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BGSU gets hands on for Earth Month

BGSU has special cause to celebrate Earth Day this year. The University will be included in the 2013 edition of the Princeton Review's "Guide to 322 Green Colleges."

"From our LEED-certified buildings to our student efforts toward energy savings, we've worked hard to become a more sustainable campus," said Dr. Nicholas Hennessy, campus sustainability coordinator. "Another important step came last semester when President Mazey signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which supports BGSU's desire to become a carbon-neutral campus."

Because preserving the Earth and its environment requires an all-around effort, BGSU is partnering with community and civic organizations to celebrate Earth Month and contribute to the cause while furthering its sustainability plan.

From removing invasive garlic mustard to recycling electronic devices, there will be opportunities to get your hands in the earth as well as learn more about sustainability and raising awareness, said Hennessy. Participants will receive tickets at each event they attend for a prize drawing at the Earth First Celebration April 20 in City Park.

On Earth Day itself, April 22, BGSU will host a talk by Dr. Nancy C. Unger, an associate professor of history at Santa Clara University in California, to learn about a little-known aspect of the environmental movement.

Unger will present "Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History" at 7 p.m. in 95 Overman Hall. Sponsored by the Department of Environment and Sustainability; Department of History; Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the BGSU Women's Center, her talk is free and open to the public.

For more information on any Earth Week event, contact the Office of Campus Sustainability at greenbg@bgsu.edu.

Check out the schedule of the month's events.

New Career Center director to boost retention, student success

A professional with more than 12 years' experience in higher education has been chosen as BGSU's assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of the Career Center.

Dr. Jeffery Jackson will begin his work at the University April 29. He comes to Bowling Green from Indiana University-South Bend, where he has been director of the Career Services Office since 2006, overseeing a $700,000 budget and addressing both recruitment and retention.

Jackson has experience cultivating corporate and alumni relationships leading to internship and job opportunities for students. He has developed programming for undecided freshmen and sophomores, and participated in university strategic planning.

He is scheduled to receive a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Western Michigan University in December 2013. He has a master's degree in counseling from California State University, Northridge, and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

"Jeffery brings the breadth of experience and skills that will enhance our outreach and services to help students move successfully to graduation and beyond. We're happy to have him on board," said Albert Colom, vice president for enrollment management.

Free voice screenings and more for World Voice Day

BGSU's Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan is planning two special events to celebrate World Voice Day 2013: a free voice screening program open to the public and a free workshop for choral directors and singers. Learn more In Brief.


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'Chemo Paintings' exhibit includes community events

The University will showcase the power of art in healing this month through an exhibition of The Chemo Paintings by Dorothy Uber Bryan and related activities for the community. The exhibit and events honor the legacy of the late Bowling Green philanthropist, who was committed to helping those with cancer.

In collaboration with The Victory Center, a Toledo nonprofit organization that assists cancer patients and their families, BGSU will host a community event on Saturday (April 13) in conjunction with the exhibit opening. Activities will include art therapy workshops and lectures from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The "Chemo" exhibit and workshops are free and open to the public and take place in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery Lobby, in the Fine Art Center. Guests are also encouraged to tour the Master of Fine Arts exhibit, which will be on display in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery.

A BGSU School of Art alumna, Bryan began her art career late in life after raising her family. In 1989, after learning she had cancer, she found solace and healing through art, and painted 11 extraordinary artworks as an expression of her journey through the illness and chemotherapy. For her, the power of art was integral to her healing - emotionally, spiritually and physically.

"My mother often spoke of her wish that her paintings would not only enlighten cancer patients and their friends and family, but that they, as well, would inform physicians and medical workers to make their care and treatment of cancer patients more sensitive to their emotional, as well as physical, needs," said her son David Bryan, a former BGSU trustee.

In the spirit of Bryan's work, guests are invited to participate in two workshops with art therapist Bob Davis from The Victory Center. One workshop will focus on creating expressive personal banners, which will be strung together to form a wellness chain and displayed in the Fine Arts Center. The other workshop will allow guests to create journals from memories.

In addition to the art therapy workshops, Karen O'Brien, also from the Victory Center, will be speaking on using the expressive painting method for guiding people with cancer through their journey.

The story of how Bryan used art to express her struggle with cancer was the subject of an award-winning public television documentary by WBGU that aired nationally and will be rebroadcast on WBGU several times throughout April. Additionally, WBGU will air a feature about art and healing on Thursday (April 11) with Stephen Kendall, host of "Northwest Ohio Journal."

The Chemo Paintings exhibit will run through April 29. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

 

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April 08, 2013