Monday, April 3, 2017  
Collaboration with NextTech to support regional technology startups | ‘Give Back. Go Forward.’ supports college credit
Dr. Michael Ogawa, BGSU vice president for research and economic engagement, speaks at the NextTech launch.

The University has joined a collaboration to support technology startup companies in northwest Ohio. NextTech, a collaborative organization comprising BGSU, Mercy Health, ProMedica and the University of Toledo, was awarded an $8.7 million grant as the Entrepreneurial Service Provider (ESP) for northwest Ohio by the Ohio Third Frontier Board. The grant includes the calendar years 2017-2018.

The ESP program available through Ohio Third Frontier offers a network of entrepreneurial services and capital to help accelerate the growth of early-stage Ohio technology companies. Ohio Third Frontier is part of Ohio Development Agencies. The northwest Ohio ESP will serve an 18-county region.

Having an ESP is essential to the northwest Ohio economy, and is significant for the Ohio economy overall. With this in mind, the leadership and boards of BGSU, Mercy Health, ProMedica and UT committed to working together as the region’s ESP.

“As anchor institutions in our communities, we are wholly committed to investing in, growing, generating jobs, creating investment capital and strengthening our region and Ohio by fostering inclusive technology entrepreneurship,” said Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica, which is the lead applicant for the ESP.


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Ohio Chancellor John Carey (left) introduces the “Give Back. Go Forward.” program as (left to right) President Mary Ellen Mazey, V Jane Rosser, director of the Center for Community and Civic Engagement; and Paula Davis, director of the Optimal Aging Institute, look on.

BGSU, along with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, recently launched “Give Back. Go Forward.,” a volunteer initiative for community members age 60 and older.

Give Back. Go Forward. gives participants the opportunity to volunteer at least 100 hours and receive a three-hour tuition voucher, which they may use themselves or give as a gift to an individual enrolled or planning to enroll at BGSU.

The initiative, which supports BGSU’s Vital Communities Initiative in the Bowling Green/Wood County and Firelands regions, encourages community members to link their volunteer service to areas of passion and expertise that impact critical issues in the community and region. It also aligns with the state’s efforts to make postsecondary education affordable and accessible for all students.

“This innovative program serves as an ideal vehicle for linking community and civic engagement with the involvement of older adults in volunteer services,” said President Mary Ellen Mazey. “It also aligns with BGSU’s core values – collaboration, intellectual and personal growth, and creativity and innovation.”

BGSU’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement, in collaboration with its Optimal Aging Institute, will provide opportunities for Give Back. Go Forward. participants to serve alongside University students or in programs that are affiliated with BGSU community and civic engagement initiatives. Participants can also volunteer in any formal organizational setting where their services impact the community/public good and where the service benefits the broader community.

Program details, requirements and an online application are available online.


Douglas Yeo
There’s a serpent in the College of Musical Arts. Not of the reptilian variety, but rather the musical type. The college will host a residency on the snakelike historical horn featuring Douglas Yeo, the leading scholar on the instrument. The event takes place April 4-6 at Moore Musical Arts Center and includes a free public concert, a seminar and a lesson on playing the serpent, plus master classes with college students and faculty members on the serpent and the trombone.

The serpent master class, led by faculty member David Saltzman, will take place from 9:30-10:20 a.m. Thursday (April 5) in 2002 Moore Musical Arts Center and is open to the public. The seminar will be held from 2-3:15 p.m. Friday (April 6) in 2117 Moore.

“The Ruth P. Varney Serpent: A Conversation and Concert Led by Douglas Yeo” will begin at 8 p.m. Friday evening in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Center, with a reception following in the Kennedy Green Room. The program includes marches written by Christopher Eley, Samuel Wesley and Josef Haydn for the Duke of York, the Prince of Wales and the Derbyshire Cavalry Regiment, plus a divertimento in four movements attributed to Haydn. Yeo’s performance will be accompanied by students and faculty from the College of Musical Arts.

The idea for the BGSU serpent conference came about when the college received the donation of a serpent from Dr. Glenn Varney, professor emeritus of management. The instrument had belonged to his late wife, Ruth, whose grandparents had purchased it for her mother.


Ralph St. John, 74, an emeritus professor of applied statistics and operations research, died March 24. He taught at BGSU from 1973-97.


The field of ecological developmental biology seeks to look at development in the real world of predators, competitors and changing seasons. Dr. Scott Gilbert, professor of biology at Swarthmore College, discusses his research about ecological developmental biology in the 2017 Jean Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lecture on campus Tuesday (April 4).

April 5 is the day to step out and step up your game with the annual Poker Walk. Come to the Perry Field House between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for some laps around the walking track for a chance to win prizes while promoting better health through activity, free blood pressure screenings, free chair massages, helpful information from the fitness and wellness tables, free healthy snacks and giveaways.

The BGSU Speech and Hearing Clinic will provide free hearing screenings and speech/language screenings for children and adults of all ages by appointment April 10, 12 and 14.

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