Honors chemistry student to attend prestigious ACS conferenceBrie Bradshaw is among a select group that will attend this year’s prestigious LEADS Conference, to be hosted by the American Chemical Society this July in Washington, D.C., where she will meet with some of the world’s top chemists, scientists and professionals.
Amber Gombash '15 finishing up first year of residency during a pandemic Bowling Green State University alumna Amber Gombash ’15 is rounding out her first year of a three-year residency split between MetroHealth System Emergency Room and the Cleveland Clinic. Gombash received a Bachelor of Science in biology from BGSU, minored in chemistry and was a member of the Honors College.
A year of accomplishmentsFrom research and scholarship to service and public good, the College of Arts and Sciences faculty, staff and students have recorded many successes during the past academic year.
BGSU to honor achievement at virtual celebration May 16Bowling Green State University will host a live, virtual celebration for spring degree candidates May 16. The live stream will begin at 1:30 p.m., and is expected to last about 45 minutes. Students, family and friends can view the stream at BGSU.edu.
BGSU alumna plays critical role in helping COVID-19 patients recoverBowling Green State University alumna Sara Houlihan ’09 has found herself on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic as a physical therapist in Ann Arbor, Michigan, helping critically ill coronavirus patients regain the strength to return home and continue their recovery.
Junior Quinn Eberhard earns prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, will use funds for public goodEberhard’s focus is the development of a research-centered algorithm, or set of rules. By using the algorithm, rather than collecting and manually analyzing data for each application, scientists can shorten their research time by weeks or even months. Her work is critically needed; she studies protein sequences and RNA research, potentially affecting research on cancer and the corona family of viruses – including COVID-19.
Ostrowski research on hydrogelsBowling Green State University’s Dr. Alexis Ostrowski received a five-year grant from the Herman Frasch Foundation for Agricultural Chemistry to support research to help reduce agricultural runoff. Researchers study how to turn liquid waste into fertilizer so that it can be safely transported and spread on fields.
BGSU supports local agenciesBGSU campuses in Bowling Green and Huron, as well as BGSU at Levis Commons, are supporting local health and safety agencies by donating PPE supplies and providing facilities to organizations in both communities.
Quinn Eberhard, 2019/2020 Hoskins Global ScholarThe Hoskins Global Scholarship enabled Quinn Eberhard, a junior in Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences, to develop an algorithm, or set of rules, so scientists worldwide could make faster progress in their research.
Audra Gill, 2019/2020 Hoskins Global ScholarAudra Gill didn’t know she would find her life’s passion here; the Hoskins Global Scholarship inspired this Wooster, Ohio native to take her ambitions all the way to South Africa.
Kenzie Moss, 2019/2020 Hoskins Global ScholarKenzie Moss learned about the Hoskins Global Scholarship in a “Critical Thinking about Great Ideas” class. She hesitated, but an idea was growing in her mind, and the scholarship would help make it happen.
BGSU honors success at commencement BGSU celebrated its 296th graduation in two ceremonies in the Stroh Center Dec. 13 and Dec. 14. Alumnae addressing the candidates included Sheryl Maxfield and Laurie Stevenson. The December graduating class included 1,047 candidates.
Falcon Family of the YearThe Scebbi family — Brionna, mom Gidget, dad Matt and sister Rhiannon — was recognized during Falcon Family Weekend as the Falcon Family of the Year and presented with a plaque during halftime of Bowling Green State University’s 20-7 victory over the University of Toledo on Oct. 12.
BGSU learning communities thrivingUndergraduate students at Bowling Green State University have the opportunity to take the “Belong” in “Belong. Stand out. Go far” even further by choosing to be part of a learning community. No matter whether their interests lie in social justice or business, health or history, there’s something for everyone.
BGSU holds summer commencementBowling Green State University held its 295th commencement ceremony August 17 on the lawn in the historic center of campus, recently named the Bowen-Thompson Quadrangle. Bowling Green Mayor Richard Edwards presented the commencement address to the Class of 2019.
