When Allison Artz comes to BGSU this fall as a first-year student she’ll have a leg up on most of her classmates. She is starting college with enough credits to be considered a sophomore.
The Perrysburg High School graduate participated in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program, or PSEOP. It provides qualified high school students the opportunity to take college courses. Students who participate receive college credit, which may also fulfill high school requirements. The state assumes the full cost of tuition and textbooks.
Artz took calculus, British literature, both of her General Studies Writing (GSW) courses and geology. She also took economics and Introduction to Business at the BGSU Levis Commons location. The business major says, for the most part, her classmates had no idea they were sitting next to a high school student.
“I went to high school with a guy in my calculus course so he knew I wasn’t a current student,” she explained. “That stayed between us for a while and then someone found out and told everyone and they all starting coming to me for help.”
Artz credits online classes, good time management and organization for her success in PSEOP. Now she’s ready to fully experience college life, beyond class.
“I’m glad I did it. I know a lot about campus now so I can help other people and I’m ahead of the game. I’m looking forward to just being here full time. I can just take it all in and do my own thing.”
Merrina Guitteau is new to PSEOP. The senior at Anthony Wayne High School will take two GSW courses this school year.
“I wanted to be introduced to the college experience and see how classes are run and how they are, compared to high school classes,” Guitteau said.
“I’m ready to go and I’m excited to meet new people, new faces, new teachers and learning what I have to look forward to in college.”
Built in 1979, the Student Recreation Center has not changed much in 33 years. Plans to give the Rec Center a much-needed face-lift are now moving forward.
In June, the Board of Trustees approved $819,563 for design and pre-construction services for the proposed $11 million renovation. A detailed project proposal will be presented at a later date.
Earlier this year, Recreation and Wellness, in collaboration with Capital Planning, conducted a feasibility study to determine which areas needed the most improvement. The top one percent of Rec Center users was asked to give their thoughts, and displays were set up at the center and the Bowen-Thompson Student Union to solicit feedback from students and the campus community.
Using that information, the architect on the project, The Collaborative Inc., prepared design mock-ups and is now asking for feedback from the community. The mock-ups are available online.
The proposed renovations include a new entrance, room for additional cardio training, upgrades to the gym area, reconfigured locker room space, and upgraded finishes and lighting.
Construction could start as soon as May 2013.
“As this project continues to progress, we will continue to seek student input,” said Dr. Steve Kampf, assistant vice president for student affairs and director of Recreation and Wellness. “The BGSU student has always been our primary customer. We need to ensure student wants and needs are met in this renovation.”
Zoom News is provided as a service to BGSU faculty and staff.