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Memorial service planned

A memorial service for Dr. Louis Djisovi Ikukomi Eason, 56, an instructor of Africana studies and coordinator of Education Transformation through Cultural Arts, will be held at noon Thursday (Sept. 29) in the Multi-purpose Room (Room 228) of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Eason, who earned his doctorate at BGSU, died Sept. 21 in Toledo from complications following a stroke.

He taught part-time at Bowling Green from 1995-96, returning in 1999 as coordinator of ETCA and a full-time instructor. Eason also served as adviser to the African People’s Association and was well known for his Africana performances on and off campus.

Tributes can be made to the Djisovi Eason Scholarship Endowment Fund at BGSU.


Sociologist to address domestic violence courts

Dr. Rekha Mirchandani, sociology, will discuss “’Hitting is Not Manly’: Domestic Violence Court and the Re-Imagination of the Patriarchal State” at 2:30 p.m. today (Sept. 26) in 201A Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Her talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Artists and Scholars in Residence series, sponsored by the campus Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS). The series showcases research of faculty affiliated with the institute.

Domestic violence courts are part of a larger movement directing the U.S. criminal justice system away from an adversarial approach toward a social problem-solving approach to law. In her study of a domestic violence court, Mirchandani, a fellow at ICS, explores the direction of social and cultural change in the new courts, as well as the challenges these courts present for existing conceptions of social control and the state.

Ultimately, she suggests that this new turn in justice reveals important channels of mutual influence between democratic social movements and the state.

Mirchandani’s research and teaching focus generally on classical and contemporary sociological theory, with special emphasis on the role of the state and its laws. Her recent work appears in journals such as Sociological Theory, Current Perspectives in Social Theory and Law and Society Review.


Faculty, staff, students may register for Share A Ride

A representative of Share A Ride, a program of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, will be in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union lobby from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4, offering faculty, staff and students the opportunity to register for the program and locate carpool partners.

Share A Ride is a free, computerized carpool matching service that helps interested commuters locate others who live and work near them to form carpools. Registering is as simple as answering a few questions regarding one’s home and work locations, as well as work schedule.

Those who register are also eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which offers taxi fare or vehicle rental reimbursement should a situation arise where one must get home in a hurry or work unexpected overtime hours.


Benefits Fair set for Nov. 2

The Office of Human Resources has scheduled a Benefits Fair for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Multi-purpose Room of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

All University employees are invited to the fair, where they will be able to talk to representatives from BGSU’s health care providers—including a Student Health Center pharmacist—tax-deferred annuity (403b) companies, the Ohio Public Employees and State Teachers Retirement systems, and Alternative Retirement Plan carriers.

Information will also be available from Symmetry, the University’s Employee Assistance Program, and representatives from the Human Resources/Benefits office will be available to answer questions and accept completed Open Enrollment forms.

Mark your calendar to attend the fair and get information about the numerous benefit options available.


September 26, 2005