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Dubois finalists named; piano competition starts early Sunday

Eleven finalists have been named in the David Dubois Piano Competition. The final round begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Kobacker Hall on campus. The winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. The finalists are: Maggie Ma Laylo Rikhsieva Henry Tang Heather Gu Eric Lin Ailun Zheng Shuheng Zhang Yung-Yi Chen Minyi Zhang Isabelle Lian Catherina Lu

BGSU student leaders lobby for solar project

Submitted by LILY MURNEN President, BGSU Environmental Service Club Bowling Green State University (BGSU) student leaders hand-delivered a letter to President Mazey’s office today in pursuit of information regarding a suspended solar project for the campus. After repeated attempts to reach President Mazey for comment, the students decided to deliver the letter calling for answers. The campus solar installation would be an addition to Bowling Green City Municipal Utilities solar array that should be completed by the end of 2016. In their letter, the students cite the BGSU Climate Action Plan, which states that the university is committed to carbon neutrality by the year 2040. “By acting on a local scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we would be doing our part as a public institution to combat global climate change. Installing a solar array on campus would be a tangible example of this commitment.” – Lily Murnen, President Environmental Service Club. The letter is signed by 31 student leaders, who hold positions in varied campus organizations such as Environmental Action Group, Undergraduate Student Government, and Environmental Service Club. The letter reads: An Open Letter Concerning Campus Solar Project Follow ¬up on January 29, 2016 correspondence: Dear President Mazey, Board of Trustees Members, and Master Plan Senior Leadership Team, We are concerned that the University has not yet agreed to participate in the solar project that was proposed for our campus in addition to the city’s current solar development. As students attending a signatory university to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, we think that it is of paramount importance to invest in solar energy and, therefore, in our future. The BGSU Climate Action Plan states that the university is committed to carbon neutrality by the year 2040. Development of a solar array on campus would be an important and tangible step toward the university’s dedication to a greener future, which could be used as a powerful recruiting tool for prospective students. According to the BGSU Master Plan, there are no development projects planned for the old construction landfill site, nor can this space support a building without undue expenses. By installing a solar array on this site, the university would also encourage experiential learning for the students—the policy makers and developers of the future. Direct curricular connections currently exist that would enhance the value of this solar project. Students learn about the solar industry in the Introduction to Environmental Science (ENVS 1010) course; in the Environmental Impact Statements (ENVS 4020) course, future projects could include potential solar arrays; students study solar feasibility in Energy Science (ENVS 4000); and develop future solar technologies in the Renewable Energy and Energy Sustainability course (ECET 2050). Researchers in BGSU’s Center for Photochemical Sciences are currently working to improve the efficiency of photovoltaic solar panels. What could be more conducive to learning than BGSU’s own small solar array on campus? The financial resources needed for this project are available, and furthermore this project would help strengthen the City¬-University relationship. We respectfully ask you to reconsider and make a positive decision for the future of our university and city. Please let us know what concerned students, faculty, and staff can do to make this project a reality. Sincerely, Matthew Cunningham, President of Environmental Action Group ( Lily Murnen, President of Environmental Service Club…

BGSU Lively Arts Calendar, Feb. 10-24

Through Feb. 21—The Annual Undergraduate Art and Design Exhibition of works by students in the BGSU School of Art continues in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries of the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Free Thursday — BGSU’s Graduate Brass Quintet recital begins at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Thursday — The Visiting Writers Series features award-winning novelist Karen Osborn, author of “The River Road,” “Between Earth and Sky,” “Patchwork” and “Centerville.” Her reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Thursday — Thursday’s international film series continues with “Four Lions” (2010). This dark comedy from Great Britain is directed by Christopher Morris, and follows a group of young men determined to confront what they see as a decadent West. As they debate doctrine and actions, viewers might wonder whether they are a threat to public safety. Free Saturday — The College of Musical Arts hosts guest artist Spencer Myer as a part of the annual Dubois Piano Festival. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and BGSU music majors are free with student ID. Feb. 15—Guest artist James Giles will perform on piano in Bryan Recital Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center beginning at 8 p.m. Free Feb. 16—Tuesdays at the Gish begins with “Do the Right Thing” (1989), directed by Spike Lee. This was a landmark film when it premiered more than 25 years ago; it still warrants viewing today. Spend one day on one street in Brooklyn with Mookie, his girlfriend, his boss, the neighborhood philosophers, and the young men who agitate for change and bear the brunt of police intervention. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Free Feb. 16— Cello students of Alan Smith, BGSU professor of cello, perform at the Manor House located at Wildwood Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. in Toledo, at 7:30 p.m. Free Feb. 17— Matthew McBride-Daline, associate professor of viola, will present the next performance in the Faculty Artist Series. He has performed worldwide as a viola soloist as well as in numerous international festivals. The recital begins at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 18—Students of the College of Musical Arts will perform original compositions at Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center at 8 p.m. Free Feb 18.—Join the Department of Theatre and Film for its production of “Middletown” by Will Eno, directed by Dr. Jonathan Chambers. Winner of the inaugural Horton Foote Award for Most Promising New Play in 2010, “Middletown” is a deeply moving and funny exploration of the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between. “Middletown” opens at 8 p.m. in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre, located in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Additional performances are at 8 p.m. on Feb. 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27,…

