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Published 4/15/03
Owens Community College Student Organization Named Regional Champions

FINDLAY - Owens Community College's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team recently was honored for outstanding leadership and entrepreneurial excellence following a regional competition in Cleveland, Ohio. The team placed first among participating community colleges from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Canada.

Owens' selection as a regional champion was based upon a panel of 30 judges' overall consensus on honoring a SIFE team, which epitomized an extraordinary commitment and dedication to their respective academic institution and area communities throughout the academic year. The team now will compete against other regional winners at the National Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, May 11-13.

In addition, Owens Associate Professor of Marketing and Management, Tom Marshall of North Baltimore, was honored as the Sam Walton Free Enterprise Fellow in recognition of his work as the College's SIFE team advisor. Marshall's responsibilities as an advisor include overseeing project development, motivating team members and serving as a mentor to the students.

"Owens Community College's Business and Public Service Technologies Division is extremely proud of our SIFE team for their dedication and commitment to the mission of this professional organization," said Myrna DeAustria, Owens Dean of Business and Public Service Technologies. "SIFE is a wonderful educational experience for our students and winning this competition is a tremendous achievement."

The SIFE organization was founded in 1975 to provide college students with educational opportunities designed to enhance their leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Such educational opportunities are initiated by practicing the principles of market economics, business ethics, entrepreneurship and personal financial success through the implementation of various projects and SIFE-sponsored events. Currently, there are more than 1,200 SIFE organizations on college and university campuses in over 33 countries.

Throughout the academic year, Owens' SIFE team members have been involved in the development, funding and implementation of several free enterprise educational projects and events. Among the activities include involvement in the SIFE/Salvation Army "Kick Start for Success Program" in which the SIFE team collaborated with the Salvation Army to teach less fortunate children about basic computer skills, reading and writing and personal savings. The team also hosted a second annual spaghetti dinner for the business community, initiated a community-wide scholarship program and taught entrepreneurship lessons to children.

Owens SIFE team members include Kim Altman of Findlay (Medical Office Option), Toby Brooks of Vanlue (Office Administration Technology), Holly Coldiron of Carey (Accounting Technology), Angie Kerschner of Tiffin (Registered Nursing Program), Bobbi Layfield of Carey (Accounting Technology), Emily Mantooth of Findlay (Entrepreneurial Studies/Small Business Option), Lindsay Wagner of Custar (Business Management Technology), Sonya Walburn of Findlay (Associate of Science, Pre-Business Administration Concentration), T.J. Spoors of Findlay (Business Management Technology), Mary Sue King of Findlay (Accounting Technology), Morgan Grossman of Upper Sandusky (Associate of Science, General Concentration), Nichole Watson of Forest (Early Childhood Education Technology), Deb Dible of Fostoria (Accounting Technology) and Chad Patterson of Bloomdale (Business Management Technology).

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 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 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, 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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