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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…


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,…


BGSU cited as one of the top in the country from student engagement

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University has been recognized as one of the best universities in the country for student engagement. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings placed BGSU at No. 20 nationally in student engagement among public universities. The WSJ/THE rankings are “designed to answer the questions that matter most to students and their families when making one of the most important decisions of their lives — who to trust with their education.” Student engagement examines factors such as engagement with campus, interaction with teachers and other students, and the number of accredited programs. BGSU scored especially high in the student rankings, according to the data published as part of the study. BGSU was recognized by students for being their right choice, providing an inspiring environment and for being worth the cost. On a scale of zero to 10, with 10 representing strongest agreement, BGSU students gave the University the following scores: Right choice: If you could start over, would you still choose this college? — 8.4/10 Inspiring: Does your college provide an environment where you feel you are surrounded by exceptional students who inspire and motivate you? — 7.6/10 Worth the cost: Do you think your college will be worth what you and your family are paying? — 8.1/10 “As a public university focused on preparing students for success beyond graduation, we know that connecting with students in meaningful ways plays a critical role in their achievement,” said BGSU President Rodney Rogers. “Because student engagement and outcomes are key to these rankings, they reaffirm the work of our faculty and staff in providing our students with rich and diverse learning environments.” Data sources for the rankings include the Times Higher Education U.S. Student Survey of nearly 200,000 current students and the annual Times Higher Education Academic Reputation Survey, along with public data on areas including completion rates, graduate employment and loan repayments.


Trustees approve study of transfer Mercy College to BGSU

The Bowling Green State University trustees approved a motion to explore the possibility of merging with Mercy College. The university and Mercy Health announced their intent to transfer the operations of Mercy College to BGSU earlier this month. This would also allow the university to explore additional collaborations with Mercy Health, BGSU President Rodney Rogers said. The transfer is expected to take three to four years to realize. The resolution gives Rogers and other top university officials the authority to make the decisions to realize the transfer. “I think this is a wonderful day for the university,”  said Daniel Keller, chair of the trustees. Acknowledging the work ahead for university personnel, he added: “The board will be fully supporting of you in your efforts.”


BGSU gets $1 million from National Science Foundation to promote women in STEM

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University has earned a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $984,484 to support the “BGSU ALLIES: Building Inclusive Leadership Practices and Policies to Transform the Institution” project. This award is given to qualifying institutions demonstrating a desire for social and institutional reform. The award is granted through NSF’s Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) program. The mission of ADVANCE is to develop systemic approaches to include, enhance and highlight the contributions of women in academic STEM careers. ADVANCE works to identify and eliminate organizational barriers that inhibit the full participation and advancement of diverse faculty in academic institutions. The BGSU ALLIES project will focus on how administrators and faculty allies can work collaboratively to reduce biases and transform institutional policies and practices regarding gender equity. The project will adapt strategies to create allied partnerships between faculty departments and administrative leaders to produce a unified program of inclusive institutional operations. “By making allyship and inclusive leadership the expectation and norm at BGSU, the ALLIES program will directly help the University achieve its mission,” said Dr. Peg Yacobucci, professor of geology and principal investigator (PI) for the grant. “Our goal is to provide individual faculty with the tools they need to promote positive change and actively combat bias while also building a supportive network across campus.” Yacobucci will serve as the project director, coordinating all project activities and assisting the development of faculty ally workshops. In addition to faculty workshops, BGSU ALLIES will support online professional development training modules, revise University policies and processes and collect data on faculty success. BGSU also will host a regional conference to share best practice research with other area institutions. “The BGSU ALLIES program will bring together BGSU faculty and administrators to transform the policies and practices which impede the recruitment and career advancement of women faculty members in STEM fields at our university,” said Dr. Mike Ogawa, vice president of research and economic engagement at BGSU. “This is important work because it will also positively impact the career growth of all women faculty members at BGSU.” This project is unique in that most research in ally building in higher education focuses on what STEM means for students while BGSU’s ALLIES project will contribute new and important information regarding gender equity for faculty and administrators working in the STEM fields. The long-term goal of the project is to enhance the University’s mission of building an inclusive environment dedicated to collaboration and shaping innovative leaders regionally, nationally and globally.


