Thursday, August 21, 2014  
BGSU partners with Bulgarian school | Campus welcomes back students
Mariana Mitova (left) and Ashlee Layman arrange the active wear garments created through their collaboration with a school in Bulgaria.


This summer, a display case in the Education Building contained several women's active-wear garments — a hooded sweatshirt, pants, two shirts, plus the "inspiration board" of their designer, recent graduate Ashlee Layman. The story of the clothes' journey from Bulgaria to BGSU is a tale of student and faculty creativity, resourcefulness and willingness to try something new.

As Layman approached the final semester of her Apparel Merchandising and Product Development degree program, she was itching for a challenge. A nontraditional student who had returned to complete her undergraduate degree after four years away from BGSU, she felt the need to take her learning to the next level instead of merely completing her last few credits.

She found her challenge and more when her mentor, Mariana Mitova, suggested that Layman do an independent study in collaboration with the Dimitar Talev Technical School in Mitova's hometown of Gotse Delchev, Bulgaria. Layman jumped at the chance, even though Mitova warned her she really couldn't predict how the first-time venture would turn out.


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Dr. Mike Ogawa, vice president for research and economic development and dean of the Graduate College, will welcome back faculty at 2:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 22) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

All faculty are invited to hear his message on research and graduate education.


Move-in has begun. View a list of the traffic and parking changes that entails. Learn more about the re-opening of the renovated Student Recreation Center.

Read it all In Brief.