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John Pleiman '71
I retired from Hobart Corporation, where I was employed as a Manufacturing Engineer for 37 years, in 2013. Since retiring, I have spent three Summers living and working at Yellowstone N.P. Spend my winters in Florida.
Cindy Naegeli Orlandi '78
Cynthia (Naegeli) Orlandi 1978, has ghostwritten "Love is a Dog and Some Crayons - Weimaraner Coloring Book" published by BDI Publishers for her dog Trent Orlandi. Trent is a rescue from Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue and is donating profits to the 501c nonprofit serving the midwest.
Dru Meredith '96, '06
Vice President of Operations/Marketing & Strategic Planning at Firelands Regional Medical Center located in Sandusky, Ohio.
Vern Ripley '84
Working for The Mark Travel Corporation in Orlando as a call center representative since February, 2016.
Brad Malcolm '72
I am a pediatric hospitalist and teach residents and medical students. I was in private practice of pediatrics for 35 years prior. I received an honor as being the honoree at the Children's Miracle Network Love of the Children Ball in August 2016. I also cycled the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in North Carolina and Virginia over nine days that consisted of 590 miles and over 63,000 vertical feet of climbing. My wife Susan Berlekamp Malcolm '72 and I both enjoy keeping up with the Falcons and fly our BGSU flag with pride
Dustin and Sarah Sabo
My Falcon Flame (Sarah Brown '10) and I met while working as Orientation Leaders in the summer of 2009. After dating for a few years and moving across the country, I finally proposed on July 12, 2016, while on a hike in Soderberg Open Space in Fort Collins, CO. On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, we were married at Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park, in Estes Park, CO.
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!
I've been named the Chief Executive Officer of the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board in Neenah, Wis. I'm a BGSU grad along with my sisters Michele (Snyder) Willis and Andrea (Snyder) Kontak. But, I'm also thrilled to report that my oldest child, Emma Irene Snyder is currently a freshman at BGSU!
Amanda Balow '02
We have two future falcons: Parker Nolan Balow born 7/29/11 and Lillian Faye Balow born 5/15/13. While my husband and I were at BGSU and graduated the same year, we met outside of school. It was love at first sight! We were married 11/01/2008.
Ann Pizer '68
Retired elementary music teacher, Violist in Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Town Meeting Member
Drew Alurovic '83
I have worked in the mortgage banking world for 34 years and currently work for Fairway Mortgage Corporation in Ohio. I met my Falcon Flame, Jan Chmielewski ('82) at BG and have been married to her for nearly 34 years. We have two children, Chelsea (29) and also a BG grad ('09) and our son Bryce 27. Jan just recently retired as a teacher in Avon Lake, our home town.
Erik Bell '04
Director of School Counseling at Marrington Middle School of the Arts in Goose Creek, SC.
Jay Hawkins '79
I retired in the fall of 2015 after 31 years in management with United Parcel Service (UPS). I was a member of two world champion barbershop quartets - 1987 Champions - Interstate Rivals and - 1995 Champions - Marquis. My older brother, my twin sister and I all attended and graduated from BGSU in the 1970's. My nephew graduated from BGSU in the early 2000's.
Justin Peters '12
Justin Peters, MPH, FACHE, Ambulatory Care Operations Director with Veterans Health Administration (Aleda E. Lutz Healthcare System) and the United States Navy Reserve recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.
Michael Romanin '11
Michael Romanin went to BGSU to study Sculpture as an undergraduate.
He had the opportunity to work under Master Stonecarver Nicholas
Fairplay in Oberlin, Ohio during his final semester of college and
then continued on after graduation. He returned to Bowling Green to
work for LifeFormations - an animatronics and display company founded
by BGSU faculty member, Gene Poor, who was also one of Michael's
instructors during his undergrad career. After over three years at
LifeFormations, Michael made the leap to work for himself. His
education at BGSU, along with his professional experiences at Fairplay
Stonecarvers and LifeFormations, has enabled Michael to become a
successful independent sculptor. Examples of Michael's work can be
found on his company website.
