FridayMarch 26, 2021

Congratulations to Adjunct Excellence Award recipients

Kate Mitchell and Carolyn Rost are the 2021 recipients of Cincinnati State’s Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award.

Kate and Carolyn are the first-ever to receive this award, which was established by the Faculty Senate in 2020.

They will be honored during Common Time on Monday, Apr. 12, along with the recipients of the House/Bruckmann Faculty Excellence Award and the newest recipients of Professor Emeritus status.

The Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award criteria and process were developed by a task force that included faculty members and academic adminstrators.

  • Nominations for the Adjunct Excellence Award were reviewed by the applicable program or department chair, and by an academic administrator.
  • For more about the award process, see the Daily News article published Feb. 3, 2021. (Scrolling might be needed to see the link to the article.)

Kate Mitchell, Humanities & Sciences, teaches First Year Experience and Leadership courses

Kate’s nomination stated (in part): When the pandemic began, and we had to transition to remote delivery quickly, the First-Year Experience and Leadership courses were fully transitioned into fully functional, multi-modal, easy ​to​ understand, and highly organized Blackboard course shells. Kate led this development, and it would not have happened without her.

  • She has updated every Blackboard course shell each semester, serving as the de facto lead instructional designer for two departments.
  • She has listened to countless hours of student and instructor feedback on every course assignment and designed (and re-designed) them to meet the needs of both to ensure our learning outcomes are met.
  • She also makes herself available to help colleagues troubleshoot their technological and Blackboard issues, and was essentially “on-call” to every single instructor in all courses in the departments.

Kate is a skilled instructor and thoughtful colleague who frequently creates and pilots new lessons and materials to ensure student success, including engaging and informative lessons on information literacy, as well as resources on issues of social justice and equality.

She also assists students in the Leadership Club and participates in club events outside of the classroom, even though there is no compensation or glory.  

Kate’s teaching, training, and support provided for students and faculty are extraordinary examples of her skills and her collaborative spirit.

Carolyn Rost, Health & Public Safety, teaches Biology courses

Carolyn’s nomination stated (in part): Carolyn has been teaching at Cincinnati State for decades, and during that time she has demonstrated compassion and helped generate a sense of scientific curiosity for hundreds of students. 

Carolyn has never rested on her experience. She is voracious in her search for new educational resources and new teaching strategies, and generously shares her knowledge and gives great teaching advice-- including her full-time faculty colleagues with less classroom experience.

Carolyn is remarkable at helping students learn to think critically and scientifically. Her classes are full of active learning exercises, discussions, and writing assignments that require students to display higher-level thinking skills (and also require a huge time investment for grading). 

During the pandemic, Carolyn has been indispensable for her reliability and her ideas as the Biology department converted two classes that had never been offered online to remote delivery. She helped ensure that students in these classes are receiving a high-quality educational experience. 

As an adjunct, Carolyn is not required to hold office hours, but she puts many hours into finding better ways to teach her students, and (pre-pandemic) was often seen meeting with students outside of class.

Carolyn has a high commitment to the success of her students, and they absolutely love her. She has deserved an award like this for years!

Fifth Third Foundation gives $750K to help re-launch C-State Accelerate

The Fifth Third Foundation has made a $750,000 lead gift toward a $3 million initiative that will provide 600 low-income students entering Cincinnati State the opportunity to participate in the C-State Accelerate program. 

The C-State Accelerate program is a key priority of Cincinnati State’s $15 million, 50th Anniversary campaign and initiatives.

Fifth Third's gift was announced at the Mar. 23 meeting of the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees.

"We are very grateful to the Fifth Third Foundation for this wonderful gift," said Dr. Monica Posey, President of Cincinnati State. "It not only supports student success, but also strengthens our regional workforce."

The C-State Accelerate program, which is free for eligible students, provides comprehensive academic, personal, and financial support designed to help students stay in college, earn credits faster, and graduate on time.

“We are proud to provide this gift to deserving Cincinnati State students to help them advance their educational goals," said Heidi Jark, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Foundation Office at Fifth Third Bank.

"This is one of the many examples of how we are working to change people’s lives and create positive outcomes in our communities,” Jark added.

The C-State Accelerate program operated from 2015 to 2018 as part of a rigorous, statewide study conducted by a nationally recognized research organization, MDRC.

The student support program was modeled on a successful program developed by the City University of New York (CUNY), called ASAP.

