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Alumni Association

"Alumni Activities at Owens Community College"
Discover the many activities and initiatives occurring within the Owens Alumni Association.
-- Laura Moore, Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events

Athletics

"Athletics at Owens Community College"
Receive an historical account of the College's intercollegiate athletic programs.
-- Rudy Yovich, Director of Athletics

"Express Coaches and Student-Athletes Community Appearance"
Learn about the various intercollegiate athletic programs at Owens from current head coaches and/or student-athletes.
-- Several Owens Express intercollegiate head coaches and student-athletes are available upon request.

"The Highs and Lows of the Coaching Profession"
Learn about the many responsibilities and issues related to coaching at the intercollegiate level.
-- Several Owens Express intercollegiate head coaches are available upon request.

Automotive

"Automotive Repair"
Acquire knowledge about the various aspects of repairing automobiles.
-- Nick Shultz, Instructor of Transportation Technologies

"Automotive Technology and the Consumer"
Explore the effects of high-tech cars on the consumer, including social and economic factors. The presentation also will examine misconceptions about the automotive industry and future technological trends.
-- Nick Shultz, Instructor of Transportation Technologies

"Customer Relations in the Automotive Industry"
Learn about how not to get taken to the cleaners by your mechanic or car salesperson. Highlights will include the relationship between the service industry and its customer base.
-- Nick Shultz, Instructor of Transportation Technologies

Business and Management

"Drugs in the Workplace"
Based on over 29 years of experience in corporate intelligence, Steve Cotner will share some staggering figures and information regarding the prevalence of drugs in the workplace.
-- Steve Cotner, Alumni Association Board of Directors

"Getting to Know your Customers and Competition"
Receive an overview of marketing research techniques, both formal and informal, to understand your customers and competitors. A variety of methods will be highlighted to give you information on your customer's needs and attitudes along with insight on your competitor's actions.
-- Tom Deckelman, Professor of Business Technology

"The Link Between Jobs, Education and Economic Development"
Gain insight into how jobs, education and economic development can further growth within a community.
-- Joe Zielinski, Adjunct Faculty Member

"Operating a Small Business"
Gain insight into effectively starting, operating and sustaining productivity in a small business. Learn about strategies for entrepreneurial success.
-- Joe Zielinski, Adjunct Faculty Member

"Theft in the Workplace"
Learn about workplace theft and the reasons employees steal from their employers.
-- Steve Cotner, Alumni Association Board of Directors

Children and Early Childhood Education

"Balancing Work and New Motherhood"
Gain insight into juggling responsibilities as a first-time mother and your career.
-- Melanie Scherdt, Instructor of Nursing

"Child Development Issues"
This presentation discusses the various issues related to the growth and development of children.
-- Pamela Chibucos, Professor of Teacher Education and Human Services

"Early Childhood Education"
Learn about the ever-changing field of early childhood education and its many career options.
-- Janice Fellman, Adjunct Faculty Member
-- Melinda Gray, Professor of Teacher Education and Human Services
-- Deb Ciecka, Chair of Teacher Education and Human Services

"Parenting Issues"
Gain insight into parenting issues related to positive guidance and discipline, child development, and methods of teaching young children.
-- Pamela Chibucos, Professor of Teacher Education and Human Services
-- Melinda Gray, Professor of Teacher Education and Human Services

"The Educational Value of Play in the Lives of Children"
Did you know that young children learn and grow in all areas of human development simply by interacting with the people, places and things around them? Discover what children learn as they explore their environment through play.
-- Elisa Huss-Hage, Professor of Teacher Education and Human Services

Education, Training, and Pesonal and Professional Development

"Balancing Your Life"
Learn how to define or prioritize different departments making up your life. Develop an applicable plan for balancing a hectic daily schedule.
-- Jeff Hardesty, Professor of Business Technology

"Business Professionalism"
Acquire knowledge about understanding company cultures, and how to put your best foot forward in a professional manner.
-- Jeff Hardesty, Professor of Business Technology

"Career and Life Planning"
Gain knowledge about major components related to career and life planning, and resources for managing such an important process.
-- Angie McGinnis, Director of Advising

"College 101: The Success Steps to an Education"
Learn about how to make a successful transition from high school to college.
-- Several Owens representatives are available upon request.

