Tuesday Trivia: How many women were enrolled in the first year at Cincinnati State?

Unidentified woman in Data Processing program

Unidentified woman in Data Processing program

In the Fall 2013 semester, there were 5,513 women enrolled at Cincinnati State (49% of the total student population).  Do you know how many women were enrolled in the very first class at Cincinnati State (then called Cincinnati Cooperative School of Technology- CCST) in the Fall of 1966?

According to this Cincinnati Enquirer article from November 5, 1966, out of the 70 total students at CCST, there were only 9 females (less than 13%).  However, the school was very interested in encouraging more women to enroll, as evidenced by the fact that Carol Kastens was not only the author of the article but also a CCST student enrolled in the data processing program.

Thanks to these amazing 9 women who helped pave the way for all the opportunities that exist for everyone at Cincinnati State today.

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Tuesday Trivia: Cincinnati State Baseball anyone?

BaseballDo we have any baseball fans out there?  Did you know that Cincinnati State briefly had its own baseball team?  The college hinted at adding a baseball team for many years starting in the late 1970s.  However, it wasn’t until the Spring of 2000 that the College finally added a club level baseball team with the idea to become intercollegiate in 2001.  According to this article in the July 22, 1999 Cincinnati Post, former Withrow head coach Tom Chambers was named the first head baseball coach at Cincinnati State.

However, things didn’t work out as planned.  According to this article in the April 26th, 2000 issue of The Cincinnati Post, the team suffered from several major issues.  First, there was a large tree right in the middle of their home field in Salway Park (across from Spring Grove Cemetery).  In addition to the tree, large geese populations made playing on the field somewhat slippery due to their droppings.

Large tree in Salway baseball field

Large tree in Salway baseball field

Many of the 96 players who showed up for the first tryouts later failed to actually enroll in classes at the college or enrolled in too few classes to be eligible to play.  This left only 13 players for the first season, which was especially difficult since many of the games were double headers.

When the team started its second season in the fall of 2000, they joined the OCCAC (Ohio Community College Athletic Conference), which scheduled a split season between the fall and spring to alleviate the high number of rainouts in the spring season.  However, according to Coach Chambers, splitting the season made it difficult to recruit players.  Also, although the conditions can be drastically different in the fall and spring seasons, the records are combined as if they were one season.

The team also lacked a home field in the second season and hopped around from one field to another.  Needless to say, the team suffered many losses.  In the summer of 2001, the college was facing several funding challenges, so the decision was made to discontinue the men’s baseball program.

Today, Cincinnati State has a very successful sports program.  In the 2013-2014 season, 4 of Cincinnati State’s teams—men’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, and men’s golf—advanced to the NJCAA national championships of their respective post-season tournaments.  Check out this recent article for more information.

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Tuesday Trivia: Did you know that June 29th is Johnnie Mae Berry Day?

Did you know that June 29th is the anniversary of the official Johnnie Mae Berry Day in Cincinnati?  Who was Johnnie Mae Berry and why is Cincinnati State’s library named for her?

Johnnie Mae Berry served as the first full-time librarian.  The library was named in her honor at an event on June 29, 1979. A plaque bearing her likeness and information is also affixed at the current entrance to the library.

Johnnie Mae Berry

Back in 1979, the city of Cincinnati officially declared June 29th as “Johnnie Mae Berry Day”.  This is the day that Mrs. Berry retired from Cincinnati State (then called Cincinnati Technical College).  Here’s the press release from the college announcing the event:

Johnnie Mae Berry Day, 1979

Johnnie Mae Berry Day, 1979

Mrs. Berry served as the first full-time librarian at the college.  She was instrumental in designing the college’s library during her time here from 1972-1979.  The library was named in her honor at an event on June 29, 1979.  A plaque bearing her likeness and information is also affixed at the current entrance to the library.  If you’re interested in more information about the history of the library, check out our online exhibit.

In addition to being a librarian, Mrs. Berry also served as the first lady of Cincinnati from 1973-1975 when her husband, Theodore M. Berry was Mayor of the city.  Much about her life can be found in this article from March 5, 1972.  Mrs. Berry died February 4, 2002 and is buried along with her husband in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.

So, wherever you are this Sunday, be sure to celebrate Johnnie Mae Berry day (which also happens to be my birthday).  And next time you use our great library, be thankful to Johnnie Mae Berry and everything she did to build it.

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Tuesday Trivia: What 2 professional sports teams once called Cincinnati State campus home?

Did you know that not one, but 2 professional sports teams once called the campus of Cincinnati State home?

