Class Notes



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 2017 College Alumni Awards.
    A committee chose the honorees based on the recommendations of their peers, and each has achieved exceptional accomplishments in his or her career, bringing distinction to himself or herself and BGSU.

2017 College Alumni Award honorees with President Mary Ellen Mazey, left to right above:

Craig Anderson ’79, College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering
George Weiss ’63, College of Arts and Sciences
William Tuttamore ’74, ’76, Firelands College
William McCleave ’82, College of Business
Do Khac Nguyen ’75, Graduate College
Thomas Ullom ’93, College of Health and Human Services
William Northrup ’65, College of Education and Human Development
Jonathan Iten ’78, University Libraries
Joëlle Khouzam ’85, Honors College
Gregory Ruffer ’87, ‘95, College of Musical Arts



David Winstanley ‘64, ‘17 (Hon.) first made his mark in chemistry, but it was in real estate where he realized his dream of developing more than 100 properties in New England. Winstanley received an honorary Doctorate of Business at Bowling Green State University’s College of Business exercises May 6. He graduated from BGSU in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and chemistry.

Right after graduation, Winstanley married his Falcon Flame, Barbara Bradle, who earned her degree in art education. Winstanley was hired by Nalco Chemical Co. in the Chicago area, and almost immediately, he and Barbara were transferred to New England, where ultimately he made the transition to real estate.

During his 44 years in real estate, Winstanley has acquired, developed and redeveloped more than 100 properties, representing in excess of 20 million square feet of buildings. In addition, he has also planned and developed 3,500 acres of unimproved land for a multitude of uses.

Anthony Tarasenko ’65, Summit, New Jersey, is the medical director for Concentra Medical Center in South Plainfield, New Jersey. He is treasurer and secretary for the Union County Medical Society, member of the New Jersey medical delegation, participates in the medical lecture series and was nominated for the Medical Practitioner Hall of Fame.

Gwendolyn Joslin Hiles ‘66, Lewis Center, Ohio, co-authored “Jersey Gold: the Newark Overland Company’s Trek to California, 1849,” published by the University of Oklahoma Press. One of the people featured in “Jersey Gold” has already come to BGSU’s attention when a master’s candidate, Andy Van Camp, transcribed the gold rush writings of Charles B. Gillespie and made Gillespie’s journal and sketches available online in 2009. Gillespie’s great grandson, who owned his ancestor’s collection, is a Bowling Green resident. It’s Gillespie’s artwork that’s featured on the cover of the book.

Anne McMahan Rettig ’67 and Thomas Rettig ’67, Tipp City, Ohio, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September 2016 by attending the BGSU vs. OSU football game with their extensive Falcon Family.



Anthony (Tony) Rucci ’72, ’76, ’78 has three degrees from Bowling Green State University, and during the May 2017 commencement at the Stroh Center, he bestowed upon the Class of 2017 three wishes: Be successful, happy and significant. Rucci addressed the Graduate College and the colleges of Health and Human Services, Musical Arts, and Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial/organizational psychology from BGSU. Rucci is now a clinical professor of management in the Fisher School of Business at The Ohio State University and a Distinguished Teaching Professor.

“I’ve come here this evening to try to help,” he told the graduates. “Like the genie from the lamp, I’m here to grant each of you three wishes. Now, before you get too excited, there is a catch, because I get to pick the three wishes, not you. But my three wishes are pretty darn good. My first wish for each of you is to be successful in your lifetime. My second wish is for you to be happy in your lifetime. And my third wish for each of you is to be significant in your lifetime.”

Before his tenure at Ohio State, Rucci served as an executive officer with three Fortune 100 companies: Cardinal Health, Sears Roebuck and Co. and Baxter International. He has also been on the board of directors of a number of companies, including Sears Canada, Western Auto and Grupo Carso, a conglomerate of privately held companies in Mexico. Rucci previously served as dean of the College of Business and a tenured professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He has also taught at a number of universities, including BGSU and the University of Texas, Dallas.


