Falcon Success

Communication Leadership: A Pathway to Success [CLASS CLOSED]

Section: 1004
Meeting Time: Mondays, 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Semester Length: Regular Session

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, interpersonal, 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/Department of 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.

Preparing for the Connected Workplace [CLASS CLOSED]

Section: 1003
Meeting Time: Mondays, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Semester Length: Regular Session

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. Every profession, whether it be in the arts or sciences, business or mathematics, shares three fundamental connections in the 21st century;

  • Within the world of Information Technology
  • Across the Global Marketplace
  • Through a network of people and relationships

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 group work, 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: Business Librarian - University Libraries
Email: khannan@bgsu.edu
Address: 152 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. His education, research interests, and scholarship focus on this connection. He strives to incorporate active-learning into teaching as Khlye firmly believes that people learn best by doing. 

Building Success! 

Section: 1078
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 4:00 PM - 5:55 PM
Semester Length: Alternating Weeks: 8/28, 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20

SUCCESS!  We know success feels good BUT do we know what success looks like?  How to “see” it and how to achieve it?  Through reflective oral and written assignments students will first assess and define success for themselves.  Then, students will engage their success.  Finally, students will investigate how others define success.  Students will have in-class writing assessments, oral presentation, group assignments, and at least one “creative” assignment.  Each assignment will build upon the next to create a portfolio of successes of their first year (this portfolio will be their final project).   

Not only will each student identify their intrinsic definition of success, specific academic success strategies and skill development will be practiced in this course.  Specifically, students will connect what they are learning in and out of the classroom through at least two specific assignments of connecting with their faculty members and their peers.  During the first six weeks, a time of critical importance for first year students, each student is expected to become involved in at least one co-curricular campus activity.  Toward the mid-point of the semester, students will prepare an oral presentation on their campus involvement thus far and identify two future goals. 

In the second half of the semester, students will investigate others’ definitions of success.  All students will attend two mandatory classes: one, the Common Reading experience, and two, a field-trip to the Wintergarten Park in the city of Bowling Green for a 50-minute immersive and silent experience with nature.  Each of these assignments will have a group creative project component. 


Ms. Jody A. Kunk-Czaplicki

Position: Graduate Assistant - Undergraduate Education & BG Perspective
Email: jodyk@bgsu.edu
Address: 292 Hayes Hall

Ms. Jody A. Kunk-Czaplicki has defined and refined success throughout her entire life.  Jody was the first in her family to graduate from college (a proud ’04 BGSU alum)!  Following her time at BGSU, Ms. Kunk-Czaplicki earned her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina and has been an accomplished higher education administrator for over 10 years in upstate New York.  Ms. Kunk-Czaplicki is glad to be back to her alma mater in pursuit of her Ph.D in the Higher Education Administration.  Jody co-taught First Year seminars as a senior at BGSU, and as a graduate student at South Carolina.  As a graduate student and professional, Jody worked as an academic success coach, supervised and advised myriad students and organizations, and implemented leadership programs which assisted students in translating their out of class experiences to specific skills to advance their education or gain employment post-graduation.  

Women and Leadership  [class closed]

Section: 1029
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 2:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Semester Length: Alternating Weeks:9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 11/27

What is a leader? How do women become leaders? Why do we focus on gender in leadership? BGSU 1910: Women in Leadership investigates the challenges and opportunities around women, gender, and leadership

Topics covered include research on gender and leadership styles, traits, effectiveness, and representation; strategies for social change focused leadership; and the intersections of race, ability, sexual orientation, and other identities with gender on leaders and leadership. Students will reflect on their leadership approach; interact with campus and local women leaders; and complete an interview with a women leader they are inspired by.




Angela Clark-Thomas

Position: Director, Women's Center
Email: aclarkt@bgsu.edu
Address: 292 Hayes Hall

Angela Clark-Taylor, PhD is an educator, scholar, feminist, and community organizer with more than a decade of experience in addressing women's issues and working for gender equity. She serves at the Director of the Women's Center here at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and the Scholarships Chair for the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). Dr. Clark-Taylor previously served as a 2015-2016 Community Innovation Fellow through the International Council for Research on Women; Managing Editor of the New York Journal of Student Affairs; Program Manager for the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Rochester; NY State College/University Director for the American Association of University Women; and as Assistant Professor of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of Redlands. She has a PhD in Higher Education with a graduate certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies from the University of Rochester as well as an MA in Women’s Studies from the College at Brockport.


