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Bruce Meyer to lead BGSU capital planning & campus operations

Bruce Meyer has been named Bowling Green State University’s associate vice president for capital planning and campus operations, a role he has filled as interim since 2017. In announcing the appointment, President Rodney Rogers praised Meyer for making sure “our capital projects have been kept steadily moving forward.” Rogers added: “He is a longtime member of the executive team charged with implementing the Campus Master Plan and brings to the position thorough knowledge of the University and strong management skills.” In his new position, Meyer will be a member of the president’s cabinet. He will report to Sheri Stoll, vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer.


BGSU president adds two new members to his cabinet

Bowling Green State University President Rodney Rogers has added two new positions to his cabinet. In an announcement to the campus community, he announced that Jennifer McCary, assistant vice president for student affairs/Title IX officer, will be added to the inner circle of presidential advisors. He cited the “critical issues facing BGSU and other universities and the significance of Title IX to our efforts to promote a campus culture of civility and freedom from harassment and sexual violence” as the rationale for the move. Dr. Christina Lunceford will continue to serve on the body as assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion. Because of “the importance of information technology to nearly everything we do at the University today and in the future,” Rogers has named John Ellinger, the university’s chief information officer, to the group.


BGSU has long to-do list of summer construction projects

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Orange construction fencing is back in style at Bowling Green State University. Once students leave the fences go up for projects, large and small. Some are unglamorous, though essential, like the upgrading of the tunnel under Thurstin Street that brings services from the university steam plant  to campus. Others are signature projects. With the Kuhlin Center completed a few years ago, and the renovated University and Moseley halls opened for business last fall, now the university turns its attention to the Robert W. and Patricia A Maurer Center. The Maurer Center will cost $44.5 million, with other projects coming in at $18.66 The Maurer project will transform Hanna Hall into the new home for the College of Business. That includes a 40,000-square-foot addition twice the size of the original building. Bruce Meyer, interim vice president for capital planning and campus operations, said the remediation of the inside of the building is complete, now interior demolition will begin. Workers will remove windows and knock down walls. Programming to determine the interior layout is being completed. The project is scheduled to be completed by the start of the fall, 2020, semester. The concept is to open up the inside space while maintaining a vintage look on the exterior of the existing building. Hanna’s east wall will be preserved with the new addition built over it. The building will incorporate the traditional with the contemporary, Meyer said. The open space will be conducive to collaboration among faculty and students. The style will be like a modern corporate space allowing for a smoother transition for students going from campus to careers. Work in the new movie theater spaces in Olscamp and the student union has commenced. That’s where the Gish Film Theater programming will move. The seats from the Gish have been put in storage, Meyer said. The summer started with one of the most notable projects – the demolition of Harshman Quad. Meyer said the removal of the residence hall complex opens up the view into campus. He said he’s surprised by the number of people taking photos of the site and the campus beyond. The debris will be removed by late August with the project finally buttoned up by October. Grass and trees will be planted, he said, as university officials ponder future use of the site. One possibility is an expanded parking lot, but Meyer said administrators want to make sure that’s where parking is needed. The nearby basketball courts are also being repaired and will be ready for play…


Student retention & recruitment initiatives paying off for BGSU

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University’s efforts to recruit student better prepared for college and then to make sure those students stay around to graduate in a timely manner is paying off. In presenting BGSU’s budget to trustees Thursday, Chief Financial Officer Sheri Stoll said that while the amount appropriate to support higher education is stagnant, BGSU is getting more. State funding, which makes up about a quarter of the university’s revenue, is based on how many students graduate and how many successfully complete courses. University officials have made these a priority. The result, Stoll reported, is that BGSU’s state share of funding is increasing 1.7 percent, to just under $77.9 million, in the operating budget that will go into effect July 1. That budget is tight, Stoll told the university’s Board of Trustees Thursday. It calls for $422.2 million in spending with $423.8 million in revenue, almost half of which comes from tuition and fees. Tuition rates have been flat both because the university opted not to raise tuition and some years, and the state has nixed hikes in recent years. The state has now allowed universities to implement tuition guarantee programs. Through these, tuition for first year students can be increased, but that tuition is guaranteed to stay the same for four years. Tuition for the incoming class will be 5.9 percent higher. The university also raised the out-of-state surcharge and graduate student fees. These changes plus a modest increase in enrollment is bringing in more money. Stoll said her assumptions were “very conservative.” Last year more students were expected but then there was “a melt,” largely because international graduate and undergraduate students decided not to come. That decline in international enrollment was felt at colleges and universities across the country. She also said it was too early to figure in the impact of online courses and new professional master’s degrees. The largest increased expenditure comes from salaries and benefits, which make up over half the expenses. Based on the faculty union contract, the amount spent on faculty will be 3.66 percent more. The contract calls for a 3 percent increase in the pool divided evenly for an across the board increase, merit, and market adjustments. There are also pools of money to increase pay as faculty receive promotion and tenure and for the provost to make salary adjustments based on the market. The amount available for administrative and classified salaries will increase by 2 percent. In line with that, the trustees approved a 2-percent increase for campus police…


