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z NEW! Automotive Technology Center Fuels Program’s Growth

FALL 2005

z Third Annual Benefactors Luncheon z NEW! Associate of Arts Degree

z Stark State Leads Ohio In Enrollment Growth z NEW! TRIO Student Support Program z Satellite Centers Continue To Grow

A publication of Stark State College of Technology for alumni, friends of the College and the community



President’s Message by John O’Donnell, President, Stark State College As we gathered on August 10, 2005 for the dedication of the Stark State College Automotive Technology Center (pages 6 and 7), we could feel the excitement and pride during the ceremony, the result of the vision, collaboration, and teamwork of the many partners in the room. The partners in attendance were many and each was acknowledged. Local representatives were present from the Stark County Automobile Dealers’ Association, the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association, Harris-Day Architects, and Shalmo Construction Company. Our national corporate partners were there in force as well – Toyota, General Motors, Chrysler, Honda, and Caterpillar, traveling from Illinois, Michigan, and as far away as California. Professor Randy Bennett was excellent in acknowledging the contributions of all present and strongly emphasized the dedication of his automotive technology faculty to teaching, to integrating technology into the curriculum, and to the success of their students both both in mastering skills and obtaining employment in their areas of expertise. Fonda Williams, vice president of sales for GroupMidwest and chairperson of the Stark State College Board of Trustees, summarized the mission of Stark State College by acknowledging the complexity of the technology, the contributions of our partners, and the expertise of our faculty. He added that at Stark State College “We save lives.” Simply through access to higher education, mastery of career skills and career placement, we take our students to a new level of life achievement. Many of our students first come to us unsure of their career goals and unable to specify a particular academic program. In this issue of the Review, you will read about our new joint associate degree program with Kent State University and Kent State University–Stark Campus (page 4). The general studies program provides students with a chance to explore career areas to either choose a particular associate degree or transfer to Kent Stark or other colleges. Imagine earning an associate degree at Stark State College and a bachelor’s degree at Kent Stark for the approximate total cost for two degrees of $21,000 – access, affordability, and excellence. I thank Dr. Carol Cartwright, president of Kent State University, for her support in advancing this public higher education partnership, and I welcome Dr. Betsy Boze, dean of Kent Stark, to our partnership in public higher education. More exciting things are happening at Stark State with the addition of another satellite center. Beginning in January, Stark State, at the request of Lake Local Schools, will offer courses at Lake Community Center (page 9). Once again, Stark State is making the pursuit of higher education more convenient for the residents of greater Uniontown/Hartville. Vision. Collaboration. Teamwork. At Stark State College, we are working with our many partners to advance the lives of the citizens, businesses, and communities of Stark and surrounding counties.

The Stark State Review is published for alumni, friends of the College and the community. Story ideas and articles are welcome from alumni, staff, faculty, administrators and friends of the College. Please send your correspondence to Stark State Review, 6200 Frank Ave. N.W., North Canton, OH 44720. Administration John O’Donnell, Ph.D., President Thomas A. Chiappini, Vice President for Business and Finance Lawrence M. Cox, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Corporate Services Para M. Jones, Vice President for Advancement and Student Services John J. Kurtz, Vice President for Information Technology and Administrative Services Board of Trustees Fonda P. Williams II, Chair Christopher J. Maurer, Vice Chair Michael J. Hill Penny L. Sherrod-Campanizzi William Strohmenger Michael Thomas, D.D.S. Foundation Board of Directors Ron Wilkof, President Paul Feaser, Vice President Charles West, Treasurer Nancy McPeek, Secretary Hortense Bobbitt Donald Colaner Gene DeChellis Sally Efremoff David Ewing Irving Gordon, D.O. Monica Gwin Lynn Hamilton Robert Leasure, Ph.D. George Lemon William Luntz, Emeritus John J. McGrath, Ed.D. John O’Donnell, Ph.D. James Powell, Emeritus Ahmed Sabe, M.D. Terrence Seeberger Mary Jo Shannon Slick William Strohmenger Thomas Strouble Grace Wakulchik Jeffery Walters Frank Weinstock, M.D. Frank Wittman Steve Yoder Editor Irene Lewis Motts Director of Marketing/Communications Graphic Design/Photography Beth Klein Graphic Designer Editorial Assistant/Photography Sean Rutherford Web/Communications Specialist Editorial Assistant Cathy Spino