Iris Jones ’74 of McNees Wallace and Nurick LLC was selected as Executive of the Year 2017 by the Legal Sales and Service Organization at its 2017 Annual RainDance Conference in Dallas.

The award is given to recognize the efforts and results from individuals who have helped their firm drive revenue. Its criteria focus on retaining an “in jeopardy” client, launching a successful client-facing program and developing a substantive new client relationship, from initiating contact with the prospect through final engagement and client acquisition.

Jones is the current chair of BGSU’s Alumni Board of Directors.


Robin Yocum ‘78, Columbus, Ohio, was a recent finalist for the 2017 Edgar Allen Poe Awards, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. The Edgar Awards honored the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television writing published or produced in 2016. Yocum was in the running for Best Paperback Original for his novel “A Brilliant Death” (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books). His latest novel, “A Welcome Murder,” also was published this year.


Dr. William (Bill) Easterly ‘79, ‘17 (Hon.), who grew up in Bowling Green, is one of the most cited economists in the world, and he takes great pleasure in proving that the East Coast doesn’t have anything on the Midwest when it comes to intellectualism.

“I think the East Coast has a very condescending, patronizing and insulting view of the Midwest, and I guess I feel like I am an ambassador of Bowling Green to let them know that people from here, we’re just like them and we don’t fit the condescending stereotypes people on the East Coast have,” said Easterly, who received his Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Bowling Green State University in 1979.

Easterly was honored at BGSU’s Arts and Sciences commencement May 6 with an honorary doctorate of social sciences.

“It’s a wonderful feeling,” said Easterly, acknowledging his pride in being honored by BGSU. “This University is home to me, and it’s been home to my family. My father was a professor here; he came to BGSU the year I was born. I was completely a child of BGSU and the town of Bowling Green. I think of it as my home, and to be recognized by my hometown, my home university, is a great honor and a great pleasure for me.”


When Bowling Green State University alumna Susan Mucciarone ‘79 addressed candidates at the May 2017 commencement program for the colleges of Business Administration and Education and Human Development, she spoke about the possibilities that lay before them.

“I set out [from BGSU] feeling humbled to be a first-generation college graduate in my family, and confident that BG had provided me with the best flight plan possible,” she said. “I was ready for challenges, ready for opportunities. In fact, I was so ready that I graduated early, landed my first job and set out without even pausing to participate in my commencement ceremony or savor the possibilities before me. I could say that those same possibilities await you, too. Except that would not be entirely true. Because the possibilities for you are more. Exponentially more.”

Mucciarone earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a major in accounting from BGSU in 1979, and a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She is the managing director of Private Client Relationship Management at The Glenmede Trust Co. (Glenmede) and a member of the Glenmede Management Committee. Mucciarone leads the private client investment and wealth advisory business for individuals and families throughout the country.

During her address, Mucciarone spoke to the candidates about engagement and its correlation with personal happiness.

“For me, this concept of engagement was tested several years after graduating,” she said. “The marketing position was the one that engaged my mind – and my heart and gut instincts. I pivoted into that role and onto a new path – and it was truly my path. This was a defining experience, the first time I knowingly tapped into the power of full engagement.”



Having spent much of her life on or near the water – and in some ways making waves – U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral June Ryan ‘84 offered a special perspective to degree candidates in the College of Arts and Sciences at the May 2017 commencement. Ryan received her degree in marine biology from BGSU in 1984 and went on to make history in the military. In 2012, she completed the Coast Guard’s frocking ceremony to become the first woman in its 200-plus-year history to rise through the ranks, going from seaman recruit to rear admiral. She was the third woman to serve as the military aide to a U.S. president (Bill Clinton) and later served as military adviser to Janet Napolitano, former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

At commencement, Ryan used the Marblehead Lighthouse, just 59 miles from Bowling Green, as a metaphor for what is important to remember in life, “using the lighthouse for a reference point to land, for an aid to navigation to fix a position, and as a warning, to steer clear of the hazardous shoals.”

