Huron, Ohio – Bowling Green State University’s Firelands College has announced its Dean’s List for the 2016 spring 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.


Dillon Berkey

Robert Biehl

Shelbie Close

Casie Hinojosa

Salina Hughes

Shelby Janka

Brian Reinhart

Laiken Tester

Berlin Heights

Brandon Lowder

Patrick Walker

Anna Weilnau


Jade Bolinger

Mason Dye

Charity Hupp

Chelsea Legg

Tobias Miller

James Stewart

Allyson Tuttle


Victoria Hahn


Kierston Rospert

Tamara Webb


Jennifer Carter

Brianna Frost

Green Springs

Clara Sewell


Beth Beck

Ian Byington

Sarah Donahue

Cali Haas

Jonathan Harris

Alisia Kelley

Kathryn Kreider

Bridget Moriarty

Aubrey Notestine

Rachel O’Leary

Jenna Witter


Denise Nagle

Lakeside Marblehead

Rebecca Cover

Lorraine Neer


Katelyn Alexander

Whitney Baughman

Jaime Danda

Luke Frankboner

Tanner Whitacre

Carissa Wright


Jessie Fitch

Carson Sparks

Kerry Steward

North Fairfield

Morgan Bradberry

Josey Brown

New London

Alexandria Hovatter


Kelstin Barna

Jamie Barron

Shelbi Brown

Larry Case

Cody Gregory

Madeline Hoag

Almira Hulin

Sydney Kramer

Joseph Ludewig

Robin Miller

Audrey Nutter

Katherine Parker

Wilma Polin

Vanessa Radcliffe

Elizabeth Raftery

Daniel Rockwell

Jason Shenefield

Allison Stang


Kari Odegaard

Port Clinton

Alyssa Biro

Elizabeth Royster

Abigail Spitler

Patrick Tupa


Eric Adkins

Corey Baer

Joshua Bahnsen

Sheila Baum

Karalee Bosworth

Zachary Braun

Tyler Brownell

Jennifer Burke

Shandra Coder

Sara Cordle

Ryan Ebert

Heather Eckert

Taylor Ferrell

Jillian Gosser

Christopher Graham

David Grimes

Ryan Grondin

Evan Hachey

Robert Herrin

Myroslava Hiser

Taylor Hunt

Alyssa Lombardy

Justin McClure

Anna Messenger

Hinesh Patel

Michael Piacente

Ann Redmon

James Reese

Rosalyn Riha

Amanda Russell

Danielle Schwerer

Anuj Shah

Jessica Smorul

Alyssa Tullio

Miriam Wheeler

Autumn White

Allison Witter


Chad Butler


Lauren Flaherty


Charlotte Besida

Angela Hershberger

Helena Sequerra Shick

Charles Shick


Adelyn Sherrard


Kaylee Logar


Derek Smith

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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Huron, Ohio – On Saturday, May 7, Bowling Green State University Firelands College will conduct the 31st Commencement Ceremonies featuring keynote speaker Craig Rathbun.  BGSU Firelands will recognize 259 students who earned degrees at the campus during the 2015-2016 academic year.

“This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and sacrifice for our students who will be graduating this evening, and we are proud that they have achieved their goals,” said BGSU Firelands Dean Andy Kurtz.

The graduating class includes 212 associate degree candidates and 47 bachelor’s degree candidates.  Degree candidates range in age from 16 to 61 and they represent many area of Ohio.  Seventy-one candidates graduated with academic honors, including five students with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

Rathbun, a BGSU graduate and local entrepreneur, will address the students as they prepare to graduate.

“We are delighted to have Mr. Rathbun as the commencement speaker.  He is an outstanding role model for the graduates and an excellent example of the level of success which can be achieved with an education from BGSU,” said Kurtz.

Rathbun earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from BGSU in 1983. After graduating, he was employed by Ernst & Whinney’s (Ernst & Young) Management Consulting Group, specializing in production and operations. He later joined his family’s business, Venture Packaging, as operations manager.

The lessons learned at a closely-held corporation served as a sound basis for two other future companies. In 1999, as a partner in Encore Plastics, Rathbun, along with his siblings and a friend, grew a start-up company from seven employees to more than 300 within three manufacturing facilities. Encore manufactures paint sundry products for national retailers such as Lowe’s, Menards, Sherwin-Williams, and Walmart.

In 2009, the partners financed a renewable energy company called SUREnergy. The goal was to find alternative ways to reduce Encore Plastics’ carbon footprint. Today, SUREnergy has evolved into providing grant writing, sourcing, installation, maintenance, and consulting services to several national and international companies.

Rathbun is currently a member of the BGSU Firelands Alumni Advisory Board and in 2016 received a College Alumni Award from BGSU.

Rathbun is part of a family with proud Falcon ties.  His father, Willard, and two siblings, Tim and Jodi, all attended BGSU.  His wife and two of his children also attended BGSU.

BGSU Firelands’ 31st Commencement Ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, in the Cedar Point Center on the Huron campus.  Tickets are required for attendance.

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Book CoverHuron, Ohio – In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Bowling Green State University Firelands College has published a book of short stories and memories from the first five decades of the Huron-based campus.

