Battle of the Decades (1970-1979)
Life at BGSU in the 1970s
As a student at BGSU in the 1970s, the Blizzard of ’78 is a story you will never tire of telling. You may also remember seeing some great concerts on campus like, The Doobie Brothers, Aerosmith, James Taylor, and Billy Joel. Back then, the old Union was connected to Prout Hall and the University Activities Organization threw an unforgettable Mardi Gras event. For the more studious graduates, the Math-Science Building was a place full of key punch cards and print-outs and you probably recall standing in the long line outside of the Student Services Building to sign up for your dorm. Campus life, back then, included curfews and designated hours for males to visit female dorms. For the more rebellious, you may have “borrowed” a cafeteria tray to slide down the ski hill. You may also remember what campus was like after the Kent State shootings. While our years at BGSU were filled with momentous change and political turmoil and protest, what you likely remember best is the valuable education, impactful memories, and special friendships made on campus.
While we each had unique experiences at BGSU, we are united as graduates from the 1970s decade. As alumni of the decade, we are inviting you to connect, or re-connect, with campus to provide even greater opportunities for our fellow Falcons. You can provide an immediate and lasting impact for students through scholarship and academic support, enriching student life, creating innovative learning spaces, and more.
And in the spirit of good, clean competition, your support also puts the 1970s decade one step closer to being crowned the champion of the “Battle of the Decades.” The winning decade will be recognized at a Homecoming celebration event based on highest alumni participation, measured through this “Falcon Funded” website. We will even have the opportunity to participate in a long-standing BGSU tradition – painting the spirit rock!
If you have never made a gift to BGSU, or it has been several years since your last gift, now is especially a great time to show your support for your alma mater and future generations of Falcons. An anonymous donor will make a $10 donation for each alumnus or alumna who makes a first time gift. Our students continue to shine here on campus, and through your generous support, they can continue to build on the legacy you left behind.
Karen Dempsey Volke, ’74
Dave Glass, ’78