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Refugees test Germany’s services and goodwill

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Across Germany, more than 1 million refugees are packed into school gyms, old military bases, unrented apartments and tents. The influx of the migrants has divided the nation. But where some people see a crisis, Christian Schlegel sees a challenge. Schlegel, who works for a news and documentary channel in Germany and is in the U.S. as part of a journalism exchange program, talked to Bowling Green State University students and faculty Tuesday about the refugees who flooded his country in the last months. Countries like Germany and Sweden were a natural choice for the refugees, some fleeing war and famine, and other trying to escape extreme poverty. “I think they thought we were a relatively rich country,” with good social services, Schlegel said. But the influx of 1.1 million migrants in the nation of 80 million tested the social services and the good will of some Germans. “Germany was unprepared,” Schlegel said, explaining that in 2003, just 127,000 applied for asylum in his country. Processing of the latest refugees has moved slowly. “Refugees have to wait for appointments for several months.” Meanwhile, some Germans have remained welcoming to the migrants, but others fear it will ruin their culture and security. Those feelings were magnified after the mass assaults reportedly committed by Muslim migrants on New Year’s Eve in the cities of Cologne and Hamburg. Those attacks “mostly served right wing political parties,” Schlegel said. The welcome mat that had been cautiously extended, was pulled back. The New Year’s Eve attacks fed the “hysteria,” though Schlegel pointed out that far more people die in auto accidents a year than from terrorism. Schlegel estimated that those vehemently opposed to the refugees – especially Muslims – measure between 10 and 20 percent of Germany. Initially, some clung to the traditional “Dublin Rule,” which states that the European member country where a refugee first hits ground is responsible for that person. “It’s not our problem,” many Germans felt when the mass migration of refugees began….


‘Open carry’ walk planned in BG Saturday

An “Open Carry/Firearms Education Walk” is planned for Saturday in Bowling Green. Organizers, who have coordinated such walks on other college campuses in Ohio, will be walking with their firearms from the Bowling Green State University to the downtown area, then back. They plan to eat lunch while downtown. The walk will start at Lot K on the campus at 1 p.m. Bowling Green Police Chief Tony Hetrick said Ohio law allows open carry of firearms in most locations. “It’s completely legal, as long as the person is not barred from possessing a firearm,” he said. Police officers will be made aware, but will not monitor the event. “They are merely walking with an unconcealed firearm. That’s not illegal in any way, shape or form,” Hetrick said. BGSU Police Chief Monica Moll said the organizer Jeffry Smith contacted her though not required to do so. In an email, she said: “He has previously conducted similar walks at the University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University.  I have talked to members of the police department at each of those institutions and they said they did not have any safety concerns or problems during Mr. Smith’s event.  Based on that information, I do not have any major concerns about the event at this time, but we will have some of the BGSU police officers who are working at that time maintain a presence in the vicinity of the walk.” No number estimate for those participating was given to city police. Hetrick said similar walks with open carry firearms have been held in the city without incident. “There were no problems,” he said.


BGSU faculty, administration move beyond acrimony with new contract

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The tentative three-year contract between Bowling Green State University and the BGSU Faculty Association will get scrutiny from union members this week. Forums are scheduled for both the Bowling Green and the Firelands campuses. Then next week, union members will vote on whether to ratify the pact. The faculty association represents all 711 faculty, both tenure track and non-tenure track, on campus. Only association members get to vote. If approved, the contract will be considered by the Board of Trustees at its May 6 meeting. David Jackson, the union’s president since it was formed in 2010, believes the contract should be ratified. “It’s a very good contract and I’m strongly encouraging people to vote for it.” The pact represents a breakthrough for the union, not just because of what’s in its 210-plus pages, but because of the way it was achieved, and the good will the process engendered. The previous union negotiations were “combative” at times and interrupted by an effort by the administration of Gov. John Kasich to eliminate state employee unions. The first contract took 22 months to reach and was finally agreed on in March, 2013. This time negotiations began in earnest this fall and with the tentative pact reached in late March. “The whole process has been so much more collaborative and collegial than it was last time,” Jackson said. BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey echoed those sentiments in a statement released by the Office of Marketing and Communications. “We are extremely pleased, both with the collegiality of the process and the outcome. The agreement lays the foundation for closer collaboration with our faculty which will strengthen our University and help us continue to meet the needs of our students.” While much credit has been given to the sides using Interest-Based Bargaining in the negotiations, the groundwork was actually laid during the three years since the last agreement. Jackson said that the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service evaluated the situation to assess whether Interest-Based Bargaining would work. “Over the last…


Dawn Shinew named dean of College of Education and Human Development

From BGSU Office of Marketing & Communications Dr. Dawn Shinew has been selected as the dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Dr. Rodney Rogers, provost and senior vice president, announced April 8. Shinew had served as interim dean since last fall. Shinew was one of two finalists for the position following a national search and received strong support from faculty, staff and students, Rogers said. A BGSU alumna, Shinew returned to the University in 2012 as director of the School of Teaching and Learning after serving as chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at Washington State University, where she had taught since 1998. She received her bachelor’s degree in social studies education in 1986, and her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 1993 from BGSU. She completed post graduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles, and then earned a Ph.D. in social studies and global education in 1998 from The Ohio State University. Shinew has a robust record of research and publishing, Rogers said. “She has a strong commitment to enhancing the quality and reputation of the College of Education and Human Development. Along with her work on multidisciplinary teams in higher education, Dr. Shinew brings experience gained as a middle school teacher in Ohio and California.”


