Monday,September 21, 2015  
Trustees act on WBGU, capital plans | College of Education unveils new learning spaces
Celebrating the opening of the renovated areas in the Education Building are (left to right) senior Erica Wolters, President Mary Ellen Mazey and Dean Brad Colwell. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Wolters spoke on how the new technology has helped in her student teaching.

On Sept. 16, the College of Education and Human Development dedicated the newly remodeled second floor of the Education Building. The renovation converted the nine existing classrooms into five larger, technologically savvy, interactive workspaces. All five now meet industry standards. The larger footprint of the new classrooms was designed to encourage active learning techniques, which are shown to increase student-learning outcomes.

The renovation continued through the second floor to the Technology Resource Center (TRC), which was redesigned to incorporate additional workspace for students. In addition, the TRC added a new 3-D printer to its inventory, making it the third printer available for student use.

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After months of study and consultation with constituents and advisers, the BGSU Board of Trustees took action at the Sept. 18 meeting on WBGU-TV and the upcoming FCC auction of broadcast spectrum, initiated by the commission to increase the airwaves available for wireless communications.

The board voted to authorize President Mary Ellen Mazey and her designees to participate in the FCC spectrum auction on behalf of BGSU while ensuring that WBGU continues to serve the residents of northwest Ohio. The scenario approved by the trustees will allow BGSU to consider bids from the commission for its 600 MHz UHF spectrum.

The decision will allow BGSU to potentially generate revenue from the auction while keeping the station on the air and continuing to support the University's academic programs and provide hands-on learning opportunities for students.

"WBGU remains an important part of Bowling Green State University's mission of education, career development and service and will continue to be a resource for the University and the community," Mazey said.

Another campus facility, the former Health Center, will now be known as the Health and Human Services Building. The board approved the name change to better align it with the primary occupant and avoid confusion with the Falcon Health Center. Along with the college, the building also houses the BGSU Speech and Hearing Clinic.



Linda Forte
Detroit business leader Linda Forte has been named a BGSU national trustee. The board of trustees approved her appointment to a three-year term at its Sept. 18 meeting.

Forte, senior vice president for business affairs at Comerica Inc., is a BGSU alumna, with an undergraduate degree in education and psychology. A longtime supporter of the University, she was a 2013 inductee into BGSU's Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

In her current role at Comerica, Forte is responsible for defining and driving business strategies that establish Comerica as a leader in diversity and work life practices, and is also responsible for the Comerica Charitable Foundation, Comerica Contributions and Civic Affairs.



The second undergraduate conference on "Embracing Global Engagement: Internships, Service- and Experiential Learning in BGSU Education-Abroad Programs," will take place Oct. 7. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

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