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May 2012
Board of Trustees Inducts Elected Members, Chooses New Officers
Larry Snyder and Greg DeLong sworn in for new terms on the Board during the April meeting

After winning the recent election, Mr. Larry Snyder and Mr. Greg DeLong were given the oath of office during the April Board of Trustees meeting by Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff. 

The meeting also included elections for new Board officer positions; Mr. Snyder was chosen to serve as the new president of the Board, Mr. DeLong as vice president, Dr. Maryellen Stratmann as secretary, and Mr. Jeff Layman as treasurer.  Mr. J. Howard Fisk and Mrs. Jackie McKinsey also continue to serve as members of the Board of Trustees.

Additionally, outgoing Board President J. Howard Fisk was honored during the meeting by Mr. Snyder and OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon.

Congratulations to Mr. Snyder and Mr. DeLong on their election victories, and to all of the Board members on their new positions.

Community Day 2012 Draws Crowds and Cars to OTC Springfield Campus
Third annual event offered something for everyone


The third annual Community Day event was held Saturday, April 28, at the OTC Springfield Campus, and it was a great success!   



Highlights of this year's Community Day included the unveiling of an electric car built by the OTC Automotive and Industrial Maintenance departments, the annual car and motorcycle show, welding repairs to raise money for the March of Dimes, and the Turf and Landscape department's spring plant sale.  


Also, there were plenty of activities for kids, including a bouncy house, face painting, portrait drawing, and papercrete flower planter making.   



The event also included tables and booths offering demonstrations, health screenings, hands-on projects and other information.  



The new OTC fire engine was on display, and robots programmed to recognize color and respond to voice commands were demonstrated.   



There were also live demonstrations of ice carving, sign language, stained glass making, and Spanish language instruction.   



Representatives from OTC's Allied Health programs were on hand to offer free health screenings, including blood pressure checks, hearing tests and oral hygiene exams.   



Also, the Springfield-Greene County Mobile Library was on site.  The Mobile Library is a state-of-the-art bookmobile that delivers books, music, movies and more to 24 neighborhoods in Springfield/Greene County each week.



For many more photos of the 2012 Community Day event, check out the OTC Facebook page,

OTC Breaks Ground in Waynesville
Construction has begun on the new OTC Waynesville Center

OTC has officially broken ground at the site of the new OTC Waynesville Center, located at 600 GW Lane Street in Waynesville.  The official ceremony, held April 5, brought a crowd of community supporters to the site, which is visible from Interstate 44 alongside the Waynesville Career Center and Waynesville High School.


The City of Waynesville is building the new facility, and OTC will pay the bond and respective interest to the City over a 20-year lease agreement.  OTC will have the option of purchasing the property for $1,000 plus the required closing costs at the end of the 20-year term.  The total cost for the project is approximately $5,000,000.


The new one-story building will be 28,560 square feet on 4.5 acres, with 324 available parking spaces.  It will feature 11 classrooms and computer labs, two science labs, a student commons/lobby area, a quiet study space, and administrative offices.


The new building will open its doors to students in the spring of 2013.  In the meantime, classes will continue at the current location in the Town Field Plaza Center, 320 Ichord Avenue. 


Pictured, from top:  Waynesville Mayor Cliff Hammock speaks during the event; ground is broken by Dr. Maryellen Stratmann, OTC Board of Trustees; Jackie McKinsey, OTC Board of Trustees; Larry Snyder, OTC Board of Trustees; Dr. Judene Blackburn, Superintendent, Waynesville Public Schools; Cliff Hammock, Mayor, City of Waynesville; Dr. Hal Higdon, Chancellor, OTC; J. Howard Fisk, OTC Board of Trustees; Jeff Layman, OTC Board of Trustees; Steven W. Warlick, President, Bates & Associates Architects; Laura Hendley-McVay, Director, Waynesville Career Center; Bruce Harrill, City Administrator, City of Waynesville; and Bill Killian, President, Killian Construction Company. 

