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Monday, October 22, 2012 BGSU
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David Skaggs
Patricia Kubow

Kubow honored by alma mater

She's used to being in front of a classroom, but Oct. 12 Dr. Patricia Kubow, an educational foundations, leadership and policy faculty member, found herself before 600 people at a homecoming banquet at her alma mater.

Kubow was among four recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award presented by Concordia College, in Minnesota. The youngest of the group, she was in good company: the other honorees included a leading physician from the Mayo Clinic, a prominent defense attorney and a respected athletic coach.

The purpose of the award is "to honor alumni who have exemplified the ideals of Concordia College through outstanding service and leadership in their profession, community and church. These individuals have profoundly influenced the affairs of the world through thought, word and deed," the college says.

The award is organized by the National Alumni Board, which engages in a rigorous selection process to select the final four award recipients from 75 nominations, through a process of alumni board advocacy.

According to the program, "Kubow . . . has built an international reputation as a leading voice in collegiate education. The themes of citizenship and democratic education have been at the heart of her work . . . She has built close contacts and associates in all corners of the globe, and her national and international networks continue to grow. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award by the United States Agency for International Development. She is a member of the 1988 Concordia women's basketball national championship team, a two-time academic All-American and a member of the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame."

Kubow has 60 publications. The second edition of her book, "Comparative Education: Exploring Issues in International Context," is used on colleges and universities in over 15 countries and has been translated into Korean. Its emphasis is on educational research abroad, and not only study tours for students.

At BGSU, Kubow founded the International Comparative Education (ICE) Center and has led study trips for faculty, students and area teachers to Africa and the Middle East to promote learning, understanding and globalization of curriculum. The center, which also supports student study abroad experiences, continues its commitment to cross-cultural education. In summer 2011, Kubow completed intensive Arabic language study at the University of Jordan to further ICE efforts in the Middle East.

On her visit back to Concordia, Kubow also taught two classes, including a presentation on educational reform in Jordan to pre-service teachers.

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Special invitation

Interested in new approaches to teaching and learning? The Pedagogy and Scholarship Using Mobile, Online and Virtual Technology Learning Community has been exploring the topic, and invites faculty, staff and graduate students to attend three of its meetings this semester.

For these sessions, the learning community is meeting in the Active Learning Classroom (ALC) test-bed in 126 Hayes Hall. The first session focuses on ALC research and design, while the other two sessions highlight using educational technology. The meetings will all be on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dates and topics are:

  • Oct. 30, Introduction to the Active Learning Classroom

  • Nov. 13, QizBox: Creating a Social Learning Environment

  • Nov. 27, Active Learning with iPads

Seating in the ALC is limited to 15, so reservations will be needed and seats awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Separate reservations will be needed for each of the three events.

To register, call the CTL at 419-372-6898 or email and state the title and day for the event you wish to attend, or register online

If you have questions, contact Karen Meyers at 372-7874 or

Benefits open enrollment has begun

Open enrollment for eligible employees is under way through Nov. 16. Be sure to review your options and return all required documents to the Office of Human Resources by the respective deadlines.

Campus news In Brief

Dr. Mark Braverman, a renowned activist, author and lecturer, will visit campus today (Oct. 22) to discuss "The Path to Peace in Israel/Palestine: A Jewish-American's Journey." On Wednesday (Oct. 24), BGSU marks National Campus Sustainability Day with the signing by President Mary Ellen Mazey of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and it's Oktoberfest Polka Night. Get all the details In Brief.

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October 22, 2012