Northwest State Community College has honored Nicole Baden, a 1997 Archbold High School graduate, as a distinguished alumnus.
She was recognized at an event, Saturday, May 5.
“The award is the highest honor given by the NSCC Alumni Association,” Robbin Wilcox, director of development at NSCC, said in a press release.
It honors graduates of the college who have achieved recognized prominence in their careers, made significant contributions to their profession and community, and impacted the lives of others.
After graduating from AHS, Baden attended NSCC for two years, earning an Associate of Science degree in 1999.
Next, she studied for five years at Kent State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture.
She chose Kent State because it is one of only four schools in Ohio with an accredited architecture program.
“I always had an interest in art and buildings,” she said.
“My parents (Richard & Suzette Hamlin, rural Ridgeville Corners) remodeled our house. They were always doing something to our home.”
She said now that she is a licensed architect, the family remodeling project is completed.
After receiving her architect’s license, “I worked at a couple of different firms, and became a partner in Vetter Design Group (Toledo).
“When work started to slow, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to go out on my own,” she said.
Today, she is the owner of Baden Architecture. In addition to her architect license, she is accredited in LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
She is a member of the American Institute of Architects. She recently served as the Ohio representative for the Young Architects Forum in Washington, D.C.
Baden is active in the community, serving as a mentor for high school students and volunteering with Read for Literacy.
Baden also is active with the NSCC Alumni Association.
She and her husband, Jason, and children, Clair, 7, and William, 4, recently moved to Maumee.
Baden said being named a distinguished alumnus “was a surprise, and really an honor. I feel like I’m so young in my career to receive such an honor.”
Two others were honored with the distinguished alumni award.
Julie Leatherman, Defi- ance, a 1989 NSCC graduate, is a licensed social worker employed by Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio.
Kevin Sonnenberg, a 1986 NSCC graduate, was presented the award posthumously. Formerly of McClure, Sonnenberg was a lieutenant colonel in the Ohio Air National Guard. He died in 2007 when his F-16 jet fighter crashed on takeoff in Iraq.
Awards of Merit
Northwest State also honored several 2012 graduates with the Award of Merit.
The award was created to recognize outstanding students from each of the five college divisions: Allied Health & Public Services, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Nursing, and Business.
Students are nominated by faculty members, and are selected based on their academic success, leadership abilities, and overall achievements in the classroom and college community.
Joe Burkholder, Archbold, was recognized by the Engineering Division. Ashley Grieser, was honored in the Nursing Division.–David Pugh