Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University, at Bowling Green, Ohio; coeducational; chartered 1910 as a normal school, opened 1914. It became a college in 1929, a university in 1935. The school has research institutes in photochemical sciences and Canadian studies, as well as a library of popular culture.

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is a public four-year institution located in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA, about 20 miles south of Toledo, Ohio on I-75. The institution was granted a charter in 1910 by the State of Ohio as part of the Lowry bill, which also established Kent State University. For the 2007–2008 academic year BGSU has a student body of over 20,000, of which 3,000 are graduate students.

BGSU offers over 200 undergraduate programs , as well as various master's and doctoral degrees, including the nation's first Ph.D. program in photochemical science and one of the first undergraduate programs in neuroscience. In addition, BGSU has accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to offer full degree programs online.

BGSU remains a leader in teacher preparation institution. Students enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development may choose majors from among several teacher licensure areas, including early childhood (grades Pre-K to 3), Middle Childhood (grades 4 - 9), Adolescent-Young Adult (grades 7 - 12), Special Education (grades K - 12), and foreign language (grades K - 12).

Housed within the School of Communication Studies is the national and international award-winning Falcon Forensics, Speech and Debate Team, established in 1919. BGSU is home of the national literary journal Mid-American Review, which publishes new works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and which also sponsors Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing each November.

Early History

Originally known as Bowling Green State Normal School, it was one of several institutions established in the Progressive Era to meet demands for training and professional development of teachers. Classes began in 1914, enrolling 304 students primarily from Ohio and a few from Michigan and New York who were taught by the original faculty of 21. The school graduated 35 certified teachers in 1915, the same year that the campus’ first two buildings, University Hall and Williams Hall, opened their doors. Two years later the first baccalaureate degrees were awarded. Setting the pace for teacher education in Ohio with four-year degree programs, Bowling Green State Normal School achieved the status of college in 1929 and expanded its curriculum through the addition of the College of Liberal Arts, now known as the College of Arts and Sciences.

On October 28, 1927, the nickname “Falcons” was originated by the sports editor of the Daily Sentinel-Tribune. He thought the Falcon was fitting because it was indicative of a powerful bird that was small in stature, its coloring represented the Bowling Green school colors, and like the athlete, the falcon is a bird that goes through a long period of training before battle. At the time the school was still named Bowling Green State Normal College, Common nicknames, used by sports writers throughout the state, were “B.G. Normals,” “Teachers,” and the “B.G. Pedagogues"

The addition of graduate programs and the College of Business Administration helped to raise the status of the institution from the college level when it was designated Bowling Green State University in 1935. With continued growth, the Graduate School was formed, and BGSU awarded its first doctoral degree in English in 1963.

1970s Expansion

The 1970s represented a hallmark of progress with the addition of three new colleges. The College of Health and Human Services opened in 1973 to offer degree programs in a variety of health and community services. In 1975, the School of Music was elevated to the College of Musical Arts and the Graduate School to the Graduate College. Adding further evidence of the University’s ability to address increasingly complex socioeconomic trends and offer expanding career opportunities, the School of Technology was given college status in 1985 and renamed the College of Technology. The founding tradition of teacher preparation is now maintained in the university's College of Education and Human Development .

University Presidents

  • Dr. Homer B. Williams (1912–1937)
  • Dr. R. E. Offenhauer (1937–1938)
  • Dr. Frank J. Prout (1938–1951)
  • Dr. Ralph W. McDonald (1951–1961)
  • Dr. Ralph G. Harshman (1961–1963)
  • Dr. William Travers Jerome III (1963–1970)
  • Dr. Hollis A. Moore, Jr. (1970–1981)
  • Dr. Michael R. Ferrari (Interim) (1981–1982)
  • Dr. Paul J. Olscamp (1982–1995)
  • Dr. Sidney A. Ribeau (1995–2008)
  • Dr. Carol A. Cartwright (interim) (2008-Present)

BGSU Firelands

Extension services are integral to the University’s rich curricular texture and rural history. First offered in 1946 in the Sandusky, Ohio, area and later expanded to serve Erie, Huron, and Ottawa counties, extension programs established a foundation for BGSU Firelands, the University's regional campus. Located near the shores of Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio, and about 60 miles east of Bowling Green, Ohio, This college was established in 1968, when the first building (now Foundation Hall) at the Huron location was opened. BGSU Firelands is home to approximately 2,000 students. The college grants mostly 2-year degrees, but students are able to complete 4-year degrees in Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Liberal Studies, Visual Communication Technology, Applied Health Science, Nursing, and Advanced Tech Ed.