“Be a beacon. Be a light for others. Be that shining example that shows others the way. Regardless of where the winds send you, if you want to be successful in life, shine in good weather and in bad – show the way for others,” she said. “Use what you have learned to guide others behind you. Help them to find safe harbor, and keep them off the rocky shores that some of you may have neared along the way.”

Bernadette Boguski ’83, Cleveland, is executive director of AM 1260 The Rock, WCCR Cleveland, an affiliate of the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network.


It might be difficult to picture William MacDonald ’86, ’89,’92, executive dean of regional campuses at the Ohio State University, as a college student walking across campus with a squirrel tail sticking out of his briefcase, but they are one in the same. MacDonald, who took courses on the BGSU Firelands campus and eventually earned three degrees from Bowling Green State University – a doctoral degree in sociology, a master’s degree in sociology and a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and public communication – spoke to candidates at the Firelands May 2017 commencement about how the campus shaped his life.

“When I started at Firelands, I had no idea where a college degree could take me,” he said. “You see – and I say this with some degree of regret – I had been the class clown in high school. Fortunately, in my senior year of high school, a time during which I began taking courses at Firelands, I realized that the clown persona was something I needed to shed.”

It didn’t happen cold turkey, but it did happen. MacDonald started his tenure at OSU in 1992 as an assistant professor of sociology at the Newark campus and has held a variety of administrative roles on the campus, including honors director, assistant academic dean, academic dean and dean/director. In 2010, while retaining his role as dean/director of OSU Newark, he was named the executive dean of regional campuses.

“My road eventually took me to my present position, where, every day, I look at students and see myself. Thinking of them, I try to encourage our faculty to mentor them the way that I was mentored here. As your road goes ever onward, you will certainly change, and you will no longer be the human you are at this moment. You will continue to mature and to become more engaged as a citizen.”

Kelly (Boyer) Sagert ’83, Lorain, Ohio, is a freelance writer and content marketer. She has solo writing credits for the PBS documentary “Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story,” which has been nominated for an Emmy Award.

Sharon (Hickey) Kozek ’84, Chicago, is owner and founder of Lincoln Park Preschool and Kindergarten (LPP). She traveled to Zambia, Africa, with a team of educators from LPP through the Spark Ventures Impact Travel initiative to meet with Spark’s Zambia partner, Hope Community School. While in Zambia, they met with local educators at the school to launch a preschool program with culturally sensitive curriculum, activities and lessons.


Debbie Frison ’92, Toledo, Ohio, was named the 2017 21st Century Afterschool Professional of the Year by the YMCA of Greater Toledo. The award recognizes deserving individuals who have labored tirelessly for the children of the community.

Kelly Hyne ’93, Lake Mary, Florida, is senior vice president of strategic partnerships for the LPGA. She has vast experience in tournament operations and is involved in the planning of the 2018 UL International Crown, to be played overseas. She was named a 2016 Game Changer by the Sports Business Journal. This honor recognizes individuals spearheading key initiatives across the industry who are securing critical deals, developing new technologies and affecting how fans experience sports at home and in person.

Cameron Cruickshank ’94, Martin, Ohio, is one of 20 senior college administrators selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in a yearlong Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program for prospective college and university presidents. He is the executive vice president for enrollment management and university advancement at Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan.

Tracy Vigh ’98, Strongsville, Ohio, is an audit partner with Deloitte and Touche LLP, where he leads the external audit of a multinational public company in the consumer and industrial products industry as well as external audits of private companies in the aviation and real estate industries. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Cleveland Institute of Music Board of Trustees.

Eliot Dickinson ’99, Monmouth, Oregon, published a book with Rowman and Littlefield, “Globalization and Migration: A World in Motion.”

Ryan Wronkowicz ’99, Perrysburg, Ohio, received the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference’s 2017 Patrick Moore-Mike Dean Sports Information Director of the Year award. This is the third time in his 17-year career that he has been honored with this award. He is the sports information director for Lourdes University, Sylvania, Ohio.



