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Propelling students forward: Brown hosts leadership summit at BG

Productive dialogue about student engagement and mentorship was the focus of a day-long leadership summit held at Bowling Green State University on Friday.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hosted the Propel Ohio 2019 Collegiate Leadership Summit. More than 400 students from 68 higher learning institutions in Ohio received information about careers in public service and promoting civic engagements.

Brown’s wife, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, was his co-host and both spent more than 30 minutes addressing the audience and then answering questions.

The day-long event also included panel discussions on civic engagement, break-out sessions and an engagement fair where students learned about internships and volunteer opportunities.

Read the article at Sentinel-Tribune

BGSU Votes Boosts Student Voter Participation

BGSU Votes, an on-campus organization dedicated to providing non-partisan voter registration and information, is part of a significant spike in voter participation among students at BGSU.

According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, voter participation at BGSU increased from 11.9% to 35% since 2014. The national student voting rate is 40.3% according to another study done by the NSLVE.

2014 midterms to the 2018 midterms. Maddi Georgoff, a graduate assistant for the Center for Public Impact on campus, spoke on BGSU Votes’ impact on student voter participation and how they can get involved.

“I think BGSU Votes helped increase the student voting participation from 2014 to 2018 by increasing our visibility on campus,” Georgoff said.

She explained BGSU Votes collaborates with organizations, such as Campus Election Engagement Project and The Andrew Goodman Foundation, to increase their visibility

Read the article at BG News

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BGSU student voter participation nearly triples over a four-year period

The National Study on Learning, Voting, and Engagement reported that BGSU's student voter participation jumped to 35 percent in the 2018 midterm elections, up from 11.9 in the 2014 midterms. The full campus report can be viewed at BGSU Votes. 

“We are excited about this increase because it shows more students are taking action to participate in democracy,” said Paul Valdez, associate director of the Center for Public Impact, formerly the Center for Community and Civic Engagement.

Through national partnerships with the Andrew Goodman Foundation and the Campus Election Engagement Project, student leaders with the BGSU Votes initiative in the Center for Public Impact have been working to engage campus in nonpartisan voter and political engagement since 2012.

The study provides reports to participating colleges and universities, such as BGSU, which use them to support political understanding and civic engagement, as well as to identify and address gaps in political and civic participation.

Read the article on BG News

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Study will simulate poverty

A new poverty simulation pilot study, using experiential role play, will try to demonstrate the real world survival issues individuals have to live with during a hypothetical month.

The Community Action Poverty Simulation is taking place Monday through the Center for Community and Civic Engagement at Bowling Green State University.

“We’re looking at what impact and awareness this has for the issue of poverty and how this will hopefully impact on public policy,” said Marty Sears, coordinator of Community Engagement Programs. “We would love to have this accessible to others, to take this beyond the constructs of our center and use this same simulation for the public good.”

The simulation is meant to bridge the gap of misconception and understanding of poverty by providing participants the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member.

Read the article on Sentinel-Tribune

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Chapman Learning Community part of Habitat projects

Bowling Green State University students have the chance to be involved in something bigger than themselves through high-impact learning experiences, which are enriched by an emphasis on social issues and community service. Recently, BGSU students played a constructive role in building a forever home for a local family.

Chapman Learning Community first began its relationship with Habitat for Humanity last spring with a substantial service-learning project that brought Little Free Libraries, a “take a book, return a book” exchange, to the Bowling Green community. The ultimate goal of the project was to promote education and literacy outside of the University.

Read the article at BG News

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Volunteers sought for poverty simulation at BGSU

On Monday, March 4, 2019, the Center for Community and Civic Engagement will be hosting our first Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall at Bowling Green State University. 

CAPS provides participants with an opportunity to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty. CAPS bridges the gap of misconception and understanding by providing participants the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member, including single parents, people with disabilities, and senior citizens receiving Social Security. The simulation is divided into four 15 minute sessions, each of which represents one week in which participants must provide for their family. Participants work together with the other participants in their family to navigate the simulation by interacting with other families and community resources.

Read the article on BG Independent News

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Grab & Go, latest effort to address food insecurity at BGSU, is off & running

Last summer Danielle Haynes, who was new to her job as coordinator of student case management at Bowling Green State University,  started hearing from students who didn’t have enough to eat.

So she fed them. She had a basket in her office. At first it was filled with food she brought from home. “Then I went to grocery store a few times and bought them things with my own money.” She had a basket of groceries they could help themselves to.

Chris Bullins, the assistant dean of students, noticed. Haynes recalls Haynes asking her: “Are you buying groceries for students?”