ON THE COVER Stark State College President John O’Donnell, left, and Automotive Technology Department Chair Randy Bennett,admire a few of the many automobiles that were displayed at the grand opening. Stark State College is committed to equal opportunity for all and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, age, disability or veteran’s status.


Our students, our success, our spirit; scholarships support their goals FRED F. SILK SCHOLARSHIP

“The scholarship helped so much with the cost of books and materials. In addition, it allowed me to take two additional specialized courses, beyond my degree requirements, which will make me even more employable.”

— Sue Lechner, Canton, computer networking and telecommunications technology, graduated May 2005


“I’m grateful for the financial help, especially while I’m supporting a family and attending college. On behalf of the student body, I’m also grateful to the Alumni Association for their support and to everyone who supports scholarships.

— Chris Monroe, Louisville, environmental, health and safety technology, will graduate May 2006

BETTY JEAN MORFORD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP “I am very fortunate and honored to have received this scholarship because I know that Betty Jean Morford had such an impact on the program. It relieved a great financial burden while I worked and attended classes.”

As a community-based college of technology, Stark State changes lives and builds futures in so many ways by creating a learning and support environment that encourages personal and academic growth. Many of our students struggle to make ends meet while paying for college costs. As more and more students arrive on our doorstep, the need for donor support increases as we seek ways to bridge the increasing gap between state support and student costs. That is why we turn to our community to help our students through private scholarship support. The facts speak for themselves: • The median annual income of our students who receive financial aid is $12,064. Federal and state financial aid programs do not provide sufficient resources to help low-income students with tuition, books and other costs. • 86% of Stark State students work in low-paying jobs, making them ineligible for most federal and state financial aid programs. These “working poor” students – many with dependent children – have a difficult time paying tuition while supporting themselves and their families. • Many students must “stop out” (do not return for classes from one semester to the next) or drop out entirely due to financial reasons. This past academic year, the Stark State Foundation endowment provided nearly $75,000 in private scholarships to 175 deserving students. Student need is much greater than the College can serve. Additional private scholarships and tuition assistance is needed to ensure that more Stark County high school students come to Stark State directly after graduation to earn associate and transfer degrees, ensuring a brighter economic future for them and for the community. Approximately 90% of Stark State’s graduates remain in the area and are gainfully employed following graduation. “The Stark State Foundation’s goal is to increase the College’s scholarship endowment to provide a permanent, stable source of financial support for low-income students now and in the future,” said Para M. Jones, vice president for advancement and student services. “We thank our many generous donors for the scholarship assistance they provide to our students. “I wish donors could see firsthand how their generous gifts change the lives of students,” she added. “The Foundation will continue to ask the community to support the needs of our students through more private scholarships.” Stark State Vice President Para Jones addresses donors and scholarship recipients at the Third Annual Benefactors Luncheon, held October 27.

— Shelley Haueter, Bolivar, environmental, health and safety technology, will graduate December 2005


“I was on my own for 11 years with a young son at the time and this scholarship had a tremendous impact on my financial situation. It was a dream come true to receive my education!”

— June Weaver, Dover, human and social services, will graduate December 2005 About the Stark State College Foundation - The Stark State College Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization formed in 1986 to seek, receive, manage and distribute funds, equipment, property and other contributions for the benefit of the students and programs of Stark State College. The Foundation plays a crucial role in helping the College provide excellent educational services to the Greater Stark County community.




