The beginning of a new semester is always an exciting time on campus.

2015 Community Engagement Classification
We started 2015 with some great news. The Carnegie Foundation has named the University as one of only 240 institutions to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification. This notable achievement showcases our high participation rates in service-learning. As an example of this engagement, more than 700 Falcons volunteered in the surrounding communities of northwest Ohio as part of the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends offered more than 2,600 hours in honor of Dr. King's legacy.

BGSU Men's Hockey
Falcon Athletics is having a fabulous winter season! Men's hockey is now ranked 6th in the national polls. The program made history by playing in its first outdoor game at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio. Women's gymnastics is currently ranked 14th in the country. Our new men's coach, Chris Jans, has our team playing excellent basketball. The swimming and diving team is off to a fantastic start to the year, with an 8-0 record overall, including 4-0 in the MAC. Under the direction of coach Petra Martin, the team has won 13 straight meets over the past two years and sophomore Victoria Griffin has won seven MAC Swimmer of the Week awards in her short career. Cheer on the Falcons and show your support when they compete at home or on the road, or watch the action online at the MAC and WCHA websites.

The College of Health and Human Services' online master's of criminal justice program ranks 17th in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. College building renovations designed to offer state-of-the-art facilities for our students are now underway. The college continues to improve its prominent speech and communication programs.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival recognized seniors Mariah Burks and Brett Mutter, who successfully participated in several scholarship competitions. Burks and Mutter were nominated for their excellent work in BGSU productions. Bravo! BGSU, a celebration of the arts, will feature their work as well as other student and faculty performances, on Saturday, March 28. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Office of the President at (419) 372-2211 or president@bgsu.edu.

Camellia Bowl Champs
Dr. Peter Lu, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Photochemical Sciences at BGSU, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Lu was recognized for groundbreaking work in single molecular spectroscopy. This prestigious honor is a wonderful example of how our faculty are leaders across the state, nation and world.

With Valentine's Day approaching, I want to send best wishes to our 12,086 Falcon Flames, couples who graduated from BGSU. Please join us for a series of events commemorating your special connection to BGSU.

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Your support has been vital to these many accomplishments. See a special thank you at "A BGSU education lasts forever." Because of your generosity, I know the best days are yet to come!


Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D.