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Alumni Access

Davis College Alumni Association Mission Statement To facilitate a forum whereby Davis College alumni can network with each other on an ongoing basis to improve their business and personal lives. To maintain the value of their degree or diploma by ensuring that Davis retains its reputation for quality education. To provide current information about Davis College to its alumni, so that they are motivated to promote both new student recruitment and the hiring of Davis graduates. To establish a line of communication between Davis College and its alumni, for the purpose of sharing the latest information relevant to the fields of study offered at Davis and practiced by the alumni. To assist Davis in various tasks that help retain its public image as a caring, quality institution, such as promoting special events, programs, or activities, and providing scholarships that help promote pride among the current student body. Do you have a Davis story to share? Please send it to Mary Ryan at Davis College or e-mail at


*Save the Date Old Friends … New Connections Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 11, 2010, 5:30 – 9:30 PM, at Davis College! That evening we are inviting all of the alumni, past instructors, and staff members to join us for reminiscing, a dinner buffet, music, a silent auction, raffle, door prizes, and so much more! Tickets are $10 each—$5 of that cost is a donation to the Scholarship Fund of the Davis College Foundation—and include free raffle tickets. Contact Mrs. Carolyn Scharer or Marilyn Bovia for reservations.


5:30 – 9:30 PM DAVIS COLLEGE

Alumni News We have received some great updates from alumni. Below are a few. We would love to get an update from you too! Carla (Daquano) Schubeck (class of 1992) received an Associate Degree in Commercial Art. Carla shared the following with us. “I am writing to give you my story if you want to publish it that will be great. I hope it inspires others that good things come to those who wait and to never give up dreaming to become something better then you are today. After college and some setbacks, I worked odd jobs for many years but I never gave up the dream that I was meant for something better than a mediocre life. I was released from 3 sign companies for not being fast enough even though I was only there for a few weeks. So I quit dreaming altogether until in 2000 I landed a job as a printer in a chemical factory. I was overjoyed at the chance to get to print and succeed at doing so. Pretty soon I was training people but yet I did not get a promotion. Then they put me in charge of overseeing temporary special projects for the company President/CEO but yet no promotion. During my time at the day job, I decided to take charge and get everything in order financially and resign. I had decided to live my life with a purpose that would use my talents and skill to start a part-time small design business for churches out of my home. I was already involved in church and wanted to do something with purpose and meaning. I do flags, banners and design garments for church dance teams.

In addition to that I teach beginning dance at churches, sell my products at conferences locally and out of town and have taught at conferences about the uses of color and incorporating the arts in a church setting. These areas involve drama and dance. About 5 years ago my garments were featured on a commercial that was advertising their church. I now have been doing this for 6 years and have been very successful at it. Despite the recession my business is booming and growing. My products have gone as far away as Alaska and Romania, and I only look forward to seeing it keep growing and expanding. I am blessed and I am living the life I used to dream when I was younger. First of all, I thank God for giving me the life I always wanted to live. I also give credit to my instructors at Davis who have poured their knowledge, wisdom, and insight into me to inspire me to dream, reach my personal and professional goals and live the dream life. To offset business, I also work at a day job I absolutely love at the schools helping tutor dance and art and other subjects to ESL (English as Second Language) K – 1 students. I hope my story will encourage others.” Kathleen Russell (class of 1985) sent us a card saying, “sure miss my time and friends I had when I went to Davis College. Hope to come and visit this year.”

In a recent letter from Freda Davis Raszka (class of 69 – 70), we learned she and her husband Phil have been married for 36 years and she has three children Jennifer, Heather, and Andrew, and one grandson Jacob. Freda worked in an office until she was married and then stayed home and raised her family. She volunteered at school and at her church for several years working in the Preschool program (PSR). She eventually took classes and received a teaching certificate for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Freda still teaches PSR and organizes the Pre-K program, trains teachers, and works on the Generation of Faith Team through her church. Bonnie Lech (class of 1985) sent a note saying that she developed software for Pike Delta York Schools. She was also a substitute at the school. Bonnie taught driver’s education for Fulton County Schools, and then became the manager of Key Driving School in 1993. She now owns Key Driving School. She said that Davis College taught her the skills she needed to manage. Bonnie sent a note saying that she developed software for Pike Delta York Schools. She was also a substitute at the school. Bonnie taught driver’s education for Fulton County Schools, and then became the manager of Key Driving School in 1993. She now owns Key Driving School. She said that Davis College taught her the skills she needed to manage.


Ed Gaston has joined Davis College as Assistant Professor in the Business Administration and Information Technology Department. As a full-time faculty member, Mr. Gaston teaches business, economics, and personal finance courses. He holds an MBA in Public Administration from the University of Findlay. Mr. Gaston is also a Davis graduate (2003, Business Management). Commenting on the Davis College culture Mr. Gaston states, “I love the sense of community that is more than evident not only amongst the faculty, but the student body as well.”


