In Brief: November 17

Register now to hear Cornel West speak

Priority registration is now open for BGSU faculty, staff and students to attend the Jan. 19, 2017, talk by Dr. Cornel West when he visits the University as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Registration opens to the public Nov. 28.

West’s talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The talk is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

A live stream can be viewed at BGSU Firelands Cedar Point Center Auditorium. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Attendance is also free and open to the public.

Philosopher, academic, social activist, author and public intellectual, West has a passion to invite a variety of people from all walks of life into his world of ideas to keep alive King’s legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

One of America’s most provocative public intellectuals, West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking and teaching weave together the traditions of the Black Baptist Church, progressive politics and jazz. The New York Times has praised his “ferocious moral vision.” He is a professor of philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary. 

‘Maintain, Don’t Gain’ helps keep holidays healthy

BGSU faculty, staff and students on the Bowling Green and Firelands campuses are invited to join the free “Maintain, Don’t Gain Challenge” to help keep holiday pounds from creeping up. Participate as a team or individual. Register through Nov. 22.

Find support and encouragement along with motivation to engage in healthy behaviors this holiday season. Practical tips and advice, recipes, physical activity suggestions and instructor-led classes will help keep participants on track, and the regular, private weigh-ins provide accountability. If the weigh-in times don’t work with your schedule, you can contact Karyn Smith on the Bowling Green campus at, or Trinidy Jeter at BGSU Firelands to arrange for an individual weigh-in in your office.

Weigh-ins are underway now. A post-holiday “weigh-out” will take place the week of Jan. 9, and participants who managed to maintain or lose weight during the holidays qualify for raffle prizes.

Last year, 89 percent of participants maintained or lost weight, and the group as a whole lost a total of 190 pounds.

Updated: 08/22/2019 04:54PM