Bowling Green State University

New BGSU contract calls for pay hikes, higher insurance premiums for faculty

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News Bowling Green State University faculty will receive raises of 8.5 percent over the life of a new three-year contract. That agreement was reached by negotiators representing the union and the administration. It still must be approved first by the membership of the BGSU Faculty Association-AAUP, and if that occurs, by the university trustees. The increases will be 3 percent in each of the first two years, and 2.5 percent in the third.  David Jackson, president of the faculty association, said the pay increase “continues the excellent progress toward the modest goal of getting our salaries up to our middle peers.” “Our goal is not to become the highest paid faculty in the state,” he said. “We’re trying to reach the median.” He said the association leadership will “strongly endorse” the agreement when it goes to a vote in mid-April. “I’m definitely pleased with progress over the last six years. Both sides have shown a commitment to that modest goal. That aspect is very, very positive.” The contract also calls for a pool of $580,000 for market adjustments of salaries. Speaking to Faculty Senate Tuesday, President Rodney Rogers also expressed his support for the agreement. The contract will allow the BGSU “to continue to move forward and focus on the future of our great institution.” Negotiations, which started in August, were largely without contention, Jackson said. Salaries and benefits, he said, “are always issues of great sensitivity on both sides.” He said the new contract shifts some of the costs of health care onto faculty. That’s more than made up for by the increase in salaries. “We’re not unaware that the university pays the bulk of our health care costs, and that health care costs are rising faster than cost of living,” Jackson said. He suggested there are other ways to structure premiums, including having those who earn less, pay less. But that will need to be studied after this contract is in place, he said. The contract also calls for change in titles of non-tenure track faculty. “No one likes to be defined by what they’re not,” he said.  Non-tenure track faculty, of NTTFs, will now be qualified-rank faculty with instructor, lecturer, and senior lecturer ranks to be called teaching or clinical  assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. “Changing titles is a recognition of  their equal status to other faculty,” he said. They are just as   “fundamental to the mission of the institution.” Jackson said: “We do a lot of excellent research here but we also do a lot of excellent teaching.” The long-term goal of the American Association of University Professors, and the BGSU chapter, is to secure tenure for these faculty. Faculty involved more heavily in teaching need it more, he said, since most challenges to academic freedom involve statements made in the classroom or in “extracurricular utterances” on social media or in print. However, he said, “the issue isn’t ripe yet.”

BGSU, faculty association reach agreement on 3-year contract

Bowling Green State University and the BGSU Faculty Association-AAUP have completed negotiations on a new three-year contract. The agreement was announced today (4-1-19) in a joint statement issued by BGSU President Rodney Rogers ad BGSU-FA President David Jackson. The agreement must still be ratified by union members.  The details of the contract will be circulated to faculty on Tuesday. If ratified, the agreement will be submitted to the university’s trustees for their review and approval at the May 3 meeting. According to the joint statement: “The proposed contract shows the commitment of the parties to empower and support faculty to achieve excellence, a key strategic objective of the University’s Strategic Plan. Both teams worked collaboratively and in good faith over the past year to achieve this goal. We continued to use the Interest-Based Bargaining approach, which allowed us to work in a collegial fashion to find creative consensus solutions that addressed the issues each party hoped to address.” This is the third contract since the faculty voted to unionize in fall 2010. The first contract took three years of often contentious negotiations to reach. The relations between the administration and the union have been more amicable since then. The full statement is below. April 1, 2019 Dear Colleagues,  We are pleased to share that the University and the BGSU Faculty Association-AAUP have completed negotiations on our third collective bargaining agreement which, when ratified by the BGSU-FA members and the BGSU Board of Trustees, will cover July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2022. As shared in previous joint communications on the bargaining process, and demonstrated by the agreements reached in our previous two contracts, both the University and BGSU-FA are committed to producing a fair contract that supports the broader mission of excellence in teaching/librarian effectiveness, scholarly/creative activities and service at BGSU. The proposed contract shows the commitment of the parties to empower and support faculty to achieve excellence, a key strategic objective of the University’s Strategic Plan. Both teams worked collaboratively and in good faith over the past year to achieve this goal. We continued to use the Interest-Based Bargaining approach, which allowed us to work in a collegial fashion to find creative consensus solutions that addressed the issues each party hoped to address. The proposed 2019-2022 Collective Bargaining Agreement between Bowling Green State University and the BGSU-FA will be distributed shortly. The timeline for both parties is to conduct the ratification vote by BGSU-FA members April 16-19; assuming ratification, the Collective Bargaining Agreement would be submitted to the BGSU Board of Trustees for its review and approval at the May 3, 2019, meeting. We extend our thanks to members of both bargaining teams for their hard work over the past year to bring us this proposed contract that we both believe will continue the strong relations between the University and the BGSU-FA to support the success of BGSU now and in the future. Regards, Rodney K. Rogers, Ph.D. President David J. Jackson, Ph.D. BGSU-FA President 

