Thursday, October 6, 2016
Center for Regional Development gains $1.5 million funding | National Campus Sustainability Month
Russell Mills (left) and William Burns


BGSU’s Center for Regional Development (CRD) has entered into a five-year, $1.5 million partnership with the Economic Development Administration (EDA) under the EDA’s University Center Program.

One of nine centers funded within the EDA Chicago region, BGSU and its longtime partner, Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, collaborate as a Rural Universities Consortium University Center. The EDA funding allows the center to partner with economic developers and businesses on expansion and attraction projects, particularly in underserved rural communities.

“We’re very pleased to learn of this sustaining funding and eager to continue working with our partners to promote economic growth and community development in our region,” said Dr. Russell Mills, CRD research fellow and principal investigator on the grant. Mills is also a faculty member in political science.

The CRD is an interdisciplinary research, data analytics and technical assistance center with expertise in regional economics and community development. Its mission is to design and implement innovative and pragmatic solutions to a wide variety of regional challenges.


Stinson on police accountability – “Last Night Tonight with John Oliver,” Uproxx

Stinson on likelihood of police culpability in shootings –

Ice Arena upgrades approved by BGSU board – BG Independent Media, Sentinel-Tribune, The Blade, WTOL

Robotics teams to compete at BGSU – BG Independent Media

BGSU gets grant to address sexual violence – Sentinel-Tribune

Greek Village ribbon-cutting – 13ABC

Firelands partners for debate program in schools – Sandusky Register

Miller on Clinton push for Ohio win – The Blade

BGSU ranks high in student engagement – BG Independent Media

New Music Festival – BG Independent Media

Academy of Distinguished Alumni – Sentinel-Tribune

Homecoming 5K raises funds for students – BG Independent Media

Portrait exhibit elicits student response – BG Independent Media

BGSU research on value of celebrity endorsements – Fox News

Oktoberfest to celebrate polka – BG Independent Media

Silent Witness recalls lives of domestic violence victims – Sentinel-Tribune

Students conduct an audit of the trash produced by the campus community to help determine better ways to reduce waste.


October is National Campus Sustainability Month, a time to celebrate accomplishments and seek further opportunities for making BGSU a more energy-efficient, environmentally responsible institution. Each step brings BGSU closer to its stated goal of carbon neutrality and raises awareness.

“While there’s always something going on in the sustainability area at BGSU, it’s great to find a time to focus on our goals and how we are going to achieve them,” said Dr. Nicholas Hennessy, campus sustainability coordinator. “BGSU joins hundreds of other universities across the country in helping to connect the community to sustainability and the many benefits that can be obtained by pursuing it in our construction/renovation, purchasing choices, efforts to reduce waste, and overall campus operations.”

A number of events and activities are planned for faculty, staff and students to highlight the need for sustainability both locally and globally.


Margaret Tucker, 92, died Oct. 4. The former director of the Northwest Ohio Educational Technology Foundation, Tucker worked at the University full time from 1970-84, and part time for a number of years after that. The Tucker Center for Telecommunications (home of WBGU and NWOET) is named after her and her husband, Duane, professor emeritus of radio, television and film.


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

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 — an opportunity to learn about — and dance to — German-American polkas and popular music played by The Jay Fox Bavarian Band.

Learn all the details In Brief.