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Published 11/3/2004

Owens Findlay-area Campus Honors Veterans, Nov. 11

FINDLAY - The Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus will pay tribute to service men and women as the College hosts Veterans Day activities on Thursday, November 11.

Sponsored by the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization, the Veterans Day commemoration will occur on the College's Findlay-area Campus, located at the corner of Cory and Davis streets. The activities are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

"Veterans Day is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge those who have fought for American freedom," said Tom Marshall, Owens Associate Professor of Marketing and Management, who serves as SIFE team advisor. "Our nation would not be experiencing life as we know it without the selfless sacrifices of America's Armed Forces down through history. This year, we are proud to award the first-ever Students in Free Enterprise Freedom Award as a way to honor our own students for dedicating their lives to preserving liberty."

Beginning at 10 a.m., the SIFE team will award Owens student Josh Saltzman with the first-ever Students in Free Enterprise Freedom Award for his exemplary contributions and commitment to defending American freedom. Saltzman, a business management technology major, returned home from active duty in Iraq earlier this past year. For his service in Iraq, the Vanlue resident was awarded the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. His service also includes a year in South Korea.

Saltzman, a Vanlue High School graduate, will address attendees and give a brief presentation on his experiences within the military. The event will occur in the Atrium on the Findlay-area Campus. The award ceremony will be followed with the airing of the film "We Were Soldiers." The movie will be shown at 11:30 a.m. in Room 102.

SIFE was founded in 1975 to provide college students with educational opportunities designed to enhance their leadership, teamwork and communication skills. These educational opportunities are initiated by practicing the principles of market economics, business ethics, entrepreneurship and personal financial success through the implementation of various projects and events. Currently, there are more than 1,200 SIFE organizations on college and university campuses in over 33 countries.

Throughout the academic year, Owens' SIFE team members participate in a variety of free enterprise educational projects and events benefiting the local community. Past initiatives include sponsorship of a DECA Day competition for area high school students and the creation of a "Kick Start for Success Program," in which the team collaborated with the Salvation Army to teach children the basics of computer skills and financial responsibility.

For more information about the Veterans Day events, call (567) 429-3530 or 1-800-GO- OWENS, Ext. 3530.

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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