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September 2012
Dedication Ceremony Held for Lewis Family Early Childhood Education Center
Recipients of Lewis Family Scholarships recognized

OTC recognized the late David Lewis with a ceremony to officially dedicate the Lewis Family Early Childhood Education Center on Wednesday, August 29.  Lewis gifted $1 million for student scholarships to the OTC Foundation through inclusion in his will.   


The event also included recognition of the OTC students who have benefitted from the scholarship fund established by Lewis' gift.  The scholarships are designed to primarily assist students from Lewis' home communities of Taney and Stone County who are pursing their education in the College's business and technical programs.


Originally from Rockaway Beach, Mo., Lewis earned his wealth by working at Sears in Springfield for nearly 40 years, living a frugal lifestyle, and investing wisely.  He had no dependents and wanted to make sure his legacy could help others.  At the time it was received, Mr. Lewis' gift was the largest in Ozarks Technical Community College's history.


For a video on David Lewis' story, visit  


Pictured, from top:  Officials from OTC, the Lewis Family Foundation, and the Stone and Taney County area pose with some of the students who have received the Lewis Family Scholarship; a group of preschoolers from the Lewis Family Early Childhood Education Center entertain the audience with songs during the ceremony.  For more photos from the event, visit OTC's Facebook page. 

OTC Fine Arts Gallery:  September ArtWalk
Award-winning artist to be featured
The OTC Fine Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the historic Gillioz Theatre complex, will begin the new season with an opening reception during the First Friday ArtWalk event on Friday, September 7, from 6-10 p.m. This month, the gallery will feature an exhibition of works from Melissa Szymanski, who was the Best of Show artist at the 2011 ArtWalk 10th Anniversary Juried Exhibition.

"Melissa's work, done in colored pencil, is undeniably impressive in technique and her original thought and expressions are uniquely refreshing," said Kat Allie, department chair for Fine Arts and Humanities and gallery manager.  "In this brand new series of work, Melissa has explored the two-dimensional aspects of drawing while infusing elements of collage and three-dimensional surfaces."  


On the first floor of the Gillioz, the September ArtWalk event will also feature drawings and paintings that were created by students during the recent summer studio art courses.


The OTC Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information contact Kat Allie at 417-447-8977,, or


Pictured:  Szymanski's piece "As the Crow Flies." 

OTC Springfield SGA Fall Picnic Coming Soon
Volunteers are still needed!

Fall semester is off to a great start and it's almost time for the annual OTC Springfield Student Government Association Fall Picnic, Friday, September 28.  The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Student Plaza.  In the event of inclement weather, the picnic will be held in the Information Commons Atrium.


Please consider volunteering with the day's activities: 

  • If you would like to help serve food and soda for a 1/2 hour shift, contact Linda Kutz at or (417) 447-6967.
  • If you sponsor a student organization that would like to have a table at the picnic, contact Vicki MacDonald at or (417) 447-2662. Vicki is also the contact person for outside vendors wishing to participate.
  • If you'd like to help set up and/or tear down tables and chairs, contact Jeff Ford at or (417) 447-6901.
Student Learning Committee Corner
Check here each month for the latest news about assessment at OTC

This month we are proud to announce the "Piecing Together Assessment" series.  This series of professional development opportunities is focused on making assessment a more meaningful and engaging process for you.  Sessions will fall into six categories taken from faculty feedback on the "Survey of Teaching and Learning" administered last semester.  Attend one session and earn a "piece of the puzzle."  Attend a session in all six categories, and the puzzles pieces will all come together to make a nifty pencil holder for your desk!  Completers will also earn a gift certificate to Scallions and be entered for free registration to the Regional Community College Assessment Conference in April.  More details coming by email soon!


 Focusing the LENS on Student Learning...


We know great things are happening in assessment around the college that we don't always hear about, so this month we want to you to tell us what new assessment tools or techniques you are trying in your classrooms this semester.  Branching out from those multiple choice questions?  Trying a new assignment?


This month's question:  What new things are you trying in assessment in your area this semester?


Email your responses to by September 15 and check back next month for some great ideas from your colleagues! 


The Student Learning Committee is OTC's faculty-led Assessment Committee.  Please see our folder on the R: drive for more information, meeting minutes, etc.

Seen at OTC...
A quick look at what's happening around the College


The first day of classes brought crowds of excited students back to all of OTC's locations on Monday, August 20.  The back-to-school energy is still buzzing as thousands of new and returning students make their way to class, reconnect with friends, and enjoy all of the opportunities presented at OTC.  For more first day photos, visit the official OTC Facebook page




Simulation Lab Program Director Michelle Howard put on her hard hat and took a sledgehammer to the wall in Lincoln 200 on Friday, August 24.  The hole created by Michelle's swinging was the start of construction on OTC's Allied Health Clinical Simulation Center, a multidisciplinary high-fidelity simulation lab that provides training for students in 12 programs at OTC, as well as for a variety of healthcare professionals already in the workforce.  