Wind symphony features new work by Adler & solo by tuba legend Perantoni

Audiences at the upcoming concert by the Wind Symphony at Bowling Green State University have two special treats in store: the premiere of a commissioned work by renowned composer Samuel Adler and a performance by legendary tuba player and guest artist Daniel Perantoni. The symphony, under the direction of Dr. Bruce Moss, will perform at 8 p.m. April 15 in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Moss writes of the Adler piece, “The work is a beautiful adagio, titled ‘The river that mines the silences of stones, an Adagio for Wind Ensemble’ (from ‘The Book of Hours’ by German poet Rainer Maria Rilke), and was commissioned by BGSU Bands, our Mid American Center for Contemporary Music, and nine other university band programs.” Perantoni joins the Wind Symphony on the “Concerto for Tuba,” by Robert Jager, and will offer some entertaining encores. The Tuba Provost Professor at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Perantoni, or “Mr. P” as his students call him, is a legendary tuba artist, teacher and pedagogue as well as a trailblazer in a variety of genres including work as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, jazz musician, and in instrument design. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the executive board of T.U.B.A. A true legion of his former students hold prestigious positions in major performing ensembles and music schools around the world, a testament to his abilities as a teacher, mentor and friend. He is cited as a “tubist’s tubist,” whose playing has a “lyrical, clear, and singing tone, along with his impeccable musical style.” Perantoni has been a featured artist in Carnegie Hall, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., the Adelaide Festival in Australia, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, the Montreux Brass Congress in Switzerland, and recently as soloist throughout Europe and Japan. He is a founding member of the Summit Brass, Symphonia, the St. Louis Brass Quintet, and the Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort, and has released numerous solo albums and chamber music CDs. Other works for…


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 a close and I am so incredibly pleased with the upward trajectory of this institution. I cannot imagine a more exciting time to be a Falcon. I have made a decision to accept a Vice President position with Learfield Sports, a leadership organization I have admired from afar during my professional, collegiate career. With that, I wanted to reach out to Falcons everywhere with this heartfelt message. Bowling Green State…


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 graduate division were: soprano Fidelia Esther Darmahkasih, who won the undergraduate division in 2013, and Chiu, second place, and baritone Brett Pond and Crook, third place. The performers are required to sing repertoire from different periods, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century, including at least one piece from a living composer. They must sing selections in English, Italian, German and French. Undergraduate winner Jeena Seeright said it was the poetry of…


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. “I thought I’d retire” before now, said Jones, who has taught at BGSU for 33 years. She started the Japanese Club to introduce students to the culture and customs of Japan beyond what could be covered in the language class. “My students really work hard. It’s nice to see my students working together to make it really successful. Certainly I could not do it without the students,” she said. That…


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 Bowling Green and installed them in the cases. They will come back to return them to storage in Toledo. The Capstone class included both graduate and undergraduate students. Some are art history majors while others are studio art majors. That mix provided a variety of viewpoints about the objects, Leatherbury said. The art history students were interested in the cultural context and how the images related to it. The studio…


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 movement in care centers while helping staff monitor their safety. For Giuseppe Giammanco, his Microgreens would provide an alternative to plastic microbeads used in a large range of cosmetic products. Those microbeads have now been banned by the federal government because they pollute waterways. Giammanco created a green alternative that has all the capabilities of the existing product. Giammanco got the $10,000 investment in exchange for a 10- percent share…


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 will consider a number of factors including how many students are enrolled in a program, and how many end up graduating as well as how many are participating in “high impact practices.” Those practices include internships, service learning and study abroad. Also how much external funding in the form of grants a program receives as well as donations generated will be considered. Other factors could be national recognition and the…


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 other RPCVs at BGSU “have an understanding about each other that nobody else quite grasps.” The most valuable part of her experience has been the friendships and relationships that she built. “As a RPCV, Ariel provides a global, real-world perspective in class discussions on community nutrition and firsthand examples of the challenges facing individuals and families trying to eat a healthy diet,” said Dr. Dawn Anderson, associate professor and graduate…


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 time with her is a man who is the opposite of all she ever wanted … or maybe exactly whom she needs. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall. Free April 8—The College of Musical Arts’ University Choral Society will give a performance in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $3 for students and children,…


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 at their meeting on May 6.


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 principal violist of the Tuscon Symphony.