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 stories about the history of the department could be cataloged for readers to enjoy for years to come, and on which we can build as new research is uncovered and history is continuously created. The target audience includes current BGSU students, faculty and staff, and community members and is also designed for alumni as a place where they can contribute to our ever-growing history and remember their time at BGSU…

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 OPA’s mission to unite the profession of pharmacy and encourage interprofessional relations while promoting public health through education, discussion and legislation.

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.

BGSU looking for evidence of weekend incident

The Bowling Green State University Dean of Students has issued a statement about an incident that may have occurred over the weekend. The statement from Jodi Webb reads: “There have been numerous posts on social media in recent days about a fight or assault involving students that may have occurred over the weekend. Neither Bowling Green Police or BGSU Police have received a report about the incident. “We are committed to providing a safe environment for all of our students. Incidents like this will not be tolerated. BGSU will support anyone who may have been harmed. Any students involved may also be held accountable under the Student Code of Conduct. Anyone with information is encouraged to come forward and contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 419-372-2843 or file an incident report. “Respecting one another and fostering diversity and a culture of inclusion is a core value at Bowling Green State University. Let’s all work together to live up to our values.”

Faculty Senate approves new social work program with old twist

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University may become the first university in the country to offer a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Gerontology. The Faculty Senate Tuesday approved the new major. Final approval will be up to the university’s Board of Trustees. The trustees will meet the end of next week. Derek Mason, program coordinator for social work in the College of Health and Human Services, said that recent changes in the accreditation requirements by the Council of Social Work Education has made such specializations possible. The new major is a good fit for BGSU given its current programs in gerontology. Mason said that the college did a needs survey and found that over the next few decades there will be a growing demand for caregivers for the elderly. By 2030, he said, 25 percent of the population in Northwest Ohio will be over the age of 60. As proposed this would be the first MSW “with such a focus and depth of specialization,” Mason said. The program will be designed as a 60-credit-hour program though students with a Bachelor in Social Work will be able to complete the degree in 30 credit hours. The degree will also require 1,000 hours of field internship. The plan is to enroll 20 full-time students and five part-time students each year. At least five courses, especially those focusing on aging issues related to specific ethnic groups, will be offered online. Mason said that the web-centric designation can be misleading. In order to have a blended program with at least one online offering that’s what the program must be called.  

Survey shows most oppose concealed carry on BGSU campus (Updated 4/27/16)

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Most people surveyed at Bowling Green State University oppose allowing concealed carry of weapons on campus. Of more than 5,700 faculty, staff, administrators and students surveyed, 61.4 opposed allowing concealed carry and 38.6 were in favor.  The survey was done by a committee charged with studying the issue after the State House voted to loosen the restrictions on concealed carry on college campus and other currently restricted zones. The bill, House Bill 48, is still before the State Senate. If it became law, the university trustees would have to approve allowing concealed carry on campus. The committee also found a majority would not feel safer if anyone, including students 21 and older, could carry concealed weapons on campus. That was especially true of women, of whom 74.6 percent said they’d feel less safe, and faculty members, 88 percent of whom would feel less safe. Having concealed carry found greatest support among undergraduate males, 42.7 percent of whom said they would consider carrying a weapon if allowed. Alfred DeMaris, a sociology professor and statistician, said the committee made an effort to reach out to all segments of the campus community. The committee distributed 20,338 surveys, and got 5,792 back, a 28.5 percent response rate. While the committee hoped for more, he noted that this was not a target sample, but the entire target population. Graduate students had the best response rate of almost 70 percent, followed by faculty with just shy of 50 percent. Undergraduates had the lowest response rate, under 20 percent. The committee, which was charged to studying the issue and any possible response, did not present a resolution for the senate to act on. The committee had far too many divergent views on the issue to formulate a resolution, said Laura Sanchez, of sociology, who presented the report to senate with DeMaris. In the cover letter to the report, which has been distributed to faculty, committee chair Ian Young wrote: “No clear overwhelming consensus view on CC was found among the respondents, although some interesting trends did emerge.   Given the range of views within the BGSU community as a whole, this reinforced our previous conclusion that it would not be justified or appropriate for the HB-48 ad-hoc committee to draft a resolution that advocated any policy that the university community ought to implement as a response to HB-48   We did feel however that the survey has yielded some useful data that should be taken into account by the Board of Trustees and others who may be in the position of making a decision on the university’s response to HB-48.  “ Joel O’Dorisio of the School of Art, said that given the faculty’s stated opposition to conceal carry, a resolution should have been put forward. While it’s important to take into consideration the views…

Carbon-based energy sector is collapsing, geophysicist tells BGSU audience

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The tide has turned against carbon-based fuels. That could help assuage the worst effects of global warming that could flood major cities as ocean levels rise and fresh water becomes scarce in the more arid interior. Dr. Henry Pollack, an emeritus professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan, said that the story of alternative energy competing with oil and coal was once perceived as a David vs. Goliath scenario. “The test in front of us,” he told an audience last week at Bowling Green State University, “is to reduce Goliath to David’s level.” That now seems to be happening. In 2010, he said, for the first time investment in alternative fuels, including wind, biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, fusion and nuclear, outpaced investment in the oil, gas and coal industries. That year $187 billion was invested in alternative fuels compared to $157 billion in fossil fuels. Five years later, he said, investment in alternative fuels had grown by almost $100 billion, while investment in carbon-based technologies had dropped to $130 billion. “I’m telling you we’re at the tipping point,” Pollack said. “Carbon fuels are on the way down and out.” He urged the audience “to follow the money,” and then told the tale through international headlines. The nation’s two largest coal companies have declared bankruptcy. The last deep-pit coal mine in the United Kingdom has closed. The stock price of coal companies is dropping. Saudi Arabia is considering selling its state-owned oil company Aramco. The United States has lifted its 40-year ban on exporting oil. The reasoning being, he said, “let’s let them sell it while they can get something for it.” The dropping price of oil is threatening the budgets in fossil fuel dependent states Alaska and Wyoming, and prompting fears of future bankruptcies on Wall Street. Now, he said, conventional wisdom is that the price of oil is cyclical, and therefore will rise. Pollack said that thinking is wrong. Events like “tremendous instability in the Middle East,” which in the past have pushed up the price of oil, have had no effect. And oil producing nations failed to agree to cut production. Even with falling oil prices, car manufacturers are still pushing ahead with the development of electric vehicles. “This is the shifting of capital away from carbon to renewables,” he said. This transition is taking place “much faster than anyone anticipated.” He likened the growth of renewable technologies to the growth of digital communications. Even those involved in the early wireless phones failed to predict how quickly they would dominate the market. Pollack said on the flip side, the fall in value for coal, gas and oil related stocks is creating fears of a $28 trillion write-down in their value. They have become stranded assets the same as mortgage backed securities…

BGSU’s top tech officer, John Ellinger, wins Ferrari award

Information technology is such an integral part of University life today that when it doesn’t work, many find it nearly impossible to do their work. Keeping BGSU’s technology running, secure and up to date is the ultimate responsibility of Chief Technology Officer John Ellinger. Ellinger was thanked for managing this daunting task as the recipient of the 2016 Michael R. Ferrari Award, the highest honor for administrative staff. Presented April 19 at the annual Administrative Staff Council Spring Reception, the award was accompanied by $1,000 and a reserved parking spot for one year. In addition, Ellinger’s name will be added to a commemorative plaque in the Jerome Library. The Ferrari Award honors administrative staff for superlative performance, showing innovation and initiative, and having a strong relationship with the University community. Ellinger models all three characteristics. “His meticulous nature, longstanding care about the broad educational mission of BGSU, and borderline obsession with consensus building at all stages make him ideally suited for the award,” wrote nominator Dr. Paul Cesarini, assistant vice provost for online and summer academic programs. “Higher education technology administration is mostly a thankless task,” Cesarini said. “When the network is up and things are going well, few people if any will pat you on the back. When some virus or malware sweeps through campus, or some major project runs into implementation issues, you’re often the first person to take the heat. “IT is transparent and yet ubiquitous; everywhere and no where at the same time. Managing and making sense of it all on an ongoing basis — each day, each month, each year — is a challenge so monumentally daunting that I’m still mildly surprised John hasn’t hopped in his car and sped away from campus as fast as he could go. Yet, he’s here.” Here, and continually pushing the envelope to improve BGSU’s information technology and adopt leading-edge systems that meet the campus’s needs, said his nominators. He has spearheaded such initiatives as Voice over IP phone systems, noted Sheri Kellogg, ITS director of applications. “BGSU was one of the first Ohio universities to embrace this technology,” she wrote. “This implementation not only moved the phone system from an analog system to a digital system, it also created a cost savings to the University due to the reduction of power and overall phone service costs.” To keep everyone connected to the internet at all times, Ellinger supported the implementation of a redundant connection, ensuring there are adequate wireless access points in all classrooms. “BGSU has better than a 99% uptime with regards to the network, which is phenomenal in the IT industry,” Kellogg wrote. He also is committed to making sure the University has the technology it needs for its innovative, active-learning classrooms, annually devoting part of his budget toward that end. Every university’s technology needs are…

Trinidy Jeter wins BGSU staff rookie honors

By BGSU Office of Marketing & Communications Although she may be a rookie in terms of her time on the job, Trinidy Jeter is a seasoned professional in terms of accomplishment. In her two years at BGSU Firelands as coordinator of student and campus activities, she has had a transformative impact on the campus that has reached out into the community. Jeter was named the Administrative Staff Rookie of the Year at the annual Administrative Staff Council reception April 19. The award recognizes an employee who has been with BGSU between one and three years and who has played a key role in implementing a new idea, program or procedure designed to enhance student recruitment, retention or engagement. Jeter has done all three, say her nominators. “In her short time here at Firelands, she has truly changed our campus climate to one that fosters student engagement, diversity and inclusion,” wrote sociology faculty member Julie Didelot. Under her leadership, the number of student organizations has increased from fewer than 10 to more than 20. She created new opportunities for students to express and develop their interests, forming Firelands’ first a cappella choir and hosting its first drag show and first poetry slam, “The Art of Spoken Word.” “In addition to expanding the number and scope of student organizations, she implemented budget training for student officers as well as training for club advisers,” Didelot said. “Further, she has encouraged student leaders to attend off-campus leadership development conferences, facilitating their ability to attend and escorting them to the conferences.” To further encourage student engagement, she transformed the annual Welcome Back Picnic to a student involvement fair, with booths representing the organizations plus nonprofit community agencies. Jeter made Firelands a part of the Bowling Green campus’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Challenge for the first time this year, engaging students, faculty and staff in community projects. She has found other impactful ways to engage Firelands with the community. “One of Trinidy’s monumental projects was utilizing the common read book, ‘The Other Wes Moore,’ to connect the college community with surrounding communities,” wrote Brigitte Green-Churchwell, director of student academic enhancement and disability services. “Engaging students, from elementary to the university, in a cross-cultural perspective of the text, Trinidy extended the academic value and learning through this multifaceted venture.” Jeter also secured scholarships for the Nehemiah Youth Center, the Erie County Detention Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Sandusky to participate in the common read and to provide a book for each student. In addition, she arranged for faculty members to lead on-site discussions in addition to dialogues on campus and in community libraries themed around identity and designed to demonstrate that college is within citizens’ grasp. This included hosting the author on campus and inviting youth groups and library patrons…

Children’s author a big kid himself – advocates for underwear on head, mac and cheese in bathtub

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Todd Parr’s suggestion that kids eat macaroni and cheese in the bathtub did not go over well with their parents. “Moms and dads were very mad at me,” Parr said, smiling. But mac and cheese is a recurring theme in Parr’s books for children. That and underwear. Parr talked about them both with children during his appearance as guest author at the annual Literacy in the Park event Saturday at Bowling Green State University. “His books remind us to be ourselves. That it’s OK to be different,” Tim Murnen, interim director of the BGSU School of Teaching and Learning, said as he introduced Parr to an audience of eager children and their parents. “His books remind us that everyone should wear underwear on your head at least once in your lifetime,” Murnen said. But beyond the silly subjects of food and undergarments, Parr’s underlying message was for the parents as much as their kids. It’s OK to be different. It’s OK to wear glasses, to be missing teeth, to get mad, to have a pet worm. From the stage in the busy, noisy field house, Parr read some of his books aloud to the children. The underwear book outlined the “dos” and “don’ts,” suggesting that underwear not be put in the freezer, always be worn when fishing, but never be used as bait. Each book ends with the same salutation. Love, Todd. Parr told the kids a little bit about his life. He failed art class – a couple times – but knew he wanted to be an artist. His simplistic, silly, bright, block lettered books are easy for kids to enjoy and digest. “It’s really hard to tell the difference between the kids’ art and mine,” he said as he shared pictures sent to him by his younger fans. “Remember, there are no mistakes in art.” He showed pictures of his three canine “kids,” named Pete, Tater Tot and Jerry, in various poses and in their Christmas sweaters. He showed a picture of his “Gram,” who read to him every night when he was a child. “She’s still reading,” at age 96, he said. Parr has written more than 40 children’s books, translated into 16 languages. He recently returned from a book tour in China, from where he showed a photograph of a dinner he ate there – mac and cheese, of course. While in Bowling Green, he ate dinner Friday evening downtown and then had his picture taken next to a Frisch’s Big Boy statue, which he hadn’t seen since he was a kid. “I realize now, that I now look like the Big Boy statue I loved when I was a kid.” On stage, Parr was very much like a big kid, reading aloud his stories. There was “The…

