Chatfield College To Present Lessons & Carols

Chatfield College is pleased to invite the community to Lessons and Carols on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Mongan Academic Building on the St. Martin Campus.

Lessons and Carols reminds us of the meaning of the Advent Season through music and selected readings by the students, staff and members of the Chatfield College community. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.

A punch and cookie reception will follow the program to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas holiday season.

For more information about the event, call 513-875-3344, ext. 126 or e-mail  Admission is free and open to the public.

Lessons and Carols is funded in part by the Lulu O. Craig Fine Arts Fund.

Is There a Day After Today?

donald_trump_hillary_clinton_president_590As we teeter on the edge of the 2016 election, most, if not all of us have been impacted by this race either directly or indirectly.  There is a poll or statistic released everyday about the two nominees (yes I know there are four running, but for this blog we can stick with reality).  We see polls on how you will vote on favorability, likability, trustworthiness.  I would like to see a poll asking simply this: “what do you plan to do the day after the election?”

We have been bombarded on social media with ads, television ads, radio ads, and it would seem that if your candidate loses, life as we know it will cease to function.  Why do we let two people who have favorability and trustworthiness ratings well below 50% control our lives?  I know of people who lose friends on social media because of disagreements over political ideas.  Now, I understand that this is by far the most polarizing election in recent history, and thanks to 24 – hour news cycles and social media, it is pounded into our heads that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be the worst thing to happen to America (depending on which side you are on).

Do you want to know a secret the news stations aren’t telling us? Wednesday morning after the candidates have held their victory party, or the losing candidate makes the obligatory congratulation and concession call…the sun will rise.  We will go do our jobs as well as we can, we will wake up to feed our children and get them off to school, and live with hope, because you never know what the tide will bring in the next day.

We have the will and the power to not be the divided nation that so many are predicting.  Neil Armstrong wasn’t alone when he made his way out of the Eagle and onto the Moon’s surface.  He had hundreds of thousands of engineers, scientists, mathematicians, welders, and nearly any other industry you can think helping him along the way.  He was and always will be the symbol of our conquest of the Moon, but he did not by any means do it all alone.

We can’t get bogged down in the idea that if our candidate loses then we have lost it all. Wake up Wednesday morning and be a loving parent, a positive co-worker, a supportive friend, and be an overall good steward to society.  Post something positive on your social media site, go against the grain of the anger and divisiveness the media is drumming up. Don’t just try to do well, try even harder to do good.

Mr. Gossett, Chatfield instructor

Why YOU Should Vote & Why YOU Need to Be Informed

img_4403For the last several months, the upcoming election is all anyone can talk about. You can’t use any type of social media or turn on the tv or radio without being bombarded by it. Aside from sharing a funny meme or two, a lot of us may just be fed up with hearing about it. The good news is that we are down to crunch time! And while one of the most controversial elections is coming to an end, we must make sure we take part in this sure-to-be history-making process.

So, why should you vote? First off, it is your right, and a right many people have died to provide to you. As we look back on America’s history, we can recall the Civil Rights era, the women’s suffrage movement, and the Constitutional amendments that have gotten us to where we are today. Secondly, it does affect you in the present and in the future. You should want to have a say in electing the representatives that will fight for you and your rights. Remember, your vote is your voice.

As a millennial, it is even more important to cast your vote! According to, “millennials are now as large of a political force as Baby Boomers according to an analysis of U.S. census data from the Pew Research Center, which defines millennials as people between the ages of 18-35. Both generations are roughly 31 percent of the overall electorate.”

But, this election is unique for millennials — it marks the first time essentially all the millennials in the country are old enough to vote.

