MondayOctober 26, 2020

Main Building Recovery Project - Progress Report for Oct. 26

Progress reports on the efforts to assess and repair damage to the Main Building will be provided regularly in Daily News.

Highlights for the past week, as reported by Vice President of Administration Lawra Baumann, include:

  • New boilers are in place in Main.
    • Two of the boilers will be tested this week, in preparation for turning on boilers by Nov. 1 to generate minimal heat and prevent freezing inside the building.
  • Use of a temporary chiller for the Health Professions Building will be discontinued this week. The HPB boiler has been tested and is ready for use.
  • Electrical assessment continues this week.
    • Rewiring of feeder lines to A and B Wings will begin.
    • Electrical outages in Main will occur frequently in coming weeks to accommodate electrical repair and testing work.
  • Design recommendations are being finalized for remaining mechanical equipment in Main including chillers, hot water, and compressed air.
  • An adjustor and an engineer representing the College's insurance company completed a site visit and tour of most of the tunnels in Main on Oct. 22.

Please complete survey for OHDE "Changing Campus Culture" project

The Changing Campus Culture project of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) requires all Ohio colleges and universities to bring awareness and provide information to students and employees related to sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.

  • Starting Monday, Oct. 26, a "Changing Campus Culture Climate Survey" will be deployed to full-time and part-time College employees. Look for an email message from Soni Hill, the College's Senior Director of Student Success & Student Development.
  • The survey takes about 15 minutes and should be completed by Nov. 20.
  • Cincinnati State appreciates your participation in this statewide survey. Results will be available during Spring of 2021.

Ohio's "Changing Campus Culture" initiative began in 2015 with input from campus presidents, advocacy groups, and campus and community experts statewide. National trends and best practices were thoroughly researched.

If you have questions, please contact Soni at

Board of Trustees Meeting on Oct. 27

The Cincinnati State Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, starting at 3:45 p.m.

The Board meeting will be conducted by Zoom videoconference at this link:

  • Passcode: 991090
  • Dial-in: 1-646-876-9923

The Board meeting is open to the public.

The agenda is:

  • Call to Order
  • Sunshine Law Compliance Announcement
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of the Proceedings of the Regular Board Meeting of Sep. 22, 2020
  • Consideration of Items for Possible Addition to the Agenda
  • Recognition of Accomplishments Reflective of the College Mission
  • Consent Agenda
    • Personnel Reports
    • Facilities Reports
    • Public Safety Monthly Incident Reports
    • Institutional Advancement Report

Action Items

  • Finance Report
  • Resolution Affirming Ohio Revised Code Section 123.10 Facilities Related Declaration and Authority to Contract
  • Resolution Authorization to Terminate Collaboration Agreement
  • Approval of Vendor Contracts
  • Academic Quality & Student Learning Updates

Status of the College Community

  • Student Engagement & Education / Student Activities Report
  • Shared Governance / Faculty Senate Report
  • President’s Report
  • Trustee Chairperson’s Report; Convening of Nominating Committee; Recognition
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Adjourn to Executive Session / Return from Executive Session
  • Adjournment

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Dec. 1, 2020, at 3:45 p.m., by videoconference delivery.

In the Zone meeting on Oct. 28 features State Senator discussing Ohio Fairness Act

All members of the College community are invited to a Zoom virtual meeting of the "In the Zone" student organization on Wednesday, Oct. 28, starting at 9 a.m., featuring a discussion with Ohio State Senator Nickie Antonio about the status of the Ohio Fairness Act.

Professor Ronnie Gladden, the In the Zone advisor, will interview Senator Antonio, who represents portions of Cuyahoga County in northeastern Ohio.

The Ohio Fairness Act legislation under consideration by the State Senate would add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the laws that make discrimination illegal in Ohio.

Discussion will include how this proposed legislation can benefit Ohioans, especially during disruptive times.

To participate, join the Zoom meeting:

  • Meeting ID: 959 4077 4602
  • Passcode: 477944
  • Dial-in: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

In The Zone club at Cincinnati State provides a safe, supportive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students and their straight allies.