BGSU to host all-day opioid teach-in, Sept. 25

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATION Bowling Green State University will host “Change the Story: Opioid Teach-In” on Sept. 25 to raise awareness about the opioid crisis, make connections to existing resources, research and data, and to apply BGSU expertise to help individuals gain practical skills to help the community. The event is open to community members interested in or affected by the opioid crisis. Sessions will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in various rooms in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. “Because of our knowledgeable faculty and staff, across disciplines, Bowling Green State University is uniquely positioned to examine the opioid crisis facing the region and the country,” said Dr. Melissa Burek, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services. “We hope to increase awareness of this epidemic as well as explore solutions for positive change.” Topics of the teach-in include: National context of crisis Family experiences Neurology of addiction Recovery Treatment Urban, suburban and rural justice responses Prevention Policies and approaches to changing the story The opioid crisis affects nearly every community and the country at large. It is projected that opioid use may result in the deaths of more than 500,000 people over the next 10 years at the present trajectory. In Ohio, opioid overdoses and deaths are among the highest in the nation. By hosting the opioid teach-in, the University takes a leadership role in education and solutions for this epidemic. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in any session of interest. Sessions will vary from informational videos, discussion panels, training seminars and story sessions to presentations by individuals who have experienced addiction as well as families affected by the opioid crisis. BGSU also has created “Change the Story: An Original Film,” offering important techniques to lead safe and informative discussions for positive change in the way the community views the opioid crisis. BGSU has brought together knowledgeable faculty and leading community members to share their expertise. Sessions will be led or facilitated by representatives from local health and safety organizations, including the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board, Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the Zepf Center, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Northwest Community Correctional Center. Burek added that, in addition, BGSU students have been a valuable part of the planning process. In keeping with BGSU’s role as a public university invested in the public good of the region, the teach-in will help individuals responsibly address the crisis in their fields, occupations and neighborhoods. The knowledge and skills of University faculty will go on to educate the public and make a lasting impression on the health and well-being of our community, she said. Find more information on teach-in session themes, locations and times, visit bgsu.edu/events/opioid-teach-in.


BGSU eyes Mercy College partnership as way to expand its nursing program

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University announced Wednesday an agreement with Mercy Health that will dramatically increase the number of nursing students it educates. BGSU and Mercy Health have signed a letter of intent to transfer operations of Mercy College of Ohio to the university. This marks just the first step of the transition that could take up to four years to finalize. First the trustees of BGSU, Mercy Health, and Mercy College need to approve the plan, then it will need to run a gauntlet of state, federal, professional and accrediting boards. That’s expected to take about a year. Then finalizing the arrangement will take  another two to three years. While many details are yet to be worked out, the goal is for BGSU to increase to 2,000 the number of nursing students. It now has about 350 who receive their clinical training through partnership with the University of Toledo. Earlier that summer the two institutions announced that partnership will end in 2022. Mercy College now has 1,300 students in Toledo and another 200 in an associate’s degree program in Youngstown. None of the students currently in either the BGSU or Mercy programs will not be affected by the change.  “This is an exciting day,” BGSU President Rodney Rogers said at a press conference announcing the partnership. “Clearly there is a tremendous need to insure we’re growing the number of nursing graduates.”  Bob Baxter, president and CEO of Mercy Health-Toledo Region said: “The demand for nurses and other allied health professionals far exceeds the supply in Ohio and the nation.”  By 2024 the country will need a million more nurses. That demand is driven by the aging of baby boomers, retirements in the health care field, and increasing demand by consumers for health care close to home. He said that the partnership builds on BGSU’s depth of academic programs and Mercy College’s 100 years of educating nurses.  The collaboration with Mercy Health will also offer BGSU faculty and students opportunities for research. Because of Mercy’s statewide network, clinical opportunities will be available around the state closer to here many BGSU students live. In entering into this plan, Baxter said, Mercy Health is responding to changing market conditions and the reduction in reimbursement for hospital-based nursing education programs. The transfer will allow Mercy Health to be able to focus on “its core business.” The need to educate more nursing students was behind the ending of the BGSU-UT consortium.  “At both institutions we were having very high quality, qualified students who weren’t able to get into the nursing program,” Rogers said. The two institutions felt separately they could pursue ways to educate more. Rogers said he would hope to have more nursing students than Mercy and BGSU now have. Rogers praised the “personalized education” Mercy offers to both traditional and nontraditional students in its nine degree programs and six certificate programs to insure they are successful. BGSU has been working to increase its programs for non-traditional students (those who do not go directly to higher education from high school), and “honestly Bowling Green will learn from some of the great work they do.” He said that the meshing of a public university and a Catholic institution is not such an “odd combination” “In fact, it’s a great…


