Thursday, April 10, 2014  

Frack gift grows to $20 million | Fulbright Student Scholar to Indonesia


Bill Frack
The generosity of Findlay native WilliamFrack continues to grow. The value of his gift to the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, benefiting the BGSU men's basketball program and community needs in Hancock County, has nearly doubled to about $20 million since it was initially announced in 2011.



Samantha Martin

It's the fourth most populous country in the world, and an important trading partner. Yet, like most U.S. citizens, Samantha Martin knew almost nothing of Indonesia until she served there in 2010-12 as a Peace Corps volunteer. She was part of the first cohort to serve there since 1964 following President Bill Clinton's 2009 re-opening of relations with Indonesia.

The complex culture of the island nation resonated with Martin, and after she receives her master's degree in Cross-Cultural and International Education (MACIE) from the University this August, she will be heading back as a Fulbright Student Scholar to do a case study of traditional healing practices on Java, the most populous of the thousands of islands that make up Indonesia.

After having personally experienced traditional healing practices both while on Java in the Peace Corps and while she was a student teacher in the Navajo Nation as an undergraduate at Indiana University at Bloomington, Martin became interested in how a person in today's world becomes a traditional healer, and what their status is in their community. And, in the case of Java, how contemporary Indonesian Islam overlaps with secular Javanese healing arts, and how traditional practices have evolved.


Manning discusses study that says gay parents are bad for kids - The David Pakman Show

Quincy welcomes charity bicyclists - Bellfontaine Examiner

Long finds life revolves around food - The Blade

19th year for Dance Marathon - WTOL

Veterans offered help at BGSU - Sentinel-Tribune, WTOL

Poor on entrepreneurship - Hispanic


The first candidate for dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will visit campus April 14 and 15.

Each finalist will hold a public forum for the University community where they will address the topic: "Challenges and Opportunities Facing Colleges of Arts and Sciences in the 21st Century."

Dr. Raymond Craig, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, will hold his forum and meetings Monday (April 14):

  • 1:30-2:15 p.m., 107 Olscamp Hall, Meet and Greet for Arts and Sciences students
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m., 113 Olscamp Hall, Open Forum
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m., 113 Olscamp Hall, Meet and Greet for Arts and Sciences faculty
The forums will also be recorded and available on video stream.

Visit the Provost site for a link to the complete schedule, the candidates' curriculum vitae, their video streams and other information.


NIOT founder Patrice O’Neill
Almost one year ago, BGSU and the city of Bowling Green linked to affirm their commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion and to embrace and celebrate diversity by joining the "Not in Our Town" (NIOT) movement.

NIOT is a national grassroots effort that has inspired hundreds of communities to take action against hate. BGSU and Bowling Green will celebrate this milestone anniversary on April 15 with two events.

The Diversity Showcase, featuring a wide variety of performances from singers to spoken word poets, will run from noon-2 p.m. in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Visitors to the event can write down an act of intolerance on a paper brick for the "Breaking Down the Walls" initiative.

The NIOT anniversary recognition starts at 5 p.m. in 113 Olscamp Hall and will feature comments from Patrice O'Neill, founder and CEO of the national NIOT movement; the premiere of the NIOT-Bowling Green/BGSU documentary, produced by WBGU-TV; remarks from President Mary Ellen Mazey and Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards, and recognition of the faculty, staff, students and community members who have helped make NIOT a success. Following the event, people can help tear down the wall of bricks filled out earlier in the day.

On April 16, the Wood County District Public Library will host a screening of the NIOT documentary "Waking in Oak Creek," about how residents of Oak Creek, Wisc., stood up against hate after a crime took the lives of six people in 2012. The screening starts at 7 p.m. and a community discussion will follow.

• BGSU alumnus Lt. Col. Jeremy Weber will offer "A JAG's Perspective on Military Justice and Sexual Assault" as the next speaker in the pre-law series.

• Former Pittsburgh mayor Tom Murphy will give the keynote address at the 12th annual State of the Region Conference April 14, and Center for Regional Development director Dr. Michael Carroll will present his annual assessment.

Check it all out In Brief.