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2023 News Stories

Baldwin Wallace names new chief academic officer

Longtime political science professor and campus leader Dr. Thomas Sutton is taking on the mantle of BW provost.

BW Celebrates Fall 2023 Commencement

Some 230 graduates were encouraged to focus their futures on character, investing in relationships and purpose.

BW alumni honored as standout leaders by Crain's Cleveland Business

The professional skills and successes of four BW alumni earned them recognition by Crain's Cleveland Business.

BW wins two national awards for opera productions

The national recognition includes kudos for a virtual opera festival featuring new "Micro Operas" performed by BW voice students.

BW faculty-student research shows dramatic changes in NE Ohio forests

The study offers conservation advice based on 220 years of data that chart how the development of Greater Cleveland has shaped the region’s...

BW alumnus finds his forte in interior design

Jeffrey Haines ’72 has been causing high-end home envy for over 30 years with his sought-after interior designs.

BW students demonstrate how Gen Z is a force for good

The director of BW’s David & Frances Brain Center for Community Engagement shares how Gen Z is reshaping the way we think about giving...

BW communications grad rises as national voice-over artist

Christy Harst '98 has made a career out of being "heard and not seen" as the voice of many iconic national brands.

BW Summer Scholars advocate for undergraduate research on Capitol Hill

Two BW students and a faculty mentor recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to have their voices heard.

BW students prevail at US Department of Energy CyberForce Competition

BW's Cybersecurity team placed 6th in the nation out of 95 teams competing to protect the U.S. energy infrastructure.

'Choose Ohio First' awards $1.2 million in new funding for BW STEM Scholars

This latest grant will support scholarships for BW students studying in a variety of STEM programs with a special focus on healthcare careers.

BW earns top U.S. News ranking as Best College for Veterans

Accolades abound for BW’s veteran and military services program, which has the support of the Cleveland Guardians as well as the campus...

Grit, gratitude, glory define BW student's path to groundbreaking roles

From research on quantum computing with Cleveland Clinic to being BW’s first committed women’s wrestler, Kyla Koos loves breakthrough...

BW math students dig into data behind statewide library circulation

Ohio's library system turned to a team of BW applied mathematics students to study the best method for transporting millions of books around...

Peter J. Rea returns to campus as BW commencement speaker

With 30 years of YJ4L ties that span employment, service and philanthropy, Dr. Peter J. Rea will be the commencement speaker on Saturday, Dec. 9.

BW launches Health Equity Research & Education Institute

The institute will focus on research, training and services to address health disparities in Northeast Ohio.

BW families unite for welcoming weekend

This year’s Parent & Family Weekend was a time of fun, laughter, joy and celebration.

A vision transformed into 125 years of BW excellence

From a humble music program to a nationally acclaimed Conservatory of Music, the quasquicentennial celebrates BW’s commitment to artistic...

Transfer students applaud BW faculty and staff 'champions'

As part of National Transfer Student Week, students offered appreciation to some of the people who are fueling their successful transitions to BW.

Embracing the Arts – Full STEAM ahead

The 125-year-old BW Conservatory of Music bears witness to the transformative power of the arts in the lives of our students and our community.

BW Ohio Pulse Poll shows Ohio voters favor Issues 1 and 2

A majority of likely Ohio voters favor abortion rights and the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Momentum building as BW engineering major soars in growth

Engineering had a record-setting 27 first-year students — a nod to the rigor and real-world focus that makes the ABET-accredited program a...

Billboard magazine names Baldwin Wallace a top music business school

Exceptional learning opportunities for students are among the many reasons BW has been touted as a music business leader by Billboard magazine.

New BW psychology lab explores why an apple a day may keep the doctor away

A new psychology lab is exploring how health behavior can boost positive emotions to help people improve their well-being and prevent chronic illness.

BW marks Hispanic and Latine Heritage Month

Campus activities are highlighting the month, while faculty and staff members win recognition as notable Latino leaders.

