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Student Madelyn Buettner and Associate Dean Melissa Burek volunteer at Project Homeless Connect
Student Madelyn Buettner and Associate Dean Melissa Burek volunteer at Project Homeless Connect

A message from the Dean
Happy New Year! I sincerely hope that all of you enjoyed a peaceful and joyful holiday. We always look forward to the spring semester at BGSU, and we are excited to welcome our students and faculty back to campus. The college is experiencing a number of positive changes, and I would like to take this opportunity to share a few of those with you.

Mr. Tom Gorman (previous director of advising) moved into the Dean’s Office full-time as assistant dean of the college. He is taking the place of Associate Dean Nancy Orel, who retired in December. Tom will be helping to support our student retention and recruitment efforts, as well as providing assistance for our undergraduate programs.

We also had two distinguished faculty retire last fall. Dr. Rebecca Pobocik, associate professor and previous coordinator of the Food and Nutrition Program, retired after 20 years of employment at BGSU. Dr. Fleming Fallon, Distinguished Teaching Professor and co-director of the Master of Public Health Program, retired in December after 19 years of service. We are grateful for their dedicated and outstanding service to the university, college and to their respective programs!

The college began enrolling students into our Master of Forensic Investigations program this semester. Retired Toledo Detective Tonya Rider joined BGSU last fall and will be teaching full-time in this program, along with Dr. Michael Burger and other criminal justice faculty. In addition, the college is currently accepting applications to the newly established Master of Social Work program that will begin in fall 2017.

As illustrated in this newsletter, our faculty, students and alumni remain very engaged in the community through their research and service work. I am so proud to be a part of this college — addressing important issues related to poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, optimal aging, public health and the environment, healthcare and community re-entry for individuals who have been incarcerated. Join us and experience making a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities.

Warm Regards,

Marie Huff
Dean of the College of Health and Human Services



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In the Spotlight
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Andrea Sheehy, communication sciences and disorders alumna, earned her B.S. in 1996 and M.S. in 1998. Sheehy was recently appointed as director of therapy operations at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio, a 40-bed facility that is the only freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the greater Toledo area.
Students and faculty participate in Project Homeless Connect Students and faculty participate in Project Homeless Connect
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Upcoming Events
February 20 – President’s Day
March 15 – Student Scholarship Luncheon
April 6 – Invited Speaker: Dr. Diane Williams - Why do people with autism see the world differently? What we have learned from neuroimaging.
April 13 – Public Health Symposium - Climate Change: Public Health Focus
April 22 – Preview Day
April 28 – Medical Laboratory Science Students Research Poster Presentations