Honors in the News

  • Class of 2019 Success Stories: BGSU allows Elle Fullenkamp to grow beyond limitations of her small hometownClass of 2019 Success Stories: BGSU allows Elle Fullenkamp to grow beyond limitations of her small hometown
    Although education was her major, that was just one part of the journey Elle Fullenkamp made through her years at Bowling Green State University. Student organizations, including the Vagina Monologues, Queer/Trans Student Union and Task Force on Sexual Assault, rounded out her academic career.

  • BGSU honor achievement at commencementBGSU honor achievement at commencement
    Degree 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 to honor achievement at commencement May 17, 18BGSU to honor achievement at commencement May 17, 18
    Degree candidates at Bowling Green State University’s commencement ceremonies May 17 and May 18 will hear from alumni who have gone on to distinguished careers in business, journalism and athletics.

  • BGSU Class of 2019 has developed lifelong skills, friendsBGSU Class of 2019 has developed lifelong skills, friends
    They’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 aidHurricane-relief trip combines learning with hands-on aid
    Students 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 goodBGSU students use spring break to provide public good
    bGAB 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 mediatorBGSU sociology major is nation’s top collegiate mediator
    Liam 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 BGSULove of voice lands Lauren Riggleman at BGSU
    Lauren 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 DarwinIn the footsteps of Darwin
    Bowling 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 recognitionBGSU senior Angel Alls-Hall wins state recognition
    Bowling 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
    Meg 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.

  • Class of 2018 Success Stories: Double major is walking his own musical pathClass of 2018 Success Stories: Double major is walking his own musical path
    Declan Wicks is graduating with degrees in world music and international studies. To many, the sounds of cars driving down a street or wind rustling through the trees may be background noise, but to Wicks these sounds can help define a city, but they also defined his time at BGSU.

  • Jessica Katzenmeyer: enthusiasm, opportunities and gratitudeJessica Katzenmeyer: enthusiasm, opportunities and gratitude
    Although Jessica Katzenmeyer visited several colleges and universities, “from the beginning, I knew this was where I wanted to go. It just felt right. And the more I’ve gone through in my journey here, the surer I’ve become of my decision.”

  • Shaal Provides Insight, Encouragement To Honors College StudentsShaal Provides Insight, Encouragement To Honors College Students
    Christine 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 serviceIn pursuit of public service
    BGSU 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 recognitionBGSU mediation team earns national recognition
    Bowling 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 familiesAnnual Scholar Day attracts top students and their families
    Each 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’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.

  • Class of 2017 Success Stories: Research experience forges path toward career goalsClass of 2017 Success Stories: Research experience forges path toward career goals
    Erica Eskins from Bellevue, Ohio, started working in labs starting in her freshman year to gain the experiences that helped determine the best-suited career for her, combining microbiology and public health as a way to help populations.

  • BGSU to hold commencement Friday, SaturdayBGSU to hold commencement Friday, Saturday
    BGSU 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, timelessBGSU’s new band uniforms are hip, timeless
    The 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’ 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 ProjectClune pursues path to CDIS research career through Honors Project
    Tarynn 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 communityGivens Fellowship provides personal journey while helping refugee community
    While 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 affairsClass of 2017 Success Stories: A future in international affairs
    As 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 commencementAchievement honored at 288th BGSU commencement
    Degree 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.

  • Class of  2017 Success Stories: Open to all of music’s possibilities Class of 2017 Success Stories: Open to all of music’s possibilities
    As a double major in guitar performance with a jazz emphasis and jazz studies in alto sax, Erika Nalow is graduating from Bowling Green State University with a 3.98 GPA and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Musical Arts and Honors College.

  • Class of 2017 Success Stories: Feeling at home in audiology at BGSUClass of 2017 Success Stories: Feeling at home in audiology at BGSU
    Sarah Pilkington grew up in Napoleon, Ohio, just 30 minutes outside of Bowling Green, so she wasn’t too sure if BGSU was the right choice for her. Pilkington, however, visited the University on a preview day and fell in love with the campus and her major, CDIS.

  • BGSU biology program on the hunt for phagesBGSU biology program on the hunt for phages
    The 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 opportunitiesEmbrace your opportunities
    Bowling 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 event10 alumni honored at College Alumni Awards event
    For 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 ScholarshipHonors Experience Study Abroad Scholarship
    The 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 CapozelloFirst McGranaghan scholarship awarded to honors student Kathleen Capozello
    The 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.

  • Speech therapist’s Honors experiences and communication skills provide a strong foundation in JapanSpeech therapist’s Honors experiences and communication skills provide a strong foundation in Japan
    As an undergraduate student, Jaime Michise ’08, ’10 felt like the Honors College and Bowling Green State University were home, and the other honors students, staff and faculty became like family. Now living in Japan, Jaime has realized that she can create a family wherever she goes.

  • Research and mentorship guide Drew Ashby-King’s future to graduate schoolResearch and mentorship guide Drew Ashby-King’s future to graduate school
    Drew Ashby-King, a BGSU Honors student who is majoring in communication studies, performed research with Drs. Lisa Hanasono and Krishna Han. Besides the research opportunity, what has been most meaningful is the support Hanasono has given him beyond his academic work at BGSU.

  • Best of both musical worldsBest of both musical worlds
    To 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 projectMy Summer Experience: Ashley Meehan's summer research project
    Ashley 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 AngelesMy Summer Experience: Ivi Casagrande at EXOS-Los Angeles
    Ivi 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 EuropeMy Summer Experience: Phillip Rich on studying abroad in Europe
    Phillip 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 AlexanderClass of 2020: Cole Alexander
    Incoming 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 graduationBGSU celebrates 285th graduation
    Bowling 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 lessonsClass of 2016 Success Stories: Childhood lessons
    Allison 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 legacyClass of 2016 Success Stories: Leaving a legacy
    Marjorie 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 drugsThe chemistry of clandestine drugs
    Dr. 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”cessDetermination leads to “sax”cess
    Falcon 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 medicineIn pursuit of medicine
    A 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 successClass of 2015 Success Stories: Research and leadership lead to success
    At 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 classroomCritical thinking outside the classroom
    The 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 MathAn Ambassador of Math
    If 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 ViewTaking a World View
    Shelby 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 FarmsI interned at Big Cricket Farms
    In 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 abroadBGSU students receive funds to study, research abroad
    A 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.

  • Class of 2015 Success Stories: All the world is a stageClass of 2015 Success Stories: All the world is a stage
    Katie O’Leary believes that if you are flexible enough to believe that anything can go wrong at any time, but it can also go incredibly right, things will probably turn out okay.

  • Charles Stelle named Gerontology Educator of the YearCharles Stelle named Gerontology Educator of the Year
    Dr. 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 serveBreaking 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 IndiaSpring break in India
    A 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 Ohio‘Dancing outside the box’ supports children in northwest Ohio
    Megan 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 ideaA novel idea
    Kristen 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.

  • Mora honored for helping BGSU students present research on and off campus Mora honored for helping BGSU students present research on and off campus
    Dr. Cordula Mora, a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University, was presented the Elliot L. Blinn Award for Faculty-Undergraduate Student Basic Research/Creative Work at the Faculty Recognition Awards April 10.