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BGSU faculty among Ohio arts award winners

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Three members of the Bowling Green State University faculty have received $5,000 Ohio Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council. The awards are recognition by the artists’ peers for a body of work. Among this year’s recipients are writers Theresa Williams and Lawrence Coates, both of whom teach in the Creative Writing program, and composer Mikel Kuehn, of the College of Musical Arts. Coates, who has received recognition for his novels set in his native northern California, said it was good to receive recognition from Ohio, where he has lived and taught for 15 years. While his novels are most often set in the past and focus on the history of California, his stories often have Ohio locales. One, “Bats,” a piece of flash fiction, won the 2013 Barthelme Award. “People really seem to like the stories I set in Ohio,” he said. He included a few of those in his application. Still “when I write novels I tend to go back to where I feel home is,” he said. “As a teacher as well as a writer I hope to inspire my students to write great fiction set in Ohio,” he said “I hope my students take on that work.” Coates said he plans to use some of the grant to finance the research on forthcoming projects, including a novel set in the years after the Gold Rush. He has to travel to archives to find some of the material he needs. “Not everything is on the internet,” he said. Williams said she will spend her grant on needs closer at hand – both her computer and phone need to be upgraded. The 10-year-old computer, she noted, still has an XP operating system, and she uses the phone as part of her writing process. Williams said she is in the midst of writing a graphic novel and is “in sore need of art supplies.” Williams has developed and is teaching a workshop on the graphic novel at BGSU. “The graphic novel is opening up doors of my imagination that have never been open before,” she said. She doesn’t expect the novel to be finished at least for two years. It is a blend of the real and supernatural, with ghosts and preachers involved. As a writer, Williams, who has her MFA in Writing from BGSU, has published a novel and numerous short stories….


BGSU grad speakers tell of different paths to success

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Speaking at Commencement ceremonies Saturday morning at Bowling Green State University, ESPN personality Jay Crawford remembered his first college class. It was a speech course that met in South Hall in 1983, and as an exercise the professor asked them to tell the class what they hoped to achieve. The freshman from Sandusky said: “I’m here to be a television sports anchor.” “I had no idea how crazy that sounded, and I’m glad I didn’t,” he told the graduates from the College of Arts and Science. “I heard the chuckles in the back of the room, but I didn’t listen to them.” He cautioned the graduates that for every friend and family member who supports them there will be “many more who will stand between you and what you dream of and what you want the most. Hear those voices but let them fuel you.” So the kid from Sandusky persisted. Armed with a degree in radio, television and film, he went into broadcast. Now the 1987 graduate is at the top of his field as co-host for the midday edition of ESPN’s flagship program “Sports Center.” Crawford has “wildly exceeded the dreams” he had that first day in class at BGSU, he said. Honorary doctoral degree recipient Maribeth Rahe, president and chief executive officer of Fort Washington Investment Advisors, took a less direct route to success. “Career paths are not linear,” she told the graduates. Her mother urged her to go to college to pursue the opportunities denied women of older generations. She graduated in 1970 with a BA in Spanish with a minor in business. She only came to BGSU after first attending Miami University. Rahe’s career sights were not as precisely set as Crawford’s. She wanted to learn Spanish, study abroad and be active on campus. At Miami, she found her choices to study abroad limited. Her sister’s BGSU roommate, though, told her she could study abroad for a full year in Madrid. She transferred and at BGSU got the grounding she needed to pursue a career in finance. “If you like what you do, it does show up in your work and life,” Rahe said. “and if you don’t, seek out another opportunity. … Do not settle for something expedient or what someone else thinks you should do. Trust your own instincts.” Crawford recalled his own graduation 29 years ago….


