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Faculty Senate hosts forum on union question

The Faculty Senate, in its position of neutrality on the question of collective bargaining, will convene a forum from 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 21) in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union (the Multi-Purpose Room).

Representatives of the administration, the BGSU-Faculty Association, and the AAI (Advocates for Academic Independence) have agreed to participate in a moderated discussion about a series of topics related to unionization. Moderators for the forum are Thomas Walton of The (Toledo) Blade and David Miller of the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune.

Each set of representatives will provide brief opening and closing statements and respond to a set of questions shared in advanced among the three groups. In addition, audience members will be able to submit written questions to the moderators, to which each group will be able to respond in a timed format.

The event will be streamed live and archived for later access. BGSU authenticated users may access the stream on their computer desktops at

This stream becomes active around 10 a.m. this morning (Sept. 20) with the looping ID running and will switch to the live event feed at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday.  Firelands faculty members are invited to view the video in 1004 Cedar Point Center.

All invited to Graduate College Fair tomorrow

The Graduate College Fair will be held from 3-7 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 21) in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Hosted by the Graduate College and Continuing and Extended Education, the fair will be a time for prospective students to learn more about graduate and research opportunities, BGSU’s nationally ranked programs, Graduate College faculty and resources and scholarships.

Breakout sessions will include panel discussions by current BGSU graduate students and presentations on scholarships and grants.

For more information, contact Sara Smith at 2-7870 or For more on the Graduate College, visit

Opera students to present Mozart and Handel works

From stage lights to sunlight, audiences at BGSU’s next Opera Theater production will enjoy a double bill of Mozart and Handel. Mozart’s “The Impresario” and Handel’s “Acis and Galatea” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 24) and at 3 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 26) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

“The Impresario,” one of Mozart’s early works, is a delightful glimpse into the backstage world of opera, complete with rich bankers, poor impresarios and dueling divas. In the comic opera with spoken dialogue, Gottlieb Stephanie’s libretto is combined with Mozart’s score, which he created as an entry for a musical competition.

Originally written in Italian, “Acis and Galatea” is a pastoral tale of love between a demigoddess and a simple shepherd who is threatened by a crude cyclops. The secondary characters provide humor without diminishing the audience’s capacity to sympathize with the main characters.

The production’s co-directors are Darin Kerr, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Theater and Film, and Dr. Ronald Shields, department chair. Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, director of BGSU orchestral activities, is the musical director. The performance will be sung in English with English supertitles.

Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for senior citizens. On the day of the performance, tickets will be $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the Moore Musical Arts Center box office weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. or by calling 2-8171.

Sustainability conference to focus on collaboration

BGSU will host a regional conference Oct. 20 to explore “Perspectives on Sustainability: Collaboration in Higher Education in Northwest Ohio.”

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend and present papers. The confrence will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that Wednesday in the Multi-purpose Room of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Organized by BGSU, the University of Toledo and other area institutions of higher education, the day will focus on three themes:

• University and student initiatives
• Sustainability pedagogy: sustainability in the classroom
• Sustainability research

Participants will be able to share approaches, successes and lessons learned and make connections for new collaborations in sustainability. The conference costs $19, which includes lunch and snacks. It is free for students, but they must register in advance.

To register or submit a presentation, visit

Certification of professional development hours will be available.

September 20, 2010

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