Student Profile- Maria Bockhorst, ’17

  • Secretary of the Chatfield Student Service Club
  • Member of the Julia Chatfield Honor Society (3.9 GPA)
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • National Honor Society member
  • Math tutor for Chatfield’s Peer Tutoring program
  • Austin E. Knowlton Scholar
  • Nanny of two boys, one of whom is special needs
  • Preschool Sunday School & Youth Group leader at St. Louis Church
  • American Heritage Girl leader
    Ever since I was in first grade, I have wanted to become a teacher. I would come home from school and play school with my American Girl dolls and sometimes my siblings. I loved being able to teach them and have that impact. This love for teaching most likely came from my mom who is currently a preschool teacher. I have always admired her and how much she has positively affected her students’ lives. I want to have that same influence in a child’s life. I want to be the person who shapes children’s lives, helps them grow, and helps them learn.

    I started my college journey my junior year of high school as a College Credit Plus student at UC Clermont. After the first semester, however, I wanted to make a change, so I switched here to Chatfield. I chose Chatfield for a couple minor reasons like the smaller campus, the smaller class sizes, and how close the campus is to my house. As well as for some major reasons like, for one, the homey feeling Chatfield provides with faculty and staff who know each student and the comfortable, welcoming campus.  And lastly, I stand strong in my Catholic faith and Chatfield, being a Catholic College, made it quite impossible to say no to a transfer.

    I spent the last three semesters of high school taking classes here and I am extremely grateful for having Chatfield a part of my college path. I am glad that I became a part of this college community because Chatfield has brought me many memories and experiences that I will miss dearly. From the professors and staff who care so deeply about their students to the friendships made within this campus, Chatfield has definitely earned a space in my heart. However, none of this would be true if I didn’t receive the Austin E. Knowlton Scholarship.

    When I started attending Chatfield, I knew that after I graduated high school, I would have to transfer because I wouldn’t be able to afford attending Chatfield full time. That was hard for me to grasp since I fell in love with Chatfield as soon as I stepped foot on campus. I was pushed to apply for scholarships just to see if there was a chance of me staying. I applied for every scholarship that I could, and I wrapped my head around the fact that I most likely would still have to transfer.
    Last spring, my high school held a college fair that included Chatfield College. I didn’t bother to stop by their booth, knowing that I had my heart, in that moment, set on the University of Cincinnati. To my surprise, however, I was informed by a friend that I had received the Knowlton Scholarship and a quick trip to the booth made it a reality!
    By receiving this scholarship, I was able to finish my journey at Chatfield and stay in the close, comfortable atmosphere that the Chatfield campus provides. I made a lot of lasting friendships, and became part of an amazing college community.

    In the fall, I will continue my journey at Wilmington College to earn a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with endorsements in Reading, Math, and Special Education for grades 1-4.  None of what I have achieved this far in my educational journey would be possible without Chatfield and the financial contribution from the Austin E. Knowlton Scholarship and I am truly thankful.

    What Are the Benefits of Taking Guitar Lessons?


    There are several benefits for an individual to take guitar lessons. If a person wants to learn how to play guitar, lessons would be the key to helping them succeed at a quicker rate and to not fall into bad habits such as improper hand technique or poor music reading. Learning bad habits at an early stage of learning a music instrument may result in many years of frustration for a student trying to undo what they have learned wrongly.

    Having a teacher helps a student to keep going even though it might be tough at times to succeed at any given task. A teacher can inspire students through his or her example. A teacher can also inspire students through coaching them and letting them know that if they keep going they will be able to finish the task that they need to do.

    For anyone else who is not interested in becoming a guitarist, I think that guitar lessons could also be a good thing. Lessons can help a student have a deeper appreciation for music and for the effort it takes to become a musician. Guitar lessons can help a student with eye-hand coordination and the use of peripheral vision. Lessons also help students to have a sense of self-discipline and patience. During lessons, students play music with their teacher and this helps students to learn how to work in a team setting – in advanced classes students also work together in small groups to make music.