"Community Organizing and Development"
Gain insight and knowledge on building strong communities (grassroots efforts).
-- Denise Shuster, Vice Provost of Academic Services

"Developing a Personal Leadership Philosophy"
Self-awareness is essential for effective interaction with others. This topic examines styles of leadership, different facets of leadership and the tasks of leadership to help you determine the appropriate leadership approach to take.
-- Verne Walker, Director of Teaching and Learning Success Center

"Developing Your Management Strategy Skills as a First-Time Manager"
Gain insight into transitioning yourself from a worker to a supervisor.
-- Jeff Hardesty, Professor of Business Technology

"Diversity in the Workplace"
Learn about diverse populations and how they can strengthen the organization.
-- Denise Shuster, Vice Provost of Academic Services

"Educational Opportunities at Owens Community College"
Learn about associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 two-year degree and certification programs in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Information Systems, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies offered at Owens Community College.
-- Several Owens representatives are available upon request.

"Empowering Others: Leadership that Gets Results"
Empowering leaders are known for committing people to action, inspiring others to work toward a common goal and converting followers into leaders and change agents. Gain insight into the difference between managers and leaders and receive a self-assessment of your own current leadership style.
-- Verne Walker, Director of Teaching and Learning Success Center

"Essential Interpersonal Skills for Leadership"
Emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills are essential for leadership success. Learn how to focus on the basics of effective interpersonal communication, including the importance of understanding yourself through your strengthens and capabilities, as well as developing relationships with others.
-- Verne Walker, Director of Teaching and Learning Success Center

"Going Back to College as a Non-Traditional Student"
Worried about starting college after years away from the academic classroom? Overcome the anxiety and fears of entering college as a non-traditional student by receiving information related to finding a balance with school, work and family life.
-- Several Owens representatives are available upon request.

"Leadership"
Learn about the principles surrounding effective leadership, and how strong vision, communication and authenticity can make someone a leader.
-- David Seeger, Adjunct Faculty Member and Alumni Association Board of Directors
-- Dr. Renay Scott, Vice President/ Provost
-- Steve Hillard, Director of Adult and Continuing Education

"Leading with Goals"
Establishing and achieving goals is critical to leadership success. Learn why goals are a foundation of a leader's aspirations, intent and purpose. Examine the "how-to" of goal setting and develop habits of success.
-- Verne Walker, Director of Teaching and Learning Success Center

"Managing Life's Transitions"
This presentation offers a framework into understanding different types of transitions occurring throughout an individual's life. Acquire knowledge about ways to handle such changes.
-- Angie McGinnis, Director of Advising

"Motivating an Audience"
Learn about how to motivate an audience. What areas of your life need to be revved up?
-- Susan Litten, Adjunct Faculty Member and Alumni Association Board of Directors

"Online Communities"
Learn how to navigate and explore online communities ranging from support to general interest.
-- Denise Shuster, Vice Provost of Academic Services

"Overcoming Math Anxiety"
Find out about the characteristics of math anxiety, what causes it and strategies for overcoming the problem.
-- Angie McGinnis, Director of Advising

"Planning for College"
This presentation, which is geared toward high school students, outlines several important steps in planning to pursue a college education.
-- Angie McGinnis, Director of Advising
-- Jennifer Irelan, Manager of Enrollment Communications and Events

"Political Rhetoric and Speech Writing"
Learn about the differences between propaganda and persuasion and how they are used in national and state political speeches.
-- James Hodak, Professor of Communications/Humanities

"Post-Secondary Enrollment Options"
Explore the various opportunities available to students interested in obtaining college credit while still in high school.
-- Angie McGinnis, Director of Advising
-- Joe Carone, Director of Admissions and Career Services

"Realizing Change"
Effective leaders plan and manage change. This presentation focuses on understanding the process of change, the reasons that change is difficult to initiate and implement, and strategies leaders use to become a "change agent".
-- Verne Walker, Director of Teaching and Learning Success Center

"Resume Writing 101"
Gain instruction into how to write an impressive resume for potential employment opportunities.
-- Tim Rice, Professor of English

"Steps to Job Searching"
Acquire the tools to make your job search successful. Highlighted techniques will include networking, self-assessment, interviewing, and resume and cover letter writing.
-- Gentry Dixon, Career Services Specialist

"Telephone Techniques"
Learn what and what not to do when answering the telephone. This presentation will stress the importance of telephone etiquette in the work environment.
-- Connie Buhr, Director of Workforce and Community Services Operations

"The Adult Learner"
Gain insight into balancing family, a career and education as a non-traditional student.
-- Steve Hillard, Director of Adult and Continuing Education

"Thinking Ethically: A Framework for Making Leadership Decisions"
This topic examines the role of the leader in articulating ethical priorities and making moral decisions. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine the nature of attitudes and values, assess the degree to which members of a group have common values and the impact this has on group action.
-- Verne Walker, Director of Teaching and Learning Success Center

"Time Management"
Discover how easily you can better manage your time with the help of just a few simple rules.
-- Connie Buhr, Director of Workforce and Community Services Operations