Associate of arts degree opens a world of opportunities for students

Stark State College, in conjunction with Kent State University–Stark Campus, is offering an exciting, jointly-awarded associate of arts (A.A.) with five degree “tracks” to fit a variety of interests and educational pursuits. This program is designed to allow students the opportunity to graduate with an associate of arts degree which positions graduates to pursue more focused study at the baccalaureate levels. Through a special partnership with KSU-Stark, transition to a B.A. at KSU-Stark is seamless for the student. “Because the associate of arts degree opens so many pathways to continue one’s education, it is specifically designed to promote higher educational attainment and the establishment of successful careers in Stark County,” said Dr. John O’Donnell, president, Stark State College.

These five tracks are available within the A.A. degree:

The Generalist Track: This is the most academically flexible approach to the A.A. and recommended for students wanting to keep their options open. In this option, students complete the first two years of studies, then transfer to a baccalaureate program or decide, through their course exploration, to pursue a specific associate degree. The Math/Science Track: This track is recommended for students

considering pursuit of a baccalaureate-level major in mathematical and scientific fields of study.

Stark State Trustee wins humanitarian award

Stark State College Trustee Dr. Michael Thomas, DDS, has been awarded the 2005 Ohio Dental Association Marvin Fisk Humanitarian Award. Thomas was nominated by the Stark County Dental Society who cited several volunteer efforts and commitments to programs for the disabled, elderly and youth. Thomas was instrumental in the design and early funding of the dental clinic at the Canton Community Clinic. He has volunteered his services one day a month at the Clinic, without fail, since it opened in 1996. “I’m pretty much living a nice life, but it’s all God given,” Thomas said. “I welcome the opportunity to give back from what God has given me.” Thomas joined the Stark State Board of Trustees in 2000 and was reappointed in 2003.

Technology in action

The Fine Arts-Art Track: This track is recommended for persons

giving thought to a career in the visual arts.

The Fine Arts-Music Track: This track is recommended for students investigating further education in music and musical performance.

The Information Technology Track: This track is recommended for

students preparing for computer-related careers.

Those who should consider this degree are:

• recent high school graduates, uncertain about their career paths, who would like to explore a variety of career options for which an associate degree is beneficial. • adults who are uncertain of their career plans and want to explore different areas while pursuing a course of study guaranteed to transfer easily into a range of degree completion plans. • students who have accumulated credits on their Stark State transcript, but who have not completed a degree. • students who have earned a one-year certificate and wish to pursue an associate degree. • pre-health students who do not matriculate into a health degree program.

Since the A.A. degree is jointly awarded, students may enroll in the degree program at either Stark State or KSU-Stark. Classes may be taken on both campuses and students pay the tuition rate of the institution in which they are enrolled, even though they are considered cross-registered.

For additional information, call the Office of Admissions/Student Services at 330-966-5450 or visit the Web at 4

Second year medical laboratory technology student, Terri Wilbert examines a gram stain for bacteria using the program’s newly acquired microscopes. The clinical grade microscopes are equipped with fluorescence and a camera. This allows images from a specimen slide to be projected on screen, enabling the entire class to view the same information. The images can also be converted into a digital format and saved to a CD for future use. Ohio congressman Ralph Regula was instrumental in obtaining the federal funds used to purchase the microscopes. Regula is the chairman of the House subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.

