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Free estate planning seminar for alumni, faculty, staff and friends

Attorney Pamela Jones Davidson, a nationally recognized speaker in charitable gift planning, will give a presentation on “How Gift Planning Options Can Benefit Your Personal Planning Goals, BGSU and Other Favored Charities: Practical Plans for Practical Purposes," from 1-3 p.m. Friday (Oct. 3).

Davidson is president of Davidson Gift Design, a consulting firm specializing in gift planning, planned giving, program design and implementation and training.

Make your reservation by contacting Denise Freeman at 2-3878 or Seating is limited for the free seminar, which is hosted by the Office of Alumni and Development.

Ferrari Award to be presented at administrative staff reception

The winner of the 2008 Michael R. Ferrari Award, the most prestigious honor for administrative staff, will be announced at the Administrative Staff Council Fall Reception Tuesday (Sept. 30). Interim President Carol Cartwright will present the award.

Also at the reception, from 2-4 p.m. in 202B Bowen-Thompson Student Union, recipients of ASC scholarships and professional development funds will be recognized. Head Volleyball Coach Denise Van de Walle will speak about her experiences at this year’s Paralympics in Beijing.

All administrative staff are encouraged to attend.

BG@100 town hall spotlights next CSS ‘go-live’

In preparation for the BG@100 Campus Solutions (CSS) Graduate Admissions and Schedule of Classes “go-live” scheduled for Oct. 6, the campus community is invited to attend a town hall meeting from 8-9 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 2) in 113 Olscamp Hall. (Note: the time and location of this event have changed.) The meeting will also be teleconferenced to 1004 Cedar Point Center, BGSU Firelands. 

The session will focus on the features and impact of the move to processing graduate admissions using CSS, as well as the start of building the schedule of classes for summer 2009 and beyond in CSS.
BG@100 project team members will be available to share information and answer questions about the go-live. Information on the BG@100 project is available at
Open Forum looks at class scheduling in CSS

A BG@100 Open Forum on the CSS Schedule of Classes will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 2) in 315 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The Schedule of Classes module in Campus Solutions (CSS) will be used for scheduling classes beginning with the summer 2009 term.
The informal presentation and demonstration will provide general information about using the CSS functions of Schedule of Classes, Class Search, and Updating Class Sections, and is not a training session.

Acclaimed opera educator to work with BGSU students

The College of Musical Arts will host Ann Baltz, nationally heralded opera educator and founder of OperaWorks, Monday-Thursday (Sept. 29-Oct. 1).

This year’s Helen McMaster Endowed Professor in Vocal and Choral Studies, Baltz will coach students on performance and improvisation techniques and conduct career discussion sessions.
Her visit will also include a master class on performance techniques open to the public, from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Through her commitment to new and experimental works, Baltz earned distinguished posts as music director and co-creator of Composer-Librettist Studios in San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis, as well as music director for New Works Projects at the Minnesota Opera Institute and Portland Opera.

Helen and the late Harold McMaster established the endowed professorship in spring 2000. Helen McMaster, a longtime Perrysburg resident, has supported the arts at BGSU for many years. She and her husband previously donated to programs in music, business, science and the Center for Photochemical Sciences. Professors in the vocal, choral or opera area may nominate potential guests for the professorship. 

Suicide prevention experts to give free talk at BGSU

Two leading educators in the field of suicide prevention will share their expertise in a free talk at BGSU onFriday (Oct. 3).  “Advancing Your Suicide Prevention, Assessment and Intervention Skills: Practical Information for Helping Professionals” will be presented by Drs. Darcy Haag Granello and Paul Granello of Ohio State University. Their lecture runs from 8:45 a.m. to noon in 101 Olscamp Hall.

Participants will learn about risk factors for suicide, formal and informal assessment tools and three types of prevention strategies, and will gain an understanding of basic suicide intervention.

Associate professors in the College of Human Ecology at OSU and licensed practical clinical counselors, the Granellos speak and publish widely on the topic of suicide prevention. They are the authors of Suicide: An Essential Guide for Helping Professionals and Educators (2007). Darcy Haag Granello heads a grant-funded project to develop a campuswide suicide prevention plan for OSU, with 30 campus and community partners. Paul Granello is chief science officer for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation and has received grant funding for training on suicide prevention in Ohio schools.

Their talk is the fifth annual Homecoming Lecture sponsored by the colleges of Health and Human Services and Education and Human Development, in collaboration with the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board and the Wood County Health Department.

German roots of area revealed in presentation

BGSU and the Wood County Historical Center and Museum will present a special program in conjunction with German-American Day. The campus and community are invited to learn about “Traces of the German Language in Northwest Ohio,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the historical center.

Members of the German Club of BGSU will share information gleaned from articles and advertisements in German-language newspapers (provided courtesy of the University’s Center for Archival Collections) that were published in northwest Ohio in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Find out what was newsworthy to local German-American communities during this time period and how the German and English languages were sometimes mixed in the same article or advertisement.

The presentation will also include photos of headstones in Wood County cemeteries that have German inscriptions. It will explain where to find German epitaphs and how German and American epitaph customs were blended, and how the spelling of family names changed to reflect the transition to English.

The museum is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. For more information, contact Dr. Geoff Howes at

Silent Witness unveiling to be held in Toledo

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Women’s Center announces the unveiling of the 2008 collection of the Northwest Ohio chapter of the Silent Witness Project. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Stranahan Theater Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. in Toledo.

The Silent Witness Project is a national initiative, founded in 1991 In Minneapolis in response to an epidemic of domestic violence homicides. Since that time, local chapters have been founded in all 50 states. The BGSU Women’s Center founded the northwest Ohio chapter in 2001.

The 2008 collection includes 53 free-standing, life-sized red wooden silhouettes, each bearing the name and story of a girl or woman whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, ex-husband or other intimate partner. All Silent Witnesses in the collection were from northwest Ohio, and all were murdered within the past decade. They represented victims ranging in age from 14-79.

BGSU co-sponsors for the event include the Institute for Child and Family Policy, Office of the Provost, Organization for Women’s Issues, School of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Women’s Studies Program.

September 29, 2008