Common Time

Common Time

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

Each Friday session meets from noon – 1 p.m. on Blackboard Collaborate

Friday, September 9, 2022 | noon – 1 p.m.

Podcasting: How to Conduct and Record an Interview

Host: Rob Thomas

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.

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, September 23, 2022 | noon – 1 p.m.

Study Skills and Time Management

Host: Eric Wallack

An interactive session full of practical and simple methods for maximizing your personal effectiveness.

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



Friday, October 7, 2022 | noon – 1 p.m.

Celebrating College Radio Day

Internships, Marketing and Communication, Oh My!

Host: Madison Bressler

Join us for a discussion about working in the music industry, overcoming being a woman in a male-dominated field, and the importance of communication in any career.

Madison Bressler graduated from Owens in 2017 with a General Associate of Arts degree and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Liberal Studies from BGSU with a minor in Music Industry Promotions. While at Owens, she worked as a student employee in the FPA office and Walter E. Terhune Gallery, in addition to tackling a public relations internship with Reverend Guitars. Madison was employed post-graduation as the Sales Representative for Reverend’s sister-brand, Railhammer Pickups, allowing her to travel to California and Tennessee for National Association of Musical Merchants (NAMM) Conventions and work with many notable musicians. She is currently an Academic Advisor of Health Professions here at Owens but remains heavily involved in the local music scene today.



Friday, October 21, 2022 | noon – 1 p.m.

Preparing for your Internship

Host: Denise Grupp-Verbon

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

Denise Grupp-Verbon is the Internship Manager for the School of Liberal Arts. She has placed over 130 internships. She is a working harpist and performs with her husband in a harp and acoustic guitar duo called TAPESTRY.



Friday, November 4, 2022 | noon – 1 p.m.

Event and Venue Management 101

Host: Shelby Stoots

Most of us will manage or host an event or even a venue at some point in our careers. Join Shelby as she shares stories and tips about planning, managing, and scheduling events, as well as networking opportunities that present themselves.

Shelby Stoots is a fine and performing arts center manager and artist from Northwest Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at BGSU in 2015 with a focus in 3D Studies and Arts Management. She has always been passionate about working for non-profit organizations involved in the arts community. This led her to Owens Community College where she is the Manager for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. In her free time, she welds automotive-themed sculptures, collects Hot Wheels cars, and races her little white sports car with the Sports Car Club of America, Northwest Ohio Region on the weekends.



Friday, November 18, 2022 | noon – 1 p.m.

Always say “Yes”!  A discussion about your experiential opportunities.

Hosts: Denise Grupp-Verbon, Rob Thomas, Rob Ticherich, Eric Wallack

You have been encouraged to say “yes” and participate in experiential learning opportunities, but what are they exactly?  Join us for a discussion of the possibilities, both on and off campus.



Friday, December 2, 2022 | noon – 1 p.m.

“Dream, Complete and Repeat” Your Life’s Work

Host: Jason Smithers

As the Director of Operations for a creative marketing agency, Jason has worked with music for commercials and short testimonial pieces. He shot 100s of videos for Sabian cymbals based around live performances. as well as short testimonials for various clients.

Jason says: “My Associate of Arts in music theory and performance from Owens was the foundation of my musical background and has given me a lot of confidence in working with clients in the music industry.”

Jason Smithers has been Director of Operations at Vers CREATIVE since May 2018. He earned an Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees from Owens, a Bachelor of Science in Education – Individual Studies from BGSU and will complete his Master of Clinical Mental Health degree from BGSU in December 2022. Jason has published a book called Unfinished: A Guide to Dream, Complete and Repeat your Life’s Work.

You can read more about Jason here: Unfinished >>