This animation represents all living alumni from 1920 to 2017. Our 170,000+ falcon alumni continue to raise the bar and prove through their successes that BGSU is a premier learning community. The achievements of our graduates throughout the world pave the way for students of tomorrow to grow, lead and succeed.
Antonio Smith received a full scholarship to attend BGSU, funded by Dr. Peggie Hollingsworth ’71 and Dr. Charles Smith through the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy. Dr. Hollingsworth and Dr. Smith have served as role models in his life, supporting him with his BGSU scholarship and personally as mentors and friends. They’ve inspired him to value education, work hard, and give back. Antonio Smith now attends medical school at Wayne State University.Watch Video >
"One thing that Dr. Hollingsworth and Dr. Smith both instilled in me was to be a gift that keeps on giving."
Lori Steele-Contorer, founder and CEO of Everyone Counts, is recognized as the world's top expert in election modernization, pioneering the adoption of software to make elections more accessible, affordable, transparent and secure. Her leadership in business, innovation and elections led to Lori to being named in 2013 to FORTUNE magazine's 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs list, a winner of the San Diego Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business award, and inducted into BGSU’s Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame.Watch Video >
"BGSU was the beginning of a journey that led my company to providing successful election administration and voting projects in over 165 countries throughout the world, as well as for the iconic Oscar and Emmy awards."
Ben Zauski came to BGSU from Rochester, New York. Initially he thought he wanted to teach math, but after a few internships, Zauski decided that he wanted to find a job where he could work directly with big data. After graduation, he accepted a job in enterprise risk analytics with State Auto Insurance Companies, where he had completed an internship.
"The opportunities you get at BGSU are things you just can’t get anywhere else in the country."
Eileen O’Neill said she can trace her enormous success to the “four R’s”—relationships, responsibility, risk taking and working “really, really hard.” O’Neill, the brains behind such hit shows as “19 Kids and Counting” and “The Little Couple,” truly paid her dues to reach the position of Global Group President of Discovery Studios. She started at Discovery Communications as an unpaid intern while earning a graduate degree in popular culture from the University and was hired by DCI’s networks operation department immediately upon graduation.Watch Video >
"In a world attached to devices, it’s still human contact and relationships such as those developed at BGSU that are truly a key part of success."
Jennifer Higdon’s life has been full of surprises. The BGSU alumna and composer admitted during her commencement address on Dec. 19, 2014, that much of her success, both personally and professionally, would likely have never happened had she stuck with her original plan at the University to become a professional flutist. Instead of playing in an orchestra, Higdon is one of America’s most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers. Her Percussion Concerto won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in January 2010. Higdon also received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto.Watch Video >
"The ability to think beyond the norm, and beyond expectations, can make a lifetime of the 'amazing.'""
As president and CEO of TriHealth Inc., John Prout leads more than 10,000 employees, 80 ambulatory locations, 300 employed physicians and 1,700 independent medical staff to improve the health and well-being of Ohio’s citizens. The organization operates the largest corporate health and fitness program in Greater Cincinnati, the largest not-for-profit hospice in the region, and an active medical research program. Prout also holds the position of president and CEO of TriHealth’s three hospitals, Good Samaritan, Bethesda North and Bethesda Butler County. In 2016, Prout was recognized for his achievements with the prestigious Donald R. Newkirk Award by the Ohio Hospital Association.Watch Video >
"In addition to my own business education that put me on the road to success, I have a deep personal connection to the University as the grandson of BGSU’s third president, Frank J. Prout. Just as my grandfather guided the University during the tumultuous times of the Second World War, we need to support today’s leaders and students during a changing time in higher education."
A human development and family studies major from Detroit, Kevin Lewis is already passing on the gift of his BGSU education to younger students. Recently, he served as a residential mentor to 51 students in the Upward Bound program, which has a goal of assisting low-income and potential first-generation students by providing educational services and activities that will increase achievement in their secondary and postsecondary educational pursuits.Watch Video >
"I feel like I have the obligation to success because of all the people who believe in me at BGSU. Now, I feel like I also owe it to my Upward Bound students to set an example of striving for the best education that I can receive."
Linda Davis Watters’ father was a sharecropper who moved to Ohio because he wanted a better future for his children. She arrived at BGSU with what she calls “nothing but a trunkload of ambition.” She is now vice president for government relations at John Hancock Insurance Company.Watch Video >
"My degree is a ticket, and I’ve used that ticket to open up endless opportunities and possibilities."
Maddi Georgoff found her passion for service through the Chapman Learning Community at BGSU and received the national Newman Civic Fellows Award in recognition of her exceptional efforts. She developed Parent University for Toledo Public Schools and continues to look for ways to learn about and act upon social issues.Watch Video >
"At BGSU, I learned that there is good to be done in the world, and it doesn’t have to be done alone."
Megan Largent credits the Alumni Laureate Scholarship program with providing her with the flexibility and freedom to access opportunities throughout campus, including becoming the 2015 president for the University Activities Organization. This, in turn, has allowed her to provide opportunities for involvement, leadership and service to other students on campus.Watch Video >
"The supporters of my scholarship are Sean and Davita Frick and our relationship goes beyond just financial support. They have taught me how important it is to give back. I definitely want to keep that as a part of my life as well, so if I ever have the opportunity in the future to give back to BGSU, that’s something I definitely want to do."
Every day, Natalie Priwer gives every ounce of enthusiasm she has to students and fellow teachers at Aldine, an underserved public school in Texas. As a math skills specialist, Natalie uses her BGSU education to not only teach her students math, but to also help fellow teachers be the best teachers they can be. She is driven to improve the world and sees her role as changing lives for the better.Watch Video >
"You never know what an inspired 11th grader might do with her life."
Two years after graduating from BGSU, Paul Hooker purchased the New York City-based luxury household linen importer SFERRA. He grew annual sales from $250,000 when he bought the business in 1977 to more than $30 million in 2011. Today SFERRA presents the most comprehensive range of luxury home textiles for the bed, bath and table worldwide.Watch Video >
"Bowling Green was everything. It opened every opportunity I have to this day."