Thursday, August 17, 2017  
BGSU welcomes students to fall semester | Alumna named top woman to watch in tech


Over the next few days the campus will be transformed from its quiet summer self back into a bustling collegiate scene as nearly 6,000 students move into residence halls between today and Sunday (Aug. 20).

Enrollment remains strong, and the University is welcoming more than 3,500 new students to the Bowling Green campus. This is the fifth consecutive year that BGSU has recruited the academically strongest group of freshmen in its history. BGSU Firelands welcomes a class of nearly 450 first-time Firelands undergraduate students, in addition to more than 650 College Credit Plus students from area high schools.

A snapshot of the incoming Bowling Green class shows they have an average ACT score of 23 and an average GPA of 3.43. The number of top scholars — those with an ACT of 27 or higher and a GPA above 3.7 — is up by 20 percent. They come from around the world, from 23 states and 74 Ohio counties, and 26 percent are first-generation college students.

The new and returning students will be greeted by the transformed University Hall and Moseley Hall, two of the oldest buildings, made new again with state-of-the-art facilities. A number of offices including Admissions and those related to high-impact practices are now located in University, while Moseley has returned to its original identity as a science center, with new classrooms and labs for chemistry, biology, geology and medical laboratory sciences.

BGSU is seeing growth in a number of academic programs, and new this semester is the software engineering program.


Tiffany (Ripley) Poeppelman ’08 has always been fascinated by people and what motivates them.

Poeppelman’s passion for understanding human behavior led her to earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology from BGSU and a Master of Science in industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology from Northern Kentucky University.

“The core skills I learned at BGSU not only helped me explore which field of psychology I would ultimately pursue in graduate school, but it shaped my core skills that allowed me to grow as a consultant and serve as a trusted adviser to any business,” said Poeppelman, who grew up in Oregon, Ohio. “Skills such as research methodology and measurement have always served me well in my roles over the years. Measurement becomes a real key in industry, as it represents a core piece of understanding return on investment (ROI).”

Inc. Magazine recently named Poeppelman one of “30 Inspirational Women to Watch in Tech in 2017.”


Laird on eclipse – WTOL
Tiede on eclipse – Sandusky Register
College of Musical Arts fall guests – BG Independent
Moseley, University halls open – WTOL, The Blade, BG Independent, Sentinel-Tribune
Choral Society announces series – The Blade
Falcon Swing Society – Sentinel-Tribune
Knoell on time travel – Sentinel-Tribune
BGSU sustainability plan – Sentinel-Tribune
Expanded Career Center – Sentinel-Tribune


The first day of fall classes at BGSU will feature an event that doesn’t happen often — a solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, obscuring the image of the sun for viewers on Earth.

The BGSU Planetarium has several activities planned Aug. 21 to celebrate and acknowledge this rare occurrence. While the eclipse’s path for totality is a 70-mile swath from Oregon to South Carolina, northwest Ohio will see the eclipse at about 80 percent of totality, said Dr. Dale Smith, professor of astronomy and director of the BGSU Planetarium.

From about 1 to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, the planetarium’s rooftop observation deck will be open for visitors to view the eclipse from telescopes equipped with safe-visual filters. Visitors should come to the planetarium lobby for escort to the observatory.


President Mary Ellen Mazey will deliver her annual State of the University Address at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 25 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell at the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

Those unable to attend may view the address live on Facebook.

The BGSU Firelands community will gather to watch the address in 1011 Cedar Point Center.