On August 7 Bowling Green State University Firelands College students will participate in a pinning ceremony in conjunction with their attainment of an associate of applied science degree in radiologic technology or diagnostic medical sonography.

“We are proud of our graduates who have completed the program and have chosen to work in an admirable profession for the delivery of healthcare,” said BGSU Firelands Sonography Program Director Cara Vickery.

The graduates have completed a rigorous program that included a two-year clinical internship and they have earned the right to take the national registry exam.

“Many of these students will continue their education in advanced placement for

vascular and cardiac sonography, radiation therapy, mammography, CAT scan, or MRI, and will work toward a bachelor’s degree. We congratulate them all,” said BGSU Firelands Radiology Program Director Sylvia Fedro.

The graduates are:

BGSU Firelands 3rd class of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Graduates

Alyson C. Aponte                     Amherst

Brianna K. Bloomberg            Bellevue

Kayleah Burchett                    Sandusky

Ashley M. Kocher                    Bellevue

Katharine L. Rathbun              Clyde

Jessica L. Yonek                       Sandusky


BGSU Firelands 11th class of Radiologic Technology Graduates

Tabitha M. Albert                   Norwalk

Laura R. Bates                         Huron

Elizabeth M. Butcher              LaGrange

Luke T. Calmes                        Fremont

Melani A. Crawford                Amherst

Stacy L. Crowell                      Sandusky

Megan R. Dale                          Bellevue

Ryan D. Ebert                          Bellevue

Holly R. Hrovat                        Vermilion

William W. Sberna                  Bellevue

Summer M. Seitz                    Sandusky

The pinning ceremony is a 1,000-year old symbol of service to others.  The earliest ancestor of the pin dates back to the Maltese Cross and was adopted by the Crusaders.

The ceremony will be held Sunday, August 7 at 1 p.m. in the Cedar Point Center at BGSU Firelands. The Dean of Firelands College Dr. Andrew Kurtz, Assistant Dean Dr. Kate Dailey, Department Chair of Applied Sciences Dr. Cynthia Miglietti, Fedro, Vickery, Radiology Clinical Coordinator Valerie Glowacki, and Sonography Clinical Coordinator Dana Eskins will preside over the event.

Huron, Ohio – Bowling Green State University Firelands College has announced they will offer an opportunity for prospective students to complete the majority of their enrollment needs at a ‘one-stop’ event on Wednesday, August 3 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event is designed for students who are transferring from another college, re-enrolling at BGSU Firelands after a lengthy absence, or are enrolling at the Huron-based college for the first time.

Prospective students can be admitted to the college, register for classes, speak with financial aid counselors, and complete assessment testing if needed – all in one night.

BGSU Firelands is also offering an application fee waiver for prospective students who enroll during this special event.

College administrators are reminding prospective students that they must bring specific documents for an on-site admission decision to be made on the same evening; however, if the prospective students do not have the necessary documentation, they are still encouraged to attend.

Prospective students should bring high school and/or college transcripts.  Transfer students who have less than 30 semester hours or 45-quarter hours, and new students, should bring high school transcripts.  ACT/SAT results are NOT required.

No appointments are necessary and everyone is welcome.  The event is being held in the BGSU Firelands North Building on Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m.  For additional information, individuals may call the Office of Admissions at 419.372.0607 or refer to the web site at www.firelands.bgsu.edu/admissions/quickenroll.html

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jolene_buehrer_bgbp3057 genovese2Huron, Ohio – Bowling Green State University Firelands College has announced the appointment of two academic department chairs for four year terms from 2016 – 2020.

Jolene Buehrer, Milan, has been appointed to the position of chair of the humanities department.  Buehrer is a senior lecturer in humanities and is currently serving as the interim chair of the humanities department.  She has been employed at BGSU Firelands since 2000 starting as an adjunct faculty member and becoming full-time faculty in 2003.  Buehrer earned her doctoral degree in American literature from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, and previously taught at Mount Mary College, Yankton, S.D.  She also has more than 15 years of experience in public relations at Sacred Heart Health Services, Yankton.

Christine Genovese, Norwalk, has been appointed to the position of chair of the natural and social sciences department.  Genovese is an associate professor of biology and has been employed as a full-time faculty member at BGSU Firelands since 1998.  Her previous experience included 15 years of teaching and research at institutions including John Hopkins University, Baltimore, and York College, Jamaica, N. Y.  Genovese earned her doctoral degree in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Both terms will become effective on August 10, 2016.

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Huron, Ohio – Bowling Green State University’s Firelands College has announced its Dean’s List for the 2016 spring semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must have carried 12 or more graded hours during the semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or above.


