NSCC Proud: Linda Kirkendall Busch

Linda Kirkendall Busch attended Northwest Technical College from 1973 to 1975 and returned later to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming an artist. Linda shared her inspirational story with us.

I graduated from North Central High School in Pioneer, Ohio, in 1973. I attended Northwest Technical College from fall of 1973 to spring of 1975, graduating with a 2.7 GPA (I really didn’t apply myself at that age) and an associate degree in applied business, majoring in retail management. I started out in computer science, learning RPG computing, and Cobalt programming language. I didn’t make it to Fortran programming. We learned to program the main frame computer that took up a whole room by itself. We typed on computer cards and then sorted them. We ran them through the computer, only to have them get stuck if we typed in the wrong command. I just didn’t have the patience for this. I then changed majors for the second year. I had a retail job at the time and decided to use that as a major. I didn’t really make out too well with my course choices. I didn’t know what I wanted to do that was best for me.  I ended up meeting my husband at Northwest Technical College instead.

In 2009, I had worked for Bunting Bearings for 20 years in the offices, when I was laid off, along with twenty other employees. I mourned this loss for three days, not knowing what I was going to do. At 54 years old, and a shortage in jobs, I couldn’t see a future for myself. My work was my life after my three boys were all out on their own.

I cried everyday for those three days. On the third day, I prayed for God to help me. I asked Him what I should do with my life from then on. He answered me, loud and clear!  He told me that I knew what to do. He said that He had given me the gift of art a long time ago, and that I had never used and developed it over the years. Therefore, He said that I was to go back to school and learn how to use it. He said that after I was done, He has a plan for me.

I had dreamed of going to art school since I was 8 years old. I had been making some art on the computer off and on for a few years. So I went to Northwest State Community College to enroll right away, no questions asked. I enrolled in visual communications as a way to learn the computer art. Luckily, enough credits transferred to this second go-round in college that I could skip ten classes required by the program.

I surprised myself by getting a 3.94 GPA in seven classes the first semester. I made the Dean’s List twice, which shocked me. I loved my classes at NSCC. The one course that really made the difference for me was the beginning drawing.

I had been drawing since I was four years old. In grade school, I was the class artist, drawing projects for the teacher while the other students colored and decorated what I drew. In third grade, I drew a life-size nativity scene from a small picture in the teacher’s book. The other kids colored it with colored tissue paper. The teacher then put a backing on it and stood the scene outside her classroom for several years after that.

While in beginning drawing at NSCC, I was drawing a large picture project, “A Barn in Winter,” with charcoal and white charcoal, I realized what it was that God was actually telling me to do. I stood up in class and yelled, “I know who I am now!”  Mary Ann, the teacher, yelled back, “My lightbulb!”  She said that every now and then, she would have a student who discovered their true talents suddenly. She always called them her “lightbulb.” She would then introduce me to people as her “lightbulb.”

At the December art show, I actually sold that charcoal drawing to a lady from Archbold who had lost her husband earlier. He had been an artist and used their barn as his studio. My “Barn in Winter” reminded her of that barn and him.

I took beginning painting the following year. Having discovered my true calling at NSCC, I knew immediately that God intended that I expand my learning and transfer to Bowling Green State University. I ended my studies at NSCC in December 2010. But couldn’t actually graduate until May 2011. I graduated with an associate degree in business management, majoring in visual communications.

I was already taking classes at BGSU when I graduated from NSCC. I was surprised at just how many of my Northwest credits transferred to BGSU and allowed me to only go for three years. I needed to pass an ‘art portfolio review’ to get into the bachelor of fine arts program. I passed with flying colors, thanks to the artwork that I was able to create in Mary Ann’s classes. 

I was able to live my dream since 8 years old and went to art school. I even was able to be on the Dean’s list twice, with one semester having a 4.0 GPA. I graduated from BGSU in December 2013, with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2D art, majoring in painting and drawing, at age 59.  I was the oldest in my class  IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LIVE YOUR DREAMS!

God led me back to Northwest State Community College to begin my new life. If it weren’t for how NSCC has expanded it’s curriculum, I wouldn’t have been able to live my dream. I will always thank my Lord God for His Plan for my life, and NSCC for being there so I could make God’s Plan for my life come true. Thank you so much!

NSCC Proud: Owen Brigner

Owen Brigner started taking College Credit Plus classes at Northwest State during high school, earning about one year’s worth of credits in the process. He decided to continue his studies at NSCC after graduating from high school and earned his associate of arts degree in 2019. Owen graduated debt-free and transferred his credits to BGSU, where he is now working on his bachelor’s degree.

NSCC Proud: Raymond Payne

Raymond Payne took transfer courses at NSCC, completing his studies here in 2012 and later earning a master’s degree from BGSU. Check out the Q&A for more information about Raymond’s time at Northwest State.

Why did you choose NSCC originally to study? “I chose NSCC originally due to the affordability of the education and the easy to access location.”

What was the experience here like? “My experience with Northwest State Community College was very positive as there was tutoring available for math, English that I struggled with at first.”

When did you decide to continue your studies, and how was the transfer process for you? “I continued my studies at Bowling Green State University where I now carry a master’s degree in food and nutrition. The transfer process was easy as all my classes transferred from Northwest to BGSU seamlessly. I even went back to Northwest State Community College for a general education class (college algebra) while I attended full time at Bowling Green and had that class transferred in.”

How did NSCC help you prepare for your next steps? “NSCC helped me chose a career path and get my general education classes done with the location being close to home.”

What are you up to now? “I work as a registered dietitian nutritionist for a consultant company called NutraSourceRD I have been a dietitian for three years. This is my third job full-time job as a dietitian and I work in long-term care. I will be moving on to a hospital next month in a full-time job to expand my horizons.”

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.