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Winter Session trip to China adds up to a great experience for BGSU math students

By ABBY SHIFLEY BG Independent Correspondent Scott Knapke’s 2019 study abroad experience allowed him to spread ideas and visit another culture, without giving up too much time with his family. Scott Knapke (purple shirt) works with students at the Bilingual Experimental School of Changsha First High School. (Photo Gabriel Matney/provided) During a past study abroad trip to Thailand, the group Knapke was with had to leave the day after Christmas because winter break was only a few weeks. But this winter, the 2019 Winter Session allowed him and his peers to spend New Year’s at home and 16 days in China. There were 116 students enrolled in study abroad experiences over Winter Session, with nine courses offered. The group of 10 students who went to China introduced Math Camp to Chinese educators — a student-led math program here at BGSU. The students on the trip had led Math Camp before, and many were in leadership for the program. “It was lots of interaction and knowledge of one another,” said Professor Gabriel Matney, who led the trip. “Lots of time to ask questions, break the ice, get to know each other, become friends and then we have to perform this thing together called Math Camp.” BGSU students co-led two Math Camps with more than 30 students at Hunan Normal University in Changsha, China. For the first camp, the Hunan Normal University students observed the BGSU student’s methods. For the second camp, the Hunan Normal University students took the lead. “We go there to share ideas and gain ideas,” said Matney. Math Camp was originally brought to BGSU through a similar exchange of ideas. Knapke, who is past executive of the program, said Math Camp started when students five or six years ago saw the program on a study abroad trip to Thailand and decided to bring it back to BGSU. The group also hiked the Great Wall of China, which has an ice cream stand at the top, Matney said. Additionally, they visited six other schools across China and three major cities. “Overall, we spent so much time with the Chinese…

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Women’s learning circle on agriculture, conservation scheduled

(Submitted by Wood County Soil & Water Conservation District) American Farmland Trust, and Ohio’s Wood Soil & Water Conservation District have joined together to announce a Great Lakes Conservation Connect women-dedicated learning circle in Woodville, on March 7. This workshop will focus on farmland leasing and talking with your farmer for women farmers and land owners. Learning Circles provide women the opportunity to meet other land owners, share their farm successes and challenges, discuss their goals for their land and access advice and technical assistance. Nearly 301 million acres of U.S. land – about a third of the nation’s land in farms – are now farmed or co-farmed by women and at least 87 million additional acres are in the hands of women landowners. Over the next 20 years, the numbers of women farming and or taking on a management role on farmland is likely to increase as three hundred and forty-million acres of farmland are expected to change hands when farmers retire or leave their land to the next generation. At this learning circle, women landowners and local agriculture and conservation experts will discuss some ideas for effective communication with your farmer that leads to a fair lease that accommodates both your, and your farmer’s, goals for the land. “In the Midwest, women now own or co-own between one-fourth and one-half of the farmland. Many of them are non-operating landowners – they lease their farmland to local farmers. While they are very interested in farming practices that benefit the health of their land, implementing those practices requires a partnership with the farm operator. This workshop will focus on how to build the farmer-landowner relationship which translates to a fair lease for both parties,” said Jennifer Filipiak, Midwest director for American Farmland Trust. A previous Ohio learning circle attendee expressed their gratitude for the workshop stating, “The most helpful thing I learned from the workshop was the opportunity to learn different types of lease advantages and disadvantages. Knowing what options were available and how they work made attending this workshop worth my time.” “Learning circles are more than just a…

Toledo Museum to host National Geographic Live speaker series

From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, and the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) are proud to announce an inaugural three-part speaker series that will take place the Peristyle Theater throughout 2019.   “We are excited to see the Peristyle stage come alive through a combination of first-hand accounts from National Geographic Explorers and their amazing imagery,” said Brian Kennedy, the Museum’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director. “We believe the National Geographic Live series provides an engaging format for the community to learn about the world around them.” The three events for the inaugural series are: Birds of Paradise Revealed Saturday, April 27: 7 p.m., Peristyle Tim Laman, a renowned photographer and forest canopy researcher, and ornithologist Ed Scholes, authors of the major National Geographic book, “Birds of Paradise Revealed,” will take visitors deep into New Guinea to observe these astonishing avian creatures. Evolved to attract mates with their extraordinarily colorful feathers, which they display in dances executed with ballerina-like grace, these birds are a living laboratory of evolution. Meet all 39 species and enjoy their secret lives, bizarre displays, and dazzling courtship antics in breathtaking visuals. When Women Ruled the World Thursday, May 30: 7 p.m., Peristyle Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, explores the reigns of powerful ancient queens to illuminate a time when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, these strong female leaders were considered exceptions to the rule, but their power and influence is undeniable. Standing at Water’s Edge Saturday, July 27: 7 p.m., Peristyle Cristina Mittermeier learned the concept of responsible earth stewardship from her indigenous nanny as a child growing up in Mexico, and she explores that calling through the ways of life of four communities and their individual relationships with water—the Kayapó in the Amazon, the Inuit of Greenland, the First Nations people of British Columbia, and native Hawaiians. “We are thrilled to be bringing some of National Geographic’s most dynamic and entertaining explorers to TMA,” said Yulia Petrossian Boyle, Senior Vice President for Global Media and Experiences at National Geographic….

