December 10, 2009

Owens Recognizes Honors Program Students for Excellence During First-Ever Honors Medallion Ceremony, Dec. 11

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Four Owens Community College students pursuing academic studies at the highest level will be honored for their educational success and leadership as the Honors Program hosts its first-ever Honors Medallion Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 11.

The special ceremonies will culminate each student’s academic attainment with the bestowing of an Owens Honors Program medallion at 7 p.m. in the College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts Studio Theatre on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. The Honors Medallion Ceremony is open to the public.

Honors Program being recognized for the 2009 Fall Semester are Stacey Burris of Maumee (biology), Barbara Brotzki of Maumee (pre-business administration), Thomas Drealan of Toledo (pre-business administration) and Sara Grim of Whitehouse (registered nursing).

“Owens Community College is extremely proud to recognize these four individuals for their academic achievements,” said Kathleen Attwood, Owens Chair of Communications, Humanities and Languages and Honors Program Committee Co-Chair. “The Honors Program is designed to foster an educational environment in which students can excel to their fullest potential. Stacey, Barbara, Thomas and Sara are outstanding leaders who have challenged their intellectual growth at the highest level. I commend them on their accomplishment.”

The Honors Program at Owens was founded with the overall mission of providing a challenging educational opportunity, above and beyond the standard curriculum, for exceptional students who strive for academic excellence. One hundred seven students are members of the current Owens Honors Program on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.

To be considered for admission into the selective program, a currently enrolled student must have a minimum 3.7 grade point average with 12 credits completed at Owens, among other requirements. A new student must have a high school 3.7 grade point average or equivalent and, in addition, meet additional criteria which includes a minimum ACT composite score of 27, SAT total verbal and math score of 1100 or Compass scores meeting or exceeding 94 on writing skills and 69 on college algebra. A full- or part-time student from any academic program who meets the admission criteria may participate.

Honors Program students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of honors courses, 12 of which are Honors Introduction to Critical Thinking, Honors Great Readings: Ancient World through the Middle Ages and Honors Principles of Ethics. Additionally, individuals participate in an Honors Capstone Seminar course in which they engage in directed research or service learning around essential questions or themes appropriate to their program of study as part of a capstone project. Students can also identify honors sections of existing courses, non-honors sections of existing courses in which the person proposes to perform honors-level work and honors independent study courses.

Upon program completion, each student receives Honors Program designation on their degree and transcript and is bestowed an Honors medallion to recognize their academic excellence. In addition, Owens Honors Program graduates are able to continue their educational pursuits at Bowling Green State University or the University of Toledo as the academic institutions have in place seamless transfer agreements between the respective Honors Programs.

The first Owens student to graduate from the Honors Program was LaDonna Knabbs of Toledo (sociology) in May 2009.

One of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio, Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit