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Latta to speak on the future of energy

The campus and community are invited to a presentation by Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio 5th District) on “A Legislative View on the Future of Energy," at 8 p.m. today (Oct. 13) in 1007 Business Administration Building. Latta is a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, the Energy Leadership Committee and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

His talk is hosted by BGSU’s Student Construction Management Association. Also speaking will be Alex Wesemeyer, a construction management major from Litchfield, who will discuss the future of coal as a clean energy source and his co-op experience with the construction of a coal-fired electric generator plant in Arizona.

For more information, contact Travis Chapin at 2-2837 or

1960 Olympic gold medalist to speak on campus

Lucinda Williams Adams, a member of the gold medal-winning, 4x100-meter relay team at the 1960 Rome Olympics, will discuss “The Olympic Games: Challenges, Joys and Rewards” Wednesday (Oct. 15).

Adams, whose teammates included triple gold medalist Wilma Rudolph, will speak at 8 p.m. in 1007 Business Administration Building. BGSU’s Sport Management Alliance is sponsoring her address, which is free and open to the public.

Adams will discuss what it was like to train at Tennessee State University under Coach Ed Temple, her experience at the 1960 Olympics, the social climate of the times for African-Americans, being an ambassador for the United States and how her experiences led to leadership positions she held later.

“Lady Dancer,” as she was called, ran the third leg of the gold-medal relay team, which was anchored by Rudolph. Two years before, at the 1958 Pan American Games in Chicago, Adams captured three gold medals and posted an American record in the women’s 220-yard dash.

Following her athletic career, she worked in Dayton City Schools for 34 years as a physical education teacher, supervisor of health and physical education and, for more than 31 years, as director of health and physical education.
Adams has served as president of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, which presented her its Presidential Award. She also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Professional and Amateur Athletics Committee and has been a member of Ohio’s Special Olympics Board of Directors and the U.S. Olympian Society, among other organizations.

‘Green’ tailgate puts sustainable twist on tradition

The familiar tailgate party before the football game will take on an environmental focus this Saturday (Oct. 18). The “green” party will take place all morning in the Doyt Perry Stadium tailgate area, tent city and other designated picnic areas at the stadium. The game is at noon against Miami University.

To be a “green” tailgater, fans are encouraged to reduce their disposable waste as much as possible by bringing real silverware, plates and serving bowls, tablecloths and napkins. Recycling of all cardboard, glass, cans and plastic containers will be made easier with bigger and more recycling containers widely available.

Prizes will be awarded to the greenest tailgaters, and all participants will receive green recycling bags and T-shirts.

The event is sponsored by Intercollegiate Athletics, the University Bookstore, the Center for Environmental Programs and the BGSU Recycling Program.

For more information or to volunteer, email

Alumna returns as State Department ‘Hometown Diplomat’

Members of the University community are invited to attend a presentation by Melissa Ledesma-Leese, a 1996 graduate of BGSU who now works for the U.S. Department of State in the Consular Services Division. She will speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 15) in the McFall Center Assembly Room.
Ledesma-Leese has been selected by the Secretary of State to serve this year in the State Department's Hometown Diplomat program, which is designed to engage selected department employees in communication with their hometowns and local communities regarding the department’s work. She will also be speaking earlier in the day to faculty, staff and students at the University of Toledo’s College of Law.

Violas sound the start of Young People’s Concerts

The 2008-09 season of Young People’s Concerts at the College of Musical Arts will begin this Saturday (Oct. 18) with “Violapalooza,” showcasing the viola studio under the direction of Megan Fergusson. The viola string spectacular will provide young audience members with the opportunity to learn about the viola and the string instrument family. An instrument “petting zoo” will also be available where participants may touch and play with the instruments.

“Violapalooza” starts at 11 a.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Admission is $1 for children and $2 for adults, payable at the box office the morning of the concert beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Young People’s Concerts are recommended for children ages 5 and up, but younger music fans are welcome to attend. For more information, call 2-8171.

‘Last Town on Earth’ author to discuss book
Thomas Mullen, author of The Last Town on Earth, will speak at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 in 101 Olscamp Hall. Mullen’s book was selected this year for the University’s Common Reading Experience.

Immediately after his presentation, which is free and open to the public, there will be a book signing.
For more information, contact Colleen Boff, First Year Experience librarian, at or 2-7901.

October 13, 2008