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Monday, September 26, 2011

‘Don’t stop BGing’ at Homecoming

With Homecoming 2011 less than a month away, the campus is gearing up for the celebration. “Don’t Stop BGing” is this year’s theme, and the weekend promises nonstop activities from Oct. 12-16.

The Falcon football team takes on the University of Toledo Rockets at noon Oct. 15 in Doyt Perry Stadium, preceded by tailgating and the alumni Big Barbecue.

Campus offices can get involved in advance of the big weekend by showing their Falcon spirit in the Homecoming Decorating Contest. Judging will take place on Oct. 6. Criteria for judging include: creativeness, employee spirit and use of the Homecoming theme. Register with the Office of Campus Activities online or call 2-2343 by Oct. 3.

Homecoming will offer faculty, staff and community members -- as well as returning alumni -- the opportunity to see some of the campus’s new facilities, beginning with the volleyball game against Central Michigan at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Stroh Center.

Events hosted by the Alumni Association are open to all. Discounted rates are available to those who register by Friday (Sept. 30) for the Big Barbecue, Freddie and Frieda 5K Fun Run/Walk and more. Prices go up Saturday (Oct. 1). Register online and get all Homecoming details.

The big parade leads off the festivities, stepping off at 5 p.m. Oct. 14 on Wooster Street and culminating on the University Hall lawn with a pep rally, the crowning of the king and queen and performances by BGSU spirit groups.

In addition to watching Falcon athletes compete, participants can get some exercise themselves throughout the weekend, from free Brown and Orange Skates at the Ice Arena for people of all ages on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, to the annual Freddie and Frieda 5K Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Student Recreation Center.

Theatre, business leadership ‘In Brief’
The BGSU Theatre season opens Thursday with “Sonia Flew,” a timely play with echoes of 9/11. And on Oct. 4, the University can hear from the CEO of Owens-Illinois. Get the news “In Brief.”



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Nwauwa is editor of new Africana studies journal


Drs. Maisha Wester (left) and Apollos Nwauwa with the new journal, Ofo

A new peer-reviewed scholarly journal edited by Dr. Apollos Nwauwa will provide an additional outlet for scholars of Africana studies worldwide. “Its uniqueness is that it is transnational, transatlantic and interdisciplinary,” said Nwauwa, director of the University’s Africana Studies Program and history faculty.

The twice-yearly Ofo: Journal of Transatlantic Studies addresses the political, historical, socioeconomic and cultural issues of Africans and their relationship with the African diaspora and the Atlantic world, offering original research and fresh viewpoints.

Some of the contributors to its inaugural issue are familiar to BGSU, including Dr. Maisha Wester, American culture studies and English.
Nwauwa has assembled an international review board of experts in a variety of related disciplines. 

Three BGSU faculty serve on the editorial board: Dr. Lillian Ashcraft-Eason, a professor emerita of history and founding director of the Africana Studies Program; Dr. Bruce Edwards, English; and Dr. Kefa Otiso, geography. Other editors come from as far away as the University of Lagos, in Nigeria.

“We are excited about it,” Nwauwa said. “Not only will it give BGSU a niche in Africana studies nationally, but it will help bring international attention to our program. Unlike most other journals that are very narrow in their focus, Ofo accepts research works on a wide range of topics with transatlantic themes. The more outlets we have, the better for scholars and scholarship.”

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September 26, 2011