LCCC/UP ALUMNI MEET WITH THE COLLEGE’S LIFE AND CAREER PLANNING CLASS
A panel of LCCC/UP alumni met with Wendy Stone Scott’s Life and Career Planning class on November 25, 2008 to discuss how their LCCC/UP experiences helped shape their professional lives and to explain their current jobs and how they obtained them. Students also asked the panelists specific questions related to their work and education.
Two of Instructor Stone Scott’s class objectives are to have students gain knowledge of various careers and to learn methods in which to achieve educational and professional goals. She felt that one interesting way to accomplish this would be to have former LCCC/UP students share their insights.
During the session, alumni provided real-life examples of their current jobs and described their experiences at LCCC/UP and other institutions of higher learning. Some panelists described what LCCC was like in earlier years, before the UP program, and how easy it is today to earn a four-year degree without leaving Lorain County. Others talked about how their positive experiences at LCCC encouraged them to get their four-year degrees. The alumni all agreed that students should take advantage – to the fullest – of all the student resources LCCC provides, both academically and socially.
After the alumni shared their stories, students asked them relevant questions ranging from, “What is a typical day on the job?” and “What are some of the challenges you face?” to “What are the trends for the future?” and “What resources are there that would be helpful?” The Alumni were eager to answer these questions plus more, and provided contact information so students could follow-up with them at a later time. Two students who were interested in several fields are planning to job-shadow one or two of the panelists after hearing about their interesting professions.
“I think it was a great benefit to students!” stated Instructor Stone Scott of the panel discussion. “I hope to offer the panel again in the spring semester.” All the Alumni who participated in this session had a great time and are more than willing to speak to the spring semester students as well.
Panel members included Lynn Johnston (1995 – ADN), now an RN at Elyria Memorial Hospital; Diane Papp (AAB – Business), Resident Costume Designer and Costume Shop Supervisor for LCCC; Leslie Perichak (1978 – AAB Business and 1991 ADN), now an RN at Community Health Partners; Debbie Richter (1985 – AA General Studies), Alumni Coordinator for LCCC/UP; Brian Sooy (1981 – AA General Studies), President of Brian Sooy & Co.; Brandon Thimke (1995 – AA Liberal Arts), Communications Manager for The Reserves Network. Most panel members upon graduation from LCCC went on to earn four-year degrees and one earned her Master’s.
NOTE: If you are an LCCC or UP alumnus (defined as someone who has completed at least one LCCC/UP course successfully) and are interested in volunteering for an event like this or other volunteer opportunities, please visit www.lorainccc.edu/alumni and register for the LCCC/UP Alumni Association or call 440-366-4039 for more information.
Women's Athletic Program Mini-Reunion
A small group of 1968 and ‘69 Lorain County Community College graduates once involved in LCCC's women’s athletic program, marched down memory lane on Saturday, June 21, 2008, when they visited the campus for a mini reunion. Some of them had not seen the campus in over 35 years.
The gathering was inspired by Sharon Hahn (1969) and her friend. Hahn wanted to locate a group of field hockey and basketball friends for a get-together, and approached the LCCC Alumni Association staff. From there, a plan was put into place.
The first hurdle was locating people as many of the women’s surnames had changed. Seven, out of 17, 1967 field hockey team members were located – including some who were unable to attend the reunion; and two additional ones from the 1968 team were located. Two alumni came from as far away as Florida and Illinois. The rest are scattered locally and within the State of Ohio.
On reunion day, the women enjoyed reminiscing, a catered lunch, a tour of the campus, and a discussion with Laurie Carlberg, Dean of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER). Carlberg discussed the women’s athletic program today and the renovations currently taking place with the HPER building.
Everyone was surprised to see how much the College had grown. The old library, field house, Stocker Arts Center, University Center, and other campus buildings were not yet built when the women graduated, so they were very happy to see the old library before it moved to its new location.
To commemorate their fond memories of the College’s athletic department and their former coach and Ass't Professor, Linda Rowe, they ordered a brick to be installed in the walk-way of the University Center building. In addition to the brick, the women will provide a plaque to be displayed in the Physical Education department - also in honor of Ms. Rowe who now lives in Michigan and could not attend the reunion.
For more information, contact
Debbie Richter, Annual Fund and Alumni Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org - or - 440-366-4039