BGSU sees enrollment gains from home & abroad

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News With undergraduate enrollment up 1.2 percent at Bowling Green State University, Cecilia Castellano, vice provost for strategic enrollment planning, has reason to smile. Ask her about the 16 new students from Vietnam and then she really beams.  Those students are part of one of the trends BGSU is bucking that helped it achieve an increase in enrollment.  The number of international students seeking higher education in the United States has been declining for several years. BGSU’s international enrollment is up 18 percent, mostly undergraduates. The top countries  sending students are China, Vietnam  and Saudi Arabia  with Vietnam being a new market. There could be more foreign students, said Dean of the Graduate College Margaret Booth. Visas are often taking months longer for students to obtain. What  once took one to two-months now can take up to six months in some countries. A number of those students have already told the university they plan to come in January, she said. “I am very pleased we have 16 freshmen from Vietnam,” Castellano said. She traveled to Vietnam in April to meet with the prospective students and their families. She feels that the community of Bowling Green as well the university helped bring the students here. It’s a place families feel comfortable sending their offspring.  The university issued its 15th day enrollment report Tuesday, and it showed total student enrollment is 19,540, up from 19,331 in 2017, about 1 percent. BGSU enrolled 6,700 new students “We’re very pleased with the continued growth in enrollment,” said President Rodney Rogers. Also, enrollment at BGSU’s Firelands campus increased by 1.4 percent to 1,997. “We’re reversing a trend we’ve seen over several years of a decline in two-year regional campuses,” Rogers said. That number includes more than 200 students taking part in the Pathways program through which students enrolled at Firelands study on the Bowling Green campus as a way of easing their transition to the four-year school. BGSU now has 14,861 undergraduates compared to 14,682 in fall 2017. The number of graduate students stayed about the same with 2,682. Booth said there’s more to that number, though. Last academic year the university awarded a 131 more graduate degrees than the previous year. So for the number to remain steady more new graduate students had to be recruited. Also, Booth said, the university has a new seven-week session. This is used mostly for eCampus courses but is available to other programs. Some professional masters programs are using it. So Booth expects a bump in enrollment in October. The university also reported that 77 percent of the students who enrolled in fall, 2017, have returned, marking another continued improvement. That’s crucial for BGSU’s state funding, which is determined on retaining and graduating students.  “Post-traditional” students, any who do not come to higher education directly from high school, are also boosting the universities enrollment. Booth said the university is creating pathways for its masters degrees for professionals to make it easier for them to get degrees. The university eCampus and distance learning programs are up, Booth said. BGSU also saw an increase in the number of high school students taking courses through the College Credit Plus program. BGSU now has1,583 students, up 18 percent from last year, enrolled in the program. Castellano noted that…


