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‘Funharmonia’ planned for young people

The College of Musical Arts will host “Funharmonia” at 11 a.m. Saturday (March 28) as part of the University’s Young People’s Concert Series.

The 45-minute program in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center will feature the Bowling Green Philharmonia, directed by Emily Freeman Brown, in a young people’s introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.

The orchestra will perform “Overture to Zampa” by Louis Joseph Ferdinand Herold and “The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant” by Francis Poulenc, with special guest narration by President Carol Cartwright.

“Funharmonia” is recommended for children ages 5 and up, but younger music fans are also welcome to attend.

Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children, payable at the Moore Center box office the morning of the concert. The box office will open at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the box office at 2-8171.

Literacy in the Park offers family-fun activities

Children’s author Steven Kroll will be featured at the Joseph and Judith Conda Family Literacy in the Park event at the University on Saturday (March 28). The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

This is the fourth year for the family-oriented day, which includes presentations and book signings by the featured author, plus refreshments and hands-on, literacy-based activities throughout the day.

Kroll has written more than 90 books for children—everything from picture books to American history novels for young adults. Among his most endearing children’s stories are those in his The Biggest … Ever series, which include The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, The Biggest Easter Basket Ever and The Biggest Valentine Ever. He also wrote Jungle Bullies, Pigs in the House and It’s Groundhog Day! 

The Joseph and Judith Conda family, the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Teaching and Learning and the Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center are sponsoring the event.

Sibs ‘N’ Kids Weekend aimed at youngsters

Siblings and children of BGSU faculty, staff and students will have an opportunity to “Step into the Future” with Sibs ‘N’ Kids 2009. Hosted by the University Activities Organization April 3-5, the event provides interactive activities at the University.

Events range from a mind-reading demonstration by mentalist Chris Carter to the Feature Film on the Fifty Yard Line at Doyt Perry Stadium—“High School Musical 3.” Kids can explore the campus with a Traditions Hunt and get messy while Painting the Rock.

Look for Sibs ‘N’ Kids information at the Web site, where registration and liability forms and the weekend's schedule can also be found:

For more information, call the Office of Campus Activities at 2-2343.

Nominations sought for classified staff award

The Classified Staff Council Outstanding Service Award (CSCOSA) Committee is accepting nominations for the award.
Faculty, students, classified and administrative staff may nominate any permanent part-time and/or full-time classified employee. The award recipient will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a reserved parking space and a commemorative plaque. The recipient’s name and photo will then be displayed on the permanent plaque that is located in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The deadline to submit nomination forms is 5 p.m. March 31. Nomination forms and letters of support received after the deadline will not be considered.

Nomination forms can be submitted either by mail to Sarah Grimes, CSCOSA Chair, Career Center, 322 Conklin North, or by email to Nomination forms can be found on the CSC Web site:

In Focus group helps students with ADHD

In Focus is an educational and supportive group that concentrates on the success of students who identify with difficulties commonly associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Group meetings will be interactive, help students build an awareness of their strengths and provide them with valuable skills for succeeding in school, career and daily life.
Students are free to attend as many In Focus sessions as they would like. For more information and to register for In Focus, call the Counseling Center at 2-2081. All sessions are from 4-5 p.m.
Weekly Topics, Dates and Locations

• Tuesday (March 24): Managing Moods – 170 Student Health Center
• Tuesday, March 31: Academic and Career Development – 170 Student Health Center
• Wednesday, April 8: Organization – Counseling Center
• Wednesday, April 15: Managing Moods – Counseling Center
• Wednesday, April 22: Academic and Career Development – Counseling Center  

Jodi Thomas of the Counseling Center will be the facilitator. The series is sponsored by the center and Disability Services. 

Retirement reception planned for Heinz Bulmahn

A retirement reception to honor Dr. Heinz Bulmahn, former dean of the Graduate College, is planned from 3-5 p.m. April 17 in the Wilcox Board Room of the Sebo Center.

Those planning to attend should notify Barbara Peck at

In addition, you may send cards, letters of congratulation, good wishes and photos for the memory board to or to:

Barbara D. Peck
Office of the Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0083

BGSU to host Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Ohio’s top high school science students will present the results of their original research at the 46th annual Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), Wednesday-Friday (March 25-27) on campus.

Paper and poster sessions will be held Thursday (March 26) and Friday (March 27) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater and 228 Union. 

Seventy high school students from throughout the state will present their research on topics from all areas of science. Examples include:

• “The Effect of Garlic on the Natural Microbiota of Ground Beef.”
• “Utilization of Organic Phosphorus by Cyanobacteria.”
• “A Soil Comparison Between Natural and Constructed Wetlands' Organic Matter Content and Nitrogen and Phosphorus Conservation.”

At stake is more than $20,000 in scholarships and cash awards for the winners. Faculty members from BGSU, Lourdes College and Kent State University will serve as judges for the paper competition.

The keynote speaker at a Thursday evening banquet is Dr. Moira van Staaden, biological sciences and director of BGSU’s J.P. Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind and Behavior. She will discuss her research in “Communication and Evolution: Adventures at the Species Boundary." 

Giving opening remarks Thursday will be President Carol Cartwright; Dr. Emilio Duran, School of Teaching and Learning and Ohio JSHS director, and Army Maj. Steven Letzring, military science. The event will conclude Friday afternoon with an awards ceremony hosted by Hans Glandorff, a science teacher at Bowling Green High School. 

Alumni to discuss value of philosophy degree

The philosophy department will host a panel discussion on what you can “do” with a philosophy degree, from 4-5:30 p.m. Friday (March 27) in 301 Shatzel Hall.

Four distinguished graduates of the Bowling Green philosophy program—from fields such as business, education and law—will talk about what they do for a living and how philosophy has helped them in their careers as well as in their lives. Each panelist will give a brief talk, and then the floor will be open for questions and general discussion.

A reception will follow; refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Moriarty at

March 23, 2009