In 2003, the Cedar Point Center, BGSU’s most technologically sophisticated facility, opened its doors on the Firelands campus to serve constituents of the University and the community.

For instance, The Women's Center, founded in 1998, provides a place for the community to gather and serves as a resource center. Many student organizations meet at the center. The center hosts brown bag lunches once a month where all are welcome to join in informal discussions on topics of broad interest.

Notable programs

Applied Philosophy

According to the Philosophical Gourmet Report, BGSU's Ph.D. program in Applied Philosophy ranks in the top group (programs 1-6) in the English-speaking world in the area of Applied Ethics, along with programs such as Harvard University and Oxford University. The Report also notes BGSU's significant strengths in the areas of political philosophy, metaethics, and normative ethics/moral psychology Students and faculty benefit from the activities of BGSU's Social Philosophy and Policy Center, which has a long history of bringing excellent scholars to campus.

Business Administration

The Business Administration College was recognized as one of the top business schools by The Princeton Review in its 2008 guide entitled Best 290 Business Schools BGSU's identifying the best graduate programs, and BGSU is among the best. 2008 marks the fourth time the university has appeared on the Princeton Review. .

Canadian Studies

BGSU has a thriving Canadian Studies program, one of the largest in the United States in terms of the number of courses offered and students enrolled. The Canadian Studies Center educates students and the public about the importance of trade, security, and cultural relationships with America's neighbor to the north. Students can earn a Canadian Studies minor which provides an international perspective and prepares them for work in a globalizing economy. The Center for Environmental Programs is part of the newest school at BGSU: The School of Earth, Environment, and Society (SEES). The school is a combination of the Center for Environmental Programs, Geology, and Geography. Providing a multi-disciplinary approach better prepares students to contribute society.

Popular Culture

BGSU's Popular Culture Department is a unique component of the university. Not only is POPC the first and only department of its kind in the country, but its founder, Dr. Ray B. Browne, also established The Journal of Popular Culture and the national Popular Culture Association, both of which are widely known and respected to this day. By extension, BGSU also has quite an extensive popular culture library, the Browne Popular Culture Library The Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives in the Jerome Library contains over 1,000,000 titles (mostly on vinyl), making it the third-largest collection of popular music in the world.


The university's Ph.D. program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology program is ranked #3 in the nation (behind Michigan State and Minnesota and ahead of Penn State and Illinois) by the U.S. News and World Report. BGSU's I-O psychology program was founded by noted I-O psychologists Robert Guion and Patricia Cain Smith. Its graduates have gone on to success in academia, private industry, and government.

Sport Management

Sport Management program is one of the top programs in the country. BGSU offers both undergraduate and graduate programs accredited by The North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) through The School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies. Degree programs are split into two divisions: the Kinesiology Division offers undergraduate majors in Dance, Exercise Science, Human Movement Science, and Physical Education Teacher Education. The Exercise Science program has gained recognition by the National Strength and Conditionining Association. The Sport Management, Recreation, and Tourism Division offers undergraduate majors in Athletic Training/Clinic Management, Recreation, Sport Management, and Tourism. The Graduate Program includes specializations in Developmental Kinesiology (biomechanics, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, motor learning and motor development, physical education teacher education, and sport psychology), Sport Administration, and Leisure and Tourism.

