Summer Field Trips

April 14th, 2014

Join us for some fun field trips this summer!

* Cedar Point-5/16, 9am-9pm
$37* 48″ and up; $34* under 48″ & Seniors (62+); Free* 2 and under. Contact Mallory by 5/6 to reserve your ticket.

* Grand Rapids, OH-6/7, 10am-4pm

$6* Adults; $5* Seniors (60+); $4* Children (3-12); Free* 2 and under. Take a ride on a mule-drawn canal boat and a tour through The Isaac Ludwig Mill! We will spend some time walking around town and ending the day at Rita’s Dairy Barn with ice cream! Bring a packed lunch.
* Ann Arbor, MI-6/21, 9am-6pm
Let’s explore Ann Arbor, MI! We will start the day in Kerrytown full of shops and a Farmer’s Market. Lunch will be at Zingerman’s ($12-$15). You will then have time to explore the University of Michigan and Downtown Ann Arbor.

* Port Clinton, OH-7/26, 9am-5pm
We will start off the day driving through the African Safari Wildlife Park ($12) where you will have the chance to pet and feed exotic animals! We will head towards Lake Erie and have lunch at Dock’s Beach House ($10-$15). After lunch, we’ll head to East Harbor State Park (FREE) to check out the Marblehead Lighthouse and experience Christmas in July!

Costs do not include spending money. All trips are kid friendly. Contact Mallory to save your spot on these trips.

Friendship Day: Embrace Friendship — 4/8

April 7th, 2014

Global Connections & BGSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is teaming up to celebrate Friendship Day!  Join us as we “Embrace Friendship” on Tuesday, 4/8 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

 Activities include making friendship bracelets and creating a paper chain of friendship.  There will also be a few musicians performing popular friendship songs,  and we’ll have an “open mic” for you to give a special shout-out to your friends. Come and go as you are able to that day.  We hope to see you there!

Julie Leaving Global Connections

March 31st, 2014

A note from Julie…

After ten years of serving as the Director of Global Connections, I have made the difficult decision–actually a decision I formally made last summer–that the end of this semester will be my final year with GC so that I can return full-time to my professional field of teaching English to speakers of other languages.  Making the decision to leave what I love doing and the people I love, respect, value and appreciate as well as leaving this community that has been my home for the last 16 years has been extremely tough, yet I know that my time and work with Global Connections is coming to completion. Please understand that Global Connections isn’t ending–just my season of being its director.  Presently, Global Connections has a Transition Team in place, and they will let the International, local and University community know in a timely manner about the next director of this impactful organization. I know the succeeding leader will take GC to the next level and will also make as many dear friends as I have over the years.  Thank you for all of your love, friendship, support and encouragement.  I will miss you and Global Connections! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this transition.

Get to Know Global Connections: An After-Hours Gathering – 4/3

March 24th, 2014

Have you ever wondered what it is like for Internationals to come to Bowling Green and learn to navigate the campus, the town, the language and the culture?  Come explore the ways Global Connections helps Internationals adjust to life in our community.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Bowling Green State University


Student Union

McMaster Room (308)


Complimentary hors d’oeuvres & drinks will be served beginning at 4:30 pm.

Every year Global Connections connects with over 80% of the International community in Bowling Green and has the opportunity to welcome them and help them adjust quickly and smoothly to life in Bowling Green. Join us for “Get to Know Global Connections: An After-Hours Gathering,” an informational reception, where you will have an opportunity to hear from Internationals and others who have been impacted by their involvement with GC and how you can be a part of its commitment to help Internationals have a positive experience in Bowling Green.

Program at 5:00 pm with remarks by:

  • Mallory James (Assistant Director, Global Connections)
  • Venera Alibekova (International Resident from Uzbekistan)
  • Arpan Yagnik (International Student from India, BGSU)
  • Andrea Voogd (Assistant Director, International Student Services, BGSU)
  • Pascal Bizarro (College of Business Faculty, BGSU)
  • Victor Ten Brink (Chairman of the Board, Global Connections)
  • Julie George (Executive Director, Global Connections)

Socializing/networking continue at 5:30 pm.

Please RSVP with Mallory by 3/26.



GC/CMC Business Gathering – 3/21

March 17th, 2014

Join us for GC/CMC Business Gathering!

Friday, March 21, 2014
1:30—3:00 pm
CMC’s Boardroom (12830 S. Dixie Highway, BG)

You will have the chance to learn about a multi-million dollar company located in Bowling Green, OH.
If you are an International—graduate or undergraduate—interested in leadership, communication or business or if you are simply curious about how a business grew from the bottom-up into a successful, international company, then please join us. You will also be able to tour one of the companies and ask any questions you may have.

RSVP with Julie at (419) 494-3077 or by Wednesday, 3/19.

Spring Break

March 10th, 2014

The Global Connections office will be closed the week of BGSU’s Spring Break (3/10-3/14.) We will be open again starting on Monday, 3/17 at 10:00 am.

Have a fun and safe Spring Break!

Friendship Friday – Foods of the World – 3/7

March 3rd, 2014

We invite you to make and share your recipe secrets! March 7th’s Friendship Friday is a cooking day to bring your ingredients to “show and tell” how you make your favorite dish. When Americans do a “show and tell” they bring something to show (your ingredients in this case) and then we tell about what we have (we’ll tell how to make our food dishes). Then we’ll all sample each other’s food for our potluck lunch!

Date: March 7th, 2014Place: GC Volunteer Beth Manahan’s house (13946 Huffman Rd., BG)

Time: 11:30-2:00 pm

Bring: Ingredients to make your dish plus copies of your recipe (if possible

This is a child friendly event. Rides are available. Email Mallory to sign up.

GC’s Community Service Opportunity: Martha’s Kitchen

February 25th, 2014

Join us at Martha’s Kitchen on Friday, 2/28 from 4:15-6:30pm! Martha’s Kitchen is a non-profit organization that provides a free meal to those in our town who are experiencing financial difficulty and need a free meal. We will be serving already prepared food, cleaning up, and mingling with those who come in for a meal. No need to bring anything. 

Martha’s Kitchen is located at First United Methodist Church (1506 E. Wooster), right by Wendy’s & Tim Horton’s. Rides available if needed.

Contact Mallory by Thursday 2/27 to participate.

Spring World Food & Fun Night – 2/22

February 19th, 2014

Global Connections’ Spring World Food & Fun Night is coming up this weekend!

When: Saturday, 2/22

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Dayspring Church (17360 N Dixie Highway)

Join us for an evening of fun and food from a variety of cultures, fun connections between Internationals & Americans, and fun entertainment!
Bring a dish of food (already prepared and enough for 5-6 people) from your culture for the potluck.
Click on the links below to sign up to bring food and/or to volunteer:
Email us at for directions. For a ride, meet in front of ISS, south end of University Hall in Faculty Parking Lot A–look for the Dayspring van. Rides will be available from 5:45–6:30 pm and after the event.
This is a child friendly event. Bring your family!

Shopping Trip to International Markets in Toledo–2/15

February 12th, 2014

GC’s next shopping trip of the semester to International markets in Toledo is this Saturday, 2/15 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Stops are planned for Indian, Asian (we’ve been going to a new store), & Middle Eastern markets. We have room for you on this shopping trip, so contact Mallory by 2/14 (before 12 noon) to reserve your spot. Should be a fun shopping trip!