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Collegian receives seven Press Club awards


Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief Lorain County Community College’s student-run newspaper, The Collegian, received seven accolades in the 2016 Excellence in Journalism Awards. The awards will be presented by the Press Club of Cleveland at a banquet on June 3 at the…

Naming of the new president in photos

Dr. Roy Church applaudes immediately following the Board’s decion to elect Dr. Marcia Ballinger as his successor. Church acted as a mentor to Ballinger throughout her career.

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief A photographic look into the naming of LCCC’s new president, Dr. Marcia Ballinger. The announcement was made at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 21. Dr. Ballinger currently serves as LCCC’s provost and vice president for…

LCCC faculty member pens book on death row inmates

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Dr. Kimberlin examines the artwork he’s received from inmates.

Rebecca Marion Advertising Manager Dr. Bill Kimberlin, clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Lorain County Community College, provides insight into his first hand accounts with death row inmates in his book “Watch Me Die”. From an early age Kimberlin…

Scholarship created in honor of Dr. Roy Church

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Lorain County Community College President Dr. Roy Church at The Legacy of Leadership gala on April 25.

Rebecca Marion Advertising Manager The Lorain County Community College presented the Legacy of Leadership Gala on April 25 to celebrate the retirement and many accomplishments of its president Dr. Roy Church. Not only does the event seek to acknowledge the…

Ballinger named 6th president of LCCC

Dr. Marcia Ballinger

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief “Community is the middle name of this college, and I think one of the hallmarks of this institution is being responsive to the unique needs of the community. I look forward to doing that,” said Dr. Marcia Ballinger,…

Presidential candidates meet students, faculty, community members


During the week of April 4, Lorain County Community College was host to the three finalists in the search to succeed Dr. Roy Church as the college’s president. Dr. MaryAnn Janosik, Ray Michael Di Pasquale, and LCCC’s current provost and…

Mental health part 2: Crisis on campus


Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief Second in a three-part series “I don’t think I’ve ever seen this number of people, particularly at the college level, come forward for assistance,” said Lorain County Community College crisis counselor, Quentin Kuntz. The recent rise in…

Candlelight vigil honors lives lost to domestic violences

Charlotte Weiss

Online Editor

A home is supposed to be a sanctuary, a safe haven, for the people living in it; not a battleground for fights, beatings, and violation. Unfortunately, that is the reality that many people live in, some of those citizens of Lorain County. On the campus of Lorain County Community College, Genesis House hosted a candlelight vigil on April 14 to honor these victims of domestic violence. The event was hosted by this organization as well as Women’s Link, and Tracy Green, Vice President for Strategic and Institutional Develop, was the guest speaker. The vigil was selected to take place due to National Crime Victim’s Week with a mission of serving victims, building trust and restoring hope in mind.

Genesis House is a shelter available to men, women, and children who are primarily victims of domestic violence. The shelter is exclusively for sufferers of those being violated by any sort of intimate partnership, and is the only one specifically for that purpose in Lorain County.

“Genesis House reminds us that home isn’t always a safe and happy place,” said Green, “It does important work to help the survivors of domestic violence and their families, right here in Lorain County and we are all thankful for their tireless efforts to help survivors and their work to increase awareness about domestic violence.

“Genesis House reminds us that a home isn’t always a safe and happy place.”

Tracy Green

Due to the sensitive nature of the shelter’s inhabitants, Genesis House operates in a secure and secret location. It has a P.O. box and hotline only, and admittance into the shelter is done through a secure transaction with the local police department.  “All anybody needs to do is to give us a call on our hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” said  Meg McIntyre, manager of community education for Genesis House, in regards to the process of how to gain entrance into the house. “We’ll do what’s called a phone intake with you. We first make sure you’re in a safe place to talk, go through a phone intake, and then if you’re appropriate for us we will then direct you to the nearest police department, and from there to us.” She explained the necessity of going to the police department first is for security purposes and to weed out those who truly do not need the services of the shelter. “By being in a violent relationship and attempting to leave, you are now at a 75 percent greater risk of being severely beaten or murdered,” McIntyre stated gravely.

