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BGSU athletic director Kingston takes private sector job

By BG INDEPENDENT NEWS Bowling Green State University’s athletic director Christopher Kingston is leaving to take a job in the private sector. The university announced this morning that Kingston will leave May 10 to take a job with Learfield Sports, a firm that works with top college sports programs on marketing and multimedia rights. In a letter to the BGSU community, Kingston said he would be a vice president at the company which he has “admired from afar during my professional, collegiate career.” In her letter to faculty and staff, BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey said: “I greatly appreciate the energy and enthusiasm Chris brought to BGSU athletics. Under his guidance, our student athletes found great success in the classroom and on our fields and courts.” Kingston was named athletic director in 2013. He came here from North Carolina State University. In his letter, Kingston writes: “This career change is an opportunity for me to continue serving in the collegiate space and positively impact the resources and opportunities for Student-Athletes, nation-wide. During my time serving as your director of athletics, we have experienced record-setting revenue growth across new and existing mediums, competed at the highest levels and won championships, and most importantly, graduated young men and women at rates that far exceed the national average.” Mazey indicated that plans for filling the post are being finalized. Below is Kingston’s letter to the BGSU community: Dear Falcons: Honor the Past, Create the Future, Make History Now! Those words serve as the motivation for me everyday, to give Bowling Green State University my absolute very best. My time here has come to…


Singers celebrate the art of song on BGSU’s Conrad competition

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Minnita Daniel-Cox knows what it’s like to sing a few bars in these young singers’ gowns. Daniel-Cox, a Bowling Green State University graduate, returned to campus Saturday to help judge the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition. Now an accomplished professional singer and professor, she knows how participating in the competition can help the young vocalists develop their artistry. When she was at BGSU, the Conrad event, now in its 17th year, was in its infancy. She participated in 2001 as a sophomore and “surprised myself,” she said, when she placed second. As a junior, she returned overconfident, she said, and didn’t make the finals. She won first place as a senior, knowing that talent must be paired with hard work to achieve her goals. Those are the kind of lessons that have shaped her career, she said, and will provide a solid foundation for the young musicians who participated on Saturday. The competition honors both the singers and pianists. Daniel-Cox with fellow judges Carol Dusdieker, who teaches voice at Heidelberg University, and Anne Kessel, director of collaborative piano at SUNY Fredonia, listened and evaluated 12 undergraduate duos and 15 graduate duos. (In all 42 musicians participated with some pianists working with as many as three singers. The division is determined by the singer’s status.) Undergraduate winners were: soprano Jenna Seeright and pianist Benjamin Crook. Graduate winners were: soprano Kate Pomrenke and Crook. Also honored in the undergraduate division were: mezzo-soprano ShayLyssa Alexander and pianist Xiaohui Ma, second place, and baritone Luke Serrano and pianist Yi Chieh Chiu, third place. Other winners in the…


Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japanese culture

Fifteen years after Japanese graduates of Bowling Green State University showed their appreciation for the school by planting cherry trees on campus, several are returning. In fall, 2001, eight Japanese alumni came to campus for the planting of the trees. Graduate Masatoshi Emori had spearheaded the effort, inspired by the cherry trees in the nation’s capital. Fittingly then First Lady Hope Taft was on hand for the planting. Her husband’s great-grandfather was president when those trees took root in Washington D.C. as a sign of peace between Japan and the United States. Thanks to the Schedel Garden three of the BGSU trees were cuttings from the originals. The next spring Akiko Jones, an instructor of Japanese, initiated the first Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the plantings. Over the last 15 years, more trees have been planted and the Cherry Blossom Festival has grown. Now there are about 80. In Japan, the blossoming of the cherry trees is celebrated by outdoor hikes and picnics. Given the questionable weather in Northwest Ohio, the ceremony has been moved inside since its damp, very windy inaugural event in 2002. Last year with the event staged in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, more than 800 attended. Jones expects to attract even more celebrants this year when the event is held Saturday, April 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the ballroom. Attendance at the event, a celebration of Japanese culture, has increased in every year, outgrowing several venues. Jones credits the involvement of students with keeping the event going. When it started, she said, she never imagined it lasting this long….


