Monday, December 4, 2017  
Restoration Ecology students gain skills through service-learning | Memorial service for Steve Krakoff
Helen Michaels with Restoration Ecology students (left to right) Katie Wallroff, Kaari DeMarco and Hayley Barrett at the University House
Tending our natural gardens
Restoration Ecology students gain skills through service-learning

The grounds of University House, the official residence of the Bowling Green State University president, include a large, manicured lawn. But behind the green lawn is an equally important but less obviously tended space, a short-grass prairie that the University is carefully returning to its native state.

The acreage also functions as a learning lab for students in Dr. Helen Michaels' Restoration Ecology class, where they can observe and identify native and non-native plant species, encouraging the native varieties while destroying the non-native and "woody invasive" ones. The hands-on and laboratory experiences and field trips of the course complement the theoretical and conceptual background they learn in class.

Although in fall the prairie is brown and dry, it is still an important time for student service-learning. Recently they were out with Michaels on a gray and chilly day, collecting seeds of plants such as the fragrant mountain mint, big bluestem grass, pearly everlasting and wild bergamot, or bee balm, for replanting in the spring, when the prairie will be blooming with color.


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Remembering Steve Krakoff

Steve Krakoff
The University will hold a celebration of the life of Steve Krakoff at 3:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 8) in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

Krakoff, vice president for capital planning and campus operations from 2008-17, died Oct. 16. The University has established the Steven P. Krakoff Scholarship in his memory.

John Bentley, 79, professor emeritus of music performance studies, died Nov. 28 in Illinois. He taught oboe in the College of Musical Arts from 1972-2006.

Crawford to share lessons, highlights of sports broadcasting career

The University community is invited to a talk by Jay Crawford, former ESPN announcer and now Bowling Green State University's executive in residence. In "You Can Get There from Here," Crawford will share his professional journey from BGSU student to national sports broadcasting.

Crawford, a longtime sports broadcaster and BGSU alumnus, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Admission is free, but guests are asked to RSVP for the event online.