Holden, BGSU honored for veteran support | Commencement Friday, Saturday
Brett Holden (second from left) accepts the Above and Beyond Award on behalf of BGSU from (left to right) Brig. Gen. John Harris, Army; Sgt. Aaron Zdawczyk, National Guard; and Brig. Gen., USAF (ret.) Stephen Koper, state chairman of the Ohio Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
HOLDEN, BGSU RECEIVE HIGH HONORS FOR SUPPORT OF VETERANS
Serving military active-duty and veteran students has become a priority for BGSU, thanks to the efforts of people like Dr. Brett Holden, film studies. Holden’s longtime work on behalf of these students and their families has earned him the respect and appreciation of the military, especially the National Guard.
He has used his position at the University to make students, faculty and staff more aware of both the contributions and the needs of those who have served their country while giving service members an outlet for sharing their experience.
On behalf of BGSU, Holden recently accepted the Above and Beyond Award from the Ohio Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. He received a trophy, and a plaque reading “Presented on behalf of the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve forces, for outstanding service and continuing support to the national defense,” along with a certificate signed by Secretary of State Jon Husted representing the people of Ohio.
The University will celebrate its 279th graduation in three ceremonies in the Stroh Center on Friday (May 9) and Saturday (May 10).
Of the total 2,260 diplomas being awarded on the Bowling Green campus, 393 degrees will be granted through the Graduate College, including 315 master’s degrees and 22 doctoral degrees. Among the undergraduate candidates, 121 will receive associate degrees, and 551 will graduate with honors.
Joel Rudinger, a professor emeritus of English at BGSU Firelands, accepts an award recognizing his 45 years of service to the University from (left to right) Rebecca Ferguson, chief human resources officer, Rodney Rogers, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and President Mary Ellen Mazey.