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“Lab rat” Chad Greene describes his career journey through digital arts maze

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Chad Greene’s career in digital arts took him a lot of places. During his presentation Friday at Bowling Green State University he projected a map that showed his travels from his hometown Sandusky, to Bowling Green to Detroit, and across the country and back a couple times. Greene now lives in Seattle where for the past six years he’s been senior art director for Xbox, a division of Microsoft. That map didn’t capture the digital artist’s adventures in ancient Rome, futuristic dystopias under the sea, the North Pole, and the land of Far, Far Away. Greene, who was in the first class of digital arts majors to graduate from BGSU’s School of Art, was speaking as part of Milestone activities. The event was a reunion of graduates of the School of Art with a special celebration this year if digital arts’ silver anniversary. An exhibit of alumni work is on displays at the School of Art galleries through Nov. 5. Before the BGSU grad went so far, he spent many, many nights in and days in the fledgling computer arts labs on campus. He and his best friend Mark Shoaf spent hours a day in the lab. “We were lab rats. I’m sure we stank and had bad breath. “We knew this is what we wanted to do. … We knew the hard work would us where we wanted to go.” When he graduated in 1992, Greene put together a demo reel including an animated band The Ungrateful Dead and sent it out to Industrial Light and Magic the company that was working to…

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Jeffery Jackson’s work directing Career Center earns Ferrari honors at BGSU

By BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The criteria for the Administrative Staff’s annual Dr. Michael R. Ferrari Award include innovation and initiative, high performance and building relationships with the University community. Jeffery Jackson, the 2017 winner of the top Jeffery Jackson administrative staff award, exhibits all those and more, according to his nominators. Jackson, assistant vice president for student career success and director of the Career Center, received the award, which comes with a $1,000 cash prize and a reserved parking spot for a year, at the spring reception hosted by Administrative Staff Council. “Jeff truly embodies all three attributes of this prestigious award,” wrote Danielle Dimoff, associate director of the Career Center. “He is known for his energetic and optimistic attitude when working through student concerns, while demonstrating a sense of compassion toward every individual. He is an innovative leader who goes above and beyond the responsibilities of his position. He is a relationship builder who strives to strengthen University partnerships with stakeholders. He is a strategic thinker who approaches each new challenge as a new opportunity. Above all, he is an educator who recognizes and cares about the success and future of Bowling Green State University.” Jackson has been involved with creative new approaches to ensure the career readiness of BGSU graduates, Dimoff said. These include partnering with the Office of Pre-Major Advising to support students through the Deciding Student Program with such activities as Major Match-Up, the Career and Life Planning course and numerous others. He also helped develop the Falcon Internship Guarantee Program, designed to prepare first-year students experiential learning opportunities. And along with that,…



Campbell named BGSU police chief

Mike Campbell has been named police chief at Bowling Green State University. He has been interim chief since the previous chief Monica Moll left to become director of public safety at Ohio State in October, 2016. He was hired in 2011 as a patrol captain. He previously worked for the University of Toledo. He takes over at a time when BGSU is facing criticism for its handling of sexual assault.


BGSU to award 2,328 degrees in graduation ceremonies

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Degree candidates at Bowling Green State University’s commencement ceremonies Friday (May 5) and Saturday (May 6) will hear from alumni who have gone on to distinguished careers in academia, the Coast Guard and the financial services industry. Of the total 2,328 degrees to be awarded this weekend, 664 are with honors. The Graduate College will award 436 degrees, including 404 candidates for master’s degrees and 32 for doctorates. Those graduating include 102 international students from 30 countries. The Bowling Green campus will hold three ceremonies, all in the Stroh Center. The 7 p.m. Friday event will comprise the Graduate College and the colleges of Health and Human Services, Musical Arts and Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering. Giving the commencement address will be Anthony Rucci, who received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial/organizational psychology from BGSU. Rucci is now a clinical professor of management in the Fisher School of Business at the Ohio State University and a Distinguished Teaching Professor. The 9 a.m. Saturday commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences will feature an address by Rear Admiral June Ryan, who earned a Bachelor of Science in biology in 1985. Ryan serves as the Ninth Coast Guard district commander, a position she assumed in June 2015. She is the senior Coast Guard commander for the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway. The colleges of Business Administration and Education and Human Development will hold commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday. Susan Mucciarone, who earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1979, will give the commencement address. She…


DeWine stumps for governor during stop in BG

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   More than a year out from the next gubernatorial election, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine brought his early campaign for the office to Bowling Green on Thursday. DeWine, a favorite for the Republican ticket for governor, spoke at the party’s Lincoln Day Dinner at Stone Ridge Golf Club. As attorney general, DeWine has worked to strenghten victims’ rights and to correct some wrongs in the legal system. He spearheaded efforts to get hundreds of sexual assault kits tested after they had languished for years in evidence rooms. Many of those have resulted in DNA matches with people already in the system. DeWine has worked with State Senator Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green, to create a violent offender registry. This was done in response to the abduction and murder of Sierah Joughin, 20, in Fulton County. Like the sex offender registry, this registry would notify communities of someone with a violent criminal past living nearby. And DeWine continues to work on solutions to the opiate epidemic in Ohio. Following the advice of people with addiction experience, DeWine said more emphasis needs to be put on K-12 age appropriate education on drugs, “to lessen people going down the path of addiction.” “As attorney general, sometimes I feel I’m picking up the pieces” after problems occur, he said before speaking Thursday evening. So he’s now looking at getting in front of problems – as governor. DeWine and others arriving at the Lincoln Day Dinner drove past a group of protesters at the entrance to the golf club. “One of the lessons from the last election is…