Explorer-scientist to discuss the future of the world’s oceans at BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Dr. Sylvia Earle is known as a trailblazer for the world’s oceans. She also is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who will come to Bowling Green State University for two days to explore the value of our waters with the public, students and faculty. As this year’s McMaster Visiting Scientist, she will present “The World Is Blue” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in 202A Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Her presentation is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow her talk. Earle’s reputation as an ecologist and conservator of marine ecosystems aligns with BGSU’s expansive involvement in the research and work being done on water quality locally, nationally and internationally. The lecture this year is focused on the importance of taking care of our water systems. Based on her book “The World Is Blue,” Earle will discuss how our fate and the oceans’ are one. She will share stories that put the current and future peril of the ocean and the life it supports in perspective for a public audience. Earle is founder of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.) / Mission Blue and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc. (DOER). She is chair of the Advisory Council for the Harte Research Institute and former chief scientist of NOAA. The author of more than 200 publications and leader of more than 100 expeditions with over 7,000 hours underwater, Earle is a graduate of Florida State University with M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University and 27 honorary doctorates. Her research concerns the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and development of technology for access to the deep sea. She is the subject of the Emmy® Award-winning Netflix documentary “Mission Blue,” and the recipient of more than 100 national and international honors and awards, including being named Time magazine’s first Hero for the Planet, a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, 2014 UNEP Champion of the Earth, Glamour magazine’s 2014 Woman of the Year, a member of the Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, and winner of the 2009 TED Prize, the Walter Cronkite Award, the 1996 Explorers Club Medal, the Royal Geographic Society 2011 Patron’s Medal, and the National Geographic 2013 Hubbard Medal. The McMaster Visiting Scientist program is underwritten by an endowment funded by Helen and the late Harold McMaster. The longtime BGSU benefactors, from Perrysburg established the interdisciplinary program to bring eminent scholars or practitioners from the fields of chemistry, biology, geology, physics or astronomy to the University. The event is hosted by the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Biological Sciences. For more information visit bgsu.edu/sylviaearle.


BGSU hires new top fundraiser

Bowling Green State University has hired a top fundraiser from Southern Methodist University as its new vice president for University Advancement and president of the BGSU Foundation. President Rodney Rogers announced the hiring of Pam Conlin to lead BGSU’s advancement and alumni efforts.  She will assume her new position on October 8. In making the announcement, Rogers wrote: “Now more than ever, universities need strong philanthropic support to achieve their vision. As a public university focused on creating public good, we must increase our support for scholarships, professorships, facilities and programs. We are confident that, with her expertise, Ms. Conlin will be a strong leader for these efforts. Her immediate priority will be strengthening our engagement and outreach to successfully complete our Changing Lives for the World campaign.” Conlin has worked at Southern Methodist since 1999 in positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, as assistant vice president for principal and major gifts, she worked to develop and implement an aggressive plan for growth. Prior to that, as assistant vice president for university development, she played a key role in that university’ capital campaign that concluded in 2015, well exceeding its $1 billion goal. Conlin received her undergraduate degree from Miami University. She and her husband have family in Michigan. Shea McGrew left the job in March  with the Changing Lives for the World campaign halfway to its $200 million goal. Dr. Bill Balzer has been serving in that role as an interim.


