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A Weekend of Celebration | April 24-25, 2009

A distinctive student-focused groundbreaking ceremony for the 93,000 square-foot Wolfe Center for the Arts, will be among the weekend activities. Designed by the architectural firm Snøhetta, based in Oslo, Norway, and New York, N.Y., the Wolfe Center will embody a sense of energy, collaboration and creativity and will emphasize the importance of embracing the arts and culture which are central to a distinctive BGSU education. The special event will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 1:30-2:15 p.m. near the site of the new Wolfe Center for the Arts on BGSU’s campus. A tent will be set up in the parking lot north of William T. Jerome Library.


Dreams realized April 24-25 marks the on-campus celebration of BGSU’s Building Dreams Centennial Campaign. Please join us as we reflect on the success of the fund-raising campaign that raised more than $146.5 million–the largest campaign to date in BGSU’s history.


Friday event > J. Robert Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship featuring Terry Jones, founder and former CEO of Travelocity, and Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS: Shoes for a Better Tomorrow Saturday activities > Entrepreneurship presentation > Art demonstrations > Sebo Center tours > Spring football game > Musical cabaret > Student-focused groundbreaking for the Wolfe Center for the Arts > Evening gala Visit and click on “Celebrate History”

Editor: Amy Prigge Creative Director: Jeff Artz ’92 Assistant Editor: Julie Carle ’78










2 The promise of possibility | 6 Unmapped adventure |

Dr. Carol A. Cartwright becomes 10th President of BGSU

Trip to Asia starts journey of the heart

8 Eight days. Seven students. One planet in common. 10 NBC selects two brothers for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity 12 Life Lessons |

A call for essays

14 Building Dreams |

Making a difference: University Advancement news


16 Falcon Frenzy |

Athletic updates

18 The BGScoop |

Campus news and notes

25 Bravo BG |

News from the fine and performing arts

28 Alumni Links |

Alumni news and accomplishments

Photographers: Craig Bell Brad Phalin ’88 Contributors: Joe Bellfy Bonnie Blankinship Scott Borgelt ’85 Fred Connor Dave Kielmeyer ’88 Elaine Michalak Pat Pencheff Stacy Poca Kathleen Rarey ’76 Production Assistant: Amy West Associate Vice President for Marketing & Communications: Kimberly McBroom


Log on to BGSU Magazine’s Web site for more information. Email address: USPS 787-800: VOLUME 9, NUMBER 3/SPRING 2009 POSTMASTER: BGSU Magazine is published by the Office of Marketing & Communications. It is distributed to alumni, active and retired faculty and staff, and friends of the University. Standard postage paid at Burlington, Vt. Change of address notice should be sent to Alumni Records, Mileti Alumni Center, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0053, 419-372-2424, BGSU is an AA/EEO educator and employer.

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Dr. Carol A. Cartwright becomes 10th President of BGSU 2 BGSU MAGAZINE


Inspiration often comes from unlikely sources. When Dr. Carol A. Cartwright was looking for inspiration for her State of the University address earlier this year, she found it at an event in Kobacker Hall.



The inspiration came from Benjamin Zander, the famed music director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (see related story, page 26). His message–through a dynamic presentation, not a musical performance, oddly enough, struck a chord with her on that cold January day. Zander’s message of seeing the possibilities in one’s self and in an organization was the theme she needed to help define the University’s current situation. Cartwright, who had been serving as BGSU’s interim president following the departure of Dr. Sidney Ribeau last summer, was soon to be the University’s 10th president. BGSU faced challenges, but Cartwright was firmly convinced that the possibilities for the University’s future were promising. The title of the State of the University address she gave on Jan. 30 was “The Promise of Possibility.” It was a busy day for Cartwright. In addition to delivering an enlightening and inspiring message about Bowling Green State University’s future, she was also installed as the institution’s first woman president in its nearly 100-year history. Recently, Cartwright reflected on her decision to accept the Board of Trustee’s invitation to become the next president of BGSU. “I’m a person who has always had a passion for the mission of public higher education,” she said. “I’ve spent more than 40 years of my life working in public higher education and I was raised in a way that created a very strong sense of duty and a very strong work ethic. When the Board asked if I would come here for one year to replace Dr. Ribeau, my sense of duty kicked in.”


John Harbal ’72, board chair, quickly recognized Cartwright’s presidential potential last fall. “There was no doubt in my mind when she first arrived on campus that she was the right person at the right time,” he said. “She demonstrated her unique leadership abilities right away. She is decisive and positive and consistent in her approach. I knew that her high level of visibility on campus, in the Bowling Green community, in the region and in Columbus, would help our University earn the respect it deserves.” Cartwright’s experience in leading public universities is unmatched in Ohio. For 15 years she served as president of Kent State University, a position from which she retired in 2006. She also had served as vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of California and dean for undergraduate programs at the Pennsylvania State University. But, by her own admission, she was nearing the end of a long and successful career. Almost immediately upon her arrival on campus last summer she was asked by the Board to extend her stay. She declined the first offer, and then the second. However, things were changing rapidly on the BGSU campus. Retirements and promotions within the University administration created a difficult set of circumstances, which meant several top positions were being filled on an interim basis.