BGSU’s online programs for veterans ranked No. 1

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University’s online bachelor’s programs for veterans are ranked No. 1 in Ohio in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Program rankings, released earlier this year. “Bowling Green State University is proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as Ohio’s No. 1 university for online bachelor’s programs for veterans,” said BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers. “This ranking shows how we prepare our veterans to live meaningful and productive lives through our relevant academic programs that position them to achieve their dreams. As a public university for the public good, it’s our obligation to continue to focus on how we can be serve our veterans.” Only one other Ohio university made the list. BGSU is ranked No. 37 nationally in this category. “We foster a culture that is veteran friendly and our selection by U.S. News & World Report demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting our student veterans,” said Barb Henry, assistant vice president for non-traditional and transfer students. “We are proud of our long tradition as a welcoming community for active duty service members and military veterans and strive to provide highly individualized support and service to our military and veteran students who are completing their undergraduate degrees worldwide.” BGSU offers an eCampus option for students that features eight-week courses year-round with six different start dates. eCampus offers 16 degreed programs and 10 certificate/endorsement programs. Shawn Kegley, an active duty Air Force flight engineer, is one of the many students taking advantage of eCampus programming. He is majoring in Management and Technology with a concentration in Internet and Information Studies. His sister, a professor who teaches about half of her classes online, and his daughter, who participates in virtual high school, convinced him to try online classes. “I decided to take online classes for a couple reasons,” said Kegley, who lives in Florida. “First, my experience over the last few years has shown me that online classes are just as challenging, if not more, than traditional classrooms. Once I found out BGSU was offering a program in this field, and how accommodating they were with military students, I decided this was the program I wanted.” After more than 20 years in the military, Kegley chose the online Management and Technology program to get current skills, knowledge and technologies found in corporate America. “I’ve only been doing online school for one semester, but it has been very rewarding,” he said. “I love it, and actually look forward to getting home from work to do the assignments.” U.S. News & World Report rankings evaluate degree-granting online programs and regionally accredited institutions to compile these rankings. More than 1,500 online degree programs were assessed to compile this year’s ranking.

Grab & Go, latest effort to address food insecurity at BGSU, is off & running

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News Last summer Danielle Haynes, who was new to her job as coordinator of student case management at Bowling Green State University,  started hearing from students who didn’t have enough to eat. So she fed them. She had a basket in her office. At first it was filled with food she brought from home. “Then I went to grocery store a few times and bought them things with my own money.” She had a basket of groceries they could help themselves to. Chris Bullins, the  assistant dean of students, noticed. Haynes recalls Haynes asking her: “Are you buying groceries for students?” Grab and Go bags Bullins was able to get her $200, and Grab and Go was off and running. She now maintains a small pantry in a walk in closet filled with bags that contain cereal, oatmeal, rice, tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit, instant macaroni and cheese, chips, peanut butter, ravioli, and a small bag filled with toiletry items.  It’s enough for three days of breakfast lunch, and dinner as well as snacks. She said that summer proved a challenging time. Students were on campus to take courses, but the dining halls were closed.  But the need extends beyond summer. With shorter semesters, she said, some students who buy the basic Bronze meal plan are finding themselves coming up short because they need to stay on campus more. Often students who are the first in their families to attend college don’t have resources back home to fall back on. And more foster children, who are without family connections, are now attending BGSU.  Haynes’ project is the latest effort aimed at making sure students have enough to eat.  Falcon Care program started about five years ago. Mike Paulus, campus dining director with Chartwells, said he was approached by a student senator wanting to pursue opening a food pantry on campus.  “I’ve never seen a food pantry on campus effectively operate,” Paulus said. The pantries have a hard time keeping enough student volunteers to staff them. But he knew there was a need. He had a student employee who was living in his car. “A food pantry wouldn’t help him.” What Paulus helped launched was Falcon Care, which provides dining cards good for five meals. The cards are generic and can’t be identfied. Chartwells supplies the first 10 cards. Then students are encouraged to donate meal swipes at Oaks and Carillon Place.  But not everyone eats in those facilities, Haynes said. So she’s reaching out to the Greek community to donate swipes. She’ll attend their meetings and have the paperwork with her. Students apply for the cards through the dean of students office. Since Haynes arrived in April she’s given out 17 Falcon Care cards. This is all part of an increased focus on the issue of food security, which Sandra Earle, wife of President Rodney Rogers, has taken on as a cause. “I want students to have everything they need to be successful,” she told BG Independent News last fall. “I don’t want them worrying about what they’re going to eat. …  You need to be nourished to do well in college.” The Center for Community and Civic Engagement launched BGSU Ending Hunger to focus on the issue about two years ago. There’s a mobile food pantry that visits campus monthly during the fall and spring semester. The pantry’s first visit of the year was today. The next will be March 26, 2-4 p.m. in Lot N on the north side of Jerome Library. That mobile food pantry is open to anyone in need whether…

