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Owens Dedicates New Findlay-area Campus With Community Celebration, Sept. 10
FINDLAY - Owens Community College will mark a milestone in the academic institution’s history by formally dedicating a new $17.7 million Findlay-area Campus as part of a community celebration on Saturday, September 10.
With this facility, Owens becomes the only college or university in Ohio to officially open a completely new campus beginning with academic classes this fall.
“Owens Community College’s new Findlay-area Campus is a welcome addition to the Northwest Ohio region,” said Judy Ennis, Owens executive dean for the Findlay-area Campus. “The opening of this truly magnificent facility will provide current and future students with educational resources that are unmatched, enabling each individual the opportunity to pursue their career aspirations.”
Ennis added, “The College is extremely pleased to open the doors to this premier academic institution and share its enriched learning opportunities with the surrounding communities.”
The grand opening celebration will begin at 11:20 a.m. as Owens representatives join community leaders and elected officials to officially open the facility’s doors by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the new campus.
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, daylong activities will commence with a community picnic on the College’s south lawn and courtyard from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The lunch is free of charge and will feature many of the traditional picnic favorites, including hamburgers, bratwursts and Dietsch’s ice cream.
Beginning at 1 p.m., Owens will host a campus dedication ceremony and feature remarks by Christa Adams, Ph.D., president of Owens, and Judy Ennis, as well as comments by area elected officials and Charles Construction Services representatives. Additionally, renowned artist Barton Rubenstein will unveil his “Sunburst” sculpture that was constructed specifically for the new Findlay-area Campus.
A variety of activities and games will also occur throughout the day. Festivities will include everything from making flubber and face painting to interactive children’s games and a rock climbing wall, all offered by Owens and area community organizations. Area organizations participating in the College’s grand opening celebration are the Lupus Foundation of America, the American Red Cross, Camp Fire USA and the Cancer Patient Services, among others.
From 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., individuals will have the opportunity to take self-guided or guided tours and view demonstrations highlighting the varied educational capabilities and important features of the new campus.
In addition, live music by several local bands will headline the afternoon entertainment. Local groups’ Pantasia, Findlay High School’s student steel band featuring a Caribbean sound, will play from 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., while the Civil Surfers, a Findlay surf rock n’ roll band, will perform from 2:15-4 p.m.
Owens’ new education center, will provide an array of expanded choices, as well as new academic resources, highlighted by 38 advanced technology classrooms, 27 technical and computer laboratories, and student services areas. Included in the new student services areas are a Bursar’s Office, Records Office, Financial Aid Office and Enrollment Services Office.
Additional features include a Bookstore, Commons area, Library, Jaguar Grill, Conference Room, and the Voorhees Farmhouse and Conference Center. Encompassing 119,407 square feet, the new 60-acre campus is located at 3200 Bright Road on Findlay’s northeast side.
Owens’ new Findlay-area Campus will serve as home to more than 100 degree and certificate program areas. Among the academic program offerings available to students are arts and sciences, business and information technology, health sciences, technology, public safety and emergency preparedness, and skilled trades.
All activities and events occurring throughout the day are free and the public is encouraged to attend. For additional information about Owens’ new Findlay-area Campus grand opening celebration, call (567) 661-7493 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7493.
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.