Dr. Melissa Faber Named 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award Winner

Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Faber on receiving the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award! Dr. Faber has been teaching psychology in the Division of Arts and Sciences for more than 11 years.

Dr. Melissa FaberShe earned a bachelor of science degree from Defiance College and a master of arts and PhD from the University of Toledo. She has served on various state panels and committees including the Psychology Transfer Assurance Guide Panel, the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathway Panel for the Social Behavioral Sciences, and as a member of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges Student Success Leadership Institute. Dr. Faber has also served on the Board of Holgate Local Schools.

She is dedicated to student learning and quality instruction, receiving high praise from both students and colleagues. Dr. Faber resides in Holgate, Ohio, with her husband, James. They have three adult children: Sarah (Matt), Derek (Kaitlin) and Alivia and four grandsons.

Students Recognized in Honors Ceremony

Northwest State Community College recently held an Honors Ceremony, recognizing students earning induction in to Phi Theta Kappa, Kappa Beta Delta, and Alpha Delta Nu, as well as those students earning Award of Merit distinction. In total, eleven students were inducted in to Phi Theta Kappa, six students were inducted in to Kappa Beta Delta, and ten students were inducted in to Alpha Delta Nu. Twenty students also earned Award of Merit status. 

Phi Theta Kappa: 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 1.3 million members.

Kappa Beta Delta: 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.

Alpha Delta Nu: 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. In order to qualify, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, with at least a B in all nursing classes.

Award of Merit: 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.

Three Students Named to All-Ohio Academic Team

Three Northwest State Community College students have been named to the 2019 All-Ohio Academic Team. Caleb Davila of Defiance, Jacob Klopfenstein of Paulding, and Mark Oliphant of Edgerton were named to the All-Ohio Academic Third Team, placing them among the top thirty community college students in the state. The students were honored at a recognition luncheon on April 25 in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse.

Three NSCC students were named to the All-Ohio Academic Team and were honored at a recognition luncheon in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse. Pictured L to R: Ron Scozzari, NSCC dean of Industrial Technologies; Kaitlyn Rohrs-Cordes, NSCC academic advisor and Phi Theta Kappa representative; Jacob Klopfenstein, student; Mark Oliphant, student; and Lori Robison, NSCC vice president for academics. Caleb Davila (not pictured) was also honored at the ceremony.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of Caleb, Jacob and Mark,” said Lori Robison, vice president for academics at Northwest State. “They have set tremendous examples in the classroom and in their community.” Robison also praised NSCC faculty and staff for their ongoing contributions to student success.

Davila is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and will graduate in May with an associate of science. He plans to attend the University of Toledo to major in public administration.

Klopfenstein is a College Credit Plus student who will graduate from NSCC before he graduates from high school. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and will graduate in May with an associate of applied science in electro-mechanical engineering. He plans to attend Miami University in Oxford.

Oliphant is the president of the Alpha Omicron Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He will graduate in May with an associate of applied science in industrial technology. He plans to enter the workforce in a tool and die department and would like to begin an apprenticeship program.

Created in 1997, the All-Ohio Academic Team provides recognition to outstanding students in Ohio’s public two-year colleges.

Fall Commencement Ceremony Awards 103 Degrees/Certificates

Northwest State Community College celebrated the December 2018 graduating class at the fall Commencement Ceremony on December 17 in the Voinovich Auditorium. The ceremony recognized the awarding of 103 degrees and/or certificates to 97 students from the divisions of Allied Health, Business & Public Services; Arts & Sciences; Industrial Technologies; Nursing; and Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math (STEM).

 

Dr. Cindy Krueger, NSCC vice president for institutional effectiveness & student services, kicked off the ceremony with a note of celebration. Krueger noted that 91 percent of the graduating class lives in the College’s six-county service area of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams Counties, and that the grade point average of the class is 3.22.

Daniel Stuckey of Montpelier was the student speaker. He received an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management and is a member of the Kappa Beta Delta and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies. During his speech, Stuckey noted how two significant life events – the death of his father when Daniel was 8 years old and the death of his son Josh just over 10 years ago – helped shape the direction of his life and his education.

Stuckey noted, “I thought that going to college would be impossible. I lacked an education and I was working two jobs. I never missed a day of bus driving and I exceeded my goals in real estate last year. I’m graduating from college at 56 years old. Never say you can’t do something until you have tried your very best to achieve it. Pursue your dreams with all that’s in you and never give up. You will not regret it.”

The keynote speaker for this year’s Commencement Ceremony was Dr. Larry McDougle, president emeritus and former president of Northwest Technical College/Northwest State Community College. McDougle reflected fondly on his time at the College, noting of his 45 years spent in college administration, “without a doubt, (this was) the best 12 years of my career.”