Read the article at BG Independent News

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BGSU fights food insecurity with mobile food pantry

Food insecurity is more than just hunger.  Ramen noodles, boxed mac-n-cheese, canned spaghetti and a box of cereal is the reality of some college students’ weekly diet. A study done on BGSU campus showed that 41 percent of students admit to dealing with food insecurity, which was higher than the 36 percent nationally reported by The Washington Post.

“I think students need to be aware of what food insecurity is. Hunger and food insecurity are very different things. With hunger, that’s the physiological need for food. Where with food insecurity you might not be hungry, but you might just be eating ramen for every meal,” Emily Kollar, civic action leader for BGSU Ending Hunger, said.

Read the article at the BG News

Community Learning Centers STARS

What an exciting morning at the Crim CLC! Our students had the unique opportunity to work with student leaders from The Ohio State University on various projects, march "Script Ohio" through the room with a drum major, and meet Brutus Buckeye and University President, Michael Drake! This was all thanks to Student Life at Ohio State and the Buckeye Bus. Thank you for all the service do you the community. Another special thanks to BGSU and the BGSU Center for Community and Civic Engagement for helping to coordinate this amazing program! 

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BG family finds a place to call home with Habitat for Humanity

As Marlene Lerch and her family stood in their new kitchen, they were enveloped by family, friends and strangers who helped build their home.

“I had no idea, all these people would be here,” said Lerch’s daughter, Audrey, a senior at Bowling Green High School.

But Bowling Green had been waiting a long time for Tuesday – 25 years in fact. So they weren’t about to miss the celebration of the first Habitat for Humanity home built in Bowling Green.

“This is huge,” said Mark Ohashi, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Wood County. “This is what we’ve been looking to do since Maxine Miller started this.”

After building 39 homes throughout Wood County, Habitat finally constructed a home in Bowling Green. 

Read the article at BG Independent News

Making Connections

Volunteer Arielle Patty arranges hats and gloves during Project Connect Wednesday morning at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bowling Green. Project Connect is a one-day, one-stop event with free goods and services for Wood County individuals, families, senior citizens and veterans in need. Last year, Project Connect provided supportive services to 574 individuals and families. This is the sixth year for the event. Project Connect is a partnership among Bowling Green State University’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement, Continuum of Care Wood County, local businesses, churches and service organizations.

Read the article at Sentinel-Tribune

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BG, BGSU lay out plans to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King

Service projects in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will continue this year, though on a smaller scale.

This will be the 11th year for Bowling green State University to encourage students to have a day on, rather than a day off, on the holiday honoring King, said Paul Valdez, associate director for the BGSU Center for Community and Civic Engagement. 

In the past decade hundreds of students to participate in projects in the community.  

Read the article at BG Independent News

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Leadership Certificate

Isaac Pritt- Civic Action Leader

The BGSU Leadership Certificate is a comprehensive leadership development program designed to encourage and recognize student leadership education and experiences. The distinguished recognition of earning the BGSU Leadership Certificate demonstrates significant dedication and commitment to developing leadership through four required areas: (1) participating in leadership education experiences, (2) ongoing meetings with a leadership mentor, (3) performing at least 80 hours of community service, and (4) engaging in practical leadership experiences and projects. The final step to earn the Leadership Certificate involves a culminating experience of identifying and executing a significant leadership capstone experience.

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Student Life Award

Hannah Finnerty- Civic Action Leader

Recipients of the Student Life Award have demonstrated leadership within the University community through formal and informal leadership roles in organizations and activities. These students have performed outstanding service to the University community through participation in projects and activities that enhance campus life.

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Student Life Award

Alyssa Tomins- Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador

Recipients of the Student Life Award have demonstrated leadership within the University community through formal and informal leadership roles in organizations and activities. These students have performed outstanding service to the University community through participation in projects and activities that enhance campus life.

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Ray Marvin Leadership Award

Hannah Finnerty- Civic Action Leader

The Ray Marvin Leadership Award was established in 2010 by BGSU alumnus, Ray Marvin '60, to recognize the leadership contributions of BGSU students. This award recognizes students for their personal leadership development and the positive impact of their actions on BGSU and the surrounding communities. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated a dedication to leadership and commitment to service.

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Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award 

Tiffany Smith- Civic Action Leader

The Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award was given to Tiffany Smith for her work in her Food and Nutrition Senior Capstone Project spearheading mobile food pantries, working with community partner Food For Thought, and supporting her peers’ capstone project development and implementation.

Free Little Libraries abound in BG

Free Little Libraries are blooming all over in Bowling Green.

Fourteen Free Little Libraries have sprouted up around town, giving youngsters the chance to read – and return – age-appropriate books.

“It will give kids and parents an opportunity to access literature they can read together or read by themselves,” said Zeb Kellough, coordinator for elementary curriculum for Bowling Green City Schools.

