August 7, 2012

Owens Findlay-area Campus Recognizes Honors Program Student During Honors Medallion Ceremony, Aug. 8

FINDLAY, Ohio – An Owens Community College student pursuing academic studies at the highest level will be honored for her educational success and leadership as the Honors Program serves as host to an Honors Medallion Ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The special ceremonies will culminate with the bestowing of an Owens Honors Program medallion to Christy Hamman of Bloomdale at 5 p.m. in the College’s Education Center Room 172 on the Findlay-area Campus. Owens is located on Bright Road in Findlay. The Honors Medallion Ceremony is open to the public.

Hamman is completing her academic studies at Owens during this current summer term and is graduating with an Associate of Arts degree. The 2012 Elmwood High School graduate plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Spanish at Heidelberg University and eventually a career as a medical interpreter. During this past Spring Semester, Hamman, who holds a 3.86 grade point average, earned the opportunity to present at the College’s Honors Symposium. Her paper titled “Coming Into Heritage: The Joy Luck Club” focused on multicultural literature.

“Owens Community College is extremely proud to recognize Christy Hamman for her academic achievement,” said Dr. Russell Bodi, Owens Professor of English and Honors Program Director. “The Honors Program is designed to foster an educational environment in which students can excel to their fullest potential. Christy is an outstanding leader with a bright future ahead of her. The Honors Program commends her on her 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. Over 100 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 3.2 grade point average with 12 credits completed at Owens. A new student must have achieved a high school 3.2 grade point average or be enrolled as a post secondary enrollment option student.

Honors Program students must complete a total of 15 credit hours of honors courses, which includes nine credit hours of elective honors courses and two core courses titled Introduction to Critical Thinking and Honors Great Readings: Ancient World through the Middle Ages. To graduate as an Honors Scholar and receive the Honors Program medallion, a student must earn a cumulative 3.5 grade point average and complete an honors portfolio where 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, among other criteria.

Owens Honors Program graduates are able to continue their educational pursuits at Bowling Green State University, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Toledo as the academic institutions have in place seamless transfer agreements between the respective Honors Programs.

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