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Shields, Gordon to speak at commencement

Two esteemed members of the faculty will speak at fall commencement. Addressing the graduates will be Dr. Ronald Shields, chair of theatre and film, on Dec. 14, and Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, geography and the University’s 2006 Master Teacher, on Dec. 15.

Shields will address degree candidates in the Graduate College, College of Business Administration, College of Health & Human Services, College of Musical Arts and College of Technology during ceremonies at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in Anderson Arena.

The following day, Gordon will be the speaker for those graduating in the College of Arts & Sciences and in the College of Education & Human Development. Those ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. in Anderson Arena.

In all, the University will award some 1,100 diplomas at the ceremonies.

The fall graduating class includes more than 80 students who will receive associate degrees and about 225 who will receive graduate degrees. The graduate students include 19 Ph.D. candidates, 202 master’s degree candidates and three candidates for the doctor of education degree.

The graduating students represent 62 Ohio counties, 32 states and 24 nations.

Campus Severe Weather Policy provides guidelines

Now that we’ve felt the first blast of winter, it’s a good idea to review the campus Severe Weather Policy for guidance on University closings and employee responsibilities in extreme weather conditions.

To view the policy for main campus (included in the Handbook of Commonly Shared Employment Policies for BGSU Faculty, Administrative and Classified Staff), visit

In the event of a closing, regional radio and television stations will be notified. Faculty, staff and students will be sent an email message, and information related to the emergency will be posted on the Web site. In addition, text messages will be sent to those who have signed up for AlertBG. Recorded messages will also be available at 419-37-ALERT or 419-372-SNOW.

Efforts will be made to notify media, send email and text messages and post Web announcements by 6:30 a.m. the day of the closing. For evening closings, Marketing and Communications will attempt to notify the campus and media by 4 p.m.

BGSU Firelands has its own policy on severe weather, and employees should consult the college for guidance.

Be safe: Follow campus fire, decoration policies

As cold weather and winter holidays are upon us, students, faculty and staff are reminded of BGSU's Fire Safety Decoration Policy. The University community is also reminded of the prohibition of portable heaters and halogen lamps.

For the safety of students, employees and visitors at BGSU, there are requirements for the use of candles, lighting, Christmas trees and holiday decorations.
• Candles, incense, lanterns and similar "open flame" receptacles are not permitted in residential housing, burned or unburned. Candles and other open flame devices can be burned only in Olscamp Hall, the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and Prout Chapel, and only with a permit issued by Environmental Health and Safety. 
• Decorations shall be fire resistant, and cannot interfere with safe passage or evacuation.
• Exit signs, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire alarm pull stations, emergency lights, sprinkler heads and audible fire signals/strobe lights cannot be decorated, covered or obstructed in any way.
• Live or cut trees are not permitted in any building.

See the complete Fire Safety Decoration Policy at

The portable heater and halogen lamp policy can be viewed at: 

If you have any questions, call Environmental Health and Safety at 2-2171.

BGSU Relay for Life team announces chili cook-off, BGSU cookbook fund-raisers

The BGSU Relay for Life team—which was presented a silver medal at the Relay for Life event at Bowling Green High School last May—has announced two new initiatives to raise funds for cancer research.

Chili cooks can compete in the BGSU Chili Cook-off Jan. 4. Executive Vice President Linda Dobb will be the judge and will award prizes for first, second and third place. 

The deadline to enter your chili in the cook-off is Dec. 21. Contact Becky Lentz-Paskvan at 2-2921 or with your name, department, phone number and email.  Student cooks should provide a mailing address as well.

The cook-off will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Central Services Building, 940 Park St. Parking is available at the building.

At 11:15 a.m., for a donation, the campus community can sample all the chili entries, along with baked goods, and bid on something unique at the silent auction of various items donated by local merchants and BGSU employees.

The second initiative, also food related, is the 2007-08 BGSU Cookbook produced by the team. Faculty, staff and students contributed almost 300 of their favorite recipes, many in honor or in memory of a loved one who has been touched by cancer.

The books are available for $8.50 each, or two books for $15. They can be purchased by contacting Lentz-Paskvan, or Tina Amos at 2-2030 or All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

December 10, 2007