Fifty-five percent increase in enrollment since 2000

Stark State College leads Ohio in enrollment growth

Stark State College leads all public Ohio colleges and universities in enrollment growth, according to the Ohio Board of Regents, with an 11.3 percent increase for fall semester. Stark State continues as Ohio’s largest technical college and has been ranked nationally as 30th among 50 of the fastest growing public technical colleges in the country. For the sixth consecutive year, Stark State College has reported the highest enrollment in the College’s 45-year history, with 7000 students on campus this fall. Overall, Stark State’s enrollment has increased 55% since 2000. “The College’s continued record enrollment is testimony to the quality of Stark State’s academic programs,” said Dr. John O’Donnell, president of Stark State. “Students value our affordability, accessibility, and transferability. We offer a broad selection of degree programs that provide our graduates with rewarding careers in today’s fastest-growing fields and provide opportunities for bachelor’s degrees at our partner institutions in the community. O’Donnell added that of the College’s 593 graduates in 2004, over 93% were employed upon graduation. “Our degrees are market-driven,” O’Donnell explained. “Our instructional programs are state-of-the-art and meet the needs of our students and employers.” Stark State’s affordable tuition of $120 per semester hour is also an advantage for local students, as well as the College’s wide range of scholarships and financial aid programs. Stark State recently started an associate of arts degree for those individuals seeking more of a liberal arts-based degree. Offered in conjunction with Kent State University – Stark Campus, the degree provides seamless transition to the bachelor of arts program at KSU (see page 4 for more information about the AA degree). To keep pace with growing enrollments, Stark State’s campus has continued to expand with the completion of the W.R. Timken Center for Information Technology, the Ralph Regula Wellness and Therapy Center, the Automotive Technology Center located on Whipple Ave. and several new student parking lots. According to the Ohio Board of Regents, Stark State’s closest competitor in enrollment growth this fall among all public institutions of higher education was Central Ohio Technical College with an increase of 9.1 percent.

Two additional parking lots with 266 spaces were added this semester at the corner of Mega Street and Frank Avenue to accommodate increased enrollment.

Stark State College reappoints two Board members Christopher J. Maurer, executive vice-president, human resources of FirstMerit Corporation and Penny Sherrod-Campanizzi, director of Enterprise Systems at The Babcock and Wilcox Company, have been reappointed to three-year terms on the Stark State College Board of Trustees. Maurer, a past chairperson, is currently serving for the second time as vice chairperson, and has been serving on the Board since 1993. He joined First National Bank of Ohio in 1992 as senior vice president and director of human resources and was named to the same position with FirstMerit in 1993. Prior to joining First National, Maurer worked for 21 years with Diebold Incorporated, holding various human resources management positions. He received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Akron and is pursuing an executive MBA degree at Kent State University. Sherrod-Campanizzi has been a Board member since 2002. She joined Babcock and Wilcox in 1974 and worked in the areas of production control, materials and marketing. Prior to being named to her current position in 2001, Sherrod-Campanizzi served four years as general manager of replacement parts. She is currently the chair of the Manufacturer’s Alliance (MAPI) E-Business Council and chair of the Babcock and Wilcox 2005 United Way campaign. Sherrod-Campanizzi earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Hiram College. Other Board members include Fonda P. Williams, chairperson; Michael J. Hill, William R. Strohmenger, and Michael Thomas, DDS.



“…a dream come true.”

Randy Bennett, department chair of the automotive program, praised his faculty and staff (in the background) during the Automotive Technology Center grand opening.

An enrollment growth of 582% in Stark State College’s automotive technology program fueled the need for the new, free-standing Automotive Technology Center on Whipple Avenue. “Awesome” is the most frequently heard description of the high-tech, $4.2 million facility, currently home to 396 students, 11 full-time faculty, 6 part-time faculty and several staff members. Nearly 40,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories and car bays now accommodates this rapidly growing program. The facility provides room to expand the number of cars that can actually be in classroom settings. Previously, the program had about 17,000 square feet at the College. The new facility has a 15,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, computerized automotive lab area that can accommodate 35 vehicles; 24-station computer

Stark State Automotive Technology Center fuels program’s growth “It is vital that today’s auto technicians be highly-trained and that they keep their

skills current.” — Randy Bennett Department Chair Automotive Technology

Classic cars were on display at the Automotive Technology Center grand opening.


classroom/lab; 110 free-standing computers; and three business/general studies classrooms. “This center is designed to allow automotive technology students the opportunity to take all requirements for an associate degree in this facility – without having to commute between our campuses,” said Stark State President John O’Donnell at the grand opening. “It is truly a high-tech center for teaching and learning to support the northeast Ohio automotive industry.” Bennett still marvels at the amount of space available for instruction. “Having the ability to add a wider variety of models makes our students more versatile and more employable in the workplace,” said Randy Bennett, chair of the automotive technology program, who calls the new Center “a dream come true.” Bennett and his faculty are responsible for the program’s growth from 68 students in 2000 to 396 students this fall. They have worked closely with auto dealers in the area to offer programs to meet their needs. Dealership support is strong, with dealers donating vehicles on which students learn. The quality of the automotive technology program drew students even before the facility opened in January. “It is vital that today’s auto technicians be highly-trained and that they keep their skills current,” said Bennett, explaining that the programs offered also train service and parts managers, dealership service advisers and factory service representatives.

