In Brief: October 6

October professional development sessions slated

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) is offering no-cost, monthly professional and/or personal development sessions for BGSU faculty and staff.

During this 2016-2017 academic year, the OHR training and development team is collaborating with internal and external partners to offer sessions at the Bowling Green and Firelands campuses as well as through remote online training platforms. Additional training topics/series are forthcoming.

Seating is limited for the sessions listed below. RSVP to Suzi Saunders, human resources training specialist, at You may also contact Lisa Dubose, manager of employee relations and training and development, at for training recommendations.        

  • Thursday, Oct. 6, 2-4 p.m., “Tough Conversations at Work,” 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union
  • Monday, Oct. 10, 3-4 p.m., “Fostering Healthy Workplace Relationships,” Firelands: Online
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 10-11 a.m., “Stress Management for Supervisors” (Supervisors Only), 208 Union
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3-5 p.m., “Conflict Resolution” (Impact Solutions Training) 308 Union
  • Monday, Oct. 17, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., “Employment Law Basics,” 112 Campus Operations Building
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3-5 p.m., “Employee Relations Training” (Supervisors Only), 118 George Mylander Hall, Firelands
  • Thursday, Oct. 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m., “The Power of Culture in Your Organization” (Impact Solutions Training) with Bob Pacanovsky - Firelands
  • Monday, Oct. 24, 2-3 p.m., “10 Common Communication Mistakes,” 207 Union
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., “Supervisory Skills 101,” 112 Campus Operations Building
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., “HIPAA Training,” 112 Campus Operations Building

Oktoberfest swirls to the polka

The BGSU German Club and the Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages are hosting an Oktoberfest Polka event Oct. 19 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

This event will be an opportunity to learn about — and dance to — German-American polkas and popular music played by The Jay Fox Bavarian Band. Fox has over 40 years of experience with a classical accordionist background and was four consecutive years AAA National Accordion Champion. Because of his German heritage (his great-grandparents were born in Leipzig, Germany), he specializes in German vocals and music. He is versatile and plays a variety of styles including Viennese waltz, polka, big band, standards, country, bluegrass, pop, rock, oldies and semi-classical. See more information about the band and its members.

An exciting addition to the Oktoberfest this year is a raffle featuring gift cards and other prizes from area businesses including Coyote Beads, D.P. Dough, The Flower Basket, For Keeps, Ginny’s Fashions, Kabob-It, Mister Spots, Myles Pizza, Pisanello’s, Wings Over BG and El Zarape. Falcon Food Restaurant is an event sponsor. Tickets for the raffle will be available at the event.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and a traditional German buffet featuring bratwurst and German potato salad will be served from 6-8 p.m. The $10 admission fee (for nonstudents) includes the buffet; students have free admission to the event, but there is a $5 charge for the buffet. A cash bar serving soft drinks and beer will also be available.  

For further information, contact Kristie Foell, German, at

Updated: 12/02/2017 12:36AM