Eleven of those libraries were planted with the help of school district parents.

The idea began as a Rotary Reads Initiative idea with the BG Rotary Club. The club then partnered with the Bowling Green State University Community and Civic Engagement Center and pitched it as a Martin Luther King Jr. Day project.

Read the article at Sentinel-Tribune

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Ohio Campus Compact Charles J. Ping Award

Angel Alls-Hall- Civic Action Leader

The Charles J. Ping Award is a state-level award that recognizes and honors undergraduate students at Ohio Campus Compact member institutions for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community. The award is named in honor of Charles J. Ping, an Ohio Campus Compact early supporter, board member, and past-president of Ohio University. Each year, the President selects a nominee to represent BGSU. Angel Alls-Hall is one of twelve students from across the state of Ohio receiving the Charles J. Ping Student Service Award

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At 10th annual Day of Service, more than 775 students gave 2,000-plus hours

Instead of taking a take off, some students had a "day on" on Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The Day of Service is organized by the Center for Community and Civic Engagement, and included 35 community partners. Though most students volunteered in and around the city, some traveled as far as 45 minutes to give back to their community at-large.

One popular project, hosted right on campus, was a partnership with La Conexion de Wood County. Students, helped also by Habitat for Humanity, built "Little Free Libraries" for the community.

Read the article at BG Falcon Media

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BGSU students fan out through the region on MLK Jr. Day of Service

Steady snow showers throughout the region Monday couldn’t keep more than 800 university students from answering the call to service.

The snow just gave a few of them another way to help.

A group of Bowling Green State University students participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service came to the office of Downtown Bowling Green. While some of them worked inside creating chalk signs for an upcoming United Way fundraiser, a handful headed outside with shovels and ice melt to clear sidewalks.

Read the article at BG Independent Media

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BGSU graduate student-designed event provides multiple perspectives on palestinian issues 

Beginning with food, the Palestinian conflict was examined from multiple perspectives in "Home Sweet Homeland: Examining Culture, Law, and Stories about Palestine" on Thursday at the Four Corners Center in Bowling Green.

The event was designed by graduate students in the Bowling Green State University course "Palestinian Conflict in Film" as the community engagement part of the course. It was composed of three panels: "Occupied Culture: Food and Film from Palestine," "U.S. Laws, Activism, and the Palestinian Conflict" and "We Exist: Activism in the Academy."

Read the article on Sentinel Tribune

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Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Graduate Award 

Marissa Lumbrezer- Graduate Assistant 

The Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Graduate Group Award was given to POLS 6450: Environmental Management, for their work designing, implementing and analyzing two surveys for the Wood County Parks District. 

Group Members: Marissa Lumbrezer, Olivia Bullock, Cassondra Prchlik, Amy Puffenberger, Jamiee Pettis, and Hannah Stanberry

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Leadership Certificate

Amy Holthaus- Civic Action Leader

The BGSU Leadership Certificate is a comprehensive leadership development program designed to encourage and recognize student leadership education and experiences. The distinguished recognition of earning the BGSU Leadership Certificate demonstrates significant dedication and commitment to developing leadership through four required areas: (1) participating in leadership education experiences, (2) ongoing meetings with a leadership mentor, (3) performing at least 80 hours of community service, and (4) engaging in practical leadership experiences and projects. The final step to earn the Leadership Certificate involves a culminating experience of identifying and executing a significant leadership capstone experience.

This is a photo of Tiffany Smith and President Rogers

Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellowship

Tiffany Smith- Civic Action Leader

Each year, a nominee is selected to represent BGSU for this national award in honor of Frank Newman. This fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change; take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization; and demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement.

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BGSU and Food for Thought help give students help from food insecurity

Students at BGSU, along with the Food for Thought mobile food pantry, are helping feed their less fortunate classmates.

They brought back the food pantry that helped 168 students last semester.

Students were invited to shop for non-perishable food, fresh produce and toiletry items.

The mobile pantry will be set up two more times, on March 28th and April 28th, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Read the article at 24 News

Restoration ecology students gain skills through service learning 

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The grounds of University House, the official residence of the Bowling Green State University president, include a large, manicured lawn. But behind the green lawn is an equally important but less obviously tended space, a short-grass prairie that the University is carefully returning to its native state.

The acreage also functions as a learning lab for students in Dr. Helen Michaels' Restoration Ecology class , where they can observe and identify native and non-native plant species, encouraging the native varieties while destroying the non-native and "woody invasive" ones. The hands-on and laboratory experiences and field trips of the course complement the theoretical and conceptual background they learn in class.

Read the article at BGSU News

New Year of community engagement

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Brett Holden is congratulated by BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey Thursday during the Community Engagement Kickoff and Awards at the Four Corners Center. The ceremony was a celebration of faculty excellence in community-based learning and kicked off a new year of community partnerships.

