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Dolores Dobelbower
Dolores Dobelbower
Owens Community College
1985 Graduate

"There are two ways to do things-the right way and the wrong way. I do not accept second best."

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Profile of Excellence: Dolores Dobelbower
Owens Community College Alumna
Delores Dobelbower, known affectionately as "Mrs. D," always has something cooking. The Owens Community College Instructor of food service and hospitability management is also a 1985 Owens graduate. As Delores puts it, "I have the best job in the world. I teach the students the right way to do a job, reserve the right to critique their work and rarely have to do the dishes!"

Delores' love for teaching and cooking began years ago in Pennsylvania. By day, Delores, who has her Masters in Music Education, taught music, and by night, she entertained quite often in her home. Her social flair led to friends asking her to catering their parties. When her family moved to the Toledo area, Delores decided it was time she validated her culinary skills by obtaining a degree in Food Service Management from Owens Community College. "The food management education at Owens is impressive. The extensive knowledge I gained in two-years would have taken 10 years on-the-job to learn."

During the four-year period after her graduation, Delores worked in banquet and retail food management for Gladieux Catering and The Andersons. Then in 1989, she had the opportunity to return to her passion-teaching and food. "I returned to Owens Community College as a part-time instructor and by the fall, I was the facilitator of the entire program," she recalls.

Under Delores direction, Owens' food service management and hospitality programs prepare graduates to perform in these competitive fields. Students, dressed in clean white coats, hone their food preparation skills in the Culinary Lab. Course content ranges from how to make ice sculptures out of a 300-pound chunk of ice to calculating the exact number of ice cubes needed when catering a large wedding party. Often, luncheons are prepared and served to Owens faculty and staff, who gladly pay to eat the delicious food.

Delores enhances the learning experience for the students by combining teaching with community involvement. Owens' students are found making hors d'oeuvres for the Mobile Meals Wine Gala or gingerbread houses for the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center fundraiser, which broadens their professional range.

Delores' philosophy is basic. "There are two ways to do things-the right way and the wrong way. I do not accept second best." The result of this high standard is evident in Owens having one of the strongest programs in food safety in the State of Ohio.

When asked for her favorite recipe, Mrs. D answers, "It is the one for happiness. You take a love for life and mix it with fun. Then I know that I have done the best job possible to prepare our students for their future."

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