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BGSU, Kent State Celebrate Centennial on May 19

Posted May. 17, 2010

This is a landmark year in the history of Bowling Green State University and Kent State University. One hundred years ago on May 19, 1910, the Lowry Bill was passed, creating two new teachers’ colleges in northern Ohio.

"PhotoBoth schools will be honored during a luncheon and special program on Wednesday, May 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus.

Since those early days, both schools have made significant changes. BGSU has transformed from a teacher-training school to a university with more than 200 undergraduate majors and programs with strengths in technology, liberal arts and sciences. Kent State is Northeast Ohio’s leading public research university and the third largest university system in Ohio with eight campuses and more than 38,000 students. Kent State has produced 196,000 graduates, with 68 percent of living alumni residing in Ohio.

Attending will be BGSU President Carol Cartwright, Kent State President Lester A. Lefton, Vice Chancellor John Brighton and Inter-University Council of Ohio President Bruce Johnson.

The Ohio House of Representatives and Senate will also present resolutions recognizing both schools.

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Kent State University is Northeast Ohio’s leading public research university and the third largest university in the state with eight campuses and more than 38,000 students.

Media Contact:
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595