BGSU symposium looks at global response to 9/11

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News On the Friday in advance of the 15th anniversary of 9/11 attacks, students from Bowling Green State University shared what they had learned about how others viewed this defining act of terrorism. And the symposium Global Responses to 9/11 and the War on Terror: Literary, Media, and Film perspectives proved such a success that the organizers are considering whether this should be an annual event. The symposium grew out of Khani Begum’s graduate course of the same name offered in spring, 2015.  The 18 students, who represented a variety of academic disciplines including English, Literary and Textual Analysis, Creative Writing, American Culture Studies and Pop Culture, wrote papers of such distinction that late in the semester Begum mused that it was too bad they couldn’t present them as a group in a conference. Sarah Worman and Elena Aponte, members of ATLAS, an organization of students studying Literary and Textual Analysis, discussed the idea, and decided the organization would take on organizing the event. Begum and the graduate students decided to open symposium up to others who may want to present papers or organize panels. All it meant was working over the summer. Worman said the symposium was well attended with the keynote address by Jeffrey Brown, professor in the Pop Culture Department, on “Rewriting 9/11: Superheroes and the Remasculinization of America” drawing the largest audience. Begum had asked Brown to present the talk after hearing him give a class on the topic during last spring’s alumni college. More than a dozen other faculty members also volunteered to present papers or participate in panel discussions. The subjects ranged from a panel of Muslim women talking about their experiences wearing the veil while living in American to a discussion of stand-up comedians’ handling of the tragedy. There were presentations about news coverage, rap music’s response, the impact on children, and the many films and television shows addressing the attack and its aftermath. Worman’s paper contrasted two cinematic looks at terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden. One was the American movie “Zero Dark Thirty,” and the other was the Bollywood film “Tere Bin Laden.” The American action-thriller, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, had revenge at its core, she said. The Indian film, however, took a comic approach. It was about a Pakistani reporter who wants to move to America. He thinks if he can peddle a film about an…

BGSU Career Center gets new roost where Falcons can hatch careers

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University unveiled a new launching pad for Falcons Friday. In cutting the ribbon for the new Career Center and Student Employment Center on the second floor of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, President Mary Ellen Mazey said: “It’s about coming to Bowling Green State University and preparing you for that lifetime of success.” When she first came as president in 2011, one of the first questions she asked Provost Rodney Rogers was where career services were located. The offices, he said, were in an academic building – Math Science, to be precise. That would not do, Mazey said. The new center realizes her vision of putting the Career Center at the heart of student life, in a place where about 50,000 people a week pass through. “It’s right here, front and center,” she said. The design, Jeff Jackson, BGSU assistant vice president for Student Career Success and director of the Career Center, is meant to welcome students into the space, with lounge area with comfortable seating extending out from the office. That’s where employers might come to have a milk shake or nachos with prospective employees. That leads into conferences rooms where they can meet one-on-one with employers. That’s part of how the new center is designed to connect students with employers. That may be a job on campus, an internship, or the job that starts their careers, Jackson said. The office is central to the university’s internship guarantee. BGSU promises that every student will have an opportunity to have an internship or other experiential learning, a co-op job, research project, study abroad, Jackson said. On hand were two people at the opposite ends of the career spectrum. Leigh Dunwood, a junior from Columbus, came to BGSU with little idea what she wanted to do with her life. What she knew was “I wanted to help people.” Through her work with the Career Center – she’s now a student ambassador – and career counseling, she has her sights set on going into higher education student affairs. That is, she’d wants to be doing what Jackson is doing. Mike Kuhlin worked at career services at BGSU for two years after he graduated in 1968 with a degree in journalism. He met his wife, Sara, during that time. She worked in the financial aid office nearby, and they married in December, 1971. Once he…

Street closures planned for BGSU Homecoming parade

In conjunction with the Bowling Green State University 2016 Homecoming parade on Friday, Sept. 30, temporary road closures and other traffic restrictions will occur. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 on South Grove Street and proceed to the east along Wooster Street, ending at Mercer. Below are the traffic impacts on parade day: – South Grove: between Washington and Wooster, will be closed to through traffic from 4 p.m. until all parade units have joined the route. This area will be staging for the parade. Residents in the closure area will have access via Washington. Temporary no parking will be imposed from noon – 6 p.m. between Washington and West Wooster. – North Grove: temporary no parking will be imposed from noon – 6 p.m. between Clay and West Wooster. – Clay: temporary no parking will be imposed from noon – 6 p.m. between North Grove and North Main. – Buttonwood: temporary no parking will be imposed from noon – 6 p.m. from north of 145 Buttonwood to West Wooster Street. Posted signs will indicate the parking restrictions. – Former school administration site: No parking noon – 6 p.m. – Wooster: between Grove and Mercer, will be closed for approximately one hour to 90 minutes as the parade progresses to the east. The road closure will be “rolling” meaning, for example, that Wooster at Main will be closed at 5:30 p.m. but will reopen once the entire parade has passed. Wooster, closer to campus, will close later than 5:30 p.m. with the closure times dependent on the pace of the parade. – Streets that intersect with Wooster will be closed at the point where they intersect with Wooster. Access to businesses will be maintained but not via Wooster Street entrances. Side streets should be utilized. – Mercer: between Ridge and East Wooster, will be closed once the parade approaches the area for units to travel onto Alumni Drive. Traffic delays are expected.

