Board Approves Support Staff Contract

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in special session on Saturday, May 12. At the meeting, the Board unanimously approved a motion to adopt the tentative support personnel bargaining agreement reached between the College and the NSCC Education Association support staff bargaining unit. The agreement will take effect July 1, 2018, for a period of three years.

Some of the tentative agreement details for support personnel include:

  • Compensation: Pay will increase by 2.5% each year (based on market value) and will include a “plus 2%” boost in years two and three.
  • Medical: Employees will be able to select the plan of their choice and will mirror graded employee medical plans.
  • Some miscellaneous position/job changes were also included in the agreement, including implementation of individual job descriptions for positions, elimination of shift premiums, changing “secretary” titles to “administrative assistant,” and a change in unpaid leave of absence allowances.

Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president, shared his appreciation for the teamwork behind the scenes that helped make this resolution possible. “The negotiating teams for both parties did a tremendous job putting their needs in perspective and coming to a fair compromise. The process was smooth, effective, and allows us to all continue forward so we can best serve northwest Ohio – one student, one family, and one community at a time,” Thomson noted.

Commencement Ceremony Recognizes 400 Graduates

Northwest State Community College celebrated the 2018 graduating class at its forty-eighth Commencement Ceremony this past weekend. The ceremony recognized 400 graduates who completed an associate degree or certificate program with the College during fall, spring or summer term. Rainy conditions forced the College to move the ceremonies indoors to the Voinovich Auditorium, where two ceremonies were held to properly acknowledge the large group of graduates.

Dr. ThomsonDr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president, first took a moment to honor President Emeritus Dr. Larry McDougle and Dr. Tom Stuckey, former NSCC president who will be elevated to President Emeritus on July 1. Dr. Thomson noted the countless hours of service both men poured in to the College.

Dr. Thomson went on to congratulate the graduating class, remarking, “I commend you for your dedication and persistence that have led to this remarkable achievement. You balanced work, family and other obligations in order to complete your education. You not only rise to meet life’s many challenges, you thrive and overcome them.”

Student SpeakerPage Doornbos was the student speaker selected. Doornbos shared a very personal story about the circumstances that brought her to northwest Ohio and about how fear plays a part in all of our lives. She noted that she was reluctant to explore a new career nearing the age of 30, but those closest to her encouraged her to believe in herself and pursue her goals.

She then related fear to the graduating class, saying, “Think back to this day – this very minute – and remember how you felt getting dressed to come here today. This is where that fear pushed you to. Don’t worry about being scared. Worry about not being scared. If it’s easy, is it really worth it?”

Doornbos earned an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. She is a member of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society, and she also recently received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Northwest Ohio Nurse’s Association.

Tony GeftosKeynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was Tony Geftos, senior reporter and co-anchor for WTVG 13abc. Geftos, a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, lauded the graduates for their achievements. He noted, “You’re here today because you have already challenged yourselves. You’re here today because you already inspire others. You’re here today because you already lead by example, even if you don’t realize it. That’s why I’m here today: to challenge you to be lifelong learners.” Geftos went above and beyond for the unique occasion, creating two separate keynote speeches for the dual ceremonies.

Following the recognition of the graduates, NSCC Vice President for Academics Lori Robison announced Sydney Critten and Haley Oehler as the recipients of the President’s Outstanding Student Award. Critten graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management. She is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Cluster and Kappa Beta Delta honor society. Critten plans to continue her education at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington to pursue a degree in marine biology. Oehler graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual major, two Associate of Applied Business Degrees in Business Management and Human Resource Management. She is a member of the Kappa Beta Delta and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Societies, as well as the Dean’s Leadership Cluster. Oehler plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in human resource management.

Four Distinguished Alumni Award Winners Recognized

Four individuals have been selected to receive the Northwest State Community College Distinguished Alumni Award for 2018. Those individuals were officially recognized during a special luncheon prior to spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Plaques with their likeness will also be added to the prestigious alumni wall of award recipients, located outside the Voinovich Auditorium in the College’s ‘E’ Building.

“The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes excellence beyond Northwest State – education, professional achievement, service to the community and more,” said Robbin Wilcox, NSCC Foundation director. “We are proud to recognize these four graduates with this prestigious award, and we congratulate them for their achievements and for being tremendous representatives of Northwest State Community College,” Wilcox continued.

