Marketing and Communications
Slagle represents the best of Technology and Athletics
As with many graduating seniors, student-athlete Jessica Slagle is still getting used to the idea of moving on to the next phase of her life. “It hasn’t hit me quite yet, but it’s a ‘double whammy’ with basketball and, now, my time as a VCT student coming to an end.”
Everyone who knows Slagle is betting she’ll land on her feet no matter what she decides to do in the so-called “real world.” That’s because she has consistently excelled as both a student in the College of Technology and as a Division I athlete.
As one of three team captains on the women’s basketball team, Slagle started all 31 games this past year, averaging 12.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, along with a team high 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals. She and teammate Chrissy Steffen were named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team — a testament to the dedication of both student-athletes, but also to BGSU’s commitment to consistently high academic standards among its varsity players.
For Slagle, balancing academics with high-performance in her sport was a tough adjustment as a freshman, but she pointed to the support that made it all possible: “I feel like things were set up for success from the beginning because of the huge focus our coaches place on academics.”
The other half of that equation came from the College of Technology, where the faculty and staff worked with her to make sure she received all of the opportunities and benefits that go along with being a student in the Visual Communication Technology (VCT) program.
“Each and every professor not only worked with me on some of my more challenging schedule needs, but also helped me to excel in the classroom.” One of those faculty members who had a particularly big impact was Dr. Donna Trautman, who also served as Slagle’s advisor.
“Donna has always been everything an advisor should be and more,” said Slagle. “She was always in my corner when I needed support and guidance, and I’m so grateful for everything she’s done.”
For her part, Trautman pointed to Slagle’s commitment to her studies. “Jess is just as passionate about her education as she is about her sport, and has added a lot to the VCT community through her example as a motivated learner, teammate and person.”
Like all College of Technology undergrads, Slagle’s program included mandatory co-ops to apply classroom learning in a real-world work environment. Working with BGSU Athletics’ marketing offices to satisfy one of her three required co-ops not only kept her close to campus for off-season training and conditioning, but also allowed her to shine in a professional environment.
Director of Marketing & Promotions Chris Marcum couldn’t have been more satisfied with the basketball star’s off-court performance: “As a Creative Services Intern in our marketing offices last summer, Jess demonstrated a passion for her major, tremendous professional talent and an unparalleled work ethic.”
But perhaps the highest praise for Slagle comes from one of the individuals who has known her best during her four years at BGSU — Women’s Basketball Head Coach Jennifer Roos.
“Jess Slagle is one of the best players ever to wear a BGSU women’s basketball uniform,” said Roos. “Her high energy level and passion for the game is contagious and she has set new standards for those who follow her in the classroom, on the court and in the community.”
As Slagle pursues her interests in video production and marketing at graduate school, her success in the College of Technology and as an outstanding Falcon student-athlete makes one thing clear and was well-stated by Roos: “Jess will represent the University well in all of her future endeavors.