The board approached Cartwright with one more offer in January. “My sense of duty really kicked in this time, and it became almost a given what I had to do,” she said. “I knew BGSU needed to send a strong signal that it had a fully engaged leader and was moving forward. After a serious talk with my husband about ending my retirement, I gladly accepted.” The appointment of Cartwright as president of BGSU has resonated throughout Ohio’s higher education community. Ohio University President Roderick McDavis has worked closely with Cartwright on public higher education issues in the state. “Dr. Cartwright is thoughtful in her approach, open and respectful of the various ideas and conversations that are inherent in academic culture,” said McDavis. “She also understands what it takes to make important decisions to ensure the future success of an institution.” Bruce Johnson ’82 is president and CEO of the Inter-University Council of Ohio (IUC), representing all 14 state universities in Ohio. “Dr. Cartwright is a previous chair of the IUC and we know her well,” said Johnson. “She will raise the status of innovative teaching at Bowling Green State University, insist upon excellence and lead by example.”

d It is clear that Cartwright is good at many things, but hiding her excitement about the future of BGSU is not one of them. “This is a challenging time,” she admitted, “but I am confident that the University will play a vital role in the economic recovery of the region and the state. It’s more important than ever to understand, as Ohio does, that higher education is the key to economic viability. BGSU will strengthen its role in the region with the exciting things being discussed in our strategic planning process, including the Centers of Excellence we are establishing. The centers will allow us to push our expertise in the arts, educator preparation, health and wellness, leading and managing high performing organizations, and perhaps sustainable energy into the regional community.” “The current budget situation is a complicated balancing act, but we’re thinking our way through it in a very careful and organized way,” Cartwright continued. “We have a talented team of leaders with the skills to work our way through a challenge and emerge stronger. We also have a strong array of programs and a mission that is committed to student success.”

Cartwright is especially excited about the deep conversation emerging about the entire undergraduate experience. “We will soon be able to present new students with a road map of all of the requirements, opportunities and high-impact practices that will be made available to them. It will all add up to a world-class, coherent undergraduate experience.” According to Cartwright her pockets have always been filled with coins of optimism and no matter how many coins she has spent over the years, the supply has been constantly replenished. In closing her State of the University address in January, she set a clear, positive tone for her presidency. “It seems the more optimism you use, the more you have for another time. And so it is with power–the more you share, the more you have to make positive change. Today I pledge to share the power of engaging in change leadership–the power of thinking forward. Together, we will work toward the promise of possibility.”


When Helen Keller said, “Life is a daring adventure,” she could have been speaking about Kelli Mlinarik Marko ’91. But to hear Marko tell it, all her adventures have come as naturally as following her heart. “Heart” is a word that comes up a lot when talking to Marko. Warm and enthusiastic, she conveys the joy and wonder of life. In her case, life has led her far from her hometown of Bowling Green–all the way to Denver and then Thailand–but kept her close to the hearts of those she has met. During the first of eight months over four winters she spent in Southeast Asia, she was surprised to find that she felt completely at home. “People have places they belong,” she says. “Thailand made so much sense to me from the first time. It was soft on my heart.


“Here, we’re always rushing and we feel we must be accomplishing things. There, you can be appreciated for who you are. It’s a much more heart-centered life.” She discovered that people everywhere are, as the Thai say, “same same but different.” She recalls at one point suddenly realizing that the land so far from home “felt normal. Not that I had lost the sense of wonder at its difference, but in a delightful way. The concept of ‘same same but different’ has become a guiding principle to me.”

The love and hospitality she received led to opportunities to participate in life there, beginning with a cookbook she wrote to benefit the Elephant Nature Park and its founder, Lek. All of about five feet tall, Lek risked her own life to establish the park and save the elephants from abominable lives of pain, torture and grueling work by giving them a safe place where they would be cared for. Although elephants are revered and valued in Thailand, Marko says, the little-known underside is that they are also abused and their spirits broken to make them more manageable. While Marko was at the park, she learned from Lek how to cook Thai food, and then began hosting Thai dinners back in Denver to raise money for the park’s important work, eventually writing and publishing A Taste of Heaven: Recipes from the Elephant Nature Park. Included with the recipes are beautiful photos of the elephants and their life stories. Sales of the cookbook, online and at the park itself, have raised more than $20,000 so far. The connection with Lek was typical of Marko’s style of traveling. She prefers to have a loose agenda and be open to connections in the moment. Following monks home to meet their families, meeting people in the park, and changing plans to travel with interesting people led to some of her best adventures and most intimate views of Asian life and culture. “I also traveled mostly alone, which is an advantage there because Thai people never do anything alone,” she said. “It made me more approachable, and people would just bring me things all the time.” It also allowed her to see, as her close monk friend Ajahn encouraged her to, “the unseen Thailand.” Her journey took her to Laos, where she met a 20-year-old student named Phouthone. Born in a small, rural village, he had come to the capital, Vientiane, to study. Exceptionally bright, he had taught himself English; his dream was to become a teacher and start a school in his village. When she met him, he was on the verge of giving up.

1 lb. firm tofu 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1 cup onion, coarsely chopped 1 cup onion, finely chopped ½-1 Tbsp. Thai chili paste (to taste) 1 cup coconut milk 2 vegetable bouillon cubes 2 small limes 4 cups green beans, chopped into ½-inch pieces*

Squeeze excess water out of block of tofu by pressing between two plates over a sink or by laying between towels and pressing with a cutting board on your counter. Dice the tofu. Heat part of the oil on medium high and fry tofu until evenly golden, stirring as needed. Drain on paper towel and set aside.

