Bege Bowers, who retired this summer after a noted 28-year career as a faculty member and administrator, will give the commencement address at Youngstown State University’s summer commencement, 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18.
The ceremony will be in Beeghly Center on the YSU campus. Kevin Hulick, who is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and political science, is the student speaker.
Bowers earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Vanderbilt University and a master’s and Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Before joining the faculty at YSU in 1984, she served as a medical translator in Knoxville; as mathematics/language editor to a team headed by Nobel Laureate Wassily Leontief in New York; and as a teacher of French and English in Darlington, S.C.
At YSU, she cofounded and directed the Professional Writing and Editing program and served as acting chair of the Department of English, associate to the dean of the former College of Arts and Sciences, and interim provost. She also played a leadership role in two of YSU’s institution-wide accreditations. She became assistant provost in 2002, served as associate provost from August 2005 through June 2012, and served as YSU’s liaison to the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Board of Regents from 2002-12.
Bowers was a longtime editor of two national publications – the CEA Critic and the CEA Forum – and coedited three books: one on technical communication internships, one on the novel of manners, and one on Chaucer research, which received the Modern Language Association’s biennial Prize for Distinguished Bibliography. She is a recipient of the international Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication and the College English Association’s Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement awards. She also earned multiple Distinguished Professor Awards and the Centurians Outstanding Professor Award at YSU.
Hulick has earned many scholastic accolades during his time at YSU, including membership in both Phi Kappa Phi and the Clarence Gould Honor Society. He also has been a three-time finalist and one-time first place winner of the Stocks Essay contest, where undergraduates write papers on economic issues. He has been honored as a YSU Success Story for his nomination as a Marshall Scholar and for his work on the YSU Moot Court team. He won the 2011 Midwest Regional Moot Court Tournament and placed second in the nation twice in legal brief writing.
In addition to his scholastic achievement, Hulick has been very involved on campus and in the community. He was the recruitment chair and social co-chair for Sigma Chi Fraternity, a peer mentor at the Center for Student Progress, a student office assistant in the President’s Office and a representative for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences on YSU Student Government. He also coached high school debate at his alma mater, Austintown Fitch High School for three years.
Hulick will be attending the University Of Virginia School Of Law, where he will spend the next three years earning his juris doctorate degree.