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Final candidates for provost to hold forums this week

Open forums will be held this week by the final two candidates for provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. The University community is encouraged to attend, watch a live video stream of the presentations on MyBGSU, or view later at the same site.

Both forums will be held from 10-11 a.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

• Dr. Kenneth Borland, provost and vice president for academic affairs at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University, will hold a forum Tuesday (June 16).

• The forum of Dr. Barbara Schirmer, special assistant to the president, vice president for academic affairs and student affairs and provost at the University of Detroit Mercy, will be held Friday (June 19).

Each forum will include a brief presentation by the candidate, followed by an opportunity for questions and answers. For those watching the video stream within MyBGSU, please note the 'Submit Question' button for use during the live forum.

To view a live or archived forum or download an evaluation form, click on the link on the Provost Search site, which is available from the BGSU home page.

Japanese Consulate in Detroit honors BGSU’s Asian Studies director 

Akiko Kawano Jones, director of the Asian Studies Program, recently received a Consul General Award from the Japanese Consulate for Michigan and Ohio in Detroit.

The honor recognizes Jones’ leadership of the Asian Studies Program as well as her outreach in the local community. The Consul General, Tamotsu Shinotsuka, presented the award at his residence in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Jones, a lecturer of Japanese language in the Department of German, Russian and East Asian languages, has taught at Bowling Green since 1983. In April 2008, the Ohio Foreign Language Association named her as Ohio’s outstanding college language instructor.

Jones is also director of a summer program for BGSU students in Japan and organizes cultural events on campus, including the Ohanami (Cherry Blossom) Festival.

In addition, she works with Japanese businesses and families and with business development in northwest Ohio.

Submit work for second annual NoWOH Community Art Show

Artists throughout northwest Ohio will have an opportunity to showcase their work in the second annual Northwest Ohio (NoWOH) Community Art Show, opening July 17 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries of the Fine Arts Center.

Last year’s inaugural show featured more than 200 pieces of art from 79 area artists. Fourteen awards were presented during the opening reception, including a “Best of Show” and a People’s Choice award. Awards selected by a professional juror are planned again this year.

The show, which will take place from July 18-Aug. 1, will bring artists of different ages and abilities together to promote participation in the arts and in the community. Artists ages 16 and older from Erie, Hancock, Fulton, Defiance, Ottawa, Paulding, Seneca, Henry, Lucas, Sandusky, Williams and Wood counties are eligible to participate. Each may submit up to three pieces of art. Submissions will be accepted from 3:30-7:30 p.m. July 9.

For more information, contact, or visit for a link to the exhibition prospectus.

June 15, 2009

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