"Transferring In and Out"
Gain a procedural understanding of how a student transfers from one higher educational institution to another - with emphasis on Owens Community College's many transfer opportunities.
-- Douglas Bullimore, Director of College and University Partnerships
-- Pat Dymarkowski, Manager of Academic Advising

"Undercover Investigations"
Learn about a variety of experiences related to being undercover.
-- Steve Cotner, Alumni Association Board of Directors

Electronics

"Electronics - What is it?"
Discover what's new and hot within the field of electronics, or what's new and won't catch on. Is something worth fixing?
-- Glenn Rettig, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs

Environment, Energy and Conservation

"Alternative and Renewable Energy"
Considering solar power? Learn about the latest in generating electricity, heating water and also heating your home with a little help of the sun.
-- Joe Peschel, Part-Time Coordinator of Non-Credit Customized Training

"How to Save Energy in Your Home or Business"
Learn about the latest technology in heating, cooling and other energy related items, such as insulation, window technology and weather proofing.
-- Joe Peschel, Part-Time Coordinator of Non-Credit Customized Training

"River Ecology of Northwest Ohio"
Learn about the local ecology and geology of Northwest Ohio aquatic systems.
-- Bob Connour, Professor of Science

Finance

"Banking and Financial Matters"
Acquire knowledge on how to improve your financial status through various investment strategies.
-- David Seeger, Adjunct Faculty Member and Alumni Association Board of Directors
-- H. Richard Rowe, Board of Trustee Member

"Economic Issues"
Explore economic trends and their implications on American business and industry. Find out where we have been, where we are and where we are going.
-- David Seeger, Adjunct Faculty Member and Alumni Association Board of Directors

Financial Aid

"The College Financial Aid Process"
Learn about how to apply for and receive financial aid and scholarships from an educational institution.
-- Dr. Betsy Johnson, Dean of Enrollment Services

Fine and Performing Arts

"Behind the Scenes of a Theatrical Production"
What goes on in the dark? Learn about the behind-the-scenes aspects of a modern theatrical production.
-- Rick Clever, Technical Director of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts

"History of Rock and Roll"
Gain insight into the development of one of America's most important musical forums.
-- Tim Rice, Professor of English

"Renditions of Your Favorite Patriotic Songs"
Request one of several patriotic songs for your organizational event. Songs choices include "The Star-Spangled Banner", "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful".
-- Tom Reed, Financial Analyst/Budget and Systems

"Self Transformation Through Musical Improvisation"
Learn about the power of musical improvisation as a personal means of self-help and self-discovery for musicians, artists or performers of any skill level. Presentation can feature a musical performance/demonstration to illustrate how improvisation can be a simple but powerful means of focus, mediation, stress-relief, self-awareness, and personal reflection and growth.
-- Eric Wallack, Associate Professor of Fine and Performing Arts

"The Art and Times of the Guitar"
Gain insight into the historical development of the guitar in contemporary and historical cultures and how the instrument has become a vehicle for personal, artistic and/or cultural freedom and expression. Presentation can feature a musical performance/demonstration if interested.
-- Eric Wallack, Associate Professor of Fine and Performing Arts

Food, Nutrition and Hospitality

"Food and Nutrition"
Gain insight into improving your lifestyle through health promotion and medical nutrition therapy.
-- Mary Beck, Professor of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality

"Food Safety"
Gain insight into the fundamental skills necessary to reduce food borne illness. Presentation can be directed to the home cook or food service professionals.
-- Chef Bill Powell, Instructor of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality

Health and Fitness

"Cardiovascular Health Problems"
Receive an explanation related to the treatment for heart disease, effects of aging on the cardiovascular system and cardiovascular nursing. Individuals will also obtain information about the risks and causes of heart disease.
-- Julia Popp, Professor of Nursing

"End of Life Issues"
Gain insight into handling a diagnosis of a terminal disease.
-- Melanie Scherdt, Instructor of Nursing

"Fad Dieting and Exercising"
Learn about scientific findings on proper dieting and exercising. There are good and bad ways to diet and exercise.
-- Mary Beck, Professor of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality

"Imaging Technologies Overview"
Acquire knowledge about the different modalities within the field of radiology.
-- Susan Litten, Adjunct Faculty Member and Alumni Association Board of Directors

"Privacy and Confidentiality of Health Information"
Find out more about the privacy of your submitted health information. Is it really confidential?
-- Bonnie Hemp, Chair of Health Information Technology

"Stress Management"
What causes stress and how do you reduce it? Learn how to cope with stress in everyday life.
-- Julia Popp, Professor of Nursing