“In fact, millennials continue to have the lowest voter turnout of any age group. Only about 46 percent voted in the last presidential election; compared to 72 percent of the Silent Generation, who habitually punch above their weight.” (

So why should you be informed when you go to vote? When I was younger, in high school and college, I didn’t really feel the need to be involved in politics. I foolishly thought “It doesn’t really affect me”.  I would vote, of course, but because I didn’t know a lot about any of the candidates or issues, I would just go along with who I heard my family supporting. While these may have been good candidates and aligned with my beliefs and values, I later learned I needed to be able to make that decision for myself and know why I made the decision I did. In elections past, I’d find myself in the voting booth, staring at names I didn’t recognize and always walking out a little ashamed that I had to “guess” which candidate to vote for when there was no party affiliation.

This seems to be a common theme among young people; I have heard this same attitude echoed among many of my friends. We leave the politics and the voting to our parents. But what these people don’t realize is, it is our government too! One day, we will be the parents making these decisions for OUR families! And in order to make the right decisions, we have to know what we are talking about and voting for. As young people, now is the time to become informed!

So this morning, I went to my local Board of Elections and I voted early. I felt responsible and proud to cast my vote, one that I had researched and thought about for the last several months. I felt confident in the process and in myself. Voting is a priceless right for an American citizen, and I hope sharing my story will encourage my fellow millennials to get out there and take advantage of that right!

-Brianna Houchens, Digital Media Coordinator

Re: Your Recent Email to Your Professor

01-respect-email-conduct-nensuriaStudents who use emojis in their emails and write “heeeeelp!” in the subject line don’t necessarily know better. Paul Corrigan and Cameron Hunt McNabb present a way for professors to help such students.

Dear College Student,
If your professor has sent you a link to this page, two things are likely true. First, you probably sent an email that does not represent you in a way you would like to be represented. Second, while others might have scolded you, mocked you or despaired over the future of the planet because of your email, you sent it to someone who wants to help you represent yourself better.

In part, because only a click or swipe or two separate emails from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and texting, the lines between professional emails and more informal modes of writing have become blurred, and many students find the conventions of professional emails murky. We think we can help sort things out.

In the age of social media, many students approach emailing similar to texting and other forms of digital communication, where the crucial conventions are brevity and informality. But most college teachers consider emails closer to letters than to text messages. This style of writing calls for more formality, more thoroughness and more faithful adherence (sometimes bordering on religious adherence) to the conventions of Edited Standard Written English — that is, spelling, punctuation, capitalization and syntax.

These different ways of writing are just that — different ways of writing. The letter approach to emails is not always and forever better (or worse) than the texting approach. Knowing how and when to use one or the other — based on why you are writing and whom you are writing to — makes all the difference. So, if you use emojis, acronyms, abbreviations, etc., when texting your friends, you are actually demonstrating legitimate, useful writing skills. But you aren’t if you do the same thing when emailing professors who view emails as letters.

Effective writing requires shaping your words according to your audience, purpose and genre (or type of writing, e.g., an academic email). Together these are sometimes called the rhetorical situation. Some of the key conventions for the rhetorical situation of emailing a professor are as follows:

1. Use a clear subject line. The subject “Rhetorical Analysis Essay” would work a bit better than “heeeeelp!” (and much better than the unforgivable blank subject line).

2. Use a salutation and signature. Instead of jumping right into your message or saying “hey,” begin with a greeting like “Hello” or “Good afternoon,” and then address your professor by appropriate title and last name, such as “Prof. Xavier” or “Dr. Octavius.” (Though this can be tricky, depending on your teacher’s gender, rank and level of education, “Professor” is usually a safe bet for addressing a college teacher.) Similarly, instead of concluding with “Sent from my iPhone” or nothing at all, include a signature, such as “Best” or “Sincerely,” followed by your name.

3. Use standard punctuation, capitalization, spelling and grammar. Instead of writing “idk what 2 rite about in my paper can you help??” try something more like, “I am writing to ask about the topics you suggested in class yesterday.”

