From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will celebrate its 293rd graduation in two ceremonies in the Stroh Center Friday (Dec. 14) and Saturday (Dec. 15). The December graduating class includes 1,001 candidates. Among the undergraduates, 87 will be presented associate degrees and 687 bachelor’s degrees. Of those, 165 have received honors for their high grade-point averages. The 218 graduate students include 205 candidates for master’s degrees and 13 for doctoral degrees. BGSU students come from all around the world. This graduating class includes 61 international students representing 17 countries. There is also a wide range in overall age, with degree candidates from 18 to 66. Commencement for the Graduate College and the colleges of Business; Health and Human Services; Musical Arts; Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering; and BGSU Firelands will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. The colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development will hold commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday. Addressing the Friday candidates will be BGSU alumna Maryrose Sylvester, who is a 1988 graduate of the procurement and production management (supply chain management) program in the College of Business. She is also being awarded an honorary degree, a Doctor of Business Administration. Sylvester is president and CEO of Current, a startup within GE that blends advanced LEF technology with networked sensors and software. Addressing the Saturday candidates will be BGSU alumna Jan Heppe, who received a Bachelor of Arts in home economics in 1974. Her career included various senior management positions in both department and specialty stores, including Gimbels and Burberry Ltd., a British international luxury brand, where she had held the positions of senior vice president of retail, chief operating officer and president of the Americas Region. She is currently a director on the board of the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance and is the chair-elect for the Bowling Green Foundation Board of Trustees. This spring, she will be serving as an executive in residence for the University’s Apparel Merchandising and Product Development program.
By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Beth Macy got her start as a writer in a stand of lilacs near her home. The youngest, late arriving, child in a family of four, she spent a lot of time alone. She would hide among the lilacs and listen to those who came by. She heard the “strange and beautiful, about justice and injustice.” That’s what Macy would write about years later as a journalist, winning national honors for her books, magazine articles, and newspaper reporting. Macy told the graduates at the Saturday morning commencement ceremonies at Bowling Green State University that after spending four years or so “honing your distinctive voice, now it’s your turn to be heard.” She continued: “Don’t forget to see your corner of the world with your slant, that tilted way of looking at life that only you and you alone can provide. Find your own stand of lilacs and be still among them. Look up and reach out.” If Macy at 53 could whisper in the ear of her 22-year-old self, she tell her to “remember the lilacs.” Interim Provost John Fischer said Macy has made a career writing about “the outsiders and underdogs.” She’s authored three books, including a forthcoming exploration of the opioid epidemic. Macy recalled her graduation day when she was likely concerned about how she was going to move all her belongings to Columbus in a 20-year-old VW Beetle. Would the car even make it? The only thing holding the battery in place was a cutting board wedged in the back seat. Awaiting her was her first job, a $200 a week position with a city magazine that largely involved updating the publication’s restaurant guide. The idea for becoming writer stemmed from a fourth grade teacher giving her the book “Harriet the Spy.” Here Macy said she found a kindred spirit. At BGSU, she found people to help her shape her own talent advising her she should be able to come back from any meeting, gathering at a neighborhood bar, or church social with three story ideas. After her year of calling restauranteurs asking if they served Mahi-Mahi and accepted American Express, she moved on, eventually settling in at the Roanoke Times in Virginia, studying that corner of the world with her particular slant. “I didn’t set out to write about outsiders and underdogs, but lo and behold after a decade it dawned on me that those were the stories I wrote the best,” she said. She wrote about a furniture maker who fought to keep his business afloat aginst a tide of goods imported from China. She wrote about an African-American page in a local library who buoyed by a community was admitted to Harvard. She wrote about a Rwandan refugee who started two companies with his grown sons, yet continued to drive a school bus. Macy also offered some personal advice. “Ditch the awful partner as soon as possible.” As someone who kissed her share of ugly frogs before finding someone who made her laugh and shared all the chores, she advised: “Life is fleeting. Only the people who want the best for you should be on your team, especially your home team.” Macy said she would not have been able to achieve what she has without her husband’s support. “Choosing a partner is the single most important decision you’ll make.” And Macy told them, to great applause, to put down their telephones. “Gaze in the eyes of your fellow human beings.” It’s not a coincidence that the opioid abuse epidemic, which she covers in “Dopesick,” her third book, “came…
From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will celebrate its 286th graduation Saturday, August 6 in the Stroh Center. The August graduating class includes 965 candidates. Among the undergraduates, 51 will be presented associate degrees and 545 will be presented bachelor degrees. Of those, 78 have received honors for their high grade point averages. The 336 graduate students include 302 candidates for master’s degrees and 34 for doctoral degrees. BGSU students come from all around the world. This graduating class includes 77 international students representing 26 countries. There is also a wide range in overall age, with degree candidates ranging from 18 to 64. Addressing the graduates will be James E. Dunlap, senior executive vice president of Huntington Bancshares Inc., a $73 billion asset regional bank holding company based in Columbus. Dunlap, who attended BGSU, also serves as director of regional banking and The Huntington Private Client Group. He oversees Huntington’s 10 regional presidents and has been with Huntington, formerly known as Huntington National Bank, for 36 years. The summer commencement ceremony begins at 9 a.m.