Networking Fair and Symposium

(567) 661-7081

A very special “Thank You” to all who attended, presented and participated in our 2019 event!

Stay tuned for news of our next Networking Fair & Symposium, which will held be in Spring,  2021 !!!

March 7, 2019
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Center for Fine and Performing Arts (building #20 on map)

The Fine and Performing Arts Department’s biennial Networking Fair and Symposium will feature dynamic speakers and interactive workshops related to careers with an arts focus.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet educators and professionals from the fields of graphic design, photography, recording arts, broadcasting, theatre, music and fine arts. Attend this free event and expand your professional network and artistic skills.

A delicious lunch will be available for purchase from Rosie’s Italian Grille Rolling Chef between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.! Click to view Rosie’s lunch menu.

(Please register by March 1, 2019)

Keynote Speakers

Mike Scott

Mike Scott

Mike Scott is the CEO of Bluecoats, a world-renowned performing arts non-profit that brings music, color guard, and dance education to thousands of students around the world. Bluecoats operates the world champion Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps which sends 165 students more than 10,000 miles on a US tour each and every summer. Mike’s path from a degree in music education and a childhood of piano and percussion performance to the CEO of multi-million dollar non-profit organization is full of the lessons, insights, and failures every artist must experience when turning your passion into a business.

Turning your Passion into a Business, and Treating your Art like a Business

9:30 – 10:30 am, Mainstage Theatre

How will you make your art a business? How can you monetize your work and learn how to run a business while trying to hone your craft? All of us who make life work as an artist or an arts administrator must follow the path of an entrepreneur. From your first day out of college until the day you retire, a life in the arts business is about learning on the fly, finding lessons in failure, treating your art as your work, and staying true to your art. Join Mike Scott for this inspiring and interactive discussion.

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Nick Corbin – Nick Corbin Productions Multimedia

Nick is a filmmaker and adjunct English instructor in Toledo, Ohio. His films span multiple genres—from horror to comedy to documentary—which he writes, directs, and scores himself.

(Re)-Claiming the Arts in Toledo, Making a Living as an Artist

12:30 – 1:30 pm, Mainstage Theatre

Toledoans want their city to look beautiful and be interesting, and the creatives who make it that way are becoming recognized. The 22-minute documentary, Reclaiming Spaces: Arts & Culture, follows Toledo creatives as they navigate the open waters of creative expression in Toledo. Join director Nick Corbin for a screening of the documentary followed by a panel discussion with Toledo creatives featured in the film.


Herbey Atkinson, Station Manager, Owens Community College Radio

Past, Present and Future of Broadcast Radio – Panel Discussion

2:30 – 3:00 pm, PA 111

Three current radio station professionals will discuss and answer questions about the current state of radio, both terrestrial and internet. Panelists will also give their insight on the future and also share some stories of their past experiences in radio.

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Veronica Brumbaugh

Fascination for yoga, body mechanics, movement arts, and glitter led Veronica to learn trapeze, aerial silks, lyra, hoop dance, and partner acrobatics. Trained to teach Partner Acro by Lux Sternstein and certified by Acro Revolution, her teaching style is inclusive, logical, accessible, and fun. Veronica has been teaching yoga, Pilates, Tae Kwon Do and conditioning classes for over 18 years, and her extensive study of anatomy, physics, and alignment informs her teaching style. She has been leading classes in Partner Yoga since 2005 and Partner Acrobatics since 2011. Recent work includes performances as a dancer, acrobat, and aerialist for shows in the Midwest and Canada.  She can be seen as the featured trapeze artist in Prometheus Production’s film, Delphian Circus, and featured acrobat in Ovid and the Art of Love.  A native of the Detroit area, she is thrilled to be a staff coach and performer for the Detroit Circus and Flyhouse Circus School, The Ann Arbor Aviary, and Bird’s Eye View Circus Space.  She also travels throughout the US to teach and train. She is the mother of four budding circus stars, who share her love for performance and play.

Introduction to Acrobalance for Stage and Dance

11:30 am – 12 noon, PA 105 (Dance Studio)

In this fun and accessible workshop, we will introduce the principles of Partner Acrobatics that will improve quality and expressiveness of movement. Counterbalances, momentum, equilibrium and proper stacking can help safely create dynamic choreography. No partner or experience is necessary!

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Kevin Cesarz – THREAD Marketing

Kevin Cesarz

Kevin Cesarz is the Director of Engagement at Thread Marketing Group, the agency of record for the Toledo Jeep Fest.

