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State of the University Address slated

President Sidney Ribeau will deliver his annual State of the University Address at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The community is invited to arrive at 9:30 for coffee and fellowship.

Blood supplies are low: donate at blood drive this week

Students, faculty and staff are invited to open their hearts (and veins) to help others during this semester’s blood drive today through Friday (Jan. 22-25), from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

According to the American Red Cross’s Web site, 60 percent of the American population is eligible to donate, but only 5 percent does.

Junior Jacob Worley, an intern with the Red Cross, has been helping with the campus blood drive for three years. Worley said the Red Cross is experiencing a “critical shortage of blood.” He attributes this to the holiday season and people not wanting to venture out in the cold.

Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. They must be in good health and cannot have donated within the last eight weeks. An American Red Cross donor card or photo ID with date of birth is required of all donors. 

The process takes about an hour, but could save as many as three lives, according to the Red Cross.

Records show University blood drives date back to at least 1972. “Bowling Green State University is the largest drive in northwest Ohio,” said Linda Hartman, senior donor requirement representative. “It runs anywhere from three to five days, and we collect around 600 pints of blood.”

Donors will receive a “bag the hero in you” laundry bag. They also may enter to win a Daytona 500 vacation package.

Music college enacts policy, price changes

 The College of Musical Arts changed concert ticket prices and box office policies, effective Jan. 1.

Tickets purchased on the day of college performances at the Moore Musical Arts Center now cost $3 more than tickets purchased further in advance.

General admission tickets to college-sponsored performances in Kobacker Hall are $7 for students and senior citizens and $10 for other adults in advance, and $10 and $13, respectively, on the day of the performance.

Advance tickets for opera productions will cost $9 for students and senior citizens and $12 for other adults. Tickets purchased on the day of performances will be $12 and $15, respectively.

Single tickets for Festival Series concerts are also increasing by $3 on the day of performances.

In addition, credit and debit cards will only be accepted for ticket purchases more than one hour prior to music events. Payment by cash, check or the BG1 Card will be the only tender accepted in the final hour before curtain time.

Officials said the changes are being made to offset the higher cost of music and supporting materials, as well as to encourage patrons to buy tickets further in advance so concerts can begin promptly as scheduled.

Those with questions may call Deborah Fleitz, the college’s director of public events, at 2-8654.  

Child-free by Choice support group forming
The decision whether or not to have a child can be difficult in and of itself. Those who decide not to have children face a variety of challenges, including societal and familial pressure as well as struggles managing this choice within dating relationships. The Women’s Center, in affiliation with Natalie Mitchell of the campus Counseling Center, is offering a support group to help with these challenges and other related difficulties. The time and dates of meetings will be determined.

If you are interested in participating, contact Mitchell at  The group is open to students, staff and the community.

ASAC Software request applications available

The Academic Software Advisory Committee (ASAC) has established the application process for this year's requests for instructional software. Faculty may complete software requests online until 5 p.m. Feb. 15.

Applications are available at The Web page also provides details regarding the project time line, application process, review criteria and ASAC committee members.

Branding Ohio, boosting economy topics at annual conference

Economic development and building a globally competitive brand for the state of Ohio are among the topics that will be addressed Jan. 30 during the sixth annual State of the Region Conference.

Presented by the BGSU Center for Regional Development, the conference is expected to attract approximately 300 civic and business leaders from throughout the northwest sector of the state. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg beginning at 8 a.m.

C. Robert Sawyer, who directs the Economic Development Administration’s Chicago Regional Office for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Ed Burghard, executive director of the Ohio Business Coalition, are this year’s keynote speakers.

In addition, a three-member panel will take a close look at the regional economy from the perspectives of labor, housing and retailing. Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12; Blaine Brockman, assistant executive director of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, and Larry Dillin, president of Dillin Consulting Co., will be the panelists.

There is no charge to attend the conference, but space is limited and advance registration is requested. To register, contact Pat Sherman at the CRD at 2-8710 or email Online registration also is available at

January 22, 2008