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Jean Romans with some of the baseball cards she dontated to the Browne Popular Culture Library

It's in the cards
Romans donation enhances Popular Culture Library

Biologist Dr. Robert Romans was known as one of the University's most effective and best-loved faculty members, so much so that in 1986 students chose him as recipient of the Master Teacher Award, BGSU's highest honor for teaching. Romans retired in 1994, and passed away May 11, 2007.

Not only did he leave a legacy of learning among his students, his memory lives on at BGSU in other, less expected, ways that go beyond biology.

Romans was an avid collector. This year, his wife, Jean, donated his collection of over 40,000 baseball cards, appraised at approximately $22,500, to BGSU's internationally known Browne Popular Culture Library.

"Our son Brad got his degree in pop culture, and he gave me the idea of donating the cards," Jean said.

After having the collection appraised, she decided to present it to BGSU. "Anything I can do for the University, I will do," she said.

Brad Romans, who still lives in the Bowling Green area, connected his mother with Nancy Down, head of the popular culture library.

"We love collections like this," Down said. "It reflects collecting at its best — showcasing someone's interest in a team or subject. Dr. Romans kept the collection of cards very organized, sorting them in binders by teams, players and years."

The collection includes cards representing many teams, but the majority are from the Braves.

"Bob's favorite team was the Braves," Jean recalled. "He loved the Braves when they were in Boston, and followed them to Milwaukee when the team moved there in 1953 and became the Milwaukee Braves. Bob continued to follow the Braves when they eventually landed in Atlanta in 1966."

Bob's love of collecting didn't end with baseball cards. This fall Jean hopes to donate his collection of 300-400 CDs to BGSU's Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives.

"I don't want to sell them, and I don't want to listen to them," Jean explained. "If I can give them to someone who will listen to them, or use them, then I will do it!"

She said she believes giving her husband's prized possessions to BGSU is the logical thing to do.

"I know the collections will be taken care of, and I can trust them. We have great memories of our time at BGSU, and we are very supportive of it," Jean said.

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Dr. HeeSoon Lee, social work, is the principal investigator for a study about coping strategies for veterans of the Korean War and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The project earned the 2013 Elwood Interdisciplinary Research Award from the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.

"Comparing Coping Strategies and Resiliencies of Korean War and OIF/OEF Veterans" aims to identify common coping strategies, resiliencies and strengths in both younger and older groups of veterans; examine how older veterans have coped across their life spans, and explore how older veterans can serve as a resource to younger veterans in their own societal re-integration efforts. OEF/OIF refers to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, respectively.

The award provides seed money for a new interdisciplinary research project that focuses on positioning a new scholar to seek larger extramural grants, aligning their research priorities with leading extramural agencies (e.g., National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Centers for Disease Control), and addressing translational outcomes and comparative effectiveness research.

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The sixth annual Northwest Ohio Community Art Exhibition opens tomorrow (June 21) in the Fine Arts Center galleries. Get details In Brief.

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June 20, 2013