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Apr 16, 2018 4:27 PM Faces behind the flag: Toghrul Alakbarov
Toghrul Rizvan Alakbarov of Azerbaijan believes in destiny. That’s why he was destined to attend BGSU as a Fulbright scholar. His given name, Toghrul, is a broad term for bird in his native language, specifically falcon. Also, it didn’t hurt that orange has been his favorite color since childhood.
Jan 24, 2018 10:00 AM 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.
Jan 16, 2018 9:00 AM The view from South Africa
College Student Personnel graduate student Ayanna Byers gained a deeper understanding of her identity and of helping others during an internship at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. The experience has helped her as a SMART mentor at Bowling Green State University.
Jan 5, 2018 2:45 PM Faces behind the Flag: BGSU graduate student Amelia Amemate challenges Ghanaian cultural norms
Amelia Amedela Amemate never planned to study American culture. She was interested in international relations, law and women’s rights. She majored in political science and minored in archaeology during her undergraduate studies in her home, Ghana. Yet, it was her hair that played a role in her coming to BGSU.
Dec 15, 2017 9:59 AM Class of 2017 Success Stories: Hands-on experience serves BGSU architecture major well
Khoa Truong’s father and grandfather were both carpenters in Vietnam and he grew up taking art classes through grade school and high school. When deciding on what to study at BGSU, he figured architecture was the perfect blend of his family’s background and his talents.
Dec 11, 2017 9:59 AM Class of 2017 Success Stories: BGSU contemporary music program sets the stage for Hong-Da Chin
Hong-Da Chin started playing the Chinese flute when he was a 10-year-old boy living in Kajang, Malaysia. Now, as he is set to graduate with a Doctor of Musical Arts in contemporary music from BGSU, he has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the United States.
Nov 15, 2017 2:36 PM University hosts naturalization ceremony
BGSU hosted a naturalization ceremony for 34 new U.S. citizens Nov. 13. Head volleyball coach Danijela Tomic, also a new citizen, addressed the group. BGSU MBA student Dr. Ping Liu and Matias Razo, a former Firelands student, were among those naturalized. Officiating were BGSU alumni James Knepp and Sara Lioi.
Nov 8, 2017 2:13 PM International Education Week
Presented by International Programs and Partnerships, the week is a community celebration of global culture and diversity, with free activities open to all, and opportunities to learn about everything from international careers to international travel.
Oct 25, 2017 4:23 PM BGSU students embrace, learn from other cultures
At this fall’s “Embracing Global Engagement: Internships, Service- and Experiential Learning Symposium,” nearly 50 students shared their experiences in oral and poster presentations. The winners were recognized at an Oct. 17 ceremony where they received an original piece of glass art presented by President Mary Ellen Mazey.
Oct 20, 2017 9:30 AM German Club hosts Oktoberfest polka event Oct. 25
The Bowling Green State University German Club and the Department of World Languages and Cultures will host an Oktoberfest polka event from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The event will be in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of BGSU’s Bowen-Thompson Student Union.
Sep 25, 2017 7:00 AM Summer Experience: A business degree with an international flair
Twelve weeks in Europe and Asia inspired Samantha Chapman, an international business major at BGSU, to build a career of helping people reach global goals. Chapman summed up her journey thusly: “I’m an international business major, so it was important for me to spend time in other countries.”
Sep 17, 2017 12:30 AM Postcard from Abroad: Tiffany Payne
Tiffany Payne takes advantage of Human Development and Family Studies study abroad program in Italy, studying families of a different cultural background. Payne is thankful for the chance to grow closer to some of her favorite BGSU mentors and to get to know many new friends during her travels.
Jul 31, 2017 7:00 AM Class 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.
Jul 31, 2017 7:00 AM Class of 2017 Success Stories: Analytics of success at BGSU
An 8,000-mile journey was only one of the challenges Amala Umakanth faced in earning her Master of Science in Analytics degree from Bowling Green State University. Umakanth left her family behind in India to obtain a Master of Science degree in Analytics.
