PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College students pursuing academic studies at the highest level will opportunity to showcase their research and creative work in multiple disciplines as the academic institution hosts an Honors Program Symposium and Medallion Ceremony on Friday, April 15.
The Honors Program Symposium and Medallion Ceremony will occur from 9 a.m. – 12 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 host an event which affords students the opportunity to share their academic findings with both the campus community and the general public through oral and poster presentations,” said Kathleen Attwood, Owens Chair of Communications, Humanities and Languages and Honors Program Committee Co-Chair. “The Honors Program was created with the overall mission of fostering an educational environment in which students can excel to their fullest potential. The 25 students participating in the inaugural Honors Program Symposium and Medallion Ceremony are leaders who have challenged their intellectual growth at the highest level and I commend them on their accomplishments.”
Mirroring a professional academic conference, Owens’ Honors Program Symposium and Medallion Ceremony will feature oral and poster presentations by students on several topic areas, including health technology, social science, philosophy and religion, music and poetry, and business, among others. Each oral and poster presentation is a collaborative effort between the Honors Program student and an Owens faculty member.
Owens students presenting papers and their topics as part of the academic symposium are Grace Lomeli of Leipsic (The Effects of Smoking on the Periodontium and Smoking Cessation); Carrie Lee of Graytown (Nutrition and Its Effects on Cancer/Treatment); Ashley Monday of Toledo, Jenna Whetsel of Rossford, Ben Miller of Gibsonburg and Maria Lay of Toledo (Personal Reflections on the Reading “Night” by Elie Wiesel); Adam Rae of Toledo (The Academic Advantage of the Upper Classes); Jen Vasko of Oregon (Homelessness); Eunice Russell of Sylvania (Abuse is Abuse); Pam Lambert of Toledo (Miracles of Long Ago); Miranda McGill of Oregon (Existential Philosophy); Isabelle Dickerson of Holland (Participatory Reality); Carrie Lee (Cancer Diagnosis/Treatment and Its Effects on Psychological Development Throughout Lifespan); Samantha Best of Perrysburg (Dying to Create Life: The Danger of Fertility Drugs); Michelle Weber of Toledo (How to Argue Using Logic); Chad Born of Walbridge (Ode to Billy); Alisa Acors of Millbury (Arab-American Women Writers); Ben Stansfield of Perrysburg (The Merchant and Semantics); Pam Lambert (Public Speaking Required by Employers); Carri Tuvell of Toledo (Criteria for Hiring); Jesse Bohrer of Ottawa (Atlas Shrugged: The Motive of Francisco D’Anconia); Adam Rae (Dystrophin Mutation, Calcium Concentration and Other Abnormalities of Dystrophic Muscle); Kati Kreais of Oregon (A Ballistic Experiment), and Andrew Hartke of Oregon (Johannes Keplar and Planetary Motion).
Poster presentations and their topics by Owens students include Jesse Bohrer (Network Design) and Erin Amross of Maumee (Settlement Houses) and (Gender Differences in Memory). Additionally, Owens student Megan Rahm of Perrysburg is showcasing masterful artwork in conjunction with the Honors Program Symposium and Medallion Ceremony.
In addition to the oral and poster presentations, the Owens Honors Program will recognize three students for their educational success and leadership with the bestowing of an Owens Honors Program medallion. The three students being recognized for the 2011 Spring Semester are Alisa Acors, Nicholas Komives of Toledo and Danielle Morris of Whitehouse.
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. Additionally, applicants must have two recommendations from faculty members.
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 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. 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.
- Owens Community College