Community Voices

Naturalization ceremony, Vagabrothers part of International Education Week at BGSU

Bowling Green State University will celebrate International Education Week 2017 Nov. 13-18. Presented by International Programs and Partnerships, the week is a community celebration of global culture and diversity, with free activities open to all, and opportunities to learn about everything from international careers to international travel. Highlighting the week on Thursday (Nov. 16) will be a visit by the globetrotting Vagabrothers, award-winning travel videographers photographers and writers. The brothers, Marko and Alex Ayling, are globally engaged storytellers on a mission to explore the planet by connecting with other young people and inspiring viewers to do the same. Students will gain knowledge, advice and general travel tips through the brothers’ experience of visiting more than 30 countries. Their entertaining talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Students can get important information on working abroad at the International Career Panel Discussion, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 15) in 208 Union. A panel of five professionals with experience working in international education, business, nonprofits and government will share their stories and offer advice to students considering similar careers. Jeffery Jackson, Career Center director, will facilitate the discussion. The week’s events begin Monday (Nov. 13) when BGSU hosts a naturalization ceremony for 36 new citizens at 11 a.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Among those being naturalized are a current student, Ping Liu from China, in the professional MBA program, and former student Matias Razo Alvizo from Mexico, who attended BGSU Firelands from 2009-11. Two BGSU alumni will officiate: U.S. District Court Magistrate James Knepp, a 1987 BGSU graduate…


Registration now open for STEM teaching symposium at BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Registration is now open for the annual Symposium on STEM teaching, which will be held Nov. 18 at Bowling Green State University. With nearly 50 informative and engaging sessions encompassed in six different STEM teaching and learning strands, the annual Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence Symposium on STEM Teaching offers a valuable opportunity for in-service and pre-service teachers, higher education faculty, and business and community partners to share and learn from one another in a common effort to advance STEM education for people of all ages. BGSU faculty member Gabriel Matney will be the keynote speaker. A former middle and high school teacher, Matney holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education and is in his sixth year as an associate professor of mathematics education in the BGSU School of Teaching and Learning. Matney has actively worked on numerous grant projects designed to help in-service teachers create dynamic and minds-on classrooms that improve the learning of their students. His research centers on improving professional development for teachers and the development of pre-service teachers as professionals. In addition to his work with teachers in northwest Ohio, he has given more than 74 workshops across the United States, Thailand, South Korea and Japan. The pre-registration and onsite registration fee for the symposium, which runs from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., is $40. The fee for undergraduate and graduate students is $5. The registration fee includes six hours of high-quality professional development, the keynote address, conference bag/materials and lunch. For more information and to view the program online, visit the Northwest…


BG Community Tree Lighting set for Nov. 17

From DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN Downtown Bowling Green is decorated and ready to kick off the holiday season Friday, November 17 th as Mayor Richard Edwards officiates the throwing of the switch that will light the Community Tree. The annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, organized by the Downtown Bowling Green has grown enormously in recent years and proves to be a well attended event yet again. This year’s program will include a prelude of music by the Madrigals and refreshments from Qdoba, Meijer, and the American Red Cross. The Downtown Bowling Green office is also honored to announce the partnership with the BGSU International Program to bring the town and gown together on this community event. The week of the tree lighting is International Education week and to bring light to this, there will be ornaments on the tree representing over 80 countries. The ornaments have been handmade by the students who will also be volunteering to assist the day of the event. The Wood County District Public Library has been a community partner in this event for so many years. Michael Penrod, Executive Director of the library gave us free rein on decorating and program choices. The library opens its doors to everyone for a free concert by the Madrigals in the library atrium at the conclusion of the tree lighting. So many thanks need to be extended; To the City of Bowling Green for all their assistance with logistics, BG Fire Department for transportation, Bowling Green Electric for the purchase of new lights for the tree this year, The…


Health commissioner walks 52 miles – in pink tutu for breast cancer research

(Submitted by Wood County Health District) As part of his pledge to fight breast cancer, Wood County Health Commissioner Ben Batey walked 52 miles in Wood County this past Saturday – all while wearing a pink tutu. During October, Batey and Wood County agencies raised money for the American Cancer Society as part of its Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Batey wore pink each day of the month, and health district staff participated in activities to raise money for breast cancer research. Batey pledged for each $100 donated to walk one mile across Wood County while wearing a pink tutu. Batey’s walk started with 15 miles around Perrysburg beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. He was accompanied by roughly 16 members of F3, a men’s fitness group he participates in. They walked until 5 a.m., when a smaller group of Ben and six others was driven to North Baltimore. They left at 6 a.m. toward Bowling Green via the Slippery Elm Trail, arriving about 11:30 a.m. at Pagliai’s for lunch, where they were met by a group of friends and relatives. Batey and a few friends then headed north through Bowling Green, up Ohio 25 into Perrysburg before stopping at Jazzercise in the Country Charm Shoppes. His family and friends met him for a walk through downtown Perrysburg. He then continued up Ohio 65 into Rossford, ending around 9:30 p.m. Batey’s final fundraising total stands at $5,478.83