BGSU’s Harshman Quad coming down

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News When David Levey, Bowling Green State University Class of 1971, bid goodbye as his term on the Board of Trustees ended last year, he had one regret: Harshman Quadrangle was still standing. As part of his farewell tour as chair of the trustees, he told the Faculty Senate that when he returned to campus as a trustee after almost 40 years away and saw his old dorm still in place, he almost turned around and headed back to Akron. “It was a dump when I lived in it,” he said. Levey gets his wish this summer, as demolition of the 54-year-old dorm began this week. It’s testament to its durability that it has taken several years after its death certificate was signed for the building to bite the dust. The last residents, of what was now called a residence hall, not a dorm, moved out. Service lines had to be moved. Offices that had moved temporarily into its halls, found new homes. The stuff that’d been stored there removed. Sheri Stoll, the university’s chief financial officer, fretted about how high the bill would be – demolition, she told trustees has a low return on investment. Now the excavators and bulldozers have moved in, and the walls are tumbling down. Bob Boucher, senior project manager for the university’s Office of Construction and Design, expects the demolition project will take a good part of the summer – “barring other issues.” “You never know what you’ll run into,” he said. Originally the expectation was that Harshman could be down by the end of July. But that was extended until August “just knowing the way things go and factoring in unknown situations.” Stoll pegged the cost of the demolition at $2.3 million. She was concerned that might not be enough because of the complexity of taking down the 292,000-square-foot structure with four wings connected by a circular building in the center. The demolition is being done by Klumm brothers, of Holland. Touchstone CPM is the construction manager on the job, Boucher said the project has a number of alternates, including expanding a nearby parking lot and putting in landscaping. Also, it’s possible the parking lot on Mercer will be taken out to make that corner of campus more attractive. That will all depend on how much is left in the project’s contingency fund. When students return in August the site will be still be cordoned off, he said, and the road will still be closed. “We won’t be totally out of here until…


BGSU, UT to go separate ways with nursing programs

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS In order to meet the demand for more nurses in the region and across the country, The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University will pursue independent nursing programs to educate additional health care providers. UT and BGSU currently partner in a joint nursing consortium. Moving forward with independent programs will provide opportunities for both universities to focus on separate strategies to educate and grow the supply of nurses, which is critical to meeting the future healthcare needs of the region. All current BGSU nursing students and new students beginning their studies in Fall 2018 will continue with the consortium program through graduation and will not be impacted by the change. Under the existing agreement, about 50 BGSU pre-nursing students annually go on to complete their required nursing coursework and clinicals through the UT College of Nursing after two years of pre-nursing studies at BGSU. While the students take their classes at UT during their junior and senior years, they remain BGSU students and are awarded their bachelor’s degree by BGSU. “Health care is a rapidly changing industry and universities need to continue to adapt to the changing environment in order to provide the best education for future health care providers,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “The nursing profession is more critical than ever and this new organizational structure will allow both UT and BGSU to grow our programs to better meet the need for more high-quality nurses in Ohio and beyond.” The demand for nurses in Ohio and across the nation far exceeds the current supply. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing is among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2024. The nursing workforce is expected to grow by 16 percent to 3.2 million by 2024 with more than one million job openings for nurses due to growth and replacements. “We agree that the time is right to pursue new partnerships,” BGSU President Rodney Rogers said. “We recognize that there is growing demand for nurses throughout northwest Ohio. This provides both universities the opportunity to grow their respective programs.” UT and BGSU continue to be strong partners. Last year the universities announced a foreign language course exchange program. The universities also are partners in the Building Ohio’s Sustainable Energy Future (BOSEF) initiative, a joint program that encourages students to pursue research careers in renewable energy and sustainable environmental practices. Additionally, UT and BGSU are collaborating on the Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) program, which allows universities to…


Data science adding up for BGSU

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University is ahead of the curve when it comes to data science. A week ago, the Board of Trustees approved a PhD and a master’s program in the rapidly expanding field. These degrees will make BGSU the only college in the country to offer a full range of programs from a bachelor of science through a PhD. Only one other university, IUPUI, has a similar pathway, and its undergraduate program is a minor. Michael Ogawa, BGSU vice president for Research and Economic Engagement, said the data analytics program addresses an expanding need. “Data is truly exploding now, and it will continue to do so,” he told trustees at the board’s educational session. “Because of this explosion of data and the utility of data and knowledge that the analysis of that can bring, there’s a tremendous need for data scientists.” In 2015 there were 3.35 million jobs advertised, he said. And that’s expected to grow by 15 percent in the next five years. Those positions are difficult to fill, and stay open longer than average. Starting pay for someone with a master’s degree, Ogawa said, is $80,000 a year. Jong Kwan “Jake” Lee, professor of computer science, said BGSU “is leading the way” in the field. Companies, he said, started collecting data about 15 years ago to see if the data would be “useful.” What they found out is the data itself “is not useful at all unless they get useful information out of it.” Now they need people who can ferret out what’s meaningful. That requires having the computer, statistical, and analytics skills to crunch that data and the ability “to present data in way others can understand,” Lee said. BGSU launched its effort with a gathering in 2010. By 2012 it had its data analytics program. That program now has 72 students, including 23 from Tianjin Polytechnic University in China, said Associate Dean Arthur Yeh. He expects about a dozen of those Tianjin students to continue on to do graduate studies at BGSU. Yeh recalled his early conversation with entrepreneur and data technology pioneer Michael Hoskins, a BGSU graduate. Hoskins spoke of the growth of data analytics and how BGSU had an opportunity to make a mark in the field. “He felt we should be taking a much more aggressive approach.” The university was in a good position to act. “At BGSU we have a huge and deep talent pool,” Ogawa said. Only Ohio State has more statisticians on its faculty. OSU has two more….


BGSU faculty granted tenure and promotion

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The University celebrated the scholarly and creative achievements of 43 faculty members on May 4 when the board of trustees awarded promotion and tenure. The trustees also approved the hiring as associate professor with tenure of Dr. Neil Baird, for the English department. Baird joins BGSU from Western Illinois University, where he is an associate professor and director of the University Writing Center. Faculty promoted to full professor: • Dr. Neil Englehart, political science • Dr. Gabriel Matney, School of Teaching and Learning • Dr. Wei Ning, mathematics and statistics • Dr. Jeanne Novak, School of Intervention Services • Dr. Kurt Panter, School of Earth, Environment and Society • Linda Rich, library teaching and learning • Dr. Nancy Spencer, School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies • Dr. Mikhail Zamkov, physics and astronomy Receiving tenure: • Dr. Mohamad Mayyas, engineering technologies Tenure and promotion to associate professor: • Dr. Kelly Balistreri, sociology • Thomas Castillo, theatre and film • Dr. Douglas Ewing, marketing • Dr. Nicole Jackson, history • Dr. Andrew Kear, School of Earth, Environment and Society • Dr. Rebecca Kinney, School of Cultural and Critical Studies • Dr. Sidra Lawrence, musicology, composition and theory • Dr. Christina Lunceford, higher education and student affairs • Dr. Alexis Ostrowski, chemistry • Leigh-Ann Pahapill, School of Art • Dr. Shannon Pelini, biological sciences • Dr. Kimberly Rogers, mathematics and statistics • Dr. Jerry Schnepp, visual communication and technology education • Chris Willis, School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy • Dr. Alexey Zayak, physics and astronomy Promotion to senior lecturer: • Cynthia Bailey, applied sciences • Elizabeth Burns, mathematics and statistics • Abigail Cloud, English • Ann Darke, mathematics and statistics • Dr. Daria Filippova, mathematics and statistics • Dr. Eric Mandell, physics and astronomy • Dr. Christina Miller, mathematics and statistics • Dr. James Pfundstein, world languages and cultures • Amanda Rzicznek, English • Dr. Allen Rogel, physics and astronomy • Kimberly Spallinger, English • Dr. Margaret Weinberger, sociology • Sandra Zirkes, mathematics and statistics Promotion to Lecturer: • Brandon Briggs, School of Art • Cole Burger, music education • Michelle Heckman, mathematics and statistics • Jaclyn McLean, natural and social sciences • Dr. Louie Moreno, School of Cultural and Critical Studies • Chad Van Buskirk, English


BGSU trustees set tuition for first Falcon Guarantee class

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The incoming freshman class at Bowling Green State University will pay 5.9 percent more in tuition and fees than students are now. The trustees approved the increase as part of the Falcon Tuition Guarantee through which students are guaranteed that their costs for going to BGSU will not change over four years, except for some program specific fees. The incoming students will pay $5,610 a year, in tuition and fees. The out-of-state surcharge for undergraduate and graduate students is also increasing 6 percent, or  $452 a year. An out-of-state student will pay $9,604. This is the first time since 2013 that tuition has increased. Sherideen Stoll, the Chief Financial Officer, said the increase in tuition will boost university income by $2.2 million annually. The increase in the out-of-state surcharge will generate an additional $900,000. The out-of-state surcharge for graduate students will bring in $275,000 in more revenue. Stoll said even with these tuition increases “our relative total cost position has not changed” among other state universities. BGSU is the fifth least expensive. The tuition guarantee increases do not apply to distance learning students nor those enrolled on the Firelands campus. Interim Provost John Fischer reported earlier in the meeting that at this point the university is looking at an incoming class of 3,700 students. Thomas Gibson, vice president of student affairs and vice provost, reported that the university has started “to move the needle” on retention. The goal is to retain 80 percent of students from their first to their second year. As it stands the retention number is 79.87 percent. That’s five students short of hitting 80 percent, he said. He cautioned that there are several key events that result in “summer melt.” One is when grades come out. The university, he said, has been reaching out to students on academic probation, to assure them their performance can be turned around and there are programs on campus to help them. Another critical point is when they have to start paying to return. The university is also trying to help those who are struggling financially. Gibson noted that commuters and students of color both lag behind their peers in retention. The university is finding ways to reach out to those students. “We’ll keep working at it,” Fischer said of the retention rate. “We’re not happy or safe yet.” He would like to push for 82 percent.  “We’re not done. Stay tuned.”


Renovated University Hall wins gold for being green

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS It was the first building on Bowling Green State University’s campus, and now University Hall becomes the first renovated building on campus to receive the gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation. Awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is “the most widely used green building rating system in the world and provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.” While BGSU has received LEED designations for other new and renovated buildings, the gold designation for University Hall is particularly meaningful, President Rodney Rogers said. This LEED award further validates our commitment to good environmental stewardship and our pledge to reduce our carbon footprint. University Hall is the entry point for prospective students with the Office of Admissions, and also houses key, high-impact programs that contribute to student success, such as the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship and Math and Science Education in Action. Designed by BPHD Architecture, the upgrades focused not only on energy efficiency but also on health, such as using low-emitting materials that are beneficial to the indoor environment for daily occupants and visitors. Plans for the renovation included a commitment to providing at least 35 percent of the building’s electrical energy from renewable sources. New windows throughout let in natural light, reducing electric demands while also restoring University Hall’s grandeur and views across the center of campus. The new electric lights are LEDs, which, again, reduce energy consumption and the building’s carbon footprint. Water consumption was also taken into consideration; the plumbing fixtures use non-potable water. The physical footprint of University Hall was reduced in the renovation, and materials that were removed were re-incorporated into the new structure, reducing the impact on landfills. More green space around the building was also gained. Even transportation was taken into account, with designated parking spaces provided for low-emitting vehicles and increased bicycle parking areas. The University now has a number of LEED-certified buildings, including the new Greek Village, which received gold designation in April 2017.


BGSU marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month with multiple events

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will host several events during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Highlights of the month include “What Were You Wearing,” an exhibit by sexual assault survivors to challenge victim-blaming statements; the Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K and Dog Walk; and the Clothesline Project. Additional events include free and confidential HIV testing, peer education presentations and a Step Up Step In basketball tournament. Guests can visit “What Were You Wearing” between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 11 in 208 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. This event is a collaboration between BGSU and the community, co-hosted by It’s on Us and The Cocoon, with support from the BGSU Women’s Center and Apparel Merchandising and Product Development Program. The Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K and Dog Walk begins at 10 a.m. April 14 at the BGSU Student Recreation Center. Participants can register at bgsu.edu/5KDogWalk. Participants can also register for the We Are One Team (WA1T) Walk/Run, which aims to promote social justice, diversity, inclusion and teamwork through the power of sport. This year’s event will begin at 11 a.m. April 15 at Doyt Perry Stadium. For more information, contact Amanda Washko at awashko@bgsu.edu. The Clothesline Project, a visual display that bears witness to violence against women, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 on the Education Lawn. In the event of rain, it will be held in 208 Union. The shirts in this display have been designed by survivors or those who care about them. The Wood County Clothesline Project began in 1995 and is protected and maintained by The Cocoon. On April 25, everyone is encouraged to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. To view a complete list of calendar events and learn more about BGSU’s sexual violence prevention efforts, visit bgsu.edu/bgsucares.


