Owens students showcase research and creative work PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:14
Owens Community College students pursuing academic studies at the highest level will have the opportunity to showcase their research and creative work in multiple disciplines as the academic institution hosts its third annual Honors Program Symposium and Medallion Ceremony on Friday.
The Honors Program Symposium and Medallion Ceremony will occur from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Founders Hall on the Perrysburg Township campus. The event is free and open to the public.
"Owens Community College is extremely proud to once again host an event which affords students the opportunity to share their academic findings with both the campus community and the general public through oral presentations and panel discussions," said Dr. Russell Bodi, Owens Professor of English and Honors Program Director.
Mirroring a professional academic conference, the ceremony will feature oral presentations and panel discussions by students on several topic areas, including history, politics, culture, ethics, morality, critical thinking, anthropology, religion, literature, international affairs and Shakespeare, among others. Each presentation and panel discussion is a collaborative effort between Honors Program students and Owens faculty members.
Two separate student panel discussions will also take place as part of the academic symposium. The first panel discussion topic is "Reader Response and 'The Art of War,'" while the second panel discussion will highlight "New Criticism of 'The Bible.'"
In addition to the oral presentations and panel discussions, the Owens Honors Program will recognize students for their educational success and leadership with the bestowing of an Owens Honors Program medallion. The students being recognized for the 2013 spring semester are Nicole Aldrich of Gibsonburg; Lynette Schnipke and Brookelynn Michele Diaz, of Findlay; Benjamin Stansfield of Perrysburg; Isabelle Dickerson of Holland, Terry Burkhead, Keith Crossman, Tiffany Young and Valerie Herron, all of Toledo.
The Honors Program at Owens was founded with the overall mission of providing a challenging educational opportunity, above and beyond the standard curriculum, for exceptional students who strive for academic excellence. Over 100 students are members of the current Owens Honors Program on the two Owens campuses.
To be considered for admission, a currently enrolled student must have a minimum 3.2 grade point average with 12 credits completed at Owens. A new student must have achieved a high school 3.2 grade point average or be enrolled as a post secondary enrollment option student.
Honors Program students must complete a total of 15 credit hours of honors courses, which includes nine credit hours of elective honors courses and two core courses titled Introduction to Critical Thinking and Honors Great Readings: Ancient World through the Middle Ages. To graduate as an Honors Scholar and receive the Honors Program medallion, a student must earn a cumulative 3.5 grade point average and complete an honors portfolio where they engage in directed research or service learning around essential questions or themes appropriate to their program of study as part of a capstone project, among other criteria.
In addition, Owens Honors Program graduates are able to continue their educational pursuits at Bowling Green State University, Eastern Michigan University or the University of Toledo as the academic institutions have in place seamless transfer agreements between the respective Honors Programs.

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