ARCHBOLD — Northwest State Community College recently held its fall commencement ceremony, which included the awarding of 127 degrees and/or certificates to 122 students from the divisions of Arts & Sciences; Business & Public Services; Nursing and Allied Health; and Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math (STEM) and Industrial Technologies.
Dr. Dan Burklo, NSCC associate vice president for academics, noted that 82% of the graduating class lives in the college’s six-county service area (Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams counties), and the grade point average of the class was 3.25.
Keetyn Ayers of Defiance was the student speaker, and the keynote speaker was Cecily Rohrs, former coordinator for the NSCC Center for Lifelong Learning.
The college also recognized three individuals who were recently awarded Emeritus status, an honorary title awarded for distinguished service to the academic community. The three recipients were Dr. Edward Singer (former Arts & Sciences faculty member), Dr. Von Plessner (former Dean of Business and Business faculty member), and Philip McCartney (former Board of Trustees Chair and member). McCartney was honored posthumously.
Singer began teaching at NSCC in 1986 in the Arts & Sciences Division, including serving as the lead sociology faculty. Singer played a crucial role in adding sustainability to the NSCC institutional learning outcomes and also coordinated student efforts to bring recycling to campus. In 2008, Singer was the recipient of the NSCC Distinguished Faculty Award, which recognizes individuals who exemplify excellence in teaching.
Plessner began teaching at NSCC in 1984 in the Business division, including a variety of business courses on campus, as well as training topics at job sites in northwest Ohio. Plessner served as dean of Business from 2007-2013 and led the division through the first specialized business accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Plessner received the Master Teacher Award in 1989, Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member in 2003 and the NSCC Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.
McCartney served for 14 years on the NSCC Board of Trustees, from 1997-2012. During that time, he served two terms as board chair in 2002 and 2008. During McCartney’s tenure on the board, he received recognition from the Ohio Association of Community Colleges and was awarded Trustee of the Year for his dedication to promoting community colleges in Ohio. In 2012, an honorary doctorate of technical letters was conferred upon Mr. McCartney posthumously by the NSCC Board of Trustees for his leadership, vision and dedication.
(Information courtesy of NSCC.)