Dr. Janet Parks

Dr. Janet Parks

Janet Parks named Honorary Alumnus

Dr. Janet Parks, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of human movement, sport and leisure studies, received the Honorary Alumnus Award from the BGSU Alumni Association at its annual awards ceremony on April 5.

Parks has been an ardent supporter of BGSU for more than 30 years. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native began her career at BGSU as an instructor in the University’s former Women’s Health and Physical Education Department. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1971 and to associate professor in 1979. In 1995, she became a full professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies.

She is a former president of the Friends of the University Libraries Board and a current member of the Library Advocates Board. In 2004, she launched a project to raise funds for the construction of a student group-study space and a cyber café on the seventh floor of the Jerome Library. She has furthered her commitment to BGSU through the Presidents Club, Falcon Club and the Dean’s Council for the College of Education and Human Development, and by establishing the Janet Parks Library Fund.

Also at the ceremony, 2001 graduate William Gustwiller, owner and head chocolatier of San Diego-based Eclipse Chocolat, was presented the Recent Graduate Award, and Dr. David Weinandy of Grand Rapids, Mich., who earned BGSU degrees in 1981, 1982 and 1989, received the Alumni Service Award.

April 14, 2008