February 6, 2006

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State of the University
President Sidney Ribeau (left) chats with Naomi Lee, assistant athletic director (center), and Janna Blais, senior woman athletic administrator, before giving his State of the University address.

Hold fast to 'distinctive mission,' president tells University

In his 11th State of the University address to the campus Feb. 3, President Sidney Ribeau offered a perspective on the relative value placed by the government on higher education and the waging of war.

Commenting on a report in the day’s news that the United States is spending about $4.5 billion a month on the war in Iraq, or about $100,000 per minute, and about $800 million a month in Afghanistan, or about $18,000 a minute, while universities in Ohio are “scrapping and struggling to get just a small increase in funding” for the state’s 40 educational institutions, Ribeau said, “The balance of the scales is a little odd.”

Noting that Ohio institutions are asking for about $1 million more apiece while the federal government recently cut $14.5 billion from the national student loan program, he said, “I think we would get a greater return on our money in the quality of life by spending more on education than we do on war.”

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Community/BGSU partnerships celebrated at conference
"Sustainable Communities, Powerful Partnerships" is the theme of the 2006 conference and grant launch sponsored by Partnerships for Community Action and the Center for Innovative and Transformative Education.

PCA/CITE announce 2006 partnership grant recipients
Twelve campus/community joint projects have received grants totaling $46,290 from Partnerships for Community Action (PCA) and the Center for Innovative and Transformative Education (CITE).

Tom Muir to discuss the ancient art and science of metal vessels
The University community will have an opportunity to hear one of the country’s foremost practitioners of metalsmithing when Tom Muir discusses his work Thursday (Feb. 9).