Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Chelsea Gilman '14

Name: Chelsea Gilman 
Major: Sport Management
Class of: 2014
Job Title: Assistant Director of Sales & Special Events, Columbus Clippers
Hometown: Milford, OH
Currently Located: Columbus, OH

1) What is your job? 
          I am currently the Assistant Director of Sales & Special Events for the Columbus Clippers. My daily responsibilities include ticket sales, booking of youth birthday parties, scoreboard message compilation, and working with local youth baseball/softball organizations on fundraising opportunities. Each day brings a different set of responsibilities, but some compilation of these nonetheless.

2)  What has life been like post-graduation? 
          I started full time with the Clippers during spring semester of my senior year at Otterbein.  
Having a job in my desired field right out of school was a blessing, especially in such a 
competitive industry. My favorite change after graduation is that for the most part my day ends 
when I leave the office.  After 16 long years, NO MORE HOMEWORK!

3)  What advice do you have for current students? 
          My greatest piece of advice is to NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!  It is crucial to 
make connections with professionals in your desired field outside of an interview setting.  Use 
your resources to reach out and ask for a brief one-on-one to just find out more about what they 
do and how they got there.

4)  How has your vision of your future transformed or changed since starting college? 
          I was originally an Athletic Training Major.  After a full year of studies, I decided A.T. 
wasn’t my passion and I explored other options. Athletics has always been my passion even though the sciences no longer held my interest. I decided to stay within the realm of sports and changed my 
major sophomore year to Sport Management.  

5)  What are the most important skills students in your field should start to develop now? 
          I have found that to be successful in the world of sport you must be adaptable.  Not only 
does each sport have different demands, each team operates in its own manner. Being flexible 
is crucial and finding diverse and creative solutions will help you to stand out.  

6) What Otterbein experience has benefitted you the most in your career? 
          I could call upon quite a few Otterbein experiences to which I attribute my success so 
far.  One of which is the leadership and guidance of my professors, Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Walter.  
I often recall class discussions whether it be related to marketing tactics, ethical situations, etc.  
Not only was their shared knowledge extremely valuable, but the professional advice and 
connections they offer are indispensable.
          Another positive experience during my time at Otterbein was connecting with Ashley 
Strausser and Ryan Brechbill at the CCPD.  Their services in resume/cover letter assistance are impeccable and I STRONGLY recommend taking advantage of this, as it is a service adults in the “real world” pay good money for!  I now realize the importance of keeping an up to date resume at all times and still reference my CCPD Action 
Verbs list and advice from Ashley.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hilary Greenlee '14

Name: Hilary (Rowland) Greenlee  
Major: Nursing
Class of: 2014
Job Title: RN, BSN
Hometown: Brecksville, OH
Currently Located: Cleveland, OH

1) What is your job?
Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse

2) What has life been like post-graduation?
Life is good, I promise. Otterbein was undoubtedly some of the best four years of my life, and nothing will change that.  Admittedly, joining the adult/real world is tough, especially after leaving Otterbein. My job brings challenges every day, constantly switching back and fourth between night and day shift, and working overtime often is difficult. However I’ve recently married my high school sweet heart, and I work for the #3 ranked NICU in the US. I have been in the NICU for over a year now and some former patients come back for visits; seeing how I’ve made a difference in their lives is indescribably rewarding.

3)  What advice do you have for current students?
I really recommend for all students, nursing majors and otherwise, to apply for an intern or
externship. With excellent training from the nursing department and career preparation from the Center for Career & Professional Development, I was fortunate enough to have an externship with UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s hospital the summer leading into my senior year. The externship allowed me to experience different specialties in nursing, which lead me to find my passion in nursing- the NICU. I loved working for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s and when it came to find a job after graduation, my previous externship experience gave me the competitive
edge to land the job in the NICU.

4)  How has your vision of your future transformed or changed since starting college?
When I left Otterbein, I was convinced that I would eventually go back to school and become a
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.  However after working very closely with our NNP in the NICU, I’ve
realized that I love bedside nursing too much to leave that position any time soon.  I also found
that I love teaching nursing students who shadow me, and maybe I will get my masters and
teach nursing someday.

5)  What are the most important skills students in your field should start to develop now?
Communication skills.  I say that because Otterbein teaches you plenty of nursing skills, but one
of the most important skills that is not always associated with nursing is communication;
Communication between you and your patients, coworkers, and the medical team.  You are
your patient’s medical advocate, and you need to be able clearly communicate to the medical
team, whether it be 5pm or 3am, in order to ensure you are giving the very best care for your

6)  What are your plans and goals for the future?
I plan to further my nursing career at Rainbow Babies and Children’s for four years at least.
My husband is in medical school and once he starts a residency program somewhere, I will look
into going back to graduate school for my masters. Who knows, maybe we will end up back in
Columbus and I’ll come back to Otterbein for graduate school.

7) What Otterbein experience has benefited you the most in your career?
That’s a tough one, because Otterbein has shaped so much of who I am.  I would say my
experiences as a Cardinal Corps Leader (CCL) through the Center for Community Engagement
(CCE) strengthened my leadership skills and the importance of helping others in the community.
My job as a healthcare worker is founded on helping & healing those in our community and from
all over the world.