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February 2013
Sen. Roy Blunt to Speak at 2013 Commencement
Ceremony to be held Thursday, May 16



United States Senator Roy Blunt will present the commencement address at the 2013 ceremony for OTC, to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, at JQH Arena on the Missouri State University campus.


Senator Roy Blunt was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. Less than one year after he was sworn in, Blunt was chosen to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. He is also a member of the Senate Republican Whip Team, and serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee; the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; and the Senate Rules Committee.


From 1996-2008, Blunt was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives seven times. Blunt was elected by his colleagues to serve as House Majority Whip and Republican Whip three times, and he became the Majority Whip, the second highest Republican in the House, earlier in his career than any member of Congress in eight decades. Before serving in Congress, he was a history teacher, a county official, and, in 1984, he was the first Republican elected as Missouri's Secretary of State in more than 50 years. Senator Blunt also served as the president of his alma mater, Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.


Senator Blunt is a member of the Smithsonian Council for American Art and is a Trustee of the State Historical Society of Missouri. He is married to Abigail Blunt, and has four children and six grandchildren.


Pictured:  U. S. Senator Roy Blunt.  

OTC Fine Art Gallery:  Faculty Art on Display
5th Annual Faculty Exhibition will run through Feb. 25


The OTC Fine Art Gallery is now featuring the Fifth Annual Fine Art Faculty Exhibition, turning the spotlight on original art works from OTC instructors. The OTC Fine Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the historic Gillioz Theatre complex, 325 Park Central East, in downtown Springfield.


The exhibition includes art works from Fine Art Instructors Tom McCune, Cathy Clemens, Kat Allie, Cynthia Moore, Megan Frauenhoffer, and Jim Delgadillo. A wide variety of mediums and techniques are on display, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and mixed media assemblage. Additionally, this years exhibition will feature unique "green," or "upcycled," metal sculptures from guest artist Tom Stage, a member of the OTC welding faculty.


The Fifth Annual Fine Art Faculty Exhibition will be open from February 1-25. The gallery's regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, contact Kat Allie, Fine Arts and Humanities department chair and OTC Fine Art Gallery manager, by calling (417) 447-8975, or by emailing


Pictured:  A work by faculty member Megan Frauenhoffer. 

OTC Allied Health Clinical Simulation Center to Hold Grand Opening Event February 5
Demonstrations will be held every half hour


The OTC Allied Health Clinical Simulation Center will hold a grand opening event on Tuesday, February 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. The center is located in room 200 of Lincoln Hall.


Designed as a simulated hospital environment, the Allied Health Clinical Simulation Center is a 2,000-square-foot, multi-disciplinary high-fidelity simulation lab that will allow OTC to educate more than 600 students across 12 programs, including all of the college's Allied Health programs. Additionally, the center will provide training for a variety of healthcare professionals already in the workforce.


The event will include simulation demonstrations every half hour, beginning at 10:30. The demonstrations will illustrate the various scenarios that can be simulated through the center's specific rooms. The facility includes an intensive care unit/emergency room, a birthing suite, a medical-surgical room, and a residential suite, as well as a dedicated debriefing space, providing opportunities for hands-on, fully immersive practice for a variety of health care professions.


The OTC Allied Health Clinical Simulation Center was constructed and furnished with the help of several generous organizations: Ashley Furniture, Audio Acoustics, Brigittes Wig Boutique, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, CoxHealth, Laerdal Medical Corporation, and the Sunderland Foundation.

Student-Run PC Repair Clinic Creates Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Founding Instructor
Scholarship will benefit Networking Technology students


In order to provide OTC's Networking Technology students with real world PC troubleshooting and repair experience, the NET program started an on-campus PC Repair Clinic.   The clinic was founded by Kelly Campbell, retired NET instructor, who recently passed away very unexpectedly.  Over the last few years, the clinic has made enough money to fund an endowed scholarship in his name, the Russell "Kelly" Campbell Memorial Scholarship.  The fund will provide two $500 scholarships each year to NET majors who achieve an A in the PC Hardware class.


"This scholarship fund is an opportunity to honor Kelly's memory for all he gave to the program," said George Gibeau, department chair of NET, FST, GDT, EMP and CST, and Networking Technology Instructor.  "I think it is a point of pride that this scholarship is funded by the work of our NET students and will benefit our NET students."  


The clinic, which is staffed by NET students and provides inexpensive repair service for faculty, staff and students, provides an opportunity for NET students to gain skills in all manner of a small repair business (customer interaction, troubleshooting issues, tech support, critical thinking skills, documentation, team work, etc).  Located in Graff 105, the clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, call (417) 447-8113 or email


Pictured:  The late Kelly Campbell, retired NET instructor. 

