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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

BGSU race teams get off to early start on season

While the race cars they drove were powered by renewable, ethanol-based E-85 fuel, the BGSU student drivers had to rely on their own reserves of energy in a challenging recent race.

Eight teams representing the BGSU Motorsports, Student Construction Management Association and the physics and astronomy department’s Quantum Racing clubs traveled to Clio, Mich., to test their skills, preparation and technical expertise on the eight-turn, quarter-mile indoor road course at the Extreme Indoor Racing event.

The race card included four qualifying heats and a grueling, 60-lap, 30-mile feature endurance race.

In the end, construction management technology major Kevin Lowery of Bradner prevailed. Pleased with what his team had accomplished, he said, “It was a great race. Our set-up was right coming out of the trailer, and the CQMA racer ran well all day.”

Lowery also complimented the Quantum team for its second-place win and driver Allen Heflan, a physics major from Batavia, Ohio. An exhausted Heflan was congratulated by his team for his performance.

Julius Thomas, student president of the BGSU Motorsports Club, said afterwards, “This is the first time we have run indoors and this early in the spring season. Traditionally we have had to wait until the spring BGSU Grand Prix to test our ability. This was a good test for our teams.”

Aside from the winning and losing and testing of the cars, the sport provides valuable learning experiences for participants, said team advisor Anthony Palumbo, an associate professor emeritus of technology.

“Motorsports has always been recognized as a proving ground for technological development. This time our students can clearly see that each race is also a proving ground for human achievement, not just for the driver but also for the crew chiefs,” he said. “Each race is a benchmark by which one can gauge skill, aptitude, fortitude and preparation. One of the main objectives of our program is to use racing as a motivational tool to enhance the educational process with real-world experience.”

Point by point, basketball scorers prove their loyalty

Crew Honored
Coach Curt Miller and Athletics Director Greg Christopher honor (left to right), Bob Bortel, Joan Slebos, Allan Chamberlin, Jim Treeger and Bill Jones.

The athletics department honored the officials at the scorers’ table for women's basketball before the Falcons' game vs. Ohio Saturday afternoon (Feb. 13). The five regular members of the table have over 85 combined years of experience and service to Bowling Green.

Bob Bortel leads the group, with 25 years of service at BGSU home women's basketball games. Jim Treeger and Joan Slebos have worked the table for 20 and 18 years, respectively, while Allan Chamberlin has 14 years of experience and Bill Jones eight. These five individuals play a vital role in game-day operations, and the BGSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is grateful for their dedication.

Reserve your space at a CUE forum

The Connecting the Undergraduate Experience (CUE) Committee will introduce its proposed framework for the University’s learner-centered, general education curriculum model to the BGSU community at a series of upcoming forums. Your feedback is needed—faculty, staff and students are invited to discuss the model.

Join the conversation at one of the following forums:

McFall Gallery
Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 25, from 3-4:30 p.m.
Monday, March 1, from 2:30-4 p.m.

BGSU Firelands, 204 Foundation Hall
Thursday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To reserve your seat, email with the date you will attend.

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February 17, 2010