Falcon Success

Designing Life

Section: 1006/73081
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:50PM
Semester Length: First Seven Week Session

In Life by Design, you will holistically develop a blueprint for building your life to best position yourself personally and professionally. Through a step-by-step approach, learn to leverage your curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving abilities. In this class, you will explore who you are and reframe your outlook to discover your purpose and passion. Together, we will define what it means to have a productive and meaningful life of possibilities. 

Freshman Wilderness Experience


Section: 1022/77933
Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 6:00-6:50 PM
Semester Length: Regular Session

Spend a week during the 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 Freshman Wilderness Experience (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 - Recreation and Wellness
Email: longtha@bgsu.edu
Address: 110B Student Rec Center

Thad Long has 32 years of work experience in the field of recreation, and has worked with the BGSU Outdoor Program for the past nine years. He has 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

Communication Leadership: A Pathway to Success


Section: 1028/73092
Meeting Time: Mondays, 10:30-11:20 AM
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 - 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.

Women and Leadership

Section: 1092/76950
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 2:30-4:20 PM
Semester Length: Class meets on alternating weeks

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop knowledge of barriers to women’s leadership and strategies to navigate them.
  2. Understand different approaches to leadership and the philosophies that shape them.
  3. Apply concepts on gender and leadership to reflect on your own leadership potential. 

These learning outcomes will be achieved not only by course readings, discussions, and assignments, but also connecting and engaging with campus and local women leaders involved with BGSU including participating in the BGSU fall women’s leadership conferences Engage: Women in Politics & Women in Business Leadership.


Gray Strain

Position: Secretary - Center for Women and Gender Equity
Email: gstrain@bgsu.edu
Address: 279 Hayes Hall

Gray Strain was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and received their BA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Bowling Green State University in 2014. They went on to receive an MA in Gender & Cultural Studies from Simmons University in Boston, MA, with a research focus on transgender identity creation in video game and new media spaces. Gray is committed to inclusive and diverse representation in media, ongoing education around social justice issues, and intentional coalition-building on BGSU’s campus.

Pronouns: they/them/theirs – what is this?

Personal Finance and Investments


Section: 1027/73091 
Meeting Time: Mondays, 2:30-3:20PM
Semester Length: Regular Session 

Students will be taught the different types of investments as well as different types of bank products and how to manage these products. The academic theories for business that I would like to cover in this class:1. Short term vs long term payouts- when it comes to learning and academics we need to look at the long term pay out or goals instead of only focusing on the short term. 2. Sequencing investments- Examining what can be invested now, for the long term, waiting for the long term could be too late. 3. Good capital and bad capital, explaining the difference. I would also like to look at the different types of markets Dow Jones, Nasdaq, S&P 500 etc.

Students will engage with financial aid and discuss how to manage loans. Going to human resources discussing different investment opportunities through employment such as retirement options. Alumni who have graduated will speak with students, students will work with a bank representative concerning how to set up online banking. Examine the differences between banks, credit unions, & brokerage services.


Robyn Miller

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

Robyn Miller has a B.A in Business with an emphasis in Finance and Economic. She also has a Master’s in Human Services with an emphasis in Business. Before working at BGSU, Robyn was a relationship banker at JP Morgan Chase, where she had the Series 7,6,and 63 investment licenses.

Step by Step to College and Career Success

Section: 1023/73088
Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:20 PM
Semester Length: Regular Session
Instructor: Connie Disbro

Section: 1007/73002
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 4:00-4:50PM
Semester Length: Regular Session
Instructor: Alexis Martinez

Reserved for First Generation students in the TRIO Program

This course is for first generation college students who are participants in TRIO Student Support Services. The material for the course is based from the popular textbook: Step by Step to College and Career Success, a resource geared towards needs of First Generation College students. The purpose of the course is to learn more about TRIO Student Support Services; learn about the potential struggles and opportunities of first generation college students; 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 career choice.

The course aligns with the learning outcomes of BGSU 1910:

  • Engage students in the intellectual life of the university and the relevance of the seminar topic;
  • Connect students with faculty and peers;
  • and Involve students in co-curricular activities on campus and in the community.

Students will engage in the intellectual life of the university by participating in an event on campus of their choice: job fair, public speaker, campus organization event, etc. and will write about that particular experience. To engage students in the relevance of the seminar topic, students will read the text Step by Step to College and Career Success, view multiple videos/documentaries as well as read articles about first generation college students and write journal entry reflections on insights gained from this information. 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, be assigned in-class and out of class activities to practice these skills, learn about what it is like to be a first generation college student as well as what it means to be a TRIO Student Support Services participant. In this course students will be able to connect with faculty and peers for a first generation roundtable to learn about the challenges and opportunities of being a first generation student. Students will experience campus fest to learn what co-curricular activities are available on campus, will be required to attend a TRIO campus event, participate in National First Generation Day, and have the opportunity to reflect on what they learned in a campus event reflection.


Connie Disbro

Position: Program Advisor
Email: cdisbro@bgsu.edu

At a previous institution, I taught multiple sections of Freshman Seminar (a 1 credit hour course very similar to BGSU 1910) as well as teaching a section of BGSU 1910 last fall. My teaching experience also includes: Macroeconomics, Computer Foundations, Spreadsheets for Business, Introduction to Database Management, and Internet Literacy for Business.


Alexis DeAnda Martinez

Position: Program Advisor
Email: adeanda@bgsu.edu

Generation Falcon

Section: 1010/73084 CLASS IS NOW CLOSED
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 2:30-3:20 PM
Semester Length: Regular Session 

Section: 1003/73000  CLASS IS NOW CLOSED
Meeting Time: Mondays, 9:30-10:20am
Semester Length: Regular Session 

Section: 1011/76177 CLASS IS NOW CLOSED
Meeting Time: Thursdays, 1:00-1:50PM
Semester Length: Regular Session 

For students who participate in the Generation Falcon Summer Link Program

Generation Falcon is a comprehensive welcome to the Falcon Family that will introduce a variety of skills to assist with a successful transition to college for first generation students based in leadership theory and development. This seminar provides a place for first generation student to learn about themselves, their campus, and the community around them and how to apply their own leadership philosophy beyond the classroom. This course is intended for students who participate in the Generation Falcon Summer Link Program and will prepare students for future leadership roles within the Bowling Green State University community.

Themes from the Generation Falcon Summer Link Program that will be built upon include:

  • Discovering Your Learning Styles, Self-Concept, and Values
  • Study Strategies (notetaking, test taking, accessing resources)
  • Personal Development (time management, decision making, money matters)
  • Career Preparation

With a focus on leadership development, core content for the course will revolve around the understanding and practical application of leadership theories. Course topics include:

  • Transition & Academic Success
  • Student Leadership Challenge
  • Leadership, Values, and Ethics
  • Social Change Model
  • Servant Leadership & Transformational Leadership (Reciprocal Leadership Theories)
  • Followership
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence

Coty Behanna

Position: Assistant Director - Office of Residence Life
Email: cotyb@bgsu.edu

Coty Behanna is the Assistant Director for Academic Support & Assessment in the Office of Residence Life at BGSU. Coty has a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Women’s Studies from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Coty also holds a Master of Education in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland. Coty has instructed a variety of credit-bearing courses while at the University of Maryland both as a graduate student and while working as a full-time professional. These courses include facilitated courses on intergroup dialogue, leadership theory, and leadership for student paraprofessionals. As a first generation college student himself, Coty 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 - Office of Residence Life
Email: tshaal@bgsu.edu

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 a 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.