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Is This Worth It?

IMG_1112 Zach DowningThere are a lot of people who speed through life, instead of taking it one step at a time. So many people get caught up in the hustle of everyday living without taking a step back to enjoy the little things. For example: family moments, personal achievements, laughing, loving, spending quality time, and living each day as we go. Life is a journey and should be lived that way, not as a race. Sometimes life shows and teaches us how strong we actually are, as well as what we are made of. In my adolescence, I learned a life lesson that would stick with me for a lifetime.

My adolescence was a challenging time. From second to eighth grade, I was a victim of bullying. For those six years, I literally hated going to school – hated it so much that I would fake being sick just so I did not have to go to school that day. As each school year passed, I fell more and more into a deep depression, keeping my feelings to myself. I constantly asked myself, “is this worth it, is this worth being mentally and physically abused?” I never told anyone what was going on out of fear that this would infuriate the bullies even more and make my life much worse. I kept telling myself that it would be over soon and that they would leave me alone. Six years later, that finally happened. Over the summer before my freshman year, I grew three inches and lost forty pounds. When school started back, those same people who had picked on me for so long greeted me with handshakes and humor. I was confused as to what was going on. I asked myself, “Do they understand the pain they have caused me for these last six years?” I had forgiven those individuals, but I had not forgotten all the times I was pushed down, spit on, punched for no reason, laughed at, or was picked last in gym class and recess. While I carried that hurt inside of me, I did not realize that the hurt I experienced would help develop me into the person I am today.

Through that experience in my life, I realized how strong I really was. The events that happened to me may be surprising to others, but they inspired me. They inspired me to not only be all I can be in everyday life, but to help anyone in time of need no matter what they may be going through. I made a promise to myself that I would do everything in my power to shine a light toward someone in their darkest of days, to let them know they are never alone. I have chosen a career path that will indeed live up to the promise I made to myself. These days I am always on the go. I am an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), a firefighter, a full time student (awaiting the nursing program at Southern State), and also a full time State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA). I sometimes lose sleep, become irritable, pull extra-long hours working and studying, but that is a side point. When you are able to impact someone’s life it is definitely worth all of the long hours and sleepless nights that come with it.

We all have had our hardships in life- some more than others- but there are always learning experiences, not only in difficult times, but in the good times as well. There is not a day that goes by that you shouldn’t bless someone you have passed in the hallways of school, of work, on the street, or at the grocery store, with just a simple smile. We live in a world today where people would rather walk by an individual in need, or point and laugh at someone, instead of lending a hand or an ear to listen. No matter how hard life seems at the moment, the hard work and hardships you have endured will pay off when the time is right.

I will end with this: life is a gift, not a privilege. As an EMT I have seen some horrible things but I have also seen amazing events as well. I have seen young lives taken too soon and it has really impacted my life, not only because they were taken so early, but because of the pain I see on their families’ faces. I strive every day to better myself, either working hard to get good grades in school, going the extra mile at work to help someone, or out in this frigid weather without sleep, helping someone who called 9-1-1. We cannot control the past, it is done and over with, but we can use the past to inspire our future.

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. People come and go in and out of our lives and we learn something every day from them. Life is a journey, not a race. Take a step back and look around you, go talk to someone who looks like they are having a bad day. Not because you feel sorry for him or her, but out of compassion and the desire to be a friend. Lend a helping hand to a fellow co-worker, student, friend, or even a stranger. The smallest act of kindness can change an individual’s life. Take time out of your busy day or week and spend it with friends and family. We were never promised tomorrow and that, I can tell you from experience, is true. So as you are sitting there asking yourself, “is this worth it?” realize, ultimately you are in control of your destiny, and only YOU can make that decision. The decisions we make in life sometimes have consequences that stay with us for a long time. Stay safe, stick it out, and enjoy the journey of your life. My big dreams started at Chatfield and I will always be grateful for the memories shared there. Good luck to you and your future endeavors.

