Monday, April 14, 2014  

Preparing for Earth Week | Lee to speak on the limits of marriage

Nicholas Hennessy (center) introduces campus sustainability efforts at a Fall Welcome event.

The University will mark Earth Week 2014 (April 21-26) with activities and films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues and provide opportunities to help reduce the University's carbon footprint.

In 2012, President Mary Ellen Mazey signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (PCC). An added benefit of BGSU's conservation efforts is that they have also reduced costs, said Dr. Nicholas Hennessy, campus sustainability coordinator.

"The PCC is a year-round commitment by us as an institution to reduce our emissions and protect the environment," Hennessy said. "So Earth Day is really every day, but the annual event is an opportunity to celebrate, spotlight our achievements and collaborate with the city. It's like a New Year's resolution in that it gives us a chance to step back and renew our commitment."


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Dr. Gary Lee, sociology, will explain "The Limits of Marriage: Why Getting Everyone Married Won't Solve All Our Problems" in his Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture Thursday (April 17).

Lee's talk will take place at 4 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture. Students, groups, and classes encouraged to attend.

Lee is working on a book about the causes of the declining marriage rate in the United States. His areas of expertise include family sociology and the sociology of aging. He has also worked extensively in the area of comparative sociology with a particular focus on family structure and historical variations in family forms. Much of his work involves the marital and family relations of older persons, with recent projects focusing on the precedents of aging parents living with their adult children, and the different psychological consequences of widowhood for men and women.

Lee received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1973. Before coming to BGSU in 1996, he was on the faculties of Washington State University and the University of Florida. He served as chair of the department from 1996 -2013. His previous research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging.

Richard Marsh, 85, former general counsel for BGSU, died April 9 in Toledo. He represented the University for about 20 years, into the 1980s, and later served on both the BGSU Foundation board and alumni board.