Community Voices

City Park to come alive with sound of music

Information from BG PARKS & RECREATION Bowling Green Parks and Recreation will present six shows in its Concerts in the Park series, starting on June 12. All concerts are Sunday nights at 7 on the Needle Hall stage in City Park. Scheduled to perform are: June 12, The Bowling Green Area Community Band. June 19, The Joe Baker Band, playing standards, rock, blues and country standards. June 26, Kerry Patrick Clark and Band, playing folk and original songs. July 10, The Jeff Tucker Band, originals and rock classics. July 17, Swingmania, swing and big band sounds. July 24, The Pride of Toledo Chorus and Voices of Harmony, barbershop singing.

Undergrads win awards for research & scholarship

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS There were smiles and pride all around at the awards ceremony May 18 for the winners of this year’s Undergraduate Symposium for Research and Scholarship. The winners were chosen from among the 80 students who gave poster presentations and another 24 who gave oral presentations at the April 23 event. Also honored was Dr. Andrew Gregory of the School of Earth, Environment and Society, who received the Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award. Gregory, a spatial geneticist, has involved students in his research into reproduction among sage grouse and prairie chickens as well as ecology and sustainability issues in Kenya. Students and their faculty mentors and parents gathered for the presentation of original glass pieces created by BGSU School of Art faculty member Joel O’Dorisio. President Mary Ellen Mazey congratulated the winners on their work, telling them they would remember it their entire lives, as she has her own experience. Winners in the poster presentation division were: Andrew Witte, a geology major and student of Dr. Margaret Yacobucci, geology, for his quantitative analysis of the shape and size of trilobite fossils in the Great Lakes region to understand geographic distribution of genetic populations across the Appalachian and Michigan basins Lydia Dempsey, a music composition major and student of Distinguished Artist Professor Marilyn Shrude, for her contemporary music composition “The Wishing Well: A Children’s Ballet,” which was staged in April in a collaboration with BGSU student choreographer Sophia Schmitz and conductor Robert Ragoonanan Gregory Grecco, a neuroscience major, for his study of life-threatening hyperthermia as a side effect of illicit designer phenethylamines, drugs commonly known as bath salts. Working with Dr. Jon Sprague, director of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science at BGSU, Grecco compared the hyperthermic effects of six permutations to the more well-known MDMA. Anthony Colosimo, a physics major and student of Dr. Farida Selim, for his research into scintillation mechanisms in wide and direct band gap oxides Oral presentation winners were: Elizabeth Herring, a student of psychology faculty member Dr. Anne Gordon, for her work “Role of Humor Production and Humor Receptivity in Relationship Satisfaction” David Westmeyer, a student of Dr. Heath Diehl, Honors College, for his presentation on the Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree Option for Pre-Dental Undergraduate Students Dr. Cordula Mora, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS), hosted the awards event. The symposium was hosted by CURS and the Northwest Ohio Center of Excellence in STEM Education (NWO).

WBGU-TV gets Emmy nod for tea episode & addiction coverage

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has nominated WBGU-TV staff for two 2016 Emmys. The nominations were given to Tom Zapiecki, production manager, and Marcus Harrison, producer/director and Bowling Green State University adjunct instructor. “I’m very excited that our work has gotten recognized beyond our immediate audience,” said Zapiecki, who has won two Emmys previously. Those awards were for the documentaries “Made in America: Lima Locomotive Works” and “Ketchup: King of Condiments.” This year’s nomination, Zapiecki’s 12th, was in the Magazine Program – Feature/Segment category for a segment of “Scenic Stops” called “Pappy’s Sassafras Tea.” Zapiecki produced and directed this segment, which told the story of a small, family-run business in Columbus Grove, Ohio, that that makes authentic sassafras tea with a worldwide demand. “Scenic Stops” featured unique, unusual and unknown stories of people and places in northwest Ohio. Harrison was nominated for the first segment of a yearlong series, “Addiction: Heroin and Pills,” which raised awareness and provided resources for opiate abuse and addiction. This was Harrison’s second nomination; last year he was nominated for the Magazine program category. This year’s nomination was in the Crafts: Research category. “It always feels good to be recognized for your work,” he said. “I think it’s a good thing for the station as well as the University to be put on that scale.” Earlier this year, Harrison won an Award of Excellence from the Impact Docs Awards, which are part of the Global Film Awards competition, for the same “Addiction” segment. “Adding to the significance of this honor for both Tom and Marcus is that each of these productions used BGSU student employees to help produce these nominated productions,” said Anthony Short, WBGU-TV general manager. “We are very proud of Tom and Marcus and the students that helped them produce these informative and important pieces that impact northwest and west central Ohio.”

