Falcon Success

Creating Falcon Millionaires


Section: 1010-73871
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:20PM

This course is completely project-based using local experts and other resources that have proven successful in organizing, planning and building wealth. Students will learn what it takes to be a millionaire upon retirement and how to start now.

Opening weekend will involve guest experts and investigations into the foundations of personal finance. In weekly classes students will focus upon: getting organized, developing a plan, sharing the plan with peers for feedback, plan implementation and ongoing reflection/revision, sharing plan and process with family at fall break, reflecting and revising as needed. Looking at the future would entail: study abroad and other non-campus living opportunities, what is involved in living off campus (pre-planning for success), recreation and non-necessity spending as a young adult, and costs involved in career searches, moving and establishing your "real life" post-graduation.


DJ Kern-Blystone

Position: Senior Lecturer, School of Teaching & Learning
Email: djkern@bgsu.edu
Address: 516 Education Building

More than 10 years of teaching high school seniors these and other business related concepts. Now, over 10 years supporting (pedagogy, content expertise) Ohio high and middle school teachers as they teach students age appropriate financial literacy concepts. In addition, more than 10 years teaching this as part of a EDWF/BUSE content course for middle and AYA teacher candidates.

Communication Leadership: A Pathway To Success


Section: 1009-73870
Mondays, 1:30-2:20PM

Do you have what it takes to be an effective leader?  Do you want the top skills desired by employers? The BGSU 1910 First Year Seminar program offers first time, first year students’ opportunities to explore an academic topic of interest to engage in the academic life and community expectations of the university.

Through this seminar, you will learn about multiple forms of communication including oral, written, intrapersonal, public, mass and group, and the techniques and roles communication plays in the development of strong leadership.  You will gain hands-on experiences in meeting agenda setting, proposals and presentations, and will both observe and engage communication leadership within community settings. This seminar is designed to engage students in grasping the reasons for Communication as an area of study, what big questions or issues it addresses, and why someone might want to study it further. Faculty and students will meet the Friday of Opening Weekend for 3-4 hours of class time, weekly touch-point meetings, as well as targeted event days throughout the term for “project-based” learning. This seminar is evaluated on the A-F grading system option only.


Paul Alday

Position: Lecturer
School of Media and Communication
Email: palday@bgsu.edu
Address: 408C Kuhlin Center

Paul Wesley Alday is the Director of Forensics and Debate, a Lecturer in the School of Media and Communication/Department of Communication and a member of the Honors faculty.  With 30 years of teaching experience and a MA from Eastern Michigan University, he teaches courses in Honors Public Speaking, Argumentation, Political Communication and Forensics Practicum.  Paul’s pedagogical specialization is in Active Learning Environments and Adaptive Learning Styles. He is also a scenic and lighting designer with the Toledo Repertory Theatre and Perrysburg Performing Arts Academy. Under his direction, the Falcon Forensics & Debate Team has won over 30 State, National and Continental titles where the program is currently ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Exciting Careers in Management


Section: 1033-73889
Wednesdays, 10:30-11:20AM

Developing an appreciation for managing people and processes from a global perspective is an important part of achieving success in today’s business environment. This course provides an opportunity for students to learn about three exciting career fields: International Business, Management, and Supply Chain Management.

Students will learn from their interactions with other students and BGSU alumni during this course.  By the end of the course, students will experience professional growth by completing a team project, participating in a case competition, setting goals for their academic and future career path, and completing activities that will help them to progress through their studies at BGSU.


Dr. Amelia Carr

Position: Chair/Professor, Management
Email: ascarr@bgsu.edu
Address: 3016 Business Administration Building

Dr. Amelia Carr is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Management. Prior to joining BGSU, she worked at the Ohio State University and at Georgia State University. Dr. Carr received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Arizona State University with a specialization in Supply Chain Management.  Dr. Carr served in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. She has worked for a number of organizations in the private sector including the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies, Tech Medical, Terry Manufacturing Company and Sterling Drugs, Inc. Dr. Carr has conducted research projects for Honda of America Manufacturing and the John Deere Company.  She also has published in a number of academic journals and made scholarly presentations at professional conferences.  She has traveled to countries in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and Mexico.  She enjoys teaching and helping students to achieve their goals in employment and academics. 

