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Published 5/2/03
Jacob G. Schmidlapp Foundation, Fifth Third Bank Trustee Contributes $50,000 To Support Owens Community College Academic Programs

Bruce K. Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fifth Third Bank, Northwestern Ohio, presents Owens Community President Christa Adams, Ph.D., with a $50,000 donation to support academic programs in the new Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Owens Community College earlier today received a $50,000 donation from Fifth Third Bank, on behalf of the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Foundation, to support the enhancement of academic programs in the new Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

Bruce K. Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fifth Third Bank, Northwestern Ohio, presented the check to Owens President Christa Adams, Ph.D. Established in 1919, the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Foundation was created to honor the former Fifth Third Bank president's dedication to charitable and community development initiatives. The Foundation, for which Fifth Third Bank serves as a trustee, provides financial support to hundreds of nonprofit organizations nationally each year.

"Owens Community College appreciates the commitment that Fifth Third Bank has made to higher education and students of this College," said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement and the Foundation's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Securing private contributions, as well as state and federal funding, is crucial to helping Owens continue to provide students and area residents with enhanced opportunities for lifelong learning."

Dettling added, "Fifth Third Bank's significant contribution to Owens through the Schmidlapp Foundation will have an immediate impact on our fine and performing arts curriculum and students aspiring to be future musicians, artists, dancers, performers and photographers."

Owens' new $10 million Center for Fine and Performing Arts will open Fall Semester 2003 and house 19 new degree and certificate program areas. Among the new academic program offerings available to students are Commercial Art, Dance, Fine Art, Interior Design, Music, Photography and Theatre.

The state-of-the-art facility also will a feature a 522-seat theatre, 50-seat music and lecture hall, student exhibit galleries, art and design studios for graphic design, commercial art, painting, ceramics and sculpture, as well as acoustic laboratories for the instruction of dance, piano, vocal and instrumental music, and practice rooms.

"We are pleased to support the expanded programming of Owens Community College's performing arts center through the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Foundation," said President Lee. "Fifth Third, through its philanthropy, has a long-standing history of supporting education and the arts and with this gift we can do both."

The Owens State Community College Foundation was incorporated in April 2002 and has nearly $1 million in assets. The Foundation Board of Directors currently is comprised of 19 community leaders from Lucas, Wood and Hancock counties.

The mission of the Owens Foundation and its Board of Directors is cultivating gift initiatives, targeting successful alumni, business and industry members who are committed to investing and supporting the educational needs of current and future Owens students. The Foundation's focus allows Owens to continue offering affordable tuition, ensuring the College's academic position as the best investment in Northwest Ohio. Approximately $81,700 in scholarships was awarded to Owens students exemplifying academic excellence and leadership during the 2002-2003 academic year.

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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