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Published 6/28/2005

Owens Community College Students Inducted Into Psi Beta Honor Society

Twenty-three 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 of 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," said Dr. Kerry Garretson, Owens professor of social and behavioral sciences and co-advisor of Psi Beta. "Owens' School of Arts and Sciences is extremely proud of their selection to Psi Beta and their commitment to higher education and continuing interest within psychology."

Selection criteria for students receiving the honor is based upon achieving a class ranking in the top 35 percent or an overall 3.0 grade point average, earning a minimum "B" average in psychology and completing at least one semester of psychology coursework. Additionally, recipients must demonstrate a genuine interest in psychology and exhibit high standards of personal integrity.

The Psi Beta National Honor Society student inductees for the 2004-05 academic year are:

Gina Adams of Toledo (pre-physical therapist assistant)
Mary Bash of Findlay (registered nursing)
Brandon Begin of Perrysburg (criminal justice technology)
Eudondra Butts of Toledo (practical nursing)
Kendra Deken of Toledo (social work)
Julia Drabek of Maumee (business management)
Joshua Francis of Bowling Green (associate of arts, general concentration)
Kenneth Georgia of Waterville (registered nursing)
Alicia Hoefler of Perrysburg (middle childhood education)
Vicki Jones of Toledo (psychology)
William Leslie of Oregon (associate of arts, general concentration)
Jon Luidhardt of Bowling Green (undecided)
Meghan Mansfield of Toledo (associate of arts, general concentration)
Rufina Paniagua-Escamilla of Leipsic (practical nursing)
Eric Schuett of Perrysburg (multi-age education)
Eddie Severhof of Walbridge (middle childhood education)
Jennifer Sulzmann of Toledo (criminal justice technology)
Adrienne Thomas of Northwood (associate of arts, general concentration)
Sara Thompson of Lambertville, Mich. (registered nursing)
Tracy Trimble of Rossford (registered nursing)
Sara Wensink of Custar (associate of arts, general concentration)
JoAnn Witkowski of Northwood (supervision)
Daniel Woodfeld of Toledo (associate of arts, general concentration)

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in 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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