Immigrant Ohio conference looks at ‘Refugees Past and Present’

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS More than 65 million people worldwide have been forcefully displaced from their homes by conflict and war. Bowling Green State University will address the global refugee crisis at the daylong 2017 “Immigrant Ohio” symposium starting at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 14 in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. “Refugees Past and Present” will include three panel sessions that will focus on refugee stories of displacement from the 1940s through the present, settling refugees, and a discussion about the future of the global refugee situation. BGSU alumna Anne Marie McGranaghan from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Washington, D.C., will provide the keynote address. McGranaghan, an associate resettlement officer, will talk about “Global Resettlement Trends.” She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1981 and master’s degrees in college student personnel and guidance counseling in 1988. The symposium, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. The first panel, “Becoming Refugees: Stories of Displacement,” will include people who were refugees from North to South Korea, Pakistan to India, and from Hungary, Vietnam, Cuba, Russia, Somalia, Syria and Burundi. “Settling Refugees,” the panel after a lunch break, will include representatives from US Together in Toledo, Job and Family Services, Cleveland Catholic Diocese’s Ohio Center for Survivors of Tortures, ASPIRE at the Penta Career Center, and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE). The final panel of the day offers a look at “What’s Next? A Time to Ponder,” with panelists Peter and Betsy Ujvagi talking about “The Community Perspective: The Hungarian Community in Toledo”; Brittany Ford from Welcome Toledo-Lucas County; BGSU faculty members who will…


Paralympic champion swimmer Jessica Long to visit BGSU

Submitted WE ARE ONE TEAM  We Are One Team (WA1T), an award-winning initiative to promote social justice through sport at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), is excited to announce its 2017 fall speaker for the WA1T: Our Voices educational series: Jessica Long, 13-time Paralympic gold medalist and second-most decorated Paralympic athlete in U.S. history. On Wednesday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Stroh Center, Long will hold a keynote presentation focused on her inspirational story about being adopted from Russia at a young age to becoming a 13-time Paralympic gold medalist in swimming. The keynote event titled, “We Are One Team (WA1T) Presents: Jessica Long – The Story of a Paralympic Prodigy,” is open tothe public. “I am honored to join Bowling Green State University to promote their We Are One Team (WA1T) initiative,” Long said, “My experience as a Paralympic athlete has taught me the importance of self-confidence and acceptance of others. I hope that by sharing my story, I can help encourage others to redefine ‘normal’ and celebrate our diversity.” “Jessica is a high-profile athlete who has used her platform to create understanding for marginalized members of the sport community,” Yannick Kluch, president of We Are One Team (WA1T), said. “Her drive to promote diversity and inclusion throughout her career make her a perfect speaker for We Are One Team. We are always looking for athletes who break down stereotypes and live authentically no matter what challenges they may face.” Long was born with fibular hemimelia and had both legs amputated at 18 months old. She was…


BGSU arts events, through Nov. 21

Through Nov. 9 – “Milestones: A Celebration of BGSU School of Art Alumni Featuring Studio Arts, Design and the 25th Anniversary of the Digital Arts Program” continues in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Nov. 8 – The Faculty Artist Series presents Robert Satterlee on the piano. Satterlee has developed a reputation as an accomplished and versatile solo recitalist and chamber musician. He plays regularly throughout the United States and has appeared on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, San Francisco’s Old First Concert Series, the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Music Teachers National Association national conferences, the Quad Cities Mozart Festival and many colleges and universities. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 9 – The International Film Series presents “The Salesman” (2016, Iran, 124 minutes, directed by Asghar Farhadi), with an introduction by Mark Hain, an instructor in the Department of Theatre and Film. After a brutal assault, actress Rana struggles with PTSD, while her actor husband, Emad, becomes consumed with a desire for vengeance. The couple’s in-movie performances in a production of “Death of a Salesman” provide a counterpoint to their own troubled marriage, and actor Asghar Farhadi brings his typical intensity to this edgy psychodrama set in a gritty, crumbling Tehran. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater, located in Hanna Hall. Free Nov. 9 – World Percussion Night features multiple styles, including performances by the…