Roger Schupp’s legacy celebrated in memorial concert, Sept. 25

Percussionists at Bowling Green State University will beat their drums in memory of Roger Schupp Sunday, Sept.25 at 3 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center on campus. Schupp, who taught percussion and jazz at BGSU for almost 25 years, died Dec. 15 at 55. He continued teaching up until a few days before his passing from cancer. The concert will feature performances by his students and colleagues, as well as internationally renowned jazz drummer Carl Allen. Allen will perform Thad Jones’ “Groove Merchant” with the Jazz Lab Band I. Speaking about Schupp and his legacy will be his widow, Tracy Schupp, long-time colleague Jeff Halsey and former student and owner of Black Swamp percussion Eric Sooy. Former student and colleague Olman Piedra will also participate as a special guest. The program will reflect the range of Schupp’s interests and influence. That includes a performance by the faculty jazz ensemble with Halsey, bass, David Bixler, alto saxophone, Isabelle Huang, marimba, Ariel Kasler, guitar, Daniel Piccolo, drums and cymbals, and Charles Saenz, trumpet. Schupp was the drummer for the group throughout his time at BGSU and organized its weekly sessions in downtown Bowling Green venues. Also performing will be a marimba quartet of his students from his last semester, the BGSU Percussion Ensemble, and the Afro-Caribbean Ensemble. A reception will follow the memorial concert. The Missouri native was a versatile performer in the areas of classical, jazz, and world music.  Schupp performed in a variety of ensembles including the Toledo and Austin symphonies, the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, and Austin Jazz Orchestra. He was a member of the Toledo Symphony Percussion Trio, Toledo Symphony Concert Band, and Toledo Jazz Orchestra. Schupp performed on recordings with the Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, the BGSU Jazz Faculty Ensemble and guitarist Chris Buzzelli as well as on recordings of works by composers Samuel Adler, Michael Daugherty, and Shane Hoose. He also performed and recorded with such diverse artists and ensembles as the Royal Ballet of London, New York Voices, Marvin Hamlisch, Tommy Tune, Bob James, Clark Terry, Terrance Blanchard, Chuck Berry, Amy Grant and the Broadway touring casts of “A Chorus Line”, “Spamalot”, and “Wicked.” Schupp presented concerts, clinics, and master classes in more than 30 states and 20 countries on five continents.            

Monica Moll leaves BGSU to become top cop at Ohio State

Monica Moll, the director of public safety at Bowling Green State University,will leave her post at the end of October to take the position of director of public safety at Ohio State University. Moll has been at BGSU for six years. Capt. Mike Campbell will serve as interim chief during the search process. In her notice to campus of Moll’s departure, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer Sheri Stoll wrote: “In Monica’s six years with BGSU, she has made a deep and lasting impact. Under her leadership, the BGSU Police Department has gained recognition as an outstanding law enforcement organization. Chief Moll, along with her team, has worked to increase the department’s functional capabilities by greatly improving training and professional development. She has created a more rigorous selection process for hiring new officers, formed a public safety advisory committee to better engage with the campus community, and worked tirelessly to enhance campus relationships between her officers, our students and the community.” A farewell reception is planned for Monday, Oct. 24, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. the Community Room (202B) at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Ohio swing state status comes with privilege & pain

