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I-O Psychology grad program fourth in nation: U.S. News & World ReportI-O Psychology grad program fourth in nation

The University’s longstanding reputation in the area of Industrial and Organizational Psychology has once again earned it the number four position in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 listing of best graduate programs in the discipline.

U.S. News lists Ph.D. programs ranked best by department chairs and senior faculty. BGSU’s program shares the honors with programs at Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University - University Park and the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

The goal of Bowling Green’s graduate program is to prepare students for careers as active contributors to the psychology of work.

“Our doctoral program in industrial-organizational psychology has a long tradition of excellence dating back to the 1960s,” said Dr. Michael Zickar, chair of the psychology department. “We have a great set of faculty but it is our alumni who truly sell the program. Our Ph.D. students go on to be leading contributors in academia and in private industry. Some graduates work as managerial consultants who work with Fortune 500 companies, helping them develop training programs and improve hiring tools. Some work inside Fortune 500 companies, such as Avon and Procter & Gamble, working with future leaders of those companies.

“They get tenure track positions in prestigious schools such as the University of Georgia, University of Florida, and University of Connecticut. Bowling Green State University is viewed as an ‘Ivy League’ within industrial-organizational psychology.” 

In addition, BGSU’s online program in education was included in U.S. News’s inaugural “Honor Roll of Online Options.” To make the honor roll, a school needed to place in the top third of ranked schools in at least three of four areas.

A ‘Celebration of Sisterhood’

BGSU will remember the lives of Rebekah Blakkolb, Christina Goyett and Sarah Hammond with “A Celebration of Sisterhood” tomorrow (March 16). The women were killed in an automobile accident just outside Bowling Green March 2.

The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of University Hall and conclude with a candlelight vigil. Dr. Brad Colwell, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, family members of the three women and the president of Alpha Xi Delta Women’s Fraternity are all scheduled to speak. All three students were members of Alpha Xi Delta and were in the education college.

Following the lighting of the candles, there will be a recessional from University Hall to the Alpha Xi Delta house.

Canadian design, silent films In Brief

“Canada by Design is the theme of this year’s Reddin Symposium. If you liked “The Artist,” come to the Sunday Matinee Series in the Gish Film Theater for “Gentlemen of the Silent Screen.” It’s all In Brief today.


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Spanish students blog published in Peruvian magazineSpanish students’ blog published in Peruvian magazine

BGSU undergraduate and graduate Spanish students are ditching the old-school format of turning in papers. Today, outstanding papers have the possibility of being published on the Blogoteca de Babel, a blog that highlights the students’ work.

The content and originality of the blog caught the attention of editors from the Peruvian magazine Artificios: sociedad, reflexion y artes, in Lima.

“I sent one of my articles to the magazine and they sent me an e-mail back saying they were interested in our students’ work,” Dr. Pedro Porben, Spanish, said. “It was a nice surprise and it was so unexpected.”

Cory Breth, Evan Virden, Pete Lockwood and Rebecca Steciw’s work will appear in Artificios. The magazine is published quarterly and will come out soon.

“Being published on the blog really boosted my confidence as a Spanish learner,” Breth said. “It showed me I could write at a high level in Spanish and made me want to dive deeper into my Spanish abilities.” 

One topic discussed in detail was the relationship between comics and Latin American culture, particularly how these comics establish a dialogue concerning popular culture icons such as Walt Disney, Porben said. Breth focused on comparisons of sexuality and gender representation in classic Disney and Latin American comics. Virden discussed how many central and South American comics resulted from the influences of Disney. 

Students discussed the cartoons and comics themselves, the historical contexts in which they were created and the overall cultural context, Virden said.

“[Being published] has encouraged me to read more scholarly Spanish texts, topics I’m interested in and cultural issues,” he said. “It also helps me get a better grasp on academic language and the context from which the authors are writing.”

In addition to highlighting the success of students’ work, a major impetus for starting the Blogoteca de Babel was to establish a continuing dialogue with the content of past students’ work Porben said.

“The idea of the blog was to develop some sort of a community in the building of knowledge,” he said. “Instead of receiving knowledge from professors, students are actually building knowledge.”

The Blogoteca de Babel is a semi-annual publication of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. Three faculty editors and one student guest editor review each issue.

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March 15, 2012