Step in the right direction: South Hall to be renamed for Falcon Flames Mike and Sara Kuhlin

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Mike Kuhlin learned his lessons from his wife well, and Bowling Green State University is a beneficiary. Kuhlin met his Falcon Flame, Sara, after graduation when both were working for the university. Kuhlin, a 1968 journalism graduate, told the Board of Trustees Friday that he was the kind of guy who ended up with 50 cents in his checking account at the end of the month. “We were kids who were the first in our families who went to college, also kids who didn’t have a clue what our future was going to hold for us.” This guy from Long Island, New York, married the woman from Ohio, in Prout Chapel in 1971. When they bought a house, Sara Kuhlin took a job at a bank and declared they were going to pay off the mortgage as fast as they could. They did, Kuhlin said. “And we were never in debt again.” Sara died in 2013. At a gathering recently Kuhlin was asked to sum up his life’s philosophy in six words: “Living her values as my own.” Doing that is what has enabled the Kuhlins to contribute to their alma mater. Capping that off will be the naming of the new home for the School for Media and Communication the Mike and Sara Kuhlin Center. (“Kuhlin” is pronounced “Coo-Leen.”)  The building had been South Hall. It is in the final stages of a $24 million make over, including the adding of a new production wing. The center will open this fall. BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey has long insisted that she didn’t want buildings named after directions. Instead of South, East and West halls, the university should have buildings that boast the name of donors. This marks a long step in that direction. The naming is in recognition of the more than $2 million in donations the Kuhlins have made to the university over the years. He said that when the idea of having the building named for him and his late wife he was “bowled over.” “Then I had a lot of reservations about, with all the other names around campus, how does Kuhlin fit into that,” he said. He was convinced when university officials told him they hoped that his action will spur other donors into action. “I am happy to talk to them,” he said of other donors. “I’m excited…


New BGSU labor agreement gets thumbs up

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The new contract between Bowling Green State University and its faculty union prompted a thumbs up from the chair of the board of trustees and a presidential hug. The trustees approved a three-year contract with the BGSU Faculty Association Friday. This is the second contract between the two sides. This one took months to reach as opposed to years in the first collective bargaining agreement. After signing the contract Board Chair David Levey gave the pact two thumbs up as President Mary Ellen Mazey and Faculty Association President David Jackson hugged Speaking to the board, Allen Rogel, who chairs the Faculty Senate, said that “the environment now compared with three years ago is much better.” The faculty union approved the deal with a 95-percent affirmative vote. “I don’t know anywhere anyone gets 95 percent assent,” said Levey. The contract takes effect on July 1. The contract calls for 3-percent pay increases each year. The contract also includes provisions to give greater security for non-tenure track faculty as well as incentives for faculty who bring external grants to the university. The trustees also took two actions related to provisions in the new contract. They made domestic partners ineligible for coverage under university employees’ health plan. Because of the legality of gay marriage, this provision is no longer needed and equalizes coverage between gay and heterosexual employees. Otherwise, the contract calls for no changes in faculty health benefits. Also the board approved a small adjustment in the cost of faculty parking permits, which will rise $5 in each of the next three years, topping out at $135 for an annual permit. The trustees also approved several other administrative fee increases. That includes an increase of the fee for art students from $85 to $110. Sheri Stoll, chief financial officer, said the fee was necessary to provide enough money to upgrade some of the high tech work stations in the Wolfe Center. These stations are actually each a server. Those servers have a five-year life, and the current fee does not provide enough money to replace them. Trustees also approved a $9 per semester Student Media Fee to help support the BG News, WBGU-FM and TV 2. Students will be able to opt out of paying the fee. The fee will generate about $225,000 a year if 75 percent of students participate. That’s a participation rate similar…


