June 13, 2012

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

FINDLAY, Ohio – Owens Community College students Molly Sampson of Mount Blanchard and Jodie Cutlip of Vanlue, as well as Owens Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association, 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.

Both Sampson and Cutlip received the Certificate of Recognition for Exceptional Student Leadership, while the Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association was honored with the Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Community Engagement. The recipients were recognized for their achievements at the College’s recent Board of Trustees meeting.

Sampson was nominated by Irene Lindquist, Lacey Mitchell and Daribel Brown for her outstanding leadership and student involvement while volunteering as a peer educator for New Student Orientation and as a welcome greeter and Explore Owens tour guide in addition to her role as a student worker team leader in Enrollment Services on the Findlay-area Campus. Her major is communication studies.

Cutlip, an accounting major, was nominated by Matthew Gosses for her exemplary leadership and service to her fellow students and the community, specifically while serving as president of the College’s Beta Xi Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. During her tenure as president, Cutlip has provided extraordinary leadership to student members and assisted in engaging the chapter in service throughout the Findlay community.

Additionally, the Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association was nominated by Melanie Scherdt and Heather Franks for the student group’s service to the community through their annual toy drive initiative for hospitalized children, as well as advocacy in promoting health and wellness in the surrounding communities.

The Board of Trustees Student Life Committee was chartered 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 are 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, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. 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.