Articles by David Dupont

BG police investigating counterfeit $100 bills

The Bowling Green Police Division is currently investigating the passing of multiple counterfeit 100-dollar bills within the City at multiple locations. Two counterfeit 100-dollar bills were passed on 7/5/2016 at Sally’s Beauty Supplies in Bowling Green by a black female, looking to be in her mid 20’s. The same female also attempted to pass three counterfeit 100-dollar bills at Staples in Bowling Green around the same time, but ran from the store when employees questioned the bills. The Bowling Green Police Division is looking to identify this female as well as looking for any information related to these incidents. If you have any information please contact the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-1131 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at 419-352-0077.

Dr. Arie Eisenman from Galilee Medical Center to speak

From JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER TOLEDO The Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo will present two free lectures by Dr. Arie Eisenman of the Galilee Medical Center. He will speak Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. in the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Collier Building Room 1000a and Sunday, July 17 at 4 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 6525 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. Dr. Arie Eisenman is head of internal medicine within the Emergency Department at the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, Israel and chairman of the Partnership2Gether Medical Task Force at the Jewish Agency. The Galilee Medical Center, located only 6 miles from the Lebanese border, is the closest hospital to any border in Israel and has a long history of being prepared for mass casualty events. GMC was the first hospital in Israel to build an underground hospital enabling it to provide continuous safe and secure care to patients in the event of warfare. It is now the model for medical institutions nationwide. The GMC has provided medical care for more than 1,000 Syrian casualties over the last three plus years, twenty-five percent of whom were women and children under the age of eighteen. It has been the case that every night, two or three severe multi-trauma Syrians arrive at the GMC for lifesaving care. The Galilee Medical Center is the second largest hospital in the north of Israel with 69 departments, specialty units and 700 registered beds above ground and, in case of need, 450 underground. The GMC is located on the frontline of the Israeli-Lebanese border and serves a demographically mixed population of Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze and Circassians. The Medical Center community is an example of Israel’s diversity and coexistence. For more information contact Sharon Lapitsky or 419-724-0315.

BGSU’s Torelli discusses citizen science in Washington D.C.

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS BGSU chemist Dr. Andrew Torelli is part of an international effort to raise awareness of the importance of science to society and to engage the public and legislators with current issues. Torelli recently served on an invited panel of experts as part of an informational briefing for members of Congress, their representatives and the public in Washington, D.C. The panel’s topic was “Citizen Science: Empowering a Robust National Effort.” Torelli shared the exciting example of the Smartphone InSpector, a device developed by an interdisciplinary team of BGSU faculty and students that equips a cell phone to identify and measure contaminants in water and upload the data to an online site. The system is being field tested by a number of area Rotary clubs to monitor regional water quality. The June 7 briefing was part of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Science and the Congress Project and the Consortium for Science Policy Outcomes at Arizona State University. “The purpose of these briefings is to provide members of the public and legislators on Capitol Hill with information on important topics in science that address national challenges,” Torelli said. The panel was moderated by Dr. Jamie Vernon of Sigma Xi and American Scientist magazine, with honorary co-hosts Sens. Steve Daines (Rep. Mont.), and Chris Coons (Dem., Del.). “It was great to see bipartisan support for the briefing,” Torelli said. The importance of citizen science is becoming clearer. According to the ACS, “As professional scientists explore the universe, they find instances and places where more hands, eyes, and voices are needed to collect, analyze, and report data.” The panel discussed “how various citizens are enhancing the nation’s scientific enterprise as well as ensuring that the government maximizes its benefits while avoiding any negative impact on the progress of science.” Since it can be used by ordinary citizens, BGSU’s Smartphone InSpector is a perfect example of how anyone, not only scientists, can contribute to the body of knowledge on the increasingly important question of water quality. Also on the ACS panel were Dr. Darlene Cavalier of Arizona State University, who created SciStarter, a site connecting people to citizen-science projects and other citizen-scientists; Dr. Sophia Liu, an innovation specialist with the United States Geological Survey who facilitates citizen scientists’ participation in such efforts as “Did You Feel It?” earthquake monitoring; and Dr. David Rabkin, vice president for strategic partnership, innovation and sustainability at the Museum of Science in Boston, which has been working at the intersection of citizen science, scientific research and relevant policy decisions for several years. Because of the popularity of the citizen science topic, the American Chemical Society is planning a repeat of the panel discussion that will be broadcast live over the Web on Aug. 23 during the 2016 ACS National Meeting meeting in Philadelphia….