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Ohio is just a face in the crowd of 50 states most years. But every fourth year, we have bragging rights that our votes truly count. As Ohioans, we get showered with attention every presidential election – and unlike citizens in New York or California, we matter. That’s because Ohio has picked winners in presidential elections 28 out of 30 times since 1896. “Ohio, hands down is the most important,” said Melissa Miller, political science professor at Bowling Green State University. “We have the best record of swinging to the winner.” Ohio isn’t just a bellwether state, it is THE bellwether state, Miller said Tuesday. And this year, we may well be the swingingest of the swing states. “We could be the Florida of 2000,” she said. Miller will be giving a presentation for the public about Ohio’s status as a swing state, Wednesday at 7 p.m., at Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 E. Indiana Ave., in Perrysburg. Miller will talk about Ohio’s role as a battleground state – which puts its residents in the bulls eye for both Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s campaigns. The latest polls which include all four candidates – Clinton, Trump, the Libertarian’s Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein – show Clinton and Trump incredibly close in Ohio. “They’ve been neck and neck for a long time,” she said. And the campaigns know more about Ohio than many Ohioans do. They know that Ohio most closely maps the national popular vote. The average deviation has only been off by 2.2 percent in the last 30 elections, Miller said. They know Ohio most often puts the winner over the top in the Electoral College. “That’s huge,” she said. “We provide the last little edge” to push the winner over the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win. “That to me is just stunning.” Other battleground states are important. But none of them – not Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Iowa or New Hampshire – have the long history of picking winners like Ohio. With our battleground status comes some privileges and some pain. We have more power, and are listened to more by the campaigns. The saying, “one person, one vote,” may hold true – it’s just that our votes count more. “Ohio voters have more influence,” than true blue or red states, Miller said. “That gives Ohio…

BGSU Lively Arts through Sept. 28

Sept. 14 – The Faculty Artist Series features Caroline Chin, assistant professor of violin. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Sept. 15 – BGSU’s creative writing MFA students present their work. Their reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Sept 16 – The first ARTalk of the season features Joshua Kosker, a visiting professor of art in jewelry and metals from Indiana University. Kosker’s work is rooted in contemporary craft and body adornment. His talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in 204 Fine Arts Center. A reception will follow in the Willard Wankelman Gallery. Free Sept 16 – EAR l EYE: Listening and Looking: Contemporary Music and Art features BGSU doctoral candidates from the College of Musical Arts responding to works of art. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Free Sept. 18 – The Sunday Matinee Series continues at 3 p.m. with two 1919 films, “The Breath of a Nation,” directed by Gregory La Cava, followed by “The Greatest Question,” directed by D.W. Griffith, with Lillian Gish and Robert Harron. In 1919 Griffith was in top form, this being a year of the masterworks “Broken Blossoms” and “True Heart Susie.” However, no less inspired is the gorgeously photographed “The Greatest Question” (by Billy Bitzer, cameraman on all the Griffith features that incredibly busy year). Somehow it has been mysteriously overlooked, yet is no less fascinating and no less a worthy role for the extraordinary, resilient, ageless Lillian Gish. Free Sept. 18 – Celebrate the history and the future of the Bryan Recital Hall, which has undergone major renovations in the last year, including completely new seating, acoustics and lighting. A rededication concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the hall, located at the Moore Musical Arts Center. For details, see: Sept. 19 – ARTalk features Jess T. Dugan, whose work explores gender, sexuality, identity and community. Named a 2015 White House Champion of Change, Dugan will discuss a decade of visual activism. The talk starts at 5 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free Sept. 20 – Tuesdays at Gish continues at 7:30 p.m. with “Get Shorty” (1995), directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Enjoy the fun when loan shark Chili Palmer (John Travolta) travels…

BGSU setting sights on rising in U.S. News college rankings

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University continues to hover just above the 100 mark for the Top Public National Universities by U.S. News and World Report. That’s down a bit from last year, when BGSU was 101 in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges”, and lower on the list than President Mary Ellen Mazey would like to be. “There’s always room for improvement,” she said. Still she said she was pleased. The ranking puts BGSU in the top tier of national public universities, along with three of its sister Ohio institutions – Miami, Ohio University and Kent State. BGSU placed 194th on the overall National University list. The top 20 schools there are all private institutions, Mazey said, with large endowments. “We do compete with them,” she said. She feels BGSU holds its own, probably because of cost. The university was ranked 184th in the Best Undergraduate Business Programs category. Some do question the value of the rankings. “There’s a debate about it,” Mazey said. “I know some of my predecessors here didn’t put as much emphasis on it. But our parents and students look at these rankings, so therefore I think it’s important.” BGSU has been in the 90s and lower 100s for a number of years. Mazey said she was impressed with BGSU’s 92nd ranking when she arrived in 2011. “If you place an emphasis, you can move,” she said. “But then again, everyone’s trying to do that. It’s a very competitive environment. We’re going to have a greater emphasis on it this year.” The rankings are based on perceptions of administrators at other top universities, and high school guidance counselors. But looming larger are other factors. Most of those the university has already been working on. Student graduation rates, either in four or six years, count for 20 percent of the score. Attracting top quality students also is an important factor and has been an emphasis in recruiting. This fall the university boasted the best academically prepared freshman class in its history. Faculty salary and degrees, and student-faculty ratio all play a part; as do the number of small classes under 20 students, and large classes over 50. Mazey said BGSU has relatively few large sections, and she said she wants an administrator to look at the data for small classes to make sure the university is submitting the correct data. Alumni…

