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Interview with “Beautiful Question” author at public library

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY The library’s popular “Job Coach,” HR expert Frank Day, will be available Wednesday, Oct. 19 starting at 9:30 a.m. to provide advice on polishing your resume, exploring online job sites, or filling out an online application. Please call ahead, 419-352-5050, to make an appointment for your half-hour session with Day. Library users are invited to rediscover the relaxing pastime of coloring on Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the second Floor Meeting Room. The library provides supplies, but participants may bring their own if they wish. A “Tablet and Smartphone Class,” presented in partnership with the Wood County Committee on Aging and the BGSU School of Media and Communications, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:15 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. The class is structured to suit your needs and to help you to get the most from your phone or mobile device. Registration is required. For details and to register call the Senior Center at 419-353-5661. Join us for an intimate “Coffee at the Carter House” on Wednesday Oct. 26 at 9:30 am. Special guest will be Warren Berger, author of the BGSU Common Read selection, “A More Beautiful Question.” Hosted by Community Reads in partnership with the BGSU Common Read, the event includes an interview with Berger by Clif Boutelle, with a book signing to follow. Library users are encouraged to take a moment to help WCDPL’s Board of Trustees thank library staff by submitting nominations for the John M. Gibson Outstanding Performance Award. The award, which recognizes library staff who have “gone the extra mile,” has been presented annually since 2005. Details and nomination forms may be seen online at http://wcdpl.org/content/john-m-gibson-award-nomination. WCDPL’s full programming calendar, including scheduling and current selections of its popular book discussion groups, may be seen on line at wcdpl.org/calendar. These events are free and open to all. For more details about these and other programs for adults at WCDPL, call the library at 419-352-5050.


Portion of Merry Street closed

Merry Avenue will be closed today (Oct. 10) between South College Drive and Willard Drive. Please use caution when traveling in this area. Drivers on campus should use parking lots R and 5 as an alternate route. Please call BGSU Campus Operations at 419-372-2251 if you have questions.


High school teams Bet the Farm in BGSU robotics competition

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Robots invaded farm country Saturday. They came with only the best intentions though. Farmland in question was a course set up on the floor of the Stroh Center at Bowling Green State University. The robots were miniature farm tractors tricked out by 17 teams from high schools from around the state and Indiana. The teams came to compete in the fourth Falcon BEST Robotics Game Day… this year the theme was Bet the Farm. The “farm’ in this case was divided into four quadrants, one for each team. The teams had to maneuver their machines through the course to collect and plant corn seeds, harvest corn cobs from racks as well as plant lettuce, and harvest lettuce and pumpkins – all plastic facsimiles. For Laura Dietz, the advisor for the Bowling Green High School team, the event, gives students as chance “to learn engineering process and problems solving.” For the Bobcat team that problem solving involved a working on a last minute adjustment to their robot’s arm. That’s all part of the competition, said Brandi Barhite, a member of the Falcon BEST committee. “If something breaks down you have to make adjustments,” she said. In that, the robotics competition is much like a sports event. That wasn’t the only way. Parents were on hand to cheer on the teams. School mascots added to the spirit. And a couple drummers beat out their cadences between the three-minute rounds of competition. Then there were the trombones and vuvuzelas contributing tuneless blats of encouragement. The 17 teams, Barhite said, were the most since the competition started in 2013. The university provides all the robotic kits. The cost means it must expand the field slowly, and seek corporate sponsors. Lathrop Corp. And First Solar were this year’s sponsors. She said President Mary Ellen Mazey was key to bringing the program to BGSU. She wanted something to promote the study of science, technology, engineering and math on campus. More than 300 students competed this year. While the focal point is the robotics competition where teams maneuver through the farm course vying to see who can harvest the most, the competition has other aspects. Students present marketing plans as well as a design t-shirts, websites and make streaming videos. “We don’t want students to think engineering is only about robotics,” she said. “There’s a lot of avenues students can take…