Genesis House offers multiple different services to those taking refuge in the shelter. These services include after care, their always-available hotline, support groups, legal advocacy, hospital support services, children’s advocacy, and community outreach. After care services are meant to rebuild the social support system of domestic violence survivors. Often times after being engaged in a violent relationship, the victim loses connections with family, close friends, and anyone besides the abuser. What the shelter attempts to do is to give that survivor a new network of social connections by hosting parties, participating in yoga and cooking classes, having nature walks, and doing other activities to forge connections and friendships among survivors so they don’t fall into old patterns with abusive people.

Support groups are key in the healing of victims of abuse. There are four groups at Genesis House, three of which are open to the public, and exclusively for women. There was the addition of a group open and accepting to those a part of the LGBTQIA community that is run personally by McIntyre herself and has no gender specification.

Another great support, Women’s Link, run by Tracey Maxwell, often partners with Genesis House in initiatives to help prevent and aid those impacted by domestic violence. It is one of the most utilized on-campus resources. “Tracey and her talented team are often on the front lines for helping students in domestic violence situations,” said Green. “Through the college’s partnership with Genesis House, students are able to receive the support and help they need.”

The Silent Witness exhibit, a display honoring those in Lorain County who have passed away as a result of domestic violence, was also featured on campus during the week and at the vigil. At least ten of the silhouettes in the powerful display were students of LCCC at some point.

If you, or someone you know, is being abused, the Genesis House hotline is (440)244-1853 or visit http://www.genesishouseshelter.org. Women’s Link is located in BU 113.

There is always a place where help is offered around the clock.

‘Primed’ art gallery expresses artistic growth

Lorain County Community College confidently displayed their students art work in the 2016 Portfolio Exhibition in the Beth K. Stocker Arts Gallery on April 22. The exhibition is open to students and residents from April 22- May 6 Monday through Friday. For hours and other details contact the Stocker Administrative Office at (440) 366-4140.


“Drowning in Light” digital photography by Joyce Dornstadt

“Drowning in Light” digital photography by Joyce Dornstadt

“Natural Designer” graphic design by Holly Berger

“Natural Designer” graphic design by Holly Berger

“Written Rose” digital photography by Alexandra Sauer

“Written Rose” digital photography by Alexandra Sauer

‘Pizza, Pop, & Poetry’ celebrates April as National Poetry Month

Charlotte Weiss

Online Editor

Charlotte Weiss | The Collegian Distinguished Professor Bruce Weigl was the guest speaker during the event.

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Distinguished Professor Bruce Weigl was the guest speaker during the event.

The lobby of the Culinary Arts building at Lorain County Community College was the hubbub for literary enrichment on April 14. The LCCC Student Senate teamed up with the college’s English organization, the Lorain Writer’s Society (LWS), to put on a Pizza, Pop and Poetry event.

The senate originally had a goal of creating an event that would both bring students together for a fun outpouring of creativity as well as celebrating April’s standing as National Poetry Month. Pizza, Pop and Poetry was the catchy slogan to catch community attention to draw them into the true cause of the gathering, which was a poetry reading. The event managed to create a real bond between those in attendance who chose to share their work, and fostered a sense of true campus community togetherness, which was truly the intended outcome.

“It was fantastic,” said Kim Greenfield, professor of English at LCCC, who attended the event. “Once the door opens and someone starts off, it becomes a really powerful thing to get up and read your work.” She encouraged her creative writing classes to attend and many of her students also read samples of their work. “It was really student focused. I think it’s great for students to hear other student writers.” She expressed the pride she took in listening to her students get up and present their thoughts in front of their peers and professors. “It really is a brave thing to do,” she said.

Distinguished professor, Bruce Weigl, was the guest speaker at the event and introduced the speakers to kick-off the readings. Weigl is a published author, poet, and inspiring scholarly presence at the school to students and staff alike. Like Greenfield, Weigl also encouraged his students to read at the event.