Best Wishes,
Zach Downing, Class of ’15

The Importance of Black History Month

BHM“Those who have no record of what their forebearers have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history”
-Carter G. Woodson

    In the year 1619, twenty Africans stepped off a Dutch ship in Jamestown, Virginia. That is when African American history began in the United States of America, and since then, African Americans have made a significant impact on our nation’s history. The fact that the bitterness and degradation of slavery was the only African American history being taught or disseminated was of great concern to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Known as the ‘Father of Black History’, he believed Blacks should know their past in order to participate intelligently in the affairs of our country. He strongly believed that history—which others have tried diligently to erase—is a firm foundation for young Black Americans to build on in order to become productive citizens of our society.  (NAACP, para. 1)

In the summer of 1915, Dr. Woodson was in Chicago to participate in a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the emancipation, sponsored by the state of Illinois. (Scott, 1/31/16) Inspired by the three-week celebration before leaving town, Woodson decided to form an organization to promote the scientific study of Black life and history. On September 9, Woodson met at the Wabash YMCA with A.L. Jackson and three others and founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. (Scott, 1/31/16) Dr. Woodson pushed for the celebration of African history with the intention that Blacks would know, understand, and be proud of their history. His work resulted in the celebration of Negro History Week. In time, this became Black History Week, and later in 1976, Black History Month.

Negro History Week was first celebrated in February 1926. Contrary to popular belief, February was not given to Blacks because it was the coldest or shortest month.  “Dr. Woodson chose February for reasons of traditions and reform.  It is commonly said that Woodson selected February to encompass the birthdays of two great Americans who played a prominent role in shaping Black History, namely Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, whose birthdays are the 12th and the 14th, respectfully. More importantly, he chose them for reasons of tradition. Since Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, the Black community, along with other Republicans had been celebrating the fallen President’s birthday. And in the late 1890’s, Black communities across the country had been celebrating Douglas’s.  Woodson built Negro History Week around traditional days of commemorating the Black past. In doing so, he increased his chance for success.” (Scott, 2/31/16)

Initially, Dr. Woodson hoped that the dissemination of information on the achievements and accomplishments of Blacks would give young Blacks and other older Blacks a sense of pride for their people. He also hoped to get rid of the negative stereotypes of the majority community. His books and papers celebrated the achievements of great African Americans, but he also wanted others of the majority community to know and understand what African Americans had done to enrich and contribute to this country.

While it is good for Blacks to know their history, it is also good for others to know and understand this history. It is good for all people to know about Robert Smalls, a Black man, who during the civil war, commandeered a Confederate ship and sailed himself and 17 others to freedom. We should all know about Dr. Charles Drew and his work with the blood bank. We should all know about Garret Morgan with his gas masks used in World War I and his traffic light. Every little girl should know about Mae Jemison and her space ride. There are other scientists, inventors, writers, doctors and many others who have made contributions in every field.

This study is good for some who believed that the enslaved Africans were happy, docile, and offered no resistance; the study of history will show that there were between 250 and 300 attempted slave rebellions. Most know about Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, and Gabriel Prosser, but there were hundreds more, including the Stono Rebellion in 1739. Although these slaves were very harshly punished and most often killed, others kept attempting to escape to freedom. Another way of resisting was to run away. Slaves were constantly looking for an opportunity to run. The Underground Railway was a perfect example of this. Other resistance examples were the daily resistance of breaking tools, sabotaging equipment, or tampering with food and the water supply.

The study and celebration of African American history is important to African Americans and also to Caucasians because it is an integral part of American History. Dr. Woodson hoped that in time we would not need a Black History Month because Black History would be taught in classes as American History. Until that happens, we still need to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans during Black History Month and throughout the year.

Ohio’s College Credit Plus (CCP) Program

CCP-53To CCP or not to CCP? This is the question. At least one time a day, a parent, teacher or colleague asks me if high school students should participate in CCP.  It is true that CCP is an amazing opportunity and a great chance for students to earn college credit at little to no cost, but there are also some risks.   Below is a checklist to help students and their families make the best decision possible.

