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College of Health and Human Services
Optimal Aging Fair
A message from the Dean
I am pleased to present the first electronic newsletter from the College of Health and Human Services at Bowling Green State University. We have had a busy and productive fall semester and we are proud of our many new initiatives and degree programs.

We hired Paula Davis to lead the newly formed Optimal Aging Institute (OAI). She helped to launch the inaugural Optimal Aging Fair on August 1. The OAI Fair was open to the community and free for adults 60 and older, as well for BGSU faculty, staff and students. By all accounts it was a resounding success and we are already planning for the second OAI Fair to take place in September of 2017.

The college's 13th Annual Homecoming Lecture took place on September 30 and focused on the importance of self-care for helping professionals. This is a critical topic of discussion for social workers, nurses, counselors and other helping professionals, as well as for students who are entering the helping fields.

The College of Health and Human Services launched two new undergraduate degrees this semester. These include a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health. The allied health degree was created for individuals who already hold an associate's degree in an allied health field and are interested in advancing their education and/or careers. The public health degree has an environmental concentration and will prepare students for work careers in areas like food and water safety, sanitation and hygiene. The college also launched the Master of Science in Forensic Science with a forensic science investigation specialization. This degree program will enhance the student's knowledge and skills in forensic science and crime scene investigations.

Our student enrollments in the college are robust and have grown significantly over the past several years, with the largest programs being criminal justice, nursing and applied health science. We are preparing students for the professional workplace and/or for professional graduate programs. Our students and faculty continue to engage with the community in impactful ways and are making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Please feel free to contact me with any ideas or questions regarding our programs, or drop by and see our newly renovated learning spaces in the Health and Human Services Building (formally the University Health Center).

Warm Regards,

Marie Huff
Dean of the College of Health and Human Services



First Optimal Aging Fair informs, entertains First Optimal Aging Fair informs, entertains
BG-UT sign academic partnership BG-UT sign academic partnership
Public and Allied Health student Ashley Meehan enjoys her summer research project Public and Allied Health student Ashley Meehan enjoys her summer research project
New health and human services degrees meet student needs New health and human services degrees meet student needs
In the Spotlight
College of Health and Human Services Leadership Council holds fall meeting College of Health and Human Services Leadership Council holds fall meeting
Pictured (L-R) Front Row: Jessica Miller Blakely, Paula Davis, Dave Subleski, Dean Marie Huff and Associate Director of Development Meredith Olson

Back Row: Sue Houston, Tom Stofac, Associate Dean Melissa Burek, Associate Dean Nancy Orel, Karla Jones, Kelley Recker, Doris Herringshaw, Hans Schmalzried and Brian Shulman
Associate Dean Nancy Orel retiring Associate Dean Nancy Orel retiring
Gerontology Alumna continues to thrive in doctoral program Gerontology Alumna continues to thrive in doctoral program
College of Health and Human Services’ 13th Annual Homecoming Lecture College of Health and Human Services’ 13th Annual Homecoming Lecture