    The classes for Chatfield College’s 2017 Enrichment Program are 6 weeks of half hour private lessons. These lessons are private and 1 on 1 as opposed to a classroom setting where there are many students. I design the curriculum for the lessons around each individual’s abilities and take into consideration their taste in music.

    The cost of the Enrichment Program at Chatfield is $40. The average cost of half-hour guitar lessons at music stores or private lesson studios range from $18-$25 per lesson. I charge $20 per half-hour lesson at Hauer Music. So this is an incredible bargain for you to take lessons through Chatfield’s Enrichment Program.

    With all this in consideration, I hope that you will consider taking guitar lessons through the Enrichment Program at Chatfield College this summer.

    Jamie Murrell

    From Couch to 5K- Anyone Can Do It!

    When the weather gets nicer, the urge to get outside and move around gets stronger! Also, as it gets warmer, the number of 5Ks held increases. While these races can be a lot of fun, they can be daunting as well! Never ran one before? Hoping to cross that off your bucket list? Join us for the Couch to 5K class, as part of the Sumer Enrichment Program at Chatfield College.

    This class will appeal to many different people. If you’d like to run a 5K or even walk it, this class is for you! If you’ve run one before but are hoping to better your time, this class is for you! If you’re looking for a group to train with, this class is for you! If you’re just looking for a reason to get off the couch and away from the tv, this class is definitely for you!

    The Couch to 5K class will run for six weeks, beginning on Monday, June 5th and costs a one-time fee of $40. We will meet at the St. Angela Hall porch on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and complete a 30 minute workout. All you need to bring is running shoes and a watch! Former collegiate runner and current high school track coach Brianna Houchens will be leading the group, as well as offering other healthy tips and tricks.

    The class is designed to gradually push you towards your goals and can be completed at your own pace and comfort level. The workouts will be ran/walked around Chatfield’s scenic and historic campus in St. Martin. Included in the cost of the class fee is a paid entry (a $20 value) to Chatfield’s Nun Run 5K held on Saturday, July 22nd at 9:00 am. What better way to train for a 5k than to have a race in mind and get to know the course beforehand!

    Interested yet? You can find out more about this class, as well as the others being offered by going to or calling Brianna Houchens at 513-875-3344 ext. 140. To learn more about the 5K or to get registered, visit


    Spotlight on Jerome Manigan

    Back in 1981, Jerome Manigan auditioned to become a Radio Reading Services (RRS) broadcast volunteer. Initially, he read the Front Page and Editorials section of The Cincinnati Enquirer. With his professional experience at Avco Broadcasting (now Channel 5), he helped create the first RRS schedule.

    He trained RRS board operators and showed them how to do manual editing. Dennis Runyan, then Broadcast Coordinator at RRS, came to Jerome with “the perfect magazine as a vehicle for his voice,” The Good Old Days. Jerome has been reading this publication on RRS since 1987 and has been nationally syndicated. He received two Ohio Educational Broadcasting awards for RRS for programming: a show called Playhouse Perspectives and a show interviewing local political candidates about the American Disabilities Act before it became law. Jerome was also the 2004 recipient of the RRS Moser Award, in recognition for his outstanding volunteer service as a Broadcast Reader.

    Jerome served as a classroom teacher, program manager and principal. In the 1980’s, he was named Poet Laureate of Cincinnati. The mayor of Cincinnati appointed him to the Citizens Committee on Youth as a board member and the governor of Ohio appointed him to serve on the Ohio Criminal Justice Supervisory Commission. He currently teaches two classes at Chatfield College, where CABVI was located many years ago. As Jerome says, “Through my years of RRS volunteering, I have met so many outstanding, selfless people. I am pleased that The Good Old Days has appealed to so many listeners with the great stories of love for one’s neighbors.”

    *Content originally posted through Cincinnati Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired

    The Art of Quilting Celebrated at Chatfield’s Annual Car, Craft, & Quilt Show

    More than 40 years ago, when Chatfield College was very newly opened to the public, Agatha Fitzgerald, OSU was looking for a way to bring the arts to the local community when someone suggested a quilt show.  This simple idea blossomed into one of the college’s most successful artistic ventures in the college’s history – an annual quilt show that celebrates the art of quilt making.  This year, the college will hold this annual event on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    One hundred people came to that first exhibit in the winter of 1974 to view the 30 quilts displayed and to purchase the wares of a few crafters in the Gym Building.  Over the years, this event has grown and evolved significantly, but its original purpose has not changed – to showcase quilt making as an art form and to honor the creativity of the quilt maker.

