Discover Your Possibilities

A Celebration of Career Development Month

Celebrating Career Development Month

November 2023


All sessions are virtual and you can join from anywhere!
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Always Say “Yes”

Wednesday, November 1 at 9:30 a.m.

Michael Sander

Experiential learning is the conduit for everything you will do in your career.
Join us for a discussion of how Always Saying Yes will benefit you for years to come.

Michael Sander is Dean for the School of Liberal Arts at Owens Community College. He is an educator and percussionist earning a Bachelor of Music from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Percussion Performance from Southern Methodist University. He is currently earning a Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change at Tiffin University. He is a fervent supporter of a liberal arts education and believes experiential learning is key to lifelong learning.

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Writing Your Way to a Successful Career

Tuesday, November 7 at 1 p.m.

Adam Wagner

You may have asked yourself, “If I’m majoring in performing or technical arts, why do I need to know how to write?” In this session, Adam will discuss how important writing can be in a successful career as a professional creative, and how to translate the skills that writing teaches you into your everyday professional life (skills like analysis, critical thinking, process planning, seeing things from multiple viewpoints, engaging with culture and the arts, and more!).

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.

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How “AI” Can Help Us Optimize Our Potential

Wednesday, November 8 at 9:30 a.m.

James Zeller

Artificial intelligence (AI) has caused quite a buzz this year. On the one hand, we have doomsayers on street corners heralding it as the end of human creativity and expression, while on the other hand, we have those rejoicing at the boundless possibilities that come with artificial intelligence. Join James for a deep dive on the challenges of machine learning, the implications it has on humanity, and how artificial intelligence may be used to our benefit.

James Zeller is the Student Life Coordinator and responsible for the various activities across both Owens campuses. James holds degrees in the fields of Philosophy and Religious Studies, where he has previously been interested in subjects ranging from mysticism and consciousness studies to epistemology and linguistics. His eclectic nature is further exacerbated by his interests in meditation, symbolism, esotericism, and Dungeons and Dragons. He lives in a hovel with his wife, daughter, and loving cat named Stella.

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Engineering and Broadcasting – How Your Internship Will Prepare You

Thursday, November 9 at 5:45 p.m.

Audrey Wilbarger

What does a career in broadcasting look like? Jump in with Audrey as she recounts her time at Owens Community College and how it set her up for her career at WTOL 11.

Audrey Wilbarger is a 2022 graduate of Owens Community College with a degree in Broadcast Media Technology. Audrey spent much of her time at Owens doing extracurricular activities such as theater and choir, as well as taking on other tasks related to her degree, like the 24hr Film Challenge. She interned at Cedar Creek Church on the production team during the spring 2022 semester and focused heavily on mixing live music, as well as directing and running cameras. After she graduated, Audrey continued to pursue her passion for the arts and technology. She then joined WTOL 11 in November of 2022, using all the skills she acquired through Owens at the station.

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Scroll. Scroll. Click. Click. Using Social Media to Spread Your “Brand”

Wednesday, November 15, 9:30 a.m.

Jennifer Hazel

This session will focus on effectively using social media to market your “brand,” or others’ brands, as well as grow a network with those with similar interests.

Jen Hazel has been a Professor of English at Owens Community College for 16 years, and she hopes to be here for at least another 16!

In addition to her role as a Professor, she has led many projects and initiatives such as revamping the advising program; creating a new student orientation experience; developing campus student mentoring; leading a team in the creation of a co-requisite Composition I course with workshops for educators; and most recently, in conjunction with the manager of tutoring, implemented an embedded tutoring pilot Jen designed; created the Oregon Road Film Series, which includes the ORFS Film Challenge, where Rob Thomas is the co-pilot; leads a team of faculty to publish The Silo, a creative work journal for students and faculty, every spring; and finally, with the Library Director, developed and leads The BIG Read, which raises awareness of different perspectives through literature and accompanying activities across campus and in the surrounding communities.

Jen is also the Humanities Dept. Program Director and designed three new certificates that began last fall — one of which is the Media Influencer Certificate! Even with all these projects, according to Jen, nothing is more amazing than working with students to help them find their “Ah-ha!” moment.

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AI and ATS in the Job Search Process

Thursday, November 16 at 11 a.m.

Hosted by Owens Career and Transfer Services

Learn about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and how to best navigate them during the job search process.

