The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of the BGSU Falcon Family. BGSU students, staff, faculty, families, and alumni, as well as local businesses serving BGSU students, are all negotiating how to adapt to sudden changes. The Bowling Green State University Libraries’ Center for Archival Collections would like to invite all with a connection to Bowling Green State University to share their experiences during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The CAC then plans to preserve these stories for future Falcons at the Center for Archival Collections.
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COVID measures, including separated take out and dine in locations at Texas Roadhouse in Findlay, Ohio. Note the now hiring sign.
Jac & Do's Social Distancing
Jac & Do's encouraging social distancing with a sign on a pizza cutout.
Wastewater work being performed on Wooster Street outside the Falcon Health Center on East Wooster Street.
Tunnel work occurring on campus, between Hayes Hall and Eppler Hall I think. Construction is busy this summer.
Terminals have replaced directly talking to a human in person at the research and information desk of Jerome Library.
Summer Camp Bus
A bus for summer camps parked outside Kreischer Hall at BGSU. I'm surprised summer camps have resumed before the vaccine is available to all youth.
I got this pocket hand sanitizer before the pandemic at some event. To be frank, I thought it was useless, threw it in a corner of my room and forgot about it. When the pandemic first hit I began cleaning up, found it, and my gratitude to BGSU Information Technology Services (ITS) and Marathon…
Student Organization Workroom Graffiti
"rona" "MODERNITY HAS FAILED US AND I'D LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT "
Annotated CDC Poster
An annotated poster in the Bowen Thompson Student Union. Racism still weighs on the soul of society.
Parking spots have finally been converted to outdoor dining spaces in Downtown Bowling Green. A little late, but still welcome.
Downtown BG Live
A Downtown BG Live performance on South Main Street in Downtown Bowling Green, Ohio.
I'm unsure if or for how long musical events were stopped by the pandemic, but they're clearly back on now.
Much fanfare has been made about Starship robots. But they were not the first, nor the only robots on campus. I'm not sure how long this has operated, but it was dutifully mowing the law at the College of Musical Arts. Labor is in short supply, so robots like this are quite needed.
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Alternative Sanitzer Reminder Design
Alternative Sanitation reminder design. This is found in a computer lab in the College of Musical Arts and perhaps other areas.
Huge crowds of non-socially distanced maskless people at the Summer Camps at BGSU. It's like I've time traveled back to 2019. So surreal.
Display facemask sample at Meijer. Notably, the price of these branded masks has gone down to 0.99 for either a 10 pack or a 5 pack of slightly higher quality masks.
The light label on the rear of a ZKTeco temperature scanner in the Bowen Thompson Student Union.
Instructions for taking a temperature on a ZKTeco temperature scanner in the Bowen Thompson Student Union.
Falcon's Nest in the Summer
The Falcon's Nest in the Summer. The food court has reopened, and it looks like things are starting up again.
BGSU Falcon Forensics, Speech & Debate Team Sign In
Sign in sheet for contact tracing BGSU Falcon Forensics, Speech & Debate Team. Clean and unclean pen holders are used.
BGSU Falcon Forensics, Speech & Debate Team
Policies for the BGSU Falcon Forensics, Speech & Debate Team room during the COVID-19 pandemic posted outside the room.
Busy Falcon Health Center
The Falcon Health Center is fairly busy today. I know I've put off some medical stuff over the pandemic, and especially put off dental stuff.
Carillon Place dining hall has been reconfigured to close to it's pre-pandemic state. A notable alteration is the absence of the Fresh Market salad bar, which has apparently been replaced with more seating (Seen here).
The Classroom with no social distancing
The one room schoolhouse on campus is perhaps among the only classrooms that never had any social distancing measures implemented (At least in terms of signage, alterations etc). To be fair, I'm not sure the building was even used during the pandemic, and there could always be soft measures in place…
An empty summer green at the Bowen Thompson Quadrangle. It would seem that some days are busier or quieter then others.
Centrex Social Distancing
Social distancing stickers applied to benches at the Centrex Bus Stop at Bowling Green State University.
Youth Camp Sign
Looks like the Youth Camps have restarted on campus. A COVID-19 notice can also be seen.
COVID-19 Test Kits on Sale
Abbott BinaxNow Antigen self tests on sale for $19.99 USD (Listed as normally $23.99 USD) at Meijer in Bowling Green, Ohio. Each box contains 2 tests, meant to be used as nasal swabs. It wasn't so long ago that people would have paid a lot for this, and they certainly wouldn't have been just sitting…
The university appears to be restarting (large) summer tour groups. (Unsure if the small ones really ever went away fully) Signage has been posted for them
Pub 1910 Hiring
A hiring noticed posted at the new Pub 1910 at the Student Union (Replacing the Black Swamp Pub).