College of Education honors Dr. G for her student-centered theater education

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Matt Webb knew of Jo Beth Gonzalez’s teaching mostly through his daughters’ experience in theater at Bowling Green High School. Katie is a high school junior who is in the improv troupe and in one acts, and the other, Liz, is a college junior who danced in the musicals. As students involved in theater they worked closely with Dr. G, who has taught theater at the school for 22 years. Neither girl, their father said, is a star, but both felt the drama teacher had a positive influence on them. His younger daughter told him that Dr. G was always preparing them for life. So when, in his role as the director of student and academic services in the Bowling Green State University College of Education and Human Development, Webb received an email asking for nominations for the college’s Educator of the Year award, he decided to submit her name. First he reached out to Gonzalez and asked for her curriculum vitae.  He learned the details, about the ground-breaking productions, the award-winning shows, two books. “I realized how stellar she is.” This week Gonzalez received the honor given to outstanding alumni and gave the keynote address to about 350 graduates of the college during their Capstone Day activities. As nominee, Gonzalez had to go through an interview process, almost like getting hired for a job. “It was a little nerve wracking,” she said in a recent interview. And she had to respond to a question, she hadn’t prepared for: What is the greatest challenge facing the nation and how does she address it in her work? The problem: The disparity in the quality of education people receive depending on where people live. Her solution: “We need to teach or social equity and social justice… that there’s injustice in all facets of our country.” She continued: “I teach in a way that alters the power structure. So I’m not the power center.” She makes her classes student centered in order “to teach students to collaboratively make decisions.” In productions, she said, that means bucking the star system and making “the ensemble completely integral to the work,” even in musicals. It also means, Gonzalez said, making sure students understand that some people have more privilege than others. She starts with herself. Being up front that being a white, middle class, able-bodied, heterosexual gives her an advantage…


Mary Toth brings It’s On Us message to VP Joe Biden

By ALEX SOLIS/BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS At university and college campuses, sexual assault is a serious problem. It’s On Us, a national movement championing prevention and awareness, has one goal – to stop campus sexual assaults. Senior Mary Toth got involved in the student-led initiative to help improve the culture at BGSU. In fall 2015, she was chosen as one of 17 students nationally to serve on the inaugural It’s On Us Student Advisory Committee, which provides campus student leaders an opportunity to make a larger impact. As her committee term comes to an end, she traveled to the White House to meet Vice President Joe Biden. “It’s On Us has a powerful message. All institutions and individuals must continue to address this issue to make progress,” Toth said. “BGSU is lucky to have such tremendous support from President Mary Ellen Mazey, faculty and staff.” Toth pushes for more opportunities for education, awareness and prevention. Her personal story shows that sexual assault is not just a statistic, but is negatively impacting people across the country. “There is always a need to be more proactive,” Toth said. “Campuses need to create a supportive and safe environment for all.” Given the enormity of this issue, change does not come easy. Toth works with fellow survivors and advocates on a variety of initiatives to combat sexual assault at BGSU and on the national committee. “Students need to stand up. Action produces an equal impact as philanthropy,” she said. In Washington, D.C., Toth met with the other 16 students on the national committee; her mentor, Kristin Avery, director of the It’s On Us initiative; and Andrea Pino, a national leader and subject of the 2015 documentary film “The Hunting Ground.” This academic year, Vice President Biden visited dozens of university and college campuses to meet with sexual assault survivors and administrators working to make change. Toth’s invitation to the nation’s capital showcases the support from the White House and its partners. Before her involvement with It’s On Us, Toth made a difference through her work with the Office of Residence Life. During her time at BGSU, she was a resident adviser, was involved in the National Residence Hall Honorary and the Resident Student Association, and even has a job managing the front desk in Kreischer Residence Hall. A political science and history major, Toth knows her work will not stop when her…


