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Everyone invited to Alumni & Friends Weekend

Area residents will have the opportunity to attend classes without quizzes, special gatherings and tours, and a one-day camp for children during a weekend event at the University.

BGSU’s Alumni & Friends Weekend, June 20-22, will feature Saturday (June 21) morning classes such as “Emotional Intelligence: The Other Kind of Smart,” “The Art of Bookbinding,” “Is This Any Way to Select a President?” and “Shakespeare in Film.” After a BG Taste of Pizza buffet lunch, the afternoon schedule includes tours of several campus facilities and special gatherings of academic groups and student organizations, as well as a slate of classes that cover topics such as  “Discovering Your Hidden Creative Ability,” “The Reality in TV Reality Shows” and “Where Do You Locate a Factory Farm?”

Camp BG, for children in grades one through six, will feature a visit to the herpetology and marine biology labs in addition to games, swimming and other events at the Student Recreation Center. A maximum of 30 children may attend the camp; admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

A parking lot party featuring live music and a barbecue will be held on Saturday evening.

Sunday’s events will include a morning Continental breakfast at Mileti Alumni Center and an afternoon concert featuring the Alumni Men’s Chorus and the Summer Tour Choir in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center.

A complete schedule, registration information and costs are available at Additional information also is available by calling Alumni and Development at 2-2424.

Autism Summit to explore social thinking and social skills

Health officials expect more than 25,000 new cases of autism to be diagnosed this year, making it the number-one disease affecting children today.

Armed with that sobering statistic, parents, professionals and educators will have an opportunity to explore assessment, diagnosis and treatments related to autism at the seventh annual Autism Summit of Northwest Ohio, sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development, Continuing & Extended Education, the Wood County Educational Service Center and Robert and Nancy Williams.

The conference, “Thinking about YOU, Thinking about ME,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Michelle Garcia Winner, a speech language pathologist from San Jose, Calif., is the keynote speaker.

Garcia Winner specializes in the treatment of students with social cognitive deficits including autism, Asperger’s syndrome and nonverbal learning disorder. Her goal is to help educators and parents appreciate how social thinking and social skills are an integral part of a student’s academic and social experiences.

May 19, 2008