Winning at Adulthood [class closed]

Section: 1031
Meeting Time: Mondays, 3:30PM-4:20PM
Semester Length: Regular Session

The Winning at Adulthood course will engage students in processes and skills to excel at life in an ever-changing world; involve students in developing capacities in navigating university services, financial decision making, personal meal and nutrition planning, balancing demands of life and school, professional dress and conduct, and personal health and wellness planning. 

Students will connect with community and university resources, in a hands-on, interactive environment, in which students put skills into action. Half of students’ class meetings will be conducted in the Teaching Kitchen at the Oaks Dining Center. Half of students’ class meetings will include interactive activities related to the list above and not necessarily confined to the classroom. 


Matthew R. Lavery

Position: Assistant Professor - School of Educational Foundation and Leadership
Email: mlavery@bgsu.edu
Address: 444 Education Building

Assistant Professor with 2 years at BGSU, Classroom Assessment (Teacher Education) and Research Methods (Leadership Studies) Ten years in secondary education (mathematics, English, and social studies) DJ Kern-Blystone (Lead 


DJ Kern-Blystone

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

DJ is a Senior Lecturere and has taught 14 years at BGSU in Workforce Development Education. She has been the Director of the NW Ohio Partnership for Economic Education at BGSU for 13 years. DJ has also taught economic and financial literacy for over 30 years and has worked with middle, high school, and college educators to promote financial and economic literacy with their students. 

Personal Finance and Investment [class closed]

Section: 1027
Meeting Time: Mondays, 2:30-3:20PM
Semester Length: Regular Session

This course will teach students how to balance a checkbook, conduct online banking, stay out of credit card debt, and teach them how to invest money


Robyn Miller

Position: Lecturer - School of Human Movement Sport & Leisure Studies
Email: robyngm@bgsu.edu
Address: 119 Eppler Center

FIRST THINGS FIRST! [class closed]

Section: 1008 
Meeting Time: Thursdays, 2:30-3:20PM
Semester Length: Regular Session

FIRST GENERATION STUDENTS ONLYFirst 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, career preparation, community engagement, and values. 

Throughout the semester, the class will consider how people learn and how other aspects of a person’s life (e.g., family, home, and friends) affect how they learn.  They will explore motivations for learning things they are interested in, as well as develop motivational techniques to approach things they are not intrinsically interested in learning.  A strong focus on relationships will guide the activities, with an emphasis on how these relationships can enhance success in both their personal and professional life.  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.   


Section: 1020
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Semester Length: Regular

FIRST GENERATION STUDENTS ONLY: This course is for first generation students.  The purpose of the course is to connect first generation students to individuals, resources, and organizations on campus; foster the necessary academic skills to be successful in college as well as in the professional world; and provide career guidance to select the best major for professional development.

Students will be able to see the relevance of the topic by applying the success strategies learned in this course to all of their coursework.  In this course students will be able to connect with faculty and peers for a first generation roundtable to learn the challenges and opportunities of being a first generation student.  Students will experience campus fest to learn what co-curricular activities are on campus and have the opportunity to reflect on what they learned in a journal entry.  


Connie Disbro

Position: TRIO Program Advisor
Email: cdisbro@bgsu.edu
Address: 318A Math Science

Connie Disbro has taught freshman seminar courses as well as courses in Macroeconomics, Computer Foundations, Spreadsheets for Business, Introduction to Database Management, and Internet Literacy for Business. 

Perseverance: What No One Tells You About (Navigating College) [class closed]

Section: 1013
Meeting Time: Mondays, 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Semester Length: Regular

College of Education and Human Development Undecided Students Only: This seminar focuses on helping incoming Education and Human Development students make a successful transition to college.  The course will be team-taught by the Student and Academic Services Office staff and will feature active-learning techniques to engage these students in their transition to the college environment. Students will work together in small teams to encourage, support, and learn from their peers who are all experiencing the transition to college life.

