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Michael Hoskins thinks the world of BGSU

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News In talking about growing up in Bowling Green, Michael Hoskins described a lost world. He moved around campus just before Anderson Arena was built and with the football field was located where the College of Business now stands. He spent days at the natatorium and the “old” men’s gym – he was confused why it was called that because he never saw any old men there. “It a very perfect kind of college town life” that included pals such as Mike Marsh. Marsh was there to greet him Thursday when Hoskins returned to campus. The middle child of three, Hoskins moved here at 11 when his father William Hoskins took a position at the College of Business in 1965. His father had been recruited by then President William T. Jerome and Dean William Schmeltz, who were interested in bringing top scholars, especially in international business, to campus, President Rodney Rogers said. Hoskins said his father was “desperately recruited,” and could have made more money elsewhere, but stayed in Bowling Green. His work extended from founding the International Business program at BGSU to co-founding the Academy of International Business, the leading organization in the field, Rogers said. Hoskins attended BGSU, first in computer science, before changing his major to finance, graduating in 1977, before heading off to work at IBM. But then he moved to his passion, as, in Rogers’ words, a “serial entrepreneur.” Taking his father’s lead, he traveled the world. He lost touch with his alma mater for some time. That happens, Hoskins said. Then 12 years ago through Marsh, he reconnected with campus. And as he started to follow what was going on at BGSU, he became more impressed. He made donations. He founded the Hoskins Global Scholars program He said he’d reached that stage in his life where he started wanting to give permanency to his contributions. After talking with Interim Provost John Fischer, Hoskins decided not only to permanently endow the scholarships, but to contribute to the renovation of University Hall. On Thursday the university celebrated the naming of the Michael E. Hoskins Grand Foyer. Also, the “fifth generation” of Hoskins scholars were introduced. They are: Quinn Eberhard, a chemistry major; McKenzie Moss, forensic science and Spanish major; and Hannah Finnerty, international studies. Eberhard is a first-year student who will travel to Cambridge, England, to work at the European Bioinformatics Institute. This is a direct outgrowth with her research with BGSU faculty Neocles Leontis and Craig Zirbel. She got involved after hearing a presentation by Leontis on his work. “I felt it was intensely fascinating and was outside my current understanding,” she said. Eberhard is the only undergraduate working on the research team. They work with RNA and proteins, and the institute in Cambridge has the largest online database of proteins. Now “we have to do a lot of manual labor to compile this data and analyze it,” she said. Her plan is to go to England to develop a program that will “automatically grab” the needed data from the EBI database. That information will also be available to other researchers through the institute’s site. Eberhard has been fascinated by chemistry since high school in Columbus, where she studied the subject for three years. It offers “a deeper understanding of…


Naturalization ceremony, Vagabrothers part of International Education Week at BGSU

Bowling Green State University will celebrate International Education Week 2017 Nov. 13-18. Presented by International Programs and Partnerships, the week is a community celebration of global culture and diversity, with free activities open to all, and opportunities to learn about everything from international careers to international travel. Highlighting the week on Thursday (Nov. 16) will be a visit by the globetrotting Vagabrothers, award-winning travel videographers photographers and writers. The brothers, Marko and Alex Ayling, are globally engaged storytellers on a mission to explore the planet by connecting with other young people and inspiring viewers to do the same. Students will gain knowledge, advice and general travel tips through the brothers’ experience of visiting more than 30 countries. Their entertaining talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Students can get important information on working abroad at the International Career Panel Discussion, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 15) in 208 Union. A panel of five professionals with experience working in international education, business, nonprofits and government will share their stories and offer advice to students considering similar careers. Jeffery Jackson, Career Center director, will facilitate the discussion. The week’s events begin Monday (Nov. 13) when BGSU hosts a naturalization ceremony for 36 new citizens at 11 a.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Among those being naturalized are a current student, Ping Liu from China, in the professional MBA program, and former student Matias Razo Alvizo from Mexico, who attended BGSU Firelands from 2009-11. Two BGSU alumni will officiate: U.S. District Court Magistrate James Knepp, a 1987 BGSU graduate in mass communication, and U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi, a 1983 graduate in political science. Danijela Tomic, BGSU head women’s volleyball coach, will be the guest speaker. A native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tomic became a U.S. citizen in September. In honor of the occasion, international student organizations will have displays and information at the tables outside Falcon Outfitters. That evening, a Diversity and Education Abroad discussion will take place from 6-7 p.m. in 314 Union. A diverse student panel of students who successfully participated in an education abroad experience will share how they overcame barriers both real and perceived. On Tuesday, the third generation of Hoskins Global Scholars who have returned from their education abroad stays will give presentations about their experiences from 1-5 p.m. in 201 University Hall. The second Immigrant Ohio conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Union. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities grant “Understanding Migration: Local and Global Perspectives,” the day includes panel discussions, keynote speaker Anne Marie McGranaghan, United Nations High Commission for Refugees representative and a BGSU alumna, and a special photo exhibit in the Jerome Library of portraits of refugees from three continents. Also Tuesday, International Open Mic Night is slated from 7:30-9 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall. Led by BGSU’s international student ambassadors, international and domestic students will show off their talents, from standup comedy to music and drama. On Wednesday, international students and students who have studied abroad will be honored during the BGSU football game at 7 p.m. at Doyt Perry Stadium. The team will take the field running through a tunnel of flags carried by students. Participants will receive a T-shirt if they register by Nov….