Report (click to download).

The House/Bruckmann Faculty Excellence Awards were established in 1985 to recognize excellence in instruction and co-op/clinical coordination at the College.

The awards are named for Clifford R. House, the first president of Cincinnati Technical College, and Alice P. Bruckmann, a member of the College's first Board of Trustees.

In 1994, the award criteria were changed to facilitate recognition of varied faculty responsibilities, not limited to classroom instruction and co-op/clinical coordination.

Award selection procedures have been adjusted several times since the inception of the award.

Comments or questions about the new House-Bruckmann Awards process can be sent to Senate President Lesli Rice, or any member of the Faculty Senate.

International Women's Week Panel & Tea on Mar. 9

All College students and employees are invited to attend an International Women's Panel Discussion and Tea on Monday, Mar. 9, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Main 180.

This event is part of the College's celebration of International Women's Week, and features discussion with member of Cincinnati State's international student community.

Cookies and tea will be provided for all participants.

Condolences to Connie Campbell

Jack Campbell, the husband of retired Cincinnati State faculty member Connie Campbell, died Feb. 26, 2020.

Connie was a faculty member in the Business Division from 1977 to 2005, and she served as an adjunct instructor after retiring.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, Mar. 14, from 10 a.m. until noon, followed by the Memorial Service, at Paul R. Young Funeral Home, 7345 Hamilton Avenue, Mt. Healthy, Ohio 45231.

Messages of condolence may be posted at the Paul R. Young Funeral Home website.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (

The sun shines bright on surveying students

Professor George Armstrong's Saturday morning Control Surveying class was out in the snow in front of the Main Building on Feb. 29, learning to use a total station (that's the instrument at the top of the tripod) to take a "solar shot" (by aiming the instrument at the sun to collect data).

In photos above and below, Construction Management major Jessica Lyttle is showing her classmates how to use the instrument, which is fitted with a special solar filter to prevent damage to the surveyor's eyes.

Jessica plans to continue her education this fall in the Bachelor of Applied Science program in Land Surveying.

  • During the "solar shot," data is collected using precise timing from the federal government’s atomic clocks, and then students are required to compute the bearing (or in surveyor's language, the azimuth) direction of a baseline.
  • A baseline in surveying is a line between two points on the earth's surface and the direction and distance between them. (Thanks, wikipedia!)

Professor Armstrong noted that the location used as the benchmark for this lab exercise is named “Jim," in honor of Surveying Professor Jim Decker.

Whether it is an accolade or an admonition to have a benchmark named for you is something you'll have to ask our colleagues who are surveyors.

(Photos provided by George Armstrong)

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