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Police spokeswoman to share lessons learned at Virginia Tech

Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller will visit campus Wednesday (March 26) to talk about last spring's shootings at Virginia Tech and share lessons learned in the media frenzy that followed.

Her presentation is scheduled from 1-2:30 p.m. in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Geller will describe how she and university personnel handled questions posed by the hundreds of reporters from around the world who streamed onto the Virginia Tech campus following the shootings.

A native of Michigan, Geller is a civilian employee who serves as public relations manager at the Richmond headquarters of the Virginia State Police. She conducts all media relations training for state police personnel, teaches media relations to law enforcement and public safety officials throughout Virginia, and oversees the statewide public information/public relations program for the department. She also coordinates the work of seven public information officers around the state and oversees two public relations coordinators at the administrative headquarters in Richmond.

A graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, she previously spent five years working for television stations in east Tennessee and Richmond, Va., earning Associated Press Awards for her work in both markets.

The Office of Marketing and Communications is sponsoring Geller's presentation, which is open to the campus community, area public information officers and other interested members of the public.

There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is requested. For a reservation, call marketing and communications at 2-2716 or email, providing your name, department and phone number.

Neil LaBute's controversial 'Fat Pig' to be staged on campus

The Department of Theatre and Film will present Neil LaBute's controversial 2004 play, “Fat Pig,” Thursday-Sunday (March 27-30) in the Joe E. Brown Theatre.

Evening performances will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Weekend matinees are at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

LaBute's comedy offers his characteristic twist on the typical boy-meets-girl theme: Tom, a traditionally successful, good-looking man, falls in love with Helen, a beautiful but quirky and overweight librarian. Tom's friends don't approve of the relationship and continually tease him and criticize Helen, challenging Tom to prove whether or not love is indeed skin deep.

Inspired in part by LaBute's own dieting experience, “Fat Pig” doesn't shy away from controversy, asking the hard questions about beauty, appearance and societal pressures.

The play is considered appropriate for mature audiences only.

Single tickets are $12 for students and adults. Group rates are available. Call the BGSU Theatre box office at 2-2719 for more information or to purchase tickets.

March 24, 2008