MondayNovember 29, 2021

CState receives $25K grant from Association of Ohio Commodores for Workforce Focus Fund

The Association of Ohio Commodores Foundation Fund has awarded a $25,000 grant to Cincinnati State to support the College's Workforce Focus Fund, which addresses important workforce needs, particularly in cases when other funds are not available.

The Workforce Focus Fund at Cincinnati State is used to provide scholarships for students, to update equipment and facilities, to develop new training programs, and to assist with outreach to junior and senior high school students about educational opportunities.

Barbara Gould, the director of the Association of Ohio Commodores Region 3, and member of the Association of Ohio Commodores Foundation Fund, presented a check for the grant to Cincinnati State President Monica Posey at a news conference on Nov. 22.

Participants in the event included (photo above, from left) Amy Waldbillig (CState Vice President of Workforce Development), Sedrick Denson (Ohio State Representative, District 33), Barbara Gould, President Monica Posey, and Elliott Ruther (CState Chief of Advancement).

Many local media organizations, including the Cincinnati Enquirer and several TV and radio stations, covered the news conference. (See links in the "In the News" section on the left side of the page.)

"We're at an inflection point," Gould said. "Workforce development is key to the survival of our economy."

"Whether I am speaking with union leaders or business owners, they all say they need more workers who have the education required so they can be trained for today's jobs. Cincinnati State is ideally positioned to do both—educate and train individuals to do the work that needs to be done to keep our economy growing."

Dr. Posey said the grant "will help us address needs that are crucial to our mission of supporting students and building our region's workforce. We thank the Ohio Commodores for their generosity and dedication to our state."

The Association of Ohio Commodores was founded by Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes in 1966 to honor Ohio business men and women who have contributed to economic development in their communities and in the State of Ohio. About 500 Ohioans have been appointed to the group since its founding.

The Association's Foundation Fund awarded grants totaling $80,000 during its 2021 Winter Meeting. The grants support training, professional development, and other community activities that create and develop a strong Ohio workforce. The Fund was established in partnership with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio.

(Information provided by Richard Curtis, Interim Media/Communications Coordinator. Photo provided by Elliott Ruther.)

Help students ReConnect with CState on Dec. 11

The Office of Admission is seeking volunteers to assist with a Student ReConnect event on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Students who were enrolled at CState in Spring or Summer semesters of 2021 but did not register for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 will be invited (via postcard, email, and text message outreach) to get back on track toward graduation by attending the ReConnect event.

On ReConnect day, students will be greeted in the Welcome Center and then directed to other campus locations for academic or career guidance, financial aid assistance, or other help needed to prepare for Spring semester.

Faculty, staff, or current students who want to help as greeters on ReConnect day can visit to sign up.

Director of Admission Debbie Poweleit said past ReConnect events have had a positive impact on retention, starting in August 2019 when 62 students attended.

As of Fall 2021, 45% of those students were still enrolled and working toward their degree or certificate.

Results of other ReConnect events are shown below.

Semester Students attending ReConnect Percentage still enrolled in FA21 Students graduated
FA19  55  89%  1
SP20  45  72%  4
SU20  35  56%  
FA20  33  53%  
SP21  32  52% 2
SU21  27  43% 3
FA21  28  45%  

If you have questions about ReConnect day, contact Debbie at

Nursing faculty provide special food bags for Surge Pantry; distribution starts Dec. 1

Cincinnati State Nursing faculty (with assistance from Kim Taylor from the Office of Advancement and other helpers) obtained donations and prepared 35 special food bags that will be available to students starting Dec. 1.

The food gift bags will be distributed on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., or until supplies are gone, on the ATLC first floor near the Overlook. (If supplies remain, distribution will continue on Dec. 2 starting at 11 a.m.)

Pictured above, after food bag assembly, are (from left) faculty members Anne Dean and Kristen Dekok, along with Melissa Windau (Kristen's mother, who is also a nurse).

In addition to typical items that students can obtain at the Surge Cupboard Food Pantry, the gift bags contain a variety of staples that may be helpful during the College's winter break, including stuffing, potatoes, gravy, green beans, macaroni, bread, rice, beans, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter & jelly, oatmeal, tuna, and granola bars and nuts.

CS "quiz masters" needed for high school Academic League

Cincinnati State has a long-standing tradition of serving as the site for academic "quiz bowl" competitions among area high school students.

The tradition continued on Nov. 13 when CState hosted the Greater Cincinnati Academic League (GCAL) Fall 2021 Tournament. 

Eight tri-state high schools came to Clifton Campus to compete in four rounds of academic challenges during the tournament, which is the culminating event for the fall GCAL season. Participating schools included:

  • Carroll HS
  • Elder HS
  • LaSalle HS
  • Mercy-McAuley HS
  • Oldenburg HS
  • Purcell Marian HS
  • Seton HS
  • St. Xavier HS

St. Xavier and Elder won their respective divisions, with the St. Xavier Bombers outscoring the Elder Panthers in the final match.

Faculty members Scott Freeman (in photo above), Heather Hatchett, Mary Repaske, and Ryan Shadle served as tournament "quiz masters" who presented the questions during each match.

