MondayDecember 6, 2021

Cynthia Booth, CEO of COBCO Enterprises, is new Cincinnati State Trustee

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has appointed Cynthia Booth to the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees, for a term beginning Oct. 15, 2021, and ending Aug. 31, 2022.

Booth is the president and CEO of COBCO Enterprises, a privately held company she founded that owns and operates McDonald's franchises.

She was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the East Central Region in 2020.

"We are delighted to have Cynthia as a fellow trustee,” said George Vincent, chair of the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees. "She brings a wealth of experience and a passion for education that will greatly benefit the College."

A native of Cincinnati, Booth earned a bachelor's degree from Denison University. After graduating, she joined US Bank with plans to eventually go to law school. But banking was a good fit. Booth rose from vice president to senior vice president, and then became president of a division for US Bank.

She left the bank in 2000 to launch COBCO Enterprises.

Booth is a strong proponent of education. While working for US Bank, she completed a master's degree in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University, and graduated from the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program on Corporate Strategy.

Booth has hired a number of co-op students and graduates of Cincinnati State, and she said she is impressed with the knowledge, skills, and initiative they bring to the workplace.

"At Harvard, we talked about the correlation of academic and real-world skills," Booth said. "Cincinnati State is doing that for students. It's all the things an employer wants."

Booth serves on the boards of First Financial Bank, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, Denison University, and TriHealth.

She is also deeply committed to serving the community, and is the recipient of many community and civic awards. In 2019 and 2020, she served as Co-Chair of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Community Fundraising campaign.

"We are honored to have Cynthia on the Board of Trustees," said Cincinnati State President Monica Posey. "She is an outstanding leader and an inspiration for students."

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

Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 7 at WDC

The Cincinnati State Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, starting at 3:45 p.m., at the Workforce Development Center (Evendale Campus), 10100 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241.

The Board meeting is open to the public.

The Board meeting also will be available to the public on Zoom at this link:

  • Meeting ID: 881 2361 6290
  • Passcode: 083157
  • Call-in: 1-646-876-9923

The meeting agenda is:

  • Call to Order
  • Sunshine Law Compliance Announcement
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of the Proceedings of the Regular Board Meeting of October 26, 2021
  • 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

Action Items

  • Financial Report
  • FY21 Efficiency Report
  • Approval of Vendor Contracts
  • Board-Approved Exceptions to Certification Requirements
  • Academic Quality & Student Learning Updates

Status of the College Community

  • Student Engagement & Education / Student Activities Report
  • Shared Governance / Faculty Senate Report
  • President's Report
  • Chairperson’s Report & Trustee Association Report
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Adjourn to Executive Session / Return from Executive Session
  • Adjournment

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2022, at 3:45 p.m., at the Clifton Campus Conference Center.

Student Vax Incentive has over 1,300 participants

With 2 weeks left until the $10,000 grand prize drawing, more than 1,300 Cincinnati State students have submitted the eForm indicating they are fully vaccinated, and 67 students have reported receiving their first COVID-19 vaccine since the incentive program started.

  • Faculty and staff members are encouraged to share the link with students who have not yet entered the incentive program.

Details of the Student Vaccination Incentive Program are available at

Benjamin Stehura, majoring in Computer Programming and Database Management, is the seventh winner of a $1,000 prize in the Student Vaccination Incentive Program.

Nursing student Karla Barnado is the eighth $1,000 prize winner. She said she is vaccinated "to protect my family, my patients, and others."

Benjamin (photo above, with Student Government Association officer Kamryn Moore) said getting vaccinated was a requirement for his job.

Maria Alvarado Cervantes, a Marketing Management major who won a $100 prize, said, “I got vaccinated because I wanted to be able to hang out with my friends and family in a safe way.” (photo at left)

Comments from other students who recently won $100 prizes included:

  • Allison Barnell – Diagnostic Medical Sonography – “I’m vaccinated to protect my family and others I come into contact with.”
  • Brenda Fongho – Practical Nursing Certificate – “I’m vaccinated to be protected.”
  • Jamie Grossman – Diagnostic Medical Sonography – “I chose to get vaccinated to keep my friends, family, and community safe.”
  • Diedre Harris – Nursing – “I wanted to do my part to protect myself, my family, and my community. I wanted to help make a difference!”
  • Joel Hoctor – Associate of Science – “It’s less than an hour-long commitment that could save somebody’s life.”
  • Mollie Sweeney – Interpreter Training – “I got the vaccine because I wanted to do my part to stop the spread of COVID-19. My family and close friends include some immunocompromised individuals and I was finally able to see them again after waiting over a year.”

All student prize drawing winners are listed on the Student Vaccination Incentive Program Winners web page.

Employee Vax Incentive has 3 more weekly prize drawings, gift cards for all who enter, & grand prize drawing on Dec. 20

Employees who have not yet filled out the eForm for the Vaxination Incentive program have 3 more weeks to enter and receive a $50 gift card just for turning in the form.

Prize drawings for weekly gifts will take place today, and on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. In addition, all fully-vaccinated employees who turn in the eForm are entered in the $5,000 grand prize drawing that will take place Dec. 20.

  • Prizes slated for upcoming drawings include a Queen City "Night Out" gift card ($250 value) and a Planet Fitness annual membership ($340 value).

