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Owens Mobile App

Last fall, Owens ITS released the Owens Mobile app for iOS and Android. The purpose of the app was to create an additional point of access to commonly used services for our students. Mobile devices have become inexpensive and ubiquitous, which now behooves the College to communicate with our students through technologies that are part of their everyday lives. Based on architecture provided by Ellucian, the providers of the Banner software used on campus, the app provides several basic services to our students in a mobile-friendly format. Current features of the app include:

– Class Schedule
– Grades
– Owens News Feed
– Campus Maps via Google Maps
– One-touch Access to Facebook & Twitter

The app is available for free from both the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play. We plan to develop additional app services in the future. If you have any suggestions for features to better serve our students, please post your ideas in the comment section.



What is your idea of a successful Wellness program? What does wellness mean to you?



Capital Funds From the State of Ohio

I am often asked why are we investing in campus facility renovations during a time when operating budgets are challenged and why don’t we use those facility funds on general operations?  The answer is that the State of Ohio specifically allocates funds for capital projects and those funds cannot be used for any other purpose except for campus construction and renovations. The College was allocated $5,000,000 as our share of  the 2013/2014 Biennium Capital Budget. As most of you may be aware, the Governor has just presented his recommendations for the State of Ohio’s Biennium Operating Budget for 2014/2015. The Biennium Operating Budget and Biennium Capital Budget are two “separate” budgets in which one deals with general operations and the other with capital renovations. The allocated funds of the two budgets are not interchangeable.

With the most recent Capital Allocations from the state we are proceeding with the following projects:

John Deere Lab Expansion:

The former Welding Lab in the Transportation Technology Building is being renovated to house an expansion for the College’s John Deere Program.  The additional space will allow for more John Deere Equipment to be housed inside (a requirement) and thus providing the space to accommodate more students in a growing program.

Math Labs

The success of the new Math Lab located in Transportation Technology has inspired us to create two additional labs on the Toledo and Findlay Campuses.

Heritage Hall II

The Heritage Hall II project is by far the largest project in process for this calendar year which will provide a large, state-of the-art Culinary Center. The new Culinary Center will be the newest and most sophisticated culinary training facility in Northwest Ohio.  As we have had and continue to have a waiting list for this program, we are confident it will allow us to attract and train more students as well as grow to be one of the College’s most successful programs. 

In addition to the Culinary Center, more than twenty classrooms and a new Medical Assistance Program (M.A.P.) Lab will be built in the remaining shelled space of Heritage Hall.  This will be done in two phases with the first phase being the M.A.P. Lab for this Fall semester followed by the additional classrooms which we are planning to complete with funds from a 2015/2016 State Capital Budget.

Basic Renovations

Along with the specific renovation projects, we have identified numerous repair and maintenance projects for both of the College’s Campuses.  Exterior projects such as door and window replacements, tuck-pointing, roofs, along with interior projects, including, mechanical, painting and carpet replacement will be identified, prioritized and addressed.



I Want to Thank You

I am excited that just a few weeks ago, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association reaffirmed our institutional accreditation through 2020.

I am extremely proud of you, Owens faculty and staff, for your hard work and dedication in achieving this continued accreditation through the HLC. While I have served at two other institutions that were Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)-accredited, not every institution is given this opportunity. It’s an honor for Owens to be an AQIP institution and it’s a nod to the quality I see here every day – in your classrooms, in your offices, and throughout the entire campus.

It’s specifically thanks to you! Did you know that Owens has been accredited through the Higher Learning Commission continuously since 1976? We don’t stop! We are always trying to be better. HLC reviewers even noted that we are a leader in continuous quality improvement during their review.

The duration of our accreditation and those comments show me how dedicated you are to continued excellence. We don’t rest on our laurels. We are dedicated. We are enthusiastic. We are innovative!

We need to keep the momentum up! How might we continue to improve? Do you have ideas on how to be more efficient? How to be more effective? Do you have any cost-savings ideas? Let’s hear them! Tell us your ideas! I want you to feel comfortable sharing them.

Each of us has a unique perspective to share. And it will take each of us, working together as a team, to be the best community college in the state of Ohio!



Future Directions of the School of Arts & Sciences

The School of Arts and Sciences is engaging in a discussion about the future direction of the School.  The College will send out a survey to the faculty members within the School asking for their opinion about the composition of the School.  Please share your thoughts on the following questions pertaining to the composition of the School of Arts and Sciences

1.  Should the Mathematics and Science departments join with the School of Technology creating a STEM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)? Why or why not?

2.  Should the Fine and Performing Arts department remain within the School of Arts and Science or become a separate School creating a focus on the Arts? Why or why not?

