Apollo instructor recognized
Brenda Snyder is a paramedic and assistant emergency medical services instructor for Apollo Adult Education. She was recently recognized by the board of directors of the national registry of emergency medical technicians for achieving 20 consecutive years as a nationally registered EMT.
To maintain her status as a nationally registered EMT, Snyder completed, on a biennial basis, the re-certification program for Emergency Medical Technicians in America. She also attended a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance her knowledge on new lifesaving skills.
Snyder has been an instructor at Apollo for more than 15 yeas and worked in St. Rita’s Medical Center’s emergency department for 39 years.
Bluffton University honors alumni
Bluffton University will bestow honors on several alumni on Oct. 11.
Lenna Mae Gara, who attended Bluffton in 1948-49, is this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Service Award. This award is presented to alumni who have dedicated their lives to heartfelt service to people, community or church.
The Professional Achievement Award will go to ceramic artist Jack Earl. Earl attended Bluffton University in 1956. His award is bestowed to him for his notable success and recognition.
Angong Acuil, from Bluffton University’s Class of 2005, will receive the outstanding young alumni award. This award is given to a graduate from the past 10 years who is either distinguished through service or has made significant professional contributions.
The faculty/staff award honoree is Dr. Ronald Friesen, a professor emeritus of economics, for fostering a spirit of community through personal relationships with others and for mentoring students.
ONU receives grounds honor
Ohio Northern University has received an honor award in the University and College Grounds category of the 2013 Professional Grounds Management Society Green Star Awards program.
This program recognizes the grounds manager and staff responsible for maintaining a well-manicured landscape year round.
The ONU grounds crew, comprised of 17 full-time staff and one part-time member, is responsible for 325 acres with 9,000 square feet of shrubbery beds and 3,000 square feet of display area, 3.7 miles of roads and 29 acres of parking lots.
Lima resident featured in magazine
Staci Wyss, of Lima, was honored with the Future Leaders award presented by Columbus CEO Magazine in the August issue.
Wyss is a graduate of Capital University and is the daughter of Gina Pool-Sawmiller, of Lima and Ronald Wyss, of Ada.
She received the Future Leaders award while working as a human resource administrator at Ricart Automotive, Inc.
She has been instrumental in the relaunch of Ricart’s wellness program, as well as the addition of 150 new workers. She has instituted internal promotions and bonuses focused on employee retention.
Wyss was nominated for the award by accounts receivable administrator Karen Melroy.
ODOT employee wins state roadeo
Chris Vermillion, of Alger, took first place, and Leon Goyings, of Paulding, took second in the state roadeo event held at the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Director’s Cup Truck and Loader Roadeo held last week in Columbus.
The two competed against ODOT employees from each of the 12 ODOT districts.
Vermillion and Goyings represented ODOT District 1, which encompasses Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam and Wyandot counties.
Frank Daley, of Findlay, placed third in the truck event.
The roadeo is a competition which pits equipment operators against one another to test their skill in maneuvering equipment though a series of obstacles intended to mimic situations they encounter on the job.
Bluffton University welcomes faculty
Bluffton University is welcoming seven new faculty members in 2013-2014.
Jeanna Haggard is returning to campus 20 years after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Bluffton. She is an assistant professor in food and nutrition. Haggard was an adjunct instructor at Bluffton, Bowling Green State University, where she earned her master’s degree, and Owens Community College before serving as an instructor for the last five years at Rhodes State College, Lima. She has also been a self-employed dietitian, as well as a dietitian for Health Care Facilities, Inc., Lima, and Blanchard Valley Health Systems, Findlay.
Dr. Rebecca Janzen is an assistant professor in Spanish. She earned her doctorate this year from the University of Toronto, where she also holds a master’s degree in Spanish and Portuguese and has been an instructor. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Mexican literature is her academic specialty, and she has presented papers at a number of conferences.
Diana Kleman is an assistant professor in social work. She is completing her doctoral work in The Ohio State University School of Social Work. She has two master’s degrees, one in social work from Case Western Reserve University and one in education from the University of Toledo, where she also received her bachelor’s degree. She previously served as northwest regional director of The Twelve of Ohio Inc., which offers foster care and other services to children and families and is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, in Tiffin.
Amy Mullins is assistant professor in education. She is finishing her doctorate in curriculum and instruction at Toledo. She has a master’s degree in education from Ohio State and a bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University. She is a former elementary teacher and assistant curriculum director who holds elementary principal certification as well. She is also a consultant for the Asia Society, a nonprofit organization promoting closer ties between Asia and the West through education and other outreach.
