President's Blog

Teachable Moment

Posted on August 24th, 2018

Testing, Testing… Is This Thing On?

I am excited to launch a new OCCR radio program and podcast called Teachable Moment. Before I explain this new program, I want to take a moment to highlight our awesome Internet radio station, Owens Community College Radio (OCCR). Our CFPA students have a number of fantastic shows on our college radio. Teachable Moment is just one of many exciting things ready for your listening enjoyment online or wherever you tune in to Internet radio. Teachable Moment currently airs on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. Download the free OCCR app today, and you can take Owens Community College Radio with you!

We Are Here to Learn

The basic idea behind my new program is simple: we are a learning community filled with smart people and interesting ideas. On Teachable Moment, which is also a podcast available for listening at any time, I interview a member of our campus community about an idea or concept from their area of expertise. As I am writing this, I have produced two programs: one with Professor Margaret Parker of the Business department; another with Professor Stephen Ross of the psychology department. The format of the show is simple: I introduce the guest, and then they “teach” me the idea or concept they have brought to the conversation. So far the conversations have been roughly 20 minutes long. Below is the concept “script” I put together for the program.


Radio and audio editing are hobbies of mine. I had a three-hour FM radio show when I was in college, so this kind of communication is fun for me. I produce and edit the program as well. Below you can listen to the first two episodes of the show. I want to thank Professor Parker and Professor Ross for being my first guests. They were great!

A Campus-wide Invitation

As I say at the conclusion of the show, if you have an idea or concept from your field you would like to share with me on the program, I would love to talk with you. Simply send me an e-mail and we will start the process. I have all the recording equipment to produce the show right here in my office. In addition to online streaming, the episodes air on OCCR weekly, so this is a great way for you to connect with the larger campus culture. Promoting our fantastic people is one of my favorite parts of the job.

Be sure to tune in next time!

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.

2018-2019 Opening Week

Posted on August 20th, 2018

Fall is my favorite season, and the launch of Fall Semester is my favorite time of year. Today, I had the pleasure of addressing our faculty and staff on both the Findlay and Toledo-area campuses to kick off our 2018-2019 academic year.

I did not deliver my remarks from a prepared text, but instead from notes the way I would have in the classroom. During the address, I covered four broad topics:

  • 2019-2021 Strategic Planning Process
  • “Start Here” Scholarship
  • Digital/Social Media Marketing Campaign
  • Updates & Accomplishments

Below are links to the slides I presented on both campuses. The slide decks are nearly identical; the main exception is the heading slides which correspond to a building on each campus. I especially wanted the Findlay address to be very specific to our unique campus in Hancock County.

Opening Week Remarks (PDF Slides)

Rick Clever, the CFPA Technical Director, made an audio recording of the Toledo address directly from the sound board. I created a version of the slide presentation with the audio:

I wanted to provide this for faculty and staff who were not able to attend an opening session. The screen resolution is higher in the PDF documents below, but this video should provide you with the information that was shared during opening week.

Opening Week Remarks 2018 – Findlay
Opening Week Remarks 2018 – Toledo

All Faculty Stakeholder Strategic Planning – Wednesday, August 22

One especially time sensitive item in my address is the stakeholder input component of our strategic planning process. While there will be internal stakeholder session every Friday in October, we have also planned faculty-only sessions that will take place this Wednesday. Administrators and staff will not be attending these sessions. They will be facilitated by faculty members in the following locations:

Morning Sessions / 9:00AM – 11:00 AM
Heritage Hall 148 – Chris Smith
Heritage Hall 149 – Jeff Hardesty
Heritage Hall 150 – Mary Kaczinski
Heritage Hall 151 – Margaret Parker

Afternoon Session / 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Heritage Hall 148 – Cathy Pratt
Heritage Hall 149 – Jeff Hardesty
Heritage Hall 150 – Chris Smith

I especially want to thank the full-time faculty who volunteered to facilitate these sessions on VISION and GOALS during Opening Week. Each of them went through the activity last week prior to the start of the year. If you are not familiar with Heritage Hall, the room locations are in the East side of the renovated portion of that building.

It was wonderful to see so many faculty and staff on both campuses for the kickoff of this exciting year. Thank you for all that you do for our students and our community. Have a GREAT semester!


Steve Robinson, Ph.D.


8 Years! Nursing Accreditation Success!

Posted on August 15th, 2018

I’m just going to leave this here.

Wow, does that feel GOOD!

If the above certificate does not speak for itself to you, allow me to explain. We have a phenomenal Nursing program, made up of dedicated faculty as well as administrators and staff. Our NCLEX pass rates and placement rates are among the highest in the country, routinely outperforming the state and national average. Our PN and ADN graduates are vital to this community. For the past several years, our nursing educators have worked hard to re-invent our curriculum, prepare the very best graduates, as well as earn the highest recognition from our accreditation and oversight bodies.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is the national accreditation agency for our excellent program. The state oversight is provided by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN). Eight years of solid accreditation is the maximum accreditation award provided by ACEN. Months of work by dozens of people went into earning this vitally important piece of paper.

Shortly after I received this certificate from ACEN yesterday, a recent ADN graduate stopped by my office to visit. He arrived from his new job, and showed me his brand new ProMedica name badge clipped to his scrubs (as well as his new stethoscope tattoo, a graduation gift from his mom). I was able to show him the ACEN certificate. He immediately understood what a big deal this is for Owens. It was a good day.

Thank you to all the great faculty, staff and administrators in the School of Nursing and Health Professions who made this happen. I am inspired by your dedication to our students and our community. This is an exceptional accomplishment.

Well done!

Steve Robinson, Ph.D.