Monday, October 23, 2017  
Mruk named fellow of American Psychological Association | Students organize City Council candidate forum
Christopher Mruk

Dr. Christopher Mruk, professor of psychology at BGSU Firelands College, was granted the status of fellow by the American Psychological Association (APA) this summer in its Humanistic Psychology division.

Fellows are nominated by peers in the organization and must pass review by the APA Fellows Committee. Fellow status is an “honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology and requires that a person's work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level.”

“Dr. Mruk’s contributions to the college and the professional community are considerable and this nomination is validation of his efforts,” said Dr. Andrew Kurtz, Firelands dean. “He is an outstanding example of the quality of educators we have at BGSU Firelands.”


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Planning the candidate forum are (left to right) Hannah Finnerty, Phillip Rich and Holly Shively.

BGSU students and University community members will have another chance to meet Bowling Green City Council candidates and learn about the issues on the Nov. 7 ballot at an upcoming candidate forum on campus. Slated for 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, the event so far has 11 confirmed candidate participants of the 12 running (there is also one uncontested seat), including all six at-large candidates.

One of the candidates is current student Hunter Sluss, looking to represent the first ward, and challenging six-year council member Daniel Gordon, who was elected while a BGSU student.

The Oct. 23 forum is completely student-led and is coordinated by a team of BGSU students dedicated to increasing awareness about the election and ultimately, voter participation, said senior Phillip Rich, a co-organizer of the forum. Rich is an Andrew Goodman Foundation ambassador/Vote Everywhere team leader with BGSU Votes, headquartered in the Center for Community and Civic Engagement. Senior Meg Burrell is co-ambassador.

Rich has worked with senior Holly Shively, the student director of BG Falcon Media, which comprises the two campus radio stations, BG 24 TV news, the BG News and the Key and Obsidian magazines, to line up sponsors and make the arrangements. Shively recently won a second Press Club of Toledo Touchstone Award, this time in the digital category for a piece she wrote for about a BGSU student who has been an advocate for equality in her native Tunisia and on campus.