Michael and his Falcon Flame, Libby, who works for BGSU, live
with their children and chickens just outside of Bowling Green.
Samuel Torre '72
Retired in February after 49 years in television production as a director and sports cameraman.
Diane N. De Hoyos '81
Dr. Diane N. De Hoyos received her Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas on December 10, 2016. Diane was one of eleven doctoral candidates to be the first to graduate from the Mechanical Engineering Doctoral Program and the only female. Dr. De Hoyos currently serves in the capacity of Assistant Vice President of Purchasing and General Services at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Mary Beth Broadwater
On September 3, 2016 in Salzburg, Austria I married Alexander Kollert. Originally I studied abroad in Salzburg during my graduate studies at BGSU in the AYA Program. We continue to reside in Salzburg, Austria where Alex (native to Germany) is a senior at the University of Salzburg and I am on staff with Agape Austria (known also as CRU).
Glenn Schenk '94
I am a sergeant with the Bay View Police Department. My very first published article in the August/September 2016 edition of The Counter Terrorist magazine is out, and it is the cover feature article no less! It is a "think piece" titled, "Sympathy For The Devil: Moral Inversion And The War On Law Enforcement."
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.
Carrie Browning-Finkbiner '09
Became the Human Resources Coordinator for a local company for adults with special needs. Kaleidoscope, Inc.
Stephanie Corrado '88
I became Athletic Director at the school where I teach physical education in Fort Myers, FL. I also coach numerous sports throughout the year. I graduated with a Sports Management Degree. I am also the Southwest Florida Alumni representative for BGSU. I loved my time at BG. Support the teams whenever they come to Florida for a game!
Todd Kleismit '96
Elected board president of Leadership Ohio, a statewide professional leadership program.
Abbey Spoonmore '02
Named South Carolina's Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year.
Maureen Harper '96
I moved back to Ohio from Denver in July 2016 to take a position with Falls Communications in Cleveland. A Vice President with the firm, I've launched a new Government and Public Affairs Practice.
David Canaday '81
I recently accepted a position as an Education Program Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education. My primary role is assisting district resolving student identification issues, state reporting, as was recently assigned chair of Technology Readiness for the Iowa Smarter Balanced Assessments.
Jerry Chase '68
Jerry Chase was inducted into the Ohio Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame on January 21, 2017. This was the fourth Hall of Fame Chase was selected for as a Baseball Coach. He was previously inducted into the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches HOF, the Chanel High School HOF and the Cleveland Central Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame. Chase recently retired after spending 47 years as a high school teacher and coach in the Greater Cleveland parochial schools.
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.
Andrea Gaspardino Kovachy '92 M.A. (CSP)
After relocating to Washington D.C. and taking some time off, I recently began a new position at The George Washington University as the Associate Director of Student-Alumni Programs!
Anuj Agrawal '15
I am working as a senior analyst at keybank, the BGSU MS analytics degree was really helpful and I learned a lot.
Dwayne Sattler '93
Named Executive Director of the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) in April 2017.
Geralyn Cole-Smith '06
I have been selected to receive The Golden Apple Award. It is the highest award the Toledo Diocese gives out every year to nine teachers. I am currently teaching first grade at St. Joseph School, Monroeville, Ohio. I was a middle aged woman who entered Firelands BGSU in the fall of 2002. I met some wonderful students who helped me and I in turn helped them.
Jeff Clark '01
I am the new choral director at Indian Hill High School outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kay Mollwitz-Shoults '76
I retired last May after 31 years of teaching. I am spending time with my grandchildren and husband, volunteering at an animal shelter and wintering in South Carolina.
Maribeth Graham '04
Accepted a position with The Karcher Group as a Business Relationship Manager.
Richard Behm, MFA '73, PhD '76
Winner of the Allen Tate Poetry Prize awarded by The Sewanee Review for the best poems published by the journal in 2016.
Rich Steward '78
I completed a thru-hike of the 2650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, starting on the Mexican border on May 3, 2016 and finishing at the Canadian border on September 13, 2016.