Todd GrisierTodd Grisier is a 1980 graduate with an Associate of Technical Studies Degree in Pre-Mortuary Science. He furthered his education at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1981 with a degree in applied mortuary science. He is the fifth generation funeral director and owner of Grisier Funeral Homes located in Archbold, Delta, Stryker and Wauseon. Mr. Grisier is a resident of Archbold, Ohio, and is a 29-year member of the Archbold Fire Department. He also serves on the Fulton County EMA Board, Ohio Mortuary Operational Response Team, Disaster Mortuary Operational Team, as well as the board of directors of the Ohio Funeral Home Association.

Danielle SpringDanielle Spring is a 1998 graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. Danielle went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Defiance College and a master’s in nursing education from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is employed at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green and was recently promoted to the position of director of nursing education. Danielle is a resident of Napoleon, Ohio, and serves as a Sunday school teacher and Junior Lutherans advisor at her church. Ms. Spring is a 4-H advisor and serves on the Napoleon Area Schools Academic Boosters Club. She supports the high school water polo teams and is the president of the Napoleon Aquatic Club.

Anna TrubeyAnna Trubey is a 2008 graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. Anna went on to earn both a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s in nursing – family nurse practitioner at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner for Parkview Physicians Group working at the Archbold location. Anna is a resident of Stryker and is an active member of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, Defiance Chapter. Earlier this year, she took part in a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic through Solid Rock International. Ms. Trubey is active in her church where she regularly volunteers to conduct children’s church and deliver meals.

Janette WagnerJanette Wagner is a 1998 graduate with an Associate of Applied Business Degree in Accounting. She continued her education at Defiance College, where she earned a bachelor of science in 2000, a master of business and organizational leadership in 2007, and a master of business administration in 2009. Janette is currently the chief financial officer for Alex Products, Inc. She is a resident of Bryan and is active in her community with the Life Changing Realities Fellowship Group, Relay for Life team, and OMS Teddy Bear Drive.

The Distinguished Alumni Award represents the most prestigious award presented by the Alumni Association of Northwest State. This award was established in 1998 to honor graduates of Northwest State Community College who have achieved recognized prominence in their chosen career and have made significant contributions to their profession, community and the lives of others. Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award represent the ideal of a committed, industrious, and caring individual to whom Northwest State Community College may look as an example. See more information on the NSCC Distinguished Alumni Award, including a list of previous recipients.

RN Graduates & Alpha Delta Nu Inductees Honored

Thirty-nine students recently participated in a special pinning ceremony for Northwest State Community College’s registered nursing (RN) associate degree program. Once program completion is met, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam and enter directly into the workforce, or they may transfer their credits into a bachelor’s degree program.

As part of the ceremony, the College recognized twelve students who were inducted into the Alpha Delta Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society. In order to qualify, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, with at least a B in all nursing classes.

Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society aims to recognize the academic excellence of associate degree nursing students and encourage students to pursue advanced nursing degrees.
RN GradsThe following graduates were recognized during the ceremony:

Defiance County: Leah Anderson* (Defiance), Lisa Grubb* (Defiance), Katrina King (Defiance), Bailey Marquez (Defiance), Kevin Troyer (Hicksville), Alyssa Urban (Defiance), Sarah Wagner (Defiance)

Fulton County: Taylor Baumgartner (Wauseon), Rebecca Eddins (Wauseon), Lacey Elzinga* (Archbold), Sean Griewahn (Delta), Sabrina Haas (Wauseon), Amanda Knierim (Fayette), Kimberly Kruse (Archbold), Jessica Scheffler* (Wauseon), Tyler Wilson (Wauseon), Makilah Witt*(Swanton), Jamie Wyse* (Wauseon)

Henry County: Lisa Haldy (Napoleon), Cassandra Hoffman (Napoleon), Emaline Westrick (New Bavaria)

Lenawee County: Mikaela Hall (Blissfield), Appolonia Hill (Morenci)

Lucas County: Kaitlin Allen (Toledo), Kristi Buchholz* (Whitehouse), Jera Ford* (Toledo)

Mercer County: Lyndsia Kunkler (Celina)

Paulding County: Mackenzie Haney (Grover Hill), Amelia Hughes (Antwerp), Alesha Simon (Paulding)

Putnam County: Bobbie Fuller* (Continental)

Williams County: Chelsi Brown (Edon), Kelsey Brown (Montpelier), Courtney Buchanan* (Montpelier), Page Doorbos* (Stryker), Theresa Loomis (Montpelier), Amy Sanders (Montpelier)

Wood County: Christina Leonard-Mobus (Grand Rapids), Ashlee Strickland (Weston)

Names with an asterisk * indicate students who were also inducted in to the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.