Ed Gaston Becomes Full-Time Faculty Member at Davis College

Financial Aid Officer Hired to Assist Students

Davis Instructor Named Teacher of the Year Kathleen France, Department of General Education Chair, was named Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools. The award was presented to Mrs. France at the Association’s Teacher/Placement Workshop and Annual Meeting this past winter in Columbus, Ohio.

Davis College has hired Melissa Kosinski (class of 2009) as Financial Aid Officer to assist students in the financial aid application process. Among her other duties, Ms. Kosinski will interview financial aid applicants to determine eligibility and suggest appropriate sources of aid.

The Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools is the active voice of post-secondary career education colleges and schools of Ohio, which are non-tax supported, privately owned and administered.

******************** Davis Grad Held Comic Strip Workshop at Imagination Station


Brian Houdashelt (class of 2003) is a graduate of the Graphic Design/Interactive Media program, and conducted a comic strip workshop this past March as part of the Animation exhibit at Imagination Station. Brian worked with kids in the 4 – 13 age range on how to create a comic strip and characters. It was a highly attended weekend, and Brian said, “I did have a kid come from Detroit to talk to me about his comic strip.” Brian produced a weekly web-based comic strip, Victor, from 2005 – 2008.

Davis Graduate Receives Alumni Award from OACCS

Davis Interior Design Graduate Featured in Magazine The work of Michele Rose (Interior Design, 2003) was featured in the winter 2009 issue of Kitchen & Bath Makeovers: A Better Homes & Garden Special Interest Publication. Six pages (52 – 57) showcase Michele’s kitchen design while four pages (96 – 99) present her bathroom makeover. This is the second time that Michele’s work has been included in this publication. Michele states, “Without Davis College, I would not have reached this point in my life. It wasn’t was hard work.”

Steve Nathanson (class of 1971 majoring in Accounting and Marketing) was chosen by the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools (OACCS) as the single recipient of the Association’s 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award. The award was presented at the Annual Meeting of the OACCS in Columbus, Ohio. Steve continued his education receiving his bachelor’s degree from Findlay College and his master’s degree from Central Michigan University. In addition to his academic success, Steve is a veteran having served our country in the Army. Steve’s professional career has been in the healthcare industry. Currently he is the Regional Vice President at Mercy Health Partners. Steve also serves on Davis College’s Board of Directors.

Graphic Design Grad featured in Toledo City Paper Davis alumna, Penny Collins (1999, Graphic Design), is featured in the November 15 issue of the Toledo Free Press. The article, “Local Artist Wins International Award” discusses the inclusion of Penny’s work in the 39th Creativity Annual Awards. Penny has also been included in the upcoming book, Logolicious published by Harper Collins. Logolicious celebrates visually stunning logos from around the world. Expertly selected by twelve top creative minds in the field, these logos are a unique mixture of artistic expression and strategic thought. Beyond showcasing what’s new and compelling in the world of logo design, this handbook provides endless inspiration for graphic designers in the critical “idea generating” phase.

//Foundation /////////////////////////News ////////////************* ///////////////////////// The Davis College Foundation’s 10th Annual Scramble “Fore” Scholarships Friday, June 25, 2010 1:00 PM Bedford Hills Golf Club, Temperance, MI Davis College Student & Alumni Single Golfer Registration - $70 (includes dinner) Single Golfer Registration - $80 (includes dinner) Bedrock Mini-Golf Only (unlimited playing during outing) with Hot Dog - $10 Bedrock Mini-Golf (unlimited playing during outing) with Dinner - $30 For more information contact Sandra Price @ 419-473-2700 or e-mail at

Community Corner

“Souper” Bowl Comes to Help the Northwest Ohio Food Bank

.... Social Media: How can you use it? On April 6 and April 7, the Career Services Office in conjunction with the Business Professionals of America presented Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf: Using Social Media to Enhance Your Career. Guest speaker Patrick Giammarco, an authorized Duct Tape Marketing Coach and Inbound Marketing Certified Professional, brought a high level of expertise and experience that assisted students, staff, and faculty in understanding the value that Social Media offers and how it adds to career development.

Davis College students, faculty and staff collected over 350 pounds of canned soup that were donated to the Northwest Ohio Food Bank. The donation drive was sponsored by the student chapter of Business Professionals of America and The Davis College Student Services Department.


Davis College Wins International Education Advertising Awards Davis College has won a Bronze Award and three Merit Awards at the 25th Annual Education Advertising Awards presented by the Higher Education Marketing Report. The Bronze Award was received for the Davis College Graphic Design Program Website. The College’s Fall 2009 Television Commercial, 2009 Holiday Card, and Heritage Museum Poster each received a Merit Award. The Educational Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year, over two-thousand entries were received from more than one-thousand colleges, universities, and secondary schools from all fifty states and several foreign countries.