Hate speech best countered with more speech, not suppression, BGSU panel says

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Hate speech may be hateful but it’s still protected by the First Amendment, even on a college campus. A faculty panel last week convened at the behest of student government explored the perimeters of what’s allowed and not allowed at Bowling Green State University. The conclusion from Patrick Pauken, Christina Lunceford, and R.G. Cravens was that the U.S. Constitution allows speech, however much some students may be disturbed by it. Pauken, who is an attorney specializing in education law as well as professor, said that those freedoms spelled out in the Constitution involve both rights and responsibilities, for individuals and institutions. Pauken, who admitted at several points “getting goose bumpy” when citing Constitutional principles, said if a forum is open to students, it must be open to all of BGSU’s about 300 student organizations. “We cannot discriminate against them on the basis of viewpoint.” “People are saying these incredibly hateful things,” Lunceford said. For the university, it’s a balancing act between its dedication to diversity and inclusion and respecting people’s free speech rights. The university has a response team ready if a group or speaker deemed divisive and offensive shows up. That team, she said, can work with students who choose not to deal with them to avoid confrontation. Some students may feel personally attacked by such speech. The team can also work with those who wish to counter their ideas. “If groups come with an alternative message that’s a conversation that exists,” Lunceford said. “We should be having those conversations.” “We don’t suppress speech,” Pauken said, “we engage in it. That’s what higher education does.” The Supreme Court has allowed great leeway for protestors, Cravens said. It has allowed the Westboro Baptist Church to protest at the funerals of slain military members. (The church claims their deaths are retribution for recognizing gay rights.) That doesn’t mean it is a free-for-all. Speech is subject to conditions of time, place, and manner, Pauken said. And though the university has a free speech zone, free speech is not restricted to that area. It is suggested, Lunceford said. A demonstration cannot disrupt the normal functions of the university, Pauken said. Student groups who wish to host a speaker must go through the proper procedures with the administration. Lunceford said that free speech does not protect threats or harassment, though those can fall into gray area. “So much is analyzed on a case by case basis.” She cited a case of a black student who reported a group of white female students walking…


Chinese dance troupe to visit BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS As part of a cultural exchange, a Yanshan University group from China will perform at Bowling Green State University and other northwest Ohio universities beginning March 12. Five faculty members and eight students from Qinhuangdao, China’s Yanshan University Performance Troupe will present “Whispering Dreams of a Spring Breeze,” demonstrating Chinese dance, music and martial arts. The BGSU performance is at 7:30 p.m. on March 12 in Kobacker Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Other performances are scheduled at University of Toledo and Lourdes University. The troupe’s visit is part of a “Sister City” relationship between Toledo and Qinhuangdao, China, which both are named a “Glass City.”  The two cities became sister cities in 1985. Dr. Joseph Chao, Narayen Endowed Associate Professor and chair of the BGSU Department of Computer Science, leads the local Qinhuangdao Sister City Committee. The purpose of the presentation is to “spread goodwill and share our cultures with one another,” Chao said. Chao and College of Music Dean William Mathis visited Yanshan University in December to plan for the cultural exchange performance. “During my visit to Yanshan University I had the personal honor see a rehearsal of several of the numbers that will be performed here at BGSU,” Mathis said. “I was thoroughly taken with the beauty and expressive display of both the traditional Chinese music and dance. Their presentation on our campus and the cultural exchange with our students will be a wonderful experience for all who are involved.“ Fourteen presentations are included in the performance with themes of ancient charm, diversified ethnicity and unique folk arts. The performances will include vocal soloists, Chinese dance, Chinese zither music, a Taichi fan performance, Chinese fiddle (er hu), and Southern Fist martial arts performance. Performers from Yanshan University are Xin Zhao, vocal professor; Nuan Wen, Chinese zither lecturer; Lingyun Ma, associate professor; Wennan Zhao, lecturer; Yiwei Wang, a senior student majoring in Pipa; and members of the Art Ensemble Dance Performers, Huiqian Cai, Zi Tian, Shihao Guo, Yang Zheng, Yao Jia and Xirong Zhang, Tickets are $5 per person and available at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Information Desk, 419-372-2741, or at the door the night of the performance. The additional performances are at 7 p.m., March 14 in the Doermann Theatre at University of Toledo, and at 7 p.m., March 19, in the Franciscan Center at Lourdes University. While in northwest Ohio, in addition to the performances, the group will attend a Toledo Symphony Orchestra concert at the Toledo Museum of Art, visit the Toledo Chinese School at Maumee Valley Country Day School, attend Dawn Upshaw’s BGSU…


