Submitted by BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will celebrate its 287th graduation in two ceremonies in the Stroh Center Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17. The December graduating class includes 1,002 candidates. Among the undergraduates, 57 will be presented associate degrees and 727 bachelor’s degrees. Of those, 159 have received honors for their high grade point averages. The 201 graduate students include 175 candidates for master’s degrees and 26 for doctoral degrees. BGSU students come from all around the world. This graduating class includes 66 international students representing 21 countries. There is also a wide range in overall age, with degree candidates ranging from 18 to 61. Commencement for the Graduate College and the colleges of Business Administration, Health and Human Services; Musical Arts; Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering; and BGSU Firelands will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. The colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development will hold commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday. Addressing the Friday candidates will be BGSU alumnus Mark Sirower, who received a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1983. He is a principal at Deloitte Consulting in New York and U.S. leader of the firm’s merger and acquisition strategy practice. Addressing the Saturday candidates will be BGSU alumnus D.C. Crenshaw, who received a Bachelor of Science in biology in 1991. He is a food and lifestyle expert and a two-time Emmy-nominated television personality and executive producer. He is the CEO of Fete Business Group and publisher/editor-in-chief of Fete Lifestyle Magazine.
From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The world of forest ants may provide a macrocosm of the complex reactions and interactions among species affected by global climate change, according to a research project involving Bowling Green State University biologist Dr. Shannon Pelini. As escalating amounts of carbon dioxide are introduced into the atmosphere, a chain reaction is induced, leading to increasingly warmer temperatures, Pelini said. This is taking place at an alarming rate, making it more important than ever that we understand how climate change will affect our natural world. Many scientists have attempted to tackle this issue by determining the thermal tolerance of various species, then predicting what will happen to them as our world warms. However, this approach as a way to understand nature has its drawbacks because one species never acts alone. Individuals are constantly interacting with other species and the environment in which they live, so comprehending how global change impacts these interactions is crucial to a holistic understanding. Pelini and her colleagues have made significant progress in this direction with their new study, “Climatic Warming Destabilizes Forest Ant Communities,” which looks at complex interactions of ant communities and their responses to warming. The study was published in the Oct. 26 edition of the journal Science Advances, and has received wide attention in other publications, including Harvard Forest, Phys/Org and Science News. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Program for Ecosystem Research and the National Science Foundation, the long-term experiment looked at the interactions ants exhibit over nesting structures in two distinctly different geographical areas. As a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University, and in collaboration with investigators from the University of Vermont, the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State University, Pelini designed and built large warming chambers within Harvard Forest in Massachusetts. These chambers were also replicated in Duke Forest in North Carolina to provide a comparison to the cooler Harvard Forest. “It’s one of the biggest climate change experiments in the entire world, which is a really exciting thing to be a part of,” Pelini said. “We were shooting for understanding what goes on with ant communities that exist in a cooler northern latitude and how their responses compare to the same suite of species in populations that occur in the warmer lower latitude.” The researchers, led by Dr. Sarah Diamond, now an assistant professor of biology at Case Western Reserve University, placed artificial nest boxes in the warming chambers and checked them once a month for five years to measure which species of ants were utilizing them. They were interested to see if the ant species in the nest boxes would differ depending on the intensity of the warming treatment. “We literally put heaters around the forest floor and warmed the ant communities up to see what would happen so we could more precisely ask how extinction and colonization and occupancy of these local habitats change,” Pelini said. In fact, Pelini and her colleagues found some interesting and unexpected results. In warmer chambers, there was more occupancy of heat-loving ants, which is intuitive. However, less expected was the amount of time those ants were remaining in one single nest. Typically, ant colonies are constantly competing with each other for prime nest habitat, which promotes resilience to environmental changes within the community. When…