Ancient anxieties … students study & exhibit objects from Toledo Museum of Art

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University Art history students got to rummage around in the Toledo Museum of Art’s attic … figuratively speaking, that is. The 18 students in Sean Leatherbury’s Professional Practices in Art History class had the opportunity to select objects from the museum’s collection that are not on display to present in an exhibit of their own. Leatherbury said that Adam Levine, curator of ancient art, pulled out about 100 objects, most probably never exhibited, for the students to peruse. They each selected one or two, and then as a class narrowed down what would be included in the show. They returned to the museum to study the objects and did research on them. Working with a graphic design class taught by Todd Childers, the students assembled the exhibit “More Than War and Wine: Anxiety and Relief in Antiquity.” The exhibit is on display in the lobby of the Bryan Gallery in the Fine Arts Building through April 15. Leatherbury said that the students wanted to show that there was more to ancient society than the stereotypical images of wine and warriors, though the exhibit does include some of that as well. What they wanted to show, Leatherbury said, was that 2,500 years ago Greeks also suffered from anxiety. The objects were grouped to represent aspects related to that theme. There are objects related to: gender issues; myth as a way to cope with anxiety; and worship and ritual as a way to resolve anxiety. The students, he said, didn’t actually get to handle the objects. Instead Toledo Museum staff brought them to…


Showtime for ideas for a better world at BGSU’s The Hatch

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Surrounded by music, lights, a wise-cracking master of ceremony, video projections of tweets, 11 university students got down to the serious business of pitching ways to make people’s lives better. During Hatch 2016 Thursday night, those students presented eight projects to a five-member panel of Bowling Green State University alumni, who were ready to invest thousands of dollars to help these budding entrepreneurs launch their businesses. Just about all those projects ended up walking away with an initial offer of money in exchange for a stake in the company, and a step closer to solving problems large and small, for people from preschoolers to elders, and everyone who uses water. For Kiersten Castner and Collin Newton, their Trace Case would help people prone to losing their credit cards keep track of them. For Alyssa Batch, her Comfort Covers would employ key words and symbols to foster conversations between people suffering from dementia and their families, friends and caregivers. For Jarrod Cain, his StuPro Match would help college students find the professor who best matches their learning styles. For Baqer Aljabr and Ryan Murphy, their Park Shark would lower costs for airports, universities and others managing massive parking lots with a robot that gives tickets and provides video surveillance. For Meredith Moore and Khory Katz, their Easy-Loft Beds would help college students expand the living space in their dorm rooms. For Sophia Schmitz, her Play-to-Play interactive board game will help music students as young as preschoolers learn their note names and other basics. For Austin Farrington, his Trac Band would allow elders more freedom of…


BGSU adopting new budget process

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University is changing the way it budgets its operations. Forums have been held recently on Performance-Based Budgeting, and this week President Mary Ellen Mazey and Provost Rodney Rogers gave a presentation to Faculty Senate on how the institution-wide process would affect academic units. With the change, the budgeting, specifically that covering faculty, will move to the college level with deans having more control over the money. “We’re trying to align resources with the activities going on on the collegiate level,” Rogers said. But that will come with more scrutiny of individual academic units, whether colleges, schools, departments or programs. Mazey promised the new budgeting process would be “open and transparent.” “What we are trying to achieve is to align the budget with the vision and mission of this institution,” she said. That vision is all about “student success.” That means recruiting students and then keeping them until they graduate. Financial resources will be allocated based on how well programs do that. But Rogers noted, not all units are the same. He said the administration will proceed cautiously to avoid unintended negative consequences. Rogers said in light of the new state oversight through House Bill 6, which requires universities to look at what programs and courses have few students and low enrollment, this approach makes sense. “It’s not a new model,” Rogers said. “It’s a new model for us.” Data will be collected annually, then rolled into a three-year average to smooth out any one-time divergences. That data will be compared to data from a group of 33 peer institutions. The administration…