OTC Fine Arts Gallery:  Student Showcase
OTC's own Fine Arts students 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, May 4, from 6-10 p.m.  This month, the Gallery will feature artwork from OTC Fine Arts students.  The Visual Art classes included are Drawing I and II, Two Dimensional Design, Three Dimensional Design, Printmaking, and Painting I.  Refreshments will be served. 

Throughout the evening, the gallery will feature performances from the OTC Choir, as well as other students in OTC's music classes, including Songwriting, Piano, and Classical Guitar I and II.  Theater 101 students will be performing short one-act plays beginning at 8:30pm.  Inside the classrooms, the Fine Arts department will also be presenting short original films produced by the OTC Electronic Media Productions students.


On the first floor of the Gillioz Theater, the OTC Fine Arts Gallery will proudly feature the "reveal" of photographs printed on aluminum from this year's Storm Drain Reveal 2012 murals.  For the second year in a row, artists have been painting select storm drains in various locations throughout the city as part of the Storm Drain Reveal project, which is put together by the James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) and the City of Springfield Department of Public Works to raise awareness about clean water.  Kat Allie, Instructor of Fine Arts, is a partner in the Storm Drain Reveal project, and provides technical assistance and encourages submissions from her students.  This year, seven of the 10 artists chosen are OTC Fine Art students. The other three are local community artists. 

Muralists include: Michele Ellison, Laura Lynch, Cassie Brasher, Kat Philbin, Jeanene Turney, Travis Burnbee, Joshua O'Byrne and Jessica West, Kayla Campbell, Anthony Weaver, and Samantha Lowther.  Project details and progress can be found at   


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 the student work that will be on display. 

HIT Student Receives State Scholarship
Julie Freeze presented with $500 from state organization

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


Julie Freeze is one of the recipients of the 2012 Missouri Health Information Management Association (MHIMA) $500 scholarships.  The scholarship was developed to aid HIT students attending programs in the state of Missouri accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  Ms. Freeze was presented with her scholarship at the MHIMA Annual Meeting, held on April 26 in St. Charles, MO.  

Ms. Freeze will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology in fall of 2012, and will be eligible to take the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).  Congratulations to this outstanding student!  


Pictured:  Julie Freeze (left) with Sue Kirk, HIT program director. 

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


Neil Simon's Tony award-winning comedy "The Good Doctor" came to life on the stage of the historic Gillioz Theatre in OTC's fifth annual spring production, held April 27-29.  Set in Russia in the 19th century, "The Good Doctor" is a series of comic sketches introduced by a Narrator (author and humorist Anton Chekhov) who is searching for his next great story.  Congratulations to the students, faculty and staff of the OTC Fine Arts department for another great production! 




OTC recently partnered with the Department of Health and Senior Services, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Shelden Clinical Simulation Center to conduct training for healthcare providers from all over the state to prepare for multiple/mass casualty event management. The training, which was held April 13-14 at OTC, used both OTC's interactive simulation manikins and actors of all ages.  All injuries were created using make-up and prosthetics.  More photos from the event can be found on the OTC Facebook page,    





Students, faculty and staff enjoyed the annual SGA Spring Picnic at the OTC Springfield Campus on Friday, April 27.  The music, food, information booths, giveaways and more made for a great time despite the questionable weather!  Check out many more photos of this year's picnic - as well as photos of the OTC Lebanon Center picnic - at the OTC Facebook page,  

The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask
Dr. Shirley Lawler, Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs 


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

I am responsible for overseeing the college's education programs, which include Career and Technical Education, General Education, Allied Health, and Online Teaching and Learning.  I also have oversight for Student Affairs, which includes student recruitment and enrollment, registration, financial aid, A+, Veteran's programs, and customer service areas.


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

I have been at OTC for 15-and-a-half years - since January 2, 1997. Prior to that, I had spent 13 years at the Logan-Rogersville School District as an instructor and then A+ Schools Coordinator. I taught my first year at Lebanon High School in 1982.

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

I'm looking forward to retiring and teaching in the AAT program.  My passion is working with pre-service teachers and encouraging young people to go into the field of education.


