April 9, 2013

Owens Community College to Host Third Annual Honors Program Symposium and Medallion Ceremony, April 12

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College students pursuing academic studies at the highest level will have the opportunity to showcase their research and creative work in multiple disciplines as the academic institution hosts its third annual Honors Program Symposium and Medallion Ceremony on Friday, April 12.

The Honors Program Symposium and Medallion Ceremony will occur from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Founders Hall on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. The event is free and open to the public.

“Owens Community College is extremely proud to once again host an event which affords students the opportunity to share their academic findings with both the campus community and the general public through oral presentations and panel discussions,” said Dr. Russell Bodi, Owens Professor of English and Honors Program Director. “The students participating in the third annual Honors Program Symposium and Medallion Ceremony are leaders who have challenged their intellectual growth at the highest level. The Honors Program is honored to recognize them on their accomplishments.”

Mirroring a professional academic conference, Owens’ Honors Program Symposium and Medallion Ceremony will feature oral presentations and panel discussions by students on several topic areas, including history, politics, culture, ethics, morality, critical thinking, anthropology, religion, literature, international affairs and Shakespeare, among others. Each presentation and panel discussion is a collaborative effort between Honors Program students and Owens faculty members.

Owens students presenting papers and their topics as part of the academic symposium are Nicole Drake of Pemberville (Reflective Thoughts: The Experience of a Formal Introduction to Critical Thinking); Tiffany Young of Toledo (What is Human Sexuality?); Rebecca Kory of Sylvania (Women’s Culture within the United States Armed Services); Andrew Hartke of Oregon (To Greece and Back); Keith Crossman of Toledo (Cinematic Variations on Shakespeare: A Case Study of Two Variations on One Play); Carrie Lee of Oak Harbor (“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” with a Focus on the Significance of the 101 Verses); Lindsay Cervantes of Findlay (A Feminist Approach to “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”); Noha Dawod of Toledo (Bismarck: A Heroe?); Terry Burkhead of Toledo (The Presidency: Grew up with the Country); Noha Dawod (Ibn Battulah was the Traveler of His Time); Brookelynn Michele Diaz of Findlay (Ethical Analysis of Speeches about Gun Control); Keith Crossman (Moral Dilemma Relating to Designer Babies and Cloning); Ricky Slater of Genoa (What You C.E.E.); Carrie Lee (Proto Oncogenes and Oncogenes in Relation to Cancer); Heather Harris of Toledo (Anthropological Philosophy: The Philosophy with Three Anthropological Theories); Carrie Lee (Using Bacteria as a Possible Treatment for Cancer); Heather Harris (Jesus: Prophet, Jew, or Imaginary Person); Diana Baum of Toledo (Islam: Is it Really Different?), and Lilian Ann Briggs of Toledo (Tanakh v. Old Testament: Exaggerated Translation).

Two separate student panel discussions will also take place as part of the academic symposium. The first panel discussion topic is “Reader Response and ‘The Art of War’” with student panel participants Terance Gaston of Toledo, Adren Burkes of Toledo, Rebecca Kory, Heather Harris and Ricky Staler, while the second panel discussion will highlight “New Criticism of ‘The Bible’” and feature student panelists Rudy Strong of Toledo, Maggie Van Meter of Clyde and Patricia Bellville of Toledo and Terry Burkhead.

In addition to the oral presentations and panel discussions, the Owens Honors Program will recognize students for their educational success and leadership with the bestowing of an Owens Honors Program medallion. The students being recognized for the 2013 Spring Semester are Nicole Aldrich of Gibsonburg, Valerie Herron of Toledo, Lynette Schnipke of Findlay, Benjamin Stansfield of Perrysburg, Isabelle Dickerson of Holland, Brookelynn Michele Diaz, Terry Burkhead, Keith Crossman and Tiffany Young.

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.

In addition, Owens Honors Program graduates are able to continue their educational pursuits at Bowling Green State University, Eastern Michigan University or 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 www.owens.edu.