Moorhens Featured at ElderCollege Kickoff

Huron, Ohio – The kickoff of the ElderCollege spring semester is set for Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 1:30-3 p.m., in the Cedar Point Center at Bowling Green State University Firelands College.

The Kickoff event features live music by The Moorhens. Bringing together dulcimer, violin, fiddle, guitar, Irish whistle, recorders, and more, The Moorhens will rock your soul with Celtic folk and Old Time USA music. Toe-tapping sound will emanate from the stage with the band playing a variety of folk tunes from Appalachia to heartfelt Celtic ballads as we kick-off the spring semester of ElderCollege!

With more than 130 members, ElderCollege at BGSU Firelands is designed to promote lifelong learning for adults 50 years of age and beyond from all educational and socio-economic backgrounds.  There are no academic requirements to join ElderCollege, and there are no tests or grades. Individuals simply attend for the enjoyment of learning.

Thirty classes are planned for the spring. Topics range from America’s current challenges, to learning more about our local treasures and heroes, and much more!

Individuals can enroll in ElderCollege for a fee of $70 per semester or $110 for two semesters, which entitles them to attend unlimited classes during the selected period.  Non-members can participate by paying a minimal fee per class-typically $20.

For more information about the ElderCollege Spring Kickoff, contact Tracy DeFazio in the Office of Educational Outreach at 419-372-0617 or by email at

Huron, Ohio – Bowling Green State University Firelands College has announced its Dean’s List for the 2016 fall semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must have carried 12 or more graded hours during the semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or above.


Joshua Wherley


Julissa Younkin


Dillon Berkey

Shelbie Close

Delaney Davis

Tara Eisenhauer

Victoria Frazier

Allison Heuring

Casie Hinojosa

Tara Rinner

Sarah Runkle

Robert Sands

Allison Storm

Andrew Taylor

Logan Turner


Berlin Heights

Jodi Salmons

Patrick Walker

Colin Hoffman

Brandon Lowder

Nicole Meier

Olivia Saflund

Amanda Vartorella

Anna Weilnau

Canal Winchester

Heather Veltre


Jade Bolinger

Mason Dye

Chelsea Legg

James Stewart


Courtney Workman


Savanah Hiesser

Kierston Rospert


Lisa Hughes

Green Springs

Clara Sewell


Beth Beck

Abigail Black

Jessica Burnworth

Phillip Cornett

Elisabeth Dawkins

Caroline Field

Cali Griggs

Kaitlin Lance

Bridget Moriarty

James Pennell

John Tripodi

Valerie Werner

Lakeside Marblehead

Rebecca Cover

Kathryn Hendricks

Amanda Faretta


Patsy Norman


Shelby Bauman


Katelyn Alexander

Brandon Aycock

Whitney Baughman

Jaime Danda

Cari Kuhl

Kaitlynn Litteral

Adriana Matula

Kara Noon

Kayla Robbins

Shelby Schaeffer


Kimble Arnold

Jessie Fitch

Rachel Gundlach

Riley Kendall

Carson Sparks

Kayla Tallman

Cameron Tanna

North Ridgeville

Daniel Runyon

New London

Daedrick Matthews


Dylan Bickerstaff

Samantha Borgerding

Alexis Christman

Kelly Copsey

Carissa Duncan

Cassidy Ginter

Cody Gregory

Madeline Hoag

Alexis Horner

Molly Irwin

Keagan Kean

Ian King

Sydney Kramer

Morgan Krupp

Bryan Lindenberger

Timothy Lovato

Sarah Salkeld

Amie Smarr

Shelby Stamm

Sydnee Stockmaster

Kayli Stoner

Lyndsey Wert

Bronson Ziemke

Oak Harbor

Kristen Kirkendall

Shelby Klima

Port Clinton

Katie Almendinger

Cydney Bass

Abigail Spitler

Courtney Trent


Eric Adkins

Alicia Ashford

Corey Baer

Katie Bath

Danielle Cook

Kaitlynn Flounders

Claudia Gonzalez

David Grimes

Myroslava Hiser

Adell Jameson

Joseph Jones

Cassidy Keller

Seth King

Alyssa Lombardy

Justin McClure

Anna Messenger

Hinesh Patel

Mary Reed

Austin Reising

Tara Robbins

Joshua Robinson

Kallie Schlottag

Zachary Schoen

Anuj Shah

Jenna Stacy

Hunter Teal

Shelly Thomas

Allison Witter


Chad Butler


Charlotte Besida

Angela Hershberger

Lauren Kotab

Clare Lynn

Anissa Pugh


Sarah Barry

Kayla Miller

Adelyn Sherrard


Aliyaa Mims


Todd Bub

Autumn Ericsson


For additional information contact Dean Schnurr, director of marketing and community relations, at 419.372.0613 or via e-mail at

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Community Invited to Free Send Off and Preview

Performers from the Caryl Crane Youth Theatre at BGSU Firelands are preparing to take the show on the road. The group has been accepted into the 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Ga., which is being held from January 13 – 15.

Created by New York’s iTheatrics and produced by the Junior Theater group, the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival is the world’s largest festival for student-driven musical theater programs and a monumental weekend of theatrical fellowship. Musical theater professionals from Broadway and beyond connect directly with one of the largest live audiences of artists and arts’ supporters of tomorrow.

During the three day event, each competing group will perform a 15-minute selection of a musical for judging by a panel of distinguished theater professionals.

