Dr. W. John Leverence '74
Dr. W. John Leverence, Senior Vice President of Awards for the Academy of Televisions Arts & Sciences, served as commencement speaker for the May 12, 2019 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ceremony at his undergraduate alma mater, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Leverence has oversaw the Academy Awards for more than three decades.
Ronald Litra '75
Ronald Litra moved to Castle Rock, Colorado in May after 29 years in Clarkston, Michigan to be closer to family. We are "home on the range" (the front range of the Rockies) at 6202 feet.
Olivia Buzzacco '15, '17
I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2015, and went on to attain my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2017. During my undergraduate program, I worked to create a new program which brought undergraduate writing tutors into the University Writing Program (UWP) classrooms, serving as in-class writing consultants. I served as one of the first in-class writing consultants for three years and then taught my own UWP classes during grad school. This past summer, I accepted my first ever full-time teaching job at the College of the Albemarle (COA) in Manteo, North Carolina as an Instructor of English. In my first semester at COA, I worked to bring back creative writing classes to the college for the first time in 6 years.
Leonard Durso '69, '76
I have just published my sixth novel - "Istanbul Days, Istanbul Nights." It is now available for purchase from my publisher, Austin Macauley.
Lisa Lattanza '85
I was recently promoted to Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. I am Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. I am the Chief of Hand, Elbow and Upper Extremity Surgery. I am Program Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship. I Co-founded a non-profit organization called The Perry Initiative. The mission of our organization is to encourage young women to pursue careers in Orthopaedic Surgery and engineering, 2 fields where women and minorities are underrepresented. We have hands-on programs in 54 cities nationwide and have published impact papers in peer reviewed journals.
Cheryl Mansfield '73
I was featured in the Columbus Dispatch for new job role in becoming the Executive Director for the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus.
Mark Stein '75
Received the Lifetime Achievement Award from CHADD (Children and adults with ADHD) at their International Meeting in Atlanta in October.
Allison Olenik '16
Ethan Olenik and I (previously Allison Ehmen) married May 20, 2017. We met as math tutors in the Learning Commons in 2013 (me a sophomore, him a senior). He’s a graduate of 2014, and his masters in 2015! I graduated in 2016!
Steven Bailey '97
Head of Local Programming & Creative for WCIU-TV, Chicago, IL. Celebrating the launch of my new morning show, The Jam this past July 2017.
Kelly (Smith) Weinersmith '04 & '07
After getting my BS and MS in the Biology Department I went on to get my PhD in Ecology at the University of California Davis. I'm now adjunct faculty at Rice University. I am co-authoring a book on emerging technologies called "Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve And/Or Ruin Everything." The Biology Department at BGSU did a wonderful job of preparing me for a career in science and science communication. THANK YOU!
Jessica Mager '96
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Jessica A. Mager has been elected to the firm’s partnership. Mager is one of six attorneys elected to partnership by Taft, effective January 2, 2017. Mager focuses her practice in the family law area.
Bob Bothel '76
I retired from federal service having served as the Director of Voluntary Education for the Marine Corps in Asia and the National Director of Voluntary Education for the U.S. Coast Guard. After retirement my wife, Toby, and I relocated back to Ohio from Washington D.C. and founded TAB Education Partners. Our company primarily works in STEM Education with a specialty in FAB Labs for K-12, Colleges and Corporations. I consider my four years at BGSU as foundational to all I have achieved. I made lifelong friends and we still annually come to BGSU for Homecoming.
Jim Daniels '80
Jim Daniels has two new books of poetry published in 2017, Rowing Inland, Wayne State University Press, and Street Caligraphy, Steel Toe Books. He is the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.
Madison Shaheen '14
Jacqueline (Gedeon) Minerd '13
Recently married Joseph Minerd on June 30, 2018. Jacqueline now works as a technical and promotional writer supporting the NASA Safety Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The NASA Safety Center works to improve the development of the personnel, processes and tools needed for the safe and successful achievement of NASA’s strategic goals. She began her career as a news reporter and anchor, then served as a communications specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey, and most recently was an assistant account executive at a public relations firm.
James Crawford '10
Moved back to Bowling Green from Austin, TX after 5 1/2 years away. Began working as a Provider Relations Specialist for the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities. My oIdest son plans on participating in Junior Audition Day at the College of Musical Arts in Spring 2019, hoping to continue the tradition and attend BGSU.
Sharon (Hurley) Short '84
Sharon (Hurley) Short's newest novel is THE WIDOWS, published under the pen name Jess Montgomery, by Minotaur Books, on January 8, 2019. THE WIDOWS is a literary historical mystery inspired by Ohio's true first female sheriff in 1925. Set in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio, against the backdrop of coal mining, prohibition and women’s rights, The Widows is about two women whose lives collide when the man they both love is murdered.
Barbara Gravel '90
I was featured in a regional magazine called "Area Woman". My article followed my college life at BGSU through to my current job as Production Manager of North Dakota's statewide PBS television network.
Linda A. Marshall '64
Linda A. Marshall '64, Dayton, Ohio, penned a compelling medical-mystery memoir titled "A Long Awakening to Grace" which was introduced at the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation conference in San Francisco in September 2017. Marshall donated 100% of the proceeds from the September conference sale of her memoir and continues to donate a portion of the proceeds from ongoing sales to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation.
Robert Leese '00
I retired from the US Air Force as a Major after 26 years in service on Jan 1, 2017. I was posted throughout the world including Naples, Italy; Kabul, Afghanistan, Abilene, Texas, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Pristina, Kosovo; Washington D.C. and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My Falcon Flame is the Consular Chief in Maseru, Lesotho and after following me around the world as I worked for the US Air Force, I am the one following her. We enjoy living in unique places around the world and sharing them with our 15-year-old son, Ben.