Preparing For The Connected Workplace

Section: 1003-73749
Mondays, 9:30-10:20AM

This course provides an opportunity for students to learn the fundamentals about these connections and how to leverage them for their success.

Activities will focus on the challenges presented by each of the connections and how to develop the skills needed to overcome these challenges. Students will learn by reviewing influential works, participating in case studies, and completing a team-based project. Through the course, students will have the opportunity to develop the mastery necessary to thrive as a knowledge worker.


Khyle Hannan

Position: Reference & Instruction Librarian
Email: khannan@bgsu.edu
Address: 152 William T. Jerome Library

As the Business Librarian, Khyle Hannan's teaching and scholarly pursuits are informed by two passions; the world of information and the environment of business. Never before have these two worlds been so inextricably connected as they are in the 21st-century workplace.

Khyle's education, research interests, and scholarship focus on this connection. People need to understand the ever-changing information landscape, and how that affects their role in the workplace. Without this understanding, it will be difficult to thrive. The connected workplace serves as a common denominator for all professions. Every student will benefit from gaining a fundamental understanding of how the connected workplace functions before they start their career.

Khyle strives to incorporate active-learning into teaching as Khyle firmly believes that people learn best by doing. Collaborations between students with different skill sets provide an opportunity for them to acquire new methods of approaching problems, projects and work. Exposure to new ideas challenges students and allows them to grow in a way that is relevant to them.

Falcon F.O.C.U.S

Section: 1013-73752
Mondays, 11:30-12:20PM


Section: 1006-73869
Tuesdays, 11:30-12:20PM

Falcon F.O.C.U.S. will give students a guided introduction to life at BGSU and the surrounding community.  Students will be challenged to explore the many services, resources, and support services BGSU has to offer, and think critically about how these service areas will be incorporated into their next four years.  Instructors and students will explore the meaning of Following One Course Until Successful to put in place stepping stones needed to achieve academic and personal goals.

This course will use experiential learning and peer education techniques to build a foundation for students’ educational and personal growth at BGSU.  Through a series of mini-workshops, students will be exposed to various student service resources that will aid in their transition to college life and scholarly learning.  Topics were intentionally selected to emphasize the Falcon Creed and reinforce social supports.  Students will receive a guided introduction to BGSU and college life in order to set them up for success.   

This course will require students to engage with numerous campus offices and think critically about the role these departments will play in their educational experiences at BGSU.  They will then have the opportunity to present to their peers the unique services offered on campus and in the community.  Guest speakers will also be brought in to provide other perspectives and expertise.  Knowledge and confidence growth will be measured by self-assessments completed on the first and last day of class.  This is designed to inform the instructors and students of progress made.


Holly Cipriani

Position: Academic Advisor
Email: hollykc@bgsu.edu
Address: 292 Hayes Hall

Holly Cipriani is a two time graduate of BGSU completing her undergraduate degree in 2008 and her Master of Public Administration in 2014.  She has served BGSU as an administrative staff member for 4.5 years formerly as the Outreach Coordinator and Counselor in Financial Aid and currently as an Academic Advisor in Pre-College Programs.  She has experience conducting the Expect Respect curriculum in 16 schools in Lucas County.  This curriculum teaches high school students about intimate partner violence, healthy relationships, and anti-bullying.  Additionally, she has experience presenting numerous Financial Aid completion workshops and taught a section of UNIV 1310 at BGSU in Fall 2015 and BGSU 1910: Falcon FOCUS in Fall 2016.  Cipriani is passionate about helping youth and young adults connect to their community, recognize their strengths, and pursue their goals. 


