Thursday, May 25, 2017  
Classified, administrative staff honored at annual ceremonies
Marsha Bostelman

Persistence, kindness, professionalism and skill are but some of the characteristics Marsha Bostelman brings to her job as administrative assistant in the Department of Marketing. Her unflagging commitment to excellence and service was recognized with the presentation of the 2017 Classified Staff Outstanding Service Award, given to Bostelman at the annual Classified Staff Council awards and reception on May 17. She received a $1,000 check and a plaque bearing her name, to be permanently displayed on the second floor of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Bostelman’s role in keeping the department running smoothly is appreciated by faculty, administrators and students alike, and they joined to nominate her for the award.

“Marsha’s wealth of information, understanding of institutional policy and legacy knowledge of the University is inimitable,” wrote marketing faculty members Kirk Kern and Drs. Douglas Ewing and Jeffrey Meyer. “Her talents for efficient organization and effective communication with our faculty members and department chair keeps our diverse department operating. In short, she is invaluable.”

“To say that Marsha exhibits exemplary job performance (one of the criteria for the award) is an understatement,” said former faculty member and chair Dr. Susan Kleine. “In fact, in an annual performance review, it is a challenge to identify something Marsha could improve; her work is nothing less than excellent in every way.”



Like most classified staff members, Michael McLaughlin and Robert Snyder serve the needs of students and faculty. But their responsibilities also include nonhuman clients. As the University Animal Facilities technicians, they care for research subjects such as pigeons and rats. In addition, they maintain the research facilities for faculty and students in the areas of biology, forensic science and psychology.

Their dedication to their wards and to enabling research to be conducted in a clean, safe and compliant situation have earned them the 2017 Classified Staff Team Award. The award was presented May 17 at the annual Classified Staff Council reception and ceremony. The team will share a $1,500 award and their names will be displayed on a commemorative plaque in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Caring for animals is a seven-day-a week job, with no holidays and no two days the same. The University has two on-campus facilities plus a satellite location. McLaughlin and Snyder work diligently to ensure that not only are the needs of the animals met, but also the needs of the faculty, staff and students who utilize the facilities in their own important work, said Jenifer Baranski, director of BGSU animal research facilities.

Each research project is different, with different requirements, but all must meet strict federal guidelines for safety and the well-being of the animals. McLaughlin and Snyder are thorough and careful in maintaining these standards while making sure that researchers have what they need to conduct their studies.


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Jeffery Jackson

The criteria for the Administrative Staff’s annual Dr. Michael R. Ferrari Award include innovation and initiative, high performance and building relationships with the University community. Jeffery Jackson, the 2017 winner of the top administrative staff award, exhibits all those and more, according to his nominators.

Jackson, assistant vice president for student career success and director of the Career Center, received the award, which comes with a $1,000 cash prize and a reserved parking spot for a year, at the spring reception hosted by Administrative Staff Council.

“Jeff truly embodies all three attributes of this prestigious award,” wrote Danielle Dimoff, associate director of the Career Center. “He is known for his energetic and optimistic attitude when working through student concerns, while demonstrating a sense of compassion toward every individual. He is an innovative leader who goes above and beyond the responsibilities of his position. He is a relationship builder who strives to strengthen University partnerships with stakeholders. He is a strategic thinker who approaches each new challenge as a new opportunity. Above all, he is an educator who recognizes and cares about the success and future of Bowling Green State University.”


Bethany Ash (left) with her Rookie of the Year nominator Jessica Belcher

Beginning a new job is challenging enough, but Bethany Ash, research program manager for COSMOS (Northwest Ohio Center of Excellence in STEM Education), has not only mastered her own duties since joining the University in February 2016, she has already made improvements to the program to further benefit students. She has also taken on an additional role left vacant by a departing staff member.

Ash was recognized for her many contributions with the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award at the Administrative Staff spring reception and awards. The Rookie of the Year is awarded annually by Administrative Staff Council in recognition of an administrative staff member who has played an integral part in implementing an idea, program or procedure designed to enhance or improve student recruitment, retention and/or engagement. To be eligible for the award, employees must have worked at BGSU a minimum of one year but no more than three years.


Lona Leck accepts the 2017 BG Best Award

Lona Leck’s name at BGSU is synonymous with wellness. Administrative Staff Council presented her the 2017 BG Best Award in honor of her many contributions to raising awareness and implementing programs for faculty, staff and students at the University.

Leck was recognized May 17 at the Administrative Staff spring reception and awards ceremony. She was nominated for the BG Best by Drs. Faith DeNardo, director of wellness, and Garrett Gilmer, director of the Counseling Center.

“As the assistant director for marketing and student programming in Recreation and Wellness, she played an instrumental role in the implementation of a variety of marketing initiatives that have benefited the BGSU learning community,” they wrote in their nomination letter. “She is involved in several projects that help disseminate important messages relative to wellness and prevention. In addition to her day-to-day work with Recreation and Wellness, Lona has energetically taken on a variety of projects relative to grants, campus initiatives, and community partnerships. These projects are vital to enhancing wellness on our campus for students, faculty and staff.

“Lona is extremely generous with her expertise and talents. She has mentored dozens of student workers over the years developing their marketing talents and professionalism. She has made herself available to other departments to share her expertise in the art and science of effective use of social media. Lona is a true asset to any committee or group because of her abilities to remain focused on the desired benefit to students and to keep a group organized and productive. The professionalism and attention to detail Lona provides allows the marketing projects to appear seamless.”

She has been highly involved with projects such as Step-Up, Step-In Bystander Intervention, It’s On Us, the Community of Care and the award-winning digital recreation and wellness timeline.


The May 8 edition of Zoom News story about faculty receiving tenure and promotion contained several errors in the section on faculty promoted to senior lecturer. See the revised version.


Wednesday, May 31, is the deadline for the annual performance appraisals for administrative and classified staff. The Office of Human Resources provides guidelines.

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