BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY


Young skaters (left to right) Marissa Avery, Linzy Fitzpatrick and Ethan Alday presented a signed poster from the Bowling Green Skating Club to Alissa Czisny at the Feb. 12 reception in her honor.

Young skaters (left to right) Marissa Avery, Linzy Fitzpatrick and Ethan Alday presented a signed poster from the Bowling Green Skating Club to Alissa Czisny at the Feb. 12 reception in her honor.

BGSU celebrates Czisny's success

The campus congratulated senior Alissa Czisny on Feb. 12 for her U.S. women's figure skating championship. On hand to celebrate her Jan. 24 victory in Cleveland were fellow students, faculty and administrators, including President Carol Cartwright, who read a message from Bowling Green’s first national-champion skater, Scott Hamilton.

“I adore Alissa Czisny,” the 1984 Olympic gold medalist wrote. “She is everything you want in a ladies’ champion, on and off the ice.

“I believe she is the best skater to come out of Bowling Green,” added Hamilton, who will be back in his hometown Saturday (Feb. 21) for a gala benefiting the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. (See separate story.)

“She’s one of ours; she’s part of the family,” Cartwright said. Noting the presence of Bowling Green Mayor John Quinn, the president called Czisny a “great ambassador” for the city—where she also grew up—as well as the University.

Others speaking at the Feb. 12 reception were Joseph Oravecz, associate vice president for student affairs; Dr. Timothy Pogacar, who, as chair of German, Russian and East Asian languages, addressed Czisny’s academic success, and Laura Dunn, recreational sports/Ice Arena.

Dunn and three young skaters—Marissa Avery, Linzy Fitzpatrick and Ethan Alday—presented Czisny with a poster that had been on display in the Ice Arena for well-wishers to sign. The new U.S. champion, said Dunn, is “an inspiration to everyone who walks in that building.”

Before sitting down to sign autographs, Czisny, who is scheduled to graduate in May, thanked Bowling Green “for supporting me for so many years and for being such a great community.”

Cartwright pointed out that the event came exactly one year before the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. An Olympic berth will be on the line when Czisny skates in the world championships in Los Angeles next month.

February 16, 2009