Articles by David Dupont

State police chiefs spotlight BGSU department’s outreach to community

From OHIO ASSOCIATION FOR CHIEFS OF POLICE Connecting with the community on a deeper level with community policing programs is a difficult challenge for many local law enforcement agencies, but the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Police Department faces an especially unique challenge – their constituency is always changing. Chief Monica Moll was recently interviewed while over 19,800 students were just beginning classes for the 2016-2017 school year. As Chief Moll pointed out, “it is a continuous effort to reconnect with the students.” Of the over 6,300 students living on campus, almost half of them are new to the BGSU community and they bring their own perceptions of police with them — good or bad. How does the BGSU Police Department seek to connect with students? Through continuous outreach efforts that focus on those groups that may be most likely to have experienced discrimination or have a distrust of police officers. BGSU has embraced and been very successful in their outreach efforts through the program “Not in Our Town.” “Not in Our Town” is a national program launched in 1995 with the mission “to guide, support and inspire people and communities to work together to stop hate and build safe, inclusive environments for all.” Four years ago Bowling Green was struggling with how to confront acts of racism and hatred on campus and in the community. City and university leaders joined together and adopted the “Notin Our Town” program. However, the initiative is not merely a one-size fits all template – each community develops its own program recognizing that real change and success will only take root on a local level. The effort took off in Bowling Green. More than 12 community organizations and over 50,000 individual pledges were behind the effort. In June 2016, Bowling Green was recognized by Not in Our Town with a National Award for enhancing the quality of life in the community and on campus. Chief Monica Moll is quick to point out that the “Not in Our Town” initiative is a “joint effort requiring collaboration between the community, the University, the City of Bowling Green’s Police Division, and the BGSU Police Department”. To support the movement on campus, the BGSU Police Department is active in sponsoring community forums, connecting with minority communities, participating in “Coffee with a Cop” events,…


Tree blocks Pearl near BG post office

A large tree  has fallen and is  blocking Pearl Street just east of the intersection of South Church and Pearl streets in downtown, late afternoon. The trunk appeared to be sheared off about six feet from the ground. Public works crews are on the scene. Traffic down Church is continuing.


Pat Martino swings through musical matrix as guest artist at BGSU festival

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Jazz guitarist Pat Martino has his own perspective on music. Within a couple minutes of his telephone interview with BG Independent, he’s talking about the ancient Chinese text the I Ching, the Book of Changes. Martino’s mind has a mathematical turn. He sees the guitar, he said, “as a matrix.” “I teach it accordingly and hope through that I can open up other windows,” he said. “The guitar strings are six in number, and it’s horizontal and vertical in terms of its properties.” There’s the strings across and the fret bar down. “You literally have a matrix,” he said. The I Ching, he explained, is made up of hexagrams of six broken or unbroken lines, each with 64 variations. “The I Ching is a psychologically study, a spiritual study,” he said. “The guitar is a musical study, but it’s the same matrix.” And the performer is “a witness” in the middle of this complex of dualities – minor-major, loud-soft, fast-slow — looking back to the beginning and forward the end. Martino will share his views on music and all the areas of life it opens up as the featured artist at this year’s Orchard Jazz Festival at Bowling Green State University. He’ll perform Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Donnell Theatre on campus and give a master class earlier that day at 2:30 p.m. in the Conrad Room in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. The fusion group Marbin will perform and teach on Friday. See the full festival schedule at: http://www.bgsu.edu/musical-arts/events/orchard-guitar-festival.html. The son of a singer and guitarist, Martino entered that musical matrix as a youngster growing up in in the fertile Philadelphia music scene. There he rubbed shoulders with jazz legend John Coltrane and worked with pop stars Bobby Darin and Frankie Avalon.  He first went on the road with former schoolmate organist Charles Earland, planting the guitarist firmly in soul jazz. He moved to Harlem to immerse himself more in that scene. His reputation was such that he signed with Prestige as a 20-year-old where he was a pioneer in jazz-rock fusion. But by 1976, Martino, then in his early 30s, was experiencing seizures that eventually required surgery in 1980. The surgery severely impaired his memory. He taught himself to play guitar again, emerging…


