A new campus resource for the study of film and video will bear the name of its benefactor. The Board of Trustees on Oct. 2 honored Dr. Ralph Haven Wolfe, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Gish Professor of Film Studies, by naming a viewing center in his honor.
Located in Hanna Hall, the Dr. Ralph H. Wolfe Viewing Center will house a collection of film and digital videos. “It’s going to be a wonderful resource for the campus,” predicted Dr. Brett Holden, theatre and film. “I can put things on reserve for my students to look at over the week. It will be an invaluable tool for the classroom.”
Faculty and students from any discipline will be able to use the viewing center free of charge. It features individual carrels, each with a DVD and VHS player.
The center, which will open next spring, is across the hall from the Gish Film Theater and Gallery, “so it’s a good association,” Holden observed.
Over his 50-year affiliation with BGSU, Wolfe has championed film studies and was instrumental in the establishment of the Gish Theater in commemoration of the careers of Ohio actresses Dorothy and Lillian Gish. Since his retirement in 1998, he has continued to serve as curator.
Holden has long been involved both with the Gish Theater and with helping to make the viewing center a reality. The center’s collection is being built through donations of films and videos from current and retired faculty, and is becoming quite substantial. Kellie Tilton of Jerome Library is helping to catalog it.
Tuition to rise
For the first time in two and a half years, BGSU will raise undergraduate tuition. The trustees approved a 3.5 percent increase effective spring semester 2010.
The action came after the state lifted the freeze on tuition and general fees in July. The University decided not to raise tuition for fall semester but, faced with lower enrollment, the continuing decline in State Share of Instruction (SSI) and an announced change in the state’s schedule for disbursing SSI payments, it needed to generate necessary revenue through tuition.
SSI for 2010 for both main campus and BGSU Firelands should be close to what was included in the budget approved by the board in June, reported CFO Sheri Stoll. However, she cautioned, while no final figures have been announced by the Ohio Board of Regents, initial estimates for 2011 seem to suggest that the Bowling Green campus can expect to receive from $5 million to $10 million less than the amount budgeted for fiscal year 2010; Firelands can expect to receive $300,000-$400,000 less.