Grant boosts internships, co-ops | Africana Studies Colloquium slated
INTERNSHIPS AND CO-OPS GRANT AIDS STUDENTS, BUSINESSES
At least 96 new internship and co-op experiences in key JobsOhio industries will be created for BGSU students thanks to the combined investment of close to
$1.9 million from the Ohio Board of Regents and several businesses with operations or interests in Ohio.
BGSU was awarded $650,000 for the second Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops (OMIC II) grant, which will focus on creating infrastructure to increase
internships and co-ops in the JobsOhio key industries over two years.
With the grant, BGSU will subsidize 50 percent of intern wages for employer partners in the first year of the grant. The subsidy will decrease to 25
percent the second year to prepare employers to fully fund the experiences.
"It's a great incentive for employers to take advantage of," said Jeffery Jackson, assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of the
Career Center. "We've already had a number of companies commit to participate."
Obioma Nnaemeka, one of the foremost distinguished Africanists, will be the keynote speaker for the University's 16th annual Africana Studies Research
Conference on March 28. She is the Chancellor's Distinguished Professor of French, Women's/Gender Studies and African/African Diaspora Studies and director
of the Women's Studies Program at Indiana University, Indianapolis, and president of the Association of African Women Scholars and president/CEO of the
Jessie Obidiegwu Education Fund.
Hosted by the Africana Studies Program, the conference will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall. The theme is "Emerging Perspectives in
Africana Studies." The event showcases the research and creativity of undergraduate and graduate students from Ohio and surrounding states as they address
issues affecting Africana people around the world.
Presentations will take place in the morning and afternoon, with Nnaemeka's keynote talk, "African Studies, Hegemonies and the Diaspora Question"
presented during the noon luncheon.
To make reservations for the luncheon, contact Lisa Sokoloski at 419-372-7814 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meat and
vegetarian options are available. RSVP today. Those wishing to come just for the free talk or presentations are welcome.
Kudos to Dr. Susana Peña, director of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies. Her book, "¡Oye Loca!: From the Mariel Boat Lift to Gay Cuban
Miami," has been named among the finalists for two recognitions:
• The Lambda Literary Awards, in the LGBT Studies category.
• The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, by the Publishing Triangle, an association of lesbians and gay men in publishing.