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Progress of campus five-year plan to be outlined in forum

The Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Provost Shirley Baugher will host an open forum next week on the development of the University’s five-year plan. Following a PowerPoint presentation by Baugher, a panel with Chief Financial Officer Sherri Stoll; Sandra MacNevin, associate vice president for governmental affairs; Faculty Senate Chair Patrick Pauken; Chair Elect Ellen Williams, and Secretary Rich Hebein will take questions from the audience. Participants at BGSU Firelands, in 1004 Cedar Point Center, may phone in questions.

Scheduled from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in 101B Olscamp Hall, the forum will be streamed live by WBGU's Television Learning Services on Stream 1 in all equipped BGSU classrooms, including those at Firelands. Individuals may also view the forum on their desktop computers live or shortly after the event ends by using the following link:

Refreshments will be served before the forum. For more information, call 2-2751.

Tech Trends session delves into Web 2.0, Second Life
"MUVEs and Web 2.0: Using Second Life to Create Real World Learning" will be the next topic in the Tech Trends series. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend the presentation, from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 23) in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The featured presenter will be Sarah "Intellagirl" Robbins, and a short introduction of Second Life and the BGSU Second Life Virtual Campus will be given by Bonnie Mitchell and Anthony Fontana, School of Art.

Further information about Robbins is available at the Tech Trends Web site, The BGSU Second Life environment is available at

Social Philosophy and Policy Center to host three-day conference

When making difficult political and social policy decisions, it is often necessary to consider what impact they will have on the greatest number of people. BGSU’s Social Philosophy and Policy Center will host a conference Nov. 1-3 to discuss “Aggregation in Moral and Political Philosophy.” All events will take place in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Fifteen speakers from a variety of disciplines will address conflicts that arise between individual and group interests.  Often when considering controversial issues in morality or public policy, it is necessary to abstract from particular individuals and think in terms of groups. The conference speakers will discuss how and under what circumstances this ought to be done and draw out the implications for a better understanding of cutting-edge political issues.  

Dr. Russell Hardin from the department of politics at New York University will be the keynote speaker. His address, “Utilitarian Aggregation,” will begin at 8 p.m. Nov. 1. Hardin, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has written nine books and numerous articles, held Guggenheim and Earhart fellowships and lectured widely both here and abroad.

Other prominent speakers include Drs. Jan Narveson, philosophy, University of Waterloo; Frances Kamm, Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Larry Temkin, philosophy, Rutgers University, and Elijah Millgram, E.E. Ericksen Professor of Philosophy, University of Utah.

For more information, contact John Milliken, program manager, at 2-0105.

October 22, 2007