Faculty or staff members interested in assisting with future matches are encouraged to contact league directors Mark Tiemeier ( or Milene Donlin (

  • The winter season of GCAL academic competions will start in January and continue until early February. Weekly matches take place on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and two more tournaments will take place in January and February.
  • In addition, CState hosts the Cincinnati Academic League (CAL), that competes on Mondays from 4-6 p.m. The CAL will have their own tournament during Spring Semester 2022 as well as a combined tournament with the GCAL schools.
  • Volunteers don't need to commit for the entire time period on Mondays and Tuesdays-- if you can help with a few of the matches, your assistance is appreciated.

No academic league experience is required; training in the art of reading quiz questions will be provided as needed.

Wilmington master's degree info sessions this week

Wilmington College Cincinnati invites Cincinnati State faculty and staff members to learn more about the Wilmington Master's in Organizational Leadership (MOL) program at "lunch and learn" and online information sessions.

The master's degree program will begin in Spring Semester 2022, with classes offered on Cincinnati State’s campus.

Two in-person "lunch and learn" sessions are available:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 30, noon to 1 p.m., Main 180
  • Wednesday, Dec. 1, noon to 1 p.m., Main 180

Lunch will be provided and you'll learn about the program curriculum, the admissions process, and more.

A virtual information session will be held Thursday, Dec. 2, starting at 6 p.m. To join the Zoom meeting go to

If you can't attend a session, but would like more information, contact Program Director Brenda Kraner ( or 513-569-4583) or visit

Please share information with students, graduates, or friends who may be interested-- all are welcome at the information sessions.

Chef Meg Galvin provided pre-holiday cooking advice on WVXU

Faculty member Chef Meg Galvin joined a group of food experts who provided pre-Thanksgiving advice on WVXU's Cincinnati Edition radio show on Nov. 22.

If you'd like to start getting ready now for your next holiday feast, and learn Chef Galvin's tips for preparing savory sweet potatoes, you can listen to Meg and the other panel members (Chef Brad Bernstein, owner of Red Feather and Dutch's restaurants; and Cincinnati Enquirer food writer Keith Pandolfi) at the Cincinnati Edition website.

Online Learning Support for faculty - Nov. 29-Dec. 3

The Office of Online Learning is providing Blackboard Office hours and other resources for instructors this week.

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.

The Center for Teaching and Learning also is offering help for improving courses, regardless of format, as well as other support for faculty and staff members.

Blackboard Office Hours are facilitated by Dr. Jon McKamey (via Zoom)

  • Monday, Nov. 29 - 11 a.m.-noon
  • Tuesday, Nov. 30 - 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 1 - 1-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 2 - 11 a.m.-noon

Drop-in as needed to get help with specific Blackboard tools, troubleshooting, or any remote learning-related topic. Come prepared with your specific needs and you'll get help seeking solutions.

Join Jon on Zoom at

  • Meeting ID: 810 6058 5299  |  Passcode: 672017

Remote Assistance from the Instructional Designer  | Self-paced "Teaching Online" course

Dr. McKamey is available to provide remote assistance via Zoom to help individuals with online course and Blackboard issues.

Contact Jon by email ( for an appointment and Zoom room details.

Faculty members are encouraged to sign up for the self-paced, 6-module online course Teaching Online for Cincinnati State, facilitated by Dr. McKamey.

Faculty can enroll in the course at any time. See the weekly PDF training schedule for more information.

Zoom Support for Faculty & Staff is facilitated by Paul D. DeNu (via Zoom)

To schedule an appointment for help with Zoom troubleshooting or training, send email to Paul at, and then you can join Paul on Zoom at the scheduled time.

Join Paul on Zoom at

  • Meeting ID: 814 3861 4572  |  Passcode: 5m201r

Paul is also available by appointment to provide individual training and help with concerns related to Zoom, as well as help with other learning technology (Collaborate, audio/video work, Screencast-O-Matic, closed captioning, accessibility, and Blackboard assistance).

Julee Johns, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the CTL Learning Facilitators, are available by appointment.

Call (513) 569-1724 to leave a message for a return call.

The CTL Blackboard site (in your list of Blackboard courses) has resources to assist with Fall 2021 classroom management issues.

Learning Facilitator Dr. Valencia Moses is providing individual coaching sessions for faculty and staff throughout Fall Semester.

Coaching sessions with "Dr. V" are available via Zoom during her office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Learning Facilitator Shannon McClure is available to provide individual assistance with data analysis, including using the College’s Tableau data, for Program Chairs, Department Chairs, and other interested faculty members.

  • Examples of help available include annual self-study reporting, data collection methods for course assessment and HLC reporting, and finding funding sources and developing proposals for grants to obtain resources (such as lab equipment, marketing support, and more).
  • Shannon is available during office hours on Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. and at other times by appointment.
  • To schedule an online consultation with Shannon, visit this link. Or, you can send her an email message at

The new webinar series on Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) is available to complete on a self-determined schedule.

  • Participants can earn Continuing Education Credit (CEU) after viewing four 30-minute sessions, and can earn additional CEUs by choosing to complete reflection worksheets.
  • The PTG webinar series is available from the CTL Blackboard site, under the "Teaching and Learning" tab on the left side of the screen. (You must be logged in to Blackboard to access the link.)
  • If you have questions, contact Dr. Valencia Moses ( or any CTL team member.
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