NSCC Honors its Own

Northwest State Community College honored its employee alumni at a lunchtime event on campus on February 25. The focus of the event was to offer heartfelt gratitude to the College’s employees who are also graduates of NSCC. In fact, over a third of the College’s total workforce (80 of 230 employees) are Northwest State alumni.

“I’ve seen firsthand how powerful a good education can be,” said Jim Bellamy, NSCC marketing lead and 1994 graduate. “I chose Northwest State in the ’90s to study, and I still choose Northwest State today as the ideal destination to discover, learn and grow.”

NSCC President Michael Thomson noted, “So many of our own alumni choose to work at NSCC. Who better to serve our students than those who have already taken the journey?” He continued, “With such a high percentage of alumni on our staff, it demonstrates that NSCC is, indeed, a special place.” 

NSCC Executive Director for Development & NSCC Foundation Robbin Wilcox echoed those sentiments: “The NSCC Alumni Association was excited to host an Alumni event on campus for all graduates who work for their alma mater. Today we celebrate the alumni  who come to work everyday knowing the value of what a NSCC education has done for them. They CHOOSE NSCC.”

Re-Discover NSCC Alumni Event: Nov. 9, 2019

Join us on Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m and re-discover NSCC!

Alumni, family and friends are invited to this FREE event celebrating 50 years of learning and success at Northwest State Community College. The day will feature lots of fun, plus hands-on activities the entire family will enjoy.

This event includes a FREE lunch for alumni from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room C200. Guest lunches are available for $8 per person. Please RSVP for lunch.

The day will include:

  • 9-10 a.m. free coffee & donuts for alumni in Room C200
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. meet and greet with President Thomson, deans, faculty, staff, alumni and current students throughout campus
  • 10: a.m.-1 p.m. tours of campus, state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, along with hands-on activities for the entire family, including:
    • Investigating a mock crime scene
    • Solving an escape room
    • Making your own slime
    • Learning to test medical specimens and more!
  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. free alumni lunch (guest meals available for $8) in Room C200-RSVP here

We will also have photo and video booths to capture your stories and memories.

For more information, call 419.267.1351.

NSCC Celebrates Alumni Success in Defiance

By: Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC President

NSCC has over 11,000 alumni and the great majority live in Northwest Ohio. So, NSCC hit the road and celebrated our great alumni. We stopped on August 8 in the City of Defiance to celebrate our great partnership with the city, the many wonderful alumni, our partnership with many local companies and the students who attend NSCC. We are just so grateful for our many friends whose help is invaluable in our mission to turn students’ hopes and dreams into a better life through education.

My thanks to Foundation Executive Director Robbin Wilcox and Audrey Lehman who organized the event and helped raise over $2,000 for our students. We also thank State Bank for hosting our road show to thank our many friends! We look forward to taking our road show to a town near you.

On behalf of NSCC, we just wanted to say thanks to the many alumni, distinguished alumni, employers, and partners who contribute in helping make Defiance a great place to live. We are committed to helping all the cities in our service area thrive. We are #NSCCProud and unabashed in advocating for northwest Ohioans to live, learn and work local. By working together with our many great partners, we can keep our talent in northwest Ohio and provide many families with a high quality of life.

2019 Distinguished Alumni Winners Announced

Three individuals have been selected to receive the Northwest State Community College Distinguished Alumni Award for 2019. Those individuals will be officially recognized during a special luncheon ceremony prior to spring commencement. 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 wing.

“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 three graduates with this prestigious award, and we congratulate them for their achievements, and for being tremendous representatives of Northwest State Community College,” Wilcox continued.

Brad Hurtig is a 2006 cum laude graduate with an associate of technical studies degree in machining manufacturing. He continued his education at Indiana Wesleyan University where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in biblical studies.



William (Bill) Lammers is a 1997 graduate with an associate of applied science degree in electrical engineering technology. He furthered his education at Defiance College where he earned a bachelor of business management in 2000, a master of business and organizational leadership in 2004, and a master of business administration in 2010.


Michael Sawvel, DO is a 2001 magna cum laude graduate with an associate of applied science. He went on to graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor of science from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2005 and a doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Ohio University in 2009. Michael completed his neurological surgery residency at the Virginia Tech-Carilion Clinic from 2009-2015.

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. 

Nominations Open for 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award

Established in 1998, the Distinguished Alumni Award honors graduates of Northwest State Community College who have achieved recognized prominence in their career and have made significant contributions to their profession, community and the lives of others. Help us find the 2019 award recipients by nominating an NSCC graduate.

Learn more about the award and download the application. Nominations are due by March 31, 2019.

Community Invited to 30-Year Anniversary Celebration

The community is invited to a celebration of 30 years of the associate degree nursing program at NSCC. The event is set for Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 4:30-6 p.m in the Voinovich Auditorium. In addition to tours, guests will have the opportunity to welcome Dr. Kathy Keister, dean of nursing, and congratulate Patti Altman, former dean, on her recent retirement.

RSVP to cbaynes@NorthwestState.edu by Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The agenda for the evening includes:

4:30 p.m. Refreshments
4:45 p.m. Program Begins
5:00 p.m. Meet & Greet
5:30 p.m. Tours of the Nursing Lab

NSCC Graduate Sworn-in as Whitehouse PD Officer

Congratulations to Christine Fouty, NSCC graduate, on being sworn-in as an officer with the Whitehouse Police Department. Check out the full story.

Police Swearing in Ceremony

New Whitehouse Deputy Chief Al Baer and officer Christine Fouty were sworn in by Mayor Don Atkinson and joined by Chief Mark McDonough. Photo courtesy of The Mirror Newspaper.

Are you interested in a career in law enforcement? Learn more about the NSCC Law Enforcement Academy certificate program. Contact the NSCC Admissions Office to see how you can get started.