Supply Chain Management

The Supply Chain Management program in the Department of Management, College of Business Administration at BGSU In 2005 the U.S. News & World Report ranked the program as 19th on the list of the leading undergraduate supply chain management and logistics programs nationwide. Then in 2007, ranking 16th in the nation according to 2007-08 US News and World Report. The magazine’s The rankings were based on a survey of deans and senior faculty from undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition to rating the quality of overall programs they are familiar with, the deans and faculty were asked to nominate the best programs in specialty areas, including supply chain management and logistics. BGSU's Supply Chain Management program is part of the College of Business Administration. The program prepares students for the managing all the activities, material flows, and information required to create and to deliver products and services from raw materials to the final consumers.

note: BGSU's doctoral program in history is one of the few in the country that focuses on policy history—the integration of political and institutional history with social and cultural history—to examine the context, implementation, and unintended consequences of policy decisions.


Bowling Green's sports teams are called the Falcons. The Falcons participate in NCAA Division I (Division I-A for football) and in the Mid-American Conference and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. BGSU is one of only 13 universities in the country offering NCAA division I-A football, division I men's and women's basketball, and division I ice hockey. The Falcons have won three conference championships in a row in women's basketball in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In advancing to the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship each of those years, the Falcons lost in the first round in 2005 and 2006, but then won their first two games on their way to the "Sweet Sixteen" in 2007. The women's soccer team won the conference crown in 2005.

The Falcons' main rivals are the Rockets of the University of Toledo. Separated by just 20 miles on Interstate 75, the two schools celebrate a heated rivalry in several sports. The most well-known of these games is the Battle of I-75, a football game held each year in which the winner takes home the Peace Pipe, an American Indian peace pipe placed upon a wood tablet.

The 1984 Falcons hockey team defeated the University of Minnesota-Duluth, in the longest college hockey championship game in history, to win the NCAA National Championship.

The Bowling Green Dance team performs at many BGSU sporting events. They are well known for their high-energy, spirited performances.

University of Florida coach Urban Meyer coached at BGSU earlier in the decade for 2 seasons (2001 and 2002).


The football team plays its home games in Doyt Perry Stadium. Men's and women's basketball is played at Anderson Arena with the hockey team playing inside the BGSU Ice Arena. The Ice Arena is one of the few in the country with facilities for the sport of curling. Warren E. Steller Field is the home of BGSU's baseball team. The Sebo Athletic Center, which opened in 2007, is a new facility located behind the northern end zone at Doyt Perry Stadium and houses training facilities and offices for the athletic department.

Student life

BGSU has many services for students, faculty and community members that help connect academics with real life experiences.

Living/learning communities

For the fourth consecutive year in 2007, BGSU was listed for its residential living/learning communities in U.S. News & World Report's “America's Best Colleges” under “Programs to Look For,” a section of the guide that notes “outstanding examples of academic programs believed to lead to student success." In BGSU's residential learning communities, students with similar interests and goals live and study together. In the academically based communities students work closely with faculty members who teach classes and have offices right in the residence hall.

Career center

BGSU's Career Center provides comprehensive career services to its students and alumni including career planning, on- and off-campus student employment, co-op and internships opportunities, and post-graduate and graduate school planning. The following services are provided: (1) individual consultations to discuss academic and career planning or job search strategies, (2) career development courses including UNIV 131-Career & Life Planning, UNIV 141-Effective Strategies in the Workplace, and UNIV 141-Career Implementation, (3) career assessments that measure interests, personality characteristics and preferences for various work environments, (4) the Career Resource Library, (5) on-campus recruiting, (6) job fairs, (7) workshops related to interviewing, resume writing, job search techniques, and networking, (8)WorkNet, an online job listing software, and (9) career related publications. The Career Center can help students develop career goals, identify academic and experiential program that achieve these goals, and help students gain employment in their chosen field.

