Sixty-Four Students Inducted into PTK & KBD Honor Societies

Congratulations to the sixty-four students who were recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa and Kappa Beta Delta Honor Societies. To be eligible for induction, students must have a 3.5 grade point average after completing at least eighteen credit hours of college coursework. The guest speaker for the evening’s induction ceremony, Senator Cliff Hite, was also inducted as an honorary member to both honor societies.

Phi Theta Kappa was established in 1918 to encourage academic achievement for two-year college students. Its mission is to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.3 million members.

Kappa Beta Delta was established in 1997 as a specialty honor society for two-year college students in business programs. Its purpose is to recognize student scholarship and accomplishments, as well as encourage personal and professional improvement and service to others.

The following students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. Those students marked with an asterisk (*) were inducted into both Phi Theta Kappa and Kappa Beta Delta

Defiance County:  Amanda Craig (Defiance), Andrea Davis(Defiance), Gina Nichols(Defiance), Katharine Stottlemyer (Defiance), Katherine Wolfe (Defiance), Patricia Bishop (Defiance), Brian Bostleman (Defiance), Britni Brown, Anita Kennedy (Defiance), Ariel Krouse (Defiance), Brett Hook+ (Hicksville), Tara Rockey (Hicksville), Carolina Vissers (Mark Center), Stacie Smith* (Ney), Frank Ekete (Ney),  Amy Shaffer (Oakwood), Jordan Core (Sherwood)

Fulton County: Brian Huffman (Archbold), Jolie Heberling (Archbold), Jessica Wyse (Metamora), Logan Baker (Swanton), Susan Carattini-Pope (Wauseon), Francisca Franklin+ (Wauseon), Michael Sager+ (Wauseon)

Henry County:  Brock Hoops (Deshler), Hayley Giesige (Holgate), Lindsay Heath* (Holgate), Darren Campos (Liberty Center), Andrew Reiser (Liberty Center), Zachary Reiser (Liberty Center), Brandon Clymer* (Liberty Center), Andrew McGraw (Malinta), David Steward (Malinta), Brian Bascom (Napoleon), Trisha Carter (Napoleon), Nathan Dickmann (Napoleon), Mallori Majewski (Napoleon), Miranda Nelson (Napoleon), Gregory Hall* (Napoleon), Marsha Heilman (Napoleon), Amberly Miller (Napoleon), Nathan Jaqua (Napoleon), Cynthia Brooks (Napoleon), Rosalyn Prater (Napoleon)

Paulding County: Haley Linder (Paulding)

Williams County: Zoe Koch (Aldvordton), Randy Wolff (Bryan), Shalina Zwick (Bryan), Michael Cragle (Bryan), Emily  Trent (Bryan), Dennis Bates (Bryan), Megan Grime+ (Bryan), Samantha Mercer (Edon),Kennedy Brigle* (Montpelier),  Grace Hartman (Montpelier), Zack VanDyke (Montpelier), Bethany Polter (Montpelier), Eric Coopeman (Stryker), Joel Mille (Stryker), Melissa Kinkaid (Stryker), Laura Castillo (West Unity), Lauren Garrett (West Unity)

Allen County:  Thelithia Banks (Lima)

Putnam County: Chris Baden (Continental)

Wood County: Ian Finn (Weston), Hannah Everson (Grand Rapids)

NSCC & Terra Combine Administrative Support

Northwest State Community College and Terra Community College are joining forces to streamline administrative functions, a move that will allow each college to invest more resources locally on educational opportunity and quality.

“Terra State and Northwest State have a successful history of working cooperatively,” said Dr. Thomas L. Stuckey, president of Northwest State Community College. “Through this new collaboration, each college will reduce administrative costs and devote greater resources toward academic programming and student success.”

“This new arrangement puts Northwest State and Terra State on the cutting edge of higher education innovation,” said Dr. Jerome Webster, president of Terra State Community College. “Our goal is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students. These centralized positions carry greater responsibility; as we phase them in over the next few years, they will attract a larger, more qualified pool of higher education professionals.”

The boards of trustees for both Northwest State and Terra State independently approved the creation of the Northern Ohio Community College District, a regional council of government authorized by Chapter 167 of the Ohio Revised Code. The move does not merge the colleges themselves, rather it creates a centralized district and consolidates certain administrative positions for both colleges. The district office is expected to be housed at the University of Toledo Scott Park campus, in alignment with a consortium agreement with the University of Toledo. Both Northwest State and Terra State are approximately 40 miles from the new central office.

While important administrative functions will now be located off-campus, both colleges will continue the front-line work of education and workforce development in their distinct service areas.

“Both institutions are deeply rooted in the communities we serve, and that commitment will not change,” Stuckey said.

“Our colleges each have our own unique strengths,” Webster said. “Rather than competing with one another, we will play to each other’s strengths.”

The new central office is expected to be up and running by July 1, 2015. The first positions to move to the district office are the vice president of academic affairs and the chief financial officer. Terra State’s vice president of academic affairs is set to retire at the end of June, and Northwest State’s current vice president of academic affairs will move to the district office and assume the role for both schools. Similarly, Terra State’s CFO will move to the district office and will work collaboratively with Northwest State’s chief fiscal and administrative officer.