4. Do your part in solving what you need to solve. If you email to ask something you could look up yourself, you risk presenting yourself as less resourceful than you ought to be. But if you mention that you’ve already checked the syllabus, asked classmates and looked through old emails from the professor, then you present yourself as responsible and taking initiative. So, instead of asking, “What’s our homework for tonight?” you might write, “I looked through the syllabus and course website for this weekend’s assigned homework, but unfortunately I am unable to locate it.”

5. Be aware of concerns about entitlement. Rightly or wrongly, many professors feel that students “these days” have too strong a sense of entitlement. If you appear to demand help, shrug off absences or assume late work will be accepted without penalty because you have a good reason, your professors may see you as irresponsible or presumptuous. Even if it is true that “the printer wasn’t printing” and you “really need an A in this class,” your email will be more effective if you to take responsibility: “I didn’t plan ahead well enough, and I accept whatever policies you have for late work.”

6. Add a touch of humanity. Some of the most effective emails are not strictly business — not strictly about the syllabus, the grade, the absence or the assignment. While avoiding obvious flattery, you might comment on something said in class, share information regarding an event the professor might want to know about or pass on an article from your news feed that is relevant to the course. These sorts of flourishes, woven in gracefully, put a relational touch to the email, recognizing that professors are not just point keepers but people.

We hope that these rules (or these and these) help you understand what most professors want or expect from academic emails. Which brings us back to the larger point: writing effectively does not simply mean following all the rules. Writing effectively means writing as an act of human communication — shaping your words in light of whom you are writing to and why.

Of course, you won’t actually secure the future of the planet by writing emails with a subject line and some punctuation. But you will help your professors worry about it just a little less.

By Paul T. Corrigan and Cameron Hunt McNabb on
April 16, 2015

Make Higher Education Affordable By Earning College Credits Now



Are loans the only affordable way to obtain a degree? Who wants to dig themselves out from insurmountable debt right after graduation? Thinking about rising costs of college tuition can be daunting for students embarking on their postsecondary education.

Options are available to earn college credit early and save money in the process.  Students in Ohio may enroll in the CCP program to earn high school and college credits concurrently and graduate college early.

The program is available to public, private and home school students in grades seven through 12. There’s no cost for tuition, books or fees, and classes may be taken on a high school or local college campus, depending on available options in the area.

Chatfield College is just one school to offer the dual enrollment program. The private liberal arts associate’s degree college, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, offers CCP at both of the school’s campuses in Cincinnati and Brown County, Ohio, as well as at partner facility Southern Hills Career and Technical Center in Georgetown, Ohio.

“It’s an amazing program,” Chatfield College President John Tafaro said. “The Ohio Board of Regents wanted to make college accessible and affordable and they sure did.”

With CCP, students can complete their freshman year of college or beyond by taking up to 30 credit hours per year, of which the state will pay for 15. Credits may be applied to the institution where students take the classes, or may transfer to other Ohio public colleges and some out-of-state and private institutions.

“It’s a great way to show up with free college credits and some confidence of having finished a college course,” Tafaro said.

However, CCP may not be right for every student. “It’s not a good idea to do it just to save the money, and you have to be committed,” Tafaro said. “These are college classes, not high school classes that are beefed up for college credit.” Students must be prepared for the rigors of collegiate material, alongside traditional aged and adult learners. School districts may seek reimbursement for a failing grade, which will appear on both high school and college transcripts.

To learn more about the CCP program at Chatfield, click here.

Other alternatives to earn college credit include AP and IB classes. The College Board’s AP classes are college- level courses offered in high school. Students take the AP test at the completion of the course. Based on the score, college credit may be earned and applied to more than 2,600 colleges worldwide. Similarly, IB courses are advanced courses in which a test is taken for college credit. Though not as widely recognized as AP, IB courses are offered in nearly 900 high schools with almost 1,700 universities accepting IB credits worldwide. There is a fee for both tests and minimum scores must be achieved for college credit.

