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[ fall 2010 ]



Stark State leads nation’s community colleges in enrollment growth and takes the LEED in expanding facilities

STARK STATE REVIEW 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., NW, N. Canton, OH 44720. Administration John O’Donnell, PhD President, Stark State College of Technology Thomas A. Chiappini Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer Dorey Diab, PhD Provost and Chief Academic Officer Celeste Jones Vice President for Human Resources Cheryl A. Rice Vice President for Student Services/ Enrollment Management Paul Feaser Vice President for Development Executive Director of the Stark State College Foundation Board of Trustees Michael Thomas, DDS, Chair Jeffrey A. Halm, Esq., Vice Chair Donna J. Demerling Christopher J. Maurer Fonda P. Williams III Kelly A. Zachary 2009-10 Foundation Board of Directors Larry Smerglia, President Jeffery Walters, Vice President Alexander Hays IV, Treasurer Grace Wakulchik, Secretary Hortense Bobbitt Donald Colaner Linda DeHoff Sally Efremoff Monica Gwin Jeffrey Halm, Esq. Lynn Hamilton Randall Kreinbrink William Lavery George Lemon Eric Loew William Luntz, Emeritus Roger Mann John McGrath, EdD Nancy McPeek John O’Donnell, PhD Timothy Putman Ahmed Sabe, MD Perry Stergios, Esq. Thomas Strouble Patricia Wackerly Frank Weinstock, MD, Emeritus Charles West John Westerbeck, MD Ronald Wilkof Alumni Advisory Council Members John Fetty ’92 Randall Kreinbrink ’81 George Lemon ’65 Mark Martin ’92 Ronald Revlock ’82 Mary Beth Reynolds, Esq. ’74 Phillip Rohr ’83 Steve Yoder ’95 Jayne Sterner ’96, Staff Advisor

On the cover Stark State is keeping green in mind with its new construction. The new Business and Entrepreneurial Center (pictured top) and North Academic Building (center) will be joined in the future by a bridge (bottom) spanning Mega Street. 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.

President’s Message by John O’Donnell, PhD, President, Stark State College Stark State College’s enrollment growth has gained national recognition with the U.S. Department of Education recently naming our College the fastest growing public two-year college in the 10,000+ category. With that comes great pride, but more importantly, an affirmation of the College’s mission of providing individualized learning, transferable education and career success for our students. Growing enrollment and facility growth over five decades have reflected Stark State’s effectiveness in meeting the constantly changing education and retraining needs in the working world and in preparing students to continue their education. As you will read in this issue of the Stark State Review, this fall has been no exception. The College continues its streak of double-digit growth with an enrollment increase of 19%. The surge brings the College’s official enrollment to an all-time record of 14,834 credit students. In fact, since 2003 the student population at Stark State has grown by a staggering 162%. The College’s growth can be attributed to our academic quality and services as well as the outstanding faculty and staff who serve our students, a combination reflected in our record of student success and in the confidence of area employers who hire our grads. Stark State also adds value to our community as a key higher education institution in the region and as a major employer. Since 2003, we have added 475 full-time and part-time faculty and staff, increasing our workforce by 77%. Ever since the seed for today’s Stark State College was planted by then U.S. Representative Ralph Regula, Repository Editor Clayton Horn and Canton Attorney Samuel Krugliak when they proposed the Canton Area Technical School, our College has been the vanguard for affordable, quality associate degrees and certificates that lead to career success. Given the current economy, affordability is absolutely essential. Not only does Stark State maintain one of the most affordable tuition rates in the area, approximately 60% of all Stark State students receive some type of financial aid, including private scholarship support through the Stark State College Foundation. We have been highly cognizant of the needs of businesses and corporations for an educated workforce and have reached out to a broad range of communities with diverse populations. We also have anticipated and planned for dramatic enrollment growth with expanded course offerings, flexible scheduling, and additional course offerings at satellites and off-campus sites as well as online. In anticipation of the College’s rapid growth, we’ve added four new buildings with more than 110,000 square feet and several parking lots in the past five years. Construction is now underway on the new three-story, 40,000-square-foot Business and Entrepreneurial Studies Center slated to open in January 2012 and a new 38,000-square-foot academic building which will open next fall. The new Corporate Services and Continuing Education Center headquartered at The Hoover District in North Canton will open for spring semester. In addition, second-year automotive technology students are taking classes in the newly opened Canton Automotive Technology Center at 839 Cleveland Ave. NW. To fund these necessary expansions in a cost-effective manner, Stark State became the first college in Ohio to take part in the state’s new intercept bond program sponsored by the Ohio Building Authority. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, Stark State remains committed to the present and the future in both technologies and facilities. In addition to a wide-ranging curriculum of credit classes, continuing education and professional development courses focusing on sustainability, we’ve converted to earth-friendly cleaning products, implemented energy and resource efficiencies and earned building certification for new construction, putting the College at the forefront of the “green” movement. See pages two, four and five for our progress in environmental technology and sustainability. Our history, of course, plays a large part in making us who we are today and tomorrow – a first choice in higher education and a catalyst for economic growth and community prosperity – and we’ll be taking a look at our past accomplishments in a special 50th anniversary commemorative publication that will arrive in your mailboxes in the next few months. Don’t miss, either, a special reunion for alumni and retirees set for April 10 when we invite you to join us in looking to both the past and the future as we affirm the time-tested truth of the College’s first credo: “Education Never Ends.”

