Community Voices

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 (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 them so that if they do choose to go into academia, they will be successful.” The goal is to recruit three AGEP scholars for the fall semester and identify individual faculty mentors for each. Midden and Ogawa are working with the alliance to recruit students from underrepresented populations across the country to all seven Ohio…

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, 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

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 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 Composers recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free FEB. 4—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…

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 or visit ### 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

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

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.  

BGSU does not stand for “Bring Guns, Shoot Us.”

The State Senate of Ohio is considering a bill, already approved by the House as HB 48, to allow guns to be carried and concealed on college campuses (and some other places where they’ve been forbidden, like day care centers). Currently, firearms are not permitted on campus, and this does not seem to have been a problem. If the bill is passed, and the Administration decides to opt-in, BGSU staff, faculty, and students can apply for a conceal/carry permit and start packing heat. The only rationale I have heard for why it would be a good idea to allow guns on campus goes like this: someone with a gun might come to campus and start shooting others, so it’d be a good idea if other people had guns on campus, too, with which to defend themselves from the first person. I am not a lawyer, but I am familiar with the “Reasonable Person” standard used in law and law-making. I assert that the rationale for having guns on campus is not one that a reasonable person should embrace. While there have been many shootings in the last several years (due in part to the easy availability of guns), the actual likelihood of being shot and killed in a school shooting remains relatively remote. That opinion was recently expressed by Chief Monica Moll, of the University Police, at a meeting of the BGSU Faculty Senate; she said tornadoes were of greater concern and likelihood. Saying we need guns on campus to increase safety is like if someone had said, during the Cold War, that all classes needed to be held in underground, lead-lined bunkers in case of a nuclear attack. Guns on campus are an overkill solution to something that, statistically, is unlikely to be a real problem at a particular school.i In fact, the nuclear weapon analogy is one that helps illustrate how ridiculous the arguments of gun advocates actually are. If everybody having a weapon makes everyone safer, well, fine: stop worrying about Iran having a nuclear weapon. Stop worrying about North Korea. Stop worrying about terrorists using a dirty bomb. See? The proliferation of weapons does not make anyone safer; it makes people less safe. I support the idea that people should have a right to own firearms to protect themselves and their homes. But I don’t believe that right is completely without…

Pemberville Opera House Elevator Project Needs a Lift

Dear Friends of the Opera House, As most of you know, we are in the midst of building our elevator! A very long time in coming, this dream is quickly becoming a reality! At present we are looking at a completion date of mid March, so stay tuned! We write to you today, however, with a plea. The Historical Society is falling short of our fundraising goal by quite a bit and while we have raised a tremendous amount of money thus far, we are still behind and donations have slowed to a crawl. We are currently $30,000.00 short to be exact. We need your help to finish this project. If you have donated already, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts but we ask that if you could find it in budget, could you please give a little more? And if you have been thinking about donating and haven’t as yet, now is the time! Please give what you can, because any and all donations add up and will help us cross the finish line! This elevator will mean so much to the Village of Pemberville. Not only will the Town Hall be completely accessible to all, but all will now be able to attend the wonderful programming available in the Opera House. Imagine all those that previously could not attend finally being able to! Grandparents that have not been able to see their grandchildren in plays or those unable to climb stairs making it to the opera house for the very first time to see the concerts, art show or the Festival of Trees. This project will have great economic impact to the village as well by drawing more people to this wonderful village. We have several levels of giving for your convenience and all will be appropriately recognized. Investor $10,000.00 Writer $7,500.00 Executive Producer $5,000.00 Producer $1000.00 Director $750.00 Thespian $500.00 Stagehand $100.00 Or we will place your name on a plaque on one of our chairs for $250.00 (this is an excellent way to remember a loved one) The good news is that there are several ways to give and your donations are tax deductible! 1. You may send a check to the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society (or PFAHS) @ Box 802, Pemberville, Ohio 43450 2. You may get online at and enter zh6u3k2t to find our…