The Pros

  • College Credits Plus provides tuition and books free…yes, that is right! You can earn thousands of dollars in college credits for free.  This is not a typo.  If you don’t understand the basics of how CCP works, I strongly encourage you to visit chatfield.edu/ccp.
  • Students can earn up to 30 credit hours per year. (the equivalent of most full time college students).
  • Student can now take classes in the summer to get a jumpstart on the school year.
  • Students can earn up to 120 total hours.
  • A typical college course (3 credit hours) is worth 5 Carnegie units in high school, or in plain English, a one semester class in college is worth a yearlong class in high school. For example, if you take English 101 in the fall and English 102 in the spring of that year, College English is worth two years of high school English.
  • High schools can not prohibit CCP students from participating in extracurricular activities or sports. They are also not permitted to have any policies that discourage participation in CCP.
  • Colleges will provide an advisor to you, and you will be treated like any other college student.
  • Many students have graduated from high school and earned an Associate Degree at the same time.
  • If your high school offers advanced placement or honors courses that you can earn above a 4.0 grade point average, then they must also grant the same advanced standing grade point scale to a college class taken through CCP.
  • Students who participate in CCP usually graduate from college at younger age and with less debt, when they enter the work force as a professional at a younger age. In some cases, students finish both a Bachelor’s and Master degree in the four years after high school.

 

The Pros (specific to Chatfield)

  • Our small class sizes are very small, with most classes averaging 5 to 15 students.
  • Chatfield has articulation agreements with more than 30 of the best colleges and universities in our state and beyond. This means the classes you take transfer to schools like Miami, Xavier, NKU, Thomas More, Mount St. Joseph and more.  Not only do your credits transfer, they count for the credit you need—not just as an elective.
  • We have always had a dedicated advisor for CCP students.
  • Tutoring, writing labs and online tutoring are all provided for free.
  • Most local high schools have a written CCP agreement with Chatfield, making the transition as easy as possible.
  • Chatfield College use block scheduling; meaning classes meet only one time per week for two and a half hours. This makes it convenient for students who want to continue taking some of their classes at their home high school or students who want to go to college full time, but be to participate in athletics or extracurricular activities like band, choir or clubs.
  • Block scheduling often save students in both travel time and expense, as a class only meets once per week instead three times a week, like many colleges.
  • Chatfield College provides the books for CCP students, which makes Chatfield much less expensive for home schoolers who must buy their books at other institutions. It also lessens the cost to local school districts.
  • Chatfield is faith-based and nonprofit. We are able to put the needs of students ahead of fiscal concerns, and our values are reflective of the students and families of Southwestern Ohio

The Cons

  • Just because a student is academically ready to take college classes does not mean they are mature enough to handle the rigors of a college class.
  • It can be tough to juggle a schedule at both high school and college.
  • The time allowed to drop a class without penalty is short. At most schools, it is only two weeks.
  • Poor college grades often do not transfer. A grade of D rarely transfers.
  • College classes require several hours of work and study outside of class. A student needs to be disciplined enough to make time in their busy schedules for reading, studying and completing assignments.
  • College and high school schedules often do not match, meaning you may start class before your high school starts, and often end before your high school schedule ends.
  • College classes cover material that, in some cases, would be more mature than material covered in high school classes.
  • Online classes sound tempting, but the completion and pass rate for online classes is much worse than classes that meet in person. A student must be very disciplined to do well in an online class.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to communicate any issues they have as soon as possible, to both their advisor and their high school guidance counselor. Rarely do the issues create a problem that cannot be fixed, unless it is not communicated in a timely manner.
  • You are responsible for the tuition for a class you fail unless you qualify for free or reduced lunch.
  • You must declare your intent to participate in writing to your principal by April 1. You can declare intent but not participate without penalty.

I hope this list is helpful to you in the decision-making process.  CCP is a great option for most the students we meet with, but please take the time to understand everything that is required to be successful.  The best way to find out if CCP is right for you is to use this check list and then go to a campus for a visit.  If you would like to visit Chatfield College and see all the great things we have to offer CCP students, please go to www.chatfield.edu/visit and schedule a time to come to in.  If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at john.penrose@chatfield.edu or call 513-875-3344 ext 138.

From Penn to Columbia to Smith: The Value of Networking

M Smith headshotNo university exists on an island. Our beloved Chatfield, for example, is part of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities. This has several benefits, for all sides, as Chatfield students are allowed to take coursework at several fine institutions in the Greater Cincinnati area, and other students (such as those from the Athenaeum) are allowed to transfer their coursework to Chatfield as they pursue an Associate degree.

This doesn’t change once you leave home and move on from Chatfield. Penn, for example, is a part of the Quaker Consortium, which allows students to take courses at some of the finest universities that Philadelphia has to offer. By doing this, students are able to pick up courses that they normally would not be able to take at Penn, accelerating their graduation date, while giving them an experience in higher education outside of our ivory towers.

