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Get answers to questions at Benefits Fair

Human Resources is sponsoring a Benefits Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 2) in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Employees will be able to talk to representatives from BGSU’s health care providers, including a Student Health Center pharmacist, in addition to representatives from our tax-deferred annuity (403b) companies, the Ohio Public Employees and State Teachers Retirement systems and alternative retirement plan carriers. Information will also be available from Symmetry, the University’s Employee Assistance Program.

Representatives from the Human Resources/Benefits Office will be available to answer questions and accept completed Open Enrollment forms.


Self-directed learning is topic of Arts and Sciences Forum

Dr. Robert Allen, former dean of the Honors Program at the University of North Carolina, will speak on “Learning the Art of Fly Fishing: An Alternate Route to Genuine Understanding,” at the next College of Arts and Sciences Forum, from noon to 1:15 p.m. Nov. 9 in the McFall Center Gallery.

Allen will discuss the power of self-directed and self-evaluated learning, drawing upon his experience creating and directing the Burch Fellows program, which recognizes undergraduate students who are driven by their passionate interests and allows them to pursue those interests anywhere in the world.

The Burch program gives up to $6,000 in grant money to support its Fellows so that they may attain a degree in a way not otherwise possible. Past Fellows have studied jazz in Havana, lived on the rim of an active volcano, performed in an off-off-Broadway show, and taught English to Thai sex workers.

The forum will feature a pasta primavera lunch for $7.65 (plus tax), starting at noon. Lunch is payable by cash, check or BiG charge account. Your BGSU ID card must be presented at the time of payment if using the BiG charge.

Those who prefer not to have a lunch can attend the free lecture at 12:30 p.m. Students, groups and classes are welcome.

Reservations are due by Friday (Nov. 4). Contact the college office at 2-2340 or with your reservation.


Toledo Opera offers BGSU half-price tickets for ‘Madama Butterfly’

In appreciation for all that BGSU faculty and staff do to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the community, Toledo Opera is offering a special discount on ticket prices for its production of one of the world's most beloved operas, "Madama Butterfly," on Saturday (Nov. 5) and Nov. 11.

Buy one ticket and get a second at half price for either performance, both of which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Valentine Theatre in downtown Toledo.

To take advantage of this offer, call Toledo Opera at 419-255-7464 or toll-free at 866-860-9048 and identify yourself as a student, faculty or staff member at BGSU. The offer is good up to the day before each performance.

The Valentine Theatre is wheelchair accessible, and parking is available in lots right across the street at a nominal fee.

To enhance your opera experience, English translations are projected above and on screens to the right and left of the stage.


Pharmaceuticals focus of Canada-Ohio business dinner

Could the pharmaceutical industry be the magic potion Ohio is seeking to rev up its economy?

The 14th annual Canada-Ohio Business Dinner at BGSU will examine issues and trends in the North American pharmaceutical industry with guest speaker Clive V. Bennett, president of Patheon U.S.A.

The program will be held from 4:45-8 p.m. Nov. 9 in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Patheon, with a client base that includes Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Navartis, provides drug development and manufacturing services to the international pharmaceutical industry. The Canadian-based company recently acquired a manufacturing facility near Cincinnati and now employs about 570 Ohioans.

Prospects for the industry are good, and Ohio hopes to position itself to play a leading role, according to Dr. Mark Kasoff, director of BGSU’s Canadian Studies Center. Global pharmaceutical sales, he points out, reached $518 billion in 2004, growing by an average annual rate of 9.6 percent for the past eight years.

“While not a miracle cure for Ohio manufacturing, the pharmaceutical industry is part of an overall prescription for good economic health,” Kasoff says.

Bennett, a 30-year veteran in the industry, was with Aventis before joining Patheon. As senior vice president of operations and head of global drug product supply from 1995-99, he was responsible for 12,500 employees in a network of 77 manufacturing sites.

Sponsored by the Canadian Studies Center, the dinner is supported by Alcan Inc., the BGSU Center for Executive Studies in Business and the Canadian Consulate in Detroit.

Reservations are $20 per person. Individuals may register online at For more information, call the Canadian Studies Center at 2-2457.


Nominate students for Who’s Who

BGSU is taking part this year in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, which recognizes students’ academic, co-curricular and community service excellence.

BGSU will induct students who have a 3.0 grade point average or above, demonstrate leadership abilities and are involved in on- or off-campus community service and co-curricular activities. Selected students will receive national acclaim in the 2006 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, and will receive campus recognition at a Who’s Who recognition ceremony on Feb. 5, 2006. Recipients are also eligible to apply for national scholarships.

Faculty are asked to help identify juniors, seniors (including those graduating in December) and graduate students who fulfill the criteria. Faculty may nominate as many students as they feel are deserving of the recognition. Nomination forms should be sent by Nov. 7 to Who’s Who Selection Committee, Office of Campus Involvement, 401 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The nomination form is also available at

For more information, contact Marisa Adelman at 2-2343 or


October 31, 2005