OATN News & Notes: August 2012



Dear colleagues:
In the midst of a very busy summer for the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network, we have had a number of recent staffing changes. I wanted to take this opportunity to share this news with you so that you are acquainted with the new and continuing staff members with whom you work at the OATN. I am thrilled to have such a strong team of dedicated professionals working to advance articulation and transfer in Ohio, and ask that you join me in welcoming our newest additions and congratulating the staff who were recently promoted. Read on to “meet” our new staff, hear brief updates about our continuing staff, and learn of some great news about Ohio’s Statewide Apprenticeship Pathways program. 
We all wish you the very best with the start of your fall semesters!
Paula K. Compton, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor
Articulation and Transfer

Who’s Who on the OATN Team

We have already done features on a number of the staff members mentioned below in previous issues of our newsletter, so in some cases, we are just sharing brief updates. In the case of our new staff members, we are giving a more in-depth introduction. We hope you enjoy hearing about our staff!

Dr. Gayle Ashbridge (pictured at left) – Gayle has been promoted to Associate Director of Career-Technical Initiatives and was busy this summer identifying new faculty panel members and leads for a number of new CTAGs, in addition to collaborating with her colleagues to establish the new role of the (CT)2 Regional Managers, including assigning geographic territories. She has also spent quality time with friends and family, and done a fair amount of gardening this summer. Gayle is available at gashbridge@regents.state.oh.us or 734-626-4643.

Michelle Blaney (pictured at right) – Michelle, previously a consultant on our Secondary Career-Technical Alignment Initiative (SCTAI), is our new Administrator for Articulation and Transfer Policy. Michelle has more than 10 years of experience in higher education, including positions as an adjunct instructor with multiple colleges and universities in Kentucky; an online student advisor and online technologist with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system; and manager of client services for the Ohio Learning Network. She holds an Associate of Applied Science from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Kentucky. Michelle loves lifelong learning, a good challenge, gardening, crafts and walking. Michelle is available at mblaney@regents.state.oh.us or 614-644-9601. 

Carlos Bing (pictured at left) – Carlos, our new Assistant Director of Operations, will be handling a number of the day-to-day operational tasks for the OATN, including budget management, scheduling and other administrative duties. He also assists on the statewide Complete College Ohio task force. Carlos has worked in higher education for more than 10 years in various capacities, including roles as a college recruiter at The Ohio State University, financial aid program administrator, college access hotline supervisor, and federal grants administrator at the Ohio Board of Regents. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University. Carlos loves God, his wife and kids, and serving others. Carlos is excited to have joined the Articulation & Transfer team and has been enjoying learning his new role. Recently he was able to go to Disney World in Orlando, Florida with his wife and three children. For him, the highlight of the trip was seeing his 7 and 8-year-old sons in a “soul-train” line with his 17-year-old daughter, the Nickelodeon characters, and 30 other kids. He says that Disney is "an extremely happy place" and the kids wore the parents out while truly having a great time. Carlos is available at cbing@regents.state.oh.us or 614-466-4818.

Dr. Julie Clemens (pictured at right) – Julie, previously a consultant on our Secondary Career-Technical Alignment Initiative (SCTAI), is our new Director of Career-Technical Initiatives. Julie has worked in higher education for 12 years in a variety of roles including the Distance Ed Policy Consultant at the Ohio Learning Network; an Adjunct Professor at the Ohio State University; and the Peace Studies Coordinator at The Ohio State University. Prior to that she worked in the financial services industry for 10 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education and a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies in Education from the School of Educational Policy and Leadership at The Ohio State University, a Master of Education in Educational Foundations from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Marketing from Franklin University. She loves gardening and landscaping, yoga, travel, Sweden, lifelong learning, architecture and design, conflict transformation, movies and popcorn. Julie is available at jclemens@regents.state.oh.us or 614-728-4706.

Ryan Cupp – Ryan, Administrator for (CT)2, has spent the summer monitoring CTAG compliance and just returned from a trip overseas to London, England. (And, yes, he got to watch some of the Olympics in person!) Ryan is available at rcupp@regents.state.oh.us or 614-752-9474.

Katie Giardello (pictured at left) – Katie, our new Assistant Director for New Initiatives, has been training Carlos on his operational duties, sending out lots of MOUs, assisting with budget administration, and preparing for a meeting-filled fall. She has begun researching and laying the foundation for several new initiatives that will be taking off soon, in addition to participating in the statewide Complete College Ohio task force. In her free time, she has been trying out new recipes with farmer’s market fare, potty training her toddler and trying to keep her plants alive in the heat! Katie is available at kgiardello@regents.state.oh.us or 614-752-9538.

Revathi Kumaraswamy – Revathi, our Business Analyst, is working closely with Terea Shambry-Wollins in planning for the first meeting of the Articulation and Transfer Clearinghouse (ATC) Steering Committee, which will lead the charge on initiatives to go fully paperless with the ATC, in addition to setting institutions up to directly import data into their Student Information Systems (SIS). Revathi recently spent several weeks vacationing in India and charged her husband with caring for their family’s first vegetable patch while she was away. Revathi is available at rkumaraswamy@regents.state.oh.us or 614-466-5296.

Dr. Shoumi Mustafa – Shoumi, our Senior Research Analyst, has been researching Ohio’s AP policy this summer in addition to being put to work at home, painting the deck. Shoumi has allocated his additional summer time among Scandinavian crime fiction novels, video games and gardening. Shoumi is available at smustafa@regents.state.oh.us or 614-752-8859.

