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Published 3/16/2005

Owens Findlay-area Campus Students in Free Enterprise To Hold Fourth Annual Spaghetti Dinner, March 24

FINDLAY - Area residents are invited to learn more about the professional business setting as Owens Community College's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) hosts its fourth annual SIFE Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, March 24.

The event will occur from 6-8 p.m. at the Senior Center (423 Trenton Ave.) in Findlay. Tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner are $5 per person and the public is encouraged to attend. Proceeds will be used to fund the student organization's participation in the SIFE Regional Championship competition next month and various community outreach initiatives.

"Owens Community College's SIFE organization is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of local community members by engaging in market economics, business ethics, entrepreneurship and personal financial success outreach initiatives," said Joy Stytle, Owens small business management option student and SIFE President. "Events such as the SIFE Spaghetti Dinner enable our student group to open doors for service learning projects. We appreciate the community's support and anticipate a great evening of conversation about the business industry."

Representatives from Wal-Mart will serve as the highlighted speakers for the event. The topic of discussion will focus on a company's social responsibility within the community setting.

In addition to the featured discussion, Owens' SIFE organization will be announcing the recipients of two $1,000 Owens Findlay-area Campus SIFE scholarships for the 2005-06 academic year. Selection criteria for scholarship recipients is based upon applicants submitting an essay on what free enterprise means to them and why they would like to participate in the College's SIFE team. Individuals also must be a graduating high school senior planning to enroll as an Owens student and carry a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

SIFE was founded in 1975 to provide college students with educational opportunities designed to enhance their leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Such 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 SIFE-sponsored events. Currently, there are more than 1,200 SIFE organizations on college and university campuses in over 33 countries.

Throughout the academic year, Owens' 30-member SIFE team participates in a variety of free enterprise educational projects and events benefiting the local community. In 2004, the organization hosted a community-wide Veterans' Day celebration to pay tribute to service men and women and reached out to area residents by organizing a professional clothing drive, benefiting disadvantaged women in Findlay and the surrounding communities. Collected clothing was donated to residents of Findlay's Hope House for the Homeless.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (567) 429-3530 or 1-800-GO- OWENS, Ext. 3530.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Northwest Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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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