In Brief: April 27

All time approvers invited to open forum

With the HCM (Human Capital Management) 9.2 upgrade scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend, supervisors are invited to a Time and Labor Open Forum to familiarize themselves with the new Time and Labor features that will be implemented. The next forum is scheduled for 1-2 p.m. Wednesday (April 29) in 111 Olscamp Hall.

This one-hour discussion will cover the new feature that allows for delegation of time approvals and will include a review of additional information available on timesheets following the upgrade. Also covered will be important information about system downtime during the upgrade weekend. It is highly recommend that all managers, supervisors and delegates attend this event.

To learn more about HCM 9.2 upgrade, training and documentation, visit

For more information, contact the HCM 9.2 upgrade project team at

Messer to read from ‘On the Big Rivers’ at Grounds for Thought

Poet and writer Dr. Richard Messer, a professor emeritus of English, has traveled a lot in his life, but his most memorable trip, and certainly the longest, was the 3,800-mile canoe trip he and his buddy Jerry Sanders made in 1962 when they were in their early 20s.

Now, more than 50 years later, the two have published “On the Big Rivers, from Three Forks, Montana, to New Orleans, Louisiana,” a memoir of the “voyage of discovery, friendship and initiation into manhood,” as Messer described their journey down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

Messer will read from the book on April 30 at Grounds for Thought coffee shop and bookstore, 174 S. Main St. in Bowling Green.  The free reading will take place from 7-9 p.m.

Messer is a published poet, and Sanders is retired from school teaching and a life of traveling the world. The book is drawn from the journals the young men kept during their voyage.

In his reading, Messer will share the pristine beauty of the rivers as they were 50 years ago, along with their experience of America on the verge of momentous change.

Wireless Guest Access now available

ITS has introduced a Wireless Guest Access service to the campus community and visitors to the University. The new "BGSU Guest" network allows guests to access the Internet from laptops, tablets or mobile devices for up to a 24-hour period. Guests can be described as any short-term visitor to the BGSU campus who wishes to connect to the Internet for basic services, such as email and Web access. An example of a guest might be a parent or visiting student.

To create a guest account, follow these steps:

  1. Select BGSU Guest from the list of available wireless networks.
  2. Open a Web browser and attempt to load a website.
  3. Follow the instructions on the redirected Web page to create a temporary guest account.

Direct any questions regarding Wireless Guest Access to the Technology Support Center (TSC) at 419-372-0999 or