Pianist Cole Burger to perform in Malaysia

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Dr. Cole Burger has gone to Southeast Asia for a few weeks each of the last two years, even traveling to Thailand unknowingly in the midst of a coup-albeit a “very peaceful” one-in 2014. But the trip he will take this May, back to Malaysia for a third time, will be a little different. The instructor of piano in the College of Musical Arts will teach piano and present recitals and master classes at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur as a Fulbright Specialist. Part of the U.S. State Department’s prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program, the specialist program promotes short-term collaborative projects linking American scholars with counterparts at host institutions in more than 140 countries. While he has also been in Cambodia and Indonesia, as well as in Thailand, recently, Malaysia was his desired destination because English is spoken “relatively well” there, plus roads and other infrastructure are better, he said. In addition, about 10 percent of Malaysia’s population is ethnic Chinese and, in a colleague’s words, “it seems like half of the Chinese population wants to be a classical pianist,” Burger related. So, he added, while many Chinese students are studying Western music, the Chinese don’t have the history of teaching it that the U.S. does, offering an opportunity. “We have a chance to share what it means to teach and learn classical piano music,” said Burger, whose international trips to teach and perform have also included one to China, in 2007, and five to Europe. To go abroad, and to welcome international students to BGSU and elsewhere in America, and help change lives through music – “that’s diplomacy at its best,” he maintains. Such new opportunities were among the attractions to apply for the Fulbright, as were the chance for professional development and a learning experience in general, Burger noted. “Just because I have a doctoral degree doesn’t mean I don’t have more to learn, and you learn a lot from travel,” he pointed out. But the fourth-year BGSU faculty member wasn’t really aware of the availability of international travel through the Fulbright Program until his colleague, Dr. Elainie Lillios, spent the 2013-14 year as a Fulbright Scholar in Greece. Then, in Malaysia last summer, he heard about the specialist program at the U.S. embassy, with which he then communicated about a placement with a Malaysian university. Burger credits two other…


Community ride promotes need for improvements for bicyclists

  By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Thursday’s community bike ride is more than a pedal to the park. The organizers have some serious points to make about the need to make Bowling Green a better place for bicycling.               The second Community Ride will begin Thursday at 5 p.m. at the fountain in front of the Administration Building on the Bowling Green State University campus.  The riders will head west toward downtown, traveling eventually to Main Street, before reaching their destination, the green space at the corner of Church and West Wooster streets. The first ride came after Lily Murnen, president of the Environmental Service Club, was talking to Rick Busselle, a BGSU faculty member and bicyclist. Busselle was upset by a couple incidents. A student was struck while bicycling near the CVS on East Wooster Street, and then was ticketed for riding on the sidewalk. Busselle himself took a spill while trying to navigate past that spot. His accident occurred in part because he was unsure at what point cyclists were allowed to ride on sidewalks. The city lacks both clarity in the rules governing bicyclists and the bike lanes needed to make riding in the city safer, he said. Yet, the city officials didn’t really seem to think it was a problem. He and Murnen discussed a mass bike riding event. These can involve a large group of bicyclists taking over the streets and, at times, violating traffic laws. Instead they decided that it would be best to have the bicyclists adhere to the rules of the road, which in some instances may cause a greater inconvenience to drivers. People, Murnen said, feel safer navigating the city’s streets in groups. Murnen was in charge of putting together a list of events for Earth Week, so she decided a community ride would fit right in. The first ride attracted 25 riders, despite a change in the day of the ride. Murnen said the ride attracted “a really nice mix” of students, faculty and community members. The 25-minute ride went west on Wooster, turned right onto North Grove, left on Conneaut, right onto Fairview, right onto West Merry, right onto North Main Street and then proceeded to the Four Corners, where the group took a right onto Wooster and then a left on South Grove and the green space. The route, Murnen said,…


Falcons hatch in courthouse clock tower

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green welcomed its newest falcons to town early Sunday morning at a time when most students are preparing to leave campus after final exams. Three of four peregrine falcon eggs hatched Sunday, with the first view of a hatched egg around 3 a.m. on the Falcon Cam, www.bgsu.edu/falconcam, provided by a partnership between the Wood County Commissioners and Bowling Green State University. “The falcons continue to be a source of wonder for people in the courthouse, whether they’re employees or citizens visiting the courthouse,” said Andrew Kalmar, Wood County administrator. “Because the falcons chose us we get to enjoy them, and that’s been really nice over the past six years.” Of course 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 —six years ago. “We’re happy they’ve made a habit of calling Bowling Green home,” said Dave Kielmeyer, chief marketing and communications officer of BGSU. “It’s fitting that the falcons have bonded with the town and University.” The first egg was laid March 22, and there’s typically a 33-day gestation period. The last egg is expected to hatch soon. For more information about the peregrine falcons in the courthouse clock tower, go to bgsu.edu/falconcam.html.