READ MORE- Sentinel Tribune 

Students explore experiential learning and service opportunities at Expand Your Horizons Fair 

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Who: Senior Shelby Smith

Where: She has an internship at the RIDGE Project, a faith-based nonprofit organization that works to strengthen the relationship between incarcerated parent

s and their children.

Favorite thing about volunteering: “Right from the start, I was able to be hands-on.”

Advice for students looking to volunteer: “I would say if you’re not sure about taking an internship with [a nonprofit] to volunteer first. … Volunteer, try it, and if you don’t like it, try a different nonprofit because they’re all really different.”

Read the article at BG Falcon Media

Renovated BGSU Traditions buildings get positive reviews 

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Tom Gorman came into University Hall looking for his old window.

The long-time Bowling Green State University employee and graduate had worked in University Hall a number of years ago, and he visited the now renovated space checking out where he used to sit in a tiny cubicle.

The room on the first floor of the 102-year-old building is no longer cramped.  Now home to the Center for Community and Civic Engagement, it is open and full of light.

Read the article at BG Independent News

BGwelcomeSU initiatives underway

The Four Corners Center has launched many town and gown initiatives this fall to help welcome students, faculty and staff back for the university school year.

One of the ways this year is window clings that you will see on the doors or windows of all of our businesses in town provided by the City of BG, the Chamber of Commerce, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown BG and the BG Economic Office.  A way to welcome students and staff into your business so they may find out what you have to offer them all school year long.

Read more at BG Independent News

Survey results in on BG Schools building options

The results are in for Bowling Green City Schools’ building options survey – but the numbers are so close that school officials need time to digest the 91-page report before deciding which path to take.

“We do have some tough decisions,” Superintendent Francis Scruci said during the board of education meeting Tuesday evening.

During the past year, Scruci has held several open houses in different settings to find out if citizens want to construct new buildings, renovate the old, or do nothing. He has met with parents at each school building, with the community at coffee klatches, and with the farming community at two gatherings.

Read more at BG Independent Media

BGSU hosting young African leaders

Bowling Green State University is hosting 25 emerging African leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training and networking opportunities. Fellows are from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa and have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations and communities. This cohort is part of a larger group of 1,000 fellows studying at institutions across the United States this summer.

Read more at BG Independent News

BGSU forged ties with young African lead

“A life-changing experience” was the common refrain at the closing reception for the 25 fellows of the Mandela-Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Institute (MWF-YALI). Both they and those at BGSU and the community with whom they interacted expressed the profound effect the experience had on them.

Over six intensive weeks, young leaders from all over sub-Saharan Africa lived and studied together at the University, led by institute directors Drs. V Jane Rosser, director of the Center for Civic and Community Engagement; Dr. Christopher Frey, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development; and Distinguished Service Professor Kefa Otiso, professor of geography and director of the Global Village.

Read more at BGSU News

BG block party brings community and campus together

Bowling Green’s block party on Saturday met all the qualifications – live music, food, dogs and people of all ages.

Spectators sat on straw bales as they watched musicians perform from the makeshift stage, complete with cardboard curtains, in front of the county courthouse. Children played games of giant checkers and got their faces painted. The hungry filled up on Chicago dogs and onion rings. And young and old pedaled along the temporary bike lane along East Court Street.

Read more at BG Independent Media

BGSU's Holden wins Hoch Award for melding service with learning

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Dr. Brett Holden, theatre and film, has fully captured the essence of “service-learning” in his teaching and his co-curricular activities. As a true believer in the equal and complementary value of both service and learning, he has woven service into his literature and film courses in such a way that students are engaged to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world issues off campus — specifically, the challenges of veterans and active-duty service people and their families.

Read more at BGSU News

‘Lived and breathed Math Camp’  

Bowling Green State University senior Kelly Largent recently received the Charles J. Ping Student Service Award from Ohio Campus Compact.

The Charles J. Ping Student Service Award was designed to recognize and honor Ohio Campus Compact member undergraduate students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community. These students represent the next generation of civic leaders and problem solvers.

Read more at BGSU News

Magsamen-conrad's work with undergraduates is recognized with blinn award

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Dr. Kate Magsamen-Conrad, Department of Communication, received the 2017 Elliott L. Blinn Award for Faculty-Undergraduate Student Innovative Basic Research/Creative Work.

The award recognizes innovative basic research/creative work conducted by individual faculty members in collaboration with undergraduate students and supports collaboration with additional students. It is given in memory of Dr. Elliott Blinn, a professor of chemistry, who dedicated his career to sharing with his undergraduate students the excitement of the process of discovery by directly involving them in basic research/creative work. Magsamen-Conrad received a $2,500 award, which included $1,250 transferred to a department account for the continued collaborative research activities with BGSU undergraduate students, as well as a $1,250 cash prize.