Registration for inaugural Optimal Aging Community Fair underway

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Registration is now underway for Bowling Green State University’s inaugural Optimal Aging Community Fair. The fair, which will be held Aug. 1, will include an international keynote speaker who will focus on active aging, plus panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions and health screenings, all emphasizing the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, cultural and occupational. Colin Milner, chief executive officer of the International Council on Active Aging and founder of the active-aging industry in North America, will serve as the keynote speaker. Recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of “the most innovative and influential minds” in the world on aging-related topics, he will discuss the seven dimensions of wellness and the nine principles of active aging. The fair will also include remarks from Dr. Marie Huff, dean of the College of Health and Human Services; Kathy Golovan of Medical Mutual of Ohio; and Paula Davis, project administrator for the Optimal Aging Institute; a panel presentation on trends in aging and caregiving and personal stories of resiliency moderated by Denise Niese, Angie Bradford and Danielle Brogley from the Wood County Committee on Aging. The afternoon will offer a variety of breakout sessions where participants can experience the seven dimensions of wellness through fun, engaging and educational programs and activities. Session topics include: Introduction to Mindfulness, Navigating Insurance Options, Aging in Place, Understanding Trusts and Wills, Preventing Scams, Zumba for Seniors and Using Technology to Stay in Touch and Make New Friends. Ongoing activities include exhibitors, health assessments, yoga, listening post for caregivers, home assessments and more. The fair, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, is free for people 60 and older and BGSU employees and students. The cost is $20 for other attendees; lunch is included. The fair requires advance registration online at The event is one of Davis’ first duties as project administrator of the newly created Optimal Aging Institute. Davis was previously the director of corporate and foundation relations at BGSU. She came to BGSU from Ithaca College where she served as both the assistant director and outreach coordinator of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute. The Optimal Aging Institute in the College of Health and Human Services provides learning opportunities and educational materials for service providers, health systems, entrepreneurs, corporations, caregivers and older adults. The institute was developed with the help of a $1 million contribution from Medical Mutual of Ohio. Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Disability Services,, 419-372-8495 prior to the event.

Toledo Museum of Art Names Halona Norton-Westbrook Director of Collections

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART TOLEDO – The Toledo Museum of Art has named associate curator of contemporary art Halona Norton-Westbrook to the newly created position of director of collections. In this role Norton-Westbrook is responsible for overseeing the Museum’s curatorial staff, exhibitions and art conservation. A native of California, Norton-Westbrook became a Mellon Fellow at TMA in 2013. The fellowship program, underwritten by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, enables participants to gain first-hand experience in institutional management and affords them the opportunity to take a leading role in curatorial endeavors. “We considered Halona’s experience and research background as uniquely preparing her for a successful career in the art museum world when we chose her for a Mellon Fellowship. She has proven us right through her leadership of innovative curatorial projects and programming. We are delighted that she has accepted our offer to become director of collections,” said Toledo Museum of Art Director Brian Kennedy. Norton-Westbrook became associate curator of contemporary art and head of visitor engagement at TMA in 2015. As such she oversaw exhibitions and hundreds of art activities, among them a new monthly program created in partnership with Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts. Called EAR | EYE: Listening and Looking at Contemporary Art, the performance and discussion series explores the relationship between contemporary music and art through music performances in response to specific works of art in the Museum’s collection. Norton-Westbrook also co-curated last summer’s popular Play Time exhibition that included the Red Ball Project and served as point curator for two touring American Federation of Arts exhibitions, Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection and The Rise of Sneaker Culture,earlier this year. She was also the leading force behind the creation of the popular “Speaking Visually” galleries, which utilize masterworks from across the collection to illustrate the Museum’s visual literacy initiative. Norton-Westbrook first became interested in museum management while an American history and studio art major at Mills College in Oakland, California. After completing her bachelor’s degree in 2005 and spending a year as a curatorial and administrative coordinator at the Mills College Art Museum, she moved abroad to pursue a master’s degree in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Following an advanced museum management traineeship at London’s Garden Museum in 2011, she earned a doctorate at the University of Manchester. Her doctoral research centered on the history of collecting in American and British art museums and the evolution of the curatorial profession.

