by JOE HARAKAL
Marysville Division of Police decided to start a canine unit with officer Dave Nist, a Tiffin University graduate, as the canine handler.
Nist, a former football player at TU, graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Upon finishing college, he started his career at Marysville Division of Police, and after one year on the force, was asked to start up their canine unit. This was made possible due to donations from Honda Manufacturing and various other donors, he said.
“I have wanted to be a canine handler since college,” said Nist, as he reflected on an occurrence that happened at one of his football practices.
Nist said during one of his practices, a local canine handler stopped by and asked if someone wanted to get into the bite suit.
“I offered to go in the suit right away,” said Nist.
A bite suit is a specifically designed suit to withstand the power and force of a police and military dog bite. This suit is utilized in training for real life scenarios, without causing any injuries to the operator or canine.
Nist got into the suit and the canine officer suggested that he could not run to the endzone before the dog caught him. He took the officers bet and won. His prize, an attack on the arm from the police dog.
“I remember making it to the endzone and turning around to see the dog running at me and biting the sleeve,” said Nist. “I thought it was so cool and I wanted to be a canine officer from that moment on.”
Nist has been working for the police department for 22 years now and has been the canine officer for 21 of them. Since the start of the canine unit, he has had three dogs. His dogs include Indi, who worked from 1998-2006, Khan from 2006-2013 and the current dog, Bear, according to the City of Marysville website.
Nist said that Indi was imported from Holland and Khan was from Slovakia. Both dogs are Belgium Malinois and were dual trained for narcotic’s and criminal apprehension, he said.
The current dog, Bear, was born in America and has parents that are also police dogs, he said. Nist’s faithful companion Bear was a year and a half old when he hit the streets as a police dog. He said he trained Bear, whose focus is on narcotics.
“I got Bear when he was a 7-week-old puppy and started training him early on,” said Nist.
During the training of Bear, Nist worked along side Master Trainer Jeff Moody, who was also training other police forces dogs at the time.
“While training Bear and the other dogs, I earned my master training certification,” stated Nist.
Besides becoming a master trainer, Nist has had the opportunity at a higher-ranking position in the police force and had passed them up.
“I have been offered multiple different positions, but I always deny them,” said Nist. “I love working with the dogs and wouldn’t give that up.”
by JENNA HUFFMAN
Populations of animals have drastically declined over the past 40 years and Tiffin University’s Diane Kidd Gallery is working to bring awareness to this issue by highlighting the work of several different artists.
by CARLY BUZZARD & JENNA HUFFMAN
Students of professors Jamie Marinis and Nick Reinhard’s classes took their peers on a journey through the evolution of the American Dream in Chisholm Auditorium as a part of Celebrating CulTUral Uniqueness week.
by JESSICA HOLLAN
On Apr. 11, the Alpha Tau Psi chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta gained 15 new members. Sheniah Lanier, Ariell Milner, Diana Oduho, Shannon Stewart, and Amanda Traxler were present for the induction ceremony that occurred in Hayes Chapel.
by AUTUMN COOPER
Special to The Tystenac
Seven students from Tiffin University, as well as adviser Dr. Danielle Foster, traveled to New Orleans to participate in the 40th annual American Marketing Association International Collegiate Conference.
These students had the opportunity to network with over 1,500 different marketing students from colleges all over the country, including Puerto Rico and California.
Students were also able talk with potential employers and gauge a more defined sense of their career path through the in depth career fair.
“It was so much fun,” said senior AMA member Amanda Traxler. “We got to meet people from schools all across the country. There were some really great speakers there that had great advice about future jobs.”
The conference allowed the Dragons to engage in multiple breakout sessions, including a panel of do’s and don’ts for interviews. This gave the students professional development skills that will benefit them greatly as they transition from university life to a professional atmosphere.
Multiple competitions at the conference the students competed in included perfect pitch, marketing strategy, and sales pitch to name a few. The students made multiple connections to further their network.
“It was overall an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Traxler stated. “I am so glad I attend a school that supports its students and invests in their education.”
by ABBEY HOBBS
A suicide awareness and prevention workshop was hosted by the student ambassadors of the resource center, located in Friedly Hall, on March 15.