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Your Broadcast Media Career

Monday, November 20 at 3:30 p.m.

Justin Feldkamp

Learn about your career possibilities as you join Justin during his path from a Journalism degree to Sports Director, Anchor and Program Director.

BCSN/BCAN Program Director/Anchor, Justin Feldkamp joined Buckeye Broadband’s BCSN and BCAN in November of 2020. He is the host of Inside Out with Justin Feldkamp and he also helps to select the high school games and the special programming that is aired on BCSN. You can also see his commentary pieces at 10:30 p.m. on Sports Nightly.

Previously, Justin was the 13abc Sports Director and held Sports Anchor/Reporter positions at WSET-TV in Roanoke/Lynchburg, Virginia, and WOAY-TV in Beckley, West Virginia.

One of Justin’s favorite parts of the job is the connection BCSN and BCAN has with the greater Toledo community.

Justin is a native of Cincinnati and is a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in Athens. During his years there, he was Sports Director of Ohio’s television station, WOUB and reported for the Emmy award-winning Gridiron Glory, a high school football show. He also called radio play-by-play for the women’s basketball and baseball programs for WOUB Radio. He interned at WCPO in Cincinnati and 700 WLW Radio in Cincinnati.

Justin prides himself on his professionalism, passion for sports, and his genuine presentation. Justin and his wife, Kimberly have four children…Benjamin, Molly, Jack, and Luke.

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Discovering and Using Our Gifts

Tuesday, November 21 at 1 p.m.

Kimberly Minke

Talents, knowledge, abilities, knacks, character strengths, intelligence, skills… oh my!  What are YOUR gifts?  How can (and do!) we discover and use our gifts, and how can we help others do the same?  This session will cover some ways to bring out our best from several fun perspectives!

Kimberly Minke has been a Psychology professor at Owens Community College for over two decades, and her favorite part of the job is teaching and learning right alongside her students, savoring those moments of discovery when someone says, “I never thought about that before!”  Kimberly has taught classes in psychology, sociology, college success, and career development, and has facilitated many workshops on leadership and related topics.  She completed and served as Director of the Owens Leadership Academy, a leadership development program for full-time employees of the College; and she is also a graduate and past board member of Leadership Toledo, a wonderful local non-profit that focuses on self-development and community service for youth and adults.  She loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, volunteering, and watching sunsets.  Her favorite color is blue.

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Leadership – A Challenge for the 21st Century

Tuesday, November 28 at 2:30 p.m.

David Seeger

Join us to learn about specific examples of leadership that works predicated upon the studies (including those of Dr. Seeger), of social science. That makes these techniques generalizable as it is predicated on social science foundations versus someone’s opinion.

Dr. David W. Seeger is an adjunct faculty member at Owens Community College and Lourdes University, teaching business and leadership-type courses.  Dr. Seeger was the President/CEO of Great Lakes Credit Union, Inc., for 27 years and now holds the title of President Emeritus.

Dr. Seeger has an Associate of Applied Business degree from Owens Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, a Master of Organizational Leadership both from Lourdes University, and a Doctorate in Leadership Studies in Higher Education from Bowling Green State University.

He is also the owner/founder of Seeger Consulting Service, LLC servicing clients in business consulting, marketing, accounting, and taxation. David is a member of the American Creditors Association and is a Certified Credit Executive in the Society of Certified Credit Executives. Dr. Seeger is a former President of the Owens Community College Alumni Association, former President of the Lourdes University Alumni Association, and a Director Emeritus of the Owens Community College Foundation Board.

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From Internship to Marketing Assistant

Thursday, November 30 at 2 p.m.

Brittany Mihalec

What are the responsibilities of a Marketing Assistant for Grace Imaging? Join Brittany as she shares inspirational stories about her educational experiences and career path leading to her job today.

Brittany Mihalec began her journey in 2014. She was planning to complete her pre-recs at Owens and go to Bowling Green for her degree in graphic design. Once she got to Bowling Green, she realized that she felt lost and unsure of my career path. Brittany returned to Owens in 2017 and decided to enroll in the Commercial Art Technology Program. In that moment, she knew I was on the right path. Brittany did her internship with Crazy Cow Graphics, learning the ways of a mobile print van. Following Owens, she decided to go into the business world and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in digital marketing. Today, Brittany is a Marketing Assistant for Grace Imaging, performing every task she learned in college.

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