    The number of contemporary and heirloom quilts on exhibit in the Gym Building has more than doubled over the years, and the event now includes a quilt raffle, a classic car show, a book sale, crafts and craft demonstrations, free carriage rides across the college’s beautiful campus, live music and delicious food.

    This year’s beautiful queen-size raffle quilt was pieced and quilted by Lisa Hardesty, and quilted by Chatfield staff member Cheryl Kern, Rosanne Brubaker and Lisa Hardesty.  The raffle quilt will be on display in the Gym Building on April 29 and the winning ticket drawn at the close of the show.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  If you can’t make it to the show, raffle tickets can be purchased on line at

    Free carriage rides throughout Chatfield’s beautiful, rural campus will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., courtesy of First State Bank, and provided by Karen’s Carriage in Goshen, OH.

    General admission for the 2017 Car, Craft and Quilt Show is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Chatfield College is located in northern Brown County, Ohio near the intersection of US Route 50 and 68.  The address is 20918 State Route 251, St. Martin, Ohio, 45118.  For information, visit or contact Pam Spencer at 513-875-3344, ext. 126 or

    Chatfield Announces New Chief Academic Officer & Dean

    Chatfield College has announced the appointment of Peter E. Hanson, PhD, as its new Chief Academic Officer & Dean.

    Hanson will officially begin his duties in June.  He joins Chatfield after a successful 17-year teaching career at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.  While at Wittenberg, Dr. Hanson served as Chair of the Faculty Executive Board, Co-Chair of the University Planning Commission, Chair of the Educational Policies Committee, Chair of Assessment of Student Academic Achievement Committee, and was a team member for re-accreditation for Institutional Effectiveness.

    He has also taught at Centenary College of Louisiana, Penn State University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Illinois.  He was named a SOCHE Academic Leadership Fellow at Wittenberg, the Outstanding Chemistry Teaching Assistant at the University of Wisconsin, and was selected by students to be an Honorary Member of the Wittenberg Class of 2013.  Dr. Hanson was rated in the top five percent of all teaching assistants campus-wide for four semesters while an undergraduate at the University of Illinois.

    Dr. Hanson received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Illinois and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin.

    “Chatfield College is most fortunate to be able to attract someone with the credentials and experience of Dr. Peter Hanson to be our Dean and Chief Academic Officer,” said John P. Tafaro, Chatfield’s President.   “His seventeen years of experience on faculty and as a successful leader and administrator, make him uniquely qualified for this important position.  All colleges, especially private, liberal arts schools like Chatfield, face many challenges in today’s complex higher education environment.  Dr. Hanson has addressed and dealt with many of these challenges before, and we are thrilled he is willing to share his God-given talents with us at Chatfield.    We welcome Pete, and his wife, Lynn to the Chatfield Family.”


    Average Doesn’t Mean “Bad”

