BGSU Firelands Faculty and Staff Honored
Huron, OhioThe 48 Annual Recognition Program at Bowling Green State University Firelands College was held on Friday, April 14 in the Cedar Point Center on the Huron-based campus.  The following awards were presented to faculty and staff members:

Links to Progress Award

This award is presented to the person or organization of the campus community that has been a significant link in the chain of growth of BGSU Firelands.  This person or organization must have been instrumental in linking the college to the broader human community. The 2017 recipient is Robert Prince Obey of Toledo.

Obey is an adjunct assistant professor teaching classes in ethnic and cultural studies and has been with BGSU Firelands since 2010.  He holds a doctoral degree in American cultural studies from BGSU.

According to a nominator, “Robert Obey created an Introduction to Film course which included a service-learning component.  Students in his class interacted with children at the Nehemiah Center and they made a great impact.  These children had never been to a college campus and Dr. Obey gave them a real taste of how accessible Firelands College is to students.”

Creative Scholar Award

This award may be given annually to any full-time BGSU Firelands faculty member for outstanding scholarly or creative accomplishments during the previous three years. The 2017 recipient is Christopher Fluckinger of Port Clinton.

Fluckinger is an instructor of psychology and has been with BGSU Firelands since 2010.  He also has teaching experience at the University of Akron.  Fluckinger earned a doctoral degree in organizational/instructional psychology from the University of Akron.

Fluckinger was selected for his extensive body of research and the high standards he sets within the BGSU Firelands faculty.  His primary research interests are in the areas of workplace personality assessments and social behaviors related to hygiene.  Throughout his short academic career, Fluckinger’s research contributions include a book, three book chapters, five peer reviewed articles, and more than 20 conference presentations.

 

Dean’s Special Recognition Award

This special recognition award may be given annually to individual faculty members, administrators, classified staff, or members of collaborative teams who have made exceptionally meritorious contributions in support of the mission of BGSU Firelands.  Awards may be used to recognize career achievements as well as recent accomplishments.  The 2017 recipient is Brian Marshall of Cleveland.

Marshall is the artistic director/business manager of the Caryl Crane Youth Theatre and has been with BGSU Firelands since 2010.  He has directed more than 50 plays and musicals and performed in more than 150 including several award-winning roles.  He earned a master’s degree in arts administration from the University of Akron.

Marshall was selected for his contributions to the CCYT and expanding the outreach and academic missions of the College.  During his tenure with CCYT he has increased programming and enhanced both participation and general attendance at productions.  Marshall was also recognized for his success at the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival held in Atlanta in January.  Marshall and the CCYT performers earned two of the highest honors awarded at the competition and several more accolades.

 

Distinguished Classified Award

This award is bestowed annually to a classified staff member who performs above and beyond what is required by the position, provides services to the campus community and beyond which promote growth and harmony, and/or demonstrate resourcefulness in the work place that contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the College. The 2017 recipient is Emmalou Millis of Vermilion.

Millis is the senior secretary in instructional services and has been at BGSU Firelands since 2013.  Millis earned an associate of applied business from Ohio Business College and has more than 10 years of experience as an administrative professional.

According to a nominator, “Emma is one of the most dedicated employees I have ever come across.  Apart from being highly efficient at her job and having a great work ethic, she goes above and beyond her job description to help faculty and staff. There is no one more deserving of this award.”

 

Distinguished Administrative Staff Award

This award is bestowed annually to an administrative staff member who performs above and beyond what is required by the position, provides services to the campus community and beyond which promote growth and harmony, and/or demonstrate resourcefulness in the work place that contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the University. The 2017 recipient is Valerie Glowacki of Vermilion.

Glowacki is the clinical education coordinator for radiologic technology and has been employed at BGSU Firelands since 2006.  Prior to starting at the College, Glowacki worked for a variety of medical facilities in Northeastern Ohio and has nearly 30 years of experience in radiology.  She earned an associate degree in applied science from Lorain County Community College, Elyria, and she is a licensed State of Ohio Radiologic Technologist.  Glowacki will be retiring from BGSU Firelands this summer.

