Common Time, Spring 2024

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Common Time

Common Time encourages students to meet one another across Fine and Performing Arts programs, build new relationships, discuss projects and learn about resources and opportunities.

Each Friday session meets virtually from Noon – 1 p.m. on Blackboard Collaborate. Links to join are below.

Friday, January 26, 2024 | Noon – 1 p.m.

Podcasting: How to Conduct and Record an Interview  

Create your own podcast featuring an interview. Rob will cover the basic, and surprisingly easy technical elements, as well as how to conduct an engaging interview.

HOST: Rob Thomas is the Broadcast Media and Technology lead instructor and advisor for the Owens OutComm Student Media Center. He has over 35 years of experience as a multimedia producer in the broadcast, marketing, and communications industries, working with both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses.

Friday, February 9, 2024 | Noon – 1 p.m.

Making the Most of Your Interview

During this session, participants will learn about the interview process, types of interviews, and how to best prepare for job and internship interviews, including using the STAR method when answering questions.

HOST: Angie McGinnis is the Manager of Career & Transfer Services at Owens Community College. Angie has been at Owens since 2001 and has held several roles within Student Services.  Angie has her M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Hiram College.  In addition, Angie is a Certified Career Services Provider and has managed the Career & Transfer Services Office since 2019.

Friday, February 23, 2024 | Noon – 1 p.m.

Mastering Your Time

Looking for practical advice about how to stay on top of your homework? Falling behind on assignments? In this session, Adam will review some specific strategies to organize your schedule, create helpful study rituals, and become a master of your time so you can succeed in and out of the classroom. (We will talk about managing time in online classes, too!)

Adam Wagner is the Lead Academic Advisor for Liberal Arts at Owens Community College. He has a BA in English from Cedarville University and an MA in Literary and Textual Studies from Bowling Green State University. Adam has worked in Advising at Owens since 2019 and is proud to have been born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. In his free time, you can find Adam exploring the Metroparks, listening to Taylor Swift, and consuming all the latest Star Wars media.

Friday, March 8, 2024 | Noon – 1 p.m.

Your Creative Muse

This week, we will explore methods for discovering, nurturing and sustaining inspiration and creativity for any undertaking!

HOST: Eric Wallack is a Professor of Music at Owens Community College. He is a specialist in plucked string instruments.

Friday, March 22, 2024 | Noon – 1 p.m.

People in Places

Many of the opportunities a performer encounters develop through positive impressions made along the way. How might the positive connections with the people you meet pave avenues of opportunity down the road?

HOST: Jeremy Meier is the Chair of Fine and Performing Arts at Owens Community College where he has directed nineteen student theatre productions. He has also developed and toured original one-man shows on the lives of Steve Jobs, Robert F. Kennedy, Oliver Hazard Perry, and John Dillinger.

Friday, April 5, 2024 | Noon – 1 p.m.

Career Paths that you may not have considered!

Join us for a discussion of David’s “less thought of” path working in the music industry and options that may work for you after graduation.

HOST: David Brehm graduated with honors from the Owens Music Business Technology program in 2017 and was part of the group that launched OCCR. After graduation, he started as a Sales Engineer at Sweetwater Sound for 2 ½ years before he took 2 years to run and then sell the family business. He is now a Merchandising Analyst at Sweetwater running the bundle team.  (

Friday, April 19, 2024 | Noon – 1 p.m.

Preparing for your Internship

What can you be doing to prepare for your internship? Join us for a discussion of tips as you get closer to that exciting day!

HOST: Denise Grupp-Verbon is the Internship Manager for the School of Liberal Arts. She has placed over 170 internships. She is a working harpist and performs with her husband in a harp and acoustic guitar duo called TAPESTRY.