MAINFEATURE Clockwise from the top: Automotive Technology Department Chair Randy Bennett keeps the action moving at the Center. Faculty members working with students in the new Center are Charles McDowell, instructor, GM ASEP; Perry Brelish, instructor, GM ASEP, and Kevin Smith, instructor, comprehensive automotive technology.

“This is truly a model facility in the country,” said Jim Kling, executive director of the Stark County Automobile Dealers Association. Students can earn a two-year associate degree in automotive technology and specialize in General Motors, Honda or Toyota programs. In addition, the Center is the training facility for all of northeast Ohio’s GM dealership technicians. The automotive students also like the new building. “It’s so much of a difference,” said Richard Smith, a sophomore in the automotive technology program. “We’re able to get a car in every classroom so we can have a hands-on lab in every classroom.” During the last 20 years, there has been a rapid expansion in the use of electronics and microprocessor controls on automobiles. Today’s automobiles can have up to 42 on-board computers and microprocessors that control engine management, emissions, occupant restraints, and on-board navigation systems. There are no printed service manuals in the building. Students use one of the 110 computers available in the facility to access online service manuals and to print the reference pages needed for the repair, this allows students to access the most current repair information available. Along with their technical skills, today’s technicians must also have good computer, communication and customer contact skills. “Our program blends classroom theory and hands-on training, thus giving the student the knowledge base and competencies they will need to process technical information, solve automotive problems and use diagnostics effectively,” said Bennett. “And, that makes our graduates very employable!”

“…This is truly a model facility in the country.” — Jim Kling, executive director of the Stark County Automobile Dealers Association



New student services program puts students on path to success

In June, Stark State was awarded a fouryear, $880,000 grant to develop a new student services program. The TRIO Student Support Services program is designed to assist low income students, first generation college students, students with disabilities or any combination of the three. The program director, Benjamin Tobias, says the goal of the program is to help students graduate and then either transfer to a four-year institution or transition directly into the workforce. “We try and guide each student down the path that is right for them individually,” Tobias said.

TRIO offers a number of services including tutoring, academic advisement, seminars and cultural enrichment activities. Tobias said the enrichment activities are designed to encourage students to experience things outside of their normal realm. One of the program’s participants, Danielle Martin, a human and social services major, praised the program. “I’m here a lot,” she said, “The people are great and the tutoring is very helpful.” Martin was referred to TRIO by Kathy Bernstein, coordinator of disability support services. Students can be referred to TRIO by any member of the College or they may come in and apply on their own. The first step of the application process is a needs assessment to verify the student fits at least one of the three criteria – low income, first generation college student or disability. Each student is then given a learning and study strategy inventory. This is an assessment of the student’s existing habits and abilities and is then used to develop an individual student support plan. Once a decision is made to accept a student into the program, the student signs a contract agreeing to give TRIO director a minimum of 20 hours to BenTobias reviews a the program each semester. homework assignment The 20 hours can be with program particifulfilled using any of the pant Danielle Martin. Martin is pursuing services TRIO offers. her degree in human “Basically we want the and social services student to commit to being and hopes to go on to actively engaged in their Malone College or the University of Akron for education,” Tobias said, her bachelor’s degree. Murray Hooten, a retention specialist with the “The contract is how we TRIO program, discusses studying strategies encourage that.” with Krystal Fuller, a dental hygiene major. Denise Messier, an occuFuller credits the program with “helping me to pational therapist assistant keep focus and not lose concentration in class.” student in her second semester at Stark State, said she would According to grant guidelines, the strongly recommend TRIO to any student program must maintain an enrollment with the opportunity to enroll. of 160 students. Currently, the program “TRIO provides me with a lot of support has 100 students enrolled and will fill the and encouragement. Anyone who has a remaining openings by the beginning of chance to use this program definitely spring semester 2006. should,” she said, “It’s only to their bene“We have a waiting list right now,” fit; TRIO is a real asset to the College.” Tobias said. “We’re having great success In addition to Tobias, TRIO employs enrolling students, but we wanted to slow two retention specialists, an administrative down and make sure we’re adhering to assistant and two work-study students. the grant requirements and addressing all The program submits annual performance the needs of our students.” reviews and must reapply for the grant at the end of this four-year term. 8