Retirees Honored During Annual Holiday Reception
Ceremony celebrates three OTC retirees


The 2012 Holiday and Retirement Celebration was held Friday, December 14, in the Jared Family Atrium at the OTC Springfield Campus.  Retirees honored during the ceremony were Surgical Technology Program Director Arlene Chriswell, College Director of Human Resources Alice Ramey, and College Director of Safety and Security Pete Rothrock, The ceremony also included a performance from the children of the Early Childhood Education Center, and a visit from Santa Claus.  Congratulations and best of luck to this year's retirees!


Pictured, left to right, from top:  Retiree Alice Ramey with her family; retiree Pete Rothrock; Veteran Services Representative/Veteran Certifying Officer Dennis Peters in costume as Santa Claus with the daughter of Reading Comprehension Program Tutor Daniel Templeton and Coordinator of Media Production Kristina Bridges-Templeton; retiree Arlene Chriswell. 

Student Learning Committee Corner
Focusing the LENS on student learning

In December, we featured the projects from Budget and Finance office and Psychology departments that received LENS Mini-Grant funds.  This month we will feature the remaining two of the LENS Mini-Grant recipients' projects here:


Occupational Therapy "Clicks" with Assessment 

The Occupational Therapy program's project focuses on implementing clicker technology in OTA courses.  The clickers will be used in multiple ways throughout the courses:  for real-time formative assessment of student learning, for pre-test/post-test assessments for learning units, and for summative assessment of program learning goals.


Strong Foundations

Monies for the Fine Arts department's project will be used to fund monthly meetings for the Fine Arts faculty.  Faculty will be provided a common reader that will be used to focus meeting discussions on methods for teaching and assessing critical inquiry in the arts.  The goal of the project is to provide a consistent learning experience to all students in foundations of art courses.


Look for all LENS Mini-Grant recipients to present the results of their projects to the college community by the end of the spring 2013 semester.  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.

Area Businesses Help OTC Students Through Career Employment Services
Mock interviews help students improve their chances of finding employment


The Career Employment Services Department recently coordinated Employer Mock Interviews for the TEC 285 Occupational Seminar Students.  Twenty-eight area businesses participated in one or more of the four sessions that benefited nearly 150 OTC students.   


These employers took time out of their own work to provide expertise on the hiring process.  This opportunity increases the likelihood of our technical education students finding employment after graduation.  Participating students commented positively on the value of the experience, which will undoubtedly benefit them as they enter the workforce.
We would like to recognize the following employers for their time and talents in making this valuable learning experience possible.  Please express our sincere appreciation should you meet with any of them in the near future.


All Hours Plumbing - Rick Gilmore

Architectural Components - Angel Sarver

Arvest Bank - Marcy Dollens

Big Cedar Lodge - Leigh Mills

City Utilities of Springfield - Sherri Murdaugh

Clear Creek Vehicles - Mark Ringenberg

EduCare - Mary Stone

JPM Chase - Ellen Herschel

KOZL-TV - Shannon Balding, Josh Fowler

Kraft Foods - DR Hill

KRBK-TV - James Kerr

McKesson - Jeff Kerr

Missouri State University - Dr. Jerry Chin

Northeast Diesel - Mike Glover

OACAC - Kathy Lorts

Opfer Communications - Deborah Hartwig

OTC- CWD - Lynda Doepker, Reggie Hoskins

Paul Mueller Company - Gregg Shirey

Prime - Nick Forte

Reliable Toyota Lexus BMW Audi Scion - Ashley Alford

Reliable Chevrolet - Steve Lambert

Rick's Automotive - Tim Cummings

Springfield Public Schools - Kim Goddard, Richard O'Dell

Schweitzer UMC - Kayla Grosshart

Silver Dollar City - Bo Langston

SRC Automotive - Chad Breshears

US Automotive - Terry Hyden, Alan Quackenbush

Wyndham Vacation Ownership - Cisco Cuellar

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

A Practical Nursing Recognition Ceremony was held Thursday, December 13, at the Gillioz Theater in downtown Springfield. A total of 37 nurses received their caps in recognition of program advancement, and 30 nurses received pins in honor of program completion. Congratulations and good luck to these outstanding students!

OTC recognized Lebanon natives J. Howard and Jan Fisk with the naming of the J. Howard and Jan Fisk Conference Room in Casey Hall at the OTC Lebanon Center on Thursday, December 13.  Mr. Fisk is the owner of J. Howard Fisk Limousine Co., and serves on the boards of more than 25 community and industrial organizations.  He is a member and past president of the OTC Board of Trustees.