Read more at BGSU News

'Designer-Citizen-Teacher' Stucker models power of design

If you’ve visited downtown Toledo in the summer, or the Toledo Museum of Art, or the Wood County Fair, or any number of other places in the area, you may well have experienced some of graphic design division chair Jenn Stucker’s artistic outreach.

“Her creative work is becoming a model in the field,” said Dr. Katerina Rüedi Ray, director of the School of Art.

In recognition of her artistic achievement and engagement, Stucker received the 2017 Outstanding Early Career Award at the Faculty Excellence Awards April 13. Presented by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, the award is designed to enhance the academic career of junior faculty by providing discretionary funds for the support of future scholarly activities. It brings a $1,000 credit to the recipient's discretionary research account, in addition to a $2,000 cash award.

Read more at BGSU News

2017 Newman Civic Fellow

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Bowling Green State University junior Neiko Alvarado recently was named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact.
An environmental policy and analysis major with a focus in sustainable management, Alvarado is a student leader and community organizer who addresses issues of reproductive and gender equity as well as racial and environmental justice.

Read more at BGSU News

Survey results in on BG Schools building options

The results are in for Bowling Green City Schools’ building options survey – but the numbers are so close that school officials need time to digest the 91-page report before deciding which path to take.

“We do have some tough decisions,” Superintendent Francis Scruci said during the board of education meeting Tuesday evening.

Read more at BG Independent Media

New BGSU program for older volunteers

Now a state program, Give Back. Go Forward, launched Thursday by Bowling Green State University, will give older volunteers a more tangible reward.

Volunteers over the age of 60 will receive a voucher for a three-credit course if they volunteer for more than 100 hours. Jane Rosser, director of the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, said these credits can be used to finish an undergraduate degree or pursue an interest.

Read more at BG Independent Media

BGSU, City of Sandusky create pilot partnership

Bowling Green State University and the city of Sandusky recently kicked off a pilot partnership, the Vital Communities Initiative (VCI), which aims to pair BGSU students and faculty members with Ohio communities to identify and address projects that serve the public good. VCI projects are also meant to engage students in high-impact learning, impact citizens of our region and catalyze community and University resources for sustainable, livable and vibrant communities. 

Read more at BGSU News


bGAB trip leaves mammoth impression

I can guarantee you that there is no better way I could have spent my spring break than doing service work in Mammoth Cave National Park. While others were lounging on a beach or travelling, I was able to gain an understanding of the wonderful ecosystem that exists below us. I got to explore the largest cave system in the world alongside other passionate people from BGSU who dedicated their breaks to improving the world we live in.

Read more at BGSU News

BGSU Named to President's Higher Education Honor Roll

Bowling Green State University has a strong history of community engagement, and as part of the BG experience learning in and out of the classroom is emphasized. Much of that experiential learning takes place during service-learning and community service opportunities.

Because of this commitment to community service and service learning, the University has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, published annually by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  

Read more at BGSU News

Project Connect 2016

More than 300 people in need of supportive services found help Oct. 19 thanks to the fourth annual Project Connect Wood County (PCWC).
More than 250 volunteers, including Bowling Green State University students, faculty and staff, and community members, assisted visitors to the event, which was held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. BGSU’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement helps to recruit and train volunteers. 

Read more at BGSU News

BGSU students’ photos challenge the notion of disability

A dozen Bowling Green State University photography students invested their time, talents and emotions to bring visibility to a group of individuals with developmental disabilities. 

The class, Community Projects in Photography (ARTS 3410) is a service learning experience. Students of BGSU professor Lynn Whitney developed significant friendships and photographed individuals assisted through Wood Lane, the local board of developmental disabilities. The photographs they took captured individuals in quiet moments, work environments, and doing the activities they love – from playing cello to participating in sports.   

Read more at BGSU News

Students and Older Adults Study if BG is Age Friendly

Graduate students in Dr. Wendy Watson's Research Methods in Gerontology service-learning course worked with older adults in the Spring of 2016 to document how accommodating the community is to older residents.  In a partnership with the Wood County Committee on Aging, students in the class worked with older adults to photograph the ways in which the city poses opportunities and challenges for older adults. 

Read more at BG Independent Media

Office of Service-Learning expands to

Center for Community and Civic Engagement

The Office of Service-Learning is expanding its role on campus. The office will be called the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) and will be positioned to better support the goals of the University.

According to Director V. Jane Rosser, the CCCE “brings focus to our human and intellectual potential and will create a vision, infrastructure and programs to drive high impact community and civic engagement priorities in service to the public good.”

