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Lifelong Lillian Gish fan donates collection to BGSU

Exclamations of surprise and discovery arose from around a table in the Center for Archival Collections at Jerome Library recently as Dr. Ralph Haven Wolfe, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of English and Gish Professor of Film Studies, and Dr. Brett Holden, a theatre and film faculty member and associate curator of the University's Gish Film Theater, looked over items recently donated to the Gish Collection, along with University conservator Frederick Honneffer.

Honneffer was in the process of cataloging the 555-piece collection provided by Todd Light, of Arlington, Texas, an avid fan of Lillian Gish since the age of 12. Included is a newspaper clipping from the early 1970s showing an adoring, teenaged Light seated next to Gish when she visited his hometown in Connecticut to promote her book "Dorothy and Lillian Gish."

"Light's contributions significantly add to an already impressive collection of Gish memorabilia donated to the Gish Film Theater, and to Bowling Green State University, over the years that helps chronicle the important contributions Lillian and Dorothy Gish made to film," Holden remarked.

When in 1976 he learned of the establishment of BGSU's film theater and gallery, Light wrote and received back a program from the dedication event along with a photo of Lillian Gish unveiling the plaque in her honor.

"It's so gratifying now to see the materials going to an archive Miss Gish cared about and where they will be used in an educational way and be well cared for," he said. "And Miss Gish would be so appreciative of what people are doing to keep her memory alive."

The timing of the donation coincides with the hundredth anniversary of the Gish sisters' film debut in 1912. Their first film, "An Unseen Enemy," will be shown at 3 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater on Sunday (Oct. 14), Lillian Gish's birthday. Her longtime manager, James Frasher, will also be on hand to present the only recorded film version of "Lillian Gish and the Movies"(1975), the program that inspired Wolfe to create the Gish Film Theater and Gallery in 1976.

Also in attendance will be actress Eva Marie Saint and her husband, producer/director Jeffrey Hayden. Mayor Dick Edwards will issue a proclamation naming it Lillian Gish Day in Bowling Green.

Thanks to collection's website, "we have a national reputation and work with scholars and researchers across the country," he said. "It draws in donors and interested people," Honneffer said.

"With this collection, in addition to what we already have, the Gish Collection is the best collection of Gish materials between the coasts," Wolfe said, noting that other Gish collections are in the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress.  

Ice cream, silent auction In Brief

Faculty, staff and students are invited to enjoy some ice cream and bid on more than a dozen specialty gift baskets at the 2012 United Way/ Northwest Ohio Community Shares campaign kickoff tomorrow (Oct. 12) on the first floor of Jerome Library. Read more In Brief.

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BGSU among Princeton Review's 'Best 296 Business Schools'

Princeton Review's Best 296 Business Schools

Students searching for a strong Master of Business Administration (MBA) program can find one at BGSU, according to the 2013 edition of Princeton Review's "The Best 296 Business Schools." The education services company rates BGSU's College of Business Administration an outstanding business school, and features it in the new edition of its annual guidebook, published Oct. 9 by Random House/Princeton Review.

This is the fifth consecutive year that BGSU's College of Business has been rated one of the top two business schools in Ohio in the categories of academic experience and admissions selectivity. The University has been listed among the "Best Schools" since the report began publishing nine years ago.

“The College of Business at BGSU is delighted to receive this recognition from a publication as highly regarded as the Princeton Review,” said David Chatfield, director of graduate and executive programs in business.

According to the guide, "Whether you choose to enter the full-time, part-time, or Executive MBA program at Bowling Green State University you will experience efficient, practical instruction at a great value."

In addition to convenience and value, students rated the programs highly for their rigorous curriculum, small class size, congenial atmosphere and accessibility of faculty. The Professional and Executive MBA programs are designed for working business people. The Professional MBA classes held at Levis Commons in Perrysburg are in a "newly renovated, state-of-the-art complex that is . . . convenient, well-maintained," and offers "full access to all technology (wireless web access, software, printers, etc.) to ensure success." Even though they attend school off-site, part-time students say, "The administration office does a good job of keeping us informed of what is happening on campus," the report states.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher, "We consider Bowling Green State University's College of Business Administration one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in this book - 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international - based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book."

Dean search under way

The search for the next dean of the College of Health and Human Services has begun. A University-wide committee has been assembled to assist with the process, and the Texas firm of R. William Funk and Associates will be helping to manage the search.

Dr. Brad Colwell, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, is chair of the search committee, which will be working over the next several months to review and interview candidates. It is anticipated that the new dean will begin July 1, 2013.

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October 11, 2012