[ administrative news ] Happy 50th Stark State College! Stark State College kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration with balloons and cakes large and small as part of the celebration festivities. First, the College brought the cake to this year’s Hall of Fame Balloon Classic party. Spectators gave a definite “heads up” to the huge birthday cake hot air balloon sponsored by SSC. The behemoth balloon was 71 feet around and 80 feet high, weighed more than 800 pounds and boasted a volume of 160,000 cubic feet. Each of the birthday candles topping the cake was 12 feet tall with five-foot high flames. Four faculty and staff members won a raffle to receive the ride of a lifetime in the balloon during the weekend event. To kick off our 50th year, thousands of students, staff and faculty came together for a balloon-bedecked anniversary party, tossing corn hole beanbags, signing up for the chance to win cool merchandise, savoring burgers and hot dogs at great prices and enjoying music both mellow and funky as they chowed down on delicious birthday cake and gold (chocolate) coins. Student groups took advantage of the opportunity to spread the word about their organizations. Of course we all know there’s no such thing as too much cake … even when it’s faux cake! Stark State’s 50th anniversary cake, a can’t-miss 40 inches tall and a whopping 60 pounds, is made up of three layers – 32 inches, 24 inches and 16 inches. The cake topper is 10 inches in diameter and sports the College’s classy 50th anniversary logo. The cake, when not making an appearance as the centerpiece of other 50th anniversary events, is being displayed in the first floor foyer of the Health Sciences building. Meanwhile, the birthday party-goers enjoyed 40 deliciously edible sheet cakes from Giant Eagle, devouring more than 3,000 pieces over the two-day celebration.

Save these dates: • Sunday, April 10, 2011, for the alumni and retiree reunions from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in and Atrium and all division. Alumni and retirees are invited back to campus to visit with students, faculty and staff, tour campus and witness firsthand the College’s growth during the past 50 years! • Friday, June 10, 2011 for the grand finale/ stakeholders dinner with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at the Grand McKinley Hotel in downtown Canton. Join the fun as we culminate the year-long celebration of our 50th Anniversary. • Watch your mailbox for the 50th anniversary commemorative publication . 1

[ around campus ] Stark State College: Taking the lead in green technologies Historically Stark State College has been at the forefront of environmental technology and consciousness – our current construction is the latest incarnation of that initiative. The College aims to earn a silver green building rating for new construction projects, including three of the ones currently on tap. The LEED® green building certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. “The new LEED buildings we’re constructing here at Stark State College not only will honor the constraints of our environment, but will produce long term operating budget savings for years to come,” said Steve Spradling, director of Stark State’s physical plant and construction. “Not only does sustainable building save operating funds, it showcases sustainable choices and will help in integrating sustainability into the curriculum here at the college.” The 47,700-square-foot Business and Entrepreneurial Center underway on the south side of the Business Building is a three-story structure scheduled for completion in January 2012. The building will include a lecture hall, an atrium seating 285+; “business incubator” offices plus support offices and conference rooms; financial, marketing, captioning labs and three computer labs; two classrooms; a testing center, and faculty offices. The North Academic Building being built on the north side of the Health Sciences Building is slated for completion in August 2011. Its 43,200 square feet will house classrooms; computer labs; hydraulics, concrete and surveying labs; offices and even a nursing mothers’ room. A newly renovated building at 339 E. Maple St., Suite 120 in North Canton will become the Corporate Services and Continuing Education Center. The building is home to 17,000 square feet of classrooms; a conference room; computer labs; a student lounge; labs for computer numerical control, electric and programmable logic controller, and hydraulics and steam classes; and a PLC classroom. All three projects will have LEED strategies in common, according to SSC sustainability consultant Stefanie Smith, such as water efficient landscaping, light pollution control, lighting and water efficiencies, low-pollutant-emitting materials; diversion of construction waste, air quality management during construction and before occupancy and green cleaning. For instance, new construction will feature bike racks and changing rooms for pedaling students and staff, Spradling pointed out. Efficient plumbing fixtures will reduce water use at least 30% and landscaping design will cut watering in half. Each floor will feature a recycling station. A minimum of 20% of building materials will be extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the construction site and recycled materials also are being used. “Half of the wood-based materials will be certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council to come from responsibly managed forests,” Spradling said. The College has set the goal of diverting a minimum of 75% of the construction waste from landfills, he added.

