Gift to ‘Bring Back the Glory' campaign honors
Figure skater Scott Hamilton learned to skate in the BGSU Ice Arena. Now a gift in his name will support the University's scholarship campaign for the hockey team that plays there.
BGSU announced today that Hamilton, in partnership with the Pioneer Fund, has donated $500,000 to the “Bring Back the Glory!” campaign to endow the Scott Hamilton Hockey Scholarship. Preference will be given to students interested in business.
The donation is the largest gift to date to the campaign to support BGSU hockey. Hamilton, the Bowling Green native and Olympic gold medalist, is serving as the honorary chair of the effort.
Launched in October, the campaign will raise $5 million to endow scholarships for the program and enhance the Ice Arena. Garry Galley and Mike Pikul, members of BGSU's 1984 national championship team, have reunited to co-chair the campaign.
“Looking back on the first days on the ice at the BGSU Ice Arena, I never could have imagined what they would bring,” Hamilton said. “The Ice Arena has given me many of the most incredible moments of my life. I am excited to help bring the facility back to those glory days where other young people from BG can build their own memories and dreams.”
“Scott Hamilton's name is synonymous with the BGSU Ice Arena,” said President Carol Cartwright. “Scott has been tremendously generous to the University over the years. He represents the heart and soul of the arena and the skating community. We're delighted that Scott and his supporters have generously stepped forward to help BGSU once again.”
According to Marcia Sloan Latta, interim vice president for University advancement who is overseeing the campaign, Hamilton's sporting interests go beyond figure skating. “People may not be aware of Scott's passion for hockey,” she said.
Hamilton and the Pioneer Fund also endowed the Ernest & Dorothy Hamilton Professor of Entrepreneurship position in memory of his parents, both of whom taught at BGSU.
Hamilton said he hopes the new gift will inspire others to contribute. “Let's work together to build a new foundation of quality, integrity and plain old-fashioned fun!”
The national job market for college graduates has fallen some 40 percent in the past year. The market is undergoing a colossal shift that demands that graduates be flexible and entrepreneurial in the rapidly evolving global economy, according to Michigan State University and the Collegiate Employment Research Institute's Recruiting Trends 2009-10 survey released on Nov. 20.
Based on the national survey of more than 2,500 companies and institutions, overall hiring is expected to be down about 2 percent in 2010. The recession, combined with increasing global competition, means graduates will continue to compete for fewer jobs with lower salaries and benefits. The news isn't all bad—smaller employers (with fewer than 500 employees) expect to increase their hiring during the next 10 months.
The survey also included comments about the desired and required skills and abilities sought by employers. A growing number of employers are focusing on candidates from all majors who can hit the ground running and easily adapt to ever-changing environments. The need for graduates with both technical and "people" skills, along with the flexibility to move among projects, work teams and divisions within an organization, is encouraging news for students. One-third of the employer respondents are seeking the best talent, not specific majors.
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