Tuesday Trivia: What did students do with ice on Fountain Square on Christmas Eve 1976?

When most of us think of ice and Fountain Square, we probably think of the ice skating rink.  However, on Christmas Eve 1976, students at Cincinnati State (then called Cincinnati Technical College) used ice in a completely different way to try and get the community into the holiday spirit.  According to this December 1976 Celebrate Christmas downtown brochure, students from the Chef Department of the Cincinnati Technical College transformed 2000 pounds of block ice into 4 statuesque Christmas figures.  The ice carving demonstration took place on Fountain Square on Christmas Eve 1976. 

December 1976 Celebrate Christmas downtown brochure

Brochure highlighting the ice carving demonstration by Cincinnati Technical College students on Fountain Square – Dec. 24, 1976

Unfortunately, we were unable to locate any photos from the ice carving demonstration in 1976.  If anybody has any they would like to send us, we’d love to get them.

Ice carving has long been taught at the college as part of the chef technology program (which became the culinary arts program in 2001), and even appears as part of the course description for Food Preparation IV (Course number 2825) starting in the 1977-1979 Catalog.

Over the years the culinary program at Cincinnati State has often utilized ice carvings as the centerpiece to its special events.  Here’s some of their creations over the years:

Ice carving - date unknown

Ice carving in Continental Room- date unknown

Ice carving of fish - date unknown

Ice carving of fish – date unknown

Midwest Culinary Institute ice sculpture - 2005

Midwest Culinary Institute ice sculpture – 2005

Midwest Culinary Institute ice sculpture - 2012

Midwest Culinary Institute ice sculpture – 2012

 Happy holidays from Cincinnati State Archives! 

 

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Tuesday Trivia: Why did Cincinnati State students build a concrete canoe?

Back in 1979, students in the Civil Engineering Technology program decided to undertake a big challenge.  Using advanced state-of-the-art concrete technology, they decided to see if they could build a canoe out of concrete that would float.  According to a press release dated August 20, 1979, the students planned on launching the 500 pound, 17 foot concrete canoe at Cincinnati’s Public Landing on August 23, 1979 at 9am.  Students in the plastics technology program provided the construction mold and even built the same canoe from a plastic compound, which was launched in the College’s swimming pool.

Concrete canoe built by Cincinnati State students (ca. 1979)

Concrete canoe built by Cincinnati State students (ca. 1979)

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any information in the Archives about whether the launch was successful.  However, according to one previous employee, at some point a concrete canoe sunk in the college pool.  Maybe some old timer’s out there have more information they could share about that?

According to another press release dated August 21, 1981, just 2 years later, both the plastics technology students and the civil engineering students were at it again.  They decided not only to build a boat with the same design, but also to race it in the Burnet Woods lake.  The plastics boat weighed some 60 pounds while the civil engineering boat (made from concrete) weighed 200 pounds.  To even out the weight difference, the concrete boat required 2 sailors while the plastic dinghy had to use 3.  No word on who won this contest.  Again, maybe an old timer has some information.

In more recent years, students in the local chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) have competed annually in a competition to build a concrete canoe since at least 2004.  In 2006, the college even hosted the Ohio Valley Regional Conference of the ASCE which took place in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and on campus at Cincinnati State.

Cincinnati State ASCE concrete canoe 2014

(L-R) Greg Kelly, Thomas Brodbeck, and ASCE Cincinnati State Chapter President Joe Bryson – April 17, 2014

Just this past Spring, students competed yet again.  According to Cincinnati State ASCE members, Bryson and Brodbeck, the canoe not only floated during the competition, it held weight pretty well – and didn’t capsize until the fourth student climbed on board.  For more information about the history of concrete canoes, check out www.asce.org/concrete_canoe/.

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Tuesday Trivia: Why were all the clocks stopped at Cincinnati State in the mid-1970s?

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Do you ever watch the clock during class wishing for the time to go by quickly?  Well, back in the mid-1970s, watching the clock during class at Cincinnati State (then called Cincinnati Technical College – CTC) was not possible.  All 200-plus clocks at the college had stopped working at some point in the mid-1970s and, for a while, nobody could figure out why.

It was discovered that the culprit was the installation of some duct work for the college’s air conditioning system.  Apparently, some construction workers accidentally cut and pulled some old wires which were part of the master clock system installed in the building when it was built in 1952.

Fortunately, 2 engineering technologies students accepted the task of returning the college to Eastern Standard Time.  Stephen Froehle and James McGee applied knowledge they learned in the electro-mechanical program at the college to work on the clocks for a project in their design class.  The students completed the project after 110 hours of work, which was completed mostly in the evening, so as not to disturb classes.  All in all, the project costs the college only $6.39.  Both students received an “A” in the course for all their hard work.

For more information on this project, check out this article from The Hill News July 25, 1978 issue.

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Tuesday Trivia: Where was Cincinnati State’s first extension campus?

Colerain High School - ca. 1970

Colerain High School – ca. 1970 – Photo courtesy of the Colerain High School Alumni Association

Back in November 1970, Cincinnati State (then called Cincinnati Technical Institute) opened its first extension center at Colerain High School in conjunction with the Northwest School District.   Charles Kern, as assistant principal at Colerain High School, served as the initial coordinator and helped to set up the preliminary program.

