WEISS CHOSEN FOR HALL OF FAME
This year’s Kappa Tau Alpha Hall of Fame Award winner is Larry Weiss, a graduate with an outstanding professional and public service record.
A native of Canton, Weiss graduated from the journalism program in 1967 with a specialization public relations.
He went to work in Press Relations at Libbey-Owens- Ford in Toledo, then joined creative advertising department at Firestone Tire and Rubber in Akron.
In 1973, he was recruited by then-BGSU president Hollis Moore to become assistant director of alumni affairs. Over his next years at BGSU he became director of Alumni Affairs and eventually worked in governmental affairs for the president. He retired in 2007.
Weiss has served BGSU and the community in many capacities. He was chair of BGSU’s 75thanniversary celebration and has served on the boards of trustees for the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, the Bowling Green Community Development Foundation and the United Way of Greater Toledo. He also chaired the Wood County United Way campaign.
He loves playing baseball and has played in a number of leagues including the Legends of Baseball League in Cooperstown.
Larry and his wife, Fran, have been great friends to the university, the community and especially to the Department of Journalism and Public Relations.
WHITAKER NAMED CURRIER YOUNG PROFESSIONAL
The Currier Young Professionals Award was established in 2005 to honor the outstanding accomplishments of a recent graduate. This year’s honoree is Carrie Whitaker.
Whitaker was born in Dayton, Ohio, and is the daughter of a school teacher and a realtor.
Her family moved to the Cincinnati area, and she began exploring the field of journalism at Lakota West High School where she joined the staff of the high school newspaper, The Voice, her sophomore year.
Having fallen in love with reporting and editing, Carrie enrolled at Bowling Green State University where she joined the BG News staff as a sophomore, rising to the role of editor in chief her senior year. She graduated in May 2005.
After a short stint as an education reporter at The Middletown Journal in Middletown, Ohio, Carrie took a job at The Cincinnati Enquirer, where she now covers public safety.
She is engaged to J.K. Smith a working artist and wood shop tech at the independent Art Academy of Cincinnati in Over-the-Rhine.
They live Downtown with wiener dog, Bailey, and cat, Worms, and enjoy camping and traveling, having spent time in recent years in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Honduras, while planning a honeymoon next summer in Istanbul, Turkey.
OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARDS
Waugh Trophy for top graduating journalism student: Alesha Gailhouse
Outstanding public relations sequence student: Alesha Gailhouse
Outstanding print sequence student: Bobby Waddle
Outstanding broadcast sequence student: Saisha Gailliard
DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
|Kailia Johnson||Currier Rising Senior||$4,000|
|Danae King||Currier Rising Junior||$4,000|
|Alissa Widman||John H. Walker Scholarship||$600|
|Shirley O'Nan||Journalism Alumni Board||$500|
|Michele Wysocki||Weiss Journalism Scholarship||$500|
|Sarah Bailey||Bev Murray Scholarship||$300|
|James Matthew Thacker||Spencer Canary Scholarship||$250|
|Kelsey Rentner||SMC Fund for Excellence||$250|
|Michele Wysocki||Terry Goodman Memorial Scholarship||$300|
|Nathan Lowe||Robert F. Collins Sports Media Scholarship||$500|