The College Board’s CLEP program helps students receive college credit at a fraction of the cost by testing out of various subjects. CLEP is a good option for adult learners, veterans and military personnel. Getting a jump on college before arriving there is possible. Depending on the college or university, there may be programs specific to that school.

At Northern Kentucky University, several programs are offered, including Credit for Prior Learning, Military Credit, and School-Based Scholars (SBS), a dual credit program offering college classes to high school juniors and seniors at a reduced rate. Similarly, Cincinnati State has a host of ways to earn college credit based on workplace credit and experience such as their Applicable Work Experience and External Formal Training Program. Help is out there and researching what’s available at each school can save big in the long run.

Sara Gadzala, Contributor

Content originally published in the College Connection, an Enquirer Media Specialty Publication, on October 9th. 2016.


You’ve Made It Halfway, But Don’t Give In

3B3A9638As we move from summer to autumn, there is an energy in the air, a restlessness that lingers on the breezes of the Chatfield College Campus.

Students hurry around and apply their knowledge to the classes that they have made to the half way mark;  that’s right, it is the time for midterms.

Although grades from professors are not due until the 11th, there is a scrambling for an open computer, and a last minute cram for information, as well as study groups and the college transfer fair. Another Brown County Fair has come and gone, and the leaves are beginning to get the first twinges of golden orange.

Many times when we see that we are halfway through a project, we start to get a bit lazy. Maybe we think missing one class won’t make a difference in anyone’s life, but it does.  No matter what age or mindset or occupation you plan to pursue, there are standards set by employers to keep absenteeism to a minimum, and Chatfield is no different in trying to achieve the same.

So when you feel a bit tired and run down, should you just cancel class?  NO, that is the last thing you should do;  as a student, it holds back your classmates, it disrespects your instructor and it defies the rules that we are trying to instill in students on campus. Ask yourself if it is really worth dropping your grade and holding your friends and classmates back, for your day of leisure.

Flu season is coming up fast and you may need that sick day in a month or so, to accommodate a REAL emergency, so ask yourself if it is truly worth it to miss a day, a lecture, a midterm evaluation, etc.

The adult world appears to be filled with liberty, but it is not. In order to keep a job, you have to be there, and you need to be on time, so do not treat your education any differently than you would treat your job.  Remember we are all in this together, sometimes instructors don’t want to get up and roll out, either, but we do.   If you want to collect a paycheck and keep a job, you will be required to be there… on time. So if you abuse the privileges that you have been given, the only person that will ultimately lose is YOU!

So stay strong and persevere this semester; as all others will end, and as the new chapters of your life unfold, remember: YOU will be the one to manifest your own destiny, and life will generally NOT get easier, after college, so demand that you develop you own accountability.

I am very proud of most of my students, for keeping that nose to the grindstone. It shows integrity to step up and be counted, especially when you don’t feel like it. So keep on showing up on time, we realize things happen, but I doubt they happen all the time or every week, and if they do, you may need a new strategy.

It is your personal choice to be here, make the best of it!

Happy Midterm.
Christina Schnetzer

Recent Grad Credits Chatfield for Job Promotion

amy-jo-wilsonMany students come to Chatfield College with the objective of going on to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor’s degree.  Others come because they wish to advance their careers or earn job promotions.  Some even manage to accomplish both.

After taking a few months off after graduation in May, Amy Wilson, a 2016 graduate, had every intention of going on to get a bachelor’s degree.  Then, she received an offer she felt she just couldn’t refuse.

Amy had been working at a small pre-school when she got word of a job opening at Head Start in Highland County.  She applied, interviewed, and, much to her amazement, received an offer for a job that pays twice the amount of her salary at the pre-school.

“I am beside myself with excitement,” said Amy, shortly after beginning her new career as an Early Head Start Home Visitor.  “It is a dream job, especially for someone who wants to work with and help children.”

