Spirit of BG Award

BGSU functions daily on random acts of compassion, kindness, courage, expert help, extra effort, and caring toward our students and colleagues. These gestures, which build and strengthen our community, continue to be acknowledged, and the responsible individual recognized, by the presentation of the "Spirit of BG" award.

We all know when someone goes the extra mile to help; however, this person often goes about their day with little or no fanfare to acknowledge their "good works." Now you have the opportunity and means to thank that person.

Congratulations to our winners!

August 2023
Congratulations to Morgan Alexander-Coster from the Thompson Scholarship Programs! Morgan is the winner of the August Spirit of BG Award and was nominated by Mary Kay Inkrott Hiser. Here’s a bit of what they had to say about Morgan:

"It is with pleasure that I nominate Morgan Alexander-Coster for the "Spirit of BG" Award. Morgan joined Thompson Scholarship Programs as our Graduate Advisor during the second year of her Master's. Upon graduation, we were able to hire her full-time as one of our Coordinators for Student Engagement & Programming. This August we celebrated her 1 year "Workiversary"; we are so grateful to have her on our team.  Her thoughtfulness, calm demeanor, student success focus, ability to adapt, and so much more has helped strengthen our team and contributes to an environment where students are nurtured and supported.

Morgan co-led our Summer Link program this year for our incoming scholars. She collaborated well with our Assistant Director and our entire team to put on a very successful event. Nearly 160 of our 200 first years participated in this 5-day program. Morgan was able to implement new ideas and continue with strong aspects from previous years. She really empowered our 20 Summer Link Leaders (who are current scholars) to step up and shine through their leadership and engagement.

Morgan also serves as one of our Co-Leads for Service and has formed some great partnerships. Our office hosts a Food Drive each semester which benefits the Falcon Food Pantry, Brown Bag Food Project, and Dean of Students Office Grab-N-Go Bags. She's also partnered with the Office of Sustainability. Morgan is excellent at building community and collaborating well with others and I know she represents our program/office positively."

Thanks for your hard work, Morgan!

July 2023
Congratulations to Greg Dickerson from the Radbill Center of College and Life Design! Greg is the winner of the July Spirit of BG Award and was nominated by Ellie Timmins (one of his student ambassadors.) Here’s a bit of what they had to say about Greg:

"Greg Dickerson reflects the core values of BGSU in his attitude, his personality, his work ethic, and so much more as an alumnus and a Radbill Center of Life Design Coach at BGSU.  First, Greg is kind and a hard worker. He works hard to collaborate creatively with students in and outside of the classroom by facilitating specific Life Design classes and independent studies. He caters to their needs; he is encouraging and helpful.  He makes students feel genuinely seen and valued. Greg's joyful personality makes everyone of all backgrounds feel welcome and encouraged as he shares his Life Design and BGSU journey with others. This allows students, parents, alumni and BGSU partners to easily get connected with the Life Design Program and allows them to cultivate a desire to get involved at BGSU.  

Greg also networks very well with students and alumni. He even follows up with students as they graduate and encourages them as they become writers, businessmen, leaders, and so much more.  

As Greg works, he equips students, alumni, and his fellow staff members with the tools they need to succeed.  This may look like networking people together, helping students look for jobs or other help, etc. Greg's hard work reflects in all that he does.  In fact, his past students make up the most of the Life Design Student Ambassador Team. He is overall an amazing person who has helped me on my personal journey at BGSU, and is very worthy of this award."

Thanks for your hard work, Greg!


  • July - Greg Dickerson, Radbill Center of Life Design


  • July - Jenn Buening, Academic & Career Counseling - BGSU Firelands
  • August - Jason Graven, Nontraditional and Military Student Services
  • September - Meredith Errington, Information Technology Services
  • October - Lori Fox, Nontraditional and Military Student Services
  • November - Will O'Leary, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • December - Krista Westrick-Payne, Sociology/National Center for Family & Marriage Research
  • January - Dae'lyn Do, Thompson Scholarship Programs
  • February - Kori Koschalk-Newmister
  • March - Derm Forde, Dean's Office of the College of Health and Human Services
  • April - Kari Wilson, Office of Academic Affairs
  • May - Holly Barber, Center for Faculty Excellence
  • June - Jennifer Morehart, University Libraries


  • September - Harley King, BGSU Athletics
  • October - Laura Barned, Student Success and Life Design
  • November - Victoria Kontos, Admissions - BGSU Firelands
  • December - Becky Cogswell, Registration and Records
  • January - Kristin Payne, Thompson Scholarship Programs
  • February - Danielle Parker, University Advancement
  • March - Erica Mills, Admissions
  • May - Bob Kline, Sudent Success and Life Design
  • June - Brandi Barhite, Office of Admissions


  • August - Paul Valdez, Center of Public Impact
  • September - Kim Brooks, Undergraduate Education
  • October - Michael Leopardo, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • November - Claire Hoover, College of Education
  • December - Kristi Peiffer, Campus Construction
  • January - Michael Laurello, College of Musical Arts


  • September – Jamie Wlosowicz, Center for Women and Gender Equity
  • October – Julie Hamann, Firelands Instructional Media
  • November – Karyn Smith, Recreation and Wellness
  • December – Holly Cipriani, College Credit Plus Program
  • January – Chad Fletcher, Information Technology Services
  • February – Toni Gordon, Diversity and Belonging

Criteria and Eligibility

Any current full-time or part-time administrative staff member who is employed at BGSU or Firelands is eligible for the award.

The Administrative Staff Council wants to recognize, on a monthly basis, administrative staff employees who are caught showing "The Spirit of BG" as defined by any of the core values of BGSU.  The Core Values to which the University adheres include:

  • Intellectual and personal growth
  • Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurism
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Collaboration with each other and our partners
  • Excellence in all we do

Presentation and Selection Information

Awards are given monthly during the academic year.  The award consists of a cash award of $75, congratulations from colleagues and friends and a certificate of appreciation.

Winners are announced approximately two weeks after deadline, the end of each month.

Nomination Procedures

If you are a member of the University community (faculty, staff, student) you may nominate an administrative staff employee for "The Spirit of BG Award". Complete this nomination form, providing a short summary as to why you feel this person is deserving of this award.  

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on the last day of the month, to be considered for that month's recognition. For example, nominate by Aug. 31 for the August Spirit of BG Award.


If you have questions about the awards criteria or confirmation of submission, please email asc@bgsu.edu.

Updated: 09/14/2023 02:23PM