Perrysburg teen to receive philanthropy award

From Association of Fundraising Professionals – Northwest Ohio Chapter As a young woman herself, 22-year-old Afreen Alvi is working to help other young women find their leadership gifts through the Women of Toledo organization. In early 2017, Alvi participated in a strategy planning and development program to establish the Young Women of Toledo program, which provides coaching and mentoring for women ages 15-26 who have personal and professional development goals. After establishing an operational budget, Alvi leveraged her peer network to create a special fundraising event, selling tickets and securing vendor support that generated $4,250 in support of YWoT programs. One of the first programs Alvi helped develop was a Chat & Chew group for millennial women, a safe place for them to discuss and debate constructively, build social awareness and self-esteem, and inspire each other to take leadership action in their own communities. Thanks to Alvi’s efforts, there are now more than 30 youth and young women participating. Nina Corder, Executive Director of Women of Toledo, nominated Alvi for the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award (Ages 18-23) saying, “Afreen has transformed into a great role model for other youth, and her continued involvement in the Young Women of Toledo program is a tremendous asset to our organization.” Alvi will be recognized at the 30th Annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon on November 9, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Premier Banquet Hall in Toledo. The annual event is a community celebration of the philanthropic spirit and practice that results when we work together to “Change the World with a Giving Heart.” Space is…


Sheriff offers tips on how to avoid vehicle-deer crashes

(Submitted by Wood County Sheriff’s Office) Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn is reminding all drivers that November is the month with the highest number of vehicle-deer crashes in Wood County. October and December are the second and third highest. In 2016, the sheriff’s office handled a total of 212 vehicle-deer crashes. Fifty-three of those occurred in November. In October of this year, the sheriff’s office has handled 35 vehicle-deer crashes. To date this year, the sheriff’s office has handled 163 vehicle-deer crashes. The numbers above are only the crashes handled by the sheriff’s office and do not include crashes handled by other law enforcement agencies in the county. According to the Insurance Forum Institute, the average cost per insurance claim for collision damage is $2,800 with costs varying depending on the type of vehicle and severity of damage. When auto claims involving bodily injury are factored in, the average rises to $10,000. The following are defensive driving tips to avoid hitting a deer: Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest risk times for vehicle-deer collisions. Drive with caution when moving through deer-crossing zones, in areas known to have a large deer population and in areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland. Deer seldom run alone. When you see one deer, others are very likely to be nearby. When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway….


Toledo Symphony establishes $10,000 scholarship for BGSU composition students

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Toledo Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce an exciting new scholarship opportunity for Bowling Green State University students. Each year, two Toledo Symphony Composition Scholarships will be awarded to incoming students in the Master of Music in Composition degree program at BGSU. To be considered for this award, composition applicants must include a previously written work for orchestra and/or a large instrumental ensemble in their application portfolio.  A jury of composition faculty members reviews the candidates’ work based on an evaluation of their current abilities as well as the prospect of their continuing development as a composer of orchestral music. Scholarship recipients are awarded $10,000 for demonstrating such musical excellence in their program. During the second year of their degree, each scholarship recipient is guaranteed a spot in the annual Toledo Symphony BGSU Student Composition Reading Session. The annual TSO Readings at BGSU are a unique opportunity for students to hear their work read by a professional orchestra along with gaining knowledge and insight from guest composers. Once the scholarship recipients are chosen, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra has the ability to request exclusive performance rights for the newly composed works. Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony, considers the scholarship program an investment in the future of classical music and the Toledo community. “BGSU’s College of Musical Arts has cultivated many wonderful composers, and writing new music has become a major point of differentiation for the College. I am proud to further the relationship between our organizations by helping BGSU to attract the…


Wellness Recovery Action Plan course offered

(Submitted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness) Cultivate a mental health action plan with us! The Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP, is a free educational course, for adults with a mental health condition, that helps to develop a self-designed prevention and wellness strategy. It does not replace traditional treatments, but can be used as a compliment to any other treatment options. The WRAP class will be offered through NAMI Wood County Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. located at 541 W. Wooster street on the 2nd Floor. Individuals design their own WRAP program in practical, realistic terms, and it holds the key to getting and staying well. Through this course, individuals will learn to decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors, increase personal empowerment and improve overall quality of life. The course will guide individuals through the process of developing a Crisis Plan. This kind of proactive advanced planning keeps them in control, even when it seems like things are out of control. It will introduce individuals to Post Crisis Planning so if there has just been through a crisis, the Post Crisis Plan guides to healing. WRAP is studied significantly in rigorous research projects and is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. WRAP was developed by a group of people who experience mental health and other health and lifestyle challenges. It is now used by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world, to…