Claire Hoover

Position: Academic Advisor
Email: choover@bgsu.edu
Address: 292 Hayes Hall

Claire Hoover is a two time graduate of BGSU completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2010 and a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel in 2013. Claire completed her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015 and holds her professional counseling licensure. Claire has served in higher education roles at Owens Community College, University of Toledo, and most recently Bowling Green State University. She has co-taught a paraprofessional Resident Advisor training course, in addition to teaching UNIV1310: Career and Life Planning in Fall 2015 and 2016, and ACEN1000, a course for students on academic probation/warning in Spring 2016 as well as BGSU 1910: Falcon FOCUS in Fall 2016.  Claire has experience in facilitating workshops and psycho-educational classes on stress management and mental health.  Claire is enthusiastic about higher education and life-long learning.  She believes that every interaction she has with a student should in some way help them learn, develop, and grow. 

Habits Of Mind For College Success

Section: 1016-73874
Fridays, 10:30-11:20AM

In this course we will explore some of the habits of mind and literacies students are encouraged to cultivate to be successful at university and in their subsequent scholarly, professional, and civic lives. We will work with print texts, audio interviews, and video lectures produced by a variety of scholars and practicing professionals representing diverse fields including education, philosophy, medicine, writing studies, geology, and landscape ecology, as well as individuals involved in mindfulness training. We will rethink what it means to be “literate” and observe how experts in a variety of settings think. For instance, what questions might a geologist ask himself when he looks at a river valley? How does an immunologist go about understanding why she feels better when she has a view of trees as opposed to a view of a brick wall? How does an education professor make sense of an ACT score? We will explore how the answers to these questions can help us be successful in our undergraduate careers and beyond.

Members of this seminar will compose and submit weekly written responses to course texts and reflect on how we understand, “try out,” and recognize across campus the habits of mind we study. Each student will conduct one face-to-face conversational interview with a member of the BGSU or City of Bowling Green community working in a field of interest to the student. The aim of this conversation will be to reflect on and discuss the approaches to thinking and questioning that best serve an individual in their respective profession. Students will compose a brief essay summarizing their conversation and reflecting on insights gleaned from the experience. Lastly, we will conclude the course by composing an end-of-term reflective essay (using a combination of text, images, audio, and/or video) in which we examine our first semester experiences in light of the habits of mind we have examined, the texts we have encountered, and the conversations we have conducted. Students will give brief presentations of their end-of-term essays during the final exam week meeting.


Chad Van Buskirk

Position: Instructor, University Writing Program
Email: cvanbus@bgsu.edu
Address: 215 East Hall

Chad Van Buskirk has been an Instructor in the University Writing Program at BGSU since 2012. He holds graduate degrees in English and in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). For more than ten years, he has taught courses in first-year writing and English as a Second Language to undergraduates. He has also taught graduate-level courses in academic writing to students for whom English is not a first language. His current research interests include strategies for supporting reflective practice in student writers, as well as arguments surrounding landscaping with native plants. When he is not reading or grading, Chad can usually be found working in his garden or strolling through one of BG’s many parks with his basset hound.

Health, Wellness, and You!


Section: 1030-73887
Mondays, 6:00-8:00PM

The transition to college can be stressful and a big lifestyle change. Set yourself up for academic and career success by learning to develop healthy habits in the campus environment and beyond.

Through lectures and activities, we will examine fitness components which will include: cardio-respiratory fitness, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. Lab requirements will be incorporated with the goal of designing an individualized exercise program for each fitness component as well as introduction to various forms of exercise.


Robyn Miller

Position: Instructor, School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies
Email: robyngm@bgsu.edu
Address: 119 Eppler Center

This course will be taught by Instructor Robyn Miller. Robyn has an Education Specialist Degree in Leadership Studies. She has also been trained by the police in the RAD program on techniques of self defense and risk reduction measures.

Don't just go to class, go to college

This course is reserved for commuter students only 

Section: 1078-74064
Tuesdays, 4:00-4:50PM

Don't Just Go to Class, Go to College will give students a guided introduction to life at BGSU and the surrounding community.  Students will be challenged to explore the many services, resources, and support systems BGSU has to offer. Students will learn to think critically about how these service areas will be incorporated into their next four years. 