BGSU reports higher enrollment

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University’s overall enrollment for the spring 2019 semester is up 1.7 percent over spring 2018, meeting the University’s enrollment goals.  Total student enrollment for spring 2019 is 18,776, up from 18,459 in 2018. BGSU’s fall-to-spring retention rate improved to over 91 percent for spring 2019. These numbers are released every semester on the 15th day of classes, which marks official enrollment counts that are reported to the State of Ohio. BGSU introduced a new winter session this year, changing the academic calendar to accommodate the new three-week session. Enrollment for the first winter session was more than 1,000 students and included those participating in courses online, courses on campus and experiences both abroad and throughout the United States.  “Our students are engaged in a learning community at BGSU that prepares them to live meaningful and productive lives,” said BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers. “We continue to make tremendous progress in our levels of student success, including retention and recently achieving the highest four-year graduation rates in University history.” Undergraduate enrollment on the main campus for spring 2019 is up nearly 2 percent over last year with a headcount of 14,196 compared to 13,929 in spring 2018. Graduate headcount on the main campus is slightly down at 2,603 compared to 2,624 in spring 2018. BGSU Firelands saw a 3.7 percent enrollment increase, from 1,906 in spring 2018 to 1,977 in spring 2019.

BGSU won’t take over operation of Mercy College; will pursue alliance instead

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University will not pursue taking over ownership of Mercy College of Ohio. Instead the university is taking a new tack to build an alliance with the health science college.  In a letter Friday afternoon, BGSU President Rodney Rogers stated: “We have identified a more effective path forward with Mercy College remaining in operation. Because of this, we will not complete the transfer of operations at this time.” In September, officials at BGSU, Mercy College, and Mercy Health announced plans for the operations of Mercy College to be transferred from Mercy Health to BGSU. That transfer was due to occur this summer. In his letter, Rogers states that the university has been working through a complicated process of realizing that plan. “Through our due diligence, we have been working on complex transitions, along with regional political concerns.”  While the ownership was to have transferred in summer, officials expected the actual merging of the two operations to take as long as another three years. Changes made by Higher Learning Commission presented new possibilities of moving ahead with an alliance that would not require the transfer of operations to BGSU. Instead Mercy College would continue to remain as part of Mercy Health. That strategic alliance, the statement explained, would: ·         Provide the clinical pathway for future BGSU nursing students ·         Offer concurrent enrollment at BGSU and Mercy College ·         Offer dual degrees ·         Develop new, joint health care programs that are in high demand ·         Share resources, such as learning management software and data-driven student retention tools ·         Expand professional development options for faculty and staff ·         Expand student life opportunities at BGSU for Mercy students The letter also states that Mercy and BGSU are committed to exploring the construction of a joint facility somewhere between the two campuses. “It’s our shared goal to build upon the strengths of our organizations to better meet the educational needs of our students and the growing workforce demand for health care professionals in Ohio and across the nation,” Rogers wrote.  The Mercy College acquisition came about in the wake of the end of a consortium arrangement with the University of Toledo. Both BGSU and UT saw the need to increase the number of nurses they graduated, and that was not possible within the consortium. By taking over operations of Mercy College, BGSU was looking forward dramatically increase the number of nursing students. Rogers concluded: “We are confident this strategic alliance will help us accomplish our goals of providing outstanding academic health care programs to prepare our students to create public good.” Rogers’ letter follows: Dear Faculty and Staff, I want to update you on our progress in developing a closer relationship with Mercy Health and Mercy College of Ohio. It’s our shared goal to build upon the strengths of our organizations to better meet the educational needs of our students and the growing workforce demand for health care professionals in Ohio and across the nation. Our original effort focused on transferring the ownership of Mercy College to Bowling Green State University this summer. Through our due diligence, we have been working on complex transitions, along with regional political concerns. Additionally, recent changes from the Higher Learning Commission allowed us to broaden our discussions and explore new opportunities to build upon our relationship. We have identified a more effective path forward with Mercy College remaining in operation. Because of this, we will not complete the transfer of operations at this time. We are finalizing a strategic alliance that will: ·         Provide the clinical pathway for future BGSU nursing…