“On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” this summer at library

Submitted by WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Maria Simon, Head of Youth Services at the Wood County District Public Library dressed up as “Speed Reader” and visited elementary schools to “rev up” excitement about summer reading at the library. Youth are encouraged to “Jump into Reading” this summer with the Wood County District Public Library Children’s Place! Registration for the Youth Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!”  begins Friday, May 27. There will be a Bounce House in the Library Atrium on Friday, May 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. for youth registrants. Registration will continue throughout the summer. Youth participants will receive a free one-day pool pass to the BG City Pool upon registration. Participants can register and log their reading minutes in the Children’s Place “Reading Arena,” or online at A full calendar of events and programs through August is available online at The Children’s Place is continuing a weekly reading buddy program, “Reading Champions,” as well as a weekly hands-on STEM program “STEM Training with Team Lubrizol.” Reading Champions will offer students ages five and up an opportunity to practice reading aloud with a reading “coach” each Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon. “STEM Training with Team Lubrizol” will offer students ages five and up a variety of experiments and hands-on physics demonstrations with chemists from Lubrizol and Children’s Place staff each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.

Ohio seeking new signature food products to develop

From CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE FOOD TECHNOLOGY Ever think of starting your own food business but didn’t know where to start? Have family and friends raved about your unique dish at gatherings? Or do you have access to local ingredients and always considered a value-added product? If so, consider applying to the Ohio Signature Food Contest as a method to transform a dream into reality. Sponsored by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), the contest will showcase potential new, innovative products from across the state. Products do not need to be fully designed or ready for market, rather an ability to communicate a specific vision. To complete the online entry form along with rules/regulations (deadline is Wednesday, June 22, 2016), visit:

Vic Gable named CEO of Wood Lane Industries

As submitted by Wood Lane The Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Wood Lane Industries Board is pleased to announce that Vic Gable has been named the first Chief Executive Officer of WLI, effective May 29, 2016. The WLI Board is extremely pleased that Vic has accepted the position as they transition to becoming a fully functioning independent service provider. The WLI Board is confident in his abilities to lead WLI into the future. Vic has provided exceptional service in community employment to individuals served by Wood Lane for more than 24 years. Prior to his tenure at Wood Lane, Vic worked in restaurant management and was an integral part of community employment for WCBDD. It was then that he saw the value of employing people with disabilities and decided to make it his career beginning in 1991 with Community Employment Services. He has since worked in all aspects of community employment from Job Coach to Job Developer to most recently Project Manager. As the Project Manager, he has taken the lead in the planning of Wood Lane Industries privatization and the liaison between WCBDD and the WLI Board. WLI will truly benefit from his tremendous experience as they seek to provide the same level of quality services that we expect in Wood County. WLI is required to become an independent service provider as a result of the Annual Benchmark for Free Choice of Provider plan for Wood County. The WCBDD submitted a plan to the Department of Developmentally Disabilities earlier this year indicating the need for the county board to transition approximately 240 individuals currently receiving Board services to independent private providers by the end of 2016. The Benchmark plan was created as a result of new mandates by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. WLI plans to be completely independent of WCBDD by October 1, 2016. For more information visit or call 419-352- 5115.

