Thursday, June 19, 2014  
Orr on environmental policymaking | BGSU claims fitness gold
Shannon Orr
Shannon Orr
Stakeholder voices key to good environmental policy

At the 2002 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in New Delhi, the young director of a nongovernmental organization (NGO) working to bring wells to rural Indian communities struggled to get the attention of anyone in authority who might listen to his ideas.

Frustrated, he approached Dr. Shannon Orr, political science, to ask how he might talk to governmental delegates, since after two fruitless weeks he was at a loss for what to try next. Orr, who was there researching NGOs, recalled, "At that moment it struck me how fundamentally challenging it is, in a world with so many diverse and competing voices, for those with good ideas but little experience to be heard.”

The New Delhi encounter gave Orr the idea for her recently released book: "Environmental Policymaking and Stakeholder Collaboration: Theory and Practice,” published by CRC Press for the American Society for Public Administration’s series on Public Administration and Public Policy.

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BGSU claims fitness gold

Monitoring sound levels at a pumping station
BGSU has been recognized as a 2014 Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better, move more and live well. The association recognizes “employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health.”

The University is listed on the Honor Roll, for which it had to implement six of the award’s physical activity criteria, two of the nutritional criteria and one of the culture criteria. Karyn Smith, health educator in BGSU’s Wellness Connection through Recreation and Wellness, submitted the application.

“We care about our faculty, staff and students and strive to provide programs, resources and support to increase academic and career success,” Smith said. “Through collaborative efforts, our goal is to promote quality of life, healthy development, and positive, sustainable health behaviors. We want to create a healthy social and physical environment at BGSU where healthful choices are the easy choices.”

In creating a culture of health and wellness, the WellAware program for employees offers numerous programs throughout the year, from free exercise classes for employees to healthy eating programs and mindfulness workshops. Employees may also take advantage of a free, one-time consultation with a personal trainer and receive an individualized exercise plan to help them achieve their fitness and wellness goals. View all available programs and services.

The next program, open to faculty, staff and students, is Strive for Five. Beginning June 30, the six-week healthy eating and exercise challenge encourages participants to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day and exercise for 30 minutes at least five days a week. Participants, as individuals or in groups, will track their progress and earn prizes for achievements. Register for the free program.


OBITUARIES
James Ostas, 76, a professor emeritus of economics, died June 16 in Bowling Green. He retired in 1995 after 26 years at BGSU.

Wendell Jones, 82, a professor emeritus of music performance studies in percussion, died June 17. He taught at BGSU from 1967-92.

IN BRIEF

• The lively Moxie Strings present a free show at 8 p.m. June 24 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

• And don’t Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music Saturday night (June 21).

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