Faculty union members approved three-year contract

The collective bargaining agreement between the BGSU-Faculty Association has been overwhelmingly approved by the union membership. A notice was sent late Friday afternoon announcing that 95 percent of those casting ballots voted in favor. The contract calls for a 3-percent pay increase in each of the three years of the contract. It also includes more protections for non-tenure track faculty, financial incentives for faculty who bring in grant money, and no changes in health care premiums as well as initiatives to enhance the collaboration between faculty and the administration. If approved May 6 by the University Board of Trustees, the contract will go into effect July 1.

Prince maintained artistic integrity throughout his career

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Jeremy Wallach was a teenage musician when Prince hit the scene. As a keyboard player he was captivated by the sounds Prince elicited from his keyboards. The attack was funky and percussive, and Prince made the most of the distinctive qualities of the electronic instruments of the time. They were firmly rooted in the funk traditions, but difficult and definitively Prince. Now a scholar who studies Indonesian rock and pop music, Wallach has seen the global reach of Prince’s music. When he hears a Chinese guitar player solo over a rhythm ‘n’ blues groove that manages to incorporate elements of traditional Chinese music, he hears the influence of Prince. The Minnesota funk master respected no boundaries, he didn’t set any for himself and certainly didn’t care about any limits others tried to place on his music.                 When his record label pressed him for new and bigger records following “Purple Rain” he rebelled. He famously changed his name to a symbol, and was referred to as “the artist formerly known as Prince.” All “because he didn’t like the way the industry was treating him.” Wallach, who teaches in the Pop Culture Department at Bowling Green State University, said Prince never returned to his days of being “a commercial juggernaut” the way he was in the 1980s and 1990s, but he continue to create. “I hope 50 years from now people will listen to his entire catalog as masterpieces of American music, both his best known stuff, and his lesser known stuff. … I do hope music scholars will appreciate his later work.” Wallach said he senses people are beginning to start to appreciate the entire span of his work. True, Prince’s most innovative period was in the 1980s and 1990s. His late work “wasn’t as innovative. It didn’t have the shock of the new.” Still Prince explored his own sound, and he was still experimenting. He defied genres and defied limitations. He tossed together elements of rhythm ‘n’ blues with rock. He experimented with hip hop. And he was always funky. That defiance of industry expectations was a reason he was so “beloved” within the African-American community. “He was speaking for a community that was very boxed in,” Wallach said. “He stands up for himself, and the music he produced, and by extension the tradition it represents.” That included a song “Baltimore” prompted by the death of Freddie Gray, and the deaths of other blacks in encounters with police. As to commercial success, “maybe he wasn’t interested in bigger sales.” Given his early success, he may well have been financially set. “It was the record companies that pressured him to produce high sales and he resisted that,” Wallach said. Instead Prince remained living near his native Minneapolis…

BGSU College of Business gets bump in Bloomberg rankings

From BGSU Bloomberg Businessweek released rankings of undergraduate business programs including the College of Business Administration at Bowling Green State University. After surveying nearly 30,000 students and recruiters from approximately 600 companies, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the top 114 business programs out of nearly 1,600 in the country. BGSU ranked number 71, up from 90 in the previous ranking, placing it among the top 5 percent of programs in the nation and the top 2 percent in the world. “The rankings show that the College of Business at BGSU continues Going Beyond Business As Usual,” said Ray Braun, Dean of the College of Business. “We are pleased that our unique program, delivered by outstanding faculty and staff, is being recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the best in the world.”