According to a nominator, “Valarie is dedicated to her students and is a great asset to the program.  She is well liked by so many with her positive attitude.  She truly cares about her students and their well-being.  She also takes such pride in her work to ensure the success of her students.”

 

Distinguished Teacher Award

This award is bestowed annually to a full-time faculty member who demonstrates commitment to and exemplifies excellence in the art of teaching.  Persons may be nominated by any member of the BGSU Firelands community or by college alumni.  The 2017 recipient is Raymond Schuck of Milan.

Schuck is an associate professor of communication and has been with BGSU Firelands since 2012, but also taught at the Bowling Green campus beginning in 2005.  He has a broad range of published articles and presentation and recently published with his father, Ray Schuck, “Do You Believe in Rock and Roll” a collection of essays focusing on the cultural and historical significance of Don McLean’s hit song “American Pie.” Schuck earned a doctoral degree in human communication from Arizona State University, Tempe.

According to a student nominator, “His unflagging efforts to develop students who are as well-read as they are compassionate is unlike any professor I have encountered in my four years.  His impact on the students is immeasurable.  He has made me a better person and I am supremely grateful.”

 

Distinguished Part-time Teacher Award

This award is bestowed annually to a part-time faculty member or administrative staff member who teaches at BGSU Firelands and demonstrates commitment to and excellence in the art of teaching. The 2017 recipient is Sharon Robinson of Milan.

Robinson is an adjunct instructor teaching physical education courses and has been with BGSU Firelands since 2004.  Previously she worked for the YMCA as a gymnastic coordinator and she has experience working in physical education in area public schools.  Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in education from BGSU.

According to a student nominator, “I have taken most of Sharon’s classes because of her knowledge and the enthusiasm she brings to class.  I have learned so much from her and I am encouraging others to take her classes because of the way she helps students.”

 

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Monroeville resident receives scholarship to attend BGSU Firelands

Huron, Ohio – Riley Harris Kendall of Monroeville has received the Clarissa Ann Givens Memorial Scholarship to attend Bowling Green State University Firelands College. He will receive $1,622 towards tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Clarissa Givens, a Bowling Green State University student. This award is available to both full- and part-time students.

Kendall is a 2016 graduate of Monroeville High School where he graduated magna cum laude. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Model United Nations. He received First Team All-Academic for football and basketball, the Steve Moore Coaches Award, and Financial Management and Social Studies Student of the Year awards.

Kendall is a freshman majoring in applied health science at BGSU Firelands.

He is the son of Chris Gravenhorst of Monroeville.

For more information about this and other scholarships available at BGSU Firelands, contact Victoria Kontos, coordinator of admissions and scholarships, at 419-433-5560 ext. 20657 or email vkontos@bgsu.edu.

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Sandusky resident receives scholarship to attend BGSU Firelands

Huron, Ohio – Kelly L. Wilhelm of Sandusky has received the Civista Bank Scholarship to attend Bowling Green State University Firelands College. She will receive $500 towards tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This award is available to students who are enrolled on either a full- or part-time basis. Students who demonstrate need and reside in Civista Bank’s marketing area are given special consideration for this award.

Wilhelm is a 1995 graduate of Perkins High School.

She is a sophomore majoring in diagnostic medical sonography and applied health science at BGSU Firelands.

For more information about this and other scholarships available at BGSU Firelands, contact Victoria Kontos, coordinator of admissions and scholarships, at 419-433-5560 ext. 20657 or email vkontos@bgsu.edu.

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Norwalk resident receives scholarship to attend BGSU Firelands

Huron, Ohio – Marina Dolores Abel of Norwalk has received the Judith A. Sommers Scholarship to attend Bowling Green State University Firelands College. She will receive $1,974 towards tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Judith A. Schroeder Sommers established this fund to support a student from Huron County. Preference is given to a student from Norwalk High School majoring in education. The recipient must be at least a sophomore and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

Abel is a 2012 graduate of St. Paul High School.

She is a junior majoring in inclusive early childhood education at BGSU Firelands where she is on the Dean’s List.

