The Owens Community College Board of Trustees awarded more than $80,000 in
scholarships to 42 high school students today during a meeting at the College's
Toledo-area Campus. In February, the Trustees created the Owens Community
College Trustees' Merit Scholarship program which offers a $2,000, two-year
scholarship to one graduating senior from the high schools in the College's
Legal District. As part of the program, the Trustees allotted funds for seven
additional Merit Scholarships which were awarded to students from high schools
outside the College's Legal District, but within its Service Area.
"On behalf of the Trustees, I congratulate all of these fine young people for their accomplishments. We are very pleased they have chosen Owens Community College as part of their educational plan," said R J Molter, Chair, Owens Board of Trustees.
The Trustees also approved more than $120,000 in Institutional Effectiveness Grants for selected faculty and staff projects on the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses. Projects include: an Assistive Technology grant which will allow the Disability Resource Services Office to purchase three computer systems with adaptive technology capabilities for use by students with disabilities; a Diversity Video grant to produce an education-specific diversity video through the Human Resources Office; a Foreign Language Lab which will enhance the College's rapidly growing foreign language program with the latest technology; a High School Writers' Workshop grant which will provide community outreach in developing literacy skills that area high school students need to succeed in an "information world"; a MasterCam Software and Supporting Hardware grant to improve and upgrade training facilities for the College to continue to meet the demands for company-contract training through the Center for Development and Training; and a Piano Lab which will expand the College's music program and provide the opportunity to offer new music courses for potential articulation with four-year institutions, including individual and group piano lessons. Funds for the projects have been made available from the performance funding the College receives each year for meeting the Service Expectations set forth by the Ohio Board of Regents.
"We felt it was important to set aside this performance funding for specific projects proposed by our faculty and staff so that we could continue to develop and enhance programs and services for our students," said Daniel H. Brown, President.
In other business, Trustees approved a contract with The Collaborative, Inc. for the design, planning and eventual oversight of the construction for the College's proposed Student Health and Activities Center. The $7.5 million project, which will include a Fitness Center, Food Court and Performance Center/Gym, will provide students with a facility that will meet fitness needs with health and physical education courses as well as a place for student activities, student organizations, commencement, athletic events, student development staff offices and more. The College's current student activities facility, Alumni Hall, was built in 1975.
The retirement of four Owens employees was accepted by the Trustees, including Dr. Thomas Droessler, Professor, Communications/Humanities; Dr. Ivan Kurtz, Professor, Behavioral Sciences; Martha Johnson, Chair, Dietetic/Hospitality Management Technologies; and Robert Laughlin, Custodian. Trustees also approved contracts that provided eleven faculty members with full tenure.
The next meeting of the College's Board of Trustees will be May 12 at 12:45 p.m.