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Cartwright to address student affairs in Saddlemire Lecture

Interim President Carol Cartwright will deliver the 18th annual Gerald L. Saddlemire Lecture on Friday (Oct. 31). Her talk will concern higher education and the special roles, relationships and responsibilities held by those who work in the student affairs profession.

Cartwright’s presentation begins at 10 a.m. in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union and is sponsored by Student Affairs and the higher education and student affairs department.

The annual lecture honors the late Dr. Gerald Saddlemire, a national leader in the student affairs profession and founding chair of the College Student Personnel Program.

Holiday Menu Makeover contest yields healthy eating

We all look forward to the special holiday foods but dread the extra pounds that come with them. To help avoid that problem, a wellness initiative will be held from Nov. 3-14 in which faculty and staff can share their healthy recipes for the holidays.

A contest will be held for the best recipes, with entries judged by students in the food and nutrition graduate program. Winners in the categories of main dish, side dish and dessert will receive $100 gift cards to Williams-Sonoma, and all participants will be entered in a drawing for a Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit.

All the recipes will be collected in a cookbook that can be used throughout the holidays and for years to come.

Drop off your recipes to Caitlin Spontelli, interim health educator at the Wellness Connection, at 170 Health Center, or email them to Contest rules are located at the WellAware site,

The program is made possible through support from Medical Mutual of Ohio and BGSU WellAware.

Bingman to speak on birds’ navigational, spatial ability

Dr. Verner Bingman, Distinguished Research Professor of psychology, will discuss his research into birds’ amazing abilities to navigate and remember spatial “maps” in his upcoming Distinguished Faculty Lecture, “Avian Navigators and the Evolution of a Cartographic Brain.”

The talk will be held from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 3 in 206 Union. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, it is free and open to the public.

According to Bingman, “Birds are the supreme navigators of the animal kingdom. The accuracy of their migratory flights is legendary. However, what we observe today is the product of a long evolutionary history of brain organizational and behavioral adaptation. In this talk I will highlight a series of notable findings from our research at Bowling Green describing how the spatial ecology of birds, and homing pigeons in particular, has provided a selective landscape leading to the evolution of a hippocampus dually adapted to the needs of global navigation and spatial context as a code for memory.”

Bingman is known worldwide for his groundbreaking research into the role of the hippocampus in spatial navigation. His work has been funded by several agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, NATO and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Those grants have approached a combined $1 million.

He has appeared in numerous media outlets—National Public Radio, BBC Radio and Italian National Television among them.

At BGSU, he was founding director of the J.P. Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind and Behavior, in 1999, and winner of the Olscamp Research Award in 2001.

‘Zombies’ to take on humans this week in campus tag game

This week, BGSU and the BG Undead will host "Humans vs. Zombies," a game of tag where participants are eliminated through the use of Nerf blasters. The game will be played outdoors campuswide from 7 a.m. to midnight daily through Thursday (Oct. 30).

Game players will be marked with neon green bandanas with the BG Undead logo on them. They will be worn on the head, arm or leg. Only registered players may participate.

The University has put in place a set of guidelines for the game, which include:
• All activities must take place outside and on campus property.
• Participants must wear an identifying armband or leg band.
• Only brightly colored Nerf blasters are permitted.
• Nerf blasters are not permitted in classes.

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October 27, 2008