Another crucial aspect of this lies in networking. While I study at Penn (and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world), I consider myself lucky to have friends at other top tier universities, such as Columbia and Smith. Not only does this provide me with an opportunity to expand on the resources I use to succeed as a student, it also gives me a chance to spend time working with similar minds, who have similar goals and interests. I have friends that major in fields as diverse as computer science at Columbia, to government and education at Smith.

Networking is key in an ever-changing job market. The skills and demands of employers today are complex and challenging, and so the student must also be willing to work through complex issues while challenging themselves. One of the great benefits of Chatfield is, despite their small size, there are several opportunities to network with fellow students, professors, and key community figures, giving students a unique opportunity to turn connections into future opportunities. As we settle into the doldrums of the middle of spring semester, I encourage my fellow Chatfield students and alumni to reach out and use the resources provided from your network at Chatfield to expand your opportunities, and prepare for the next step. After all, I’d love to see someone from Chatfield join me in Philadelphia. To Chatfield!

-M Earl Smith, AA ‘15

Understanding Your Award Letter

FinAid-ScrabbleFor many of us, the Financial Aid Award Letter is a confusing document. Oftentimes, it just looks like a bunch of jumbled numbers. This blog will talk more about the Financial Aid Award Letter and how to understand it, as well as how to accept your awards.

    • It all begins with COA- COA, or Cost of Attendance, is not necessarily what you are charged, but an estimate of your total college costs. The COA includes housing, meals, books and other items, and should be reflected on your award letter. This amount will vary depending on enrollment status, i.e. full time or part time.
    • Locate the free aid- Grants and scholarships are considered “gift aid” and do not have to be repaid. Make sure you ALWAYS accept the free money.
    • Work Study- Your award letter may contain an offer of work study. Are you prepared, willing, and able to accept the assignment? If so, accept the award. This is money you will have to work for, but it will also reduce your need for student loan debt.
    • Locate the loans- This is money that will have to be repaid to the federal government when you graduate or when your enrollment falls below half time. There may be 3 different types of loans offered- know the difference. These can be accepted or declined. However, realize that if you decline the loans, you may need to make payments out of pocket to the college to pay your balance.
      • Subsidized Loans- The government will pay the interest on these loans while you are enrolled in school.
      • Unsubsidized Loans- The interest will accrue on these loans from the first date of disbursement to the college.
      • Parent Plus Loans- These are loans taken by the parents of dependent students and are the responsibility of the PARENT to repay.

Although award letters can be confusing, they are vital to receive your financial aid awards. If you do not return your award letter, we cannot process your aid. If everything looks acceptable, sign the form and accept the award. If you have any questions, reach out to your financial aid counselor. Signed award letters can be dropped off in the Financial Aid Office at either Chatfield campus.

-Dawn Hundley, Director of Financial Aid

Chatfield’s Ursuline History

St. AngelaAs an Ursuline School, we celebrate the Feast of St. Angela Merici on January 27th.  St. Angela founded the Company of St. Ursula in 1535 in Brescia, Italy. The members of the company were women who consecrated themselves to God, but lived with their families or employers rather than entering a monastery, where they would be secluded from the world.  Angela’s idea was that the members would meet on a regular basis for prayer and to support each other,  while being immersed in the world and developing a spirituality that enriched those around them.   The concept was revolutionary for that time and place; and became very popular, not only in Brescia, but spread throughout Italy and into other European countries.

As the religious congregation evolved, education became the ministry of the community and today, Ursuline Schools exist in almost every country.  Ursulines came to North America as the first women missionaries—settling in Quebec, Canada in 1639. They established the first Catholic girl’s school in the United States, landing in New Orleans in 1727.  The Ursulines of Brown County were founded in 1845 by Sister Julia Chatfield at the invitation of John Baptist Purcell, the Bishop of Ohio; coming from France to begin schools in the wilderness.

Chatfield College was an outgrowth of the educational program designed for the young women entering the Brown County, Ursuline community.  With time, the people in the local area, who had never had the opportunity to attend college classes, exhibited significant interest in furthering their education as well.  The Ursulines responded to this interest by incorporating the school as Chatfield College in 1971, opening the doors and welcoming those who came.