  • When you turn in the Employee Vaccination Incentive eForm and provide proof that you're already fully vaccinated, you'll receive a $50 gift card.
  • When you turn in the eForm and provide proof that you've obtained (since Nov. 22) your first shot of a 2-dose vaccine, or completed a 1-dose vaccine, you'll receive a $100 gift card.

As of Dec. 3, nearly 260 College employees have entered the Incentive Program and three first-time vaccinations have been reported.

Details of the Employee Incentive program are available at

Winners of the Nov. 23 weekly prize drawing (a $100 Amazon gift card) included:

Karen Brinton - Senior Lab Technician, Humanities & Sciences - "I chose to get vaccinated to protect myself, my family, and my community." (photo at right)

Kathy Freed - Program Chair, Graphic Imaging Technology, Engineering & Information Technologies- "I am vaccinated to help end the pandemic, and to keep my in-person students and my family safe."

Kimberly Gerling - Adjunct Instructor, Business Division

Nicole Horton - Nursing Clinical Coordinator, Health & Public Safety

Tammie Larkins - Director, CState Accelerate - "I'm vaccinated to protect my loved ones and the community." (photo at left)

Rebecca Ransohoff - Adjunct Instructor, Business Division

Barb Ratliff - Program Chair, Practice Nursing Certificate, Health & Public Safety - "I'm vaccinated to protect my family, community, and the College."

Keith Spangler - Adjunct Instructor, Humanities & Sciences - "Why get vaccinated?  To help myself, my family and our community!"

Jayne Stone - Adjunct Instructor

Winners of the Nov. 30 weekly prize drawing (a $75 Visa gift card) included:

Jason Caudill - Program Chair, Graphic Design, Engineering & Information Technologies

Mike DeVore - Program Chair, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Engineering & Information Technologies - "I got vaccinated to protect my family, friends, co-workers, and students." (photo at right)

Eimee Donbar - Academic Advisor, Business Division

Ann Fallon - Program Chair, Chemical Technology, Engineering & Information Technologies -"I got vaccinated to protect my students, family, and friends."

Lisa Howe - Adjunct Instructor - "I got vaccinated because my spouse is high risk and my mother is in a nursing home. I want to protect my loved ones and the loved ones of others."

Janet Lee - Human Resources Coordinator

Tamara Quillen - Adjunct Instructor, Health & Public Safety - "I'm vaccinated to protect myself, my family, and my patients." (photo at left)

Randy Sprague - Enterprise/Infrastructure Manager, Information Technology Services

HR to provide training on FMLA and ADA topics

(Updated Dec. 14, 2021)

Cincinnnati State's Human Resources Office will provide training on applying the provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Sessions were originally scheduled for December but as of Dec. 14, training sessions have been postponed until January.

The training will cover how to apply for leave under FMLA and ADA and will provide understanding of the legal environment related to FLMA and ADA.

The training is required for all College employees.

  • Look for future email messages from Human Resources with additional details.
  • Training will be delivered via Zoom and will be recorded and posted for later viewing.

You better watch out... for cybercrime

Cincinnati State Information Technology Services reminds you to stay on high alert while online-- at work and at home-- during the holiday season.

According to a recent report on Local12 TV, ransomware attacks and other forms of cybercrime were up 90% at the beginning of the holiday shopping season. So while you're online:

  • Pause before you click - Email links and attachments are the most common ways that cybercriminals launch virus and ransomware attacks ("locking" your computer resources so you can't use your files or applications until you pay the ransom).
  • Shop online carefully - Cybercriminals increase their efforts during the holiday shopping season.

ITS also reminds CState employees that the College Operations Manual and the Information Security Governance Policies state that College devices (computers, tablets, and cell phones) are to be used only for College activities.

Online shopping with College owned-equipment increases the risk of adding viruses and/or ransomware to these devices.

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Online Learning Support for faculty includes QM Standards review - Dec. 6-10

The Office of Online Learning is providing a variety of 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.

Ensuring Quality in Online Course Design with Quality Matters (QM) Standards

This series focuses on the design of online courses, not on specific delivery or teaching methods.

  • Sessions should be of interest to those who are new to developing and/or teaching fully online courses, and those who have not previously used the Quality Matters (QM) Standards for online courses.
  • Sessions also may be useful to those looking to review the QM Standards.
  • Sessions are offered in person and on Zoom.

In-person sessions (ATLC 321):

  • Monday, Dec. 6 - noon-1 p.m. - QM General Standard 3 - Jon McKamey
  • Tuesday, Dec. 7 - 4-5 p.m. - QM General Standard 4 - Stephanie Stafford
  • Wednesday, Dec. 8 - 10-11 a.m. - QM General Standard 3 - Jon McKamey
  • Thursday, Dec. 9 - 1-2 p.m. - QM General Standard 4 - Jon McKamey

Zoom sessions: (Meeting ID: 814 9755 9139  |  Passcode: 464145)

  • Monday, Dec. 6 - 1-2 p.m. - QM General Standard 3 - Stephanie Stafford
  • Wednesday, Dec. 8 - 2-3 p.m. - QM General Standard 4 - Stephanie Stafford

Blackboard Office Hours are facilitated by Dr. Jon McKamey (In-person and via Zoom)

  • Monday, Dec. 6 - 2-3 p.m. (Zoom)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 8 - 8-9 a.m. (ATLC 321)
  • Friday, Dec. 10 - 9-10 a.m. (Zoom)

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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