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Published: Monday, 2/11/2013

Student, organizations receive excellence awards at Owens Community College


Owens Community College student John Breno of Maumee and Global Connections Student Club and Owens Photography Student Club have been chosen by the Board of Trustees Student Life Committee to receive student excellence awards.

The honor is for their commitment to academics, community engagement, student leadership and involvement in student life. Owens is based in Perrysburg Township.

Breno received the Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Volunteerism, the Global Connections Student Club received the Certificated of Recognition for Exceptional Student Leadership, and Student Life Involvement and the Owens Photography Student Club received the Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Community Engagement and Volunteerism.

The recipients were recognized at a recent college Board of Trustees meeting.

Breno was nominated by Frances O’Connor for his leadership and volunteerism in providing students with access to technology in support of student learning. The networking and information systems support major was instrumental in refurbishing desktop computers to benefit eligible students who used them. The initiative is titled Otech and focused on conserving resources through experiential learning and community resources.

Owens’ Elaine Shafer nominated the Global Connections Student Club for its leadership and advocacy in celebrating the college’s international students and engaging students in cultural exchange. The student organization was responsible for planning and organizing the college’s International Celebration event, which introduced students and area residents to international cultures, cuisine, music and dance. Student members include Liyaquat Qurban-ali of Ghazni, Afghanistan (pre-nursing), Mudhafar Alayani of Amman, Jordan (business administration), Razia Sultana of Gilgit, Pakistan (accounting technology) and Fibriani Widyaningrum of Sidoajo, Indonesia (business management).

The Owens Photography Student Club was nominated by Ruth Foote for its volunteerism and engagement with the community through the Help Portrait initiative. The initiative is a global movement of volunteer photographers who provide free professional portrait sessions in socio-economically challenged areas to improve the quality of life for those less fortunate. The Owens club’s outreach included planning, sponsoring and operating a photo studio at the East Toledo Family Center in honor of Mother’s Day. During the event, Owens students provided service to 142 family groups through Help Portrait. Student members of the club are Teri Birtwhistle of Toledo (commercial photography technology), Aaron Gonya of Arcadia (commercial photography technology), Cheri Guthrie of Waterville (commercial photography technology) and Matt Hamilton of Toledo (commercial photography technology).

The college board’s Student Life Committee was chartered in 2011 to recognize and celebrate students who demonstrate the college’s core values of service, learning, innovation, collaboration and excellence through their achievements in academics, community engagement or involvement in student leadership and student life.

Anyone may nominate an Owens student or a group of students who demonstrate achievements specific to the award categories of Exemplary Academic Achievement, Extraordinary Community Engagement or Volunteerism and Exceptional Student Leadership or Student Life Involvement. The awards are presented regularly.

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