NEWARK, Ohio, April 18, 2019 — "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other," said Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) President John M. Berry, Ph.D., quoting former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Berry addressed student leaders from both COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark during the annual Student Leadership Awards dinner on April 10. Four students, two student organizations and one staff member were honored during the ceremony for their work both on campus and in the community during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Carla Stonecipher, COTC student, Community Outreach Committee member and Phi Theta Kappa member, received the Community Service Leader of the Year Award for her part in the fundraising efforts to support the Arlington Care Center and the Salvation Army's homeless shelter. Stonecipher transferred what she was learning in the classrooms of the human services program to the efforts she helped lead for both organizations, according to the nomination letter."It is absolutely great that we can be engaged with the campus and the community at a regional campus of The Ohio State University," said Zach Sparks, Ohio State Newark student and winner of the Up and Coming Leader Award. "Find something you love and working toward it won't be work." Sparks is president of both the Community Outreach Committee and Introspect Psychology Club. The Up and Coming Leader Award was given to him in recognition of his success in increasing membership, organization awareness and active citizenship on campus for both organizations he leads.
Ohio State Newark student, President of Viva Cultura, Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge participant and Diversity through Artistry volunteer, Arnaldo Gonzalez Calero received the RESPECT Award for demonstrating responsibility, equity, self-awareness, purpose, enthusiasm, compassion and teamwork that promoted social and cultural awareness on campus. Among many things accomplished during the year, he spearheaded a multi-day education campaign focusing on immigration issues facing our southern border. "I was scared, but also very happy to receive the RESPECT Award," Gonzalez Calero said. "My advice to my fellow students is to get involved. Go for it! Getting started is the hardest part, it gets easier."
COTC student Samantha Gastaldo spearheaded education-focused initiatives during the academic year earning her the Kelly Saffle Leadership Award, which is awarded to a COTC student who exemplifies strong and consistent leadership in one or more student organizations or programs. According to the nomination letter, Gastaldo has been a vocal force behind a peer mentor initiative within the nursing program, aided fellow students as a peer tutor in the Center for Student Success, helped Phi Theta Kappa as an active member and served as an ambassador for the Path2BSN program.
The William A. Kilpatrick Award recognizes an Ohio State Newark student who exemplifies strong and consistent leadership in the campus community. This year's recipient was Sarah Oleson, LeFevre Fellows student, Laurel Collegiate Society president, University Choir member and student employee in the Office of Access and Engagement. According to the nomination letter, Oleson completed over 60 hours of community service that ranged from working with underserved populations in local schools to assisting the homeless to community clean-up and beautification efforts. As the Laurel Collegiate Society president, she led a number of projects including blanket making to benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Other awards that were given during the ceremony included:
Outstanding Student Organization of the Year
2018-2019 recipient: Phi Theta Kappa
Outstanding Student Organization Program
2018-2019 recipient: Community Outreach Committee – Arlington Care Center fundraiser
Faculty/Staff Above and Beyond Award
2018-2019 recipient: Misty Amacher
Justin Khol, assistant director of the Office of Student Life, said, "So tonight, though we celebrate accomplishment and goals reached, we also honor the moments of struggle, hard work and perseverance that paint a fuller picture of success. We honor the long nights spent studying, the dedication it takes to organize and lead a group and the sacrifices no one will ever know about as you serve others and reach for your goals. Thank you for all you do in adding to the definition of what it means to be a student here at COTC and Ohio State Newark."
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.