Spring graduation May 2-3

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Bowling Green State University will hold spring graduation ceremonies on May 2 and 3 in Anderson Arena at Memorial Hall. To accommodate the large graduating class, which numbers more than 2,300 students, four separate ceremonies are planned, each with its own commencement speaker or speakers.

The graduation speakers are: Dr. Larry Nulton, a psychologist from Westmont, Pa.; James L. Bailey, a retired Citibank and U.S. Trust executive; Martin Porter of Bowling Green, founding director of the Toledo School for the Arts, and degree candidates Curtis Farnsel of Metamora, Jeanna Klamfoth of Bucyrus and David Hotler of Columbus.

Psychologist to speak at Friday night graduation

Dr. Larry Nulton

The BGSU Graduate College will hold its commencement ceremonies at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2. The guest speaker will be Dr. Larry Nulton of Westmont, Pa., a suburb of Johnstown. Nulton is a well-known clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania who earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at BGSU in 1995.

In addition to working as a therapist, consultant and educator, Nulton developed an agency to provide comprehensive psychological and psychiatric services to children and adults. Since its opening in 1995, Nulton Diagnostic & Treatment Center has grown from five employees to more than 300 in six locations. He sold the therapeutic support services portion of his agency in 2006 to concentrate his efforts on further developing clinical programs. He has since established a residential treatment facility, day treatment programs, and an extensive geriatric program offering psychiatric and psychological services to patients.

Retired Citibank executive to speak to Arts and Sciences graduates

James L. Bailey of New Canaan, Conn., retired chief operating officer of U.S. Trust and retired executive vice president of Citibank, will speak at commencement ceremonies for students in the College of Arts and Sciences at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3.

Bailey graduated from BGSU in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He joined Citicorp in 1972 and advanced through the ranks, serving from 1992-94 as executive vice president in charge of Citibank’s North American consumer bank, then three years as executive vice president for global transaction services. From 1997 until retiring in 2000, he implemented a worldwide Six Sigma quality program for the organization. After a brief stint as a banking consultant, he served from 2003-07 as chief operating office of U.S. Trust and a member of the executive committee of Schwab.

Three graduating students to speak at 1 p.m. ceremonies May 3

Three degree candidates will speak at the 1 p.m. commencement Saturday, May 3, for students in the Colleges of Business Administration, Health and Human Services, and Technology. They are Curtis Farnsel of Metamora, Jeanna Klamfoth of Bucyrus and David Hotler of Columbus.

Curtis Farnsel

Farnsel is a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in business administration with specializations in accounting and finance. Winner of the Karl Vogt Award given to the top graduating student in the College of Business Administration, he also was named the 2007 Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and received the Financial Executives International Award as the top finance student. President of Beta Alpha Psi national accounting honor society and of the BGSU Track Club, he also is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He plans to complete a master’s degree program in accountancy at BGSU, then begin full-time employment with Ernst & Young in Toledo.

Klamfoth is a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in nursing. An Alumni Laureate Scholar and winner of a University Professor’s Scholarship, the Honors Program student will graduate summa cum laude.

Jeanna Klamfoth
As an executive board member of BGSurve, she helped plan service projects for BGSU students, and was a member of the Student Nurses’ Association. She has provided more than 600 hours of patient care at various health care facilities while a student and has volunteered for the American Red Cross and American Cancer Society. She is a member of several honor societies, including Golden Key International Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society. She has been accepted for graduate school at Ohio State University.

Hotler is a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in technology education. Recipient of the E.C. Powell Memorial Scholarship, the Robert W. Innis Industrial Teacher Education Scholarship and the Robert C. Roe Family Scholarship, he hopes to obtain a position in marketing, sales or communication with an emphasis on technology.

David Hotler
Active in many campus groups, Hotler served as vice president of the College of Technology Ambassadors, helping to organize fund-raisers and collegewide events, secretary of the Technology Education Collegiate Association and a member of the College of Technology Undergraduate Program Council.

TSA founder to address music, education graduates

Martin Porter of Bowling Green, founding and current director of the Toledo School for the Arts, will address graduating students in the College of Musical Arts and College of Education and Human Development during the final commencement exercises of the day, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

A graduate of Wittenberg University, Porter earned his master’s degree in trumpet performance at BGSU. Before opening the Toledo School for the Arts (TSA) in 1999, he was director of public events for the BGSU College of Musical Arts and,

Martin Porter
later, executive director of the Lima Area Arts Council. An active performer with the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Jazz orchestras, he has appeared with many noted artists as a freelance musician. He also has served on the boards of several area arts organizations, including the Toledo Jazz Society and Toledo Ballet Association.

The Toledo School for the Arts was identified in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the leading charter schools in the nation. Also that year, the school became the country’s first charter school to receive the Title I School of Distinction Award. A third-time national finalist for the Grammy Signature Schools Award in 2008, TSA also was a Bronze Medalist in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 Best High Schools Search, placing the school in the top 6 percent of schools nationwide.

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(Posted April 17, 2008 )