3.  If the School of Arts and Science is comprised of only the departments of Communication, Humanities & Languages; English; Social & Behavioral Sciences; and Teacher Education & Human Services, what should that new School be called? What that suggestion changed if the Fine & Performing Arts department remained in the School?



Findlay Campus Cohort News

In January we began our first business management cohort program at the Findlay Campus.  While students find the coursework to be quick paced and challenging,  they also readily admit the way the program is offered remains the only possibility for pursuing a degree.   The integrity of the courses remain fully in tact and the student group is providing tremendous support for one another.  This program is an example of how we can  successfully reach the needs of individuals by transforming our approach to course delivery.   Special thanks to everyone who has been involved in this initiative.  Once again the Owens team has created something wonderful for our students and surrounding community.   What academic area will comprise our next cohort group at the Findlay Campus.



Protecting the Security and Privacy of Personal Information

IT is committed to supporting the College in its mission of serving students and our community. IT is also committed to AQIP’s principles including “Focus on Stakeholders” and “Supporting Operational Operations“. IT recognizes that protecting the security and privacy of personal information is important to everyone.

A friendly reminder from the Owens Community College IT Division: Remember, you are the first line of defense in protecting the security and privacy of personal information. Here are some useful tips to help you keep information safe:

1. Identify:
Take a moment to consider what information you are working with, and in what forms. Information stored on paper is subject to different risk of loss than electronically stored information. To develop a sense of the scope of your department’s data risk, identify what data elements are being collected and processed in your work area.

2. Reduce:
Do not collect information unnecessary to your work. After identifying data elements being processed, reduce these data fields to the minimum necessary to complete your work tasks.

3. Lock:
After reducing data to the minimum required, make sure that the remaining materials are properly secured. At Owens, we pride ourselves on friendliness and community consciousness, but remember that an “Open Door” policy does not mean an “Open Office” policy: When away from your work area, you should lock your office door and attempt to put away loose materials. Computer workstations should be locked (on Windows machines, use the ubiquitous Control-Alt-Delete sequence) when not in use. Also, remember that computer workstations should be configured to lock automatically; if it does not do so, please contact the IT Help Desk (extension 7120) for assistance.

4. Pitch it:
Promptly destroy materials when they are scheduled for destruction per the College Records Retention Policy. Materials not under the College public records or record retention policy should be destroyed immediately.

5. Plan ahead:
Discuss with your supervisor your departmental procedures to identify and respond to potential information risk events. Promptly reporting privacy and security issues to College administration and to the proper authorities greatly reduces the risk of additional harm.

Any questions about data security and privacy may be directed to Matthew Junod, Information Security Officer (extension 7227).



I Don’t Know About You….

February 13, 2013

I don’t know about you, but when I experience poor customer service, especially…especially when I am paying for the service, I tend to get a little bent out of shape. It seems much too often in today’s world that there is a growing indifference to customer satisfaction, which brings me to the purpose of this blog.

It came to my attention the other day while attending a brown bag luncheon on the Findlay campus (where I teach) that a number one complaint of Owens students is that many of our instructors, who teach online, do not respond to student emails in an expeditious manner. I seem to recall that Noel-Levitz consultants reported the same concern.

Certainly, responding to online students in a timely manner,  is one area Owens can improve upon. My thoughts are that if just half of the online instructors commit to answering student emails responsibly, our customer service profile would improve significantly. Please join with me in spreading the word that Owens could perhaps corner the market in becoming known as the college with the best customer service in NW Ohio. On second thought, why not aim for being the college with the best customer service period! By the way…I continue to work on my own online performance.

Marian Moore

Assistant Professor

Social and Behavioral Sciences

 

 



Foundation Scholarship Applications

Owens Community College Foundation Scholarship applications are still being accepted for the 2013-2014 academic year, but the deadline is quickly approaching.  Applications are due February 15, 2013.  Any applications and essay materials can be returned to the Oserve office at any of our four locations.  In addition, scholarships that are awarded based on financial need also require students to have their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filed by February 28, 2013.  The Oserve office can assist students who need help filing the FAFSA as well.  Please encourage student to apply.  Applications are available in the Oserve office as well as online at https://www.owens.edu/foundation/scholarships.html.



O.L.A

One of the 2013 Owens Leadership Academy team, the Resourceful has accepted the task of sprucing up the Source Learning Center.  The project entails adding carpet to the main hallways, hanging pictures of the Toledo/Findlay campus, and Arrowhead Park, and branding the Owens logo in key areas of the Source Learning Center.  The Resourceful are very hopeful they can complete this project by mid-April 2013. 

Best wishes to Team Resourceful




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