The BGSU ‘Step Up-Step In’ campaign by Recreation and Wellness was recognized by the National Intramural Sports and Recreation Association.  ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌
Thursday, March 7, 2019  
‘Step Up-Step In’ campaign wins recognition | State of the Region Conference March 11
Student Hyunjin Lee shows a “Step Up-Step In” sign at the Stroh Center.
‘Step Up-Step In’ campaign earns national recognition

The National Intramural Sports and Recreation Association (NIRSA) recognized Bowling Green State University Recreation and Wellness recently at its national conference in Boston. BGSU took home second place in the Large Format Display category at the NIRSA National Creative Excellence Awards.

NIRSA recognizes collegiate marketing teams for their outstanding marketing accomplishments promoting well-being, recreation and healthy living messages. The BGSU Wellness Connection’s Interactive Installations submission was the “Step Up-Step In” campaign, whose messaging emphasizes bystander intervention strategies. The phrases “Step Up-Step In” and “Falcons got your back” were marketed to students, faculty and staff on T-shirts, flyers, social media, digital screens and other physical outreach formats. The overall purpose of the campaign was to encourage active participation in creating a culture of shared respect at BGSU.

The two phrases and installations were meant to “help make your residence hall, classrooms, activity spaces, and the entire community a place where others feel safe and protected. Let those who live, work, and learn here know that you’ve got their back,” according to Faith Denardo, wellness connection director and Title IX deputy coordinator.

The installations were inspired by Wellness Connection’s Bystander Intervention programming and It’s On Us initiative. The “Step Up-Step In” message calls students and the community to action to intervene and help prevent sexual violence. Funding for the installations came from a grant from the Ohio Department of Education for Changing Campus Culture received by Recreation and Wellness for the 2017-18 academic year.


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State of the Region Conference to address impact of global trade on local economic development

Residents of northwest Ohio may not see the global connections that impact their daily lives, but those links are critical to the region’s economic vitality. For most people in the region, these connections are contained to northwest Ohio. But through trade and transport, the global economy can be experienced in a number of industries and products we use every day.

The Center for Regional Development (CRD) at Bowling Green State University will examine these global connections at the 17th annual State of the Region Conference on March 11. The theme this year is “Connected with the World: Global Trade, Investment, Logistics, and Supply Chains and Their Impact on Economic Development in Northwest Ohio.”

“As a public university for the public good, BGSU is committed to helping drive economic development,” said BGSU President Rodney Rogers. “Understanding and embracing our links to the global economy is critical to the success of northwest Ohio and the entire state.”

“The goal of the conference is to bring together business, economic development, government, citizens and elected officials to discuss the critical issues that will determine the economic future of northwest Ohio,” said Dr. Russell Mills, associate professor and director of the CRD.


Thomas Anderson, 89, professor emeritus of geography, died Jan. 21. He taught at the University from 1964-95. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. April 6 at Dunn Funeral Home in Bowling Green, preceded by visitation beginning at 10 a.m.

BGSU Trustee Betty Montgomery at the unveiling of the conference room named in her honor
University names conference room in honor of Montgomery

BGSU Trustee Betty Montgomery of Columbus has been a longtime supporter of the University and a role model for achievement in law and public service. She was honored by the University Feb. 22 when the board approved the naming of an area in the Center for the Future of Forensic Science the Betty D. Montgomery Conference Room.

A 1970 alumna, Montgomery has had a distinguished career in public service, having served as Ohio auditor of state, Ohio attorney general, state senator, Wood County prosecuting attorney and prosecuting attorney for the city of Perrysburg. BGSU has previously presented her the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Centennial Alumni Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Saxophonist highlights BGSU Jazz Week

Dayna Stephens
Tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens is the featured artist when the BGSU College of Musical Arts celebrates jazz March 12-15. Stephens has garnered critical acclaim for his playing, compositions and arrangements. DownBeat Critics Poll ranked him second in the 2017 “Rising Star” category, and his “Gratitude” album was described as “a highly cinematic listening experience, full of rolling seas and shifting skies.”

Kicking off jazz week will be the BGSU Jazz Faculty performing at 7 p.m. on March 12 at the Wildwood Metropark Manor House, 5100 Central Ave., Toledo. Faculty members include David Bixler, saxophone; Ariel Kasler, guitar and piano, and Jeff Halsey, bass. The recital is free and open to the public.

The vocal jazz ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. on March 12 in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. On March 13, the student chamber jazz ensembles will perform a free concert in Bryan Recital Hall. The jazz faculty return for a free performance at 8 p.m. March 14 with guest saxophonist Dayna Stephens. On March 15, Stephens will present two master classes at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. They are free and open to the public.

The final concert for jazz week features Stephens and the Jazz Lab Band 1 under the direction David Bixler. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. March 15 in Kobacker Hall. Advance tickets are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults. All tickets are $10 on the day of the performance. BGSU students with an ID are admitted free.

Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Was Shakespeare ‘Of an Age’ or ‘For All Time’?

Stephannie Gearhart
Nearly 400 years ago, Ben Jonson declared that William Shakespeare “was not of an age, but for all time!”

Dr. Stephannie Gearhart, an associate professor of English, will present “’Of an Age’ or ‘For All Time?’: How We See Shakespeare Today” for the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture on March 13.

Gearhart will discuss how Shakespeare profoundly affected his own culture and how he continues to affect ours by addressing the playwright’s key role in shaping the early modern era’s ideology of intergenerational relations and the postmodern era’s ideas about diverse topics such as race, class, sexual orientation and gender politics. Her presentation will be at 4 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union (Theater). A reception will follow.

Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate by contacting Accessibility Services at or 419-372-8495 prior to the event.


• Children’s book author and illustrator Lindsay Ward, this year’s Literacy in the Park author, will present her work at 11:30 a.m. Monday (March 11).
• The Browne Popular Culture Library invites the community to help celebrate its 50th birthday with an open house and birthday party on March 12.
• In the first of two Asian Studies forums, Dr. Neil Englehart, political science, will discuss "The Second Trump-Kim Summit."
• The deadline to apply for the Stuart R. Givens Memorial Fellowship for student independent education-abroad experiences is March 15.

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