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October 2012
Dr. Higdon Receives Award from National Council for Marketing and Public Relations
Communications and Marketing Department also brings home awards 


Dr. Hal Higdon, chancellor of OTC, has received the Pacesetter of the Year award from the college's district of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).  The Pacesetter of the Year award recognizes a community college president or CEO who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and support of the college's marketing and public relations efforts.  The award was presented at the NCMPR District 5 Conference, held September 23-25 in Wichita, Kan.


"We nominated Dr. Higdon for the Pacesetter of the Year award because he has done so much to advance OTC in his short six years as chancellor, and it shows in our enrollment, our growth as an institution, and our impact on the area's economy," said Cliff Davis, vice chancellor for Advancement | Student Affairs | Workforce Development.  "He understands the importance of communications and marketing, especially in an organization directly supported by the community, and we are thrilled that he has been recognized for his efforts."


The Pacesetter of the Year award is given annually in each of NCMPR's seven districts.  District recipients are automatically in consideration for the national award, which is presented at the national conference.   The next national conference will be held in Chicago in March of 2013.


In addition to the Pacesetter of the Year award for Dr. Higdon, OTC's communications and marketing department brought home six awards for their efforts over the past year. The following awards were received:



  • Printed Class Schedule - for the OTC Profile, which is mailed throughout the OTC service area twice each year
  • College Video Program - for the college's monthly video newsletter
  • College Promotional Video - for the spotlight video on alumna Jacque Blauvelt, produced as a supplement to the OTC Profile


  • Promotional Campaign for a Special Event - for the "Back in Black" campaign, an internal effort to encourage graduating students to participate in the commencement ceremony
  • Foundation Annual Report - for the OTC Foundation's Annual Report document, which is mailed to supporters of the college once each year


  • Government/Community Relations Project - for the annual Community Day event

NCMPR is the only organization that exclusively serves marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., the organization has more than 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges in the United States, Canada, and other countries.

OTC Foundation Golf Tournament a Success
More than $17,000 raised for student scholarships


On Monday, September 24, the OTC Foundation held its sixth Golf Tournament.  A total of 35 teams participated in the tournament, which raised more than $17,000 for the OTC Foundation Golf Tournament Scholarship.   


This year's winners were:


 White Flight
1st Place - Ollis & Company (Richard Ollis, Rob Rector, Jeff Jochems, Michael Greenlee)
2nd Place - Pearson Education (Pete Edwards, Michael Pena, David Hartman, Bill Schoof)
3rd Place - Krueger International (Craig Karges, Jon Ames, J. Coloy, Randy Humphrey)
Blue Flight
1st Place - Nabholz (Brent Blevins, Brent Dupee, J. Premer, Mike Jenson)
 2nd Place - Positronics (John Gentry, Scott Whittaker, Justin French, Mony Schneider)
3rd Place - Copy Products (Erik Crane, J. Hoke, Sean Crayton, Paul Tod)

Closest to the Pin
Randy Voss with BKD   

OTC Foundation Board of Directors Traveling Trophy
John Gentry with Positronics
50/50 Raffle
Neal Spencer with BKD


Thank you to all who helped to make the tournament a success!   


Pictured, from top:  Two members of the team from Nabholz Construction; OTC Foundation Board Member Bob Beine, owner of Republic Ford.  Both photos taken during the tournament awards presentation. 

OTC Fine Art Gallery:  October ArtWalk
ArtWalk Anniversary Contest competitors to be featured
The OTC Fine Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the historic Gillioz Theatre complex, will hold an opening reception during the First Friday ArtWalk event on Friday, October 5, from 6-10 p.m.

First Friday Art Walk launched its first Art Contest and Exhibit last year in celebration of its 10th Annniversary.  The contest is back for the 11th Anniversary, and this month, the OTC Fine Art Gallery will display the best entries!

A jury of art professionals has selected the top entries, and the selected artists have been invited to display their art at OTC Fine Art Gallery from October 5-24.  The People's Choice will be determined on Art Walk night by a vote of Art Walk attendees.  Last year over 450 votes were collected!

In addition to the visual art on display, OTC faculty member Rick Haegg will perform during the opening reception, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Haegg has played guitar professionally in the the Springfield/Branson area for more than ten years.  His performances have included opening for Rick Springfield and B.B. King in Branson, as well as for blues great Ana Popavic at J.P. Murphy's in Springfield.  He has also played in Guadelajara and Tlaquepaque, Mexico, with the JRB band, a blues and jazz "power-trio."  Haegg currently teaches guitar for OTC and Springfield Music, and performs as a solo acoustic singer/songwriter in several area venues.

