The Daily Express

Owens Community College Trustees Increase Access Opportunities, Again

  Increasing access for Toledo-area residents to higher education, the Owens Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to contract with TARTA to provide bus service from Downtown Toledo to the College. In addition, Trustees awarded nearly $100,000 in Trustees' Merit Scholarship Awards to 48 area high school students and accepted construction bids for the College's new Student Health and Activities Center.

  The TARTA service between the campus on Oregon Road and Downtown Toledo will be offered weekdays, starting for the Fall Semester, and operating when Owens classes are in session. There will be 10 daily runs Monday through Thursday and seven runs on Friday.

  "Owens Community College is committed to continuing to expand our services, which allow more area residents to take advantage of a high quality, yet affordable college education," Owens President Daniel H. Brown said.

  The 28-passenger, handicapped-accessible bus also will stop at five campus buildings: College Hall, the Library, Engineering Technologies, Law Enforcement/Fire Science Center and Center for Development & Training.

  "We at TARTA are excited about this new cooperative venture with Owens Community College which we hope will help make Owens more accessible for Toledo residents," said Dick Ruddell, General Manager of TARTA.

  The Downtown stop will be at the corner of Huron and Jackson streets, conveniently located across from One Government Center and nearby a stop on TARTA's bus loop. Riders will only have to show an Owens ID to use the bus service. Guest passes also will be available from the College for visitors.

  "For area residents in the TARTA bus service district, we believe this is a tremendous asset that supports Owens' mission of providing increased access to an affordable college education," President Brown added. The College has offered a shuttle service between Downtown and campus for more than 20 years. Ridership on the Owens shuttle bus has increased steadily during the past three years.

  In other business, Trustees approved 48 Trustees' Merit Scholarship Award recipients for 1999-2000. Trustees created this two-year, $2,000 scholarship opportunity for high school students last year. The program offers each high school in the College's Legal District the opportunity to select one student for this honor. The Trustees also allotted funds for seven additional Merit Scholarships awarded to students from high schools outside the College's Legal District, but within its Service Area.

  "On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I congratulate these fine young people for their tremendous accomplishments. We are very pleased they have chosen Owens Community College as part of their educational plans," said R J Molter, Chair, Owens Board of Trustees.

  Trustees accepted bids for the construction of the College's new Student Health and Activities Center. The general construction contract was awarded to low bidder Rudolph/Libbe Inc. (Walbridge) for $4,809,800. Warner Mechanical (Fremont) submitted the low bid of $1,572,445 to receive the combined contract of plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The electrical contract was awarded to low bidder Brint Electrical Inc. (Toledo) at $1,143,693. S.A. Comunale Company (Fremont) bid $58,299 to receive the fire protection contract. The associate architect for the project is The Collaborative Inc. of Toledo.

  Owens is receiving a state appropriation from HB 850 CAP 032, of $7,494,520. The budget for the 86,218-square-foot building is $8.36 million plus equipment. The facility, to be constructed on the Toledo-area Campus, will promote student participation in college life, focusing on heath, fitness and athletics. Home to Express athletic teams, the facility will allow students to participate in intramural sports and personal fitness, aerobics, weightlifting and table games in the recreation area. Its unique feature is the two gymnasiums separated by a moveable wall. The student gym features volleyball courts and a running track. The performance gym features a basketball court and stage for academic, cultural and athletic events with seating for up to 4,000. The facility also includes a food court, men's and women's locker rooms, a bookstore/gift shop area and offices for student activities personnel. The Student Health and Activities Center will be located next to the Library, Audio/Visual Classroom Center and Math/Science Center and offer easy access to the outdoor athletic fields and courts.

  The Trustees heard a report on the more than $61,000 in Institutional Effectiveness Grants awarded for selected faculty and staff projects on the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses. Projects include: DISCOVER, a career planning software program that will allow Owens students on both campuses to gather information for making a career decision, researching careers, developing educational plans and preparing to enter the workforce, submitted by Alice Coy, Counseling Center; a Computerized Service Information Network that will provide access to all of the manufacturer-provided service and part information software essential to Transportation Technologies students, submitted by Rick Frazier of Transportation Technologies; Equipping the Multi-purpose Room in the Toledo Child Care Center with developmentally, age-appropriate equipment that will allow the children enrolled to interact socially, challenge gross motor skills, and enhance imaginative play, submitted by Diane Atherton of the Child Care Center; Off-Campus Financial Aid Presentations through interactive/power point presentation and instantaneous financial aid estimates as a major source of information to prospective students and parents about financing post-secondary education, submitted by Brian Paskvan of Financial Aid; Testing Center Security which will enhance the security and integrity of the Toledo-area Campus Testing Center and foster a fair and secure testing environment, submitted by Robyn Marrufo of the Advising Center; Fire Prevention & Safety in the Workplace project to provide information on fire prevention and safety in the workplace, as well as providing similar materials for the Child Care Center, for National Fire Prevention Week, submitted by Kevin Emmitt of Health Services Department; Demonstration Aides for Skilled Trades on both campuses, submitted by Connie Buhr of the Center for Development and Training; First Aid & CPR Training to provide a means to train employees in the basics of first aid and CPR through purchase and maintenance of equipment, submitted by Marti Wethington of the Health Services Department; Portable Multimedia Presentation Equipment for faculty to deliver occasional multimedia instruction or presentation in classrooms that do not support this technology, submitted by Tom Sink of the Library.

  Funds for the Institutional Effectiveness 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 believe it is important to set aside this performance funding for specific projects proposed by our faculty and staff so we can continue to develop and enhance programs and services for our students," said President Brown.



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