May closed another remarkable academic year. BGSU students continue to stand out, both inside and out of the classroom. From shattering school records in track and field to research in Italy, the spring semester showed once again how far we can go.
This month, we hosted four commencement ceremonies for the 2,328 students earning degrees. Special thanks to our speakers Dr. Anthony Rucci ’72, ’76, ’78, Rear Admiral June Ryan ’84, Susan Mucciarone ’79, and Dr. William MacDonald ’92, ’89, ’86, for sharing their messages filled with advice, life lessons and BGSU spirit. Congratulations to our honorary degree recipients Stefan Sanderling ’17 (Hon.), Dr. William Easterly ’79, ’17 (Hon.), and David Winstanley ’64, ’17 (Hon.). Throughout commencement weekend, students also shared their favorite “Falcon Moments” with us!
Teaching a BGSU 1910 course to first-generation students was one of the highlights of my semester. We focused on philanthropy and learning how we can each do our part to make tomorrow an even better day. It was great to have several alumni and friends as guest speakers. The class reminded me that BGSU students are becoming thought leaders and will change lives for years to come. I am excited to get back in the classroom soon!
Congratulations to Mike “Doc” Emrick ’76 for earning his fifth Emmy Award! His career with NBC’s broadcast team has shaped how we view professional hockey. Check out his interview with WBGU when he was on campus in February.
This month, we welcomed alumni and friends for Alumni Summer College. For the second year, the participants enjoyed three days of educational classes and excursions. Planning for the 2018 Alumni Summer College has already begun – save the dates of June 13-15!
Congratulations to Dr. Lee Meserve, Distinguished Teaching Professor and committed Faculty Athletics Representative, on a well-deserved retirement. His unparalleled dedication to students throughout his long career stands as a model for all, and his impact on generations of BGSU graduates has made the world a better place.
Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D.