NSCC Welcomes Kathy Keister as Dean of Nursing Division

Northwest State Community College is pleased to welcome Kathy Keister as the dean of the Nursing Division. Keister will be in charge of a nationally-renowned nursing program that has experienced tremendous achievement in National Council Licensure Examination passage rates and job placement in healthcare facilities throughout northwest Ohio. Her first official day on campus was Tuesday, September 4, and it is expected that the NSCC Board of Trustees will officially confirm her appointment at the next regularly-scheduled meeting on October 26.

Kathy KeisterKeister graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s of science in biology and in 1982 with a bachelor’s of science in nursing. She continued her education, earning a master’s of science in nursing in 1988 from University of Illinois at Chicago and a doctorate in nursing in 2004 from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to her position at NSCC, Keister was an associate professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has also held education positions at Miami University, Owens Community College, Medical College of Ohio and others.

Perhaps the most fascinating and heart-warming aspect of this story is that thirty years ago, Keister was one of two original faculty hired to implement the nursing program at Northwest Technical College, which would eventually become Northwest State. Noting that family in northwest Ohio encouraged her to apply for this position, Keister appreciated the thought of her career coming full-circle. “My long-term plan was to return to this part of the state once I retired, but that timeline sped up thanks to this opportunity,” Keister said.

Keister loves the daily challenges and opportunities in nursing education. “I love seeing the students develop from the first day they walk through the door to the last day they walk out with that diploma,” she said. Keister also noted that she has enjoyed the loving and accepting campus culture at Northwest State, from staff and students alike.

NSCC Proud: Danielle Spring

Since graduating from the registered nursing program in 1998, Danielle Spring has earned professional success and demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service. This past spring, she was recognized for those efforts with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. Dani is the director of nursing education at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green. Outside of work, she is a Sunday school teacher and Junior Lutherans advisor at her church, a 4-H advisor, and a member of the Napoleon Area Schools Academic Boosters Club, proudly supporting the high school water polo teams. Congratulations to Dani on her personal and professional achievements, including earning the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award!

NSCC Proud: Anna Trubey

A 2008 graduate of the registered nursing program, Anna Trubey has gone on to distinguish herself in both her career and service to others. Anna is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with Parkview Physicians group, seeing patients of all ages. Outside of work, Anna shares her time and talent with those in need, volunteering in her church and serving on a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Congratulations on being a 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Anna!

Learn more about the nursing programs available at NSCC.

Twenty-Two Complete Practical Nursing Program

Twenty-two students from Northwest State Community College’s practical nursing program celebrated completion of the program recently during a special Graduate Tea ceremony. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nursing and upon successful completion, enter directly into the workforce. After obtaining work experience, they may continue their education and pursue a degree in registered nursing.

Practical Nursing GroupThe following graduates were recognized during the ceremony:

Defiance County: Deven Froelich (Defiance), Phyllis Gaouette Bory (Defiance), Cassandra Montez (Defiance), Cory Orta (Defiance)

Fulton County: Holly Buczko (Swanton), Jennifer Connolly (Wauseon), Erin Douglass (Wauseon), Alyssa Gamboe (Fayette), Jessica Jasso (Wauseon), Brittany Mehlow (Delta), Ambrosia Rodriguez (Wauseon), Aneesa Volkman (Wauseon), Nicole Wernsing (Swanton)

Henry County: Amelia Grimaldo (Napoleon), Cameron Slee (Holgate)

Lucas County: Jasimine Broughton (Toledo)

Paulding County: Thomas West (Oakwood)

Van Wert County: Dawn Cooper (Van Wert)

Williams County: Krista Blocksom (Stryker), Alyssa Cooper (Bryan), Alexis Hugg (Stryker), Katie Irwin (Edgerton)

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.

RN Graduates & Alpha Delta Nu Inductees Honored

Thirty-nine students recently participated in a special pinning ceremony for Northwest State Community College’s registered nursing (RN) associate degree program. Once program completion is met, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam and enter directly into the workforce, or they may transfer their credits into a bachelor’s degree program.

As part of the ceremony, the College recognized twelve students who were inducted into the Alpha Delta Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society. In order to qualify, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, with at least a B in all nursing classes.

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.
RN GradsThe following graduates were recognized during the ceremony:

Defiance County: Leah Anderson* (Defiance), Lisa Grubb* (Defiance), Katrina King (Defiance), Bailey Marquez (Defiance), Kevin Troyer (Hicksville), Alyssa Urban (Defiance), Sarah Wagner (Defiance)

Fulton County: Taylor Baumgartner (Wauseon), Rebecca Eddins (Wauseon), Lacey Elzinga* (Archbold), Sean Griewahn (Delta), Sabrina Haas (Wauseon), Amanda Knierim (Fayette), Kimberly Kruse (Archbold), Jessica Scheffler* (Wauseon), Tyler Wilson (Wauseon), Makilah Witt*(Swanton), Jamie Wyse* (Wauseon)

Henry County: Lisa Haldy (Napoleon), Cassandra Hoffman (Napoleon), Emaline Westrick (New Bavaria)

Lenawee County: Mikaela Hall (Blissfield), Appolonia Hill (Morenci)

Lucas County: Kaitlin Allen (Toledo), Kristi Buchholz* (Whitehouse), Jera Ford* (Toledo)

Mercer County: Lyndsia Kunkler (Celina)

Paulding County: Mackenzie Haney (Grover Hill), Amelia Hughes (Antwerp), Alesha Simon (Paulding)

Putnam County: Bobbie Fuller* (Continental)

Williams County: Chelsi Brown (Edon), Kelsey Brown (Montpelier), Courtney Buchanan* (Montpelier), Page Doorbos* (Stryker), Theresa Loomis (Montpelier), Amy Sanders (Montpelier)

Wood County: Christina Leonard-Mobus (Grand Rapids), Ashlee Strickland (Weston)

Names with an asterisk * indicate students who were also inducted in to the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.

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