Monday, March 27, 2017  
BGSU honors dedicated faculty and staff | Northwest Ohio colleges, 180th Fighter Wing support higher degree attainment
Lynda Dee Dixon, communication studies, shakes the hand of Provost Rodney Rogers as Peggy Dennis is greeted by President Mazey at the annual Faculty and Staff Service Awards ceremony. Viva McCarver, chief human resources officer (right), said BGSU employees “set an example every day of responsibility, respect, professionalism and collegiality.”

Wayne Colvin
Friends and colleagues gathered in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union March 23 to celebrate the years of service to the University of BGSU faculty and staff. The appreciation event honored employees for service ranging from five to 50 years, and those who have recently retired.

President Mary Ellen Mazey, Dr. Rodney Rogers, provost and senior vice president, and Viva McCarver, chief human resources officer, presented the honorees with certificates and offered their congratulations on reaching milestones in their careers.

At the top of the longevity list was Dr. Kenneth Shemberg, a faculty member in psychology, who is marking 50 years with BGSU. Also noted were Paul Vollmar, a stationary engineer with the physical plant, “who has helped keep things running smoothly for 40 years now,” said Mazey, and 40-year staff member Wayne Colvin, a project manager in information technology services, “whose contributions range from making our residence life program a national model to helping make BGSU one of the first campuses in the nation to be completely connected online,” she said.

“All of the people here today, and those who could not come, have played an important part in making Bowling Green State University what it is today, and together we have much to be proud of,” the president said. “To those of you who are still in the early years of your careers with BGSU, you bring a fresh eye and a new approach, and I know many of you are already making a difference in the lives of students and your colleagues. I look forward to what the future will bring as you continue to move the University forward.”

In accepting his certificate of appreciation, Colvin echoed the president’s sentiments and said he and his colleagues do what they do because of the students, and that’s what keeps him coming back and what makes the job worthwhile.

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Representatives from BGSU, the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, Lourdes University, Tiffin University and the 180th Fighter Wing signed the Higher Degree Attainment Initiative March 22 at the Toledo Express Airport.

The Public-Public; Public-Private (P4) Community Partnership Initiative supporting higher degree attainment is a commitment to collaborate and cooperate in ways that benefit the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard, current students in institutions of higher education and the citizens of northwest Ohio to achieve higher degree attainment. The agreement supports the goals of the state of Ohio to increase the educational attainment of Ohioans by 2025.

“We are pleased to join forces to help our student veterans succeed,” said President Mary Ellen Mazey. “Supporting this initiative is in alignment with our strategies and goals for BGSU student veterans and the surrounding community.”

The primary function of this partnership is the sharing of information addressing the educational needs and interests of airmen and the offerings of the partner institutions of higher education. Other activities will include education fairs, class offerings, supporting the use of CLEP and DANTES examinations and information, and supporting military members and the partnership in order to increase degree progress and attainment.

“The 180th Fighter Wing considers education to be a critical part of the professional development of our airmen. We recognize that the skill sets and knowledge our airmen gain from higher education directly translate to a more efficient, more capable mission-ready force,” said Col. Kevin Doyle, commander of the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard. “Our airmen never stop learning, and never stop reaching for excellence. Higher education is an integral part of that journey, and we are humbled and grateful to have such incredible support from local colleges and universities, highlighted by this partnership agreement.”

John Fischer, BGSU vice provost for academic affairs; Doyle; Sharon Gaber, president of the University of Toledo; Mike Bower, president or Owens Community College; Mary Ann Gawelek, president of Lourdes University; and Lillian Schumacher, president of Tiffin University, signed the initiative.


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Caryl Crane Youth Theatre is limbering up to “Move it, Move it” for the zany stage version of “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure,” playing at BGSU Firelands April 6-9.

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