BGSU’s “Noises Off” brings on roars of laughter

By DAVID DUPONT By BG Independent News The actress playing the housekeeper in “Nothing On” is struggling during the dress rehearsal. The play is about to open and she’s still trying to learn her lines. Some of what comes out of her mouth, allows the director, does have a ring of familiarity. The actress says, her brain is like a slot machine—she’s not sure what’s going to pop up, two oranges, a lemon or even bananas. “Nothing On” is a play within the play “Noises Off,” and by the time we get out final shout out to sardines, it’s all bananas. The classic theatrical farce “Noises Off`” opens tonight at 8 p.m. in the Donnell Theatre in the Bowling Green State University’s Wolfe Center for the Arts. It continues Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 and $5 for students. All tickets are $20 the day of the performance. Visit or call the box office at 419-372-8171. Directed by Geoff Stephenson, “Noises Off” is a well-oiled piece of comic chaos. The show is full of fainting, pratfalls, dropping trousers, stuck doors, and multiple servings of sardines that appear and disappear as if they had a will of their own. The play opens during the dress rehearsal of a touring company’s production of “Nothing On,” a British bedroom farce. Dotty Ortley (Ashli York) who plays the dithering maid is, well, dithering, speaking her lines and musing aloud on what she should do until interrupted by the director Lloyd Dallas (Jared Dorotiak). Dallas is a genius, at least in his own mind. He’s not above comparing himself to Yahweh of the Old Testament, though in his dalliances with the youngest women in the company, he’s more like a Greek god. One by one we meet the cast as they crash or wander on to make their entrances. First to arrive are the pair Garry Lejeune (Zach Robb) and Brooke Ashton (Madi Short). They play a couple stopping by the house for a dalliance. Lejeune is also married to Dotty and is quite perplexed by the state of affairs and Dallas’ direction. Brooke, on the other hand, is oblivious to everything. Her idea of acting is flaying arm gestures to punctuate her lines. Next on are Freddy Fellowes (Austin Packard) and Belinda Blair (Micala Behrens) playing the couple who own the home but for tax reasons live in Spain. Fellowes needs reasons for his character’s actions. Why does he carry the box out of the room? That it needs to be out of the way for a bit of business later is not good enough. So the director deftly improvises a bit of nonsensical motivation that Fellowes happily accepts. Blair is something of a steadying influence amid all this, though being steady…

Melissa Miller named Master Teacher at BGSU

From BGSU Office of Marketing & Communications Dr. Melissa Miller, named the 2016 Master Teacher at Bowling Green State University, believes the most important aspect of teaching is sharing a contagious enthusiasm for learning. “While brilliant scholars can bore students to proverbial tears, brilliant teachers convey a contagious enthusiasm for learning that is literally infectious,” Miller wrote. “Enthusiasm drives all of the other factors we tend to bandy about when ticking off what makes a great teacher: passion, dedication, charisma, intellect.” Miller, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, received the prestigious Master Teacher Award at the Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception April 14. This is the highest teaching award presented to faculty and the only student-driven and student-selected award at BGSU. It comes with a $1,000 check presented by the Student Alumni Connection. In addition to enthusiasm, Miller brings several qualities to the classroom that resonate with students. “Having an enthusiastic, student-centered approach to every classroom session is the key to student learning, as well as the promotion of student growth as citizens and leaders in the BGSU and broader communities,” Miller wrote. “My teaching philosophy is driven by a desire to produce not just good students, but good citizens able to confront and address challenges in their lives, work and communities. Classroom experiences that build habits – of problem-solving, teamwork, resourcefulness and ingenuity – will serve students far into the future, as lifelong Falcons.” This includes the incorporation of research in the classroom. Miller believes there is no better way to learn political science than to actually conduct it. While at BGSU, undergraduates have been involved with every research study Miller has undertaken. This award is a way for students to say thank you to faculty for positively impacting their lives by providing knowledge, guidance and skills. For Miller, this recognition honors a career that she finds infinitely more satisfying than that of political consultant. “Intellectually, the professor’s day is far richer than that of my former career,” Miller wrote. “Daily, I am energized by new social scientific information I encounter within my discipline, challenged by intriguing questions and conversations with my students, and enlightening during conversations with my colleagues.”