Papale Chosen as Student Speaker for CLAAS' Recognition Ceremony

Cynthia (Cindy) Papale

By Jade Smallwood, Student Writer for the Office of External Relations & Communications

Cynthia (Cindy) Papale’s college plans got derailed a few times over the years, but she never lost sight of her goal of earning a bachelor’s degree. She is about to realize that longtime aspiration.

Papale (pronounced Puh-Polly) will be the student speaker at the divisional recognition ceremony of Miami’s College of Liberal Arts & Applied Science (CLAAS). She will tell her story Sunday in Goggin Ice Area in Oxford.

Every time her college plans were put on hold, people told her she would never go back. It took a while, but she proved them all wrong.

A non-traditional student, Papale earned an associate degree in Chemical Technology from Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, and an associate in science degree in Forensic Criminal Justice Technology from the University of Cincinnati. During those time periods, she lost her father to cancer and got married.

Papale has always enjoyed chemistry and she dreamed about going into the forensic science field. When Miami Regionals launched a new bachelor’s degree program in Forensic Science, she promptly checked it out. The program was affordable and seemed flexible enough for her to continue working full-time as a chemical technician and analyst at Cincinnati Milacron, so she enrolled.

Now, she’s a Miamian for life. She has her family and her Miami professors to thank for it.

Papale has a piece of advice for current and future Miami Regionals students. “Work with your advisor a lot, they’re there to help you. Stay organized and stay on top of things. Nothing is impossible.”