Marko was determined not to let this promising young man give up on his potential. Following her heart and taking a chance, she gave him enough money to pay his tuition (a small sum by American standards). She also enlisted the help of friends back home, who sent donations. Phouthone has graduated from the University of Laos with a degree in English education and will soon leave on a five-month study abroad in Australia. He is well on his way to improving the life of his village. “It’s had an impact on Phouthone and on me, but also on the community here who helped him,” she says reflectively. “It’s a large circle of support that bridges our two countries.” Her connection to Southeast Asia continues to manifest itself. In 2007, she became a volunteer helping a refugee Karen (Kah-REN) family from Burma adjust to life in the United States. The ethnic minority has been “mercilessly abused and oppressed” in Burma, she says. She helps her adopted family–an elderly couple and their two adult daughters, one with a baby– learn to negotiate such things as ATMs, washing machines and American culture. One daughter is studying to become a certified nursing assistant. All these experiences have strengthened her belief that “everybody does want the same thing,” she said–a decent life, opportunity for their children, love and friendship to sustain them. “We’re all same same but different,” Marko affirms. “Now more than ever, we need to look at our neighbors here and across the world and be aware of our common humanity.” Bonnie Blankinship

To buy A Taste of Heaven: Recipes from the Elephant Nature Park, visit To learn more about the park, visit

Add more oil to pan if needed and add coarsely chopped onion. Stir until golden.

Meanwhile boil or steam the beans (or other vegetable) until just tender.

Add chili paste and cook until it smells good. Then add finely chopped onion, coconut milk, tofu and bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil. Turn off heat and add the juice of the limes.

Pour tofu mixture over green beans and serve hot, at room temperature or even chilled. *Lek used the Asian vegetable “Star Finger,” so if you find any…enjoy!




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At the end of November, seven adventurous BGSU students traveled to North Africa as part of an environmental communication workshop. The destination: Tunisia, a small Mediterranean country sandwiched between Algeria and Libya. I was lucky enough to join this African adventure and my life was forever changed. Although the workshop centered around environmental issues and media coverage, cross-cultural exchanges were the most influential part of the experience. The seven students were basically strangers when we boarded a big white van and left campus. Upon returning, we not only had made friendships with the other BGSU students, but also close connections to the Tunisian and Algerian students who were participating in the workshop. We remain in contact with these students, mainly through Facebook’s social networking site. We stayed eight days in Tunisia, seven of which were spent with our new friends. The workshop included presentations by key government officials and representatives of BGSU and of the Institute of Press and Information Sciences (IPSI) at the University of Manouba in Tunis. We also toured a nongovernmental organizationrun recycling and community center, as well as a new water treatment facility. In addition to this we hiked up a mountain surrounding Lake Ichkeul, and had a guided tour of the national park’s museum, which focused on the wildlife and how the water levels are regulated. When not engaged with pressing environmental issues, we learned about Arab and Tunisian culture. The African students made us feel comfortable, and they were eager to answer any questions. Our long, sometimes three-hour bus rides were filled with laughter and interesting conversations that ran the gamut from religion to politics, family life, American and Arabic culture, to personal interests. During one of our bus rides, I tried to explain the idea behind Thanksgiving to a group of North African students. Keeping with Tunisian tradition, we ate ethnic food such as harissa, a chili paste served with bread, couscous and brik, which was a deep-fried pastry shell usually filled with egg, parsley and tuna. Mint tea and date-filled pastries covered in honey, known as macaroons, were also popular. Our dining experiences included upscale restaurants where we were served several courses and home-cooked meals in Tunisian homes. These culinary experiences were courtesy of the Ministry for the Environment and Sustainable Development, arranged by Mohsen Khamari, the Ministry Chief of Mission. He invited us to share a meal in his home as well as in his father’s. We were thrown into Tunisian culture when we were able to shop at two of the local markets, also known as medinas. Most of the vendors knew at least broken English and were able to haggle with us. The language barrier didn’t hamper our experience; one vender pulled out a calculator and told my friend to type in a proposed price. They went back and forth for a couple minutes before settling on a final price. Intermingled with modern life were remnants of the past. Tunisia has several ruins that we visited. The remains were quite impressive: mosaics, great marble columns and empty tombs. The most incredible part was that we were able to step into the past by walking directly on the mosaics and through the stone structures. We saw the countryside, complete with shepherds and tiny shacks, in contrast to modern cities. On Thanksgiving, we had the opportunity to briefly walk along the Mediterranean as a storm rolled in.


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On the last day the BGSU students toured the Great Mosque of Kairouan, which was built in 670, making it the first mosque in North Africa. After leaving the mosque we entered the medina where we saw many intriguing displays of culture such as an elderly woman meticulously weaving a rug. Our time spent in Tunisia was made possible by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hayes Act of 1961. The program is directed by Dr. Catherine Cassara-Jemai, an associate professor in the Department of Journalism. The conference was also made possible with the help of Dr. Mohaamed Ali Kembi, chair of communication and director of the environmental communication master’s program at IPSI; Dr. Hamida El Bour, chair of print journalism and the master’s program at faculty IPSI, Faouzi Hammouda, the deputy director and director of training at CITET; Dr. Zoubir Chaouch-Ramadane, an official with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and professor at the University of Algiers (Algeria), and Dr. Djamel Bouadjimi, a professor at the University of Algiers.