He works with social media, content strategy and analytics teams to help clients develop and deliver their best ideas to the most targeted audience. Over 20 years, Kevin has worked with clients like ACDelco, Spicer Parts, OnStar, U.S. Navy, Kaiser Permanente, St. Luke’s Hospital, Toledo Clinic and Lourdes University.

Awesome Social Media Engagement Strategies

10:45 – 11:15 am, PA 126

Have you ever wondered what to do with all that social media effort? The follower growth, the paid advertising, the IG stories and Facebook Live efforts? At the end of the day, your real gain is the efficiency of your customer response and your influencer inventory. Do you have enough focused followers who will willingly UX you website, social channels and products. Will they co-brand with you and promote your products and events in a meaningful way? Or do you skip that and merely shout louder? Don’t shout louder. Work smarter on engagement to benefit your brand.

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Martin S. Dombey – Yamaha Corp. – Professional Audio Division (Midwest & New England)

Martin Dombey

Martin Dombey is the proprietor of emg Recording Remotes; a Boston, MA based on-location audio production service.

As a freelance mixer since 1977, Mr. Dombey has recorded CDs for award-winning composer/conductor Stephen Melillo, quintets, Trios and Ensembles from the Cleveland Orchestra, and film & television scores. During the 1994-1997 seasons, Martin was a staff mixer (A1) for the Cleveland Indians Baseball organization.

In addition, Mr. Dombey has presented tutorials on Digital Audio Production for The Cleveland Institute of Music, Berklee College of Music and the 1998 International Computer Music Conference. He has presented over sixty specific audio seminars for broadcast & recording engineers, professional theatre sound designers, concert sound mixers, and house of worship sound system operators.

Since 1984, Martin has been employed as a Clinician &Manager for Yamaha Corp. – Professional Audio Division (Midwest & New England).

Careers for Audio Production Graduates

10:45 – 11:35 am, PA 111

“Ignite” your future in professional audio; 22 + disciplines within the industry today…waiting for you!

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Kate Fineske (United Way) and Valerie Thompson (Leap Graphics)

Kate Fineske, former Owens Graphic Design Adjunct Faculty, is currently Vice President of Engagement and Brand Strategy for the United Way of Greater Toledo and has over 20 years of experience in communications, education and nonprofit leadership. She has an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design, Marketing and Communications and is currently pursuing her MBA at Lourdes University. Professionally, she began her career in Advertising—working at a large advertising firm—and then later as a sole proprietor of a design and communications consulting firm. She is passionate about philanthropy and for the past decade has bridged her communication work with non-profit operations. On a personal note, she is active on many community boards, has three school-aged children, and lives with her family in Sylvania, Ohio.

Valerie Thompson is an award-winning Environmental Designer at ProMedica and the owner of Leap Graphics design firm. She is a native of Toledo and alumnae of the University of Toledo. While previously living in Columbus, she taught Intro to Computer Design at Columbus State Community College, and Graphic Design basics for Through Mind’s Eyes, a visual design program geared toward high school students. In addition to designing, Valerie enjoys public speaking and teaching, especially in the areas of marketing, design and entrepreneurship. She currently serves on the board of the YWCA and Above & Beyond Care Behavioral Health, is an Elder at City of Zion, the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and is also an active member of The Toledo Chapter of The Girlfriends, Incorporated.

Getting the Job: Understanding the Work of a Freelance Designer

1:45 – 2:15 pm, PA 126

Have you ever wondered what it takes to work as a freelance graphic artist? What are businesses looking for when it comes to hiring freelancers? What does a freelancer have to do to find work? Learn the ins and outs from both the freelancer and employee perspective during this unique experience, facilitated by Kate Fineske and Valerie Thompson. Kate will provide the perspective of the many organizations hiring freelancers and what they are looking for, while Valerie shares her insight as both a designer for ProMedica and a freelancer in our community.

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Eric Haubert (BCSN)

The Multi-Media Journalist

11:30 am – 12:00 pm, PA 206

In this interactive workshop, you will learn how a reporter/photojournalist manages it all in the field; beginning with setting up the interview with lights and microphones, handling the shot with a camera, and conducting the interview while monitoring all of the elements.

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Jackie Haskins – Owens Counseling Services

Owens Counseling Services provides assistance to students experiencing personal, educational, interpersonal and relationship, family, social or psychological difficulties. Services are free and confidential. For more information, visit our website at

Anxiety Busters

2:30 – 3:00 pm, PA 131

This session covers strategies for addressing problematic anxiety. Learn tips to better manage your anxious body and mind. Identify resources for support and  find out more.