What is your favorite thing about working at OTC? 

Having the opportunity to change lives on a daily basis.  I constantly talk with individuals in the community who credit OTC for changing their lives and greatly improving their quality of living.


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

The people are wonderful and the community is beautiful.  As Jim Anderson from the Chamber often says, "Every place should be like here."

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

Many people have had an impact on my career choice so I'm hesitant to single out one individual.  Over the years I've worked with some outstanding leaders including Hal Higdon, Norman K. Myers, Randy Humphrey, and Don Simmons.  I will forever be grateful for the opportunity that Dr. Myers gave me in the fall of 1996 when I interviewed for the Director of the School-to-Work grant here at OTC.  I have been very fortunate over the years to have worked for some great leaders with a vision for this College.

What do you have on the walls of your office?

I have a picture of my three beautiful grandchildren!  I have pictures from all the Leadership OTC classes, and a huge picture (Probably 24X36) of the Technical Education Division taken on August 19, 2005, my 50th birthday.  What a great group of faculty we have here at OTC - Tech Ed, Gen Ed, and Allied Health.  The very best!!

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

Harry Truman, a fellow Missourian, who made life-altering decisions, plus Barack Obama and Walter Cronkite. 

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

My experiences growing up in the Ozarks, and my struggles to succeed as a first-generation high school student.


What were the last three songs played on your iPod?  

Not sure of particular songs, but I'm listening to a lot of James Taylor, and I'll see him live in concert on July 17!  I love Adele's stuff and of course the oldies - everything from Aretha Franklin to Lynyrd Skynrd.


Pictured:  Dr. Lawler (right) with Joan Barrett, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. 
In This Issue
Board of Trustees Update
Community Day 2012
OTC Waynesville Groundbreaking
OTC Fine Arts Gallery
HIT Student Receives Scholarship
Seen at OTC
The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask
Campus Notes
Local Happenings
Quick Links

Newsletter Archive
Campus Notes


  • On Friday, May 4, at 2 p.m., Ozarks Technical Community College will acknowledge a significant gift from the Jared family by officially naming the Jared Family Atrium in their honor.  Please join us in recognizing the Jared family for their generosity.  

  • A Retirement Reception will be held Friday, May 11, at 3 p.m., in the Jared Family Atrium.  Please join us in celebrating the service of this year's ten retirees:  Marge Bell, Thomas Buckley, Annette Evans, John Hess, Dr. Shirley Lawler, Bill Miller, Dr. Sue Moore, Jane Payne, Don Reeves, and Doran Woods.


  • This year's commencement ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, at 6 p.m., in the JQH Arena on the MSU campus.  All staff and adjunct faculty are invited to join the full-time faculty in the academic procession that opens the ceremony.If you have not already been contacted to serve as a volunteer behind the scenes, we look forward to seeing you in the procession as we celebrate the success of this year's graduates.  If you need a cap and gown, please contact the Bookstore by emailing or calling (417) 447-6620.  If you expect to require any assistance on the day of the ceremony, please contact Julia Edwards in Disability Support Services by emailing or calling (417) 447-8188.  


  • The annual OTC Night at the Cardinals is scheduled for Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $6 and are available at the Cashier's Office on the Springfield Campus; the Cashier's Office can be contacted at (417) 447- 4827. There is no limit to the tickets you may purchase.  Tickets will be available for purchase until noon on June 1.  If you purchase a ticket, your name will automatically be entered to throw out the first pitch or to participate in an in-between inning promotion.  You must be an employee of OTC to participate.  Winners of the contest will be notified Friday, June 1.  If you have any questions regarding the event, contact the OTC Foundation at (417) 447-2650. 


  • A message from Jane Payne, employment specialist:  "I would like to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers.  Thank you for the flowers, visits, phone calls, cards and gifts.  I am truly blessed to work with people like you.  Everyone has been so thoughtful.  Your kind words helped me so much when I was feeling ill.  Due to the length of my illness, I am retiring.  I will miss everyone and hope to see you from time to time.  I have enjoyed working with everyone."


