RN Graduates Recognized

Twenty-four students completing Northwest State Community College’s registered nursing associate degree program were recently recognized during spring Commencement. 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.

In a separate ceremony, the College recognized ten students for induction 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. One student, Brittany Opsomer of Deshler, also earned the prestigious Award of Merit.

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. 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.

The following graduates were recognized during the ceremony:

Defiance County: Chelsea Benecke (Defiance), Cody Brown (Defiance), Elizabeth Huffman* (Defiance), Aubrey Kemerer* (Hicksville), Courtney Polce* (Defiance), Michal Troyer (Hicksville) and Sheila Worthington* (Ney)

DeKalb County: Brooke Greathouse (Auburn)

Fulton County: Cherese Bussing (Wauseon), Andrea Hernandez* (Wauseon), Aubrey Knierim* (Wauseon) and Elliet Rupp (Archbold)

Greene County: Montgomery Irvine (Xenia)

Henry County: Jared Mullins (Napoleon), Brittany Opsomer* (Deshler), Leah Vandenberghe (Napoleon) and Sarah Ward (Napoleon)

Paulding County: Julie Brown* (Grover Hill) and Katherine Murphy* (Cecil)

Van Wert County: Cameron Lautzenheiser* (Van Wert) and Bethany Roberts (Convoy)

Williams County: Shayla Coffman (West Unity), Paul Diaz (Bryan) and Malorie Heer (Bryan)

*Indicate students who were also inducted in to the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.

Board of Trustees Meeting: April 26, 2019

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, April 26 on the Archbold campus. As part of the meeting, Wauseon resident Sandra Barber took her oath of office to become a Board of Trustees member. Barber, who had previously served on the College’s Board of Trustees from June 2011 to June 2017, fills the vacancy created when Paul Siebenmorgen resigned from his seat in January.

NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson welcomed Barber, noting, “We are so excited to have Sandra Barber rejoin the NSCC Board. Sandy is an experienced College trustee who has been a long-time advocate for our institution. Trustee Barber has tremendous knowledge of the community and state processes necessary for NSCC to fulfill its mission of strengthening our local communities. I look forward to working with Trustee Barber as we not only celebrate our first 50 years, but shape NSCC to serve our area for the next 50 years.”

During the Board meeting, Lori Robison, vice president for academics, recognized the three All-Ohio Academic Team students who were honored on April 25 at the Ohio Statehouse. Caleb Davila of Defiance and Jacob Klopfenstein of Paulding were in attendance and met the Board to share their experiences. Davila and Klopfenstein join Mark Oliphant of Edgerton in earning this prestigious recognition from the state for their academic achievements.

In other Board action:

  • Approved the employment of AmyJo Rouleau, analyst-data systems; Audrey Lehman, coordinator-fundraising; and Rachelle Durham, clerk-bookstore/retail & food services
  • Approved international travel for three NSCC nursing faculty for their doctoral studies through Indiana Wesleyan University and as part of the course requirements in Global Healthcare in May-June, and for a business faculty member to participate in a faculty immersion program in June
  • Approved processing (banking) authority for Automated Clearing House (business office) transactions for the accountant-payroll and clerk-accounts payable
  • Approved the authorization to accept bids and award contracts for the ‘E’ Building chiller replacement project
  • Approved resolutions to revise equal opportunity and non-discrimination/anti-harassment policies to align with federal regulations
  • Approved resolution to revise equal opportunity policy regarding unlawful and discriminatory employment practices to align with state regulations
  • Approved a resolution adjusting veteran-student fees for recipients of Chapter 31 and/or Chapter 33 of the GI Bill in accordance with federal guidelines
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts and three resignations

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.

Educational Initiatives to Address Opioid Crisis in Northwest Ohio

Northwest State Community College (NSCC) and Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers (CHWC) will host a series of educational initiatives to address the opioid crisis affecting northwest Ohio. The initiatives, made possible through the generous support of the Eugenio Madero Family Medical Education Fund at Harvard Medical School, will run April 12 and 13 at Northwest State. They will include a screening of the award-winning documentary “The Providers;” a continuing education course designed for health care providers and delivered by Harvard Medical School faculty on key aspects of treating opioid addiction; and an open town forum. Learn more and register.

More than 2.5 million Americans are struggling with addiction to opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin. On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. [1]  Ohio is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths, [2] with, on average, 14 people dying each day.[3] Every county in Ohio and every city, town and village — urban and rural — is affected. The human toll, the increased crime and the economic and societal damages caused by this epidemic are devastating.[4]

Mr. Eugenio Madero is vice chairman, president and CEO at Rassini SAB de CV, a global company in the automotive industry with a strong presence in more than 14 countries, including the United States. Rassini has manufacturing plants and technological centers in Ohio and Michigan — two states heavily impacted by the opioid crisis. Mr. Madero made a gift to Harvard Medical School supporting addiction prevention and treatment in the northwest region of Ohio, home to one of the Rassini plants.

“Given Rassini’s ties to the Midwest and our concern for the people in these communities, we are dedicated to tackling this critical issue,” said Mr. Madero.

The Eugenio Madero Family Medical Education Fund at Harvard Medical School has enabled the creation of an extensive educational program at NSCC, at which HMS faculty will collaborate with local providers to share best practices and experiences for managing pain, treating addiction and preventing overdose deaths. Clinicians, first responders, law enforcement agencies and residents of multiple Ohio counties will benefit.