On August 23 and 24, SGA held a blood drive to help OTC student Jeremy Edwards, who was injured in a motorcycle accident.  For every student who donated and then turned down the usual free T-shirt, the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks made a cash donation to the Jeremy Edwards Fund at Empire Bank equal to the value of the T-shirt.  Thank you to all who came out to support this great effort! 
The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask
Jennifer Marshall, Information Technology Training Coordinator

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

It is my job to help provide communication and training on all kinds of projects/technologies that affect the campus.  I also teach CIS 101 for OTC Online, and fitness classes for the OTC Fitness Center.

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

I have been at OTC for a little over five years; I came to OTC during the bad ice storm of 2007 (that's how I remember).  Prior to OTC, I was the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Information Technology at Southwest Baptist University.


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

As the Training Coordinator, it is my goal to provide timely, continuous learning experiences that facilitate professional growth to our employees and students; I hope to improve upon this goal in the coming year.  Also, I would like to continue the efforts of closing the communication gap between IT and OTC Faculty, Staff, and Students - we are here to help in any way possible!


What is your favorite thing about working at OTC?

OTC is such a great place to work because of the amazing people and students.  I believe we serve a huge need at OTC, and I am always proud to be part of such a wonderful place.


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

I grew up in Bolivar with many people that I have known all my life. My daughter, Bekah, and I now live in Willard where we enjoy the "country."  My family is very important to me and they all live close by, (Mom and Dad - Bolivar, Sister Julie - Bolivar, Brother Jason - Webb City) making it easy to get together.  I also enjoy being close to the lakes, golf courses, shopping, eating places and the Springfield Cardinals stadium - we love to go to games - GO CARDS! 


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

A couple of people have had a significant impact on my profession and career choice: 1) Dr. Bob McGlasson, Vice President for Information Technology, Southwest Baptist University - He always encouraged me to teach and train others; he recognized a passion in me and supported me in my pursuit of it.  2) Mrs. Smashey, High School Calculus teacher - She has such a kind spirit and heart, and always encourages her students through a loving word.  I try to follow her example in my teaching.


What do you have on the walls of your office?

I have many pictures of my daughter Bekah, boyfriend Andy, Mom and Dad, nieces and nephews, brother and sister, aunt, uncle and cousins.  Many inspirational sayings, Cardinals, Peanuts and Wonder Woman memorabilia inhabit my space, along with my diplomas from Southwest Baptist University. 


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

1) Yadier Molina - he's my favorite Cardinals baseball player, 2) Jesus - "I heard Jesus, He drinks wine, and I'd bet we'd get along just fine" - Miranda Lambert, 3) My Grandma - she may not be "famous" to anyone, but she's pretty special to me, and I miss her every day! 


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

I'd rather write a song, a poem, or a TV show.  The song would be something that my daughter and I could sing together and my boyfriend Andy could play on the guitar (for when we try out on America's Got Talent, lol).  The poem would be of love.  The TV show would be a funny mixture of Seinfeld, The Office, and Friends!


What were the last three songs played on your iPod?

I believe music can say a lot about a person: 1) Like Jesus Does - Eric Church, 2) She's My Kind of Crazy - Brantley Gilbert, 3) Gravity - Sara Bareilles, 4) Sara Smile - Hall & Oates, 5) Just A Feeling - Maroon 5, 6) Again - David Nail, 7) Meet Virginia - Train, 8) Her Eyes - Pat Monahan, 9) Fly Over States - Jason Aldean, 10) Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard.  Yep! I'm unpredictable!  I love music so much I couldn't pick just three.


Pictured:  Jennifer with Louie the Cardinal at a Springfield Cardinals game. 

In This Issue
Dedication Ceremony Held
OTC Fine Arts Gallery News
OTC Springfield SGA Fall Picnic
Student Learning Committee Corner
Seen at OTC
The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask
Campus Notes
Local Happenings
Quick Links

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Campus Notes


  • OTC will host a steel signing ceremony on Thursday, September 20, at 10:30 a.m., at the OTC Table Rock Campus, located at 10698 Historic Highway 165 in Hollister.  The ceremony is in recognition of the final beam being raised to complete the steel structure of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at the new OTC Table Rock Campus.  Everyone is invited to come and write a message on the beam before it is put into place.


  • The next surplus property auction has been set for Wednesday, October 3, at the surplus property warehouse at 641 W. Wall Street in Springfield.  Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with bidding beginning at 9 a.m.  For more information, visit the auction website.  


  • OTC is now a participating organization in the Ozarks Transportation Organization Rideshare Program.  The program is designed to encourage and facilitate carpooling throughout the region, providing an opportunity for volunteers to register existing carpools, start a new carpool, or be matched with an established carpool.  The Rideshare Program serves the counties of Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Ozark, Polk, Stone, Taney, Webster and Wright.  For more information or to join the Rideshare Program, visit or call (417) 831-RIDE.


