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Office of Veterans Services Update

July 23rd, 2019

At this time, we are experiencing transition in our Office of Veterans Services.  Our commitment and support to our student veterans, active duty military service members and their dependents remains our number one priority.

For the next several weeks the Veterans Student Lounge and computer lab within the Office of Veterans Services (room 105, Veterans Hall, Toledo-area Campus) will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for regular use.

The office will be staffed from 12 – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for general questions and support.  Jessica Ruffner, Manager of Prior Learning Assessment, will be present during these hours to provide direct customer service.   In addition, Cindy Charlton, Associate Registrar, will be our School Certifying Official (SCO) during this time of transition.

Students who have specific questions may contact for assistance. This email account is being monitored and answers will be provided.

Students on the Findlay-area Campus and Downtown Learning Center, may visit the Office of Veterans Services on the Toledo-area Campus during the hours of 12 – 4 p.m. for general assistance, or email with specific questions.

Please contact Amy Giordano, Vice President, Enrollment Management & Student Services, at or Danielle Filipchuk, Assistant Dean of Student Life, at (567)661-7970 with additional questions.

Additional updates will be provided, and we appreciate your continued support and patience during this time of transition.

Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 at 8:57 am

Course Completion Rates on the Rise

July 16th, 2019


Overall course completion rates have been on the rise for the past five years and rose an additional one percentage point between Academic Year 2018 and 2019.

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To view course grade distributions and completion rates by a variety of student and course characteristics, see

Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at 9:28 am

Safe Zone Training – July 25 and September 26

July 16th, 2019

The Center for Campus and Community Connections and Owens Pride Club are offering a Safe Zone training for any and all members of the Owens community who have not previously attended.

Upon completion of this interactive two-hour training, participants will receive a Safe Zone postcard to display in your office or cubicle to publicly advertise your “SAFE ZONE”. Safe Zones are safe spaces for GLBTQ+ students, employees and allies.

Please join us to expand the Safe Zone initiative at Owens Community College.

Register here (seating is limited):

July 25

2-4 p.m.

College Hall 158

Due to the high demand for this training, we are able to offer another session on September 26 from 2 – 4 p.m. in College Hall 158 for any member of the Owens community (students, staff, faculty) who are interested in supporting our LGBTQIA students, faculty and staff. Training is interactive and engaging. Registration link for Fall semester training here:

Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at 9:25 am

Support Owens Alumni Association on Amazon Prime Day Today

July 12th, 2019

Support the Owens Alumni Association through AmazonSmile on Amazon Prime Day: same products, same deals, and you can support Owens scholarships and alumni programs at no additional cost.

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Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019 at 9:55 am

Electrical Safety is ‘Think Safety’ Topic for July

July 10th, 2019

The Office of Workplace Safety and Health is promoting electrical safety this month. According to the National Fire Protection Association, one of the top fire causes is overloaded power strips.

More information about electrical safety is available at A page also contains a link to a safety video with closed-captions and American Sign Language.

For information about any Workplace Safety and Health topic, please call ext. 7212.

Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 at 11:51 am

Summer 14th Day Enrollment is Up

July 8th, 2019


Summer 2019 “14th Day” Census Point enrollment is up compared to 2018. Total headcount is 3,469 and up 3.1% from last year; full-time-equivalent (FTE) enrollment (which is based on credit hours) is 630.9 and is up 5.4%. Continuing students make up the largest number of students at 1,592 and Transient students had the largest increase from 947 last year to 1,071 this year.

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For more information, see

Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019 at 3:23 pm

Congratulations Marathon Classic Ticket Winners

July 8th, 2019

Congratulations to the following College employees who won tickets to this week’s LPGA Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows, courtesy of The Blade, iHeart Media and 2-Scale:

  • Eileen Alexander, Instructor, Nursing
  • Lyndsay Dimick, Advisor, International Students
  • Jennifer Fehnrich, Executive Director, Fund Development
  • Veronica Fischer, Bus Driver/Custodian, Buildings and Grounds
  • Seth Graff, Dispatcher, Department of Public Safety
  • Maria Guarnieri, Advisor (Findlay)
  • Vivian Hackney, Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
  • Deborah Huenefeld, Secretary, Disability Resource Center
  • Jessica Ruffner, Manager, Prior Learning Assessment
  • Janet Tornow, Advocate, Oserve (Findlay)
  • Joan Waddle, Senior Accountant
  • Robin Walters-Powell, Adjunct Faculty, Social Work
  • Michael Wiederman, OPOTC Academy Commander
  • Beth Williams, Clinical Teaching Faculty, Dietetics
  • Jaime Wineland, Manager, Workforce and Community Services
  • Wanda Wray, Journeyman/Maintenance Specialist (Electrician), Buildings and Grounds
  • Michelle Younker, Chair, Mathematics

A total of 38 employees entered the contest. Winners were selected by random, blind draw.

Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019 at 3:20 pm

Supervisor Information Session Invitation – July 16

July 8th, 2019

We are inviting up to 20 supervisors, regardless of position, to voluntarily attend a Supervisor Information Session conducted by two experienced HR staff members.

July 16

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Heritage Hall Room 123A

Yes, everything you wanted to know about supervising employees, but were hesitant to ask! 

This training will provide resources and guidance supervisors need to be successful at the College in terms of managing their employees.   The goal of this discussion-style training is to provide tools to supervisors that will empower them to coach employees in a positive and effective manner.  In addition, an array of processes will be discussed to provide supervisors with resources to assist and effectively manage their employees and responsibilities.  Information topics will include hiring and onboarding, diversity and inclusion, overall supervisor responsibilities at the College, communication skills, coaching as opposed to supervising, and performance management.

For our attendance records, please contact Mike McDonald or Kim Cook by July 15 if you would like to attend the July 16 session.  If you are unable to attend the July 16 session, additional sessions will be provided in the coming months so please watch Onews for future dates.  This first session on July 16 will also serve as a brainstorming session so HR can receive feedback as to what topics supervisors would like to discuss in future sessions.

Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019 at 3:16 pm

Northwest Ohio is Powered by Owens – New Television Spot

June 27th, 2019

Northwest Ohio is Powered By the proud alumni of Owens Community College

A bold statement, but one that is supported by the fact that 70 percent of Owens Community College alumni choose to live and work in our local communities, powering our cities, and improving their lives at the same time. 

There is likely Owens alumni in places where you need them the most – at your nearby hospital or doctor’s office, your children’s school, the business that operates in your hometown, the police station, the auto technician service facility, your favorite restaurant, maybe even at your place of employment!

Since 1965, Owens Community College has worked to educate and populate the Northwest Ohio workforce with skilled, prepared and knowledgeable employees. The impact our alumni make resonates throughout the smallest of villages to the largest of metropolises. We are proud to support and power the education and economic development of the cities we serve. 


Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at 8:40 am

Enter to Win Free Marathon Classic Tickets

June 27th, 2019

All College employees are eligible to win free tickets to the Marathon Classic Presented by Dana, courtesy of the Blade. The LPGA event will be played at Highland Meadows in Sylvania July 11-14. To enter, please email with your name, department name and best contact phone number by 10 a.m. Monday, July 8. Please type “LPGA” in the email subject line. Only one entry per person.

Winners will be selected by random draw from all entries received and then contacted. Winners’ names also will be published in Onews.


Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at 8:32 am