|College Matters||April 2013|
Sundy to Receive Excellence in Business Award
Entrepreneur and OTC alumnus to be honored at 2013 event
Restaurateur and entrepreneur Paul Sundy will be the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Business Award, to be presented by OTC on Friday, April 12. The award ceremony will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. at the White River Conference Center in Springfield.
The event will include "A Conversation with Paul Sundy," led by Jim Anderson, president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Reservations are $25; visit www.otc.edu/excellenceinbusiness or call (417) 447-2651 to reserve your seat. Past recipients of the award include John Q. Hammons, members of the O'Reilly family, SRC's Jack Stack, Great Southern's Bill Turner, real estate icon Carol Jones, business owner and attorney Sam Hamra, and Jack and Peter Herschend of Herschend Family Entertainment.
Paul Sundy started his entrepreneurial career in 2003 in downtown Springfield, and has opened and operated 16 different eating/drinking establishments over the last 10 years. His businesses have included Big Whiskey's American Bar & Grill, Parlor 88 Lounge & Eatery, Opus Cigar Bar, and Dublin's Pass Irish Pub & Restaurant. In addition, Sundy brought the Whole Hog BBQ and Einstein Bros. Bagels franchises to Springfield, and opened locations in Little Rock, Ark., and Chicago, Ill. Sundy has also been involved in the creation of downtown Springfield's Oktoberfest Village and Craft Beer Bash, and now holds a management role at the historic Gillioz Theatre.
Sundy is a member of the OTC Foundation Board of Directors and the board of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, and has also been involved with the City of Springfield's Hospitality Resource Panel and the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch. In addition, Sundy received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ozarks Technical Community College in 2010.
Recipients of the Excellence in Business Award are selected based on the following criteria: leader of an Ozarks regional business, entrepreneurial success, innovative business growth, ability to overcome challenges with integrity, supporter of educational development, customer-driven quality, and community achievement. The 2013 event is presented in cooperation with the Springfield News-Leader and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
Fine Arts Department to Present First-Ever Musical
"Clue: The Musical" will play on the Gillioz stage April 26-28
A popular board game comes to life in the interactive production "Clue: The Musical," the first-ever musical presented by Ozarks Technical Community College. The musical will be presented at the historic Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield April 26-28, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. This will be the OTC Fine Arts Department's sixth annual spring production.
The internationally known game is now a fun-filled musical, which brings the world's best-known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery. Who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon? Comic antics, witty lyrics and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room.
At each performance, the audience will receive forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the evening. Three audience members will choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons and rooms. There are 216 possible solutions! Only one hard-nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem.
Tickets for "Clue: The Musical" are available to OTC employees and students at no cost. There is no official limit to the number provided to one individual; a pair of tickets is reasonable. Tickets are available at the following locations:
OTC Springfield Campus: Student Help Desk
OTC Richwood Valley: Student Services
OTC Branson, Lebanon, Waynesville: Administration Offices
For more information on this year's production, visit www.otc.edu/springplay
OTC to Host 4th Annual Community Day
Event will have entertainment and information for all ages
OTC will host the 2013 Community Day on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the OTC Springfield Campus. The Community Day event is held each spring as a thank you to the community for its continued support, offering an opportunity for citizens to visit the OTC Springfield Campus and learn more about the college's role in the community.
This year's event will include the annual car show, welding repairs, and a plant sale, along with more tables and booths than ever before, offering demonstrations, health screenings, hands-on projects and other information from the college's various departments and programs.
The new Mobile Hearing Instrument Science vehicle will be open for tours, and there will be demonstrations of our mobile ambulance simulator and computer-driven interactive manikins. There will be face painting, a photo booth, games, and a bounce house for kids, and the Springfield-Greene County Library's Bookmobile will be on site.
For more information about this year's Community Day event, or to register for the car show, visit www.otc.com/communityday.
OTC Fine Art Gallery: Central Ozarks Conference Annual Juried High School Art Exhibition
Plus a giant game of "Clue" in Park Central Square!
This month, the OTC Fine Arts department will take "center stage" in Park Central Square as we promote our own student talent in the visual, performing, and musical arts. From 6:30-9:30 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk on Friday, April 5, the OTC Fine Arts department's students and faculty will promote the upcoming "Clue: The Musical" by engaging Art Walk-goers in a live interactive game of murder mystery intrigue!
Join us in the fun and see if you can solve who did it, with what weapon, and in what local establishment? Was it Colonel Mustard in the Park Central Branch Library with the Rope, or did you spot Miss Scarlet on the Square with a Candlestick? Perhaps it was Ms. Peacock in the MudLounge with the Lead Pipe while she was sipping on a hot beverage. It will be an evening of great fun!
On display inside the OTC Fine Art Gallery will be art from the Central Ozarks Conference Annual Juried High School Art Exhibition. For the last four years, the gallery has proudly hosted this annual juried exhibition, promoting some of our local and regional high schools' young new artists. This year, the exhibition's awards ceremony will take place during the evening of our Art Walk reception, which will be held in the gallery during on Friday, April 5, from 6-10 p.m. The gallery is located on the third floor of the historic Gillioz Theater complex in downtown Springfield.
The OTC Fine Art 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 email@example.com.
Student Learning Committee Corner
Focusing the LENS on student learning
We are pleased to announce that the LENS Mini-Grants will be available again for the Fall 2013 semester!
LENS Mini-Grants are funded through the assessment budget, and are awarded to departments and programs with great ideas for increasing student learning through the assessment process. This year, we are pleased to be able to fund up to a total of seven $1,000 grants.
Look for an email with more detailed information on the submission process and selection criteria in your inbox soon...
