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

Spring Cleaning

  • While winter never quite took hold in this part of the nation, and most of the U.S. missed out on the expected reboot winter gives mother nature, this is the time of year our minds turn to spring cleaning and new growth. It’s all too easy to gather unnecessary items in our home.  By nature, we tend to bring items into our home more often than we take them out. Each time we return home, it is common to bring new items into our home, but rarely to we practice this procedure with old items laying around, taking up square footage. The removal of unwanted items is a classic example of addition by subtraction.  We add precious space by removing the clutter.

    I think it is easy for us to let similar clutter accumulate into our lives in the same manner.  We tend to busy up our minds with that ever present buzz of negativity floating around the airwaves.  This is not entirely our fault, just think of what makes us tune into a program, or click on an article.  We see an outrageous headline, and are intrigued to read further because we either want to see how the story ends, or it is nothing more than a boredom buster during a midday drag.

    Media outlets are all clawing and scraping to gain an edge in ratings, and typically that means outrageous headlines.  More often than not, headlines are absolute hyperbole, and by the time you reach the end of the article, they have completely come full circle to make the initial headline obsolete once they bring in those awful facts that ruin a good story.

    I understand that we live in a culture of “want it now” in every realm of our life.  We often don’t bother to scroll through the entirety of an article, and media outlets are well aware of our need to quench the thirst of our hard-to-please minds.  Headlines drive mouse clicks, and that is how they justify to advertisers how many people are navigating their site. If you are pulled into a headline, I encourage you to not get caught up in “headline panic”, but take time to read a story all the way through, even if you have to scroll.

    I challenge you to clean up some space in your mind by booting out the negativity that is relentlessly being trolled in front of you.  Instead of forwarding an outrageous headline, or turning up the volume for a “breaking news alert”, instead take time to write a hand-written letter, or call up and ask how your parents are doing.  You could even go as far as to taking a walk in nature, or show your children how to skip a rock. You might accidentally find yourself having fun.

    News outlets salivate at the phrase “polarized nation”.  Personally, I see more people working together in the world, than attempting to drive it apart. In this season of change, don’t forget that no matter how much addition we do by subtraction, it will always be unraveled by division.

  • -Mr. Gossett, Chatfield Instructor

The Women Behind Chatfield’s Mission: International Women’s Day

Sr. Julia Chatfield with her small, dedicated group of women

Chatfield College is celebrating International Women’s Day by honoring two incredible women, Saint Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines and Sr. Julia Chatfield, foundress of the Ursulines of Brown County and what was to become Chatfield College.

In 1845, a small group of Ursuline Sisters, dedicated to educating girls and teaching them gospel values, came to St. Martin from Europe at the request of Cincinnati Archbishop John Baptist Purcell.

Archbishop Purcell had moved his seminary from downtown Cincinnati to St. Martin. After five years, the seminary moved back to Cincinnati, and the property in St. Martin lay vacant. The Ursulines, led by Sr. Julia Chatfield, intended to turn it into a place to educate young girls.

Sr. Angela Merici

The Ursuline order was founded by Saint Angela Merici, who lived in northern Italy in the 16th century, a male-dominated time in which it was believed that girls were not capable of being educated. Angela believed that the values of society could be changed through the education of women. She had received a vision from God which showed her that the collective power of women could help transform society. She founded a group of women for this purpose and called it the Company of St. Ursula, in honor of the patron saint of youth.

Over the next three centuries, the Ursuline order grew throughout Europe. There were boarding schools, day schools, and schools for the poor. Everywhere, the Ursulines were regarded as educators.

With the purpose of the Ursuline order firmly imbedded into their lives, Sr. Julia and the others were determined to continue St. Angela’s vision in the United States.

Because the two small structures in St. Martin left by the seminarians were not adequate for a boarding school, the Sisters began to build a school. Within three years, a school was built with bricks fired from the clay on the St. Martin property. They had 27 pupils.

Under Julia’s direction, the school and the Ursuline community thrived. At the time of the Civil War, there were students from both the North and South, some of them daughters of colonels and generals.

Over time, the Ursulines of Brown County expanded their teaching to neighboring parishes, giving religious instruction to both boys and girls. They opened a mission in Santa Rosa, California, and a day school, Ursuline Academy, in Cincinnati. In the 1950’s, the boarding school in St. Martin also began accepting day students.