The Stark State College student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) has been named IMA’s “Outstanding Two-Year College Chapter in the Nation” for the sixth time in seven years, and the fifth consecutive year. Representatives from the College’s student chapter were recognized recently at the IMA national conference in Boston. In addition to the trophy, the winning chapter received a $1,000 cash award that will be used for student scholarships at Stark State. The annual competition honors student chapters from across the U.S. for their efforts in promoting management accounting and financial management as professions and careers. Judging criteria include the chapter’s success with educational meetings, community service projects, awareness projects, linkages to area businesses and more. J Health information technology sophomore Mary Ann Patterson is the recipient of a 2005 FORE Merit Scholarship. FORE, the Foundation of Research and Education of the American Health Information Management Association, provides financial and intellectual resources to sustain and recognize continuous innovation and advances in health information management for the betterment of the profession, healthcare, and the public. She was awarded her the FORE Undergraduate Scholarship. J BLAST, Business Leaders at Stark State student organization, created a great deal of fun on campus with a special Halloween party for students, faculty and staff featuring a scavenger hunt, pumpkin eating contest and prizes. J Phi Theta Kappa student honorary society sponsored a “Make a Difference” campus-wide drive for new and gently-used stuffed animals to donate to the State Highway Patrol, Stark County Sheriff’s Department, Plain Township Fire Department and Canton City Police and Fire Departments. They collected over 700 stuffed animals that will be provided to comfort children who are victims of fires, accidents or crimes.

WORTH NOTING Frank Fuller, Ph.D. has been named department chair of engineering technology. Fuller has 14 years of engineering technology management, as well as teaching experience in post-secondary design and manufacturing engineering. Prior to joining Stark State, Fuller taught at Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Warren, OH. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Ohio University and master’s and doctorate degrees in industrial technology education from the Ohio State University. Barbara Harwell, massage therapy program coordinator and a licensed massage therapist, has been named president of Ohio Council of Massage Therapy Schools (OCMTS), after serving one year as vice president. The OCMTS is a group of accredited Ohio massage therapy schools, established to foster and influence policies and procedures concerning the operation and regulation of professional massage therapy schools in Ohio. She also was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Stark County ALS Network. Harwell has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Akron and is pursuing her master’s degree in educational psychology from Capella University.

Stark State College satellite classes continue to grow

Enrollment at Stark State College’s satellite centers continues to grow as the program enters its fourth semester of offering courses in several locations. The College offers courses to the general public and currently enrolled high school students (post-secondary education option) who would prefer to take college classes at locations in Alliance, Carrollton, downtown Canton and Uniontown/Hartville. “We have over 200 currently enrolled in satellite centers and we hope to increase enrollment even more for spring semester,” said Dennis Trenger, satellite coordinator. A complete listing of satellite courses is available at In response to continued growth at satellite centers, the College recently leased a location in Alliance that will serve as a free-standing satellite center. “This is an exciting move since in most of our locations, we’re using community facilities to hold classes, through the generosity of those communities,” said Trenger. In Carrollton, classes are held at the Carrollton Fairgrounds Friendship Center and at Mercy Medical Center of Carrollton. Downtown Canton classes are held at the Timken Campus and at the Southeast Community Center. The newly-planned Uniontown/Hartville satellite will be housed in the Lake Community Center and will open in January with the start of spring classes.

