BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY


Six speakers will address May graduates at BGSU

A professor, two alumni and three members of the spring 2006 graduating class will be speakers at commencement exercises May 5 and 6. That weekend, four separate commencement programs will be held, with nearly 2,300 students receiving degrees. Ceremonies will be held in Anderson Arena. Tickets are required for admission.

Dr. Robert Vincent, geology, will address degree candidates in the Graduate College during commencement ceremonies at 7 p.m. May 5.

Winner of the University's 1994 Olscamp Research Award for outstanding scholarly accomplishments during the previous three years, Vincent is known for inventing spectral ratio imaging. A principal investigator on both LANDSAT I and Skylab earth resources experiments, he has been a consultant to the world's major petroleum and mining companies as well as several aerospace companies. The founder of two private companies, one of which was sold to Kodak, he also is former director of OhioView, a remote-sensing consortium of 11 public research universities in Ohio.

Dr. Robert Vincent
Dr. Robert Vincent
Kathy Cleveland Bull
Kathy Cleveland Bull of Hilliard, who received degrees from BGSU in 1983 and 1985, will speak at the graduation ceremonies for students in the College of Arts and Sciences at 9:30 a.m. May 6.

Founder of N~Compass Consulting, Bull is a highly regarded professional speaker, trainer and consultant who helps clients navigate change. She recently appeared with Dr. Phil McGraw and Deepak Chopra at "The Power Within" live events in cities across North America. Bull conducts personal and professional development seminars for Fortune 500 companies, and is one of three professional speakers recommended by Dr. Spencer Johnson to provide training built upon his book, Who Moved My Cheese? A Phi Beta Kappa psychology graduate of Bowling Green, she has two master's degrees, one in college student personnel and another in counseling. In 1989 she received the Recent Graduate Award from the BGSU Alumni Association.

Three graduating students will be the commencement speakers at the 1 p.m. ceremonies May 6 for the colleges of Business Administration, Health and Human Services, and Technology. They are Amanda Szabo of Swanton, Julie Beam of Tipp City and Kent Truckor of Swanton, respectively.

Kathy Cleveland Bull
Kathy Cleveland Bull
Amanda Szabo
Szabo is a bachelor of science in business administration degree candidate with specializations in management information systems, purchasing and supply chain management, and production and operations management. Upon graduation, she will join General Electric Aviation's Operations Management Leadership Program.

Her many honors include the GlaxoSmithKline Outstanding Senior Award for Excellence in Procurement, the General Electric Student Intern/Co-op Contribution Award, Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, and first place in the 2005 Donald W. Fogarty International Student Paper Competition. An officer of the Institute for Supply Management and the Association for Operations Management on campus, she also participated in the BGSU Dance Marathon and was a Junior Achievement classroom instructor. In addition, she is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies.

Amanda Szabo
Amanda Szabo
Julie Beam
Beam, a speech pathology major, will receive a bachelor of science in communication disorders degree.

Winner of the Albert E. Dyckes Scholarship for her senior year, she has been a peer facilitator for the BGeXperience program and a member of the College Ambassadors for the College of Health and Human Services. An active member in the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association, she was included in the 2006 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She plans to attend graduate school at Miami (Ohio) University.

Julie Beam
Julie Beam
Kent Truckor
Truckor, a candidate for a bachelor of science in technology degree, majored in construction management technology and has a minor in entrepreneurship.

The recipient of seven scholarships from building and construction companies, Truckor had internships with Rudolph/Libbe and Gleckler Brothers, and placed third in design/build in the Associated Schools of Construction Competition. President of the Student Construction Management Association, he chaired its 2005-06 Gulf Coast Katrina Rebuild Initiative and was a member of the championship-winning 2005-06 Forensics, Speech and Debate Team. He also was an Undergraduate Student Government senator and took part in Dance Marathon, Heart Walk and Habitat for Humanity.

Kent Truckor
Kent Truckor
Wiley Blevins
Wiley Blevins, a 1987 BGSU graduate, will deliver the commencement address during ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. May 6, when students in the colleges of Musical Arts and Education and Human Development will be conferred degrees.

Blevins is vice president and editorial director of MacMillan/McGraw Hill's education group. He previously held a number of positions with Scholastic Inc., where he participated in management and edited teachers' guides and ancillary materials for an elementary reading program. Blevins taught at the elementary school level for a number of years and is the author of some 20 children's books. His works also include more than a dozen books for teachers on phonics and reading success, instructional programs for Scholastic, and professional articles and studies. He holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from BGSU and a master's degree from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

Wiley Blevins
Wiley Blevins
April 24, 2006