Register to Facilitate Great Ideas and Desserts!

The Honors College is happy to invite you to register to facilitate a discussion at the 12th Annual Great Ideas and Desserts event. 

This event provides you the opportunity to share your interests and passions with a group of up to 8 Honors Students and support the development of students’ critical thinking skills while enjoying dessert! 

You can elect to facilitate a discussion at one or both events taking place on Thursday, November 4, 2021, and Wednesday, November 10, 2021, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in Olscamp Hall.  

Your selected topic should support the following learning outcomes:

  • Students will understand, analyze and evaluate the themes and issues of selected texts and topics in the context of their values, opinions, and beliefs

  • Students will identify the author’s biases and assumptions made in arguments in texts and topics discussed 

  • Students will recognize and communicate connections between themes and outside experiences in the engagement with faculty facilitators and peers 

If you’re ready to get creative, eat dessert, and help students achieve the three learning outcomes mentioned above, please sign up to be a facilitator using the following form by Wednesday, September 15, 2021:  Determining your topic, availability, and links to resources for students (videos, short articles, websites) will help you complete this form in one sitting. You can also update your registration by contacting the planning team by Wednesday, October 13, 2021. 

Not sure about your topic? We highly encourage you to engage students in discussion topics relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. You may also consider addressing how issues of diversity, equity, or inclusion intersect with your chosen topic. Popular topics from previous events include:

  • What's Food Elitism? Addressing Food Security and Healthy Eating
  • Marvel Studios' Black Panther as a Blueprint of Black Excellence 
  • Gender Representation
  • Gen-Z to Corporate: "Drop Dead" -How a Generation is Redirecting Business Toward Social Change Without Trying
  • Mental Illness through Society's Lens
  • Gender and Drag: Exploring How Drag as an Art Form Subverts and Reinforces Gender Expectations
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Problematic: LGBTQ+ Representation in Cartoons & Anime
  • "Standardized" English and Why It's Classist
  • Buddhism: Detachment as the Prescription for Life
  • From Dylan to Beyonce: Pop Music and Social Protest

Contact Christina Igl (Honors Learning Community Coordinator) at or the Honors College Associate Dean, Jodi Devine, at with questions. 

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Stay tuned for more details from the Honors College.

The schedule of events for Homecoming weekend is available here.


The Leadership Council is comprised of successful alumni and friends who advise the Dean on strategic planning, curricula, student mentorship, internships, faculty engagement, and alumni affairs.

Council members seek to promote the Honors College mission and serve for an initial three-year term with an option for reappointment to an additional term. The Council hosts two on-campus meetings each year in the fall and spring, and members are asked to make every effort to attend (meeting dates are set several months in advance). Typical priorities discussed during Leadership Council meetings include student networking, fundraising, and alumni engagement.

All members of Leadership Council are expected to support BGSU at the Leadership Circle level. Leadership Circle is a distinguished and dedicated group of donors who support BGSU by contributing $1,000 or more to the fund of their choice annually. This generous investment helps the University:

  • Provide unique learning opportunities, professional development experiences, and scholarships for students.
  • Recruit and retain world-class faculty and staff to educate our students.
  • Elevate classrooms and laboratories with advanced technology and essential materials.
  • Propel academic, extracurricular, and public service programs to national prominence.

Current Members

  • Bethany Bryant (1991)
  • Craig Dorn (1985)
  • Linda Frost (1985)
  • Joelle Khouzam (1985)
  • Joe Weger (1984)
  • Rhys Richards (2004)
  • Sara Houlihan (2009)
  • Jim Meyer
  • Richie & Alison Williams 

Former council members, service, and last year served on Council

  • Paul Haas, former Honors Program Director, (2018)
  • Dennis Bentley (1996)
  • Kathy Cleveland-Bull (1983, 1985)
  • Mary Lee McGranaghan (1980)
  • Jamie (1982, 1984) and Carrie Young (1983)
  • Shirley Levey

We encourage you to network with our students as they explore their areas of study and carve out careers. 

Contact the Honors College to connect with students, or reach out to the Student Employment Services department to schedule time with a student.

Updated: 09/02/2021 01:39PM