NEWARK -- Central Ohio Technical College's Board of Trustees won't be honored at a holiday celebration this year, and that's perfectly alright with them. In fact, board members enthusiastically embraced the idea at their November 17 meeting, held in the John Gilbert Reese Center on COTC's Newark campus. The college will instead utilize discretionary funding to contribute to local charities on behalf of board members, to honor and thank them for their voluntary service to COTC.

"We recognize that the past year has been especially difficult for central Ohio residents," said college President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. "Many people in our local communities have struggled in the face of job loss, home foreclosures, and other overwhelming problems such as critical health issues. We at COTC feel it is extremely important to reach out to the community to help those in need."

Working through the Salvation Army in Newark, the college will sponsor holiday celebrations for two local disadvantaged families, including purchasing holiday gifts for seven children as well as providing complete holiday meals for each family. The contributions will be made on behalf of members of the college's fiduciary board.

In addition, COTC will honor members of its three extended campus advisory boards (Coshocton, Knox, and Pataskala) by contributing $100 to a local food pantry in each of the communities. The cash donations will allow the food pantries to utilize their bulk buying power, making the contributions stretch even further.

Member's of COTC's fiduciary board are: Sarah R. Wallace (chair), Granville; Cheryl L. Snyder (vice chair), Granville; Edna M. Branstool, Utica; Jill H. Griesse, Granville; John F. Hinderer, Newark; Michael J. Menzer, Granville; Mark R. Ramser, Gambier; Barry M. Riley, Newark; Leland C. Wyse, Newcomerstown; and trustee emeritus J. Gilbert Reese, Granville.

Member's of COTC's Coshocton Campus Advisory Board are: Kathleen Thompson, (chair) The Coshocton Foundation; C. Fenning Pierce (first vice chair) retired judge Probate & Juvenile Court; Dr. Jere Butcher (second vice chair) Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic; Mindy Fehrman (secretary) Coshocton County Job & Family Services; Sally Bullens, Ohio Heritage Bank, retired; Rhoda Crown, Coshocton Grain Company; Deborah Kapp-Salupo, Coshocton County JVSD; Jim McClure, Roscoe Village Foundation; and Marion Sutton, Jones Metal Products Co.

Central Ohio Technical College is a fully accredited, two-year college dedicated to providing high quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty, and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC operates campus locations in Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.