Year-end Giving

Year-End-2014I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.  With the close of 2015, each of us are faced with decisions concerning our charitable giving.  By now, most of you have received at least fifty or sixty requests for donations from charitable organizations, both locally and nationally.  If you are like me, I sort my mail by the recycle bin to save time and energy.  Why do organizations bombard you with requests at the end of the year?  The answer is simple.  Because it works, or at least the statistics say it does.  Nationally more than 70% of all gifts received come from individuals, people like you and me, not large corporations or foundations.

Why do people give at the end of the year?  This is a puzzling question.  Is it because they have an altruistic feeling with the spirit of the holidays and want to give back?  Is it for a year end tax deduction? Is it for some other reason?   Whatever your motivation we are grateful.

Are you more than 70 Years old? If so, have you considered making a tax free gift from your IRA to avoid any mandatory distribution requirements? If interested, please contact me at

At Chatfield, December is the month that we receive the greatest number of gifts, followed by October and then June.  If you have already made a gift to Chatfield this fiscal year (July 1, 2015 to Present), Thank you!   If you have not made a charitable gift this calendar year, please consider making one to your favorite organization(s), we hope Chatfield College is on your list.  Remember that no gift is too small and our students benefit from every dollar.  I can assure you that we are very good stewards of your generosity.

We offer multiple convenient options for you:

  1. Go to our secure website
  2. Mail in your gift to Chatfield College 20918 SR 251, St Martin OH 45118
  3. Contact me about a stock transfer (513)-875-3344 Ext. 117

Have a blessed holiday and a Merry Christmas!

Jim Ludwig, Director of Development

Study Time in College

crop380w_istock_000002193842xsmall-booksWith finals approaching quickly, Jenny Fiedeldey, the Math Department Chair, wanted to share her advice on study time.

College courses require time and repetition of materials and concepts.  The general rule of thumb for a college class is to work 2-3 hours a week outside of class for every hour in class.  Because most of the Chatfield College classes last 2 ½ hours long, this works out to 5-7.5 hours of study time PER WEEK.
Welcome to your new part-time job!

If you really want to succeed in class, this is what it takes.  So after doing homework, what else is there to do?  Study time includes:

Planning your study time– you’ve got to set aside time to study; otherwise it won’t happen
Reading the text book– there might be other topics or examples the teacher didn’t cover
Making note cards– great for reinforcing dates, formulas, vocabulary, lists of steps, etc
Copying daily class notes– into another notebook to reinforce ideas and to see what’s missing in the class notes
Working in study groups – teaching/learning from other students is sometimes easier
Practicing vocabulary– every course has its own set of words that you need to learn/understand
Working with a tutor– working one-on-one with another person can get you individual attention
Making list of questions to ask– being prepared for the next class uses class time wisely
Working extra problems to prepare for any quizzes or tests- do more than what is assigned, especially if you are having difficulties.  Not every student “gets it” in the same amount of time.
Organizing your folders/binders – being organized with your papers actually helps your brain to be organized with the material.  Date all handouts and notes so they can be organized.
Practicing note cards– keep those note cards handy so that any time you are waiting (in line, picking up kids at practice, etc) you can flip through them.  Great for quizzes and tests!
Working problems/reading articles online – the internet has tons of videos on YouTube. Khan Academy and other sites that explain how to do many, many things.  There is also an abundance of articles to read on multiple topics.  Take advantage of these to help you understand material.
Meeting with instructor– ANY time you have an issue, the first person you should see and talk with is the instructor.  They can help themselves or at least point you in the direction you need to go.  This can be done via email or in person before/after class.  Make an appointment to have any discussion more than 5 minutes long.

For most students with work and family responsibilities, this is hard, but not impossible, even in the best of circumstances.  PLAN your study time so that it gets on the calendar.  If you find you are falling behind, DON”T WAIT, seek help from the many resources that the college has to offer, including your teacher!

