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.

NSCC Graduate Named CEO of DeKalb Health

Tasha Eicher, Northwest State graduate, hasTasha Eicher been named CEO of DeKalb Health. The community hospital is located in Auburn, Indiana. Eicher graduated with an associate degree in business from NSCC and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Governors University. She has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare.

See the hospital’s full press release.

2017 Chili Cook-Off Wrap Up

It was another delicious event! Thanks to all the chili makers and taste testers. Your participation helped us support a very worthy organization, The PATH Center.

Congratulations to the winners:
Judge’s Choice for Best Tasting Chili
Non-traditional chili
First place: C-WINGERS
Second place: The Great Pumpkin Chili
Third place: The Chili Bilis

Traditional chili
First place: evMotorSports
Second place: Bluffton University
Third place: Red Hot STEM Peppers

People’s Choice
First place: C-WINGERS
Second place: Red Hot STEM Peppers
Third place: The Great Pumpkin Chili

We’d like to extend a special thanks to the Distinguished Alumni Award winners who joined us as guest judges. If you’re an NSCC graduate who’s looking for an opportunity to network, give back and have fun, reach out to us for more information about alumni activities.

NSCC Proud Day: June 30, 2017

Whether you are a current student, graduate, employee or a supporter of the NSCC Foundation, show your pride by participating in NSCC Proud Day on June 30, 2017. It’s easy! Wear or display your NSCC gear and take a photo or video. Share it on social media using #NSCCProud or upload it to our Facebook page. Check out some of last year’s photos for inspiration, and get creative!

NSCC Proud

 

Top 5 Tips for Undecided Students: An Alumnus Perspective

This post was written by Kyle R. Phipps, a 2017 NSCC graduate.

Kyle PhippsSuccess can only be defined as what and how you view it. But being successful is a blurry image to those who do not see themselves anywhere near it, if visible at all, especially if he or she has no clue what road to go down. After high school, you are 18 and suddenly responsible for the rest of your life. It is a lot to sink in when you are stranded with the thought of, “Now what?”

It took three long years after high school to figure out the path I wanted to follow. From wanting to teach history to psychology, from screenwriting to joining the military, the list went on; needless to say, my mind was all over the place. The first day of my first fall semester, I went home and wept after drowning in confusion due to these syllabuses that were given to me on day one. After changing my major a total of six or seven times, being frustrated was an understatement – it was sheer anger. Evidently, college hit me with an unanticipated pointblank shot to the face.

As time progressed, I noticed I wasn’t alone. In fact, I’m still not alone. To this day, I see many newer students in similar circumstances. Unfortunately, there is no guideline for students on the undecided path. It is almost like a game of poker; trying to make the best of a situation when you were dealt with a bad hand. Based on my experience, I will share my personal top five tips to students who are currently on that undecided road.

Patience: This is arguably the most time-consuming objective from this list and perhaps the most important. First and foremost, learn to be patient. This is an ongoing process that may never end, which is not a bad thing whatsoever. “Amat victoria curam” is Latin for “victory loves preparation”. This is why patience is a virtue. Carefulness and diligence are key elements to not just a success, but a victory. I saw my friends at other colleges and universities with their declared major they’ve had before going to college, studying overseas, and having the time of their lives whereas I, a clueless college freshman, was contemplating my life every day for about nine semesters straight. My patience wore thin fast. But after a few years of thinking more maturely, I look back on that thought and it was practically comparing apples and oranges. Education is not a race – it’s a journey. And that journey will have plenty of rough areas where you may hit rock bottom and are down and out, wanting to wave the white flag. But when the tough gets going, go and get tough. Remind yourself what you are setting to strive for. Rather than doubting yourself, let it make you stronger. Remaining calm, cool, and collected is the name of the waiting game.

Take personality/aptitude tests: The first time I took a personality test was my freshman year in high school and I, personally, was fascinated by how accurate those tests are measured. Analyzing the results of your own personality and aptitude assessments can be quite shocking for this can give you a better grasp as to who you really are and how others may view you. It will also act as a personal guideline of how you want to mentally shape yourself as a human being. Seeing these results will allow you to view your strengths and weaknesses, abilities, interests, and your motivations; some of which you may excel in, some of which could use some improvement.

Know your values: Our values are an enormous decision-driven aspect of our everyday lives both personally and professionally. Values influence nearly every part of ourselves that makes us the person we are today. And of course, they can change over time.  Whatever your values are can determine the type of career that is fit for you. Knowing your values can be best utilized when determining what role in the workplace suits you best. For example, if team-building, training, development, and relationships are what you value, perhaps human resources would be an eye-opening field for you. This can also come in handy when working for a company that will offer you a handful of benefits that come with it, i.e. health insurance, dental insurance, retirement plan, etc. What is important to you? What jobs offer these valuable benefits?

Network, network, network: I cannot stress it enough. Studies show you are likely to get hired through connections than you are without them. And there are plenty of ways to go about networking. Joining student organizations is a great kickoff for new students entering college. This will boost your résumé, develop people skills, and build teamwork efforts. Another efficient way is by creating a LinkedIn profile. A LinkedIn profile is a key element to networking and communication with fellow students, professors, and professionals. It is such a convenience to search and connect with other professionals who perhaps share the same educational path or a particular career you may be interested in and ask them questions about how they got to where they are or maybe their tips and recommendations. One extraordinarily useful networking resource is job fairs, especially when colleges host them. It is a given opportunity for students to explore what is being offered and expand their network. Some companies at job fairs may even conduct on-site interviews right then and there. So it is important to note that when attending these job fairs, always bring a pen, a notepad, your business cards if you have any, and professional etiquette.