For more information about this and other scholarships available at BGSU Firelands, contact Victoria Kontos, coordinator of admissions and scholarships, at 419-433-5560 ext. 20657 or email vkontos@bgsu.edu.

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Huron resident receives scholarship to attend BGSU Firelands

Huron, Ohio – Matthew Joseph Burmeister of Huron has received the Joseph F. Krauter Memorial Scholarship to attend Bowling Green State University Firelands College. He will receive $1,081 towards tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Joseph F. Krauter, a BGSU Firelands professor from 1969 to 1989. Nontraditional students with a 2.5 GPA are considered with preference given to students who have served in the military, who are full-time students, and who reside in Erie, Huron, or Ottawa counties. Special emphasis is placed on students who are working while attending college.

Burmeister is a 2007 graduate of Huron High School.

Burmeister is a junior at BGSU Firelands and majoring in computer engineering where he is on the Dean’s List.

He is married to Sarah Burmeister of Huron.

For more information about this and other scholarships available at BGSU Firelands, contact Victoria Kontos, coordinator of admissions and scholarships, at 419-433-5560 ext. 20657 or email vkontos@bgsu.edu.

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Norwalk resident receives scholarship to attend BGSU Firelands

Huron, Ohio – Shelby Tillinghast of Norwalk has received the John & Sandy Doering Scholarship to attend Bowling Green State University Firelands College. She will receive $573 towards tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This scholarship is available to full- and part-time students from Erie, Huron, and Ottawa counties who are pursuing majors in business or sociology. A 3.0 GPA is required and financial need is considered.

Tillinghast is a 2016 graduate of Edison High School.

She is a freshman majoring in business administration with a management specialization at BGSU Firelands.

Tillinghast is the daughter of Melissa and Jason Tillinghast.

For more information about this and other scholarships available at BGSU Firelands, contact Victoria Kontos, coordinator of admissions and scholarships, at 419-433-5560 ext. 20657 or email vkontos@bgsu.edu.

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Norwalk resident receives scholarship to attend BGSU Firelands

Huron, Ohio – Amy Rose Beier of Norwalk has received the Edward and Donna (Bender) Hamer Memorial Scholarship to attend Bowling Green State University Firelands College. She will receive $1,328 towards tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This endowed scholarship was established in 2002 by Mrs. Donna Hamer. This award is available to a full-time student at BGSU Firelands. School and community activities as well as financial need are factors for this award.

Beier is a 2013 graduate of Norwalk High School. She received academic, soccer, softball, and bowling letters. She received a Board Resolution-Gold Tassel, Good Citizenship Award, Academic Award, Northern Ohio League Scholar Athlete Award, Rotary Citizenship Athlete Award, First Team All-District Award and Award of Excellence in soccer. She also earned an OSHAA Award of Excellence, Captain’s Award in softball, and Most Valuable Player Award in bowling. She was involved in her church’s youth group and was vice president of H.O.P.E. Club.

Beier is a senior majoring in criminal justice at BGSU Firelands. She is currently on the Dean’s List and earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice. She is treasurer of the Criminal Justice Club.

She is the daughter of Mary and Bill Beier of Norwalk.

For more information about this and other scholarships available at BGSU Firelands, contact Victoria Kontos, coordinator of admissions and scholarships, at 419-433-5560 ext. 20657 or email vkontos@bgsu.edu.

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Sandusky resident receives scholarship to attend BGSU Firelands

Huron, Ohio – Shandra Marie Coder of Sandusky has received the Dudley Allen White Scholarship to attend Bowling Green State University Firelands College. She will receive $908 towards tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This scholarship, established in 2002 by Alice Rau, White’s sister, is available to a student who is a resident of Erie or Huron counties and is pursuing a bachelor of liberal studies. Involvement in school and community activities and financial need are considered.

Coder is a 2005 graduate of Norwalk High School.

She is a junior at BGSU Firelands where she is on the Dean’s List. She volunteers at Fisher Titus Medical Center, United Way of Erie County, and Goodwill Industries of Erie County.

She is married to Sean Coder of Sandusky.