For students, the opportunity to share in their freedom of speech and expression is key, and the student senate and LWS provided the perfect forum to do just that.

“It was a great experience to partner with LWS and I think it was a great event for writers,” said student senator, Jaden Cataldo.

“We definitely need to strengthen our arts program here at LCCC, and I think this was great and had a big impact. I personally believe it was the student senate’s best event.”

Poetry readings have been held at the school before, so this repeat event went over as an extreme hit, and the consensus of most in attendance was that they would appreciate the college doing something like it again. “I would really like to make it an annual event,” said Cataldo. “I do hope that the senate continues it as an celebration of National Poetry Month.”

For those interested in the submission or sharing of their work, they can also participate in the North Coast Review, a campus community literary journal that publishes a range of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, articles, commentary, reviews and artwork by those at LCCC. Students, faculty, or alumni of LCCC can visit the North Coast Review website, or contact Weigl or Greenfield, who are both editors of the publication.

Campus savors food truck selection

Campus was graced with delectables from various food trucks on April 19. Karen Goode (right) of “Hatfield’s Goode Grub: Southern Comfort Food” takes a customer’s orer. Two  young campus visitors (left) are in search of a good meal.

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Vet-friendly employers can attend workshop

Olivia Moe

Managing Editor

Lorain County Community College and the Northeast Ohio Veterans (NEOVETS) organization will host a free Certified Military Talent Employer (CMTE) Application workshop on May 20, at 9 am in the John A. Spitzer Conference Center. The workshop will give local businesses a hands-on assistance to complete and submit an application for CMTE certification, one of the first programs of its kind in the nation

The main goal of the workshop and conference will be to cover the best practices to use when recruiting veteran job seekers. CMTE signals to veteran job seekers that the employer welcomes and understands them, providing employers a competitive edge in recruiting top-quality talent to their business.

The audience-driven educational and training conference will include sessions on topics such as military branches; rank and training; compensation and benefits; case studies and best practices; legal concerns, and introduction of the “Certified Military Talent Employer” certification process.

NEOVETS is a volunteer group of Northeast Ohio industry, healthcare, education, banking, technology, retail and other businesses that value veterans returning to NEO and want to retain them through assisting with employment, education, housing, healthcare and other needs they may have that will cause them to stay, live and work in northeast Ohio.

Another CMTE conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 27 at Lakeland Community College.

Registration for the event is available online at www.neovets.org/upcomingevents. For more information about the workshop or conference, call NEOVETS at (440) 521-1137. They are also available on Facebook at “Neoveterans”, Twitter at @neoveterans, and LinkedIn at ‘neoveterans’.

LCCC celebrates 52nd commencement

Kristin Hohman


On May 14, Lorain County Community College will award degrees to 1,435 graduating students and 300 University Partnership graduating students during its 52nd commencement ceremony. Students are eligible to participate if they have completed a degree from the UP, an associate’s degree, a certificate of proficiency, or a short-term technical certificate during the summer or fall semesters of 2015, and spring or summer semesters of 2016.

Three students will receive five degrees, seven students will be receiving four degrees, 18 students will receive three degrees, and 195 students will be awarded two degrees. That’s a total of 1,699  degrees being distributed during this year’s proceedings. Two-year associate’s degrees in arts, applied business and applied science, individualized studies, and technical studies, and one-year technical certificates will be awarded to LCCC’s class of 2016.

The University Partnership will also be awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the 12 participating UP universities. John Carroll University will graduate the first class from its clinical mental health counseling master’s of arts program, a total of six students. Ashland University will graduate 65, while Bowling Green State University will graduate 27 students. Other UP graduates include; 47 from Cleveland State University, 24 from Hiram College, 30 from Kent State University, 60 from the University of Akron, 28 from Youngstown State University. Additionally, students from the University of Toledo and Ohio University will graduate from the UP as well.