Class of 2023 all agree: BGSU feels like homeBowling Green State University’s incoming Class of 2023 will be the the most academically prepared group of freshman students in the history of the institution as they prepare to belong, stand out and go far. BGSU will continue to have students from all corners of Ohio, as well as all 50 states and at least 70 countries.
Marquett Samuels: She has advice for transfer studentsMarquett Samuels has some sound advice for incoming transfer students: Be yourself and take advantage of everything BGSU has to offer; make sure you have the college experience you deserve. A rising senior, Samuels practices what she preaches. She transferred from a private institution in Pennsylvania in fall 2018.
BGSU honor achievement at commencementDegree candidates at BGSU commencement ceremonies May 17-18 heard from alumni who have gone on to distinguished careers in business, journalism and athletics. Of the total 2,493 degrees awarded, 907 were with honors. The Graduate College awarded 486 degrees, including 456 candidates for master’s degrees and 30 for doctorates.
BGSU Class of 2019 has developed lifelong skills, friendsThey’ve made lifelong friends, tried new activities, visited new countries and developed skills to take into the workforce or the next phase of their education. We checked in with five students we first met in August of 2015 as they prepare for Bowling Green State University’s May commencement ceremonies.
Hurricane-relief trip combines learning with hands-on aidStudents got to see firsthand how disaster relief operates in a service-learning trip to Puerto Rico during spring break. Led by Dr. Tim Brackenbury, the M. Neil Browne Professor in communication sciences and disorders, a team of 14 undergraduate students traveled to San Juan to help with hurricane relief efforts.
BGSU students use spring break to provide public goodbGAB is a student-led alternative breaks program that empowers participants to become active global citizens by collaborating with communities experiencing social injustices. By completing meaningful direct service during academic breaks, bGAB provides students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a culture of service and allows students to create positive change.
BGSU sociology major is nation’s top collegiate mediatorLiam Garrett, a student member of the BGSU mediation team, was named the Outstanding Intercollegiate Mediator in the nation at the National Championship Tournament. The National Championship Tournament recently was held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and had competing teams from universities around the nation and beyond.
Love of voice lands Lauren Riggleman at BGSULauren Riggleman of Newark, Ohio, has always loved music and helping others. At BGSU, she will be able to pursue both passions by majoring in CDIS and minoring in voice. Riggleman is a member of BGSU’s Class of 2022, the most academically prepared class in the University’s history.
In the footsteps of DarwinBowling Green State University students and faculty explored the geological and biological wonders of Ecuador’s Andes and Galápagos Islands this summer on a trip that took them from volcanoes through cloud forests to the islands where Darwin made his famed observations, tracing the natural and human impact on the environment.
BGSU senior Angel Alls-Hall wins state recognitionBowling Green State University senior Angel Alls-Hal, a Civic Action Leader, was among 12 Ohio students selected as recipients of the Charles J. Ping Student Service Award. The award, given by Ohio Campus Compact, honors outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on campus and within their communities.
Meg BurrellMeg Burrell took advantage of every opportunity afforded her at Bowling Green State University — and then some. Before the Bluffton, Ohio, native graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in sociology and heads off to law school, Burrell shared some advice with future Falcons.
Shaal Provides Insight, Encouragement To Honors College StudentsChristine Shaal’s commitment to the progress, support and success of her Honors students had earned her the 2018 Academic Advising and Mentoring Excellence Award. Shaal, a senior advisor in BGSU’s Honors College, received the award at the ceremony held on April 9.
In pursuit of public serviceBGSU junior Hannah Finnerty is one of 194 finalists for the 2018 Truman Scholarship, the premier graduate fellowship for students pursing careers as public service leaders. On April 20, she will find out if she’ll receive this prestigious scholarship from the Truman Foundation, a living memorial to the country’s 33rd president.
BGSU mediation team earns national recognitionBowling Green State University has become a recognized leader in intercollegiate mediation tournaments held by the International Alternative Dispute Association. In 2017 BGSU finished first in the nation in the Advocate-Client category and fifth in the Mediator category, and six team members were named All-American Mediators out of a total of 35.
