Eighteen Award of Merit Recipients Recognized

Northwest State Community College recently recognized eighteen Award of Merit recipients. For over 25 years, NSCC 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:

Name Program Academic Division
Laura Colon Paralegal Business
Chevelle Gonzales Visual Communications – Graphic Design Business
Jack Hudson Industrial Electrician Industrial Technologies
Rebekah Both Mechanical Engineering Tech Math, Science & Engineering
Rebecca Dent-Weiss Information Technology Business
April Howard Human Services Allied Health & Public Services
Luke Meller CAD/CAM Math, Science & Engineering
Stefan Miller Associate of Arts Arts & Sciences
McKayla Waidelich Medical Assisting Allied Health & Public Services
Destinie Johnson Practical Nursing Nursing
Casey Klingshirn Phlebotomy Technician Allied Health & Public Services
Naomi Miller Associate of Arts Arts & Sciences
Tyler Moore Business Management Business
Heather Schwiebert Criminal Justice Allied Health & Public Services
Annaka Gilmore Registered Nursing Nursing
Amy Shaffer Associate of Science Arts & Sciences
Gina Dietrich Office Administrative Services Business
Kaleb Westrick Accounting Business

Twenty Students Accepted Into PTK Honor Society

Northwest State Community College recently recognized twenty students who have been accepted into Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. To be eligible, students must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average after completing at least eighteen credit hours of college coursework. Two of the students accepted were also welcomed into Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society.

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 2.5 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 accepted to the NSCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter:

Defiance County: Rickie Caryer (Defiance), Tammy Caryer (Defiance), Deborah Imm (Defiance), Christopher Wonderly (Hicksville)

Fulton County: Ashley Fry (Delta), Amy Shaffer (Fayette), Crystal Purdy (Swanton), Steven Pope (Wauseon), Krista Thierry (Wauseon)

Henry County: Tyler Moore (Holgate), Maria Trevina (McClure), Adaleigh Faulhaber (Napoleon), Logan Peterson (Napoleon)

Paulding County: Robert Caperton (Cecil)

Putnum County: Michelle Roeder (Fort Jennings)

Williams County: Heidi Hemenway (Bryan), Jordan Spackman (Edon), Kyli McCullough (Montpelier), Olivia Fish (West Unity)

Wood County: Andrea Swick (Tontogony)

The NSCC Kappa Beta Delta Chapter accepted Heidi Hemenway (Bryan) and Logan Peterson (Napoleon).

NSCC Proud: Rose Mansel-Playdell

Rose Mansel-Playdell has taken an unlikely path on her entrepreneurial journey. After graduating from Fairview High School, she attended a four-year university, spending her first semester studying pre-veterinary medicine. She then decided to pursue her life’s passion: the arts.

Rose spent her second semester studying theater and business before transferring Roseto Northwest State. She is now majoring in entrepreneurship and business management.

Rose had the entrepreneurial spirit instilled in her from a young age. “My community has always been a huge advocate of small businesses, and both of my parents run small businesses, mainly as a hobby,” Rose shared. “When I decided to change majors last fall, I started a business named ‘Canvas in Motion,’ where I paint custom canvas shoes and other freelance artwork.”

Rose creates custom-designed shoes, like the ones pictured here, through her business.

Rose creates custom-designed shoes, like the ones pictured here, through her business.

For Rose, taking a course in entrepreneurship was a natural fit. With the knowledge she gained in her studies coupled with her initial success with Canvas in Motion, Rose has been inspired to pursue an even larger business venture, The Class Act Scene Shop.  Rose’s dream is to combine her love of business and theater to help high school and community theaters by renting specialty props and set pieces. Rose recently shared her business vision at NSCC’s Entrepreneurship Forum, an event modeled after the TV show “Shark Tank,” which allows aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to present their ideas to a panel of experts who provide advice.

“After I graduate from NSCC, I plan to continue developing my business plan while earning a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college. Whenever the time is right, I’ll launch my business and go from there. I have faith that my education at NSCC and the support from the people around me will open many doors in the near future. I’m excited to see what it brings and where I will go,” she said.

NSCC Proud: Shalina Zwick

Shalina Zwick has many roles—mother of three, wife, intern at Allied Moulded and engineering student at NSCC. She chose to pursue an education to find a job she loves and to provide for her family. What doors can an education help you open?

NSCC Proud: Hunter Clingaman

When Hunter Clingaman graduated from Stryker High School in 2013, he had no idea his journey would lead him to an engineering career. Despite entering Northwest State as an “undecided” student, his stellar high school academic record earned him a full-tuition Hunter ClingamanPresidential Scholarship, which enabled him to explore multiple career options. At Northwest State, he quickly discovered a passion and aptitude for engineering. He excelled in his studies and was named recipient of the 2015 President’s Outstanding Student Award as he graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.

While attending classes at Northwest State, Hunter attended NSCC’s annual job fair where he met staff from General Motors in Defiance. He ultimately secured an internship with GM, which allowed him to gain valuable work experience while simultaneously working toward his degree. He is now pursing his bachelor’s degree in electro-mechanical engineering from Miami University through a partnership that enables him to take classes at Northwest State while continuing to live at home. Hunter is continuing his internship at General Motors, which is helping him pay for college.

Hunter is quick to credit his engineering instructors—particularly Colin Doolittle and Mike Kwaitkowski—for their mentorship. “Both of these men have made a difference in my life because they have helped me see that the sky is the limit when it comes to learning and that I can make a positive difference in the world. Colin and Mike care about their students and want to see us succeed. Thanks to them I have been able to have experiences I didn’t even know were possible. I am blessed to have had them as my instructors,” he said.

Hunter encourages others to consider attending NSCC. “Northwest State may open doors of opportunity beyond what you can imagine,” he notes. “It’s a great place to learn.”

IT Alert: Oct. 29 & 30, 2015

Networks will be down for scheduled maintenance on Thursday, October 29 from 9-9:30 p.m. and again on Friday, October 30 from 4:30-5:00 p.m. During these times, access to NSCC services, including myNSCC, Banner and Sakai will experience outages. Please plan accordingly.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding this scheduled maintenance, please contact helpdesk@northweststate.edu or call 419.267.1461.

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