BGSU hosting STEM in the park, Sept. 24

From BGSU MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS STEM in the Park, a free family day of hands-on fun at Bowling Green State University, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Perry Field House, with plenty of free parking available. STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in the Park will feature interactive displays and activities created by community partners, local businesses and area universities to engage children of all ages in the STEM fields. More than 140 unique hands-on STEM activity stations will be offered for individuals and families to enjoy. This event allows participants to make ice cream, dabble in robotics, launch pop rockets, pet lizards and much more. Everyone who attends the event will receive an event map, take home free STEM materials and activity ideas, and enjoy a complimentary catered lunch. Last year’s event drew more than 4,300 visitors from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Back by popular demand is the “Science of Sports” zone, which displays activity stations that examine how fast participants can run, how high participants can jump, and how far participants can throw a ball. New this year will be a golf simulator where participants can take part in the longest drive contest. A “Roots to STEM Pre K-2” zone also returns this year, which features activities that cater specifically to younger children. The STEM Stage will once again feature super-sized demonstrations from Imagination Station and the Soar & Explore Bird Show presented by the Toledo Zoo. New activities for 2016 include the H2O Zone, where visitors can explore the science behind all of water’s amazing uses; the Food Science Zone for budding food technologists; and the Digital Arts Animation Station for getting immersed in the world of virtual reality. Activity Station hosts include BGSU’s Marine Lab and Herpetarium, Verizon, Toledo Botanical Garden, Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West, Nature’s Nursery, Ohio Northern University Engineering, Wood County Hospital, plus more than 80 other institutions and organizations. STEM in the Park is the brainchild of Drs. Emilio and Lena Duran, both faculty members in BGSU’s College of Education and Human Development. Inspired by Literacy in the Park, an on-campus spring event that brings families in for a variety of literacy-boosting activities, STEM in the Park seeks to increase public engagement in the STEM disciplines. According to Jenna Pollock, education program manager, “the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education…

Bryan rededication concert to raise funds for scholarships

The College of Musical Arts will present a rededication concert of the newly renovated Bryan Recital Hall Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. in the venue.The concert will feature performances by 38 university faculty and graduate student musicians. Interim Dean of the College of Musical Arts William Mathis will host the concert which will raise money for music scholarships. Tickets are $50. Contact: Further questions call 419-372-8654. The concert will be followed by a reception and tour of the hall. Brad Cresswell, of WGTE Radio will serve as master of ceremonies. The program will feature music for voice, piano, strings, brass and woodwinds, jazz, and opera and Broadway selections. In his notes for the performance, Mathis writes: “The impact and rich history of music performance, music instruction and community outreach in Bryan Hall is difficult to measure. Notable guests have performed and taught here including names such as David Brubeck, Yo Yo Ma, Ray Brown, Marilyn Horne, John Cage, and BGSU alumna and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon. The hall plays host to featured guest artists, faculty recitals, daily classes and rehearsals, and scores of student performances each year. “ The recital hall was originally supported by a gift from Ashel and Dorothy Bryan. The renovation was made possible by a gift from their son David Bryan and his wife, Myrna.

BGSU graduate student dies

Brian Witzgall, 23, a first-year master’s student in mathematics at Bowling Green State University, died Thursday night. Brian was from Harwich, Massachusetts, and had come to BGSU in late June. Counselors are available to help the campus community cope with this loss. The BGSU Counseling Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, or can be reached by phone at 419-372- 2081.

BGSU hosts forum on “The Broadband Imperative”

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Like water, sewers and electricity, broadband has become an essential, fourth utility. Sufficient access is now critical to the economic success and survival of communities, whether urban, suburban or rural. Bowling Green State University’s Center for Regional Development is partnering with the Dublin, Ohio-based Global Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community to explore the challenges, opportunities and next steps involved in the effort to create an “Intelligent Ohio” through the deployment, access and use of broadband capabilities. The center will host a forum on “The Broadband Imperative: Creating an Intelligent Ohio” from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in 201 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The agenda will include an overview of the broad band imperative, a brief case study of a community that has seen success through deployment and an hour of gathering input from attendees about their challenges and needs in order to move forward with deployment. In order to help plan seating space, attendees are requested to register Now sponsored by the city of Dublin, the intelligent community institute will eventually become a nonprofit organization. Its goal is to serve as a resource for local governments and as a consortium of thought leaders from numerous disciplines and organizations interested in advancing broadband. It is affiliated with the Intelligent Community Forum, a global network of cities and regions with a think tank at its center. Its mission is to help communities use information and communications technology to create inclusive prosperity, tackle social and governance challenges and enrich their quality of life.

