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Published 10/18/2004

Northwest Ohio Educators and Community Leaders To Discuss Voter Literacy at Owens, Oct. 20

A consortium of Northwest Ohio's educators and community leaders will gather at Owens Community College to discuss important issues concerning voter literacy on Wednesday, October 20.

Organized by the College's Literacy Committee, the forum is titled "The Literate Voter" and will take place at 2 p.m. in College Hall Room 100 on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from downtown Toledo. Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Panel discussion will focus on various election issues, including reasons for voting, the role of media in elections, liberal and conservative views, and the impact of presidential debates.

Kay Blue, Owens Assistant Chair for Developmental Education, will serve as moderator for the panel discussion. The four-member panel will include Vicki Ewald of the Perrysburg League of Women Voters; Jarvis Gamble, Owens Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences; David Hawes, Owens Assistant Professor of Communications/Humanities, and Fritz Wenzel, Reporter for "The Blade."

"Owens Community College is honored to host such an outstanding panel of experts," said Carl Dietrich, Owens Co-Chair of the Literacy Committee and Assistant Professor of Communications/Humanities. "Their engaging dialogue will bring to the forefront important election issues that could have a significant impact on the future of our surrounding communities."

In addition to the panel discussion, Owens' Literacy Committee will offer area residents the opportunity to learn more about past U.S. presidents as part of a presentation and discussion on October 27. Owens Adjunct Faculty member and retired Dean of Arts and Sciences, Gerry Bazer will address factors used to evaluate the country's past presidents. The presentation is titled "Great American Presidents" and will occur at 2 p.m. in College Hall Room 100.

For additional information about either event, call (567) 661-7479 or 1-800-GO- OWENS, Ext. 7479.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 29 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 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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