Sexual assault reported on BGSU campus

Bowling Green State University has received a new report of a sexual assault. A student reported that she was forced to perform oral sex in Kohl Hall in September by a male suspect who is known to the student. In announcing the incident the BGSU police stated: “University shares this information so that members of the community can take appropriate precautions. Campus notifications are made in compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Certain details in this alert are omitted to protect the privacy of the reporting party. “ For more information on sexual assault prevention and community resources visit BGSU Cares.

Missing student’s absence is voluntary, BGSU reports

Bowling Green State University is reporting that the  investigation by BGSU Police confirmed Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2018) that missing student Jacob Bromm’s absence is voluntary. According to a post on BGSU’s Facebook page Bromm “has indicated to law enforcement that he should not be considered a missing person.” “For privacy reasons, we are unable to share additional details,” the post continued. Bromm was reported missing after he had not been in contact with friends and family for more than a week over Thanksgiving break. The freshman from Troy Michigan, had told his parents he as not coming homer Thanksgiving and told friends he was taking an her from Kohl Hall to fly out west. The Facebook post states: “The University appreciates the outpouring of support from the BGSU community and people all across the country. Thank you for sharing our request for information and for your concern.”

Halloween bias incident counter to BGSU values, but did not violate code of conduct

Nine Bowling Green State University students who dressed up as Mexicans and denigrated the concept of cultural appropriation on social media will not face discipline under the student code of conduct, though they will be required to meet with administrators to discuss the Halloween incident. The fraternity has also agreed to other actions. In a statement to the BGSU community issued Wednesday President Rodney Rogers and Vice President for Student Affairs Thomas Gibson said the investigation into the action of nine fraternity members has been completed. Though Gibson and Rogers did not name the fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, has issued an apology for the incident. In the administration’s statement, Rogers and Gibson write: “While their actions were inappropriate and counter to BGSU’s Core Values on diversity and inclusion, the reported behavior is protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and our own policy on free speech and expression. Therefore, there was no violation of the student code of conduct.” The nine students, however, have been suspended from the fraternity for at least one year and must apply to be readmitted. In its apology, the fraternity said: “The costumes pictured were offensive, arrogant, and insensitive.” Pi Kappa Alpha promised to cooperate with the university on sanctions to the nine students. The behavior, the fraternity said, was “unacceptable,” and does not reflect “who we are a chapter or as citizens to the community.” The fraternity and administration agreed to a series of sanctions: • The chapter will appoint a Diversity and Inclusion Chair. The fraternity member appointed to this role will meet with staff from the Office of the Dean of Students to learn about campus resources to educate active and future members on diversity and inclusion. • The chapter will work with the Office of the Dean of Students to identify a speaker to come to campus next semester to talk about diversity and inclusion. All members of the fraternity will attend, and the presentation will be open to the campus community. • The chapter will identify a community service project for spring 2019 that focuses on the Latino/a/x community. In addition, the Office of the Dean of Students will meet with each of the students involved in the incident to discuss their choices and how they do not align with our values as a university.

