GPA: Eastwood Band alumni invited to perform Sept. 16

Press Staff Writer

        The 18th Annual Eastwood High School Alumni Band will perform at the Sept. 16 home football game vs. Bowling Green.
        Alumni will gather in the Eastwood High School gym at 5:15 p.m. for social time, with a rehearsal at 6 p.m. Those not able to play or march are still welcome to socialize.
        The Alumni Band will perform during the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. with the Eastwood High School Eagle Marching Band and in the stands. A limited number of instruments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
        To register, call Eastwood High School at 419-833-3611 or visit
Clay class of ’77 reunion
        The Clay High School Class of 1977 will hold a 45-year reunion on the weekend of Sept. 23-24.
        On Friday night, Sept. 23 from 7-9 p.m. alumni are invited to attend the Clay High School Homecoming Game. Admission is free for classmates; guests pay $10 at the gate. Cheer the team and catch up with classmates in the CHS stadium end zone.
        The next morning, from 10:15 a.m.-noon, the classmates are invited to a guided tour of Clay High School and see the progress and innovation since they walked the halls. Meet at front doors. Free event.
        That evening, the alumni and guests are invited to gather from 6 p.m. to midnight at the barn at 1010 Bury Rd., Oregon. Dress is casual for the event, which will include drinks, a pizza bar, salad, `60s and `70s music, dancing and catching up around the fire pit.                
        The cost is $25 for classmates and $40 for a classmate and a guest. Purchase tickets at the door, payable by cash or check, or online at Alumni may also make donations to help fund future events and allow classmates in need to attend.
        For more information, contact Donna Hall at 404-863-7777 or via the website at
Alums to meet
        The Oak Harbor High School Class of 1970 will have its monthly lunch meet-up, Thursday, Sept. 8 at noon at the Happy Hour Inn, 124 West Water St.
Waite class of `62 reunion
        The Waite High School class of 1962 will hold a 60th reunion Sept. 16 from 4-9 p.m. at the German Club, Black Forest Café and Patio, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
        Attendees will order from the menu. A cash bar will be available.
        For more information, contact Bill at 419-270-0370 or Bob at 419-878-3540.
Homecoming of the Century
        Bowling Green State University will celebrate 100 Years of Homecoming Sept. 15-18.
        Featured events include:
        • Welcome Back Party on Court Street, Friday, 6-10 p.m. – Music, food and games will highlight this inaugural street festival celebrating BGSU’s connection to the BG community.
        • Circus Thrill Show, Friday, 7 and 9 p.m. Friday – Cincinnati Circus will perform aerial acrobatics and a fire show, Wheel of Death and more on the campus lawn across from the block party.
        • Movie Under the Stars, Friday, 9:30 p.m. on the Bowen-Thompson Quad – A free viewing of “Lightyear.”
        • Freddie and Frieda 5K, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. starting at the new Alumni Gateway. Walk or run and fly like a Falcon around this year’s course featuring a new route and receive your 5K T-shirt.
        • Alumni Gateway Dedication, Saturday, 10 a.m.
        • Falcon Flames Vow Renewal, Saturday, 11 a.m. in front of Prout Chapel. Celebrate your union with a special vow renewal ceremony officiated by President Rogers.
        • Falconland and Kids Falconland, Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Bowen-Thompson Quad. Music, historical displays, kids activities – including the not-to-be-missed human claw machine game – and more, including an opportunity to meet 1972 Olympic gold medalist and BGSU alumnus Dave Wottle.
        • Tailgate Park, Saturday, 2-5 p.m. at Doyt L. Perry Stadium. Reconnect with friends in the alumni and college and affinity group tents, enjoy a variety of food and games, see the festivities from the zipline, pick up BGSU mementos and more.
        • Falcon Football vs. Marshall, Saturday, 5 p.m. kickoff. Purchase tickets online at
        • Post-Game Fireworks at dusk following the football game. Enjoy the show from your seat in or around Doyt Perry Stadium.
        • Brunch With the Birds, Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon. Join Freddie and Frieda at the Oaks Dining Center for a goodbye brunch. Learn more at
Save the date
        The Woodward High School Alumni & Friends invite all WHS alumni from 1923-27 to the first Golden Luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 4 at noon in the Woodward gymnasium.
        Luncheon will be served. The cost is $25. The menu includes tossed salad, kielbasa, chicken, green beans, sweet and sour cabbage, mashed potatoes with gravy, rolls and butter, dessert and a beverage.
BGSU to host
Buckeye Girls State

        For the first time in nearly 30 years, Bowling Green State University will host the American Legion Auxiliary Buckeye Girls State conference June 11-17, 2023. At the conference, high school students serving as delegates learn about city, county and state government.
        Last held at BGSU in 1997, American Legion Auxiliary Buckeye Girls State is a week-long residential program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary of Ohio designed to educate students on the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship. The program takes a non-partisan, non-political approach to teaching the principles of American government.
        “We are so pleased to welcome Buckeye Girls State back to Bowling Green State University for their weeklong program to educate and engage Ohio's high schoolers,” BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers said. “We are grateful for the American Legion Auxiliary of Ohio and for their belief in our partnership. As a public university for the public good, we remain committed to the important work to ensure this next generation is prepared to civically lead Ohio and beyond.”
        As one of the largest Girls States in the country, American Legion Auxiliary Buckeye Girls State hosts roughly 500 high school delegates and staff members each year. Attendees are chosen through a selection and interview process held by American Legion Auxiliary Units in communities across Ohio.
Owens president selected
for national fellowship

        The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (Aspen) has named Owens Community College President Dr. Dione D. Somerville among 26 leaders for its national New Presidents Fellowship Class of 2022-23.
        This program supports community college presidents in the early years of their tenure as they work to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success.
        “I am honored to be selected for the Aspen Fellowship,” said Dr. Somerville, who began as the eighth Owens president in June 2021. “The Aspen Institute is known for its exceptional work with community colleges at the national level. I look forward to working with the distinguished fellows in my class and identifying best practices that will help make a difference for Owens Community College and our students.”
        This class of fellows represents the diversity of the nation’s community colleges, collectively serving more than 250,000 students at colleges across the nation, in urban, suburban and rural areas. The incoming class of New Presidents Fellows is 46 percent female and 65 percent are people of color. Located in 19 states, their institutions are also diverse, from a tribal college with fewer than 300 students to an urban college that educates more than 35,000 each year.
        The fellows, selected through a competitive process, will work closely with other transformational community college presidents and Aspen leaders over nine months to learn from field-leading research, analyze their colleges’ student outcomes, and clarify their visions for excellent and equitable outcomes for students while in college and after they graduate.
        “The quality of our nation’s community colleges depends on the quality of our college presidents,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the College Excellence Program. “I am continually inspired and motivated by the dedication and expertise that our fellows bring to the work of advancing excellence and equity on their campuses, and I look forward to seeing the changes they make in real time to improve outcomes for their students.”


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