Jul 17, 2017 7:00 AM Postcard from Abroad: Andrea Danziger
Andrea Danziger's return to German culture for her senior year as part of the education abroad program was one of the most fulfilling experiences of her education at Bowling Green State University, where she majored in international relations and German.
Jun 26, 2017 7:00 AM Faces of the Flag: Wafaa Hassan Aburahma
When Wafaa Hassan Aburahma arrived at Bowling Green State University from Palestine in January 2015, she said she turned purple because it was so cold. Now that she’s set to graduate in August, Aburahma is so comfortable in Bowling Green that she often thinks of it as home.
May 24, 2017 4:12 PM Jackson embodies ideals expressed in Ferrari Award
The criteria for the Administrative Staff’s annual Dr. Michael R. Ferrari Award include innovation and initiative, high performance and building relationships with the University community. Jeffery Jackson, the 2017 winner, exhibits all those and more. Jackson is assistant vice president for student career success and director of the Career Center.
May 18, 2017 2:38 PM Falcon Proud
When Bianca Hutchinson ’06 talks about her mom attending BGSU, she sheds tears of joy and is nothing but proud. It’s like how a parent would speak of their own child, but in this case, it’s a child bragging about her own mother, Marisa Hutchinson ’15, ’16.
May 12, 2017 10:17 AM Class of 2017 Success Stories: Business of the world
When Rob Everard, who is graduating with a dual major, enrolled at Bowling Green State University, he already knew he wanted to study abroad. The wide scope of international opportunities, along with the strong business program, convinced him that BGSU was his first choice.
May 1, 2017 7:00 AM Class of 2017 Success Stories: Weaving a bright future
Fatima Camara is wasting no time applying the skills she learned in Bowling Green State University's apparel merchandising and product development class as she prepares to launch her own fashion line that pays homage to her West African heritage.
Feb 13, 2017 7:00 AM Faces behind the flag: Algeria
Meriem Mechehoud, from Algeria, is earning her second master’s degree from BGSU. Her first was in American culture studies and now the Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural and International Education. Mechehoud is dedicated to promoting cultural exchange to break barriers between the Middle East and the United States.
Feb 1, 2017 2:45 PM Casagrande to Shadow Arsenal FC of the Premier League
After spending last summer completing a summer internship with EXOS performance training center, Ivi Casagrande of the Bowling Green women's soccer program utilized her connections and will spend this summer in Europe working with various soccer clubs, most notably the Arsenal Football Club of the Premier League.
Dec 19, 2016 7:00 AM 2016 Success Stories: A conversation of music
Caleb Georges, who is from Babonneau, St. Lucia, started playing the viola when he was 13 years old. His first teacher of the instrument that he said “is not as scratchy as the violin,” Diane Cline Hastings, was a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University at the time.
Nov 30, 2016 3:32 PM Undergraduates add international experience to resumes
More than 20 students from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship recently gave presentations about their experiences abroad. The top performers were honored with CURS Global Engagement Awards on Nov. 18 at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Each student received an engraved glass sculpture.
Nov 10, 2016 10:29 AM Naturalization Ceremony at BGSU
On November 9, 2016, 10 people, including a BGSU alumnus, were sworn-in as U.S. citizens during a ceremony in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union at Bowling Green State University.
Sep 30, 2016 11:59 AM Embracing Global Engagement
BGSU students have been expanding their knowledge and perspectives with studies around the globe. On Wednesday (Oct. 5), more than 20 of them will present short talks about their experiences at the annual “Embracing Global Engagement: Internships, Service- and Experiential Learning in BGSU Education Abroad Programs."
Sep 18, 2016 7:40 PM Sanjhi Gandhi ‘makes magic happen’
Sanjhi Gandhi was born in India, and her family moved to Kenya when she was 4. Gandhi’s biggest move, however, came when she decided to attend college in the United States. Now a junior neuroscience major at Bowling Green State University, she can’t imagine being on any other college campus.
