2014-2016 Cohort



Dr. Mary Krueger

Position: Director of the Women's Center and Faculty Co-Facilitator
Email: mkruege@bgsu.edu


Paul Valdez

Position: Assistant Director to the Office of Service-Learning
Email: paulv@bgsu.edu


Katherine Bowser

Position: Curricular Programs and Faculty Development

2014-2016 Membership


Khani Begum


Stephen Boston

Position: Adjunct Faculty/Graduate Student

Stephen Boston earned his BA in Liberal Studies at Bowling Green State University. While earning his BA, he focused on three areas of concentration: English, Popular Culture, and Ethnic Studies. Stephen also focused on two minors: Theater & Film and History. After graduating with his BA, he continued on at BGSU earning his MA in Rhetoric and Writing. Stephen taught First-Year-Composition for four years prior to returning to BGSU to complete what he started with his MA. He has now returned to BGSU in the Rhetoric and Writing PhD program. Stephen’s scholarly interests include media studies, popular culture, and ethnic studies in relation to composition theory and writing instruction. He also focus much of his newly acquired research interests in Service Learning within FYC, Assessment, and Multi-modal Composition. He has been teaching composition for nearly 11 years, and he has been published and presented at many conferences.


Thomas Javier Castillo

Position: Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film

Thomas Javier Castillo is a filmmaker and Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University. His films explore memory, history, geography, and identity and are heavily informed by, but not exclusive to, Mexican-American culture. He is interested in storytelling as it relates to space and place.


Andrew Donofiro

Position: Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Media & Communication

To me, our research, our teaching, the aspects of our lives that we are passionate about, should be geared toward helping people. And, what better way can we make this happen than by constructing classes where students from BGSU are afforded the opportunity to make a positive difference in their greater communities? My background is in journalism and in communication. My research focuses on intercultural communication, ethnic studies, and neighborhood planning. I am most interested in advocacy journalism courses as well as service-learning courses that utilize communication and public speaking skills to provide interested communities with information that impacts their lives, their children’s lives and their grandchildren’s lives. 


Holly Myers


Rob Obey

Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Firelands College

Rob Prince Obey holds a Ph. D in American Culture Studies from BGSU. He currently teaches Ethnic Studies courses at our Firelands Campus in Huron, Ohio. He intends to use his service learning training to design a course that will engage students in developing a community outreach model focused on promotion of the State of Ohio’s new College Credit Plus (CCP) program which currently provides free tuition and books for 7th to 12 graders who enroll in college courses while still in middle or high school.  Rob hopes students who take this service learning course will create new ways for families to connect with BGSU’s academic offerings and take advantage of this life changing opportunity.


Wendy Watson

Position: Associate Professor of Gerontology/Program Coordinator

Wendy received her Master of Science and her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. She joined the Gerontology Faculty at BGSU in 2007. Wendy’s research interests include women’s experiences with new, intimate relationships in mid and later life with a focus on dating, remarriage, sexuality, and sexual decision-making. She is also interested in identity development for women as they negotiate these new relationships, as well as other life course transitions throughout adulthood and later life. She plans to implement service learning in the MSIG program by having the Master’s students work with older adults in the community as part of their education.


Opportune Zongo

Position: Associate Professor of Romance and Classical Studies, and Women's Studies

I am an Associate Professor of French and Women’s Studies.  I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Women’s Studies, French, Ethnic Studies, among others.  I received a doctorate in literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  I am the Director of the BGSU summer study abroad module in Burkina Faso, West Africa.  I look forward to learning how to integrate a service-learning component to the summer module as well as the language and culture courses I teach.

New Service-Learning Courses

  • Khani Begum - English 3000: Film and Literature on Animal Ethics and Human Interaction
  • Thomas Castillo - Theater and Film 4900: Engaged Storytelling
  • Andrew Donofrio - Communication 2070: Interpersonal Communication
  • Holly Myers - Environmental Science 4010: Environmental Strategies
  • Rob Obey - Ethnic Studies 2010: Ethnicities and Social Movements
  • Wendy Watson - Gerontology 6020: Health and Aging
  • Opportune Zongo - ABR 4400: Intercultural Community Engagement