Davis Contributes to Haiti Relief Effort Davis student, Ashley Crapsey, recently held a bake sale to help raise money for the Haiti relief effort. Davis College matched the proceeds made from the sale totaling $630. All proceeds went to the Red Cross. Davis College has also teamed up with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) and sent supplies for health kits to the Haiti relief effort.

Davis Interior Design Students Received Awards from MUBA In December 2009, interior design students received awards from the Maumee Uptown Business Association (MUBA) for their winning window displays for the Maumee Uptown Window Wonderland 2009. A panel of Maumee area community leaders judged more than 30 storefronts in the competition. Leasa Maxx of Maxx Marketing & Design presented the awards at a ceremony held at Davis College. The winners were: First Place: Nancy Powers and Preet Kaur for Cabinet Impressions Second Place: Carrie Goss and Jennifer Vaneeckhoutte for Key Bank Third Place (Tie): Helen Murray and Paulette Carter for White Christmas Kellie Dessum and Danielle Hubbard for The Maumee Chamber of Commerce

Medical Pinning Ceremony The accomplishments of students in the Davis College Allied Health department were recently recognized at the 2010 Davis College Medical Pinning Ceremony. A total of 33 students from the Medical Assisting, Medical Practice Insurance and Coding, and Medical Secretarial programs received a medical pin. To receive this honor, a student must be near completion of his/ her program. Cher Theisen, president of DCAHO (the student professional organization) did a wonderful job speaking to the students.

Greg Lukasik was Featured in Toledo City Paper Graphic Design major, Greg Lukasik, was featured in the Oct. 28 – Nov. 10, 2009, issue of the Toledo City Paper. The article centered around the opening of Greg’s alternative art supply store, Rogueworks.

Each student who attended the Ceremony pledged themselves to the ideals and ethical codes of the health care profession.

Davis College Spring Party on the Green On April 21, a fun time was had by Davis students and employees. Each quarter employees sponsor an activity for the students. The Party on the Green complete with a great cookout, games, and prizes, was enjoyed by all as students mingled with their instructors and staff.

Scholarship Recipients



Risk Management and Insurance students, Melvin Brown and Gabe Osborn, are the recipients of the RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society) scholarship. This organization is sponsoring scholarships for Davis students in the Risk Management and Insurance program. Melvin and Gabe attended a luncheon to receive their scholarship, and they were able to mingle with professionals from their field of study. If you know of anyone or any organization who would like to award scholarships to Davis students, please contact Kelly Parker, Financial Aid Director.

Looking for a Place to Continue Your Education? Here are Some Options for You. Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor University’s Metro Toledo site offers bachelor degree completion programs in business, management, family studies, and social work. In fact, plans are in the works to offer the Bachelor of Arts in Management and Organizational Development degree on the campus of Davis College early in 2010. It is possible to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months with this program. What’s more, with Spring Arbor’s new Ignite Scholarship, degree completion is more affordable than ever! Those interested should contact Senior Admissions Specialist Nancy Smith or Admissions Specialist Nikki Nichols at 800-968-0272. Lourdes College Lourdes College makes transferring as easy as possible with no expiration on transfer credits, and four-year degree programs designed to complement transfer students’ needs and transfer scholarships. Over 50% of our students have discovered the Lourdes difference and transferred to complete their degree. Once you enroll, we offer a Transfer Orientation just for you. Discover Lourdes College by calling 1-800-878-3210 or visit http://admissions.lourdes. edu today. Heidelberg University Heidelberg offers Bachelor’s Degrees (Degree Completion Program) in Accounting, Business Administration, and Psychology. Also offered are Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and Education, and classes towards a Masters of Arts in Counseling. Contact Christopher L. Mitchell at (419)893-1986 ext. 4010. Kaplan University Kaplan University, a leading provider of online post-secondary education, and Davis College recently partnered to offer educational benefits to graduates. Alumni can now transfer course credits to more than 100 academic programs. Areas of study include: Arts & Sciences, Business & Management, Criminal justice, Health Sciences, Information Systems and technology, Legal Studies, and Nursing. Benefits include a 10% tuition reduction on all Kaplan programs, free textbooks, a discount on DELL computers, and access to the full online library with the University of Alabama (with free shipping of physical books). Kaplan also offers a 34% reduction for U.S. veterans, and 53% for active service members. To learn more about these opportunities and assure your tuition reduction, please call 866.318.8643 or visit .

Would you like exposure to about 3000 graduates of Davis? (and our database keeps growing) Place your business card here for just $75. Your card will appear in two issues of the newsletter. Call Mary Ryan at the College for details or email at

*Save the Date 9.11.10 5:30-9:30 PM at Davis College 419.473.2700 800.477.7021 Contact the Davis College Alumni Association at: 4747 Monroe Street Toledo, OH 43623 It’s All About Where You’re Going

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