Provost appointment leads to shifts in BGSU administration

In a message to the Bowling Green State University campus, President Rodney Rogers announced two key administrative shift. With the pending arrival of Joe Whitehead in January as the university’s new provost, John Fischer, who has been interim provost, will serve as senior vice provost for academic affairs during a transition period. His responsibilities will include oversight of undergraduate education and experiential learning, academic advising, eCampus and the development of new programs. Rogers stated: “He has also made critical and ongoing contributions to program development and student success. I know he will play an important role in supporting Dr. Whitehead as he transitions to Bowling Green State University.” He had been vice provost for academic affairs assuming the duties as interim provost in January. Also, Sheila Roberts, who has served as acting vice provost for academic affairs, will be going on administrative leave before returning to her position as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Whitehead will assume his duties as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs on Jan. 22. He currently is professor of physics at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University and senior adviser for research with the University of North Carolina System.  

Looted artifacts are making their way home to Turkey

By JAN LARSON  McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The 2,000-year-old artifacts looted from Turkey and sold to BGSU are being carefully packed up for their trip home. Officials from BGSU and Turkey shared the stage Tuesday morning to talk about how history is being righted with the return of the ancient art. “It is clear today that the best place for these is in the Republic of Turkey,” BGSU President Rodney Rogers said. The Turkish officials were grateful. “I know BGSU could have prolonged this process if they wanted to,” said Umut Acar, consul general for Turkey. The story of the mosaics is part history, part mystery. Dr. Stephanie Langin-Hooper, one of the people who solved the mystery of the mosaics, pieced together their story. About 2,000 years ago, a Roman family built a home in the area of Zeugma on the banks of the Euphrates River, said Langin-Hooper. They had a luxurious dining room floor created with custom mosaics of handcut stone and glass. The mosaics were a “marvel of artistic creation,” with intricate images of Bacchus the God of wine, theater masks and exotic birds. “Fast forward to the early 1960s,” Langin-Hooper said. “Zeugma and all of its glorious villas had long since fallen into ruin and been buried by the sands of time.” The artifacts were lost – except to looters, who were interested in profits not preserving art. Using crude methods, like pickaxes and sledgehammers, the looters removed at least 12 of the mosaic images and smuggled them out of Turkey. They were shipped halfway across the world. They ended up in an antiquities gallery in New York City, where they were fraudulently labeled with the provenance of a legal excavation in Antioch. It was there that BGSU officials spotted them and legally purchased them for $35,000. When the mosaics made a re-debut in 2011 at the newly constructed Wolfe Center for the Performing Arts at BGSU, a new professor on campus – Langin-Hooper – started researching the artifacts. She was assisted by Professor Rebecca Molholt of Brown University. “Together we began to suspect the truth,” said Langin-Hooper, who is now at Southern Methodist University in Texas. The mosaics were not artifacts delicately removed and sold with legitimate documentation – but rather art that had been illegally looted and smuggled out of Turkey. It has been seven years since the discovery. “Today is a triumph,” Langin-Hooper said. “The looted masterpieces get to go home.” The Turkish government sent over a delegation of officials to accept the mosaics and accompany them home. The news of the artifacts returning was broadcast live on Turkey TV. Though the mosaics had been restored and were being displayed in the arts building, BGSU officials knew they needed to be returned, said Ray Craig, dean of the college of arts and sciences. “They will be reunited with the mosaic known as the ‘gypsy girl,’” Craig said. Together, they will be displayed in the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in the city of Gaziantep. “Repatriation to Gaziantep is the right thing to do,” Craig said. “As a public university, it’s our responsibility to create public good.” And that responsibility does not end at the U.S. borders, Rogers said. “BGSU has a special obligation,” Rogers said. “That commitment extends to the world.” Langin-Hooper called the return of the artifacts a triumph for those who want to stop looting that continues till today. “How do we stop this destruction of the past – like this,” she said. It took just two weeks of research to discover that the origin of the mosaics had been misrepresented. Langin-Hooper also…