Teen musician Grant Flick having fun fiddling around the country

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Musician Grant Flick, 17, has gone from being the talk of the town to earning plaudits in national roots music circles. A few years back he was jamming with guitarist Frank Vignola, when the New York-based jazz recording artist, was playing a show at Grounds for Thought. This spring when Vignola brought together his favorite young guitarists for a showcase in Salt Lake City, he made sure Flick and his violin was on the bill as well. Flick, who also plays mandolin and tenor guitar, continues to gig locally with Acoustic Penguin and as a duo with his father, Don Flick. He’s also spreading his wings with his own trio of fellow string prodigies Ethan Setiawan on mandolin and Jacob Warren on bass. The trio, billed as New Branch, with vocalist Sadie Gustafson-Zook, will perform at the Red Wing Roots Festival this summer. Local audiences will get a chance to get a taste of Flick’s trio when the band plays the Black Swamp Arts Festival. That trio will have string wizard Josh Turner on subbing for Setiawan who will be off studying in Valencia, Spain, at the time. For all the whirlwind activity of his career one thing remains constant for Flick: “I still do it for fun. That’s the main reason I do it. I wasn’t going after this as a career; I was going after it because it was fun. And that’s still the reason I do it. I enjoy it.” Flick met Turner, Setiawan and Warren at the American String Symposium, a select gathering of the best roots music strings players under 22, hosted by the Savannah Music Festival. At the event players have time to collaborate and work on original music. The trio, Flick said, plays all their own tunes. Flick has expanded his musical arsenal. He often plays a five-string violin, which extends the range of the fiddle down into the viola register. He also plays the mandolin and, more recently, the tenor guitar. That instrument, like the mandolin, has the same tuning as violin. He recently taught at a national tenor guitar workshop. These instruments provide different colors when playing with the trio or in a duo with his father. Having a Main Stage show with his band at the festival is a special treat for him. He’s played the festival’s acoustic stage several times with Acoustic Penguin. More memorable were the chances to hear and meet those he admires. Just a couple years after he took up violin, he got a chance to hear the renowned Cajun band BeauSoleil and meet the band’s fiddler and founder Michael Doucet, one of the pioneers of the roots music scene. Last September he got to hang out with the members of the Rhythm Future Quartet. He went to all the…

Local athlete AJ Digby to represent USA on Paralympic track & field team

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News When AJ Digby was born without fibula in both his legs, his parents believed he would never walk. The doctor was reassuring. He’ll be able to climb trees, he said. He’ll be able to play soccer, his mother Robin Digby said. When AJ Digby was 10 months old, both his feet were amputated. Soon he was fitted with his first prosthetics. Now 18, AJ Digby has made the USA Paralympic Track & Field Team. He’s headed to Rio de Janeiro in September to represent the United States in the Paralympics. This weekend the official announcement of the track and field. And though he’s already represented the USA in the World Games, making the Paralympic squad is “the pinnacle … the ultimate” said his father, Gordon Digby. His parents are making their way back from Charlotte, North Carolina, where the trials were held, and where they experienced yet another milestone in their son’s sports career. It was their son’s second try at making the team. He participated in the trials in 2012. He ran in the 100, 200 and 400 meter races, though it’s uncertain which events he’ll run in Brazil. Born into a sports-obsessed family, his participation in sports isn’t surprising. “Our kids didn’t have a chance,” said Gordon, who played football and ran track. “They fell into sports very early.” Robin Digby competed in volleyball. “We’re into all kinds of sports,” Gordon Digby said. Despite using prosthetics, AJ Digby competed against able bodied athletes in a range of sports, basketball, soccer, hockey and his favorite, football. Still as hard as he tried, his father said, there were limits to how competitive he could be until he started running. Blade technology leveled the playing field. Now he could show his best running against his friends and athletes from other schools. “It was awesome to watch him continue to compete and progress and get faster and faster,” Robin Digby said. In May he graduated from Otsego High School. He’s intent on starting his freshman year at University of Mount Union less than two weeks before he has to fly off to Rio. The Digbys are hoping they’ll be able to spring their two younger children, Keegan and Ashlynn, from school and sports commitments, so the family can all travel to the games. Also, in two weeks AJ Digby will go to Buffalo, New York, to pursue his other sports passion – sled hockey. He’s a member of the developmental USA team and is working toward earning a slot on the national team that will compete in the 2018 Winter Paralympics. “He loves that too because it’s a team sport,” Gordon Digby said. And the physical demands are “completely the opposite of track. It’s all upper body.” For Robin Digby “one of the absolute best things…

