WednesdayDecember 1, 2021

Welcome, New Math Dept faculty

During Fall Semester, Cincinnati State's Humanities & Sciences Division welcomed four new tenure-track faculty members to the Mathematics Department-- but none of the four are new to the College.

Nora Beckmann has taught math courses at Cincinnati State for seven years, as an adjunct faculty member and for the past four years as an Annually Contracted Instructor.

Nora's background is in industry as a former GE Aviation engineer. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering as well as an MBA.

Nora looks forward to working on business and STEM-related projects at the College. She grew up in Arizona and has 2 sons: an engineer and a musician.

Kristi Drout began teaching at CState in 1989 as an adjunct for Engineering Technology classes, and moved to teaching math in the early 2000's. She looks forward to helping even more students achieve their goals while working as a full-time instructor.

Kristi is a 1986 graduate of Cincinnati State, and earned a B.S.E. in 1989, an MEd in Special Education in 2000, and an MAT from UC in 2019.

Kristi's husband, Rick, is a 1983 Cincinnati State graduate. They have two grown children, Riki and Noah. Kristi is also the proud daughter of one of the College's founders, Tom Stark, and Annie Stark, a retired member of the Registrar's office staff.

Reena Goel has taught at Cincinnati State for 16 years, including serving as an Annually Contracted Instructor of Math for the past four years. She has master's degrees in Applied Mathematics and M.Phil Mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee, India.

Reena moved to the U.S. 28 years ago, is married to her wonderful husband and has two sons (AI and ML, an engineer and a second-year medical student).

She enjoys cooking and she has a passion for helping our students succeed and furthering Cincinnati State’s mission.

Shada Salem has been an adjunct instructor of Math for the past three years, and has strived to help her students overcome learning obstacles.

She earned B.S and M.S. degrees in Mathematics, with a minor in Materials Science and Engineering, and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

Shada says her favorite topics in mathematics include Algebra and Real Analysis, and one of her big dreams is to see the Northern Lights.

Title IX online training starts for employees & students

Federal and state law requires colleges to provide mandatory Title IX training for all employees and students each year.

Title IX training establishes an environment that recognizes the dignity of every person, free of discrimination and harassment, and protects the members of the college community against sex-based discrimination, including sexual violence.

Starting today, Dec. 1, through Dec. 31, Cincinnati State will launch on-line Title IX training modules for faculty and staff members.

  • Title IX training for students also will take place during the month of December.

Each employee and student will receive an email message from Vector Solutions to notify you about the upcoming Title IX training, and provide a link to the training modules.

  • You'll log in using your Cincinnati State user name.
  • The training modules should take less than 30 minutes to complete. 


Condolences to Ann Gunkel

Norbert J. Menke, the father of faculty member Ann Gunkel (Engineering & Information Technologies), died on Nov. 29, 2021.

Mr. Menke proudly served in the U.S. Army, where he was a sharpshooter and an artillery surveyor, and he was a life member of the Pipefitters Local 392 union.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, 7754 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, 45236.

If desired, memorial donations may be directed to Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.

Messages of condolence may be shared at the Thomas-Justin Memorial website.

Place your poinsettia order while plants are still plentiful

The Annual Horticulture Club Poinsettia Sale has already sold half of the available stock, but about 100 beautiful seasonal plants are still available to decorate your home or office.

Pre-ordering is required and payment (at pick-up) must use a credit or debit card.

All poinsettias are in 6.5 inch pots and the price is $10 each.

  • To see the array of available color choices and place your order, please use this eForm.
    (If the eForm link above doesn't work, log into Blackboard, and then search for the eForm named "Horticulture Club's Annual Poinsettia Sale")

  • You'll pick up your plants at the College Greenhouse. (Look for a narrow driveway, near the Ludlow Garage entrance, that leads directly to the Greenhouse.)

  • The Greenhouse will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for poinsettia pick-up.

For more information, please send a message to Greenhouse Manager Kelly Wanstrath (

Proceeds from plant sales help Cincinnati State's Horticulture students to cover costs of attending professional conferences and competitions.

Transfer Center shares December calendar

The Cincinnati State Transfer Center has released the December 2021 calendar for visits with representatives of four-year colleges and universities. (Scroll down to see the link to the calendar.)

  • Many representatives will be available for on-campus visits with students in the Transfer Center in ATLC 221.
  • Some schools will continue to offer virtual visits, shown with hyperlinks on the calendar.

Transfer Center in-person hours are:

  • Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you have questions, contact Transfer Center Director Dr. Myshamil Walker at (513) 569-1884

To view the Transfer Center schedule for December, click the link below.

Common Time recording posted for CS Accelerate presentation & "thankfulness" celebration

If you missed Common Time on Nov. 22, or experienced technical difficulties, you can view the recording of the session on the College intranet.

The session included a 30-min. update on the CState Accelerate program that provides support and incentives to increase student success, and a 30-min. "Thankful for our Community" celebration.

The celebration featured spirited competition to answer holiday-themed trivia questions, and also led to the creation of the "what I'm thankful for" graphic above.

ODHE offers webinar on Leveraging Social Media on Dec. 7

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) is offering a free webinar on "Leveraging Social Media to Raise Awareness" on Tuesday, Dec. 7, starting at 1 p.m.

This is the second in a series of workshops on Changing Campus Culture, and is open to all faculty and staff members.

Click to register for the webinar.

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