The University will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2010. The yearlong commemoration of the milestone offers a special opportunity to look back over BGSU history.
The first century of growth began in 1910, when Ohio’s state legislators approved the creation of new teacher-training schools in northwest and northeast Ohio. On Nov. 10, 1910, the city of Bowling Green was selected as one of the sites for a new “normal school.” The institution quickly grew to become a college, and then a university offering degrees in business and the liberal arts.
Weathering the economic storms of the Great Depression and the turbulent years of World War II, BGSU continued to develop to meet the changing needs of an expanding student population. New areas of study called for new programs in health care, the sciences and the humanities, in addition to education.
According to Larry Weiss, co-chair of the Centennial Commission, the celebration will begin with three special events: a concert on Jan. 10 when students return from winter break, a University kickoff event on Jan. 29 and a community event on Jan. 30.
University colleges, programs and departments are planning numerous activities throughout the year and encouraging participation by students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater Bowling Green community.
"The celebration for BGSU is 100 years in the making," said Weiss, emphasizing the importance of involving students. "We hope students understand that their four years here is part of our next 100 years. They're going to be contributing and making Bowling Green what it is."
This BGSU Centennial Tree was part of the Sandusky State Theatre's recent Festival of Trees. The hat at the top commemorates the inspiration for BGSU's school colors. The tree was bought by Ruth Frost Parker, a former BGSU Foundation Board member, recipient of the 1997 BGSU Firelands Community Service Award, and founder of a foundation and scholarship
for BGSU students.
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Strategic enrollment group starts work on plan
The Strategic Enrollment Management Planning working group held its first meeting Nov. 18. President Cartwright charged the group with crafting a data-driven, five-year strategic enrollment plan that shapes BGSU’s enrollment by desired characteristics through the coordination of unit-level strategic plans with the University’s mission, values and goals, and with the University System of Ohio’s expectations. The plan will be created, implemented and refined through University-wide collaboration.
The 40-person group comprises faculty, staff and student representatives and will be disbanded once the plan is developed and submitted, by spring 2011.
Attend 'Print Responsibly'
Everyone is encouraged to attend a forum tomorrow to learn more about the University's new Print Responsibly initiative, designed to save money and reduce waste. The session will be held from 2-3 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater (Room 206).