Other positions will be phased in over several years through attrition, including a chief executive officer (separate position from the college presidents); chief operation officer; chief workforce development officer; and marketing and public relations, human resources, and information technology functions. No faculty positions are affected by the change.

This is not the first time the two colleges have collaborated on shared personnel. In 2010-2011, each school was in need of a construction project coordinator. They jointly hired an individual who served both schools in this position for approximately 18 months.

In 2014, both schools were in search of a new director of financial aid. Drs. Stuckey and Webster discussed the possibility of collaborating on the position. While it didn’t work out in this particular case, it opened the door to further explore the benefits of such collaboration.

Northwest State Community College offers more than 70 academic programs and serves approximately 5,500 credit and non-credit students (average age of 30), with the majority of students from Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert, and Williams Counties. Seventy-two percent of Northwest State’s degree-seeking students receive some form of financial aid. Eighty-five percent of the schools nearly 9,300 alumni continue to live and work in the six-county area.

Terra State Community College offers 60 academic programs and serves roughly 3,500 credit and non-credit students (average age of 27), with the majority of students coming from Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Seneca Counties. Eighty-six percent of Terra State’s students receive some form of financial aid. Eight-five percent of Terra State graduates continue to live and work in the college’s service area.

2015 Summer STEM Camps

Come join the fun at Northwest State this summer! We have two opportunities for kids to learn new ideas, solve problems and explore the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Summer STEM Camps are available July 13-16 (students who completed grades 5-6) and July 20-23 (students who completed grades 7-8). Check out the flier for more information on what the camps include and how to register.

Editor’s Note: The July 13-16 session is full, but registration is still open for the July 20-23 session.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

Northwest State Community College is pleased to announce Wendy Munk of Prescott, Arizona; Niki Mosier of Edgerton, Ohio; Jason Sprow of Defiance, Ohio; and Patricia Frank of Holgate, Ohio, as recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award winners will be recognized during a special luncheon prior to the 2015 Commencement Ceremony on May 9.

“This award is the highest honor given by the NSCC Alumni Association,” said Robbin Wilcox, director of development at NSCC. “Each year we have the honor of learning about the amazing work being done by our alumni. Each of this year’s recipients has been actively involved in their profession and pursued further education in order to expand their careers. Our honored alumni have also been active members of their communities.”

Munk graduated from NSCC in 1991, Summa Cum Laude, earning an Associate of Applied Business in Office Services. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington. A published author, Munk has written nine novels, three short stories and has earned three national awards for her novels. She is recognized as a “Top 100 Bestseller” with both Amazon and Barnes & Noble ebook stores. As a co-developer of the publishing company, Corvallis Press, she has helped to publish other authors in various genres. Munk also volunteers at local elementary schools, is vice president of the Greater Seattle Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and presents numerous workshops on marketing and writing.

Mosier graduated from NSCC in 1997 with an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management. She continued her education, receiving both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in human resources from Defiance College. Mosier is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. As the director of human capital for Spangler Candy Company in Bryan, Mosier serves as a board member for the Employer’s Association of Toledo and as chairperson for the Northwest Ohio Human Resource Association. Mosier is the first female to be named to the Spangler Candy Management Committee.

Sprow graduated from NSCC in 1999 with an associate degree in nursing. He continued his education to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in nursing from the University of Akron. He is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and provides services to patients at Fulton County Health Center as the co-owner of Northern Anesthesia Providers. Sprow is active in his community, serving as a mentor for the Defiance County Medical Reserves and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Frank graduated from NSCC in 2000 with an associate degree in nursing and is pursuing a doctorate at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She currently serves as the chief nursing officer for Henry County Hospital. Frank is an active member of the NSCC Healthcare Advisory Board, Defiance College Nursing Advisory Board, Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives and the Ohio Lean Consortium Steering Committee. She is active in her community, and is currently the president of St. Mary’s Parish Council in Holgate.

Developed in 1998, the Distinguished Alumni Award honors graduates of Northwest State Community College who have achieved recognized prominence in their career, made significant contributions to their profession and community, and impacted the lives of others. In addition to the luncheon, recipients will be commemorated on NSCC’s campus with a plaque and photo.

The Genesis and Art of Chinese Calligraphy

Northwest State Community College will host a special exhibition, The Genesis and Art of Chinese Calligraphy, in the NSCC Library April 7-23. The exhibit includes twelve large panels that trace the long evolution of Chinese writing from its origin in ancient times to present day. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the library’s regular hours of operation.

The exhibit explains how the characters are constructed syntactically and how their meanings are developed semantically. It puts Chinese writing in global context among other ancient writing systems and also features examples of the different scripts, illustrating the range of historical styles in brush work.

Dr. SuiWah Chan, professor emeritus of the College of Human Medicine of Michigan State University and associate of the Center for Chinese Studies of the University of Michigan, created the exhibit. Professor He BingWu, a contemporary master of calligraphy from Xian, China, was commissioned to curate the display of 23 works of calligraphy.

The NSCC Center for Lifelong Learning will offer a special program featuring a lecture by Dr. SuiWah Chan on Friday, April 10. The program is open to adults 55 plus, and reservations are required.