The OTC Dental Programs held a holiday social for its alumni on Tuesday, December 4, at Dublin's Pass Downtown. More than 50 current students, past graduates, and faculty gathered to celebrate the season, network, and catch up with their former classmates and students.  During the social, retired Dental Hygiene Program Director Marge Bell was presented with the Dental Educator of the Year Award from the Missouri Dental Hygiene Association by the students of the 2012 and 2013 Dental Hygiene Class.

OTC's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management students presented the annual Holiday Peace Table Thursday, December 6, in the Jared Family Atrium. The buffet featured Mediterranean cuisine, including Greek, Northern Africa and Egyptian foods, accompanied with tasty traditional American dessert selections. The event closed out the semester for Scallions, the on-campus restaurant operated by the students of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs. 
Jennifer Marshall, Information Technology training coordinator, was visited by Santa Claus and Louie the Cardinal on Thursday, December 13. She won a contest from the Springfield Cardinals for being the biggest fan in her office. Congratulations, Jennifer!

A fantastic turnout of approximately 90 local and regional high school counselors converged on the OTC Springfield Campus on Friday, December 7, for the 13th Annual Counselors Breakfast and Financial Aid Workshop.
  Attending counselors heard from OTC's financial aid and student service staff, enjoyed a delicious breakfast, and connected with colleagues from across the area.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this important event a success!
The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask
George Gibeau, Department Chair of NET, FST, GDT, EMP and CST, and Networking Technology Instructor

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

My job is to turn my students into taxpayers by guiding them into achieving the skills needed to be gainfully employed in a career for which they have a passion.


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

I started at OTC as an adjunct about 10 yrs ago.  Prior to OTC, I was in various management positions at Siemens Business Services (part of Siemens Global).


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

Continue to grow the success of our Cisco Academic Academy, and develop and grow our available offerings as a result of now being a VMware Academy, an EMC Academy and a Citrix Academy (all relevant to the success of our graduates).


What is your favorite thing about working at OTC?

Seeing the success my students achieve after they graduate from the Networking Technology program, and knowing that I made a difference.


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

Open spaces, clean air, friendly people and Andy's Frozen Custard.

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

Dr. Jess Hudson (retired dean of TechEd) who was my flight instructor and thought I might be interested in an adjunct position at OTC, which started me on my path to where I am now.


What do you have on the walls of your office?

A picture of our cat, Missy, a Grateful Dead poster, and Homestar Runner characters.


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

Nikola Tesla, Jules Gabriel Verne, and Leonardo da Vinci.

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

How to make the most of your life using the talents you have developed.

What were the last three songs played on your iPod?

REM, "Losing My Religion," Pink Floyd, "Dark Side of the Moon," and Jean-Pierre Rampal and Claude Bolling, "Bolling Suite for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio."  


Pictured:  Gibeau at Waimea Canyon in Hawaii. 

In This Issue
Sen. Blunt to Speak at Commencement
OTC Fine Art Gallery
Clinical Simulation Center Grand Opening
PC Repair Clinic Creates Scholarship
Annual Holiday Reception
Student Learning Committee Corner
Area Businesses Help OTC Students
Seen at OTC
The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask
Campus Notes
Professional Development Schedule
Local Happenings
Quick Links

Newsletter Archive
Campus Notes


  • A fundraiser for next year's OTC trip to China will be held Monday, February 4, and Wednesday, February 6, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., in the IC Atrium.  Just in time for Valentine's Day shopping, the sale will feature a wide range of quality gift items from China.  For further information about the fundraiser or the trip, contact Jessica Gerard at


  • A message from Becky Crocker, Physical Therapy Assistant program director and instructor:  "To my family and friends at OTC:  I thank you for the beautiful peace lily in memory of my son Chuck.  As Chuck was growing up, we always had a peace lily in the house, so this is very special to me.  I have learned that God works through friends and family to help us get through times like these.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you for touching my life."


  • A message from Cathy Clemens, Arts and Humanities instructor:  "I'd like to thank my OTC family for their well wishes, thoughts and prayers for the loss of my Mom.  It is certainly a comfort knowing there are many friends who care in time of need."


  • A message from Susan Blakey, assistant director of Career Center programs and assessment:  "Dear OTC friends, Thank you for the beautiful plant sent following the death of my mother-in-law.  Your thoughtfulness is appreciated as we take time to reflect and relish memories of this amazing woman!!"  


Professional Development Schedule

The February 2013 Professional Development Schedule is now available! 

A wide variety of opportunities are on the schedule for this month, including sessions on Pinnacle Gradebook training, collaboration between departments, deafness in the classroom, advising probationary students, and many more.  Plus, new sessions are available in the "20 Minute Mentor Commons."

