Campus Campaign

Every year, our BGSU family comes together to support our students through Campus Campaign.  BGSU is known for its commitment to helping students succeed both within and beyond the classroom. As today’s students face an increasingly complex and competitive world, it is imperative that BGSU continues to provide diverse activities, innovative academic programs, and a dynamic mix of learning opportunities to position our students as tomorrow’s leaders.

The BGSU Campus Campaign, a University-wide effort to support institutional initiatives, provides resources to engage, challenge and prepare students for a meaningful future. Now in its second decade, Campus Campaign has raised more than $16 million to benefit students, programs and initiatives. The campaign spans our fiscal year and includes any gifts made from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

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bullins and falconsFaculty and Staff Donor Highlight

Chris Bullins
Dean of Students

First Gift to BGSU: I first gave to BGSU as part of the Campus Campaign in 2012 while I was still a graduate student. Even though my contribution was small, I wanted to help my colleagues reach our collective goal of having every employee within the department participate.

Why is it important to give back to BGSU?
As dean of students, I am honored to support BGSU and our students by giving back. In fact, I make it a personal goal to participate in the annual Campus Campaign. As a first-generation college student, I know how important scholarships were to my ability to attend college and to get an education. I believe I now have a personal responsibility to help remove financial barriers for others individuals so that they can pursue their life dreams and aspirations.

Campus Campaign Co-Chairs

Mary Kay InkrottOriginally from New Knoxville, Ohio, Mary Kay came to BGSU in 2001 and has never left. She is a two-time BGSU graduate (‘05 bachelor’s degree in sport management and ’06 master’s in sport administration) and has worked with BGSU Athletics, Academic Advising and now oversees Thompson Scholarship programs. BGSU holds a special place in her heart – Mary Kay and her late husband, Andy, were Falcon Flames and were married in BGSU’s Prout Chapel. She and their daughter reside in Bowling Green and enjoy attending BGSU events together.

Why is it important to give back to BGSU?

I personally would not have been able to attend BGSU if I had not received financial support, specifically the President’s Leadership Academy scholarship!. Because of the generosity of others, my life changed for the better in ways that I never could have even imagined. The experiences I had as a student and the mentors who supported me along the way helped shape me into who I am today. Now as a BGSU staff member, I get the awesome privilege to support so many amazing students in a scholarship program that changes countless lives. Because of the Robert and Ellen Thompson Scholarship for Working Families, many of our scholars now have access to higher education and will see their lives changed for the better because of the people they meet and experiences they have at BGSU. It’s pretty humbling to come full circle and be able to give back in gratitude for all I have received!

Maureen Wilson 0433Maureen joined the University as a faculty member in 2001 and served as chair of HESA for eight years. Maureen grew up in Michigan and earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. She worked in student affairs at the College of William & Mary and University of South Carolina and was on the faculty at Mississippi State University.

Why is it important to give back to BGSU?

The landscape of higher education has changed substantially. Reduced state support for higher education has shifted a greater share of the costs to students. To recruit and enroll diverse student cohorts into our undergraduate and graduate programs, we need to mitigate the financial burdens that block access to the University. As chair, I worked closely with students, faculty and alumni to increase direct support to students and to foster their academic and professional development. I am inspired by the generosity of this community to support new generations of students. It makes a tremendous difference to our students.

andy altOriginally from Delphos, Ohio, Andy is a two-time BGSU alumnus (’01 and ’04) and has served as a full-time staff member at BGSU since 2007.  Previously, Andy worked at Iowa State University and as teacher at Edon (OH) Northwest School district.  Andy and his wife, Jamie (’01) reside in Bowling Green with their three sons.

Why is it important to give back to BGSU?

From the moment I arrived at BGSU as an undergraduate student through today, the people at BGSU have truly been an important part of my family. BGSU has afforded me more opportunities over the past 20+ years than I could have ever imagined. As a student, I was fortunate to receive scholarships, engage in significant campus life experiences and develop meaningful relationships with our incredibly faculty and staff. In my current role, I see first hand the impact that scholarships, experiential learning and support services have had on our students.  It is rewarding and humbling to be able to give back to the institution and community that gave me so much during my time as a student and continues to shape my life now as a staff member.

Meyer KelseyKelsey Meyer received her bachelor’s degree from BGSU in 2013. As an undergraduate student, she was involved with campus fundraising, working as a student fundraiser at the BGSU Telefund. In her role, she raised over $86,000 in alumni donations for undergraduate student scholarships. After graduating from BGSU, she worked in non-profit fundraising at the Toledo Zoo, National Museum of the Great Lakes and Columbus Museum of Art. Her love for BGSU brought her back to campus in 2016,and since then she has worked as the senior secretary for the Offices of Undergraduate Advising and Undergraduate Education. As a classified staff member, she has used her experience in fundraising to assist with the #BGSUOneDay giving campaign and currently serves as one of the co-chairs for the Campus Campaign. 

Why is it important to give back to BGSU?

As a student fundraiser, I was able to see the direct impact that donations have on student life at BGSU. Donations from faculty, staff and alumni help to directly support our students in achieving their academic and professional goals. As an alumni, I make sure to continue donating to the University even if it is only $5 or $10. I’ve seen how donations of all sizes are able to contribute toward student success. Now as a staff member, I seek ways that I can remain involved in the campus campaign and fundraising efforts to support and grow the legacy that is BGSU.

Your gift to the BGSU Campus Campaign contributes to the quality of education our students receive while sending a message to the wider community and prospective donors that faculty, staff, and retirees believe in Bowling Green State University. All gifts are important and very much appreciated, especially in today’s challenging times when the University is experiencing declining state support.

Make a gift by June 30 to become a part of the Campus Campaign – show that you believe in BGSU.

Campus Campaign Payroll Deduction Form

Campus Campaign Fund Guide

Campus Campaign FAQS

Participation matters

The following departments achieved 100% participation during the 2018-2019 Family Campaign:

  • Capital Planning
  • Center for Public Impact
  • Counseling Center
  • Enrollment Management
  • Nontraditional and Military Student Services
  • Office of the Provost
  • Office of the President
  • Student Employment
  • Student Media
  • Undergraduate Education
  • Undergraduate Advising & Academic Services
  • University Advancement

For more information

Sara Thompson ’14
Assistant Director of Annual Giving