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COTC Honors Legends of Loyalty Award Winners

​​Central Ohio Technical College recognized three individuals with the fourth annual Legends of Loyalty award presentation during a luncheon held at the college on Monday, October 20, 2014.

The Legends of Loyalty award was established in 2011 during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Central Ohio Technical College to recognize those rare individuals who have demonstrated unselfish allegiance to the college and whose work has influenced the course and history of the institution. It is the highest honor granted by the college.

COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., announced the Legends of Loyalty honorees:​

Art Ghiloni - Over the lifetime of COTC, few individuals will literally leave their mark on the college like Art Ghiloni. For 28 years his talent as a master craftsman contributed to everything from major renovation projects to the design and creation of donor walls, cabinetry and furniture. His meticulous attention to detail and commitment to quality influenced those who worked with him and contributed to the ever increasing positive perception of the college and a commitment to becoming #1. Dr. Coe recognized him for his quiet leadership, service-above-self approach to his work and years of dedicated service toCentral Ohio Technical College.

Carolyn Simpson - Carolyn Simpson joined the COTC faculty in 1973 and was instrumental in the creation 
of the nursing program. During her tenure, the program grew to become the largest at the college and she 
became not only a mentor to new faculty, but a beloved and respected nursing instructor by the students. 
Carolyn’s loyalty to the college continued after her retirement in 2008 serving as an adjunct faculty member. 
She remains actively engaged with the nursing program today by providing access to continuing education 
opportunities through her affiliation with the Mid-Ohio District Nurses Association. Carolyn was named 
Faculty Emeriti in 2008.

Calvin E. Roebuck - Calvin E. Roebuck had a vision for Central Ohio Technical College and he changed the 
course of the institution. His passion for education and commitment to meeting the workforce needs of 
central Ohio both propelled the college and engaged a community in support of COTC’s first extended 
campus in 2003 in Coshocton. 

Cal’s influence permeated the institution and set the standard of quality that drives the leadership team 
today, stated Dr. Bonnie L. Coe, President of COTC. “For those of us who were fortunate to work closely 
with Cal, we know his love of quotes and one of his favorites was… ‘No matter the question – the answer is 
education.’ He believed it and it inspired the rest of us – and today as a result of his vision, dedication to the 
college and passion for students – Central Ohio Technical College is one of the premier two-year colleges in 
Ohio,” she continued. Roebuck’s award was presented posthumously to his wife, Lydia, and son, Jim.

The Legends of Loyalty award is presented annually to an individual or group of individuals who have 
demonstrated unselfish allegiance to the college and whose work has influenced the course and history of 
the institution. A $1,000 donation in the name of each award recipient will be given to student scholarships,
and their names are engraved on a perpetual plaque that hangs in the Office of the President. Each honoree 
also receives a personally engraved award. 

Central Ohio Technical College is a fully accredited, two-year college dedicated to providing high quality, 
accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well 
as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty, and administrators to assist them in 
achieving their maximum potential. COTC operates campus locations in Newark, Coshocton, Knox and 
Pataskala.