McDougle also noted the distinction between doing things right and doing the right thing, sharing a memory from the first commencement he attended as president. His engaging speech resonated with the graduates and the audience alike.

During the ceremony, twelve 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, Business & Public Services
Bret Schliesser, Accounting
Amanda Andres, Accounting
Kristi Schlachter, Accounting
Stephen DeLaney, Business Management
Daniel Stuckey, Business Management
Janell Marchant, Criminal Justice
Brooke Thatcher, Medical Assisting

Arts & Sciences
Isabella Swartz, Associate of Arts
Noah Scheppler, Associate of Science
Arielle Young, Visual Communication/Graphic Design

Industrial Technologies
Micah Peterson, Mechatronics
Cody Herman, Mechatronics

Nursing
Kali Heffelfinger, Practical Nursing

Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math
Kurt Stokes, Electrical Engineering
Matthew Wulff, Electro-Mechanical Engineering
Hannah Roth, Mechanical Engineering
Trey Hesselschwardt, Project Management

The College also recognized three individuals who were recently awarded emeritus status, an honorary title awarded for distinguished service to the academic community. The three recipients were Lynda Cramer, former executive assistant to three NSCC president; Lori Bird, former dean of the Nursing Division; and Peter Beck, CEO of Automatic Feed, chair of the NSCC Foundation and former Board of Trustees member.

2018 Award of Merit & PTK Inductees Recognized

Northwest State Community College recently recognized seventeen 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.

During the ceremony, the College also recognized twelve students for induction in to the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. To be eligible for induction, students must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average after completing at least eighteen credit hours of college coursework. During the evening’s festivities, four students were also inducted into the Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society, recognizing “scholarship and accomplishment among students of business pursuing associate degrees.”[1] Inductees included Amanda Andres, Kelly Anderson, Abigail Hull, Christopher Schaub, Jennifer Barnhart, Jacob Klopfenstein, Jason Stubblefield, Robert Simmons, Wesley Heuerman, Caleb Davila, Elizabeth Huffman and Mark Oliphant.

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 1.3 million members.

The following students were recognized:

Bret Schlisser, Accounting
Amanda Andres, Accounting
Kristi Schlachter, Accounting
Stephen DeLaney, Business Management
Daniel Stuckey, Business Management
Janel Marchant, Criminal Justice
Brooke Thatcher, Medical Assisting
Isabella Swartz, Associate of Arts
Noah Scheppler, Associate of Science
Arielle Young, Visual Communication Graphic Design
Micah Peterson, Mechatronics
Cody Herman, Mechatronics
Kurt Stokes, Electrical Engineering Technology
Matthew Wulff, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology
Hannah Roth, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Trey Hesselschwardt, Project Management Technology
Kali Heffelfinger, Practical Nursing

[1] https://www.kbdhs.org/about

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.

NSCC Honors Award of Merit Recipients

Northwest State Community College recently recognized thirty-one 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.

2018 Award of Merit Recipients

Awardee Program Academic Division
Nicholas Weber Accounting Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Sydney Critten Business Management Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Haley Oehler Business Management/Human Resource Management Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Kristen Olashuk Criminal Justice Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Monica Rocha Tavares Criminal Justice Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Abram Klopfenstein Crop & Soil Management Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Brittany Keller Human Services Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Alexis Conrad Human Services Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Alexandra Maneval Medical Assisting Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Keighla Eis Office Administrative Services Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Summer Carr Paraprofessional Education Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Angel Dietrich Pre-Kindergarten Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Sarabeth Basker Associate of Arts Arts & Sciences
Teena Pinckney Associate of Arts Arts & Sciences
Adam Grisier Associate of Individualized Studies Arts & Sciences
Heather Huff Associate of Science Arts & Sciences
Gavin Keasler Associate of Science Arts & Sciences
Christopher Jadwisiak Industrial Automation Industrial Technologies
David VanSteenkiste Industrial Electrical Industrial Technologies
Adam Malone Industrial Technologies Industrial Technologies
Pamela Reynolds IT Specialist Industrial Technologies
Blake M. Pfund Mechatronics Industrial Technologies
Israel Laguna Programmable Controller Industrial Technologies
Jesus Perez III Welding Technologies Industrial Technologies
Lucas Blanchong Computer Science Science, Technology, Engineering Tech & Math
Mark Atkison Electrical Engineering Science, Technology, Engineering Tech & Math
Donald Gomez Internet Security Science, Technology, Engineering Tech & Math
Spencer Sunderland Mechanical Engineering Science, Technology, Engineering Tech & Math
Cody Mercer Project Management Science, Technology, Engineering Tech & Math
Dawn R. Cooper Practical Nursing Nursing
Emaline Westrick Registered Nursing Nursing