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Published 5/6/03
Owens Community College Unveils Newspaper For Students

Owens Community College Unveils Newspaper For Students - The Owens Outlook As more than 18,500 Owens Community College students set foot on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses to attend their daily classes, they will notice something rather unique, and not seen in nearly 20 years, located in all buildings—a college newspaper.

On Monday, May 5, the College unveiled the first edition of the student-initiated paper, named "The Owens Outlook". The newspaper name was chosen following online voting by over 1,000 Owens students, faculty and staff. Approximately 10,000 copies of the newspaper are available to the Owens community and visitors for free, located on news racks throughout the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses. More than 20 students from a variety of program areas collaborated to produce the first edition. An additional 50 students have expressed interest in working on future issues of the newspaper.

"I really love the new college newspaper," said Renee Yaghi, an Owens sophomore. "This publication is a great way to keep the student body informed with everything that goes on at Owens."

According to Melissa Kimbler, Owens Publications Coordinator and Advisor for "The Owens Outlook", students determined all content of "The Owens Outlook". "The publication includes campus news, as well as opinion, lifestyle, arts and sports sections," Kimbler said. "Works of an aspiring cartoonist attending Owens also can be found within the newspaper."

Kimbler added, "The publication looks very professional. Students assisting in the production process put an impressive amount of time and effort into their work, and it shows. This is a great opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom into a ‘real world’ setting. I can’t wait to see what they will come up with in the future."

For some students, like sophomore Masooma Naqvi, the newspaper also provides a unique opportunity for campus involvement.

"I wanted to work on the newspaper to be more active at Owens," Naqvi said. "Working on the newspaper has allowed me to get involved and explore the many college-wide issues and activities occurring each day."

"The Owens Outlook" will be published on a monthly basis, beginning in July. Plans for an online version of the newspaper are underway. In the future, the paper also will accept advertising, which will expand the areas for students to gain work experience.

To make the experience as "real life" for students as possible, the College has allocated a room adjacent to the new Center Fine and Performing Arts for utilization as a newsroom. "The Owens Outlook" staff will move in this summer.

Students from any program area are welcome to join the newspaper’s staff. Interested students should contact Owens’ Public Relations and Marketing Office at (567) 661-2774. The group will meet to plan their summer issues on Tuesday, May 27 at 6 p.m. in the College’s Audio/Visual Classroom Center Room 150 on the Toledo-area Campus.

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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