Community Voices

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 is accredited by the American Psychological Association. BGSU’s program follows a scientist-practitioner model of training in which the development of research skills, coursework and clinical practica are integrated into a coherent program of study. Research requirements include completing a master’s-level research project, a post-master’s research project or examination and a doctoral dissertation. Students learn with and from one another as they participate in research teams and clinical skills teams where they will integrate research and practice “Our psychology programs at all levels have a strong reputation of excellence,” said BGSU…


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, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Free Sunday —The Bent Note Duo are guest artists for the College of Musical Arts series. The duo is comprised of saxophonist Allison Balcetis and pianist Sandra Joy Friesen, who began performing together in 2009 during their doctoral studies at the University of Alberta. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 9—BGSU student brass ensembles will perform at the Wildwood Metropark’s Manor House. The performance begins at 7:30…


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 and Television Institute in Ghana). “Crossing Over” also was voted Best Video Documentary at the second Caribbean Film Festival in Martinique in 1990. As managing director of Banyan for the past 30 years, Laird has overseen the establishment of the world’s largest collection of Caribbean culture on video in the Caribbean Film and Video Archive. In his keynote address, he will be discussing Caribbean culture in conjunction with the release of a digitized archive of Banyan’s productions, a significant collection that documents the historical, cultural, social, political, and folk events…


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 that shows how socially diverse groups are more creative, more innovative, and harder-working than related groups that are socially homogeneous. Thus, we hope that by increasing the level of diversity in our graduate programs, we will make them more intellectually vibrant and exciting.” The first steps will be small, Midden said, and will be concentrated on photochemical sciences and biology, two programs in which BGSU offers doctoral degrees. “We’ll focus first on recruiting new graduate students in those disciplines, mentor them as they progress through their degree programs and prepare…


St. Olaf’s Band heads to Carnegie Hall by way of Bowling Green

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The St. Olaf Band, dubbed “one of America’s preeminent bands” by The New Yorker, will perform in Bowling Green as part of its 2016 national tour. The concert will take place on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Bowling Green High School. The concert is free for all students, $10 for adults/seniors, and group rates (10+) are available. Tickets are available on the night of the concert, in advance at stolaf.edu/tickets, or by calling 800-363-5487 ($5 phone transaction fee applies). The band’s national tour will culminate in a Feb. 6 performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The St. Olaf Band’s national tour program will feature the premiere of David Maslanka’s “Angel of Mercy,” commissioned for the 125th anniversary with funding from the Miles Johnson Endowment. Also included on the program will be Steven Bryant’s “Ecstatic Fanfare,” selections from Jukka Linkola’s Trumpet Concerto No. 2 featuring St. Olaf faculty member Martin Hodel, Peter Van Zandt Lane’s highly energetic Hivemind, Bruce Broughton’s A Celebration Overture, conductor Timothy Mahr’s Endurance, and the final movement of Donald Grantham’s Symphony for Winds and Percussion. Founded in 1891, the St. Olaf Band is an ensemble noted for superb musicianship. Under the leadership of conductor Dr. Timothy Mahr, the St. Olaf Band performs the very best compositions and transcriptions for symphonic band, producing an exciting, crowd-pleasing style.


Warm Sounds for a Cold Clime featured in Perrysburg concert

Warm Sounds for a Cold Climate is the first concert of 2016 presented by St. Tim’s Discovers, an outreach of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, , the concert will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary Street, Perrysburg. Featuring orchestral music from Spain and Latin America, the special guest artists comprise the Vive Ensemble, a chamber orchestra from Bowling Green State University. Led by BGSU doctoral student Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia, the repertoire will include Mariel by Osvaldo Golijov, a feature for marimba and cello, de Falla’s Suite Popular Espanola, “La Oracion del Torero” composed by Turina, and “Retablo” with soprano soloist.Ms. Diaz Garcia comes to northwest Ohio after an illustrious career, including conducting stints throughout North and South America and Europe. Her musical career began as an oboist and pianist, receiving degrees on both instruments. At the age of 19, Diaz Garcia was awarded a tenured position to teach oboe in the National Conservatories of Spain, one of the youngest people ever to achieve such a position. Currently, she serves as a Conducting Fellow at the College of Musical Arts, BGSU and is pursuing a doctorate in Contemporary Music. The Sunday recital will feature many talented soloists, including Hillary LaBonte, soprano; Henrique Medeiros Batista, marimba; Aleks Tengesdal, cello; and Octavian Moldovean, flute. St. Tim’s Discovers is dedicated to bringing classical music to communities throughout Northwest Ohio. The performance is free and open to the public; doors open at 2:30 PM.  St. Timothy’s is fully accessible with plenty of convenient parking.Information on all upcoming events in the series is available at www.saint-timothy.net.