Physicist Joe Whitehead named provost at BGSU

Bowling Green State University has hired Dr. Joe B. Whitehead as  Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bowling Green State University. In a letter to the university community, President Rodney Rogers stated: “He will lead and support our faculty, implement academic priorities and oversee our academic programs and resources.” Whitehead will assume his new duties on Jan. 22. He currently is professor of physics at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University (NCAT) and senior adviser for research with the University of North Carolina System, North Carolina’s state office of higher education, where he manages an extensive portfolio of research initiatives. He has served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at NCAT, and as dean of the College of Science and Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi. Rogers wrote: “As provost at NCAT, he was successful in growing enrollment and retention, improving student success and raising the university’s research profile. As dean at Southern Mississippi, he led the development of new programs in engineering, science and logistics, and innovative initiatives to support students and increase research, scholarship and creative activities.” Whitehead is a physicist specializing in liquid crystal and polymer materials and  has held faculty appointments both in physics and chemistry. Whitehead earned both his master’s and doctorate in physics from Kent State University. Rogers served as provost at BGSU until he was first appointed interim president upon the retirement of President Mary Ellen Mazey. The BGSU Board of Trustees appointed him president on Feb. 28. John Fischer has been serving as interim provost. Rogers wrote of Fischer: “He has helped us not only to maintain our momentum but to launch promising new programs that raise our national profile and support our mission as a public university.”

BGSU on track to take over Mercy College by fall

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University’s acquisition of Mercy College is on pace to be completed by fall. Interim Provost John Fischer told Faculty Senate Tuesday that BGSU officials have been meeting with the nursing and health  college’s officials and students. On Monday, he said, Mercy faculty and staff received letters from BGSU assuring them that they will remain employed when BGSU takes over operation of the college. Pending state approval that will occur next fall. Completing the integration of the two institutions is expected to take up to three years. BGSU soon will file its application to transfer Mercy’s operations to the Higher Learning Commission. That application process will involved site visits to both Mercy and BGSU. In June the HLC will vote on whether to approve the transfer, If it approves, the transfer will happen within 30 days. Mercy will then become part of BGSU. But then it will take years to integrate its operations — financial aid, billing, course registration, email, and more — with the university. Fischer said that Mercy students are “very passionate” about being part of that college. Many are post-traditional students. Mercy students expressed concerns about what their diplomas will say when they graduate. BGSU officials said one of the attractions of the deal is Mercy’s success working with non-traditional students, something that’s essential for the university’s future health given the decline in the number of high school graduates. Fischer said that one change will be that senators from Mercy College will be seated in Faculty Senate next fall. How that happens will be driven by the Mercy faculty.  Fischer said that given enrollment is up at Mercy College, the transfer of operations should benefit BGSU financially. The transfer of operations was first announced in September. Mercy College has 1,300 students in Toledo and another 200 in an associate’s degree program in Youngstown.  BGSU is ending its nursing education consortium with the University of Toledo. That arrangement was ended, officials said, so each institution could explore other options that will result in the education of more nurses. The nation, they say, is facing a shortage of nurses and other health professionals. Students enrolled in that consortium will not have their studies interrupted.

