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Published 12/17/02
Owens Community College Board of Trustees Approve Fall Graduates

The Owens Community College Board of Trustees met Tuesday on the Toledo-area Campus and approved the Fall Semester 2002 graduating class. The 317 graduates will receive their degrees during the 24th annual Fall Commencement on Thursday, December 19. The commencement will be at 7 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center.

Of the 317 graduates, 84 are graduating with honors and 10 of those have earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages. There are 45 graduates from the Findlay-area Campus. This brings the total of Owens Community College alumni to 20,543.

David T. Brown David T. Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Toledo, will serve as the keynote speaker.

"We are extremely excited to offer such a dynamic and insightful speaker for our students, families, staff and faculty on this very special occasion," said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement. "Owens Community College’s graduating class will have the unique opportunity to gain insight on achieving personal success from the head of a Fortune 500 company."

According to Dettling, the focus of Mr. Brown’s commencement speech will address how life is about making choices. "Each student made a choice and commitment to their future by choosing to pursue a college education. Now what lies ahead is an endless opportunity to make more choices. Mr. Brown will discuss how a positive attitude and continuing to strive for excellence can propel you to achieve any goal throughout your life," he said.

Brown has been President and CEO for Owens Corning since April 2002. Prior to his current position, he was responsible for all operating businesses of Owens Corning worldwide serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Founded in 1938, Owens Corning has a long-standing tradition as the world leader in building materials systems and composite systems. In 2001, the company had sales of $4.8 billion. Owens Corning has approximately 19,000 employees and more than 300 facilities in 30 countries.

Before becoming COO, Brown served as vice president and president of Insulating Systems Business, which is the largest sales and profit center for Owens Corning. Among his responsibilities were overseeing the production of fiberglass, rockwool, acoustic, OEM and foam insulation at 35 manufacturing plants in North America and China. Under his leadership, all aspects of the business experienced consistent growth in sales and profits.

Brown’s professional involvement includes serving as a past board member of the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association Executive Committee, National Roofing Contractors Association Advisory Board, Thermal Insulation Manufacturers Association and Executive Committee of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.

A resident of Toledo, Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Purdue University in 1970.

Joan McHugh Joan McHugh, a Registered Nursing Technology Major, has been selected as the Owens Community College class representative and will address the graduates during this evening’s Fall Commencement ceremony..

An Honors student at Owens, she describes herself as a caring individual who is deeply devoted to her family. McHugh enjoys being a supportive parent, attending her children’s school plays, jazz concerts and athletic events. She also likes spending her time reading, cooking, cheering on the Perrysburg Yellow Jackets and babysitting her two granddaughters.

McHugh credits her academic success to the Owens faculty and staff and personal attention she received while pursuing her associate’s degree. "I can’t say enough about what the College’s faculty has meant to me," she said. "The positive influence they have had on my life is the reason I am in front of this graduating class as the commencement speaker."

The focus of her commencement speech will address the special gifts each member of the Owens Community College graduating class brings to society as a result of pursuing a college education.

"With our gift of a college education, the Owens graduating class can look to the future with anticipation just as a child waits to unwrap a special gift," McHugh states in her speech. "The gift is now ours to unwrap. We as future leaders have the ability and knowledge to embrace our careers and share our gifts with the rest of the world."

The daughter of Honora O’Neill and the late Raymond O’Neill, McHugh intends on pursuing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. Her goal is to someday give back to higher education, serving as a health instructor. She resides in Perrysburg with her husband, John, and their five children.

More than 2,700 family, friends and relatives are expected to attend the Fall Commencement, which also is open to the public and the media.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering 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.


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