Lauren Farnsworth

Career Goal: Lauren plans to work as a journalist/photojournalist Awards and Scholarships: The Association for Women in Communications Scholarship (fall 2008), BGSU Board of Trustees Leadership Scholarship (spring 2008), Ohio Newspaper Association Harold K. Douthit Regional Scholarship (spring 2008), Robert G. and Carol C. Speck Scholarship (for BG News employees; spring 2008), Administrative Staff Scholarship (spring 2007), various endowed scholarships from the BGSU Department of Journalism (spring 2006-spring 2008), Cardinal Stritch High School Journalism Departmental Award (spring 2005). Memberships: Honors Student Association, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society (BGSU chapter), Public Relations Student Society of America, Professional Society of Journalists.


Gregg Carder Photo: Ian London Photography

NBC selects two brothers for a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity


Jon (left) and Gregg Carder

“More than jazz, or musical theater, or morbid obesity, television is the true American artform.”

–Kenneth Parcell,

from NBC’s hit series “30 Rock”

Gregg (left) and Jon Carder


may or may not share the sentiment expressed by Kenneth Parcell, the starstruck page on “30 Rock,” but the pervasiveness of television broadcasting touches most of us in some way each day. With “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show,” the “Today Show” and “NBC Nightly News,” plus a string of hit television shows such as “Heroes,” “The Office” and “Friday Night Lights,” NBC continuously strives to keep its programming at the forefront of American culture. Now two brothers from BGSU’s visual communication technology program are part of NBC’s leadership efforts as members of the network’s prestigious Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP). “It is a tremendous honor to be chosen as an OMLP member,” says Gregg Carder ’07. “Each year, NBC chooses just four recent graduates from across the country for this intensive program. We rotate through four operations functions to become leaders capable of meeting the challenges facing GE (General Electric, NBC’s parent company) in the future.” Since being selected to join OMLP in 2007, Gregg has gained a wide range of management and technical expertise, including:

> Managing the relocation of MSNBC and CNBC operations and master controls to one consolidated location while keeping both networks on air 24 hours per day. > Integrating content for new media services between the Los Angeles and New York offices. > Serving as an operational manager for NBC-owned and operated stations in the crucial northeast hub. In his final rotation, he is the first OMLP associate in charge of an entire group. Gregg will manage 16 engineers who provide support for editing of MSNBC, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Nightly News” and the “Today Show.”

“It is just amazing to have these types of opportunities so early in my career,” Gregg says. “With NBC Universal’s news and entertainment networks, motion picture company, television production operations, television stations group and theme parks, a sense of energy and excitement is pervasive, and future career choices seem limitless.” This July, Jon Carder joins his brother in the program. He recently

I was promoted to a supervisor position for the Olympics Highlights Factory. I worked with a crew of 25 people to edit, review and publish the raw Olympic footage and select highlights for distribution over multiple outlets. It was hectic, stressful, wonderful… and solidified my commitment to pursuing a broadcasting career.” Both brothers credit the College of Technology’s internship requirement for serving as a catalyst for their success at NBC. Gregg explains, “You certainly gain valuable technical skills while on campus, some of which you don’t even appreciate at the time. However, leaving the classroom and learning to apply these skills in a real-world setting accelerates both your education and ambitions. I tell other BGSU students to make the most of the internship opportunity by really stepping out of your comfort zone to discover the world beyond northwest Ohio.” Jon agrees, stating, “Not only was the NBC experience life changing, but also living in New York was at least as educational and important. The sights, sounds and feeling that there is always something to do creates a dynamic environment that I can’t wait to return to. Students who choose to stay close to home instead of exploring other choices are really limiting their options.” There is no question that after completing NBC’s Operations

“It was hectic, stressful, wonderful...and solidified my commitment to pursuing a broadcasting career.” Technology co-op program marks anniversary In its 40-year history, nearly 14,300 BGSU students have participated in the technology college’s Cooperative Education Program–including more than 130 this semester and nearly 700 annually. Students participate in up to three required co-ops, earning the distinction of graduating with the equivalent of one year of industrial experience.

completed an internship at NBC and will return after graduating from the visual communications technology program to enter OMLP. He shares his brother’s enthusiasm for working at NBC, saying, “While still a student,

–Gregg Carder

Management Leadership Program, both Gregg and Jon Carder will have many options in New York and beyond. Terri Carroll ’88



Next issue’s theme: Now Boarding Springtime is the perfect time to ponder that pasture across the way. Is it more beautiful, more promising? Are the wildflowers more colorful, the sky bluer on the other side? Our readers weighed in and their essays speak volumes about the nature of happiness, contentment and regret. It makes wonderful reading, perhaps for that layover at the airport, which leads us to our theme for the next issue–Now Boarding. We look forward to your words of wisdom on the rewards of wanderlust. Remember to keep your entries to 500 words or less. The submission deadline for the next issue is June 8. Happy reading and happy trails.

