First Year Program

FYP Student
Image description: An FYP student working on an art project

The first year at Bowling Green State University is filled with excitement, anticipation, and questions -- lots and lots of questions.

The first year starts off on solid ground with BGSU's comprehensive orientation program and continues with programs like Get With the Program designed to assist all new students. First Year Programs are all about you -- from answering your questions to helping you make a smooth transition to University life. BGSU keeps you connected to what's new throughout the entire first year with special programs and activities designed to enhance your college experience in and out of the classroom. 

Students in the FYP primarily use classroom studios 1100, 1102, and 1106, which can be found in the left wing of the building. However, students are also free to use all of the facilities that the School of Art employs, such as the Woodshop, the MCAP lab, and the Production Studio. Making use of the different spaces and tools available is highly encouraged early on, as it becomes an integral part of the students' future projects in classes both in the FYP and beyond.

For more information on facilities available, click here.

The FYP is associated with the Foundations of Art: Theory and Education association, who are dedicated to the promotion of Art Education at a college level. It is also associated with the College Art Association.

Mike Arrigo

Michael Arrigo

  • Position: Professor, Graduate Coordinator
  • Phone: 419-372-9320
  • Email:
  • Address: 104 FAC
Marce Dupay

Marcelle Dupay

  • Position: Lecturer, First Year Program
  • Phone: 419-372-3896
  • Email:
  • Address: 111 FAC
Joel O'Dorisio

Joel O'Dorisio

  • Position: Lecturer, First Year Program, Arts Village Director
  • Phone: 419-372-3537
  • Email:
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Leigh-Ann Pahapill

  • Position: Assistant Professor, First Year Program Coordinator
  • Phone: 419-372-8952
  • Email:
  • Address: 1016 FAC

Loraine Ruetz

  • Position: Instructor, First Year Program
  • Email:
  • Address: 116A FAC

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Updated: 05/19/2022 02:57PM