Steve Mears ’02 was named the TV play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins. After serving as host of “NHL Now” on the NHL Network, Mears will begin his tenure as voice of the Penguins in the 2017-18 season.

Mears was the play-by-play announcer for the Falcons’ hockey team for four years. He said his time calling games at BGSU was invaluable.

“To get that kind of opportunity as an 18-year-old freshman was unheard of,” said Mears, who grew up in a Pittsburgh suburb. “If it wasn’t for those hundreds of games I got to call at BGSU, I would not have been prepared when the NHL came calling. I am forever grateful for my time at BGSU.”

Will Gustwiller ’01, San Diego, is owner of Eclipse Chocolate. He recently competed and won “Guy’s Grocery Games” on the Food Network.

Jessica (Martin) Jones ’02, Toledo, Ohio, received a 2017 Golden Apple teaching award from the Diocese of Toledo.

LaRon Martin ’03, Dayton, Ohio, is principal of the Children’s Guild special education school in Baltimore. He previously served as an assistant principal, instructional coach and special education administrator.

Irene S. Scott ’03, ’04, ’07, College Station, Texas, received the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Award presented by Diversity Abroad Network for her individual efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in international education. She also received the Partners in Learning Award of Excellence presented by the Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity for her efforts to remove barriers for students with disabilities participating in high-impact, international experiences.

Ashley Baker ’04, ’07, New Orleans, is associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Alvin “Dwayne” Beggs ’05, ’10, Findlay, Ohio, is one of 30 faculty members selected nationwide by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar on “The 20th Century Presidency.” He is assistant professor of history at Lourdes University.

Meredith Clark-Wiltz ’06, Franklin, Indiana, has been granted continuous tenure by the Franklin College Board of Trustees. She is an associate professor of history and department chair.

Kristi Faulkner ’06, Detroit, is a part-time faculty member in Bowling Green State University’s dance program and founder/artistic director of Kristi Faulkner Dance in Detroit. She was awarded a 2017 Michigan New Leaders Grant through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to launch an 18-month project with the Ruth Ellis Center, a social services agency for LGBTQ youth in the Detroit community.

Alex Hoffman ’06, St. Louis, is a marketing professional with HOK where he supports marketing initiatives for a variety of client types.

Caroline Keating ’07, Cincinnati, is client lead for 84.51°, where she is responsible for working with suppliers

on data.

Tony Wagener ’07, ’17, Maumee, Ohio, is senior major gift officer for the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Kelly Gawinek ’08, Dexter, Michigan, has been with the architectural and urban planning firm of Lord Aeck Sargent since 2014. She is an associate with the firm in its Ann Arbor office.




For the past 15 years, conductor Stefan Sanderling ‘17 (Hon.) brought engaging, educational and innovative symphonic programming to audiences in northwest Ohio. He has raised the profile of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra nationally and internationally. Throughout his career, he has maintained an active schedule as a guest conductor, from Japan to Europe and across the United States.

As his tenure as principal conductor and music adviser to the orchestra came to a close, Bowling Green State University honored the maestro with an honorary doctorate of musical arts. A delegation from the University presented Sanderling with the degree at one of his last performances with the symphony on April 28 in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle. Sanderling now serves as chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Sanderling encouraged collaboration between the symphony and the College of Musical Arts, inviting students to join the symphony for particular performances; University student and community choruses performed with the symphony on numerous occasions. The symphony also comes to BGSU annually for readings of BGSU composition majors’ works, providing valuable experience and feedback to the student composers. BGSU is well represented in the makeup of the symphony itself, with several graduates and current faculty among its members.

