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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 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
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

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

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


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 spring 2013 induction ceremony for OTC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was held Thursday, March 7, at the historic Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for students at two-year institutions. Ozarks Technical Community College's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members twice each year. Congratulations to all the inductees! Pictured:  Phi Theta Kappa Advisor and Early Childhood Education Instructor Jo Fritts presents a certificate to an inductee.

On March 8, Missouri State Representative Charlie Norr visited the OTC Career Center and met with several students to talk about the career and technical education programs offered at the college.  After he visited with the students, Career Center Director Jackie Jenkins and Assistant Director of Career Center Programs and Assessment Susan Blakey led Rep. Norr on a tour of many of the technical education programs available at the OTC Springfield Campus. Pictured:  Rep. Norr with six OTC students.

The children of the Early Childhood Education Center participated in a Hop-A-Thon for Muscular Dystrophy in March to help raise money for the cause. Everyone jumped for two minutes, and had fun in the process! Pictured:  a worker in the Early Childhood Education Center helps a child balance as she hops.

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. 

In This Issue
Excellence in Business 2013
OTC's First-Ever Musical
4th Annual Community Day
OTC Fine Art Gallery
Student Learning Committee Corner
Seen at OTC
The Same 10 Questions We Always Ask
Campus Notes
Professional Development Schedule
Local Happenings
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Campus Notes

  • 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  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

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   
  • 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
  • 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

      Karen Creighton


3    Martha Crise


4    Cheryl Butler

      Andrew Mitzel

      Chelsey Taylor


5    Nancy Hoedl

      Ginger Luke

      Jennifer McAtee

      Rita Rubison


6    Eric Freeman


7    Jerry Phillips

      D Rose


9    Jeff Johnson

      Danelle Maxwell

      Jim Moore

      Sandra Scroggins


10  Gerald Bryant

      Betty Denson

      Keith Dinwiddie

      Anthony Evans

      Loren Lundstrom

      Karla Rues


11  Elizabeth Carpenter

      Angela Messner


12  Kerri Huff


13  Jo Fritts

      Rob Griffith


17  Twila Chambers

      Kristin Farish

      Stephen Meadows

      Rob Rector


19  Jeff Jones

      Jeff Warner


20  Craig Granger

      Todd VanGorden


21  Jeff Jochems

      David Ray


23  Donald Kleier


24  Synetha Collins

      Lisa Hearn


25  Douglas Brennaman


26  Alice Jefferson

      Jane Means

      Eric Ogan


27  Stephanie Davenport

      Raymond Wade


28  George Gibeau

      Susan Moorefield


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!