The OTC Fine Art 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:  Rick Haegg 

OTC, Universities to Collaborate on Academic and Service Projects
Five local institutions will work together on two initiatives

The five Springfield-area universities and colleges will collaborate on two projects, one academic and one service-oriented.  The leaders of Ozarks Technical Community College, Drury University, Evangel University, Missouri State University, and Southwest Baptist University announced two joint initiatives Sept. 17 at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.


The five leaders signed agreements regarding creation of a Foreign Languages Institute, and announced plans to work together on an annual community service project.  This year, that project will be "Meals a Million" in November, sponsored by Friends Against Hunger.


Missouri State University will establish the Foreign Languages Institute (FLI) at the Jim D. Morris Center and will allow students from OTC, Evangel, Drury and Southwest Baptist  to enroll in classes offered through the FLI.  By consolidating some of the language resources into one location, the institute will be able to offer more language options than any school would be able to offer individually.  The first two new languages that institute staff leadership hope to be able to offer are Portuguese and Italian.  The institute will also offer additional sections of Chinese and Arabic for the universities who presently cannot offer those subjects.

The university presidents/chancellors also announced that they are joining together on a fall service project, which they plan to do annually.  This year's project is to provide more than 1,000 volunteers for Meals a Million, a three-day event to package 1,111,111 meals for impoverished people, which will be held  Nov. 9-11 at the Springfield Expo Center.  College of the Ozarks is also participating in the Meals a Million project.


Pictured, left to right:  OTC Chancellor Dr. Hal Higdon, Drury Vice President for Academic Affairs / Dean of the College Dr. Charles Taylor, Missouri State Interim President Clifton M. Smart III, Southwest Baptist President Dr. C. Pat Taylor, and Evangel President Dr. Robert H. Spence.

Student Learning Committee Corner
Check here each month for the latest news about assessment at OTC

Thanks to all the departments and programs that submitted LENS Mini-Grant Applications!  We were excited to see how much enthusiasm there is for the improvement of student learning here at OTC.  The LENS group will meet on October 3 to review the applications.  Listen for winners to be announced by Dr. Higdon on College Development Day on October 9.  


Focusing the LENS on Student Learning...


How many sides of your "Piecing Together Assessment" cube have you earned so far?  After the sessions offered in September, 28 folks are well on their way to earning their pencil holder, lunch, and possibly registration to the Regional Community College Assessment Conference!  Watch the professional development schedule for more opportunities in October.  Online or virtual versions of all sessions are coming soon.


Questions?  Comments?  Email  


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.

The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask
Richard Turner, Interim Dean of General Education and Chair of the English department


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

I'd like to say that what I do at OTC - at least the most important part of my job - is teaching students.  My job is to help them learn to think critically and write as effectively as possible.

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

This is my 17th year at OTC.  Prior to that I taught full-time at MSU, Drury, and Marshfield High School.


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

I'd like to help improve the delivery and outcomes of our developmental education programs.


What is your favorite thing about working at OTC?

Without a doubt my favorite thing about working at OTC is seeing students who come in scared and lacking the confidence in their ability to learn and achieve, and then watching the transition as they develop confidence in their own intellectual and academic abilities.  That's worth coming to work for.


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

Being outside, preferably where I can't see any pavement or hear any vehicles.


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

I had several philosophy classes from Dr. Jack Knight at (then) SMSU as an undergrad.  From Dr. Knight I learned the importance of examining all sides of an issue, as well as the joy that can come from giving even the most difficult, abstract concepts your most intense, intellectual scrutiny.  I also found myself modeling his teaching style years later, trying to ask more questions than I give answers.  


What do you have on the walls of your office?

I have pictures in my office of people or things that inspire me:  Bob Gibson, for sheer tenacity; Buck O'Neil, for relentless optimism; Martin Luther King, for unwavering commitment to an ideal; John, Paul, George and Ringo, for changing the world; my wife and sons, for what's truly important at the end of the day.  And the Batmobile, for being really, really cool.


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

Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, John Lennon. 


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



What were the last three songs played on your iPod?

Right now Pandora is playing in my office.  It chose "Nocturnes for Piano" by Dave Brubeck, "Body and Soul" by Oscar Peterson, and "One O'Clock Jump" by The Oscar Peterson Trio.