As followers of St. Angela Merici, the Brown County Ursulines are women who meet on a regular basis for prayer and to support each other while serving the needs of those we meet.  Like St. Angela, we believe that God is with us in all that we are and do, endeavoring to share the gifts of God’s life and love with our families, students, co-workers and friends.

Happy Feast of St. Angela!

Sister Patricia Homan

What You Need to Know About Financial Aid

FinAid-ScrabbleThe 2016-17 FAFSA is available online now. Parents of high school and college students need to push aside any negative thoughts and disregard any FAFSA myths they have heard as they deal with the application that opens the doorway to financial aid for most colleges. Even if you don’t think your family qualifies for income-based financial aid, the FAFSA needs to be completed to qualify for other types of assistance, and to be eligible for federal student loans. Here are some things you need to know about the 2016-17 FAFSA:

You’ll need an FSA ID: This is a new requirement. Even if you had an FSA PIN last year, you need to acquire an FSA ID to log in and complete this year’s form. It is not difficult, and adds an extra layer of security to the process. If you sign in to any FSA site (including govFAFSA on the WebStudentLoans.govNSLDS student access, etc.) after that date, then you will be redirected to a new FSA ID page. On this page, you will be directed to pick a username and password for sign in purposes, but just like with the PIN, you will have to wait 1-3 days for the Social Security Administration to verify for identity. (Currently, you are allowed a “conditional PIN” for the 1-3 days in order to complete the verification process.)

Do it now: You may think it is better to wait until after you file your income tax returns, but there are some forms of financial aid which are time-sensitive. Delaying the application could result in lost financial aid. You can use estimated income figures for now, and then go back and revise them once you file your 2015 income tax returns.

Allow the proper amount of time: If this is your first time completing the FAFSA, you will need about 30-45 minutes, provided you have already obtained your FSA ID and gathered your supporting documentation. Returning filers will find that it takes about 15-30 minutes to update their information for the coming year, if there have been no substantial changes in their financial situation.

Determine whether the student is dependent or independent: Independent students are only required to provide their own financial information, while dependent students must also provide data on their parents. The FAFSA has a series of questions you will answer to determine your dependency status.

Watch for other financial aid requirements: Check the websites or application packets of the colleges your student hopes to attend to determine if there are any additional requirements or deadlines you will need to meet.

Review your SAR carefully: After you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report, or SAR, which will also contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Review this document carefully to be sure it matches your financial situation, as it will be used by your colleges as the basis for their financial aid decisions.

Don’t get distraught about verification: In some cases, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to support statements you made on the FAFSA. This is a routine procedure and should not be a problem if the statements you made were accurate.

There is also a twist to the process in 2016. Another FAFSA for the 2017-18 academic years will be online beginning October 1. Keep in mind all the lessons you learn from filling out this year’s form, and you will be a step ahead for next year.

-Diana Irving, Financial Aid Department

Tips for a Great Semester

tips for a new semesterAcross the country, students are gearing up for the start of the 2016 Spring Semester. Here at Chatfield College, classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19th.   If you or someone you know are among the many students who will be returning to class this spring, here are 3 tips that will ensure that you have a very successful and productive semester.

Go to class. Unless you’re taking online courses, the first thing you must do in order to ensure your success at the college level is go to class regularly. Since most college classes meet just once per week, missing even 1 class period can have a significant impact on a student’s grade. The more absences you accumulate over the course of a semester, the more likely you are to fall behind and/or flunk out. At some colleges, for example, a student can receive a grade no higher than a D, after a set number of absences. Professors understand that students will have situations and circumstances which will cause them to miss class from time-to-time, and that’s ok, but you should inform your professor ahead of time. Avoid being absent, unless it is absolutely necessary.

Complete and submit your assignments on time. Spend a few hours of each day studying and doing home work. The sooner you start on a project, the better the project will turn out, and you’ll be more relaxed doing it.  If you get your work done little by little, you should have no problem meeting deadlines. Missing assignments or submitting work late is the sure way to fail. Instructors understand that you have a life outside of the classroom, and will more than likely keep that in mind as they assign due dates, but it is ultimately your responsibility to turn in your work on time.  Remember this, “Time can be your best friend, or your worst enemy.”