Give to a Chatfield Student on #GivingTuesday

GT collageWe hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and is recovering from all the great food.  After Thanksgiving, many of you fought the long lines and did some early Christmas shopping on Black Friday.  Many more of you shopped on Small Business Saturday, which helped our local small businesses.  Today, some of you are probably making purchases on Cyber Monday, hopefully on your breaks or lunch hour.  This brings us to #GivingTuesday.

Throughout the month of November, we have challenged our students to give back to their local communities through many means such as food drives, and the posting of un-selfies to show their support, and more importantly, awareness to their favorite organizations.  We had a contest and the un-selfie with the most likes was awarded a $25 donation in their name to their favorite organization.

#GivingTuesday is a national program that emphasizes the opportunity to give back to your favorite organization. The date is always the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The concept is that after spending on yourself and your family, you also give back.

This will be our 2nd year participating in #GivingTuesday at Chatfield College.  Last year, we had 141 participants gifting a total of $ 3,011.  Most of you are going to receive requests from the organizations that you support on this day and all that we ask is that you consider Chatfield as part of your #GivingTuesday options.

How can you help us in this quest?   Make your gift for #GivingTuesday on our website, mail your gift to Chatfield College or call us at 513-875-3344 X 124 to make your pledge or payment.

Every gift matters to our students.  Please share this with all of your friends and family, so that we can spread the word concerning our campaign, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, as we  will be making periodic updates on our progress.

Reflections from the Ivy League: Winding down the Semester

Martin BlogHello, Chatfield! It’s been a whirlwind first semester here at Penn, and I’m excited to update my Chatfield family as to the goings on in my first semester. The fall term wraps up in less than a month, and I’m already pushing deadlines to finish up my coursework so that I can return home for Christmas. I’m hoping that I can make it back for Sister Cecilia’s concert in December!

As I said before, it has been a whirlwind of a semester. I took a full course load this semester, with three history courses and a creative writing workshop. My favorite class so far has been on The French and Haitian Revolutions, taught by Dr. Yvonne Fabella. Thanks to the coursework of both George Bronner in his World Civilizations II course, and Sister Ruth in Beginning French, I had a basic framework of what transpired during the French Revolution. The in-depth review of the primary source documents (documents that actually were written by people involved with the issues of the time) has been fascinating! My research project revolves around the last letter that Robespierre wrote before his arrest in 1794. The letter is splatted with his own blood! It’s tiring, prepping a 12-15 page research paper, but the experience has been rewarding, to say the least.

I’m also taking a class on my new home, the History of Philadelphia. In the course of this class, not only have I had the good fortune to study documents that relate to the aforementioned course, but I also spent an afternoon at the Philadelphia Historical Society, reading George Washington’s diary! The history of Philadelphia is the history of the birth of our country, and to study the two as they run parallel to one another is enlightening.

It’s been an exhausting first semester here in the Ivy League, but when all is said and done, I’m going to finish this semester with a 4.0. I’m going to come home to Ohio, take some time to recharge, visit my friends at Chatfield, and prep for another busy semester in the spring.

To Chatfield!


Employment Assurance

By Roger Courts, Faculty Member

Last month, my colleague John Penrose, wrote a blog article about the value of an education.  I want to extend that thought by sharing how a college degree provides another form of education value that I like to call “employment assurance”.

To me, employment assurance is the result of building a career skills “toolkit” that allows a worker at any level to stay employed through a period of economic downturn or instability.  An excellent example might be the factory worker that avoided a layoff because he or she had fundamental computer skills that allowed an easy adaption from a factory production line shift to computer controlled robotics.

College is one of several ways to acquire the skills necessary for this “employment assurance”.  Please examine the graph below.


This graph of the recent “Great Recession” illustrates how college grads had a maximum unemployment rate of less than 5%, when HS grads hit 9.7% and less than HS grads hit 15.6% unemployment.

College grads may not have been working at the level of their training, but THEY WERE WORKING!

If an electrical engineer was laid off from GE, he/she might have been able to maintain a steady income by securing consulting and contracting assignments, or taking a job maintaining small company IT systems until he/she is able to continue a more stable career path.


