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BGSU Lively Arts Calendar, Feb. 10-24

Through Feb. 21—The Annual Undergraduate Art and Design Exhibition of works by students in the BGSU School of Art continues in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries of the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Free Thursday — BGSU’s Graduate Brass Quintet recital begins at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Thursday — The Visiting Writers Series features award-winning novelist Karen Osborn, author of “The River Road,” “Between Earth and Sky,” “Patchwork” and “Centerville.” Her reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Thursday — Thursday’s international film series continues with “Four Lions” (2010). This dark comedy from Great Britain is directed by Christopher Morris, and follows a group of young men determined to confront what they see as a decadent West. As they debate doctrine and actions, viewers might wonder whether they are a threat to public safety. Free Saturday — The College of Musical Arts hosts guest artist Spencer Myer as a part of the annual Dubois Piano Festival. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and BGSU music majors are free with student ID. Feb. 15—Guest artist James Giles will perform on piano in Bryan Recital Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center beginning at 8 p.m. Free Feb. 16—Tuesdays at the Gish begins…


Parent Project starts March 7

Submitted by Wood County Educational Service Center Is life with your teen full of conflict? Do you dread that moment when your teen returns home from school, or when you return home from work, trying to guess what today’s argument and battle of wills is going to be about? We know how to put a stop to that. Most of us in the field, working with high-risk youth know that parent involvement is the key to behavior change with adolescents. Yet, effectively educating parents in basic behavioral strategies is time consuming and repetitive. The Parent Project® is a parent training program designed for parents of strong-willed adolescents. Since 2003, more than 250 parents and their adolescents have attended Parent Project in Wood County and they report that there is important information in Parent Project classes for parents of all teens. Topics include reducing family conflict and arguing, improving school performance and attendance, identifying and intervening with alcohol and other drug abuse, interceding with negative peer associations (including inappropriate dating relationships) and helping parents to set clear, consistent rules with enforceable consequences. Parents who attend the Parent Project® are more likely to see positive behavior changes as parents understand and practice powerful Parent Project interventions at home. The motto of the Parent Project® is “Parents are the answer … when they have the tools they need.” Presented in an educational format, parents are trained for a low fee of $20 for the accompanying 180-page workbook. Youth ages 12-18 are also invited…


Tickets available for Black Swamp Players’ ‘Seussical’

Tickets for the Black Swamp Players production of “Seussical” are now on sale at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St. Bowling Green and online through blackswampplayers.org using Paypal. “Seussical” will be staged Feb. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster St. Bowling Green. The musical features a score Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. The pair also wrote the book.


Prizes awarded in 65th Undergraduate Art Exhibit at BGSU

The 65th Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibit opened Sunday in the galleries at Bowling Green State University. Participating were 89 student artists. Prizes awarded were: FACULTY AWARDS Art Glass Travel Award: Chelsea Tatkowski Candace “Candy” Ducat Book Scholarship: Andriana Nativio Charles & Carol Harper Book Award-Art Education: Jordan Hector Charles & Carol Harper Book Award-Art History: Victoria Cope Charles Lafosky Art Award: Emilie Frazier Craig A. Schnuth Memorial Glass Scholarship Award: Emily Cale Doris Marie Herner Award: Jack Rollin Elizabeth S. & Gary L Cole Scholarship Art: Leslie Reichert Eugene Fenn Endowed Scholarship: Victoria Nuss James W. Strong 2D Tuition Scholarship: Cara Taylor James W. Strong 3D Tuition Scholarship: Kai Lee Liu James W. Strong Art Education Tuition scholarship: Andrea Hama James W. Strong Art history Scholarship: Kellie Sheridan James W. Strong Digital Arts Scholarship: Alex Zolciak James W. Strong Gaphic Design Tuition Scholarship: Vanessa Flory James W. Strong Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship: Hailey Ameling James W.Strong SACI Scholarship: Paige Apkarian John and Norma Richards Design Award: Emilie Frazier Silvia Passerini Davenport Award: Victoria Nuss and Kalia Johnson Thomas Hilty Scholarship: Joshua Bellas Tom and Jane Vanden Eyeden Art Education Award: Regina HiltonTom and Jane Vanden Eynden Photography Award: Zachary Tadijanac PURCHASE AWARDS Arts & Sciences Dean’s Awards: Regina Hilton and Jaqueline Polofka Bowen Thompson Student Union Award: Leslie Reichert EXTERNAL JUROR AWARDS Alumni Association Award: Madison Walsh and Mark Cooper Main Street Photo Award: Cara Taylor Marietta Kirschner Wigg Print Award: Anastasia Baker Medici Circle Best of Show Award: Kai Lee…


3B staging ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ this weekend

Just in time for the beginning of Lent, 3B Productions will stage “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St. Maumee. The musical with score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice started as a rock opera concept album before its first staging on Broadway in 1971. The musical is sung-through, with no spoken dialogue. The story is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It speculates on political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus that are not in the Bible narratives. Tickets are $17 for seating in first five rows, $15 and $13 for students and seniors. Visit 3bproductions.org.


