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Jared Durden and Andrew Crocker set out to meet their coworkers at Ozarks Technical Community College. Each episodes introduces a new member of the college who teaches Jared and Andrew something they didn't know before. Join Jared and Andrew on their adventure as they learn about a broad range of fascinating topics, their colleagues, and maybe even friendship.
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Send us a Text Message.Welcome back, folks! Brace yourselves for an electrifying milestone as we celebrate our 50th episode of "Oh That's Cool"! Today, we embark on a bittersweet journey as we bid farewell to Dr. Joan Barrett, the esteemed Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs at our beloved community college. Join us as we delve into the vibrant tapestry of Dr. Barrett's tenure, exploring her myriad contributions to OTC and gaining deeper insight into her multifaceted roles within our instituti...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome back, listeners! Get ready for an enlightening journey in this episode as we sit down with Carol Jones Writing Center Director, Dr. David Ball. Join us as David shares the epic narrative of his life, tracing his roots from a humble small town in Arkansas to the corridors of OTC. Together, we delve into the fascinating realm of artificial intelligence, unraveling its challenges and contemplating the shape of our future. Don't miss out on another captivating insta...
Send us a Text Message.We are back! In this exciting episode we introduce adjunct Mathematics Instructor, Alysia Swearengin. Alysia shares her story as a former OTC student who is currently working on her master's at MSU. We learn about her passion for teaching and the lessons she learned right here at OTC. Check out another thrilling episode as we walk discover, "Adjunct's need community too."
Send us a Text Message.Welcome back, listeners! Get ready for an electrifying episode as we dive into the world of healthcare education. Join us as we introduce two remarkable individuals from the Associate of Science in Nursing program within the Health Sciences department: Lead Instructor Dani Brink and Lab Coordinator Sydney Park. Together, we explore their innovative idea for a podcast tailored to their field and students, brainstorming its perfect name along the way. Amidst the discussio...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome back, folks! Hold onto your seats because in this thrilling episode, we're shaking things up a bit. Our very own Education Development Coordinator, Erin Dooley, steps into the spotlight as our new host. Erin takes the reins and dives deep into the world of podcasting, interviewing none other than the renowned podcast hosts, Jared Durden and Andrew Crocker. Prepare to be entertained and enlightened as Erin navigates through a series of hard-hitting questions, unc...
Send us a Text Message.We are back! In this exciting episode we introduce a new member of the OTC community, Student Engagment Coordinator, Micha White. We get to know more about Micha and the journey she took to OTC. We learn about her hamster related shenannigans as a housing director for Drury university and discuss how the student engagement office is working toward building student identity. Make sure to reach out with your questions to me, at durdenj@otc.edu, or talk to me o...
Send us a Text Message.We are back! In this exciting episode we continue our series on Navigators and Student Success as we meet Navigator for Heatlh Sciences, Kat Westmoreland. We get to know more about Kat and the journey she took here to OTC. We learn about her DIY hobbies and the Hiking Contest in her department. This is the third episode in our Student Success series where we seek to better understand the role of Navigators at the college. Make sure to reach out with your questions...
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Send us a Text Message.We are back! In this back to school episode we meet Navigator for Arts, Science, and Bussiness, Bob Jahnke. We get to know more about Bob and the journey he took here to OTC. Finally we answer the question, "What about Bob?". This is the second episode in our Student Success series where we seek to better understand the role of Navigators at the college. Make sure to reach out with your questions to me, at durdenj@otc.edu, or talk to me or Andrew in the hall. Chec...
Send us a Text Message.We are back! In this back to school episode we meet Director of Student Success, Ginger Luke. We spill the Tea and learn about the creation, implementation, and direction of Student Success at OTC. This is the first in our Student Success series where we seek to better understand the role of Navigators at the college. Make sure to reach out with your questions to me, at durdenj@otc.edu, or talk to me or Andrew in the hall. Check out another thrilling episode as we...
Send us a Text Message.In this very special episode, we record live at the 2022 Springfield campus Fall Picnic! This amamzing episode is packed with special guests including the campus retirees that attend each picnic and a handful of students who share their view of the college. Join us in the fun as we talk to several of our fellow OTC community members in attendance for the "22 Fall Picnic Extravaganza!!"
Send us a Text Message.We are back! In this special summer episode we meet RootEd regional director, Kari Hanks. Spoiler alert, Andrew knows her from childhood. Kari informs us on her role in and the amazing work RootEd is doing in the state of Missouri. Join us as she takes us on a journey from pouring petri dishes to changing the lives of young Missourians. Check out another thrilling episode as we learn "What is RootEd?"
Send us a Text Message.We are back! In this episode we meet now Retired History Instructor, Dr. Jessica Gerard. Dr. Gerard discusses her time here at OTC and reflects on what she learned from teaching in America. She recounts her tenure including her leadership in the student trips to China. Check out another thrilling episode as we engage in "A brief history of travel."
Send us a Text Message.We are back! In this episode we meet Bio clinical Science instructor, John Fishback. John discusses the concept of specification grading. He explains that specification grading is a type of assessment where students are graded based on whether or not they meet specific criteria or specifications.Fishback notes that this type of grading allows students to focus on mastering specific skills and knowledge, rather than worrying about earning points or grades. He explains th...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to this episode of Oh That's Cool! Today, we are excited to feature Joseph McTaggart, a Lead Paramedicine Instructor who is deeply committed to preparing his students for the realities and demands of the field. With a wealth of experience and expertise in paramedicine, Joseph offers invaluable insights into this crucial profession.But that's not all. Joseph also delves into his research on Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Labor, exploring how this theory can...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to this episode of Oh That's Cool! In this installment, we have the pleasure of speaking with Kristy Conner, an esteemed Practical Nursing Instructor who is dedicated to inspiring and empowering her students. Kristy shares her wealth of knowledge on the nursing profession, drawing inspiration from the legendary Florence Nightingale and her own experiences in the field.But that's not all - as a soon-to-be Ph.D., Kristy also discusses her fascinating research on t...
Send us a Text Message.Get ready for an exciting episode as we sit down with Abby Rea Hicks, a Grants and Strategic Planning Analyst with a fascinating story to share! Abby takes us on a journey from Dallas, Texas to Springfield, Missouri, where she compares the two cities and shares her unique perspective. Plus, you won't want to miss hearing about the inspiring student group she started on campus called "A Girl Like Me." Discover what goes on behind the scenes in the grants and strategic pl...
Send us a Text Message.In this episode we meet department of Social Sciences chair, Greg French. Greg talks sports with us as we recorded this the Friday before the Chiefs won the super bowl! Let us know who you thinks predictions were the closest. Greg also shares the origins of some famous team names and gives a masterclass in history. Join us for another raucous episode as we discuss, "A Brief History of Sports."
Send us a Text Message.In this episode we meet custodian, Phillip Duncan. Phillip shares his 23 years of experience as a member of the college. Phillip is also a long time Free Mason and Scottish Rite. Andrew and I learn a little about the history of these organizations but none of their secrets. Join us for another fantastic episode as we get into, "Motorcycles and Masons."
Send us a Text Message.In this episode we meet Lead Music Instructor Phil Forrester. Phil shares his passion for music and introucing students to new music or at least music that is new to them. He discusses the Jazz Band he has created at OTC through an innovation celebration grant and shares some of his favorite artists and songs. Join us for a very musical episode as we discuss, "Sheets of sound."
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