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Leanne Huckaby – Owens Career Services

Owens is committed to supporting our students and alumni as they explore careers and prepare for employment. The Career Services team offers services and online resources to guide students and alumni throughout their career development. A network of Owens professionals provides services such as, career/major exploration, resume and cover letter building/review, networking, interview skills/mock interviews and student employment/federal work study.

Resumes for the Arts

2:30 – 3:00 pm, PA 132

Think all resumes are boring?  Think again!  As a student of the arts, your resume should stand out from the crowd.  Join us and learn how your resume can and should highlight your individual talents!

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Matthew Linford

Matthew is a trainer and customer success professional with a passion to help school administrators, educators and students discover and learn amazing tools. He has been the Spark Evangelist at Adobe since Spark for Education was announced last year, and he travels  helping K-12 and Higher Education institutions with Adobe tool deployment and training.

The Importance of Storytelling

11:30 am – 12:00 pm, PA 126

Everyone has a story to tell – In this workshop we’ll explore how creativity lives not only in the story you have to share but also in the ways you find to express your story.

When students learn to express themselves in any medium, they’ll find their voice.  They’ll find new ways to make an impact in school and beyond.

Explore the various tools and resources Adobe offers educators and students enabling them to tell their story.

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Jori Lynch Jex

Jori Lynch Jex has served as the Executive Director for the Toledo Cultural Arts Center at the Valentine Theatre for the past nine years. Prior to this position, Jex served as Director for Project ABC (Arts Building Curriculum) a kindergarten readiness program focusing on the arts and literacy. Ms. Jex has served as the Director for the Toledo Jazz Society from 1998-2003 and the General Manager of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre from 1995-1998. Prior to serving as General Manager at the Toledo Rep, Jex served as Education Director and Development Director for the theatre. Following graduation from Bowling Green State University in 1982 with her Master’s degree in Arts Administration, Jex served as Business Manager for the University of Toledo’s Department of Theatre, Film and Dance from 1982-1990.

Managing a Not-for-Profit

1:45 – 2:15 pm, PA 132

We come across and work with not-for-profit organizations in our daily lives. But what is it like to manage one? Join Valentine Theatre’s Executive Director to learn what it is like. Perhaps it is a career path for you.

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Clinton LaForest

Clinton LaForest is an independent film producer from Haskins, Ohio acting as the Chief Operating Officer of One Stoplight Productions. Clinton wears many hats in his role with the company, including managing the budgets or projects, handling on set production management, and as the main editor for all the films released by the company.  He has directed one short film called The Keepsake which won 2nd place at the 2017 Maumee Indoor Film Festival.  His educational background is in Visual Communications which he uses to bridge the communication gaps between cast and crew members during each production. Clint, as he prefers to be called, is also employed at Bowling Green State University where he develops and consults on web content, events calendar, digital asset management, and custom applications.  He is currently earning his Masters of Education in Learning Design.

Lessons & Practices from an Independent Film Producer

1:45 – 2:15 pm, PA 111

In his personal journey to becoming an independent movie producer, Clint has experienced both struggles and celebrations. In this session, he will cover the steps to creating a film, the importance of pre-production, tips on how to budget and how to manage the time of the cast, crew and yourself!

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Rick Luettke – Luettke Studios

Rick is a commercial photographer with 37 years of experience, owning and managing his own studio. His specialties include fashion, product, landscape and outdoor photography. Rick has traveled to many locations, capturing various landscapes, cities, people and nature. He has experience in color correction, high end photo retouching and complex fashion editing. He primarily uses high end digital equipment and also has extensive experience with all types of conventional photography equipment. With all these combined experiences, Rick says he wouldn’t change a thing, he has loved every minute!

Check out his website:

How to Shoot Portraits

11:30 am – 12:00 pm, PA 140

Join seasoned photographer, Rick Luettke, as he shares his handy tips and tricks for successful portrait photography.

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Larry Meyer, Esq

Larry is a Toledo attorney by day, musician by night and frequent guest speaker to Owens Music Business Technology Interns. Larry stays active in various community projects including service as a board member of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo.

Music Streaming

3:30 – 4:00 pm, Mainstage Theatre

This presentation will touch upon both legal and practical aspects of distributing and marketing music in the age of digital streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, etc.

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Ellen Pizza – Commerce Paper

Ellen is the Director of Marketing for Commerce Paper & Supply, has more than 30 years working with the Graphic Design and Print community. “Being a resource by presenting the beautiful and educational print samples have become a beacon of light for inspiration to the Graphic Arts Community, and has become the most enjoyable part of my job. We represent the best makers in the industry” Ellen says.