‘Real Talk with Real Cops’ for BG community

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green Police Chief Tony Hetrick remembers well the two times he came close to shooting suspects. One was a BGSU student with an airsoft gun. The other, a man wielding a samurai sword. In both cases, the situations were resolved without any shots being fired. According to Hetrick, most police officers don’t take lethal force lightly. “Ninety-nine percent of the time we are doing very routine things,” he said. “It’s scary “when a call comes in about someone with a gun. Two officers on the city police department have had to shoot to kill. “It’s devastating to them,” the chief said. But around the country, the last few weeks again saw black men being killed by police. And while the Bowling Green city and university police chiefs are very open about answering community questions, a special evening is being set up to allow for a community conversation with police. The event, called “It’s Just Us: Real Talk with Real Cops,” will be sponsored by Not In Our Town BG on Oct. 14, at 6 p.m., in the BGSU Student Union theater, Room 206. “The community, the whole county is starved for this kind of conversation,” said Rev. Gary Saunders, of NIOT. The event will be an opportunity to talk with city and campus police about their policies and procedures. After the shooting deaths in Tulsa and Charlotte, the local Not In Our Town organization released a statement. “Not In Our Town BG stands with all who grieve following the deaths in Tulsa and Charlotte last week.  We also witness to the deep feelings of anger, frustration and fear that these events have generated among people of color and others here in Bowling Green and on campuses and in communities around the country.” The statement continued, “The tragedies of last week underscore the value of the cooperation and the partnership of the two police departments with NIOT-BG since our origin.  But they also show that we in Bowling Green must continue with the hard work required to reject prejudice and violence in our town, and to become a community in which all people are not just included but are respected and safe.” In an effort to keep communication open between the community and local law enforcement, Not In Our Town has helped sponsor the Coffee with Cops events. The forum on Oct….


BGSU studies tweaking course evaluations

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The way Bowling Green State University students evaluate their courses is getting a makeover. At Tuesday’s Faculty Senate meeting, the Senate Chair Rachelle Kristof Hippler reported on the work of the group that is studying a proposal to have a uniform set of questions across the university. Now those can vary by department. Hippler said that the proposal was not to make the entire evaluation form uniform, but just to make sure a standard set of questions was on all evaluations. Questions specific to the department will still be included. The group that studied the issue looked at more than 60 different course evaluation instruments. From those, Hippler said, they pulled 45 possible questions. Julie Matuga, Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, who was part of the group, said that a survey will be circulated to faculty from Oct. 17 through Oct. 28 to determine which of those would be most useful. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. An open session will be held on Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. to discuss the results of the survey. The new evaluation will be reviewed and finalized in time for it to be used in a few courses at the end of this semester. It will be further refined after that pilot administration with another pilot program planned for the end of the spring semester. In his remarks to the senate, Provost Rodney Rogers said that BGSU and universities are preparing to make their case to the legislature about the importance of public higher education. Public higher education, he said, is “incredibly cost effective.” Schools must continue to strike a balance between low tuition and high quality instruction. Rogers noted “there seems to be a lot of discussion about textbook costs.” He said he expects more talk about how universities can manage that expense.


Grads & students bleed orange & brown at BGSU Homecoming

By ALYSSA ANN ALFANO BGIN Student Contributor BGSU alumni and students came together and took the opportunity to bleed orange and brown this past homecoming weekend. Homecoming weekend was filled with many ways for alumni and students to show their spirit for the university and to bleed orange and brown. Friday, there were several events on campus such as the bed races put on by resident life, and the Setting The Pace Lecture. The parade was scheduled to be on Friday night as well but was cancelled due to poor weather and persistent rain. On Saturday, most of the university’s alumni and the students favorite traditions and activities took place. Many Greek chapters welcomed alumni into the new houses. The new houses received many praises this past weekend as alumni visited. Many alumni said that the new Greek village seemed like more of a community than in the past when the houses were more spread out. Tailgating took place all day outside of the stadium and in the parking lot of the Stroh Center. Tents for alumni and organizations on campus were set up, motorhomes and RVs were parked, and people cooked out and spent time together before the game. Tailgating, as well as the game provided the chance for alumni to have fun, catch up, and show their spirit for the university and it allowed students to have a good time during the weekend. Tailgating and the game are a couple the most popular events of the weekend for both alumni and students. In four years, I have never witnessed as many people in the small area between the Stroh and the Doyt out side of homecoming weekend. The game, against Eastern Michigan University, was scheduled to start at 3 but was delayed due to weather. Students filed out of the stands and stood under the stadium. The rain and lightning held off despite the radar that was displayed at on the video screen in the stadium and after a few minutes, fans were allowed to reenter the stadium. Students and alumni rushed back in, racing to get reclaim their seats. I didn’t make it back to my first row seat, but my friends and I managed to get third row seats. Still pretty good seats compared to others. Once the game started, the stadium was filled with orange and brown as students and alumni fill the stands. Many BG…


