Trustees green light next step toward Firelands Allied Health Sciences building
Plans for BGSU Firelands’ proposed Allied Health and Sciences Building took an important step forward at the May 4 meeting of the University’s board of trustees. The board gave permission for a schematic design to be created so that fund-raising for the new building may begin.
Firelands has increasingly offered curriculum in specialized health services in response to a growing need for health care professionals. The new building, part of the Firelands Master Plan approved by the board in 2010, will provide the space and facilities to deliver those programs.
“We’re pleased to be able to provide both additional health care professionals and job opportunities for the Firelands region,” said William Primrose III, chair of the trustees. “BGSU is committed to its role as a force for education and economic development.”
The plan calls for 15,000 square feet of the proposed 40,000-square-foot building to be devoted to specific allied health classrooms. Another 20,000 square feet will accommodate labs moving over from the West Building, and the remainder will serve as general academic and administrative space.
The West Building spaces vacated by the labs will be redeveloped to provide additional classroom and faculty office space as well as an updated nursing laboratory.
The design is estimated to cost about $180,000. The cost to complete the two projects is projected to be about $15.75 million. Funding will come from state capital funds, local private donor funds, BGSU Firelands reserve funds and bonded funds.
Also at the meeting, the trustees voted to:
Renew BGSU’s sponsorship of the Toledo School for the Arts until 2017. The two have been affiliated since July 2008.
Hire with tenure Dr. Dawn Shinew as director of the School of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development. Shinew, currently an associate professor and chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at Washington State University, received her master of education degree in social studies teaching from BGSU in 1993. She earned a Ph.D. in social studies education and global education from Ohio State University in 1998.
Revise the University Purchasing Policy in accordance with HB 153. Signed into law last June, the construction reform bill raises the threshold at which construction projects are subject to mandatory competitive bidding from $50,000 to $200,000. The increase in the limit is designed to provide greater flexibility for smaller construction projects and to save the time and effort generally associated with the bidding process.
The University honored a number of longtime faculty members who have retired recently or will be retiring soon. In honor of their accomplishments and service, the University trustees on May 4 conferred professor emeritus status upon seven faculty and associate professor emeritus on another three.
‘A Pearl in the Storm’ is
The Common Reading Experience for fall 2012 is A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean by Tori Murden McClure. The book is required summer reading for first-year students.
McClure was the first American to row alone across the Atlantic Ocean and the first American to travel over land to the South Pole, skiing for 750 miles of the trip. Known as both a world adventurer and a humanitarian, McClure has climbed mountains on several continents and worked for Muhammad Ali. Currently, she is the president of Spalding University in Louisville, Ky.
A Pearl in the Storm is not only about McClure’s trips across the Atlantic but also about her path to knowing herself—and about the kinds of battles that all humans deal with during their lifetimes. Plans are under way to bring the author to campus in September.
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