Thursday, March 27, 2014  

Latino Issues Conference marks 20 years | Celebrating TRIO Programs' success


20TH ANNIVERSARY
INAUGURAL POET RICHARD BLANCO TO SPEAK AT LATINO ISSUES CONFERENCE

Richard Blanco
It's been 20 years since BGSU held its first Latino Issues Conference, providing an opportunity to discuss the future and needs of the Latino/Hispanic community. For the 20th anniversary conference, the University welcomes poet Richard Blanco, who delivered the poem for President Barack Obama's second inauguration, as the keynote speaker. Blanco performed "One Today," which he wrote for the occasion, becoming the first Latino, immigrant, openly gay and youngest writer to hold the honor.

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The theme of the event is "Embracing Our Past and Creating Our Future." The conference is free and open to the public.

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CELEBRATING SUCCESS OF TRIO PROGRAMS STUDENTS

Philana Boles
"Believe. Achieve" - the approach of the TRIO Programs at BGSU - has long helped young people succeed. The University will celebrate students who personify those ideals at the 26th annual TRIO Day ceremony on April 4. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TRIO works with students from middle school through graduate school, providing support and mentoring to nurture academic achievement and encourage the pursuit of higher education.

The by-invitation ceremony, from 4-6 p.m. in 202B Bowen-Thompson Student Union, honors students who have achieved high grade point levels in three categories and who have actively participated in the programs. TRIO will also announce the recipients of this year's Coca-Cola Scholarship.

Along with University TRIO students, BGSU is bringing TRIO participants from Toledo public and charter schools: Woodward, Scott and Waite high schools; Jones, Leverette and Robinson elementary schools; Horizon Science Academy, Chase STEM Academy and Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Boys to campus for the event. Community leaders as well as University members will be there to present awards.

The keynote speaker is Toledo native Philana Boles, a BGSU alumna and former Student Support Services participant who has gone on to become a successful author of young adult and adult fiction.

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MAZEY TO SERVE ON NATIONAL BOARD

President Mary Ellen Mazey has been invited by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities to serve on the Voluntary System of Accountability Oversight Board (VSA) for a two-year term.

The VSA is an initiative created by public universities to supply straightforward, comparable information on the undergraduate student experience through a common website - the College Portrait. It is sponsored by the APLU and American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The function of the VSA Oversight Board is to provide direction and guidance to the VSA team in the accomplishment of project goals.

Founded in 1887, the APLU is a research, policy and advocacy organization representing 235 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems and affiliated organizations. It provides a forum for the discussion and development of policies and programs affecting higher education and the public interest.


IN BRIEF

• "Megafloods on Earth, Mars, and Beyond" is the topic of the 2014 Harold McMaster Visiting Scientist lecture next Monday (March 31).

• BGSU welcomes back Dr. C. William Keck, the inaugural Ned E. Baker lecturer, for the 15th anniversary talk.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company performs at Kobacker Hall April 5 on the Festival Series.