Assessing the State of a 240-year-old Nation on its birthday

By BG INDEPENDENT NEWS Between the last blast of “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and the first blast of Bowling Green’s fireworks display, BG Independent News roamed through the crowd Sunday night to ask people how they were feeling about the state of the United States during the celebration of its 240th birthday. The responses ranged from upbeat to concerned, from pithy to expansive. Here’s what we heard: Chip Myles, of Bowling Green, disputed the naysayers who paint a negative picture of the state of America on its 240th “I think we’re far better off than people realize. How many people can gather freely throughout the world, like we do?” he said. “Everything we hear is negative. The economy is not what it was, sure, but it’s still good.” Myles did voice one complaint: Philanthropists focus some of their wealth on helping Americans in need. There is no need for people in America to go hungry. “I wish they would help some of our own here, they have so much.” David Hupp, a 1964 BGSU alumnus who lives in Sylvania and returned for Sunday’s fireworks, sees the nation at turning point. “I think we’re at a crossroads. We have two candidates that are running that both have a lot of negatives. One is certainly being supported by special interests. The other one only has his self-interests.” One may need to be pardoned, and the other has no tact, he added. “One may take us to war and that scares me.” The presidential election will be tough, but the nation will remain strong. “This country has survived much worse.” Curtis Bennett, of Kenton, gave the nation a solid “poor” rating and listed off the negatives. “The economy. You don’t make enough money to support your family. The crime rate has gone through the roof. And drugs have taken control,” said Bennett, whose wife has family in Portage. “When we were growing up, it took a community to raise a child.” Now many communities have lost their way. As proof, he said a spectator was stabbed during the fireworks he attended Saturday evening in Indian Lake. But Bennett isn’t giving up on the nation. “There’s always hope,” he said. Sandra DeSteno, of Bowling Green, is anxious as the nation prepares to elect a new president. “It’s a little scary going into the political season. I think we’ve made huge progress in the last couple years.” DeSteno has a lot at stake, since she just married  her female partner last year and presidential candidate Donald Trump has made statements about revoking the right to same sex marriages. “It’s fear mongering. We need a place where we can be happy and not worry about who is president of the U.S.” Jack and Carol Ergo, of Saginaw, Michigan, are disheartened by the current political environment. “The first thing…

