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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Music education student wins national award

Sara Young and John Gruber
Sara Young and John Gruber

A senior music education major took home first place in the brass category at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) national Young Artist Competition. The ceremony on March 22 was part of the MTNA annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M.

John Gruber, a Bowling Green native and trombone student, received a $3,000 cash prize and performed in the Winner’s Concert on March 23. Gruber is a student of Dr. William Mathis, chair of music performance studies. Gruber has also worked with Garth Simmons, trombone, for the past year.

Gruber, accompanied on piano by Sara Young, a graduate student from Clinton Twp., Mich., performed a 40-minute recital that included various styles from the baroque, classical and contemporary periods.

“This is a well-known organization,” said Mathis. “To have a student get to that level is a great way to promote the school and our program. We can tell potential students that we have students performing at a national level.

“The same thing goes for the entire college—to have students leave campus and go out and be measured against a national standard is important for our students and us to make an assessment on how we’re doing and the students we’re recruiting.”

MTNA performance competitions are designed to provide educational experiences for students and teachers and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence.

Gruber has been a member of BGSU’s Wind Symphony, Falcon Marching Band, Jazz Lab Band I, University Men’s Chorus and
Athletic Band.

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Top science students presenting work at BGSU

Ohio’s top high school science students are on campus today and tomorrow (March 25 and 26) as part of the 47th annual Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS).

Dozens of students will present their own original research on topics from all areas of science. The paper and poster sessions are taking place in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater and Room 228.

Faculty members from BGSU, Lourdes College and Kent State are judging the competition. At stake is more than $14,000 in scholarship money and cash awards for the winners. The top five paper presenters will receive scholarships and a trip to the National JSHS.

Tax time drawing near

Tax time is approaching, and if you need information about federal education tax benefits, Student Financial Aid has a link to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. You can visit the Financial Aid Web site, or go directly to the tax benefits site by clicking here.

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March 25, 2010