BGSU Firelands Recognition Awards

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The annual recognition program is a long-standing tradition at BGSU Firelands, it celebrates some of our best and brightest students, our faculty and staff who work hard to make a difference in students’ lives, and our friends in the community who help to advance the mission of the college. It is a night of well-deserved recognition for our colleagues, students, and the community.

In 2017, the following student awards were presented (click on the award name below for more details):

Three student were identified and honored for their activities and accomplishments as members of the 2016-2017 BGSU Firelands Student Government: Bethany Evans, president/treasurer; Melaine Reineck, vice president/secretary; and, Chistopher Scherz, student activities chairperson.

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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.

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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.

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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; and, Eric Robertson, Sandusky.

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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; and, William Sberna, Bellevue.

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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; and, Patrick Walker, Castalia.

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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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In 2017, the following faculty/staff awards were presented (click on the award name below for more details):

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.” 

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.

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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. 

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The Community Service Award is given to an individual or organization from the community who has, in an extraordinary manner, participated in the growth, development, or promotion of BGSU Firelands and the Firelands community.

The recipient of the 2017 BGSU Firelands Community Service Award is Patricia and Giovanni Bignoli.

Patricia and Giovanni are local entrepreneurs with a distinct appreciation for the Arts.  Active philanthropists, they have provided transformational support for both the Caryl Crane Youth Theatre and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, among other local organizations. 

Without a doubt, their support is greatly appreciated; however, their contributions to the arts are far more extensive. Patricia, a member of the Caryl Crane Youth Theatre Advisory Board, and Giovanni, a member of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra board, give generously of their valuable time.  Whether organizing a new fundraiser for the Symphony, attending every single showing of a production at CCYT, ensuring that students have matching uniforms for competition, or just offering an encouraging word to a student performer, the Bignolis selflessly give of their time and energy.

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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.”

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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.”  

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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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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.”     

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