David Bixler’s Hughes Project started as a gift from his mother

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News David Bixler can thank his mother for inspiring his Hughes Project. His mother, a retired English teacher, sent him a copy of Langston Hughes’ poem “Mother to Son.” “Well, son, I’ll tell you,” the poem begins. “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.” That poem inspired Bixler. He responded as a jazz saxophonist and composer would: by writing a song. From that first piece has grown into The Hughes Project, seven pieces with more to come for a nine-piece ensemble. All based on poems written by the man of letters considered a leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. Last week Bixler gave a lecture about the project, accompanying his remarks with performances of two pieces from the project. Later that night he presented a recital featuring the seven movements he’s completed so far. He’d long been interested in writing music inspired by Hughes that blended a jazz quintet and a string quartet. He finally carved out the time to write the piece last year. He was on leave from his position as director of jazz studies at Bowling Green State University, and his family had relocated back to New York City. They were living, he quipped, in “the squalor” of renovating their new home. He started writing in June, 2015 and first heard what he’d written this May. Bixler, who received a grant from the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society at BGSU, brought in musicians from New York City for the performance. They included trumpeter Russell Johnson, who grew up in the same Wisconsin town as Bixler and has his mother as a teacher. The jazz contingent also featured Jon Cowherd, piano, Gregg August, bass, and Fabio Rojas, drums. The quintet was joined by the Semiosis Quartet – Natalie Calma and Nicole Parks, violin, Oliver Chang, viola, and Kett Lee, cello. In composing the pieces, Bixler made some key decisions up front. As with the initial “Mother and Son,” he did not set the poem to music to be sung nor did he have a narrator reading against a musical backdrop. Also, though Hughes was often called a “jazz poet,” and he wrote many works inspired by the music of African-Americans, Bixler avoided those. Instead, he said, he focused “on…


BGSU grad returns to campus with Singing Sergeants & Air Force Band

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants, two of the six performing ensembles within The United States Air Force Band, will perform at Bowling Green State University Oct. 24 as part of a 10-day community relations tour. Senior Master Sgt. Christine (Adamick) Germain, a soprano vocalist and the superintendent of the Singing Sergeants, is a 1995 BGSU graduate. She was also a resident artist with the Toledo Opera Company and made several guest appearances with the Black Swamp Players Theater of Ohio. Several other members of the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are natives of Ohio, and many are graduates of Ohio schools, including the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., the Air Force Band honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America. For two years in a row, the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants have been the featured performing ensemble of the nationally broadcast Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York City. Germain came to BGSU from Newington, Conn., to major in music education, but performance was her real love. After attending a performance of the Air Force Singing Sergeants in 1994, she auditioned. “I was still preparing to teach music until I found out I got the job in February 1995,” she said. “I had never heard of performing opportunities in the military, so it wasn’t anything I had considered before, but I went to basic training in June immediately following graduation.” Germain was a founding member of the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Middle Tier Council, a member of the Washington Area Top 3 and a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy. Her Air Force career highlights include performing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII and Super Bowl 50 and singing at the funerals of former presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. “I get to serve the country and do what I love,” she said. “It’s been a life-altering experience.” While at BGSU, Germain was an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota music sorority and Alpha Phi sorority. In addition, she was awarded…


BGSU grad student Katherine Eboch wins national service award

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Katherine Eboch, an MBA student who is specializing in supply chain management at Bowling Green State University has received the 2016 Student Voluntary Service Award from APICS, a leading professional association for supply chain and operations management in the world. This award chooses one supply chain management student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to volunteering to the local supply chain management association chapter and community. Eboch lives in Bowling Green with her husband. Out of more than 6,000 supply chain and operations management student members worldwide, a Bowling Green State University student has been the recipient of the prestigious APICS Student Voluntary Service Award since 2013. “I am very honored to receive this prestigious award and to be the fourth consecutive BGSU student to be awarded the APICS Student Voluntary Service Award,” Eboch said. “After completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama and working for a few years, I saw the importance of business, specifically supply chain management, in the arts as well as the importance of networking. When I decided to return to school for my MBA, I was determined to get involved and maximize my experience at BGSU, which is why I joined the Supply Chain Management Association. “Looking to the future, I plan to take what I have learned from BGSU about supply chain management and incorporate it into the work I hope to do with nonprofits and arts organizations.” Among Eboch’s many leadership roles, she served as the president of the BGSU student chapter of Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) last spring, and under her leadership helped BGSU finish its 11th consecutive “gold” year and earned its seventh straight “platinum” award maintaining SCMA as one of the top 10 chapters in the world. Dr. Janet Hartley, professor and director of the BGSU Supply Chain Management Institute, recommended Eboch for the award. “Under her leadership the SCMA hosted professional development speakers from Diebold, Expeditors, and Marathon Petroleum and toured Bittersweet Farms, a non-profit organization that assists autistic adults. Eboch serves as a mentor to freshman and sophomore members to help them develop the skills needed to take on leadership positions in SCMA. Katherine enthusiastically promotes the benefits of being a member of the SCMA and APICS to other students, prospective students and…