Kiwanis to honor Josh Iler as inspirational educator

(Submitted by Bowling Green Kiwanis Club) The Bowling Green Kiwanis Club’s Inspirational Educator Month continues at this Thursday’s noon luncheon at Stone Ridge Golf Club. Josh Iler is the second teacher in the Bowling Green School District to be honored this month and he will be the guest speaker at the luncheon.  Iler teaches anatomy and physiology and field biology at Bowling Green High School. Iler is a 1993 BGHS graduate.

Super star violin, Disney, sketch comedy, musical premiere, & more scheduled for Toledo Symphony’s 2019-2020 season

From  TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has announced its 2019-2020 season. “For our 76th season, we renew our commitment to our public and continue our constant quest for artistic excellence,” says Alain Trudel, Music Director of the Toledo Symphony. “It was an invigorating challenge to come up with programs following a really wonderful anniversary season, and my team and I certainly rose to the occasion. The programs and artists came together really well, and we ended up with a 2019-2020 season we’re extremely proud to share with everyone in the community. There’s literally something for everyone.” The most notable event of the 2019-2020 season is the one-night-only Spotlight Event with superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman on Nov. 12 at the Peristyle. Perlman’s numerous awards include a Kennedy Center Honor, the Medal of Liberty, a National Medal of the Arts, four Emmy Awards, fifteen Grammy Awards, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His haunting violin can be heard in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film, “Schindler’s List.” Perlman will be making his fifth appearance with the TSO and first in 14 years in November. He will be performing the music of prolific film composer John Williams. “Special thanks go to Huntington Bank for making Itzhak Perlman’s special appearance with the TSO possible,” says Zak Vassar, President and CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “It is through Huntington’s generosity that we are able to share this inspiring man—his story, his charming presence, his profound artistry—with the region, and we are grateful.” Subscribers to any of the symphony’s 2019-2020 concert series can purchase tickets to Itzhak Perlman now through the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 1838 Parkwood Avenue, by calling 419.246.8000, or by visiting Single tickets for Itzhak Perlman, with prices starting at $49, go on sale to the general public on August 1. “Perlman’s appearance is just one of many special moments we have planned for the 2019-2020 season,” says Vassar. “As the Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony have joined forces to create the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), it is important to challenge the boundaries of our art…

Zonta Club of BG offers scholarships to local women

(Submitted by the Zonta Club of Bowling Green) The Zonta Club of Bowling Green, dedicated to improving the status of women, will provide scholarships to women age 25 years and older. The maximum scholarship will be $2,000. The award recipient must: be a resident of Wood County; have financial need; have earned a high school diploma or GED; and be eligible to enroll or already be enrolled in a post-secondary program of study. Such a program of study may include, but is not limited to, the following: Four-year University or CollegeGraduate SchoolTwo-year College  Technical Training The award will be sent directly to the school upon evidence of matriculation (or enrollment). The award is for tuition, books, and/or school supplies. People wanting to apply should first obtain a scholarship application packet, available at: Zonta website at Then submit the application and two signed recommendation forms submitted by email or postmarked March 31. Applications may be submitted by: Mailing items to Zonta Club of Bowling Green, Attention Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 745, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.E-mailing forms to (Note that recommendation forms can still be mailed since these are in a sealed envelope or the person making the recommendation may e-mail their recommendation to this address) The applications must be postmarked no later than March 31. The Zonta Club of Bowling Green is part of a larger, international organization known as Zonta International. Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global service organization of executives in business and the professions working together, across political and social boundaries, to advance the status of women worldwide. Zonta International members volunteer their time, talents, and money to local and international service programs, as well as scholarship and award programs aimed at furthering women’s education, leadership, and youth development. The Bowling Green Club was chartered in 1999.

BGSU hosts speakers in ‘Beyond the Dream’ series

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University has planned a powerful series of speakers and events that take the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous words “Beyond the Dream.” Throughout the spring semester, students and community members will hear from national leaders of some of today’s most important social movements, aimed at bringing equity and justice to all members of society. Speakers include Opal Tometi, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement; Shaun King, journalist, activist and writer in residence for Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project; Ariana Brown, award-winning poet and activist; and Tarana Burke, founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement. “We’ve worked collaboratively to bring the most dynamic line-up we’ve had to date,” said Jennifer McCary, assistant vice president for student affairs and Title IX coordinator. “We hope these speakers will help spark much-needed conversations on our campus about equity, diversity and inclusivity driving us to action.” “Beyond the Dream” events provide “an opportunity for the University to create a sense of belonging for our minoritized students and build a culture of inclusion on campus,” said Ana Brown, interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. They are also an avenue for all students to “learn, grow in their empathy, and develop a more inclusive mindset as a result,” Brown said. “By continuing to support the Black Issues Conference, ‘Beyond the Dream’ offerings, and other programming like this, BGSU is saying, ‘This is what we value and who we strive to be.’” On Feb. 20, Opal Tometi will deliver the keynote address for the University’s “Beyond the Dream” series from 7-8 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Tometi is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants. She co-founded Black Lives Matters with two other women, and today is the executive director of Black-Alliance for Just Immigration. Her talk is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of the Provost. Register to attend her keynote address at The 19th annual Black Issues Conference, held Feb. 20-22, features Shaun King. He will speak on “Civil Rights Today: The New…