Annual Scholar Day attracts top students and their familiesEach year, the Honors College collaborates with the Office of Admissions to welcome nearly 350 prospective Honors students and their families to campus for Scholar Day. In addition, 60 of the highest achieving students get to interview for the Alumni Laureate Scholarship and the Presidential Scholars Award.
Semester at Sea changes how BGSU student ‘lives her life’Usually the only sharks or elephants that students encounter during their time at Bowling Green State University are the opposing teams’ mascots at sporting events. Not so for junior Allie Laber, who spent the fall semester at sea during one of the many study abroad programs the University offers students.
BGSU to hold commencement Friday, SaturdayBGSU will celebrate its 290th graduation in two ceremonies in the Stroh Center Friday (Dec. 15) and Saturday (Dec. 16). The December graduating class includes 954 candidates. Among the undergraduates, 56 will be presented associate degrees and 682 bachelor’s degrees. Of those, 142 have received honors for their high grade point averages.
BGSU’s new band uniforms are hip, timelessThe Falcon Marching Band always has been one of the most well-known representatives of Bowling Green State University, but during the festivities for the football home-opener against South Dakota at Doyt Perry Stadium during Falcon Family Weekend, there was just a little more pep in its step.
BGSU, inclusive early childhood education felt like ‘the best fit’ Christina Furia was homeschooled from the day she started until the day she graduated. Attending BGSU is the first chance she gets to spread her wings. And what does she want to be? A teacher. Furia, who grew up near Cincinnati, is majoring in early childhood education.
Clune pursues path to CDIS research career through Honors ProjectTarynn Clune has been committed to serving individuals with dementia since she was 16 years old. She worked in a memory care facility from that young age, and developed a compassion for this often-neglected population that led to her selecting Communication Sciences and Disorders (CDIS) l as her major.
Givens Fellowship provides personal journey while helping refugee communityWhile writing one of my first articles as a student journalist, I was introduced to the refugee community in Toledo. Connecting with several people involved with refugee resettlement organizations sparked a fascination with the Middle East. But books, documentaries and organizations can only do so much—I needed to go further. Fortunately, BGSU provided me with an opportunity to do just that through the Givens Fellowship.
Class of 2017 Success Stories: A future in international affairsAs Andrea Danziger graduates as part of the Class of 2017 with a double major in German and political science and a PPEL minor, she is leaving Bowling Green State University with aspirations of working for the U.S. Department of State as a foreign service officer.
Achievement honored at 288th BGSU commencementDegree candidates at the University’s commencement ceremonies Friday (May 5) and Saturday (May 6) heard from alumni who have gone on to distinguished careers in academia, the Coast Guard and the financial services industry. The Bowling Green campus held three ceremonies, all in the Stroh Center.
BGSU biology program on the hunt for phagesThe Bowling Green State University biology department is working with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to implement an introductory biology course that offers research experience. BGSU is one of 10 institutions invited to partner for the next five years with the HHMI.
Embrace your opportunitiesBowling Green State University data science student Sarah Hercules has made the most of her time in college by embracing the opportunities that have come her way – something she encourages other students to do as well.
10 alumni honored at College Alumni Awards eventFor more than 100 years, Bowling Green State University has celebrated accomplished individuals for service to their professions, their communities and to the University. On March 18, 10 alumni were honored for their contributions at the College Alumni Awards. Alumni were chosen to represent each of the University’s colleges, highlighting the diverse disciplines of a comprehensive university.
Honors Experience Study Abroad ScholarshipThe Honors College believes that encountering other cultures plays a key role in our intellectual, personal, professional, and social development. Therefore, the college is offering a one-time $2,000 Honors Experience scholarship to apply toward a study abroad experience at BGSU.
First McGranaghan scholarship awarded to honors student Kathleen CapozelloThe recently established Michael and Mary Lee McGranaghan Academic Excellence Scholarship designated for a student in both the College of Business and the Honors College works to ensure that the next generation of business leaders receive the same outstanding education at BGSU. Kathleen Capozello is the first recipient of the scholarship.