BGSU Center for Regional Development enters $1.5million partnership to address rural issues

BGSU’s Center for Regional Development (CRD) has entered into a five-year, $1.5 million partnership with the Economic Development Administration (EDA) under the EDA’s University Center Program. One of nine centers funded within the EDA Chicago region, BGSU and its longtime partner, Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, collaborate as a Rural Universities Consortium University Center. The EDA funding allows the center to partner with economic developers and businesses on expansion and attraction projects, particularly in underserved rural communities. “We’re very pleased to learn of this sustaining funding and eager to continue working with our partners to promote economic growth and community development in our region,” said Dr. Russell Mills, CRD research fellow and principal investigator on the grant. Mills is also a faculty member in political science. The CRD is an interdisciplinary research, data analytics and technical assistance center with expertise in regional economics and community development. Its mission is to design and implement innovative and pragmatic solutions to a wide variety of regional challenges. One of the Center for Regional Development’s signature projects funded by the EDA grant is the annual State of the Region Conference, held in March, which provides economic development leaders, officials and other organizational leaders a look into trends and factors impacting the 19-county region of Ohio, along with expert panel discussions on relevant economic development topics. “This year will be our 15th annual State of the Region Conference,” said Will Burns, CRD interim director. “We are pleased that the conference has become a premier gathering of local economic development, business and government leaders in northwest Ohio.” The EDA grant will also support CRD’s technical assistance and applied research efforts. Recently, the center assisted the Village of Pioneer and the Maumee Valley Planning Organization (MVPO) in securing over $2 million in federal and state funds for an industrial connector project to support the expansion of a local manufacturing firm. Additionally, CRD collaborated with Fulton County Economic Development and MVPO to secure over $1.6 million in federal and state funding to construct a raw water supply line for Nature Fresh Farms’ greenhouse facility near the Village of Delta. The CRD will also continue its tradition of producing rigorous applied research for the public and its partners, Mills said. As part of the EDA partnership, the center will examine the conditions and factors that lead foreign-owned companies to invest or “reshore” previously outsourced jobs…


Next Community Action Plan meeting Oct. 11

The next Community Action Plan (CAP) Community meeting will be held on Oct. 11 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in Room 228 of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union on the campus of BGSU.  Free parking is available in BGSU Lot 7 (west of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union – access from Thurstin Street).  The focus of this meeting will be to create a vision for neighborhoods in Bowling Green and selecting an early action project that will put the CAP into motion. Representatives from the Community Action Plan team will also be at the Farmers Market on Oct. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. to answer questions about the planning effort, and to receive feedback on community assets, challenges, opportunities and potential early action projects. The Bowling Green Community Action Plan will advance goals from the City’s Land Use Update (2014) by identifying neighborhood improvements with a focus on the East Side.  Visit the CAP webpage for more information and follow the CAP Facebook page.


