February 6, 2013

Owens Community College Students Receive Board of Trustees Excellence Awards

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College student John Breno of Maumee and Global Connections Student Club and Owens Photography Student Club 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.

Breno received the Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Volunteerism, the Global Connections Student Club received the Certificated of Recognition for Exceptional Student Leadership and Student Life Involvement and the Owens Photography Student Club received the Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Community Engagement and Volunteerism. Award recipients were recognized for their achievements at the College’s recent Board of Trustees meeting.

Breno was nominated by Frances O’Connor for his leadership and volunteerism in providing students with access to technology in support of student learning. The networking and information systems support major was instrumental in gathering fellow students for the task of refurbishing desktop computers to benefit eligible students and their pursuit of higher education. The initiative is titled Otech and focused on conserving resources through experiential learning and community resources.

Owens’ Elaine Shafer nominated the Global Connections Student Club for their leadership and advocacy in celebrating the College’s international students and engaging students in cultural exchange. The student organization was responsible for planning and organizing the College’s International Celebration event, which introduced students and area residents to international cultures, cuisine, music and dance. Student members include Liyaquat Qurban-ali of Ghazni, Afghanistan (pre-nursing), Mudhafar Alayani of Amman, Jordan (business administration), Razia Sultana of Gilgit, Pakistan (accounting technology) and Fibriani Widyaningrum of Sidoajo, Indonesia (business management).

The Owens Photography Student Club was nominated by Ruth Foote for their volunteerism and engagement with the community through the Help Portrait initiative. Help Portrait is a global movement of volunteer photographers who provide free professional portrait sessions in socio-economically challenged areas to improve the quality of life for those less fortunate. The Owens Photography Student Club’s outreach efforts included planning, sponsoring and operating a photo studio at the East Toledo Family Center in honor of Mother’s Day. During the event, Owens students provided service to 142 family groups through Help Portrait. Owens Photography Student Club members are Teri Birtwhistle of Toledo (commercial photography technology), Aaron Gonya of Arcadia (commercial photography technology), Cheri Guthrie of Waterville (commercial photography technology) and Matt Hamilton of Toledo (commercial photography technology).

The Board of Trustees Student Life Committee was chartered in 2011 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 six community leaders from Lucas, Wood, Hancock and Sandusky counties who are appointed by the Governor of Ohio. Owens Board of Trustees members include Diana H. (Dee) Talmage of Ottawa Hills, H. Richard Rowe of Findlay, Dr. Ronald A. McMaster of Perrysburg, Edwin J. Nagle of Toledo, William E. Takacs of Toledo and Thomas R. Uhler of Rossford.

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.