BG police investigating criminal damaging reports

On October 5, 2016, at approximately 11:08 AM the Bowling Green Police Division received a report of the front window of 882 Sandridge Rd being shot out with a BB gun overnight. On October 10, 2016, at approximately 1:13 PM the Bowling Green Police Division received a report of several vehicles being damaged at 540 S. Maple St. by a BB gun. The damage occurred between 2 PM on October 8, 2016 and 8 AM on October 10, 2016. On October 11, 2016, at approximately 8:23 AM the Bowling Green Police Division received the report of a loaded .357 caliber pistol as described by two complaining witnesses as being located in the bushes at 1034 Fairview. Upon arrival it appeared to the responding officer to be a real handgun; however upon closer inspection it was discovered that it was a Crossman BB gun. Anyone having any information related to these incidents is encouraged to contact the Bowling Green Police Division at (419) 352-1131, or Wood County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-54-CRIME.  


Interview with “Beautiful Question” author at public library

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY The library’s popular “Job Coach,” HR expert Frank Day, will be available Wednesday, Oct. 19 starting at 9:30 a.m. to provide advice on polishing your resume, exploring online job sites, or filling out an online application. Please call ahead, 419-352-5050, to make an appointment for your half-hour session with Day. Library users are invited to rediscover the relaxing pastime of coloring on Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the second Floor Meeting Room. The library provides supplies, but participants may bring their own if they wish. A “Tablet and Smartphone Class,” presented in partnership with the Wood County Committee on Aging and the BGSU School of Media and Communications, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:15 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. The class is structured to suit your needs and to help you to get the most from your phone or mobile device. Registration is required. For details and to register call the Senior Center at 419-353-5661. Join us for an intimate “Coffee at the Carter House” on Wednesday Oct. 26 at 9:30 am. Special guest will be Warren Berger, author of the BGSU Common Read selection, “A More Beautiful Question.” Hosted by Community Reads in partnership with the BGSU Common Read, the event includes an interview with Berger by Clif Boutelle, with a book signing to follow. Library users are encouraged to take a moment to help WCDPL’s Board of Trustees thank library staff by submitting nominations for the John M. Gibson Outstanding Performance Award. The award, which recognizes library staff who have “gone the extra mile,” has been presented annually since 2005. Details and nomination forms may be seen online at http://wcdpl.org/content/john-m-gibson-award-nomination. WCDPL’s full programming calendar, including scheduling and current selections of its popular book discussion groups, may be seen on line at wcdpl.org/calendar. These events are free and open to all. For more details about these and other programs for adults at WCDPL, call the library at 419-352-5050.


Portion of Merry Street closed

Merry Avenue will be closed today (Oct. 10) between South College Drive and Willard Drive. Please use caution when traveling in this area. Drivers on campus should use parking lots R and 5 as an alternate route. Please call BGSU Campus Operations at 419-372-2251 if you have questions.


High school teams Bet the Farm in BGSU robotics competition

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Robots invaded farm country Saturday. They came with only the best intentions though. Farmland in question was a course set up on the floor of the Stroh Center at Bowling Green State University. The robots were miniature farm tractors tricked out by 17 teams from high schools from around the state and Indiana. The teams came to compete in the fourth Falcon BEST Robotics Game Day… this year the theme was Bet the Farm. The “farm’ in this case was divided into four quadrants, one for each team. The teams had to maneuver their machines through the course to collect and plant corn seeds, harvest corn cobs from racks as well as plant lettuce, and harvest lettuce and pumpkins – all plastic facsimiles. For Laura Dietz, the advisor for the Bowling Green High School team, the event, gives students as chance “to learn engineering process and problems solving.” For the Bobcat team that problem solving involved a working on a last minute adjustment to their robot’s arm. That’s all part of the competition, said Brandi Barhite, a member of the Falcon BEST committee. “If something breaks down you have to make adjustments,” she said. In that, the robotics competition is much like a sports event. That wasn’t the only way. Parents were on hand to cheer on the teams. School mascots added to the spirit. And a couple drummers beat out their cadences between the three-minute rounds of competition. Then there were the trombones and vuvuzelas contributing tuneless blats of encouragement. The 17 teams, Barhite said, were the most since the competition started in 2013. The university provides all the robotic kits. The cost means it must expand the field slowly, and seek corporate sponsors. Lathrop Corp. And First Solar were this year’s sponsors. She said President Mary Ellen Mazey was key to bringing the program to BGSU. She wanted something to promote the study of science, technology, engineering and math on campus. More than 300 students competed this year. While the focal point is the robotics competition where teams maneuver through the farm course vying to see who can harvest the most, the competition has other aspects. Students present marketing plans as well as a design t-shirts, websites and make streaming videos. “We don’t want students to think…