  • A message from Mathematics Instructor Cindy Cummins and her family:  "Thank you so much for the plants for both my husband and my father.  I appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers during this time." 
Local Happenings 
  • May 3:  Drury University Composers' Recital, Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.  The Drury University student composers will premier their newest works, performed by students from the Drury University Department of Music.  The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m.  For more information, call (417) 873-7276 or visit


  • May 4:  ArtsFiesta!, Founder's Park, downtown Springfield.  This annual celebration of Mexican art, culture and music will be held from 6-9 p.m. in Founder's Park, located at Jefferson Avenue and Water Street.  For details, visit the Springfield Sister Cities Association website,


  • May 5:  Awakening the Writer Within - A Writer's Workshop, South Haven Baptist Church, Springfield.  This workshop offers a day-long schedule of seminars, discussions, practice and more with a variety of professional writers.  Snacks and lunch are included in registration fee; group rates are available.  Registration is limited.  For more information, call (417) 616-0554 or email


  • May 5 - June 2:  Arts in the Parks Concerts, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.  Bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy live music in the park every Saturday through June 2!  For a complete schedule of concerts, visit or call (417) 732-6596, ext. 224.


  • May 5-6:  ArtsFest on Walnut Street, downtown Springfield.  Visual and performing arts take center stage at this annual event on historic Walnut Street.  More than 140 artists from across the country will display and sell their work.  The event also includes five performance stages, a children's area, and a variety of concessions.  For details, call (417) 862-2787 or see


  • May 5-6:  O'Reilly Auto Parts Ozark 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  This monster 4x4 weekend event will include more than 1,000 vehicles!  For details, visit


  • May 9-12:  Evangel University Auxiliary Colossal Sale, Mabee Fitness Center at Evangel University.  Clothing, small appliances, jewelry, books, office items, toys, furniture and other household goods will be among the items for sale in the Mabee Fitness Center, located on the northwest side of the Evangel campus.  This annual sale raises funds for scholarships and projects at the university.  For details, call (417) 865-2811.


  • May 25-27:  NSRA Mid-America Street Rod Nationals, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  The area's largest, most spectacular street rod event, this year's event will feature more than 2,200 modernized pre-1949 vehicles.  There will be games for all ages, arts and crafts, an auto swap meet and much more.  For more information, check out or call (417) 833-2660.




1    Angela Swift


2    Lynnar Hamilton


3    Kelly Andekin


4    Lisa Reece

      Stephen White


5    Linda Szura


6    Shanna Grooms


7    Lyndsey Fronterhouse

      Amber Shanks


8    Donna Graham


11   Dana Sherman

       Temenujka Tzaneva


12   Tiffany Archer


13   Tena Wheeler

       Sam Woelk


14   Robert Dale

       Susan Griffitts


15   Jack Manes


16   Beth Berns

       Bill Dowdy

       Michael Madden


17   John Fishback


19   Dustin Childress

       Lane Crisp

       Steven Fritts

       Joanna Mendez


20   Reginal Hoskins

       Timothy Hyden

       John Rude


22   Susan Siemens


23   Veronica Lowe

       Ann White


24   Jessica Gerard

       Gary Larson


28   Lynda Doepker

       Travis Garrison

       Matt Simpson


29   Dennis Baier

       Gwen Gilpin


30   Aaron Light


31   Daniel Kopsas

       Piper Wilson 

New Employees, Transfers and Promotions


New Full-Time Permanent Employees:

  • Robert Chambers, Building Maintenance Instructor (two-year position)
  • Eric Ogan, Facility Maintenance Technician - HVAC   
  • Cory Brenda, Client Systems Specialist
  • Katie Moore, Student Services Representative
  • Lindsey Smotherman, Accounting Technician
  • Pavel Ruban, Accounting Technician  

Transfers and Promotions:

  • Michael Peņa, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services
Next Newsletter Deadline:  Friday, May 25


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 June newsletter is Friday, May 25.   


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!