Wood County Health District earns national accreditation

Wood County Health District is proud to announce that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board, demonstrating the capacity to provide the highest quality of services to the approximately 129,000 people it serves. “This achievement validates the dedication and hard work of our staff, the extraordinary support of our community partners, and the commitment of our Board of Health to improving the health and quality of life in Wood County,” said Health Commissioner, Ben Batey. “Accreditation is the gold standard for health departments and it is an honor to be recognized for our commitment to quality and the incredible effort our staff puts forth every day to improve and protect the health of our community.” To receive national accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of public health quality standards and measures. “The work we’ve done to get to this point was an opportunity for us to examine our entire organization from the inside out,” said Amy Jones, Director of Health Promotion and Preparedness and acting Accreditation Coordinator. “It’s been an incredible process to be able to demonstrate our ability to provide Wood County with high quality public health,” she added. Public health departments play a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. Across the nation, health departments provide a range of services aimed at promoting healthy behaviors; preventing diseases and injuries; ensuring access to safe food, water, clean air, and life-saving immunizations; and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. “Whenever you see our seal of accreditation, you will know that Wood County Health District has been examined and meets or exceeds national standards that promote continuous quality improvement for public health,” said Batey. Wood County Health District has a staff of approximately 60 full and part-time employees. A ten member Board of Health oversees the operations and sets the policies of the Health District. The Board appoints a Health Commissioner as its executive officer to direct the daily operations of the department and carry out all orders of the Board and the Ohio Department of Health. The Wood County Health District provides numerous services to the community, including comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. Our Health and Wellness Center welcomes all patients and accepts most third party insurances, including uninsured or underinsured clients regardless of ability to pay. The mission of Wood County Health District is to take the initiative to facilitate opportunities for Wood County residents to lead healthy lives. The Health District is located at 1840 E. Gypsy Lane Rd. in Bowling Green. Normal office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with late hours and satellite clinics available. The Wood County Board of Health meetings are generally held on the…

BGSU researchers release report on police crime, schedule webinar to discuss findings

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Two Bowling Green State University researchers recently concluded a National Institute of Justice-funded study on police crime, the report of which will be released by the NIJ June 6. The study provides insights into the nature and extent of police crime in the United States, what factors influence how a police organization responds to arrests of officers, and how to foster police integrity by exploring whether police crime and officer arrests correlate with other forms of police misconduct. Philip Stinson, J.D., Ph.D., and John Liederbach, Ph.D., both associate professors in criminal justice, will share findings from their study in a June 23 webinar, “Police Integrity Lost: A Webinar to Discuss Findings from a Multiyear Study of Law Enforcement Officers Arrested.” In the course of their research, Stinson and Liederbach analyzed data on 6,724 arrests over a seven-year period (2005-2011). These arrests involved more than 5,500 individual sworn law enforcement officers who were employed by more than 2,500 nonfederal state and local law enforcement agencies located in 1,205 counties and independent cities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Participants can learn more by registering for the free webinar scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 23. Registration is available at The webinar is supported by Award No. 2011-IJ-CX-0024, awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the webinar are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice.

Julie’s Dance Studio’s Star-Style benefit show to raise funds for Wood County Historical Society

The Wood County Historical Society is honored to partner with Julie’s Dance Studio as the recipient of their annual Star-Style Benefit Show on Saturday June 4 at the BG Schools Performing Arts Center, 530 W. Poe Rd. Dancers will perform 7:00 – 8:00 pm and admission is donation only with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the WCHS Accessibility Project. “Join Us at the Top of the Stairs” is a fundraising campaign and construction project aiming to add an elevator and other accessibility amenities to the Historical Museum (formerly Wood County Infirmary), which was abandoned as the county home in the 1970s due in part to the structure’s limitations for those with physical disabilities. This project ensures that all members of our community will have access to one of Wood County’s most treasured landmarks. Photos, accessibility project updates, and donation information can be found at, or call 419-352-0967.  For more information about Julie’s Dance Studio visit

Black Swamp Players will stage four shows in 2016-2017

Submitted by BLACK SWAMP PLAYERS The Black Swamp Players have announced their productions for the 2016-2017 season. On tap are: * “Sylvia” by A.R. Gurney presented at a venue to be determined from Sept. 16-18 and 23-25.  Directed by first time director, Wayne Weber. * “Vanya and Sasha and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang. One weekend only at the Clazel, November 3, 4, and 5.  Directed by Deb Weiser. * “Crazy for You,” Gershwin tunes with a Ken Ludwig book.  Feb. 17-19 and 24-26. at  First United Methodist Church and directed by Inge Klopping. * “Dixie Swim Club” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten at First United Methodist on April 28-30 and May 5-7 and directed by another first time BSP director, Paul Soska.