If you have suggestions or would like to present a session, please contact Marcia Wheeler at

Local Happenings 


  • Now - February 10:  Springfield Little Theatre Presents "Oliver," Landers Theater, downtown Springfield.  The musical adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel "Oliver Twist" is the account of an orphaned boy in 19th century London.  Dickens' timeless characters come to life with a sensational score, including numbers like "Food Glorious Food," "I'd Do Anything," and "Consider Yourself."  Bring the whole family to this delightful show!  For showtimes and ticket information, call (417) 869-1334 or visit the Springfield Little Theatre website.



  • Now - March 15:  Sun, Sports and Summer Fun:  A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, the History Museum for Springfield-Greene County, Park Central Square, Springfield.  The Springfield-Greene County Park Board is celebrating 100 years!  Take a step back in time and see how our parks have changed, and how they have contributed to the community and its people for a century.  Enjoy wonderful images and artifacts of sports, picnics, boating, playgrounds, wild animals, camps, caves, springs, ice skating, lakes, swimming, amusement rides and more!  For museum hours and admission information, call (417) 864-1976 or visit the museum website.



  • February 8:  Springfield Ballet Daddy-Daughter Dance, Creamery Arts Center, Springfield.  Join the Springfield Ballet for the third annual Daddy-Daughter Dance and enjoy a fairytale evening!  A professional ballroom dancer and his partner will give basic instruction as well as some demonstrations.  Light sweets and treats will be provided.  For more information, call (417) 862-1343 or visit



  • February 9-10:  Antique Festival of the Ozarks, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield.  Dealers from across the Midwest present antiques, glass, jewelry, furniture, art, decor, collectibles, vintage advertising and so much more.  For hours and admission prices, call (918) 619-2875 or check out



  • February 9:  3rd Annual C-Street Mardi Gras, Commercial Street Historic District, Springfield.  This year's event includes a wide variety of live entertainment at six indoor venues, all in a pedestrian-friendly area.  For more information and advance ticket options, call (417) 496-9111 or visit



  • February 15-17:  The Annual Lawn and Garden Show, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield.  This yearly event features the newest and best items for your home's outdoors.  More than 75,000 square feet of vendors are sure to meet all your lawn and garden needs!  For details, call (417) 833-2660, or visit



  • February 21 - March 3:  Springfield Little Theatre Presents "Seussical Jr.," Landers Theater, downtown Springfield.  Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, this fantastical, magical, musical adventure features the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, and a gaggle of delightful Seuss characters who try to restore harmony to the Jungle of Nool.  The toe-tapping score includes a variety of musical styles, from Latin to pop, swing to gospel and R&B to funk. Seussical Jr.'s heartwarming message about family, friendship and loyalty will have children and parents alike remembering that "a person's a person, no matter how small." For more information, call (417) 869-1334, or visit the theater website.



  • February 23:  15th Annual KGBX Women's Show, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield.  Join thousands of women for a day full of fun, pampering, learning, sampling, giveaways and more!  For event hours and ticket information, call (417) 833-2660, or visit








1    Samantha Crandall

      Nora McAmis-Payne


4    Shawn Ryan

      Zachary Zweigle


5    John Clayton


6    Donald WIlliams


7    Glenn Marcum


8    Alan Tillery


9    Michelle Stout

      Vickie Taylor


10  Sherry Phelan

      Veronica Sanders

      James Vest


11  Amanda Besser

      James Holmes

      Corky McCormack


13  Susan Kirk


16  Kathy Buchholz

      Marianne Crocker

      Faith Mann

      Marissa Stewart


17  Elena Blackmon


19  H.J. Fontinelle

      Jeff Wisdom


21  Emma Case

      Amanda DeLong

      Sam Endsley


22  Justin Walker


23  James Abramovitz


25  Jacob Lewellen

      Cheryl Li


26  Gary Reynolds


27  Jacob Neimeyer


28  Nicholas Spangenberg 

New Employees, Transfers and Promotions


New Full-Time Permanent Employees:

  • Scott Leven, College Director of Safety and Security.  Began December 10.
  • Tim Baltes, College Director of Human Resources.  Began January 15.
  • Andrew Mitzel, Network Hardware Technician.  Began January 7.
  • Sterling Huff, Workforce Specialist Business Manager - CWD.  Began January 7.
  • James Abramovitz, Workforce Specialist Business Manager - CWD.  Began January 7.  

New Full-Time Temporary Employees:

  •  Christy Boyce-Goodson, Instructor - Dental Programs.  Began January 9. 
Next Newsletter Deadline:  Friday, February 22


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 March newsletter is Friday, February 22.   


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!