Lisa Hanasono honored statewide & at BGSU for her work promoting diversity

From BG OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Dr. Lisa Hanasono’s work is founded in the integration of research and teaching and lived out in her commitment to the community. In recognition of her engagement of students with such important issues as promoting unity, diversity and inclusion, Hanasono, an assistant professor of communication, received a 2016 David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service. The award was presented by Ohio Campus Compact, a nonprofit membership organization of 41 Ohio colleges and universities working to promote and develop the civic purposes of higher education. The Hoch award honors the outstanding work in service-learning and/or civic engagement by a faculty or staff member at an Ohio Campus Compact member institution. In addition to the Hoch award, Hanasono has also been selected to receive the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Award for 2016, again in recognition of her putting into practice her research and pedagogical interests in diversity and inclusivity. Collectively, Hanasono’s teaching, research and service activities work together to strategically develop, deliver and evaluate the effectiveness of community engagement projects and initiatives that advance diversity at BGSU and beyond. Drawing from her research expertise on discrimination, advocacy and social support, she worked with community partners and students to design, launch and assess BG4Unity, a community-based service-learning project. BG4Unity encourages people to use social media responsibly to advocate against hate and engage in community building. Undergraduate students enrolled in Hanasono’s Persuasion courses partnered with local organizations and applied course concepts to raise community members’ awareness about the prevalence and danger of cyberbullying and online discrimination, motivate people to join BG4Unity to demonstrate their solidarity against hate, and inspire people to use social media to spread messages of hope and support to those coping with discrimination. She and her students used Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to encourage BGSU and community members to use social media to promote diversity and challenge stereotypes. Over the past year, Hanasono and her students partnered with BGSU and community organizations such as the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE), Not in Our Town (NIOT), the Graduate Student Senate and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Recognizing the importance of combining social media advocacy with face-to-face community outreach initiatives, they attended several key events to spread the word and invite people to get involved with BG4Unity, such as the Black Issues Conference, the 19th State of the State Conference on…


BGSU set to graduate 2,287 Friday & Saturday

By BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The University will celebrate its 285th graduation in three ceremonies in the Stroh Center Friday (May 6) and Saturday (May 7). Commencement for the Graduate College and the colleges of Health and Human Services; Musical Arts; and Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. The College of Arts and Sciences will hold commencement at 9 a.m. Saturday. The colleges of Business Administration and Education and Human Development will hold commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday. BGSU Firelands will hold commencement at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The May graduating class includes 2,287 candidates. Among the undergraduates, 76 will be presented associate degrees and 1,768 bachelor’s degrees. Of those, 611 have received honors for their high grade point averages. The 424 graduate students include 404 candidates for master’s degrees and 20 for doctoral degrees. BGSU students come from all around the world. This graduating class includes 88 international students representing 25 countries. There is also great diversity in overall age, with degree candidates ranging from 19 to 60. Addressing the Friday graduates will be BGSU alumnus Dean Bresciani, who received a Master of Arts degree in college student personnel in 1985 and is now North Dakota State University’s 14th president. He has more than 30 years in higher education and has developed a broad leadership base in the academic, administrative and political science aspects of university leadership. During the Saturday morning service, the University will present an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree to Maribeth Rahe. The 1970 alumna is the president and chief executive officer of Fort Washington Investments Advisors Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Western & Southern Financial Group based in Cincinnati. Addressing the Saturday morning graduates will be BGSU alumnus Jason “Jay” Crawford, who received a Bachelor of Arts in radio, television and film in 1987. He is now co-host of ESPN’s flagship show, “SportsCenter,” handling the midday duties. His professional achievements include winning four regional Emmy Awards, the Best Sportscaster Kentucky AP Award and three SPJ Best Sports Program Awards. Addressing the Saturday afternoon graduates will be BGSU alumna Holly Horn, who received a Bachelor of Science in education in 1983. Her 33-year career has spanned over various businesses and organizations, including politics, education, health care, consulting and finance. She now works in the municipal finance industry in New York for Assured Guaranty, a bond insurance company…