Classes were held from 7:00-9:40PM each Monday during the first term.  Courses to be offered at the extension campus included engineering graphics, graphics arts, technical math, electronics, accounting, economics, marketing, business law, beginning typing, beginning shorthand, general chemistry, and anatomy and physiology.  Two 10 week terms attracted 275 students to Colerain High School during the 1970-1971 school year.

Today, Cincinnati State has multiple campuses, including Middletown, West Campus, Oaks Career Development Campuses, and the Workforce Development Center, as well as auxiliary locations such as the Health Professions Academy, Lower Price Hill School, MAX Technical, and Warren County Career Center.

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New Archives exhibit celebrates the College’s 45th anniversary

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45 years ago, on September 19, 1969, Cincinnati State was officially founded.  To help celebrate this anniversary, the College Archives invites you to view our latest exhibit: Celebrating 45 years of Cincinnati State in the News, 1969-2014.

This exhibit features a sampling of newspaper and magazine articles about the college over the last 4 and a half decades.  These articles are pulled from the Archives extensive collection.

Come visit the library to see the display (exhibit case is to the left of the entrance) or visit the link above for an online version.

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Tuesday Trivia: How many Presidential candidates have visited Cincinnati State’s campus over the years?

Fall is just around the corner, which means election season.  So, today’s trivia question is:

How many United States Presidential candidates have visited Cincinnati State’s campus over the years?

The correct answer is 3:

  • Gary Hart (Presidential candidate in 1984)
  • Al Gore (Presidential candidate in 2000)
  • Hillary Clinton (Presidential candidate in 2008)

Presidential candidate Gary Hart visited the campus of Cincinnati State (then called Cincinnati Technical College) on May 4, 1984

Presidential candidate Gary Hart (L) visited the campus of Cincinnati State (then called Cincinnati Technical College) on May 4, 1984

Gary Hart visited during his campaign for the Presidency back in 1984.  Here’s an article about Gary Hart’s visit to Cincinnati State – May 4, 1984 (Cincinnati Post)

Al Gore visits Cincinnati State campus - February 26, 1996

Al Gore visits Cincinnati State campus – February 26, 1996

Al Gore visited campus in 1996 as the Vice Presidential candidate (see photo above).  He visited again during his Presidential campaign in 2000, but unfortunately, we don’t have any photos from his visit in the Archives. For more information about his 2000 visit, check out this Cincinnati Enquirer article 9/13/2000.

Hillary Clinton at rally on campus of Cincinnati State - February 23, 2008

Hillary Clinton at rally on campus of Cincinnati State – February 23, 2008

Hillary Clinton visited campus during the Democratic Primary race in 2008.  Check out more information about Hillary’s visit to the college in this article.  You may also remember footage of this video of Hillary Clinton at Cincinnati State doing an impromptu press conference where she accused Obama’s campaign of distorting her positions on health care and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in mailers to Ohio voters.

On a side note, President Barack Obama wanted to visit campus during his 2012 re-election campaign, but unfortunately, the gymnasium was under construction so the visit was moved to Music Hall.

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Tuesday Trivia: What former professional athlete once served on Cincinnati State’s Board of Directors?

What former professional athlete once served on Cincinnati State’s Board of Directors?

David Parker - Cincinnati Reds

Dave G. Parker – Cincinnati Reds

That would be former major league baseball player Dave Parker.  In August of 1984, Parker was appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve a 3 year term as Director of the Cincinnati State (then called Cincinnati Technical College) Resource Development Fund.

Before playing major league baseball, Parker attended Courter Technical High School (housed in the same building as Cincinnati State), where he lettered in 3 sports – baseball, football, and basketball.  Despite being an outfielder during his professional career, Parker’s primary position at Courter Tech had been as a catcher (and sometimes pitcher).

Parker spent 10 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he was named National League batting champion for both 1977 and 1978.  He also earned the MVP for the National League in 1978.  Shortly afterwards, Parker was rewarded with baseball’s first million-dollar-per-year contract.  At the end of the 1983 season, Parker signed with his hometown team, the Cincinnati Reds, where he was playing when he was appointed to the position at Cincinnati State.

To celebrate his appointment to the position, the college held a celebrity roast of Parker on January 12, 1985 at the Clarion Hotel.  Check out the full Dave Parker Roast Program.

Dave Parker Roast Program

Front page of Dave Parker Roast Program

Dave Parker getting "roasted" Jan. 12, 1985

Dave Parker getting “roasted” Jan. 12, 1985

Two years later, the David G. Parker Endowed Scholarship fund was created.  On September 11, 1987, there was an event at the Riverfront Stadium (former home of the Cincinnati Reds), where Parker presented two students with a scholarship to attend the college.

Shanda Carroll Scott and Christine Louise "Tina" Shank receiving their scholarships from Cincinnati Red Dave Parker_ Looking on is Dr. John Henderson VicePresident at CTC.

Shanda Carroll Scott and Christine Louise “Tina” Shank receiving their scholarships
from Cincinnati Red Dave Parker_ Looking on is Dr. John Henderson Vice President.

Last year, Parker was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.

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