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Published 6/4/03
Owens Community College Students Named to All-Ohio Academic Team

John Byers and Tina Durand Two Owens Community College students have been named to the 2003 All-Ohio Academic Team by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society in recognition of their scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments. The College's honored recipients are John Byers of Grand Rapids (Second Team) and Tina Durand of Toledo (Third Team).

"Owens Community College is extremely proud of John and Tina and their selection to the All-Ohio Academic Team," said Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College. "Both students have excelled academically and through service to the community, which is reflected in their educational achievements and volunteerism. The two inductees are very deserving recipients and should be commended for their distinguished efforts."

This past year only 33 students attending a community, technical or junior college throughout the state of Ohio were chosen to receive the prestigious honor. Established in 1994 by the OACC and Phi Theta Kappa, the All-State Academic Team program was created to honor students exemplifying excellence in higher education.

Selection criteria for the All-Ohio Academic Team is based upon achieving a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average, exhibiting outstanding leadership qualities and distinguished service to their respective college and within the community. Individuals also must be nominated by their college president and intend on graduating during the 2002-2003 academic year.

Byers graduated in May with high honors, receiving an associate's degree in business management. His campus activities included serving as president of the Environmental Club, a non-traditional representative for Student Government and a member of the President's Planning Council. Byers currently assists with Distance Learning endeavors for the College's Arts and Sciences Division.

Active in the community, Byers is a volunteer with Adopt America and Walk for the World, as well as previously serving as a trustee for the Otsego Endowment Foundation. His accomplishments include membership in the Kappa Beta Delta International Business and Phi Theta Kappa International honor societies and achieving a 3.87 grade point average while at Owens. This fall, he intends on pursuing his bachelor's degree in business administration at the University of Findlay.

Durand received her associate's degree this past May in registered nursing. While at Owens, she was an active member of the Student Nurses Association, organizing fundraisers and student study groups for the Registered Nursing Program. In the community she is involved in several volunteer initiatives with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Toledo, which includes serving as a mentor for the school science fair and a member of the Parent-Teacher Association. She also is a volunteer for the Harborside Health Care Activity Program.

Her honors include earning two Nursing Scholar Awards in Pathophysiology and Adult Health, as well as the Flower Hospital Employee Commendation and the College's Peggy Bensman Nursing Honor awards. Graduating with honors and a 3.65 grade-point average, Durand intends on continuing her education by pursuing her bachelor's degree in advanced critical life support.

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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