The CCCE will support students, alumni, faculty and staff as well as community partners in high impact, community-based learning and community-engaged scholarship, interdisciplinary research and creative activities, and civic action to address critical public policy issues.

Read more at BGSU News

BG Alternative Breaks

Students devote time volunteering during fall and spring breaks.

Picking up garbage, cooking meals, raking leaves and organizing food pantries. Instead of spending their fall break at the beach or with family, some BGSU students traveled to Indianapolis and Detroit to do community service as part of BG Alternative Breaks (bGAB). In Detroit, students worked with two different service groups: Cass Community Social Services and Motor City Blight Busters.

“This has been the coolest thing I’ve ever done. I do a lot of volunteer work, but to get out of my own community and witness how other towns are and how other people live has been a great learning experience,” said Jeanette Grimes, a junior majoring in education.

Read more at BGSU News

A Falcon Legacy: Student Follows in the Path of Her Great-Grandmother  

If you visit Mount Blanchard, Ohio, and mention the name Lucille Burrell to anyone in town, there is a good chance he or she was taught by this longtime educator. In the 1930s Burrell headed to Bowling Green to earn a teaching certificate from the Normal College. A trailblazer in her day, Burrell earned her degree at a time when most women managed households instead of heading to college.

Upon completion of her degree, she returned to her hometown to start her career as a public school teacher. Burrell spent 30 years as an educator with the Mount Blanchard school system before her retirement in 1972.

Today, you will find Burrell’s great-granddaughter forging her own path of success on the same campus.

Read more at BGSU News

Service-Learning Course Featured by the BTSU Marketing & Media Team

The Bowen-Thompson Student Union Marketing and Media Team featured a service-learning course from the 2014-2015 academic year.  The service component was called the Listening Post, which students took turns facilitating on the first floor of the student union.  Watch this video to learn about their experiences and thoughts from the faculty members involved.

Watch the video on Vimeo

Newman Civic Fellows Award  

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When in March about 50 BGSU students chose to spend their spring break helping others across the country instead of going on holiday, the fact that those trips were available to them is largely due to senior Madison (Maddi) Georgoff. Georgoff is the founder of bGAB, the alternative break program that this year sponsored four trips with six community partners, the most yet for BGSU.

Georgoff has recently been named the winner of a 2015 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award, which recognizes students’ “public involvement and . . . motivation to create lasting change.” She joins a group of 201 student leaders from colleges nationwide in receiving the award, honoring leaders “who inspire not only other students, but also the entire campus and community.”

Read more at BGSU News

Students, volunteers spend day restoring natural sand dunes

University undergraduate students joined together to volunteer to restore the Toledo Metroparks on Saturday, April 4.

14 students and volunteers from the Office of Service-Learning took time out of their day to help restore a natural sand dune located in the Toledo area.

Read more at The BG News

Campus Compact Honors 201 Community-Engaged College Students as Newman Civic Fellows for 2015

From across the county, college and university presidents, all members of Campus Compact, have nominated promising student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in their community to be Newman Civic Fellows. The Neman Civic Fellows Award is generously sponsored by the KPMG Foundation. Through service, research, and advocacy, these Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. Ohio Campus Compact (OCC) congratulates the awardees, including six students from the following OCC member institutions:

Bowling Green State University- Madison Georgoff  

Capital University- Abbey Zacharias  

Columbus State Community College- Jude Carstensen

Ohio Northern University- Amanda Liebrecht

The University of Akron- Kevin Karas

University of Mount Union- Kristen Jackson

BG4Unity Service-Learning

BG4Unity is a community-based, service-learning project  that encourages people to use social media more responsibly to advocate against hate AND offer messages of hope to those affected by discrimination. Every day, thousands of hurtful and careless messages are shared on sites like Twitter, Yik Yak, and Facebook. BG4Unity strives to provide a contrast to this sea of negativity by spreading more positive, thoughtful, and constructive social media messages.

YOU can make a difference! Getting involved is FREE and easy:

1. Like us on Facebook 

2. Follow us on Twitter

3. Share YOUR Message by posting a BG4Unity Snapshot:

     - Write a message that challenges a stereotype or takes a stand against hate.

     - Take a selfie with your photo.

    - Post it on our Facebook page and/or share it with on Twitter with the hashtag #BG4Unity.

Service-Learning Class Paper to be Published

Master's of Public Administration students in Dr. Shannon Orr's Fall 2013 Environmental Management class will soon be published in a student run peer-reviewed journal New Visions for Public Affairs.  The title of their article is "Fundraising During an Economic Downturn: Best Practices for Nonprofit Organizations."

