December 18, 2008

Owens Students and Employees Inducted Into Fall Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College students and employees recently were recognized for their academic excellence and leadership within the 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 1989 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 Sharon Badenhop, Owens Assistant Professor of English 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.”

In addition to student recipients, Owens Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Bruce Busby of Toledo and Owens Professor of English Debra Pinkston of Perrysburg were named honorary inductees as a result of their longstanding commitment and support to developmental education at the College.

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 College’s chapter was founded in April 2006.

The Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society student inductees for the 2008 Fall Semester are:

Hector Alcantara of Toledo (international studies and computer science)
Gracie Black-Roberts of Toledo (accounting)
Lesley Blake of Toledo (real estate)
Amber Bragg of Oregon (registered nursing)
Stacey Burris of Maumee (biology)
Teresa Casiano of Toledo (business management and middle childhood education)
Charity De La Cruz of Findlay (registered nursing)
Patrick Dusseau of Ida, Mich. (wide-area networking technology)
Elizabeth Ferow of Maumee (early childhood education)
Amy Gibson of Findlay (social work)
Jennifer Gregg of Fostoria (registered nursing)
Rita Hart of Carey (accounting)
Brooke Heckler of Haskins (psychology)
Sharon Kneisel of Toledo (registered nursing)
Aaron Kuhlam of Rossford (international studies)
Jacob Leiter of Toledo (diesel technology)
Darlene Loughner of Toledo (social work)
Amy Matter of Bluffton (business management)
Bryan Mcllhargey of Toledo (international business)
Laura Nowak of Toledo (occupational therapy assistant)
Stephanie Reinhart of Alvada (accounting)
Ronnie Romero of Findlay (marketing and sales)
Pamela Schneider of Elmore (office administration)
Alicia Schnipke of Walbridge (radiography)
Matthew Severhof of Walbridge (psychology)
Melissa Soto of Carey (marketing and sales)
Emily Stark of Toledo (registered nursing)
Aurelius Taylor of Toledo (business management)
Jessica Thomas-Black of Toledo (pre-business administration)
Emily Tonjes of Grand Rapids (registered nursing)
Bethany Van Atta of Findlay (accounting)

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