Monday, May 4, 2015  
BGSU celebrates 282nd commencement | Crowdfunding comes to campus

BGSU celebrates 282nd commencement

Thomas Snitch
On Friday (May 8) and Saturday (May 9), the University will honor its spring graduates with commencement ceremonies in the Stroh Center. Over 2,100 diplomas will be awarded, including 404 degrees granted through the Graduate College.

All of the commencement speakers are distinguished graduates of BGSU, including honorary degree recipient Dr. Thomas Snitch, who holds a Distinguished Senior Professorship at the University of Maryland's Institute of Advanced Computer Studies, where he directs an international team working on anti-poaching and wildlife crime issues. He is also a senior professor of science at the United Nations University in Tokyo. In this role, he serves as the U.N.'s executive officer for the Worldwide Enforcement Monitoring Systems, which oversees the global trade in endangered flora and fauna.


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'Falcon Funded' crowdfunding launches at BGSU

BGSU has announced the start of crowdfunding on campus. Crowdfunding is a relatively new fundraising tool designed to support a project or venture through raising smaller amounts of money from a large number of people, typically through the Internet. Crowdfunding is driven through personal connections and outreach.

On April 13, BGSU launched its first "Falcon-funded" project, for the Falcon Flight Team, a student group raising money to pay for practice time, fuel and uniforms for their upcoming regional and national competitions. With a week left to go in the campaign, the project has already exceeded its $10,000 goal.

A week later, on April 20, the University launched its second crowdfunding project, raising money for the BGSU Firelands respiratory care program to purchase an adult/pediatric ventilator for students to gain additional hands-on learning experience.

View these projects.

Crowdfunding at BGSU will be used in a variety of capacities including, but not limited to, support for research projects, scholarships, specialized equipment, service projects, student organization trips and athletic department projects.

All of BGSU's colleges, departments, divisions, student groups and faculty are eligible to apply to have their project "Falcon Funded." Projects are considered on an individual basis by the Falcon Funded Review Committee and must be aligned with University priorities as detailed in BGSU's strategic plan. Falcon Funded will be administered by University Advancement.

Find more information on the website, or email


The campus infrastructure project in support of the Traditions Buildings will get underway on Monday, May 11, with the closing of Lot A and the Bowen-Thompson Student Union main lot, Lot 7.

A brand new student organization called Feed My Starving Children recently packed a remarkable 116,640 meals for children in some of the world's neediest countries.

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