County auditor says all CAUV ag soil types have lower values

(Submitted by Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich) Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich is notifying enrollees in the Current Agriculture Use Value (CAUV) program of their updated CAUV values via mail. “I am pleased to announce that CAUV values are lower for all soil types. This is welcome news considering the unprecedented increases that we have experienced during the past three reappraisal cycles. Lower commodity prices and recent changes made in 2015 and 2017 to the CAUV formula are the leading reasons for the decrease.” Hoytville Clay (the most common soil type in Wood County, constituting 2/3 of all farmland) has a new CAUV value of $3,110 per acre; this compares to the prior value of $3,930 per acre in effect for tax years 2014-2016. This is a 21% decrease in value. Wood County is required to update values during the year of general revaluation, which is the 2017 tax year (payable in 2018). The CAUV soil value is established by the Ohio Department of Taxation. The department calculates these per acre values based upon the rolling five-year statewide averages for yield, commodity prices, and production costs per acre for each crop within each soil type. Production costs are subtracted from the potential income. The result is analyzed and an average price per acre is established for each soil type. The CAUV program in Wood County totals 9,606 parcels, covering 318,785 acres (or, 81% of the county’s acreage). The program has been in existence since 1974 and has provided a significant reduction in taxes for agricultural land. Auditor Oestreich concluded: “My…


BG highlighted in November edition of Ohio Magazine

(Submitted by BG Convention & Visitors Bureau) BG Best Hometown November edition of the Ohio Magazine is available! Bowling Green shines on the cover of the November edition of the Ohio Magazine as a Best Hometown Honoree for the 2017-2018 year.  It’s been 10 years since Bowling Green graced the cover of the Ohio Magazine and has once again been selected as a Best Hometown! BG is highlighted in the magazine with photos and content highlighted many of our businesses, Simpson & Carter Parks, BGSU and the Four Corners Center.  The Convention & Visitors Bureau which spearheaded the process helped to underwrite a two-page business co-op in the magazine along with the city, county and the National Tractor Pullers.  BGSU and the Wood County Hospital also participated in their own promotions as well. The presentation of the honor will take place on Nov. 18 during the holiday parade.  Jim Vickers the editor of Ohio Magazine will make the presentation at the four corners during the parade to Mayor Dick Edwards and BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. For your own copy of the magazine you can purchase the magazine at the Four Corners Center for $5 with the Bowling Green cover which is not available on the newsstand.  Also for sale at the Four Corners is a frameable poster of the magazine cover or a commemorative coaster with the BG Ohio Magazine logo on it both available for $5 each.  T-shirts will be available for purchase or to order from Aardvark Screen-printing & Embroidery with the BG Ohio Magazine Logo on…


BG to host program on embracing immigrant populations

(Submitted by City of Bowling Green) Bowling Green Mayor Richard Edwards and the Human Relations Commission invite you to a conversation with Steve Tobocman, director of Global Detroit, on Nov. 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Wood County District Public Library. Tobocman, a nationally recognized innovator, will share from his experience what Detroit is doing to be a center of innovation, entrepreneurship, and population growth. The city is drawing on the power that comes from embracing immigrant populations and the entrepreneurial culture and global connections that they deliver. Tobocman will engage with us on the strategies, challenges and rewards of leveraging international talent and immigrant entrepreneurs to fill unmet labor needs. This provides key support for job creation, business growth, and community development. Please join us for this opportunity to explore an issue that underlies the continuation of Bowling Green as a safe, inclusive, vibrant community for all. Information on the Global Detroit initiative can be found at: globaldetroit.com.


Wood County Park District plans November events

(Submitted by Wood County Park District) Following is a list of events planned for November by the Wood County Park District. Night Climb Bouldering, Friday, Nov. 3, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve, 26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg. Bring a headlamp for this adventure under the moonlight. Staff share knowledge, tips, and tricks to get beginners climbing safely in this ever-challenging outdoor sport. Crash pads for safe landing and limited chalk supplied. Wear flexible, yet sturdy footwear with good grip. Please register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897. Heritage Farm Demonstration, Saturday, Nov. 4, from 1 – 4 p.m., Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green. Stop by any time during the afternoon the first Saturday of each month to see staff and volunteers in action working on the farm.Each month’s activity is dependent upon the season’s progress, so themes are subject to substitution. Please register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897. Project Feederwatch Bird Monitoring, Saturday, Nov. 4; from 10 – 11:30 a.m., W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Friends’ Green Room, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. Join citizen scientists around the world in counting wintering birds. Enjoy a presentation about how to identify and count the birds which is followed by a practice session at the feeders. Please register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897. CPR Certification at the Park, Saturday, Nov. 4; from 8 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m., Bradner Preserve, 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner. Get certified in adult, child, and infant CPR and AED use and learn choking relief. This American Heart…