  • Have you always wanted to take a tour of the campus but never got around to doing it?  Set up a tour with a student ambassador! We offer tours at various times Monday through Friday.  You can tour specific areas or the entire campus.  Contact Danny Gutirrez at (417) 447-6921 or to set up your tour today! 


Local Happenings 


  • Now - October 27:  "The Fabulous Fifties" at the History Museum for Springfield-Greene County, 155 Park Central Square, downtown Springfield.  See artifacts and get he real story from Springfieldian John Wilkinson, who met Elvis Presley at the Shrine Mosque at age 10 and went on to become his rhythm guitarist!  Also, check out Ozark Jubilee memorabilia, political cartoons, vintage toys, government, industry and area school history, and much more.  For exhibit hours and admission prices, call (417) 864-1976 or visit  


  • September 7-8:  The Studebaker Drivers Club Presents:  The Orphan Car Show, Branson Landing.  An "orphan car" is one whose manufacturer has either gone out of business or ceased production of that particular automobile brand.  Eligible car brands include Hudson, Packard, Kaiser, Nash, Desoto, Plymouth, Studebaker and many others.  For more information, visit


  • September 7-9:  17th Annual Japanese Fall Festival at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, Nathanael Greene Park, Springfield.  Come learn about the culture of Springfield's sister city of Isesaki, Japan!  This year's festival includes Shi-Shi-Mai (Lion Dance) performances, a professional Japanese storyteller, the Osuwa Taiko Drummers, Japanese top spinning, martial arts, a kimono fashion show, daily tea ceremonies, and a wide array of other activities and performances.  For details, visit  


  • September 8:  Barn Warming Fundraiser, Rockspan Farm, 11750 Farm Road 124, Bois D'Arc.  This eye-opening event, a fundraiser for Ozarks New Energy, will include tours of the highly energy-efficient home and barn of Dan and Margy Chiles.  The event will also include live local music, refreshments, and more.  For more information, call (417) 581-4018 or visit


  • September 15-16:  15th Annual Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street, downtown Springfield.  Enjoy one of the area's largest fall festivals, featuring more than 100 juried artists and craftspeople!  Activities include a free hands-on area for children, a scarecrow village, three performance stages and much more.  For more information, call (417) 831-6200 or see




2    Christie Campbell

      Sally Mattchen


4    Tracy McGrady

      Rebecca Richey


5    David Steele

      Annette Warren


7    Cindy Tuttle


8     Susan Gunter


9     Sally Clark

       David Hoffman

       Tanya Smith


10   Lisa Atwell

       Leona Mills


11   David Felin


12   Sara Carlin

       Greyson Foresee

       Joel LaReau

       Lee Marsh


13   Nancy Doubrava

       Karla Gregg

       Steve Koehler

       Tim Rogers


14   Robert Sherman


15   Kimberly Allen

       Virginia Schnabel


17   Jill Colony


18   Danyel Anderson

       John Gambon

       Lisa Gardner


19   Kimberly Berry

       Rona Butrick

       Robert Flatness

       Linda Kutz


20   Kat Allie

       Debbie Carlstrom

       Patrick Clawson

       Richard Turner


21   Pamela Collard


23   Patricia Knox

       James Whitt


24   Gary King

       David Richards


25   Lance Renner

       Melissa Wittmer


26   Joseph Bennett

       Carolyn Cantrell


27   Robert Haralson

       Sadie Hopper


28   Ramona George

       Nicole Wallen


29   Stephen Biermann

       Christopher Cooper

       Jessica Plemmons 

New Employees, Transfers and Promotions


New Full-Time Permanent Employees:

  • Julie Penick, Instructor - ASN Program.  Began August 1.
  • Zachary Zweigle, Instructor - History.  Began August 15.
  • Elaine Coates, Instructor - Dental Programs.  Began August 15.
  • Raymond Wade, Assistant College Director - Facilities and Grounds.  Began July 30.
  • Vickie Taylor, Specialist - Extended Hours Support.  Began July 2.
  • Malari Vandervort, Assistant to the Director for the OTC Foundation.  Began August 20.
  • Amy Shelley-King, Secretary, Allied Health.  Began July 9.
  • Amy Bates, Human Resources Generalist.  Began July 16.
  • Sabra Mitchell, Student Services Representative - OTC Richwood Valley Campus.  Began July 30.  

New Full-Time Temporary Employees:  

  • Brittny Stansfield, Financial Aid Representative.  Began July 30.

Transfers and Promotions:

  • Sherry Taylor, Dean - Allied Health.  Began new position July 1.
  • Kat Allie, Instructor/Department Chair - Art and Humanities.  Began new position August 15.
  • Tiffany Archer, Instructor/Department Chair - Computer Information Sciences.  Began new position August 15.
  • Curtis Klotz, Instructor - Biology.  Began new position August 15.
  • Andrea Twyford, Career Center - Counseling and Assessment Technician.  Began new position July 23. 
Next Newsletter Deadline:  Monday, September 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 October newsletter is Monday, September 24.   


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


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