BW esports program opens new practice and competition space 

Yellow Jacket esports teams are ramping up varsity competition and recently cut the ribbon on a new facility, setting a new standard for gameplay.

BW's Bold & Gold Bash Dazzled with Great Food, Fun, Friendships

This year's Bold & Gold Homecoming Festival was an extravaganza of exciting new activities and crowd favorites as YJ4L pride was on display.

BW arts management grad named to Erie Reader's 40 Under 40

Casey Corritore ’21 is one of “40 young entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, and leaders shaping the future of Erie.”

BW study finds challenges and potential in hospitality industry

The research project, commissioned by Cuyahoga County, was completed by faculty and students through the BW Community Research Institute.

Great Lakes Theater partnership puts BW talent front and center, on stage and off

More than two dozen BW students, alumni, faculty and staff are behind the current run of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.”

BW explores artificial intelligence as the 'next frontier for business'

Experts on the swift and disruptive advances in artificial intelligence are kicking off BW’s “Voices of Discovery” series.

BW grad and Savour Hospitality owner shares recipe for success

Malisse Sinito ‘88 is a 2023 Crain’s Woman of Note, BW trustee and owner of some of Cleveland’s notable fine dining experiences.

BW earns stellar 2024 US News rankings, marking three decades among the best

The University is now #6 on the Best Midwest Regional Colleges list and earned other accolades, including #1 for Veterans.

BW alumni investment club builds wealth, backs Black-owned businesses

The group of millennial grads has formed a circle of support as they navigate smart stock market investing together and offer advice to others.

It’s game on as these Yellow Jackets excel in academics, athletics

Holding high the Brown & Gold banner of being champions for success, BW student-athletes are fierce competitors and exceptional scholars.

BW unlocks potential in first-generation college students

Dr. Timeka Rashid, BW’s vice president for student affairs, explains why support for first-generation college students is beneficial to all.

Increased camps and programs keep BW campus busy in summer months

A whole lot of learning and development was happening at BW over the summer, with much of it disguised as pure fun.

BW graduate named Cleveland Clinic’s first Chief Community Officer

The position is brand new for the world-renowned, global health system and is another step in Vickie Eaton Johnson ‘89 living out her purpose.

Former BW Yellow Jacket Anthony Kendall ’22 earns spot on NFL Titans roster

Reports out of Titans training camp say the former BW Yellow Jacket football star impressed the head coach during preseason play.

BW mathematics faculty in the spotlight for creative teaching approach

Students tested game-winning strategies and learned math along the way.

BW announces launch of Northeast Ohio drone safety platform

The digital data-sharing system aims to enhance uncrewed aerial flight safety and drive economic growth by positioning Northeast Ohio as a leader...

Retired Ernst & Young managing partner named BW Board Chair

Lee Thomas ’76 brings broad experience to the trustees’ leadership role.

BW welcomes 2023 incoming class

Smiles and selfies were as abundant as Brown and Gold at BW's Week of Welcome, where 730 new students joined our campus community.

BW awards recognize professors for excellence

Six faculty members have been awarded top honors for their achievements.

BW nursing student earns Cleveland Magazine 2023 'Faces of Care' award

Anya Wu ’23 is among the "next generation” of nurses recognized in the 13th annual awards.

BW earns national recognition for exceptional transfer student support

The Phi Theta Kappa honor places BW among the most transfer-friendly colleges in the nation.

It’s twin time as BW incoming class prepares for move-in

In a few weeks, eight sets of multiples will join our YJ4L family as first-year students.

Baldwin Wallace University celebrates the power of community partnerships

Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown addresses organizational leaders at BW’s annual partnership breakfast.

BW primary care pre-med program marks 10 years of success

From med school students to residents, BW Primary Healthcare Advancement Program grads offer top talent to the medical community.

BW students, alumni thrive at 2023 top healthcare workplaces

Deep BW connections to a pair of “mega-employers” highlight the big benefits of NE Ohio business partnerships for BW students.