In 1958, the Ursulines established the Ursuline Teacher Training Institute to provide a liberal arts education for recruits to the Ursuline order. In 1971, that same institution opened its doors to the public, and changed from being a college for those in religious service to serving the community as a whole. It was renamed Chatfield College, in honor of Sr. Julia Chatfield.

Although Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati grew throughout the years and is now located in Blue Ash, there were not, unfortunately, enough students to maintain a day school in St. Martin. The school closed its doors in the early 1980’s. However, the Ursuline tradition of providing education to the community continues today with Chatfield College, at both its main campus in St. Martin and its Cincinnati location in historic Over-the-Rhine. The college is governed by a lay board of Trustees composed of business leaders, educators and other professionals from the community, as well as members of the Ursuline order.

The Ursuline values of compassion, justice, education of the whole person, and acceptance of diversity as the dynamic principle of unity are the foundation of Chatfield College community life. Just as St. Angela was dedicated to reaching those people who in her society were considered not capable of learning, Chatfield serves a community of under-served students who may find it difficult to get a college education in a traditional college setting.

The mission of St. Angela and the Company of St. Ursula continues in the mission of Chatfield College. Just as Sr. Julia Chatfield and the Ursulines have made a difference for countless women over the centuries, Chatfield is making a difference in the lives of its students and their families. Just as St. Angela believed that the values of society could be changed by educating young  women, Chatfield is working to change the values of the community through education. And, just as St. Angela believed that the collective power of women could transform society, Chatfield is dedicated to transforming the community and the world, by helping its students achieve a better future for themselves and their families.


My Chatfield Story by Nicole Watkins

Chatfield College is a small, hometown community college where you can achieve a better future. This is my Chatfield story.

I graduated high school in May of 2015. At the time, I wasn’t too sure if college was the path I wanted to take in my life, so I took a year off to think about a few things. Within that year, I came to the conclusion that college was the best path for me, so I started researching my choices. Chatfield was one of the first colleges that caught my eye. As I started researching Chatfield, I saw that it would best fit my needs. Chatfield is close to home, has small class sizes, and is cost efficient. Also, it’s a plus that the campus is beautiful!

I applied to Chatfield and got my acceptance letter within a few weeks, which was very exciting for me because I am a first generation college student. I came in to meet with my financial aid advisor, Becky Brown, to begin the FAFSA process for financial aid. One of my biggest worries was how I was going to pay for college. Sure enough, FAFSA told me that my father made too much money, so therefore I wasn’t eligible for any grants. That broke my heart, because without financial aid, I wouldn’t be able to attend college. Once I told my advisor that no financial aid meant I couldn’t go to college, she immediately started looking for other options. When I left her office, I had this overwhelming feeling of sadness that I wasn’t going to be able to attend college because of my financial status.

A few days later, I got a call from Becky.  She asked me to come in and talk because she had a solution. She told me that I was going to be able to attend Chatfield College because the scholarship committee had awarded me some scholarship money, which would cover some of my tuition. I felt a rush of happiness and it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of my shoulders!  We talked more about how I was going to pay for the remaining tuition, and we came to the conclusion that I would have to do work study combined with a job to pay off the remaining bill.

Fast forward to the second day of classes and, as I was driving to Chatfield, my car got hit on the rear passenger side by some lady in a minivan driving about 60-65 mph, completely totaling my car. What a wonderful way to start off the school year, right? People came up to the car, one of them being my former teacher from high school, Kim Wiederhold. I was in shock and hyperventilating, and they were all trying to get me to calm down while someone called 911. Luckily, I walked away from the crash with only a chest contusion and some deep muscle bruising.

The next day, I contacted Chatfield and told them what happened, and that I didn’t know how I was going to be able to get to school because that car was my only means of transportation. They told me that the last thing they wanted to see was me dropping out because I couldn’t find a ride to school. So they came up with the solution that if I couldn’t find a ride to school one day, they would have someone from the college come and pick me up! That right there was amazing and I am so very grateful.

I’ve been attending classes at Chatfield for more than six weeks now, and I have to say it was one of the best decisions of my life.  The faculty and staff are willing to go above and beyond for their students.  I am so truly grateful to Chatfield for everything the staff has done for me when they didn’t even know a thing about me. All they knew was that I was a student trying to better my life by getting a degree, and that was good enough for them. They care so much about the education of their students and want us all to succeed. They are all angels. Thank you to the staff of Chatfield, you are all true blessings!

-Nicole Watkins, first-year student