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BGSU music faculty part of Romanian cultural exchange

(Front row, left and right) Alan Smith, cello, and Megan Fergusson, viola. (Back row, left to right) Vasile Beluska, violin; Emily Freeman Brown, conductor, and Penny Thompson Kruse, violin.

Faculty from the College of Musical Arts are participating in the American Romanian Festival this fall. The festival comprises events in the United States and Romania, including a chamber music concert at noon Tuesday (Oct. 20) in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

BGSU participants are violinists Vasile Beluska and Penny Thompson Kruse, violist Megan Fergusson, cellist Alan Smith, and Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, director of orchestral activities, who will conduct a concert Nov. 6 in Timisoara, Romania.

Coordinating the festival is Romanian-born musician and BGSU alumnus Marian Tanau. Now a violinist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Tanau is the founder and president of The American Romanian Festival Inc., an organization that strives to promote a cultural exchange and foster mutual respect between artists from the U.S. and Eastern Europe.

The performance in Bowling Green will feature the works of Romanian composers Grigoriu and Enescu. Seven additional concerts are being presented at venues throughout metropolitan Detroit and in Ann Arbor, Mich., through Oct. 29, before the Romanian portion of the festival Nov. 3-7.

In addition to the musical performances, the festival will feature a miniseries of Romanian documentaries, as well as a lecture series in collaboration with the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies.

Benefits Open Enrollment begins Oct. 26

The annual Open Enrollment period for health and life insurance benefits begins next Monday, Oct. 26.

This year, each full-time faculty and staff member must return a completed enrollment form to the Office of Human Resources in order to continue coverage under the BGSU Health Care Plan for 2010. Forms will be available online. The deadline for all forms to be received is 5 p.m. Nov. 20.

Employees who have primary coverage for a spouse under the BGSU plan must also return the Primary Coverage Spouse Form. Those whose spouse has primary coverage at their job and secondary coverage under BGSU’s plan must also present a form completed by the spouse’s employer.

Anyone wishing to set up or continue a reimbursement account for health care or child care must return the necessary forms by the deadline.

Changes to enrollment in the life insurance plan will also require the submission of the related forms.

For more information, call 419-372-2112.

Tickets on sale for Centennial Concert

Tickets are on sale for the Centennial Concert featuring alternative rock artist Gavin DeGraw with special guest singer-songwriter Michelle Branch. The concert, on Jan. 10, 2010–the Sunday before spring semester begins–will be held in Anderson Arena. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show.
Tickets are $20 for BGSU students and $30 for others. They can be purchased in person through the Office of Campus Activities in 401 Bowen-Thompson Student Union or online at the OCA Web site,
For more information, contact Campus Activities at 2-2343. The concert is jointly sponsored by the BGSU Centennial Student Events Subcommittee and the University Activities Organization.

Florida’s purge of gay teachers topic of two talks

Dr. Karen Graves, an associate professor of education at Denison University, will give two talks about her new book, And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Florida’s Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers.

Her presentation at 8 p.m. this evening (Oct. 19) in 221 Olscamp Hall is part of the Fiona MacKinnon Lecture Series and will be followed by a panel discussion.

Focusing on Florida's purge of gay and lesbian teachers from 1956-65, Graves’ study explores how the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, commonly known as the Johns Committee, investigated and discharged dozens of teachers on the basis of sexuality. Graves details how teachers were targeted, interrogated and stripped of their professional credentials, and examines the extent to which these teachers resisted the invasion of their personal lives.

She contrasts the experience of three groups—civil rights activists, gay and lesbian teachers and University of South Florida personnel—called before the committee and looks at the range of response and resistance to the investigations.

Graves will also speak Tuesday (Oct. 20) at a brown bag lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 303 Education Building. Dessert and coffee will be provided.

The Monday talk is sponsored in cooperation with the College of Education and Human Development’s School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies and its Multicultural Initiatives Committee, and Women’s Studies.

The Tuesday event is co-sponsored by VISION and the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies.

For more information, contact

‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ comes to BGSU stage

Charlie Brown (left), played by Jimmy Wilson, and Linus van Pelt (Jarrod Alexander) prepare for the Great Pumpkin’s visit.

The Department of Theatre and Film presents the celebrated family favorite “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Thursday-Sunday (Oct. 22-25). Performances will be in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre, located in University Hall. Evening performances Thursday through Saturday will begin at 8 p.m.; the Saturday and Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is based on the comic strip “Peanuts®” by Charles M. Schulz, with book, music and lyrics by Clark M. Gesner. BGSU will produce the 1999 Broadway version, a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic; both versions are Drama Desk Award winners. The fast-paced and charming musical follows a typical day in the life of Charlie Brown and our other young, old friends. 

Single ticketsare $12 for students and adults, $6 for children under 12, and $5 for senior citizens 65 and older. Group rates are available. Contact the theatre box office at 2-2719 for more information or to purchase tickets.

October 19, 2009

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