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Professional Recognitions

Dr. Faith YinglingGrant to Reduce Substance Abuse

BGSU’s Drug, Alcohol, and Sexual Offenses Coalition, partnering with the Wood County Prevention Coalition, Wood County Educational Service Center, and the Wood County Alcohol Drug Addiction Mental Health Services Board, has been awarded a $514,500 grant from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.  Approximately $400,000 of the grant will be directed to BGSU and will help to deliver and sustain effective substance abuse prevention programs on-campus.  According to Dr. Faith Yingling, Wellness Connection director, the goal is to create drug and alcohol abuse educational programming and prevention programs that will help to reduce alcohol and prescription drug abuse among 18 to 25 year-olds on-campus.


The BACCHUS Network™ is a university and community-based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. It is the mission of this non-profit organization to actively promote student and young adult-based, campus and community-wide leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle decisions concerning alcohol abuse, tobacco use, illegal drug use, unhealthy sexual practices and other high-risk behaviors. The organization devotes a substantial portion of its resources and activities to:

  • Create and foster a thriving network of institutions and young adult led peer education groups supporting health and safety initiatives
  • Empower students and administrators to voice their opinions and needs to create healthier and safer campus communities
  • Develop and promote cutting edge resources and health promotion campaigns that support peer education, campus leadership, and activism on health and safety issues
  • Provide exceptional conferencing and training opportunities for students, young adults and professionals to support health and safety strategies  Encourage national forums on young adult health and safety concerns
  • Promote and disseminate research and effective strategies that better help campuses and communities address health and safety issues, and
  • Advocate for effective and sensible policies and practices for campus and community health and safety issues
    For more information visit the Bacchus Network.  

The Student Wellness Network received a national award at the BACCHUS General Assembly for Outstanding Mental Health Program for the Erase the Stigma event. Peer Educator and Student Wellness Network Fundraising Co-Chair, Courtney Diener, was voted one of two Student Trustees for the entire BACCHUS Network. Congratulations, Courtney!

National intramural-Recreational Sports Association

The mission of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) provides for the education and development of professional and student members. NIRSA fosters quality recreational programs, facilities and services for diverse populations. The Association demonstrates its commitment to excellence by utilizing resources that promote ethical and healthy lifestyle choices.

Jodi WellmanAnnually, marketing departments within the organization are recognized for their work in the promotion of the mission of the organization. Presented each year at the Annual Conference and Recreational Sports Expo, awards are conferred in the areas of audiovisual, comprehensive brochures, integrated marketing, large scale signage, programming publications, student publications, digital presentations, sustainable marketing and website design. This year, Bowling Green State University's Recreation and Wellness department received an Honor Mention in the Programming Publication category for their design of the Alcohol Awareness Pledge poster. BGSU Student and Graphic Design Intern, Jodi Wellman, created the poster.

The Alcohol Awareness poster is 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide and students sign the pledge during a late night programming event.