Honors students stuff backpacks for children in the CASA program.
Students in the Honors Program are learning that child abuse can happen in the most unexpected places. To help these children, they are lending a hand to make school and the holidays a little more comfortable and exciting.
Tonight (April 18), Honors will be presented the Champion of Children Award for its long-term contributions to the Wood County Court-Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad litem (CASA/GAL) program through its participation in the Angel Tree and Backpack Partners efforts.
The Friends of Wood County CASA gives the award annually. This is the first year the award will be given to a group rather than an individual.
"The BGSU Honors Program was selected this year because of their incredible support of the Wood County CASA program and recognizing the need for helping these children," CASA/GAL Director Carol Fox said. Another reason was the program's sustainability, she added. "It's been passed on from one student to the next to keep it propelled, and that's what's so exciting."
In 2006, the backpack program was established to provide children in the CASA program with backpacks and school supplies. The program has provided supplies to 65 children for the past few years, Jodi Devine, associate director of the Honors Program, said. The Angel Tree program was established five years ago to support children in the CASA/GAL program during the holidays. Honors students, faculty and staff provide children with books, gloves, hats and toys.
Though the Honors students are the driving force behind the project, it wouldn't happen without additional support from other BGSU organizations and the community, Devine said. WBGU-TV, the University Libraries, Alpha Phi Omega, the Arts Village and Brownie Troop 1031 are among those who participate.
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This time next year, Distinguished Artist Professor Marilyn Shrude will likely not be thinking of class schedules or her duties as chair of the musicology/composition/theory department. Instead, thanks to support from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, she expects to be deeply immersed in writing music.
Shrude has been named a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. Designed to help nurture scholarship or creative activity, the prestigious awards are "intended for scholars or artists who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts," according to the foundation.
Shrude personifies that description. Her compositions have been performed across the United States, in Europe and in Asia, and she has been a guest artist at festivals around the world. Nearly 20 of her compositions have been recorded on various labels.
Guggenheim Fellows are chosen through a rigorous and highly competitive application process that this year yielded 180 fellowships from about 3,000 applications.
Only about 10 fellows were chosen in the music composition category — not all in academia, and about half in jazz. Shrude's fellow winners include composers from Juilliard, Harvard and New York University. "It's nice to have Bowling Green State University represented among institutions like these," she said.
The "planets aligned" for Shrude this time, she said. She had already planned to take a faculty improvement leave next year to write two commissioned compositions. Being free of administrative and teaching duties "is a different mode of operation," she said. "It lets my imaginative side come out."
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