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Published 11/14/2005

Owens Student Organizations Host Tributes to Veterans

Two local military veterans, which includes Owens Provost Dr. Paul Unger (left) who is a military veteran, help raise the American flag, while another observes, that flew aboard the USS Arizona when the United States was attacked by Japan at Pearl Harbor during the College's Veterans Day activities. Owens Community College recently honored American service men and women as two student organizations partnered to host Veterans Day activities on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.

Events began on the Toledo-area Campus with Robert Stewart, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and president of the Lucas County Veterans Services Commission, speaking about his own wartime experience and how it compares to modern day. Following Mr. Stewart's address, local military veterans helped raise the American flag that flew aboard the USS Arizona when the United States was attacked by Japan at Pearl Harbor. The tribute ceremony was coordinated through Student Government.

Later that day additional veterans events took place on the Findlay-area Campus. The Veterans Day program, organized by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), included a flag retirement ceremony and guest speaker Sgt. Andrew Sterling, an Owens student, discussing his military experience having recently returned from services in Iraq. A showing of the Oscar award-winning war film "Saving Private Ryan" followed the ceremony.

Additionally, area residents were encouraged to acknowledge those who are fighting for American freedom by writing letters to our brave service men and women, which will be sent as part of care packages through a local Troop Group.

The purpose of Owens' Student Government is to represent the student population on both the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses and engage in various social, political, academic and administrative initiatives that are in the best interests of the College's growing and diverse student body.

In addition, Student Government acts as a liaison between the student body and the College administration, the overall Owens community, governmental representatives and organizations, and other individuals and organizations. The ultimate task of Student Government is to address the needs, problems and concerns of the student body and to carefully listen to suggestions from the student body.

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.

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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