The College is implementing other LEED building strategies, such as: LIGHTING The classrooms will ‘harvest’ daylight and the rooms are designed with lighting sensors and dimming ballasts for optimal light levels while using the minimum energy required. South-facing classrooms also will use exterior light shelves, which bounce light off of the ceilings and further reduce energy needs. Occupancy sensors ensure lighting is only powered when needed. The bridge interior will be lit exclusively by extremely efficient LED lighting. HVAC Occupancy sensors are located throughout the building to monitor zone usage and adjust airflow. Air handlers features a heat recovery wheel and use variable speed drives to save electricity under partial load conditions. The waterside HVAC system is comprised of hydronic equipment. High efficiency boilers are used for seasonal heating. Likewise, a high efficiency chiller provides cooling and can achieve up to 25% annual energy savings. SPECIAL DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS A thermal scanning program identifies air infiltrations, reducing operating costs over time. Elevators will not have a machine room, an energy efficient system that saves space and avoids using polluting fluids. As a teaching tool, exposed parts of the mechanical and electrical systems in the academic building will be color coded and accompanied by illustrative descriptions of their role in the operation of the building. Low-emission and fuel-efficient cars will have designated parking at the business building. A bioswale integrated into the parking lot design will capture and control water runoff. RIGID INSULATION runs continuously around the business building, reducing air infiltration; the roof is heavily insulated to prevent heat loss and gain. Exterior glass is filled with Argon gas, increasing its insulation value. Large south-facing windows are equipped with a shading device that keeps solar heat gain out in the summer and in during the winter. Windows on east- and west-facing walls incorporate a technique called “fritting” that prevents solar heat gain. WATER USAGE will be cut with dual flush toilet fixtures (saving more than 24,000 gallons of water each year), waterless urinals (saving more than 55,000 gallons per year) and infrared faucets (cutting water use by more than 75,000 gallons).


[ around campus ] We’re number one in the nation! Stark State College is the nation’s fastest growing large, public two-year college. Stark State’s 33% increase in enrollment between the fall 2008 and 2009 semesters topped the growth ranking of institutions of 10,000 or more students, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Overall, enrollment in America’s community and technical colleges increased by about 8 percent during the same period, compared to just below 5 percent among the four-year sector.

Sustainable garden will be an instructional tool Evidence of going green will be, well, green, at the North Academic Building’s courtyard learning lab. The sustainable garden site, which will be used as a teaching tool, requires no potable water and returns only clean water to the storm sewer system. “This illustrates a typical approach to overall sustainable site design,” said Steve Spradling, director of Stark State’s physical plant and construction. The courtyard will be a rain garden learning lab illustrating the role served by bio-swales (low marshy areas) which filter storm water runoff naturally and return precipitation to the watershed cleanly, Spradling said. A portion of the building roof’s rainwater will be captured in rain barrels, providing irrigation for the courtyard. The green space also will boast native species of plants, all with descriptive plaques.

“The College’s sustained dramatic growth reflects the community’s recognition of the value of a Stark State associate degree,” said Dr. John O’Donnell, president of Stark State College. “The economy in Stark County has changed. The skills mastered in a Stark State associate degree – technical, computational, communications, data and systems analysis, problemsolving – are the pre-requisite for a career in today’s economy. Our students fully appreciate our high academic quality, experienced faculty, market-driven programs and affordability.” Stark State continued a streak of double-digit enrollment growth this fall, too, with an increase of 19%. The surge brings the College’s official 14-day enrollment to an all-time record of 14,834 credit students. Since 2003, the student population at Stark State has grown by 162%, a trend O’Donnell attributes to the continuous improvement of existing programs, the addition of new programs, and strong business and community partnerships, are all vital to Stark State’s success. While health science remains the most popular major, new majors in emerging technologies, such as biotechnology, defense metals, geographic information systems, homeland security, fuel cells and cyber security/computer forensics also are driving the college’s growth. The College has strong business collaborations with Rolls-Royce U.S. Fuel Cell, Inc., the Defense Metals Center and Contained Energy, all located on campus, and will soon partner with the Timken Co. in a wind energy technology center. Partnerships such as these create new industries and jobs for Stark County. “This fall semester we welcomed 3,088 new students,” said Cheri Rice, vice president for student services and enrollment management. “We planned for such growth and were able to welcome and engage each new student.” Also, she added, more students are taking more credit hours per semester. Stark State maintains one of the most affordable tuition rates in the area, and offers a wide range of financial aid and scholarships to help students. Approximately 60% of all students receive some type of financial aid, including private scholarship support through the Stark State College Foundation. “Affordability is absolutely essential given the state of our economy,” O’Donnell said. “We have anticipated and planned for dramatic enrollment growth given the needs of students and families for affordable, quality associate degrees and certificates that lead to career success. We have been highly cognizant of the needs of businesses and corporations for an educated workforce. We have reached out to every community and the diversity of our citizens.”

Stark State College is part of the newly launched Hoover District on Easton Street in North Canton. The College’s Corporate Services and Continuing Education Center occupies 17,000 square feet of renovated space at 339 E. Maple St., Suite 120, in the former Hoover Co. factory and office building. The Center offers four classrooms, two computer labs, a PLC classroom and labs for several programs along with a conference room and a student lounge, all located on the first floor. So far, eight other occupants have joined Stark State in the complex being developed by Maple Street Commerce, a partnership that includes California-based Industrial Realty Group, Industrial Commerce based in Cleveland, and locally owned DeHoff Development.