Student Life will be hosting a picnic in the courtyard following the celebrations, including a cake and punch reception in the College Center commons. A photo station will be available at this time, and students will be able to pre-order the DVD of the ceremony. DVDs will be available in the bookstore for pickup after June 1, or can be ordered online at lorainccc.edu/bookstore. A professional photographer will also be capturing photos of each student as they receive their diploma. Students will be contacted at a later date with directions on purchasing these photos.

The theme of this year’s ceremony is ‘Leadership’, and it will be LCCC President Dr. Roy Church’s last before retiring this June. Graduation will take place in the Ewing Activities Center on LCCC’s campus at 9:30 a.m. Graduates need to be in the gym by 8:30 a.m.

If students have any questions regarding eligibility, contact Melynda Coleman of enrollment services at 440-366-4174. UP students with any questions should call 800-995-5222 ext. 4949.

Scholarship created in honor of Dr. Roy Church

Rebecca Marion

Advertising Manager

Alexandra Sauer | The Collegian Lorain County Community College President Dr. Roy Church at The Legacy of Leadership gala on April 25.

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Lorain County Community College President Dr. Roy Church at The Legacy of Leadership gala on April 25.

The Lorain County Community College presented the Legacy of Leadership Gala on April 25 to celebrate the retirement and many accomplishments of its president Dr. Roy Church. Not only does the event seek to acknowledge the deeds of the LCCC president, it also aims to pave a long-standing path of gratitude by announcing The Roy and Bobbi Church Visionary Leadership Institute. Dr. Church is proud to announce that $3 million has been raised through the Legacy of Leadership campaign for Dr. Church’s institution. “Bobbi and I are deeply honored by the donors who made this possible believed that our humble contributions are worth creating this leadership institute,” expressed Dr. Church.

Expo connects campus, local businesses

Rebecca Marion

Ads Manager

Angela Casey contributed to this story.

NEO LaunchNET aimed to connect local business owners and consumers at the Community Entrepreneurial Expo on Tuesday, April 19 in the College Center of Lorain County Community

Angela Casey |The Collegian Early College High School student, Alexander Haslage speaks to Judy Kean from Creative Art and More during the entrepreneurial expo.

Angela Casey |The Collegian
Early College High School student, Alexander Haslage speaks to Judy Kean from Creative Art and More during the entrepreneurial expo.


Since its arrival on campus in 2012, the entrepreneurial jump-start underwent a name change from Blackstone Launchpad to NEO LaunchNET in 2015. Employed by LCCC, Launch seeks to develop the entrepreneurial goals of its students and community members. “I feel it’s our responsibility to help educate other students about entrepreneurship and that you can be a nurse and have a business on the side making cupcakes if that’s something you enjoy,” said Janice Lapin, NEO LaunchNET Program Manager.

In addition to educating, Launch uses their web of connections on and off the LCCC campus to help businesses flourish. The community expo was created to highlight the connection between Launch and the community. Using the College Center as hub for a multitude of business tables, attendees were offered everything, from books to salsa.

The table of home-based business Casa de Kelly offered visitors a chemical free alternative to traditional suds with all natural laundry detergent and soaps. Kelly Hunter, former LCCC student and entrepreneur, was inspired to create her business after returning home wounded from her second stint in Iraq as a diplomat. “All my friends had kids, so I was looking at the detergent they were using on their kids’ stuff and realized it’s all chemicals,” said Hunt.

In an effort to relax and replace chemical products with a safer substitute, Hunt began making natural laundry detergent for her friends. Running a business may not be the same as aiding a worn torn country, but Casa de Kelly offers Hunt the ability to fulfill her lifelong goal of bettering the world. “I’m saving the world in a different way. I’m saving the environment,” said Hunt.

Like Hunt, Amanda Saucedo is using her business, the Benny Bears Organization, to help change the world by spreading awareness. Saucedo uses Teddy Bears named Benny Bears to enlighten new and expectant mothers of the dangers of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Attached to each bear is the story of how Saucedo lost her son to SIDS, and recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS in newborns. “After you have a baby you’re given a bunch of paperwork, but this is something that’s tangible,” said Saucedo. “The best way to reduce infant mortality is by sleeping alone back in their crib.” The organization aims to arm local hospitals with life saving information in the form of a door hanger that doubles as a checklist.