The workshop was intended to inform students of the myths and misconceptions of suicide, and to get people talking about the issue. “Our goal was to inform people. The myth sheet we gave out was very true,” says one ambassador, and TU student, Emily Keill, “Everyone has these conceptions like not to talk about it or don’t bring it up or it’ll push people further into suicide but when you talk about it, it helps.”
Keill explains that one of the biggest misconceptions regarding suicide is that people believe talking about suicide will only make others want to commit suicide more, but this is in fact opposite of the truth. Talking about suicide teaches you the tools you need in order to help someone in need and then you can, in return, teach whoever needs help those tools.
“Why do people commit suicide?” is one of the most frequently asked questions. Another ambassador, Gabby Santos, says it’s because people don’t believe that depression is a curable disease. “College is stressful and you’re trying to fit in,” she says, “You’re trying to start everything new and sometimes it just doesn’t go the way you want to and it can just go downhill from there. There’s so many resources out there that people just don’t know about.”
The workshop stressed the importance of knowing the resources that are available to students and how to deal with depression. They explained that depression is curable with a combination of talk therapy and medication being the most effective way to combat it.
Liberty Campbell, ambassador and TU student, encourages anyone who is feeling depressed or suicidal to know their options. “The resource center is a safe space for everyone. We don’t judge based on anything, it’s our job not to judge. We are here to listen and to be here for you,” she says.
If you or anyone you know are suffering from depression remember that you should not be afraid to talk about it or to get help. Students can also book appointments with a University counselor by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Counselling services are located at the Seneca House on campus.
video by JOE HARAKAL
by SHANTEL WEAVER and CIERA SMITH
One of Tiffin University’s sororities, Alpha Iota, is hosting its annual autism awareness dinner, the Alpha Affair.
by JESSICA HOLLAN
As the semester draws to a close there are certain words that have been buzzing around campus: graduation, finals, and the eagerly awaited Springfest. The festival is the most anticipated event on Tiffin University’s campus. It occurs annually right before finals week as a last stress reliever before the week long testing we all endure.
“It’s really fun to do all the different challenges and hang out with all your friends right before school lets out,” said senior Amanda Traxler. “I also really enjoy all the different food trucks from all the local restaurants parked on the street for us to purchase from. Jolly’s is my absolute favorite.”
Last year’s Springfest featured an inflatable obstacle course, inflatable cliff jump, and a The Wipeout style inflatable sweeper. Multiple organizations handed out snack style foods while others offered games, activities, and prizes.
“Tiffin University’s Student Government partners with the Campus Activities Board (CAB) every year to sponsor the larger activities like the inflatable obstacle course,” stated junior senator Ariana Seanor. “I know the students are going to absolutely love this year’s event.”
The entire event is closed out by the Greek organizations performing a stroll-off in the center of Hayes Courtyard. Each organization is known for taking their own unique approach to dance and step, and offer a great show to the entire campus.
“Every Greek organization is participating in stroll this year,” said Phi Theta Pi Vice President, junior Brandon Utley. “The Phis haven’t participated since 2015, we are really excited.”
This year’s theme for Springfest is “Carnival” and everyone is anticipating it with much excitement.
“This will be my first year going to Springfest,” said Senior Alpha Iota member Shantel Weaver. “I’m really looking forward to not only going to Springfest, but also participating in stroll with my sisters.”
by DIANA ODUHO
Millenials are forging a new path by finding happiness and success on their own terms, said Ann Shoket, former Seventeen magazine editor-in-chief and keynote speaker at Tiffin University’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) held March 12.
by DIANA ODUHO
Student athletes from Tiffin University took a trip to Washington Elementary Feb. 28 to read stories to children as a part of The Second and Seven Foundation’s initiative to promote reading.
The nonprofit, based in Columbus, was started in 1999. The mission of the Second and Seven Foundation’s mission is “to promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward.”
The foundation recently selected sophomore Nick Whetnall as its student-athlete of the week. Whetnall is a part of the Tiffin University’s baseball team and is currently majoring in Exercise Science.
Whetnall enjoys his involvement and says that through the Second and Seven Foundation, he gets to make the world a better place.
“I like to go in the elementary schools and do something that the kids aren’t used to. I enjoy interacting with them and brightening their day during our visits,” he told the organization.
To learn more about the Second and Seventh Foundation, please click here.