From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART The Great Art Escape, a week of free performances, art activities and after-hours flashlight tours, returns to the Toledo Museum of Art Dec. 27-Jan. 1. Sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac, the week of special events has become a holiday tradition for bringing together family, friends and holiday guests. Explore the galleries with the debut of the Toledo Museum of Art’s new app. During the Great Art Escape visitors are invited to play a treasure hunt throughout the galleries. Three temporary exhibitions organized by the Museum’s curators are sure to delight visitors of all ages. Gabriel Dawe: Plexus no. 35, on view in the Great Gallery, is an ethereal indoor rainbow created especially for the space it occupies. Mexican-born artist Gabriel Dawe’s textile installations have been seen in galleries around the world, most recently as part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. The installation in the Great Gallery is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors, a group of volunteer fundraisers. The Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story in Gallery 18 features 78 fashion figures depicting French styles from 1493 to 1915. The Libbey Dolls, formerly known as the Doucet Dolls, were the product of the World War I aid effort. Purchased in 1917 by Toledo Museum of Art founder Edward Drummond Libbey, the dolls’ clothing was created by Jacques Doucet. Art by great French artists like Nicolas Lancret and Louis-Léopold Boilly, as well as drawings and engravings from late 19th-century fashion publications, inspired his creations. Shakespeare’s Characters: Playing the Part in Gallery 6 marks the 400-year anniversary of the great playwright’s death. The exhibition explores The Bard’s band of characters, from the comedic to the tragic. Approximately 30 paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs bring the beloved writer’s works to life. Here’s a list of other free activities planned during the Great Art Escape: Make a Puppet, Tell a Story! Dec. 27 and 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Family Center Dec. 30: 3:30-8 p.m., Family Center Make a puppet in the Family Center and perform your own improvisational theater with it in the Cloister Gallery. Ask Me Hours Dec. 27-30: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Museum Dec. 31-Jan. 1: Noon to 4 p.m., Main Museum Look for docents wearing a red “Ask Me” button as they travel the galleries answering questions and engaging visitors in discussion about the art on view. Glassblowing Demonstrations Dec. 27-Jan. 1: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Hot Shop Dec. 30: 7 and 8 p.m., Hot Shop Watch works of art in glass take shape before your eyes. Join Museum staff and local artists for live glassmaking demonstrations in the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop. Dutch Cabinet Organ Performance Dec. 27-Jan. 1: 1 p.m., Gallery 24 Enjoy sounds of the season on the Museum’s newly restored Dutch cabinet organ, played by local members of the American Guild of Organists. Drawing in the Galleries with a Live Model Dec. 27-Jan. 1: 1-3 p.m., Great Gallery All supplies are provided, and no experience is necessary. All ages welcome. Great Art Escape Live Performances Dec. 27-Jan. 1: 2 p.m., Peristyle Dec. 27: JP Dynasty (African drums) Dec. 28: Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits (dramatic reading) Dec. 29: Ardan Academy of Irish Dance Dec. 30: El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkloric Dec….
Submitted by WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY WCDPL (Bowling Green and Walbridge libraries and the Bookmobile) will be closed in observance of Christmas from Friday, December 23 through Monday December 26. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, December 27. The library will also be closed system-wide to observe the New Year’s holiday on Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2, 2017. Regular hours resume Tuesday, January 3. Enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Sunday, December 18 at 3 pm: Calling all ukulele enthusiasts looking for a friendly and helpful group to play ukulele with. Look no further–to participate in our Ukulele Club’s jam session, all you need is a ukulele and sense of adventure. Song books and music provided at the jam. RSVP appreciated (419-352-5050), but not required. 1st Floor Meeting Room. For more information, contact WCDPL at 419-352-5104.
(Submitted by State Senator Gardner’s office) State Senator Randy Gardner cast his 10,000th consecutive roll call vote as a state legislator Wednesday on the Senate floor. Gardner’s voting record includes all bills, amendments and resolutions since becoming a legislator in 1985. He has not missed one day of full voting session since that time. “Randy Gardner’s dedication to the job he’s been elected to do over the years is unmatched,” said Senator Larry Obhof, President Pro Tem of the Senate. “He will continue to be a great asset in the Senate.” Gardner admits some of the votes have been difficult ones and cannot always be supported by every constituent. “I’ve done my best to listen and make the best judgment I can,” Gardner said. Gardner was re-elected in November to another four-year term in the Senate, representing Wood, Lucas, Fulton, Ottawa and Erie counties.