BW criminal justice grad named Cuyahoga County Sheriff

Harold Pretel ’03 was appointed by the county executive, confirmed by the county council and sworn into office earlier this month.

The Hollywood Reporter names BW a “Top 25 Drama School in the World”

BW's "strong undergrad music theater program" catapulted the University onto this year's list of the best schools for aspiring...

BW wins prestigious grants for innovative research and programs

From the National Endowment for the Humanities to the National Science Foundation, BW projects are winning high-profile support.

BW 2022-23 Year in Review

A look back at highlights and memorable moments from Baldwin Wallace University's 2022-23 academic year.

BW Student Voices: Exploring the elusive meaning of happiness

Nicole Schwartz '23 is a psychology major and neuroscience minor who explored the meaning of happiness in her last semester.

BW grad named 'Rising Star Young Leader' by NAFSA Association of International Educators

Kevin Sullivan forges a rewarding career path in higher education that has earned national recognition.

Follow this BW Business School advice to negotiate compensation with confidence

Do you know your worth in the job market? An expert panel convened by BW's Carmel Boyer School of Business has answers.

Propitious path leads BW alumni into medical research

Two BW alumni have careers in research that could be monumental in providing medical advancement.

To meet workforce demand, BW leads Ohio initiative to increase computing grads

BW and partner schools earned a $2 million National Science Foundation grant to fund the project, which supports underrepresented students.

BW recognized for commitment to first-generation college students

The Center for First-generation Student Success has chosen BW for membership in the national First Scholars Network.

BW exercise science and biology grad rises to pinnacle of sports medicine field

The 2023 winner of the American College of Sports Medicine's Certified Professional of the Year Award is a BW graduate who's not done yet.

Study abroad by BW students surges in post-pandemic rebound

Europe, Africa and Central America were all destinations as faculty-led programs bounced back from the days of public health travel restrictions.

Wanderlust spurs BW grad to Peace Corps

Adventurer Kerrigan Ponsart is headed to Zambia with the Peace Corps — a perfect capstone to her BW study abroad and service experiences.

Fulbright leads BW alumnus back to birth country

Grant Cordle is going to Colombia as a Fulbright English Teaching Award recipient, a top honor for the aspiring bilingual speech-language pathologist.

Growing BW public health program helps fill 'desperate' workforce need

The growing popularity of the undergraduate public health major at BW mirrors a national trend and offers broad application after graduation.

BW faculty, students travel to Guatemala to bring tech to medical records system

Humanity and healthcare were at the heart of a four-year project that provided custom-designed software to a clinic that assists rural Mayans.

Cleveland Browns return to BW for 2023 rookie cooking class

The Cleveland Browns turn to BW Dining Services again this year to teach a "Rooks to Cooks" class.

BW Summer Bucket List

If you're living on or near campus this summer, here's a list of fun things to do in and around Berea!

BW research explores movement, cognition effects of ACL injury

An interdisciplinary research project is analyzing how athletes who had ACL injury and reconstructive surgery process and react to environmental cues.

BW Summer Scholars excel

From research to creative projects, BW Summer Scholars are working alongside faculty to break new ground in their studies.

Former BW Yellow Jacket Anthony Kendall '22 signs with the NFL

The BW All-American made the improbable leap from a Division III football team to a contract with the Tennessee Titans.

BW's Marting Hall is home to nesting hawks

Members of the BW community are enjoying a live lesson in ornithology right outside their office and classroom windows.

Baldwin Wallace announces 2023 Alumni Merit Award winners

BW's 2023 Alumni Merit Awards recognize the distinguished achievements and service of six outstanding BW alumni.

Baldwin Wallace University celebrates 173rd Spring Commencement

On a picture-perfect spring day, the pandemic-forged Class of 2023 marked graduation with cheers, smiles and happy tears.