Oktoberfest Polka party on tap at BGSU, Oct. 19

From THE BGSU DEPARTMENT OF GERMAN RUSSIAN AND EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES The BGSU German Club and the Department of German Russian and East Asian Languages are hosting an Oktoberfest Polka event on Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of  Bowen Thompson Student Union on the Bowling Green State University campus. This event will be an opportunity to learn about – and dance to –German-American polkas and popular music played by The Jay Fox Bavarian Band. Jay has more than 40 years of experience to his credit along with a classical accordionist background and was four consecutive years AAA National Accordion Champion. His great-grand parents were born in Leipzig, Germany and being of German heritage, he specializes in German vocals and music. He is versatile and plays a variety of styles including: Viennese waltz, polka, big band, standards, country, blue-grass, pop, rock, oldies and semi-classical. For more info on the band and its members, visit http://jayfoxband.com/band/band.html. An exciting addition this year is a raffle featuring gift cards and other prizes from area businesses including Coyote Beads, D.P. Dough, The Flower Basket, For Keeps, Ginny’s Fashions, Grounds for Thought, Kabob-It, Mister Spots, Pagliai’s Pizza, Pisanello’s, Wings Over BG, and El Zarape. Falcon Food Restaurant is sponsoring the event.Tickets for the raffle will be available at the event. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a traditional German buffet featuring Bratwurst and German potato salad will be served from 6-8 p.m. The $10 admission fee (for non-students) also covers the buffet; students have free admission but there is a $5 charge for the buffet for students. A cash bar serving soft drinks and beer will also be available. For further information, contact Prof. Kristie Foell at foell@bgsu.edu or German Club President Molly Closson at mollyrc@bgsu.edu


Homecoming 5K raises funds to support students

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS In conjunction with BGSU’s Freddie and Frieda 5K Philanthropy Run/Walk at Homecoming, three groups are utilizing the University’s Falcon Funded crowdfunding platform to raise funds for student scholarships, professional development and a book award. These two-week mini-campaigns, which end on Oct. 10, allow groups to participate as teams in the 5K, but also raise funds for a campus program they are passionate about. A gift made to any of these crowdfunding projects would count as faculty/staff participation in BGSU’s 2016-2017 Campus Campaign. This year’s 5K team fund-raising projects include: the Alumni Laureate Scholarship program, the Aspiring Student Affairs Professionals student organization and the Office of Residence Life/SMART program. The Alumni Laureate Scholars are raising funds for student scholarships, while the Aspiring Student Affairs Professional student group is raising funds for upcoming professional development opportunities. From the Office of Residence Life, Joshua Lawrie, assistant director, and Ana Brown, coordinator for the Diversity and Retention Initiative, are spearheading efforts for the SMART crowdfunding project. All funds raised will support SMART’s annual book award. “I am always thinking about ways to help our students be successful,” Lawrie said. “The SMART Falcon Funded project allows us to focus on retention and persistence through fundraising. SMART is a mentoring program designed to offer social, cultural, leadership and academic support to first-year students of color living in the residence halls at BGSU. “Students who participate in SMART are typically retained at a higher rate than peers who do not participate in the program. The SMART dollars raised will have a direct and immediate impact on current students, and I cannot think of a more meaningful and impactful way to direct my dollars.” Thanks to the generosity of 867 alumni, friends and faculty/staff at BGSU, Falcon Funded has assisted 27 student organizations, departments, programs and colleges to raise more than $185,000 since its launch in April 2015. The crowdfunding platform has helped groups raise funds for student travel, professional development, Greek Parlor fees, events, scholarships and more. For more information on Falcon Funded, email jcraven@bgsu.edu.


BGSU Academy of Distinguished Alumni welcomes four new members

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The 2016 Bowling Green State University Academy of Distinguished Alumni ceremony was held Sept. 29 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and included the induction of four new members. Katherine Hatton ’74 is vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a $10 billion national foundation working to build a culture of health in the United States. She also serves as a member of the foundation’s senior management committee. Previously, she was vice president and general counsel of Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc., publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com. She was a shareholder in the Philadelphia law firm now known as Kohn, Swift & Graf, P.C. Mike McGuire ’82 is the chief executive officer of Grant Thornton LLP. Grant Thornton is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd., one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Prior to his election as CEO, he served as national managing partner – operations. He also chairs the Grant Thornton Foundation and serves on the GTIL Global Board. Prior to joining the firm, he spent 20 years with Arthur Andersen. The Honorable C. Ray Mullins ’74, ‘77 was appointed to the bench in Atlanta in 2000, becoming the first African-American bankruptcy judge in the Eleventh Circuit, which consists of all federal districts in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. In 2012, he became the Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court appointed Mullins to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center, which provides training and research for the federal judiciary. Judge Mullins has been married to his Falcon Flame, Beverly Mullins, for 40 years. John Prout ’72 served as president and chief executive officer of TriHealth, Inc., from 1998 to 2015. Under his leadership, TriHealth transformed into the region’s largest and most comprehensive health care provider by guiding TriHealth through the challenges of health reform, while growing the organization. TriHealth earned recognition through Truven as one of the top 15 health systems in the country and also a U.S. News & World Report citation within America’s top 100 hospitals category. The Academy of Distinguished Alumni was created in 2011 by the University and its Alumni Association. The award is one…