Lisa Chavers taps into love of relationships for first book

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Lisa Chavers holds onto friendships. She’s still is in touch with her best friend for first grade. Her 87-year-old mother says that Chavers, who turns 57 on July 4th, I “the most relational” person she knows. That’s not just because Chavers keeps in touch with people, but also because she thinks deeply about those relationships, what sustains them and how they shift over time, and sometimes how to discard them. The retired Bowling Green State University administrator has put those thoughts into a book “The Rhythm of Relationships.” She’ll have a reception and book signing for the book Saturday, July 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St., Bowling Green. “Over time, relationships can develop their own rhythm, pace, cadence, and unique sound,” she writes early in the book, and through its spare 105 pages, she explores how this happens. It’s told through the lens of her own life, growing up in Cleveland, both in the city and often visiting extended family in rural Twinsburg. A major aspect of her life is being a devote Christian. That’s how she was raised. “I know what I am and what I was trained to be from youth, a God-fearing young lady,” she said. Her acceptance of Jesus Christ as her savior in 1978 is so crucial it is in the first sentence of her introduction. She cites the Bible. But, she said, the Bible is a book, the Lord is a living presence. Still as much as she draws sustenance from her faith, Chavers aims to enlighten those who don’t share it into the importance of relationships and how they change and how that change needs to be addressed. As much as the book is the work of a lifetime, she traces its origin though back to a class in mission work at her parish, the Covenant Church in Maumee. She wrote a paper on her experience in Jamaica. On the top, the teacher, whom Chavers held in high esteemed, wrote in red ink: “You should write a book.” That “somebody of that caliber saw something in my writing, saw potential, it kind of tipped me over,” Chavers said. She began writing. That proved difficult. Others told her she should write a book. Others asked her how the book was coming along. “I learned you can’t talk forever and not put some action to it,” Chavers said. About four and half years ago, she started in earnest with two sentences. Someone advised her to just start writing as if in a journal. Chavers was hung up on her perceived need for a title to bring what she had to express into focus. About this time tragedy struck for her Indian friend Eva. First her husband died, and then not long…

For Garrison Keillor, the time is right to part company with “A Prairie Home Companion”

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News It’s not like Garrison Keillor hasn’t left me before. Back in 1987, he deserted “A Prairie Home Companion” to go to Denmark in pursuit of an old flame. Then he came skulking back two years later. Said he’d changed. Took up residence in New York City, the metropolis he’d dreamed about as he read The New Yorker back in Minneapolis. Now the show had a grander moniker, “American Radio Company of the Air.” He drew on New York talents, including those from Broadway, notably Walter Bobbie who went on to direct a smash revival of “Chicago.” Keillor himself sang more, engaging in duets with a dazzling rotation of female vocalists. When that show moved back to Minnesota, it still carried some of its cosmopolitan airs. A year later it returned to its maiden name and has been faithful to its listeners in the intervening decades. Now the show hit the road and high seas. Traveling more to Hawaii and Iceland. Tonight (July 2), the last “A Prairie Home Companion” with Keillor as host will be broadcast on public radio stations across the country, including WGTE-FM in Toledo. Maybe it’s telling that the show was done in the Hollywood Bowl, far removed from its prairie roots and is a rare recorded original broadcast. The last live broadcast was last weekend from the tony environs of Tanglewood in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Maybe it’s just me, but this seems less momentous than the 1987 departure. That show was a must listen and extended well beyond its scheduled closing time. This season has been more of an extended fade out, a fade to black for many local listeners given WGTE has announced it will stop broadcasting the show after Saturday. My waning interest as the show ends mirrors my slow acceptance of it. I remember hearing a bit of it back in 1980 or so. It hadn’t been airing nationally all that long. The clip I heard struck me as nostalgia for a better time that never was. Still like a mosquito it was buzzing in the air. I remember hiking on Camel’s Hump with a group of University of Vermont researchers who were gathering water samples to study acid rain. They were talking about the News from Lake Wobegon. It took me awhile to figure out what they were talking about. Oh, that show, I realized. Then another time Linda and I came home and turned on the radio, and the strains of some fine jazz piano emerged from the speaker. Yes, it was “A Prairie Home Companion.”  I can’t be positive, but I think the pianist was Finnish. Keillor’s humor, notably “The Finn Who Would Not Sauna,” also touched the sensibilities of Linda, a native of the Upper Peninsula and of Finnish and Norwegian heritage….