Sheryl Stuck, assistant professor of nursing, has been named Outstanding Nurse of the Year Education, by the Ohio Nurse Association – Stark Carroll District (SCDNA). Stuck is the newly elected SCDNA secretary and has previously served as board member and delegate to the Ohio Nurse Association. Stuck has been at Stark State for 13 years. She is currently serving on the academic affairs committee of the President’s Cabinet. Benjamin Tobias has been named program director of TRIO Student Support Services. TRIO is a new grant-supported student services program designed to help students achieve their educational goals at Stark State as well as after graduation. Tobias came to Stark State from Canton Country Day School where he taught grades five through eight for the past three years. He has a bachelor’s degree in government from the United States Coast Guard Academy and master’s in education from Walsh University. Glenda Zink, department chair and professor of accounting and finance, has been selected as part of the 19th class for Leadership Stark County (LSC). From September 2005 through September 2006, participants are given exposure, experiences and connections, and challenged to learn more about themselves, expand their social and professional networks and refine their leadership skills. Zink is one of 35 participants chosen for the 19th LSC class.

A billboard, strategically located on State Street in Alliance, announces Stark State’s classes offered there.

In all locations, College officials met with community leaders to determine the educational needs. “We had outstanding meetings and received wonderful feedback from community leaders,” said Trenger. “Based upon what we learned, we will continue to develop course schedules to meet the needs of the community, offering courses that appeal to all ages and that will help students get a good start on a college education.” Classes are taught by Stark State faculty and are fully-transferable to main campus and to most Ohio public colleges and universities. For more information about Stark State’s satellite centers, call the Admissions Office, 330-966-5450 or visit the Stark State Web site at for the latest class schedule online. 9


College Central Network assists students, alumni and employers

A new and exciting program through Stark State College’s Career Services Office is College Central Network, where registered students and alumni may post résumés and search for jobs; and registered employers may post job positions and search résumés. All services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are free of charge. Students, alumni and employers must register with Career Services in order to use the services.

FOR STUDENTS and ALUMNI Once registered, you may:

• search for jobs targeted to Stark State College. • upload your résumé so that it can be searched by employers, if you so authorize. Your résumé must be approved before it can be sent to employers and submitted online to posted jobs. • review your job search history. • receive emails about programs, services and job-related topics.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR ALUMNI: Join our Mentoring Network by completing a profile to assist students and alumni in their career development, as well as interact with them online.

Nominations in progress for 2006 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Stark State College Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. This special award is presented to a graduate based upon his or her professional and personal achievements and service to the community. A nomination form is available online at distingalumni_form.htm . The form may be submitted electronically or printed and mailed to Alumni Advisory Council, Stark State College, 6200 Frank Ave., N.W., North Canton, OH 44720. Nominations must be submitted to the Alumni Advisory Council no later than March 31, 2006 so they may begin the selection process. The recipient will be recognized at the May 2006 graduation ceremony.

Create a lasting memory at Stark State

FOR EMPLOYERS Once registered, you may:

• post jobs targeted to Stark State College students and alumni on the Job Board. • search résumés of our students and alumni.

The program has been a huge success with nearly 480 current students registered, over 400 alumni registered and about 500 employers participating. More than 65 jobs are currently posted on the Job Board.

To learn more about the program, and/or to register, go to or call Career Services at 330-966-5459.

Calendar of Events 10

Thanksgiving January Commencement Martin Luther King Day Spring Semester Begins Presidents’ Day Semester Break May Commencement

November 24, 25, 26 (College closed-Holiday) January 10 • 6 p.m. January 16 (College closed-Holiday) January 17 February 17 (College closed-Holiday) March 20-25 May 21 • 3 p.m.

Engraved bricks are a unique and permanent way to commemorate a person or event. The Stark State Alumni Advisory Council’s “Pathway to the Future” is the perfect way to: • • • •

celebrate graduation commemorate a birth mark a special anniversary acknowledge a beloved faculty member • remember a special achievement in life • memorialize a loved one • recognize your business

This fundraiser supports the purchase of instructional equipment at the College to ensure that students have the state-of-art equipment to prepare them for rewarding careers in technology fields. For more information, visit way.htm.