"The Effects of Exercise and Fitness"
Learn about the many benefits of exercise on the body, as well as ways to incorporate fitness into your daily schedule.
-- Mary Beck, Professor of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality

"Type 2 Diabetes and You"
What is Type 2 Diabetes? Learn about the risk factors related to Type 2 Diabetes, as well as gain insight into proper treatment and management for a healthier life.
-- Julia Popp, Professor of Nursing

History

"America's First Ladies"
Learn about America's most prominent First Ladies and their contributions to the Presidency and the country as a whole. Featured First Ladies will include Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, "Lady Bird" Johnson and Hillary Clinton, among others.
-- Gerry Bazer, Retired Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Adjunct Faculty Member

"American Presidents as Heroes"
Acquire knowledge about the various heroic actions by American Presidents before, during or after their Presidential years in office.
-- Gerry Bazer, Retired Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Adjunct Faculty Member

"Great American Presidents"
Learn about factors normally used to evaluate Presidents of the United States. Ohio Presidents will also be highlighted in the lecture.
-- Gerry Bazer, Retired Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Adjunct Faculty Member

"Northwest Ohio Forts in the War of 1812"
This presentation will highlight how Ohio played a pivotal role in the young United States winning the Northwest theatre of operations in the War of 1812 and how various Northwest Ohio forts were involved in the battles.
-- Pat Dymarkowski, Manager of Academic Advising

"Ohio's Presidents: Exactly how many were there?"
Acquire knowledge about the eight - or was it seven or six - Ohio Presidents, including their rank in American history.
-- Gerry Bazer, Retired Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Adjunct Faculty Member

"The Most Consequential Actions of American Presidents"
This presentation will focus on which individual actions of American Presidents are regarded as the most consequential in United States history.
-- Gerry Bazer, Retired Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Adjunct Faculty Member

International Culture and Travel

"Japanese Education/Communications"
Receive a general overview about Japanese junior and senior high schools related to educational objectives and interpersonal communication.
-- James Hodak, Professor of Communications/Humanities

"Life in the Middle East"
Gain insight into the culture (cuisine, environment and lifestyle) of several Middle Eastern countries from an American perspective.
-- Wayne Seely, Associate Professor of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

"The Hindu Religion and Philosophy"
Receive an overview about the basic principles involved with Hinduism.
-- Siva Sakthivel, Professor of Business Technology

"The Principles of Islam"
This lecture explores various aspects of the Islamic culture, highlighted by human rights, beliefs and principles. Discussion will also focus on the status and role of women in Islam.
-- Dr. Sadia Makky, Professor of Math

Language and Literature

"Poetry and Literature"
Learn about poetry readings and gain insight into modern poetry and literature.
-- Leonard Kress, Professor of Communications/Humanities

"Polish Literature"
Gain knowledge into another country's literary background.
-- Leonard Kress, Professor of Communications/Humanities

"Shakespeare and His Contemporaries"
Explore and acquire insight into the English Renaissance, its literature and culture.
-- Dr. Russell Bodi, Professor of English

"The Midwestern Detective Novel"
Explore the many concurrent themes featured within detective novels mostly involving Catholic priests of the Midwest.
-- Dr. Russell Bodi, Professor of English

Marketing and Event Planning

"Planning for Special Occasions"
Pick up tips to help in planning your next social gathering or special occasion.
-- Susan Litten, Adjunct Faculty Member and Alumni Association Board of Directors

"Special Events and Fundraising Success"
Gain insight into creating and delivering special events and activities through "tricks of the trade".
-- Laura Moore, Director of Alumni Relations

Owens Community College

"Owens: Past, Present and Future"
Learn about Owens Community College and how the academic institution serves the Toledo area community.
-- Several Owens representatives are available upon request.

Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus

"Owens Findlay: Past, Present and Future"
Learn about the history of Owens Community College in Findlay and discover what the future holds for the academic institution in regards to serving the surrounding communities.
-- Several Owens representatives are available upon request.

Public Safety

"Crime Prevention"
Don't become a victim. Learn how to protect your family and your home in today's society.
-- Michele Johnson, Chair of the School of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
-- Wayne Seely, Professor of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

"Disaster Planning and Your Home"
Learn how to be prepared when a disaster strikes.
-- Michele Johnson, Dean of the School of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
-- John Routzon, Assistant Director of Security Division

"Personal Protection"
Learn how to protect yourself when you're out in public.
-- Michele Johnson, Dean of the School of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
-- Wayne Seely, Professor of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

"What do you do before help arrives?"
In an emergency situation, have you ever had that feeling of helplessness? Learn what to do when waiting for professional help to arrive.
-- Michele Johnson, Dean of the School of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
-- Wayne Seely, Professor of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness


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