Parent Project starts March 7

Submitted by Wood County Educational Service Center Is life with your teen full of conflict? Do you dread that moment when your teen returns home from school, or when you return home from work, trying to guess what today’s argument and battle of wills is going to be about? We know how to put a stop to that. Most of us in the field, working with high-risk youth know that parent involvement is the key to behavior change with adolescents. Yet, effectively educating parents in basic behavioral strategies is time consuming and repetitive. The Parent Project® is a parent training program designed for parents of strong-willed adolescents. Since 2003, more than 250 parents and their adolescents have attended Parent Project in Wood County and they report that there is important information in Parent Project classes for parents of all teens. Topics include reducing family conflict and arguing, improving school performance and attendance, identifying and intervening with alcohol and other drug abuse, interceding with negative peer associations (including inappropriate dating relationships) and helping parents to set clear, consistent rules with enforceable consequences. Parents who attend the Parent Project® are more likely to see positive behavior changes as parents understand and practice powerful Parent Project interventions at home. The motto of the Parent Project® is “Parents are the answer … when they have the tools they need.” Presented in an educational format, parents are trained for a low fee of $20 for the accompanying 180-page workbook. Youth ages 12-18 are also invited to attend a separate class at no additional cost. If the entire course is completed and the parent has attended all of the required sessions, the $20 fee will be refunded. Parents attend 18 hours of instruction for a cost of less than one session of private counseling. Here are some comments from a family that completed Parent Project in the fall of 2011: “The information we learned from the sessions is priceless! Each session was full of information and techniques designed to help deal with a variety of issues and situations that we are faced with on a daily basis. This class has empowered us to make positive changes in our family dynamics. After the first session we were so excited to learn more. We began to implement the techniques immediately and saw results right away. We continued to learn and use the tools given to us. By the end of the last session we were feeling more confident that we were definitely on our way to becoming better parents, and raising respectful well adjusted teenagers! Following the guidelines we were given has definitely resulted in a more positive and happy environment at our house. Words could not express the appreciation we feel for the opportunity to have attended these classes. We would highly recommend The Parent Project to all parents!” A concurrent teen component will also be offered, where teens will learn similar skills. Youth ages 12 and older may attend. The next session will be held Monday evenings from March 7 through May 9 at Rossford United Methodist Church, 270 Dixie Hwy., Rossford, OH 43460. The first three classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m. The remainder of the classes run from at 6 to 8 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Greg Van…

Tickets available for Black Swamp Players’ ‘Seussical’