The students turned their service-learning project on land trust organizations into this academic paper.  They surveyed national land trust organizations to identify best practices and fundraising capacity in these organizations.  They then composed a report, which they provided to the local Black Swamp Conservancy to use to enhance their fundraising efforts.  The report was so well done, they were encouraged to submit it for publication in a national journal.  This is a great example of students in service-learning courses applying their learning and skills to a relevant community need. 

Congratulations to the students Meredith Barnes, Tara Schuler, Tao Tang, Sarah Tekle, and Christopher Van Newhouse on your recent accomplishment!

Seniors in last year as Civic Action Leaders continue to contribute in community

Emma Sales first heard about the Civic Action Leader [CAL] program at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service her freshman year.

Now she’s in her third and final year of the program, and helps to plan the day.

She researched the program after hearing about it and found that “the mission and the goals of the program really aligned with my personal goals and values, and so it was a way to continue a lot of that community service that I did in high school, but in a bigger way,” Sales said.

Previous experience with community service isn’t a requirement for becoming a CAL, though. The Office of Service Learning is more concerned with selecting CALs who are “motivated and genuinely interested in community service,” said Jeremy Doughty, assistant director of co-curricular programs and Civic Action Leaders.

Read more at The BG News

BGSU Recognized for Community Engagement

BGSU's longtime commitment to community engagement has again been recognized nationally. The University was selected as one of only 240 institutions to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation. 

BGSU is a longtime leader in the area of service-learning and student community engagement. According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, the University has one of the highest participation rates in the country.

"The classification is a wonderful recognition for the day-to-day work of faculty, staff and students who are engaged in the community as volunteers, as part of a service-learning course, as interns, as researchers, and active citizens committed to linking their skills, expertise, and passion to making a change in the world," said Dr. Jane Rosser, director of service-learning. "It builds on a deep and pervasive legacy of community engagement at BGSU and it puts us in an elite category of institutions who are deeply committed to civic engagement and public service."

Read more at Zoom News

Alternative Fall Breaks Deepen Meaning of Service

This is a photo of students on a service learning trip posing by a sign that says "Detroit"

Service-learning has become a way of life for sophomore Amanda Dortch, a public relations major and political science minor from Detroit. She was one of 35 participants this fall in three Bowling Green Alternative Breaks (bGAB) programs that addressed three separate social issues. She carries that philosophy into her daily life in Bowling Green as well, serving as the undergraduate student representative for the annual United Way campaign. 

Instead of spending her school breaks relaxing at home, Dortch last spring promoted affordable housing in Goshen, Ind., and this year combatted negativity and hopelessness by serving as a bGAB site leader working with Blight Busters and Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. The team assisted with reclaiming empty lots so they may be used for urban farming, gathering discarded tires and other rubber materials to be turned into useable items like flip flops and door mats by the Cass Green Industries business, which is staffed by formerly homeless people. "It helps people be independent and fend for themselves," Dortch explained.

Read more at BGSU News

Project Connect has Successful Second Year

Volunteers from Bowling Green and BGSU came together on October 15, 2014 to assist individuals in need of services including employment, housing, utility and rental assistance, medical care, dental care, mental health assistance, veterans assistance, and haircuts.  There were 53 providers that provided services for 210 individuals served.  Students from BGSU helped in a variety of ways.  Dr. Janet Ballweg engaged her students in the event by screen printing all the volunteer t-shirts.

Read more at Sentinel-Tribune

Breaking Away to Serve

This is a photo of a United States map

“Our aim is to work side by side with our community partners, learn their story and take it on as our own,” said sophomore Jayna Clemens before leaving on an alternative spring break trip to Goshen, Ind., to promote affordable housing and community development.

While the Goshen group donned hardhats and coveralls to renovate an old warehouse into a community art gallery, a second group of students was wading through green fields and forest floors in North Carolina fighting invasive plants. Together they contributed 1,304 hours of service.

Read more at BGSU News

Project Homeless Connect to provide for homeless, raise awareness

Homeless people may be students, relatives, friends, co-workers and there are 145 of them in wood county. Project Homeless Connect is a national program that aims to aid homeless people and raise awareness about homelessness. its coming to Wood County for the first time on Oct 16th. It will be taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church on South College Drive, the event is a "huge collaboration," Peter Said. 

Read more at The BG News


Students, faculty honored for making service part of learning

Faculty, staff and students' contributions to the community and engagement with community partners was honored at the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards program hosted by the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Action Leaders Program. For the first time, the office presented a Friend of the Office of Service-Learning award in honor of a group that has been particularly helpful to its efforts. This year it recognized Classified Staff Council (CSC) for it unflagging support of the MLK Jr. Day of Service Challenge, one of the office's largest events. Dawn Hofmeister presented both the undergraduate and graduate Kurt E. Hofmeister Student Excellence Awards, named in her late husband's honor.

