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Afghanistan expert, BGSU alumnus Gouttierre to speak on campus Friday

U.S. involvement in Afghanistan will be Dr. Thomas Gouttierre's topic when the BGSU alumnus and expert on the southwest Asian nation speaks on campus Friday (Dec. 2).

Gouttierre, a 1962 BGSU graduate who received the University's Distinguished Alumnus Award in August, will make his free, public presentation from 1-2:30 p.m. in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Gouttierre is dean of international studies and programs at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at UNO.

Before assuming his current duties in 1974, he spent nearly 10 years in Afghanistan, where he was a Peace Corps volunteer, a Fulbright Fellow and executive director of the Fulbright Foundation. He also coached the Afghan national basketball team during that time and, in 1996-97, returned as senior political affairs officer on a United Nations peacekeeping mission.

Gouttierre has testified on various Afghanistan-related topics to lawmakers in the United States and Europe, and has conducted orientation programs for members of the U.S. military assigned to Afghanistan.

The BGSU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, is sponsoring Gouttierre's appearance on campus.

ARP participants may change vendor until Dec. 15

Full-time faculty and staff who are participating in the Alternative Retirement Program (ARP) instead of the Ohio retirement system have until Dec. 15 to choose a different ARP vendor for contributions beginning in January.

A different vendor may be chosen only during this once-a-year Open Enrollment period, which began Nov. 15 for program participants. To make a change for calendar year 2006, complete an ARP Vendor Change Form, which can be downloaded from the Human Resources Web site at . The completed form must be returned no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 15 to the Office of Human Resources, 100 College Park, attention Diana Shamp.

Completing the form will change the vendor for contributions made beginning with the first pay in January. Contributions will be unchanged in 2006 for ARP participants who don’t submit a change form by Dec. 15.

Faculty and staff considering a change may wish to contact their current and/or proposed vendors concerning the benefit of making a change, transfer of accumulated funds and any costs or limitations involved in changing.

Choral concert to celebrate Saint Lucia Festival

Area audiences will be treated to a Swedish tradition when the BGSU Women’s Chorus celebrates the Saint Lucia Festival with a performance Dec. 2.

The Friday evening event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 8 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 315 S. College Drive.

The concert will feature Lena Ekman Frisk, a visiting assistant professor of music education and the director of the Women’s Chorus. Frisk, a native of Sweden, is taking part in a faculty exchange this year with Dr. Mark Munson, music education.

Frisk will share a glimpse of her Swedish culture through a musical celebration of the Saint Lucia Festival, complete with costumes and traditional lighting.

Also performing on the program will be the BGSU A Cappella Choir, directed by Sandra Frey Stegman, music education. The choir’s program selections will reflect the theme of “love.”

Speaker to discuss similarity of hippocampus in birds, mammals

Dr. Mike Colombo, an associate professor of psychology at Otago University in New Zealand, will be the next speaker in the Psychology Department Colloquium Series.

In a Dec. 1 talk titled "Is The Avian Hippocampus a Functional Homologue of the Mammalian Hippocampus?" Colombo will explore the role of the hippocampus in birds and mammals as it relates to the processing and retention of both spatial and visual information. Free and open to the public, the talk will begin at 11:30 a.m. in 108 Psychology Building.

Colombo's research has shown that birds and mammals with brain damage to the hippocampus are severely impaired in spatial tasks, such as navigation, but not in visual tasks, such as shape-matching. The findings suggest that the avian hippocampus is fundamentally the same as the mammalian hippocampus, and that in both birds and mammals the hippocampus is important for the processing and retention of spatial, rather than purely visual, information.

For more information, contact Dr. Verner Bingman at 2-6984 or .

WBGU Program Club to discuss “No Kiddie Without a Christmas”

Join the WBGU-PBS Program Club at the Wood County Public Library at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 for lunch and a discussion of the documentary, “No Kiddie Without a Christmas.”

The documentary tells the story of Detroit’s Old Newsboys Goodfellow Fund, whose primary mission each year is to provide needy children with Christmas presents.

“No Kiddie Without a Christmas” will air at 1 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 24) on WBGU-PBS and will also be shown as part of the Dec. 1 discussion at the library, 251 N. Main St. in Bowling Green.

WBGU-PBS Program Clubs, which are also under way in Perrysburg and Lima, discuss a different topic every month. For more information, visit or email .

Tickets on sale for Dec. 6 Kwanzaa celebration

This year’s campus Kwanzaa celebration will be held from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The celebration will feature the Sanfoka African-American Museum on Wheels from South Carolina, the history and principles of Kwanzaa and a variety of entertainment. A soul food dinner will be served.

Tickets are on sale at the Union Information Desk and the Center for Multicultural and Academic Initiatives (CMAI). Cost is $8 before Nov. 28 and $12 thereafter. Cash, checks, bursar charge and department budget transfers are accepted.

Kwanzaa is the only cultural African-American holiday celebrated in the U.S. This year, the dates are Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

For more information about the BGSU event, contact the CMAI office at 2-2642.

No Monitor next week

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, a new Monitor will not be posted next week. This edition will be updated as necessary, however, and the next new Monitor will be published Dec. 5.

November 21, 2005