Mr. Madero notes, “HMS is key to helping support impacted communities and shape public policy around this pervasive and destructive health problem.”

“Medical professionals have taken great strides in recent years to help combat the opioid issue and stop addiction before it starts by using alternative pain management methods, setting realistic expectations with patients about pain and only writing opioid prescriptions in short-term increments,” said Mr. Phil Ennen, CEO of Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers. Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president, added, “The opioid and mental health crises facing northwest Ohio present major challenges spanning health care, legal and addiction services. While the task seems daunting, we can make a measurable difference in this crisis by working together using proven best practices from other rural communities.”

Scheduled Events Include:

Film Screening and Discussion of “The Providers”
Date: Friday, April 12, 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: NSCC Atrium
Target Audience: Open to the public and local residents impacted by the opioid crisis
Cost: Free; Registration is not required, but encouraged.

“The Providers” is an award-winning documentary chronicling three health care providers bringing care to those living in a rural American community struggling with a shortage of doctors and the ravages of the opioid epidemic. The screening will be immediately followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and two of the medical professionals featured in the film. Refreshments will be provided.

Treating and Preventing Addiction in Community-Based Settings
Date: Saturday, April 13, 8 am-12:30 pm
Location: NSCC Auditorium
Target Audience: Regional medical and addiction treatment professionals
Cost: Free; Registration required

This continuing education course is presented by Harvard Medical School and features HMS faculty who will discuss preventing and treating opioid addiction. Multiple sessions will include best practices for managing pain; identifying treatment strategies for opioid misuse and dependency; recognizing psychiatric and medical issues with substance use disorders (SUDs); determining how to best work with pregnant women with SUDs; and learning about mindfulness-based practices that can help with healing and prevent burnout.

A Community Town Forum on Addiction Prevention and Treatment
Date: Saturday, April 13, 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: NSCC Auditorium
Target Audience: Open to local residents, health care professionals, policymakers and law enforcement
Cost: Free; Registration not required

How can we work together as a community to eradicate the opioid crisis? This Town Forum will be a deep discussion about leveraging local partnerships to make a positive difference in addiction prevention, treatment and recovery in northwest Ohio, and will contain vital information for community leaders and medical professionals.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html

[2] https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/ohio-opioid-summary

[3] https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/executive-orders/2019-01d

[4] https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/executive-orders/2019-01d

Registration is open for Northwest Ohio Small Farm Conference & Trade Show

Calling all beginning and small farmers! Northwest State and OSU Extension Henry County invite you to spend a day networking with peers, attending targeted educational sessions, and learning more about the latest products and services available for small farms. Register for the Northwest Ohio Small Farm Conference & Trade Show by March 1.

Questions? Contact Garth Ruff at 419.592.0806 or ruff.72@osu.edu.

Ag Studies Chair to Speak at Pettisville Ag Night on Feb. 4, 2019

The third meeting of the Pettisville Adult Agriculture Education Night Series will be held on Monday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the Pettisville Ag Room. There will be two speakers for the evening. 

Gretchen Lee, 2018 Pettisville graduate and current Ohio FFA state secretary, traveled to South Africa for several days in January for an agriculture tour with state officers from around the nation. She will share information from the trip about the agriculture and cultural differences in that country.

Michael Leonard, department chair of agriculture studies at Northwest State Community College, will be sharing what NSCC has to offer in agriculture curriculum. Two majors are in the works for this program.

The meeting is free and open to the public, regardless of school district. Guests should park in the west lot and enter through door #12 on the southwest corner.

Questions? Contact John Poulson at jpoulson@pettisvilleschools.org or 419.446.2705. In the event of inclement weather, a cancellation will be announced on 96.1 WMTR and 103.1 WNDH.

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

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.

Board of Trustees Approves Agronomy Program

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, December 14, 2018, on the Archbold campus. As part of the meeting, the Board approved a new associate of applied science in agronomy program. The program will prepare graduates for careers in agronomic-related fields, with an emphasis in nutrient management and soils-related opportunities, such as crop consultant, soil technician, and other technical positions.

NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson noted that over the College’s six-county service area, there is 1.6 million acres of land, with over 82% of those acres in production agriculture, reinforcing the importance of this program. According to the USDA, there were 73,600 farm operations around the state, with 14,000,000 acres of land operated in 2017 [1]. Soybean and corn harvests alone account for over $4.3 billion (value of production). Thomson also noted that other ag-related programs are in the works, with potential areas of focus including precision agriculture and agribusiness.

In other Board action:

  • Approved emeritus status for Lori Bird, Lynda Cramer and Peter Beck, all of whom will be recognized at a special emeritus dinner prior to fall commencement
  • Approved a new short-term certificate program, manufacturing foundations
  • Approved a new policy on sexual misconduct, as well as policy revisions on the code of student conduct and student due process and grievances
  • Approved the employment contracts of Suzanne Lammers, faculty-developmental mathematics and Sarah Stubblefield, training coordinator-industrial technologies.
  • Approved the promotions of Terry King to director-data systems and James Zeller to senior administrator-data systems
  • Approved a title change for Ashley Pere to grant coordinator and a market salary adjustment to James Bellamy, coordinator-marketing & communications
  • Approved the 2017-2018 College audit
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts and one resignation
  • Approved a revision to facility room rental rates

[1] https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=OHIO