BGSU Firelands Program Earns National Accreditation

Bowling Green State University Firelands College was notified earlier this month that the diagnostic medical sonography program has been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field.  In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits more than 2,000 educational programs in 26 health science occupations.

The diagnostic medical sonography program was first offered at BGSU Firelands in 2012.  A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly skilled professional who creates images of structures inside the body using soundwaves. Sonographers are responsible for the independent operation of sonographic equipment, and for performing and communicating findings of the examinations to physicians.

The two-year associate degree program is one of the most popular at the BGSU Firelands campus.  Entrance into the program is highly competitive.

Diagnostic medical sonographers are in high demand and employment in this field is projected to grow 39 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average projected growth of all occupations collectively.  Salaries vary by geographical location, however, the US Department of Labor Statics list the annual median salary for diagnostic medical sonographers at $60,350.

For additional information on the diagnostic medical sonography program, or any of the programs offered at BGSU Firelands, contact the office of admissions at 419.372.0607 or review the website at


Hamann receives award at BGSU Firelands ceremony

Several awards were recently presented at the 45th annual Bowling Green State University Firelands College Recognition Program held Friday, April 25, in the Cedar Point Center. 

Julie Hamann, Port Clinton, received the Dean’s Special Recognition Award. 

Dean’s Special Recognition Award

The Dean’s Special Recognition Award may be given annually to individual faculty members, administrators, classified staff, or members of collaborative teams who have made exceptionally meritorious contributions in support of the mission of BGSU Firelands.  Awards may be used to recognize career achievements as well as recent accomplishments.

Hamann has worked at BGSU Firelands since 1989 when she started as a student worker in the computer lab.  As she gained education and experience, she was promoted through the system and has been the director of Technology Support Services since 2000.

Hamann is being recognized for her commitment to the College and her constant willingness to assume additional responsibilities.  Most recently, Hamann has accepted the added responsibilities of the Student Activities Coordinator while the position remained vacant for nearly one year.

“While maintaining a high level of effectiveness in Technology Support Services, Julie has organized many student fundraiser, events, and activities,” said BGSU Firelands Dean William Balzer.  “She is a cornerstone of this institution and her value to BGSU Firelands and our students can never be understated.”

Hamann has also taught several courses and workshops at the College in a variety of areas including computer systems and software, digital photography, social media, telecommunication equipment applications and computer programming.

Active in the College community and governance, Hamann has held positions as Student Government Advisor, secretary to the Budget Committee and the Capital Improvements Committee, and she is a member of the Info Tech Committee at BGSU Firelands and BGSU main campus.

Hamann received the BGSU Firelands Dean’s Special Recognition award in 2004 and the BGSU Firelands Windows to the Future award in 1993.

She earned an associate of arts in 1992 and a bachelor’s of liberal studies in 1993, both from BGSU.


BGSU Firelands College recognizes students and staff

The 45th Annual Recognition Program at Bowling Green State University Firelands College was held on Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in the Cedar Point Center.  Several Ottawa County students and staff were honored at the program. 

Student Tony Kaiser of Port Clinton received a Theatre Meritorious Service award.

Deborah Carden of Port Clinton received a Society of the Flame award. The Society of the Flame is an honorary society in which students are inducted on the basis of academic achievement, participation in a variety of campus programs, organizations, and general display of leadership on the campus. Carden also received an award for five years of service as faculty/staff.

Staff member Julie Hamman of Port Clinton received a Dean’s Special Recognition Award. This special recognition award is given to individual faculty members, administrators, classified staff, or members of collaborative teams who have made exceptionally meritorious contributions in support of the mission of BGSU Firelands.  Hamman also received recognition for 20 years of service.

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