Dillon Berkey

Robert Biehl

Shelbie Close

Casie Hinojosa

Salina Hughes

Shelby Janka

Brian Reinhart

Laiken Tester

Berlin Heights

Brandon Lowder

Patrick Walker

Anna Weilnau


Jade Bolinger

Mason Dye

Charity Hupp

Chelsea Legg

Tobias Miller

James Stewart

Allyson Tuttle


Victoria Hahn


Kierston Rospert

Tamara Webb


Jennifer Carter

Brianna Frost

Green Springs

Clara Sewell


Beth Beck

Ian Byington

Sarah Donahue

Cali Haas

Jonathan Harris

Alisia Kelley

Kathryn Kreider

Bridget Moriarty

Aubrey Notestine

Rachel O’Leary

Jenna Witter


Denise Nagle

Lakeside Marblehead

Rebecca Cover

Lorraine Neer


Katelyn Alexander

Whitney Baughman

Jaime Danda

Luke Frankboner

Tanner Whitacre

Carissa Wright


Jessie Fitch

Carson Sparks

Kerry Steward

North Fairfield

Morgan Bradberry

Josey Brown

New London

Alexandria Hovatter


Kelstin Barna

Jamie Barron

Shelbi Brown

Larry Case

Cody Gregory

Madeline Hoag

Almira Hulin

Sydney Kramer

Joseph Ludewig

Robin Miller

Audrey Nutter

Katherine Parker

Wilma Polin

Vanessa Radcliffe

Elizabeth Raftery

Daniel Rockwell

Jason Shenefield

Allison Stang


Kari Odegaard

Port Clinton

Alyssa Biro

Elizabeth Royster

Abigail Spitler

Patrick Tupa


Eric Adkins

Corey Baer

Joshua Bahnsen

Sheila Baum

Karalee Bosworth

Zachary Braun

Tyler Brownell

Jennifer Burke

Shandra Coder

Sara Cordle

Ryan Ebert

Heather Eckert

Taylor Ferrell

Jillian Gosser

Christopher Graham

David Grimes

Ryan Grondin

Evan Hachey

Robert Herrin

Myroslava Hiser

Taylor Hunt

Alyssa Lombardy

Justin McClure

Anna Messenger

Hinesh Patel

Michael Piacente

Ann Redmon

James Reese

Rosalyn Riha

Amanda Russell

Danielle Schwerer

Anuj Shah

Jessica Smorul

Alyssa Tullio

Miriam Wheeler

Autumn White

Allison Witter


Chad Butler


Lauren Flaherty


Charlotte Besida

Angela Hershberger

Helena Sequerra Shick

Charles Shick


Adelyn Sherrard


Kaylee Logar


Derek Smith

For additional information contact Dean Schnurr, director of marketing and community relations, at 419.372.0613 or via e-mail at dschnur@bgsu.edu.

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Huron, Ohio – On Saturday, May 7, Bowling Green State University Firelands College will conduct the 31st Commencement Ceremonies featuring keynote speaker Craig Rathbun.  BGSU Firelands will recognize 259 students who earned degrees at the campus during the 2015-2016 academic year.

“This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and sacrifice for our students who will be graduating this evening, and we are proud that they have achieved their goals,” said BGSU Firelands Dean Andy Kurtz.

The graduating class includes 212 associate degree candidates and 47 bachelor’s degree candidates.  Degree candidates range in age from 16 to 61 and they represent many area of Ohio.  Seventy-one candidates graduated with academic honors, including five students with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

Rathbun, a BGSU graduate and local entrepreneur, will address the students as they prepare to graduate.

“We are delighted to have Mr. Rathbun as the commencement speaker.  He is an outstanding role model for the graduates and an excellent example of the level of success which can be achieved with an education from BGSU,” said Kurtz.

Rathbun earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from BGSU in 1983. After graduating, he was employed by Ernst & Whinney’s (Ernst & Young) Management Consulting Group, specializing in production and operations. He later joined his family’s business, Venture Packaging, as operations manager.

The lessons learned at a closely-held corporation served as a sound basis for two other future companies. In 1999, as a partner in Encore Plastics, Rathbun, along with his siblings and a friend, grew a start-up company from seven employees to more than 300 within three manufacturing facilities. Encore manufactures paint sundry products for national retailers such as Lowe’s, Menards, Sherwin-Williams, and Walmart.

In 2009, the partners financed a renewable energy company called SUREnergy. The goal was to find alternative ways to reduce Encore Plastics’ carbon footprint. Today, SUREnergy has evolved into providing grant writing, sourcing, installation, maintenance, and consulting services to several national and international companies.

Rathbun is currently a member of the BGSU Firelands Alumni Advisory Board and in 2016 received a College Alumni Award from BGSU.

Rathbun is part of a family with proud Falcon ties.  His father, Willard, and two siblings, Tim and Jodi, all attended BGSU.  His wife and two of his children also attended BGSU.

BGSU Firelands’ 31st Commencement Ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, in the Cedar Point Center on the Huron campus.  Tickets are required for attendance.

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