BGSU Lively Arts Calendar, Jan. 27-Feb. 1

Submitted by BGSU OFFICE OFMARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS WEDNESDAY—The Faculty Artist Series continues with a piano performance by Robert Satterlee, a professor of piano and director of graduate studies at BGSU. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. He will perform Sonata in D Major, K. 576 – W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791) Two Etudes (Homage to William Albright) – David Gompper Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 – Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856). Free THURSDAY —The Creative Writing Program continues its MFA Reading Series with readings by Jacob Hall and Teresa Dederer at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free. FRIDAY —BGSU’s Repertory Dance Ensemble presents its Winter Dance Concert featuring choreography by dance program faculty Kristi Faulkner, Colleen Murphy, Tammy Starr and Tracy Wilson, and senior dance major Erynn Leff. Performances in tap, jazz and contemporary dance feature BGSU undergraduate dance majors and minors. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre, The Wolfe Center for the Arts. A second performance is slated for Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available beginning one hour prior to the show. For more information, email cmurphy@bgsu.edu MONDAY —Canadian pianist Vicky Chow, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “new star of new music,” will bring her music to BGSU as part of February’s Music at the Forefront Series. Her performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Clazel Theatre, 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. Free FEB. 2—The Chamber Jazz Ensembles will perform, featuring the work of student composers. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free FEB. 3—Charles Saenz, associate professor of trumpet, will perform as part of the Faculty Artist Series at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free FEB. 4—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 Feb. 4—BGSU Student…


Local volunteers to shave their heads in support of childhood cancer research

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events at Bowling Green State University. The 4th annual St. Baldrick’s at BGSU will start at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The head shaving kicks off at 10 a.m. So far, almost 60 participants have registered to “brave the shave” with the goal of raising $20,000 to help fight childhood cancer. Over the past three years, this event has raised nearly $65,000. For more information, contact Stephanie Surblis at surblis@bgsu.edu or visit http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/BGSU. ### About the St. Baldrick’s Foundation The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $101 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, which may be a child’s best hope for a cure. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1-888-899-BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.


First Islamophia panel Wednesday

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS In the wake of recent concerns about intolerance and violence targeting Muslims, Bowling Green State University and the city of Bowling Green are hosting two panel discussions on “Islamophobia” in our region. The events are part of the Not In Our Town initiative. 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. The first discussion will be held at wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater (Room 206). A second event will be held Feb. 9  at 6:30 p.m. in the Wood County District Public Library Atrium. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.bgsu.edu/notinourtown.


People of Engagement looking for Action Focus

By FRANCES BRENT PEBG, “People of Engagement Bowling Green,” a non-partisan grass roots group has been meeting at the Simpson Building every third Wednesday to listen, learn and discuss in a open public forums.  Their vision is to help citizens impact the community in a positive way through the sharing of ideas, concerns, information.  To  that end public officials,  including Mayor Edwards, have shared city procedures, challenges and long term projects. This Wednesday organizers Ginny Stewart and Lori Young sought guidance from the group in finding action focus, both immediate and long term. Previous expressed concerns involved East side properties, particularly rental properties in terms of upkeep and renter health and safety.  How trash cans be better managed for aesthetics and sanitation was debated as a practical action item. Recent council discussion of the Wooster and Church Green Space as a possible City Building site caused consternation as many thought it a settled matter. It was decided to  solicit  a professionally designed survey to determine actual public sentiment. Other listed topics and concerns:  Complete streets, high-speed wi-fi, sustainability, schools fully supporting students living under the poverty line and getting younger citizens involved in civic activities. The February agenda will feature study of East side property characteristics and possible actions and continued discussion of Church and Wooster corner.


The WCHS is partnering with the Toledo International Film Festival for a screening of White God.

Greetings! The Ohio Theatre and Event Center and Welcome Toledo-Lucas County are hosting the 2ndAnnual Toledo International Film Festival (TIFF) January 23, January 30, and February 6 at the Ohio Theatre (3114 Lagrange St.). Two films will screen each night at 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM. The Wood County Humane Society is proud to be a TIFF Community Partner for White God screening to be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre! For tickets and more information, visit the Ohio Theatre website here, and follow the event on the TIFF Facebook event page here. The TIFF is a wonderful celebration of diversity through international films, and it is exciting to offer this experience to the Toledo-Lucas County community.  The festival will feature films from Mali/Mauritania, Israel/Palestine, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and Hungary. There will also be live performances between the films, as well as restaurant sponsors each night. Check out the trailer for the film or like the film on its Facebook page. Read a review of the film at The Boston Globe‘s website.