Parking ride in wrong spot at BGSU helps fill Santa’s sleigh

Drivers made their parking tickets pay off during Toys for Tickets at Bowling Green State University. Parking Services gave drivers cited between Oct. 1 and Dec. 10 for most parking violations (not for a forged parking permit or parking in a handicapped spot)  the option of paying the ticket or bringing in a new toy of equal value — receipts required. This year Parking Services collected about 400 toys worth just under $5,000. Those toys are being distributed the Wood County Children’s Resource Center and the Children’s Services Unit at Wood County Job and Family Services. The drive, now in its third year, brought in a greater variety of toys, and some bigger items, said Tina Borders of the Parking Office. The program accepted items as well from those who just wanted to donate. Parking Service personnel with half the toys collected in this years Tickets for Toys Drive. From left, Ashley Allen, Tom Kelly, Tina Borders, and Bob Mason.

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Missing student’s absence is voluntary, BGSU reports

Bowling Green State University is reporting that the  investigation by BGSU Police confirmed Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2018) that missing student Jacob Bromm’s absence is voluntary. According to a post on BGSU’s Facebook page Bromm “has indicated to law enforcement that he should not be considered a missing person.” “For privacy reasons, we are unable to share additional details,” the post continued. Bromm was reported missing after he had not been in contact with friends and family for more than a week over Thanksgiving break. The freshman from Troy Michigan, had told his parents he as not coming homer Thanksgiving and told friends he was taking an her from Kohl Hall to fly out west. The Facebook post states: “The University appreciates the outpouring of support from the BGSU community and people all across the country. Thank you for sharing our request for information and for your concern.”

BGSU arts events through Dec. 15

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS At the galleries – The School of Art’s Faculty and Staff Exhibition continues through Dec. 12 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. Included are works in mixed media, digital, print, paint, glass and graphics. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Nov. 27 –  The BGSU University Choral Society and Graduate Brass Quintet present “Joyous Sounds: A Yuletide Celebration,” a selection of traditional and popular holiday choral arrangements. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green. Free Nov. 27 – The Accorda Trio will perform a guest recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 28 – The College of Musical Arts’ Faculty Artist Series presents violinist Penny Thompson Kruse.  She is a professor of violin and has performed extensively as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician with such orchestras as the Eastern Festival Orchestra, Hutchinson Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia of Kansas City. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 29 – The BGSU Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Bruce Moss, will perform at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets purchased in advance are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults. All tickets purchased on the day of the performance are $10.  BGSU students with an ID card are admitted free. Nov. 30 – Guest vocalist Salvatore Champagne, the Robert W. Wheeler Professor of Voice and director of vocal studies at Oberlin College and Conservatory, will present a master class for students and the public. He began his singing career in 1988 as the tenor soloist in a European tour of Leonard Bernstein’s Songfest conducted by the composer and for the next 10 years was a guest artist in many of Europe’s finest opera houses and concert halls. He appears throughout the country giving master classes and seminars. The master class begins at 2:30 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 30 – The Toledo Museum of Art welcomes BGSU students in the Doctor of Musical Arts program to perform for the EAR|EYE: Listening and Looking Concert from 7 to8:30…

BGSU graduate student Ashley Doonan dies

Bowling Green State University has announced that student Ashley Doonan, 26, of Dover, New Hampshire, died, Friday, Nov. 30. Doonan was a third-year doctoral student in the Rhetoric and Writing program. In a statement to the BGSU community, President Rodney Rogers wrote: “We mourn her loss and share in her family and friends’ sorrow.” Condolences to her family can be sent to and the university will deliver will deliver them. A GoFundMe drive has been established to help her parents, Cathie Curtis and Wayne Valley of Ossipee, New Hampshire, bring her remains home from Ohio. The university also reminds anyone coping with the loss that counseling is available at the BGSU Counseling Center  at 419-372-2081.

