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Undergraduate researchers honored for diversity studies | “Street Scene” comes to Donnell stage
Celebrating the diversity symposium awards were (front row, left to right) Kandann Coleman, Alexis Kieffer, Priscilla Perez, Haley Perkins and Krista Weaver; and (back row, left to right) Cordula Mora, Christopher Carter and John Fischer.
Undergraduate research symposium
Students recognized for diversity studies

“Diversity” was the operative word March 21 at a ceremony honoring the winners of the 2017 second annual Undergraduate Symposium on Diversity. Students had conducted research on wide-ranging topics, from how Medicare affects life satisfaction among the elderly to how perceptions of black women’s hairstyles impact their job prospects. Four presentations were recognized for outstanding excellence: two group projects and two individual winners.

“The symposium was an impressive event,” said Dr. Cordula Mora, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS), which hosted the event. “There were 45 posters presented by 85 students. This is such an important topic, especially right now. We need to take every opportunity to teach about diversity, because ignorance breeds fear. We need to champion diversity and use education to provide insight into the lives of others.”

Winning for their independent studies were Kandann Coleman, a senior and McNair Scholar majoring in nutrition and chemistry, for “Secure Your Bobby Pins and Secure Your Job: The Relationship Between Natural Hair and Job Security,” mentored by Tracy Tabaczynski, McNair Scholars Program; and Christopher Carter, also a senior McNair Scholar, majoring in education and minoring in music, for “The Journey to a New World: Uncovering Realities of First-Generation College Students,” mentored by Dr. Tim Murnen, School of Teaching and Learning.

The winning group presentations, both from classes with Hee Soon Lee, social work, were “Current Bullying Prevention Programs and Policies in Schools,” by DeAndra Grant, Emily Kalman, Alexis Kieffer and Kaitlin Pohlman; and “Medicare and Life Satisfaction,” by Krista Weaver, Priscilla Perez and Haley Perkins.


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The cast and crew of “Street Scene” in rehearsal
BGSU Opera Theater brings Kurt Weill’s ‘Street Scene’ to Donnell stage

Northwest Ohio audiences will get to see a rare area production of Kurt Weill’s operatic masterpiece “Street Scene” March 24 and 26. BGSU’s Opera Theater will produce the piece with the help of a $10,000 grant from the Kurt Weill Foundation.

A collaboration between composer Weill and lyricist Langston Hughes, two giants of the arts world, the 20th-century American opera premiered in 1946 and was based on the 1929 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Elmer Rice. Incorporating elements of jazz, blues and popular song with more traditional operatic styles, blended with Hughes’ Harlem Renaissance sensibility, it won Weill a Tony Award for Best Original Score. It is set entirely on the front steps of a New York City brownstone and the adjacent street, and involves the complex lives of the residents of the building and neighborhood, capturing the sense of despair pervading that era.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday (March 24) and at 3 p.m. Sunday (March 26) in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Advance tickets are $15; all tickets are $20 the day of the performance. Call 419-372-8171, go online or visit the box office in the Wolfe Center to purchase tickets.

With its large cast, “Street Scene” provides ample opportunity for BGSU students to showcase their talents. Its combination of jazz and classical styles and theatrical realism, along with being sung in English, offers a new connection to area audiences. “It’s unlike any other piece of opera or musical theater,” said Kevin Bylsma, coordinator of opera at BGSU.

“There are so many lines in it that could be spoken today,” he said. “The story is just as viable today as it was in 1946.”

Bylsma and guest director Nicholas Wuehrmann discussed the upcoming production on WGTE-FM recently. Listen to the podcast.


Honoring faculty and staff service

The University community is invited to show its support for colleagues and friends today (March 23) at the annual Faculty/Staff Years of Service Awards. The event recognizes employees for their service, ranging from five to 50 years. It will take place from 3-5 p.m. in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union (the Multipurpose Room).


“Rust Belt Chinatowns: The Urban Future of Racial Capitalism and Neoliberal Gentrification" is the topic of the next Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS) Faculty Fellows Lecture. Dr. Rebecca J. Kinney, a School of Cultural and Critical Studies faculty member and 2016-17 ICS fellow, will present her talk at 10:30 a.m. on March 29 in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Naslada Bistro, in downtown Bowling Green, will host a fundraiser for Pro Musica from March 27 through April 1. Pro Musica provides support for music students at BGSU.

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