November 30, 2007

Owens Student Groups Participate in Worldwide Initiative to Fight Hunger and Low Literacy Rates, Dec. 14

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – The Owens Community College student chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and Student Government are encouraging area residents to help in the fight against hunger and low literacy rates by donating a canned good or book as part of a worldwide initiative titled “Project Graduation: Feed a Body, Feed a Mind” on Friday, Dec. 14.

Established in 2002, the civic engagement program is a global initiative collectively coordinated through more than 500 Phi Theta Kappa community college chapters located in the United States, Canada, Germany and Guam, among other countries. In 2007 alone, more than 36,700 food items and 39,600 books have been collected and presented to needy organizations.

“Such a simple gesture of donating a canned good or book can have a significant impact on improving the quality of life in our communities,” said Lindsay Gregory, Owens Student Government President.

Rick Clever, Owens Phi Theta Kappa Student President added, “As student leaders within our College, we are pleased to be at the helm of this initiative.”

Canned goods and books will be accepted from 5:30-8 p.m. on Dec. 14. The collection point will be located in the hallway outside the Student Health and Activities Center gymnasium, where commencement ceremonies will occur that evening. Additionally, donations are currently being accepted and can be dropped off at Owens’ Center for Fine and Performing Arts Room 205 and College Hall Room 120. All donations will be used to help Mom’s House of Toledo and the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank. The drive will conclude on Dec. 14.

Phi Theta Kappa was established in 1918 by the presidents of eight Missouri junior colleges for women. In 1924, the international organization was expanded to include all two-year colleges. To date, more than one million individuals have been inducted into the international honor society. Owens’ chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is one of the largest in Ohio.

The College’s Student Government is comprised of individuals who serve as the student body’s voice on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Balancing their time between school and work, Student Government members are constantly initiating new projects and events that cater to the interests of Owens’ student body.

For more information about project graduation, call (567) 661-7930 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7930.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College 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.