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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gift honoring Alissa Czisny to benefit business students

Alissa Czisny
Alissa Czisny

Olympic hopeful and reigning U.S. women’s figure skating champion Alissa Czisny graduated with honors from BGSU in 2009. Now, a gift in her name will fund scholarships for business students interested
in entrepreneurship.

BGSU announced today that the Pioneer Fund has donated $500,000 to the University to endow the Alissa Czisny
Entrepreneur Scholarship.

“BGSU has been such an important part of my life and career,” Czisny said. “I am very humbled and excited to have this scholarship fund named in my honor.”

The skater added she is pleased that the funding will assist business students. “Entrepreneurship plays such a vital role in all aspects of our society today,” Czisny said. “It’s gratifying that the scholarship will help launch the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.”

Czisny, 22, graduated from BGSU in May with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. She won the women’s figure skating crown in January 2009 at the U.S. championships in Cleveland. She is competing tonight in the short program and Saturday in the free skate in the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wa., to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. The Olympics begin next month in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“We’re all extremely proud of Alissa for what she has accomplished both on the ice and in the classroom,” said President Carol Cartwright. “She’s an outstanding representative of the University.”

According to Dr. Rodney Rogers, dean of the College of Business Administration, the scholarship funds will be available both to current students and incoming freshmen. “This will help us continue to attract the best and brightest,” Rogers said.

Czisny has performed well heading into this year’s championships, winning Germany’s Nebelhorn Trophy, placing fourth at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, and winning the silver medal at Skate Canada.

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BGSU community digs deep to
help others

United Way

Wood County United Way Director Michael George (right) and BGSU representatives look on as President Cartwright signs the check symbolizing BGSU’s $113,277 donation to Wood County United Way/Northwest Ohio Community Shares. The money will support programs ranging from assistance dogs to
child care.

The number of campus donors was up by
6 percent this year, along with an increase in the amount given, despite the troubled economic times.

Alumna work performed tonight by Detroit Symphony

BGSU alumna Jennifer Higdon’s “Concerto for Violin” has its Detroit Symphony Orchestra premiere tonight (Jan. 21), conducted by Leonard Slatkin and played by Grammy Award-winner Hilary Hahn, who was recently voted Gramophone magazine’s Artist of the Year.

Higdon recently received her second Grammy nomination for composition. Click here to
see more.

Financial aid workshop to help families file enrollment materials

On Saturday (Jan. 23), the Office of Student Financial Aid (SFA) will host more than 1,000 prospective students and families on campus for the annual Student Financial Aid Workshop. The workshop teaches families the ins and outs of the federal aid process as it directly relates to their enrollment at BGSU. The program has become so popular that an additional session has been added for Feb. 5. On average, 88 percent of students who attend the annual workshop eventually enroll at BGSU.

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January 21, 2010