BGSU lacrosse honored at sport’s national home

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Mickey Cochrane, retired Bowling Green State University professor and coach, is a member of four halls of fame. (That’s not including the Baseball Hall of Fame where his namesake the legendary Detroit Tigers catcher is enshrined.) The 86-year-old added another honor when a pillar at the entrance of the headquarters of US Lacrosse was dedicated to the BGSU lacrosse program that he started. He and about 65 players along with families and fans traveled down to Maryland to mark the 50th anniversary of the team’s founding. For once, Cochrane was taken by surprise when the pillar was unveiled. Each of the 20 pillars along the perimeter of the field at the headquarters honors a college program, but BGSU is the first to be formally dedicated. Receiving this Legacy Honor is especially notable, Cochrane said, because BGSU no longer fields a varsity team, the program lasted from 1965-1979, when financial retrenchment forced the shuttering of several programs. Cochrane arrived in BGSU in 1964 from Johns Hopkins where he was recruited to coach both lacrosse and soccer. The soccer stadium now bears his name. At that time, both sports were little known in the Midwest. BGSU president at the time, William Jerome, came from Syracuse, New York, Cochrane said. Upstate New York has been a hot bed of lacrosse since before the arrival of Europeans. Jerome gave Cochrane 10 out-of-state scholarships and sent him east to find players, especially if they could play two sports. Many players, he said, competed in soccer in the fall and lacrosse in the spring, though some had a mix of other sports, including football. Football legend Jim Brown played lacrosse in high school and at Syracuse. When Cochrane traveled, he recruited students for the university not just players for the team, and if a young woman was interested in attending BGSU, he spoke to her as well. In these days of one-sport specialization, a few things are missed. Playing more than one sport, Cochrane said, allows a player to fully develop as an athlete and a person. Also, focusing on one sport, always moving the body’s muscles in the same ways, poses greater dangers of injury. The prevalence of torn ACLs among women soccer players is a notable example. During his tenure, the BGSU team won a couple Midwest championships and was nationally ranked and participated in the NCAA Division I tournament. He coached lacrosse until 1974. That earned him a place in the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He’s also in the National Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame (he coached soccer until 1976) and the Oberlin Athletic Hall of Fame, and, of course, the Bowling Green Athletic Hall of Fame. Lacrosse continues at BGSU with a strong club program. Club programs, he said, wax and wane based on student leadership, so…

WGTE-FM will cease broadcasting “A Prairie Home Companion”

WGTE-FM will cease broadcasting “A Prairie Home Companion” after host Garrison Keillor’s farewell show Saturday (July 2). Keillor who founded the show on Minnesota Public Radio in 1974, and it was later distributed nationally by American Public Media. He announced last year that he would be retiring as host and is turning those duties over to musician Chris Thile, who has hosted several shows this season. While Saturday’s show from the Hollywood Bowl is the farewell broadcast, Keillor’s last live show was Saturday, June 25, from Tanglewood in Massachusetts. In a letter to WGTE members programming director Brad Cresswell wrote: “Based on the feedback from listeners, we have decided to discontinue airing ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ and add four new programs to our weekend schedule.” In the show’s traditional 6 p.m. Saturday time slot WGTE-FM will place the music show “Mountain Stage,” a show from West Virginia Public Radio that features live performances by newcomers and veterans in a variety of musical genre from traditional folk to world and synth pop. The station will also add “The Moth Radio Hour” starting Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. and  “Snap Judgment” starting Sunday, July 10, at 3 p.m. filling in for the time slot filled by the “Prairie Home Companion” repeat from the night before. Also, “Travel with Rick Steves” will premiere Sunday, July 3, at 6 p.m. that fills a slot occupied by a second broadcast of “The Best of Car Talk.” The beloved car advice program will continue to be broadcast on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Cresswell concluded: “These new programs will add a more global perspective and new musical genres to our schedule and we hope that listeners will enjoy them.”

Pipeline company donates $5,000 to BG Community Foundation

Pipeline project donates $5,000 to BG Community Foundation The Bowling Green Community Foundation received a donation Friday (July 1) from Kinder Morgan, developer of the Utopia East Pipeline project, to support its activities and initiatives to improve the quality of life of all Bowling Green community members. Allen Fore, vice president of public affairs for Kinder Morgan, presented a check for $5,000 to Bowling Green Community Foundation Board President, Tony Hetrick, during a meeting with foundation’s board of directors to learn more about its programs.