Terea Shambry-Wollins – Terea, our Technical Liaison, traveled to San Diego for the CollegeSource users conference in June, working in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) on the Ohio e-Transcripts initiative, and has been instrumental in preparing for the impending upgrade to the Course Equivalency Management System (CEMS). She has enjoyed spending as much time adventuring outside as possible, on and off the kayak. Terea is available at tshambry@regents.state.oh.us or 614-752-9475.

Hideo Tsuchida – Hideo, now Director of Articulation & Transfer Policy, has been working on a variety of tasks, including presenting at a conference; managing the work of the Administrator for Policy while filling the position and now training Michelle Blaney (our new Administrator); working with individual schools on the submission plan for the fall review; and coordinating the plan to display conditionally approved courses in the TAG and OTM Reporting Systems. Earlier in the spring, Hideo visited his mother in Japan. This summer, he went on a vacation to Grand Haven, MI, and recently celebrated his 6th wedding anniversary. Hideo is available at htsuchida@regents.state.oh.us or 614-644-0642.


New SCTAI Team Hits the Ground Running

From left: Mitsu Narui, Tim Keller, Kimberly Jones and Jamilah Jones Tucker
Entering year two of the Secondary Career-Technical Alignment Initiative (SCTAI), we are pleased to have a new team of professionals to advance the goals of the grant-funded project:
  • Jamilah Jones Tucker – Jamilah has filled the Associate Director for Data Analysis and Assessment position for the SCTAI. She has extensive experience in higher education administration and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Toledo. Jamilah is adventurous; she enjoys experiencing new cultures and their food, and claims duck tongue to be the most interesting texture to date. This summer, she created a “summer sandbox list” (the less grim companion of a bucket list) and crossed off the following: glass blowing, antiquing and visiting the St. Louis Arch with her husband. She plans to make eggs benedict before the end of August for a 50% completion rate of the list, which is good enough considering she is a newlywed who moved from Toledo to Columbus this summer! Jamilah is available at jjones@regents.state.oh.us or 614-466-0543.
  • Kimberly Jones – Kimberly is the SCTAI Administrative Assistant. Kimberly has extensive administrative experience in the corporate world, management experience in retail, and she studied International Business and Spanish at The Ohio State University. She has spent the summer getting acclimated to her new job. Kimberly is available at kjones@regents.state.oh.us or 614-728-2799.
  • Tim Keller – Tim has filled the Assistant Director for SCTAI Statewide Agreements. He comes to us with more than 30 years in the automotive industry in various capacities, as well as recent experiences in higher education as a Presidential Fellow at Owens Community College and in Judicial Affairs at the University of Toledo. Tim holds two Associate of Applied Science degrees from Owens Technical College, in both Electro-Mechanical engineering and Mechanical Engineering. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Development and Master of Education from the University of Toledo, in addition to completing several years of PhD coursework in Higher Education. Tim spent the summer forming his own LLC (Limited Liability Company), complete with a company website! He loves to hear his grown daughters giggle when spending time with one another, and can’t stand traffic jams on the expressway. Tim is available at tkeller@regents.state.oh.us or 614-752-9532. 
  • Dr. Mitsu Narui – Mitsu, our new Associate Director of SCTAI Statewide Agreements, has experience as a physical therapist and in various capacities in higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The Ohio State University. She enjoys running and is currently training for her 5th (and considering the 6th) marathon. She also enjoys baking and cooking, and says this is why her first love is running! This summer, in the midst of training for the Columbus Marathon as a member of Team in Training, which raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, she also got a new house and will be moving this fall. Mitsu can be reached at mnarui@regents.state.oh.us or 614-728-8860. 

Ohio’s Statewide Apprenticeship Pathways Program is Recognized

From left: Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Dr. Michael Snider and Dr. Paula Compton

Ohio’s IBEW/NECA Statewide Apprenticeship Pathways program was recognized as a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator in Washington, D.C. on August 1, 2012 at “Out Education, Out Build, Out Innovate.” This event, a National Education and Action Summit held on the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act, celebrated the role Registered Apprenticeships have played in training the U.S. workforce for the last 75 years and highlighted the role they will play in the future by recognizing such trailblazing programs. Accepting the award on behalf of Ohio were Dr. Michael Snider, Project Coordinator with the Ohio Association of Community Colleges; and Dr. Paula Compton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Articulation and Transfer with the Ohio Board of Regents.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)-National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Electrical Apprenticeship program for Inside Wireman is a nationally recognized program provided through the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC). Providers of this apprenticeship program in Ohio have partnered with 11 of Ohio’s public community colleges to provide a pathway to a technical associate degree.
Some of the requirements for these programs are provided by organizations that are non-degree granting providers. As a result, a request has been submitted, on behalf of all 11 participating colleges, to The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that a waiver will be available that exempts these programs from the rule that more than 50 percent of the requirements be provided by the degree-granting institution. We are hopeful that the programs receive full HLC approval and similar industrial partnerships can be forged in the future to expand educational opportunities for all of Ohio’s citizens.
Institutions with programs approved as part of the statewide articulation and transfer agreement currently include Central Ohio Technical College, Columbus State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Gateway Community College, Lakeland Community College, Lorain County Community College, North Central State College, Northwest State Community College, Owens Community College, Sinclair Community College and Washington State Community College. We are grateful to the faculty and staff at these institutions who assisted with our collection and submission of materials to the HLC and make these programs successful in Ohio.