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Student Madelyn Buettner and Associate Dean Melissa Burek volunteer at Project Homeless Connect
The College of Health and Human Services joined the rest of the University in BGSU's first-ever Day of Giving event.

A message from the Dean
Summer is here and we have completed another successful semester at Bowling Green State University. As always, the spring semester was quite busy as our students, faculty and staff engaged in a number of impactful activities and initiatives as they continue to experience making a difference. For example, on April 13 the Department of Public and Allied Health sponsored their second annual Public Health Symposium. Approximately 100 people attended to learn more about the impact of climate change on our health and how we can make a difference. The BGSU Day of Giving took place on April 11 and was a resounding success. We learned that we have much support from our Falcon Friends in the community and throughout the University. Because of the generous support of our donors across time, we were able to award over 52 students and thank donors at our annual Scholarship Luncheon on March 15.

Paula Davis and the Optimal Aging Institute (OAI) have also seen a busy semester. Through their partnerships with community agencies and others, they sponsored a number of educational and supportive programs. Some of the topics covered included the joy of pet therapy, preventing osteoporosis, communicating with loved ones who have dementia, ukulele for beginners and care compassion (personal care training for caregivers). In addition, the OAI was able to provide five monetary awards of up to $5,000 each to support faculty across campus who are conducting research in the many areas of optimal aging.

The college proudly announced an increase in our freshmen to sophomore retention rate by nearly 80%. In fact, we exceeded our retention goal. The faculty and student advisors have worked diligently to reach out to students to provide academic support and to enhance our students' sense of belonging. We look forward to bringing this same care to the class of 2020 this fall.

Last but not least, the college said goodbye to Dr. Chris Dunn who is retiring this month. Dr. Dunn first came to Bowling Green State University in 1984 as a non-tenure track faculty member. He later moved into a tenure track position and served as an associate dean for nine years, and as interim dean for one year. Chris has been a valuable faculty member within the criminal justice program and in the college. During his tenure at BGSU he taught over 21 different courses and conducted important research in the areas of HIV prevention, juvenile justice and domestic violence. We wish him the very best on his retirement.

I hope you enjoy your summer. It is a great time to be a Falcon. If you ever find yourself on campus, stop by and see us and stay in touch on social media!

Most sincerely,

Marie Huff, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Health and Human Services



#BGSUONEDAY – A Day of Giving #BGSUONEDAY – A Day of Giving
College Alumni Award recipient Tom Ullom College Alumni Award recipient Tom Ullom
Sarah Pilkington Feeling at Home in Audiology Sarah Pilkington feeling at home in Audiology
Student Nutrition Association in action Student Nutrition Association in action
In the Spotlight
Mary-Jon Ludy recognized for supporting student research Mary-Jon Ludy recognized for supporting student research
Dr. Mary-Jon Ludy, assistant professor of food and nutrition, received the Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award handed out each year by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) to outstanding faculty mentors based on student nominations. CURS supports and fosters undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities across all disciplines.
Alumna Julia Hage passionate about public health Alumna Julia Hage passionate about public health
Hage's journey at Bowling Green State University began in pursuit of a degree in biology, but as she entered her senior year she enrolled in an introduction to public health course that sparked a deeper interest. She became passionate about the world of health and understanding the disparities in access, prevention and care that occur worldwide.
Tiffany Smith, dietetics, receives top CURS honor Tiffany Smith, dietetics, receives top CURS honor
Retired detective Tonya Rider joins the BGSU faculty Retired detective Tonya Rider joins the BGSU faculty
Second Annual Public Health Symposium: Climate Changes Your Health Second Annual Public Health Symposium: Climate Changes Your Health
Upcoming Events
June 17 – CDIS Grand Rounds Lecture
August 18 – Freshmen Move-In Day and "Get with the Program" Events
September 19 – Optimal Aging Institute Community Fair
October 13 – Homecoming Lecture
October 14 – Homecoming Game
November 3 – Food and Nutrition Symposium