    I was recently ordering a pair of shoes online, and a review for the shoe read: “Average comfort”. I quickly realized I took this to be a negative connotation. Why in the world would that resonate as a negative perspective? Why is average not taken as doing well in our culture?
    In the simplest term, there cannot be “exceeds average” across the board in a statistics column, it just wouldn’t work out mathematically. With that being said, we still feel a bit of shame or self-doubt if someone throws us into the “average” column. We confidently believe our children should be above-average in every sense, and take offense if we are told they fall into the “average”, or God forbid “below-average” category.
    In the era of the “You Tube celebrity” it isn’t hard to understand why we feel the overwhelming need to stick out and shine brighter than others. I mean it can’t be that hard to be spectacular when a woman wearing a Chewbacca mask becomes an internet sensation…right?
    Becoming a “celebrity” (I do use that word loosely) this day and age seems to be more sought after than being respected. Numerous online “celebrities” have reached this status because of the number of hits they have received, and typically this is at the expense of their dignity and ultimately self-worth. Do we really admire these people, or are we looking at them thinking “oh wow, at least I’ve not reached that low of a point in life!” For whatever reason, there seems to be a void in this country, and the press and media are all too eager to fill it with people making fools of themselves. It’s hard not to think the ultimate fools are those forwarding the videos to friends.
    Imagine for a moment if a simple video of a father playing with his children received 100 million clicks instead of some profanity laced clip of a tween going off on a crowd in a Dr. Phil episode. Think long and hard why our culture leans toward the extreme. Why can’t being a loving and average person get the same amount of celebrity?
    I think the answer is fairly simple, but not all that overtly obvious. True and heartfelt human compassion does not seek attention, but instead longs for nothing more than unselfish kindness and love. This era of celebrity is short lived, and following up with most of these viral stars within a year or two will often yield depressing results.
    Being “average” should make you feel proud and also thankful. Being average in our nation means you have more than 90% of the globe, and you are living a life that allows you luxuries billions will never experience. There is nothing wrong with striving for excellence, because the journey there will often lead you to cross paths with some amazing people, and if you’re lucky, a few of them will also look back on you as amazing.

    Chatfield Alumna Experiences Big Success

    In 2003, Deanna Hoskins was laid off from her job, and as a single mother, was unsure of her future. She was a convicted felon and knew that her job options were limited. She had always wanted to go back to college but says she never had the courage. She was unsure if she would be able to make it in a campus environment after being out of high school for so many years.
    “Then one of the teachers at the daycare where I took my children told me about Chatfield College,” said Deanna. “She had gone there and had nothing but good things to say about it, so I thought ‘now is the time,’ and I went for a visit.”
    From the moment she walked into the building, she felt right at home. “It reminded me of the small classroom feel of the Catholic School I went to as a kid,” she said. “It wasn’t intimidating at all!”
    Deanna enrolled as a full-time student, and immersed herself in classes. Even when she got called back to her job, she worked out her schedule with her boss so that she was able to work full-time while still attending classes full-time. “I wasn’t willing to quit,” she said.
    After graduating from Chatfield in 2005, she enrolled at Mt. St. Joseph University to focus on a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. “I knew I wanted to work in Social Services. I knew I wanted to focus on corrections and substance abuse so I had crafted all of my classes to help me break the barriers I may face as a convicted felon trying to re-enter the job force.”
    Deanna’s strategy worked, and she found herself interviewing with the Indiana Department of Corrections for a job as a case manager. They were impressed with her ideas on re-entry and hired her in spite of her felony.
    “That’s when I recognized God’s will, as opposed to my will,” said Deanna. “He had a bigger plan for me than I ever thought possible.”
    As soon as she graduated from Mt. St. Joseph University, she moved her family to Indiana and began her career in Criminal Justice. In seven months, she was promoted to unit manager and found herself training her colleagues on re-entry. She was recognized by the State of Indiana for her work with the Access to Recovery program. She earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice through the on-line program at the University of Cincinnati and moved back to Ohio to work for Hamilton County as the Director of Re-Entry, an executive position that she never thought possible as a convicted felon.
    “We changed employment policy in Hamilton County and in the state of Ohio,” said Deanna. “We made it possible for felons to avoid a useless job search so that they are only applying for jobs that accept felony backgrounds.”
    It wasn’t long before her work with the states of Indiana and Ohio became noticed on the federal level. She was invited to be part of a federal panel on Re-Entry in New York City. Soon after, she was notified of a position with the United States Department of Justice as the Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Re-entry. She applied, was hired, and moved to Washington D.C.
    “My integration into D.C. has been a fantastic experience,” said Deanna. “Right now, I live in a condo on Pennsylvania Avenue and I am thinking about buying a house in Virginia overlooking the Potomac River.”
    Sometimes, she says, she cannot believe it. She says she would never have imagined herself in a position like this back in 2003. “I am so glad that I didn’t allow my fear of going to college prevent me from getting an education,” she said. “I would never have had the chance to experience any of this if I had allowed fear to step in.”
    In the end, that is what her advice is to anyone who may be thinking about going back to school, regardless of circumstance: “Don’t let fear get in your way. Don’t short change yourself. Go to college, work hard, study hard. It will all pay off in the end. It took six years of hard work to get my education, but I’ve been reaping the benefits for the last 11 years. It’s definitely worth it.”
    Deanna recently joined the Chatfield College Board of Trustees and says she is looking forward to working with her alma mater. “I’ve encountered many of the same challenges that current students experience at Chatfield. I am pleased to be in a position to instill hope in students and impact policy and procedures.” She will be the speaker for Chatfield’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13 at 10:00 am on the St. Martin campus.

