The BGSU community accomplished so many remarkable things in 2015! We continue to build upon the successes of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Here are some of the highlights:

For the second consecutive year, BGSU has admitted the best academically prepared classes in the University’s history. Also, the fall 2015 class increased by more than 400 students from the previous year.

Brooke Pleger
Brooke Pleger, three-time All American, finished third in the nation for hammer throw and broke several school and conference records!

Our two campuses saw improvements to facilities. From ribbon-cuttings for the Student Recreation Center, the BG Flight Center and the Firelands Allied Health and Science Building to current construction of the Greek housing and South Hall, state-of-the-art facilities are a priority for BGSU.

Faculty and students continued their focus on innovative research. BGSU hosted a conference to address the problem of toxic algae in freshwater lakes. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, researchers and experts from around the globe discussed strategies for mitigating these harmful bacteria.

Dr. Kurt Panter, associate professor of geology, and senior Jenna Reindel traveled to Antarctica to study remote volcanoes. The researchers spent their time learning about the changing dynamics of the Antarctic ice sheet.

Four graduating students earned prestigious Fulbright scholarships during 2015! The Fulbright Program is an international exchange designed to increase mutual understanding between different cultures.

BGSU Firelands celebrated its 50th anniversary, including a special event that recognized the history and success of the college.

The inaugural Bravo! BG event, showcasing the talent of our students and faculty, raised more than $60,000 in scholarships for students in the Arts. Join us for the 2016 event on April 2.

Anthony Doerr '99 earned the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his book "All the Light We Cannot See."

All 425 student-athletes continued to be dedicated to the community. Collectively, they are among the top 20 nationally for total service hours.

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

It’s On Us, a national campaign focused on preventing sexual assaults on college campuses, promotes personal responsibility to address this serious problem. Senior Mary Toth now serves on the inaugural student advisory committee.

The Carnegie Foundation named the University one of only 240 institutions to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification. This spotlights our high participation rates in service-learning.

Mike Jinks
BGSU Football won the 2015 MAC Championship and appeared in their fourth straight bowl game. Mike Jinks, former associate head coach at Texas Tech University, was announced as the new head coach and will lead our football program to even greater success.

I know 2016 will be even better for BGSU! Wishing you all the best in the New Year!


Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D.