Best of both musical worldsTo Spencer Prewitt ’09, ’13, being a performer and a teacher are forever intertwined. Prewitt, 31, who has two graduate degrees from BGSU, started playing the clarinet when he was 11. He worked as a substitute performer for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this past summer, filling in five times.
My Summer Experience: Ashley Meehan's summer research projectAshley Meehan held focus groups during the summer to gather how students felt about HIV and AIDS — about the disease itself, the hope for eradicating the disease, and how we can make a difference at BGSU. She also spent a majority of the summer digging through 35 years’ worth of literature about the disease.
My Summer Experience: Ivi Casagrande at EXOS-Los AngelesIvi Casagrande spent her summer in Los Angeles working at her dream internship at EXOS, a sports performance company that trains athletes from all over the world. Casagrande got to work with amateur and pro athletes at the top of their game, including members of the L.A. Galaxy soccer team.
My Summer Experience: Phillip Rich on studying abroad in EuropePhillip Rich, a junior in the BGSU College of Business, took part in an eight-week study abroad program in Nantes, France. In addition to attending four weeks of classes in Nantes and a one-week trip to Brussels, Belgium, Rich visited 10 countries in Europe.
Class of 2020: Cole AlexanderIncoming freshman Cole Alexander is looking forward to his time at Bowling Green State University, particularly meeting new people, taking intellectually challenging classes and getting involved in intramural sports and activities. The Award of High Distinction Scholarship recipient will also participate in Honors College.
BGSU celebrates 285th graduationBowling Green State University held its 285th commencement this past weekend, with more than 2,200 candidates in the graduating class. Commencement included the presentation of an honorary degree and addresses from alumni.
Class of 2016 Success Stories: Childhood lessonsAllison Ehmen was just a child when her grandmother had a debilitating stroke. That traumatic event ultimately shaped her childhood and the adult she has become as she graduates from the BGSU College of Health and Human Services gerontology program with a cumulative 4.0 GPA.
Class of 2016 Success Stories: Leaving a legacyMarjorie Williams, who grew up in the Detroit area, wanted to give back to the College of Business Administration after Bowling Green State University gave so much to her through a scholarship-provided education.
The chemistry of clandestine drugsDr. Jon Sprague and undergraduate neuroscience student Greg Grecco are part of a crusade to protect the public from the harmful effects of synthetic drugs produced in clandestine labs. Their work is not on the street fighting drug crime, but in the laboratory working to understand how the chemical changes made to drugs in clandestine labs change how they affect the body.
Determination leads to “sax”cessFalcon alumnus Corey Whitt overcame family struggles and taught himself to play saxophone by listening to recordings of BGSU saxophonist Dr. John Sampen. Whitt attended BGSU, studied with Sampen and is now teaching music in Perrysburg.
In pursuit of medicineA series of major moves early in life could cause a young child to withdraw and maybe not reach their potential. It also could have a detrimental impact on their development as a student. Or in the case of Neisha Medina, those transitions could serve as a platform for advancement, maturation and maximizing your potential. In her life, the miles traveled have created a motivated, committed and highly-focused student in pursuit of a career as a doctor.
Class of 2015 Success Stories: Research and leadership lead to successAt a young age, Lauren Yacapraro’s parents took a proactive approach when they had her visit a dietitian for a predisposed medical condition. Years later, when Yacapraro determined she wanted to work in the health care field, she looked into becoming a dietitian or a physician assistant (PA). She couldn’t pick one, so decided on both.
Critical thinking outside the classroomThe Honors College provides experiences to prepare students for life beyond the classroom. Teaching students to think critically and exposing them to unique experiences are an important part of the curriculum.
An Ambassador of MathIf you suspect Alyssa Lustgarten sees the world through brown and orange colored glasses, she will happily admit that is indeed the case. For her, mascots, fight songs, school colors, history and traditions are as much an essential part of BGSU as the classrooms, office buildings and dormitories.
Taking a World ViewShelby Eng is a big picture person, and one who is keenly aware that it is the small pieces that ultimately make the masterpiece. As she assembles her career foundation at Bowling Green State University, she looks well beyond the horizon and dreams about connecting with the rest of the planet.