Samantha Witty '13
My husband and I met in the fall of 2007 in our BGeX class (Early America) and in the Falcon Marching Band. He got his Bachelors in Trumpet Performance in 2012 and his Masters in Trumpet Performance in 2014. Married since July 2012!
Tom Latham '73
I so enjoyed Art and Design by instructor Mr. Hall and drawing instructor Tom Hilty. Those were good years at BGSU.
Thomas Evans '68, '71
I recently retired from the Department of Sociology, University of
Cincinnati. Prior to that, I taught many years in the Department of
Sociology and Criminology at the University of North Carolina,
Wilmington NC. B.A. in English and M.A. in sociology from BGSU. Ph.D.
in sociology/criminology, University of Cincinnati. BGSU is in my DNA
since I came of age during mostly happy (but turbulent protest-filled)
years in the late 60's and early 70's. And, I remain permanently
stooped over fighting the wind coming across the plains to campus!
Michelle Secic '90
My book was recently published in Russian! How To Report Statistics in Medicine provides the reader with a set of guidelines for reporting statistics in medical research. It features detailed guidelines for reporting and interpreting statistics and research designs common in the medical field.
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).
Matt Corsi '06
Accepted a position with Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company as a Research Director covering Procurement, Asset and Vendor Management.
John Hare '79
New job at Pivot3 as a Senior Software Engineer.
Mark Smith '84
Recently retired from teaching choral & theatre at Bedford Public Schools in Michigan after 31 years. Mark is now a PGA Teaching professional and PGA Assistant Professional at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio.
Daniel Conklin '15
I am an International Student Advisor at Texas A&M University. BGSU was a great experience in so many ways for me, including the program, professors, colleagues, classmates, the classy staff from other departments, and the leadership that I was able to gain through my hard work and GA position at the International Student Services office of International Programs and Partnerships. I also made many connections outside of the university in the Bowling Green area that I will have for life!
Rebecca Kessler '72, '99
Adjunct faculty for Arizona Western college, Yuma AZ, teaching mathematics.
Brenda Buckwell '79
As founder of Living Streams Flowing Water, a professional development coaching, spiritual direction, training and teaching business; I help individuals and teams become the best personal and professional leader they can be. livingstreamsflowingwater.com Be sure to sign up for my weekly blog. Join me in celebrating my new business.
Aysen Ulupinar '08
Aysen and her daughter moved to Charlotte, NC and is currently serving as the Assignments Coordinator in Housing and Residence Life at UNC Charlotte.
Nora Knople '12
I have been happily employed as a writer at n2y for more than six years now. I owe a debt of gratitude to n2y for hiring me part-time and being flexible with my schedule while I finished my degree. I also owe a debt of gratitude to BGSU for helping to mold me into the person I am today. My husband, also a Falcon, is employed here too, in sales.
Ed Posaski '96
Recently hired at Kennesaw State University as Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations.
Molly Swartz '13
Named Olde World Cheese Department Head at the Wegmans in Frederick, Maryland. Happy to have made the College of Business aware of the #1 food chain! All of my father's (James '79, '83) family attended BGSU and he met my mom while at BGSU. I made up my mind at 9 years old that I would also be a graduate of BGSU. Once a Falcon, Always a Falcon!! Roll Along!
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.
Andrew Tinnin '01
Received my Doctor of Education degree 12/30/2016 from Rowan University. Dissertation study was entitled "Encouraging professional competency development of higher education administration graduate students through supervised student affairs practice."
David Chambliss '07
David Chambliss was promoted to Senior Director of Development at the Ohio State University and won the Ohio State Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Service. He is currently completing his Masters in Public Affairs and Management.
Edward Janoch '83
Parochial Vicar at St. Mary Parish in Chardon, Ohio. Currently the Knights of Columbus Ohio State Council State Chaplain.
Graham Raulerson '01
I completed my Ph.D. in Musicology at UCLA in 2011 with a dissertation titled "The Hobo in American Musical Culture." After teaching at UCLA, Glendale College, and the University of Redlands, in August of 2016 I accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Music History and Literature at East Los Angeles College.
