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497 Owens Community College Students Graduate During Fall Commencement
Challenging graduates to commit to a lifelong investment in learning, Dr. Lloyd A. Jacobs, president of the Medical University of Ohio, addressed the Owens Community College graduating class as the academic institution held its 27th annual Fall Commencement on Thursday, December 15.
Serving as keynote speaker, Dr. Jacobs shared with the 497 graduates, including 47 from the Findlay-area Campus, and the more than 2,700 family, friends and relatives in attendance about how "learning should never be over."
"Whatever your plans, never stop learning," Dr. Jacobs stated during his commencement speech. "Every business - construction, transportation, information technology, banking - all of these depend on a learning workforce."
Dr. Jacobs went on to stress that knowledge is seamless from generation to generation and encouraged each Owens graduate to begin mentoring and teaching someone else. "A mentor is a guide, a leader, a hand in the dark - and nowhere else in life is the value of a mentor as great as it is in the pursuit of knowledge," the MUO president explained. "You can become a mentor by telling someone in high school - you can go the college."
Dr. Jacobs began his appointment as the sixth president of the Medical College of Ohio, now the Medical University of Ohio, in November 2003.
Prior to coming to MUO, Dr. Jacobs was chief operating officer of the University of Michigan Health System, one of the largest systems in the country, and senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Michigan Medical School. He also held a faculty appointment as professor of Surgery.
A vascular surgeon, Dr. Jacobs began his career in academic medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit in 1974, staying there for 15 years until he became an associate professor of Surgery and assistant dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Michigan Medical School.
That same year - 1989 - he was appointed chief of staff at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. He held that position until 1996, when he was named associate dean for Clinical Affairs of the University of Michigan Medical School and then senior associate dean for the medical school.
In 1995 and 1996, Dr. Jacobs chaired a committee that developed a three-year redesign plan that streamlined the system's operations, reduced expenses by $200 million at the medical center, and improved revenues through the addition to the system of more primary-care physicians and 25 new outpatient health centers.
In February 1997, he was named interim chief operating officer of the University of Michigan Health System and appointed to the post permanently in September 1998.
Dr. Jacobs has been active in teaching surgical principles and practices to medical students and residents for 20 years and, drawing on his extensive administrative experience, teaches a course on physicians as leaders and administrators. His major field of research interest involves outcomes studies of vascular surgical disease, especially as relates to various health-care systems and funding mechanisms.
A native of Holland, Mich., Dr. Jacobs, following graduation from high school, served four years on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, receiving an honorable discharge in 1962. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1965 from Miami University in chemistry and an M.D. degree in 1969 from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed surgery residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of California at San Diego Hospital and Wayne State University Hospital.
A fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Jacobs is a member of numerous professional surgical societies and is a past president of the Academy of Surgery of Detroit. Dr. Jacobs and his wife, Ola, have two sons.
Jennifer Daniels of Maumee, an early childhood education major, was selected as the Owens Community College class representative and addressed the graduates during the Fall Commencement ceremony.
Graduating with a 4.0 GPA, Daniels describes herself as a patient, outgoing and hard working individual. Her favorite hobbies include scrapbooking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Daniels, a 1996 Mentor High School graduate and Cleveland native, earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education from Bowling Green State University before enrolling in the early childhood education associate degree program at Owens. While enrolled, Daniels gained hands-on experience working in the Child Care Center on the Toledo-area Campus.
Daniels credits the educational success she has achieved to her supportive husband, Dave, as well as to her four young nephews, who motivated her and encouraged her to obtain a second degree.
"Being with my nephews and spending time with them inspired me to enroll at Owens," Daniels said. "I love playing with them and watching them learn and grow. Teaching them even the most miniscule thing is amazing. It opened my eyes and made me realize that I could do that with other children as well."
The focus of her Commencement speech addressed the importance of goals and dreams in one's life, as well as her personal success story.
"Take the time to enjoy your success now," Daniels stated during her speech. "Continue to dream and don't let others discourage you from following your heart."
In the future, Daniels intends on teaching in a Northwest Ohio child care center and looks forward to starting her own family.
Of the 497 graduates, 110 graduated with honors and eight of those earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages.
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.