“Anywhere on the BGSU campus, whether in the company of faculty, staff or students, speak the name Diane Regan and you’ll be greeted with a story of personal friendship, or an example of yet another contribution this magnificent individual has made to the institution,” according to three nominators of this year’s Michael R. Ferrari Award winner.
Regan, who has worked in the College of Arts and Sciences, in what is now the Office of Equity and Diversity, and currently in International Programs, has always been a model of “our core values at work,” said Executive Vice President Linda Dobb. “She cherishes and promotes diversity, she believes in engaging with the community and serving with her whole heart, she helps to promote globalization of our campus and understanding of other cultures, and she knows how to use her institutional background to help better the lives of others.”
Regan was presented the award, the highest given to administrative staff, at the annual group’s fall reception Oct. 10. With it came $1,000, a reserved parking spot for a year and an engraved plaque. The award is named for the former provost and interim president and is given to individuals who demonstrate innovation and initiative, superlative job performance and a strong relationship with the campus community.
In accepting the award, Regan, who plans to retire soon, told the gathering, “It’s been an honor to have worked with all of you for so many years.” She has a table that had belonged to Ferrari in her office, she said, and promised to dedicate it to the ASC office—“That’s where it really belongs,” she said.
Other nominators cited her dedication to justice and willingness to make University policies more equitable through her work on the Handbook on Commonly Held Employee Policies, and on establishing an ombudsperson position for administrative staff. She has also contributed to the development of the University’s ethics policy, and in her role in the equity and diversity office was diligent in making sure guidelines were properly followed.
During her years at the College of Arts and Sciences, she helped raise the college to a new level through the many initiatives she helped develop and often spearheaded, from a fund-raising project to creating a process for helping probationary faculty present their cases for promotion and tenure. “She was an essential part of every activity in the college office,” wrote former Dean Joe Cranny, also citing her ability to “communicate tactfully and effectively with people at every level of the organization.” Cranny attended the awards ceremony.
In addition to helping numerous international faculty navigate the visa process, Regan was instrumental in the past two years in several BGSU graduates’ obtaining student Fulbright awards, the first for BGSU.
Outside the University, she has given tireless support to a number of organizations, particularly for women. She has been active in the American Association of University Women, for which she is immediate past president of the Bowling Green chapter and now president-elect of the state organization. She also “masterfully coordinates programming to benefit the Cocoon Shelter, the Bowling Green Senior Center and the League of Women Voters,” her nominators wrote.
In short, Regan possesses a combination of “mind, heart and action that is rare and enviable in professional life today,” summed up nominator Dr. Patrick Pauken, Faculty Senate chair.
Also nominated for the Ferrari Award this year were Bryan Benner, Janna Blais, Bob Bortel, Laura Emch, Bill Gerwin, Carol Hague, Paul Hoffman, Patricia Jenkins, Deborah Novak, Mary Lynn Pozniak, David Raszka and Clarence Terry.
Professional Development Awards given
Also at the reception, Administrative Staff Council presented a number of staff with Professional Development Awards.
Sally Dreier, Study Skills Center coordinator; Michelle Heckman, Math and Stats Tutoring Center coordinator; Andrea Krukowski, academic advisor, and assistant directors Tom Gorman and Barbara Laird, all of the Office of Academic Enhancement; Victoria Sulken, assistant bursar for collections; Cathy Swick, associate director, Recreational Sports, and Patrick Vrooman, assistant director, Partnerships for Community Action.
ASC scholarship winners (left to right) Karly Yohe, Kevin Benson, Malissa Ayers and Lauren Farnsworth.
Each year, ASC presents a number of scholarships to deserving students. Receiving $1,000 scholarship awards this year were Tyger Glauser, a senior from Monclova majoring in human development and family studies; Jillian Puder, a junior from Norwalk majoring in applied health science, and Jake Puffer, a senior from Haskins majoring in visual communications technology. Receiving $500 were Malissa Ayers, a senior from Canton majoring in exercise science; Lauren Farnsworth, a junior from Toledo majoring in journalism, and Karly Yohe, a senior from Newark, Ohio, majoring in digital arts. Recipients of $250 awards were Kevin Benson, a senior from Findlay majoring in American culture studies, and Bethany Hausch, a senior from Maumee majoring in chemistry.