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On cusp of centennial, BGSU begins planning celebration

BGSU has come a long way from its beginnings as a state normal school in 1910, when livestock judging was going on in the basement of what is now Moseley Hall. To mark its 100th birthday in 2010, plans are under way for a yearlong, campuswide celebration with the theme “A Legacy of Excellence, a Future without Limits.”

A Centennial Commission of 45 University and city representatives on seven committees is already at work, reported Kim McBroom, associate vice president for marketing and communications. She and Larry Weiss, former alumni director and retired associate vice president for University relations and governmental affairs, are co-chairs of the commission. “We have a really broad cross-section of people for input from all areas,” McBroom said. Anyone interested in participating, or who has an idea for an event or activity, is invited to contact the committee chairs.

The academic celebration of the centennial will be held on the actual anniversary, Nov. 10, 2010, while a larger celebration will take place at Homecoming. That date has not been determined, but the University has asked the Mid-American Conference to name a date for a home game so it can begin planning, McBroom said.

Two logos have been developed and will be used beginning next year, she added.

Kent State University will also be celebrating its centennial in 2010, and some joint activities are being planned. Former administrator Dick Edwards is the liaison with Kent.

Centennial Commission subcommittees and chairs

• Academic: Drs. Rachel Vannatta and Judy Jackson May, both College of Education and Human Development, co-chairs

• Alumni/Donor: Marcia Sloan Latta, senior associate vice president and director of alumni and development, chair

• Athletics: Jane Myers, assistant director of the Falcon Club, and Jim Lessig, former athletics director, co-chairs

 • Community and Business: Dr. James Smith, vice president for economic development and regional growth, chair
• Marketing/Public Relations: Dr. Terry Rentner, School of Communication Studies, chair

• Student Events: Jill Carr, assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, chair

• University Events: Linda Dobb, executive vice president, chair

March 3, 2008