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The University awarded 2,092 degrees at commencement ceremonies over the weekend at our Bowling Green and Firelands campuses.

Trustees give green light to BCI facility, new master's program

Taking the next step toward locating a new Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence (BCI) on campus, the Board of Trustees at its May 3 meeting authorized the president and the vice president for finance and administration to proceed with the development of the facility and to enter any contractual arrangements that may be necessary to provide campus access and operational services to the crime lab.

The facility will be sited on approximately 3.85 acres of University property at the corner of North College Drive and Leroy Avenue, near the science buildings. The goal is to complete construction by fall 2014.

In partnership with the BCI, the University's Office of Capital Planning and Design will provide project management and construction administration services.

The Ohio legislature in 2012 appropriated $11.9 million to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine for the design and construction of a state-of-the-art crime lab and investigations facility. DeWine chose to collaborate with BGSU in order to prepare future specialists in the forensic sciences.

The new building may serve as a forensic science teaching facility and could include such features as a mock courtroom, administrative space, firearms/tool analysis including a firing range; laboratories for teaching, chemistry, instruments, microanalysis, and latent prints; evidence room, DNA extraction, and various rooms for meetings, seminars, investigations, conferences, electronic security, surveillance, redundant emergency HVAC and power supply; parking and other necessary ancillary facility features.

Additional details can be found online.

In the academic affairs arena, the trustees approved a new master of science program in analytics, involving the use of data to identify trends or patterns, help forecast events and thereby guide actions, and develop models with which to produce improved outcomes. Administered by the Graduate College, the one-year, full-time, interdisciplinary master's degree in analytics will unite the Department of Accounting and Management of Information Systems and the Department of Applied Statistics and Operations Research from the College of Business with the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics from the College of Arts and Sciences.

The degree is designed to meet growing state and national demand for people trained in this specialty, and allows BGSU to fill a need for which there are few comparable degree programs at peer institutions. The program could begin as early as this summer, depending upon enrollment.

Following board approval, the College of Technology will now be known as the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering - a name that better defines its mission and vision, according to Dean Faris Malhas, who proposed the change.

In other action, the trustees renewed the authority of the vice president for finance and administration, with the agreement of the president, to purchase real estate near or adjacent to campus, for a maximum of $1 million total, from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2015.

Faculty gain tenure and promotion

BGSU celebrated the scholarly and artistic achievements of its faculty with promotions and the granting of tenure. The board of trustees on May 3 approved the following:

Promotion to Full Professor

Savilla Banister, School of Teaching and Learning; Michael Buerger, criminal justice; Paul Cesarini, visual communication and technology education; Yiwei Chen, psychology; John Fischer, School of Teaching and Learning; James Foust, journalism and public relations; Mikel Kuehn, musicology/composition/theory; Elainie Lillios, musicology/composition/theory; Lesa Lockford, theatre and film; William Mathis, music performance studies; Victor Odafe, BGSU Firelands mathematics/natural and social sciences; William O'Brien, psychology; Nancy Orel, gerontology; Patrick Pauken, educational foundations, leadership and policy; Nathan Richardson, romance and classical studies; Hans Schmalzried, public and allied health; Tong Sun, mathematics and statistics; Kenneth Snead, accounting and management of information systems; and Philip Xie, human movement, sport and leisure studies.

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Joshua Atkinson, communication; David Bixler, music performance studies; Pascal Bizarro, accounting and management of information systems; Amilcar Challu, history; Jorge Chavez, sociology; Christian Coons, philosophy; Lisa Dimling-Handyside, intervention services; Ellen Gorsevski, communication; Peter Gorsevski, School of Earth, Environment and Society; Kyle Ingle, educational foundations, leadership and policy; Todd Keylock, human movement, sport and leisure studies; Lan Lee, School of Teaching and Learning; Deborah O'Neil, management; Bruce Collet, educational foundations, leadership and policy; Vipaporn Phuntumart, biological sciences; Clayton Rosati, telecommunications; Thomas Rosenkranz, music performance studies; Jolie Sheffer, English; Adam Watkins, criminal justice; Wendy Watson, social work; Maisha Wester, American culture studies/English; and Mikhail Zamkov, physics and astronomy.

