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Owens Corning CEO to give executive lecture Thursday

Michael Thaman

Michael Thaman, chairman of the board of directors and now president and chief executive officer of Owens Corning, will be the next speaker in the College of Business Administration’s 2008 Executive Lecture Series. Thaman will speak from 4-5 p.m. Thursday (March 20) in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Thaman, the seventh CEO of the Fortune 500 company, was Owens Corning’s chief financial officer before his promotion. He succeeds Dave Brown, who retired in December. 

Named to Fortune's Most Admired Companies list in 2007, Owens Corning is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems. It is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of nearly $5 billion in 2007 and 19,000 employees in 26 countries.

Thaman will be the second CEO to speak on campus as part of the college’s new Executive Lecture Series. Last month, the president and CEO of the White Castle hamburger chain spoke to a large crowd attending the lecture program.

Provost lecturer gives voice to gay, black Southern men

At the final event in this semester’s Provost Lecture Series, Dr. E. Patrick Johnson of Northwestern University will perform “Pouring Tea: Black, Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales.” His one-man show about sexuality, race and region will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 19) in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and is free and open to the public.

Johnson’s performance is based on oral histories of black, gay men who were born, raised and continue to live in the South. Collected between 2004 and 2006, the narratives document the lives of a diverse group ages 19-94 from 15 states. He explores how these narrators use the performance of "Southern-ness" as a cultural identity to conform to Southern cultural ideals and simultaneously mediate, transgress and sometimes subvert them.

Johnson is chair and director of graduate studies in the Department of Performance Studies and a professor of African-American studies at Northwestern. He has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the areas of race, gender, sexuality and performance. His book Appropriating Blackness:  Performance and the Politics of Authenticity has won several awards, including the Lilla A. Heston and the Errol Hill Book awards. He co-edited Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology with Mae G. Henderson. Oral histories provide the foundation to both his performance at BGSU and his forthcoming book, Sweet Tea: An Oral History of the South.

Support for the event comes from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate College, the departments of theatre and film and ethnic studies, the School of Art, the American Culture Studies Program and the Office of the Provost.

For more information, contact the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society at 2-0585 or

‘Doing the Right Thing in a Complex World’ topic of business lecture

Dan Bailey, a practicing attorney who has been involved in the litigation arising from most of the major corporate scandals over the last 25 years (including Enron and WorldCom), will discuss "Corporate Governance: Doing the Right Thing in a Complex World" as the next speaker in the Huntington Bank, Ed and Linda Reiter Lecture on Ethics and Values in the Workplace. His talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 18) in 101A Olscamp Hall.

Bailey, who specializes in director and officer liability, will explore corporate leaders’ dilemmas that challenge their desire to make the "right" decisions, consistent with their personal and corporate ethics and values.

He will use examples from such cases as Enron and WorldCom to introduce various practical and thought-provoking suggestions for increasing the likelihood that the behavior of an organization and its leaders will be both legal and consistent with the stated ethics and values of the organization.

For additional information, visit or contact the BG Experience Program at or 2-7247.

Take a culinary trip around the world at International Dinner

Take a culinary trip around the world—without packing your suitcase—at the 2008 International Dinner, hosted by the World Student Association (WSA).

The theme for this year's dinner is “The World Under One Umbrella.”

The formal buffet dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 6 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. WSA members, with assistance from University Dining Services, will be preparing the food using recipes submitted by international students. Some of the countries represented include France, Japan and Guyana.

Live entertainment is also scheduled, including musical performances and traditional dances performed by international and American students.
Tickets are available at the union's information desk until they are sold out. Prices are $6 for children ages 6-12, $9 for BGSU students with photo identification and $12 for other adults. Children ages 5 and under are free. A ticket is required for admission into the dinner.

The WSA represents more than 600 international students from 70 countries and strives to promote intercultural understanding and friendship among students through cultural, educational and social activities.

For more information about the International Dinner or the WSA, contact Michelle Pachuta at 2-2249, email or visit

March 17, 2008