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Published 6/21/2004

Owens Students Named to All-Ohio Academic Team

Two Owens Community College students have been named to the 2004 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 Stephen Walbolt of Toledo (Second Team) and Paula Holt of Toledo (Third Team).

"Owens Community College is extremely proud of Stephen and Paula 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 43 students attending a community, technical or junior college throughout the state of Ohio were chosen to receive the 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 recipients achieving a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average, exhibiting outstanding leadership qualities and distinguishing themselves through service to their respective college and within the community. Individuals also must be nominated by their respective college president.

Walbolt graduated in May with highest honors, receiving an associate degree in architectural engineering technology. His campus activities included serving as president of the Tau Alpha Pi Engineering Honor Society and as a member of Epsilon Pi Tau and Pi Theta Kappa honor societies. In addition, Walbolt volunteered as a tutor for Owens students through Tau Alpha Pi.

Within the community, Walbolt is active in various religious activities and works full-time at the Toledo Museum of Art as an art handler. His accomplishments include being named an Outstanding Graduate in the architectural engineering technology major and achieving a 3.97 grade point average. This fall, Walbolt plans to take the contractor's test for his licensure. He recently started his own local contractor's business in Toledo.

Holt received her associate degree this past December in dietetic technology. While at Owens, she was active in her major, speaking to fellow dietetic student classes about the newly installed HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) program. In the community, Holt serves as a board-level secretary for the Legal Aid of Western Ohio (LAWO) and the Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE). Holt also is a member of the United Way Speaker's Bureau and has served on the organization's Resource and Allocation Committee. She is a care counselor at the Ability Center of Greater Toledo and previously volunteered her time at the Medical College of Ohio.

Holt's honors include earning the Allied Health Award from the College's Health Technologies Division in December and being named to the National Dean's List for the past three years. Graduating with honors and a 3.69 grade point average, Holt is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in dietetics at Eastern Michigan University. She intends on obtaining both her master's and doctoral degrees in nutritional biochemistry with a goal of conducting research and instructing at the college level.

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