2002 Accomplished Graduates
Dr. Steven M. Chermak ’87 of Bloomington, Ind., considered an authority in the field of criminal justice, is an associate professor of criminal justice at Indiana University. Chermak is best known for his groundbreaking research in a book analyzing crime in American news media. In addition, he has been published in numerous scholarly journals including Criminology and Public Policy, Journal of Criminal Justice, American Journal of Police and Justice Quarterly. He has published the book, Searching for a Demon: The Media Construction of the Militia Movement (Northeastern University Press). Chermak is also a member of the American Society of Criminal Justice. In 1997, 1999 and 2000 he was honored with the Indiana University’s prestigious Teaching Excellence Recognition Award. Chermak earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from BGSU and earned both his master’s degree in 1988 and doctorate in 1993 from the State University of New York.
William P. Harper ’76 of Mason, Ohio, serves as executive director of Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren and Clinton counties. As a result of his exemplary service in the field, Harper was named Administrator of the Year in 2000 by the Ohio Advocates for Mental Health. He served as president of the National Association of Behavioral Health Directors from 1999-2001, is a licensed independent social worker by the state of Ohio and has been a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers since 1983. Harper is secretary for the Mason/Deerfield Township Rotary Club and has served as president of the Warren County United Way since 2000. He has a bachelor’s degree in social work from BGSU and earned his master’s degree in social work and public administration from Ohio State University. Harper served as an assistant professor of social work at BGSU from 1986-94.
Shawn M. Ulreich ’80 of Rocky River, Ohio, is a leader in the field of professional nursing practice and administrative development as the chair of the division of nursing and chief nursing officer at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She has worked for the foundation since 1984 in a variety of areas including clinical instruction, nurse management, medial operations liaison and director of clinical resource management. Before joining the foundation, Ulreich worked with the Parkview Osteopathic Hospital and St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. Ulreich, a certified nurse of oncology, is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, is chair of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Nurse Executive Council and serves as adjunct faculty with Kent State University. Ulreich earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from BGSU and a master’s degree in nursing from Kent State University in 1990.