BGSU graduate programs recognized as among the best

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Two Bowling Green State University graduate programs have again appeared in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Grad School Rankings. The University’s part-time MBA program was ranked 163, up 41 points from last year. Additionally, the report ranked BGSU’s graduate program in education at 124, up 11 points. BGSU’s graduate programs in public affairs and biological sciences were also named among the best. “This ranking is another example that our efforts to help students advance their careers is working,” BGSU President Rodney Rogers said. “Our world-class faculty and staff, accessible online sessions and convenient start dates ensure that students can fit life-changing studies into their busy lives.” Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks graduate school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing, including specialties in each area. The rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. Statistical surveys were sent to 2,012 programs and the reputation surveys sent to more than 20,500 academics and professionals. The surveys were conducted in fall 2017 and early 2018.

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Baseball is a numbers game for BGSU Distinguished Professor Jim Albert

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Life is becoming more like baseball, at least when it comes to numbers. “This is really the best time to be a statistician,” said Jim Albert, of the Bowling Green State University faculty. “Data is so much a part of our lives. It’s affecting every part of our lives,” just like baseball, the most statistically dense sports, and Albert’s passion. The book he wrote with Jay Bennett “Curve Ball: Baseball, Statistics, and the Role of Chance in the Game” is baseball by the numbers. It applies advanced statistical metrics to all aspects of the game. In February the university board of trustees named Albert a Distinguished University Professor. Trustee James Bailey said the university is lucky some major league team hasn’t snapped Albert up as a team statistician. Albert’s love of baseball goes back to his upbringing in Philadelphia. He is a Phillies fan. He played youth baseball, but concedes he wasn’t good. His game is tennis. “I grew up on baseball and collected baseball cards and playing baseball simulation gams like Strat-O-Matic,” he said. He had an aptitude for numbers. He was on the math club in high school and took part in math competitions. ­Decades later he devoted the first chapter of “Curve Ball” to the various statistical models used by baseball simulation games. With a natural inclination toward numbers, Albert went on to study mathematics at Bucknell University and then earned his graduate degrees from Purdue. BGSU wasn’t really much on his radar. That statistics was lumped in with math was a bit of a concern. Statistics usually does better in an area like business, sociology, or medicine “because they need that application.” Still he took the job in 1979, and has stayed ever since. His wife, Anne Albert, was hired to teach mathematics at the University of Findlay. “We were hired and got tenure at the same time,” he said. She retired two years ago. So the decision to stay was easy. Also, Albert has an interest in education, so…

BGSU Arts Events through April 3

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS March 12 — Yanshan University Performance Troupe will present “Whispering Dreams of a Spring Breeze,” demonstrating Chinese dance, music and martial arts at 7:30 p.m.  in Kobacker Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. March 12 — Saxophonist Rhonda Taylor is the next performer in BGSU’s Guest Artist Series. Taylor is dedicated to the creation of meaningful sonic art, and has commissioned, premiered and recorded music by composers such as Jeffry Mumford, Bernard Rands, Justin Rubin and Avi Tchamni. She has given lecture recitals on Gérard Grisey’s “Anubis et Nout” at institutions in the United States and abroad, and performances at new and experimental music festivals throughout the U.S. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free March 13 — Tuesdays at the Gish celebrates Women’s History Month with a series of films beginning with “Carol” (2015, U.S., 118 minutes, directed by Todd Haynes), with an introduction by Mark Hain, an instructor in the Department of Theatre and Film. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s semi-autobiographical novel, “Carol” is set in New York in the 1950s. Cate Blanchett portrays Carol, a glamorous woman in a strained marriage. Rooney Mara plays Therese, an aspiring photographer who falls in love with her. Like other Todd Haynes films, “Carol” features exquisite performances, lush cinematography and compelling sound-production design. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater, located in Hanna Hall. Free March 15 & 18— Violinist Maria Sampen will conduct a master class. The master class will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. On March 18 at 3 p.m. she and pianist Thomas Rosenkranz will perform a recital of music by Brahms in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery. Sampen’s recital and chamber music appearances have brought her to prominent venues including New York City’s Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space and Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Town Hall in Seattle, the Chicago Cultural Center and the Detroit Institute of Art. In addition to her work as a soloist,…

BGSU fires women’s basketball coach

Bowling Green State University Director of Athletics Bob Moosbrugger has announced that Jennifer Roos will not return as head women’s basketball coach for the 2018-19 season. “I want to thank Coach Roos for the 17 years she has given to our women’s basketball program. She was a part of tremendous success within the program and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.” Roos spent 17 years within the program, including the last six as head coach. Her teams went 92-97 overall, including a 30-5 record in 2013-14 that included a regular season Mid-American Conference Championship. Roos is owed her prorated salary of $209,100 through May 1, 2019. The University could recoup some of that money if she finds other employment. Moosbrugger will begin the search for a new head coach immediately. “BGSU strives for excellence in all we do, whether in academics or athletics,” added Moosbrugger. “Our women’s basketball program has been a source of pride for our alumni and fans. We are committed to success in the classroom and on the court.”

