Transitions Award 

Current Recipient 

2012 Whitney Wolfe


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 her 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.  




Past Award Recipients 

Amy Bishoff 2011

Bishoff is a 30 year employee and current resource planning analyst for the office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at COTC. She is responsible for data collection, reporting and analysis. Her work has been essential for the continued accreditation of the institution as well as ensuring accuracy in student credentialing.

She was nominated for the award by Rose Mary Saliba, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. “Amy is more than good at her job. She has earned a reputation for her integrity and trustworthiness,” said Saliba. “She is incredibly deserving of this award not simply as recognition of her contributions to the college but to serve as an example of the positive influence one person can have on an institution.”

Bishoff earned an Associate of Applied Business in Secretarial Science degree from COTC. She was a recipient of the inaugural Legends of Loyalty award from COTC and her community involvement includes helping prepare meals in coordination with her local church.


Bonnie Buchanan 2010

Buchanan earned her Associate of Applied Business degree with honors from COTC, where she was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges, and received a number of student awards.  She graduated magna cum laude from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Franklin University. 

Buchanan is a COTC assistant professor and lead instructor for Business Management Technology.  Buchanan was nominated for the award by fellow COTC faculty member Rose Cost, Ph.D.   In her nomination letter, Cost wrote, "Bonnie cares about the College, and most of all, she cares about the students, their activities, concerns, and interests."


Kelley Cupp 2009

Cupp earned her Associate of Applied Science at COTC, graduating with honors as a member of the college's first Diagnostic Medical Sonography class.  She went on to further her education at Oregon Institute of Technology earning a Bachelor of Science in Echocardiography.  The Utica resident is currently enrolled in a University of Illinois' master's of education program with a focus on two-year colleges.  Before becoming a faculty member, Cupp was employed in both hospital and out-patient cardiac facilities.  she has taught at COTC since 2003.

In 2008, Cupp was awarded the COTC Teaching Excellence Award, which is presented annually to a full-time faculty member in recognition of and to promote teaching excellence.  Faculty members are nominated by students, staff, fellow faculty or alumni.  She was also recognized by Ohio Magazine's 2008 Excellence in Education program. 

Cupp has been a guest speaker at The Ohio State University, and she has represented COTC as a speaker at the Ohio Medical Ultrasound Society.  On the national level, she is a committee member within the Society of Diagnotic Medical Sonography.



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