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Published 9/16/2003
Owens Community College Celebrates Groundbreaking For New Findlay-area Campus, September 25

New Owens Findlay-area Campus FINDLAY - Owens Community College will celebrate 20 years of providing higher education to Northwest Ohio residents by breaking ground for a new Findlay-area Campus on September 25.

Owens President Christa Adams, Ph.D., and Board of Trustee members will join community leaders, area residents and College employees in commemorating 20 years of continued growth on the Findlay-area Campus by celebrating the initial construction for a new state-of-the-art educational facility. The Groundbreaking Ceremony will occur at 2 p.m. on the campus' future site at the convergence of Township Road 212 and Bright Road.

Also in attendance for the event will include State Senators' Randy Gardner and Lynn Wachtmann and State Representatives' James Hoops and Lynn Olman.

"Owens Community College has long-standing commitment to ensuring each student has access to a quality higher education," said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College. "Our significant growth on the College's Findlay-area Campus, since its inception 20 years ago, shows that Findlay area residents value the many academic programs offered at Owens."

President Adams added, "The construction of a new Findlay-area Campus will enable this College to heighten its mission, offering even more learning opportunities to current and future students within the surrounding communities."

The College's 20th Anniversary Celebration will start at 12 p.m. with a community picnic at the site of the new Findlay-area Campus. From 12-4 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to tour the historic Voorhees farm house adjacent to the future educational facility, as well as view displays chronicling 20 years of the Owens Findlay-area Campus' history. In addition, renderings depicting the future campus will be on exhibit for individuals to view.

Beginning at 2 p.m., groundbreaking festivities will commence with welcoming remarks by Brian Paskvan, Owens Interim Executive Dean of the Findlay-area Campus. Among the event's highlights will include a historical narrative by Owens faculty members' Eric Duling and Darla Johannsen about the College's role in providing 20 years of higher education in Findlay. Several commemorative artifacts from the Groundbreaking Ceremony also will be sealed into a time capsule for placement within the building's cornerstone.

Led by Owens officials and community leaders, the ceremony will conclude with the actual groundbreaking and planting of a commemorative Skyline Locust tree, symbolizing future growth for the College within the Findlay area community.

The Owens Findlay-area Campus opened in the fall of 1983 with 201 students. In 2003, Owens has increased its enrollment by 6.37 percent to 2,623 students.

Scheduled for completion by Fall Semester 2005, the new state-of-the-art educational facility will feature 33 advanced technology classrooms, 28 technical laboratories and computer laboratories, as well as student services areas. Among the new student service areas will include a Bursar's Office, Records Office, Financial Aid Office and Enrollment Services Office.

Designed by the firms' The Collaborative Inc. of Toledo and Rooney, Clinger, Murray Architects of Findlay, the exterior of the building will be comprised of Beldon brick and glass highlighted by Owens Community College's signature red metal roof.

Phase I of the Owens Findlay-area Campus initial project, which will cost approximately $17.7 million, will be to install the infrastructure and to construct a 100,000 square foot Education Center and a stand-alone $250,600 grant funded Child Care Center of 2,400 square feet. The infrastructure will include utilities, parking lots and roadways.

Construction for Phase II of the new facility will consist of a 75,000 square foot support services building addition and the Center for Development and Training. The building also will include additional classrooms and laboratories, as well as a support area dedicated for maintenance facilities. Phase II will cost approximately $10 million to construct.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. that same day, an Owens Alumni Reunion will occur following the 20th Anniversary Celebration and Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Findlay-area Campus. The event is open to all alumni who attended the Owens Findlay-area Campus, as well as former and current faculty and staff members.

Organized by the College's Alumni Association, the Owens Findlay-area Campus Alumni Reunion will occur at Urbanski Catering on Manor Hill in Findlay. The event will feature a brief program, highlighted by the introduction of the new Alumni Association board members.

For additional information regarding Owens' Findlay-area Campus 20th Anniversary and Groundbreaking Ceremony, call (567) 429-3536.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 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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