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Monday, April 1, 2019  
BGSU honors employees' service | Bouzat shed light on penguin evolution
President Rodney Rogers chats with honorees (left to right) Michelle Heckman, Karen Osterling and Margaret Berger about their years of service to the University.

Among the longest-serving honorees were (left to right) Lewis Fulcher, Mark Henning and David Swartz.
The University paid tribute to the dedication of its faculty and administrative and classified staff at the annual Years of Service Ceremony March 26. At a festive gathering in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom hosted by the Office of Human Resources and Office of the Provost, employees were honored for their service in five-year increments from five to 45 years.

President Rodney Rogers remarked on the collective 5,210 hours of service by the 303 employees, and the tremendous support and education those hours represent for students. It is that dedication that allows BGSU to serve as a public university for the public good, he said.

Also addressing the group were Viva McCarver, chief human resources officer, and Dr. Joe B. Whitehead, provost and vice president for student affairs.

Special tribute was paid to the four longest-serving honorees: Dr. Lewis Fulcher, professor of physics and astronomy, with 45 years; along with Linda Kidd, University Athletics; Mark Henning, WBGU-TV; and David Swartz, University Libraries, each with 40 years.

A colony of Magellanic penguins from Chile
International collaboration

Dr. Juan Bouzat, a professor in Bowling Green State University's Department of Biological Sciences, is part of an international research team studying the evolution of penguins. He is a co-author of a study published in the journal of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution that demonstrates the importance of island formation in the diversification of penguins and posits the discovery of two extinct penguin species from New Zealand. The research, recently highlighted by the New York Times, was conducted by a diverse team of 19 scholars representing eight countries and 16 research institutions and universities.

During a sabbatical, Bouzat initiated collaborations at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark alongside a consortium of scholars who are uncovering the genomes of 10,000 species of birds. This major international collaboration has helped with efforts to complete the genome sequencing of all penguin species. The New York Times article highlights just one of the outcomes of this research. Doctoral student Tess Cole from the University of Otago, New Zealand, coordinated the analysis of the mitochondrial genomes of penguins, which led to the discovery of two new subspecies of penguins in the Chatham Islands: the dwarf yellow-eyed penguin and a new crested penguin.


Rose Baney, 76, died March 21. She retired in 1998 after 30 years as an employee in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. View funeral arrangements


When mortal maiden Semele and the god Jupiter fall in love, it brings down the jealous wrath of Juno, queen of the gods, and the result is epic. Composer George Frideric Handel captured the drama in his English-language opera "Semele," the spring production of Bowling Green State University Opera Theater and Department of Theatre and Film. Conductor Dr. Emily Freeman Brown will be joined by guest director Danielle Wright from Detroit's Opera MODO.

Performances are at 8 p.m. April 5 and at 3 p.m. April 7 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre of The Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for non-BGSU students/children in advance. All tickets are $20 the day of the performance. BGSU students are free with ID. Tickets are available online at or by calling 419-372-8171.

A masterpiece of Handel's mature period, "Semele" is considered something of an anomaly in his career: It is an English-language work with a secular text, written at a time when Handel was concentrating on the composition of sacred oratorios. Though never staged in Handel's lifetime, the stirring and sensuous story, based on Ovid's "Metamorphoses," lends itself to some of opera's most tempestuous arias of lust and rage. The choral movements are also considered some of Handel's most beautiful and exciting, as priests, soothsayers and nymphs comment on the action.

The infrequently performed work will be accompanied by the Camerata di Campo di Bocce, the elite chamber group of the BG Philharmonia, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.


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Tomorrow (April 2) begins BGSU One Day, the University's third annual dedicated day of giving. The 36-hour event provides faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends the opportunity to give back in support of their favorite BGSU cause, college or program.

One Day can help make it possible for BGSU students to experience innovative, student-centered programs that enrich their success. It can support scholarships, student research, hands-on learning, up-to-the-minute technology, equipment and learning spaces. By coming together in their support, the Falcon family will help BGSU change lives for the world.



"The Ethics of Public Discourse" is the theme of the ninth annual Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy hosted by the BGSU Department of Philosophy.

The two-day workshop, April 5-6 at Mileti Alumni Center, features keynote speakers Jason Stanley of Yale University and Julia Driver of Washington University in St. Louis.

Stanley, the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy, will present "Presupposing Practices: How to Incorporate Speech Practices into Formal Pragmatics" at 3:45 p.m. Friday (April 5). He is the author of five books, including the most recent "How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them." Driver will present "Moralizing and Moral Theory" at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday (April 6). She is a professor of philosophy, president-elect of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association and author of numerous journal articles and three books including "Consequentialism."

Additional information about the workshop is available on the department website