Nick L. VanPelt, ’79, civil engineering, has accepted the position of project designer with Civil Consulting and Design in Greenville, SC. VanPelt relocated in July after 20 years living in southwest Florida. He currently resides in Taylors, SC. Barbara (Long) Kronenberg, ’81, accounting, is a commercial property manager with SKY Properties, Inc. in Utah. She and her husband of two years, David, currently reside in West Jordan, UT. Denise (Yohe) Evans, ’84, business management, lives in Plain Township with her husband Dan and their two sons. She is a realtor with Cutler GMAC and specializes in residential and investment properties.




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Lonnie Massingill, ’85, business management, recently started a new business in pre-paid legal services. He also serves as a credit analyst for Corporate Express in Atlanta, GA. Massingill, a resident of Riverdale, GA, is a licensed minister and assistant to the pastor at the Greater New Harvest Baptist Church in Atlanta. He is also vice president of education with Toastmasters International. Greg Migliore, ’95, marketing and management, was promoted to marketing and operations manager at Sirak Mortgage in August. The Canton resident is a former BLAST (Business Leaders at Stark State College) scholarship recipient.

Tara (Bloom) Baxter, ’96, microcomputer applications, and her husband Brian celebrated the birth of their first child in June. The couple and their daughter live in Dennison, OH where Baxter works as treasurer for Bloom’s Printing, Inc. Linda Peebles, ’00, early childhood education, had her poem, Daddy published by the International Book of Poetry. The poem can be read online at Peebles lives in North Canton where she works as a deli clerk and cook at ACME Fresh Market. Pamela R. (Smith) Carli, ‘01, accounting, CPA option, was named division controller for Foerster Systems in Salem, OH. The Alliance resident served in account payables prior to the promotion.

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Lucinda Stone, ’01, nursing, has been named Outstanding Nurse of the Year – Practice, by the Ohio Nurse Association–Stark Carroll District (SCDNA). Stone is a staff nurse in Canton’s Mercy Medical Center

John R. Fetty, ’02, fire science, of Alliance, OH, graduated suma cum laude from Franklin University with a bachelor’s degree in public safety management. Fetty was a member of Stark State’s Phi Theta Kappa and has been a fire science instructor at Stark State. He is currently a lieutenant with the City of Alliance Fire Department. Laura Fries, ’05, nursing received the Outstanding Student Nurse Award by the Ohio Nurse Association – Stark Carroll District (SCDNA). Fries resides in Massillon. Chad A. Mayle, ’05, accounting, joined Rea and Associates, Inc. as a client service specialist in their Medina, OH office. Mayle currently resides in Canton. Prior to joining Rea, Mayle worked for Stanley Miller Construction for seven years.

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Clinics provide low cost services to the public Massage Therapy Clinic

Stark State College’s Student Massage Clinic provides 50-minute relaxation massage services to the general public. Licensed massage therapists instruct and supervise students to ensure the highest quality of patient care. The Clinic is currently taking appointments for Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - noon. During fall semester, Wednesday appointment times are extended until 7:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, or for more information about massage services and fees, call 330-966-5458, Ext. 4725. Appointments are required.

Dental Hygiene Clinic

Stark State dental hygiene students, supervised by highly-qualified dental professionals, provide the public with educational, preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene services at a nominal fee. Due to the instructional nature of the Clinic, treatment progresses at a slower pace than in a dentist’s office, while instructors and students interact in a learning environment. All care meets the highest standards of quality. The Dental Hygiene Clinic is a benefit for the community and for Stark State dental hygiene students who will become future dental hygiene professionals. For more information about service, fees and appointments, call 330-305-6610. Appointments are required. Clinics are located on campus at 6200 Frank Avenue N.W., North Canton. Free parking for patients is available adjacent to the Clinic entrances.

Stark State Review Fall 2005 Edition  

A publication of Stark State College of Technology for alumni, friends of the College and community

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