In Amy’s new position with Highland County Community Action, she will be working with mothers and their children from infancy to three years old, helping them with developmental activities in the home as well as in her own office at Highland County Community Action.  She also helps connect them with valuable services in the area.

“I assess their needs and recommend appropriate educational activities, and then work with both Mom and child until the child can officially enroll in the Head Start program at age three,” said Amy.  “The Early Head Start Program helps children to better transition into the classroom experience.”

An added benefit to her new career is that Highland County Community Action is sending her back to school – with all expenses paid.  She has begun taking classes at the University of Cincinnati, and is thrilled to be back in the classroom.

“At Chatfield, I took out student loans and worked while taking classes in order to better myself,” said Amy. “I always intended to further my education after graduating from Chatfield, but now, not only do I have a better job, I still get to further my education – and it’s paid for!”

Amy says that getting her AA Degree was one of the best choices she has ever made, and she credits Chatfield College for giving her the opportunity to succeed.

“The time I spent at Chatfield has been an experience of a life-time,” she said.  “The instructors were extremely helpful to me throughout my entire experience there, and I have the upmost respect  for all of them.

Going to Chatfield College has opened the door to my future, and I am proud to say that I am a Chatfield alumnus.”

A Look At Social Behaviors

maxresdefaultHave you heard the urban legend about the drunk driving female who live streamed her entire drunk driving episode for the world to see? No?  Let me first make one addendum to the line above, this absurd event is not an urban legend at all. Last October,  a Florida woman used an app called Periscope to broadcast her poor..let me re-phrase… disgusting decision.  Her poor judgment landed her in jail because someone viewing the livestream called the police, and by seeing landmarks in the background of her journey, they were able to successfully determine her location and make an arrest.

Why would someone who is clearly performing an illegal act take time to broadcast to the world her actions? Perhaps the same reason people videotape fights and do nothing to help the victim, but instead just hit record on their digital device, and cheer on the attack.  We have a power never before seen in history of mankind.  We can create shock and awe across the globe in the matter of minutes.  Just how many of us have been properly trained on how to go about doing this in a responsible manner? By watching and reading news, I would venture to say not nearly enough.

The internet is full of inappropriate rants, videos, tweets and blogs.  This is by no means limited to the general population.  We see celebrities and politicians making outrageous comments about anything and everything.  In the world of public relations any publicity is good publicity…right? Wrong! Many times these not so well thought through posts to the web leave a wake of hurt and embarrassment that last a lifetime.

During my INF125 course, I like to have the class discuss and debate these topics, because this is not a passing fad.  We can literally stream our daily actions live for the world to see.  Sometimes this is as harmless as streaming your child’s first steps or first words.  However, the videos that tend to make the news are those which typically cast a bad light on the person taking the video, or the individual being recorded.  Some are hoping to gain their 15 minutes of fame with these postings, and some are just hiding behind the safety net of the web because they are not confident or brave enough to debate their ideas in a relevant public forum.

I advise using this one simple litmus test in regard to posting anything online:

Would this be something you would take the time to write down on paper, or put it on a VHS tape (yes I’m dating myself), and present to your grandmother? We have such easy access to type up a rant and hit send without giving it a second thought.  Before you hit that magic “enter” key remember this:  Just because you can, does not mean you should. Grandmother’s insight still trumps Kim Kardashian, despite what pop culture wants you to believe.

Mr. Gossett, Chatfield Instructor

Chatfield Instructor Spotlight

Chatfield College Admissions is always reaching out to potential students. One such effort involved a group of high school students visiting the Cincinnati campus for information and a tour. On this particular day Admissions Counselor Sokoni Hughes took a very large group of students into the new science lab in which Dr. Bode Olakanmi was teaching Chemistry I. Sokoni asked if Dr. Bode could address the students. He agreed, beginning by asking how many students were interested in science? Several raised their hands and Dr. Olakanmi (generally called Dr. Bode by Chatfield students) explained that they were going to have to work hard to earn a science degree, but that the good thing was that the science degree will open up a lot more opportunities for them.

