BGSU announces fall commencement speakers

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Two distinguished members of the Bowling Green State University faculty will be the speakers at fall commencement exercises.

Dr. Patricia K. Kubow, an associate professor of educational foundations and inquiry, will speak at the 7 p.m. graduation on Dec. 15 for students in the Graduate College and the colleges of Business Administration, Health and Human Services, Musical Arts, and Technology.

Dr. Brett Holden, the 2005 winner of the Master Teacher Award, will speak at the 10 a.m. graduation ceremonies on Dec. 16 for students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development.

More than 1,000 diplomas, including some 200 graduate degrees, will be awarded at the University's 257th commencement.

Kubow, who teaches graduate courses in comparative and international education as well as an undergraduate course in cultural diversity, was recognized in 2002 by the White House for her international work in the area of democratic education. In 2003, she received an Outstanding Citizen Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Olscamp Research Award from BGSU. She is the co-author of a book on comparative education, and has published widely in professional journals. She also is one of the creators of BGSU's new master of arts degree in cross-cultural and international education.

Earlier this year she was a visiting research professor at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, where she conducted educational field research with educators, students and community members in a historically disadvantaged township outside Cape Town.

Holden has taught at BGSU since 1993. He is a core faculty member in the University's nationally recognized Chapman Learning Community, which he helped to found in 1997. He also is associate curator of the Lillian and Dorothy Gish Film Theater and Gallery. In addition to teaching courses in English literature, writing, American culture studies and film, he is a faculty mentor and member of the faculty advisory committee for the University-wide BGeXperience values initiative.

In 2005, Holden was presented the Master Teacher Award by the Student Alumni Connection. The Master Teacher Award recognizes those who demonstrate special care for their students and is considered to be among the highest honors bestowed on faculty at the University.

The graduation ceremonies will be held at Anderson Arena in Memorial Hall. Tickets are required for admission.  

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(Posted November 17, 2006 )