Have questions or comments? Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Shipping, Receiving and Mail Distribution Clerk Danny Lane
Describe what you do at OTC in 50 words or less.
I process and deliver mail. I receive and ship packages and distribute them accordingly throughout the college.
How long have you been at OTC, and where were you immediately prior?
In April I will have been at OTC for six years. Prior to that, I was in Denver working on my Masters of Fine Arts at The Art Institute of Colorado.
What do you hope to accomplish in your position or department in the coming year?
I hope to be more efficient in my position.
What is your favorite thing about working at OTC?
The people that I work with have become really good friends. They are all good people.
What is your favorite thing about living and working in the Ozarks?
The seasons. I grew up in south Florida and never really had all four seasons.
Tell us about one person who had a significant impact on your professional life or career choice.
My father has been the most influential person in my life both in work and as a human being.
What do you have on the walls of your office?
I have artwork from my daughter, and Lego creations from my son and a Tardis on my desk.
If you could have dinner with three famous people, alive or dead, who would they be?
I would have dinner with the Dali Lama, Gandhi, and Shepard Fairey.
If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
My book, if I ever wrote it, would be about life. How to be and do the right thing even if you had to stand alone.
What were the last three songs played on your iPod?
"My Apartment," by Young the Giant, "Lotus Flower," by Radiohead, and "Fingers in the Factories," by Editors.
Pictured: Danny with his daughter and a painting she made of him. The painting was on display in the Springfield Art Museum during the 2013 All-School Art Exhibition.
- OTC will host an Open House event at three of its locations during the month of April. The events are designed for members of the community to learn more about opportunities provided by OTC in their area. For more information on the Open House events, visit discover.otc.edu. This year's Open Houses are scheduled as follows:
OTC Springfield Campus
Friday, April 5, 8 a.m. - Noon
OTC Richwood Valley Campus
Friday, April 12, 8 a.m. - Noon
OTC Lebanon Center
Friday, April 12, 8 a.m. - Noon
- Three fundraisers are still coming up for the OTC choirs' trip to New York City! You can help the OTC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers to raise the necessary $1,600 per student by attending the following events. For more information on the trip to New York, click here.
Monday, April 15, 5-9 p.m.
Choir Give Back Night
Chili's Grill and Bar
3020 S. Glenstone Avenue
Friday, April 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Spring Picnic Raffle
OTC Springfield Campus
Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m.
OTC Fine Arts Spring Concert
Lincoln Hall Room 211
OTC Springfield Campus
- A message from Joyce Thomas, director of Counseling and Advising: "My sincere thanks to my OTC colleagues for the beautiful flowers I received during my recent health scare. I am on the road to recovery now and look forward to returning to work soon. Thank you again for thinking of me."
- A message from Jill Cox, college director of Finance: "Thank you for the peace lily that was recently sent for my grandmother's passing. My family was grateful for your kindness and I appreciate the support I received during this difficult time."
- A message from Mark Otradovec, adjunct English instructor: "Thank you for your expression of sorrow at my mother's death. The OTC family, especially the Communications Department, has been very kind to me at this time."
- A message from Jill Rea, Financial Aid advisor, upon the passing of Thelma Copeland: "Thank you so much for the beautiful plant and for your thoughtfulness."
|Professional Development Schedule
The April 2013 Professional Development Schedule is now available!
A wide variety of professional development offerings are on the schedule for this month, including a Get to Know OTC Tour of the Information Commons, a student showcase, sessions offered by OTC Online, Faculty Resource Room opportunities, ARTS Training, and much more.
If you have suggestions or would like to present a session, please contact Marcia Wheeler at email@example.com
|Local Happenings |
- April 4-13: "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," Barnett Fine Arts Theater, Evangel University. This delightful Broadway musical is based on the classic "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schultz. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling Lisa Kraus at (417) 865-2815, ext. 8640. Group ticket rates are available. For more information, visit www.evangel.edu.
- April 6: Cherry Blossom Kite Festival, Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene Park, Springfield. Celebrate this year's opening of the park with this event honoring Springfield's sister city of Isesaki, Japan! For more information, visit the Springfield Sister Cities Association website.
- April 19: 14th Annual Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield. This annual event raises money for agencies that serve the children of the Ozarks, including Boys and Girls Town of Missouri, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ozarks, the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch and many more. For more information, visit www.rocknribs.com.
- Now - April 7: "A Chorus Line," Landers Theater, downtown Springfield. On a bare stage in a New York theater, 17 hopeful and desperate dancers, some bright-eyed novices and some jaded veterans, audition for eight coveted roles in a Broadway musical. Between the grueling audition routines, the director-choreographer interrogates the dancers, compelling them to reveal their individual dreams, secrets, and shortcomings. A timeless tale of high kicks, bright lights, standing ovations, and defying the odds, "A Chorus Line" is a celebration of the over-dedicated, underpaid, highly trained chorus dancers and the American musical itself. For show times and ticket information, call (417) 869-1334 or visit the Springfield Little Theatre website.
2 Jason Ayer
3 Martha Crise
4 Cheryl Butler
5 Nancy Hoedl
6 Eric Freeman
7 Jerry Phillips
9 Jeff Johnson
10 Gerald Bryant
11 Elizabeth Carpenter
12 Kerri Huff
13 Jo Fritts
17 Twila Chambers
19 Jeff Jones
20 Craig Granger
21 Jeff Jochems
23 Donald Kleier
24 Synetha Collins
25 Douglas Brennaman
26 Alice Jefferson
27 Stephanie Davenport
28 George Gibeau
29 Michelle Crum
30 Jeff Meyer
New Employees, Transfers and Promotions
New Full-Time Permanent Employees:
- Shawn Pettit, Custodian. Began March 11.
Next Newsletter Deadline: Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 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!