December 3, 2007

Owens Community College Students Inducted Into Fall Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College students recently were recognized for their academic excellence and leadership within the student community, earning membership into the Gamma Zeta Chapter of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society.

The Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society was founded at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1990 in response to the increasing need to acknowledge the continuing successes of students within the academic institution’s academic development program. Recognizing that students who share similar experiences could serve as models for others, founder Dr. Elbert Saddler proposed a Greek letter honor society. In 2001, Chi Alpha Epsilon received official endorsement from the National Association for Developmental Education. Today, there are over 150 chapters of the national honor society.

The honor society promotes continued high academic standards, fosters communication among its members, and encourages community service and participation in academic support programs where individuals may serve as role models to entering students.

“Owens Community College’s Gamma Zeta Chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon is extremely proud to recognize the academic achievements of students who enter college through non-traditional criteria,” said Marge Bartelt, Owens Chair of Developmental Education and Co-Adviser of Chi Alpha Epsilon. “The inductees are outstanding young men and women, many of whom have defied the odds and overcome obstacles in pursuit of a college education. This honor society provides such a means to encourage, motivate and reward individuals for continuing to grow and develop into role models for fellow students.”

Selection criterion for acceptance into the honor society is based upon students achieving a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average for two consecutive full-time semesters or three-four part-time semesters. In addition, individuals must have taken at least one developmental education course at Owens.

The Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society student inductees for the 2007 Fall Semester are:

Dawn Beggs of Port Clinton                      (registered nursing)
Theresa Birtwhistle of Toledo                 (photography)
Miracle Blango of Toledo                          (registered nursing)
Christine Blide of Findlay                          (early childhood education)
Katie Cashen of Rossford                         (registered nursing)
Melanie Corum of Toledo                         (mechanical engineering technology)
Thomas Drealan of Toledo                       (business administration)
Heather Gilmore of Whitehouse                (marketing and sales)
Beverly Greene of North Baltimore            (office administration)
Lindsay Gregory of Toledo                        (marketing and sales)
George Humber Jr. of Wintersville           (Caterpillar dealer service technician)
Kevin Hyatt of Toledo                                  (biomedical electronics)
David Jackson of Oregon                          (international business)
Tamara Jeffries of Toledo                        (pre-nursing)
Andrew Keller of Findlay                            (biomedical electronics)
Jennifer Koepplinger of Toledo                  (pre-nursing)
Kandida Long of Weston                            (interior design)
Leslie Ludwig of Maumee                        (physical therapist assistant)
Zachariah Lyons of Toledo                      (associate of arts, general concentration)
Rachel MacDermid of Toledo                   (environmental health and safety technology)
Melissa Miller of Oregon                            (accounting)
Dawn Mullins of Perrysburg                      (criminal justice technology)
Melanie Renninger of Genoa                   (pre-nursing)
Deanna Rickard of Fostoria                      (pre-nursing)
Belyna Rincon of Leipsic                          (registered nursing)
Monica Sebring of Toledo                         (registered nursing)
Erica Shank of Toledo                              (business administration)
Nicholas Simmons of Perrysburg              (marketing and sales)
JoAnn Tappan of Swanton                      (registered nursing)
Paula Taylor of Rossford                          (business management)
Leslie Thatcher of Bloomdale                      (communication art)
Thomas Trahin of Fort Wayne, Ind.              (Caterpillar dealer service technician)
Rudy Vasquez of Toledo                           (information systems)
Pamela Weiderman of Toledo                  (occupational therapy assistant)

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