I interned at Big Cricket FarmsIn the fall of 2014, I had just returned from studying abroad in Nantes, France. During my international experience I found a multitude of American companies struggling to do business with other countries. I returned to the United States determined to focus my studies towards aiding American businesses in the international market.
BGSU students receive funds to study, research abroadA second group of Bowling Green State University students will be able to study and conduct research abroad next semester thanks to the generosity of an alumnus with a strong belief in the value of international experiences.
Charles Stelle named Gerontology Educator of the YearDr. Charles Stelle, gerontology, was named Educator of the Year for 2014 by the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE). Stelle was presented the award at the recent 38th annual OAGE conference in Dayton.
Breaking away to serve“Our aim is to work side by side with our community partners, learn their story and take it on as our own,” said sophomore Jayna Clemens before leaving on an alternative spring break trip to Goshen, Ind., to promote affordable housing and community development.
While the Goshen group donned hardhats and coveralls to renovate an old warehouse into a community art gallery, a second group of students was wading through green fields and forest floors in North Carolina fighting invasive plants. Together they contributed 1,304 hours of service.
Spring break in IndiaA spring break trip in a warm climate with diverse people, food and culture sounds like an exciting vacation. But for four University students, their trip to India was also a valuable learning experience that will further their education and careers.
‘Dancing outside the box’ supports children in northwest OhioMegan Leiss led Dance Marathon to a record-setting year this past April, but her leadership and outside-the-box strategies will continue to generate dollars for the Children’s Miracle Network for years to come. And, because of the impact her contribution has made on local children and their families, the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has named Leiss the 2013 Youth in Philanthropy winner.
A novel ideaKristen Grom begins her first year as a creative writing major at Bowling Green State University in fall 2013 as an already nationally recognized author. Grom, of West View, Penn., emerged with the top prize in the PUSH novel writing competition after her work was selected out of 400 submissions. The PUSH contest is part of the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a national program for junior high- and high school-age writers sponsored by the educational publisher Scholastic. PUSH is the young adult division of Scholastic.
Alumni Laureate ScholarshipMore than a full-tuition scholarship, the BGSU Alumni Laureate Scholarship is a distinctive, prestigious program that provides recipients with support from caring mentors who challenge them to broaden their perspectives, prioritize their goals, network with alumni and professional contacts and frame their success through the values of leadership and service.
Your gift to this scholarship provides support to some of BGSU’s best and brightest students.
BGSU supports local agenciesBGSU campuses in Huron and Bowling Green, as well as BGSU at Levis Commons, are supporting local health and safety agencies by donating PPE supplies and providing facilities to organizations in both communities.
BGSU to hold commencement Dec. 13, 14Bowling Green State University will celebrate its 296th graduation in two ceremonies at the Stroh Center Dec. 13 and Dec. 14. Alumnae addressing the candidates include Sheryl Maxfield ’81 and Laurie Stevenson ’88, who are both members of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s Cabinet. The December graduating class includes 1,047 candidates.
Honors AmbassadorsThe Honors Ambassadors program engages with prospective Honors College students through authentic storytelling.l
Honors College General FundThe Honors College provides a unique educational environment for some of BGSU’s brightest students. Honors students are educationally motivated and aspire to do things like participate in cutting edge research, build skills in critical thinking, learn leadership skills and so much more.
Your gift to the Honors College General Fund allows for the flexibility for the College to provide a wide array of opportunities for students to learn, grow and participate in a way that will benefit the students, BGSU, and the communities that the students will be in after graduation.
The Tom Klein Leadership ScholarshipThe Tom Klein Leadership Scholarship was established by the University to honor Tom Klein and to create scholarships for University Honors students who have shown an outstanding commitment to their community, demonstrate financial need and who exemplify academic excellence. During his life, Dr. Klein dedicated himself to education and community service. He taught for 30 years at BGSU and impacted many lives on and off BGSU’s campus. Your gift to this scholarship adds to the endowment and honors the legacy of Tom Klein.