BGSU alumni societies
Alumni societies are organized around a common interest (fraternities and sororities, sports clubs, music and performing arts organizations, etc). Much like alumni chapters, these groups actively support the University through student recruitment, career mentoring, scholarship fundraising, community service and social activities.
Many societies publish newsletters and host fun activities around Homecoming weekend, as well as other special gatherings throughout the year.
If you don't find a society that interests you, contact the Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 839-2586 to learn how to start one.
Alpha Phi Omega
The Bowling Green chapter of Alpha Phi Omega was founded in 1948. It is a national co-educational service fraternity, based on principals of leadership, friendship and service. It is the purpose of our fraternity to assemble college students in a fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Scout Law of the Boy Scouts of America.
Alpha Sigma Phi
The Bowling Green chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi was founded in 1950. We carry a strong tradition of brotherhood, charity, honor and patriotism to this day. As our motto suggests, we strive to “Better the Man” in our attempt to create and perpetuate brotherhood.
Ryan Yahl '06, '09
The College of Musical Arts enjoys the distinction of collegiate status within BGSU. This position, as an academic unit, allows the College to contribute to the cultural life of the University and community while educating talented musicians for professional careers in performance, teaching, composition and musical scholarship. There are five bands at BGSU: the Falcon Marching Band, the Wind Symphony, the Concert Band, the University Band and the Athletic Band. Through the talents of each band BGSU has achieved national recognition for its outstanding faculty and student performers.
Alumni Swimmers & Divers
Air Force ROTC
AFROTC is an in-college program dedicated to training future Air Force officers. Upon graduation, our cadets are commissioned as active duty 2nd Lieutenants in the United States Air Force.
The Army ROTC program was established at BGSU in the fall of 1948. Originally the ROTC program was designed to produce Artillery Officers. In 1955-56, the unit was designated General Military Science and has since produced officers for all branches of the Army.
Black Alumni Society
Normea S. Banner
On February 19, 1969, three people signed off on starting the Black Student Union: Robert “Beep” Horne ‘70, Wayne Brody and Willie “Yo” Young ‘72, ‘73. Carlos Jackson ‘58,‘60 signed on as the advisor, and thus began the BGSU Black Alumni Society.
Beth Thomas Hertz '87
The BG News is the campus daily newspaper published Monday through Friday offering items of general interest to the broader campus community, including top local campus and city news; and state, regional, national and international news events of significance.
Travis Chapin, Advisor
Amanda Decker '07
A rich history of champions and better living through endurance running at BGSU.
Denny Bubrig (Dance Marathon Advisor)
Dance Marathon is Ohio's largest student run philanthropy and raises emotional and financial awareness for Children's Miracle Network and St. Vincent Mercy Children's Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. All of these efforts culminate in a 32-hour fun-filled event at the Student Recreation Center.
For the past 30 years the BGSU Honors Program has influenced many high achieving students (over 3,000 alumni). This history is rich and vibrant, and includes the contributions of dedicated students, staff, faculty, and alumni. In 1978, the Honors Program was established under the direction of Dr. Robert Bashore. Dr. Bashore served as Director until 1981. The Program evolved from the Little College, originally a residential program in which students could take all of their humanities requirements in one semester through team-taught classes.
Kay Arlene Hallett
Kappa Delta is a national sorority with nearly 200,000 members. We make great things happen in women's lives, on campuses and in communities across the country. Kappa Delta inspires its members to reach their potential by offering opportunities for leadership, personal development, academic success and community service, all in the context of true friendship.
Greg Hazard '99
Kappa Sigma is devoted to making the most out of the college experience. Through group effort, we are able to make a difference as an organization at BGSU. We are dedicated to the principals of scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service. We raise money for righteous organizations, volunteer in our community and work together to gain the best education BGSU has to offer.
Latino Alumni Society
The Latino Alumni Society was created to keep alumni connected to the BGSU, the Latino Student Union, and the Latino students currently on campus. It seeks to provide opportunities for networking, professional development, as well as internship and job opportunities. The Latino Student Union keep the alumni updated on important events throughout the year such as Latino Heritage Month events and the Latino homecoming event in the fall and the end of the year formal and the Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive in the spring. It provides alumni with a newsletter each semester to keep them updated of LSU events, meetings, and members. As Cesar Chavez once said, ""We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own." We encourage Latino alumni and Latino Student Union alumni to keep connected with past and current students of BGSU by means of the Latino Alumni Society.