Project Connect takes people-to-people approach to helping those in need

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Project Connect employs a personal touch to link up those in need with those who can help. People coming to seek services are guests, and the volunteers who help them one-on-one are hosts. Project Connect was started four years ago to address the problem of homelessness. It serves both those who are now homeless, and those in danger of becoming homeless. On Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., those in need will show up at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 315 S. College St., Bowling Green, where volunteers will help them find the services they need from among the about 50 represented. Those can range from legal help to a haircut. Each of these guests will be paired with a host who will help guide them to find the help to make their lives easier. That could be education, employment, food and counseling for the ills that hold so many back. It could be a massage for the body, or counseling for themind. Last year more than 300 people representing 312 households attended. Those households included 782 adults and children. Jamie Brubaker, of United Way in Wood County, said of those guests, 30 percent had been homeless sometime in the last three years. Esther Nagel, who chairs the event’s publicity committee, said that homelessness is invisible. You may see people, but you don’t know they are homeless. They may be living in their cars, or sleeping on a couch at a friend’s or relative’s home. The federal government, she noted, does not consider those people homeless. The Department of Housing and Urban Development only considers those living in a situation unsuitable for human habitation to be homeless. Though the event starts at 9 a.m., people will start lining up to get in at 7 a.m., Nagel said. They’ll be able to have a cup of coffee, and hot meals will also be available throughout the day. The guests will be greeted, and then paired up with a host. Each guest will then list three or so of the needs they most want to have addressed during the day. If someone is currently homeless, they will be directed first to the Salvation Army to get set up with temporary housing. At the 2015 Project Connect: 516 hot meals were…


BGSU studies tweaking course evaluations

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The way Bowling Green State University students evaluate their courses is getting a makeover. At Tuesday’s Faculty Senate meeting, the Senate Chair Rachelle Kristof Hippler reported on the work of the group that is studying a proposal to have a uniform set of questions across the university. Now those can vary by department. Hippler said that the proposal was not to make the entire evaluation form uniform, but just to make sure a standard set of questions was on all evaluations. Questions specific to the department will still be included. The group that studied the issue looked at more than 60 different course evaluation instruments. From those, Hippler said, they pulled 45 possible questions. Julie Matuga, Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, who was part of the group, said that a survey will be circulated to faculty from Oct. 17 through Oct. 28 to determine which of those would be most useful. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. An open session will be held on Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. to discuss the results of the survey. The new evaluation will be reviewed and finalized in time for it to be used in a few courses at the end of this semester. It will be further refined after that pilot administration with another pilot program planned for the end of the spring semester. In his remarks to the senate, Provost Rodney Rogers said that BGSU and universities are preparing to make their case to the legislature about the importance of public higher education. Public higher education, he said, is “incredibly cost effective.” Schools must continue to strike a balance between low tuition and high quality instruction. Rogers noted “there seems to be a lot of discussion about textbook costs.” He said he expects more talk about how universities can manage that expense.


