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Published 9/30/2005

Owens Community College Alumni Association Appoints New Board of Directors and Officers

Owens Community College has appointed area residents to leadership positions as new officers and board of directors for the Alumni Association. The appointments were made during the Association's recent organizational and annual meetings.

The newest community leader chosen to serve as a board of director for the Alumni Association is Bob Clifford of Findlay. He was appointed to a one-year term.

Clifford joins five other recent additions to the board of directors who were elected to three-year terms. Newly elected board of directors are Andrea Cutcher of Maumee, Allen Gunn of Perrysburg, Dr. Angela Jackson of Millbury, Michael Rickard of Toledo and Allison Schroeder of Swanton.

In addition, the Alumni Association board of directors appointed two current members for new leadership positions. David Seeger of Maumee will assume the position of vice president, while Steve Cotner of Perrysburg will serve as treasurer. Janet Meacham of Rossford and Debbie Green of Graytown will continue as president and secretary, respectively.

"The Owens Community College Alumni Association has an outstanding group of leaders who value the importance of a quality college education and the many benefits of lifelong learning," said Laura Moore, Owens manager of Alumni Affairs. "Owens' alumni are the heart of our Association's identity. The Alumni Association is a wonderful opportunity for fellow alums to renew old friendships, as well as build upon Owens' educational tradition by making a difference in the lives of current and future students."

Moore added, "With the new academic year underway, the Alumni Association looks to provide even more value-added programs and services with the goal of supporting the Owens mission and strengthening the surrounding communities."

The Alumni Association and its 17-member board of directors are dedicated to engaging alumni and students in programs, events and services that energize interest, build loyalty and heighten support of the College.

Since opening its doors in 1965, Owens Community College has provided higher education to more than 250,000 students. Owens' Alumni Association is committed to the personal and professional success of alumni and students through the ongoing development of value-added initiatives.

The College's Alumni Association is open to all graduates or students who have successfully completed any credit or non-credit course at Owens. New members have the opportunity to serve on the organization's board of directors or committees, utilize the Student Health and Activities Center, Common Computer labs, and Library services and attend a variety of social and networking events.

Throughout the academic year, Owens' Alumni Association has engaged in a variety of events, activities and endeavors, benefiting both the College and the Northwest Ohio community. Among the Association's initiatives were continuing to promote growth for the Owens Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program and hosting its second annual Toledo Mud Hens night and whitewater rafting trip in West Virginia. The organization also honored area police, fire and emergency medical professionals with the second annual Outstanding Service Award celebration. The awards recognized exemplary levels of public service within the surrounding Northwest Ohio communities.

In July, the Association sponsored its third annual Golf Classic. The 31-team event raised a record-setting $49,280 to benefit scholarship endeavors. As part of a collaborative effort with the College's Student Government, the Alumni Association, in conjunction with Books-A-Million at The Town Center in Levis Commons, accepted gently used backpacks or new school supplies, which were given to low-income elementary school children during the new school year. The community service activity is titled "Backpack to the Future."

The Alumni Association board of directors also includes Mark Carr of Perrysburg, Gary Dettling of Maumee (ex-officio), Kaye Koevenig of Toledo, Susan Litten of Maumee, Laura Moore (manager) of Perrysburg, William Steele of Toledo and Frank Weaver of Swanton.

For additional information about the College's Alumni Association, or to become a member, contact the Alumni Affairs Office at (567) 661-7410 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7410. Individuals also can obtain Alumni Association information by accessing Owens' website at www.owens.edu.

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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