New Music Festival showcases contemporary music at BGSU, Oct. 19-22

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The 37th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival will showcase the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers Oct. 19-22. The four-day international festival includes concerts, lectures and an art exhibition. This year’s featured guests include composer Dai Fujikura and the Spektral Quartet (See related stories at: http://bgindependentmedia.org/musical-specters-come-to-life-in-string-quartet-concert-on-campus/ and http://bgindependentmedia.org/music-of-now-intersects-with-classics-in-spektral-quartet-concert/) Organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM), the College of Musical Arts and the Fine Arts Center Galleries at BGSU, the festival supports the creation of new work and engages both the University and city communities in the process of music appreciation and awareness. Most festival events are free and open to the public. FESTIVAL SCHEDULE Wednesday, Oct. 19 7 p.m., Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, School of Art Exhibition opening: “The Deathworks of May Elizabeth Kramner,” a mixed media installation by The Poyais Group. Thursday, Oct. 20 1 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall Composer Talk: Dai Fujikura 3pm, Bryan Recital Hall Concert 1: chamber works by Dai Fujikura, Peter Eötvös, Marissa DiPronio, and Chin-Ting Chan. 7:30 p.m., Kobacker Hall Concert 2: Ensemble works by Roger Zare, Takuma Itoh, Dai Fujikura, Christopher Dietz and Jason Eckardt. 9:30 p.m., Clazel Theatre (127 N. Main St., downtown Bowling Green) Concert 3: Works by Dai Fujikura, Anthony Donofrio, Dan VanHassel, Alex Temple, Mario Diaz de Leon, and Matt Marks. Friday, Oct. 21 10:30 a.m., Bryan Recital Hall Concert 4: Chamber works by Steven Stucky, Dai Fujikura, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Girard Kratz, Eliza Brown and Joe Dangerfield. 2:30 p.m., Kobacker Hall Concert 5: Works by James Romig, Chun-Wai Wong, Robert Morris, Marilyn Shrude and Dai Fujikura. 8 p.m., Kobacker Hall Concert 6: Spektral Quartet. Music by Samuel Adams, George Lewis, Mikel Kuehn, and Dai Fujikura. Saturday, Oct. 22 10:30 a.m., Conrad Choral Room, Wolfe Center for the Arts Panel Discussion to be announced 2:30 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall Concert 7: Electroacoustic works by Ravi Kittappa, Daniel Pappas, C.R. Kasprzyk, Mara Gibson, Dan VanHassel, and Mario Diaz de Leon. 8pm, Kobacker Hall Concert 8: Orchestral and wind ensemble works by Dai Fujikura, Jonathan Newman, John Mackey, Emily Custer, and Leonard Slatkin.   (Programs subject to change.) Locations: The Moore Musical Arts Center houses Bryan Recital Hall and Kobacker Hall. Saturday concert can be purchased at: www.bgsu.edu/arts. Online tickets will be available up to midnight the night before the concert. To purchase tickets in person or by phone, please call 419-372-8171 or visit the Arts…


BGSU ranks high for student engagement

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University is among the highest-ranked schools for student engagement, according to new rankings from the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. BGSU is tied for first place among public universities in the publications’ list of Top Schools for Engagement, which is based on scores for how engaged students feel they are with their professors and their education. When private schools are added to the list, BGSU is tied for 6th. “We are extremely proud of these new rankings,” said BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. “Student engagement is a critical component of student success. We know that engaged students are better able to retain information, practice high-level critical thinking skills and apply their learning experiences in the real world.” This inaugural ranking of U.S. colleges and universities by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education is based on data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. government, The US Student Survey, The Academic Survey and the Elsevier bibliometric dataset. The overall methodology explores four key areas: resources, engagement, outcomes and environment.


