Daily News

MondayJanuary 31, 2022

Most classes return to in-person format, some will continue another week of remote delivery

After discussion at the Academic Response Team meeting on Jan. 26 and consultations between deans and faculty members, most in-person classes that "made a pivot" to remote delivery are expected to return this week to the originally-planned format.

However, in some cases, classes that "pivoted" may continue to use remote methods during the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 4, if needed to maintain safe operations (for example, if social distancing in a specific classroom is not possible).

All Spring Semester in-person classes will go back to the originally-scheduled delivery format no later than Feb. 7.

Surge Cupboard resumes in-person service for Spring

The Surge Cupboard Food Pantry (Room 137 in the Main Building) is returning to in-person operations for Spring Semester.

Students can visit the Food Pantry:

  • Tuesdays - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesdays – noon to 2 p.m.
  • Thursdays – 1 to 3 p.m.

Currently-registered Cincinnati State students may visit the Surge Cupboard once a month to receive up to a 3-day supply of food and toiletries at no cost, by showing their Surge Card (student ID card).

The first Farmer’s Market for Spring Semester is scheduled for Feb. 17, starting at 11:30 a.m. The location will be announced.

  • Through a partnership with the FreeStore FoodBank, the Farmer's Market on Clifton Campus distributes fruits and vegetables to currently-registered students at no cost.

For questions or more information about the Food Pantry or the Farmer's Market, contact Angela Haensel (angela.haensel@cincinnatistate.edu).

Transfer Center shares February calendar

The Cincinnati State Transfer Center has released the February 2022 calendar for visits with representatives of four-year colleges and universities. (Scroll down to see the link to the calendar.)

  • The calendar includes times for in-person visits and links for virtual visits with representatives of partner schools.

Transfer Center service 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 or myshamil.walker@cincinnatistate.edu.

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

Online Learning Support for Jan. 31-Feb. 4 includes workshops on QM Standards & Course Accessibility

Support services provided by the Office of Online Learning during the week of Jan. 31 include:

  • the start of a new workshop series on Accessible Course Design & Content
  • continuation of workshops on QM Standards for online course quality
  • remote support from the instructional designer
  • support for new or experienced users of Zoom

For more information about all resources available from the Office of Online Learning, 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

Course Design with a Commitment to Accessibility and Usability is facilitated by Dr. Jon McKamey, Instructional Designer

  • Tuesday, Feb. 1 - 11 a.m.-noon - Zoom
  • Wednesday, Feb. 2 - 10-11 a.m. - Main 347

This is Part 1 of a 3-part workshop series on specific design expectations related to accessible course design and content.

Part 1, Course Navigation and Design, focuses on course navigation and layout to ensure ease of use and readability. Topics include:

  • planning and designing course navigation
  • how students move through the course content
  • ways to minimize distractions
  • helping learners find their way with minimal effort

Join Jon on Zoom at https://cincinnatistate-edu.zoom.us/j/81497559139?pwd=WTJPNnJQZGxZcENONkxNNzVkdkNZZz09

  • Meeting ID: 814 9755 9139  |  Passcode: 464145

Ensuring Quality in Online Course Design with Quality Matters (QM) Standards is facilitated by Dr. Stephanie Stafford, Assistant Dean of Online Learning

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 applied the Quality Matters (QM) Standards for online courses.
  • Sessions also may be useful to those looking to review the QM Standards.
  • Some sessions will be recorded for those who can't attend at one of the scheduled times.

QM Standard 5: Learner Activities & Interactions

  • Tuesday, Feb. 1 - noon-1 p.m. - Zoom
  • Thursday, Feb. 3 - 11 a.m.-noon - Main 347

QM Standard 6: Course Technology

  • Tuesday, Feb. 1 - 1-2 p.m. - Zoom
  • Wednesday, Feb. 2 - noon-1 p.m. - Main 347
  • Thursday, Feb. 3 - 1-2 p.m. - Main 347

Join Stephanie on Zoom at https://cincinnatistate-edu.zoom.us/meeting/88556380967

  • Passcode: 050220

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 (jon.mckamey@cincinnatistate.edu) 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 (via Zoom) is facilitated by Paul D. DeNu, Technical Communication Specialist

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

Join Paul on Zoom at https://cincinnatistate-edu.zoom.us/j/81438614572?pwd=MWkySzBWZmRWN3hLZmpMaUZseHpRZz09

  • 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).

GC3 offers stress relief workshop for faculty & staff

The Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection (GC3) is offering "Your Mental Health Check! Taking Care of Yourself and Others," a virtual program for higher education faculty and staff members.

Cincinnati State faculty and staff may register, at no cost, for the session to be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. 

  • The registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m.

The workshop leader is Professor Brent Richardson from Xavier University's Counseling Department. Dr. Richardson will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its challenges to our mental health and wellness, both at home and in the workplace.

Dr. Richardson is a licensed professional clinical counselor who has worked for over 35 years as a counselor, therapist, educator, and administrator.

During the "Mental Health Check" program, Dr. Richardson will share ways to maintain our own mental health and wellness, practice self-care, build resilience, and support others in our personal and professional lives.

To learn more and to register, click this link.

Who Dey!

The Health & Public Safety Division faculty and staff geared up on Friday to cheer the Bengals to victory in Sunday's AFC Championship game-- and clearly, the HPS spirit resonated all the way from CState to the stadium in KC.

Above are (in front) LaVon Moore and (from left) Janelle McCord, Patricia Christos, Julie Klensch, Katie Chiappone, Mindy Piles, Deb Shumate, and Marre Barnette.

Go, Bengals! (Beat dem Rams!)