Residence Life's Signature Programs
Ask an Advisor
Ask an Advisor is sponsored by Advising Services and the Office of Residence Life. This event occurs early each semester. Seven - ten sessions are scheduled in various Residence Halls. During these sessions, students who live in the halls can come and talk with an Academic Advisor.
The Office of Residence Life hosts Bed Races as an opportunity for students across campus to come together for fun, competition, and falcon spirit as they race rolling beds! In teams of 5, students push one teammate on the bed, racing against another team down the road to victory. Participants are encouraged to show their BG pride and creativity during the races as we will be rewarding spirit as well as speed! The event occurs as part of Homecoming.
Casino Night is a student program sponsored by the Resident Student Association. This program occurs during the first week of school and is held in the Bowen Thompson Student Union. Each year more than 600 students attend. Students are able to play various casino style table games and are able to enter into a raffle to win prizes.
RSA sponsors Halloween Funfest in October each year as a service for the local community. The program is held in the Bowen Thompson Student Union. Local school children are invited to dress in their Halloween costumes and visit campus. While on campus area children engage in crafts, activities, and trick or treating. Crafts and activities are hosted by BGSU Students from Hall Councils, Greek Chapters, and BGSU Student Organizations. The event typically sees over 100 area families in attendance.
First-Year Achievement Program
The First-Year Achievement Program (FYAP) is a retention initiative for first-year students and/or transfer residential students at BGSU. The program consists of four intentional one-on-one conversations (two each semester) between a first-year resident and his or her Resident Advisor (RA). During these meetings (centered on the Four Pillars to Student Success), the two will talk about the transition to college, life in the halls, and success at BGSU. The RA will also provide the student with information and various resources at the college which reinforces the conversations.
Falcon Achievement Program
The Falcon Achievement Program (FAP) is a retention initiative for sophomore students in the Office of Residence Life. The program consists of four intentional one-on-one meetings (two conversations each semester) between second year students and their Resident Advisor (RA). During these meetings (centered on the Four Pillars of Student Success), the two will talk about returning to college as an upperclass student, co-curricular involvement, career preparation, and academic success. The RA will also provide the student with information and various resources at the college
Saint Baldrick’s Fundraiser
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 2000. St. Baldrick’s exists to raise funding for childhood cancer research. This is done at local events where volunteers, sponsored by family and friends, raise money to shave their heads. By shaving their heads, these volunteers are standing in solidarity with children who often lose their hair as part of their cancer treatment. The St. Baldrick’s event at BGSU is sponsored by the Office of Residence Life and is organized by the National Residence Hall Honorary. The first annual St. Baldrick’s event at BGSU was held in December 2012. The events raised $22,408, had 152 individuals participate, and sent 33 ponytails to Locks of Love. Toledo Blade Article
Sibs & Kids Carnival
The annual Sibs and Kids Carnival is hosted by the Resident Student Association. This event occurs in the Bowen Thompson Student Union during the University’s Sibs & Kids weekend. The event engages BGSU students and their siblings by hosting inflatable activities, caricature artists, and crafts sponsored by BGSU Students from the Residence Hall Councils. During the spring 2013 event, 800 students and their siblings registered to attend.
Taste of February
Taste of February is a campus-wide Black History Month event sponsored by the Office of Residence life (specifically the SMART Program) in conjunction with other campus departments and organizations. Taste of February celebrates cultural awareness through educational entertainment, food, and conversation. This annual program explores the events, people, and actions of the past as well as those of our nation’s future within a different theme each year. For more information, please contact the SMART Program office at 419-372-9428.
Tunnel of Oppression
The Tunnel of Oppression is a campus diversity initiative sponsored by the Office of Residence Life in conjunction with other campus organizations. It is a self-guided interactive event that provides its visitors with both active and passive experiential opportunities to explore issues of difference around a variety of topics. Our goal is to encourage people to think critically about issues of diversity, power, privilege, and social justice, to look at the world through others lenses and attempt to understand their perspectives, and to help us in building “an inclusive, safe, and respectful community” for all members of the BGSU Community. For more information, please contact the Office of Residence Life Coordinator for Diversity and Retention Initiatives at 419-372-2011 or email@example.com.