Falcon Success Stories

A Bowling Green State University education is more than just a degree – it’s a starting point to a path forward filled with unlimited potential.

These stories of Falcons illustrate how they have used their BGSU education to foster critical thinking, build the confidence to navigate unique career paths and create public good.

  • Melanie Bracco ‘15 Melanie Bracco studied telecommunications at Bowling Green State University, but today she is an animal welfare specialist at Coral World Ocean Park in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The public speaking, problem-solving and community service skills she learned while at BGSU helped her navigate her career path.
  • Duffee Maddox ’13 Duffee Maddox, a theatre major, came to Bowling Green State University as a transfer student. “The Wolfe Center is what drove me to BGSU,” she said. While here, she found a community of lifelong friends and an approach to work that served her well throughout her career journey.
  • Don Unsworth ‘60 Don Unsworth is a 1960 BGSU graduate whose career included industrial manufacturing at Ford Motor Company and Chrysler before finding his passion as an instructor at Henry Ford Community College.
  • Swati Arora Swati Arora is a graduate student in BGSU's logistics systems engineering program. She wants to be an expert in supply chain, which she calls “the backbone of industry.” She chose BGSU because the program combined engineering and management, and because the scholarship opportunities helped her education to be accessible.
  • Meghan Miller Meghan Miller is a senior architecture major, and her path to graduation has taken its own twists and turns. She started at BGSU six years ago but dropped out – she said she “just wasn’t ready.” Before coming back to school, Miller thought hard about what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. She was inspired to continue in architecture because of “the real social change you can make.”
  • Grace Link Grace Link choose BGSU for her Master of Architecture because she knew she wanted to have classes in person and needed an affordable program. She completed her undergraduate education at Purdue University and worked in the construction management field for four years before deciding to pursue her graduate degree. She received a scholarship for her last two years of study, which she said, “opened up a lot of doors and provided a lot more flexibility for my family.”
  • Michael Timbrook ‘91 Mike Timbrook is a first officer for Delta Airlines and a 1991 graduate of the aviation studies program at BGSU. He served in the Ohio Air National Guard and flew fighter jets for the military for over 20 years before retiring and joining Delta Airlines.
  • Nathaniel Hock Nathaniel Hock, a senior, became a construction management major because “I like working with my hands and working outside.” He is now the president of the Student Construction Management Association (SCMA), an organization that helps students network with contractors for co-op opportunities, and also organizes a job fair and study groups. Through SCMA, Hock says students learn how to expand their network.
  • Gabriella DeRaedt ’22 Gabriella DeRaedt works for the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the largest public DNA crime laboratory in the world. She credits the partnership between Bowling Green State University and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for preparing her well for this competitive opportunity while majoring in forensic science.
  • Clara Barned (December ’22 candidate) and Seneca Doty ’21 Clara Barned and Seneca Doty’s publication started as a class project in Dr. Carles Ferrando Valero’s 19th Century Spanish Literature class. With his encouragement and support, they applied for and received funding from the Center for Undergraduate Research (CURS), edited their article, and published their project, titled "Africa and Spain: Poetic Songs with the Motif of the Moroccan War," in the Open Anthology of Spanish Literature.

Updated: 11/22/2022 01:52PM