At this point he addressed all the other students filling up all available spaces in his lab and said that there seemed to be a lot of thinking these days that college was supposed to be all fun and games. He used sports athletes as examples as he asked if it looked like they were having fun out there? Many responded with a rousing positive response, to which he commented, go up and ask those athletes if it is all fun? They will tell you that there is a whole lot of really hard work that goes into preparing for sports competition, even if it does look like fun. He realized that he had the rapt attention of every single student in the lab. He then told them that if you want to accomplish something as important as a science degree that it requires a lot of hard work! He also told them that this was true for any goal or accomplishment, it takes a lot of hard work and they were going to have to study hard and work hard to reach their goals.

To his surprise, all present burst into spontaneous applause!! Unbeknownst to Dr. Bode, a teacher with the group had been hanging back observing the off the cuff presentation by Dr. Bode. It was then that the teacher chose to step forward and thanked Dr. Bode for his passionate and realistic presentation about what it takes to get a college degree. The crowd of students parted and a pathway opened to the door leading into the hallway outside. The teacher motioned for Dr. Bode to take his well earned exit out of the classroom as all broke into applause once again. When asked later how he felt about the treatment he received from the students and their teacher, he responded with “I was actually surprised that my message was that well received. It made my day.” Clearly Dr. Bode was in his element but he certainly did not expect such a response from the students he addressed.

Chatfield instructors have a passion for teaching, and Dr. Bode is one of the best examples. His passionate presentation was so well-received, that the next time a group from this high school visited Chatfield, they asked especially to meet the science teacher. He is a testament to the quality of Chatfield instructors.

-Jim Woodford, Science Chair

We Don’t Have to Believe Everything We Know

opinion-not-factReflecting on my post secondary education, what, if anything, did I gain? Don’t get me wrong, the number is countless, metaphorically speaking. A main and important product was completing a perpetuating self-introspection. Consequently, this has heralded in overriding change, life adjustment, continued self-examination, change, reflection, and so on. Who could say it better? This quoted from his hierarchy apex, “What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.” EAbraham MaslowD (1)

That’s not to say I exhibited 100% change. To the contrary I’ve retained, sad to say, many physical attributes. But, how does one number memories, personality, knowledge, personal history, familial connections, accomplishments, those static individually unique life experiences – circumstances?

So what has changed? I shed the ability to accept what I heard, what I was told, how to think, how to act, what to believe, what not to believe, what was true, and what was not true, and what I thought I knew. I began living by the mantra, “trust nothing.” I’m not trying to be anonymous; obviously, I’m not that original, if anything can be by this time in our existence. (1) John 4:1 “My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you.” (2) While this passage refers to John’s warning, all those who speak of God aren’t necessarily of God, it still applies to anything and everything. Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything. (3) It’s common fare to start my classes with this thought. I tell them, “don’t even believe me, find out for yourself.” Sure they look at me like I have three heads, but the words have been presented to them.

One of the most important and liberating (sometimes I miss the ignorance I enjoyed for soooooo many years) changes education brought me was to actually make my own mind up based on finding, ingesting, chewing up, and processing all possible information available to me on any and all subjects. I had, and sometimes still have, difficulty learning that things I knew were and are actually wrong. Just like when it turns out a conspiracy theory is indeed, not a theory but truth, reality. It can hurt one’s head.

Which brings me to how and when we treat this truth and reality as opinion and perspective, when it is actually just that. If we are to be honest with ourselves and with the world, this has to be a consideration. The more I swish the water, it all becomes clear as mud. Politics, “science”, faith, reality, truth, opinion, right, wrong, time, all these man made concepts, all these things we, well, know.

-Bob Slone,

Maslow, A.H. (1943). “A Theory of Human Motivation”. In Psychological Review, 50 (4), 430-437.

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