BGSU honors 10 under 10

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS From basketball coaches and photographers, to environmentalists and advocates, leaders and visionaries, risk takers and dreamers, recent Falcon alumni are changing lives for the world. To honor the accomplishments of recent alumni, the Bowling Green State University 10 Under 10 Award was established in 2017. The 2018 class was honored during Homecoming festivities Oct. 12: Kate Achter ’08,’10 Kate Achter is a former women’s basketball player who led the Falcons to four MAC Championships and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 during her four years as a starter. During her senior year, she was named All-American and Mid-American Conference (MAC) Player of the Year. She is the only player in school history with 1,000 career points and 600 career assists. After playing professionally with Palaio Faliro in Greece and holding several assistant coaching positions at St. Bonaventure and Xavier, she was named the head women’s basketball coach at Loyola University in Chicago and is starting her third season at the helm of the Ramblers. She is a graduate of BGSU’s acclaimed sport management program and also has a master’s in sport administration. Leo Almeida ’10 Leo Almeida is a policy associate for the Nature Conservancy in Ohio, where he develops and executes strategies to broaden support for the organization’s climate and energy policies. He is actively involved in politics, having worked as a senior legislative aide in the Ohio Senate and volunteering for numerous organizations and election campaigns. He is particularly interested in engaging new Americans and the Latino community, as well as working with groups to promote voter registration and education about voter rights. As an immigrant, he has committed himself to helping others become U.S. citizens. He currently serves as president of the board of Community Refugee and Immigration Services, a nonprofit organization that helps refugees in the Columbus area find housing and employment and also learn English. He graduated from BGSU with a degree in ethnic studies. Scott Hochenberg ’12 After earning a master’s in sport administration from BGSU, Scott Hochenberg took a career path into public service after having the opportunity to intern at the Clinton Foundation. He now works as a program analyst for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he has received several awards for his teamwork, leadership and contributions. He held a previous role in USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab, where he worked on innovative practices to defeat extreme poverty. He also served as a three-term president of Young Professionals at USAID. He continues to give back to BGSU by hosting a student group at his agency’s offices in Washington, D.C., every spring. Sara Houlihan ’09 Sara Houlihan is a physical therapist at Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan in the departments of General Medicine, Oncology and Emergency Medicine. Since being promoted to her current position as a clinical specialist in 2017, she has played a vital role in developing the physical therapy program and new training methods for residents in the Emergency Department. She also is the lead trainer for the electronic medical record system. Houlihan has served BGSU in many capacities since earning her degree in applied health science, including as a member of the Pre-Professional Programs Advisory Board, Honors College Leadership Council member and as a BGSU One Day ambassador. She also coordinates clinical and observation opportunities for current students. PJ Jones ’10 PJ Jones earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from BGSU and went on to earn her master’s degree in educational leadership with an emphasis in higher education and student affairs from Western Michigan University. She…

BGSU working to get sexual violence victims to report assaults

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Mike Campbell, police chief and director of public safety at Bowling Green State University, knows what people do when they look at the Campus Security and Fire Safety Report. They scroll to the end where the numbers are. Numbers that show how many thefts and liquor code infractions there are. He knows what number is going to pop out on the 2018 report. In 2017 there were 20 rapes, all on campus,  reported, up from 14 reported in 2015 and eight reported in 2016. There were also seven reported cases of fondling when none had been reported before. That number comes with a caveat though. The key term is “reported.” Campbell said: “If we’re talking about those numbers themselves, it’s not completely unexpected.” The university has expanded its efforts to combat sexual violence, and a lot of that effort has been to increase reporting.  “We’re trying to create an environment  where people are comfortable reporting. …If we don’t know something transpired it’s difficult to support the survivor, and it gives us the ability to investigate that and hold someone accountable for their actions.” Jennifer McCary, the Title IX officer for BGSU, has been central in getting out the message that sexual assaults should be reported. She has given presentations to 2,100 students and about 200 faculty, who are required to report if a student tells them of an assault. She noted that nine of the rapes reported in 2017, actually happened in 2016. But neither McCary nor Campbell would say that the increase in the number represents just more reporting as opposed to an actual increase. “That’s always tough to discern,” Campbell said.  “Studies out there show approximately 90 percent don’t report their assaults ever,” he said. “Sexual violence is very underreported. Everything we can do that encourages those  victimized to report gives us the ability to investigate that crime but also to support that survivor.” McCary, who is assistant vice resident for student affairs, was hired as a result of the report by a task force on sexual violence that was created in response to protests in spring, 2017, over the way the university handled reports of rape and sexual violence.“We do have new student sexual misconduct and relationship policy,” McCary said. “We will investigate reports that come in.” A student may report an incident but may not want to pursue it, she said.  A student may talk about something to a professor, but will not want to go through the investigative process. If a student “is willing to participate,” fact-finding is conducted “to try to get as much information as possible,” McCary said. That may progress to disciplinary action. That process has resulted in students being permanently and temporarily removed from campus. That disciplinary process is under a shadow as institutions of higher education are awaiting new guidance from the US Department of Education. The current interim guidance was handed down under the Obama Administration. Officials are expecting that the new guidance will advise the use of the higher clear and convincing standard for determining guilt. The university uses a preponderance of evidence standard. By that standard a finding is made based on whether “it’s more likely than not” that there has been a policy violation. This is in keeping, McCary said, with the student code of conduct. Under the clear and convincing standard requires that it is “significantly more likely than not to determine whether there a policy violation,” which is closer to the criminal code. McCary said the policy was set up to allow for some flexibility if the standard…