Protest: Too many students don’t feel safe on campus & downtown

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The social media reaction after an alleged assault on campus this weekend literally added insult to injury. About 70 students gather Friday at noon to protest what many believe was an anti-gay act, and the social media outburst of homophobic and sexist comments that followed. For Luna, a BGSU student who uses one name, this “exposed the attitudes that people really have.” Those are “very unwelcoming, very uncomfortable.” Luna told those people assembled in the University Oval that: “Here on Bowling Green campus there’s been a severe lack of acceptance, tolerance and civility. … We learn to navigate a world that would rather erase us, but we shouldn’t have to. We as a community need to hold each other accountable. If we begin to hold each other accountable, we can begin to move toward true acceptance, true tolerance because everyone deserves to feel safe on this campus. Everyone deserves to feel safe downtown. … No one should feel unsafe in their own home.” The incident reportedly happened in the early morning hours Saturday. It was first mentioned on the Twitter account BG Crushes, and said four members of a fraternity had attacked a person believed to be gay. However, nothing was reported to neither city nor campus police. Instead the rumor mill began to churn, and the vicious commentary erupted. The university’s dean of students issued a statement saying the university was seeking any information on the assault. BGSU Police Chief Monica Moll was on the scene of Friday’s protest to try to find out what she could. The Bowling Green City Police are investigating an assault at 2 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of North Main Street when a group of men and women, both black and white, accosted an individual. One suspect struck the victim.  (http://www.bowlinggreenpolice.org/?m=201604) Moll said she didn’t know if this was the assault, or if there was a second incident. In any case she said the comments on social media “are something we should be out here to be upset about.” Beatrice Addis Fields said that she and others have heard was “a lot of rumors.” “We’re focused on people’s feelings and people are feeling uncomfortable,” she said. Many people are not comfortable on campus or downtown. She said her mother lived in Bowling Green in the 1970s and when she talks to her daughter they find not…


BGSU Student Recreation Center recognized as outstanding by national association

By BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS When the Student Recreation Center reopened on Aug. 14, 2014, after a year of renovations, students were delighted with the fresh new spaces, sunny lobby, new equipment and additional facilities. Now the building has been recognized with the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Outstanding Sports Facilities Award. The award was presented jointly to BGSU Recreation and Wellness and Toledo architects The Collaborative Inc. at the NIRSA Annual Conference and Recreational Sports Expo in Kissimmee, Fla., earlier this month. The NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards recognize the innovative designs of new, renovated or expanded collegiate recreational facilities of NIRSA member institutions. Increasingly, research is linking robust recreational programs, facilities and services with student success and satisfaction in higher education. State-of-the art facilities have demonstrated their capacity to greatly enhance the overall student experience, thereby boosting recruitment and improving retention. The annual awards honor facilities that demonstrate excellence in a number of critical areas, including architectural design, functionality and how well the facility meets its intended purpose. Winning facilities exemplify the institution’s commitment to providing the higher education experience desired and valued by students and are considered a standard by which other collegiate recreational facilities should be measured, and from which others can benefit. BGSU’s Recreation Center is featured on the NIRSA website. Students and community members alike are benefiting as a result of the $14.8 million renovation, which was guided in part by their input. In addition to the facility award, BGSU took two, third-place NIRSA awards, in the Student Digital Publication and the Website Design categories. Preparations for the renovation of the Student Recreation Center in 2013 prompted a project to document the history of the center and the University through artifacts, stories and other documents. That project, a digital timeline, was recognized in the Student Digital Publication award. When the Recreation and Wellness staff was going through the building’s basement in preparation for work to begin, they discovered boxes in a storage room. “We found funny pictures of staff from the past, artifacts from anniversary celebrations, old T-shirts, complete photo albums, and other items including meeting minutes, event agendas, programs, and numerous random documents and images,” wrote graduate student Erica Pax, the researcher and designer of the presentation. “After having a good laugh, Recreation and Wellness marketing staff and students decided to create something that would provide a long-term place where…


