Parents who have lost a child often grieve in silence. Kristina Widener, first-time author and NSCC graduate, wrote the book “Shattered Soul” to help break that silence. The book chronicles her own journey of loss, and Kristina hopes that it will help other angel parents cope, while also inspiring understanding in those who have not faced the loss of a child. We are honored to share Kristina’s story. If you are an angel parent or know someone who is, visit Kristina’s Facebook page for more information.
Congratulations to all of the students who made the fall 2016 Dean’s List. To be eligible, students must have taken at least 12 credit hours for full-time or 6-11.99 for part-time and have averaged above a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Congratulations to the three students who recently completed the CNC operations short-term certificate program at the NSCC Van Wert-Vantage Career Center site. Graduates earned 29 credit hours and all plan to pursue an associate degree.
Northwest State Community College celebrated the 2017 graduating class at the fall Commencement Ceremony on December 19. The ceremony recognized 113 degree and/or certificate recipients from the divisions of Allied Health & Public Services; Arts & Sciences; Business Technologies; Nursing; and Math, Science & Engineering Technologies. Sixty-six students participated in the ceremony.
Dr. Cindy Krueger, NSCC vice president for academic and student services, encouraged graduates on their journey ahead. “You have completed an important task–your college degree. You are now ready for the next chapter in your life,” Krueger said. “As you go forth, hold your head high, for you are on the path to success.” Krueger concluded her speech with a congratulations to the graduating class, thanking them for “allowing Northwest State to be (their) educational partner.”
Katherine Wolfe of Defiance was the student speaker. She received an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and graduated Summa Cum Laude, with memberships in Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Delta Nu honor societies. During her speech, Wolfe mentioned that her registered nursing degree “represents a mid-life career change…one that (she) never expected,” a circumstance also shared by other fall graduates. Wolfe continued, “You are only as happy as you make up your mind you’re going to be. It’s less about possessions and fully about attitude. Count your blessings and be happy.”
The keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was James Hoops, associate vice president for strategic initiatives at Northwest State. Hoops, a former Henry County auditor and Ohio state representative, mixed personal stories of triumph and tragedy with words of encouragement.
“Life is uncertain and changing, life is going to be a challenge,” Hoops said. He also encouraged the graduates to stay connected. “You will become part of a large family of Northwest State Community College as an alumni. Please come back and visit, let us know how you’re doing. Also let us know what we can do better to help the surrounding communities.”
During the ceremony, fifteen students were recognized as Award of Merit recipients. Award of Merit recipients are chosen by faculty from the respective divisions based on leadership involvement, special talents or abilities in their academic field, and significant contributions to Northwest State.
Award of Merit recipients included:
Allied Health & Public Services
Rebecca Meyer, Medical Assisting
Ashley Malone, Medical Support
Kim Rosales, Human Services
Susan Benson, Paraprofessional Education
Mariah Slayback, Criminal Justice
Arts & Sciences
Ariel Krouse, Associate of Arts
Bree Rolon, Accounting
Francisca Franklin, Human Resource Management
Arika Nuest, Visual Communications – Graphic Design
Rebekah Both, Electrical Engineering Technology
Logan Brooker, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Shane Hancock, Machining
Zebulun Lillard, Maintenance Technology – Mechatronics
Haley Robbins, Practical Nursing
Katherine Wolfe, Registered Nursing
Congratulations to Troy Chmielewski, who simultaneously received his truck driving certificate and adult diploma. Sharing this accomplishment with his family, Troy (center) is pictured receiving his diploma from Tom Pierce, transportation and logistics coordinator (left), and Dr. Tom Stuckey, NSCC president (right).
Northwest State Community College recently recognized fifteen Award of Merit recipients. For over 25 years, Northwest State has recognized graduates within the degree programs for their academic achievements. Award of Merit recipients are chosen by faculty from the respective divisions based on leadership involvement, special talents or abilities in their academic field, and significant contributions to Northwest State.
The following students were recognized:
|County||Hometown||Recipient||Program of Study||Academic Division|
|Defiance||Defiance||Rebecca Meyer||Medical Assisting||Allied Health & Public Services|
|Defiance||Ney||Haley Robbins||Practical Nursing||Nursing|
|Defiance||Defiance||Katherine Wolfe||Registered Nursing||Nursing|
|Defiance||Rural Edgerton||Ashley Malone||Medical Support||Allied Health & Public Services|
|Fulton||Archbold||Kim Rosales||Human Services||Allied Health & Public Services|
|Fulton||Wauseon||Bree Rolon||Accounting||Business Technologies|
|Fulton||Wauseon||Francisca Franklin||Human Resource Management||Business Technologies|
|Fulton||Swanton||Rebekah Both||Electrical Engineering Technology||Engineering Technologies|
|Fulton||Archbold||Shane Hancock||Machining||Industrial Technologies|
|Henry||Napoleon||Susan Benson||Paraprofessional Education||Allied Health & Public Services|
|Paulding||Rural Defiance||Ariel Krouse||Associate of Arts||Arts & Sciences|
|Paulding||Payne||Arika Nuest||Visual Communications – Graphic Design||Business Technologies|
|Williams||Bryan||Mariah Slayback||Criminal Justice||Allied Health & Public Services|
|Williams||West Unity||Logan Brooker||Mechanical Engineering Technology||Engineering Technologies|
|Williams||Montpelier||Zebulun Lillard||Maintenance Technology – Mechatronics||Industrial Technologies|
New & returning students who need to meet with an advisor and register for 2017 spring classes are invited to do so during an upcoming registration day.
- Friday, Dec. 9: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Wednesday, Dec. 14: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Jan. 4: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Appointments will last about 20 minutes and availability is limited. Make your appointment today by calling the NSCC Admissions Office at 419.267.1320 or emailing admissions@NorthwestState.edu.
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