Masters of Business Administration
David E. Chatfield
With more than 29,000 graduates from BGSU’s College of Business Administration alone, we have many successful alumni leading projects and companies throughout the world. Our business alumni are recognized through a number of ways, including the BGSU Alumni Association and the Dallas-Hamilton Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame. We want to honor those who have worked hard and have outstanding accomplishments.
Men's Chorus Alumni Society
Shaun Moorman '00
The University Men’s Chorus was established in the early 1920s. Disbanded during World War II because of the shortage of men on campus, it was reactivated in 1971 by BGSU Professor Emeritus Richard Mathey, who conducted the group for over 25 years. It is open to all men of the University community.
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Mortar Board is a National College Senior Honor Society, dedicated to the values of scholarship, leadership and service, represented by the Greek letters Pi Sigma Alpha (∏∑A). The Bowling Green State University Chapter of Mortar Board is known as the Fayetta Paulsen Chapter and was established in 1969. It is named in honor of Fayetta Paulsen, a long time University employee and member of the Bowling Green community.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The Founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as "a part of" the general community rather than "apart from" the general community. From its inception, the Founders also conceived Phi Beta Sigma as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community. Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, they held a deep conviction that they should return their newly acquired skills to the communities from which they had come. This deep conviction was mirrored in the Fraternity's motto, "Culture For Service and Service For Humanity".
Pi Kappa Phi Society
Mission/Vision Statement: We strive to reconnect the alumni of the Delta Sigma chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, with each other and Bowling Green State University and assist in the positive development of the undergraduate chapter. The chapter also exists to promote student recruitment efforts.
Five Areas of Focus:1. Reconnect members of the Delta Sigma chapter through increased communications and alumni-focused events; 2. Build lifelong Brotherhood by providing all alumni with meaningful experiences and opportunities for involvement.; 3. Expand the alumni chapter with the addition of existing alumni as well as through the recruitment of alumni initiates and graduating seniors.; 4. Strengthen the Brotherhood relationship between active and alumni.; 5. Provide the active chapter with enhanced development opportunities through a goals-and-incentives system.
Political Science Society
The Department of Political Science is strongly committed to undergraduate and graduate education in government and politics that supports the scholarship of discovery, teaching, integration and application. The department provides students with the intellectual foundation for many career pursuits, including work in the public, private, and non-profit sectors; law, education, and global and local politics.
President's Leadership Academy
Mary Kay (Coulter) Inkrott
The Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy (PLA) has shaped and positively influenced the lives of many PLA scholars since 1998. The purpose of the alumni society is to give PLA alumni the opportunity to contribute to the goals of the PLA and give back to the University. In addition, the alumni society strives to reconnect PLA alumni to the University and current PLA scholars. As a program grounded in servant leadership, PLA scholars are expected to make meaningful contributions to society in their professions and communities upon graduation from BGSU. This alumni society serves as a vehicle towards meeting program goals.
The Bowling Green Rugby Society was created with the intention to restore and strengthen the generational gap between the rugby alumni and the current club team members. Our group consistently has anywhere from 55 to 70 active members. Our seasons are both in the fall and the spring and we practice T W TH from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with our games being played on Saturdays. In the fall season we compete to win the Midwest Championship. If we win the championship in the fall then we begin training to compete in the Collegiate National Championship Tournament that is held in the spring semester. If we lose in the fall then we are unable to compete at Nationals in the spring and then compete and train for the following year. At the moment, we have won the Midwest title the past three years and have advanced to the National tournament each of the past three years.
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded at Richmond College, now the University of Richmond, on November 1, 1901, on the Cardinal Principles: Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love. Today, the Fraternity has grown to more than 262,000 lifetime members, including 13,500 undergraduates on 260 campuses in the United States. SigEp is the currently the largest fraternity in terms of undergraduate enrollment.
University Activities Organization Alumni
UAO as BGSU’s premier programming board, shall provide student-focused, social, educational and cultural programs for the BGSU community. Through diverse, quality and entertaining events, UAO strives to instill pride and lasting memories in the hearts of all BGSU students.
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The TCOM department offers students a variety of ways to gain hands-on experience in media-related entities. Getting involved with these organizations can greatly enhance your educational experience by providing skills and professional practices. In the spotlight or behind the scenes, students use state-of-the-art technology while building lasting friendships.
Zeta Phi Beta
Normea S. Banner
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 16, 1920, by five young African-American female students. The Founders, inspired by two members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraterinity, sought to create an sister organization that echoed the same ideals of the fraternity, with a special concentration on Finer Womanhood. Zeta spread throughout the country & to other continents and made its way to BGSU in 1974. This society is designated for women who joined Zeta Phi Beta at BGSU (Psi Epsilon Chapter).