BGSU alumni back on campus & still eager to learn

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Lou Katzner was facing a class of unfamiliar student faces. That’s not unusual for the philosophy professor who has taught at Bowling Green State University since 1969, except this class included a couple students who graduated well before he started teaching here. The seven students in the class were part of the inaugural BGSU Alumni College. In her greeting to the several dozen students enrolled, President Mary Ellen Mazey said she looked for the program to grow over the years and reach more of the university’s 175,000 alumni. And she hoped their experience on campus would get them to consider how they can help future generations of Falcons. A major focus of the current fundraising campaign is scholarships, she said. And, in detailing all the building renovations underway, she said donors can have their names attached to a building or space within a building. Katzner wanted to explore the more intangible aspects of higher education. He led the graduates in a discussion of “What is the Value of a College Education?” The students ranged from Barbara Palmer, a 1954 graduate, to Sean Taylor, a 1998 graduate. At the conclusion, Katzner said: “The most important thing you can take away from college is how to learn.” That proved true for those in the class who’d made career shifts over their lives. Carolyn Christman, who graduated in 1985, has gone from being a school music teacher to a Methodist missionary. Dina Horwedel graduated in journalism in 1986 and then got a law degree. Her career has taken her around the world. Now she works for the American Indian College Fund as director of public education. She said one of her most enduring memories of her time at BGSU was advice by journalism professor Emil Dansker. He told his students that “everything is relevant,” Horwedel said. Also, “he told us to question everything.” Katzner said that approach is suffering in the current educational climate, which focuses so much on accountability. “It’s easy to get data on students’ ability to give answers. You can’t get data on how students ask questions.” That data-driven focus runs counter to what it means to be an American, Horwedel said. “We do question more. … That’s what’s made us so innovative. We find work-arounds. … It would be a tragedy if we didn’t continue to ask questions.” In the group that included several educators, Katzner’s lament about data-driven education drew sighs of recognition. “It all comes from things you can’t measure,” said Craig Bowman, who received a master’s in business education in 1981. The memories of those in the group weren’t only of the classroom. Christman said the best thing she did was join the Falcon Marching Band. She found a second family in the band. Katzner said he advises young people…

Theater & research a natural fit for Chautauqua

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News History feels right at home in Rossford. Ohio Chautauqua presented by the Ohio Humanities council set up its tent this week along the Maumee, to present five nights of living history. It opened Tuesday night with Susan Marie Frontczak bringing the pioneering scientist Marie Curie to life on the stage. It continues with presentations every night through Saturday. Dressed in a black dress Frontczak took the audience from Curie’s childhood in Warsaw under the rule of the Russian czar to her scientific lab in a Paris apartment she shared with her husband. Along the way Frontczak was careful to make the science as clear as possible for those, she said, who had never studied chemistry or had studied it so long ago they had forgotten it all. She told Curie’s story with a few gripping details, occasionally injecting humor. Learning to cook as a young wife was “my most mysterious science experiment.” When Curie’s family had to take in 10 young male students as boarders, she declared “that’s when I learned to concentrate.” As with all the presenters, Frontczak has to be an actor who captures the audience’s attention and engages their imaginations. She has to be a writer who can encapsulate a notable life story within 50 minutes. And she has to be a scholar who must research her subject and master that research not only to create an accurate script, but also to be able to answer audience members questions both in character and out of character. On Tuesday Frontczak demonstrated how she could extemporize in character as she carried on exchanges with the audience. At one point, someone asked about the death of Curie’s husband. Without faltering, Frontczak described the circumstances of his death and Curie’s deep grief in the months afterward. As a researcher, she explained, that Curie was well accepted by her fellow scientists. Most importantly she was supported in her work by her father and her husband, who insisted the Nobel Prize be awarded in both their names, not just his. Dan Cutler, who appears Wednesday as Cornstalk (Hokoleskwa), a Shawnee Indian chief, said people have approached him about becoming living history actors, and when he tells them about the research involved they are shocked. The Chautauqua programs put that research to use during the day. Each day of the program one performer presents a workshop for children at 10 a.m. and a program for adults at 2 p.m., all the Rossford Public Library. On Tuesday, Cutler talked about how trade with Europeans changed the lives of Native Americans, and almost always for the worse. The Europeans introduced metal goods, glass beads for wampum – though the Dutch misunderstood the ritual behind trading it. The demand for furs led to overhunting. Some trade goods were useful; wool blankets…