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Ferrari Award and BG Best

For two decades of dedicated service to the University and the community, Jim Elsasser, associate athletics director for internal affairs, has been named the 2012 Michael R. Ferrari Award winner.

Presented at the annual Administrative Staff reception April 12, the honor includes a $1,000 cash award and a reserved parking spot for a year. The Ferrari is the highest award given to administrative staff and recognizes those who represent the values exemplified by former interim president  “Mick” Ferrari: demonstrated excellence in one’s work while also promoting harmony, having strong relationships with the University community and being committed to the growth and betterment of BGSU and its students.

Jim Elsasser (left) and Athletic Director Greg Christopher

Nick Hennessy (left) and Chris Bullins

Elssaser has moved up through the administrative ranks based on those principles, said nominator Andy Grant, director of business operations. He has had responsibility for some of the biggest projects, culminating in his serving as the athletics representative to the core design team for oversight of the Stroh Center construction.

“Jim has the knack of expressing himself in a professional manner, even during challenging moments,” wrote nominator Michael Schuessler of Design and Construction and project manager for the Stroh.

“He spent countless hours making the building a reality—while staying within budget,” said Mary Ellen Gillespie, associate athletics director for external relations. “His commitment to ensuring the building is LEED-certified has earned BGSU great national visibility and recognition while securing gold status.”

Elsasser’s “unique ability to deliver a message in a direct yet constructive manner,” as Greg Christopher, director of intercollegiate activities, said, is admired by many and has made Elsasser one of “the most valued staff members in our department.”

Two administrative staff members named among the “BG Best” by their peers were also recognized at the reception.

Dr. Nicholas Hennessy, campus sustainability coordinator, and Christopher Bullins, associate dean of students for fraternity and sorority life, have improved campus life in creative ways.

Hennessy has inspired students, faculty and staff to be more conscious in their daily lives and to take important steps to reducing their own and the campus’s environmental impact.

From “green tailgating” at athletic events to the orange bike program to recycling in the residence halls and Greek Life units, Hennessy has helped facilitate a number of initiatives. One of the biggest has been the Office of Residence Life’s “When You Move Out, Don’t Throw it Out” Program. Hennessy observed residential students throwing out all types of reusable items at the end of the school year. “What started out as a small amount of items being tucked away in the former Saddlemire building has now grown into a program that generates enough items to fill up an entire Goodwill store. The items collected are donated to several local agencies including the Cherry Street Mission, the Women’s Shelter, agricultural migrant laborers, and a host of food banks within Bowling Green,” a nominator wrote.

A nominator wrote of Bullins, “Since his appointment in October of 2011, Chris has transformed the Fraternity and Sorority Life program at Bowling Green State University. Based on his knowledge and understanding of successful fraternity and sorority experiences, Chris was quick to implement a number of priorities that focused on risk management procedures, policies related to successful chapter operations, improvement of relations with constituency groups (e.g., alumni, advisors, and headquarters staff), and enhancement of chapter support initiatives offered through the University. During the past academic year Chris has taken on a number of significant projects and responsibilities including: the advising of Graduate Student Senate, Graduate Student Professional Development within the Division of Student Affairs, and Off Campus Student Services. Additionally, a project that Chris has taken a critical leadership role in is the Greek Housing Project. Overall, Chris has consistently demonstrated a tremendous level of dedication, genuine care and concern for the development of his staff, and a fostering of student growth and development within both the leadership and membership of the BGSU Greek community.”