June 17, 2013

Owens Community College Students Receive Board of Trustees Excellence Award

Board of Trustees Award 2013

Owens students (L to R) Lisa Gonzalez and Christina Perry pose for a photo after receiving the College’s Board of Trustees Excellence Awards.

FINDLAY, Ohio – Owens Community College students Christina Perry of Perrysburg and Lisa Gonzales of Carey 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.

Perry received the Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Community Engagement and Volunteerism, while Gonzales was honored with the Certificate of Recognition for Exceptional Student Leadership. Award recipients were recognized for their achievements at the College’s recent Board of Trustees meeting.

Perry, a world languages major, was nominated by Owens President Dr. Mike Bower for her efforts in empowering students and embodying the academic institution’s mission through her service to students, faculty and the community. Perry is a tireless volunteer for the Owens Harvest Food Pantry where she delivers food from the Toledo Seagate Food Bank, stocks shelves and has been trained to assess social needs of patrons for referrals to the Ohio Benefit Bank. In addition, she serves as an Owens Civic Ambassador and mentors students and assists faculty with their service learning initiatives through connecting classrooms and community partners. Perry also recently volunteered for a service-abroad trip to assist the citizens of Chimbote, Peru.

Gonzales was nominated by Gail McCain and Timothy Rice for her exceptional student leadership, volunteerism and support of other students, which has had a profound impact on enhancing their access to higher education. The engineering major is a member of the College’s Honors Program and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society on the Findlay-area Campus. Her educational advocacy efforts have led to the organization of a scholarship information program for students to learn how to pursue and apply for scholarship opportunities. Additionally, Gonzales is an active member in the local chapters of Rotaract, Kiwanis and Project One Matters and led efforts to coordinate a Hurricane Sandy relief collection drive to assist those in need on the East Coast. She also voluntarily tutors a local resident preparing for the GED examination.

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 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.