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Filmmaker, producer Ginger Kathrens to speak at A & S Forum

Emmy Award-winning director and producer Ginger Kathrens will return to campus for the College of Arts & Sciences Forum Oct. 16 to talk about her life’s work as a documentary filmmaker and the pleasures and perils of working with the wild mustangs of the American West.

She is also the author of Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies, and has produced two documentaries following his life.

Kathrens, a BGSU alumna, is president of Taurus Productions, Inc., of Colorado Springs. The company, which she founded in the 1970s, has contributed to award-winning programming for the Public Broadcasting System, the Discovery Channel, the BBC, WNET Nature and National Geographic.

A $7.95 (plus tax) lunch of Santa Fe chicken salad, roll, beverage and dessert will be served at noon. Those not having lunch may come at 12:30 p.m. for the free presentation. Lunch is payable by check, cash or BG1 Card, which must be presented on arrival.

Reservations are due by Oct. 9. Call 2-2340 or email

Ohio Supercomputer Center workshop highlights resources, services

Find out at an upcoming workshop what the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) is doing to give Ohio researchers in academia, industry and government the competitive edge.

The workshop, “High Performance Computing at OSC: An Overview,” will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 26) in the center’s BALE Theatre in Columbus. Workshop attendees will learn about hardware, software, OARnet (OSC’s networking division), services and accessing OSC resources.

"The HPC overview is an excellent opportunity for people to learn more about OSC,” said Jim Giuliani, the center’s science and technology support manager. “In addition to learning about the latest HPC hardware and how to access these resources, it provides a very good opportunity to see what type of science is being done on our systems."

As a state-supported institution through the Ohio Board of Regents, OSC makes its resources available to Ohio academic researchers and their collaborators.

Registration is limited. To register or get more information, write, call 614-292-0890, or visit

Review campus fire safety policy

As cold weather and winter holidays approach, students, faculty and staff are reminded of BGSU's Fire Safety Decoration Policy. The University community is also reminded of the prohibition of portable heaters and halogen lamps. Call Environmental Health and Safety at 2-2171 with questions.

Portable Heater and Halogen Lamp Policy
Portable heaters and portable halogen lamps are prohibited in University buildings. Fires and fire-related deaths have occurred nationally when halogen bulbs came in contact with combustible materials such as clothing, curtains, bedding and upholstered furniture.

Decoration Policy
For the safety of students, employees and visitors, there are requirements for the use of candles, lighting, Christmas trees and holiday decorations.
• Candles, incense, lanterns and similar "open flame" receptacles are not permitted in residential housing, burned or unburned. Candles and other open-flame devices can be burned only in Olscamp Hall, the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and Prout Chapel, and only with a permit issued by Environmental Health and Safety.
• Decorations shall be fire resistant, and cannot interfere with safe passage or evacuation.
• Exit signs, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire alarm pull stations, emergency lights, sprinkler heads and audible fire signals/strobe lights cannot be decorated, covered or obstructed in any way.
• Live or cut trees, straw, hay, leaves, corn shocks and dry vegetation are not permitted in any building.
• BGSU prohibits haunted houses and similar amusement or educational events in which building occupants or the general public is conveyed through a fixed or restricted course.

See the complete Fire Safety Policy at

September 25, 2006