Former Peace Corps volunteer to further nutrition studies at BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Ariel Dodgson is finding another way to serve. She is pursuing a master’s degree in food and nutrition at BGSU following her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer, through the Coverdell Fellows Program. She completed her undergraduate degree in food science and human nutrition with a specialization in dietetics at the University of Florida and became interested in the Peace Corps as a break from formal education. One of the most appealing aspects for Dodgson was the cultural exchange. The Peace Corps created an opportunity for a greater understanding of a culture, language and people from an inside perspective. From 2013-15, she served as a health volunteer in Zambia, where she spent her days teaching local Zambians about prevention of malaria and HIV as well as maternal and child health care. Dodgson began looking for graduate schools that offered a master’s degree program in nutrition about halfway through her service. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), she was eligible for the Coverdell program, which offers financial assistance to graduate students. BGSU is the only school in the country to offer a master’s degree in food and nutrition through the program. “I chose to study nutrition because I really love food and science,” Dodgson said. “Putting those two things together is really rewarding and enjoyable.” She completed her Peace Corps service just four weeks before starting her degree this past fall, and said the transition back to more structured days was difficult after living with flexibility in each day’s schedule for more than two years. But through her Peace Corps experience, she and…


BGSU Lively Arts Calendar, April 7–20

April 7­—“More Than War and Wine: Anxiety and Relief in Antiquity” is an exhibition by BGSU graphic design students of Todd Childers and graduate-level art history students of Dr. Sean Leatherbury in collaboration with the Toledo Museum of Art. The students will present an “Object Talk” about the artifacts, exploring the anxieties that may have influenced the creation of ancient works of art. The talk will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery lobby in the Fine Arts Center followed by a reception at 4:30 p.m. The exhibition remains on display through April 15. Free April 7—The College of Musical Arts’ Guitar Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free April 7—The Visiting Writer Series features prize-winning writer Amy Gustine. Her short fiction has appeared in The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, The Kenyon Review and The Wisconsin Review, among others. Gustine’s book, “Pity Us Instead,” was released in February and has appeared on numerous featured lists including Publisher’s Weekly and The Millions. Her reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free April 7—The International Film Series concludes with the 2013 Chinese film “Bei Jing yu shang Xi Ya Tu (Finding Mr. Right).” A city girl travels to Seattle to give birth to a child who will help her win a rich, married boyfriend. When she arrives in Seattle, nothing goes right; she’s stuck sharing a small house with two other pregnant women, she has trouble reaching her boyfriend on the phone and eventually, even his credit card stops working. The only person willing to spend…


BGSU faculty to get 3% raises in each of next three years

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University faculty would receive 3-percent pay raises in each of three years under terms of a tentative labor agreement. The new contract, the second negotiated by the BGSU Faculty Association, was reached last week following months of bargaining. The existing pact expires June 30. If approved by union members and university trustees, the contract goes into effect July 1. Stephen Demuth, one of the lead negotiators for the faculty union, told Faculty Senate Tuesday that conducting the talks using Interest Based Bargaining proved very helpful. He described it as “a very collegial effort.” “We’ve built up a lot of good will to solve problems and push the university to higher levels,” he said. In her remarks, President Mary Ellen Mazey said that BGSU’s union negotiations could serve as a model for other institutions. Demuth handed out a sheet explaining highlights of the contract. Among those are: • The contract includes new incentives to professors who secure external grants. • Premiums for health insurance will remain unchanged. • The same-sex domestic partner will transition to spousal benefits in Jan. 1, 2017. • The cost of parking will gradually increase to $135 a year in the third year of the contract. • A number of committees to address specific concerns will be formed, including for labor-management issues, professional development, and better integrating the Bowling Green and Firelands campuses. Forums will be held next week on both campuses to go over the details of the agreement. Members of the union will vote during the third week of April. The trustees will consider the contract…