Falcon lays an egg in courthouse tower

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS At least one more falcon is getting ready to call Bowling Green home, as a new peregrine falcon egg has made its appearance on the Falcon Cam, One egg so far is visible on the camera, which is provided by a partnership between the Wood County Commissioners and Bowling Green State University. Last year, four eggs were laid in the Wood County Courthouse tower. “Spring is on the way and our falcon family hanging around the Courthouse nesting box is a sure sign,” said Andrew Kalmar, Wood County administrator. “This is the eighth year we will be able to watch the falcons grow their family. We have had a few bird watchers with big scopes in our parking lots the past couple weeks, trying to get a good view.” The peregrine falcon is BGSU’s official mascot. A pair of the raptors took refuge in the clock tower — just two blocks west of campus — eight years ago. “It’s fitting that the peregrine falcons have formed a unique bond with the town and University,” said Dave Kielmeyer, chief marketing and communications officer of BGSU. “We’re happy they have made a tradition of calling Bowling Green home.” Peregrine falcon eggs typically have a 33-day gestation period, so the eggs are expected to hatch in early April. For more information about the peregrine falcons in the courthouse clock tower, go to

Nemeth to leave historical museum for new challenge

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Five years ago, Dana Nemeth came home to the Wood County Historical Museum – the former county infirmary that she frequently visited as a child. As director of the museum, she was at the helm as the site was transformed into an ADA accessible facility – no simple feat for the rambling building more than a century old. And she led the staff as they created a World War I exhibit that filled the sprawling site and drew the largest crowds ever at the museum. But now, Nemeth is leaving for another challenge – also one close to her heart. On April 2, she will move into the new position of reference archivist at the Bowling Green State University popular culture library. “It’s bittersweet,” Nemeth said about her departure from the museum and arrival at the library. “I love the museum and what I do there,” she said. “I grew up going to that museum. It’s had a special place in my heart – always has, always will.” Nemeth’s dad, Dorsey Sergent served as the pharmacist for residents at the county infirmary, then later volunteered his time to turn the closed site into a county historical museum. “I remember as a little girl going over there with my sister,” Nemeth said of the historical center which is about a quarter-mile from her childhood home. But Nemeth also has history with her new home at BGSU. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Master of Arts in Popular Culture, and previously served as a library associate at BGSU’s Jerome Library’s Center for Archival Collections. As a student, she worked in the pop culture library. Her new position is in administration, and will entail supervising student employees and helping with research requests. BGSU was looking for someone with a library science degree and popular culture expertise. “It just seemed like a really good fit for me,” Nemeth said. “It seemed like the right thing to do.” She previously worked at the Museum…

Time running out to help BGSU’s Slater Ice Arena earn Hockeyville USA distinction

From SLATER FAMILY ICE ARENA The Slater Family Ice Arena in Bowling Green, OH is making a run for the title of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2018!  The Kraft Hockeyville USA contest is in its fourth season and focuses on the community spirit fostered by participating in the sport of ice hockey, as well as other types of involvement found in ice arenas around the country.  Local arenas participate by initially being nominated by someone from the community. Once nominated, additional community members are encouraged to share their passion for their hometown ice arena through posting stories, pictures, videos, and notes, and include reacting to what has been posted and sharing the content with others. This year’s contest is in the nomination phase until March 10, 2018.  Judging will occur from March 11 – March 16, with the top four finalists being announced on March 31.  The next phase is a national voting period from April 13 at 12:00am ET to April 14 at 11:00am ET. This vote will be open for the entire country to choose the most deserving rink out of the four finalists.  The Grand Prize Winner is scheduled to be announced at an NHL game at 3:00pm ET on April 14. The Grand Prize Winner receives $150,000 in rink upgrades and hosts a future pre-season NHL game. The numerous skaters and fans who have called the Slater Family Ice Arena home for over 50 years strongly believe the local arena embodies the sense of community that is built from the passion of hockey and skating.   The Slater Family Ice Arena is unique in that it is a university ice arena on the campus of Bowling Green State University housing the competitive Division I Falcon Hockey team and activities for BGSU students, while also serving multiple communities through Learn to Skate programs, recreational Public Skates, Youth Hockey, Figure Skating, Adult Hockey, and High School hockey, among others. Winning would help improve the facility for all user groups of the building through updating and adding spaces to allow additional…