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.
Lenann McGookey Gardner '73
Really enjoyed the ceremony honoring former BGSU professor Dr. Emil Dansker at the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists on December 3. Dr. Dansker was the best professor I had at the School of Journalism, and I was so happy to see him honored as a founding member of the chapter. From my gift to Dr. Dansker: "You brought the best of a reporter's sensibilities and skills and a passion for journalism and getting it right into the classrooms at BGSU. You taught me a lifelong respect for journalism and its role as the Fourth Estate, the watchdog on our government. You also taught me how to think like a journalist, how to love the process of getting the story, how to write better, and that there is always an error, even in copy I've proofread again and again. Thank you for being a total inspiration in the classroom, and in the life of this Ohio farm girl who had never been told she was good at anything that looked like a career path, before she met you. You gave me the confidence to move forward in my life!"
William Emerson III '14
I am now Director of Student Success Initiatives for the Michigan
Association of State Universities (the coordinating board for the 15
public universities in the State of Michigan.
William Taylor '67
Retired Commercial pilot from Northwest Airlines. After living in Gallatin,TN for almost 25 years, I have relocated to a Del Webb community in San Antonio, TX. I am a grateful organ transplant recipient which I received on March 30, 2010. I have four lovely granddaughters. One in Minnesota and three here in Texas. Looking forward to the 50th year reunion.
Paul Heyse, '93
I married Diana Smudz in May 2014 and my life has never been blessed! My wife is my rock and the love of my life! I'm a local track and cross country historian and analyst. I'm founder and chair for the Lorain County Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame since 2009. I continue to meet very interesting and fun people through track and cross country. I also enjoy covering those two sports as well swimming and bowling for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.
Brian Botdorf '79
I have retired as a band director, but have started my presidential campaign with the Band Party of America. My slogan is: "Who needs swag when you've got swing? Vote for the king! Brian Botdorf for President 2016!" My goal is to make America musical again. I would like to personally thank BGSU for my success and musical education.!
Janice Tompkins '85
I have been an educator for the past 30 years and retirement is knocking at my door. I can't wait to travel and spend time with my family and close friends. While at Bowling Green, I was very fortunate to meet a group of dynamic young ladies who I admire to the moon and back. The Sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated helped me to understand the uniqueness of being a Bowling Green student.
Justin Peters '12
Justin Peters, MPH, FACHE, Ambulatory Care Operations Director with Veterans Health Administration (Aleda E. Lutz Healthcare System) and the United States Navy Reserve recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development.
Tony Wagener '07
Senior Major Gift Officer for the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
Princess Tarrance '12
Promoted to General Manager of operations at Tri-County Indoor Soccer, via the Let's Play Sports Inc
Jeff Blankenburg '98
I recently joined Amazon as the Alexa Evangelist, where I am responsible for traveling the globe educating software developers about how to build new skills for Alexa. It's definitely the coolest thing I've ever done.
Ivonne Mendoza '10
Awarded outstanding Latina Adult Leader for the 2016 Diamante Awards.
She was appointed by Toledo City Council to serve on the Hispanic Affairs Commission. Mendoza currently works as a Probation Officer for the Lucas County Juvenile Court.
Amanda Skowronek '07
After two years as the Director of Operations for Michigan Track and Field and Cross Country, I recently accepted the same position at the University of Southern California.
Joshua Bowyer '11
After earning two degrees from BGSU and my doctorate at another institution I have successfully completed my educational path and am enjoying my career as a private practice Audiologist! I always remember BGSU as the place I found my calling with the help of the wonderful professors in the Communication Sciences/Disorders and Gerontology departments. Shout out to Dr. Kim Traver, Dr. Nancy Orel, Dr. Charlie Stelle, and Dr. Wendy Watson. Thank you!
Lisa Chavers '81, '83, '03
My very first non -fiction book was self-published May 2016! The book is entitled, "The Rhythm of Relationships." Also, Dr. Lisa Chavers is the President of LC Chavers LLC! This new release has created inspirational and motivational speaking opportunities.