The second chart below illustrates employment stability.  Note that the top line (No HS Diploma) is very jagged, indicating seasonal and other fluctuations (think interruptions) in employment opportunities.  Note also, that the bottom line (college graduates) is comparatively smooth, with gradual declines and increases, indicating steady employment as a group.

So what does this mean?  Plan a career, get a degree, get a job, and be assured that history indicates you will stay employable, despite fluctuations in the economy!

Thanks for reading and have a blessed day!

To learn more about starting your degree at Chatfield, click here.


Thank You to Our Veterans… Now How Can Chatfield Help You?

downloadVeteran’s Day, observed on November 11, is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Many have lost their lives to allow us to the freedom we enjoy on a daily basis and as this day approaches, we honor those in the armed forces.

At Chatfield, we work to serve those who have served us.  Chatfield College has been designated as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. If you are a veteran or a dependent of a veteran, you may qualify for educational benefits. Financial assistance for college may also be available if you have served or currently serve in the military, Selected Reserve or National Guard. Our financial aid department will work tirelessly to ensure veterans receive the educational benefits they have rightfully earned while serving our country at home and abroad.

Chatfield College is an excellent choice for the veteran community. The individualized attention provided here is something that you will never see at a larger college or university.  You are more than a number at Chatfield; you are a part of a close-knit family. Our students work hard to succeed, but that dedication and drive is familiar to an American veteran. Service members are leaders in our community and we want to help the transition from military leadership to civilian success in the work place. Visit the Academics page to find out if our programs are right for you.

If you know  a service member or veteran who would benefit from an college education, encourage them to visit Chatfield to find out more about the programs offered. We are here to help.

To learn more about how you can apply to Chatfield and begin achieving a better future,  review our Veteran’s Handbook.

Click here for Veterans Admission

Counselor’s Corner; College Visits- Seeing Beyond What the Website Tells You

IMG_0998With the holiday season around the corner, most have their minds on family and celebration, but in our line of work, it is a different type of celebration season.  For Chatfield, it is the time of the season to begin showcasing our newest facility.  The newly opened Over-The-Rhine campus is having its first-ever Open House on November 7th at 11 A.M.  We thought now would be the best  time to share some information on the importance of college visits, and an open house is a great opportunity for a visit.  We’re also sharing our checklist for college visits that we have developed over the years.

The best thing you can do is to prepare your students, and having a list of questions to ask when they visit a college is the best way to ensure your students get the information they need to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives.

The stakes are even higher for students who come from families who cannot (or in some cases, will not) offer meaningful financial support.  Often times, these students choose colleges based solely on location and cost, instead of choosing the school that best meets their academic needs.  These same students choose schools that are closest to home, and what they perceive to be, the least expensive.   It is no coincidence that the students who base their choice mainly on these two factors graduate at a much lower percentage (54% to 31%.)  These students are also disproportionally affected by the conflict between work and class schedules—nearly 75% of low-income students cite work or class conflicts as a factor of dropping out of college.

College visits allow students to gather first hand information on whether or not a college is the right fit for them.  We find them to be very helpful to both the students and their parents. For example, many people in our region think Chatfield is expensive because it is a private college.  The truth is, we are one of the most affordable private colleges in America.  Combine our already affordable tuition with  endowed scholarships, federal and state grants, and Chatfield’s expansive work study program, the price becomes competitive, and in some cases, less expensive  than a state school.

Remember, visiting the website and having all the mail/ e-mail information in the world is no substitute for sitting down with a financial aid advisor and getting the full picture on how to pay for an education.

So as your students plan to visit colleges, please feel free to share this checklist.

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The Benefits of Connecting With Your College via Social Media

You’ve done it! You’ve been accepted into college, toured the campus, purchased your books, memorized your schedule, but there’s one thing you still haven’t done… connected with your college on social media!

Why is this important, or even necessary? Research shows that colleges are using social media platforms increasingly to communicate with students. Even college presidents are tweeting and instagramming these days!


