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College Matters
April 2012
Teaming Up for Downtown Business
OTC SIFE partners with Sam's Club and Gelato Mio for environment efforts

The SIFE team at Ozarks Technical Community College and Sam's Club are teaming with Gelato Mio to affect the environment by saving energy and water.  The downtown dessert shop will also utilize biodegradable consumables and promote recycling efforts.

Gelato Mio, located
near the Gillioz Theatre on Park Central East, and Sam's Club on S. Campbell were chosen by the OTC SIFE team to collaborate on identifying changes for a business to become greener.

The collaboration efforts will launch during the First Friday ArtWalk event on Friday, April 6.  Gelato Mio will host a variety of activities throughout the evening, including music performances by OTC ensembles, exhibits by local artists, prize drawings and a photo exhibit of OTC SIFE projects.

For more information on SIFE's efforts, contact OTC SIFE President Danna Lunday at (417) 693-8316 or SIFE Advisor Bera Nichols at (417) 447-8814.  For directions to Gelato Mio, visit
OTC Fine Arts Gallery: iPhone Photography
Photographer Elise Ellis will be in the spotlight

The OTC Fine Arts Gallery, located on the third floor of the historic Gillioz Theatre complex in downtown Springfield, will hold an opening reception during First Friday ArtWalk on Friday, April 6, from 6-10 p.m.  This month, the Gallery will feature artwork from iPhone photographer Elise Ellis. 



Ellis explains how she got started in iPhone photography:  "About 2 years ago, I was extremely burned out with traditional portraiture.  I actually put my professional gear on the shelf and took a step back from photography.  It was then I began to experiment with iPhoneography.  In 2011, I began using the camera on the iPhone as my primary camera."   



She describes her work as follows:  "Using the iPhone, I photograph and post process all images utilizing apps I have purchased from Apple's App Store.  Some of these apps are ScratchCam, Filter Mania, Filter Storm, and Photo Toaster.  The medium I have chosen to display my iPhone images on is metal.  A dye sublimation process fuses the image to a piece of metal creating incredible visual depth and luminosity."



"iPhoneography challenges me," Ellis says.  "It pushes me to be a better photographer and artist.  When you take away all the fancy lenses, flash units, camera bodies, all you have left is your creativity, your vision, your skill in composition and in manipulating the light.  iPhoneography is photography in the simplest form."



In addition to the art on display, special musical performances will be provided throughout the evening by OTC Fine Arts students.  Refreshments will be served.



The OTC Fine Arts Gallery's regular gallery hours are Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information contact Kat Allie at (417) 447-8977, or via email at or



Pictured:  A sample of Ellis' photography. 

Instructor, Students to Show Work at Sky Gallery
Higher Learning Invitational Exhibition to be held at Springfield-Branson National Airport

The Springfield Regional Arts Council has announced the Higher Learning Invitational Exhibition at The Sky Gallery, the gallery inside the Springfield-Branson National Airport.  The exhibition, which is on display now, will be shown until May 14. The public is invited to a reception on Thursday, April 12, from 6-7:30 p.m.



One teacher from each public higher learning Institution was invited to exhibit their work, along with the work of some of their students.   Instructor Kat Allie was chosen to represent OTC, and will be showing her encaustics, along with drawings and paintings by students Shawna Miller and Kayla Campbell.



Over 45 works in acrylic, ink, charcoal, mixed media, wire, and fabric were selected for the exhibition, with all work available for purchase.  A portion of all sales will benefit the non-profit Springfield Regional Arts Council.



The Sky Gallery, which is located in the lobby of the airport terminal, is open 24 hours a day.  Sky Gallery is a network of display areas within the reception area of the airport, including the freestanding ArtPort.  Visitors can park free in the short-term lot for 30 minutes.   



For more information on the Higher Learning Invitational Exhibition, visit

HIT Student Receives National Scholarship
Nancy Chambers honored by American Health Information Management Association


The Health Information Technology program is proud to announce that one of their current students has received an educational scholarship to assist with current and future educational pursuits.   

Nancy Chambers is one of the recipients of the 2011 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Merit scholarship in the amount of $1,000.  The scholarship was developed to aid Health Information Technology students at educational institutions which are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).   

The scholarship will be presented at the AHIMA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.  Nancy is scheduled for graduation with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology in fall of 2012, at which time she will be eligible to take the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Management Technician (RHIT). 

The professional field of Health Information Technology refers to the technical aspects of processing health data and records, including classification and coding of diseases and procedures, abstracting data, registry development, and data storage, ensuring the availability, accuracy, and protection of clinical information that is needed to deliver quality healthcare services and make appropriate healthcare-related decisions.  In the ever-changing healthcare industry, today's health information technicians are actively involved in the implementation of the electronic health record (EHR), ongoing changes to the HIPAA privacy and security rules, and the upcoming transition from ICD-9-CM to the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding classification system, which is scheduled to be implemented on October 1, 2013.