Sep 9, 2016 3:56 PM Burger inspired by Malaysian music students
Teaching piano to college students in Malaysia this summer gave Dr. Cole Burger a deep appreciation for their dedication to music in the face of difficult circumstances.
Sep 7, 2016 9:10 AM Expand your horizons
At the Expand Your Horizons Fair on Sept. 14, students can learn about the many ways to take their education beyond the classroom — through study abroad, research with faculty, co-ops and internships, and service-learning experiences. Even better, students can combine several of those aspects into their studies abroad.
Aug 29, 2016 7:00 AM My 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.
Aug 29, 2016 7:00 AM My 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.
Aug 29, 2016 7:00 AM The Power of Sports
Yannick Kluch moved from his hometown of Hamburg, Germany, to Bowling Green sight unseen after selecting Bowling Green State University for his master’s degree in 2012. Now a doctoral student, Kluch has created We Are One Team (WA1T), which uses sports to promote social change.
Jul 14, 2016 5:05 PM Living a life of purpose
Master’s student Pempho Chinkondenji stays busy, advocating for female rights and bringing about positive change. Ultimately, she hopes to work for the United Nations, where she can reach thousands of people with these efforts. Until then, she’s involved in several efforts on campus and in the community.
Jun 20, 2016 7:00 AM International destination
Abdoulie Jaiteh discovered Bowling Green State University through a simple internet search. That may be how Jaiteh, Class of 2017, arrived at Bowling Green from Gambia, Africa, but the individual attention he’s received from faculty and many leadership opportunities on campus are what has kept him at BGSU.
May 16, 2016 7:00 AM Class of 2016 Success Stories: Feeling at home at BGSU
Yogitha Malkireddy transferred to Bowling Green State University to major in electronics and computer engineering technology. Not only did Malkireddy graduate from the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering, but she was able to get acclimated to American culture along the way.
Feb 15, 2016 11:11 AM A dream come true
Nineteen teachers from different countries are on campus for a six-week course sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. BGSU is one of four institutions to host the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program.
Jan 21, 2016 1:00 PM Visiting international students experience American tourism
Eleven students from Beijing Union University (BUU) visited Bowling Green State University Dec. 20-30, 2015, to experience tourism in northwest Ohio firsthand. Their trip to the United States marked the first visit to the country for all the students and was part of a larger collaboration agreement that was signed this summer between the two institutions.
Dec 4, 2015 3:26 PM Lee to study tourism in U.S., China
National and global tourism are on the rise, and according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, are expected to contribute $11.3 trillion to the Gross Domestic Product over the next 10 years, and create more than 300 million jobs worldwide.
Nov 9, 2015 7:00 AM The popular culture shock
Amira Hassnaoui prepared for the final exams for her bachelor’s degree while listening to the sounds of gunshots. Her country, Tunisia, was the in the midst of a revolution that would lead to the ousting of its longtime president and the democratization of the government.
Nov 6, 2015 2:45 PM Undergraduates embrace global education
The second undergraduate research conference “Embracing Global Engagement: Internships, Service- and Experiential Learning in BGSU Education-Abroad Programs” on Oct. 7 was an opportunity to hear from BGSU students who “chose last year to leave their linguistic and cultural comfort zones here in Ohio in order to take advantage of BGSU’s education abroad programs,” said Dr. Christina Guenther, a faculty member in German, in her introduction.
Oct 5, 2015 7:00 AM Supply Chain Management student wins international award
Robert Everard, a senior majoring in supply chain management and applied economics, was honored with one of the most esteemed awards from the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), a leading professional association for supply chain and operations management in the world.
Sep 21, 2015 7:00 AM Taking 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.
Sep 2, 2015 2:02 PM Alumnus brings Chinese art and technique home to BGSU
Internationally acclaimed artist Xinle Ma has curated an exhibition of established Chinese painters whose work weaves a graceful thread between modern Western and traditional Chinese influences. The exhibit, “Fluent Expression: Modern and Traditional Chinese Painting,” will be on display from Sept. 4-30 in the Willard Wankelman Gallery in the Fine Arts Center at Bowling Green State University.