For more information about this and other scholarships available at BGSU Firelands, contact Victoria Kontos, coordinator of admissions and scholarships, at 419-433-5560 ext. 20657 or email vkontos@bgsu.edu.

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Sandusky resident receives scholarship to attend BGSU Firelands

Huron, Ohio – Cassidy Rae Hall of Sandusky has received the Richard A. Jeffery Memorial Scholarship to attend Bowling Green State University Firelands College. She will receive $750 towards tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This scholarship is made possible through the generous donations of friends and family of Richard A. Jeffrey. Erie County residents who are graduates of Sandusky, St. Mary’s Central Catholic, Perkins, Edison, Huron or Margaretta high schools and are majoring in nursing, medicine or science who have a 3.0 GPA are eligible for consideration. Community service is also a consideration.

Hall is a 2016 graduate of Perkins High School where she was on the honor roll. She received a varsity letter for choir and Academic Skills USA. She was a volunteer and coordinator for the Bloodmobile drives, and a member of Student Council. She was in choir, basketball, and Aim for Excellence.

She is a sophomore majoring in nursing at BGSU Firelands.

She is the daughter of Tina Hall of Sandusky.

For more information about this and other scholarships available at BGSU Firelands, contact Victoria Kontos, coordinator of admissions and scholarships, at 419-433-5560 ext. 20657 or email vkontos@bgsu.edu.

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Milan resident receives scholarship to attend BGSU Firelands

Huron, Ohio – Tanner John Whitacre of Milan has received the Dr. Jeffrey Wagner Memorial Scholarship in Natural Sciences to attend Bowling Green State University Firelands College. He will receive $849 towards tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This scholarship was established by Barbara Wagner to honor the memory of her late husband, Jeff Wagner. This award recognizes academic achievement of a student pursuing a degree in biology, chemistry, mathematics, geology, or physics at BGSU Firelands or BGSU. The recipient must be a resident of Erie, Huron, or Ottawa counties and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA.

Whitacre is a 2015 graduate of Edison High School.

He is a sophomore majoring in education at BGSU Firelands where he is on the Dean’s List.

He is the son of Brenda and Jeff Whitacre of Milan.

For more information about this and other scholarships available at BGSU Firelands, contact Victoria Kontos, coordinator of admissions and scholarships, at 419-433-5560 ext. 20657 or email vkontos@bgsu.edu.

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Bay View resident receives scholarship to attend BGSU Firelands

Huron, Ohio – Christopher Ray Scherz of Bay View has received the Richard P. “Dick” Smith Scholarship to attend Bowling Green State University Firelands College. He will receive $1,000 towards tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This award is funded through an endowment by Dick and Connie Smith in recognition of the special challenges adult learners overcome while pursuing their higher education goals. The scholarship is available to nontraditional students who have completed their first year of study at BGSU Firelands. Financial need is a factor.

Scherz is a 2004 graduate of Margaretta High School.

Scherz is a senior majoring in communication at BGSU Firelands. He is the student activities chair for Firelands Student Body Government and is the secretary of Students for Change. He is also a member of C.H.A.T.S..

He is the son of Barbara Williamson and John Scherz, Sr..

For more information about this and other scholarships available at BGSU Firelands, contact Victoria Kontos, coordinator of admissions and scholarships, at 419-433-5560 ext. 20657 or email vkontos@bgsu.edu.

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BGSU Firelands Professor Releases Memoir The Thick of Thin

Huron, Ohio – Larry Smith, professor emeritus of humanities and English at Bowling Green State University Firelands College, has recently released his newest memoir “The Thick of Thin: Memoirs of a Working-Class Writer.”

A native of Mingo Junction in the industrial Ohio River Valley, Smith shares in the book his memories of youth in Ohio’s Appalachian country where his father was a brakeman on the railroads of Weirton Steel. The book follows Smith and his wife, Ann, as they move North to teach in Euclid, Ohio, then onto Kent State, and finally resting in Huron at BGSU Firelands.

“Larry Smith’s strikingly lucid and complete memoir has a deep and strong focus upon bringing forward the experience of Midwest Ohioan mill town working-class life. His writing moves with great energy, directness, honesty, clarity, and empathy touching upon family, townspeople, and others, but also upon nature, in the sense of experiencing the oneness of self and place,” said fellow author Ingrid Swanberg.