Pictured, left to right:  Chambers and HIT Program Director Sue Kirk. 

Seen at OTC...
A look at what's happening at OTC's campuses and centers

Dental Assisting Program Director Janet Sell (pictured, with Dr. Higdon) was recently honored with the 2012 MCCA Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.  The award was presented during the annual luncheon in Jefferson City celebrating the Phi Theta Kappa All-Missouri Academic Team and the Governor's Award recipients, held on Wednesday, March 28.  Several OTC students were also recognized during the event, as well as Phi Theta Kappa Advisors Jo Fritts, Steve Fritts, and Dana Johnston.  Congratulations to all of these outstanding OTC representatives!  




OTC SGA sponsored its first-ever Talent Competition on Monday, March 12.  The crowd enjoyed some great performances, including several bands/singers, a stand-up comedian and a dancer.  SGA President Fran Ferguson is pictured at left with the winners.  From left: Three members of Divers City (2nd place), Ethan Dunn (3rd place), and two members of The Coast is Clear (1st place).




Thanks to Pinnacle Sign Group in Springfield, the official Ozarks Technical Community College seal has now been hung on the east wall of the Jared Family Atrium, in the Information Commons on the OTC Springfield Campus.  Come check it out! 

The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask
Debbie Carlstrom, Secretary to the Vice Chancellor for Information Technology

Describe what you do at OTC in 50 words or less.

I provide support to the Vice Chancellor and IT staff, which includes answering phones, email, correspondence, scheduling and so on.  I try to stay current in all office software used so I can provide the best support possible.



How long have you been at OTC, and where were you immediately prior?

21 years, I was with Graff Vo-tech when the college district became a reality and was excited to join the college staff.  Prior to that, I had a day care in my home.



What do you hope to accomplish in your position or department in the coming year?

As always, I want to do the best I possibly can in support of my boss and the department.  I am studying to take the Microsoft Office 2010 certification exams.  I believe our department is an important part of what makes our campus successful.



What is your favorite thing about working at OTC?

My husband has always been a little jealous because I have always looked forward to going to work every day.  Watching this school grow and knowing I have been a part of it is very rewarding.  While much has changed since the beginning, the focus on students continues to be the top priority.



What is your favorite thing about living and working in the Ozarks?

The people, the wilderness areas, the lakes...  I spent my childhood in the city of St. Louis (all that concrete and blacktop), left for college at 17, and never looked back.  I love this area.  My family loves to hike and we spend a lot of time on the trails both local and in Arkansas.



Tell us about one person who had a significant impact on your professional life or career choice.

There really is not one particular person I can think of.  I did not wake up one morning and decide to become an office professional.  If I had to name one person who reflected the qualities I would most want to emulate it would be Doris Huitt.  She was a wonderful mentor when I moved from an aide position to secretarial staff.



What do you have on the walls of your office?

I have pictures of my family on my desk. I do not actually have an office, but in the office area, there are awards the IT department has received and the OTC Mission Statement.



If you could have dinner with three famous people, alive or dead, who would they be?

Hmmm, I never really thought about it.  I think I would like to sit down with Ruth Graham, Erma Bombeck, and Beth Moore.



If you were to write a book, what would it be about?

Life experiences of raising a child and learning to let go of adult children with Cystic Fibrosis or any other chronic illness.



What were the last three songs played on your iPod?

The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love," Sandra Entermann's "There is a Quiet Place," and Harry Connick Jr.'s "Smile."



Pictured:  Debbie with her husband, Rodger, on a trip to Greece last year. 

In This Issue
SIFE Spring Bazaar Planned
OTC Fine Arts Gallery
Commencement Speaker Announced
The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask
Campus Notes
Local Happenings
Quick Links

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Campus Notes


  • This year's spring play, "The Good Doctor," will be performed by OTC's Fine Arts department April 27-29.  The performances will be held at the historic Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield.  Tickets to the play are available at no cost to OTC Students and Employees and are available at the following locations:
    • OTC Springfield Campus - Student Help Desk in the IC Atrium  
    • OTC Richwood Valley Campus - Student Services
    • OTC Branson, OTC Lebanon, OTC Waynesville - Administrative Offices

    For show times and more information about this year's play, click here.

