Transitions Award

Transitions Award

​ ​Established in 2009, the Transitions Alumni Award recognizes COTC alumni faculty and staff who have made the transition from student to partner in career development, making a difference in the lives of current or future students. It is presented at the annual COTC Alumni Council Holiday Reception held in December.

2017: Cathie Clippinger

Cathie_Clippinger_Transitions_lr.jpgThe 2017 Transitions Alumni Award was presented to COTC Resource Planning Analyst Cathie Clippinger by COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., and COTC Alumni Council President Kevin Carter at the annual alumni holiday reception on December 5, 2017.

Clippinger graduated from COTC in 1978 with an associate degree in secretarial science. That same year she began working for the college and has served in multiple roles in the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Institutional Research ever since. 

“For years, her oversight and tracking of the new program development process played a vital role in the growth of the institution,” said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. “Cathie’s monitoring and maintaining of critical college information has been essential to the college accreditation. Today, we rely heavily on Cathie’s knowledge of the past and strong understanding of the importance of technical education as we build the foundation for the future.”​

TransitionsAwd2017_Whiteus.jpg2016: Jeri Whiteus

The 2016 Transitions Alumni Award was presented to Jeri Whiteus by COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., and COTC Alumni Council President Kevin Carter.

Whiteus graduated from COTC in 1992 with an associate degree in nursing. She went on to get a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in 2004 and a master’s degree in nursing education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2012. Whiteus returned to COTC as a part-time clinical instructor and later became full-time faculty.

“Jeri helps to advance the college by being an active participant in both department and college committees,” said Dean of Health Sciences Sandy Walker who nominated Whiteus for the award. “She was nominated for Teacher of the Year at COTC both in 2013 and 2016. She was also recognized in Ohio Magazine for excellence in education in 2014.”​

(photo l-r) Dr.Bonnie L. Coe, COTC president, Jeri Whiteus, Dr. Lauri White, COTC vice president for academic affairs, Kevin Carver, COTC Alumni Council president

2015: Jan Tomlinson

Tomlinson_2015_Transitions_lr.jpgThe 2015 Transitions Alumni Award was presented to Jan Tomlinson by COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., and COTC Alumni Council President Jerry Billman.

Tomlinson has been the assistant to the president at COTC since 2004 and has worked at the college since 2003. Described as dedicated to customer service, she directs the operations of the office and the daily schedule. “Her commitment to the college is the direct result of her passion for the community and she aggressively seeks opportunities to link the two,” said Teri Holder, COTC executive vice president for extended campuses and Gateway. Raising her family in Heath, Tomlinson has also been a dedicated volunteer in the Heath School district, specifically with the athletic boosters. She is committed to volunteerism with her church, where she is an elder and trustee, as well as with the Salvation Army.

Tomlinson received an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management Technology from COTC in 2012.

2014: Kris ReadKris Read

Transitions Alumni Award recipient Kris Read, a 2007 graduate of Central Ohio Technical College, has served as webmaster at Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark since 2011. In addition to his associate’s degree from COTC, he is currently enrolled  at Franklin University, working towards his bachelor’s degree in eMarketing.

Read coaches swimming at Newark High School, where he has served in that capacity since 2012. He donates his time at the Second Chance Dog Shelter in Johnstown, volunteering as the non-profit’s webmaster. Read began his career in public service as the web applications developer for Licking County Government and assisted that entity in the creation of a website to improve their online presence for Licking County residents.

“We are proud of our alumni’s professional achievements, personal attainment, and dedication to the community,” says Matt Kelly, director of development for COTC. Adding, “We created the Alumni Program to serve as the principal link between the college and its alumni and we encourage all COTC alumni to participate.”

2012: Whitney WolfeWhitney Wolfe

Whitney Wolfe has been an adjunct faculty member in the COTC radiology program since 2009. She has been an employee at Licking Memorial Health Systems since 2006, where she has worked as a radiographer since 2008. She received the Technologist of the Year award from COTC students in 2009.

Wolfe was nominated for the award by Ken Ollish, Associate Professor in Radiologic Technology at COTC. “She is a very strong advocate for alumni and helps in recruiting future COTC students as they complete the required observation hours as part of the admission critique,” said Ollish.

Wolfe earned an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Science Technology degree from COTC in 2008. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Oregon Institute of Technology in Radiologic Science and is currently completing her master’s degree at Ohio University.  

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Amy Bishoff 2011Bonnie Buchanan 2010Kelley Cupp 2009

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