Thursday, July 18, 2013
Jazz reconsidered | Leadership study for classified staff


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Rob Wallace
Like its birthplace New Orleans, jazz has always absorbed influences from its varied "inhabitants." As a musical form it has taken off in creative new directions, many of which, since the 1960s, have reflected the political consciousness of that era.

In a new collection of essays called "People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz Is Now!" scholars, music critics and musicians — some of whom are all those things — discuss the ways in which the past is informing the present and the future of this distinctly influential genre. The collection is co-edited by Dr. Rob Wallace, English, and Dr. Ajay Heble of the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and published by Duke University Press as part of its Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice series.

Wallace and Heble, who both also contributed essays to the collection, are themselves examples of that mixing of professions, which is becoming more common in the jazz world. Wallace is a percussionist and an adjunct instructor of English at BGSU, where he is also a member of the University's Afro-Caribbean Ensemble and teaches an informal North Indian music class. As a percussionist, he can be heard on the pfMentum and Ambiances Magnetiques record labels. He is the author of "Improvisation and the Making of American Literary Modernism."


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BGSU classified staff members have an opportunity to develop their leadership potential during the next session of the BGSU Leadership Institute (BGLI).

The institute, which will be held throughout the 2013-14 academic year, is designed to help classified staff members learn leadership techniques and styles and implement them in the higher education environment. In addition, the program fosters understanding of how the campus functions and provides a strong collaborative network for participants.

The commitment to participate involves attending monthly, daylong meetings from September through May, reading "The 360-Degree Leader," completing homework assignments and, most importantly, developing self-knowledge and awareness

Past members have found the experience to be valuable and very rewarding, as reported in their evaluations:

"BGLI has been one of the most important professional development opportunities for me since becoming a full-time BGSU employee," one said.

"I looked forward to that one day a month when I could meet with other BGLI members to learn about leadership, self-reflect, discuss issues and recharge my emotional battery," another said.

To be eligible to participate, classified staff employees must have at least two years of staff experience at BGSU and submit a resume, nominee statement and letter of recommendation.

The nomination form is available online.

The deadline to apply is July 29. For more information, contact co-chairs Leslie Fern, Human Resources, at 419-372-8422, or Deanna Vatan Woodhouse, Student Affairs, at 419-372-2151.


Students, programs and initiatives all got a significant boost again this year, thanks to the University community. For fiscal year 2013, the Family Campaign raised $662,078, with a participation rate of 45.13 percent. Faculty, staff and retirees showed their commitment to making a high quality college education accessible through their generous donations.

Funds donated to the campaign help students exceed both in and out of the classroom and provide financial assistance that might otherwise not be available.


Barbara Waddell has been named Chief Equity and Diversity Officer, families are needed to help welcome international students to Bowling Green, and there will be a parade of jugglers on Merry Avenue tomorrow. Learn more In Brief.
July 18, 2013