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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Olympic gold medalist gives ‘assist’ to hockey program

Ken Morrow

This week marked the anniversary of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice,” in which the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team defeated the Soviet Union en route to capturing the gold medal in the Winter Olympics. Alumnus Ken Morrow, a member of that team, will return to his skating roots at BGSU to help create another “miracle on ice”—the renovation of the BGSU Ice Arena and scholarships for hockey players.

Morrow, an All-American defenseman for the Falcons from 1976-79, will be the guest of honor at a fundraising reception hosted by the “Bring Back the Glory” campaign before BGSU’s hockey game Saturday (Feb. 27). Morrow will also be honored before the game.

Everyone is invited to the 5 p.m. reception at Mileti Alumni Center. Tickets are $40 per person, or $100 per person including a $60 tax-deductible gift to the "Bring Back the Glory" campaign and a photo opportunity with Morrow.

Launched in October, the campaign’s goal is $5 million to endow scholarships and enhance the Ice Arena.

Morrow and other Falcon alumni, hockey players and coaches will show their support for the campaign at the reception, which will include an autograph session and photo opportunities.

Register for the reception by calling 888-839-2586 or by emailing

More information is available at Tickets for the hockey game are available by contacting the ticket office online, or 2-0000.

Follow up on progress reporting for academic success

One critical aspect of building a culture of student success in the classroom is feedback on performance throughout the semester. The recently completed Early Alert process allowed students to receive such information.

Further feedback will continue with midterm grading, which officially began this week. In the coming weeks, as students meet with advisors to discuss summer and fall course registration and strategies for success, the midterm grade reports provide another opportunity for discussion and intervention.
In these conversations, it may be appropriate to refer a student to one or more of the Academic Success centers. The Writing Center assists students with writing assignments across the curriculum. Study groups continue to form through the Study Skills Center for a wide range of courses. Walk-in tutoring is available throughout the week in the center, as well as at The Learning Commons in Jerome Library from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday and Tuesday evenings. The Math and Stats Tutoring Center provides focused services for students, especially in lower-level courses. Every BGSU student can pave a path to success with the help of the many readily available campus resources.

BGSU hosts symposium for sharing of expertise in teaching writing

Last Friday (Feb. 19) was a potent day for the study of teaching on campus. In addition to the Teaching and Learning Fair, BGSU’s General Studies Writing Program co-hosted, with McGraw Hill Publishers, a one-day faculty development symposium on “Best Assessment Practices in First-Year Writing Programs.” The event drew 30 full-time instructors and administrators in the program, as well as first-year writing program administrators from 12 colleges and universities throughout Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. 

Participants from BGSU, Purdue, the University of Toledo, McGraw-Hill and others shared information about assessment practices and tools their institutions have developed. The group also visited the Teaching and Learning Fair and heard the keynote presentation by Dr. Kathleen Yancey.

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February 24, 2010