On Friday morning, Bowling Green State University Firelands College honored some of their best and brightest during the 17th Annual Scholarship Breakfast.

Held in the Cedar Point Center on the BGSU Firelands campus, the event brings together the recipients of scholarships offered through the College and the donor organizations and individuals who financially contribute to the scholarships.

“The scholarship breakfast is a chance to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our students and the generosity of our alumni and community,” said Dean of BGSU Firelands Andy Kurtz.  “Our donors have the opportunity to see first-hand how their generosity impacts real lives, real families, and real careers.  Equally important, students have the chance to meet with their benefactors and thank them for helping to fulfill their dream of earning a college degree,” he added.

A capacity crowd of more than 200 people including donors, students and their families, and representatives from the Bowling Green campus attended the event.

“Education is the foundation of success,” said BGSU alumna Judith Sommers, who was in attendance at the event.  A retired teacher and school counselor with more than 40 years of experience, Sommers knows first hand the importance of education.

“Encouraging students to further their education is critical, but sometimes more direct support is needed.  As an advocate, I felt I needed to ‘put the money where my mouth was,’” said Sommers.  In 2011, she created the Judith A. Sommers Scholarship Fund which is designated for a full-time education major from Huron County.

During the Scholarship Breakfast, more than 130 students were recognized and they collectively were awarded nearly $165,000 in scholarships.

Students can receive scholarships based on their achievements inside or outside of the classroom or for financial need.  For some students, financial need is the only thing that stands between them and their dreams of a college education.

“Although donors differ in many ways, they share one common trait – they all believe education is important,” said Kimble Arnold, a third-year student working toward a bachelor’s degree in applied health science.  Arnold received the BGSU Firelands Scholarship in Memory of George Mylander, a new award created by Wighhtman-Wieber Charitable Foundation in honor of Mylander’s passing earlier this year.

“Thanks to the donors, we are able to further our education, careers, and reach goals which otherwise may not have been attainable,” said Kimble, a Monroeville resident with aspirations of becoming a doctor.

Through a partnership between  Bowling Green State University Firelands College and the University of Findlay, area students will have the opportunity to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree while taking the initial coursework on the BGSU Firelands campus.

The Early Assurance Program enables at least five qualifying BGSU Firelands students each year to complete the first two years of the University of Findlay’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program at BGSU Firelands, and be guaranteed acceptance into the professional phase of Findlay’s College of Pharmacy as a junior.

Students will complete general education and basic science coursework on the BGSU Firelands campus in the newly constructed Allied Health & Sciences expansion. The remaining four years of the program would be completed on the University of Findlay campus.

In addition to the cost savings associated with attending classes at BGSU Firelands, students would also earn an Associate of Science from BGSU after successful completion of the first two years of the program.

“The partnership provides a unique opportunity for our students and we are excited to offer a direct path into Findlay’s highly-competitive Doctor of Pharmacy Program,” said Dr. Andy Kurtz, dean of BGSU Firelands. “Employment in the field of health care is growing faster than any other industry and the new collaboration between our two universities will prepare students for successful careers in that growing sector.”

Once at the University of Findlay, students will complete an additional three years of coursework, clinical research, and a final year of on-site clinical rotations, ultimately graduating with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Findlay.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with BGSU Firelands to provide their high-quality students with this opportunity,” said Debra Parker, Pharm.D., dean of Findlay’s College of Pharmacy. “I am confident that the strong science foundation provided at BGSU Firelands will be an excellent steppingstone toward a successful career in pharmacy. This partnership truly meets the needs of the aspiring health care professional and allows for a smooth transition for students on their way to achieving their goals.”

BGSU Firelands and the University of Findlay are currently recruiting students who are interested in being a part of this program. Interested students are encouraged to contact the BGSU Firelands Office of Admissions or visit either universities’ website for more information:


University of Findlay staff members will also be at the BGSU Firelands campus for the Career and Campus Visit Day on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. to speak with interested students.


From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, Bowling Green State University Firelands College will host the 46th Annual College Night.

High school students and adults will have the opportunity to obtain literature and speak with admissions representatives from a wide variety of colleges, universities and schools of nursing.

“Researching college options is a critical step in the process of selecting which higher education institution to attend and BGSU Firelands is pleased to offer this College Night to aid the community in that process,” said Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Cheryl Chafee.

Information tables from more than 60 colleges and universities will be in the main conference room of the Cedar Point Center.  The program is free and open to the public.  Parking is available in the Cedar Point Center lot adjacent to the building.

Forty-eight institutions of higher education in Ohio will participate in the program this year. Colleges and universities participating include: Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Bluffton University, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green State University Firelands, Bowling Green State University ROTC, Capital University, Cedarville College, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland State University, Defiance College, EHOVE Adult Education, Hiram College, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, Lorain County Community College, Lourdes College, Malone University, Marietta College, Mercy College of Ohio, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Muskingum University, Notre Dame College, Ohio Business College, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio Northern University, Ohio University, Ohio Wesleyan University, OSU Agricultural Technical Institute, OSU Mansfield, Otterbein University, Owens Community College, Sandusky Area Health Education Center, Terra State Community College, The School of Advertising Art, Tiffin University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Findlay, University of Mount Union, Ursuline College, Virginia Marti College of Art & Design, Walsh University, Wilberforce University, Wilmington College, Wright State University, Youngstown State University.

This year numerous out of state colleges will be represented including: Adrian College, Albion College, Eastern Michigan University, Eastern Michigan Aviation, Florida Institute of Technology, Gannon University, Hillsdale College, Mercyhurst University, Michigan State University, Oakland University, Robert Morris University, Siena Heights University, Thiel College, Trine University, University of Saint Francis, and Ursinus College.

“Traveling to visit dozens of colleges is time consuming and can become costly for families; however, at the BGSU Firelands College Night, prospective students will have the chance to speak personally with representatives from more than 64 colleges and universities,” added Chafee.

For more information, contact the BGSU Firelands Office of Admissions at 419‑433‑5560 ext. 20686 or 800‑322‑4787 or e-mail: fireadm@bgsu.edu

The kickoff of the ElderCollege fall semester is set for Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 1:30-3 p.m., in the Cedar Point Center at Bowling Green State University Firelands College.

Were quilts really used as signal codes for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad?  Do some African American ‘spirituals’ really have double meanings and did they send a kind of secret message in song?  To find the answers to these and many other questions, join Janet Bird of the Lorain County Historical Society and members of the Bowling Green State University Firelands College A Cappella Choir as we kickoff the fall semester of ElderCollege!

With more than 150 members, ElderCollege at BGSU Firelands is designed to promote lifelong learning for adults 50 years of age and beyond from all educational and socio-economic backgrounds.  There are no academic requirements to join ElderCollege, and there are no tests or grades. Individuals simply attend for the enjoyment of learning.

Thirty-three classes are planned for the fall. Topics range from creative writing, art, history, and much more.

Individuals can enroll in ElderCollege for a fee of $70 per semester or $110 for two semesters, which entitles them to attend unlimited classes during the selected period.  Non-members can participate by paying a minimal fee per class-typically $20.

For more information about the ElderCollege Spring Kickoff, contact Tracy DeFazio in the Office of Educational Outreach at 419-372-0617or by email at tracyd@bgsu.edu.

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.

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