President Johnson looks to the future

16593759799_b5114afd4e_oAs Sinclair’s President since 2003, Dr. Steven Johnson is motivated on a daily basis by seeing how the power of knowledge and learning can change a student’s life.

“I am motivated knowing that I am working in a learning college where students have their lives changed by what we do,” Johnson said. “I am motivated knowing that I am part of something bigger than myself or any of us.”

Growing up on a farm in Northern Wisconsin, Johnson learned the importance of hard work.

“I started working at a young age operating tractors, doing fieldwork related to growing and harvesting crops, and other things related to housing and caring for lots of cows and calves,” Johnson said.

Along with working on his parent’s farm, he was involved in 4-H to show his cattle and crops at the fair, as well as being a school athlete, focusing on basketball.

However, the greatest thing he’s experienced is the art of learning. Like most college experiences, Johnson had the opportunity to learn from a multitude of ideas from all over the world. Continue reading President Johnson looks to the future

Listen up

IMG_7102One of Sinclair’s very own professors has become president of the International Listening Association.

Kent Zimmerman is a professor of Communication at Sinclair and will also spend one year as the president of the ILA.

The International Listening Association promotes the study, development and teaching of listening and the practice of effective listening skills and techniques.

“We’re trying to help people understand how listening works and give them the skills to do it and then apply it in teaching, research and in business,” Zimmerman said.

According to Zimmerman, listening is a hard skill to master and requires a lot of work and effort.

“I think really listening is probably the most essential communication skill that we have. People take it for granted. If they don’t really know that they need it, then they think they can do it by themselves,” he said.

On average, most people, while they may think they are listening well, are actually becoming distracted and are failing to retain most of the information they are being given. Continue reading Listen up

A day in the archives

AIn the boughs of Sinclair, you’ll find the records center and archive tucked away in the library housing historical records, old photos, incident reports and much more.

Bob Smith, Sinclair archivist, has been at Sinclair for over six years and said he takes care of terminator case files, old historical clippings about Sinclair, old photos and public safety reports.

“I may have some things that only need to be kept a year or two that will be shredded. I also have records that are permanent,” Smith said. “I have terminated files that go all the way back to the 70s.”

Smith organizes and takes care of nearly 5,000 boxes, along with computer databases.

“I have almost 16,000 listings in my database. Many of the boxes have hundreds of folders in them,” Smith said. “Then I can query that. When I get a request, I can query it to find it quickly.”

Smith said he does a destruction of records about four times a year and it’s typically around 4,000 to 5,000 pounds.

The record center itself, is described by Smith as “bare boned” because it’s less expensive to house records in that sense rather than in a furnished office. Continue reading A day in the archives

Come bike to work

IMG_8179May 20 is National Bike to Work Day and Sarah Kiewitz, English professor and Pete Willis, criminal justice coordinator, hope students, faculty and staff at Sinclair joins them in biking to RiverScape to enjoy the annual Bike to Work Day Pancake Breakfast.

“Five Rivers is a huge component of biking. That’s a gem. That’s one of the gems in the gem city is our Five Rivers MetroParks,” Willis said.

Bike to Work Day Pancake Breakfast is a part of the Drive Less Live More Campaign, which connects the greater Dayton area to cleaner and more affordable transportation options.

“Dayton is promoting itself as a bike friendly city,” Willis said.

This will be Kiewitz third year participating in Bike to Work Day, and she hopes to see more people from Sinclair taking part in the event.

“We are trying to get more students, faculty and staff to participate,” Kiewitz said. “It’s a fun event.” Continue reading Come bike to work

Investing in Dayton Arts

Culture Works is an organization that supports many non-profit art associations in the Dayton region, such as Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Human Race Theatre, the Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and the Dayton Ballet, according to Amanda Romero, co-chair of Employee Workplace Giving Campaign.

“Culture Works has built partnerships with many organizations in the region,” Romero said. “They have many opportunities for people to get involved in the arts, including career and volunteer opportunities.”

Romero, who is also the Chair of Design at Sinclair, is joined by design professor Kyle Fisk, as co-chair for Sinclair’s Culture Works Employee Workplace Giving Campaign. Sinclair has been a long supporter of Culture Works.

“We have been co-chairs for three years—we have been supporters of this organization for years. I’ve always participated in some way in the arts,” Romero said.

Romero takes art to heart by bringing it to the community. She has had the opportunity to be board member of the Dayton Visual Arts Center and the Dayton Playhouse, both of which are supported and have received funds from Culture Works. Fisk has also been involved in the arts by serving as a board member of Arts Center Dayton. Continue reading Investing in Dayton Arts