 Tenants in the Hoover District complex are The Schroer Group; Ameriprise Financial; Commercial Fluid Power; Kasper Holdings; Myers Controlled Power; Securium; TruBridge; Westfield Bank; and Stark State College. 3

[ MAIN FEATURE ] As a college that’s always been leading the way in technologies of both today and tomorrow, it’s no wonder

Stark State is at the forefront of the “green” movement. “Sustainability isn’t new at Stark State,” said Stefanie Smith, green building consultant and sustainability coordinator. “It’s a fundamental aspect of what we do and what we teach. Everything that happens at an educational institution and every impact of the institution’s activities shape the knowledge, skills and values of its students. As a microcosm of the larger community, educational institutions must practice what they preach, making sustainability an integral part of operations, planning, facility design, purchasing and investments and tie these efforts to the curriculum.” Toward that end, we’ve converted to cleaning products with a green seal of approval and are using microfiber cloths and dusting wands, microfilter vacuum bags and HEPA filtration. Our floor mats – essential for trapping a significant amount of dirt and hazardous contaminants before it enters the building – are made from recycled materials. “Cleaning with high performing and environmentally responsible products and practices positively impacts air quality, occupant well-being and the environment,” Smith said. For more about green cleaning, she recommends the website https://greencleaning. We’re also installing motion sensors in all classrooms, offices and restrooms and in all new construction and renovations. All parking lot lights also are connected to photo sensors and time clocks and come on only when needed. Old T12 fixtures are being changed out for more-efficient T8 fixtures with environmentally safer bulbs; incandescent bulbs have been switched to compact fluorescent lamps. All new construction features energy efficient T5 fixtures. LED lighting, with no mercury content, is being used to illuminate exit signs, elevators and plaques and artwork. We’ve also been able to use “daylighting” (natural light) in six hallways. All computer CRT displays have been replaced with flat panel monitors, saving energy and reducing cooling costs. The College also is utilizing server virtualization, allowing several computer environments and applications to run on a single server instead of using one server for each application. The power management features of Windows are being used to reduce PC power consumption when computers are not in use.

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[ MAIN FEATURE ] With all new construction the College is building toward total LEED certification, the benchmark of green building. Along with the measures above, Stark State has: > installed 105,000 square feet of carpet with recycled content. > used white roofing, reducing cooling costs and cutting carbon dioxide emissions. > installed a chilled water system for the College’s cooling system. > retrofitted air handling equipment with variable frequency drives, saving energy by allowing the volume of air moved to match the system demand. > replaced inefficient classroom uni-vents with heat pumps and installed heat recovery systems in renovations and new construction. > installed a chilled water system for the College’s cooling system. > expanded the building automation system used to monitor equipment, temperature set points, and equipment schedules. > begun using paint with low or zero VOC with antimicrobial properties. > used landscape railroad ties and parking lot bumpers made from recycled materials. We’re being smart with our water use, too. All our new construction and renovations include waterless urinals, each one saving up to 40,000 gallons of water per year. New automatic “flushometers” on toilets also conserve water, LEED certified automatic faucets are part of all sinks, and automatic hand dryers reduce the use of paper towels. Of course, Stark State students, too, are at the forefront of the growing green movement. The College offers a burgeoning menu of education options with a focus on sustainability. GREEN GOING

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Curriculum • Wind Turbine Maintenance Technology, one-year certificate • Fuel Cell Technology, option and one-year certificate • Sustainable/Alternative Energy Technology, one-year certificate • Water Operations • Fundamental Building Basics for Green Technology • Design Basics for Green Technology • Supervision Basics for Green Technology • OSHA HAZWOPER and DOT

Transit Authority (SARTA), Stark State College and University of Akron to evaluate SARTA’s new hybrid bus technology for fuel efficiency, particulate matter reduction, customer satisfaction and cost comparison to diesel.

Credit classes • Science, Energy and the Environment • Sustainable Green Building Technology • Environmental Health and Safety Special Project • Building Materials and Construction Methods • Site and Building Service Systems

The group, created in 2010, serves as a clearinghouse for campus sustainability information and a central resource for students, faculty and staff in advancing campus sustainability initiatives, finding ways the campus community can foster environmental stewardship and resource conservation. Committees focus on campus recycling and waste management, campus outreach, curriculum development, brown bag conversations on sustainability, a campus sustainability survey and dining services.

Continuing education/professional development courses • Green Building and LEED Fundamentals • LEED 2009: Acquisition, Installation, and Management of Project Materials • LEED 2009: Project Site Factors (Sustainable Sites) • Fundamentals of Solar Hot Water Heating • Photovoltaic System Design and Installation • Green Building for Contractors Each year Stark State students participate in a water quality competition. The College also is involved in green research efforts, including biofuel technology as well as a joint research and development partnership between Stark Area Regional

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Stark State students also can join the Environmental Club, formed to promote environmental education, awareness, and appreciation, and to implement, educate, and assist in any programs of recycling, reducing and reusing on the campus and in the community. A coalition of students, faculty and staff make up Stark State’s Sustainability Task Force.

