BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

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Be there for State of the University address Friday
President Sidney Ribeau will deliver his State of the University address at 10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 2) in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The campus is invited to come at 9:30 for coffee and fellowship before the talk.



Chinese economy to be discussed at forums
Dr. Thomas Rawski, an economics and history professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will give two presentations next week, as the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and the next speaker in the College of Arts and Sciences Forum series.

On Monday (Feb. 5), his Phi Beta Kappa talk will be on “China’s Economy—Past, Present, Future,” from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

Beginning with the socioeconomic structure of imperial China (pre-1911), he will trace the steps that led to the nation’s current economic boom. He will also look ahead to see what factors might affect China’s prospects for continued economic growth. The presentation is free and open to the public.

On Feb. 6, he will discuss “The International Dimension of China’s Long Boom” at the Arts and Sciences Forum. The forum, from noon to 1:15 p.m., will be held in 308 Union.

Rawski will discuss how poor populations can benefit from globalization, using the example of China and the rest of East Asia. He will explain the development and modern history of China’s economy, emphasizing the crucial role of cross-border flows of resources, products and knowledge in China’s economic boom and the necessity of its having open access to world markets for future success.

A lunch of soup, salad, baked potato and dessert buffet will be served at noon for $7.95 (plus tax). Lunch reservations must be made by Tuesday (Jan. 30). Call the college office at 2-2340 or email mjhitt@bgsu.edu. Those wishing to come at 12:30 p.m. for the free lecture are also welcome.

Rawski is co-organizing a large, collaborative project aimed at evaluating China’s recent growth spurt from the perspective of global economic history. The past president of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies, he is the author of several books on economics and history, and China’s development.



Video on FMS procedures available online
With one week remaining before Financial Management Solutions (FMS) go-live, the BG@100 project team and the University community are completing final preparations. The University will be using FMS for all financial transactions, which will introduce changes in how purchases are made and in associated business practices.

A brief video describing significant points of the FMS implementation is available on the BG@100 Web site at www.bgsu.edu/bgat100. The site will also be a resource for documents such as training manuals, self-service training modules, listings of FMS support resources, training labs to be offered during the week of Jan. 29, open labs to be offered after the go-live, cross-reference tables to obtain Department Cost Center numbers, and tables to find project/grant numbers. Continue to check the Web site for updates, and direct any questions or requests for additional information to BGat100@bgsu.edu.



Areas asked to review, update forms
In anticipation of the BG@100 FMS go-live on Feb. 5, departments and offices are asked to review forms used or produced within their area for any AFIN references that will need to be updated. For example, a request for an Agency/Org number on a form will need to be changed to request Department Cost Center (DCC) information.

Additionally, any forms you may have downloaded to your desktop might need to be updated. Areas are asked to review and revise forms and, as appropriate, have them posted to the Web by Feb. 4 in order for users to access the updated material. Users should acquire an updated form from the appropriate originating department for each need, e.g., obtain a Leave Reporting Form from Human Resources.

You will continue to use the current paper system for Travel Expense and Business Entertainment Expenses; however, the forms will be updated to reflect use with the FMS system.



Financial Responsibility Agreement to be required
Beginning today (Jan. 29), and annually hereafter, all students who intend to register for classes must first electronically sign an agreement accepting responsibility for paying all charges incurred on their BGSU bursar account. Parents or guardians of those under 18 must sign a paper copy of the agreement and submit it to the bursar’s office.

All students are required to accept the Financial Responsibility Agreement in order to register during the upcoming summer and/or fall enrollment periods.

If the University does not have an accepted Financial Responsibility Agreement signature on file, a registration hold will be placed on the account and the student will be unable to enroll until he or she successfully completes the document. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has mandated that all Ohio public, state-supported institutions maintain a completed agreement for every student.

The process of signing the agreement is short, simple and very similar to the electronic signature submitted when using new software.

Effective today, the e-signature can be found on the first page of MyBGSU under Financial Services. Once the student has accepted the agreement, he or she will be able to review it and the date it was signed and print a copy, and the registration restriction will be removed.

Students are encouraged to electronically sign the Financial Responsibility Agreement well before attempting to register for summer and/or fall semester classes. More information can be found at www.bgsu.edu/offices/bursar. Questions may be emailed to bursar@bgsu.edu, or call 2-2815.



AAUW scholarships available for women

The Bowling Green branch of the American Association of University Women offers an annual book scholarship of no less than $200 to women who demonstrate financial need and are permanent residents of Wood County.

Applicants must have completed at least one year of study in a degree program. Nontraditional female applicants who have returned to school to finish or begin a degree or retrain, and who use Bowling Green or Wood County as their permanent address, will be given preference.

This year, two $600 scholarships will be available. The application form for the 2007-08 AAUW Book Scholarship is available at:
www.bgsu.edu/organizations/aauw/scholarship.pdf.

Applications must be received by March 13. Send completed applications to Lisa McHugh Cesarini, Office of Academic Enhancement, 104K University Hall, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0228.

January 29, 2007