Telling Our Story

The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to the development of all students at Bowling Green State University. This section of the website highlights recent accomplishments and helps "Tell our Story".

Name: Alli Kulbago
Major: Theatre: Acting/Directing and Tech/Design
Hometown: Twinsburg, OH
Involvement: New Student Orientation, Homecoming Student Steering Committee

I have been so fortunate to hold three different positions with New Student Orientation for the past two years. New Student Orientation has also helped me better navigate situations that may not go as planned which has helped me in my other jobs and classes to adapt and overcome any situation that is thrown at me. I have also developed better communication skills especially with different people and organizations around campus. I have gotten to develop my public speaking and facilitation skills and am now much more comfortable with presenting in front of groups of people. I have also been able to develop my own leadership style. New Student Orientation works to help students understand how they best lead others and works in groups which has helped me in other leadership roles I have held on campus. These skills are incredibly important in any field and will benefit me no matter what jobs I may have in the future.

New Student Orientation has given me so many wonderful skills but most importantly it has given me a family at BGSU. NSO has definitely been one of the most impactful experiences I have had because I have gotten to meet and work with some of the best groups of people. The teams I have worked with have helped me grow as a person and build my confidence in myself as a leader. NSO has given me such a wonderful support system for when I am feeling stressed about classes or other involvements. It has been a space for me to go and escape some of the stressors of life and to know that I am surrounded by a group of people who support me and want the best for me. This has definitely helped me when I do find myself in a stressful situation because I always know that there is this fantastic group who is rooting for me.

Name: Matthew Nolan  
Major: Psychology, Minoring in Communication and Management      
Hometown: Sylvania, OH 
Involvement: Homecoming Student Steering Committee: Royalty Chair and Overall Director, Orientation Leader, Orientation Team Leader, Office of the Dean of Students Student Assistant, Undergraduate Conduct Committee

Every fall semester, students, faculty, staff, community members, and alumni gather for one of the most time-honored traditions that a university can host.  Homecoming is an integral part of campus life and for many individuals. To me, Homecoming is more just a week, but an organization; a place of friendships, and a point of personal growth.  I have been fortunate enough to be involved in the planning of Homecoming 2018 and 2019.  In my first year involved with Homecoming, I served as the Royalty Chair on the Homecoming Student Steering Committee.  One of the aspects of this experience that I appreciated the most was the creative and professional freedom to design an experience for students in the best way that I could.  Overseeing applications, facilitating interviews, and organizing events for Homecoming Royalty was a perfect way to combine my personality and passion for working with my fellow students in an organization.

The thing that brought me back to Homecoming for a second year was truly the people that I had gotten to work with and the support system that I had built within Homecoming.  As Royalty Chair, my fellow committee members and advisors gave me constant encouragement to learn and develop from my experience. As the 2019 Homecoming Director, I have greatly valued the opportunity to be an encouraging and supportive resource to those involved in Homecoming 2019.  My experiences in the program have lead me to critically and strategically think about my role on the Homecoming Student Steering Committee, as well as how the committee interacts with the campus community.  My work within Homecoming has helped to bolster my confidence as a student leader, and I will always be grateful for those opportunities.

Name: JaNay Miles
Major: Applied Health Science, Pre-Physical Therapy
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Involvement: Student Leadership Assistant, Sidney A. Ribeau Presidents Leadership Academy

My name is JaNay Miles and I am a sophomore from Detroit, Michigan. I am currently studying applied health science with a focus in pre-physical therapy. In addition to being a student leadership assistant, I am a member of the Sidney A. Ribeau Presidents Leadership Academy which is a four-year leadership program that develops individuals to become leaders for the future and create positive change in our communities. I am also a mentor for Pretty Brown Girls which is an organization that teaches young African American girls in the Toledo area about empowerment, self-esteem, confidence, and leadership. Also, I am a general member of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students. Additionally, I am a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Lastly, during my free time, I enjoy volunteer for Detroit Pal, RallyCap, Informed-U, and any other way that I can help the community.

There are so many ways that the Center for Student Leadership has impacted my life. The center has provided me with a job that I love, scholarships, advising, and so many opportunities to learn and grow. Being a PLA scholar, I have been given a great opportunity from Mr. and Mrs. Thompson to excel in my education here at Bowling Green State University. Also, this center has provided me with guidance and support that comes from a genuine and loving place. Lastly, the Center for Student Leadership is the home of the best peer facilitators, the student leadership assistants. As an SLA I have grown so much as a leader and became passionate about helping others throughout their leadership journey as well. Being an SLA is the best part of being involved with the Center for Student Leadership because this position allows me to do what I love, helping others. Through every programming, facilitation, or certificate program as an SLA, I get the opportunity to help enhance a fellow falcon’s perspective on a variety of topics. I enjoy this job because I have been able to make my experience my own, and like no one else’s.

In the future, I know what I have learned from my experience and the people in the Center for Student Leadership can help me excel in any aspect of my life. Though, it is my goal to go into physical therapy, being a part of the Center for Student Leadership has provided to me that leadership is needed in any career path to help things go effective and efficiently. Not only did being an SLA give me the opportunity to better my public speaking but also created a strong work ethic. Because I am so passionate about what I do, I have even decided to minor in leadership next fall to contribute to all the many things I have learned from this opportunity. Through programming, I have learned so much that will contribute towards my future and taught me life lessons. To sum, in my near future, I will always e thankful for the many opportunities and experiences gained through the Center for Student Leadership, and I will be forever grateful for those who contributed towards my time in the Center for Student Leadership.

Name: Caitlyn Schwiefert 
Major: Inclusive Early Childhood Education  
Hometown: Rossford, OH 
Involvement: Dance Marathon

Throughout my time at BGSU I have had the privilege to be apart of Dance Marathon. This organization has impacted me in a number of ways. I have been apart of this organization for 3 years now and each year I find a new aspect that I fall in love with. With being involved with this organization the Office of the Dean of Students has given me a number of supports, skills and guidance. This has influenced the leader I am in this organization and in the classroom.

This has impacted me inside the classroom and outside of the classroom. It has given me resources beyond what I have learned through my classes. I have learned skills that I will be able to use in my future classroom and everyday life. With the help of Dance Marathon and the Office of the Dean of Students I feel that I am better prepared for my future career as an educator.

In the time I have been in Dance Marathon I have learned a number of leadership skills and characteristics. Thanks to Dance Marathon I know that I have chosen the right path for my future but it has also given me a purpose on campus. I have found a group of amazingly hard working and passionate people that dedicate their heart into their work for children who need someone fighting for them. I have found a group of people on campus that I may have never met with out this organization.

Dance Marathon has impacted me in so many ways that I cannot find one area that I feel most impacted by. In this organization you find the people that are like you but also bring a number of different characteristics that make us such a unique group. The dedication and passion I have for this cause is something that will follow me the rest of my time at BGSU and after graduation. When bringing a group of collage kids together to fight for the next generation, to dance in celebration of the miracles they have made and will make shows this group brings nothing but a passion to the lives that are involved. Dance Marathon has given me an indescribable love for this organization and has changed my life for the better.