College Catalog PDF for 2020-21 is missing some info; new edition coming soon

The PDF version of the College Catalog for 2020-21 is missing some information, and will be republished.

Complete catalog information is available on the Cincinnati State online catalog website (

The 289-page PDF that was distributed via Daily News on Oct. 16 is missing the pages that describe degree and certificate programs offered by the Engineering and Information Technologies Division (formerly the Center for Innovative Technologies).

The PDF currently available from the catalog website links to the incomplete edition of the catalog, and will be repaired.

The Academic Policies & Curriculum Committee appreciates your patience while this technical problem is corrected.

Food service on Fridays starts Oct. 30

Beginning Friday, Oct. 30, Kate's Catering at The Overlook will be open on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Chef Michael VanFleet said, "Kate’s has been more than accommodating throughout their time at Cincinnati State."
"The menu offerings have increased, and now Kate's Catering is responding to customer requests by providing carry-out lunches five days a week!"

Webinars examine active learning techniques & student mental health issues

Many organizations are continuing to offer programs that may be of interest to Cincinnati State faculty and other members of the College community.

Magna Publications, a provider of professional development resources for higher education, is offering a free webinar titled "Engaging College Students Using Active Learning Techniques" on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. (Eastern time).

  • Learning goals of the webinar include techniques to improve college student learning in the classroom and online as well as techniques for overcoming barriers to active learning.
  • The webinar leader is Dr. Claire Howell Major, Professor of Higher Education at the University of Alabama.

Click here to learn more and register for the webinar.

  • Registration includes access to an on-demand version of the webinar and resource materials.

The Chronicle of Higher Education is offering a free webinar on student mental health, titled "Campus Well-Being Post-Pandemic" on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. (Eastern time).

  • Learning goals of the webinar include gaining deeper understanding of mental-health issues college students face and examining steps colleges can take to serve distressed students.
  • The virtual forum leaders are a panel of experts from higher education and mental health organizations, and a student representative.

Click here to learn more and register for the webinar.

  • Registered participants who can't attend the webinar will receive an email link to a recording of the session.

Online Learning Support for Oct. 26-30

Support for new faculty and staff users of Zoom and Blackboard and individual consultation opportunities on varied topics are available this week.

Dr. Jon McKamey and Paul D. DeNu, Office of Online Learning, and Julee Johns, Center for Teaching and Learning, are available for individual appointments, as well as for scheduled sessions listed below.

For more information, visit the "Support/Training" section of the COVID-19 Faculty Resources site in Blackboard. (Look for this site near the bottom of your list of Blackboard courses.)

Office of Online Learning:

"Zoom Basics for Faculty and Staff" is facilitated by Paul D. DeNu (via Zoom)

Topics covered include downloading and installing Zoom, scheduling a meeting and setting options, creating a Blackboard menu link for Zoom meetings, recording a meeting, and more.

Workshop dates are below. Join the workshops via Zoom at

Meeting ID: 814 3861 4572  |  Passcode: 5m201r

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27 - 10-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 - 9-10 a.m.

Dr. Jon McKamey is out of the office this week, but is monitoring email.

Discussion Sessions on "Online Course Quality Design" facilitated by Jon will resume in November

  • The self-paced, 6-module online course Teaching Online for Cincinnati State is facilitated by Jon, and continues to accept new enrollments throughout Fall Semester 2020. See p. 3 of the weekly PDF training schedule for more information.

The Center for Teaching and Learning (Julee Johns) is available this week by appointment.

I-75 Construction Update: Overnight closures near Hopple Street

The following overnight restrictions are scheduled for Oct. 26 as part of the Interstate 75/I-74 major reconstruction project:

  • Close the ramp from I-74 East to I-75 North from 10 p.m. to midnight.
  • Single-lane closure on I-74 East from Montana Avenue to I-75 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27.
  • Single-lane closures on I-75 North and South between Mitchell Avenue and Hopple Street from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Intermittent, short-term (15-minute) full closures of I-75 and I-74 in the work zone from midnight to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Arrow boards and/or signs will alert motorists of the work zone and lane closure.

To help ensure the safety of construction workers and the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed, and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone.

For detailed traffic and construction information, visit

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