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BGSU trustees approve new resort and attraction management degree

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Bowling Green State University trustees gave their stamp of approval to two new programs Friday and set tuition for another. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the creation of a bachelor of science in Resort and Attraction Management at Firelands College, where the trustees met. The program is being developed in partnership with Cedar Fair, the owner of Cedar Point and other amusement and water parks and hotels.  This will be one of two such programs in the country, said President Rodney Rogers. “This puts BGSU in a strong position. These are growing sectors of this economy.” Dan Keller, who chairs the trustees, agreed. “This is an exciting opportunity.” He noted he once made candy apples at Cedar Point. The program will be open to students who have already earned associate degrees from Firelands or any other college. The concept is for them to enter and move through the program as a cohort. The program will be offered in the new Firelands facility in Sandusky. That building includes classrooms, meeting spaces, and housing. The trustees also approved an agreement for the Lake Erie Port Authority to serve as a conduit for funds coming from Cedar Fair to help fund the facility. The program will call for students to complete several co-op and internship programs in the sector as well as complete a capstone project on a problem facing the industry. That project will be reviewed by industry professionals. Professionals will also be called upon to teach courses. Trustee David O’Brien asked about a course in risk management. Fischer said some areas are so particular they will have to taught by those with professional expertise. On Tuesday, Fischer told the BGSU Faculty Senate that the full-time director and faculty member will be hired. They could come from a range of academic disciplines. If all goes well the program will launch in late spring, 2020 with the first cohort doing their first internships with Cedar Fair. Also at faculty senate, Tim Tierney, a representative of undergraduate student senate, asked for more clarity on who will determine the conditions for the internships. Clayton Rosati, of the School of Media and Communication, expressed concern about safety conditions for interns. David Border, chair of faculty senate, said that faculty always have the right to approve or disapprove of internships and co-ops. Fischer also reassured Tierney that it would be BGSU that would make the final determination on who receives the scholarships sponsored by Cedar Fair. The trustees also approved new bachelor of arts in physics. This complements the existing bachelor of science in physics, Fischer said. The program is aimed at students who wish to major in physics, but do not come in with the calculus needed to begin their studies.  The program, Fisher said, is more applied and broader.  While students receiving a bachelor of science in physics pursue graduate studies, those receive a BA would go directly into industry. John Laird, who chairs the Department of Physics and Astronomy, told faculty senate in October that there is a demand in a variety of fields for students who have degrees in physics. The trustees also voted to approve tuition for the new online Masters of Business Administration degree.  The tuition for the total program will be $19,040 ($595 per credit hour) for in-state students who complete the 32-credit-hour program within five semesters. Vice President for Finance Sheri Stoll said that this will allow those students the flexibility that eCampus offerings are intended to provide. Out-of-state students will pay $19,392 ($595 per credit hour, plus an $11 per…


Trinidy Jeter wins BGSU staff rookie honors

By BGSU Office of Marketing & Communications Although she may be a rookie in terms of her time on the job, Trinidy Jeter is a seasoned professional in terms of accomplishment. In her two years at BGSU Firelands as coordinator of student and campus activities, she has had a transformative impact on the campus that has reached out into the community. Jeter was named the Administrative Staff Rookie of the Year at the annual Administrative Staff Council reception April 19. The award recognizes an employee who has been with BGSU between one and three years and who has played a key role in implementing a new idea, program or procedure designed to enhance student recruitment, retention or engagement. Jeter has done all three, say her nominators. “In her short time here at Firelands, she has truly changed our campus climate to one that fosters student engagement, diversity and inclusion,” wrote sociology faculty member Julie Didelot. Under her leadership, the number of student organizations has increased from fewer than 10 to more than 20. She created new opportunities for students to express and develop their interests, forming Firelands’ first a cappella choir and hosting its first drag show and first poetry slam, “The Art of Spoken Word.” “In addition to expanding the number and scope of student organizations, she implemented budget training for student officers as well as training for club advisers,” Didelot said. “Further, she has encouraged student leaders to attend off-campus leadership development conferences, facilitating their ability to attend and escorting them to the conferences.” To further encourage student engagement, she transformed the annual Welcome Back Picnic to a student involvement fair, with booths representing the organizations plus nonprofit community agencies. Jeter made Firelands a part of the Bowling Green campus’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Challenge for the first time this year, engaging students, faculty and staff in community projects. She has found other impactful ways to engage Firelands with the community. “One of Trinidy’s monumental projects was utilizing the common read book, ‘The Other Wes Moore,’ to connect the college community with surrounding communities,” wrote Brigitte Green-Churchwell, director of student academic enhancement and disability services. “Engaging students, from elementary to the university, in a cross-cultural perspective of the text, Trinidy extended the academic value and learning through this multifaceted venture.” Jeter also secured scholarships for the Nehemiah Youth Center, the Erie County Detention Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Sandusky to participate in the common read and to provide a book for each student. In addition, she arranged for faculty members to lead on-site discussions in addition to dialogues on campus and in community libraries themed around identity and designed to demonstrate that college is within citizens’ grasp. This included hosting the author on campus and inviting youth groups and library patrons to participate. “Future Falcons were definitely identified that evening,” Green-Churchwell said. The momentum continues. The activity turned into a book club series for the young men and women in the detention center and two faculty members continue to bring new texts and discussions. “The staff of the detention home acknowledge what a positive impact this connection with the college has made in the lives of these young people,” Church-Greenwell wrote. She created a community discussion initiative on understanding election and ballot matters and another as a forum on controversial issues.