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Students, faculty honored
for making service part
of learning

Dawn Hofmeister (left) presents an award to Mykel Lindsay.

Faculty, staff and students' contributions to the community and engagement with community partners was honored at the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards program hosted by the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Action Leaders Program.

For the first time, the office presented a Friend of the Office of Service-Learning award in honor of a group that has been particularly helpful to its efforts. This year it recognized Classified Staff Council (CSC) for it unflagging support of the MLK Jr. Day of Service Challenge, one of the office's largest events.

Dawn Hofmeister presented both the undergraduate and graduate Kurt E. Hofmeister Student Excellence Awards, named in her late husband's honor.

In the Individual Undergraduate Student division, the Hofmeister Award went to Mykel Lindsay, who in 2012 established E.A.S.Y. Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps motivate students between grades 8-12 to further their education to a collegiate level through mentorship and presentation. E.A.S.Y Inc. currently helps students in the Metro Detroit area and will be starting its expansion to the Ohio area in the fall semester.

The graduate student recipient of the Hofmeister award was Marne Austin, communication studies, who created a team of walkers and runners to raise money for Cocoon Shelter by participating in the Glass City Marathon. She began soliciting walkers and runners in early 2012 to train with BGSU's Graduate Women's Caucus for the marathon, even creating individualized training plans for all participants, regardless of their fitness levels.

Austin also created a film, "The Muslim Women in Northwest Ohio Project," for Women's History Month at BGSU along with a public roundtable for discussions among the participants.

Read about the other individuals, groups and community partners who were honored.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur to
speak at BGSU
Firelands commencement

Rep. Marcy Kaptur will deliver the commencement address at BGSU Firelands' 28th graduation ceremonies tomorrow (May 3). Commencement begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Cedar Point Center.

BGSU Firelands will recognize the 294 students who earned degrees at the campus during the 2012-2013 academic year, including both bachelor's and associate degrees. A number of Firelands students will also participate in the Bowling Green campus ceremony on Saturday (May 4) morning.

"We are delighted to have Congresswoman Kaptur as the commencement speaker," said BGSU Firelands Dean William Balzer. "She is a champion of education and has been an avid supporter of BGSU Firelands and our entire community."

Kaptur is the longest-serving woman in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee and the first Democratic woman in history to serve on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

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Outstanding graduate students, Krane recognized at Shanklin ceremony

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) held the Charles E. Shanklin Colloquium and the Graduate Student Senate Awards Ceremony on April 18.

Presented were the Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence, the Graduate Student Senate Awards and the Shanklin Colloquium Awards.

The students, in turn, honored a faculty member for her commitment to graduate education at BGSU. Dr. Vikki Krane, School of Human Movement, Sports and Leisure Studies, was recognized as the Outstanding Contributor to Graduate Education.

The Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence was established by the GSS and endowed by the late Charles E. Shanklin. Research papers are submitted and judged within three categories, Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Science and Mathematics. Two finalists in each category are selected.

GSS honored finalists for five awards that recognize the graduate students' contributions to the BGSU educational community and their demonstration of the University's core values, as well their exemplary academic achievements.

The Charles E. Shanklin Colloquium provides graduate students the opportunity to present their research as a paper, poster or creative exhibit during the event.

You can view a slide show from the event, the award descriptions and list of winners at Shanklin Awards.

Calling young musician applicants for 'From the Top'

Accomplished young classical musicians from northwest Ohio are invited to audition for a chance to appear on National Public Radio's popular program "From the Top." The College of Musical Arts will host a live taping of the preeminent showcase for young musicians, to be recorded at the Moore Musical Arts Center Sept. 28. The event will lead off the college's 2013-14 Festival Series.

Hosted by pianist Christopher O'Riley, the show is heard locally Sundays on WGTE-FM and features the performances and personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country.

Regional musicians can submit an application and recording by mail. Applications can be downloaded at and are due by June 28 to be considered for the BGSU taping.

Read more.

Festival Series announced

In addition to the live taping of "From the Top," the next Festival Series will include other leading performers. Get the lineup In Brief.

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May 02, 2013