FridayFebruary 26, 2021

Career Center helps students prepare for Mar. 9 Job Fair

The Cincinnati State Career Center and the College's Co-op Coordinators will host a virtual Career and Co-op Job Fair on Tuesday, Mar. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m.

  • The Job Fair focuses on opportunities including co-op and internships as well as post-graduation employment for students in Business, Engineering Technologies, Information Technologies, and Arts & Sciences fields.
     
  • A Job Fair for health professions will take place separately. 

To help students get ready for the Job Fair, the Career Center is offering several events.


Cincinnati State is joining the JC Penney Suit-Up Event, which takes place online and in-stores from Feb. 25-28.

  • This ongoing program from JC Penney helps students at over 300 colleges and universities to obtain professional attire at a discounted price. (And the discount is available to faculty and staff members, too.)
     
  • Students can obtain a coupon for a 30% discount on full-price or sale items
     
  • Cincinnati State students (and employees) can get their coupon by texting CINNST to 67292. The coupon can be used in-store or online at www.jcpenney.com/m/suit-up-view-all.

The Career Center is hosting "How to Prepare for a Job Fair" sessions on Mar. 1 at noon, Mar. 2 at 4 p.m., and Mar. 4 at noon.

February BOT meeting included report on plans for using new Federal Stimulus Funds

In addition to awarding tenure to five faculty members, other actions at the Feb. 23 meeting of the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees included a report from Chief Financial Officer Chris Calvert on the use of past and newly allocated Federal Stimulus Funds.

The College received about $4.8 million in CARES Act stimulus funds and an additional $7.2 million in new stimulus funding.

  • Some of the new funds, like previous stimulus funds, will be awarded directly to eligible students.
     
  • CFO Calvert said some College projects previously expected to be financed using capital funds from the State of Ohio are eligible for use of Federal Stimulus Funds. This means the capital funds can be applied to other high-priority College projects.
     
  • CFO Calvert said the College expects to "fully utilize stimulus funds, optimize capital appropriatations, and accelerate our master planning."
    • The College's master plan includes projects like modernizing Enterprise Resource Planning (which includes software like Colleague and other systems used to run College business operations), as well as completing building repair and maintenance activities associated with Main Building recovery.
       
  • Next steps in planning how the College will use Federal Stimulus Funds and state capital funds includes seeking feedback from the Budget Advisory Team and the Facilities Committee.

The Board also received a progress report on efforts to repair and reopen the Main Building.

  • Vice President of Administration Lawra Baumann said the Main Building will be ready for reoccupancy prior to the start of Summer Semester in May. Academic Deans and other managers are working on the return plans.
     
  • Ongoing equipment repair and replacement activities involve the electrical systems, the hot water systems, and the air handling systems. VP Baumann said when the repair and replacement work has been completed, all air handlers will meet COVID-related air circulation standards.
     
  • Design work for replacement of the fire loop system-- which was the source of the water leak that led to Main Building closing-- is underway, and in the future the College will seek bidders to complete the replacement work.
     
  • CFO Calvert said the College has continued to receive insurance reimbursements for costs associated with Main Building repair, and to date, no insurance claims have been rejected.

To view the complete set of slides from the Feb. 23 Board meeting, click here or click the image above. (Note: this is a large file and might take a few moments to download.)

Other business conducted at the Feb. 23 BOT meeting included:

  • Recognizing and congratulating Bursar Dan Ramsey, who is retiring at the end of February after more than 30 years of service to the College.
     
  • Recognizing the success of the Mardi Gras Party-in-Place sponsored by the Alumni Association.
     
  • Reviewing the monthly Financial Report.
     
  • Receiving updates on activities of the Faculty Senate and the Student Government organization.
     
  • Receiving President Posey's report on recent College achievements and new initiatives, including assistance for College marketing efforts from Locale, a Cleveland-based agency that will provide help with marketing strategic planning and efforts leading to increased enrollment.
    • Tim Coughlin, Locale's Managing Partner, briefly described the company's approach to working with Cincinnati State.

Recordings of Board meetings conducted via Zoom, and the "packet" of information (the agenda and supporting documents) for each Board meeting are posted on the College intranet.

  • Go to How the College Works > Board of Trustees and then select "BOT Packets" or "BOT Recordings" and choose "2021". (The February meeting recording should be posted soon.)

The next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 23, starting at 3:45 p.m., via Zoom Remote Delivery.

National TRiO Day celebration includes CState program at Mt. Healthy H.S.

In recognition of National TRiO Day on Feb. 28, 2021, Daily News is highlighting the TRiO programs at CState and the students they serve.

Cincinnati State's TRiO-supported programs include a Traditional Upward Bound program at Mount Healthy Junior/Senior High School in Cincinnati.

Traditional Upward Bound (TUB) is a college prep program administered by Cincinnati State to help promising high school students successfully graduate from high school and attend the college of their choice.

TUB provides academic and career counseling, academic assistance, and guidance in making informed educational choices.

Alejandro Hernandez will graduate from Mt. Healthy H.S., with honors, in May 2021, and at the same time will be completing his Associate of Arts degree from Cincinnati State.

Next, Alejandro will attend Ohio State University, majoring in finance and pre-law. He has received the national Chick Evans Scholarship, which will cover his tuition and room and board.

Alejandro is the youngest of three brothers. His older brothers also participated in the Upward Bound program and then continued their education at Ohio State.

Alejandro said, “Upward Bound has simply been a blessing. It has been a support system for me, and my family away from home."

"Upward Bound has helped me in all facets of my life-- academically, ethically, and finding my future. I am so happy that I joined, and I hope more people find its benefits,” he added.

Allyson Knue, an Upward Bound Academic Specialist, said, "Alejandro was a standout student from the start of his freshman year. He has true drive to achieve his goals and he's not afraid of a challenge!"

Allyson added, "Alejandro has integrity and empathy, while being approachable and funny. He offers encouragement and advice to classmates dealing with difficult situations, from a place of genuine care for their well-being. It's obvious that other students look up to him."

The Upward Bound program at Mt. Healthy serves students in grades 9-12. At least two-thirds of the participating students’ parents do not have a bachelor’s degree and meet Federal income requirements.

  • TUB staff members meet with students three days a week, after school, for tutoring and academic assistance. Once a week, students participate in a seminar covering topics such as career exploration, leadership development, communication skills, financial literacy, and more.
     
  • Students also receive support working on college admission applications as well as financial aid and scholarship applications.

During the previous grant period, the Upward Bound program assisted 63 Mt. Healthy students.

For more information about Cincinati State's TRiO programs, visit the College Access Programs page of the College website.

Professor Emeritus recommendations due to Faculty Senate by Mar. 8

The designation "Professor Emeritus" honors a retired Cincinnati State faculty member for their outstanding contributions to the College throughout their career.

Faculty members have received additional information about submitting Professor Emeritus recommendations to the Faculty Senate no later than Monday, Mar. 8.

  • Professor Emeritus is an honorary status conferred by the Faculty Senate, with the endorsement of the College President.
     
  • A recommendation letter for conferral of Professor Emeritus status may be prepared by any full-time, tenured faculty member on behalf of a recently-retired colleague. Recommendations are then voted on by all full-time, tenured faculty.
     
  • Newly-designated emeritus professors are recognized during the annual Faculty Excellence Awards celebration.

If you have questions, please send a message to FacultySenate@cincinnatistate.edu.

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