BW Music Theatre alum Colton Ryan '17 earns 2023 Tony nomination

Ryan and two other BW grads will perform on the Tony Awards live broadcast on June 11.

BW alumna's special pup inspires resilience, appreciation for diversity and joy

To mark "Specially-Abled Pets Day" on May 3, we share the heartwarming story of a Yellow Jacket mastiff named Aslan.

BW air quality sensor study earns National Science Foundation funding

The faculty-student research identifies gaps in monitoring and inequities tied to redlining in the air that neighborhoods breathe.

BW's 2023 awards season blooms with student success

The Ovation Festival, Honors Day Awards and other recognition events give standout students their day in the sun.

BW MBA grad explores impact of artificial intelligence on marketing and PR

While the human element is still key, Brad Kostka, MBA '00 says AI tools can be leveraged to boost efficiency.

BW psychology students selected for elite regional honor

BW seniors Emily Hathcock and Abby Rodriguez received prestigious recognition for their research by psychology honorary Psi Chi.

BW cheers sustainability in the craft brewing business ahead of Earth Day 2023

A big BW audience tapped into the expertise of the co-founder of Northeast Ohio's original craft brewery for lessons about profits, people and...

BW marketing grad posts for social media millions, starts two businesses

From success creating TikToks for a major brand to starting her own businesses, Lexi Ripperger '20 is making her mark as a digital entrepreneur.

BW criminal justice grad advocates for domestic violence survivors

While law enforcement may be the more typical application for her major, Ellie Templeton '21 is using her degree for social change.

BW communication studies classes conduct research for cancer nonprofit

The groundbreaking research looks to revolutionize the way a caregiver communicates with a patient's informal network.

BW sport management grad fulfilling dream of coaching in the NBA

As the 2023 NBA Playoffs get underway, you'll find a BW grad on the sidelines for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

BW students elect 2023-24 student body president and vice president

Students elected Matt Perry '24 to serve as the student body president and Maree Horne '25 as student body vice president.

BW wrestling gets top spots at nationals

Michael Petrella was named the NCAA Division III national champ — with top men's wrestling honors also going to teammates and coaches.

Applied learning opportunities for BW students expanding with donor support

A trip to Wall Street is one of the latest examples of students getting a taste of the real world outside the classroom.

BW veteran and rookie crowned national collegiate racquetball doubles champions

Longtime player Julia Stein '24 teamed up with newcomer Angie Case '25 to vanquish D1 competitors on their way to the title.

BW Gives exceeds $500,000 as final surge raises total

It was a big day for BW Gives as donor generosity made this year's 24-hour event an amazing success with $500,639 generated.

BW Women's Rugby team closes out Women's History Month with power play

An event billed as "a celebration of powerful women" was part rugby tournament, part women's empowerment event.

BW names Gregory Cingle Chief Financial Officer

Gregory M. Cingle '90, CPA, is BW's new CFO, a role that puts him at the helm of the university's finance operations.

Millions follow BW Conservatory grad's creative content on social media

Musician and content creator Paige Zilba '16 has an astonishing 13 million followers across her social media platforms.

Vet school acceptance transforms a BW student's sorrow into success

Having gained acceptance to three vet schools, BW biology major Grace Kaylor is fulfilling her goal of honoring her dog Murphy through her career.

Business, civic leader Paul Clark to speak at BW Commencement

With an illustrious career in banking and extensive community engagement, Paul Clark, MBA '81, is BW's Commencement keynote speaker for...

BW pre-physical therapy and exercise science grad fulfills vision for PT practice

Dr. Athena Ridgley '18 of Bee Well Physical Therapy has a passion for practicing physical therapy the "right way."

BW students launch resource closet during AmeriCorps Week 2023

BW celebrates the contributions of AmeriCorps volunteers by starting a new student-led initiative to fill unmet need.

BW students head to Texas to 'bowl' over competition in neuroscience challenge

BW is the first college outside of Texas invited to a Jeopardy-like challenge Brain Bowl, in which four BW students will vie for top honors.

