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Arts and Sciences forum speaker to discuss bald eagles

The future of bald eagles in Ohio will be the topic of the next College of Arts and Sciences Forum.

Mark Shieldcastle, a biologist with the Division of Wildlife in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, will speak on the state’s successful efforts to increase its population of the national bird. His talk will be held at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Preceding the free talk, a noon lunch of soup, salad and baked potato buffet will be available for $7.95 plus tax. Lunch reservations are due by Feb. 9 and can be made by emailing or calling 2-2340. Include your BGSU identification number with your reservation.

Zora Neale Hurston comes to BGSU Firelands

Dorothy Mains Prince will bring artist, author, folklorist, master storyteller and playwright Zora Neale Hurston to life through a first-person interpretation at 1:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 3) in the Cedar Point Center at BGSU Firelands.

Hurston was the prolific author of plays, short stories and several books, including Their Eyes Were Watching God and Mules and Men. Before her death in 1960, she was the best-known black woman writer in the United States.

Prince, a scholar-historian and the founder of Sojourns, an enterprise designed to bring the lives of outstanding African-American women to students and community organizations across the country, previously portrayed Hurston at Firelands last summer as part of the 2005 Ohio Chautauqua.

Her presentation is part of the Diversity Celebration, an annual event at BGSU Firelands.

For more information, contact Sandy DiCarlo at or Lesley Ruszkowski at or 2-5560.

Call is out for Presidents’ Day volunteers

The admissions office is still seeking volunteers for the University’s Presidents’ Day open house on Feb. 20.

Volunteers are asked to work at least a two-hour shift in order to assure continuity throughout the day. Events will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. People are needed to greet and direct the visitors, conduct tours and provide information.

Mandatory, 30-minute training sessions for volunteers will be held Feb. 15 and 16 in the McFall Center Assembly Room at times listed on the Presidents’ Day Web site. A 5 p.m. session will be held for those who wish to help but are unable to attend during regular work hours. Volunteers will also learn their work assignments at the training session.
A separate training session will be held from 4-4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 for those volunteers assigned to the shuttle and bus runs. Admissions will be contacting them soon to confirm assignments.
If you’re interested in helping, complete the volunteer form at, by Friday (Feb. 3). General information for volunteers is also located at this site.

Questions may be directed to 2-9872 or

Learn about PeopleSoft progress at BG@100 forum

An overview of PeopleSoft FMS will be presented at an open forum at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in 316 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The campus community is invited to come and bring questions regarding the BG@100 project.

Distance learning is next topic in Tech Trends

The next presentation in the Tech Trends series, which explores issues and trends in technology teaching and learning, will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The topic of the presentation is "Distance Learning: Trends, Opportunities, and Current Statistics," and will feature a panel presentation by Bonnie Fink, interim director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology; Connie Molnar, director of distance learning, and Sheryl Hansen, director of professional development programs for the Ohio Learning Network.

The series is sponsored by the Information Technology Committee and the offices of the executive vice president and the chief information officer.

January 30, 2006