From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COOMMUNICATIONS The Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees will be asked to approve the naming of the “Slater Family Ice Arena” at its Dec. 9 board meeting. The naming is in recognition of a gift from the Scott Slater family. Slater ’73 enrolled at BGSU in the fall of 1969 and first attended Falcon hockey games with his future in-laws, who had season tickets. Nearly 50 years later, Slater still has those same seats in the upper level of the Ice Arena, and in the decades since, he has done much more than just cheer for the Falcons. Slater and his family were major contributors to the “Bring Back the Glory” campaign that secured the BGSU hockey program. Now, the family is making a $2 million transformational gift to advance the future of the facility that means so much to them. “The Slaters are a true Falcon Family,” said Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D., president of Bowling Green State University. “Through the years, they have made the University central to their lives with support of BGSU Hockey and many community programs such as high school hockey and figure skating. It is fitting, and inspirational, that their dedication become a permanent part of the University with the naming of the Slater Family Ice Arena.” Over many years, Scott Slater’s six children were involved in youth and high school hockey and figure skating programs at the Ice Arena. His four sons have each been part of the highly successful Bowling Green High School hockey program and been on teams that won state championships or finished as state runners-up, while his two daughters participated in figure skating. Now his grandchildren are “rink rats” on the ice at BGSU, and Slater and his family have made another generous gift to secure the future of the facility that is so close to their hearts, and will now carry their name. “It is a BGSU-owned asset, but my family has always viewed it as more a community asset,” he said. “The thing I like is that, more than anything else in town, the Ice Arena is a place where the University and the community really merge together. That’s been a wonderful thing for a lot of people, for a very long time.” Mike Natyshak, a member of the 1984 BGSU national championship team, was a freshman hockey player from Belle River, Ontario, when he met the Slaters. They were part of the first group of host families that opened their homes to student-athletes from outside the country and helped them transition to life in an unfamiliar place. “Scott had a very important job to worry about, and he and his wife already had a house full of kids, but he knew the University needed assistance so he took in this hockey player from Canada and made me feel like part of the family,” Natyshak said. “And it wasn’t just in hockey – over the years he has supported everything going on at the Ice Arena and the University community at large.” When Natyshak learned that the Slater family was making another substantial gift to the University, he said anyone associated with BGSU hockey or skating would not be surprised. “Scott exemplifies Bowling Green. That’s how Bowling Green is – people come…
From CHRISTEN GIBLIN, NAMI WOOD COUNTY In an effort to address the safety and economic threat of drug abuse in the workplace, Bowling Green is one of 18 Ohio communities participating in the Working Partners® Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative. This statewide initiative is a public-private partnership, funded in part by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The Initiative’s objectives are to increase an employable, drug-free workforce in Ohio; build healthier, more productive and economically sound workplaces; and to create systems to educate employees – who are parents or adults with influence over young people – to prevent drug use among that population now and in the future. To achieve these objectives the Initiative will be modeled after a program developed by drug-free workplace industry experts, Working Partners® and bring together local stakeholders and businesses. “We are concerned about the drug-related issues we are facing and how they affect not only individuals, families, and the community as a whole, but also workplaces which are the economic foundation of our community,” said Amanda Moser, Community Educator for the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board. “By bringing employers together to develop polices and share best practices, we believe we are taking very important steps to address the economic threat of substance abuse by employees and job seekers in our state.” “We are thrilled to partner with the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board to create their own unique Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative,” said Dee Mason, founder and CEO of Working Partners®. “By attacking this problem with a local grassroots approach, working with leaders embedded in communities across the state, we believe we will realize measurable changes that will result in a safer, healthier and more economically viable Ohio workforce.”
(Submitted by Safe Communities of Wood County) This holiday season, Safe Communities of Wood County is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind all drivers that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving and to always plan a sober ride home before holiday parties begin. Too many people take to the roadways after consuming alcohol because they think they are “okay to drive.” During the holiday season, festive parties and celebrations with alcohol contribute to the number of impaired drivers on our roadways. Drunk driving kills thousands of people in our country every year. In 2015, 10,265 people died in crashes that involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit of .08. In December 2015, there were 840 people killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver or motorcycle operator. From 2011 to 2015, 3,983 people were killed in December crashes that involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08. Remember these tips to avoid a DUI and to keep our roads safe: – Even one drink can impair judgment and reaction time and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk or causing a crash. – If planning to drink, do not plan to drive. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins. – If you have been drinking, do not drive—even a short distance. Call a taxi, a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation. Try NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or a friend and identify their location so they can be picked up. – Help others be responsible. If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe ride home. – If you see a driver on the road that appears to be intoxicated, contact police when it is safe to do so. Your actions could help save a life. Keep your holidays happy and safe by letting someone sober do the driving. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
(Submitted by the Ohio National Guard and 180th Fighter Wing) Today the Secretary of the Air Force announced Alabama, Idaho, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin will go forward for additional consideration as the next National Guard locations for the F-35. Colonel Kevin Doyle, 180th Fighter Wing commander, congratulates those units upon their selection and wishes them well in the process. “The Ohio National Guard and 180th Fighter Wing extend our sincere gratitude to our elected officials and our surrounding communities for their continued unwavering support of the 180th Fighter Wing as it pursued this round of F-35 basing selections,” Doyle said. “The support from our congressional leaders and community during this round of selections was outstanding and exceeded expectations.” The 180FW will continue to be a long-term solution for the defense of our nation. The wing proudly protects the citizens of Ohio and the nation, both at home and abroad. The Aerospace Control Alert mission contributes to protecting over 60 percent of the U.S. population 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman, Ohio adjutant general, said, “I’m proud of the effort made on behalf of the 180th Fighter Wing over the past year as we prepared for the next round of basing selections for the F-35. The 180th Fighter Wing has a long history of achievement and unshakable community support. We will continue to strive for excellence in all we do in our Federal, State and Community missions. I fully expect the 180th Fighter Wing to be extremely competitive as an F-35 base in the future.” The age of the 180FW’s F-16, one of the youngest in the force, makes them viable long into the future. The wing will continue our commitment to the surrounding communities, leveraging our strengths and innovative opportunities to ensure we remain postured to support and defend our nation. The Air Force will continue prioritizing bases to acquire the F-35 mission and we are confident the 180FW will be considered for future F-35 basing.
