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!

Congratulations to Executive Assistant & Development Coordinator, Jasmine Gordon Schulz. She is the winner of the January Spirit of BG Award and was nominated by Ellen Schendel. Here’s a bit of what was said about Jasmine:

"Jasmine is, quite simply, the energy and expertise behind so much of what is accomplished in the College of Arts & Sciences that may not otherwise get recognized. She is an active participant and dean's office representative to the Eclipse planning committee, which is working to ensure robust programming on the day of the total solar eclipse (April 8, 2024). She is the project manager for the dean’s office in relaunching the Givens Fellowship, which is an opportunity for students to travel the world to pursue an interest unrelated to their coursework. She works tirelessly to keep alumni engagement and communications across the college humming along. And she does this with inclusiveness and creativity: she is the first to suggest multiple colleagues who can come to the table to proactively address any issue; she is attuned to recognizing the strong work of people across the college (staff and faculty alike) for the integral-but-not-flashy contributions and excellence they bring to our community. And Jasmine is willing to try new things and manage new complexities, all in the name of ensuring more in the college can participate and that our students benefit from the multitude of gifts and resources across our faculty and staff."

Thanks for your hard work, Jasmine!


  • July - Greg Dickerson, Radbill Center of Life Design
  • August - Morgan Alexander-Coster, Thompson Scholarship Programs
  • September - Katie Gankosky, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • October - Troy Spikes, Campus Services


  • 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: 02/29/2024 05:12PM