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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

BGSU celebrates
December commencement

Mary Ellen Benedict
Barbara Moses
Barbara Moses
Mary Ellen Benedict

BGSU will recognize its newest class of graduates on Friday, Dec. 17 and Saturday, Dec. 18. The commencement ceremony marks the 269th graduation, with 1,034 diplomas being awarded, including 203 degrees granted through the Graduate College.

The first ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Friday in Anderson Arena and will honor the degree recipients from the Graduate College, the Colleges of Business Administration, Health and Human Services, Musical Arts, Technology and BGSU Firelands. Dr. Mary Ellen Benedict, a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Economics, will serve as commencement speaker.

Saturday's ceremony starts at 10 a.m. in Anderson Arena. Graduates from the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development will be recognized. Dr. Barbara Moses, Bailey Family Endowed Professor of Mathematics, will serve as commencement speaker.

Data collection exploration

Faculty and staff may be called upon shortly to help with a statewide exploration of opportunities to share administrative services among Ohio public colleges and universities, Vice President for Finance and Administration Sheri Stoll has announced.

Spearheaded by the Inter-University Council of Ohio, the effort is in keeping with Governor-elect John Kasich's public message about the state budget and possibilities for providing enhanced services at lower costs in a time of decreased revenue and budget reductions.

The first part of this exploration is collecting data on administrative services in four areas: information technology, finance, human resources and procurement. These data will be assessed to determine if there are areas where sharing services would make good economic and institutional sense. At this point, the University is only required to gather data and submit it to the Inter-University Council by Jan. 7.

Kate Whitmore, interim director of internal audit, is the "point person" for data collection and questions. She will contact those whose help is needed. She can be reached at 2-9985 or mkw@bgsu.edu. Because the timeline is so short, please respond as quickly as possible if asked for assistance.

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December 15, 2010