We want to reach you where you’re most reachable, but what’s in it for you? Connecting with Chatfield via social media has many benefits, like contests and prizes, as well as useful content, deadlines and upcoming events. According to Study Break College Media, a percentage of students will “like” a Facebook fan page for the following reasons:

Contests: 47%
Giveaways: 56%
Suggested by a friend: 25%
Personal Connection: 47%
Good Content: 55%
Just Being a True Fan of the Brand: 68%

If you follow Chatfield, you will see all of these things! How easy is it to share or like something to win a gift card or another awesome prize? Or if you see something you want to share with someone else, it can be done in one click. You are part of our brand at Chatfield, and we want others to get the most accurate view of us and our students, but we need your help! Be proud of your college, share us with your family and friends!

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Follow us on Twitter and Instagram

Subscribe to our channel on Youtube

What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up?

Whether you are sitting in a sophomore high school class or working a dead end job in the labor force, college may be on your mind, and for good reason. US News and World Report says those with an Associates degree can earn $400-700 thousand more dollars in their lifetime than their high school diploma counterparts.

It is almost a no-brainer if someone offered you $700,000 and all you had to do is put in two years worth of education to earn it. You are on the cusp of making a decision that will change the rest of your life. Many times, we are asked ‘what do you want to be when you grow up,’ and some, if not most, have no idea what they really want to do. No matter your age, it is always a question you should ask yourself – what DO I want to be when I grow up?

Here at Chatfield – we are different. The Associate of Liberal Arts degree allows someone who doesn’t know what they want to do study various topics and hopefully find out where their journey will take them. For some of us, it’s Business, where classes such as Principles of Accounting and Microeconomics fulfill our lifelong work desires, for others Addiction Studies and Child Development lead to a life of fulfillment.

Chatfield approaches liberal in the classic form – students develop skills of free thinking and try to better understand the world around them. We strive to create thinkers and doers to make the world around us a better place.

When you are sitting at a crossroads about what you want to do with life, whether it be leave the dead-end job and go to school,or back school or if you are sitting in your sophomore English class you have to ask yourself, ‘what do I want to be when I grow up?’

Reflections from The Ivy League- Chatfield Grad Martin Smith On His Transition to the University of Penn

Martin BlogHas it already been five months since graduation? Where has the time gone? Indeed, it seems forever ago that I graduated from our beloved Chatfield College, yet here I sit, in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Things have been a whirlwind since I left home, but the things I am learning here simply boggle the mind. I’m taking three history courses and a creative writing course that is geared towards children, so, needless to say, my days are filled with a constant stream of reading and writing, of research and brainstorming.

However, allow me to be frank: I would not have the success that I am having here without the courses and skills taught at Chatfield. George Bronner, in his history courses, prepared me for the intensive study of the French Revolution I am now in. The countless conversations with Bill Ackley gave me a foundation for the History of Communism course I am taking. Chats with Sister Agatha prepared me to study localized history, which I am doing through my History of Philadelphia course. And, of course, the lessons taught by Julia Waddell and Louci Kurtz prepared me to write for children.

It isn’t just the the lessons of Chatfield that prepared me, of course. It’s the people. From Dawn in financial aid, to Delores in the library, to Jim, my supervisor in development, and even Deb in the front office, the relationships with the staff are something I will treasure. And my friends! From those that departed when I did (Savannah Swearingen to Wichita State, Amber Gorman to the University of Wisconsin, Morgan Clinton to Xavier, etc.) to those that remain (Kiley Davis, Korteney Weber, Angel Waits, Harrison Lamb, etc.) I will always look back fondly at those that were there with me at Chatfield. Indeed, it was their friendships that prepared me to move on to Philadelphia, and the next great challenge.

I miss you Chatfield, but fear not. I’ll always manage to find my way home, back to St. Martin, and all the amazing people and memories that are held within. I love Philadelphia, don’t get me wrong, but Chatfield will always be where this journey began, and I’ll never abandon the place I call mine.

Until next time!

-Martin Smith (Associate of Arts ’15)