The campus recycling program is a collaborative effort between the facilities staff, Phi Theta Kappa students and the Sustainability Task Force. The College is working to expand our recycling efforts by creating standard recycling guidelines and uniform waste management stations throughout the buildings. “We’re also hoping to install collection bins adjacent to each primary campus entrance,” Smith said. Beyond recycling, we’re developing guidelines to reduce the quantity of waste generated by the school within our classrooms and campus operations. “Stark State College is on a journey towards sustainability,” Smith said. “As we move forward, we hope to build upon existing partnerships and build new ones to advance this initiative not only on campus, but also within the surrounding community. Sustainability dovetails with our college mission to serve the community.”

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[ around campus ] Stark State receives award $1.7 million to help U.S. department of defense reduce fuel usage Reducing military fuel costs, the environmental footprint and the risk to military fuel convoys is the goal of a $1.7 million grant that will partner Stark State College, Lockheed Martin and Technology Management Inc. (TMI) in the development of a prototype system to reduce fuel consumption by the U.S. Department of Defense. The Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center awarded the grant. “This project builds on the existing applied research and development relationship among Lockheed Martin, TMI and Stark State,” said, John O’Donnell, PhD, president of Stark State College, referring to current projects funded by the State of Ohio and Department of Energy. “This is another step toward the evolution of fuel cell development in Ohio and the education of a workforce to support job creation.” The partners will work together to develop and demonstrate fuel cell components that can meet performance requirements for military generator sets or “gensets” which are major consumers of fuel in the field. Gensets provide soldiers with power for lighting, air conditioning, computers, radios and other command and control systems. More than 100,000 gensets are deployed around the world. Fuel cells are alternative energy sources that use an efficient, pollution-free, chemical reaction to convert fuel into electricity and have the added advantage of quiet, indoor operation. This emerging technology offers the potential of reduced emissions and higher fuel efficiency. “These funds will ultimately reduce the cost in supporting our troops overseas and reduces the risk soldiers in fuel convoys face from potential attacks,” said U.S. Congressman John Boccieri (D-Alliance). Stark State will function as the prime contractor, having been involved with fuel cell education and workforce development activities since 2003 when it received its first Ohio Third Frontier grants totaling $3.35 million to construct the $4.7 million Fuel Cell Prototyping Center that brought the global headquarters of Rolls Royce Fuel Cell Systems (US), Inc. to campus. As a result of these activities, the College has received more than $20 million in grant support for fuel cell education and commercialization efforts and become a national leader in the development of fuel cell curriculum at the associate degree and secondary levels.

Distinguished faculty and staff Marian Over, Debbie Thomas and Melanie Carr were named Stark State’s top faculty and staff members for 2010.


Marian Over, assistant professor of physical therapist assisting technology, earned the Distinguished Teacher Award; Debbie Thomas, adjunct instructor in occupational therapy assisting; received the Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award; and Melanie Carr, retention counselor and facilitator in the Teaching and Learning Division, was chosen for the Staff Excellence Award. Over began her education at Ohio University, transferring to the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. In 1995 she was named physical therapist of the year by the Ohio Council of the American Physical Therapy Association. A long-time member of the Stark State advisory board, she joined the Stark State faculty in 1999. She lives in Wadsworth with her family.




Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio State University, eventually adding post baccalaureate certification in occupational therapy. Formerly working in hospital settings and teaching at other colleges, she has been an adjunct instructor at Stark State since 2004. Thomas and her family live in North Canton. Carr earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in community counseling from Kent State University. She joined the Stark State staff in 1992 and since then has taken the initiative to develop student services such as student success seminars, returning to learning workshops and others, along with coordinating the College’s Perkins grant program. Carr and her family are North Canton residents.

Demerling, Williams named to Stark State College board of trustees DONNA J. DEMERLING has been appointed to her first term on the Stark State College Board of Trustees. Demerling is vice president of quality advancement at The Timken Company where she is responsible for quality management systems and quality assurance throughout the company, including business processes, product design, manufacturing, supply chain and administration. She has held numerous management and engineering positions since 1972 when she joined the company as an associate engineer. Previously she served as president of Timken’s aerospace and super precision bearing business in Keene, N.H., and as senior vice president of supply chain transformation. She also managed bearing manufacturing and distribution operations in Bucyrus and bearing manufacturing in Lincolnton, N.C. Earlier in her career, she supervised bearing design and engineering functions. Demerling was named a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University in 1996 and has served as a member of the Sloan Alumni Advisory Board. She is past chair of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Greater Stark County, where she continues on the steering committee. She received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University. She also completed the Management Program for Executives at the University of Pittsburgh. FONDA WILLIAMS II, deputy director of community development for Canton, has been reappointed to his third term on the Board. Williams was executive vice president of new business development for Group Midwest before accepting his current position. He also served from 1994 to 1998 as Canton’s Ward 4 Democratic councilman. Other Board members are Michael Thomas, DDS, chair; Jeffrey A. Halm, Esq., vice chair; Christopher J. Maurer and Kelly A. Zachary.