Construction boom continues at BGSU

DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The transformation of the former Hanna Hall into the Robert and Patricia Maurer Center, the new home for the College of Business, took a large step forward when the Bowling Green State University trustees approved the final funding for the $44.5 million project. The project involves extensively renovating the 1921 building and constructing an addition on the eastern face more than doubling its size. Trustees also approved the naming of a variety of spaces within the building for private donors, whose funds are a linchpin of the financing of the building. Trustees approved $37,327,420. The trustees had already approved the balance of the funding. Sheri Stoll, the university’s chief financial officer, said that the university will borrow $28 million to pay for the project with the balance coming from private donors. She said that $11 million in donations and pledges for the project have already been received. “We’re making very, very good progress.” President Rodney Rogers also expressed confidence that the university would meet its goal. He said that the project has been a decade in the making. When he arrived on campus as business dean, people were talking about the inadequacy of the building housing business. “These facilities are lagging other business schools in the state.” He predicted that the new center “will drive enrollment and serve constituencies on campus.” Construction on the project has already begun with the relocation of utility lines under the nearby parking lot that started over the winter break. The project will be completed by summer, 2020, in time for the beginning of the fall semester. The building will include the offices for the college, classrooms and open areas, all intermixed, to promote collaboration. The current College of Business building will still be used for classes. At the end of the semester the programs still in the building will move to new locations. That includes the Gish Theatre being relocated to the theater in the student union, and with other parts of the collection going to Jerome Library and the Department of Theatre and Film. The trustees also approved the funding for upgrading the forensic science facilities in the Life Sciences Building and doing extensive maintenance to the exterior and interior of Eppler Hall. The state is funding the $1 million forensics project. The project will involve creating a forensics teaching lab and an office suite on the first floor. The research lab of Jon Sprague, the director of the Center for the Future of Forensic Science, is also located in the building. Stoll…


BGSU trustees vote to increase room & board charges

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees approved increases in room and board Friday. These were the first fee actions taken under the Falcon Guarantee program, so for incoming first-year students these are the charges that they will pay during their undergraduate careers. The average increase will be 2.3 percent, but the actual amount varies depending on the residence hall and room. Chief Financial Officer Sheri Stoll said that the state asks the university to report the cost of its standard double room. Such a room will cost $2,865 next year, up $75, or 2.7 percent. Room rates vary from $2,210, up $40, or 1.8 percent for an economy triple in a tier 2 residences  (Conklin, Offenhauer, Founders)  to $4,120, up  $90, or 2.2 percent in a tier 3 hall (Centennial, Falcon Heights, Greek units.) Stoll said that in considering room rates the university has to balance “competing issues.” It must be cognizant of how much local rental prices are, and Bowling Green has some of the lowest real estate prices. But it must also make sure it’s bringing in enough money to support the programs offered by residence life. Also, Stoll said, the university has to take in enough revenue to maintain the buildings to make sure that “we are able to keep residence halls that students are going to want to come and live in.” The trustees also approved 3-percent increases in meal plans. The plans will now range in price from $1,719 for a Bronze Plan to $2,220 for a Gold Plan. Also, the Community Plan, formerly known as the Commuter Plan, will increase to $325 from $315, a 3.2 percent increase. The name of the plan was changed to reflect that it is used by faculty, staff, and community members as well as commuting students. That plan gives card holders 55 meals. The new board rates will hold for the class of 2022 for their next four years. Students in the classes 2020 and 2021 could be subject to future increases. However most of those students as upper classmen would be living off-campus. Stoll said the expectations of students must be taken into consideration. “Our students aren’t just looking for food,” she said. “Students are clearly looking for experience.” Stoll said that the cost of food has been steady with no large increases. “We are seeing areas where there could be some upticks.” She added: “We’re just one wet or dry summer way from higher food prices.” Even with these increases BGSU remains the…