The Grass Is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Ocean A teenaged girl sat on a boulder, hugging her knees and gazing out to a misty horizon of greens and blues and purples. This image on a poster was one of the first things to go up on the wall when I moved into a dorm room freshman year at BGSU. The poster spelled out this advice: “Find a place that makes you happy and go there.” Dangerous advice, but at that moment I had no way of knowing this. Instead, my 18-year-old self thought it very appropriate for one facing an exciting but as-yet-undiscovered future at Bowling Green and beyond. Adventure? I was ready! After the hard desk seats of classrooms, I did have the opportunity to sit in many inspiring, beautiful–and equally uncomfortable–spots. On the rocky coast of Maine, gazing out to the Atlantic. On the edge of the windy west coast of Ireland. Straw-matted chairs that leave ridges on bare legs at seaside tables in Greece. The end of a rope rappelling in Mexico. And in Tokyo, I longed to sit when standing on trains so crowded that one’s lungs barely had room to expand. In short, I learned that the grass is always greener on the other side of the ocean. No matter how wonderfully exotic the travel, most places have a way of acting like an oasis in the desert that turns out to be a mirage as you get close. Upon arrival, the allure tends to disappear as soon as one closes in on the difficult realities of travel. At times uncomfortable. At times lonely. At times frustrating. So, what makes any adventure


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worthwhile? It is always the person sitting next to you–even if it means the adventure is no further than a good conversation on the couch. Places tend to fade in memory over time just like the misty horizon on that college poster. Standing the test of time are the faces of those with whom the experiences have been shared. My daughter’s exhilarated face after rappelling and her encouragement to me all the nerve-wracking way down. It wasn’t the rappelling or being in Mexico. It was living fully together in the moment. Those moments happen in our own backyard, too. We might fade in and out of touch, yet I am always grateful for the laughter of my college friends, whether it happened in BG or in the UK. Grateful for happy times shared with my family whether we are squished on the trains of Japan or smiling over the latest email. Grateful for the joy of my Greek in-laws whenever we share a meal around a table. Here or there? Doesn’t matter one bit. Better advice on that poster freshman year? Perhaps this: “Live fully with the ones you love and you’ll be happy.” The best adventure of all could be in the person sitting in some uncomfortable spot right next to you, wherever you are.

grass Suzanne Young Cordatos ’85 | English

thegrass Colchester, Conn.

Adopting A Greener Philosophy Who would be envious of dirty diapers, projectile vomiting and a one-word vocabulary of “No!”? How about headstrong preschoolers and know-it-all teenagers? Whatever our age, we all think the grass is always greener. When there is something we desire that is just out of our reach, we often see only the positive side of the situation–the sweet smiles, the soft cooing and the heart melting “I love you mama!” And so it was with me. I had always wanted to be a parent. No matter how you say it: “Mother, Mama, Mommy,” it was all music to my ears. My own mother had been such a wonderful example that I wanted to emulate her version of parenting and pass on life lessons and love to another generation. There was never any doubt in my mind that my dreams would be realized and that one day I would see the perfect blend of my husband’s and my features, talents and temperament on a smaller version of ourselves. I did not sit and pine for my dream–I knew it would eventually come my way. My days were filled with other people’s children whom I enjoyed teaching. As I sent them home at the end of the day, it reinforced the feeling that I wanted my own children to love and care for every day and every night. There were nephews and nieces to love and spoil but they had their own mothers and it was not their job to fill my void. As the years of marriage began to add up, I watched longingly as my sister, sister-in-law, and friends continued to fill their homes with beautiful families. I envied the way that life grew inside these women and tried to capture that miracle traveling from one fertility specialist to another. Being a very determined person, I knew that anything was possible if you were conscientious, consistent and willing to work toward your goal. However, when it became increasingly evident that it was not meant to be, I had to determine what was so important to me, a pregnancy or a family. It was a clear choice and thanks to the sacrifice and maternal love of two young women who wanted their babies to grow up in loving families, I became the mother of two beautiful children. I thought my life was complete and that nothing could ever change the immense bliss that enveloped me. As time went on, the joys of parenting were tested by the reality of daily life and the fact that I may know better but they may not listen. I have learned many lessons throughout this journey but the one thing that I am thankful for is that I discovered the grass really is greener! Thank you, Shannon and Lisa, for helping my dream come true. It hasn’t all been pretty; it has been pretty wonderful!


The Grass Is Always Greener… at the Ballpark! I have been a diehard baseball fan as long as I can remember. I’ll watch this game no matter who is playing–young or old– and in [almost!] any weather conditions. I was about 6 when my dad took me to my first major league game at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. I remember little about that day, but the smell of hot dogs and popcorn against the noise of a baseball crowd was seared into my brain, along with the nothing-like-it pop of the ball on a wooden bat and the sharp slap of it meeting the catcher’s leather glove. I was hooked! These were days without ESPN, Sports Center and 24-hour sports channels, so the newspaper and one fuzzy AM radio station were my only sources of baseball information. I waited at the end of my parents’ driveway every day for the 3:30 p.m. delivery of Philadelphia’s Evening Bulletin. Once it was tossed into the driveway, I carried it right to the picnic table out back (or to the kitchen table inside on cold or rainy days) to pore over the box scores from the previous night. I noticed changes in lineups, which pitchers had strong or weak outings (especially if their team was on the near horizon of the Phillies schedule), who was getting closer to breaking a record, who made errors, and on and on! I could recite the starting lineups for every major league team, and knew most of their batting averages and RBI counts (at least through the sixth batter). Veterans Stadium opened in 1971, in the heyday of the big, imposing cement-and-steel stadiums. I had my preferred list of games I wanted to attend ready for my dad before the season began, although my nagging usually only netted five or six. The first time I ever saw the AstroTurf at the Vet, I was astounded: IT WAS SO GREEN! It took me a couple of minutes of wide-eyed wonder just to absorb it all–the green of the field threw the players taking batting practice in their white home uniforms, and everything else in and around the field, into sharp relief. Everything was crystal clear, every color vibrated with life. The field, that green– another impression of my personal paradise permanently imbedded itself in my mind that day. Today we have Citizen’s Bank Park, a throwback to the ballparks of old (like Connie Mack), made to look and feel cozier than a stadium. The grass is real and deeply green. It does not take your breath away like the brightness of the AstroTurf, but it is one of the most comforting sights I experience in my technology-filled, overscheduled life. When I enter the gates of the ballpark, I am imbued with a sense of comfort, knowing that for the next few hours, reality and all of its stress slips away while I watch the game in that perfect atmosphere, on that beautiful patch of green.