(Submitted by Wood Lane) Melanie Stretchbery was awarded the Betty Macintosh Award for Professional Leadership and Advocacy on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the Annual Meeting of the Ohio Association of County Boards for Developmental Disabilities. The award is given annually to a professional in the DD service delivery system who exhibits extraordinary accomplishments in professional leadership and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities. Like the late Betty Macintosh, Stretchbery has been a “visionary agent of change.” For her entire career she has worked to advocate and further the lives and wellbeing of people with developmental disabilities in Wood County. Beginning in the field in 1982, Stretchbery worked as a case manager out of the Toledo Regional Office for the State of Ohio. Her move to Wood County in 1983 as Support Services Supervisor was, as she describes, “a dream job.” Stretchbery moved quickly into a leadership position as the Director of Case Management in 1986. Always interested in learning more to do more, she switched positions in 1998 to become Director of Adult Services. She then served as Superintendent for eight years beginning in September, 2008 until her retirement this year. During her early years of service, Stretchbery was instrumental in deinstitutionalizing people with developmental disabilities and assisted with finding homes in the community where people could live and participate beside their friends and family. Stretchbery is a humble leader who does not list her accomplishments easily. She has also been employed as a CARF Program Surveyor, field instructor at Eastern Michigan University, adjunct instructor at Bowling Green State University and as a social work consultant at Tiffin Developmental Center, all while tirelessly serving the individuals of Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities for 33 years. Over her career, she has served on more than twenty board or committee appointments and has given more than seventy presentations. While Stretchbery retired in October of this year, her passionate support and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities and their families will not stop. She continues to be sought out as a voice and leader. She continues to be active in several area clubs and committees. Additionally, she gives countless hours to volunteering in her community.
Submitted by NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT After placing first overall in the State of Ohio State competition, the NWWSD Operations Challenge Team represented the Buckeye State in October at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans. The Northwestern Water & Sewer Operations Challenge Team competed nationally against 42 other teams. The team participated in many challenge events such as process control, laboratory procedures, collection event, maintenance, and safety. “We are so proud of our Operations Challenge team as they placed 2nd in the lab Event and 8th overall in the final standings. No doubt, they did Ohio and our District proud.” states Northwestern Water & Sewer District President Jerry Greiner.” The District’s team consists of: Todd Saums Bryan Martikan Jarred Myers Tom McGrain Claud Barringer (Coach)
Submitted by NATHAN EBERLY Local resident and long time advocate, Nathan Eberly, has pulled petitions to run as an Independent in the 2017 Bowling Green City Council race for one of two At-Large seats on the ballot. As a resident of Bowling Green since 2003 and family roots traced back for many years in the community, Nathan Eberly wishes to see the community stronger with more business investment, job growth, and the full implementation on the Land Use Plan, specifically the East Wooster Corridor with new Mixed-Use Buildings and Business Centers. “Bowling Green has been my home for over 13 years now, and I see great opportunity for the City to see an increase in business investments, new well-paying jobs, and increased opportunities for all residents and business owners”, provided Nathan Eberly as reason for running for Council. Eberly believes his financial background in several industries provide him the best opportunity to be the business and fiscal representative on City Council. With the new Land Use Plan and solid relationship with Economic Development groups, Bowling Green can see growth in jobs and business investment. Nathan has had concerns for the slow pace in which work has been accomplished regarding the new plans, which has possibly led to lack of business investment and interest and probably loss of potential jobs in Bowling Green. “I wish to help usher in a more efficient and effective city governance and Council, which quickly decides upon issues facing our community. I hope to provide leadership that will allow solid connection and working relationship between the City, BGSU, local business owners, and residents alike for solid growth in our town,” Nathan added in his discussion. Further Eberly added, “We have a great opportunity to be a leader in our region for job creation and growth, partnering with BGSU to retain talent in our community, but it will take some changes in Council to assist in making that a reality”. Nathan Eberly is a Financial Representative for Modern Woodmen of America, with focus on Insurance and Retirement Planning. Formerly a Commercial Lender and Accountant, Eberly has the solid educational background with degrees in Business Management and Finance from the University of Maryland, and work experience necessary to protect Bowling Green as a representative on City Council. Eberly is a member of the Exchange Club of Bowling Green, Bowling Green Toastmasters, and volunteers for various charities in Bowling Green on a regular basis. Though formally aligned with a political party locally, Nathan Eberly has made the decision to be nonpartisan in this race as it reflects his belief that City Council is not a place for partisanship and that Bowling Green deserves the best representation without political leanings.