Michelle Thomas '10
In the fall of 2006, I met my husband at our new student orientation during the BGX program! We met during the get to know your floor mates activities and started dating right away. We were married in 2013, had our first son in 2015, and are expecting our second any day now!
Dierk Seeburg '92
Dierk Seeburg has joined C+P Furniture Systems as National Sales Manager, North America. For his non-profit involvement, he is moving from being Executive Director of the German School Phoenix to Chairman of the Board. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife Sara and his children Hendrik, Hanna, and Hayden.
Todd Music '84
33 years since I met my Falcon Flame Staci Shuber. My Dad (William Music) received his Associate's in Business from BG Firelands in the early 70's. My wife (Staci Shuber) and I both graduated from BG '84 and '87 Twin daughters Sarah and Kelsey in '15 and Sarah Master's at BG on "17. Tyler our son is a Computer Science major at BG. 3 generation Falcons.
Jan Vinci '78
On November 1, Jan Vinci (BM '78, flute) released her new Albany Records CD “American FluteScape: A Tapestry of Premieres and Classics,” for which she received a Classical Recording Foundation Award. She is Senior Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Terry Casseday Carver '76
40 years after graduating from BGSU in December 1976, I am retiring from BGSU!! I have worked for the university 13.5 years as an Administrative Secretary in both the Office of the Vice Pres. for Student Affairs and the Department of Recreation and Wellness. Major accomplishments include coordinating Commencement from 2003-2008, serving on Classified Staff Council from 2008-2016, Chair of CSC 2012-13, and was the recipient of the 2016 BGSU Outstanding Service Award for Classified Staff.
Jacqueline Gedeon '13
Jacqueline Gedeon has joined Roop & Co., a public relations firm in Cleveland, as an assistant account executive. Gedeon began her career in Montana, where she most recently served as a communications specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey.
Jamie Sampson '10
Jamie Leigh Sampson has been named the Executive Director for the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy. Since graduating from the Master's program at BGSU, she has also published her first book and started a small music publishing company, ADJ•ective New Music, with her husband Andrew Smith ('09, '14).
Pamela Roberts '72
Finished 12th place in 2016 Age Group National Championship Sprint Triathlon August 14 in Omaha. Son, Royston, also competed.
Pamela Battig '13
I am now officially a marine mammal trainer at Sea Life Park Hawaii. This has been my dream job since I was a kid. I do interactions with guests and love educating people about all the dolphins, sea lions, monk seals and many more marine life.
Lorraine Ybarra '12
Nancy Lahmers '76
Three BGSU graduates rode their bicycles 3000 miles across the United States. L to R in photo: Pete Sanderson (BS in Computer Science 1976 and MS in Computer Science 1977). Gregg Gerber (BSBA 1976) and Nancy Lahmers (BSBA 1976). They traveled Coast to Coast from San Diego, CA to St Augustine, FL with 41 other riders with Bubba’s Pampered Peddlers. Pete and Nancy are Falcon Flames and members of the President’s Club. They are both retired and live in Columbus Ohio. Gregg Is retired from Heinz and lives in Delaware, Ohio.
Michael Marsh '94, '96
The Board of Directors of Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii (RCH) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new President and CEO to lead the non-profit organization serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Marsh joins RCH with over 22 years chief executive, fund development, government affairs, community development and civil rights advocacy experience, most recently as CEO of the Toledo Fair Housing Center in Toledo, Ohio. "My life has been devoted to issues of equity, opportunity, and diversity and my academic, personal, and professional experiences have prepared me for my new role at RCH as we work to expand opportunities and create meaningful life experiences for individuals with intellectual disabilities,” stated Mr. Marsh. Mr. Marsh graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BS in Journalism (cum laude) in 1994 and a Master of Arts in American Culture Studies in 1996.
Greg Robinson '88
Yamaha Golf-Car Company has announced the promotion of Greg Robison to national account manager for the Atlanta-based golf car and utility vehicle company.
Carolyn Fluckinger ' 80
Was a board member of Presbyterian Senior Services in New York City for 15 years. While on the board, we built the first housing in New York State for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. This building has been a national model for housing for kinship families across the country. My older brothers, James Flickinger and John Fluckinger, also attend BGSU in the 1970s. We all feel our education has served us well.
Samuel Gomer '62
Inducted into Ohio High School Officials Hall of Fame 2014 Track and Field. Officiated State Track Meet 35 Yrs (pole vault). State Cross Country Meet 31 yrs. officiated 3 Olympic Trials.
Jeanette Flory '82
I was selected as a 2017 Woman of Influence by Globest.com's Real Estate Forum magazine.
Robert Bland, '75
Member of Collegiate Baseball Umpires Association of New England, officiating Division II and Division III college baseball in New England.
I am just about ready to celebrate two years as the Director of Development with Wood Lane Residential Services. I am blessed to work with the developmental and intellectually disabled community on a daily basis. I met my wife Jodi (Brubaker) Anderson in quantitative statistics class at BGSU. She was my tutor to help me get through the class and here we are married for 18 years. She is truly my Falcon Flame and we have planted our roots in BG. We also founded together the Heart of BG Project which currently has placed 11 AED's in local businesses throughout Bowling Green.
Fred Hoffman '75
Recently appointed Chief of Staff for Fulton County, Georgia, District 2.
Nathalie Cosentino '05
Working for Roper St. Francis in Charleston, SC for the fourth year now, continuing my education for my CCS (certified coding specialist ). Also entering my artwork to be displayed at our hospitals thru the "art thru rehab" program.
Dan Karcher '83
In October, I was inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall-of-Fame. I received my Masters degree in Speech Communications in 1983. I've spent the past 27 years as the play-by-play broadcaster of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the Pacific Coast League. Go Falcons!