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Published 5/30/03
Owens Community College Recognizes Students For Creative Excellence in Multiculturalism

Eight Owens Community College students recently were honored for their creative excellence in promoting the concept of culturally diverse society as the Arts and Sciences Division held its Inaugural Multicultural Awards Celebration.

Co-founded by Jim Litwin, Owens Adjunct Instructor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Regina Silletti, Owens Instructor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, the competition was established to recognize students for their creativity regarding the exploration of issues concerning American multiculturalism.

"The inspiration behind the awards is to open the doors to all walks of life and encourage the recognition and importance of diversity," Litwin said. "Multiculturalism is the interaction between different cultures in our society. The creative works submitted by Owens students for the inaugural competition were truly outstanding and epitomized the true meaning of multiculturalism."

A panel six judges, comprising Owens faculty and students, selected the winning entries based on relevance to diversity, creativity, mechanics and quality. The two categories in which students could submit a project were written works and visual and performing arts. Two entries from each category were honored with cash prizes - $75 for first place and $25 for second place. Owens students submitted a total of 16 projects to the Multicultural Awards Committee.

First place in the written works category went to Sandra Mills of Grand Rapids (Associate of Arts, General Concentration) for her poem titled "We Will See". Norma Chalfin of Walbridge (Medical Imaging Technology) earned second place honors for her untitled poem about racial interaction. Tamara Simpson of Toledo (Associate of Arts, General Concentration) and Cynthia Kenny of Grand Rapids (Associate of Arts, English Concentration) received honorable mention for their submissions.

Tricia Kleeberger of Rossford (Associate of Arts, Early Childhood Education Concentration) was honored with a first place in the visual or performing arts category for her video expressing the trials and triumphs of the deaf culture living in a "hearing world". Second place went to Anna Marialke of North Baltimore (Occupational Therapy Assistant Program) for her photo essay depicting different religious cultures in Northwest Ohio. Susan Corpe of Maumee (Associate of Arts, Social Work Concentration) and Shannon Bauerschmidt of Oregon (Associate of Arts, General Concentration) earned honorable mention recognition.

All eight award-winning pieces will be displayed in the College's new Center for Fine and Performing Arts throughout the upcoming Fall Semester.

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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