Dr. Deanna Barthlow-Potkanowicz is a visiting assistant professor in social work. She has a background in psychology, earning a doctorate and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Kent State University, along with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lycoming College. She was a psychologist at the Institute for Public Safety Personnel Inc. in Indianapolis and at Ohio University before opening a private practice in Bluffton last January. She has been a guest lecturer at both Ohio and Ohio Northern universities.
Mary Kay Combs is a visiting assistant professor in education. She retired last year after 15 years as a school psychologist for the Hancock County Educational Service Center. She worked in several county school districts as well as in Findlay City Schools. She had previously worked at the Putnam County Educational Service Center for three years and spent nine years as a teacher in Wapakoneta City Schools. She has a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a master’s degree in school psychology from Bowling Green State University.
Dr. Roy Couch is a visiting assistant professor in music. He is conducting Bluffton’s concert band in addition to teaching. He was previously an assistant professor at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., for five years. His degrees are in tuba performance, including a bachelor’s from Kent State University, a master’s from the University of Akron and a doctorate from the University of North Texas. He was principal tuba in the Allen (Texas) Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Sandusky.
Ohio State-Lima welcomes new staff members
The Ohio State-Lima welcomed new faculty members and staff on opening day.
Dr. Abbas Jarrahian joins the Ohio State-Lima chemistry department this fall, serving as lecturer in chemistry. He served as a pharmacology professor at Ohio Northern University for the past five years. He also taught at Butler University prior to joining Ohio Northern. He received his bachelor’s in chemistry from California State University in Bakersfield and his master’s degree in chemistry from San Diego State University. He earned a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the Medical College of Wisconsin, after which he served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy. At Ohio State-Lima, Abbas will teach general chemistry courses and coordinate chemistry labs.
Dan Matthews is the new assistant professor of theatre at Ohio State-Lima. He was born and raised in Rock Springs, Wyo. before attending the University of Northern Colorado for his bachelor’s degree in theatre design and technology. He did his graduate work at Ohio State, where he earned a master’s of fine arts degree with concentrations in scenic and lighting design. He taught for three years at Kansas State University before relocating to Chicago, where he spent four years as a freelance scenic designer and carpenter. He worked as tour technical director and house carpenter at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. He will teach courses in design and technical direction.
Dr. Swathi Mohan joins Ohio State-Lima’s chemistry department as the new organic chemist, with specific areas of interest in organometallic chemistry and medicinal chemistry. She is a native of Hyderabad, India, and came to the United States in 2003 to pursue graduate studies in chemistry. She earned a master’s in chemistry from Wichita State University and then received a doctorate from Purdue University.
Dorothy Jones joins Ohio State-Lima as an academic advisor. Prior to coming to Ohio State, she worked at Rhodes State College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Bluffton University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University. She will work with students majoring in math, the sciences and in the health fields.
Tuttle employee passes courses
Byron Winner, director of safety at Tuttle Construction, recently passed OSHA’s 501 national curriculum General Industry Safety Trainer Course at the University of Cincinnati. Winner is now qualified to instruct OSHA’s 10 and 30-hour general industry safety courses. He also passed the course to instruct OSHA’s 10 and 30-hour construction safety earlier this year.
Winner has 30 years of combined experience in general industry and construction industry. He has been employed by Tuttle Construction since 2008 as the director of safety as well as overseeing safety for Touchstone CPM.
Tuttle Construction and Touchstone CPM are subsidiaries of Tuttle Services, Inc.
Fleagle receives accreditation
Douglas Fleagle has received accreditation from the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. Fleagle is now an accredited veterans service officer with the Allen County Veterans Service Commission.
He has been employed by the Allen County Veterans Service Commission since May of 2012. He is a U.S. Army veteran and served during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Fleagle was awarded the Purple Heart Award due to injuries sustained while serving in Iraq.
He is a St. Marys Memorial High School graduate and has attended Sinclair College in Dayton for network engineering.
Springview Manor donates to food bank
Springview Manor, a local provider of senior health and living services, donated more than 4,000 pounds of food or the equivalent of $1,590.28 to Our Daily Bread as part of their annual “Independence from Hunger” food drive held during the months of May and June. This donation is equivalent to feeding three meals each to more than 700 people.
Springview Manor is a Trilogy Health Services Community. The food drive is a company-wide initiative in which each of the 70 Trilogy Health Services communities participated; each designating their own local food bank as the recipient. The company as a whole was able to donate more than 650,000 pounds of food.