OTC Around the College – June 2016

OTC Around the College – June 2016

November 8, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Welcome to June at Ozarks Technical Community
College. Summer classes begin June 6th, just a few
weeks away after nearly 700 students took part in the spring commencement. Here’s a look at the sights and sounds from
a night of celebration at JQH Arena. “IT is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016
commencement ceremony of Ozarks Technical Community College.” “You have no idea how many people are sitting
in this arena right now, and they’re wishing they were sitting in your chair.” “And I guarantee you more than one of them
is thinking, ‘If she can do it, maybe I can do it too’.” “But I am super excited to talk with you guys
today, and I can’t believe that you guys are naming a building after me. Dr. Higdon, that’s
so nice.” “So I’ve been thinking about what I wanted
to say to you guys; what I wanted to hear when I was in your position. So I just want
to tell you, for my speech today, what my life mantra is, which is this:” “Keep not quitting.” “Ladies and gentlemen, the 2016 graduating
class of Ozarks Technical Community College.” Another ceremony in May saw 34 students get
their pins for completing the Associate of Science Nursing Program. The tradition of
awarding a pin to nurses upon graduation dates back to Florence Nightengale in the 1800’s. The night before, 66 students earned their
high school diplomas in the Middle College Graduation Ceremony. Middle College named
Mercy it’s business of the year for providing internships and training opportunities for
it’s students. Students at OTC’s campuses and centers often
refer to the college’s senior administrators as ‘the suits’. But during finals week they
were known as ‘the aprons’. Staff members donned aprons, ice cream scoops,
and wielded chocolate and caramel sauce for Chill Out Days across the OTC system. It was
a day for consuming mass quantities of ice cream, and cooling down the heat of a stressful
finals week. On Monday, May 9th, some of the top public
speaking students at the college converged on Lincoln Hall for the annual Communications
Showcase. Six students who were nominated by their instructors competed for three gift
cards to the OTC Bookstore. Jolene Hackney was the Gold medalist, earning a $100 gift
card to the bookstore. All of those students who just graduated or
wrapped up their schoolwork for the year had the chance to meet employers at the Springfield
Campus on May 4th. About 35 employers packed into Lincoln 211
to get in front of OTC students looking to start a career, or get a summer job at companies
like Bass Pro, Great Southern Bank, and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Almost 500 job seekers attended
the event designed to help our students take the next step. “Well, the purpose of our job fair today is
to bring those employers over on our campus to introduce them to our students, our graduates,
and our community members; to give our graduates a jump-start on their jobs, their first job
perhaps. And then to give our students maybe an opportunity for some summer employment,
and get to know some of the employers.” Thanks to everyone who donated on Give Ozarks
Day. You contributed nearly $6000 to provide the Early Childhood Education Center with
an expanded playground. And thanks to the creative work of the Communications and Marketing
team, ECEC earned an extra $1000 prize for the playground from the Community Foundation
of the Ozarks. On that note, we leave you with photos from
the May 6th Early Childhood Education Center graduation in Lincoln 211. Until next time,
I’ll see you around the college.