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Film spotlights plight of Sudanese boys

"Lost Boys of Sudan" (2004), an Emmy-nominated, feature-length documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey to America, will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 25) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

Orphaned as young boys in one of Africa's cruelest civil wars, Peter Dut and Santino Chuor survived lion attacks and militia gunfire to reach a refugee camp in Kenya along with thousands of other children. From there, remarkably, they were chosen to come to America. Safe at last from physical danger and hunger, a world away from home, they find themselves confronted with the abundance and alienation of contemporary American suburbia.

"Lost Boys of Sudan" is used as an educational tool by Amnesty International and the United Nations and has been screened at legislative meetings on Capitol Hill. The BGSU screening is made possible by the Human Rights Video Project grant to BGSU Libraries and Human Values for Transformative Action.

Open Enrollment for health care is under way

The annual health care insurance Open Enrollment period for full-time faculty, administrative and classified staff begins today (Oct. 23) and will continue until 5 p.m. Nov. 17.

Open Enrollment is the time for employees to make changes to their health insurance coverage, such as adding or dropping a spouse or dependent or, this year, to take advantage of some additional options offered by the University’s new life insurance provider, Sun Life.

Any full-time employee who has changed marital status, name or address must fill out a BGSU Health Care Enrollment and Change Form. If a spouse has changed his or her employment or health care coverage, you must also submit a form.

All information and forms are online this year at Brochures will not be mailed. Forms can be downloaded, filled out and sent to the Office of Human Resources or given to a benefits representative at one of seven information sessions.

In addition, anyone whose spouse works full time and has BGSU’s plan as his or her primary health coverage is required to submit the Working Spouse Form to Human Resources by Dec. 15. The spouse’s employer must fill out the form, specifying the type and level of coverage provided and the percentage of the cost the employer pays.

If the Working Spouse Form is not submitted by Dec. 15, the spouse will be dropped from BGSU’s plan on Jan. 1, 2007.

If you are not making changes to your coverage and your spouse does not use BGSU’s plan as primary coverage, you do not need to submit a form.

English department to host regional conference

On Friday (Oct. 27), the English department will host the College English Association of Ohio Fall Conference. The theme for this annual meeting of Ohio English department administrators and faculty is “(Re)Inventing English Studies.”

The program includes six panels addressing issues of technology, diversity, writing centers and the teaching of both literature and composition. It features BGSU presenters and other Ohio and regional participants, including representatives from the University of Cincinnati, Kent State, Ohio University, Minnesota State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The conference will include a keynote address by Dr. Richard "Dickie" Selfe from Ohio State University: "English Studies and the University Experience as Intellectual Property: Commodification and the Spellings Report." Selfe is on the English faculty and a senior instructional technology consultant at Ohio State.

Prior to his move to Ohio, he was director of the Center for Computer-Assisted Language Instruction at Michigan Technological University, where he also co-developed the nationally known summer workshop Computers in Writing-Intensive Classrooms, which was held annually for 20 years. A widely published author in the fields of computers and writing, Selfe is the 2005 Outstanding Technology Innovator, awarded by the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

For details about registering for the conference, scheduled in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, contact Dr. Kris Blair, conference co-chair, at 2-7540.

BGSU theatre presents annual Newcomers’ Showcase

The Department of Theatre and Film presents its annual Newcomers’ Showcase, “All the World’s a Stage,” at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (Oct. 26-28) and 3 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 29) in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

A staple of the BGSU theatre season, the Newcomers’ Showcase brings freshmen and transfer students to the stage to exhibit their talents as actors, dancers and singers through an evening of song and dance numbers and one-act plays. In keeping with the theme, “All the World’s a Stage,” the selected plays speak to the way theatre and life intersect, sometimes in the strangest ways.

The plays include: “I Hate Hamlet” by Paul Rudnick, “Words, Words, Words” by David Ives, “Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang and “The Role of Della” by John Wooten, as well as an excerpt from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
BGSU alumna Ashley Nowak is choreographing dance numbers, while Dr. Geoff Stephenson, theatre and film, is directing vocal numbers and serving as production coordinator. The stage manager is Rebekah Skoog, a sophomore theatre major from Bowling Green.

Single tickets are $10 for adults, including students and senior citizens, and $5 for children under 12. For tickets, call the theatre box office at 2-2719.

October 23, 2006