Do your research: This is my number one tip because it helped me the most personally. To this day, I do a minimum of two hours of research no matter how much is on my agenda. What exactly do I mean by research? Simply reading articles and watching YouTube videos that are directly related to your major. Luckily for everybody, there is this glorious tool called the Internet, a large and complex global network that holds all information known to mankind. For me as a business and technology major, I Google articles such as “best tech jobs with high growth”, “best business/technology careers”, “top cities with job growth”, “what skills/experience is required for X position”, etc. One aspect of the searching can branch out into an entire different spectrum. For example, let’s say you are an accounting major and you wanted to know the best jobs related to accounting based on flexibility, pay, and stress level. You may come across a job title you have never even heard of before. Then while you do further research on that job title, you notice someone on LinkedIn holds that same title, but multiple professional certifications. You can discover many different things you had no idea existed in the first place. It is key to expand yourself and expand your knowledge. Google is your friend; perhaps your best friend.

For starters, this is no walk in the park. As mentioned, there are plenty of effective dynamics that come into play when assessing your success strategy. It is not a fast and easy objective. There will be times where giving up sounds like the best option. There will be times where you will make mistakes. There will be times where you will have to handle situations where you have no choice but to put up with it. But it can and will be remarkably rewarding.  After all, great things never come from comfort zones. Think of your definition of success as your own film. You are the protagonist.These are your tasks. Be the hero of your own movie.

About the Author: Kyle Phipps is a former student and student worker for the IT Help Desk at Northwest State Community College. He enrolled in the summer semester after high school in 2013 and graduated in the spring of 2017 with an Associate of Science in Pre-Business Administration. In the fall of 2016, Phipps enrolled into the College of Business and Innovation at the University of Toledo where he is pursuing a bachelor’s of business administration in management and information systems. He currently works for the University of Toledo’s Information Security Office and became a registered member of AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) at the start of 2017. After he finishes college, Phipps is aiming for a career path in cybersecurity.

 

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

The Northwest State Community College Alumni Association is proud to announce this year’s winners of the Distinguished Alumni Award: Jennifer Behnfeldt, Dennis Clapp, Mary Clapp, Colin Doolittle, Andrew (A.J.) Genter and Stefanie Rockey.

Distinguished Alumni

Jennifer Behnfeldt is a 1999 graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. She furthered her education and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Bowling Green State University, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing with Specialization in Education from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Jenny is also certified as a healthcare simulation educator. She is currently employed as the simulation lab coordinator at Northwest State where she writes, designs and executes simulation-based learning activities within the LPN, RN and transition nursing programs. Jennifer has been a presenter at nursing conferences at both the state and national level on the topic of simulation in nursing education. She resides in Ridgeville Corners where she is active in her church, serving as church secretary and Sunday school superintendent. Ms. Behnfeldt is a member of the Ridgeville American Legion Auxiliary and has served on the planning committee for the Ridgeville Community Day celebrations.

Dennis Clapp is a 1979 graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Clapp has been employed by the City of Napoleon since 1991, where he currently serves as electric superintendent. He is a resident of Napoleon, Ohio, and is actively involved in his church having served on the board of elders, the school board (treasurer) and the board of witness and outreach. He is active in the Boy Scouts of America, is a member of the Gideons International, and is on the oard of Zoning appeals for Harrison Township.

Mary Clapp is a 1977 graduate with an Associate of Applied Business in Accounting. Mary furthered her education at Defiance College where she received a Bachelor of Arts  in Accounting and Management in 2004. Mary retired in 2014 from the Henry County Hospital where she served as their controller for fifteen years. Mrs. Clapp lives in Napoleon, Ohio, and is active in her church where she has served as school board secretary, on the board of compensation, and as church secretary. She and her husband, Dennis, also sponsor the Clapp Family Scholarship each year for a student attending Northwest State.

Colin Doolittle graduated in 2006 with an Associate of Technical Studies in Plastics Manufacturing. In 2009, he received his Bachelor of Science in Technology-Advanced Technological Education from Bowling Green State University. Colin is currently working toward a Masters of Education in Learning Design at BGSU, as well as a Masters of Humanities at Tiffin University. He is a full-time engineering technology faculty at Northwest State. Prior to that, he worked for ten years as an engineer for Ferro Corporation. Mr. Doolittle lives in Napoleon, Ohio, and is an Army veteran, volunteers for Tunnel to Tower Organization fundraising events, volunteers for H.O.O.V.E.S. (Healing of Veterans through Equine Assisted Services), and gives his time in a multitude of ways for the good of Northwest State Community College.

Andrew (A.J.) Genter is a 2003 graduate with an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management. Mr. Genter went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Agri-Business and Applied Economics in 2005 from The Ohio State University. Andrew is currently the vice president – agricultural banker at First Federal Bank in Wauseon. He is also the owner/operator of Genter Show Stock, as well as owning and operating an animal bedding business with delivery available nationwide. A.J. resides in Archbold, Ohio, and is a member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau; past president of both the Pettisville Park Board and Archbold Lions Club; a swine judge at national, state and local shows; and an advisor to the Pettisville Ever-Ready 4-H Club.

Stefanie Rockey received her Associate of Applied Science in Human Services in 2000. She furthered her education at Defiance College and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Toledo in 2009. Stefanie currently works as a mental health therapist at Shalom Counseling and Mediation Center in Bryan, Ohio. She resides in Edon, Ohio, and is involved with the United Way of Williams County, Defiance College Empty Bowls event, and additionally serves the community by making presentations to local junior high girls on mental health issues, conflict and self-esteem.