This course will focus on introducing first year commuting Falcons to the rigors of college life, critical thinking, and academic inquiry through guided exploration of our academic community, including engagement with our Common Read experience, “Hillbilly Elegy”, self-exploration and reflection on career and life goals, and introduction to key campus resources and personnel who will guide them on their journeys. Special attention will be paid to academic engagement with faculty and with organizations and support resources, as research has shown that this is a particular area of concern for first year commuters. Key as well will be an introduction to other engagement opportunities on campus. Additionally, time management, goal setting, study skills and grit factors that are key to student success will be assessed and considered. This class will be team taught with the Commuter Coaches, who will assist students in crafting their Falcon experiences and set them on track for academic success.


Cyndie Roberts

Position: Assistant Director - Retention Services
Email: crobert@bgsu.edu
Address: 292 Hayes Hall

Cynthia Roberts is a higher education professional with over 25 years of experience in student success. She has been engaged at the unit, departmental, divisional, and university level in all aspects of student academic success and retention, as well as crisis outreach and support. In addition, Cynthia has worked extensively in Student Affairs, including student discipline, Parent and Family Programs, and Orientation and First Year Programs.

First Things First!

Section: 1008-73869
Thursdays, 9:30-10:20AM

How do people learn? How do we share information between people? What motivates us to learn things we are interested in, as well as, things we are not intrinsically interested in learning? How do other aspects of a person’s life (e.g., family, home, and friends) effect how they learn? Do people learn differently from each other, and if so, how does one take advantage of that to build a network that helps all succeed? 

First Things First! is a comprehensive welcome to the Falcon Family.  This seminar provides a place for first generation college students to learn about themselves, their campus, and the community around them, building a First Gen Fam to guide them from day one to graduation and beyond.  A variety of topics will be explored, including study strategies, personal goals, time management, community engagement, and values.  A strong focus on relationships will guide the activities, with an emphasis on how these relationships can enhance success in both your personal and professional life.  Your learning will be facilitated through lecture and supported by experiential and service learning, guest speakers, peer mentor engagement, and interactive projects. 


Leah Howell

Position: Assistant Dean of Students
Email: howelll@bgsu.edu
Address: 401 Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Dr. Leah Howell is an Assistant Dean of Students at Bowling Green State University, in the Office of Campus Activities.  She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Studies, with a focus in Development and Learning Sciences, at the University of Cincinnati where her research focused on the intersection of identity development and high risk alcohol use.  She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Studies & Psychology from Central Michigan University.  In her current role, she provides leadership for the student organization services area, which includes all 350+ registered student organizations at BGSU as well as the Fraternity & Sorority Life Program. 

Prior to joining the BGSU family, she served the University of Cincinnati as an Assistant Academic Director in of Arts & Sciences, then moving into the role of Program Manager for Fraternity and Sorority Life.  While at UC, Leah served as an adjunct faculty member in the colleges of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services as well as Arts & Sciences.  She has also worked in academic support roles at Cincinnati, Davenport University, and Eastern Michigan.  Leah believes that students should actively engage in their collegiate experience and their community through student organizations, volunteer opportunities and other hands-on experiences, and is committed to helping students succeed.   


Tim Shaal

Position: Senior Associate Director of Residence Life
Email: tshaal@bgsu.edu
Address: 470 Math Science Building

Tim Shaal is the Senior Associate Director of Residence Life at BGSU. He joined BGSU as a Hall Director in July 2005. He also served as a Senior Coordinator in the Office of Residence Life from 2008-2010. Tim has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in Music from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Master of Science in Counseling, College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Tim is currently finishing his Master of Divinity degree at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, Ohio. For five years, Tim taught the UNIV 1000 course for first year students transitioning to college life at BGSU. He also co-taught a section of BGSU 1000. Tim enjoys Presidential History, Higher Education, Faith and Spirituality. Tim also enjoys discussing topics around professional identity, maturity, and development. Tim believes that the college experience is about learning and developing in ways that will prepare students for their careers and future pursuits.