VIRTUAL SOAR MISSED COMMUNICATIONS

Keeping you informed is our No. 1 priority!
 
We know how important it is to be informed about your next steps to becoming a BGSU Falcon. For that reason, we wanted to share emails sent to incoming students and families in case we missed you or you overlooked a message. If you need help or have questions, please email orientation@bgsu.edu. Our job is to serve you. Every question is encouraged.

June 25, 2020

Our primary goal is to provide BGSU students with a robust, meaningful, and most importantly, safe experience both inside and outside the classroom in the coming academic year. Adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Ohio Department of Health guidelines requires rethinking the delivery of fall 2020 courses. This message is intended to provide clarity for what students can expect during fall 2020.

Courses will be delivered in three modes, which together will provide students opportunities to engage directly with faculty and peers while allowing flexibility to accommodate the needs of those who may be impacted by COVID-19. The combination of these delivery modes will also allow us to practice physical distancing in all of our classrooms. Physical distancing is central to the safety of students, faculty and staff.

The first delivery mode blends in-person and online elements. In these courses, referred to as hybrid, a faculty member might give a virtual lecture to all students in a class during a regularly scheduled period and then meet face to face with students in smaller groups during the rest of the week. Hybrid courses held in rooms that allow for sufficient physical distancing may be taught almost entirely in person with few online elements.

The second delivery mode is remote. Remote courses meet online during published scheduled days and times. Students in remote classes will have a high-level, real-time interaction with their faculty instructor and fellow students during the scheduled times.

The third delivery mode is online. Students taking online courses do not typically meet on specific days and times, which allows for a great deal of flexibility. Faculty still engage in robust interactions with their students throughout the course. Only courses specifically designed and approved for online delivery will be offered in this mode in fall 2020.

We appreciate your patience as we finalize our course schedule for fall 2020. We are excited to welcome you to campus. We will provide additional information throughout the summer to facilitate your transition to or return to Bowling Green State University.

Sincerely,


Joe Whitehead signature
Joe B. Whitehead Jr., Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Dear Student and family,

After you have your Fall 2020 class schedule, it's time to think about textbooks. You can automatically find the required textbooks for your courses by going to the MyBGSU Textbooks page. Click on "View Booklist" and then select a semester.  
 
The textbook website lets you compare prices on books to get the best deal. Instructors are adding course materials all of the time so check back if it says your course is awaiting information from the instructor. 
 
Here are some tips to help you through the textbook process:  

  • BGSU does not have a physical bookstore. All purchases are done online. The textbook website gathers pricing from many retailers to help you search for the best price. The final transaction for the items you add to your cart takes place on the retailer’s website(s). All refunds, returns and questions about your purchase should go through them.  
     
  • Read the information in the notes area below the professor’s name and course number before you start comparing. Your professor may require an access code that is only available directly from a publisher. The publisher’s website will be posted in the notes. There may also be a link to a free version listed in that area. 
     
  • You can use the tabs to compare prices for just new, used, rental or digital (eBook) items. Rentals and eBooks are a great way to save money. 
     
  • Allow at least two weeks for delivery of your textbooks. You can get your books delivered to the Student Union for pick up the first few weeks of classes. Use the address listed on the BGSU Textbooks page.   
  • The library may have free access to your textbook. Search for the item on the library’s website.

Welcome to the Falcon family! Please reach out with any questions about your textbooks.
  
BGSU Textbooks 
textbooks@bgsu.edu
419-372-7782

Dear Student and family,

As students prepare for the fall, your advisor, campus partners and even classmates will begin to send messages to your BGSU email.

In fact, you probably already have a lot of messages in your BGSU email, which is located in your MyBGSU account. Log in to your MyBGSU and the "Email" icon is at the top right. I also recommend adding it to your smartphone, if you have one. Here are those instructions - make sure you click on "Mobile Device."

Moving forward, the Office of Admissions and the Student Orientation, Advising & Registration (SOAR) team will continue to email your personal email in June and July, but they will copy your BGSU email in the hopes that you begin to check that on a regular basis. Come August and moving into the fall, your messages will only go to your BGSU email. 

Also, please remember to set up your voicemail on your phone, so you can receive messages from your advisor, who is putting together your Fall 2020 class schedule. 

Let me know if you have any questions. 

Callie Inkrott
Admissions Counselor
419-372-9682
inkroce@bgsu.edu

Dear Student,

Your health and wellness is a priority; therefore, BGSU requires that students have health insurance coverage.

If you already have coverage, you need to waive the BGSU-sponsored student health insurance plan by going into your MyBGSU account and clicking on Student Insurance Requirement, which is listed under Quick Links. Students who are younger than 18, though, will need to fill out this insurance waiver and email it back to me for processing. NOTE: It's important that you waive this because you will be automatically enrolled and billed if you don't.

If you would like to enroll in BGSU's health insurance, which is United HealthCare Student Resources, you go in to your MyBGSU and click on Student Insurance Requirement. 

Questions? Please contact the Student Insurance Office at studentins@bgsu.edu or 419-372-7495. I will gladly help you through the process.

Thank you,

Marlene Reynolds
Assistant Director

Dear Student and family,

Parking permits for the upcoming school year will be available for purchase in your MyBGSU account starting Aug. 3.

The permits are for those who plan to commute to BGSU or those who plan to live in a residence hall and bring their car to campus. Students with a disability placard are still required to purchase a parking permit, along with registering their disability placard/plate with Parking Services. 

In addition to following the directions below to purchase a parking permit online on Aug. 3, you can ask questions during your virtual SOAR orientation this summer.

To purchase a parking permit, starting on Aug. 3:

• Log into MyBGSU>Quick Links>Parking and add the vehicle license plates (up to four vehicles).

• At the payment option, click the drop-down menu and select Bill Bursar or Credit Card.

As a reminder, your license plate serves as your parking permit; you will not receive a physical parking pass. All student parking permits become valid the first Monday in August. To review parking options, please use this color-coded map

Questions? Please reach out to Parking Services at 419-372-2776 or parking@bgsu.edu.