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

Prizes awarded in 65th Undergraduate Art Exhibit at BGSU

The 65th Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibit opened Sunday in the galleries at Bowling Green State University. Participating were 89 student artists. Prizes awarded were: FACULTY AWARDS Art Glass Travel Award: Chelsea Tatkowski Candace “Candy” Ducat Book Scholarship: Andriana Nativio Charles & Carol Harper Book Award-Art Education: Jordan Hector Charles & Carol Harper Book Award-Art History: Victoria Cope Charles Lafosky Art Award: Emilie Frazier Craig A. Schnuth Memorial Glass Scholarship Award: Emily Cale Doris Marie Herner Award: Jack Rollin Elizabeth S. & Gary L Cole Scholarship Art: Leslie Reichert Eugene Fenn Endowed Scholarship: Victoria Nuss James W. Strong 2D Tuition Scholarship: Cara Taylor James W. Strong 3D Tuition Scholarship: Kai Lee Liu James W. Strong Art Education Tuition scholarship: Andrea Hama James W. Strong Art history Scholarship: Kellie Sheridan James W. Strong Digital Arts Scholarship: Alex Zolciak James W. Strong Gaphic Design Tuition Scholarship: Vanessa Flory James W. Strong Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship: Hailey Ameling James W.Strong SACI Scholarship: Paige Apkarian John and Norma Richards Design Award: Emilie Frazier Silvia Passerini Davenport Award: Victoria Nuss and Kalia Johnson Thomas Hilty Scholarship: Joshua Bellas Tom and Jane Vanden Eyeden Art Education Award: Regina HiltonTom and Jane Vanden Eynden Photography Award: Zachary Tadijanac PURCHASE AWARDS Arts & Sciences Dean’s Awards: Regina Hilton and Jaqueline Polofka Bowen Thompson Student Union Award: Leslie Reichert EXTERNAL JUROR AWARDS Alumni Association Award: Madison Walsh and Mark Cooper Main Street Photo Award: Cara Taylor Marietta Kirschner Wigg Print Award: Anastasia Baker Medici Circle Best of Show Award: Kai Lee Liu Ringholz Art Supply Award: 2D Madison Walsh Ringholz Art Supply Award: 3D Alexis Hartel Animation, Electronic, & Video 1st Place: Molly Radigan, “Void” 2nd Place: Serena Sadowski, “Washed Away” Ceramics 1st Place: Kai Lee Liu, “Time Is Passing Because Of People” 2nd Place: Laura Jane Dirksen, “Series #2” Honorable Mention: Joshua Naimy, “Shape Vase” Digital Imaging 1st Place: Joshuah Naimy, “The Journey” 2nd Place: Heather Monaghan, “Beakaway” Honorable Mention: Amanda Glass, “Inner Ursa” Drawing 1st Place: Katherine Allen, “Inevitable Fear” 2nd Place: Megan Miazgowicz, “Zodiac” Honorable Mention: Jen Forsythe, “The Drips” Cara Taylor, “The Aftermath” Kelsey Escue, Peanut Butter and Jelly” First Year Program 1st Place: Morgan Gale, “Outside Inside” 2nd Place: Alyssa Pine, “Reaction Piece” Honorable Mention: Jill McClurg, “Walking W/OCD” and Jesamie Houghtby, “Video Montage” Glass 1st Place: Jaqueline Polofka, “Seascape” Honorable Mention: Keegan O’Brien, “The Main Course” and Kai Lee Liu, “A Second Horizon” Graphic Design 1st Place Emily Frazier, “Grillet Family Tree” 2nd Place Vanessa Flory, “Conscious Creations” Metals/Jewelry 1st Place Erica England: “Emergency Wishes” 2nd Place Erica England: “Deer Brooch” Painting 1st Place: Cara Taylor, “Alison” Honorable Mention: Paul Verdell, “Complexion” Photography 1st Place: Cara Taylor, “Canoe” 2nd place: Adriana Nativio, “Spectacle of A Woman” Honorable Mention: Jay Robert Dean, “Portrait of A Watchdog” Printmaking 1st Place: Allison Kuhr, “Holofernes” 2nd Place: Lauren Holcomb, “Phoenix Barn Swallow” Honorable Mention: Anastasia Baker, “Drive Slow/Kanye West” Sculpture 1st Place: Alexis Hartel, “Passage”

3B staging ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ this weekend

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

Panel to address Islamophobia Tuesday

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

Jazz vet featured in downtown BG jam

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

BGSU’s clinical psychology program top ranked

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The University’s clinical psychology Ph.D. program is among the best in the nation, according to two recent reports. On the list compiled by, BGSU is ranked second in the nation for its success in preparing students for careers in professional counseling. The website 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’s website.’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 President Mary Ellen Mazey. “This recognition affirms that Bowling Green provides a quality education, preparing our students for success in their careers.” Read the full reports at the Counseling Psychology website and the Best Counseling Degrees site or learn more about the program at the Department of Psychology website.

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 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 p.m. Free. Feb. 10—The Faculty Artist Series features bassoonist Susan Nelson, an assistant professor of bassoon at BGSU. Her performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 11 – BGSU’s Graduate Brass Quintet recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Feb. 11 – The Visiting Writers Series features award-winning novelist Karen Osborn, author of “The River Road,” “Between Earth and Sky,” “Patchwork” and “Centerville.” Her reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Feb. 13 – The College of Musical Arts hosts guest artist Spencer Myer as a part of the Dubois Piano Festival. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and BGSU music majors are free with student ID. Feb. 15—Guest artist James Giles will perform on piano in Bryan Recital Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center beginning at 8 p.m. Free Feb. 16 – Tuesdays at the Gish begins with “Do the Right Thing” (1989), directed by Spike Lee. This was a landmark film when it premiered more than 25 years ago; it still warrants viewing today. Spend one day on one…

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 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 in the Caribbean. This collection and record of the Caribbean world is unsurpassed and his role in its creation is central.