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Published 1/16/03
Owens Community College Establishes New Program To Recognize Faculty, Staff and Administration

Three Owens Community College employees were chosen by their peers to receive the inaugural Exemplary Staff and Administrator Employee Award and Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding dedication and service to higher education. Connie Buhr, Division Director of Corporate Training for Owens Workforce and Community Services, Linda Haas, Department Secretary for Criminal Justice and Fire Science, and Anne Helm, Associate Professor of Registered Nursing, were recently named the initial award recipients for the 2002 calendar year.

The Exemplary Employee and Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards is a new program established to honor administration, staff and faculty members who have made significant contributions in enhancing the College's mission of providing quality service and education to the Northwest Ohio community, as recognized by their fellow Owens employees.

"Owens Community College's administration has made a fundamental point to honor our employees for their exemplary contributions," said Dan Hauenstein, Owens Vice President of Human Resources. "The initiation of these awards is just one of the many ways to acknowledge individuals for their hard work and dedication, which has had a positive and lasting impact on this academic institution."

Selection criteria for the two Exemplary Employee Awards is based upon an employee's innovative approaches to helping customer satisfaction, productivity or resources, as well as displaying a positive attitude and strong work ethic while performing daily job activities. The employee also exhibits qualities associated with teamwork and promotes collaboration, communication and cooperation among co-workers and staff.

The Faculty Teaching Excellence Award recipient is selected based upon criteria, which includes academic curriculum development, demonstrating outstanding ability to communicate effectively with students and innovation within the classroom setting. Award winners also must display a commitment to Owens and the community through involvement in service activities.

Anne Helm Helm, who received the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, joined Owens' faculty in 1986 as a Part-Time Clinical Instructor in Registered Nursing. For the past three years, she has served as an Associate Professor of Registered Nursing within the College's Health Technologies Division. She currently is responsible for teaching nursing courses in Adult Health Issues, Community/Family Health Issues and Nursing Clinical Applications.

In addition to her instructional responsibilities, Helm currently serves as the advisor for Owens' Student Nurses Association. In this role, she guides the students in making decisions about service projects for the community and planning their pinning ceremony. Helm also is a member of the College Planning Council and Employee Recognition Committee.

Her professional involvement includes membership with the National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau national honor society for nursing and Clinical Practice Operating Council for Caring Services Home Care.

Residing in Sylvania, Helm earned her master's degree in nursing from the Medical College of Ohio and a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Toledo. She received a Diploma of Nursing from St. Vincent's School of Nursing.

Linda Haas Haas was named the recipient of the Exemplary Staff Award. Joining Owens in 1982, she has held several positions with the College, including Administrative Support Staff for the Workforce and Community Services Division and the Copy Center's Key Operator. For the past five years, Haas has served as the Department Secretary for Criminal Justice and Fire Science.

Among her responsibilities are overseeing all scheduling and training needs related to the College's Criminal Justice and Fire Science driving pad, firing range and scenario house, as well as coordinating all room assignments and course scheduling for faculty within the Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center. She also assists students with questions concerning academic classes and degree programs.

While at Owens, Haas has served on a number of committees and organizations, including past president of Staff Council and membership with the Support Staff Task Group. Active within the community, she is heavily involved in the Susan G. Kromen Foundation's annual Walk for Cancer and the Krohn's Foundation for the Cleveland Clinic.

Her educational background includes receiving extensive training in management, computer technology and customer relations from Owens Community College. Haas resides in Rossford.

Connie Buhr Buhr, who received the Exemplary Administrator Award, joined the College in 1993 as Coordinator of Business Training Programs. Since 1997, she has served as the Division Director of Corporate Training for Owens Workforce and Community Services.

Her responsibilities include overseeing the planning and coordinating of course offerings for Skilled Trades Technologies, as well as non-credit classes in the areas of Computer, Health and Business. She also handles developing curriculum and marketing customized training to businesses, industries and agencies throughout Northwest Ohio.

This past year, Buhr's staff was instrumental in converting the College's entire Skilled Trades Technologies credit program to Open Entry/Open Exit, with modularized courses. The new initiative will enable Owens to better meet the particular needs of students, make course offerings more affordable and provide the flexibility for students to design a schedule that works for them.

She earned her master's degree in guidance and counselor education from the University of Toledo and a bachelor's degree in education from Bowling Green State University. Buhr is a resident of Toledo.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 23 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. 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. 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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