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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Barnes not BGSU’s only tie to Biletnikoff Award
Jeff Artz
Jeff Artz

If BGSU’s Freddie Barnes wins the Biletnikoff Award Thursday as college football’s best receiver, he will hoist the handiwork of another University award-winner.

Jeff Artz, creative director in the Office of Marketing and Communications, was lead designer of the Biletnikoff Award trophy when he worked for a Tallahassee, Fla., advertising agency and design firm in the early 1990s. The trophy has since won several national awards for design excellence.

Artz, from Perrysburg, moved to Tallahassee after graduating from BGSU in 1992. The following year, he was hired as a designer at Kidd & Co., whose new client, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, soon “had this idea to have a new award for the best collegiate receiver,” Artz said.

As lead designer on the project, he worked on the logo and branding, as well as the trophy, for the award, which is named for former Florida State and Oakland Raiders great Fred Biletnikoff.

Artz, who returned to northwest Ohio in 1997 and to BGSU several years ago, was glad to hear last month that Barnes, the Falcons’ record-setting receiver, was a finalist for the award. “I thought that was so cool,” he said, adding that he emailed his Kidd & Co. boss when he found out. “He (Barnes) deserves it.”

The award will be presented during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards, airing live from Walt Disney World at 7 p.m. Thursday on ESPN. The other finalists are Jordan Shipley of Texas and Notre Dame’s Golden Tate.

H1N1 clinic open to all

Student Health Services will offer H1N1 vaccinations from 1-4 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 10) in 113 Education Building. The free vaccine is now available to all students, faculty, staff, alumni and spouses.

Click here to preregister. Remember to bring the preregistration form with you.

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Orr sits in on climate change talks

Shannon Orr
Shannon Orr

Dr. Shannon Orr, political science, is participating in the United Nations Climate Change negotiations in Copenhagen this week as an accredited observer.

“I am doing research on the politics of climate change, interviewing government delegates and nongovernmental organizations (e.g., activists) about their hopes for the negotiations. I am also sitting in on treaty-writing sessions. This is the second U.N. climate change negotiation that I have attended,” she writes from Denmark.


Guidance counselors attend financial aid workshop

The Office of Student Financial Aid is hosting about 70 high school guidance counselors today for a full-day workshop on changes to the financial aid process at both the federal and state levels.

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December 09, 2009