2017 Fall Commencement Ceremony

Northwest State Community College celebrated the fall 2017 graduating class at its commencement ceremony on December 18, held in the Voinovich Auditorium. The ceremony recognized the awarding of 166 degrees and/or certificates to 158 students from the divisions of Allied Health, Business & Public Services; Arts & Sciences; Industrial Technologies; Nursing; and Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math (STEM). This represents the largest fall graduating class in the College’s history.

Dr. Cindy Krueger, NSCC vice president for institutional effectiveness & student services, kicked off the ceremony with a note of celebration. “Tonight, we are celebrating the achievements of our graduates. We, your family, friends and the College community, have gathered to celebrate with you,” Krueger said.

Renee Limbacher of New Bavaria was the student speaker. She received an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting and graduated Summa Cum Laude. During her speech, Limbacher offered her thanks for her support system–family, friends and NSCC students, faculty and staff–by noting, “Your support has enabled us to face the trials we have encountered on this journey to success, and we have all had trials.”

Limbacher encouraged graduates to continue to move forward. “Now it’s time to see what you can do. Test your limits, break through the barriers trying to hold you back, reach for the sky. Follow your heart, and never stop climbing,” she said.

The keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was the Honorable Denise Herman McColley, Common Pleas Judge of the Domestic Relations/Juvenile Divisions with the Henry County Family Court. McColley encouraged graduates to continue to reach for their highest ideals, saying, “There’s always something we can do to better ourselves, always an option to continue learning, always a way to assist others. I truly believe that we should continue to reach for those higher ideals that better self, and the degree or certificate you are receiving today is another step on your journey to reach your ideals.”

McColley concluded her remarks by reflecting on the importance of “paying it forward” and helping others in any way possible, then led the graduates in a standing ovation of thanks for those who helped them each achieve their education goals.

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
Emily Branham, Office Administrative Services
Josh Carmody, Business Management
Kasara Kovar, Criminal Justice
Jennifer Majchrowski, Medical Assisting

Arts & Sciences
Dustan Bradley, Associate of Arts

Industrial Technologies
Timothey Yocklin, Maintenance Technology-Mechatronics

Devyn Stouffer, Registered Nursing

Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math
Levi Brumbaugh, Mechanical Engineering Technologies
Trevor Kepler, CAD/CAM
Tyson Spangler, Mechanical Engineering Technologies
Rob Weisenburger, Electrical Engineering Technologies
Alex Yoder, Network Administration

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.


NSCC Proud: Kyle Phipps

Kyle Phipps enrolled at Northwest State after high school, studying at his own pace and earning an associate degree in pre-business administration in spring 2017. During his time at NSCC, Kyle was a student worker in the IT department where he enjoyed the opportunity and gained valuable knowledge and skills from his supervisors. Kyle has chosen to advance his education, studying management and information systems at the University of Toledo so he can pursue a career in cyber security.

2017 Spring Dean’s List

Congratulations to all of the students who made the spring Dean’s List! To be eligible, students must have taken at least 12 credit hours as a full-time student, or 6-11.99 as a part-time student, averaging above a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Commencement Ceremony Recognizes More Than 320 Graduates

Northwest State Community College celebrated the 2017 graduating class at its forty-seventh Commencement Ceremony this past weekend. The ceremony recognized over 320 graduates who completed an associate degree or certificate program with the College during fall, spring or summer term.

Dr. Thomas Stuckey, NSCC president, congratulated the graduates on their achievements. He encouraged them to remember, “Your life has changed. And your life will continue to change. Education prepares you for that change.”

Rose Mansel-Pleydell was the student speaker selected. She shared that in her life, things have not always gone according to plan, as is the case with most people. “Plans almost never come to fruition without taking an alternate route,” Mansel-Pleydell stated. “Life isn’t about sticking to the plan, and more than likely, your greatest adventures will be found just beyond the comfort zone in which you mapped out your future.” Mansel-Pleydell earned an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was State Representative Rob McColley of Napoleon. McColley praised those individuals who sacrificed to help the graduates achieve their current and future goals. “No matter how hard you worked to get here today, and no matter how hard you work to get to where you want to be in the future, you never truly did it alone,” McColley remarked.

Following the recognition of the graduates, Dr. Stuckey announced Abby Jaggers as the recipient of the President’s Outstanding Student Award. Jaggers graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting. Jaggers resides in Stryker and is currently a part-time pharmacy technician with Rite Aid. She is the mother of two sons, ages 5 and 7. Jaggers completed her medical externships with Archbold Medical Group.

NSCC Recognizes 23 Award of Merit Recipients

Northwest State Community College recently recognized twenty-three 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.

Award of Merit

Awardee Program of Study Academic Division
Valentina Huerta Paraprofessional Education Allied Health & Public Services
Abby Jaggers Medical Assisting Allied Health & Public Services
Emily Creque Office Administrative Services Allied Health & Public Services
Hollie Hernandez Human Services Allied Health & Public Services
Andrea Lutz Human Services Allied Health & Public Services
Andrea Avers Associate of Arts Arts & Sciences
Michelle Trent Associate of Science Arts & Sciences
Christopher Weiss Accounting Business Technologies
Jordan Spackman Crop and Soil Management Business Technologies
Tegan Hurd Visual Communication – Graphic Design Business Technologies
Levie Rufenacht Computer Programming Business Technologies
Rebecca McBride Paralegal Studies Business Technologies
Rose Mansel-Pleydell Entrepreneurship Business Technologies
Lisa Wright Electrical Engineering Technology Math, Science & Engineering Technologies
Brock Hoops Mechanical Engineering Technology Math, Science & Engineering Technologies
Randy Belmares CAD/CAM Math, Science & Engineering Technologies
Nathan Butler Industrial Maintenance Industrial Technologies
Jared Fortman Industrial Maintenance Industrial Technologies
Scott Plummer Maintenance Technician – Mechatronics Industrial Technologies
Melissa Bowling Practical Nursing Nursing
Ashley Schlechty Practical Nursing Nursing
Andrea Hoying Registered Nursing Nursing
Samantha Hays Registered Nursing Nursing