On Saturday, Aug. 7, BGSU will honor its summer graduates with a commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. on the University Hall
lawn. Over 1,200 diplomas will be awarded, including 641 degrees granted through the Graduate College.
The commencement speaker is 1974 graduate Cheryl Krueger. Krueger started Cheryl & Co. with one cookie store in Columbus, and built it into a $50 million corporation. In 2005 the cookie, gourmet dessert and gift basket retailer was sold to 1-800-Flowers with Krueger remaining CEO until her 2009 retirement. She recently founded KRUEGER + CO. Consulting, Inc., which helps companies develop creative marketing and sales strategies and improve financial performance.
Also at the ceremony, Mary Beckinsale, an internationally recognized art educator and
art historian, will receive an honorary degree. Beckinsale is president of Studio Art Centers International (SACI). SACI is the BGSU
School of Art’s study abroad program in Florence, Italy, and one of the premier study abroad institutions in Italy and worldwide. Under her leadership, enrollment has grown
to 150-180 students each semester, with 80 percent of SACI’s students coming from American universities. SACI has been
affiliated with BGSU since 1993.
Medical Mutual of Ohio gift enhances BGSU health, wellness programs
BGSU and its Center of Excellence in Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan received a huge shot in the arm recently with a donation of nearly $500,000 from Medical Mutual of Ohio.
According to James Beaverson, BGSU’s corporate and foundations giving officer, the majority of the gift – $400,000 – will provide operational and programmatic support of the center of excellence. The gift will ensure that wellness counseling and programming will continue to be offered to faculty, staff and students. The University community will benefit from an assortment of programs and promotional materials that focus on topics such as nutrition, exercise and stress management.
Additionally, faculty research that addresses health and wellness issues also will garner support as part of the donation. Under the umbrella of the center of excellence, collaborative research will receive a boost.
Dr. Linda Petrosino, dean of the College of Health and Human Services and one of the organizers of the health and wellness center of excellence, said “with Medical Mutual’s support, we are able to further focus on our strengths.
“Our distinctive approach centers on the promotion of wellness and improved quality of life instead of on the medical aspect of curing disease,” Petrosino explained. “We will be better aligned to advance our distinctive educational role, nationally recognized research programs and strong community partnerships for disease prevention and healthy behaviors.”
The gift also supports two additional areas: the Excellence Fund for BGSU and the University’s Centennial. Approximately $65,000 will provide flexible support for urgent priorities of BGSU, and $25,000 will sponsor a portion of the Alumni Association’s Centennial Homecoming festivities.
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