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Faculty Excellence Awards | Vice president for student affairs and vice provost named
Melissa Miller (left) receives the 2016 Master Teacher Award from Hailee Greenleese, Student Alumni Connection member, at the 2016 Faculty Excellence Awards.


Nineteen faculty and staff members were honored by the University for their achievements and leadership at the annual Faculty Excellence Awards April 14. The event included the naming of four 2016 Professors of Excellence, in teaching, research, creative arts and service.

The awards were an opportunity to honor and thank faculty and staff for their contributions to the life of the University and its students, to the body of knowledge in their disciplines, and to the betterment of the community.

Following are stories and photos of the winners from the second half of the program. The April 18 Zoom News gave the other nine awardees.

Elliott K. Blinn Award for Faculty/Undergraduate Student Basic Research/Creative Work
Dr. Farida Selim, physics and astronomy

Elliott K. Blinn Award for Faculty/Undergraduate Student Basic Research/Creative Work and President's Award for Academic Advising of Undergraduate Students by Faculty and Staff
Dr. Lisa Hanasono, communication

President's Award for Academic Advising of Undergraduate Students
Eve Crandall, College of Arts and Sciences
Rachel Flick, College of Arts and Sciences

Student Alumni Connection 2016 Master Teacher
Dr. Melissa Miller, political science

Professor of Teaching Excellence
Dr. Christopher Mruk, psychology

Professor of Research Excellence
Dr. George Bullerjahn, biological sciences

Professor of Creative Arts Excellence
Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, music performance studies (conducting)

Professor of Service Excellence
Dr. Dale Smith, physics and astronomy

Children's author Todd Parr comes to Literacy in the Park – The Blade

Miller on New York primary – WTOL

Historical Collection of the Great Lakes to host Wreck–a–Palooza – The Blade

Underwood on rescued boa constrictor – The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald

State kicks in funds for BGSU construction – BG Independent Media

Stinson on Fairfax, Va., police shooting – The Washington Post


Thomas Gibson

Dr. Thomas Gibson has been selected as vice president for student affairs and vice provost. Gibson, currently associate vice president for student affairs at Ball State University, will join the University July 1, President Mary Ellen Mazey announced April 19.

Gibson has 19 years’ experience in higher education and student affairs, primarily at Ball State, York and Queens colleges CUNY and the University of Connecticut. “His vision for student affairs aligns well with what we strive for at BGSU, that is, a campus environment where classroom and co-curricular activities work together to support student success,” Mazey said.

The title of vice president for student affairs and vice provost represents a change in the position to reflect additional interaction between the student affairs and academic sides of the University.



Look for coverage of the 2016 Administrative Staff Council Awards in the April 25 edition of Zoom News.

Geneva Long, 78, died April 14 in Maumee. She began work at the University in 1961 as a business service supervisor with Instructional Media Services, with periods of time away, and returned in 1972, retiring as a budget officer in 2009.


The University community is encouraged to attend the Undergraduate Symposium for Research and Scholarship Saturday (April 23) in Olscamp Hall to support students giving poster and oral presentations on their work in a variety of disciplines.

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