In Brief: August 31

Helpers needed for STEM in the Park

Volunteers are needed for STEM in the Park on Sept. 23 at the Perry Field House. The Saturday event brings nearly 5,000 people to campus for interactive displays created by University departments and community partners such as the Imagination Station and Toledo Zoo to engage children of all ages in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Participants enjoy everything from giant bubbles to edible DNA. Volunteers receive a free T-shirt, lunch from Tony Packo’s and a certificate for service- learning or professional development hours. Shifts run from 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Register online to volunteer. Questions should be directed to Jenna Pollock at 372-2739 or

Join the diabetes PreventT2 program

One out of three American adults has prediabetes. If you have prediabetes, you can make changes now to improve your health and prevent type 2 diabetes. The University is offering a way to help faculty, staff, students and community members through the PreventT2 lifestyle change program.

PreventT2 can help you lose weight, become more physically active and reduce stress. With PreventT2, you get a proven program to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-approved curriculum and trained lifestyle coach, a yearlong program with weekly meetings for the first six months, then once or twice a month for the second six months, and support from others like you as you learn new skills.

The PreventT2 program at BGSU begins Sept. 5. Weekly group sessions are held Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. or Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 131 Health and Human Services.

The cost for yearlong program is $100. Participants who attend 80 percent of the sessions receive a $50 refund.

To learn more about prediabetes, take a risk test.

Register online or in person at the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk. The registration deadline is Sept. 5.

 For more information, contact Joanne Sommers, instructor in Human Development and Family Studies, at 372-8907 or

Lifelong learning offered at BGSU Firelands ElderCollege

ElderCollege at BGSU Firelands kicks off the fall semester Sept. 6 with Michael Mage, two-time award-winning Cleveland performer known as a comedian stuck in a magician’s shoes. His interactive presentation incorporating comedy and audience participation will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Cedar Point Center.

With more than 130 members, ElderCollege is designed to promote lifelong learning for adults 50 years of age and beyond from all educational and socio-economic backgrounds. There are no academic requirements to join ElderCollege, and there are no tests or grades. Individuals simply attend for the enjoyment of learning.

More than 25 classes are planned for the fall. Topics range from educational nature walks and area tours to astrology, and from Asian art to the Trump presidency. View a complete course list.

Individuals can enroll in ElderCollege for a fee of $70 per semester or $110 for two semesters, which entitles them to attend unlimited classes during the selected period. Nonmembers can participate by paying a minimal fee per class, typically $20.

For more information about the ElderCollege fall kickoff, contact Tracy DeFazio in the Office of Educational Outreach at 419-372-0617 or by email at

‘The Lion King’ stalks the Firelands stage Sept. 7-10

The competition team at Caryl Crane Youth Theatre will present Disney’s “The Lion King” Sept. 7-10 for four performances only. Based on the animated-classic-turned-Broadway-phenomenon, “The Lion King” is the coming-of-age story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands.

“The Lion King” tells the story of the epic adventures of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion encounters a colorful cast of characters, including spunky lioness Nala, charismatic meerkat Timon, and loveable warthog Pumbaa. To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pridelands, Simba must find his inner strength and confront his wicked Uncle Scar. “The Lion King” features classic songs from the 1994 film such as “Hakuna Matata” and the Academy Award-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” as well as additional songs penned for the Broadway production.

Performances of “The Lion King” are at 7 p.m. Sept. 7; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, and 2 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 in the McBride Auditorium on the BGSU Huron campus. Tickets range from $6-$12, and are on sale now. Call 419-626-1950 or order online.

“The Lion King” is rated G, appropriate for ages 3 and up.  

The 34 students in the production, ages 8-18, will represent Caryl Crane Youth Theatre at the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta in January 2018. During the weekend-long celebration of youth in musical theatre, CCYT, along with 114 other youth theatres throughout the country, will present a 15-minute sampling of “The Lion King” to a team of illustrious theatre professionals.

Updated: 08/22/2018 11:31AM