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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sara Bushong to lead University Libraries

Sara Bushong

Sara Bushong

Sara Bushong has been appointed the next dean of the University Libraries, effective May 9. The announcement was made May 10 by Dr. Kenneth Borland, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

An associate professor, Bushong has been a member of the library faculty since 2000 and has served in a number of capacities, including interim and associate dean and chair of the Archival Collections and Branches.

Following the departure of former dean Kay Flowers, the library staff and its two advocate boards have shown strong support for Bushong's leadership, Borland said. "I am confident in her skills and ability to move the division forward in its important role in the life of the University," he wrote in a letter to the University community.

Bushong originally joined the faculty as Head Librarian of the Curriculum Resource Center. Dedicated to the importance of books and reading to education for all, her research and publication interests include information literacy, WebQuests, children and young adult literature, and the integration of technology resources into the academic curriculum. She has provided outreach to area school districts and presented on literacy and engaging students with reading at numerous professional conferences.

In 2007, she was invited to speak with members of Congress in Washington, D.C., as a co-presenter on the importance of the various types of libraries and the role of academic libraries. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for the School of Teaching and Learning and has co-led some innovative summer classes in information literacy for K-12 teachers.

Before coming to BGSU, Bushong held posts as District Elementary Librarian and Technology Curriculum Coordinator for the Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools, and choral music teacher in Whigham, Ga.

She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Education degree in Library and Educational Media from BGSU, and a Master of Library Science degree from Kent State University.



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Lillios honored by Ohio Arts Council

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Elainie Lillios

Dr. Elainie Lillios, a composition faculty member, has received a 2011 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for her creative work. The Individual Excellence Awards program provides grants to Ohio artists for the exceptional merit of a completed body of work. The awards recognize creativity and imagination that exemplify the highest level of achievement and advancement of the art form for a particular discipline.

Lillios was awarded in the media arts category, with submissions including her recent pieces "Nostalgic Visions" for piano and live, interactive electroacoustics (commissioned by piano faculty member Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz) and "2BTextures," an experimental animation with electroacoustic music that she created collaboratively with Bonnie Mitchell, digital art.

Order your personalized Stroh Center brick

This fall, BGSU will celebrate the opening of the state-of-the art Stroh Center, which will be used for basketball and volleyball games, concerts, lectures, commencement and other campus and community events.

Falcon fans are invited to purchase a personalized brick paver that will be permanently installed in the Falcon Spirit Plaza just outside the building. The plaza will showcase three brick designs that together will serve as the "nest" for the 23-foot bronze falcon statue.

Each brick purchase includes a complimentary replica brick and a certificate bearing the purchaser's personal inscription. Also available are display cases featuring the Falcon logo.

The bricks would make excellent Father's Day gifts for Falcon alumni and fans. Those who order by May 16 will receive their replica in time for Father's Day, June 19. If you order by June 8, you will receive your certificate in time for Father's Day.

Call 1-877-AYZIGGY or visit BGSUFalcons.com to place your order.

'Legacy halls' to receive exterior restoration

In preparation for a major project to rehabilitate the exteriors of University, Hanna and Moseley halls this summer, it will be necessary to remove the ivy from the buildings. University grounds crews will begin cutting down the vines this week.

"This is the first step in the long-term restoration of the buildings, whose exteriors have not been renovated since the 1980s," said Senior Project Manager Tim Burns, design and construction.

In order to thoroughly clean the bricks and redo the mortar between them (tuck point), the ivy must be removed, Burns said. The $800,000 project also entails resealing the window and control joints, restoring the metal cornice on University Hall, cleaning and resealing limestone and replacing bricks where necessary.

Contractors will arrive in June to begin the project, which should be completed by mid-August in time for commencement.

"At the end of the project, the buildings should have the same appeal as Williams and Shatzel halls, which underwent a similar restoration last year," Burns said.

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May 12, 2011