Panel to address Islamophobia Tuesday

A panel discussion on Islamophobia will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Wood County District Public Library Atrium in downtown Bowling Green. This is the second such panel sponsored by the Not In Our Town group. During the discussion, representatives from the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition, BGSU and the Bowling Green community will address the term “Islamophobia” and the concerns facing Muslims in northwest Ohio and the United States. (See story on first panel at http://bgindependentmedia.org/2016/01/28/islamophobia-is-everyones-problem/) For more information, visit www.bgsu.edu/notinourtown


Jazz vet featured in downtown BG jam

Veteran jazz guitarist Eric Johnson will join the BGSU Jazz Faculty Ensemble for a show Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at Grumpy Dave’s, upstairs at 104 S. Main St., Bowling Green. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Johnson has played with jazz greats including Jimmy Owens, Lou Donaldson, Jack McDuff and Stanley Turrentine. Over his career he’s been based in New York and Los Angeles and recently released a CD “Supahighway.” Joining Johnson on the bandstand will be Ariel Kasler, guitar, Jeff Halsey, bass, and Olman Piedra, drums. Admission is $3.


BGSU’s clinical psychology program top ranked

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The University’s clinical psychology Ph.D. program is among the best in the nation, according to two recent reports. On the list compiled by counselingpsychology.org, BGSU is ranked second in the nation for its success in preparing students for careers in professional counseling. The website bestcounselingdegrees.net ranks BGSU 22nd on its list of the country’s 50 best Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology for 2016. “The rankings are affirmation that we offer a top-flight program and have developed an excellent reputation,” said Dr. Michael Zickar, chair of the psychology department. “Our program has excelled in providing a balanced experience that focuses on rigorous academic research as well as excellent practical experiences and placement,” he said, adding, “Our doctoral students learn from world-class faculty and then go on to apply those experiences in mental health facilities throughout the region and the nation.” The main metric for both rankings is the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards as part of the process in granting licensure. BG’s passage rate is 100 percent. The exam is “one of the best ways to determine how well students are prepared for a career in professional counseling,” according to bestcounselingdegrees.net’s website. Bestcounselingdeegrees.net’s rankings also look at the percentage of doctoral students who successfully obtain American Psychological Association-accredited internships. More than 91 percent of BGSU’s doctoral students achieved that marker. The program is one of 300 clinical psychology Ph.D. programs nationwide that…


Graduate brass quintet to perform Feb. 11

The Bowling Green State University Graduate Brass Quintet will perform Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center on campus. The quintet is made up of five graduate assistants at BGSU chosen by audition. Members are: Jon Britt and Christina Komosinski, trumpets, Luke Dickow, horn, Drew Wolgemuth, trombone, and Diego Flores, tuba. The five are all working towards master’s degrees in performance. On the program will be: “Scherzo” by John Cheetham; “Rounds and Dances” by Jan Bach; Brass Quintet No. 3 by Victor Ewald; and Brass Quintet No. 1 by Arthur Frackenpohl.


BGSU Lively Arts Calendar, Feb. 4-17

Thursday —The Creative Writing Program’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) readings will be presented by graduate students Eric Komosa and Tom Markham at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Thursday —BGSU Student Composers recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Thursday —The season opener for The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Film Theater and Gallery’s International Film Series features “English/Vinglish,” a 2012 feature from India, directed by Guare Shinde. A quiet housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter because of her English skills. During a visit to New York, she enrolls in an English course and meets new people who teach her to value herself. Free Saturday —The four student winners of the annual Competitions in Music will perform with the BG Philharmonia during the 49th annual Concerto Concert. Under the direction of Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, the concert begins at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets, available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling the ticket office at 419-372-8171, are $7 for adults and $3 for students. All tickets on the day of the performance are $10. Sunday —The BGSU School of Art presents the Annual Undergraduate Art & Design Exhibition in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries of the Fine Arts Center. The exhibition opens with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, and continues through Feb. 21. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday,…


