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Published 1/12/2004
Owens Recognizes Faculty, Staff and Administration For Excellence in Higher Education

Mark Durivage, Rose Warner, and Pam Chibucos Three Owens Community College employees have been chosen by their peers to receive the second annual Exemplary Staff and Administrator Awards and Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding dedication and service to higher education. Recipients for the 2003-04 academic year are Mark Durivage, Interim Dean of Industrial and Engineering Technologies, Rose Warner, Department Secretary for Medical Imaging Technologies and Pam Chibucos, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education Technology.

The Exemplary Employee and Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards Program was established in 2003 to honor administration, staff and faculty members who have made significant contributions toward enhancing the College's mission of providing quality service and education, as recognized by their fellow Owens employees.

"Owens Community College's administration has made a fundamental point to honor our employees for their exemplary contributions," said Dan Hauenstein, Owens Vice President of Human Resources. "Presenting these awards is just one of the many ways to acknowledge individuals for their hard work and dedication, which has had a positive and lasting impact on this academic institution."

Selection criteria for the two Exemplary Employee Awards is based upon an employee's innovative approaches toward helping customer satisfaction, productivity or resources, as well as displaying a positive attitude and strong work ethic while performing daily job activities. In addition, the employee exhibits qualities associated with teamwork and promotes collaboration, communication and cooperation among co-workers and staff.

The Faculty Teaching Excellence Award recipient is chosen based upon criteria which includes academic curriculum development, demonstrating outstanding ability to communicate effectively with students and innovation within the classroom setting. Award winners must display a commitment to Owens and the community through involvement in service activities.

Chibucos, who received the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, joined Owens' faculty in 1994 as an Early Childhood Education Technology Instructor. For the last year, she has served as an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education within the College's Business, Public Service and Information Technologies. While at Owens, Chibucos has played a significant role in developing several courses including Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Emergent (Early) Literacy, Child Development and Teaching Preschoolers.

Among her accomplishments include authoring and co-authoring several scholarly and professional articles. Her work has appeared in such publications as "Early Childhood Development and Care" and the National Association for Developmental Education's (NADE) Newsletter. In addition, she regularly speaks at local, regional and national events on various Early Childhood Education topics.

Her professional involvement includes serving as chair of Small Research Grants for the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children. She also is a member with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Association for Childhood Education International and the Children's Defense Fund.

Residing in Bowling Green, Chibucos earned her master's degree in child development from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor's degree in comprehensive vocational home economics education from Western Illinois University.

Warner was named the Exemplary Staff Award recipient. Joining Owens in 1989, she has held several positions with the College, including J.O.B.S. Secretary for the Counseling Center and Office Assistant for Business, Public Service and Information Technologies. For the past twelve years Warner has served as Department Secretary for Medical Imaging Technologies.

Among her responsibilities are overseeing all course scheduling for faculty within Medical Imaging Technologies, assisting students with questions concerning academic classes and degree programs and maintaining student records for all physical and clinical assignments.

While at Owens, Warner has additionally served as travel coordinator for Health Technologies and provided instructional presentations to community organizations, focusing on her experiences in office administration. She recently was selected to assist with orientation for new Owens employees.

The Oregon resident holds two associate's degrees in microcomputer business systems and office administration from Owens Community College.

Durivage, who received the Exemplary Administrator Award, joined the College as Chair of Manufacturing and Industrial Operations Technology in 1998. He currently serves as the Interim Dean of Industrial and Engineering Technologies.

As Interim Dean, he is responsible for overseeing all instructional programs and activities within the Division. His position also entails supervising the development and implementation of new academic curricula and directing the on-going evaluation of Industrial and Engineering Technologies courses.

He is a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and holds professional membership with the National Association of Industrial Technology, the National Council of Instructional Administrators and the American Society for Quality.

Within the past two years, Durivage has been instrumental in the College securing more than $636,000 in state-of-the-art equipment and contributions to support the enhancement of academic programs within Industrial and Engineering Technologies.

A resident of Oregon, he earned a master's degree in quality engineering from Eastern Michigan University. Durivage holds a bachelor's degree in computer aided machining from Siena Heights University and an associate's degree in computer aided machining from Owens Community College. His educational background also includes certification as a Quality Engineer, Industrial Technologist and a Journeyman Mold Maker.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in 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 Northwest Ohio 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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