At this time of the year, I reflect on all the reasons I am so thankful to be associated with this great University. This month is only one example of the exciting news and happenings at BGSU!

The Economist ranks BGSU No. 1 among Ohio public universities for return on education. This notable recognition showcases the value of a BGSU degree!

Mary Toth
It’s On Us, a national campaign focused on preventing sexual assaults on college campuses, promotes personal responsibility to address this serious problem. BGSU has partnered with this initiative to foster a safe atmosphere for all students. Senior Mary Toth and 16 students across the country will serve on the inaugural student advisory committee.

BGSU Firelands celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding this month. We welcomed hundreds of alumni and friends who were critical in creating the campus in Huron, Ohio. BGSU has invested in the health and science disciplines, and we cut the ribbon on the facility expansion for these areas.

Akiko Jones
Congratulations to Akiko Jones, Asian Studies faculty, on receiving the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation. Jones was recognized for "outstanding efforts toward mutual understanding between Japan and the United States, with distinguished achievements which have contributed to Japan's friendship and goodwill with other countries."

BGSU continues to meet the ever-changing dynamics of higher education. Our nationally ranked College of Business Administration now offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree online!

The School of Art will host its annual ArtsX event on December 5. The special occasion showcases the work of talented BGSU students and faculty. Learn more today!

The football team competes in the MAC Championship this weekend! Plan to cheer on the Falcons in Detroit and watch for our bowl game announcement on Sunday.

Hockey is having a great start to the season and is nationally ranked in the top 25! The team has several home games this month.

BGSU students continue to focus on campus sustainability. Meet juniors Mandi Forsythe and Mitchell Peebles, who lead the Friday Night Lights initiative. Focused on cutting our carbon use and reducing energy costs, this weekly group has saved the University more than $75,000 to date.

Giving Tuesday
On Tuesday, December 1, BGSU will participate in the national #GivingTuesday movement. Alumni and friends throughout the day are joining together to reach a goal of 215 gifts, and BGSU students are volunteering 215 service hours in the community. Make an impact today and share your BGSU story on social media with #FalconsGive!

The Excellence Fund for BGSU allows for the flexibility and agility needed to respond to emerging opportunities or challenges in funding student programming, scholarships, faculty support and innovative, outside-the-classroom experiences. Consider making your year-end gift to support the BGSU Excellence Fund and offer BGSU the chance to direct support to the students and programs in greatest need.

On behalf of the students, faculty and staff, our very best to you this holiday season. You’ll find a special Falcon message in your inbox next month!


Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D.