Peek at our Parks by Frances Brent: April Showers Bring More Than Flowers

By Frances Brent From mud hole to green glory the  Hosta  Display Garden at Simpson Garden has burst forth in its variegated shades of greens. The Simpson Garden, located at the corner of Wintergarden and Conneaut, has hosted  an official Hosta Display garden with literally hundreds of precisely labeled specimens since 2014. The area is deeply shaded, accented by rocks,  flowering shrubs and comfortable seating.  It has become a  popular photo op site for toddlers, graduates and families.  

BGSU faculty awarded tenure, promoted

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The BGSU Board of Trustees acknowledged and celebrated the accomplishments of faculty from a number of colleges and the University Libraries May 6 with the granting of promotions and for some, tenure. Promotion to full professor Heather Elliott-Famularo, art Dr. Sandra Faulkner, media and communication Dr. Andrew Hershberger, art Dr. Sung-Yeon Park, media and communication Dr. Michael Weber, philosophy Kevin Schempf, music performance studies Dr. Mary Murray, intervention services Dr. Dawn Shinew, teaching and learning Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart, higher education and student affairs Dr. Maureen Wilson, higher education and student affairs Dr. Michael Kimaid, natural and social sciences, BGSU Firelands Dr. Cynthia Miglietti, applied sciences, BGSU Firelands Dr. Philip Weinsier, applied sciences, BGSU Firelands Tenure Eileen Kuan-Veng Bosch, library teaching and learning Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor Dr. Russell Mills, political science Dr. Kevin Vallier, philosophy Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, marketing Dr. Katherine Meizel, musicology/composition/theory Dr. Elizabeth Menard, music education Dr. Arne Spohr, musicology/composition/theory Dr. Fei Gao, visual communication and technology education Dr. Jonathan Bostic, teaching and learning Dr. Angela Thomas, teaching and learning Dr. Brooks Vostal, intervention services Dr. Theodore Bach, humanities, BGSU Firelands Dr. Sue Ellen McComas, humanities, BGSU Firelands Dr. Raymond Schuck, humanities, BGSU Firelands Dr. Stephanie Walls, natural and social sciences, BGSU Firelands Elizabeth Hertenstein, collections and technical services, University Libraries Promotion to Senior Lecturer Ruthy Light, art Catherine Smith, engineering technologies Martin Anderson, applied sciences, BGSU Firelands Rachelle Hippler, applied sciences, BGSU Firelands William Huepenbecker, natural and social sciences, BGSU Firelands Alyson Wilson, natural and social sciences, BGSU Firelands Promotion to Lecturer Spintz Harrison, cultural and critical studies Amy Wagner, natural and social sciences, BGSU Firelands Dr. Margaret Adams, human services Staci Freeworth, public and allied health Laura Schrock, communication sciences and disorders

BG Arts Council seeks Air for Art in the Park

Submitted by BG ARTS COUNCIL The Bowling Green Arts Council and Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department will host Art in the Park on the grounds of Simpson Garden Park, 1291 Conneaut Avenue, on Friday, June 10, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Artists of all ages are invited to bring their easels and art supplies to the park to paint in the gardens for this event. Artists can register to participate by sending an email to  Artists may not bring additional work and no sales can be made on Park premises, however they are encouraged to bring business cards to distribute. In addition to the artists at work, Art in the Park will feature both indoor and outdoor hands-on arts activities for children. Adults will have a chance to work with stained glass artist Gail Christofferson. There will also be local musicians, music by students of the BGSU College of Musical Arts and performances by the Black Swamp Players and Horizon Youth Theatre.  Some light refreshments will be provided.    