is always greener Debra Beckett Barrow ’83 | Musical Arts Toledo, Ohio

Judi Leventhal ’82 | Human Resource Management King of Prussia, Pa.


Campaign surpasses goal,

146.5 million

BGSU has told its students to “dream big,” and when, in 2002, the University set a goal of raising $120 million, it was a high standard that many felt would be unattainable. But the dream became a reality: BGSU received $146,533,152 in gifts and commitments during the Building Dreams Centennial fundraising campaign that ended Dec. 31. The total surpassed the goal by more than $26 million and makes the campaign the largest private fund-raising effort in northwest Ohio history. More than 70,000 alumni and friends donated. Together they helped establish 540 new scholarships, 13 endowed professorships, two endowed chairs and two teaching-excellence coaching awards. The Sebo Center was funded and built as part of the campaign, and funds are earmarked for the Wolfe Center for the Arts, the Stroh Center and for sustaining the University. Other priority projects of the campaign included the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the President’s Leadership Academy. The campaign, which was started quietly in July 2002, was announced publicly in April 2005 after more than $75 million had been pledged. In August 2006, the campaign reached the $100 million mark.

$146.5 MILLION As of Dec. 31, 2008


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“This has been an amazing journey for BGSU and our alumni and friends who contributed to make the Building Dreams campaign a success,” said President Carol Cartwright. She also credited co-chairs Kerm Stroh and Ron Whitehouse for their strong leadership skills throughout the campaign. “We started this campaign during a difficult economic time, and we ended it during more economic strife,” said Stroh. “Yet we persevered. Our loyal alumni and friends realize that investing in the University is a sound investment. Today we congratulate the entire campus community for their hard work.” “We are thrilled with the incredible response to the campaign initiatives from our alumni and friends,” said Marcia Sloan Latta, campaign director and senior associate vice president for University advancement. “It is clear that people believe in the mission of BGSU and the positive impact that higher education has on the lives of our students and in the community. It has been a joy to work with so many generous people who are funding these scholarships, buildings and programs,” Latta added. “We are very pleased with the results from this fund-raising effort,” said J. Douglas Smith, vice president for University advancement and president of the BGSU Foundation Inc. “However, our mission to advance BGSU is ongoing. The current difficult economic times mean that support for student scholarships is needed now more than ever. “As we move into our second century of education excellence, we will continue our efforts to keep a BGSU education affordable and accessible,” Smith said.

Presidents Club The newest members of the Presidents Club, comprising the University’s major donors, include: Drs. Carol & Phillip Cartwright Andrew ’82 & Kimberly Fichthorn Eric ’67 & Janice Haas Norma Jean Lauterbach ’46 Andrew Neckers Ralph & Marcia St. John Terry ’80 & Leigh ’80 Vogelsong



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Innovative program rewards entrepreneurial initiative by funding grad’s start-up At a time when other businesses are struggling to stay open, a new program is helping solidify a BGSU graduate’s start-up. Nathan Heerdt, a 1997 Bowling Green alumnus, has been awarded $50,000 in New Venture Opportunity program funds for his online streaming video business, Caster Ventures Inc. His company is the first to receive funding granted through the initiative. The College of Business Administration’s Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is offering the New Venture Opportunity program, which is privately financed through the BGSU Foundation Inc. The program allows any BGSU alumni to develop business plans that go to a board of successful entrepreneurs for consideration for funding. Board members include Mike Weger, the former Falcon football All-American and current Michigan businessman who suggested the program. “It’s fantastic,” said Heerdt about New Venture Opportunity, “especially because now is one of the worst start-up environments you could imagine.” The Dublin, Ohio, resident, who holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from BGSU, founded Caster Ventures less than a year ago. With funding opportunities drying up elsewhere, most start-ups have no place to turn, he said, but “BGSU was there to back us up.” He describes his venture as a holding company that builds online video stores for delivery of training and conference

content to businesses through the Web sites and A third site,, is a video store for schools, providing parents a way to access online videos of their children’s school events, such as concerts and athletic contests. A key feature of Caster’s online video stores, Heerdt said, is the ability to sell videos directly to companies and consumers. Caster video stores can be used for selling videos of an annual conference or the Friday night football game, after the events have happened. The business enables companies to extend the time in which they can create revenue from the content, and for people to interact with content even though they might have missed the live event. The New Venture Opportunity money will go toward product development–building in new features and other enhancements to the Web sites, plus sales and marketing, including direct email marketing to companies and schools, he explained. Funds will also be used “to hire the right talent to help us scale each Web site,” he said, pointing out that hiring BGSU graduates and interns when possible is part of his plan to give back to the program and the University. To learn how the New Venture Opportunity program can aid BGSU alumni with entrepreneurial advice, business plan writing and mentoring opportunities, as well as possible funding, visit and click on “Centers and Institutes,” then “Dallas-Hamilton Center.”


