Khrystyn D. Owens, a senior accounting major from Savannah, received the President’s Second Mile Award Saturday at the 179th commencement ceremony for Savannah State University. The award recognizes stellar leadership on campus and in the Savannah community.
Owens, a graduate of Groves High School, has been involved in a variety of scholastic and service activities at Savannah State, including the Accounting Association, where she served as president; and the College of Business Administration Student Advisory Council, where she served as vice chairwoman. She is the founder of the Eco-Tigers, a university student organization recognized by the city of Savannah and others for its efforts to promote environmental awareness both on and off campus.
Under Owens’ leadership, the Eco-Tigers launched the first-ever recycling program at SSU and adopted a section of Harry S. Truman Parkway from Delesseps Avenue to Victory Drive, where they collected more than 600 pounds of waste and recyclable materials.
A Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges honoree, Owens is the recipient of several academic scholarships and a volunteer with the Hudson Hill Community Organization, Keep Savannah Beautiful, the Miss Standard of Excellence Scholarship Pageant in Hinesville and others. She was also selected for a prestigious co-op with Johnson & Johnson at the company’s New Jersey headquarters, where she worked in the Internal Medicines Finance Department from January to July 2011.
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah.
The university’s 4,500 students select majors from 25 undergraduate and five graduate programs in the School of Teacher Education and three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.