Jun 22, 2015 7:00 AM Internet weaves North and South
Dr. Radhika Gajjala will be leaving the School of Media and Communication in July for a year in Norway as a Fulbright visiting professor at the University of Bergen.
Jun 18, 2015 9:44 AM BGSU 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.
Jun 3, 2015 7:00 AM Chemical weapons
Of all the weapons of war, toxic chemicals are in some ways the most frightening and the least well known among the general public in the United States, said Dr. Walter Grunden, a history faculty member and expert on military history. From mustard gas to napalm to Agent Orange, many countries have used them at some point or are still using them, and there remains a disturbing number of them still sitting in storage today.
May 16, 2015 10:11 AM Fulbright fellowships to send graduates to Mexico, Rwanda
Two BGSU students will be trading their American classrooms for others in Mexico and Rwanda this August as recipients of Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowships. For both, it will be the next step in a series of international experiences.
May 4, 2015 7:00 AM Class of 2015 Success Stories: An Educational Journey
Rokya Miller earned an associate degree in business management from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, a bachelor’s degree in business and communication from Pigier Ivory Coast, and a master’s degree in marketing from Pigier Ivory Coast—schools in Africa.
May 4, 2015 7:00 AM Class of 2015 Success Stories: From Brazil to BG
For graduating senior Pedro Petribu, no distance is ever too far to travel toward his dreams. The Recife, Brazil, native has never been shy about seeking out success. Luckily for both him and BGSU, his personal success has gone hand in hand with that of the organizations with which he has become involved.
Apr 29, 2015 3:56 PM Book explores succession of ineffective Nigerian leaders
Nigeria has a history of inept and corrupt leadership exacerbated by ethnic, religious and sectional biases. As the country’s recent election has come to a close, ushering in a new leadership, a book co-edited by Dr. Apollos O. Nwauwa, history and director of the Africana studies program, examines 50-plus years of the country’s leaders.
Apr 2, 2015 10:12 AM Model European Union
BGSU students successfully participated in the 2015 Model European Union (EU) simulation, hosted annually by the University of Pittsburgh’s European Union Center of Excellence, on Feb. 27 and 28. During the two-day simulation at the 20th Century Club, the BGSU students (representing the U.K., Luxembourg and Latvia) had to discuss and negotiate subjects ranging from the EU’s handling of the Ukraine crisis to Great Britain’s possible retreat from the EU as well as the growing rise of right-wing parties across Europe. The team returned home with a top award for its performances.
Mar 18, 2015 7:00 AM Kenya-BGSU partnership connects learning with economic empowerment
Dr. Diane Frey never thought she would visit East Africa, much less become involved in educational partnerships with Kenyan schools for girls and women with HIV-AIDS. But a Christmas visit to her sister in Nairobi, Kenya, several years ago led first to a personal passion and now professional engagement with support organizations, plus mutually beneficial relationships between Kenyan and BGSU students.
Mar 2, 2015 7:00 AM Driving toward a dream
Basil Alholaily came from Saudi Arabia to Bowling Green State University to pursue his dream of a college degree. Little did he know that during his time in the United States he would get a chance to fulfill a childhood dream, as well.
Feb 26, 2015 10:16 AM Women’s History Month
BGSU takes “girl culture” international this year for its celebration of Women’s History Month. “Global Girls” is the theme for the month’s events, which include girls and women from around the world. The month culminates March 30 with a research symposium, guest speaker and presentation of awards and scholarships.
Feb 23, 2015 7:30 AM Embracing Spanish culture
Stacey Dickerson is anxiously awaiting her last semester to begin at BGSU. Instead of beginning classes on campus, she’ll be studying abroad in Spain for a second time. Studying overseas is not an easy decision to make, but being in the Spanish learning community, La Comunidad, has helped her to better prepare.