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University community boosts campaign over $100,000

Families and an array of helping organizations in Wood and Lucas counties will receive more support this year thanks in part to the generosity of BGSU faculty, staff, students and retirees, said Sara Bushong, dean of University Libraries and chair of the 2012 United Way with Northwest Ohio Community Shares Campaign.

The effort raised in excess of $100,000, said Nick Kulik, director of United Way in Wood County.

The University community participated in a number of ways, including a silent auction for a variety of gift baskets and a Penny War, boosting the overall total.

The names of those who pledged or donated were entered in a drawing for prizes, including a Dell notebook computer donated by ITS and won by Craig Bell, director of photography in Marketing and Communications; and two Nook e-readers donated by Ziggabyte at the BGSU Bookstore and won by Linda Cornwell, sociology, and Scott Sehmann, recreation and wellness.

BGSU students from the Chapman Community at Kohl Hall were role models throughout the campaign. They set an example of helping others last semester when they volunteered at Crim Elementary School during the United Way Week of Caring. They also held an outdoor Winter Carnival United Way Fundraiser, which was a great success, reported community director Dr. Madeline Duntley: "The students had a marvelous time: the win-it-in-a-minute games were fun, the photo booths with Rudolf and Mrs. Santa were hilarious, the pie in the face victims enjoyed the mess, and our three sporting events were the hit of the afternoon: Flag Football, Stickhorse Relay, and Dodge Ball-especially dodge ball when Freddie and Frieda and our faculty joined in. It was a good way for the campus to see our community of 200 students playing in the good old-fashioned way together. Our fundraiser made $657.30 for the United Way."

"Many thanks go to all those who contributed their money and their time to help make this a successful campaign," Bushong said. "Once again, BGSU has shown itself to be a caring member of our community."


 

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State of the Region Conference offers economic outlook

Now that we've sidestepped the fiscal cliff, at least in the short term, what is the longer-range economic picture for the region? Civic and business leaders will hear the thoughts of economic experts at the 11th annual State of the Region Conference, hosted by BGSU's Center for Regional Development on Feb. 1 in Perrysburg.

Dr. Michael Carroll, director of the center, will give his State of the Region Address at 9:15 a.m.

Regional economic position and trends will be the topic of keynote speaker Jeannette Tamayo, Chicago regional director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. Her talk will begin at 10:30 a.m.

From 10:45-noon, three local executives will participate in a roundtable discussion of the economic outlook in key sectors. Bonnie Torti, director of operations for the Whirlpool Clyde Division, will speak on durable goods manufacturing; Rusty Orben, director of public affairs for CSX Transportation, will look at transportation and logistics; and Stan Korducki, president of Wood County Hospital, will provide a perspective on health care.

About 300 representatives from the 27-county northwest sector of Ohio are expected to attend the event, slated from 8 a.m. to noon at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd.

Continental breakfast and networking take place from 8-9 a.m., followed by the program from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning with a welcome by Dr. Rodney Rogers, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

There is no charge to attend; however, space is limited and preregistration is requested. Register online or call the center at 372-8710.

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January 24, 2013