November 21, 2011

Owens Findlay-area Campus Students Receive Board of Trustees Excellence Awards

Owens student (L to R) Ashley Inbody, Owens Interim President John Satkowski, Owens Board of Trustees Chair Dee Talmage and Owens student Megan Whitney pose for a photo after the announcement of the Board of Trustees Excellence Awards.

Owens student (L to R) Ashley Inbody, Owens Interim President John Satkowski, Owens Board of Trustees Chair Dee Talmage and Owens student Megan Whitney pose for a photo after the announcement of the Board of Trustees Excellence Awards.

FINDLAY, Ohio – Owens Community College students Ashley Inbody of North Baltimore and Megan Whitney of Fostoria have been chosen by the Board of Trustees Student Life Committee to receive student excellence awards for their commitment to academics, community engagement, student leadership and involvement in student life.

Inbody received the Certificate of Recognition for Exceptional Student Leadership and Student Life Involvement, while Whitney was honored with the Certificate of Recognition for Exemplary Academic Achievement. The two students were recognized for their achievements at the College’s recent Board of Trustees meeting.

Inbody was nominated by Angela McGinnis for her leadership and student involvement as Vice President of Student Government and as a Supplemental Instructor of the Bridge to Success Program on the Findlay-area Campus. The associate of arts, general concentration major has devoted her time and talents to several Owens initiatives highlighted by service as a tutor and peer mentor. Additionally, Inbody’s dedication and involvement to the Bridge to Success Program has led to positive educational experiences for many of her fellow students.

Whitney, a registered nursing major, was nominated by Emilee Whetstone for her dedication and drive to successfully attain her high school diploma and licenses in cosmetology and massage therapy, all while battling a life-threatening disease. Currently, Whitney is attending Owens in pursuit of her college education as well as working part-time and supporting her family. After graduation, she intends to become a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant.

The Board of Trustees Student Life Committee was chartered earlier this year to recognize and celebrate students who demonstrate the College’s core values of service, learning, innovation, collaboration and excellence through their achievements in academics, community engagement or involvement in student leadership and student life.

Any individual may nominate an Owens student or a group of students who demonstrate achievements specific to the award categories of Exemplary Academic Achievement, Extraordinary Community Engagement or Volunteerism and Exceptional Student Leadership or Student Life Involvement. The awards will be presented regularly to student recipients during Board of Trustees meetings.

The College’s Board of Trustees is comprised of seven community leaders from Lucas, Wood, Hancock and Sandusky counties who are appointed by the Governor of Ohio for six-year terms. Owens Board of Trustees members include David Habegger of Oregon, Allan J. Libbe of Perrysburg, Dr. Ronald A. McMaster of Perrysburg, R J Molter of Woodville, Richard Rowe of Findlay, Diana H. Talmage of Ottawa Hills and William E. Takacs of Toledo.

Owens Community College is an 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 www.owens.edu.