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Irish music highlights next A&S Forum

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a lively excursion through Ireland’s history of music and dance. Dr. Bob Midden, along with Mary Dennis and Martin Koop, will perform “Toraigh: An Introduction to Traditional Irish Music” at the College of Arts and Sciences Forum Friday (March 17).

A noon lunch of Irish or vegetarian stew, salad and potato roll is available for $6.60 plus tax, payable by cash, check or BiG Charge.

The 12:30 p.m. performance in 202B Bowen-Thompson Student Union is free and open to all.

Lunch reservations are due by Tuesday (March 14). Call 2-2340 or email with your reservation.

Families invited to meet authors, enjoy activities at literacy day

“Literacy in the Park,” a day for families to enjoy entertainment and literature, will be coming to the Bowen-Thompson Student Union on Saturday (March 18) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jim Murphy, an award-winning nonfiction author, and Heidi Petach, creator of many humorous children’s books and materials, will talk about the art of writing and illustrating. The two authors will also be available to sign their books.

Other activities for the day include children’s theatre and “make-it, take-it” literacy experiences. A children’s bookstore will be present to sell books and materials.

This event is sponsored by the Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center. For more information, contact the reading center at 2-7323 or

Nominations sought for Ornelas award

The BGSU Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations for the 2006 Miguel Ornelas Award. The award recognizes an individual, group or organization on campus whose programs, services or actions have significantly enhanced positive human relations at BGSU.

The award is given in honor of Dr. Miguel Ornelas, a former Human Relations Commission member and director of affirmative action at BGSU. The Ornelas award will be presented during the Latino Issues Conference Luncheon on April 27.

Any member of the BGSU community may nominate candidates for the award. The nomination form is available on the Human Relations Commission Web site, The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. April 12.

Please consider nominating a person or group who you feel has improved the atmosphere of the BGSU campus. Contact HRC Chair Peg Yacobucci at or 2-7982 for more information.

Lecturer to examine inner city neighborhoods, regional development

When regions prosper, are inner cities left behind? Wright State University economics professor Dr. John P. Blair will address that question Wednesday (March 15) at BGSU.

A visiting scholar at the University's Center for Regional Development, Blair will speak at 4:30 p.m. in 202B Bowen-Thompson Student Union. A reception will follow the address.

Blair's study examines the relationship between inner city neighborhoods and regional development, and whether the poorest neighborhoods in a region are tied to the economic well-being of their metropolitan area.

Blair earned his doctorate in economics at West Virginia University, specializing in regional economics and public finance.

Before joining the Wright State faculty in 1981, he was a policy analyst in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He recently received the Roepke Award from the American Economic Development Council for his article, "Local Economic Development and National Growth."

The Wright State economics professor is particularly interested in urban development and the prospects of low- and moderate-income individuals. It is his belief that futures analysis is essential to planning and policy. 

His free, public lecture is sponsored by the Center for Regional Development. For more information, call the center at 2-8710.

International Dinner offers culinary, cultural delights

Students, staff, faculty and Bowling Green community members can take their taste buds on a trip around the world at this year's International Dinner, hosted by the World Student Association.

More than 500 people are expected to attend the popular annual event on April 2. The buffet dinner will conclude the association's International Week on campus. The week features Education Abroad information sessions, international cuisine in Commons and McDonald dining centers, international student presentations about their homelands at an event dubbed "Cup of Culture," and a soccer game.

The International Dinner, to be held at 6 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, will offer dishes from Austria, Syria, Ghana, Nepal, Mexico and other countries, prepared by international students working with University Dining Services Chef Sonja Kehr.

Live entertainment will include musical performances, traditional dances from several different countries, and a fashion show with students modeling traditional clothing from around the world. While international students will dress in costumes of their native lands, business attire is suggested for others attending the dinner.

Tickets will be sold at tables in the Union lobby from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the last three weeks of March. Prices are $6 for children, $9 for BGSU students with a photo ID and $12 for adults.

In keeping with the International Week theme of "Rebuild, Renew, Reunite," a portion of the proceeds will be donated to UNICEF for ongoing tsunami and earthquake relief.

For more information, call Claire Lewis at 2-2249 or email
March 13, 2006