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Apply now for instructional software and databases

Applications are being taken for instructional software and databases, the Academic Software Advisory Committee (ASAC) has announced. The ASAC has established the application process for this year's submission, prioritization and review of requests.

The ASAC was established by the Office of the Chief Information Officer in 2005 to review requests and recommend the purchase of software to be used for instruction or classroom-related activities.

Applications are available at the project Web page: The Web page also provides details regarding the timeline for application submission along with the names of committee members who are available to answer questions about the process.

BGSU to celebrate the life and work of Paul Laurence Dunbar

On Wednesday (March 29), the University will celebrate the life and work of Paul Laurence Dunbar, the African-American poet for whom Dunbar Hall is named. The Dayton native, who died 100 years ago, wrote poems, novels and plays, bringing serious attention to the creative contributions African-Americans could make to all aspects of American culture.

The celebration will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Dr. Arnold Rampersad, President’s Visiting Scholar in the Humanities, will give a brief presentation of poems and excerpts from Dunbar's letters and speak about Dunbar's life and work. Rampersad is senior associate dean for the humanities and Sarah Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, an award-winning biographer and a BGSU alumnus.

In addition, results of a poetry contest for Dunbar residents will be announced. Karen Craigo, general studies writing, has selected first-, second- and third-prize winners from the roughly 20 students who submitted entries. The winners will be asked to read their poems.

Discount 'Pagliacci' tickets offered to faculty, staff

BGSU faculty and staff members are invited to attend Toledo Opera's production of "Pagliacci" on Saturday (April 1) or April 7 at the Valentine Theatre. Shows are at 7:30 p.m.

Purchase one ticket to the performance at the regular price and receive a second for half price.

"Pagliacci" is the story of a wayward wife, a jealous husband and an acting troupe whose play mimics real life. From the lone voice of a betrayed husband, voicing his heartbreak in one of the world's most famous arias, to the unexpected ending, "Pagliacci" packs a dramatic punch unmatched in opera. 

Toledo Opera productions are performed with English translations projected above the stage. Parking is available across from the Valentine at a nominal fee, and the theater is wheelchair accessible.

You must act now to receive this special offer. Call Toledo Opera at 419-255-7464 and identify yourself as a BGSU faculty or staff member.
March 27, 2006