Assignments will connect students to their other courses and will focus on successful completion of important developmental tasks, including but not limited to: communicating with faculty members; adjusting to the college social environment; becoming involved with the BGSU community through campus involvement; identifying and clarifying career goals; understanding and utilizing academic resources like the Learning Commons; and fully understanding how to develop a clear graduation plan.


Krista Sturdevant

Position: Academic Advisor
Phone: 419-372-7372
Email: ksturde@bgsu.edu
Address: 102 Education Building

Krista Sturdevant is an Academic Advisor at BGSU who advises both Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Interior Design programs.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education as well as Bachelor Degrees in English and Secondary Education.  She is a licensed AYA ILA educator as well as a licensed School Counselor.  Krista is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education Degree in Leadership Studies.

International student success at BGSU [class closed]

Section: 1069
Meeting Time: Thursdays, 4:00 PM - 5:55 PM
Semester Length: Class meets on alternating weeks: 8/30, 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/29

International Students Only: This course is designed to facilitate international student acculturation and academic success during their studies at BGSU. It is a hands-on course that takes place in the classroom, on campus and in the local community.  The students will contribute to the topics of the course but they will be divided into the areas of academics, socialization and communities.

The course will include guest speakers, visits to service and resource locations on campus. They will also have a tour of Bowling Green and visit Four Corners organizations.  The students will have the chance to practice, play and become a member of the BGSU and greater community by attending a predetermined number of activities.  The class will have an in-depth tour of the library and discussion about using databases before they try to do their own searches.  They will also visit the learning commons to learn about writing and styles of academic papers. Other topics and amount of detail will be decided together with the students.


Megan Pugh

Email: meganpe@bgsu.edu
Address: Education Building, Room 550B

Currently I am a graduate student in the Cross-cultural and International Education program. I am a Graduate Assistant in the office of the International Programs & Partnership office as well as a Research Assistant in the Education Foundations & Inquiry department. In the International Programs & Partnerships office I have been involved in programming for the international students. While planning for the students I try to keep in mind their needs and interests so that the activity is meaningful as well as educational. As a past international student as well as a host/community liaison for arriving students I understand the challenges and issues that often hinder student academic and social success. I hope to help the students overcome these challenges in a friendly, collaborative way. After graduation I plan on working at a higher education institution in the international office. My thesis and project involve comprehensive internationalization of higher education through strategic planning, curriculum & program design. The 1910 course would be a learning opportunity for me as well as the students!

Freshman Wilderness Experience [class closed]

Two sections available from which to choose:

Section: 1014
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 5:00PM-5:50PM
Semester Length: Regular

Section: 1018
Meeting Time: Thursdays, 5:00PM-5:50PM
Semester Length: Regular

RESERVED FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE ATTENDED THE SUMMER WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE: Spend a week during summer hiking the Appalachian Trail or canoeing in the wilderness, bonding with a small group of incoming students and a leadership team (two BGSU student staff, plus one faculty member) learning “Leave No Trace” principles and fundamentals of wilderness camping.  During fall semester learn and practice skills for successful transition to college, including work done individually and in small groups. Additional course trip fee applies

The FWE class is designed so that students are introduced to and acquire University learning outcomes associated with researching a Life/Work Motto; visiting Campus Fest; analyzing Emotional Intelligence; critiquing Semantics; defining Leadership; assessing Communication styles; discovering the Dimensions of Wellness; selecting Conflict Management strategies; justifying Crisis Management steps; applying Decision-making skills; analyzing Diversity; incorporating Time Management; exploring Job/Career Preparation; and defining your SHAPE, along with enhancing the likelihood of a successful college experience.  This is accomplished through small group wilderness expeditions (backpacking on AT; canoeing in MI) offered during 8-day summer trips led by the BGSU Outdoor Program using experiential learning pedagogies.  Small group projects and team building exercises augment the other active learning in the classroom.


Thad Long

Position: Associate Director - Rec Wellness
Email: longtha@bgsu.edu
Address: 110B Student Recreation Center

I have 31 years of work experience in the field of recreation, and have worked with our Outdoor Program for the past eight years.  I have previously taught FWE and undergrad/grad courses at BGSU in sport administration and leadership, while also presenting on student development topics at multiple conferences.  Trained student leaders from the Outdoor Program are joined by BGSU faculty on each 7-student expedition.