2019 year in review

A message from the President

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends,

As we close another memorable year, I’ve been reflecting on Bowling Green State University and all we have experienced in 2019. Our learning community welcomed new students, graduated and recognized new alumni, created new academic programs, broke ground on new and renovated facilities and developed new partnerships.

For me, it is so much more. Our commitment to creating public good is realized in the research efforts of our faculty, in the grit of our students to make a difference and in our responsibility we have to the communities we serve. I am proud of how we came together to focus on the future of our University. Every day, we are preparing our students to live meaningful and productive lives, empowering them to have successful careers, but also do good in their communities. Our Year In Review shows just how we are achieving that mission.

We continue to advance our strategic plan, and you'll see that we remain grounded in our objectives to:

  • Redefining student success
  • Connecting our research and creative activities for public good
  • Empowering and supporting our people to achieve excellence
  • Advancing our impact through engagement
  • Aligning for excellence and value
  • Telling our story

In 2019, we witnessed the impact our University had on Ohio, the nation and world. We are not stopping there and have more of our story still to write. View the moments that defined 2019 for Bowling Green State University – a public university for the public good. I am already looking forward to what we can accomplish together next.

Regards,

Rodney Rogers Signature Transparent

Rodney K. Rogers Ph.D.
President

2019 Top Stories

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Class of 2019 Success Stories: BGSU graduate David Chalupsky credits College of Business for landing job at Google
F O D M C B m Class of 2019 Success Stories: BGSU graduate David Chalupsky credits College of Business for landing job at Google
Class Success Stories Students Year in Review May Alumni Class of 2019 Marketing and Communications
David Chalupsky had four internships while attending BGSU and spent countless hours preparing for his post-collegiate career at the Business Career Accelerator. He is graduating from BGSU with a Bachelor of Science in business with a specialization in marketing. Chalupsky is set to begin his career with Google in July.
BGSU, Cedar Fair partnership creates unique opportunity
F O D M C B m BGSU, Cedar Fair partnership creates unique opportunity
Year in Review Firelands College Magazine November Cedar Point Resort and Attraction Management Entertainment industry Degree Completion
BGSU has partnered with Cedar Fair and the city of Sandusky to create a unique degree in resort and attraction management program. The country’s only educational opportunity of its kind, the program will be possible due to this innovative partnership that will provide with leadership opportunities in the fast-growing field.
Thompson scholarships teach the value of helping others
F O D M C B m Thompson scholarships teach the value of helping others
Thompson Scholars Year in Review Scholarships Magazine November
As part of their many ways of supporting BGSU and its students, alumni Robert and Ellen Thompson have created a unique scholarship program that addresses a variety of needs while offering significant financial assistance. The program incorporates regular, close interaction with advisors to monitor the students’ progress, as well as an important community service component.
BGSU christens new research vessel, 'RV Ziggy'
F O D M C B m BGSU christens new research vessel, 'RV Ziggy'
Year in Review Center for Great Lakes and Watershed Studies College of Business Research Toxic algal bloooms College of Arts and Sciences Lake Erie October Marine and Aquatic Biology Faculty Updates Page Sandusky Bay Zoom News
BGSU christened a new research vessel that will support the University’s water quality research efforts on Lake Erie through the Center for Great Lakes and Watershed Studies. The vessel was made possible by a generous gift from BGSU alumni Patrick L. and Debra Scheetz Ryan and the Ryan Family Foundation.
BGSU's first Winter Session a huge success
F O D M C B m BGSU's first Winter Session a huge success
February Students Year in Review College of Education and Human Development Study Abroad International Programs and Partnerships Features Winter Session
Described as the chance to catch up, make up or get ahead, more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students from Bowling Green State University took classes either online, on campus, or abroad with one of eight different education abroad experiences available through International Programs and Partnerships.
BGSU alumnus, Emmy Award-winning actor Tim Conway dies at 85
F O D M C B m BGSU alumnus, Emmy Award-winning actor Tim Conway dies at 85
Year in Review Alumni News College of Arts and Sciences May
BGSU alumnus and Emmy Award-winning actor Tim Conway died May 14 at age 85. Perhaps most well-known for his portrayal of Ensign Charles Parker in “McHale’s Navy,” Conway also co-starred on “The Carol Burnett Show” and starred as the title character in the “Dorf” series of films. Younger fans might recognize him as the voice of Barnacle Boy in “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
Class of 2019 Success Stories: Active-duty airman completes BGSU online bachelor program
F O D M C B m Class of 2019 Success Stories: Active-duty airman completes BGSU online bachelor program
Class Success Stories Students Year in Review eCampus military Quality Systems May U.S. Air Force Alumni veterans
Ian Aspen is an active-duty technical sergeant serving in the U.S. Air Force as a weapons specialist. He serves as a non-commissioned officer in charge of maintenance operations. He will travel from his deployed station at the Ghedi Air Base in Italy to receive his diploma at the Stroh Center.
Class of 2019 Success Stories: Aliyah Gustafson concludes BGSU career as a champion
F O D M C B m Class of 2019 Success Stories: Aliyah Gustafson concludes BGSU career as a champion
Class Success Stories Year in Review School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies Track and Field MAC tournament May Graduate Homepage Features NCAA Commencement Athletics
Aliyah Gustafson ’17, ’19 has been instrumental in making BGSU one of the nation’s top places to compete in the hammer throw, shot put and discus. Her journey from growing up in a single-parent family in Iowa City to becoming an elite college athlete and graduating summa cum laude in her undergraduate and graduate studies is notable.
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2019 Key Rankings

2019 in Videos

2019 by the Numbers

$867,664 raised on BGSU One Day

3 MAC Championship contests on three straight Sundays during the fall

4,333 total 2019 graduates

29,017 tutoring sessions in the Learning Commons

8.7% increase in BGSU Firelands enrollment

19,540 total enrollment

$177.5 million raised in Changing Lives for the World Campaign

129,893 checkouts and renewals at University Libraries

2,672,000 pounds diverted from landfill through re-use, recycling and donation/sales

1,062 students enrolled in the first ever winter session

70 countries represented by international students attending BGSU

2019 in Photos

2019 Academics

26 new programs developed

New degree programs were developed in the following areas:

  • Cedar Fair Resort and Attraction Management
  • Computational Data Science
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • RN to BSN
  • Computer Science with Digital Forensics Specialization
  • Human Dimensions of Climate Change
  • Graphic Information Systems
  • Data Science
  • Technical and Applied Studies (Firelands campus)
  • Respiratory Care (Firelands campus)

New graduate programs:

  • Doctorate in Organization Development and Change
  • Master in Health Services Administration
  • Master in Athletic Training

New minors developed include:

  • Leadership
  • Advertising
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Printmaking
  • Design for Social Impact

Certificate programs in the following disciplines:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Play and Learning
  • Alternative Resident Educators
  • Software Engineering
  • Career Technical Workforce Education  

2019 in Social

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