Information sought on whereabouts of BGSU student

Information is being sought about Jacob Bromm, Bowling Green State University freshman from Troy, Michigan, who has not been in contact with family or friends since Nov. 20. In a post on Facebook, BGSU said the university and Bromm’s parents are seeking information on his whereabouts.  According to the post, the student “told his parents that he was not coming home for Thanksgiving.” The university said that friends reported  that “Jacob indicated to them that he was leaving Kohl Hall to take an Uber to the airport to fly out west.” BGSU police are investigating and have reviewed all relevant, available security footage.  The university stated that “there is currently no evidence that his absence is not voluntary or that he is in distress.” Bromm is 18, and legally an adult. “The University shares the Bromm family’s concern,” the post states. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact BGSU Police at 419-372-2346.

Visitors see arts in action at annual BGSU showcase & sale

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Song and dance  and more spilled into the corridors, classrooms, corners and stages of the Fine Arts Center and the Wolfe Center for the Arts Saturday during the 14th ArtsX. The gala showcases the creativity of all the arts on campus. This year ArtsX invited special guests Verb Ballets, a Cleveland-based company. The company adopted the name Verb Ballets because it evoked action, said Richard Dickinson, associate artistic director. The company’s performances at ArtsX showed how fitting that name was. In the second of the Verb’s two performances Saturday evening, it blended humor and sensuality to the music of Mozart in K281. That sensuality was evident throughout, whether on the contemporary “Between the Machine” with a pulsating score that mixed jazz with industrial sounds, to the climatic setting of Ravel’s “Bolero,” where European and Indian classical dance moves blended with flamenco. Verb didn’t restrict its action to the stage. It also presented classes for community and university dance students earlier in the day and performed and worked with middle and high school students on Friday. Dickinson said the company particularly enjoyed the middle school, where a two-hour delay on a Friday meant the energy level was particularly high. The company’s performances Saturday had people buzzing in the halls of the Wolfe Center and Fine Arts Center as they perused the jewelry, ceramics, glass, prints, and more on sale.  Artists also demonstrated their techniques. Music suffused the event from traditional sounds from Beethoven to taiko drums to the experimental work of doctoral students. As usual there was far more going on than any one visitor could take in. While the crowd attending seemed smaller than in the past, the energy of the participants was still high.        

Verb Ballets brings contemporary & classic dance moves to ArtsX

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Verb Ballets is pool putting the moves on ArtsX. The annual arts gala is being held tonight (Saturday, Dec. 1) in the Fine Arts Center and the Wolfe Center for the Arts on The Bowling Green State University campus. The Cleveland-based dance company will be the special guest performers. This is the first time ArtsX has brought in a featured guest without a connection to the university. That marks a further step in the development of the gala that started 14 years ago. Verb Ballets is a fitting artist for this year’s theme “Let the Arts Move You.” The company moves in a variety of ways. The full-time company of classically trained dancers mixes both classic and contemporary ballet, said Jen Garlando, Verb Ballets’ director of marketing. The ballet’s performances at 5:30 and 7 p.m. in the Donnell Theatre at ArtsX will demonstrate that range. The company will open with the Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote by the great 19th century Russian choreographer Marius Petipa and the music of Ludwig Minkus. Staging is by the legendary Cuban choreographer Laura Alonso. The classical pas de deux shows both technical virtuosity and glamour. The piece comes from the company’s ongoing exchange with Cuban dancers, Garlando said. “K281” choreographed by Adam Hougland brings together modern and classical moves for a quirky and humorous take on a beloved Mozart piano sonata. From Mozart, Verb Ballets will move to a DJ mix of industrial sounds to create driving pulse for “Between the Machine” by Charles Anderson. In a cross-cultural exchange, the choreography for Ravel’s “Bolero” will blend Indian and modern dance styles. “Its drive, propulsion, and intensity build with the famous crescendo” is how the company describes the work. “The piece, choreographed by Heinz Poll, the company’s founder, is a visual masterpiece set to the driving force of the well-known score.”  Romanian dancer Daniel Precup set the company’s premiere of “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” a song about the complex struggles of love by the French singer-songwriter, Jacques Brel.  The performances will be the culmination of Verb Ballets’ residency here. The dancers worked with Bowling Green middle school and high school students on Friday, and university students in both dance and musical theater on Saturday. This is the fourth year ArtsX has brought in guest performers. Those past performances have featured circus acts, aerialists, and puppeteers.  The dance…