Student media publications

  • The student operated, independent daily newspaper BG News, which has been published since 1920.
  • The university's independent, student operated yearbook was first published in 1918 as the Bee Gee. Publication stopped after 1918 for 6 years and in 1924 the yearbook resumed production under a new name, The KEY and was published every year since 1924 as the only comprehensive record of students, activities, and events for a given year. In 2008, the yearbook was replaced with a magazine, The Key Magazine. This is the only magazine sponsored by BGSU and fully run by BGSU students and supported by local advertising only.
  • The Department of Telecommunications ran student operated, independent, non-commercial, FCC-licensed college radio station is WBGU 88.1 FM and the student operated, commercial radio station is WFAL Falcon Radio. BGSU is also home to BG24 News, a student-run television newscast airing live at 5:30pm three days a week.
  • 'Bowling Green Radio News Organization (BGRNO)-BGRNO provides up-to-the minute radio news coverage Monday-Friday on WBGU-FM AND WFAL-AM. Students write, produce, and report live on the air the latest local and national news, sports and weather stories.
  • Bowling Green Radio Sports Organization (BGRSO)-BGRSO broadcasts BGSU's football, hockey, men's and women's basketball, and baseball games on WBGU-FM and WFAL-AM. WBGU-FM is also the flagship station for women's basketball and hockey.
  • VideoBank - Student run music video/comedy skit show.
  • Mid-American Review (MAR), published through the BGSU Department of English since 1980, is nationally recognized for publishing contemporary fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and translations. Preceding MAR was Itinerary, a magazine that was established by editor Robert Early in 1972 to publish the works of BGSU's MFA students. However, the students tired of publishing nothing but their own work and suggested broadening into an international publication. Itinerary was retired in 1980 when the first issue of MAR was released. No BGSU student work is included in MAR (with the exception of occasional reviews of newly released literary titles).
  • Prairie Margins is a national undergraduate literary journal published by students in the Creative Writing Program at BGSU. The annual journal features literary work by both BGSU students and undergraduate creative writers from other institutions.

Traditions and events

  • BGSU's official spirit crew is called SICSIC which began in 1946.
  • BGSU's official mascots are Freddie and Frieda Falcon. Freddie began appearing at athletic events in 1950. Frieda first appeared in 1966, but officially re-emerged in 1980.
  • Buckeye Boys State - Bowling Green is the current home for the American Legion Buckeye Boys State, which gathers high-school students from all over Ohio for a nine-day program. At Buckeye Boys State, the students operate a full government modeled after the Government of Ohio. Buckeye Boys State is held each June.

School songs

Bowling Green State University has three common songs that can be heard at various athletic and academic events. These three songs are the Alma Mater, "Forward Falcons" which is the school's fight song, and "Ay Ziggy Zoomba" which is played to hype up the crowd at events, which is more familiar to most students, alumni, and fans.

Alma Mater

Words and music by Edith Ludwig Bell

Alma Mater hear us,
As we praise thy name
Make us worthy sons and daughters
Adding to thy fame.

Time will treat you kindly
Years from now you'll be
Ever dearer in our hearts,
Our University.

From the halls of ivy
To the campus scene,
Chimes ring out with gladness
For our dear Bowling Green.

When all is just a mem'ry
Of the by-gone days,
Hear our hymn dear Alma Mater
As thy name we praise.

Forward Falcons

Words and music by Dr. Wayne Bohrnstedt

Forward Falcons, Forward Falcons,
Fight for victory.
Show our spirit, make them fear it,
Fight for dear Bee Gee.
Forward Falcons, Forward Falcons,
Make the contest keen.
Hold up the fame
Of our mighty name,
And win for
Bowling Green.

Ay Ziggy Zoomba

Words and music by Gilbert Fox

"Ay Ziggy Zoomba"

Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zoomba
Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Ze
Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zoomba
Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Ze
Roll along, you B-G warriors
Roll along, and win for B-G-S-U.

Notable alumni

With strong academic and successful athletics programs, the Bowling Green State University has seen many of its former students go on to local and national prominence. This includes many athletes that have excelled at the collegiate and professional levels, including: Nate Thurmond, Rob Blake, Orel Hershiser, Ken Morrow, Don Nehlen, Jordan Sigalet, and George McPhee. In addition, many state politicians have graduated from Bowling Green, including current Ohio congressman Tim Ryan, former Israeli ambassador Daniel Ayalon, and current Ohio state senators Randy Gardner and Kevin Coughlin. Other notable alumni include author James Baldwin, actor Tim Conway, ESPN sportscasters Jay Crawford and Jason Jackson, CBS News Correspondent Steve Hartman, TCU Chancellor Dr. Victor J. Boschini and Adobe Systems President and CEO Shantanu Narayen.


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