Dr. Gabriel Matney was the single mathematics professor in Ohio this year to receive the Kenneth Cummins Award of Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.  ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌
Monday, November 19, 2018  
Matney recognized for excellence in math teaching/ A.L.I.C.E. training available Nov. 27, 28
Gabriel Matney (front row, far right) celebrates his achievement with students (front row, left and right) Chelsea Caswell and Tiara Hicks; (second row, left to right) Katelyn Kundtz, Makenzie Murray, Miranda Fox and Noah Brown; (back row, left to right) Scott Knapke, Taylor Nicholson and Makenna Geise.

Matney recognized for excellence in math teaching

Each year, the Ohio Council of Teachers and Mathematics recognizes outstanding teachers, professors, emerging leaders and friends of mathematics. At this year’s OCTM 68th annual conference held last month, Dr. Gabriel Matney, a professor in Bowling Green State University’s School of Teaching and Learning, was the single mathematics professor in Ohio to receive the Kenneth Cummins Award of Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.

The award for exemplary mathematics teaching is given by the OCTM to a college-level teacher of mathematics and/or mathematics education in the state of Ohio. To be considered for the award, the teacher must have been nominated by a member of OCTM. It is named after the late Dr. Kenneth Cummins, a mathematics faculty member at Kent State University who was well known in the mathematics community for his outstanding teaching. He was widely known for conducting summer and academic year institutes for high school mathematics teachers in which he reached a large number of teachers throughout the state.

Like Cummins, Matney has been intensely involved in teacher professional development around Ohio. With his BGSU colleague Dr. Jonathan Bostic, he has used Ohio Department of Education grants to help Ohio math teachers deepen their own mathematics knowledge and their classroom skills to promote student learning and help them meet the Common Core state standards. Matney also spearheaded a 2013 memorandum of understanding with Thailand’s Kamphaeng Phet Rajabhat University to exchange information between students and faculty on mathematical research projects, educational best practices and culture. This has resulted in visits by students and faculty between the two countries, greatly broadening BGSU students’ perspectives on teaching and learning as well as their global understanding.


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A.L.I.C.E. training available Nov. 27 and 28

In addition to their on-demand training opportunities, the BGSU Police are offering special A.L.I.C.E. training sessions Nov. 27 and 28 to ensure students, faculty and staff are prepared for an unlikely event involving a violent intruder.

Participants will learn how to take an active role in their own safety by using A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Counter, Inform, Evacuate) techniques. Instructors will go over these concepts in detail in an effort to prepare and empower members of the campus community should a violent intruder incident occur. They will also discuss mental and physical tools that could play a vital role in an incident.

BGSU Police will offer two sessions Nov. 27: 10:30 a.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater (Room 206) and 7 p.m. in 314 Union. Sessions will also be held at 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Nov. 28 in 206 Union. Each session will be the same; participants should pick a session that best fits their schedule.

Each session will last about 90 minutes. Registration is not required.

Students, faculty and staff who are unable to attend a session can request a special session.

Contact BGSU Police at 419-372-2346 or online for more information.

Heilmeier named director of Campus Services

Bowling Green State University has announced that Eric Heilmeier will serve as the new director of Campus Services, as of Nov. 5. Before joining the University, he served as the director of Pierpont Commons, associate director of University Unions and director for Campus Information Services for the University of Michigan. He also served as the Student Center Operations manager for Eastern Michigan University. As director of Campus Services, Heilmeier will be responsible for maintenance and custodial services; the paint, carpet and carpentry areas; grounds; recycling and solid waste services; and university logistics.

Heilmeier’s experience includes managing large groups of employees and being responsible for multiple offices under his direction. Those disciplines include facilities operations, custodial services, emergency preparedness, university information center, event technical support, building managers, university operators and ticket office operations. He also has experience in budget development and management and the development of strategy and vision for multiple departments that align with divisional and university priorities.

Heilmeier is a graduate of BGSU, having earned a bachelor’s degree in visual communications and a master’s degree in business administration. He also has a higher education leadership degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Zoom News Schedule

Because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the next Zoom News will be published Nov. 29.