Showell stepping down as music dean at BGSU (update)

By BG INDEPENDENT NEWS Jeffrey Showell is stepping down as dean of the College of Musical Arts after five years in the position. The announcement was made Tuesday morning in a letter to faculty by Provost Rodney Rogers. Rogers wrote: “In his five years at BGSU, Dr. Showell has led the college in notable accomplishments, including raising the academic profile of its student body and the renovation of facilities. He also facilitated an important new partnership with WGTE-FM, ‘New Music from Bowling Green,’ which has provided a showcase for the college’s talented faculty and students on public broadcasting stations across the country.” The university has appointed William Mathis, professor of trombone and chair of the Department of Music Performance Studies, as interim dean. Rogers said that Mathis, who has been on the faculty since 2000, had “strong support” from the faculty. Rogers wrote that Mathis “has held a variety of leadership roles that have given him administrative and budget experience as well as an intimate understanding both of the college and of the University as a whole.” Rogers told faculty senate Tuesday that the search for a new dean will begin next week. Showell in an email said he will take administrative leave and then return to serve as a special assistant in the provost office working on special projects for a semester. After that semester he will be 65 and will retire. He said he plans to continue to live in Bowling Green, and devote himself to volunteer work. Showell has worked 38 years in academy, including the last 17 as an administrator. From 1982-1990, he also was the…


BGSU student metals and jewelry on display at Wood County library

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Student Metal Arts Council from Bowling Green State University’s School of Art is “Forging Ahead” with an exhibit at the Wood County Public Library. The “Forging Ahead” exhibit features about two dozen works of jewelry and metal art in the library’s display window. The exhibit opened Saturday and continues through April 15.                   The exhibit is part of the effort to teach students in the arts professional skills, said Andrew Kuebeck, the faculty advisor for the council. Those efforts include an entrepreneurship class specifically for visual artists taught by Gene Poor. The exhibit was organized by the council’s treasurer Michaela Monterosso. For her the library was a natural venue for the show. Back in her hometown of Terryville, Connecticut, she would place her work in the local library. “I’d put my piece there and there was so much traffic going in and out of the public library that I got a lot of commissions, so I decided it would be a good opportunity for the Student Metal Arts Council.” The show was open to all who submitted work. “It’s meant to be an encouraging event,” she said. Monterosso wanted to give her fellow students a no-stress chance to display their work. “It’s good for their resumes,” she said, “and good for mine.” The council awarded first prize in the show to Katelyn Turner’s “Mother of Pearl” and second place to Diana Bibler’s “The Hero.” It promotes the council and the work being done on campus by jewelers and metalsmiths. Monterosso was attracted to BGSU by…


BGSU honors staff & faculty for service

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The University expressed appreciation for the dedicated service of faculty, classified and administrative staff at the annual Employee Years of Service Awards March 30, recognizing those with five to 40 years with BGSU. President Mary Ellen Mazey, Provost Rodney Rogers and Chief Human Resources Officer Viva McCarver praised their contributions and the importance of each person’s role in making the University a success. With 40 years of service was library technical assistant Matt Hungling, who has oversight of the Item Record Database — the computerized record of almost every item in the main library. Hungling began working in the library as a student employee and then transitioned to his full-time job in 1976. Over the past 40 years he has seen many changes in the way things are done, from the old Dewey Decimal System for cataloguing materials to today’s Optimal Character Recognition software. Although his work is primarily behind the scenes, his name may be familiar to patrons and researchers as the donor of the Hungling Disney Collection, more than 700 items from his vast collection of books, movies, music and more. Today they reside in the Curriculum Resource Center, where they may be enjoyed by all. Hungling was the first recipient, in 1986, of the Friends of the Libraries Staff Award.


