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Congratulations to faculty, students and alumni on recent accomplishments

Volunteer honors

Congratulations to Christina Igl, Honors Learning Community coordinator, who recently earned the President's Volunteer Service Award's lifetime achievement for service. This lifetime award means that Igl has served more than 4,000 service hours. Her legacy of service includes time spent in AmeriCorps. Thank you, Christina, for exemplifying what it means to be personally invested in the mission of serving the public good. BGSU is a certifying institution for this national program. Learn more about BGSU service opportunities through BGSUserves.

Making a difference in DEI

Alumna Dr. Suzanne Ondrus '06 is excited about her move into diversity, equity, and inclusion; gender equity; and nonviolent communication consulting.

Her clients so far have been the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Colombia’s national coffee federation. During the pandemic, Ondrus took the opportunity to master advanced Spanish on her own and afterward conducted gender and DEI trainings in Spanish in Colombia as well as remotely for SERniña in Guatemala.

In her role as an executive board member, she was a featured speaker for Girl Now, Woman Later, an NGO that educates girls in Burkina Faso, West Africa, on menstruation health in order to keep them in school. Her second book of feminist poetry, “Death of an Unvirtuous Woman,” came out in October. The book strikes back at victim blaming regarding an 1881 Ohio case of domestic homicide involving an German immigrant couple.

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Building a legacy of wins

BGSU led the way at the 2023 New Builders competition at the University of Cincinnati on Feb. 17. The BGSU Construction Management student team from the School of the Built Environment won first place in the New-B Builders Competition. Congratulations to team members Lucas Turner, Isaiah LaTurner, Sebastian Bransky, Jason Mefferd, Joseph Gase, Trent Gray and faculty mentor Lisa Schaller.

The results of the competition were:
1st Place - BGSU

2nd Place - University of Cincinnati
3rd Place - Ohio Northern University

The New Builders competition gives first-year to third-year students an introduction to construction competitions and processes within the industry. It entails a written proposal and corresponding presentation presented in front of industry professionals from various tracks.

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Updated: 01/23/2024 04:40PM