[ around campus ] GRANTS

Stark State College Foundation elects officers

Stark State College is among just 13 higher education institutions slated to receive funding from the Local Governments and State Energy Program in Ohio. The College received $442,375 toward a boiler replacement project expected to cost just under $606,000. Eight boilers in six buildings – about 75 percent of the College’s boiler capacity – will be upgraded to high efficiency units. The new high efficiency equipment is expected to save the College more than $40,000 a year in fuel costs. The installation, which will be completed by the end of the academic year, will be videotaped for use in the College’s HVAC technology curriculum. Stark State College will join with Kohler Coating in a unique partnership that has the potential to create a world-class center of excellence in the design and manufacture of new engineered materials utilizing corrugated paper. The project could create as many as 450 full-time jobs and $15 million in annual payroll as it progresses through a three-phase development plan. Kohler Coating makes thin film metering equipment that applies coatings and adhesives for the corrugating and paper industries. The company received a $750,000 grant July 31 from the Ohio Department of Commerce through the Job Ready Site Projects designed to study ways to save money, eliminate waste and save energy. The path to lower energy requires training in green curriculum; Stark State will enhance existing curriculum through its environmental, health and sciences major and develop additional curriculum for the corrugating industry.

FOUNDATION Stark State automotive and transportation technology students are getting a helping hand with tuition and books, thanks to the Stark County Automobile Dealers Association. SCADA recently added $25,000 to a $50,000 scholarship endowment it made in 2001 to the Stark State College Foundation. “The strength of Stark State College is our academic reputation, our business partners and our students who obtain with high-skill jobs,” said John O’Donnell, PhD, Stark State president. “Nothing is more reflective of this than the automotive industry. This generous donation shows the heart, the commitment and the resilience of this industry.”

SCHOLARSHIPS Stark State automotive technology students received a helping hand this fall, thanks to the cream of the automotive crop. September’s third annual Canton Carnival of Wheels raised $7,500 for Stark State scholarships as more than 7,000 spectators enjoyed a trip down memory lane as they eyed 420 vehicles representing 107 years of automotive technology. Participating vehicles included hot rods and street rods; muscle, race, sport and custom cars; motorcycles and trucks. This year’s event also featured new 2011 vehicles presented by the Stark County Auto Dealers Association. Dash plaques were given to the first 300 vehicles. Attendees were treated with a family-friendly day of fun, food and entertainment at the show. The full day event featured Jim Kelly’s Music Express, a silent auction, kids’ games, eight food vendors and 60 business sponsors.





Larry Smerglia, senior vice president of UBS Financial Services, has been elected president of the Stark State College Foundation Board of Directors for the 2010-2011 academic year. Smerglia is a four-year member of the board. Other new officers are vice president Jeffery Walters, managing director of CBIZ Accounting, Tax & Advisory of Ohio and a five-year board member; secretary Grace Wakulchik, a five-year board member and vice president of operations for Akron Children’s Hospital; and treasurer Alexander Hays IV, a community leader and three-year board member. Other directors include: Hortense Bobbitt,
 Donald Colaner,
Linda DeHoff, Sally Efremoff,
 Monica Gwin,
Lynn Hamilton,
William Lavery,
 George Lemon,
Roger Mann, John McGrath, PhD,
Nancy McPeek,
Timothy Putman,
Ahmed Sabe, MD,
Perry Stergios, Thomas Strouble,
Patricia Wackerly,
John Westerbeck, MD, Charles West and Ron Wilkof. The Stark State Foundation is committed to providing resources to help Stark State College accomplish its mission of providing accessible, quality associate degree programs, training and lifelong education in a diverse and supportive learning environment. The non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, established in 1986, has funded $109,000 in scholarships, College projects and instructional resources for the current academic year.


[ around campus ] Stark State students aid Gulf disaster relief Every day it was the same: The alarm clock startled him awake at 4:30 a.m. and by the time the sun was firing up for another 100-degree, humid Florida scorcher, “Franko” Jamerson was on the job. Not until the sun started thinking about setting did Jamerson and 13 other Stark State students wrap up their work – another day of protecting the pristine beaches of Panama City from the Gulf oil spill. “I was in the Marine Corps, and it was about the same,” Jamerson said. “You get up and go.” Jamerson’s 35 days in Florida were no vacation. “We worked 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., most days,” he said. “We averaged about 84 hours a week. He and his Stark State classmates in the environmental technician program were part of a team assembled by Sunpro, a local environmental cleanup company. The students got the call on a Thursday night, interviewed on a Friday and by Saturday morning were headed south to be part of cleaning up one of the nation’s worst environmental disasters ever. “It’s like a paid internship,” said Scott Williams, SSC environmental health and safety program coordinator. The student workers spent most of their time loading and unloading oil booms, large plastic tubes laid on the water to keep oil from reaching the shore. By the end of the month, they also were walking the beaches in search of tar balls. “They found some in a few places and sent them to the lab where they tested different properties and found these weren’t from the current spill,” Jamerson said. The SSC students had just finished their 40-hour hazardous waste training when they got the call about the spill. Although a natural disaster is always “an ugly mess,” Jamerson said, it was perfect timing for the Stark State students to put their new skills into action. “It’s definitely something you put on your resume, something to tell your kids about.” Not to mention, he said, the experience helped him narrow his career path to industrial hygienist. “I’m really proud of the students who have gone down there to help out and really proud of the ones willing to go,” Williams said. For his part, Jamerson is proud that he’s helped fight an epic environmental war, fuel two state economies, put his education into practice and gained valuable experience. “One seed planted,” he said, “grows a lot of places.”

