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Open enrollment for benefits begins today

Full-time faculty and staff may begin submitting their 2010 enrollment forms for health care, dental and vision coverage and life insurance beginning today (Oct. 26). The deadline to have the forms to the Office of Human Resources is 5 p.m. Nov. 20—the Friday before Thanksgiving.

There are several changes this year. During open enrollment, each full-time faculty and staff member must submit a form and choose an option for health benefits. Plan A remains the same as the current plan, while the new, second plan offers higher deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums but also enhanced wellness benefits.

Another new offering is a vision care plan.

Again this year, those whose spouse has primary coverage under the BGSU plan must submit the Primary Coverage Spouse Form in order to continue or begin coverage for 2010.

All forms and important open enrollment information are online at

During the month of open enrollment, meetings will be held to review the two health care plans, employees’ life insurance opportunities, the new vision plan and health- and child- care reimbursement accounts. Benefit representatives can take your enrollment forms at these meetings as well.

Meetings will be held: 
• Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. in 1 College Park Building
• Nov. 3 at 10 p.m. in 1 College Park
• Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. in 1004 Cedar Point Center. BGSU Firelands
• Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. in 1 College Park

To attend one of the sessions, call 2-8421 to reserve a seat.

Saddlemire speaker to address innovation, integrity

Dr. Peter Rea, a BGSU graduate who chairs the entrepreneurial studies program at Baldwin-Wallace College, will discuss innovation and integrity in “Character-Based Leadership in Higher Education,” the 19th annual Gerald L. Saddlemire Lecture. The free address is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 5 in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Rea received a master’s degree in college student personnel from BGSU in 1981. He returns to campus as Baldwin-Wallace’s Burton D. Morgan Chair for Entrepreneurial Studies and director of its Center for Innovation and Growth. He helped create the center, which is built on corporate partnerships that promote economic development and provide students and executives with practical experience in creating economic value driven by innovation and guided by integrity.

Rea has also provided leadership in creating both corporate partnership programs—to further strengthen Baldwin-Wallace’s relationship with the corporate community—and international partnerships with corporations and universities. The latter partnerships have resulted in exchanges such as Baldwin-Wallace offering its MBA program in Brazil.

From 1994-2006, Rea was chair of the college’s Business Administration Division and, from 1989-94, he served as associate academic dean.

Swedish vocal conductor to share skills with students, public

Erik Westberg

Renowned Swedish vocal conductor Erik Westberg will be in residence Thursday and Friday (Oct. 29 and 30) at the College of Musical Arts as the first of this year’s Helen McMaster Endowed Professors in Vocal and Choral Studies.

Westberg will attend multiple rehearsals of University vocal ensembles, speaking to students and offering advice on performance technique.

His visit will also include a master class on performance technique that will be open to the public, at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. He will conclude his stay at BGSU that evening by attending “Noobies: The Newcomers’ Show,” featuring new students at the college, at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall.

He began his career as a student of choir conducting with Eric Ericson at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. From 1976-87, Westberg completed degrees in music pedagogy, choir pedagogy and choir conducting.

In 1993, he founded the Westberg Vocal Ensemble in Sweden. The group consists of 16 performers of varying skill, from teachers of music to those active in local church choirs. The prestigious ensemble has at times worked closely with composers and has premiered numerous original compositions.

This year, Westberg and well-known coach-accompanist Margo Garrett will share the McMaster Endowed Professorship in Vocal and Choral Studies. Garrett will make her second appearance in the event in February 2010.

Helen McMaster and her late husband, Harold, established the endowed professorship in spring 2000. Helen McMaster, a longtime Perrysburg resident, has supported the arts at Bowling Green for many years.

October 26, 2009

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