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Tornado sirens to be tested Wednesday

A test of the tornado warning sirens for main campus will occur at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday (March 28), along with other Wood County sirens.This is only a test intended to verify that the tornado warning systems are working properly.

In addition to outdoor tornado sirens on and near campus, some buildings have internal tornado warning systems that will also be activated at this time. These buildings are the Administration Building, Conklin North, Eppler Complex, Founders, Perry Field House, Harshman, Kohl, Offenhauer Towers, Olscamp Hall and the Psychology Building.

Be sure to listen for the sirens during the test. If you do not hear them, please email the building name and room number where you were during the test.

This is an opportunity to find tornado shelter locations that are listed on tornado posters in each building. You are encouraged to follow the example of some departments that use this annual test to conduct a tornado drill and seek a tornado shelter. Drills will highlight communication needs or other challenges that need to be addressed to help building occupants respond to an actual tornado warning.

If you have questions regarding this test, contact Environmental Health and Safety at 2-2171. For more information about tornadoes and tornado safety at BGSU, see For shelter locations on the main campus, visit

Montana Miller to address aerial art as storytelling

“Women in Flight: Aerial Art and Story” will be Dr. Montana Miller’s topic for a presentation from 4:30-5:45 p.m. and again from 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesday in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Miller, popular culture, will discuss the development of aerial art as a form of storytelling in the "new circus" movement that has flourished over the past two decades in Europe, Canada and, finally, the United States.

She will also address women's meaningful images, choreographies and narratives in the "sacred space" of acrobatic flight, as well as their traditional and emerging roles in aerial troupes and in the circus world in general. She will illustrate her discussion with video footage of aerial acts she and fellow performers have created during her career as a professional aerialist/trapeze artist.

The free event is part of the University’s observance of Women’s History Month.

Baker lecture to cover new rules for strengthening public health

Dr. Leslie Beitsch, director of Florida State University’s Center for Medicine and Public Health, will give the eighth annual Ned E. Baker Lecture in Public Health Friday (March 30).

“New Rules for Strengthening the Public Health System” will be Beitsch’s topic at 2 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The lecture is free and open to the public, as is a reception immediately afterward.

Beitsch is also a professor of family medicine and rural health in the Florida State College of Medicine. He returned to Florida—where he had held several positions within the state health department for 12 years—after serving as Oklahoma’s state health commissioner from 2001-03.

A Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, Beitsch earned his M.D. from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1980. He went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988.

He is a member of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials’ Executive Committee and chairs the association’s Anti-Terrorism Preparedness Task Force. Terrorism preparedness is among his research interests, along with medicine and public health collaboration and coordination, and health systems quality improvement and work force development.

Sponsoring Beitsch’s address are the College of Health and Human Services, the Cove Charitable Trust of Boston, the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health, the Wood County Hospital Foundation and the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH).

NALBOH was founded by Ned Baker, a BGSU graduate who served on the Wood County Board of Health for 12 years, including two terms as president. The lecture named in his honor is simulcast to local health boards nationwide on the Internet, at Following his lecture, Beitsch will answer questions emailed to

March 26, 2007