Pemberville elevator looking for $100 donors

The Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society is looking for a final boost to get the money it needs to finish the elevator at the Pemberville Opera House. The project started in fall has a price tag of $372,000, with about $100,000 coming from local funds. Fundraising has lagged as of early this year, and Carol Bailey, program director for the opera house, has issued a plea. The elevator effort is looking for 100 people to donate $100 each to get the project down the home stretch. In her email she states, acknowledges many people have already donated, “and I am so appreciative.” Still the need remains to come up with funds to finish the project. “Your help is truly needed in this final stretch,” she wrote. Beyond donating she’s also asking folks to help spread the word through email and social media.


Wood Haven named among top workplaces

Wood Haven Health Care in Bowling Green has been selected as one of the top workplaces in the region by the employees who work there. An employee survey firm, called WorkplaceDynamics teamed up with The Blade last year to find the top workplaces in the region. Companies were nominated for the survey by employees. WorkplaceDynamics invited 572 businesses to participate, and surveyed 53 of them. The surveyed firms employed 7,763 people in the Toledo area. Of those employees who received the surveys, 5,262 responded. Questions covered how well employees are working together toward a common goal, how employees feel about their day-to-day jobs, employee retention and motivation.    


Caribbean culture focus of Africana conference at BGSU

The 18th annual Africana Studies Student Research Conference at Bowling Green State University will feature a look at Caribbean culture through film and documentary along with three panel presentations by student researchers from BGSU and other universities. The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in 101 Olscamp Hall. Attendance is free but there is a charge for the luncheon, which must be reserved by Wednesday (Feb. 3). Tickets are $8 for BGSU students and $15 for others. Call Africana Studies at 372-7814 or email millese@bgsu.edu to purchase. Those wishing to attend the keynote lecture (but not purchasing a luncheon) are welcome. Keynote speaker Christopher Laird, an award-winning writer, film producer and director, will present “Nobody’s Diaspora? Africa in the Moving Picture Memory of the Caribbean,” during the noon luncheon. The conference will conclude with a 3 p.m. screening of his 2013 Caribbean film “No Bois Man No ’Fraid.” The first panel of the day, at 9 a.m., will focus on “Effects of Colonialism,” followed by “Contemporary Art and Identity,” at 10:30 a.m. After lunch, the final panel topic will be “Performance, Race, and Space,” at 1:30 p.m., followed by the film screening. The Trinidad and Tobago- based Laird has produced over 200 documentaries, dramas and other video productions with Banyan Ltd. over the past 40 years, garnering a score of national, regional, and international awards, including the Trinidad and Tobago National Media Awards Best Documentary for “Crossing Over” (a co-production with the National Film…


Spirituals celebration over lunch in BG

The City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department along with the College of Musical Arts at BGSU will be is holding its second event as part of the 10th Annual Brown Bag Music Series on Friday, February 5th from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Avenue. Folks are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy a musical performance by students and faculty from the College of Musical Arts in a comfortable and warm setting. Drinks and dessert will be available for purchase. The scheduled performance in the series will be a Celebration of the African American Spiritual. For questions or more information call 419-354-6223 or visit our website at www.bgohio.org (click parks and recreation).


BGSU joins initiative to support minority grad students in STEM

From BGSU Office of Marketing & Communications As the national need for professionals and higher education faculty in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines has grown, the number of minority students going into those disciplines has remained disappointingly low, leaving much rich potential untapped. “We consider it a value to change that,” said Dr. Bob Midden, director of BGSU’s Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS) program and the Northwest Ohio Center of Excellence in STEM Education (NWO/COSMOS). To help prepare more graduate students to step into these important roles, the University is partnering with seven other public and private northern Ohio universities to recruit, support and mentor talented students through graduate school and ultimately into the ranks of faculty. The new graduate student effort is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of its Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) programs. BGSU will receive $200,000 over three and a half years to support student recruitment, mentorship, professional development and research activities. Case Western University is the lead institution on the grant. “We want to align and coordinate our efforts to employ the most effective strategies to improve those students’ academic success,” Midden said. The benefits will extend not only to the students but to the University as well, according to Dr. Michael Ogawa, dean of the Graduate College and vice president for research and economic development. “Diversity is not just a numbers game to us,” he said. “There exists a wealth of data…