BGSU sees slip in student retention rate

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   BGSU’s student retention rate slipped this fall, sending officials scrambling to find ways to help students stay at school. It’s not enough for Bowling Green State University to attract new students to come to school. The university has to keep them coming back for more – until they graduate. That’s because universities in Ohio no longer get state funding per student headcounts. Now they get paid if students return to school each year and earn diplomas. So the recent dip in returning students at BGSU was concerning Friday to the BGSU Board of Trustees. Last fall, the retention rate was 77.5 percent. This fall, the rate of returning students had dropped to 75.8 percent – creating a bigger gap between reality and the retention goal of 80 percent. “Obviously, we’re not satisfied,” said BGSU Provost Rodney Rogers. “The goal is 80 percent, so we will continue to work on that.” Retention rates dropped for on-campus students (78.4 to 76.5 percent) and for commuter students (67.9 to 64.7 percent.) Meanwhile, several other universities in Ohio were meeting their goals of 80 percent or higher retention rates, Rogers said. Rates at Ohio University, Ohio State University, Miami University and Kent State were all higher than BGSU, while the University of Toledo’s rate was lower. But Rogers assured that BGSU could achieve the higher rate. “That 80 percent is a very appropriate goal for us,” he said. BGSU Trustees President David Levey questioned how the university would meet the goal. “Everybody’s focused on retention and our numbers are slipping,” he said. “What are we going to do this year?” However, Trustee Dan Keller cautioned the board to not over-react to one slip in the retention rate. If the one-year blip turns into a trend, then it will be time to worry, he said. Rogers and Tom Gibson, vice president of student affairs and vice provost, explained that several efforts are already underway to improve the rate. “The two of them are taking this very, very seriously,” Keller said. Among freshman, the highest risk groups for non-returning students are commuters, first-generation students, and Pell-eligible students. “For each of these, we have strategies in place,” Rogers said. “We’re very much focused on these sub-populations.” “We’re seeking to better understand their needs,” Gibson said. Commuting students sometimes don’t feel fully engaged with the university. So advisers to these…


Ice Arena investment skates by BGSU Trustees

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Six years ago, the Falcon hockey program was teetering on the edge of the BGSU budget chopping block. But today, the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to spend $2.7 million to keep the operation on ice. The money will pay for a new ice plant and replacement of the concrete floor under the main and auxiliary ice at the Ice Arena on Mercer Road. There was no debate about spending the money – with it being noted that the BGSU hockey team is ranked 14th in the nation this year. The concrete floor and ice plant are original to the Ice Arena, which was built in 1967. The facility saw its first upgrade in 1989 with expansion of the seating area, then in 2001 with some office and lounge space being added. In 2010, some roof, gutter, restroom, humidity and lighting changes were made, and later the parking lot and sound system were improved. There were upgrades to the locker rooms, concession area and awnings added out front. And this year, hockey fans will notice a new video score board in the arena. The ice plant and concrete will have to wait until next summer to be replaced, so the work doesn’t interrupt hockey season. Sheri Stoll, BGSU vice president of finance, stressed the need for the improvements. “Our operating costs will increase significantly” if the work isn’t done, she told the trustees. Though the university is prepared to pay for the projects, Stoll said donations are always welcome. “We’d be happy to accept any private donations for this,” she said. Also at Friday’s meeting, the BGSU Trustees approved $9.4 million in improvements to the East Campus and central electrical load centers. Stoll described the project as “mission critical.” The work will remain “invisible” to the public, but failure of the 60-year-old electrical load centers would be “extremely” bad, she said. Stoll said the state is expected to pay for $7.2 million of the project, $750,000 would come from residential life funds, and $1.5 would be long-term debt. The trustees also approved a $3 million ductwork project in the Moore Musical Arts Center, which would improve humidity levels and qualify the building for a “Steinway” designation. The work will require that no staff or students be in the building at the time, so it is planned for May…