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

Learning in Action: NSCC Regatta

NSCC College Credit Plus students from the MET 100 (Intro to Engineering) class designed, built and tested cardboard boats as part of their course curriculum. Students represent all of the Henry County schools: Patrick Henry, Napoleon, Liberty Center and Holgate. The class meets at Automatic Feed Co. as part of an ongoing partnership designed to engage and inspire students in the fields of engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Music: www.bensound.com.

Learning in Action: International Manufacturing Technology Show

Several local high school students who are part of the College Credit Plus Program through the APT Manufacturing Solutions Training Center attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this fall. NSCC representatives accompanied the group for the manufacturing show, which is the largest of its kind in America.

The group especially enjoyed the Student Summit area that was designed for youth interested in manufacturing careers. The event also showcased the latest manufacturing technology such as additive manufacturing, CNC, machine tool, robots, software and single board computers. The students attended several demonstration sessions where they saw this technology in action.

Cryptic Cyborgs Compete in Young Astronaut Day

Northwest State Community College’s Cryptic Cyborgs, a FIRST robotics team, competed in the Young Astronaut Day at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland Ohio on November 3, 2018. The team was chosen from a lottery selection to attend the event where they participated in hands-on engineering activities.

The team earned a third place finish in the Commander Grand Challenge Division. The challenge was with designing a Mars rover, which required a parachute design and programming a LEGO Mindstorm robot rover. 

The Cryptic Cyborgs team is made up of local high school students in grades 9-12, competing in the FIRST robotics program. The NSCC team has over 40 students involved and is recruiting students for the 2019 competition season, which kicks off on January 5. To join the team contact Jim Drewes at 419.267.1439 or email jdrewes@northweststate.edu.

About the Competition
Young Astronaut Day is a STEM outreach event for students in grades 1-12.  Every year since 1992, NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, hosts students to compete in hands-on activities related to engineering problem solving. These range from pasta towers to LEGO robots. The activities vary from year to year and all have an aerospace theme. Ribbons are awarded to the top three teams of each activity. During the day, the students also engage in the ‘Canstruction®’ community service activity.  In partnership with Herschman Architects, the students assemble an aerospace themed structure (like the space shuttle or Curiosity rover) out of donated canned foods. The day-long activity includes a presentation from a NASA astronaut and a STEM competition.