Name: Brenda Heminger
Title: Case Administrator
Court: Ohio Northern Bankruptcy Court
MSU Program: Judicial Administration Non‐Credit Certificate
Graduation Date: May 18, 2012 - recognized at the 2012 NCBC Conference in San Francisco, CA
How has your participation in the MSU program impacted your career?
The MSU program has taught me different aspects and responsibilities of the Courts. In my position as a Case Administrator, it is important with processing new cases as well as keeping a timely case management process on pending cases. I'm able to communicate well with colleagues, Judges, as well as the public.
What other benefits has the program brought into your life?
This program has given me the courage to further my education with our local college to pursue a business administration degree so that I may advance my career with the Judiciary.
What was the time commitment for your program?
The MSU Program is a 5-year program in which I was able to easily finish within 4 years. This program was very easy to fit into my personal and professional lifestyle do to the flexibility of in class or online classes.
What format (or formats) did you use to complete your program? What did you like best about each one?
I attended most of the classes in person at the annual NCBC Conference. However, I completed about 5 classes online. I do like the interaction of a classroom setting and meeting new people who are interested in the same courses. Also, traveling to different cities for conferences was exciting. The online classes were beneficial since I was able to email the class instructor with any questions and it gave it the feel of a classroom setting. Online classes were easy to complete in the convenience of my office!
What tips or ideas can you share about finding a work/life balance that is conducive to achieving success in this program?
In order to balance family, work and school you need organization and support. I had the support of my family as well as my co-workers when I was attending classes either in person or online. I am an organized person which allows me to prioritize my daily list of duties to make sure I am accomplishing the task at hand without getting stressed!
Are there any last thoughts or maybe a piece of advice you'd like to share with us?
I really enjoyed the MSU Judicial Administration Program. It has taught me different learning styles, better communication skills, how to evaluate and manage the strategic planning process, as well as some insight into information technology. Maureen Connor, MSU, and Barry Lander have made this educational program very fun, intuitive and accessible - I wish it was this easy every day at work!
Do you have any ideas for getting the word out about the MSU JA Program?
MSU and NCBC have done a great job in the past 10 years plus spreading the word about this fantastic educational program.