NEWARK, Ohio, November 8, 2016 – When they started working on the shared campus of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark in 1981, Amy Bishoff and Lori Vogelmeier had no idea they would still be working here in 2016. The two are being recognized for 35 years of service this semester. Ironically, both have the title of resource planning analyst. Bishoff works for COTC in the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Vogelmeier works in the Ohio State Office of Admissions.
"When I started, I worked for COTC's first registrar," said Bishoff. "Founders Hall was the only building on campus at that time, so it has grown a lot over the years. Technology has also changed a great deal over time. When I first started, everything was done manually and on typewriters. I don't miss those days at all. The rise of technology has not only made our jobs more efficient but it's been a huge boost for our students. We can help them navigate college both in the classroom and out in ways we never imagined 35 years ago. It's been amazing to be in the middle of that evolution."
"In 1981, I received a call from a temporary service to report to work at The Ohio State University at Newark in the associate dean's office. When I hung up the phone the last National Lampoon movie I saw ran through my head. Not good," said Vogelmeier. "Back then, Founders Hall had concrete steps out front. I walked slowly up the steps, and when I got to the top, I immediately muttered to myself, 'There's no way. The last thing I need to deal with is a nutty dean,' and headed right back down the steps. When I got to the bottom, I took a deep breath and thought better of my escape to the parking lot. After taking yet another breath, I climbed the stairs once more with less apprehension. Turns out, after a short stint as a temporary employee working for a dean who was nothing like the movie portrayed, I ended up working in the admissions office as a clerk."
Both Vogelmeier and Bishoff share the same reason they are still working here after all this time. They both love being a part of helping people get the education they need to make their lives better and their dreams possible.
"We are in the business of providing people opportunities. Education is an opportunity to expand one's horizons, experience something in its most innocent form, learn to navigate failure, rejoice in accomplishment and pass the baton," said Vogelmeier. "The people, room or method of delivery might change, but the essence is still the same. That's a lot of the reason why I'm still at Ohio State after all these years."
"Higher education is so important to our society today," said Bishoff. "Contributing to the lives of our students in the many ways we do is a great reason to show up and do your best each day."
Both women say working in the higher education environment also helps them learn about themselves and grow academically, personally and professionally.
"One of my favorite times was COTC's 40th anniversary celebration. At the celebration, I was honored as one of the Legends of Loyalty recipients," said Bishoff. "I've always been fortunate to work with a great group of people. There are too many to name, but they really always pulled together and made it a team effort. It felt like a family which is an important part of sticking with an institution for so many years."
"I worked to attain my associate of arts degree for nearly 14 years part-time while working full-time in the admissions office," said Vogelmeier. "The summer months in admissions are very busy, and I was nearing completion of my degree. Since childhood, I had spent hours with a pencil and drawing pad in my lap, so I decided I'd pick up an elective and breeze through an introductory drawing course to balance everything. It took about two sessions with glowing classmate critiques of my work but really poor grades from the professor for me to finally ask what kind of Picasso I had to produce. She simply said, 'You're obviously better than anyone else in this class; however, I'm not grading you against anyone else but yourself. I want you to see just how good you can be. Show me and stop messing around!' So, I did. It was a tough, really quite rewarding summer.
"Ohio State has challenged me to always dig just a little deeper in everything I attempt. That's just what we do across the board, and it's really special working in an environment that challenges, encourages and expects excellence. My experiences at Ohio State have shaped many aspects of my life, given me many moments of pause and unbelievable opportunities. I'm very thankful that I climbed those steps a second time so many years ago."
Vogelmeier and Bishoff both received a gift card to the store of their choice in recognition of their 35 years of service. All employees with service of 10 years and longer are recognized this way each autumn semester.
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.
Photo Above: Amy Bishoff receiving the Legends of Loyalty Award in 2011 with COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D.