Bowling Green State University has revealed the design of its new, 5,000-seat arena–The Stroh Center. Construction of the state-of-the-art facility is slated to begin in fall 2009 and be completed in 2011. The Stroh Center will serve as the new home for Falcon basketball and volleyball and be used for graduation and other campus and public events. Rossetti Associates Inc., a Southfield, Mich., architectural firm, and URS Group Inc., a Cleveland engineering firm, are designing the center. Prominently sited on Wooster Street and anchoring the southern edge of the athletic campus, the iconic building will mark the eastern gateway to the University. The center is named for Kermit F. and the late Mary Lu Stroh and their family, longtime BGSU supporters who donated $7.7 million for the arena project earlier this year–the largest single private gift in BGSU’s nearly 100-year history. The $36 million dollar arena will be funded through a combination of private gift support and debt service. To date, the University has raised $13 million of the $14 million private fund-raising goal. Stroh called on other members of the BGSU community to support the effort. “I encourage every Falcon to step forward and join our family in making this transformational building a reality,” he said. “Please contribute as the number one facility in the Mid-American Conference rises on our campus. The time is now.”

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The 2008-09 season saw both BGSU basketball teams enjoy success ... the women’s basketball team won the MAC’s regular-season title for the fifth consecutive year. The BGSU men’s basketball team tied for the MAC’s East Division title and earned the #1 seed for the league tournament. For just the second time in school history both BGSU teams advanced to national postseason play...both programs clinched NIT berths. A few notes about the teams’ success, include:

> This marks the first time in school history that both the men’s and women’s teams have earned MAC regular-season titles in the same year.

> The teams combined for a record of 26-6 in MAC games this year, five games better than any other school in the conference. > Coach Louis Orr–MAC Coach of the Year > Nate Miller (senior)–MAC All-Tournament Team > Coach Curt Miller–Co-recipient MAC Coach of the Year and Russell Athletic/WBCA Regional Coach of the Year for third time in four years > Lindsey Goldsberry (senior)–Winningest player in MAC basketball history (men’s or women’s) > Lauren Prochaska (sophomore)–MAC Player of the Year and State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team regional finalist > Tracy Pontius (sophomore)–All-MAC First Team



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frenzy Falcon Golf Training Center: Hole in One The new Falcon Golf Training Center, located on the west side of Doyt Perry Stadium, is now complete. The facility is home to both the men’s and women’s golf teams and provides for training through the winter months to better prepare student-athletes to compete for MAC Championships. Several individuals– Sue and Ron ’67 Whitehouse, Judith and Tom Bohardt ’69 and Pat McGohan ’66–made the facility possible.

The new facility includes: > 1,200 square foot putting/chipping green > Hitting bays with state-of-the-art educational video equipment > Player lounge with couches and flat-panel televisions > Individual lockers for each team member > Coaches’ offices > Club repair room

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A wall of orange and the familiar tune of “Ay Ziggy Zoomba” welcomed the BGSU men’s basketball team when they played in the National Invitation Tournament against Creighton in Omaha, Neb. Dr. James Saker, director of bands at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) and a 1967 BGSU graduate, put together a “BG Pep Band West” with current and former UNO students along with Doug Babic, the university’s hockey band director. Orange T-shirts were sent from BGSU, and Dr. Carol Hayward, an assistant professor of music education and director of the Falcon Marching and Athletic bands, faxed copies of the fight song and other pep band music for the Nebraskans to learn. Read more about this story online at Upcoming Events April 25 May 29 July 24

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BGScoop Czisny skates way to gold,

making BG figure skating history for second time With 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton providing commentary for NBC, Alissa Czisny won the women’s crown in January at the U.S. championships in Cleveland. The victory qualified Czisny, who grew up in Bowling Green and is now a senior at BGSU, for the world championships, held in late March in Los Angeles where she placed 11th. Czisny, who trains in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is majoring in international studies, Russian and French at BGSU.




An evening with Scott Hamilton– Marking his 25th year of achievement


The College of Business Administration hosted a special night honoring the extraordinary achievements of Scott Hamilton’s historic Olympic Gold Medal performance. Hamilton’s 1984 Olympic teammates Kitty and Peter Carruthers, silver medalists, and Alissa Czisny also made appearances. Proceeds from the event benefitted the DallasHamilton Center for Entreprenuerial Leadership at BGSU.








Albert Colom has been named vice provost for enrollment management. He formerly was vice president for enrollment management at Oklahoma State University. “Enrollment is critical to BGSU’s success and our number one priority,” President Carol Cartwright said. “With his extensive background in strategic enrollment management, Albert is well prepared to lead and energize our efforts.” In this new BGSU position, Colom joins the academic affairs leadership team and is responsible for all new and continuing student enrollment strategies, including graduate and undergraduate student recruitment, admissions and retention, financial aid, registration and records, scholarships and tuition discounting, advising and academic success, and international and multicultural student enrollment, along with initiatives for the University’s regional campus and adult degree-completion and distance-learning programs.