Stay organized. Staying organized will enable you to be more productive and efficient. For example, knowing where to find important lecture notes can save you from having to spend hours on google, searching for information. Instead, you can spend that extra time on actually getting work done. Look over your syllabus weekly in order to keep track of important due dates. Never combine lecture notes, and keep lecture notes from each class separated by using a 3-5 subject notebook (if you have four classes, use a 4-subject notebook). Also, take good care of your books and manage your time wisely. Once you’ve accomplished this, things will get progressively better. Adversity will come and challenges will arise, but if you follow these 3 tips, you will have a very successful and productive semester.

Good Luck!

-Sokoni Hughes, Admissions Counselor

Yes, You Can!

graduateWhen I was 36, I decided it was time to go back to school. I was married, had three kids; ages 6, 8, and 11, and was a stay-at-home mom. I had worked a few part-time jobs in 10 years and really had no marketable skill set—other than knowing how to work a cash register or stock produce. I was smart, but felt like I had no direction. I went to a college information night with my youngest sister and came home knowing I was going to enroll as soon as possible.

My husband was not as thrilled about it as I was, even though I had told him for years I was going to go to college as soon as the kids were all in school. The rest of my family was happy for me, and my kids were excited. They wanted to know if it was like their school, would I have a lot of homework, would I still go to their school functions and participate in activities…they had concerns that I had not thought about before. I was honest with them and told them I would have a lot of homework, but I would make sure that my schedule fit theirs so we could all still do things together. That made them feel better.

My first day of class was so strange. I was probably the oldest person there, even older than my instructor who had just finished her Master’s degree in Psychology. I think she was around 30 years old. Most of the students were between 18 and 25, so I thought of them as kids but I never said out loud. I got over feeling like I stood out and did what I was there to do.  I was THAT student; front row, notebook out, pens at the ready, book open, taking notes and asking questions. I was very eager to absorb everything I could. I got all A’s my first semester, and again my second semester. The first few semesters there, I ended up on the Dean’s List and Merit list.

Around the beginning of my second year at college, I separated from my husband. This was a very stressful time, my kids had to switch schools, I had to find a permanent place to live- I was staying with family- and still be able to get myself to school. Some of my grades slipped and I had to withdraw from one of my classes because the load was too much.  I was devastated that I was not on the Dean’s List for that semester. I was hard on myself, cried a lot, and felt like taking a break from school. But I was stubborn too, and I refused to stop. I eventually settled everything and was glad I had decided to work through the stress. College gave me something to focus on when I felt like nothing was going the way I wanted it to.

I graduated with a GPA of 3.5 in 2013. I found an entry level job at a newspaper and then moved to another position in the company after a year. Several months later, I saw a job posting that resonated with me. It was for a college admissions counselor at Chatfield and I knew I wanted that job. I sent in my resume, got an interview, got a second interview, and got hired. If I had not earned my Associate degree, I would not have been considered for the position. If I had not been stubborn and pushed through the hard times at college, I would probably have dropped out, thinking it was temporary, but who knows if I would have went back to complete my degree? I would not have what I have now.

I believe the only person who can do what is best for me is me. Going to college was what was best for me at that time. It has ended up being one of the best decisions I ever made. I have knowledge and skills that ensure that I can get by and take care of myself and my family. I can pay for a place to live, food to eat, a car to drive, clothes for my family and things my kids need. More than those things, I am a better role model for my kids. Now, they talk to me about what they want to do when they go to college. What was good for me, has turned out to be what was good for them, too.

-Lee Rose, Admissions Counselor

Gifts of 2015

images (2)As Christmas passes and we look on the new year, it is appropriate that we reflect on the gifts of the past. Certainly for me, one of the greatest gifts is the blessing of faith and my membership in the Ursulines of Brown County, a congregation of faith-filled women. God has also blessed me with a very large and caring family who are good at gathering together, supporting each other and providing acceptance and unconditional love.

Another blessing in my life is the Chatfield College family. From the faculty and staff, Administration and Board of Trustees, benefactors and friends, and especially the students, God’s presence is evident. Being a part of the team that encourages, congratulates and at times, pushes the students to believe in themselves and accomplish success is enriching and life giving. I am privileged to be a part of the Chatfield family and to know God is with us every day.

May you know the presence of God in your life during this Holy season and throughout the coming year.

Holiday Blessings,

Sister Patricia Homan, OSU