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Leave Bank Program enrollment deadline extended

Due to feedback from constituents, the deadline to donate sick-leave hours to the Leave Bank has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday (Aug. 28).

For more information, see the policy and forms or contact the Office of Human Resources. Policy and forms are located at:

Classes start at BGSU Levis Commons

The University expands its reach today (Aug. 24) with the opening of classes at its newly renovated facility at Levis Commons in Perrysburg. All classes are aimed at professionals and adult learners.

The Professional MBA program begins classes there with a new cohort this evening.

The Master’s in Public Health consortium will hold three courses at Levis this semester, beginning Wednesday (Aug. 26).

Continuing & Extended Education is also offering programs at BGSU Levis Commons.

An office will be open to the public for information from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. All classes will be held in the evenings.

Families sought to share culture with international students

If you would like to invite an international student in Bowling Green to share a meal, a holiday, a trip to the mall or other activities, you can volunteer through the Center for International Programs (CIP) and the International Friendship Program.

The friendship program is designed to help BGSU international students become better acquainted with the culture and customs of the United States through interaction with the Bowling Green community.
For more than 30 years, the program has been matching hundreds of international students from about 80 countries with interested families in the community, giving the students an opportunity to know more about American life, and giving community members a chance to get to know someone from a different country.

BGSU is expecting nearly 200 new international students, and new families are needed to join the program so no international student who wishes to meet an American family is disappointed.

Not only traditional families may participate. Single people, widows and widowers, those who are divorced and retirees are all welcome. There is no cost to participate. The students do not live with the host families but enjoy being invited to do things together.

For more information about the program, contact CIP Graduate Assistant Yuchun Zhou at 2-8480 or at

To talk with someone who has participated in the program, call Betty Laukhuf at 352-0685, Phyllis Oster at 352-4360 or Monna Pugh at 352-4860.

Community education classes combine fun and fitness
Continuing & Extended Education has announced its fall line-up of classes.

Offered for the first time this year is Zumba. A new movement in the fitness world, it is an energizing combination of Latin dance moves and aerobic conditioning. Both Zumba and Zumba Gold (for the older active adult) classes are available.
Also new this year are classes in jewelry making, plus half-day workshops by Joe Zsigray in which participants can learn to play the mountain dulcimer, ukulele or harmonica.
Anyone who has ever dreamed of performing magic tricks before a captivated audience will enjoy the Magic Close Up workshop. Aspiring magicians will leave the two-hour workshop with a repertoire of 10 tricks.
Creativity and artistic skills for young people ages 3-19 are enhanced in the popular Saturday Art Program, which begins Sept. 26. Preschoolers can explore a variety of materials as they create their own unique works of art, while older children can hone their skills and increase their knowledge of artistic media, processes and techniques.
Classes in gymnastics run from basic tumbling and balancing for preschoolers to more advanced skills such as the balance beam, uneven bars and vaulting for older children.
Karate classes will be offered for children ages 3-14 and for adults. The Little Dragons class is for children from 3-5 and teaches basic karate skills. Children ages 6-14 will learn a variety of self-defense techniques while enhancing discipline and self-confidence. Beginner, intermediate and advanced karate classes for adults teach karate as an art and sport as well as a method of self-defense.
Also available is instruction in the waltz, fox trot, rumba and tango in Ballroom Dancing, back by popular demand.
For more information about BGSU’s community education classes, visit or call 2-8181.

August 24, 2009

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