Soprano Stacey Mastrian honors Italian heritage with art song recital

  By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Comic timing brought composer Christopher Dietz and singer Stacey Mastrian together. Dietz, who teaches composition at Bowling Green State University, heard the Seattle-based soprano perform on a contemporary music concert. She sang a comic piece, and Dietz also had a comic piece performed on the same bill. Two funny pieces on one contemporary music recital is extraordinary, Dietz said. “I should talk to this person,” the composer said. He was impressed by her musical technique, “impeccable intonation” as well as her “sure sense of the personality of the piece.” “She sold it with such confidence,” he said. That she was able to execute a difficult contemporary piece and perform it in an engaging manner, set her apart, Dietz said. “This is a special kind of singer.” They’ve been in touch ever since then, and now with funding and timing falling in line, Mastrian is now visiting BGSU. She’s working with students, both composers and singers. Mastrian will perform a recital, Post-Puccini: The Contemporary Voice, Saturday at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall on campus. She will perform vocal works composed between 1923 and the present by Luciano Berio, John Cage, Alfredo Casella, Thomas DeLio, Bruno Maderna, Stephen Lilly, and Luigi Nono. The recital has ample selections representing Mastrian’s own particular specialty, art songs from Italy. She always loved art songs, but she wondered why there were so few from Italian composers. “People may know Respighi.” Mastrian is of Italian extraction. The family name was Mastroianni “until a few letters got chopped off” during the immigration process in the early 20th century. “Italian has always resonated with me,” she said. She started studying the language when she was in high school. This meshed well with her growing interest in contemporary music. She did her undergraduate work at Catholic University in Washington D.C. where she had limited exposure to contemporary music. She did not care for what she heard in music history class. But during the orientation period at the start of her graduate studies at the University of Maryland College Park, she met composers her age. Mastrian, the daughter of an engineer, was fascinated by the spectrographs they were studying. So she got to know them and their work. She performed in a piece for four voices and found percussion. Then other student composers started writing for her as did faculty. Within the wide range of…

BGSU offers support for displaced ITT Technical Institute students

Bowling Green State University announced today that it will provide support to students displaced by ITT Technical Institute’s sudden closure. Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan students who were affected by ITT’s closing are encouraged to investigate opportunities at the University’s Bowling Green and Firelands campuses or eCampus by calling 419-372-8136 or “We are happy to help these students explore their options and continue to meet their career goals,” said Dr. Barbara Henry, assistant vice president for non-traditional and military student services. “We understand this is a difficult time for the area’s former ITT students, and we want to offer our services as they look for opportunities to continue their education.”

BGSU enrollment on the upswing (updated)

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News New facilities are translating into more faces on the Bowling Green State University campus. BGSU officials announced today that 15 days after class started, that enrollment on the Bowling Green campus is up 4.4 percent to 17,4649. The headcount for both the Bowling Green and Firelands campuses is up 640 students, or 3.3 percent, from last year, and almost 1,000 more than two years ago. That was helped by a freshman class that is larger than last year’s and, according to Cecilia Castellano, vice provost for strategic enrollment planning, the most academically prepared ever. Those 3,542 students have an average grade point average of 3.42 with an ACT score of 22.8. Retention of those students who entered last fall and are back this fall is just under 76 percent. That’s lower than last year, by about a percentage point. But because the class was bigger, the sophomore class is larger than last year’s. One reason students are attracted to BGSU, she said, is the new facilities. “I would say overall our new facilities and renovated facilities are continuing to attract students because it really aligns with our quality and innovative programs,” Castellano said. “The facilities are just strengthening what’s taught.” That means more students in architecture and environmental design, which is housed in a brand new home that used to be a warehouse. It means a modest growth in media and communications majors with the opening of the new Kuhlin Center. Castellano expects even more growth in those programs next year. The building wasn’t open when this class of students was touring campus, but those prospective students looking to enroll in fall, 2017 are “floored” by the possibilities of the new building. Overall the sciences, including the university’s new forensics science program, business majors and education majors are also seeing growth. First and second year science instruction will get a boost when the renovated Moseley Hall opens a year from now. And a new home for the College of Business is in the planning stages. The College Credit Plus program has also increased by 35 percent, both with high school students taking college courses at their home school and those taking courses on the BGSU campus. More graduate students have enrolled as well in computer science, business and the new data analytics programs being strong draws. This semester there are 2224 graduate students on campus,…