Irish poet Paul Durcan to read work inspired by visits to Toledo Museum of Art & environs

Poet Paul Durcan is celebrated as a national treasure in his native Ireland. Illustrious literary figures, including British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, are to be found in the audience of his theatrical, dramatic readings – performed in his deep Irish brogue.        Now Durcan will cross the Atlantic to give a free reading of poetry he penned about works of art in the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection during a Masters Series on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle. Titled Wild, Wild Erie, the book was commissioned by the Museum’s Director Brian Kennedy, a fellow Irishman who asked whether Durcan would be willing to apply his heartfelt and humorous approach to prose about the TMA art collection.        The talk will be followed by a book signing at 7:15 p.m.        “Paul Durcan is one of Ireland’s great poets,” Kennedy said. “His wit, humor and intelligence make him a magnetic character in the cultural life of Ireland.”        This marks Durcan’s first project with an American museum. He embarked on similar collaborations twice before, with the National Gallery of Ireland (producing “Crazy About Women”) and the National Gallery, London (resulting in “Give Me Your Hand”). Born in Dublin in 1944, he has enjoyed a very successful writing career. His poetry often critiques social mores with a heartfelt humor. In 2014, he was awarded the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Book Awards.        Durcan researched extensively for Wild, Wild Erie, visiting the region multiple times over the past year to observe the works of art in the collection, visit parks and experience the city and its culture. In his poetry, he offers delightful observations of familiar Toledo moments, in the Museum and outside it. In his poem “The Cloister Gallery,” he writes of the awe he saw children experience in this popular Museum space. “The two boys asked the man: “Who are you? What are you?”/ Gently, gently, kindly, kindly, beaming crinkles and wrinkles— / The old guard bowed down low into their ears: / “I am Al Tennyson–the Cloister’s Stellar Manipulator.”        The book features full-color photographs of the works of art Durcan writes about, and is available for sale at the Museum Store and TMAstore.org. It also will be available later on amazon.com….


Horizon Youth Theatre delivers another winning show with “The Great Cross Country Race”

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News In “The Great Cross Country Race,” Horizon Youth Theatre again let animals talk and deliver very human lessons. Last spring, “Honk!” was a lesson in humility. This fall’s production for older troupe members is a lesson in perseverance and impulse control. And it’s clear the cast and crew, 28 in all from 13 different schools, have learned their lessons well about how to work together to entertain an audience. Alan Broadhurst’s elaboration on the Aesop’s Fable “The Tortoise and the Hare,” directed by Cassie Greenlee, is on stage at the Otsego High School auditorium Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5. Now there’s really not much to the original tale, a skeleton of a story with a moral tacked on to the end: slow and steady wins the race. The only characters are the plodding tortoise and the over-confident hare. In “The Great Cross Country Race,” the tortoise, Ms. Sloe (Sophi Hachtel) gets a back story as an imported pet from a nearby household who wanders into the woodlands. This strange creature baffles the woodland animals who can’t tell even if it’s alive, or just a rock. They’re too busy arranging for their animal sports games. None of which are competitive because they are so tailored – like grass eating – to the qualities of particular animals. In the course of this we meet a variety of animals: the bunny, Ms. Warren (Amanda Cloeter); the hedgehog, Mr. Spiney (Grace Holbrook); the rat, Mr. Paddle (Isaac Douglass); the squirrel, Mr. Brush (Maddox Brosius); and the crow, Mrs. Dark (Calista Wilkins). Only the cross country race offers any competition. But the fox, who is the only creature who would have a chance against the conceited hare Ms. Fleet (Scarlet Frishman), has stepped aside because of an injury. This is most troubling to Mr. Sett (JJ Poiry) who is organizing the games. Then Ms. Sloe offers to compete, a challenge Ms. Fleet brushes off. Only when faced with the disgrace of losing by default does the hare deign to run. Well, we all know how this plays out in the fable, but here there are more complications than just the hare taking a nap. The troupe maps out the entire three-mile course. That…


Grammy nominee Hunter Hayes to perform at Stroh, Oct. 15

Hailed as a “country-rock-blues guitar hero in the making” by the Los Angeles Times, five-time Grammy nominee Hunter Hayes is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who roared onto the music scene with his Platinum-selling, No. 1 self-titled debut album and chart-topping sophomore album “Storyline,” on Atlantic/Warner Music Nashville. He will perform at the Bowling Green State University Stroh Center Saturday, Oct. 15. Doors at 7 p.m. With three No. 1 singles already under his belt (including the multi-Platinum smash “Wanted,” “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” and “I Want Crazy”), Hayes delved into unprecedented territory with the innovative rollout of new music via streaming and digital platforms in 2015, culminating in the release of a special, three-disc collection (seven acoustic, seven studio and seven live songs) dubbed The 21 Project. Ticket prices are: $43 for Floor Seats (General Admission); $35 for Lower Bowl; and $29 for Upper Bowl Purchase tickets online, by calling 1-800-745-3000, or by visiting the Stroh Center Ticket Office.