The University will celebrate its 273rd graduation in three ceremonies in the Stroh Center on Friday (May 4) and Saturday (May 5). The total number of diplomas being awarded is 2,026, including 383 degrees granted through the Graduate College.
Commencement exercises for the Graduate College and the colleges of Health and Human Services, Musical Arts, and Technology will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.
BGSU Firelands will also hold commencement on Friday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Cedar Point Center. Giving the commencement address will be former BGSU trustee Bob Sebo, a 1958 graduate of BGSU and major benefactor of the University. Sebo is the retired senior vice president for Paychex Inc., of Rochester, N.Y.
Celebrating commencement at 9:30 a.m. Saturday will be the College of Arts and Sciences. Commencement for the colleges of Business Administration and Education and Human Development will begin at 3 p.m.
Among the commencement speakers, Aaron Dworkin will address graduate degree candidates at the Friday exercises. Named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow, Dworkin is the founder and president of the Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization focusing on youth development and diversity in classical music.
Speaking up for art: master's student presents at Princeton
Emilie Hobert is not disputing that British artist and photographer Darren Almond is concerned with the passage of time and its influence on people and places. She just doesn't believe he depicts it in an "altermodern" style.
The term refers to what is perhaps the latest in a succession of schools of thought, or styles of art, from the modern to the postmodern now to the altermodern. It aims to represent the globalization, overlapping or blurring of styles and ideas in today's world.
Hobert, who will graduate with a master's degree in art history this weekend, wrote a paper challenging Nicolas Bourriaud, curator of the Tate (Britain) Triennial 2009 Altermodern exhibit and coiner of the name, for his inclusion of Almond's work as an example of altermodern representation of time. She wrote the paper for a spring 2011 graduate seminar with Dr. Andrew Hershberger focused on "Modernism, Postmodernism, and Altermodernism."
Princeton University was impressed enough by Hobert's argument that it invited her to participate in its "The End of the '–ist' and the Future of Art History" graduate research conference at the end of March. She presented her paper as part of a panel discussion called "Making It Strange."
Hobert argues that Almond's series of photos of "flip clocks" does not jibe with Bourriaud's own definition of altermodern. What's more, "I reject his thesis. I don't believe we can make this clear cut between modernism, postmodernism and altermodernism. I challenge the idea that one movement is distinct from another," she said.
Hershberger said, "To Emilie's credit, Princeton's conference website states, 'We received an unbelievable number of intriguing and insightful submissions on topics from nearly every region and time period.' The conference organizers also note that 'This year's conference submissions came from 10 different countries on 3 different continents.'"
Of the conference experience, Hobert said, "I was the only master's degree student invited and the only one from a small school," she said. "The others were all Ph.D. students and the level of discussion was pretty high."
"Based upon what I've seen of Emilie's very high quality work, I think that this is just the beginning of many remarkable future successes for her. In short, this is a huge accomplishment for a BGSU MA student. It's a great honor for Emilie, for the School of Art, and for Art History too." Hershberger said.
Hobert received her undergraduate degree in studio art (painting) from Taylor University in Indiana. She was raised in France and majored in social sciences and economics in high school.
Dean Linda Petrosino and students look over donations collected for the Second Chance organization through United Way of Toledo.
Linda Petrosino leaves legacy of student success
Dr. Linda Petrosino has been a champion of students, faculty, staff and alumni during her 26 years at BGSU. She will retire June 30 as dean of the College of Health and Human Services and return to her alma mater, Ithaca College, to serve as dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance.
"Dr. Petrosino has been a super dean for the college," said Dr. John Folkins, a senior faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. "She is so good at being open and approachable, and always is looking for different points of view before making decisions.
"She is known for building consensus and has served on, and usually chaired, many search committees for administrators through the years, demonstrating her willingness to donate time, effort and expertise."
Acknowledging her focus on students, Folkins said, "She understands the role of students and is a true champion of students' issues and needs."
Student interaction has been important to Petrosino from her time as a faculty member through her 10-year tenure as dean. "I am happy to say I have been able to touch the lives of young people and help facilitate their growth," she said.
She has best seen that growth during her visits with alumni of the college. "My opportunity to interact with alumni has provided a deeper sense of appreciation of what our students accomplish as professionals," she said. "I also have enjoyed the opportunity to work side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder with the other deans, who have challenged my thinking and helped me grow as a professional and a leader."
She also recognized the creation of the Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan as an important milestone. "The center is a true success of interdisciplinary efforts on our campus – many departments working together for a common goal."
Petrosino started at BGSU as an entry-level faculty in communication disorders and was promoted to department chair three years later. She also was executive director of the BGSU Speech and Hearing Clinic and associate dean for the college.
She earned her Ph.D. in speech-language pathology from Ohio University and is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist. The author of over 100 scholarly articles, she serves as a consulting editor for the Journal of Psychology and Communication Disorders Quarterly. Currently a director on the board of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, she has also held leadership roles with numerous professional organizations.
Petrosino has received multiple honors, including being named by the Ohio Academy of Science an Exemplar: Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics.
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