Brian Starkel ’10, Indianapolis, is assistant director of leadership development and civic engagement within the division of student affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Kristen Zajac ’10, Wickliffe, Ohio, received the Janice Smuda Children’s Librarianship Award from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science (iSchool). The award recognizes an iSchool graduate who, as a student, demonstrated creativity, leadership and dedication to children’s librarianship through outstanding academic achievement. She is the youth services librarian at Euclid Public Library.

Jordan Sternberg ’13, Sandusky, Ohio, a visual communication technology graduate, works for Cedar Point creating social media, videography and photography communications.

Adam Szilagyi ’15, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is pursuing a master’s of sports administration at the University of New Mexico. He is the football operations and recruiting assistant at the university.


In Memoriam

*Denotes an alumnus who attended, but did not earn a degree from BGSU.


Pauline (Rader) Rigel ‘37
Merry (King) Miller ‘38
Barbara (Kilbride) Metz ‘39
Gretchen Hovis ‘41
Helen (Kear) Keller ‘41
Jack Lawrence ‘43
Dorothy (Bell) Bayless ‘45
Maxine (Smith) Dean ‘45
Hilda (Krill) Meyers ‘45
Y. (Cerny) Ard ‘46
Marshall Folts ‘47
Miriam (Shuler) Kercher ‘47
Mark Welker ‘47
Shirley (Potter) Drain ‘48
Betty (Smith) Holey ‘48
Marjorie (Deuschle) Small ‘48
Marjorie (Hilt) Wilson ‘48
Robert Adkins ‘49
Betty (Harrington) Burgess ‘49
Jean (Grosenbaugh) Delau ‘49
Bud Flegle ‘49
Eunice Griswold ‘49, ‘51
Arlyne Hoshal ‘49
Michael Hoshiko ‘49, ‘51
Thomas Cooney ‘50
Katherine (Schaller) Dukes ‘50
Leon Genuit ‘50
Robert Glancy ‘50
Richard Graef ‘50
Mary (Herge Smart) Higdon ‘50
Lee (Wylie) Mooney ‘50
Richard Murphy ‘50
Harold Raether ‘50
Dean Renwand ‘50
John Wisner ‘50
Jean (Shepherd) Harwig ‘51
William Hazlett ‘51
Lavina (Vance) Huffman ‘51
Janice (Hamer) Mulberry ‘51
Phyllis (Knapp) Sockwell ‘51
Reg Barrett ‘52
Warren Brim ‘52
Rantson Davis ‘52
Mary (Tayntor) Day ‘52
Audrey (McLeod) Foss ‘52
Tom Kilmer ‘52
William Semanco ‘52
Ruth (Roberts) Singhaus ‘52
Roy Swartz ‘52, ‘60, ‘73
Phyllis (Nearing) Cass ‘53
Nancy (Humphries) Frazier ‘53
Ann (Voth) Longanbach ‘53
Richard McCune ‘53
Al Reyman ‘53, ‘57
Carl Balson ‘54
Chuck Bronz ‘54, ‘57
Richard Daley ‘54
Laura (Fleming) Holyoak ‘54
Beverly (Hocking) Maddrell ‘54
Thomas Startzman ‘54
Richard Straight ‘54
Edward Grover ‘55
Shirley (Dunham) Gunther ‘55
Herbert Harpham ‘55
Glenn Smalley ‘55
Jeanne (Greathouse) Thompson ‘55
Oran Correll ‘56, ‘58
Samuel Epstein ‘56
Jack Hecker ‘56, ‘58
Carolyn (Johnson) Houk ‘56
William Newnham ‘56
Shirley (Laukhuf) Pettit ‘56
Barbara (Jamison) Valot ‘56
Daniel Duricy ‘57
Nelson Hickling ‘57
Margarita Lessig ‘57
Barbara MacDonald ‘57
Paul Rhodes ‘57, ‘62
John Galyas ‘58, ‘60
Martha (Keister) Harter ‘58
Paul King ‘58
Theodore Thomas ‘58

