Senior Skyler Rogers and alumna Lizzie Keller help install the green roof at The Oaks dining center Aug. 11.
Welcome back picnic to be low-waste event
First-year students attending the welcome back picnic Sunday (Aug. 21) will get their food on a re-usable BGSU Frisbee. In keeping with the trend of a "greener" and more sustainable campus, BGSU Dining, the Office of Campus Sustainability and First Year Programs are collaborating on a low-waste event.
"It will lessen BGSU's impact on the earth and demonstrate sustainability principles as part of an overall plan for the greening of the campus, with the help of the entire University community," said Dr. Nick Hennessy, sustainability coordinator.
The other "green" touches include a utensil-free menu; recycling for all aluminum cans, plastic bags and cardboard; reusable table coverings; water served in a re-usable or recycled paper content cup, and reduced paper packaging.
Overall, waste is expected to be significantly less than a typical event of this size and will be weighed to make comparisons.
The picnic will also demonstrate some of the main beliefs from this year's Common Reading selection No Impact Man.
"It immediately follows student learning discussion sessions on the book thus presenting a perfect opportunity to see how each individual can contribute to lowering BGSU's environmental impact," Hennessy said.
The event also represents BGSU Dining's commitment to sustainability in their services, which will be further demonstrated in the operation of the new Oaks and Carillon Place dining centers.
Volunteers will be staffing the recycling and bussing areas. Anyone interested in helping with the sustainable portions of the event can contact Hennessy at 2-9949 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Safety superhero video wins scholarship for sophomore
One of the first things you notice when talking with sophomore Amber Cullen is her enthusiasm. The film production major from Akron has much to celebrate these days. As the first-place winner of the 2011 Bridgestone American Safety Scholar video contest, she receives a $10,000 scholarship plus a new set of tires.
BGSU helped her cause by posting the contest on its Facebook site and in the daily Campus Update. Cullen said she was surprised by the e-mails she received from strangers telling her they had voted for her video, "The Phone Bandit," which takes a humorous approach to warning against texting while driving. (View here http://www.safetyscholarsvideo.com/?/finalists)
"I'm so thankful to Bridgestone for the opportunity and to everyone who voted," she said. "I love artistic collaboration and rallying a community together, and everyone rallying to vote was a beautiful thing to see."
A longtime dance student and band member, Cullen has found inspiration living in the Arts Village. "As soon as I walked in, I just knew: This is exactly where I want to live. Being with people who love the arts, you have that bond and share the same kind of thought processes, no matter what kind of art it is."
As a freshman, Cullen had not yet had much actual coursework in film production, but the script analysis class she took with Hope Bernard taught her some of the basics of film, such as how to make a story board to plot out each scene. "I spent a long time on 'The Phone Bandit' story board, and it came out pretty close to what I had in my head," Cullen said.
She is eager to continue her film studies, she said, and will return early to campus to serve as an Opening Weekend Group Leader.
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