The Power of Paper and Print

2:30 – 3:00 pm, PA 126

Be inspired to PRINT!!! Ellen Pizza, Director of Marketing for Commerce Paper will present print that has meaning to the brand it represents and a true Return on Investment attached to the investment of printing.

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Dr. Catherine Pratt

Dr. Catherine A. Pratt, Communications/Humanities faculty at Owens Community College, has held faculty and administrative positions at Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University.  Her non-academic experience includes communication, marketing, special events planning, fund raising, media training, and speech writing.  She spent nearly a decade in New York City at a top PR/marketing firm with national clients that included Hallmark, RCA, Honeywell, and S.C. Johnson, and served as Director of Editorial Services for the NY State Bankers Association.

Dr. Pratt has written and produced regional and national television and radio news segments. She hosted and produced two multi-year programs for WBGU-TV, and directed advertising sales for a national news photography magazine.

She presents workshops and seminars for professional groups on communication, journalism, public relations, business, and ethics. She also offers etiquette workshops for student and business groups.

Dr. Pratt received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication (1986), her M.A. in Speech (1981), and her B.A. in English and Journalism (1972) from Bowling Green State University.

Preparing Your Elevator Speech

10:45 – 11:15 am, PA 132

You only get one chance to make a first impression!  Just as a good resume and cover letter make your “employment pitch” in writing, a well-constructed elevator speech offers the opportunity to present your oral resume.  To capitalize on the opportunity, however, you need to understand the difference between the abbreviated format of a good resume and the storytelling structure required in a good elevator speech.  Learn what to say, how to say it, and why it’s so important to get it right!

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Dave Purdue, Esq.

Dave studied engineering in Ann Arbor where he met his wife, Cathy. Dave graduated from UT law school and practiced law with his father for 35 years. He established Purdue Law Offices in 2009 and his practice is limited to copyrights, patents and trademarks. Dave he is hopeful that his son, Matthew, will join his practice in the future and he says he has no artistic talent whatsoever.

Intellectual Property Law Tips and Tricks for Artists

4:00 – 4:30 pm, Mainstage Theatre

Intellectual Property law – especially Copyright and Trademark Law – bestows important rights on artists in and to their creative works. It’s just plain good to know and understand what is protected and how it is protected. The session will include a brief overview of Copyright and Trademark Law, and there will be plenty of time for questions.

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Shelby Sweinhagen – American Frame

Founded in 1973, American Frame is the country’s premier supplier of custom picture frames, mat boards, DIY framing supplies, and fine art printing services. Our customers depend on us for our professional grade results, attention to detail, and museum quality results all with industry leading two day turnaround. The American Frame Showroom and Gallery located in Maumee, hosts fine art exhibits, framing classes, artist lectures, charity functions, and other special events and is staffed with experts to help you with your framing needs.

DIY Custom Framing

10:45 – 11:15 am, PA 233

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of DIY custom framing. Shelby will demonstrate how to hinge artwork to a mat, as well as assemble both a wood and metal frame.  In 15 minutes or less, you can frame your own artwork for a fraction of what custom framers charge.

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Eric Sills – Stone Soup Recording Studio

Recording Project 101

1:45- 2:15 pm, PA 140

Eric Sills, owner of Stone Soup Recording Studio, says that many of his clients do not know where to begin when they are producing an album.  Join Eric for practical tips, while creating your own check list, so that you can be prepared for your next project.

Vendors/Industry Partners

AAF Toledo –

Adobe –

American Frame –

Buckeye Broadband/BCSN –

Commerce Paper –

Crazy Cow Graphics –

Film Toledo –

Great Lakes Sound & Lighting –

HOT Printing –

One Stoplight Productions –

Owens Career Services –

THREAD Marketing –

Toledo Museum of Art –

Educational Partners 

Bowling Green State University College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering –

Bowling Green State University School of Arts & Sciences/School of Art –

University of Findlay –

University of Toledo, College of Arts and Letters –

University of Toledo, Department of Communication –

Door Prizes

  • American Advertising Federation of Toledo: 1 student membership
  • Adobe: Adobe branded t-shirts
  • American Frame: Frame Package
  • Buckeye Broadband: 4 Toledo Walleye Tickets
  • Crazy Cow Graphics: $50.00 in Cow Bucks
  • Film Toledo: Gift Bag with items provided by local filmmakers
  • One Stoplight Productions: DVDs from their first 2 feature films
  • Sweetwater Sound: Fender Squier Bullet Guitar
  • BGSU College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering: Water bottle filled with candy & other giveaways
  • University of Toledo College of Arts and Letters: T-Shirt and pop sockets