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November 17, 2011


Forensics and Debate Team builds winning streak

This weekend, the Falcon Forensics and Debate Team is hosting debate competitions on campus. Between 30 and 40 schools are anticipated, with over 1,000 participants including students, judges, observers, parents and faculty from 12 states. Director of Forensics and Debate Paul Wesley Alday is tournament coordinator. As a special honored judge, President Mary Ellen Mazey will be on the panel of distinguished judges for the final round of Informative Speaking. The event is free and open to the BGSU community.

The BGSU team is also once again celebrating victory. Nov. 5 and 6, the win was at Morgan State University in Baltimore, where the Falcons topped the tournament, beating Cornell University, Bloomsburg University, West Virginia University and 14 other institutions to take the top ranking. Of the 28 events BGSU entered, team members placed 20 in final rounds, earning first place in five categories. In addition, four of the top six speakers overall at the tournament in Pentathlon were from BGSU.

That success followed on the heels of team wins at Suffolk University in Boston and Hillsdale College in Michigan.

On Oct. 22, Falcon team members pulled a major upset by winning the 33rd annual Suffolk University tournament, besting 11 other teams, including Emerson College, University of Mississippi and Lafayette College.

The Hillsdale College Richard M. Weaver Invitational also fell into the win column for BGSU as the Falcons topped the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Central Michigan University and Hillsdale College and others to bring home the first place trophy.

BGSU hosts Girl Power! empowerment conference

Thirty girls in seventh-10th grade will visit the University this Saturday (Nov. 19) to get a taste of college life and affirm their individuality. The Girl Power! conference is designed to promote college access for young women from northwest Ohio and is hosted by a Women’s Studies/ Ethnic Studies service-learning class, Gender and Practice in Community-Based Work.

The conference, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and Women’s Center, will be attended by girls from community partner organizations that primarily serve populations of color such as the Toledo-based Adelante Latino Resource Center and the Perrysburg Heights Community Center. BGSU student organizers have worked with these organizations to design a program that specifically presents information that will encourage the young women in their individuality, benefit them in their everyday encounters and in planning their future, and help them realize that college is an achievable goal.

The conference will include a campus tour; a presentation about college access and financial aid from the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid; a lunch featuring welcoming remarks from President Mary Ellen Mazey; a basic growth-and-development course presented by Dr. Mary Krueger, director of the Women’s Center; a discussion about representations of women of color in the media facilitated by Dr. Sarah Smith Rainey, Women’s Studies, and students from the Precious Stones organization; and breakout sessions with BGSU student organization members.

Students in Gender and Practice in Community-Based Work seek to increase access to higher education for girls from diverse backgrounds by expanding their awareness of the steps to apply, enter and experience college. .  

Submit proposals for economic development projects

The Division of Research and Economic Development is once again encouraging the development of new programs designed to facilitate the economic advancement of northwest Ohio. The goal of these programs is to position the intellectual, student, and capital assets of the University in ways that will service the needs of regional businesses and organizations.

Tenured and tenure-track faculty are invited to respond to the Call for Proposals to develop innovative and sustainable projects to advance the economic development region.  Visit and click on the economic development grant banner to download the form. Contact the office or Associate Vice President Tim Smith at with your questions.


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