BW grad finds success 'giving voice' to young international athletes

A marketing and PR alumnus is channeling his love for sports and media into a globetrotting career.

Baldwin Wallace CIO and alumnus Greg Flanik named VP of Operations

In his new role, Flanik will continue to manage IT while expanding his oversight to a range of other campus operations.

BW grad sets Guinness World Record

The newly minted record-holder and BW business alumna discovered her passion for running after she graduated.

Resourceful BW student builds own lab instrument to research Lake Erie sand

The beaches of Lake Erie were the backdrop to a research study by Clay Kolke, who used his interdisciplinary expertise throughout the 18-month...

BW engineering majors unite with community to develop assistive technology equipment

Engineering students are designing a new sit-to-stand walker that can boost mobility for individuals needing accommodation.

BW takes aim at partisan polarization, builds civil discourse skills

A new Democracy and Civility Initiative is cultivating respectful dialogue in the classroom and beyond.

BW alternative breaks encourage student advocacy for social justice issues

Service and addressing social justice issues are an important part of BW alternative break trips.

BW leads partnership to develop drone infrastructure for Cuyahoga County

Growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles spurs creation of a framework that will organize safe "highways in the sky."

BW nursing program adds birth simulator

BW's new childbirth simulator provides outstanding hands-on learning opportunities for nursing students.

High-tech equipment takes BW nursing students from classroom to clinicals to career

A new childbirth simulator is providing students with elite learning experiences.

BW's Black Cultural Center gives Black students space to be authentic selves

A vibrant part of campus, the Black Cultural Center is a place for students to make lifelong friends and network with people of different backgrounds.

BW campus connections paved with love

On this Valentine's Day 2023, we celebrate BW's more than 2,000 alumni couples with another round of love stories.

Crain's Cleveland Business takes note of BW alumni achievement

BW graduates are among the movers and shakers named to the magazine's latest "Power 150" and "40 under Forty" lists.

Baldwin Wallace expands esports to include varsity competition

BW esports now has a roster of more than 40 students competing in two leagues and five game titles.

On the sidelines and behind the scenes, BW does Super Bowl LVII

Joe Kasper '15 is on the Eagles coaching staff while sport management students prepare to work the big event in Arizona.

BW business, education and speech-language pathology grad programs in the limelight

Online MBA and MAEd programs among the best in the nation, while SLP is featured by Newsweek.

BW School of Business students shine at annual ACG Cup

The impressive team of students claimed second prize and the respect of judges at the rigorous investment banking competition.

Celebrating the BW legacy of Dr. Obie Bender

BW honors Dr. Obie Bender, who spearheaded efforts to move BW forward in diversity and inclusion and was a cherished mentor to countless students.

Spiritual life, religious studies at BW evolve, broaden partnerships

The goal is to support students seeking purpose and personal values with or without being part of a specific religious tradition.

BW art exhibition hits the road

The Fawick Gallery exhibition "A Big Relief" has been invited to the Gallery at Moreland Courts at Shaker Square.

Accolades abound for BW alumna focused on global health

Clara Harb '19 credits outstanding mentoring by her BW professors for helping her forge an impressive career path in global health and bioethics.

Diving into data: BW's new data science and data analytics majors

These new interdisciplinary majors offer data-minded students the opportunity to pursue a career in the field of their choice.

BW tests high-dosage tutoring to regain pandemic losses

Aspiring teachers from BW's education department team up with Fairview Park schools to accelerate a post-COVID-19 academic rebound in reading...

Alumna brings YJ4L spirit to role as inaugural BW Dean of Students

BW welcomes Dr. Léna (Kavaliauskas) Crain '06 as Dean of Students.

BW UX Research Lab gives students hands-on experience in boosting software usability

BW's distinctive UX Research Lab provides opportunities for students take the lead on real-world projects that give them in-demand career skills.