Preliminary enrollment numbers adding up for BGSU

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University Faculty Senate opened the new academic year hearing some positive, if preliminary, numbers about enrollment. Cecilia Castellano, vice president for strategic enrollment planning, reported in response to a question from President Rodney Rogers that as of today the university has 6,648 new students.  That includes traditional first year students, transfer students, more than 200 in the Firelands Pathways program, high school students taking College Credit Plus courses, and students taking courses through BGSU eCampus. “We have every reason to be pleased,” Rogers said. Interim Provost John Fischer reported the numbers in more details but still in broad strokes, because they can still “wobble,” he said. Students are still enrolling in College Credit Plus and eCampus and some students are deciding to leave BGSU. The official enrollment numbers will be announced on Monday the 15th day of the semester. Still administrators couldn’t hold back the good news. For the fifth year in a row, Fischer said, this is “the most academically prepared entering class we’ve had.” That includes an increase number of top scholars who have an ACT score of 27 or higher and a GPA above 3.7. Programs such as Forensic Science and Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Law are “resonating with students who are looking for rigorous academic programs.” This is the most diverse class, Fischer said, with 23 percent being students of color. He added: “We can’t just recruit students in, we have to create the environment that supports and welcomes them and helps them meet their academic and career goals while they’re here.” Later, in response to a question, Castellano said that the number of international students, both undergraduate and graduate, has increased about 10 percent. That bucks a national trend. She cited China, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia as the countries leading the way. She also said that more international graduate students are opting to stay to complete their degrees. Fischer said that the College of Technology. Architecture and Applied Engineering has seen a 35-percent growth in overall student population. That reflects an interest in the eCampus and in the growth of aviation and mechatronics. The College of Musical Arts, BGSU’s smallest college, is also seeing double digit growth. Fischer also said BGSU expects to see an increase in the retention rate. That measures the number of first-year students who return for their sophomore year. That number is expected to rise to just over 77 percent. The College of Business and the College of Arts and Science have seen particular progress in that area.  That’s especially notable for the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college. “For a college the size of Arts and Sciences, that’s a hard number to move.”


BGSU hosting dialogue on race

From the BGSU OFFICE OF RESIDENCE LIFE Bowling Green State University is hosting  Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, current President of the American College Student Personnel Association (ACPA), for an honest dialogue across race. The session will be held Wednesday, September 5, 1:00pm 2:30 p.m. in room 201 of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. It is designed to help participants move into deep, authentic conversation. Topics of Discussion include: Acknowledging the impact and power of coded language Understanding of microaggressions and how they impact their targets Interrupting (effectively) offensive language Managing triggers as we converse across difference A session geared toward faculty and staff will be held Thursday, 10:30 a..m to noon, also in BTSU 201. Topics of Discussion include: Understanding microaggressions and the impact of coded language Balancing both legal and ethical First Amendment concerns Beginning to create a system of support for targeted minoritized students Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington is the president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group (WCG). In October of 2015, WCG was named by the Economist as one of the Top 10 Global Diversity Consultants in the world. He is the President and Co-Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute and the President of ACPA, American College Educators International. Dr. Washington has served as an educator, administrator, and consultant in higher education for over 34 years. Dr. Washington is invested in working with colleges and universities to build capacity for greater inclusion in support of student learning and development. He works with campus leaders, staff, faculty and students to create a culture that values, respects and includes all of its members, while helping campuses to address the historical and residual impacts of exclusion. Leadership, Change Management and Social Justice Issues are at the core of his work. He has received many awards and honors. Most recently he was honored with the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Legends of Excellence Award for his contribution to the lives and education of Black and LatinX faculty, staff and students. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key, Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Delta Kappa and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc. Dr. Washington earned his B.S. degree from Slippery Rock State College; a double Masters’ of Science degrees from Indiana University/Bloomington; a Ph.D. is in College Student Development, from the University of Maryland College Park; and a Masters of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity. He serves as the Pastor of Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore and is the grandfather of seven and great uncle to seven.


Money Magazine praises BGSU for affordability

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University has once again been recognized for its commitment to quality and affordability. Money Magazine recently placed BGSU on its list of “Best Colleges for Your Money,” based on 26 measures of educational quality, affordability and alumni success. “As public University, our mission is to create public good. We do that by preparing our graduates to live meaningful and productive lives,” said BGSU President Rodney Rogers. “This ranking is evidence of our commitment to affordability, the high-value of our degrees and our responsibility to provide an education that is the foundation of success for our alumni and their families.” According to the magazine’s methodology, these rankings combine pricing estimates with indicators of alumni financial success. In a similar ranking, The Economist magazine named BGSU first among public universities in Ohio for boosting former students’ earnings 10 years after college and 97 percent of BGSU graduates report that they’re employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation. BGSU has more than 180,000 living alumni residing in all 50 states and around the world. Business Insider has also ranked BGSU Ohio’s No. 1 university for quality and affordability. The University’s commitment to affordability is evidenced by its Falcon Tuition Guarantee, which ensures that students know from the start how much their education will cost.