Monday, April 17, 2017  
Faculty Excellence Awards highlight achievement | BGSU to co-host Alarm Will Sound at museum
Mary Natvig (left) is presented the Faculty Senate Distinguished Service Award by Rachelle Kristof Hippler, Faculty Senate chair.

The University recognized a group of its highest-achieving faculty April 13 during the annual Faculty Excellence Awards. Faculty were honored for research, teaching, creative arts, service, leadership, advising, mentoring and more during the celebratory event in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Joining President Mary Ellen Mazey on the stage were alumnus David Levey, chair of the BGSU Board of Trustees, who gave credit to his undergraduate faculty for launching him into a successful life; Dr. Rodney Rogers, provost and senior vice president; and Dr. William Balzer, vice president for faculty affairs and strategic initiatives, who led the event.

“All of BGSU takes great pride in the work and accomplishments of our faculty,” Rogers said. “Time and time again, we hear stories about a particular faculty member who changed a life, challenged a student, opened a door to new possibilities. That’s what makes BGSU such a great place.”

Nineteen awards were presented during the event, about half of which are included in this issue. Read Zoom News on Thursday (April 19) for the remainder.

Three faculty received the Professorship of Excellence title. The Professorships of Excellence are presented to faculty holding the rank of full professor who have achieved outstanding success in teaching, research, creative arts or service and whose work merits special recognition. The title is held for three years, and brings additional support for its duration.

  • Dr. Cynthia Baron, theatre and film, was named Professor of Research Excellence.

  • Dr. Mikel Kuehn, musicology, composition and theory, was named Professor of Creative Arts Excellence.

  • Dr. Kefa Otiso, geography, was named Professor of Service Excellence.
The Master Teacher Award, selected and presented by the Student Alumni Connection, was given to Dr. Andrew Gregory, School of Earth, Environment and Society.

The President’s Award for Collaborative Research and Creative Work went to Dr. Sue Carter Wood, English.

Faculty Senate gave four awards this year, presented by Faculty Senate Chair Rachelle Kristof Hippler:

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Alarm Will Sound

Area residents will have the opportunity to experience new music in a new way when acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound gives a special performance of “Ten Thousand Birds,” a work commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams. The performance will follow the cycle of a day, starting with bird songs heard in the morning, then afternoon, evening, night and returning to morning. The audience is encouraged to walk around to experience the music from multiple perspectives. The performance will begin at dusk (about 7 p.m.) Friday (April 21) in and around the sculpture gardens at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The event is sponsored by BGSU’s MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and the Toledo Museum of Art. Both Alarm Will Sound and John Luther Adams have appeared on BGSU’s annual New Music Festival at the College of Musical Arts.


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