Paul Warner ‘58
Mary Fryar ‘59
Joseph Montesano ‘59
Ruth (Campbell) Seed ‘59
Paul Snider ‘59
Paul Behnfeldt ‘60, ‘70
Eugene Kindt ‘60, ‘74
Judith (Beers) Turk ‘60
David Friebis ‘61
Lawrence Hodges ‘61
Bob Reublin ‘61, ‘64
Donald Templer ‘61
Frances (Long) Bockbrader ‘62
Marjorie (Underwood) Brundage ‘62
Martha (Neville) Davidson ‘62
Margie Hoellrich ‘62, ‘70
Gordon Hoffman ‘62, ‘66
George McDade ‘62, ‘64
Sandra Ratliff ‘62, ‘64
John Wolfe ‘62
Raymond Cornett ‘63
Cleo Crutchfield ‘63
Sharon (Lapka) Gregor ‘63
Barbara (Schulz) Marvin ‘63
Richard Shively ‘63
Kathleen (Benedict) Duncan ‘64
Fern (Louise) Greunke ‘64
Donald Mabry ‘64
Richard McQuilkin ‘64
Robert Swanson ‘64
Richard Zubradt ‘64
William Bradley ‘65
Cecelia (Pleska) Burdikoff ‘65
Brenda (Bumgarner) Davis ‘65
James French ‘65
Diane (Griffith) Fritz ‘65
Irene (Griffin) Gerhardstein ‘65, ‘68
Donald Koontz ‘65
Robert Kuhlman ‘65
Richard Mazzeo ‘65
Ronald Reinker ‘65
Robert Steely ‘65
Jack Thompson ‘65
Dianne (Savage) Walton ‘65
Richard Werner ‘65
Stanley Evans ‘66
James Rychener ‘66
Alice Stutzman ‘66
Thomas Donohue ‘67, ‘68
Margaret (McCandlish) Edwards ‘67
William Mengerink ‘67
Lois (Hole) Visinger ‘67
Nancy (Livingstone) Williams ‘67
Roger Bunke ‘68
Thomas Church ‘68
Ronald Fowkes ‘68
Barbara Keirstead ‘68
Ruth Molyet ‘68, ‘82
Thomas Smith ‘68
Bob Thomas ‘68, ‘69
Karen (Demeter) Vasko ‘68
Ted Bending ‘69
Marjon (Menster) Feller ‘69
Vaughn Ferrell ‘69
Grace Gallup ‘69
Paul Koret ‘69
Carol Mowrer ‘69
Richard Porter ‘69
Franklyn Wahl ‘69
Jere Witt ‘69
Richard Cookson ‘70
Robert Edgington ‘70
David Hilborn ‘70
Ivan Knapp ‘70
Christine (Shiplett) Linn ‘70
John Meier ‘70
Jerry Rosenblum ‘70
Judith (Rudolph) Scully ‘70
Patrick Welch ‘70, ‘72
Thomas Williams ‘70
Mary (Busick) Adams ‘71
Guy Bruno ‘71
Stephen Carey ‘71, ‘73
Jeannie (Kring) Ditmyer ‘71
Ruth (Staack) Flaskamp ‘71