CONGRATULATIONS to Chris Maurer, Stark State College Board of Trustees member, and

Glenda Zink, Ed.D., dean of business and entrepreneurial studies, for being named by the Plain Local Schools Alumni Association to its Hall of Distinction. J The Stark State College Beta Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has been named a Top 100 chapter of 1,250 chapters internationally. The distinction is based on performance in the four hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship; attendance at regional meetings; and regular communication with the regional and national offices and other chapters within the region. Also at the international level, Uniontown resident Cherie Barth, coordinator of student activities and PTK chapter advisor, was named Most Distinguished Chapter Advisor. J The Stark State College student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants has been named IMA’s Outstanding Two-Year College Chapter in the Nation for the 10th time in the past 12 years. In addition to trophies, the Chapter receives $1,000 in cash awards that will be used for student scholarships at Stark State. J Spring commencement marked Stark State’s first class of biotechnology graduates, and all four racked up plenty of experience beforehand. Elizabeth Floom spent two summers in an internship putting her skills to work in a plant pathology laboratory at Ohio State’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Lorna DeLong, in collaboration with the University of Akron and the Choose Ohio First scholarship program, spent many hours in a biochemical engineering lab working on processes that could result in biodegradable nanofiber-based surgery sutures. Mary Middaugh worked in Wil Research’s toxicology lab in Ashland and Luca Preziati, who also holds a degree in chemical engineering, was snapped up by Stark State to teach introductory courses in the natural sciences. Even before graduation the biotech students were savvy enough, for example, to stimulate “a normal, everyday bacteria” to synthesize a biodegradable plastic. J Stark State interactive media/video production grad Warren Provencal, instructor Maria Bleahu and a crew of Stark State students were part of making a behind-the-scenes documentary about the filming of the movie 25 Hill. The production, written and produced by Corbin Bernsen of LA Law fame, is a story of a 12-year-old boy whose Soapbox Derby dreams are threatened when his father is killed fighting in Afghanistan and again when money troubles shut down the Derby. Much of the filming was done in Akron during a 30-day stint in March and another 10 days in July. The premiere is being scheduled around the 2011 Derby. 8

Celeste Jones, Paul Feaser named new Stark State VPs Celeste Jones has been named the new vice president for human resources at Stark State College and Paul R. Feaser II has been named the College’s vice president for development and executive director of the Stark State College Foundation. Jones most recently worked as director of human resources at Excel Polymers in Solon and also has held human resource positions at Ford Motor Co. in Brook Park and Enterprise Rent a Car. She held graduate school internships at the Eaton Corporation, General Motors and Dresser Rand. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in business management/human development from Howard University and a master’s degree in human resources from the University of Akron. Jones holds certifications in Six-Sigma- Green Belt and Peer Review and is a member the Society of Human Resources Management, the National Black MBA Association, and Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She also is a former chair of Ford’s Cleveland manufacturing site diversity council. Feaser most recently served as vice president of major gifts at United Way of Greater Stark County. A Jackson resident, he graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served as an engineering officer and a special services and waterfront officer. At Evans Baucom and Associates, he advanced from sales trainee to vice president and general manager, then became part owner, vice president and general manager at A.E. Stocker’s. During his tenure at Diebold, Inc., Feaser held a number of titles, including sales engineer, regional sales manager, marketing manager, director of major accounts, product management and marketing manager, corporate security manager and senior director of corporate services, security and wellness. Feaser has held leadership positions in many professional and civic organizations in the area and also previously served as president of the Stark State College Foundation Board. He has been named volunteer of the year for the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges and the Domestic Violence Project, was named man of the year for the HOF security committee and received special commendation from the Ohio Senate as well as the United Way Gold Key award and the 33rd Degree AASR.

[ alumni update ] What’s new with you?

Bob Chatterson, ’85, civil engineering technology, has been named the executive director of the Drexel J. Thrash Training Center. The Center, located on 119 acres near Mount Vernon, is run by the Ohio Laborers Training and Upgrading Trust Fund with a website at Chatterson has been a member of Laborers International Union of North America since 1974. An instructor at the Center since 1987, he became training director in 2003 and this year was promoted to executive director. He is a member of Local 809, Steubenville.

Matthew Helmuth, ’04, environmental health and safety, recently earned a bachelor degree in environmental health and safety. He lives in Wapakoneta, Ohio and works as an environmental health and safety officer for American Trim.

Francine Butler, ’06, administrative information technology, is the new administrative assistant II in the Stark State Education and Human Services Division. She has worked in the Business Division of the College since 2008.