The study showed that C-State Accelerate significantly increased retention and graduation rates for Pell-eligible students at the College.

“Cincinnati State has become a champion for helping students achieve their goals and career success,” said Fifth Third Cincinnati Region President Tim Elsbrock.

“We are excited to collaborate to ensure the next fifty years bring new opportunities for many more students in our hometown who otherwise might not have access to acquiring the skills they need to be successful and help make our community stronger,” Elsbrock said.

Including Fifth Third Foundation's lead gift, Cincinnati State has received $1.9 million in donation commitments for the re-launch of C-State Accelerate.

These donation commitments include participation by every member of the Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati State Foundation, and the Alumni Association Board.

The amount raised so far will allow the first class of 200 C-State Accelerate scholars to begin the program in Fall Semester 2021.

(Article by Richard Curtis, Cincinnati State Interim Media/Communications Coordinator)

Welcome new faculty and staff members in EIT

The Engineering and Information Technologies Division has welcomed a new tenure-track faculty member and a new staff member during Spring Semester.

Lynette Ashland is a new full-time faculty member in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program, after serving as a adjunct instructor for 6 years.

Lynn says she has "spent the better part of 25 years" in corporate aviation, working on aircraft from Beechcraft King Airs to Gulfstreams.

She spent many years based at Lunken Airport, but also has worked all around the world. Her most distant aviation-related assignment was in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Lynn's work responsibilities have included technician, inspector, manager of scheduling and planning, maintenance control, and director of maintenance.

She received her FAA Aircraft Inspection Authorization (IA) credential in 2000, and still conducts these inspections several times each year.

Lynn earned an associate's degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Indian Hills Community College (Iowa) and completed her bachelor's degree at Thomas More University.

Lynn is married and has two teenagers. Her husband works for Cincinnati Public Schools, so Lynn says she is a "true believer in public education and a good tech degree."

Lynn serves on the National Board of Directors for the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) and is the Chief Inspector for the Air Race Classic. She is a founding member of the local chapter of Women in Aviation, an international organization.

Lynn said, "I love teaching and working on aircraft, so putting the two together has been the best of both worlds!"

Lisa Bacu is a new Senior Lab Technician for EIT, specializing in supporting the labs used for Environmental Engineering Technologies and Chemical Technology courses.

She also will assist all EIT programs with lab safety and chemical procurement and disposal.

Lisa has a bachelor of science degree from Muskingum University and earned her master of science degree, with Environmental emphasis, from Ohio State. She is married, with three children.

Lisa owns Scientific Mayhem, an education-based company that strives to provide hands-on science activities and experiments for students from preschool to 5th grade, and also provides academic assistance to students of all ages.

You can check out her company at or on Facebook at

Common Time on Mar. 29 focuses on Peer Mentoring process

The Cincinnati State Peer Mentoring Advisory Council (PMAC) invites the College community to attend a PMAC Information Session during a Common Time (3 to 4:30 p.m.) via Zoom on Monday, Mar. 29.

  • All tenure-track faculty members and their peer mentors are encouraged to attend, as well as faculty members interested in learning more about becoming a mentor.
  • The session is open to any College employee who wants to learn more about faculty peer mentoring activities.

The session will include an overview of the Peer Mentoring process and the PMAC Blackboard site, followed by breakout groups for information and conversation with the faculty members in each tenure cohort.

If you have questions, contact PMAC co-chairs Ann Fallon and Meredith Effler.

To join the Zoom Meeting:

  • Meeting ID: 881 0185 4980
  • Passcode: 510009
  • Join by phone: 1-646-876-9923

Overlook "specials of the week" for Mar. 29-Apr. 1

For the week of Mar. 29 to Apr. 1, the "specials of the week" from Kate's Catering at the Overlook include a new option:

  • Monday, Mar. 29, is "Build your own Breakfast" Bar ($8)

  • Wednesday, Mar. 31, is "Build your own Nacho" Bar - ($8)
  • The Sandwich Special for the full week is an Italian Hero ($6)

The Overlook Cafe on Clifton Campus is open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

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Weekly Specials
  • Sandwich Special: Tuna Salad on Croissant - $5 (Apr. 12-15)
  • Build your own Asian Bowl - $8 (Apr. 14)
  • Build your own Mac 'n Cheese Bowl - $8 (Apr. 15)

Spring Semester 2021

Overlook Cafe open M-Th 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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