Bowling Green State University
College of Education and Human Development
Education and Human Development Newsletter
A message from the Dean
An earlier version of this newsletter was sent with a typographical error about historical dates. We regret the discrepancy, and a corrected version is below.

Dear EDHD Alumni and Friends,

The College of Education and Human Development has the distinction of being the founding college for Bowling Green State University. This institution opened its doors in 1910 as a “normal school” that prepared teachers. My grandmothers attended Bowling Green Normal School and, like most of our early graduates, they went on to teach in one-room schoolhouses in northwest Ohio.

One of my predecessors, Dean David Elsass, recognized the importance of EDHD’s identity as the founding college, and the role that the one-room schoolhouses played in education and the lives of our first alumni. In 1976, Dean Elsass arranged for a one room schoolhouse from Norwalk, Ohio, to be moved to BGSU. Since then, the “Little Red Schoolhouse” has been situated at the center of our campus – a tangible reminder that teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do at BGSU.

Ringing Bell
Those of you who follow me on Twitter (#DeanDawnShinew) know that our Little Red Schoolhouse plays a critical role in what I hope becomes a longstanding EDHD tradition. On Aug. 19, I visited with groups of our new students during their orientation and explained that, as members of BGSU’s original college, they are an important part of the institution’s past and future. I invited each of them to meet me at the Little Red Schoolhouse to “ring in” the beginning of their BGSU experience. Over a two-hour period, almost 670 students lined up to commemorate their entry into the EDHD community, and the bell from the Little Red Schoolhouse could be heard all over campus.

While this rite of passage is new, it is steeped in the traditions of EDHD and BGSU. None of our graduates are likely to teach in one-room schoolhouses. In fact, about half of the students in our college are not planning to be teachers at all. Our mission has expanded and, while we still prepare teachers, our graduates also go on to manage sports facilities, train athletes, work in the fashion industry, and run agencies that support families and their communities. As I shook the hands of our new students and watched them ring that bell, I could not help but think about all of those who have come before them. I am proud to be a part of EDHD’s heritage and I am hopeful about our future.

Beginning in December, I will also invite the graduates of our college to ring the bell to commemorate the end of their time as a BGSU student. I hope this will become a tradition, part of what it means to be a member of the EDHD community. If any of you alumni want to be part of this tradition, let me know by emailing me at The Little Red Schoolhouse will be here, reminding all of us that we are part of something special.

Forever Falcon,

Dean Dawn Shinew

Dawn Shinew ’86,‘92
Professor and Dean

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Dean's Corner
Child Developement
New Child Development Minor
A new minor through the human development and family studies (HDFS) program is available to all students. The child development minor offers students a concentration of courses that provide a broad understanding of children and families within contemporary society. A minor in child development can help strengthen students’ marketability in fields related to working with children, and may be particularly useful to students majoring in human development and family studies, psychology, public health, social work and sociology.

To learn more about his minor, contact HDFS Program Coordinator Dr. Laura Landry Meyer at

Fall Preview
There are numerous events this fall that our alumni are invited to take part in:

Fall Events
Teacher Appreciate Event
Sept. 30
All EDHD alumni currently working as teachers are invited to join us at the BGSU vs. Akron football game as part of Extra Yard for Teachers Week. You and your families can purchase discount tickets for the game, where you’ll be seated with fellow alumni from the College of Education and Human Development who are currently teaching. Attendees will also be recognized during the game.

We also invite you to join us for tailgating in the Alumni tent starting two hours prior to kick-off. Teachers who show their ID will be admitted for free, and the entry fee is just $5 per person for additional family members.

Homecoming 2017
Oct. 13-15
Join us for the annual parade, Taste of BG, reunions, tailgating and more. Get more details at The Sport Management Alliance will also be hosting a panel discussion on Friday, Oct. 13. Sport management alumni should watch their email in the coming weeks for a special invitation.

Christina Lunceford

HESA Faculty Member Honored
Congratulations to Dr. Christina Lunceford, assistant professor in the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA), who was recently presented with the Excellence in Diversity Award. This annual honor from the EDHD Inclusion and Diversity Commity is presented in recognition of success an excellence in research and creative endeavors, service, and teaching with a focus on diversity, pluralism and/or globalization.