LCCC’s Early College High School student, Alexander Haslage, enjoyed the atmosphere of the expo. “It’s nice to see different people getting out and showing off their products and services because they’re proud of it,” said Haslage. “It’s good to have that kind of thing around here every so often.”

Earning his way towards a degree in engineering Haslage is also interested in owning a culinary side business. “This is kind of like a motivator, maybe I could one day end up like these people and show off a product that people are genuinely interested in,” said Haslage. “It’s nice to have options and gateways into whatever I need.”

Convenience over nutrition, according to LCCC students

Cassie Wise

JRNM 151

“I don’t really watch what I eat,” was the response most Lorain County Community College students admitted. Three out of four college students admit that they don’t watch what they eat on a daily basis.

Supersized Servings

New supersized slushies and chicken-bread burgers, which are just two chicken breasts with bacon, other meats, and condiments in the middle, are new trends occurring in the United States. With serving sizes like this, it’s no wonder that more than two in three adults are overweight or obese, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

“Unhealthy foods are often more convenient, such as vending machines,” said Professor Lisa Lewis, an adjunct faculty member in the Biology Science and Math Division at LCCC. “These often highly processed foods can be quicker to consume when running to class.” Another reason could be that processed foods are easier to eat than fruits and vegetables.

“I try to watch what I eat, but the philly-cheesesteak is just so good,” said LCCC student Eddie Lesko.

“Unhealthy foods are often more convenient, such as vending machines.”

Prof. Lisa Lewis

Serving sizes have frequently evolved over the course of American history. When soda was first introduced to Americans in 1916, the serving size was 6.5 oz. Today, however, it’s possible to purchase a 34 oz. can. When the first Budweiser bottle was introduced in 1976, the original size was 7 oz, compared to now, a bottle of Budweiser can be as large as 40 oz., according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Student Selections

LCCC student Jake Hendricks said he loves pizza or a burger with fries while on campus. He also added that he’s usually not cautious with what he eats. Claudia Wozniak, another student at LCCC, is grateful for a fast metabolism. “I never eat lunch at Lorain County Community College,” Wozniak said, “but I get Chipotle for lunch [almost] daily.”

“Most [students] do not consume enough raw and cooked vegetables,” Lewis said. This means that college students are not receiving the adequate amount of nutrients their body needs. In order to change one’s dieting habits, Lewis advises students to be prepared. She suggested that students should start making their meals in advance, so when they are on the run they can just grab their container of already cooked vegetables and other healthy foods and leave.

The American Heart Association states that every 43 seconds someone is struck with a heart-related issue (heart attacks, strokes, etc.), mainly due to the new unhealthy American culture, and the numbers are only rising. In order to decrease this number, Americans need to start being more cautious about what type of foods they are putting in their body. “Prepare foods ahead of time so they are ready to grab-and-go,” Lewis suggested. This strategy gives individuals more control over their diets.

BIOG 156 class hosts Ricky Lanza extravaganza

Special to The Collegian

Ricky Lanza was the long time president of the AIDS Task Force. Lanza was diagnosed with HIV, and ever since has done his best to lead the fight against AIDS/HIV in Lorain County.

Lanza was known for going the extra mile for his community members who were fighting HIV and AIDS, whether that was going to doctor’s appointments with them, picking up household needs, making sure they had food, or just being there for support.

Unfortunately, Lanza passed away fighting AIDS. In honor of his memory, the BIOG 156 class, with the American Society for Microbiology’s student chapter, will be hosting the Ricky Lanza Extravaganza in the College Center on April 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lorain County Health and Dentistry will be available for free HIV testing, and there will be plenty of dancing to help “Dance the AIDS Away”.

Baked goods will be offered for any donations made. If there are any questions, please contact Dr. Harry Kestler at hkestler@lorainccc.edu.