Thursday, February 1, 2018  
Black History Month events look ‘beyond the dream’ | Director of innovation and venture development named
PJ Jones, keynote speaker for the Black Issues Conference

With the start of February, Bowling Green State University’s “Beyond ‘The Dream’” series focuses on Black History Month. From movies at the Gish Film Theater to guest speakers and musicians and an academic conference, the month provides a variety of opportunities to share in the African- American experience.

Highlighting the month is the 18th annual Black Issues Conference on Feb. 17 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

PJ Jones, a 2010 BGSU alumna and assistant director of multicultural and diversity affairs at the University of Florida, will give the keynote address, “Art Is Power,” during the conference luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in 228 Union. Jones is also the co-founder of Fearlessly Fierce LLC and the co-creator and personality behind the “Educated and Melanted” podcast. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy Alumni Society.


Partnerships promote student research – The Blade
Nakagawa presentation – BG Independent News


Mark Fox will join the BGSU community as the new director of innovation and venture development, Dr. Michael Ogawa, vice president for research and economic engagement, has announced. In this capacity, Fox will manage the University’s intellectual property activities and will work with NextTech Ohio, northwest Ohio’s entrepreneurial services provider funded by the Ohio Third Frontier program, to facilitate the translation of faculty-based innovations into commercial activities.

Fox has 10 years of experience working as a patent technology associate at the University of Toledo, holds a JD degree with a Certificate of Concentration in intellectual property law, and is well known among his peers in the region, Ogawa said. Fox may be contacted at

Ogawa also announced that Hillary Snyder, BGSU’s research compliance officer, is leaving the University. “We are now in the process of developing a transition plan for the research compliance office and will immediately start a search for Hillary’s replacement,” he said.

“Hillary has done much to professionalize and advance the Office of Research Compliance during her time at BGSU and while her departure will certainly be a loss for the University, this moves offers Hillary a new set of challenges and opportunities for the future,” he said in wishing her well.


Winterfest 2018 continues at the BGSU Planetarium, with 15 shows for people of all ages. See what February brings.

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