Trechter Memorial Stadium

Trechter Memorial Stadium

Yes, Trechter Memorial Stadium which once stood at Central Parkway and Ludlow Avenue where the 2 parking garages and Lot C currently sit, was once the home of the Cincinnati Comets professional soccer team (1972-1975) and Cincinnati Suds professional softball team (1977-1978).  One of those teams (the Cincinnati Comets) even won a national championship.  Here’s a little more about each of these teams from the Ohio History Center webpage:

Cincinnati Comets Soccer Team

The Cincinnati Comets was a professional soccer team in Cincinnati, Ohio. The team played in the American Soccer League (ASL), a league that existed from 1933 until 1983. The Comets played only four seasons (1972-1975), winning the ASL championship in its first season. In the next three years, the Comets failed to repeat its first season’s success, although the team returned to the championship series in 1973. The squad collapsed at the end of the 1975 season, principally due to a declining fan base.

Cincinnati Suds men’s softball

1978 CINCINNATI SUDS APSPL TRECHTER STADIUM

Photo courtesy of the Pro Softball History Flickr page

The Cincinnati Suds was a men’s professional softball team from Cincinnati, Ohio. The squad was a founding member of the American Professional Slow Pitch League (APSPL) and played four seasons (1977-1980) in that league. The Cincinnati Suds then joined the United Professional Softball League (UPSL) for the 1981 and 1982 seasons as a founding member of this organization.

In the Cincinnati Suds’ first season, the team won thirty and lost twenty-five games, finishing third in the league’s Central Division. The next season, the Suds won forty games and lost twenty-four, finishing first in the league’s Central Division. The Suds lost in the second round of the playoffs. In the 1979 season, the Suds finished second in its division with a record of thirty-four wins and thirty losses. The team lost in the first round of the playoffs this season. During the Suds’ final season in the APSPL, the team finished next to last in the league, with a record of twenty-two wins and forty-two losses.

At the end of the 1980 season the APSPL and the North American Softball League merged together to create the United Professional Softball League. The Suds won the Western Division in its first season (1981) in the UPSL, winning forty-three and losing fifteen games. The team lost in the semi-finals of the playoffs. In the 1982 season, the Suds finished second in the Central Division, losing in the first round of the playoffs. With the UPSL’s demise at the end of the 1982 season, the Cincinnati Suds disbanded.

In December 1978, the Suds ran into financial trouble and didn’t renew their contract to re-use the stadium so it was converted back to a football, soccer, baseball, and softball complex available to area high school teams.  Trechter stadium was demolished in the early 1990s to make room for the Ludlow parking garage and Health Professions Building.

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Tuesday Trivia: Why is our mascot the Surge?

Did you know that the mascot at Cincinnati State is called the “Surge”?  Why is that?  And what exactly is a “surge”?

Before the college became a community college in 1994, our mascot was the Tigers.  The school’s colors at that time were blue and gold.

This picture shows the early mascot for Cincinnati Technical College, which was a Tiger.  At that time, the team colors were blue and gold.

This picture shows the early mascot for Cincinnati Technical College, which was a Tiger. At that time, the team colors were blue and gold.

In 1994, when the college when broadened its scope from technical to community education, it changed everything – name, nickname, colors, etc. The Tigers gave way to the Surge, and the blue and gold were made over by green and white.

Initially, the students and faculty had chosen the Green Dragons as the mascot, but when it was discovered that this term had a negative meaning, that idea was dropped.  For more information on that decision, check out this article from the archives: Cincinnati Enquirer – Sept. 13, 1994.

According to John Buttelwerth, a faculty member at Cincinnati State who came up with the Surge mascot, he wanted to get away from animals or nouns and use a hi-tech word that invoked a concept like the Fighting Irish.  As for what a “Surge” looks like, here’s a few photos from over the years.

Cincinnati State Surge Mascot - unknown date

Cincinnati State Mascot – unknown date

Cincinnati State Surge Mascot - 2010

Cincinnati State Surge Mascot – 2010

Cincinnati State Surge Mascot - 2014

Cincinnati State Surge Mascot – 2014

So aren’t you proud to be part of the Cincinnati State Surge?  Let’s Go SURGE!

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Tuesday Trivia: How big was the first graduating class?

Just this past weekend, some 1,228 students graduated from Cincinnati State.  Do you know how many students graduated in the very first class at Cincinnati State (then called Cincinnati Cooperative School of Technology) in 1968?

According to this News article from 08-21-1968, there were 71 students in that first class.  We unfortunately don’t have the program from that first commencement here in the College Archives, but we do have the 1969 Commencement Program.  You can check out all our commencement programs.

Congrats to all our graduates!  You’re part of the Cincinnati State history books now.

Graduation - Sept. 18, 1988 at Cincinnati Music Hall

Graduation – Sept. 18, 1988 at Cincinnati Music Hall

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Tuesday Trivia: The cost of education

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Do you know what it cost to attend Cincinnati State (then called Cincinnati Technical Institute) when the college first started in 1969?

Tuition (per in-school term):  

  • $100 for Cincinnati city resident.
  • $125 for non-Cincinnati city resident

Materials and Books (approximately):

  • $35

Parking:

  • Free but must obtain an automobile registration sticker

Nowadays, the cost of education is quite a bit more expensive but the return on investment still makes it a great deal don’t you think?

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