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Thursday, April 19, 2018  
Advising, collaborative research recognized | ‘The Threepenny Opera’ comes to Donnell stage
Joyce Blinn (center) with Blinn Award winners Jerry Schnepp and Mary-Jon Ludy

BGSU showed its appreciation for its outstanding faculty and staff at the annual Faculty Excellence Awards April 9. President Rodney Rogers; Board of Trustees Chair Megan Newlove; Dr. John Fischer, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Michael Ogawa, vice president for research and economic engagement; Faculty Senate secretary Dr. Robyn Miller, and Joyce Blinn, wife of the late Dr. Elliott Blinn, presented awards to 22 faculty and staff.

This is the final in a series of feature stories on this year’s honorees.

Three people were recognized with the Academic Advising and Mentoring Award.
  • Dr. Daniel Brahier, a Distinguished Professor of Teaching Excellence and director of the Science and Math Education in ACTION program, is not only a dedicated, personally caring adviser but one who is a nationally recognized expert on mathematics education. READ MORE
  • Krista Sturdevant, an adviser for both first-year and second-year Interior Design and Inclusive Early Childhood Education majors, mentors students and assists them in finding the best fit in their educational pathways. READ MORE
  • Christine Shaal, a senior adviser in the Honors College, has had a direct impact on Honors students’ progress in graduating with honors and completing the requirements that come with such a distinction. READ MORE

Two faculty members received the Elliot L. Blinn Award for Faculty-Undergraduate Student Innovative Basic Research/Creative Work Award.
  • Dr. Jerry Schnepp, assistant professor in the Department of Visual Communication Technology and director of the Collab Lab, encouraged and mentored five VCT undergraduate students to pursue original, individual research in a discipline that does not typically include that opportunity, teaching them new skills and the pleasure of the process of discovery. READ MORE
  • Dr. Mary-Jon Ludy, associate professor of food and nutrition, believes that engaging undergraduates in research is deeply fulfilling and that good mentoring drives good research. READ MORE

The President’s Award for Collaborative Research and Creative Work was presented to sociologists Distinguished Research Professor Susan Brown, chair of the department, and Dr. I-Fen Lin for their collaborative research project with Anna Hammersmith and Matthew Wright, both Ph.D. candidates in sociology, who were integrated into all stages of the research process. READ MORE


BGSU alumna Kris Patterson, executive director of Partners for Clean Streams, shares information about the organization’s mission and activities with students during the 2018 Eco-Fair April 18, part of the University’s annual Earth Week activities. Cool weather and the threat of rain moved the fair indoors to Memorial Hall, but did not dim the enthusiasm of participants. Local governmental departments and volunteer organizations such as Nature’s Nursery were represented, along with the BGSU Environmental Action Group, the Office of Campus Sustainability and Academic Investment in Math and Science in Action.

Latino Issues Conference – La Prensa
Literacy in the Park – The Blade
Film and Media Festival – BG Independent News
The Hatch – The Morning Journal, BG Independent News


Bowling Green State University’s Department of Theatre and Film will present Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s landmark musical, “The Threepenny Opera” in the Thomas B. And Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts for one weekend only, April 19-22.

Written in 1928 and based on John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera,” “The Threepenny Opera” tells a darkly comic story of crime, sex, marriage, corruption and betrayal – all revolving around notorious gangster Mack the Knife. When Mack pairs up with Polly Peachum, heir to the city’s largest syndicate of deceitful beggars, his plans for cashing in on the queen’s coronation day go awry. Mack has friends in high places, but will they be able to protect him from his bitter enemies?



The School of Art will host its second MFA Thesis exhibition April 21-29 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries in the Fine Arts Center.

The opening reception is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20. Exhibitors include Fernanda Ruocco, Jacob Nolt and Ericsson De La Paz Lugo. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

All exhibitions are free and open to the public. The galleries are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the upper level of the Wankelman Gallery.

For more information, visit the School of Art website.

Elfreda Rusher, 101, professor emeritus of business education, died April 15 in Bowling Green. She taught at the University from 1950-76. Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday (April 20) at Dunn Funeral Home, 408 W. Wooster St. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to the Elfreda M. Rusher scholarship in the College of Musical Arts.


If you did not make it to this week’s “Focus on the Future” strategic planning open house forum, mark your calendar for next week’s.

The final forum will be held from 8-11 a.m. April 26 in 201 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The stations will also be set up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7-11 in McFall Center Gallery, where participants can leave their notes on the idea boards.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to drop in, get information and share their insights with administrators on the core capabilities and competencies BGSU must have in order to thrive. These include academic programs, people, research and creative activity, external relations, and financial strength and facilities/IT.


“Social Trust” is the theme for the eighth annual Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20-21 in Mileti Alumni Center.

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre at BGSU Firelands presents the international hit drama “Blood Brothers” April 26-28, and will also hold open auditions Sunday (April 22) for actors, singers and dancers ages 10 and up for the 2018-2019 CCYT Competition Team, featuring the musical “Finian's Rainbow.”

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