Director of Forensic Science Center at BGSU, Jon Sprague, gets good government award

By BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Dr. Jon Sprague, director of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science at BGSU, received the 2016 Good Government Award from the Ohio Pharmacists Association. The award honors pharmacists who have produced major contributions to the public through government and/or legislative service/education at the local, state or national level. A BGSU faculty member and administrator recently earned the 2016 Good Government Award from the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA). Dr. Jon Sprague, director of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science at Bowling Green State University, received the award during the OPA 138th annual conference held April 15-17 in Columbus. The award honors pharmacists who have produced major contributions to the public through government and/or legislative service/education at the local, state or national level. Sprague, who is also the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Eminent Scholar, has had a critical role in reducing abuse of synthetic drugs by helping to write both state and federal laws on the topic. He began to assist the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in developing rules and laws in an attempt to stay ahead of the clandestine laboratories developing synthetic designer drugs (e.g., bath salts and spices). These efforts have resulted in the enactment of Ohio Administrative Code 4729-11-02 assisting law enforcement based on drug pharmacophores, slight variations in the chemical structures of the drugs that produce the same desired effect. Subsequently, this rule is commonly referred to as the “Pharmacophore Rule.” The language he devised allows the law to flexibly cover various synthetic drugs that are created. Sprague obtained his pharmacy degree from the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy and his Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has been an active member in OPA for many years. “Jon Sprague is one of many pharmacists who have the passion to provide superior health care to the patients of Ohio,” said Ernest Boyd, OPA executive director, “but he also takes time out of his busy schedule to stand up for what’s right. “His work was immensely helpful in creating legislation that reduces the abuse of synthetic drugs. It is a service to our profession and the citizens of Ohio,” Boyd added. OPA, established in 1879, represents more than 4,000 pharmacists, pharmacy educators and pharmacy students throughout the state. It is…


Kappa Sigma marks return to campus with camp out to aid Wounded Warrior Project

Kappa Sigma wants to reintroduce itself on campus, so the brothers this week are braving rain and wind to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Kappa Sigma had a chapter on campus until 2013, when code of conduct violations forced it to close. Now, said Isaiah Vazquez, the public relations director for the chapter, they are seeking a second chance. Organization started last fall, and this campout for wounded veterans is their first philanthropic effort. “We’re hoping to bring the name back,” he said. The chapter will promote the ideals of leadership, service to the community and helping others. Vazquez said the group decided to support the Wounded Warrior Project despite recent allegations of the misappropriation of funds. Vazquez said those responsible have been fired. “Now the money’s going into the right pockets.” The fraternity has supported the Wounded Warriors Project in the past. Many of the fraternity’s alumni have served in the military, and a recent pledge has enlisted. Vazquez said that in a way both the fraternity and the charity have taken “similar routes” to try to make up for mistakes. Kappa Sigma, which will get its charter later this year, will have a 12-member house in the new Greek Housing complex, now nearing completion on campus. He said the prospect of living in the new housing is “incredibly exciting.” He expects the new residence will help the chapter with recruitment. The fundraising effort will continue through today at 11:30 p.m. and resume Friday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brothers, who have a tent set up on the Union Oval, had planned to sleep out at the site, but didn’t realize they had to request permission from the university 45 days in advance. Pearse Scudder, one of the brothers on hand Thursday morning, said the paperwork saved them from waking up in a puddle. As it is, they are hopeful the bad weather doesn’t hinder their fundraising efforts. They’ll take what they can get, he said. “From a penny to a million dollars,” Vazquez said. The Armed Forces Career Center in downtown Bowling Green gave the fraternity flags, water bottles and other items to give away, and The Cookie Jar is donating cookies.