Smith taught at Bowling Green State University’s Firelands College from 1970 to 2012 and was the founder of the College’s Firelands Writing Center.  He was the first poet laureate of Huron, Ohio, and is a founder and director of Bottom Dog Press. He is the author of eight books of poetry, a previous memoir, five books of fiction, and two biographies.

Smith has received fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a Fulbright Lecturer in Italy. His photo history of Mingo Junction appeared in the Images of America Series. He and his wife, Ann, live along the sandy shores of Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio, and are the parents of three adult children and they have eight grandchildren.

The 236 page memoir “The Thick of Thin” is published through Bottom Dog Press and marks the 200th book for the prolific publishing house. The book is available at bookstores and online in paperback, hardcover, and e-book format.

A series of talks and book signings is planned for libraries, colleges, and bookstores in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. On Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m., Smith is planning a book party and signing during the Coffeehouse Reading Series held at Mr. Smith’s Coffee House, 140 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky. He will also read on May 20, at 5 p.m., at Mac’s Backs on Coventry, 1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights.SmithThe Thick of Thin 

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BGSU Firelands Recognition Program Honors Students

Huron, Ohio – The 48 Annual Recognition Program at Bowling Green State University Firelands College was held on Friday, April 14 in the Cedar Point Center.  The following awards were presented to students:

BGSU Firelands Society of the Flame Award

The Society of the Flame is an honorary society in which students are inducted on the basis of academic achievement (3.25 GPA or above with a minimum of 40 semester hours), participation in a variety of campus programs or organizations, and a general display of leadership on the campus.

The following students received the Society of the Flame Award:

            Beth Beck                                                                               Huron

            Patrick Walker                                                                     Castalia

 

BGSU Firelands Window to the Future Award

Each year BGSU Firelands recognizes those students who have provided outstanding continuous service (more than one year) to the College. Criteria includes academic achievement (at least a 2.0 GPA with a minimum of 40 semester hours) and demonstrated contributions in multiple experiences at BGSU Firelands, rather than a singular experience or student organization.  The following students received the Windows to the Future Award:

            Bethany Evans                                                                       Vermilion

            William Sberna                                                                     Bellevue

 

BGSU Firelands Building Blocks to the Future Award

Each year BGSU Firelands recognizes those students who, during a one-year period, have provided outstanding service to the College. Criteria includes academic achievement (at least a 2.0 GPA with a minimum of 20 semester hours) and demonstrated contributions in multiple experiences at BGSU Firelands, rather than a singular experience or student organization.  The following students received the Building Blocks to the Future Award:

            Melanie Reineck                                                                    Monroeville

            Eric Robertson                                                                       Sandusky

 

Student Government Appreciation Award

The following were identified and honored for their activities and accomplishments as members of the 2016-2017 BGSU Firelands Student Government:

          Bethany Evans              President/Treasurer                           Vermilion

          Melanie Reineck          Vice President/Secretary                   Monroeville

          Christopher Scherz     Student Activities Chairperson       Sandusky

 

BGSU Firelands Outstanding Visual Communications Technology Award

Presented annually to an individual student who has demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding technical skills, and enthusiasm for visual communications in a bachelor’s degree program.  The recipient of the Outstanding Visual Communication Award is:

            Chad Butler                                                                            Strongsville

           

BGSU Firelands Outstanding Visual Media Technology Award

Presented annually to an individual student who has demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding technical skills, and enthusiasm for visual communications in an associate degree program.  The recipient of the Outstanding Visual Media Technology Award is:

            Jack Stone                                                                              Port Clinton

 

Dean’s University Scholarship

The Dean’s University Scholarship was Established in 1998, and made possible through a generous contribution from the Frost-Parker Foundation and a matching gift from the BGSU Alumni Association.  The Award is presented to an outstanding BGSU Firelands junior who will transition to the BG campus in the fall.  The recipient of the Dean’s University Scholarship is:

            Kimble Arnold                                                                        Monroeville 

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