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RecWell Rewind – Signature Student Development and Leadership Program Launched

By dedicating full-time staff resources, Recreation and Wellness launched the Student Development and Leadership Program (SDL) in 2007, which offered students additional leadership training.

Through the development of the SDL program, BGSU Recreation and Wellness became an early innovator within the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), the governing body of collegiate recreational sport. Lona Leck, assistant director of marketing and student employment explained that “the purpose of these events is to provide students with something greater than just the basic work experience. These events help educate students on different topics, to help make them more well-rounded in the workplace, as well as in their daily lives.” Participation contributes to the acquisition of a BGSU Leadership Certificate for qualified and enrolled students.

The Student Development and Leadership program provides training that includes a philosophical orientation of the field of leadership through a series of workshops. SDL workshops offer hands-on educational experience and prepare individuals for lifelong career development and personal growth. Participants develop an appreciation for engaged leadership while inspiring active and healthy lifestyles.

In order to promote student learning, all SDL sessions are grounded in theory. The anchors for theoretical support are Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, BGSU Pillars for Student Success, and BGSU’s Core Values. Facilitators are mindful of these connections when creating programs.

Each year the programs are geared to meet Student Affairs Learning Outcomes as well as adhere to the core values set forth by the University. The programs cover a variety of topics including: an annual session on diversity, customer service/conflict management, interviewing skills, resume development, hot button topics, and student interests.

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RecWell Rewind – Falcon Field House Design Approved

The final design for the Falcon Fieldhouse was approved by the Board of Trustees on Friday, April 13, 1990.

An UndergApproved Design of the Falcon Field Houseraduate Student Government (USG) poll of 162 students conducted in February 1990 revealed that 95 percent showed support for the new facility. The building had to be financed through Interest-bearing bonds and student fees financed over a 15 year period. However, the same USG poll showed that 94 percent showed support for the construction using general fees.

The primary purpose of the new 130,000 square-foot facility was to house intramurals and physical education classes. A major benefit of the fieldhouse was the ability to move intramurals indoors during inclement weather. Use of the building included physical education classes during the morning hours, varsity teams during the afternoon, and intramurals in the evening.

According to interim director of the fieldhouse Ron Zweirlein, part of the University’s planning for the new facility included visits to similar facilities at other campuses. By examining the strengths and weaknesses of existing facilities, and Ron Zweirlein was quoted as saying “my area of expertise is in the design of facilities of this type and this is one of the nicest I have ever seen.” Trustee Kevin Coughlin noted that the building was designed to house sporting activities, not spectators, and plans were not included for bleachers.

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RecWell Rewind – Department of Recreational Sports Formed

The Department of Recreational Sports (Rec Sports) was formed in 1992.

The Department was formed to encompass the Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs programs, which were moved from the College of Health and Physical Education (HPE) (now HMSLS), as well as the Perry Field House, which was under construction.

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Child Passenger Safety Seat Awareness

Safe Communities of Wood County announced today that there have been 8 fatal crashes to date in 2016 in Wood County compared to 10 from this time last year.

September 18-24, 2016 is Child Passenger Safety Seat Awareness week.  In Wood County, there were no fatalities involving children under the age of 13 in calendar year 2016. Child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. Car seats are most effective when installed properly in your vehicle and used correctly.

It is essential for parents to make sure their child safety equipment in their vehicles is current with state and federal regulations and is installed properly.  Residents of Wood County are encouraged to contact either Wood County Hospital or Safe Kids of Greater Toledo to schedule a car seat inspection.

For More Information:

  • William Bowers, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
  • Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator:
    419-372-9353 or swiechm@bgsu.edu

RecWell Rewind – Recreation Facility Committee Formed by Michael R. Wilcox

Michael R. Wilcox, a 1975 University graduate, formed a student committee to determine student interest in a recreation center in September 1974.

Prior to the comMike Wilcox Head Shotmittee formed by Wilcox, University President Hollis A. Moore appointed a group in May, 1973 to study campus recreation needs. The group recommended the construction of an indoor facility as a long range project due to limited funding.

In the fall of 1974, Wilcox, then student representative to the Board of Trustees formed a student committee, and the board members allocated money to fund trips to view other universities’ facilities.

In order to gauge the interest in a campus recreational facility, Wilcox sent out a survey to 2,000 University students. The survey revealed that most students were interested in a recreational facility and also willing to pay for it. Students were told that the initial cost would be a “substantial amount of money” and additional fees would be charged when the facility opened. To gain additional support, slide presentations of recreational centers at other universities and the current BGSU facilities were shown in the residence halls and at organizational meetings. In May 1975, a petition with 7,800 student signatures supporting the concept of a recreation center to be funded by student fees was submitted to the Board of Trustees. The board then made the decision to support the construction of a recreation center funded by student fees.

Although Wilcox graduated in 1975, he maintained contact with University officials about the progress of the recreation center.

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