Thursday is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and Bowling Green is celebrating with a number of fun and educational events all week.
Faculty, staff, students and community members will conduct green service projects tomorrow (April 21). Options include helping with the Orange Bike program, from noon-1 p.m.; planting trees on campus, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., and helping with the "Wild Lagoon Cleanup," removing debris and trash from the pond east of the College of Technology, from 5-6 p.m.
Earth Day itself is Thursday (April 22). Come to the Eco-Fair, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Union Oval. Learn more about green and environmental issues from more than 30 presenters. Other Earth Day activities include:
The kickoff of the Orange Bike community bike-share program. You can test drive a bike and sign up for the program, enabling you to use a free bike anytime you need to get from one part of campus to another. Then simply drop it off at an approved rack and be on your way.
The kickoff of this year's "When You Move Out, Don't Throw It Out" collection. Students, faculty and staff can donate packaged foods, clothing, household goods and products and more. They will be given to the Bowling Green Christian Food Pantry and other local agencies supporting those in need. Collection boxes will be in all the residence halls and the Bowen-Thompson Student Union lobby through May 9.
A presentation on "The Greening of BGSU," at 7 p.m. in the Union Theater. The panel discussion will include representatives from the University, the city and local businesses.
Outdoor service projects will be going on Saturday, from Bowling Green to Tiffin. Remember to log any service hours on the Centennial service site.
Free Data Destruction service
As the school year comes to an end, many of us are thinking about clearing out our unwanted and outdated computer equipment and other technology items. Help is available through a free service on campus that safely clears sensitive data from devices and recycles your old equipment. University employees may use the Data Destruction and Recycling Service for both their office and personal devices.
The University offers users the assurance that sensitive information is "wiped" or "sanitized" from devices such as computers, hard drives, floppy and disk drives, flash drives, USB drives, CDs and DVDs, tapes and media cards. In addition, recycling of personal items such as computers, monitors and mice, keyboards, printers, laptops and external devices is available.
Conference focused on '21st Century Skills for Teaching, Learning, Life'
Over 50 superintendents and educators representing 40 northwest Ohio districts as well as BGSU faculty and staff participants were in attendance at the NWOET annual meeting April 12 in Olscamp Hall. The event's theme was "21st Century Skills for Teaching, Learning and Life." Rep. Randy Gardner cautioned participants on the possibility of reduced funding for education unless stimulus money or tax increases are passed for 2011. Katherine Harkin, new director of eTech Ohio, spoke encouraging the K-12 district superintendents to look at technology as a tool for 21st-century skills in post-secondary education and in the work place.
Participants also learned about Ohio's commitment to the Partnership for 21st Century, and that national organization's focus on students' success in communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and information literacy as foundations of successful living.
Coach Curt Miller looks back, ahead on 'Take 5'
Curt Miller, head coach of BGSU women's basketball, talks about the Falcons' outstanding season on and off the court and the goals for the program on this week's "Take 5" podcast.
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