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Technology Support Center offers extended hours

The Technology Support Center (TSC) in 110 Hayes Hall will now be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The weekday hours are 7:30 a.m. to midnight Monday-Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.
The center provides a central point of contact for faculty, staff and students for questions, problem reports, service requests and inquiries concerning University computer systems and communication technologies at BGSU. Further information regarding services provided by TSC can be found at:
The center may be reached at 2-0999 or at

Popular culture talk to focus on beliefs, publishing travails

Dr. Esther Clinton, popular culture, will discuss "Interdisciplinary Collaborations, or, How a Popular Culture Scholar Got Published in a Medical Journal" as the first speaker in this year’s Popular Culture Colloquium Series.

Clinton’s talk will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 17) in 201A Bowen-Thompson Student Union, followed by a noon reception with food and beverages.

She will discuss her research, in collaboration with three physicians, into the belief held by many lung cancer patients that when this type of cancer comes into contact with the air, it suddenly spreads. This belief causes them to choose not to have surgery. The doctors and Clinton looked at the medical history, social context and Charles Sanders Peirce's theories of belief to trace the history, development and logic of the belief.

The group struggled for several years to find a publisher. The article finally came out in the Journal of the National Medical Association last month. Clinton’s talk considers not only the belief in question but also the nature of collaborative work, and stresses the need for persistence when trying to get an article published.

Shrude to speak on life as composer, teacher, performer

Cleveland Arts Prize winner Dr. Marilyn Shrude will speak on her life as a composer Thursday (Sept. 17) as part of the Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Institute Lecture Series. The chair of the musicology/composition/theory department, Shrude is also the past director of the annual New Music Festival of BGSU’s MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music.

As a composer, Shrude is known for her warm, lyrical musical style. A frequent performer as well as teacher and composer, her work has been recorded on numerous labels, and she has received several commissions. Her piece, “Lacrimosa,” commissioned by Sigma Alpha Iota, was featured on the cover of the winter 2009 Pan Pipes journal.

She was the first woman to receive the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award for Orchestral Music, in 1984, among her many other honors.

BGSU to launch fundraising campaign for hockey

The University announced Sept. 11 that its hockey program will continue. Based on the recent findings from a fundraising feasibility report, BGSU will proceed with plans for a campaign to raise $5 million for the hockey program and the BGSU Ice Arena.

The report by Bentz Whaley Flessner, which was presented to President Carol Cartwright this week, indicates the hockey program at BGSU has strong support.

“We are committed to hockey at BGSU,” Cartwright said. “This campaign will be a top priority for me. The reality is that there is a direct relationship between the success of the campaign and the success of the program.”

The fundraising campaign will be overseen by University advancement. According to Marcia Sloan Latta, interim vice president for University advancement, it will begin immediately.

“Over the next 18 months, we hope to raise $2 million for hockey scholarships,” Latta said. “We will establish a campaign committee, identify a chair or co-chairs, determine an overall campaign plan and secure the necessary leadership gifts.”

The campaign will continue beyond the 18 months to raise additional money, according to Latta.
The $4 million appropriated by the state and the University will aid in the renovation of the Ice Arena to upgrade the compressors, chillers and infrastructure. Additional improvements will be considered based on the Ice Arena's business performance and the interest of private donors in supporting the arena.

September 14, 2009

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