Submitted by WOOD COUNTY FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE The Wood County Fraternal Order of Police held its annual Cops and Kids Shopping Event on Saturday December 3 2016. This is an event where police officers are paired up with a child from the area and provided a $100.00 gift card to spend on clothing and toys. This is more than just about shopping, it is about building relationships between the kids and police officers. This year Meijer in Rossford again hosted Cops and Kids here in Wood County. This past Saturday, approximately 72 local law enforcement officers were able to take 127 kids shopping. The majority of the financial support comes from the community, local businesses and local organizations. The FOP certainly could not achieve this without the support of the community. This event is a great opportunity for law enforcement and the community to work together to make local children’s holiday season a little brighter. The kids that are invited to participate are referred by the local schools as well as from the officers. On a daily basis, police officers are responding to calls here in Wood County. As a result, they are in homes where they can see firsthand that a particular family could benefit from a helping hand. The officers are paired up with a child from their jurisdiction and given a cart, a gift card and sent on their way to shop and more importantly, build that positive relationship. They must first buy a coat. The remaining money can be spent on toys. A lot of times, the kids want to buy their brother or sister a gift as well. The positive impact this has on the local kids and community is not really measurable. And again, our local police officers could not pull it off without the financial support of the community. The Wood County FOP Cops an Kids Program not only hosts this shopping event in December, but other programs through out the year. In the Spring, the FOP host a movie night. Officers invite area kids to come to the movie theater and watch a movie and share some popcorn. In May of each year, the FOP invites 4th and 5th graders with perfect attendance to a day of fishing at Bass Pro. The FOP continues to work with the community to come up with different programs were officers get to spend time with area kids in positive events. Our goal is to have the kids see the officers past their uniforms, and realize they are there to help.
Submitted by KAREN PENDLETON Seventeen Bowling Green Middle School students were selected to participate in the Bowling Green State University Honors Band Clinic held at BGSU on November 10th. The BGMS students had the privilege of performing under guest conductors Damien Crutcher, Chief Executive Officer of Crescendo Detroit: and Joseph Dobos, Conductor of Wayne State University Concert Band. The students selected to participate were Dyllan Atkin, Matthew Bowlus, Lucy Busselle, Samantha Codding Colin Crawford, Brynn Depinet, Sarah Elder, Culley Foos, Gianna Hemming, Kelsey Kerr, Heather Knowlton, Cyrus Koogan, Simon Metzger, Nolan Miller, Joe Porter, Jordan Schuman and Eli Smith. Congratulations on their great performances! Bobcat Middle School band performs their Holiday Concert on Dec. 6 at the Performance Arts Center and Bowling Green High School at 7 p.m.
(Submitted by University Women) University Women of Bowling Green State University will host their annual Holiday Party on Friday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. This evening of entertainment, food and fellowship is one of the main social events of UW’s annual calendar. Again this year, it will be held at the Bowling Green home of Dr. Roger and Barbara Sanchez. Live holiday music will be presented by Bob Manley and pianist Michael Peslikis. Reservations are not needed, but those who attend are asked to bring a hearty appetizer and beverage to share. The event doubles as a way to aid local families in need. Each year members “adopt” several families during this season. They donate food for the families, as well as clothing, wrapped gifts and books for the children. The families have been recommended by the Salvation Army. Anne Bullerjahn, UW’s community service chairperson, heads the committee in charge of the 2016 family adoption project. Monetary gifts or food donations should be brought directly to the Sanchez home on the night of the party.