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March 26, 2012


Event focus is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness

Free bike helmets will be given to the first 350 people at the Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (March 26) in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. “Protect Your Bird Brain” is the theme. Snacks and door prizes will be available throughout the event.

Dr. Mary Haines, University of Toledo, will be the featured speaker from 1:30-2 p.m. There will be hands-on activities and information tables representing the Brain Injury Association of Ohio, BGSU Athletic Training and BGSU’s J.P. Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind and Behavior, plus Owens Community College and Motorcycle Ohio.  

The Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan and Medical Mutual of Ohio are the primary sponsors of the event. Additional event sponsors are the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the J.P. Scott Center and the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. For more information, email

Beyond the box: BGSU hosts architecture lecture

Imagine living in a building where you could ride your bike up to your 10th floor apartment and back down on a looping ramp. Now under construction, the 8 House in Copenhagen, Denmark, was designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), of Copenhagen and New York City.

Audiences are invited to hear from BIG architect Thomas Christoffersen when he speaks at 7 p.m. tonight (March 26) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater as part of the Architecture Lecture Series.

A 6 p.m. reception with cash bar will be held in the Sky Bank Room before the talk. Both are free and open to the public.

BIG is a group of architects, designers and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. Architecture instructor Jon Stevens has long admired the company’s work of BIG and was instrumental in bringing Christoffersen to campus.

His talk is sponsored by American Institute of Architects - Toledo, the BGSU Association for Interior Design, the Department of Architecture and the College of Technology.

‘Hercules’ opera presented on BGSU stage

Bowling Green Opera Theater presents “Hercules,” adapted from George Frederic Handel’s oratorio, with libretto by Rev. Thomas Broughton and based on the writings of Sophocles and Ovid.

Dr. Ronald Shields, chair of the Department of Theatre and Film and stage director for the production, adapted Handel’s work from a three-act oratorio to a two-act, contemporary opera with choral sections and solos.

He will give a Distinguished Faculty Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 27) in the Donnell Theatre to discuss the process of adapting the 18th-century oratorio.

Set in a time when the gods spoke through oracles and Amore controlled people’s passions, the opera depicts the final day of Hercules, who has raised an army to retaliate against King Eurytus for refusing him the hand of his daughter as promised. Hercules has moved to Calydon and married King Oeneus’s daughter Dejanira. After accidentally killing the king’s cupbearer, he takes his family to safety in Trachis. Once there, Hercules and his army set upon King Eurytus and the people of Oechalia.

Performances are at 8 p.m. March 30 and 31 in the Donnell Theatre of the Wolfe Center for the Arts. The event is free, but seating is limited. Call the box office at 2-2719 for tickets.

BGSU student Benjamin Laur plays Hercules, along with Patrick Conklin as his son, Hyllus, and Laura Reaper as his wife, Dejanira.

The production is a collaboration between the College of Musical Arts and Department of Theatre and Film.

Baker Lecture addresses affecting public health policy

Telling the Public Health Story – How to Affect Policy, Engage Elected Officials and Inspire Citizens” is the topic for the 13th annual Ned E. Baker Lecture in Public Health on Thursday (March 29).

Andy Goodman, director of The Goodman Center in Los Angeles, will present the topic from 4-5:30 p.m. in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. A reception will follow the lecture.

Goodman is a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant in the field of public interest communications.


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