  • Disability Support Services will be collecting new and gently used Prom dresses for young ladies with disabilities.  All sizes and styles are welcome. Dresses can be dropped off in ICE 127 between 8 am and 5 pm.  Contact Assistant Dean, Disability Support, and Title IX Officer Julie Edwards at for more information. 
  • A message from the Student Government Association:  "The OTC Springfield Campus Student Government Association would like to formally thank each and every one of you that donated in response to the fire that crippled the Missouri Hotel. Donations totaled well over $3,000, including items ranging from bedroom-sets, hygiene products, canned goods, child-care necessities, and loads upon loads of clothes and shoes. Without your donations, this extremely vulnerable population may have suffered continually. We are very proud of the OTC population, and would like to extend our gratitude to you all.
  • Country artist Jo Dee Messina will perform at the O'Reilly Family Event Center on Thursday, April 12, in a benefit concert for the American Red Cross.  Special pricing is available for students and teachers; mention the promotional code "STUDENT15." Tickets are available at the Event Center Box Office, or by calling (417) 873-6389.
  • A message from Cindy Tuttle, Secretary to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs: "My family and I would like to send our appreciation to OTC for the beautiful plant that was sent upon my brother's passing.  That meant a lot to us during our difficult time.  Thank you."
  • A message from Dr. Kathy Perkins, Dean of Academic Services, on the loss of her brother-in-law:  "I would like to extend my sincere thanks to OTC for the words of kindness and the plant we received.  It is comforting to know I am part of this excellent institution."
  • A message from Staff Accountant Michael Pena, following the passing of his grandmother:  "Thank you all for the beautiful plant!  I really appreciate it."
  • A message from Kim Greene, Online Outreach Specialist:  "Thank you to my OTC family and friends for keeping us in your thoughts, and for the beautiful plants in remembrance of my stepmother.  I am very grateful to work at such a caring college."  
Local Happenings 
  • Now - May 14:  Ordinary Heroes: 100+ Years of Those Who Protected and Served Greene County, History Museum for Springfield-Greene County, 803 N. Boonville Ave. This exhibit will showcase the heroic men and women who have protected and served throughout Greene County's history.  The Springfield Police Department, the Springfield Fire Department, the Greene County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be featured.  For details, call (417) 864-1976 or check out  
  • April 3:  Evangel University Jazz Concert, Barnett Fine Arts Recital Hall, 1111 N. Glenstone Ave.  The Evangel Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will perform a free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.  For more information, call (417) 865-2811 or visit    
  • April 20-21:  13th Annual Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Parking Lot, 220 W. Plainview Rd.  Celebrate at the Rotary Clubs' 13th Annual Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival featuring BBQ cooking teams from around the nation.  Enjoy live entertainment, children's activities and much more.  All money raised stays local and is divided between seven charitable groups.  For details, see
  • April 21:  3rd Annual Queen City Beard and Moustache Competition, Patton Alley Pub, downtown Springfield.  All proceeds will go to the Ozarks Food Harvest Backpack Program.  Live music will follow the competition.  For more information or to sign up to compete, call (417) 343-5593 or visit




2    Jason Ayer

      Karen Creighton


3    Martha Crise


4    Cheryl Butler


5    Ginger Luke

      Jennifer McAtee

      Rita Rubison


6    Eric Freeman


7    Jerry Phillips

      Anne Rose


9    Jeff Johnson

      Danelle Maxwell

      Jim Moore

      Sandra Scroggins


10  Gerald Bryant

      Arlene Chriswell

      Betty Denson

      Keith Dinwiddie

      Anthony Evans

      Loren Lundstrom

      Karla Rues


11  Elizabeth Carpenter

      Angela Messner


12  Kerri Huff


13  Jo Fritts

      Rob Griffith


17  Twila Chambers

      Kristin Farish

      Rob Rector


19  Jeff Jones

      Jeff Warner


20  Craig Granger


21  Jeff Jochems

      David Ray


23  Donald Kleier


24  Lisa Hearn


25  Douglas Brennaman


26  Alice Jefferson

      Jane Means

      Eric Ogan


27  Stephanie Davenport


28  George Gibeau, Jr.

      Susan Moorefield


29  Michelle Crum


30  Jeff Meyer

New Employees, Transfers and Promotions


New Full-Time Permanent Employees:

  • Twila Chambers, Nurse Educator
  • Sarah Voorhees, Staff Accountant  

New Temporary Full-Time Employees:

  • Pamela Collard, Financial Aid Representative 

Transfers and Promotions:

  • Jonathan Drozdowski, Interim Server Administrator
  • Kim Greene, Coordinator - Dual Credit 
Next Newsletter Deadline:  Tuesday, April 24


The employee newsletter is sent out on the first of each month.  The deadline is one week prior, so mark your calendars if you have news you would like us to include.  The deadline for the May newsletter is Tuesday, April 24.  


In the meantime, be sure you are putting your events on the campus calendar for inclusion in the weekly "Upcoming Events" emails.


Send your newsletter submissions to either of the following email addresses, and we'll get the word out!