    Checking In With Chatfield Student Service Club

    “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
    -Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

    How simple it is to serve others around us. If you truly think about it, you serve someone every moment of the day. You serve them by smiling at them, by opening a door for them, or by working for them. That is truly a beautiful thing and is the one thing I like to keep in mind when I think about Chatfield Student Service Club.

    As a president and student of this organization, it is important to me that we see the true meaning of service and why it is so important. In CSSC, the members allow themselves to focus on the whole community around Chatfield, and how we can reflect that service to the organizations that surround the local area.

    In the past couple of months, we have wholeheartedly raised money to serve the community in many ways. One of our biggest hits was raising money for the local Hope Emergency Center by holding a Taco Tuesday for the students and faculty here at Chatfield. To the students and faculty, it may have been just a scrumptious taco placed in front of them, but to a needy family, it was warm hats placed on their heads. Our first Taco Tuesday’s proceeds went to donate hats and gloves to warm the “hearts and heads” of families that receive aid from the Hope Emergency Center. As CSSC dropped off these items and toured the grounds, we were all in shock at how much the Hope Emergency Center helps the community around us.

    If I may say, my heart was stirring the cauldron of kindness in my mind. I knew that we needed to continue to help this organization out! This lead CSSC to creating our current project for Hope Emergency, Soap for Hope. With their great need for personal hygiene products, CSSC thought it would be a fantastic idea to collect donations of this kind to assist those in need. Our donations are going so great thus far, and we will continue to collect these items until the end of March.

    Another project CSSC tackled was a bake sale-Puppy Love- for the local Highland County Humane Society. We were so grateful at the outpour of kindness from the faculty who donated and helped bake for the sale. It was hit, and we raised a great amount of proceeds that we could deliver a check to the Humane Society. Other projects in the works for CSSC are supplying tutoring for students in need, raising money for an end of the year/graduation party, and continuing to serve their fellow students and surrounding communities.

    It’s not about the flashy posters or the giant ads. What CSSC is about is standing for good morals by providing quality leadership on our campus and community. CSSC is growing into a beautiful service club that truly recognizes that doing small things with great love can occupy the hearts of many people.

    -Autumn Slover,
    CSSC President

    Scholarships Make a Difference

    Some students hesitate to fill out a scholarship application.  They might think it’s a waste of time because they won’t be awarded one or the amount they may receive won’t make that much of an impact on their balance.  I have to say, EVERY BIT HELPS!  Big or small, any scholarship money will help pay the bill.

    For example, let’s say you registered for fall classes.  You have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that doesn’t qualify you to receive the full amount (if any) of the Pell or Ohio grants.  After borrowing the maximum allowed in student loans, you still have a balance that you must pay out of pocket.  A scholarship could either pay off that balance or significantly lower your bill, making monthly payments more achievable.  Another scenario could be that your EFC is zero and you qualify for all the grant money available.  A scholarship could lower the amount of student loan debt you need in order to pay your bill.  The least amount of student loan debt you have after graduation should be your goal!

    Chatfield College has a great endowed scholarship program.  Our donors understand the struggle of paying for higher education and they generously donate so our students can achieve their dreams of earning a degree.  Do yourself a favor and fill out a scholarship application today!  The deadline for fall scholarships is Monday April 17th.  Please contact the financial aid office on your campus to obtain an application or fill one out online.  We will be happy to assist you through the process!

    -Becki Brown, Financial Aid Counselor