Kenneth Hammel ‘71
William Jones ‘71
Baptiste Marino ‘71
James Studer ‘71
Wade Werner ‘71
Geraldine (Vetsch) Beebe ‘72
Nancy (Perrin) Edgecomb ‘72
Thomas Gahris ‘72
Mary (Schmitmeyer) Granger ‘72
Mary (Balsizer) Hart ‘72
William Yeager ‘72
Robert Detwiler ‘73
Lucretia Gritzmaker ‘73
Lucinda Heckel ‘73, ‘80
Claudia (Parsons) Hole ‘73
Madonna Marchiniak ‘73
Anne (Weber) Rosemark ‘73
James Sankowski ‘73
Karen Shepler ‘73
Pamela Whittington ‘73
James Cain ‘74
Nadine (Humphrey) Darr ‘74, ‘76
Sherry (Fening) Fishbaugh ‘74
Barbara Herman ‘74, ‘79
John Molin ‘74
Janis Petti ‘74
Michael Stevens ‘74, ‘76
Craig Weaver ‘74
Mark Chadwick ‘75, ‘77
Thomas Kissell ‘75, ‘77
Larry Luckey ‘75
Walter Montague ‘75
William Poulton ‘75
Douglas Lipinski ‘76
Benson Long ‘76
Robert Sharp ‘76, ‘95
Blake Wiener ‘76
Gregory Bair ‘77, ‘79
Thomas McNair ‘77
Marsha (Walters) Mick ‘77
Constantine Galoosis ‘78
Mary Helge ‘78
Randall McConocha ‘78
Joey Dunlap ‘79
Mary Hayes ‘79
Sandra (Shepard) Jackson ‘79
Katherine Van Jura ‘79, ‘86
Shirley Dawson ‘80
Michael Hunter ‘80
William Swartzmiller ‘80
Karl Valek ‘80
Debra (Cole) Christy ‘81
Ellen (Gentzel) Jaquays ‘81
Kimberly (Wright) Steward ‘81
Judy (Hoffbauer) Hall ‘82
Dan Montgomery ‘82
Chester Tyrrell ‘82
Joan Hastings ‘83
Dolores (Nicoli) Kitzmiller ‘83
James Prifogle ‘83
Jeffery Siebert ‘83, ‘86
John Thomas ‘83
James Burkett ‘85
Jean (Kerby) Hilty ‘85
Charles Bensman ‘86
Candace (Knapp) Gale ‘86
Alberta Harris ‘86
Lora (Claphan) Salisbury ‘86
Susan Casali ‘87
Kristen Earle ‘87
Eric Dietrich ‘88
David Outman ‘88
David Way ‘88
Nicholas Atria ‘89
Philip Currie ‘89
Patricia Cleland-Blinn ‘91
Mark Delmaramo ‘91
Jeffrey Becker ‘92
Michael Tolliver ‘92
Tony Dishop ‘94
Barry Lloyd ‘96
Kevin Yerger ‘96
Nicole Pedone ‘97
Anne (McDonald) Godlewski ‘01
Jenelle Hohman ‘02

Timothy Rupp ‘09
Megan Zuern ‘09
Dominic Munafo ‘10
Tanya Misterka ‘13
Alexander Dzurnak ‘16
Eloise Horst*
Donald Roberts*
Mark Thigpen*
Luella Tuttle*

*Denotes alumni who attended, but did not graduate from BGSU.


Thomas Cobb, Professor Emeritus, Physics and Astronomy

George Cripe, Director of Technical Services

Annette Ecker, Classified Staff

Patricia Griffith, Professor Emeritus, Coordinator of Hearing Impaired Program

Ella Kasmarik, Secretary, Gerontology and Criminal Justice Department

Dan Malone, Athletics Department

George Mayer, Development Officer, Firelands

Alvah McCurdy, Grounds Department

Matthew Minnick, Building Maintenance Supervisor/Grounds

Willard Misfeldt, Professor Emeritus, Art

Donald Nelson, Professor Emeritus, German

Jaak Panksepp, Professor Emeritus, Psychology

David Stewart, Grounds Department

Ralph St. John, Professor Emeritus, Applied Statistics/College of Business

Donna Tampurages, Classified Staff

Edwin Tonnesen, Professor Emeritus, Management/College of Business

Earl Wiseman, Classified Staff



The original Falcon’s Nest was a log building constructed in 1942 to serve as a social gathering place for students. The second floor was also used as a residence for men during a time of scarce housing. The student population quickly outgrew the Nest, and the building was sold to the American Legion Post located in the local village of Portage.

In March 1955 it was disassembled and transported to Portage, where it is still in use. In both the first Student Union and the current Bowen-Thompson Student Union, the name “Falcon’s Nest” has
been retained and used for in-building dining facilities.

Updated: 12/08/2017 01:24PM