Student Affairs honors commitment of campus individuals, groups

At its annual awards presentation on April 24, Student Affairs recognized individuals both within and outside the division for outstanding service to BGSU and its students. 

Those recognized have consistently demonstrated their commitment to the BGSU learning community through such efforts as voluntary campus and community involvement, exemplary service, development of innovative and efficient programs or services, and going “above and beyond” their position requirements.

James Wiegand

The Timothy D. King Friend of Student Affairs Award went to James Wiegand, director of public safety. Renamed last year to honor the memory of colleague Dr. Timothy D. King, the recognition is given to someone who has provided continued support for Student Affairs programs, services and initiatives; who has served as a resource for Student Affairs staff; whose actions have supported an understanding of the mission and philosophy of Student Affairs, and who has made the concerns of students a priority. The winner is considered an honorary member of Student Affairs.

Wiegand was described as a quintessential example of what it means to live by the core values of the University. “Through his work, he demonstrates compassion for our University community and collaboration with his colleagues across campus. He works collaboratively with a variety of offices in Student Affairs and is always willing to support the educational needs of students. Moreover, he continues to build relationships with local city officials to help align the philosophy behind policing college students. He is a pillar upon which we have been able to build our success and is truly deserving of this award, for without him, the Division of Student Affairs would be unable to meet the daily needs of students,” nominators said.

The Outstanding Collaborative Effort Award
went to the Student Affairs Crisis Team. The award recognizes staff groups and/or departments that have worked in partnership with other departments within the division or across divisions to create and implement programs, services and initiatives designed to enhance student development and learning. At the heart of the team is the mission to best meet the needs of students by increasing communication and collaboration. Critical and sensitive issues are addressed with key constituents, increasing the overall service provided to students, the campus and greater Bowling Green community. Through the efforts of the team, the University has been able to be proactive while establishing a solid system of communication in the event of a campus crisis. The team is comprised of representatives from Intercollegiate Athletics, the Counseling Center, Office of the Dean of Students, Disability Services, Human Resources, Student Health Service, Residence Life, Public Safety, Marketing and Communications, Risk Management, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

The Outstanding New Professional Award was presented to Susan Pelo, Campus Activities. The award goes to someone who has worked in the profession for fewer than five years. An alumna, Pelo is noted for her dedication to the BGSU community as evidenced by her professional return to the University and her willingness to serve on multiple, University-wide committees. From her role in the coordination of the 2008 GMAC Bowl trip to her exemplary work with major University events, this new professional demonstrates innovation and a strong work ethic. 

The Outstanding Classified Staff Award was presented to Deborah Marsh, a building maintenance supervisor in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Her nominators say Marsh is a main reason her department has turned into a well-run, efficient and resourceful area. During the past year, examples of her going “above and beyond” include creating a float for the Homecoming parade, updating signage, increasing efficiencies—which have saved the University thousands of dollars—and serving as a role model to the students she supervises. As one of her nominators says, “She always has a smile on her face, and the words ‘I can’t’ or ‘I don’t know how’ are not in her vocabulary.” 

Dr. Catherine Kocarek, associate director/clinical director, Counseling Center, was presented the Outstanding Administrative Staff Award. Described as an exceptional colleague with a solid commitment to the welfare of others, to the ethics of her profession and to the core values of the University, Kocarek has spearheaded innovative changes in the department’s policies and practices as well as coordinated a file audit for quality-assurance purposes. Meanwhile, she has also found time to serve the broader community through participating in the Wood County Suicide Prevention Coalition and traveling to Northern Illinois University to provide NIU students with assistance in the aftermath of the campus shooting there. 

Jane Myers, director of the Falcon Club, received the Vice President for Student Affairs Outstanding Service Award. The award recognizes significant contributions to bettering the University and achieving the goals of Student Affairs. Through her work as president of a professional organization, Myers has done a remarkable job of juggling the volunteer role and her fund-raising duties as she has moved up the ranks of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors. Her successful fund-raising efforts for the Sebo Center and growth in Falcon Club membership resulted in a more than 20 percent increase in Falcon Club donations. She also has played an integral role in the start-up of the division’s Doyt Perry Classic Outing, which attracted 120 BGSU fans and alumni to South Florida. As her nominator stated, “whether it is serving on division committees or community activities, Jane is a tireless worker on behalf of Bowling Green State University.”

The Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award was presented to Megan Morris, Recreational Sports. The award recognizes a graduate student in the Student Affairs Division for his or her commitment to students and contributions to his or her assistantship beyond the minimum job expectations.

May 12, 2008