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Published 6/14/2004

Owens Community College Students Inducted Into Psi Beta Honor Society

Thirty-two Owens Community College students were recently 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 for psychology within 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 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 members of such a renowned organization, they demonstrate a commitment to higher education and continuing interest within psychology."

Selection criteria for students receiving the 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 2003-04 academic year are:

Belinda Blankenship of Toledo      (Corrections Major)
Courtney Browne of Toledo      (E-Business Technology)
Erica Cole of Toledo      (Peace Officer Academy)
Andrew Collert of Mount Cory      (Peace Officer Academy)
Deborah Compton of Toledo      (Registered Nursing Program)
Penni Fields of Toledo      (Corrections Major)
Mari Gilbert of Maumee      (Early Childhood Social Work Certificate)
Rachel Goldstein of Oak Harbor      (Multi-age Education Concentration)
Amber Gottfried of Sylvania      (Criminal Justice Technology)
Stacy Gregory of Toledo      (Multi-age Education Concentration)
Melinda Hallenbeck of Toledo      (Associate of Arts, General Concentration)
Orah Harsh of Perrysburg      (Associate of Arts, General Concentration)
Jennifer Iler of Northwood      (Registered Nursing Program)
Andrea Lamb of Toledo      (Associate of Arts, General Concentration)
Christine LaPointe of Oregon      (Psychology Concentration)
Tristan Lear of Toledo      (Undecided)
Simon Montague of Graytown      (Corrections Major)
Vicki Myers of Metamora      (Registered Nursing Program)
Amy Pillarelli of Toledo      (Registered Nursing Program)
John Richards Jr. of Oak Harbor      (Peace Officer Academy)
Jamie Riffle of Lambertville, Mich.      (Digital Media Technology)
Larry Roseberger of Findlay      (Registered Nursing Program)
Laura Selmek of Oregon      (Associate of Arts, General Concentration)
Theresa Snyder of Sylvania      (Registered Nursing Program)
Wempy Suhartono of Perrysburg      (Hospitality Management Program)
Katherine Sweney of Perrysburg      (Associate of Arts, General Concentration)
Jessica Turner of Fostoria      (Registered Nursing Program)
Walter Tylicki of Toledo      (Criminal Justice Technology)
Jodi VanCamp of Northwood      (Biology Concentration)
Michael Vestal of Bowling Green      (Pre-Nursing Program)
Melissa Wilcox of Walbridge      (Associate of Arts, General Concentration)
Kathleen York of Rossford      (Practical Nursing Certificate Program)

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 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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