Read more at Zoom News

Student Groups Sell, Deliver Flowers for Cancer Benefit

The meaning of a daffodil flower is hope, and that’s just what several groups at the University plan for in contributing to defeating cancer.

The American Cancer Society teamed up with Civic Action Leaders and Colleges Against Cancer, two student community service organizations, to host the annual program known as “Daffodil Days.” The program is part of a three month campaign, ranging from January and ending later this month, selling daffodils to be delivered to other people.

The money raised is donated to The American Cancer Society for cures of the disease.

Members of the Civic Action Leaders hosted a table in the Union where people could buy daffodils, teddy bears and vases, raising more than $150 Monday.

Read more at The BG News

A Quiet Drum Major for Peace

Heavily engaged in planning the last details of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Challenge, Dr. Jane Rosser almost did not attend the Bowling Green Human Relations Commission's annual Martin Luther King celebration at the public library on Jan. 18.

It was a good thing she was persuaded to leave her work as director of the Office of Service-Learning that day and go, because Rosser found herself honored with the city's Drum Major for Peace Award. "I did not know I was getting it and I was very humbled by it," she later said with characteristic modesty.

The award's name comes from the "Drum Major Instinct" sermon King delivered on Feb. 4, 1968, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, about a month before he was assassinated.

King often used the phrase "drum major instinct" to describe the impulse toward leadership, explained presenter Barbara Y. Keller, a BGSU retiree and commission member. "In his sermon he said, 'If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice, say that I was a drum major for peace, say that I was a drum major for righteousness. And all the other shallow things will not matter. ... I just want to leave a committed life behind." ...

Read more at BGSU Marketing and Brand Strategy

Kurt Hofmeister's Legacy - New Construction on Campus

During the fall semester, students in Instructor Wes Collins’ Introduction to Construction course tested their new-found savvy with the completion of an actual campus building: specifically, a coup intended to house live pigeons while they are being studied by the Department of Psychology.   

According to Collins, roughly 70 students, primarily from the construction management, architecture, and interior design programs, worked on the building.  “This was truly a university project as individuals from around campus were part of this, including the College of Technology, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Design and Construction, and Campus Operations all played a part.”  Cordula Mora, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, echoed Collins’ sentiments, stating, “This project was truly a collaborative effort by several departments around campus with great student involvement.”

The original design of the building was created by Kurt Hofmeister, a former instructor of this construction course. Unfortunately, Kurt passed away following a heart attack the summer before the building was erected. The College of Technology paid tribute to Kurt this past week. Discover additional information about Kurt Hofmeister’s legacy.

Read more at BGSU Division of Student Affairs

MLK Day of Service Challenge - In the News

Check out these videos of BGSU's MLK Day of Service Challenge on the local news.

Watch the WNWO video

Watch the WTOL video    

BGSU Bulletin - MLK Day of Service Challenge

A day on, not a day off!

This video shows a couple of the challenge sites, and Sakina talks about the day and what all it involves. Volunteers on the day also gave interviews about their roles, and experiences.

Watch the BGSU Marketing and Brand Strategy Video


Program: NW Ohio Journal
Episode: Service Learning

Host Steve Kendall sits down with Sakina Trevathan, Assistant Director, Office of Service Learning, BGSU; Amy Hill, Graduate Assistant, Office of Service Learning and Civic Action Leader, Meresa McKesson to discuss the mission and impact of the Bowling Green State University Office of Service Learning.

Watch the NW Ohio Journal Video

BGSU National Student Day in NACAS College Services Magazine

In the Winter 2012 issue of the NACAS College Services magazine there was an article about the National Student Day event with a call-out to BGSU written by one of our students on page 44. There is also a nice reference to the collaboration by Dining Services and the Student Union on the event.

Read more at Center for Community and Civic Engagement

Forging the Bond Between Service and Learning

How different the world would be if more people shared Meresa McKesson's belief: "Helping others should be second nature, like breathing." The junior from Detroit, a management information systems major in the College of Business, has found her perfect fit at BGSU as a Civic Action Leader (CAL) through the Office of Service-Learning.

It's not just sending off a check to a cause or dishing out meals in a soup kitchen - worthy though those contributions are - that she finds satisfying. According to McKesson, "Fully committing yourself to (service) and seeing the way you help someone do something they wouldn't otherwise be able to do, and really learning about those you help is so rewarding."

That attitude also reflects the Office of Service-Learning's philosophy of the link between developing self-knowledge and skills through working with others. "The biggest thing is that reflection piece, in which you seriously think about what you actually learned and how you can grow through that," McKesson said.

Read more at BGSU Marketing and Brand Strategy