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Thursday, March 28, 2013 BGSU
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William Schurk (center) is congratulated by master of ceremonies Stephen Kendall (far left), along with (left and right) Provost Rodney Rogers and Rebecca Ferguson, chief human resources officer.

Years' worth of gratitude

The University on March 26 celebrated the thousands of years of service its faculty and staff have contributed with tributes and the presentation of gifts and certificates of appreciation. Thanking the honorees were President Mary Ellen Mazey; Dr. Rodney Rogers, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost; and Rebecca Ferguson, chief human resources officer.

Topping the list in years of service was William Schurk, sound recordings archivist at the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives in the University Libraries, with 45 years. His time with the University goes back even farther, since he had also been a student employee.

Employees with 15 or more years at BGSU were recognized, which was the first time faculty and staff have shared in the same event. Those with five and 10 years of service will receive certificates.

Ferguson pointed out the joint celebration was appropriate because all members of the University community play an important role in students' lives and success.

View the complete list of honorees and their years of service.

Start! Walking toward health April 3

It's time to break out the sneakers and join your colleagues for a brisk promenade around campus. National Start! Walking Day is April 3, and President Mary Ellen Mazey and her Cabinet members will lead the BGSU community in a 30-minute walk.

Meet at the north entrance of the Education Building across from Eppler Center at noon. The walk will be followed by a healthy snack and raffle prizes.

Walking can be the first step toward a more healthy lifestyle and a longer life, said Karyn Smith, director of wellness.

In the case of bad weather, the walk will take place on the Eppler Center track.

Innocence Project speakers, diagnostic truck visit - In Brief

Dr. Mark Godsey, co-founder and director of the Ohio Innocence Project, and Dean Gillispie, who found freedom with the help of the project, will speak at BGSU Firelands on April 2. See firsthand some of the high-tech equipment used in hospitals and medical labs when the 80-foot-long Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics truck visits campus April 2 and 3. Find out more In Brief.

in the news

Heavy Metal Conference at BGSU
- Toledo Free Press

Susan Brown on effects of same-sex parenting
- Seattle Times, Washington Post

BGSU fraternities, sororities boost Cocoon Shelter
- Sentinel-Tribune


BGSU is nexus for heavy metal scholars

Underlying the raucous guitars and thunderous noise of a heavy metal concert is a philosophical outlook and aesthetic that has long resonated with people around the world and continues to create new fans every day, particularly outside the U.S.

Often the object of scorn in the United States, heavy metal has gained the notice of scholars of popular culture, who are interested in both its popularity across cultures and the creative ways in which it is adapted.

The Department of Popular Culture will welcome a host of "metal studies" scholars to share their research and celebrate the musical culture's endurance at the Heavy Metal and Popular Culture International Conference, to be held April 4-7. The organizers believe it to be the largest academic heavy metal conference in history.

Three years in the planning, the conference "is a response to the dramatic rise in prominence of heavy metal studies as a field of serious scholarly inquiry that encompasses myriad disciplinary approaches in the humanities and social sciences, from ethnomusicology to philosophy," said conference co-organizer Dr. Jeremy Wallach, popular culture.

"What better place to have it than BGSU, home of the Department of Popular Culture and the Sound Recordings Archives?" Wallach said.

Participants from Europe, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand and Puerto Rico will discuss such topics as the heavy metal community; women's role in the genre; the racial politics of heavy metal; heavy metal's relationship to fiction genres like science fiction and comics, and the "Finnish Take on Metal Management and Consumption."

"The foremost researchers in the field of heavy metal studies along with up-and-coming scholars and students will present their latest work to an audience of their peers," Wallach said. "The result, we hope, will be an unprecedented international meeting of the minds as ideas and experiences are exchanged among scholars from widely dispersed locales united by a common passion and a similar analytical focus."

In addition to presentations in topic-specific sessions, the conference will include roundtable discussions, keynote addresses, an exhibit: "Beyond the Black: Masks and Facepaint through Genres, History and Cultures," and a performance by Dr. Matthew Donahue, popular culture, and his band, Mad 45.

Donahue will also share his study of heavy metal T-shirts, a category all its own, and show his documentary "Motörhead Matters," about the seminal British metal group.

The conference agenda and speakers list are available online.

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March 28, 2013