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  Producer Ginger Kathrens to address BGSU summer graduates

Emmy Award-winning producer and director Ginger S. Kathrens will be the speaker for summer commencement exercises Saturday (Aug. 4).

Ginger S. Kathrens

Graduation will be held at 9 a.m. on the lawn in front of University Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be moved to Anderson Arena in Memorial Hall.

A 1968 graduate of Bowling Green and a winner of the University's Distinguished Alumnus Award, Kathrens has produced and directed feature films, television documentaries, commercials and national public service announcements. She produced the Discovery Channel's “Spirits of the Rainforest,” which earned Emmy awards for Best Cultural Informational Documentary and Best Music.

She started her career in 1969 as a writer for Charles Prout Productions in Orlando, Fla., then worked as a writer/director/editor in 1970-71 for Peter J. Barton Productions in Tallahassee.

The following year, in 1972, she founded Taurus Productions in Colorado Springs, Colo. Among her productions have been 25 segments of PBS's “Wild America” series and shows for the PBS “Nature” series. She has won more than 100 awards for production excellence in national and international competitions over the past 34 years.

Kathrens also has written two books, Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies and Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns, based on her successful documentaries.

She holds a bachelor's degree in speech from BGSU and a master's degree from Florida State University, where she was continuity director for WFSU-TV and a film instructor.

University wins two awards at CASE summit

BGSU was in the winners circle at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) annual summit July 8-10 in Chicago.

The Office of Marketing and Communications received two awards in the CASE 2007 International Circle of Excellence Awards Program, which recognizes outstanding efforts in institutional advancement. Open to all CASE members worldwide, the competition has 35 entry categories, ranging from alumni relations projects to Web design and advancement services.

Craig Bell, photography director in the marketing and communications office, captured the Bronze Medal in the photography category. His winning entry, which pictured a woman on the Kobacker Hall stage, was published in the 2005-06 BGSU Foundation Annual Report.

Bowling Green also received a Bronze Medal in the advertising campaign category for its “Changing the World by Degrees” campaign. The campaign previously had won a Best of Show Award from the Advertising Club of Toledo, a Silver Award in the 5th District of the American Advertising Federation, a Gold Award from the Columbus Chapter of the American Marketing Association and a Crystal Award from the Toledo Chapter of Women in Communications.

Leading the BGSU creative team that worked on the marketing campaign with Communicá, a Toledo marketing communications firm, were Kim McBroom, associate vice president for University advancement and director of marketing and communications, and Fred Connor, senior marketing director.

Free estate planning seminar especially for women

An estate-planning seminar especially for women will be offered by the development office on Aug. 9. The seminar will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Schedel Arboretum and Gardens in Elmore. It includes lunch and a program on estate planning options, plus a tour of the gardens.

A shuttle bus will be leaving the Mileti Alumni Center at 10:30 a.m. for anyone needing transportation. The entire event is free and open to anyone who would like to attend, but space is limited.

To register, call 2-2424 or email

July 30, 2007