The 36 Caryl Crane Youth Theatre performers, ages 8 through 18, will perform a selection from their recent production of “Honk Jr.”  The group is led by Director Brian Marshall.

The iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta will unite 6,000+ students and educators from 115 educational musical theater groups representing 28 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New Zealand, South Korea and Australia.

The Caryl Crane Youth Theatre students are inviting all community members to a preview and send off on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. in the McBride Auditorium on the BGSU Firelands campus. Admission is free, they just ask that everyone donate snacks for the very long bus ride to Atlanta.


About Caryl Crane Youth Theatre

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre exists to create revolutionary theater experiences, and advance theater as a means of educating, challenging and inspiring the youth in its community. The program works to enrich its community, educate, challenge and inspire youth through theater to foster a lifelong appreciation of the arts.

The program is completely tuition free and there are no costs to participate in CCYT productions. Caryl Crane Youth Theatre also has a Teen Board that operates alongside its Board of Directors and presents several productions throughout the year with a focus on leadership and outreach advancement. The Teen Board is responsible for all the fundraising that allows CCYT to attend the Junior Theater Festival.  It is the Theatre’s first time heading to the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival.


About Honk! JR.

“Honk!” by George Stiles (composer) and Anthony Drewe (books and lyrics) was selected as the 2000 Olivier award’s “Best New Musical.” A contemporary comic adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” “Honk! JR.” follows the character Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, Ugly must find his way home, with only his loving mother, Ida, searching for him. Along his harrowing yet hilarious journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms. The musical is so inspirational in its message of acceptance and tolerance that the Ministry of Education in Israel has made it compulsory viewing for school children.

On Friday morning, Bowling Green State University Firelands College honored some of their best and brightest during the 17th Annual Scholarship Breakfast.

Held in the Cedar Point Center on the BGSU Firelands campus, the event brings together the recipients of scholarships offered through the College and the donor organizations and individuals who financially contribute to the scholarships.

“The scholarship breakfast is a chance to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our students and the generosity of our alumni and community,” said Dean of BGSU Firelands Andy Kurtz.  “Our donors have the opportunity to see first-hand how their generosity impacts real lives, real families, and real careers.  Equally important, students have the chance to meet with their benefactors and thank them for helping to fulfill their dream of earning a college degree,” he added.

A capacity crowd of more than 200 people including donors, students and their families, and representatives from the Bowling Green campus attended the event.

“Education is the foundation of success,” said BGSU alumna Judith Sommers, who was in attendance at the event.  A retired teacher and school counselor with more than 40 years of experience, Sommers knows first hand the importance of education.

“Encouraging students to further their education is critical, but sometimes more direct support is needed.  As an advocate, I felt I needed to ‘put the money where my mouth was,’” said Sommers.  In 2011, she created the Judith A. Sommers Scholarship Fund which is designated for a full-time education major from Huron County.

During the Scholarship Breakfast, more than 130 students were recognized and they collectively were awarded nearly $165,000 in scholarships.

Students can receive scholarships based on their achievements inside or outside of the classroom or for financial need.  For some students, financial need is the only thing that stands between them and their dreams of a college education.

“Although donors differ in many ways, they share one common trait – they all believe education is important,” said Kimble Arnold, a third-year student working toward a bachelor’s degree in applied health science.  Arnold received the BGSU Firelands Scholarship in Memory of George Mylander, a new award created by Wighhtman-Wieber Charitable Foundation in honor of Mylander’s passing earlier this year.

“Thanks to the donors, we are able to further our education, careers, and reach goals which otherwise may not have been attainable,” said Kimble, a Monroeville resident with aspirations of becoming a doctor.

Through a partnership between  Bowling Green State University Firelands College and the University of Findlay, area students will have the opportunity to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree while taking the initial coursework on the BGSU Firelands campus.

The Early Assurance Program enables at least five qualifying BGSU Firelands students each year to complete the first two years of the University of Findlay’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program at BGSU Firelands, and be guaranteed acceptance into the professional phase of Findlay’s College of Pharmacy as a junior.

Students will complete general education and basic science coursework on the BGSU Firelands campus in the newly constructed Allied Health & Sciences expansion. The remaining four years of the program would be completed on the University of Findlay campus.

In addition to the cost savings associated with attending classes at BGSU Firelands, students would also earn an Associate of Science from BGSU after successful completion of the first two years of the program.

“The partnership provides a unique opportunity for our students and we are excited to offer a direct path into Findlay’s highly-competitive Doctor of Pharmacy Program,” said Dr. Andy Kurtz, dean of BGSU Firelands. “Employment in the field of health care is growing faster than any other industry and the new collaboration between our two universities will prepare students for successful careers in that growing sector.”

Once at the University of Findlay, students will complete an additional three years of coursework, clinical research, and a final year of on-site clinical rotations, ultimately graduating with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Findlay.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with BGSU Firelands to provide their high-quality students with this opportunity,” said Debra Parker, Pharm.D., dean of Findlay’s College of Pharmacy. “I am confident that the strong science foundation provided at BGSU Firelands will be an excellent steppingstone toward a successful career in pharmacy. This partnership truly meets the needs of the aspiring health care professional and allows for a smooth transition for students on their way to achieving their goals.”

BGSU Firelands and the University of Findlay are currently recruiting students who are interested in being a part of this program. Interested students are encouraged to contact the BGSU Firelands Office of Admissions or visit either universities’ website for more information:


University of Findlay staff members will also be at the BGSU Firelands campus for the Career and Campus Visit Day on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. to speak with interested students.


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