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Students vote to support Stroh Center

Undergraduate students voted overwhelmingly March 27 to support the Stroh Center, the University’s planned 4,700-seat convocation center.

Main-campus students held the online election to affirm or overturn the Undergraduate Student Government’s endorsement of a student fee to help fund the Stroh Center. A “no” vote in the election signaled support for the original USG decision and for the center—2,630 students voted “no”; 1,182 voted “yes.”

The approximate $60 per-semester fee ($50 for the Stroh Center and $10 for new student parking) won’t begin until the center is completed in 2011.

“We’re extremely gratified that our students have demonstrated their support for the Stroh Center,” said President Carol Cartwright. “They clearly understand that this project is critical to the future of BGSU.”

The arena will be the site of new student convocations, graduation ceremonies, concerts, high-profile speakers, and other campus and community events. In addition, it will serve as the new home for Falcon basketball and volleyball.

Construction of the Stroh Center and the new Wolfe Center for the Arts will begin this fall.

Undergrads to share their research with legislators

The Statehouse in Columbus will be the setting Thursday (April 2) for a display of research by undergraduate scholars from across Ohio. Representing northwest Ohio at the “Posters at the Capitol” event will be BGSU, the universities of Toledo and Findlay, and Heidelberg and Ohio Northern universities. The program is modeled on the national Council on Undergraduate Research’s “Posters on the Hill” in Washington, D.C.

The Statehouse event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, with the collaborative contingent presenting 31 professional-quality posters representing the work of 43 undergraduate students.

Legislators, their staff, state agency personnel and visitors will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from the students about their research. The topics the students address range from medical and public health issues such as oral health and genetic involvement in cancer and depression, to environmental issues such as solid waste disposal and renewable energy, to Ohio historical research into the Johnson’s Island Civil War prison. The event also represents an opportunity for the student researchers to thank the legislators for their support and to learn more about the legislative process.

According to BGSU President Carol Cartwright, “student research helps immensely in linking classroom learning to the larger concerns of the world.” It also “serves a major function of all institutions of higher learning: that of generating greater knowledge,” which in turn holds strong potential for economic development in Ohio, she added.

Ohio has put substantial resources into scholarship programs such as Choose Ohio First and Student Achievement in Research and Scholarship. Many recipients of those scholarships participate in undergraduate research. Other student researchers are funded from a variety of different sources, including local, state and federal funds, while still others may be involved in research for academic credit.

For more information on Thursday’s event, contact Christopher Bullins, BGSU Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, at 419-372-5401 or

Go ‘Into the Woods’

The Department of Theatre and Film will present the award-winning musical “Into the Woods,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Thursday-Sunday (April 2-5). Performances will be in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre in University Hall at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Sondheim’s characteristic interest in the darker side of life is evident in this twisted fairy-tale romp, which features both well-known characters like Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood and original ones like the Baker and his wife. As each character wishes for his or her heart’s desire, their stories begin to intertwine in unforeseen ways, with the actions they take having surprising consequences beyond their individual lives.

Combining the traditional fairy-tale theme of parent-child relationships with more contemporary issues like community responsibility, “Into the Woods” not only allows audiences to delight in its fantasy but also to be challenged by the issues it explores. Winner of numerous Tony and Drama Desk awards, including Best Score and Outstanding Musical, this witty and moving story provides a fresh perspective on age-old tales. 

The BGSU production is directed by theatre Ph.D. candidate David Sollish of Morgantown, W.Va. Theatre and film faculty members Dr. Michael Ellison and Dr. Lesa Lockford are also featured in the production.

Single tickets are $12 for students and other adults, $6 for children under 12, and $5 for adults 65 and over. Group rates are available. Contact the theatre box office at 419-372-2719 for more information or to purchase tickets.

BG@100 to host town hall event

The BG@100 April Town Hall event will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday (April 2) in 113 Olscamp Hall. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. The event will also include those at BGSU Firelands, by teleconference, in 1003 Cedar Point Center.
This weekend (April 3-5), the BG@100 project team will be completing the eighth of 11 scheduled go-lives for the Campus Solutions (CSS) system. The April go-live will focus in large part on Financial Aid and Student Financials (Bursar) functionality taking place in CSS. The April go-live will also see the move of non-student account receivables from SIS to FMS.
Thursday’s event will enumerate the go-live events and processes as well as communicate the change management items that will take place as a result. BG@100 project team members will be available to share information and answer questions about the go-live.
Additional details about the BG@100 project are available at the project Web site: Information about the April go-live can be found at

‘Student Life Cycle’ series to continue at BG@100 open forum
The BG@100 project team will offer the third presentation in the Student Life Cycle series during the April open forum, at 1:30 p.m. Thursday (April 2) in 315 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The series focuses on a student progressing through the BG@100 PeopleSoft Campus Solutions (CSS) system. The presentations provide insight into the process from the perspectives of both the student and a BGSU faculty or staff member.

Thursday’s presentation will address Student Center, showing how students search for classes and browse the course catalog; enroll in or drop a class; obtain class schedule, grade and GPA information, and view and update their biographical information. How financial aid information is presented in Student Center will be covered as well.  

Also at the forum, project team members will be available to answer questions about BG@100 and the CSS implementation. More information about the BG@100 project to implement CSS as the system of record for student administration at BGSU is available at

Look out for ‘zombies’

The student organization BG UNDEAD is playing its spring game of Humans vs.
Zombies through Thursday (April 2).

Play is restricted to campus, excluding the cemetery and streets and sidewalks on the edge of
campus. Participants can be identified by the neon green bandana they are to wear in
plain view. The game, similar to a large game of tag, is being played with approved neon
Nerf-style blasters and rolled socks.

Questions can be directed to

ICS lecture to address ‘Racial Reparation’

David Eng, a professor of English and comparative literature and a core faculty member of the Asian American Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss “Racial Reparation” at 7 p.m. Wednesday (April 1) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

A reception will follow Eng’s lecture, which is free and open to the public. It’s part of the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society’s “Intimate Publics” lecture series.

March 30, 2009