Promotion to Senior Lecturer

Kim Christensen, intervention services; Dawn Murrell, family and consumer sciences; and Scott Piroth, political science.

Promotion to Lecturer

Peter Blass, chemistry; Matthew Donahue, popular culture; Julie Hagenbuch, journalism and public relations; Mariana Mitova, family and consumer sciences; Elizabeth Sheets, School of Art, and Kimberly Traver, communication sciences and disorders.

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BGSUin the news

Matt Donahue at India conference
- Toledo Free Press

Cedar Fair, BGSU Firelands leadership/internship training
- Columbus Business First, The Business Journals, Cincinnati Business Journal, Dallas South News

Student design wrong-way prevention system
- The Blade, 13ABC

Hearing loss doesn't stop saxophonist from his dreams
- The Blade

 

McGrew named V.P. for Advancement

President Mary Ellen Mazey has announced Shea McGrew has been named vice president for University advancement and president and CEO of the BGSU Foundation Inc., effective July 1. McGrew currently serves in a similar role at Michigan Technological University (MTU).

“Shea McGrew is a proven leader in university advancement,” Mazey said. “With more than three decades of experience in higher education, he has the skills and leadership style we need for this position.”

As vice president for advancement at Michigan Tech, McGrew oversees the divisions of alumni relations, marketing and communications, and advancement. He also serves as president of the university’s foundation, the Michigan Tech Fund. McGrew leads the Michigan Tech’s fundraising efforts and is responsible for its $200 million national campaign, which concludes June 30

McGrew joined the Michigan Tech staff in 2004. He previously served as vice president of university relations at Capital University in Columbus. He also served as director of development and major gifts for the University of Cincinnati Foundation.

McGrew earned a bachelor’s degree from Marietta College and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University.

Faculty Association contract approved by board

The board of trustees at its May 3 meeting voted to accept the first collectively bargained contract with the Bowling Green Faculty Association. The four-year contract covers full-time faculty, whether tenured, tenure track or non-tenure track.

The agreement encompasses the areas of compensation; benefits; and reappointment, tenure and promotion; and includes provisions for such matters as discipline, grievances, leaves of absence and other faculty-related concerns.

"This is a great day for Bowling Green State University," said Board Chair William Primrose III. "We¹re pleased that we have been able to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with the BGSU Faculty Association. We look forward to working together with our faculty to accomplish our goals for the University."

In the area of compensation, the contract addresses salary increases in four categories: across the board, merit, fixed market and market pool. The first two reflect traditional annual raises and the last two are designed to bring all faculty ranks up to the mean salary of peer institutions Ohio, Miami and Kent State universities.

A one-time, retroactive salary increase (back to 2012) of 3 percent in May 2013 in the across-the-board and fixed-market portions will help salaries "catch up" from being frozen since the faculty association was formed. After that, increases range from .75 percent to 3.5 percent in the various pools through 2016.

Agreed to were increases in promotion raises (e.g., for tenure and promotion to associate professor) and the pay rate for overload courses (when a faculty member teaches additional courses beyond the assigned workload), as well as minimum salary levels for each rank, and a gradual decrease in rates for summer teaching over the life of the agreement.

The benefits package remains much the same and offers all faculty and staff the same plans at the same costs and contributions. A new parental leave provision was adopted that provides four weeks of paid parental leave, outside of accrued sick and vacation leave.

Regarding reappointment, tenure and promotion, the contract outlines a consistent system of annual performance reviews, enhanced performance reviews, and promotion. Non-tenure track faculty are provided some security, while the administration has the flexibility to manage its personnel and deliver its programs.

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May 06, 2013