The Owens Community College Board of Trustees met Tuesday at the College's Toledo-area Campus and approved the Fall Semester 2000 graduating class. The 319 graduates will receive their degrees during the College's Fall Commencement on Thursday, December 21 at 7 p.m. in the new Student Health & Activities Center.
Of the 319 graduates, 73 are graduating with honors and five of those have earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages. There are 41 graduates from the Findlay Campus. This brings the total of Owens Community College alumni to 18,810.
The Board also approved salary increases for approximately 387 employees. The annual increase, which for most begins January 1, affects support, professional and administrative employees at the College's Toledo-area and Findlay campuses. The staff will be eligible to receive up to a 4.5 percent increase. For those who meet all standards of their job performance and receive the full 4.5 percent increase, the Board also approved merit pay of up to 1.5 percent based on the recommendation of an employee's supervisor. Merit pay is provided as a lump-sum payment to the employee prior to the College's holiday break.
"The Board of Trustees is very pleased to be able to thank the College's dedicated employees by providing salary increases," said Wendell F. Fryer, Board Chair. "The College's success is directly attributed to the hard work and tireless efforts of the staff, faculty and administration. The Trustees believe it is very important to recognize those efforts."
In other business, the Trustees passed a resolution providing authority to Owens Treasurer/Vice President of Business Affairs Chuck Mann, to award contracts for renovation of Alumni Hall. Formerly used for student activities and athletics until the new Student Health & Activities Center opened this fall, Alumni Hall now will house the College's Safety and Security Department, Disability Resources Services and other offices.
The Board approved contracts for: Mosser Construction Inc. for general construction, $98,600; Brint Electrical for electrical work, $74,076; and Mondo Mechanical Inc. for HVAC work, $50,000.
The Trustees also approved more than 400 local community and business people to serve on the College's Advisory Boards. These advisory boards assist faculty, staff and administration at Owens in evaluating the academic programs, planning for facilities and equipment, and meeting needs of area business and industry with high-tech instruction for Owens students.
"These Advisory Board members are to be congratulated for their commitment to the education of our students," President Brown said. "Their efforts ensure our curricula are focused on the future - that Owens students can take their classroom learning right out into the workplace to make a valuable contribution to our community."
The Trustees also approved the 2001-2002 Academic Calendar for the College.
The next Board of Trustees meeting will be Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 12:45 p.m. at the Toledo-area Campus.
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