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Published 12/14/2005

Owens Student Group Participates in Worldwide Initiative To Fight Hunger and Low Literacy Rates, Dec. 15

The Owens Community College student chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is encouraging area residents to help in the fight against hunger and low literacy rates by donating a canned good or book as part of a worldwide initiative titled "Project Graduation: Feed a Body, Feed a Mind" on Thursday, December 15.

Established in 2002, the civic engagement program is a global initiative collectively coordinated through more than 500 Phi Theta Kappa community college chapters located in the United States, Canada, Germany and Guam, among other countries. Since the program's founding, more than 220,000 food items and 190,000 books have been collected and presented to needy organizations.

Canned goods and books will be accepted from 8-10 a.m. and 6-9 p.m. on December 15. The collection point will be located in the hallway outside the Student Health and Activities Center gymnasium, where commencement ceremonies will occur later that evening starting at 7 p.m. All donations will be used to help local relief agencies and literacy organizations throughout Northwest Ohio.

Phi Theta Kappa was established in 1918 by the presidents of eight Missouri junior colleges for women. In 1924, the international organization was expanded to include all two-year colleges. To date, more than one million individuals have been inducted into the international honor society.

The overall mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic excellence among two-year college students, provide opportunities for leadership training and an intellectual climate for the exchange of ideas and ideals. In addition, the society continues to promote among its members the four standard hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. Owens' chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, which includes more than 350 members, is one of the largest honor societies in Ohio.

For more information about project graduation, call (567) 661-7209 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7209.

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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