Compiled by Professor Emeritus Joel Rudinger, “The Stories of Our College,” is filled with contributions from students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the College.

“I may have served as the collector and refiner of the information, but the contributors truly are the authors of this story of BGSU Firelands,” said Rudinger.  “This collection is meant to be a chorus of different voices.  If you’re like me, you will appreciate the content because it is a window into the minds of those who have made our BGSU Firelands special,” he added.

Rudinger was one of the first faculty members of BGSU Firelands and has followed the evolution of the College since its inception in 1965.

This book is a collection of fond memories of life-changing helpers and guides, faculty mentors, and fellow students; recollections of friends and crazy events; scholarship and sports; innovative teaching; and the travels of students, staff, and faculty.  The book also includes dozens of photos from the history of the College and interesting trivia.

“This book is important because it reminds us of things which, though perhaps forgotten as we’ve moved on, are still a part of our lives. Every student or member of the College’s staff who has spent time within our walls or on our campus has come out a different person, however subtle or dramatic the change. The honey of learning will stick to their coattails for a long as they shall live,” said Rudinger.

The book will debut at the Firelands 50th Festival on Saturday, April 23 which is taking place on the campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public.  The book will be available afterward in the College Bookstore and the cost is $5. For additional information on the book, BGSU Firelands 50th Anniversary, and the Firelands 50th Festival, go to the website at

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Huron, Ohio – Just in time for the Firelands 50th Festival: A Community Celebration, the Bowling Green State University Firelands College Theatre presents “Meet Me In St. Louis,” April 21-24, in McBride Auditorium on the Huron campus.

Adapted from the beloved film, “Meet Me in St. Louis” is a heartwarming American classic that tells a story of happiness and family love that all ages will enjoy. As the curtain rises on the famous World’s Fair in 1904, this extraordinary musical follows the Smith family and the move that threatens to change their lives forever.

Memorable tunes like “The Trolley Song,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” will have you singing along in no time.

Directed by Caryl Crane Youth Theatre Artistic Director Brian Marshall, “Meet Me In St. Louis” combines the talents of 58 BGSU Firelands students, faculty, alumni and Caryl Crane Youth Theatre students. Join us as we celebrate the ‘family’ of BGSU Firelands during our 50th Anniversary weekend.

The April 23 performance at 2 p.m. is part of the Firelands 50th Festival: A Community Celebration, and tickets will be given out free at the event on a first-come, first-serve basis the day of the show.

The production is Rated G and for the whole family.

Tickets for Meet Me In St Louis go on sale Monday, April 11, at 10 a.m. and can be purchased by calling 419.626.1950 or ordering online at


What:                    BGSU Firelands College Theatre and Caryl Crane Youth Theatre present “Meet Me In St Louis”

When:                  April 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm, April 23* and 24 at 2 pm.

Where: McBride Auditorium, BGSU Firelands, Huron, OH 44839

Cost:                     $6 – $14

Tickets:                Call 419.626.1950 or order online at

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Huron, Ohio – United State House of Representative member Mary Kaptur recently attended a ceremony at Bowling Green State University Firelands College to present a United States flag to honor the memory and contributions of the late George Mylander ’58, ’70, ’03 (Hon.).

“His contributions to the College were remarkable, but it is equally important to recognize his contributions to his country as a serviceman and veteran,” said Kaptur who represents the 9th Congressional District.

Kaptur is nationally known for her successful effort to authorize construction of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., and she is a leader in our nation’s commitment to ensure proper care and compensation for veterans and their families.  She has dedicated efforts throughout her tenure in Congress to put America’s veterans and their families first.

“He was a true patriot and when he attended community events, he proudly wore his veteran’s hat,” added Kaptur.

Mylander was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the 3rd Infantry Division and a lifelong member of the American Legion.  In 1999, for service to his country and community he was enshrined in the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

Kaptur presented the flag, which previously flew over the United States Capital, to BGSU Board of Trustees Chairman David Levey and BGSU Firelands Dean Andy Kurtz.

“We all walk on the backs of the giants who came before us and George Mylander was a giant.  He helped to build this College and we would not be here but for George,” said Levey.  He added that the flag will be kept in a place of honor for all to view.

Mylanders contributions to BGSU, both personally and through the Mylander Foundation, totaled more than $3 million.  His impact was most prominently felt at the BGSU Firelands campus where funds were directed to a leadership gift to the completion of the Cedar Point Center, development of the McBride Arboretum, and, most recently, a $1 million leadership gift to the Allied Health & Sciences Project.

“George Mylander was without a doubt, one of the most passionate alumni of Bowling Green State University that I have had the pleasure of knowing. His legacy is evident throughout our campus and he will be remembered for the lasting and meaningful impact he had on our students,” said Kurtz.

A long-time educator, Mylander’s greatest passion was for student scholarships.  He established the George L. Mylander Scholarship at BGSU Firelands, the George L. Mylander Alumni Laureate Scholarship, and the Mylander Foundation Scholarship. Collectively the three scholarships have aided 157 students in reaching their academic goals.

Mylander passed away on January 3, 2016.


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