In This Issue
Dr. Higdon Receives Award
OTC Foundation Golf Tournament
OTC Fine Arts Gallery News
OTC, Universities to Collaborate
Student Learning Committee Corner
The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask
Campus Notes
Local Happenings
Quick Links

Newsletter Archive
Campus Notes


  • On Saturday, October 20, the OTC Fine Arts Department will present an IPhoneography workshop with guest lecturer and photographer Elise Ellis.  The event is only $5, with proceeds benefiting the historic Gillioz Theatre, and will begin at 9 a.m.  Ellis uses the built-in camera in her iPhone as her camera, and processes the images using downloaded apps.  When she is ready to exhibit her work, Ellis uses a dye sublimation process to transfer the images onto metal.  To see more of Ellis' work, visit


  • The OTC Springfield and OTC Richwood Valley Campuses each had great turnout for their annual fall picnics!  Check out the photo galleries for both events at the OTC Facebook page.


  • The Writers Hall of Fame in Springfield will host a workshop on Saturday, October 13, at Drury University.  The workshop, entitled "Awakening the Writer Within," will include information sessions, panel discussions, writing practice and more, and will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The event is limited to the first 75 registrants; lunch is included.  Contact Gail Gourley at (417) 616-0554 or to sign up or for more information. 


  • 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   


  • October 5-7:  Ozarks Fall Farmfest, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  The 37th Annual Farmfest is one of the largest agricultural events in southwest Missouri, with livestock for purchase, state-of-the-art agricultural implements, and much more.  For details, visit or call (417) 833-2660.


  • October 6:  Taste of Springfield, downtown Springfield.  Come enjoy samples from Springfield's favorite restaurants, plus live music, events for kids, and more!  Call (417) 831-6200 or check out for more information.


  • October 6-27 (weekends):  Fall Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Road146, just west of Springfield.  The annual Fall Fest brings fall-themed fun to the farm!  Meander through the corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, take a hayride, and much more.  Each weekend has a theme; visit or call (417) 837-5949  for details.


  • October 12-31:  Night of the Living Dead, Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort Center, downtown Springfield.  Just in time for Halloween, Springfield native Nathan Shelton has adapted the cult-classic George A. Romero zombie film into a live stage production.  The show features multimedia sequences, audience participation, and incredible special effects.  For more information, call (417) 831-8001 or visit the Springfield Contemporary Theatre website.


  • October 12-14:  Apple Butter Makin' Days, Mount Vernon Town Square.  You'll find crafts, food, games, a parade, a car show, and delicious apple butter in the spotlight at this annual fall event.  The apple butter will be made the old-fashioned way, in large copper kettles on the Courthouse lawn.  Call (417) 466-7654 or visit for more information.


  • October 19-31:  Halloween SPOOKTACULAR, Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield.  Treat the entire family to Halloween at the Zoo!  SPOOKTACULAR activities include the Festival of Scarecrows, hundreds of jack-o-lanterns, and much more.  For details, call (417) 864-1800 or see  




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4    Leticia Vosotros


5    James Carpenter

      Larry Scharnberg


6    Terri Fahnestock


7    Ashlei Woelk


8    Becky Robinson


10  Sheila Wilson


11  Angela Miller


12  Linda Burton

      Kimberly Cary

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14  Chris Guthrie

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16  Jason Bound

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      Cindy Cummins

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18  Bill Carpenter

      Dianna Parker


19  Pavel Ruban


20  Joan Barrett


21  Sherry Taylor


22  Kathryn Owen

      Todd Yerby


23  Amy Wood


24  John Spear


25  Celeste Johns

      Fan Zhou


26  Chasity Daniels

      Hal Higdon

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27  Jacqulyn Perryman

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30  George Lamelza 

New Employees, Transfers and Promotions


New Full-Time Permanent Employees:

  • Angela Enlow, Program Director/Instructor - Surgical Technology Program.  Began August 15.
  • Sheila Hunter, Instructor - Dental Programs.  Began September 4.
  • Donna Pritchard, Instructor - Health Information Technology.  Began August 15.
  • Kari Reichert, Instructor - ASN Program.  Began September 7. 
  • Jason Morgan, Vocational Resource Educator/Disability Resource Counselor.  Began August 13.
  • Jessica Plemmons, Specialist - Online Instructional Development.  Began August 13.
  • Sherry Phelan, Director - Online Instructional Design and Faculty Development.  Began September 4.
  • Ashley Poppy, Academic Advisor.  Began August 13.
  • Marshall Conn, Accounting Technician.  Began September 4.  

Transfers and Promotions:

  • Danny Lane, Shipping/Receiving/Distribution Clerk.  Began new position August 13. 
Next Newsletter Deadline:  Thursday, October 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 November newsletter is Thursday, October 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!