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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Director of Ohio Department of Development tours BGSU

Dr. George Bullerjahn, a professor of biological sciences, reviews his research on algal biofuels with Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Director of the Ohio Department of Development. Patt-McDaniel toured BGSU laboratories today (April 1) to learn about research the University is conducting that could benefit from funding from Ohio’s Third Frontier program. In May, Ohio voters will be asked to approve the Third Frontier initiative, which would raise $700 million through the sale of bonds to support high-tech research in Ohio. Patt-McDaniel also visited the labs of Felix Castellano, a professor of chemistry and Dr. Pavel Anzenbacher Jr., an associate professor
of chemistry.

BGSU fires up for Glass Olympics

Glass curling, longest cane pull, make a cup in 10 minutes using only one tool —those are just some of the fiery competitive events that have made up past Glass Olympics.

This year, the 3rd annual National Student Glass Olympics is coming to BGSU on Saturday, April 3. Dozens of students and faculty from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Alfred University, Kent State University, Ohio State University, the Center for Creative Studies and the Rochester Institute of Technology will put their glass skills to the test.

“The events are always decided upon by faculty on the day of, so no one can have the upper hand,” said event coordinator Nadine Saylor, an instructor in the School of Art. “Students always want to know what we’re doing ahead of time.”

The goal of the one-day event is to develop a creative exchange between students and glass programs across the country.

Saylor explained one of the best parts is seeing slides of the work done at other schools, and getting the chance to show-off your own work. She called it a great networking event within the glass community.

Slide shows start at 10 a.m., followed by trophy making at noon. At 3 p.m. the competitive juices start flowing for the actual “Olympic” events. All activities take place in the BGSU glass studio inside the Fine Arts Center.

in the news

New BGSU arena begins taking shape
- The Blade

BGSU professor sees laughter as serious subject
- Associated Press,
USA Today

Firelands students to exhibit work in gallery
- The News-Messenger

Ceramics artists have technology breakthrough
- Sentinel-Tribune

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Teacher candidates prep for job search

More than 125 teacher candidates participated in a two-day Teacher Preparation Extravaganza sponsored by the Career Center on March 23 and 24.

On March 23, students participated in three 30-minute job fair preparation workshops including Individual Resume Critiques, a WorkNet demonstration and Teacher Job Fair Basics.

The following day, students observed a mini-mock interview and heard from Jeff Dever, principal at Bowling Green High School, and Dave Manley, director of transitional services at Toledo Public Schools, about the differences between interviewing at urban and suburban school districts. Dever and Manley also discussed the importance of classroom management, school district research and diversity.

Students said they learned critical interviewing components, including the importance of body language, the significance of providing examples within the interviewing responses, and the impact different styles and approaches of interviewers can have on the overall tone of the interview.

The annual Teacher Job Fair is Tuesday, April 13 in the Perry Field House.

Faculty Union Discussion: Web Updates

The BGSU administration is committed to transparency and providing accurate information as faculty members consider forming a union. Accordingly, new information has been added to the site.

The administration has posted the public records requests of the BGSU Faculty Association and the administration’s responses. An overview of Ohio law regarding faculty workload and collective bargaining by Sean FitzGerald, BGSU general counsel and assistant to the president, has also been added.

Zoom News is provided as a service to BGSU faculty and staff.

April 01, 2010