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Linda Peebles, ’00, early childhood education, was featured as part of the Massillon Public Library’s poetry read-in which was televised. Peebles lives in Canton. Sally Lautenschleger, ’07, early childhood education, is co-director at All About Children’s Learning & Play Center. She is a Massillon resident. Alan Willis, ’00, networking and telecommunications, is production supervisor at Network Technologies, Inc./ Video Products, Inc. Tamara Robinson, ’04, administrative information technology, has been named an orientation and student engagement advisor at Stark State College. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Malone University.

Pave the “Pathway to the Future” “Pathway to the Future” is the Stark State Alumni Advisory Council’s campaign to create a lasting memory for you, your family or a friend on Stark State’s campus.

Connie Beckman, ’01, administrative office technology, has been named a Stark State College orientation and student engagement advisor. First hired at the College in 1995, she also earned a bachelor’s degree in applied management from Franklin University.

Pam Brady, ’10, industrial engineering technology, is employed by Aerotek, Voith and General Motors as an industrial engineer. Brady works for Voith, the company that works inside General Motor as “line support, through the Cleveland-based Aerotek. Brady, of Atwater, is writing step-by-step instructions as training tools and travels to Texas part of each month.

John Leech, ’03, interactive media, is employed as a law enforcement specialist senior instructor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Leech is assigned to the digital forensics branch of the technical operations division at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga. He serves as program coordinator for the mobile device training program, interim coordinator for the first responders to digital evidence program and co-coordinator of the digital evidence acquisitions specialist training program.

Kurt Hurner, ’01, human and social service technology, and his wife, Rachel, recently had the opportunity to meet with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in his Washington, DC, office. The conversation ranged from the food stamp program to football. The Copley resident is a Medicaid case management specialist with Revcare, Inc.

R. Dean Shultz, ’01, microcomputer programming, has been promoted to software training specialist at the University of Akron. In addition to his Stark State degree, he has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and financial management from Hiram College.

If you’ve had a special event in your life recently, perhaps a new job, promotion, or special honor, let your Stark State friends know about it! Complete the form on the Web at If you have a high-resolution photograph send it to: Stark State College, Alumni Office - S200 6200 Frank Ave. N.W., N. Canton, OH 44720 or electronically to

Attention Stark State Alumni: Nominees sought for 2011 Alumni Hall of Fame

The Alumni Advisory Council is seeking nominees for the 2011 Alumni Hall of Fame. Induction will be during the May commencement ceremonies. Professional and personal achievements and service to the community, are key attributes for nominees. Go to to learn more and to submit a nomination.

Distinguished Alumnus George Lemon, Stark State ’65, has been named this year’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges. The award is presented annually to a deserving alumnus of one of Ohio’s 23 community colleges who has continually demonstrated a passionate level of commitment to the local community and higher education. The award, established in 1995, recognizes individuals for their ongoing efforts to advance the mission of community colleges, giving generously of both time and resources. Lemon is a well-known community leader with a reputation for getting involved, getting things done and bringing people together for positive change. He is one of Stark State’s earliest graduates, earning a degree in electrical engineering technology in 1965. He publicly credits Stark State and his professors for helping set his direction in life and helping him launch a successful career. Lemon also attended Malone University (formerly Malone College).

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2010 Alumni Hall of Fame Kathy Catazaro-Perry and Mary Beth Reynolds have been inducted into Stark State College’s


2010 Alumni Hall of Fame in recognition of their community and professional achievements.


Kathy Catazaro-Perry, who graduated with distinction in 1995 with a degree in nursing, is the executive director of the Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children. The Center provides quality childcare for children with disabilities and those diagnosed as medically fragile. She has been a nurse for 21 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management. She has held leadership positions at two local hospitals – director of weight management at Aultman Hospital and director of Doctors Hospital wound healing center. She has won several awards for leadership and marketing. Kathy and her husband, Tony, live in Massillon and have five children. Catazaro-Perry is serving a third term on Massillon city council. She has served on the board of the Massillon Boys and Girls Club and currently is active with the Perry Rotary Club, the Community Health Foundation of Greater Massillon and the Stark County Library Foundation, and also is a member of Walsh Woman’s Committee and the Service League for Health and Wellness and is a current member of the 23rd Leadership Stark County Signature Class. She is the founder and coach for the American Elite’s “American Idols,” a special-needs cheer team that participates in local, state and national cheerleading competitions. Mary Beth Reynolds graduated with distinction from Stark State in 1974 in legal assisting and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law. A partner at Morrow & Meyer in North Canton, she is recognized as one of Ohio’s top workers’ compensation attorneys and in 2010 was named one of the top 50 female attorneys in the state by Ohio Super Lawyers. She is immediate past chair of the Ohio Bar Association’s workers’ compensation committee and a member of its workers’ compensation specialty board. Reynolds is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers General Counsel Edition and Ohio Super Lawyers as voted by her peers. Reynolds also is a member of the Stark County Bar Association, including its workers’ compensation, labor and employment, and bar applicant committees. She is a member and past president of the Canton Student Loan Foundation as well as a member of Stark State’s Alumni Advisory Council, the board of trustees of Pathway Caring for Children and Jackson Township Rotary Club. She also is past president of the board of trustees of the Canton YWCA and the Canton Ballet. She and her husband, Ed, have three grown sons.

Stark State Review Fall 2010 Edition  

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