BCI Lab recognized for energy efficient design

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey announced today that the BCI laboratory on the BGSU campus has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. “Opening the new BCI lab at Bowling Green was an exciting milestone. It added the latest technology and increased capacity to help the crime-fighting efforts of Ohio’s law enforcement agencies,” said Attorney General DeWine. “And this certification confirms that this important work is being done in a facility that is environmentally friendly and energy efficient.” “We’re proud to have the BCI facility on our campus for the opportunities it offers our students and faculty, and especially pleased that it reflects our goal of achieving carbon neutrality and being a good environmental role model for the citizens of Ohio,” BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey said. LEED certification comes from the U.S. Green Building Council – a national green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. The LEED certification encompasses numerous categories of energy efficiency and environmentally sound design. For example, the BCI lab is expected to be 14 percent more energy efficient than the standard building baseline, thanks to its HVAC and lighting units, in addition to its windows and insulation. Water consumption is estimated to be more than 40 percent below the standard baseline. In building the 30,000-square foot facility, which opened in 2014, more than 20 percent of the materials cost went toward recycled products. At the same time, construction waste was recycled or reused, diverting more than 90 percent of construction waste…


All the Wolfe’s a stage during Bravo! BGSU

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The arts programs at Bowling Green State University threw their doors open to give friends and neighbors the chance to peek in. That meant that as Aaron Hynds squeezed chords out of his tuba the strains of gospel-styled Broadway number wafted in from an adjacent theater. This was all part of the aural and visual hubbub of Bravo! BGSU, which was held Saturday night at the Wolfe Center for the Arts on campus. About 150 BGSU students fiddled, danced, sang, painted, posed, drew and otherwise entertained the 275 attendees at the event. Something was going on around every corner and down every hall and byway in the Wolfe Center. Jazz musicians jammed, and a pianist played familiar tunes. Seamstresses were at work, and a crew was busy constructing the rotating set for the Department of Theatre and Film’s next production “Noises Off!” Film was being edited. In its second year, Bravo! BGSU is intended to raise money for arts scholarships. Twice as many tickets were sold this year as last. (On April 6, the university reported the event raised more than $70,000.) President Mary Ellen Mazey said the gala gives those in the community a chance to see just what kind of talent the university attracts. That included 2015 graduate Mariah Burks, a national honoree for her acting, who returned to entertain Saturday. Burks, now studying theater at Case Western Reserve, said she was pleased to be back in her familiar haunts, and playing a role in an effort to help others study here. Steve Hanson, who graduated 40 years earlier than Burks, was…


National Walking Day on April 6

American Heart Association Walking Day is Wednesday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the BGSU Perry Field House. Celebrate National Walking Day with BGSU, Wood County Hospital, the City of Bowling Green, and Wood County employees. Lace up your sneakers and improve your odds of living a longer, healthier life by joining us for a Poker Walk! Enjoy a healthful bout of exercise with your colleagues, healthy snacks, raffle prizes, and giveaways. POKER WALK – No prior knowledge of poker is needed to participate. Rather than winning based on skill or speed, the top individuals who collect the best poker hand while walking at the Perry Field House track win great prizes, such as a Fitbit®! The Golden Sneaker Award will be awarded to the employer with the highest percentage of walkers. SPIRIT CONTEST- The participating individual or group (office, colleagues, friends, etc) demonstrating the most enthusiasm and spirit wins a free chair massage (up to one hour) for their office or work area walkers. CELEBRITY WALKERS – Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey, President, Bowling Green State University; Mayor Richard Edwards, City of Bowling Green Mayor; Dr. Sidney Childs, Interim Vice-President, Division of Student Affairs; Dr. Nicholas Espinoza, Director, Falcon Health Center; Dr. Marie Huff, Dean, College of Health and Human Services; Craig LaHote, Doris I. Herringshaw and Joel M. Kuhlman, Wood County Commissioners; Andrew Kalmar, County Administrator; Stan Korducki President, Wood County Hospital; Lori Tretter, Municipal Administrator; Monica Moll, BGSU Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety; Viva McCarver, Chief Human Resources Officer.