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Looking ahead—Opening Day is Aug. 17

President Sidney Ribeau will welcome faculty and staff back to campus Aug. 17 for his Opening Day address at 10 a.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Blood Drive set for Wednesday

The University will host a campus blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday (June 13) in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The American Red Cross, which tries to keep a three-day supply of blood on hand, reports it is experiencing a shortage.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh between 110 and 350 pounds, be in general good health and feel well on the day of donation. The process takes about an hour—time well spent to help save as many as three lives, blood drive organizers note.

Everyone who donates blood will be entered into a raffle to win a Chevy Cobalt from Dave White Automotive Group.

Books on Perry, Prohibition win BGSU local history awards

A book by Dr. David Skaggs, a professor emeritus of history, has won first place in the academic scholar division of the Local History Publication Awards, presented by the Center for Archival Collections (CAC).

The committee called Oliver Hazard Perry: Honor, Courage, and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy the “hands down winner” in its division and an “important work of significance by a major voice in the field.” Skaggs taught at BGSU from 1965-98.

The winning entry in each division receives a $300 cash prize and a plaque.

In the independent scholar category, the winner was …nothing personal just business …: prohibition and murder on Toledo’s mean streets, by Kenneth Dickson. In the same category, Rita Turnwald’s History of Ottoville and Vicinity 1845-2001 received honorable mention from the selection committee as an important contribution to the Putnam County village, local historical societies, and libraries.

Dickson was hailed by the committee as “a very dogged researcher. Focusing on one local incident, he broadens interest in parallel events with national impact from Detroit and Chicago to St. Louis.” His book tells the true story of the Prohibition-era conflict between Toledo saloonkeeper Jack Kennedy and mobster Yonni Licavoli and his gang.

The awards committee reviewed six books this spring, and the CAC is now accepting nominees for next year’s honors. More information is available at

Falcons Barnstorming Tour in area

The Falcons Barnstorming Tour is in Fremont and Lima this week, bringing coaches, players and staff from 18 sports to meet alumni and friends.

Today (June 11) the tour stops at the Fremont Country Club, 2340 E. State St. Tuesday (June 12) it moves to the Shawnee Country Club, 1700 Shawnee Road, in Lima.

Both events will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will feature autograph sessions, raffles, silent auctions, BGSU merchandise, and food and beverages. Everyone is welcome.

Admission is free with advance registration, or $5 at the door. For more details or to register, contact BGSU Athletics at 2-7100 or, or visit

June 11, 2007