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Susana PenaSusana Peña

Peña to direct new School of Cultural and Critical Studies

Dr. Susana Peña has been named director of the new School of Cultural and Critical Studies, Dr. Simon Morgan-Russell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has announced. The appointment is for a five-and-a-half-year term, through June 2017.

A faculty member in ethnic studies, Peña has served as director of the Women’s Studies Program, now renamed Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. A new director is being sought for that position.

The new school includes the American culture studies and women’s studies programs and the departments of ethnic studies and popular culture. It was approved by the board of trustees in spring 2011.

“Working together as a school will allow us to coordinate our graduate offerings and coordinate and strengthen our undergraduate programs,” Peña said. “We combined the best aspects of each of the four areas to create a very powerful educational experience that prepares students in diverse ways for life after BGSU.”

The faculty has designed a new core curriculum all majors in the school will take beginning this fall, including an introductory interdisciplinary theory course, a service-learning course, a research methods class and a capstone class involving a project that utilizes all three.

Ethnic studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies are housed in Shatzel Hall, American culture studies is in East Hall and popular culture is in its own building on East Wooster Street. “We hope to eventually be united in one building,” Peña said.

Family Campaign volunteers listen as junior Casey Morley shares her experience as a scholarship recipient.
Family Campaign volunteers listen as junior Casey Morley shares her experience as a scholarship recipient.

Our Students. Our Future.

Family Campaign takes care of our own

The day outside was gray and chilly “but the brightness is in the room,” President Mary Ellen Mazey told the group assembled for the Family Campaign kickoff yesterday (Feb. 8).

“We’re here to make sure this is the best Family Campaign ever, because the thing that will always be the most important to us is our students. We know how much scholarships mean to them, and I’m sure for many of us — myself included — we wouldn’t be where we are today without scholarships.”

And while the amount collected is important, even more significant is the level of participation from faculty, staff and retirees, said Tom Hiles, vice president for University advancement. One of the first questions potential donors to the University ask is “Does the ‘family’ support the institution?” Hiles said.

Campaign co-chair Dr. Lee Meserve, Distinguished Teaching Professor of biological sciences, pointed out that, even with the poor economy of the past several years, the BGSU community has continued its strong support for the Family Campaign. “It’s an indication of how much this place means to us,” he said.

Since it began in 1999, the campaign has raised nearly $10 million to support students, programs and initiatives. Donors may choose where to direct their gifts, from scholarships to the Gish Film Theater to travel funds for student conference participation. You can donate by check or charge card or through payroll deduction. Any gift made to any campus area until June 30 counts toward the campaign.

Area representatives will be promoting the campaign and are available for assistance. Visit

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- Sentinel-Tribune

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NCFMR on unmarried Baby Boomers
- AdWeek

Pianist advocates for young musicians, new music
- Sentinel-Tribune

Gary Swegan
Gary Swegan

Swegan elected chair of College Board regional council

Gary Swegan, assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions, has been elected chair of the Regional Council for the Midwestern Regional Assembly of the College Board. The council provides advice and feedback to the Midwestern Region’s staff in matters that impact the work of the College Board. The position is voted on by all College Board institutions in a 13-state region, from Nebraska to West Virginia. 

Members of the College Board's governance structure represent the perspectives of students, colleagues and the education community in the areas of admissions, financial aid and guidance.

“The regional councils advise the College Board on best representing their constituents,” Swegan said.

The chair-elect position is a one-year term within a three-year commitment that entails serving as chair of the Program Planning Committee as chair-elect (2012-2013); leading the members of the three Regional Council meetings as chair (2013-2014), and finally, as past chair, leading the Nominating Committee (2014-2015).

Swegan has been a member of the organization for 24 years, and has served a three-year term on the Program Planning Committee for the annual forum held in Chicago and attended by 500-600 education professionals.

The College Board is an umbrella organization that produces the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and PSAT (Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test) taken by high school students and used by colleges in admissions decisions. The tests also determine who is named a National Merit Scholar. The board also oversees curriculum for Advanced Placement courses and serves as a liaison to legislatures for educational advocacy.

Teaching and Learning Fair tomorrow

Don't miss the chance to hear about the innovative approaches to teaching and learning BGSU's faculty and students are taking. Come to the annual Teaching and Learning Fair, beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Feb. 10), all in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

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Guest speaker, Russian troupe to visit

The Golden Gates Russian folk music and dance troupe comes to Firelands and Bowling Green, and Dr. Julianne Malveaux will give a Black History Month address. Read more In Brief.

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February 09, 2012