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Published 5/29/03
Owens Community College Students Inducted Into Psi Beta Honor Society

Fourteen Owens Community College students recently were honored for their academic excellence, earning membership into the Psi Beta National Honor Society.

The Psi Beta Honor Society was established in 1981 as a national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. Today, there are over 160 chapters and more than 19,000 members inducted into the national honor society. Affiliated with Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society for four-year colleges and universities, Psi Beta also is involved with the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society and the Association of College Honor Societies.

The overall mission of Psi Beta is to encourage, stimulate and promote interest and excellence in psychology, to advance the science of psychology and to nurture scholarship in all fields of study.

"The academic excellence and dedication that our students display in the area of psychology is commendable, and the Owens Community College's Arts and Sciences Division is extremely proud of their selection to Psi Beta," said Dr. Kerry Garretson, Owens Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Co-Advisor of Psi Beta. "As a member of such a prestigious organization, they demonstrate a commitment to higher education and continuing interest within psychology."

Selection criteria for students receiving the prestigious honor is based upon enrollment in a two-year college with a Psi Beta chapter, achieving a class ranking in the top 35 percent or an overall 3.0 grade point average, a minimum "B" average in psychology and completing at least one semester of psychology coursework. The recipients also must demonstrate a genuine interest in psychology and exhibit high standards of personal integrity.

The Psi Beta National Honor Society student inductees for the 2002-03 academic year are:

Susan Ammon of Waterville          (Registered Nursing Program)
Melissa Barber of Findlay          (Criminal Justice Technology)
Christopher Benner of Toledo          (Registered Nursing Program)
Sue Bohls of Maumee          (Registered Nursing Program)
Danielle Christensen of Toledo          (Associate of Science, Psychology Concentration)
Christopher Falbo of Toledo          (Registered Nursing Program)
Catherine Gercak of Toledo          (Associate of Arts, Social Work Concentration)
Amanda Mandell of Rossford          (Registered Nursing Program)
Steven Mocniak of Toledo          (Criminal Justice Technology)
Barbara Monroe of Millbury          (Associate of Arts, Sociology Concentration)
Karen Ricketts of Toledo          (Associate of Arts, Social Work Concentration)
Amy Rose of Monroe, Michigan          (Associate of Arts, General Concentration)
Karen Stein of Elmore          (Medical Imaging Technology)
Kristina Stevens of Pandora          (Registered Nursing Program)

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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