The emotional power of music and the transformational power of teaching were highlighted at the Centennial Academic Convocation Nov. 9 in Anderson Arena. The University celebrated 100 years of achievement with a program of academic traditions and an inspiring talk by one of America’s leading educators.
BGSU welcomed back its two living past presidents, Drs. Paul Olscamp and Sidney Ribeau, for the occasion. Other special guests included Bowling Green Mayor John Quinn, BGSU trustees and members of the Ohio Board of Regents.
In one of the last events to be held in Anderson Arena, the Wind Symphony and Faculty Brass Choir accompanied the processional of about 200 robed faculty and staff. The musical program included a performance of “Fanfare: Sounds of the Centennial” conducted by composer Staff Sgt. Ryan Nowlin, a BGSU alumnus and staff arranger for the U.S. Marine Corps Band, and vocal music by the combined University choirs and Christopher Scholl, music performance studies.
“Two hundred voices singing ‘America the Beautiful’ just tugs at your heart,” said Rachel Vannatta Reinhart, co-organizer of the event, afterwards.
In counterpoint to the solemnity of the occasion was keynote speaker Ron Clark’s animated address in which he told of his experiences teaching in rural North Carolina and the tough, urban environment of Harlem. His no-holds-barred style of complete dedication to his students and engagement of the community has resulted in schools that outperform expectations and prove that exceptional teachers can indeed make a difference.
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