BGSU honors top classified staff

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Like a well-oiled machine, Barbara Berta, Mary Busdeker and Marcia Seubert keep the Department of Mathematics and Statistics running smoothly. This is good news for students and faculty in the best of times, but especially impressive during times of great transition, as the last two years have been for the department. In recognition of their achievement and the graciousness with which they go above and beyond their official duties, the three were presented the Classified Staff Team Award on May 18 at the annual Classified Staff Council reception and awards ceremony. The team will share a $1,500 award and their names will be displayed on a commemorative plaque in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. “The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has had three chairs in the last two years,” said Dr. Hanfeng Chen, current chair of the department, in nominating the team. “Furthermore, we have had a change in three out of the main leadership positions within the last year.” Although this caused an inordinate amount of work for Berta, Busdeker and Seubert, they handled it “with professionalism, patience and promptness,” Chen said. “They never missed a beat and basically ran the department during the transition period of leaderships.” “Their support during this time ensured a seamless transition for faculty, but more importantly, for the graduate students and the many undergraduate students that come into contact with our office each day,” wrote faculty member Barbara Zirkes. Calling them the “heart and soul of the department,” Chen said they not only keep things moving, they also create an atmosphere that promotes collaboration and learning. Berta, an administrative assistant, has a key role in creating the class schedule and making sure there are ample opportunities for all the students who wish to enroll and that they have an appropriate learning space, “which is an enormous undertaking since we offer so many different course sections,” said Dr. Craig Zirbel, graduate coordinator. She also facilitates communication among the department and keeps the calendar of events organized, among her myriad duties. “Barb is utterly competent in everything she does,” Zirbel said. Seubert has served the department for many years, currently as senior secretary for the graduate program. She works with graduate students from their first inquiry through graduation. She is “extremely detail oriented” and handles all the forms, assistantships and other items, freeing students to concentrate on their research, coursework and teaching responsibilities. In fact, graduate students have reported that they chose BGSU because of how well she maintained contact with them, Zirbel wrote. She also helped him “in a clear and thoughtful manner” when he had to step into his coordinator role last summer, he said. Although Busdeker’s title is typist, “she is much more to our department than her title suggests,” wrote Zirkes. The first person faculty…

BGSU bestows emeritus status on retiring faculty

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees granted emeritus status to 15 retired or retiring faculty members during the May 6 meeting. Emeritus status is conferred in recognition of distinguished service to the University. To be designated as emeritus, individuals must have been at the University for at least 10 years and been recommended by their department for the designation. Emerita Lecturer, humanities Patricia Antonelli, assistant librarian at BGSU Firelands and a faculty member in the humanities department, joined the Firelands staff in 1996 and retired May 6. She brought new courses and library research instruction to students. She was actively involved in the transition to OhioLINK, and maintained strong ties to faculty in the Jerome Library on the Bowling Green campus. In the latter part of her tenure, she served as interim director of the library, a role in which she further strengthened its holdings and links to Jerome as well as services to students. Emerita Senior Lecturer, applied sciences Mona Burke will retire June 1 after serving as the health information management technology program director in the BGSU Firelands applied sciences department for over 30 years. Recognized many times for her excellence in teaching, she received the Distinguished Teacher Award in 1995. Burke was one of the first faculty at BGSU to offer online courses. A nationally recognized expert in her field, in 2010 she was named a fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. Emerita Associate Professor, journalism and public relations Dr. Nancy Brendlinger, who will retire June 1, has served as a faculty member in journalism and public relations since 1990. Known as an engaged teacher and mentor, she incorporated what she learned from her two Fulbright teaching/scholarship experiences and two BGSU faculty leaves to other countries into her teaching, expanding students’ horizons regarding international issues and relationships. She began as an assistant professor in charge of the magazine sequence and in 1995 became the first woman to chair the Department of Journalism, a position she held two more times. She was active in leading curriculum changes and in enlarging the then-School of Mass Communication into the current School of Media and Communication. Emeritus Professor, music performance studies Christopher Buzzelli retired in 2015. A specialist in jazz and jazz guitar, he joined the music performance studies department in 1984. In addition to teaching an array of related courses, he led student ensembles and taught summer jazz and guitar camps. A composer and arranger as well as frequent performer, he is also the author of “The Complete Book of 7-String Guitar” and co-author of numerous other books on jazz guitar. He has performed on many solo and group recordings. Emerita Senior Lecturer, English Lynn Campbell joined the BGSU English department as a graduate assistant in 1980 and began teaching full time…