Dr. Simon Morgan-Russell was named dean of BGSU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Morgan-Russell has been interim dean of arts and sciences–the largest of BGSU’s seven colleges– since last July. President Carol Cartwright applauded the decision. “Simon has provided outstanding service to the college and the University, and I am pleased he accepted the position. The College of Arts and Sciences plays a role in nearly every aspect of the BGSU educational experience, and I look forward to continuing excellence under his direction.” The new dean began his career at BGSU in 1994 as an assistant professor in the Department of English. In 2003, he became chair of the English department and, in 2005, was named associate dean for curriculum and faculty advancement in the college.





International media ‘reacts’ to BGSU research Work by BGSU photochemical scientists once again is receiving worldwide media attention. A paper by Drs. Pavel Anzenbacher and Manuel Palacios was published March 8 in the prestigious journal Nature Chemistry. Reports of their research were also published in The New York Times, Chemistry World, Chemical and Engineering News, and Technology Review.

Anzenbacher and Palacios are developing a smaller-than-usual reactor. Usually in a chemical plant, the typical reaction vessel is a glass or stainless steel chamber that can hold a volume of reactants, from tens to thousands of liters. Their work is creating a reactor that is much smaller, with a volume far less than a nanoliter, or a billionth of a liter. In a reactor of that size, potentially just a handful of molecules could combine.

The Nature Chemistry article, “Polymer Nanofibre Junctions of Attoliter Volume Serve as Zeptomol-scale Chemical Reactors,” can be viewed at vaop/ncurrent/abs/nchem.125.html For the entire Times story, written by Henry Fountain in the March 9 Science section, visit http://www.nytimes. com/2009/03/10/science/10obfiber.html


BGSU professor ethical advisor behind first U.S. face transplant Philosophy professor helps define protocol for ethical frontier of human face transplants Dr. George Agich is following media reports of the first face transplant in the U.S. with much more than idle curiosity. Agich, a professor of philosophy at Bowling Green State University and director of the BG Experience values program for incoming freshmen, has worked closely with Dr. Maria Siemionow, the reconstructive surgeon who performed the facial transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in December 2008. In fact Agich, who was chairman of bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic from 1997 until his arrival at BGSU in 2005, has co-authored several papers on face transplants with Siemionow. “I emailed Maria to congratulate her” on the successful surgery, Agich said, although he knows no details about the patient or the reason for her particular disfigurement due to patient confidentiality issues. Agich and the clinic surgeon worked together to develop the ethical protocols for such a surgery “and we went through multiple versions because we knew this would be controversial.” Cleveland’s protocol was approved by the hospital’s internal review board in May 2004, while Agich was still on staff. The delay since then has been deliberate.


“It is a matter of finding the right patient.” He contrasts this careful style with the approach of the University of Louisville which, several years ago, “had already done a hand transplant and announced to the media that they were going to do a face transplant, when their protocol hadn’t been approved.” The woman chosen by Cleveland to be the first face transplant recipient will have gone through multiple layers of preapproval, Agich said. “A psychological work-up is critically important as well, after the initial (medical) work-up. They were going to be seen by psychiatrists and social workers,” he explained. The Associated Press article about the transplant quoted University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Art Caplan, saying he has expressed grave concerns about face transplant due to the possibility that the body will reject the new face. But Agich said that concern is far overstated. “The amount of immunosuppressant drugs you would need is far, far less than with solid organ transplants.”

The Cleveland Clinic had to choose between two possible approaches to f ace transplants. In the first, Agich said, “you can transplant just the skin envelope and minimal tissue.” Or, conversely, “you transplant that plus some of the underlying tissue, which would change the shape of the person’s face.” Cleveland decided on the first option in part because it minimizes the problem of a person waking up from the surgery with a totally different looking face. But the need for immune-suppressing drugs “was another reason we didn’t want the underlying tissue to be part of the transplant.” The fewer the layers of tissue involved, the less anti-rejection drugs needed. When just the skin envelope is used the patient also has much greater pliability of the face. In other words, they “can still make expressions and show emotion,” a real improvement over what happens following traditional facial reconstructive surgery, Agich noted. Reprinted with permission: Sentinel-Tribune, Dec. 17, 2008, Karen Nadler Cota ’79

Master Teacher focuses on student success Helping students be successful–both in and out of the classroom–is a hallmark of Dr. Earl Boatwright, an instructor of marketing. Part of his method involves continually relating his classroom teaching to the outside world and encouraging students to apply relevant concepts. Along with this is the extraordinary generosity of time and care he shows them. Students rewarded his commitment by naming him the 2008 Master Teacher. The highly prestigious award was presented by BGSU’s Student Alumni Connection and the Alumni Association. According to Ashley Timmons, a senior from Centerville, Ohio, who is majoring in business administration and specializing in marketing and supply chain management, “I was instantly impressed with Dr. Boatwright because instead of jumping into the course material, he talked about making the most of our college experience. He spoke about all the opportunities that BGSU has to offer and made himself available whenever and however he was needed.” Timmons was chair of BGSU’s chapter of the American Marketing Association last year, when it was named one of the top 16 student chapters nationally and in the top 5 percent of AMA student chapters in the world. She gave part of the credit for the success to the advising of Boatwright. He feels one of the most valuable experiences he can offer students is involvement in the BGAMA chapter. “Students are challenged to develop programs, strategies and activities that contribute toward their own professional development. They interact personally and professionally with some of our most important corporate donors and help with the funding of a significant number of marketing student scholarships. Business processes such as project planning, financial and performance results reporting and effective communications techniques are utilized to enhance their education.” Boatwright’s commitment to guiding his students, coupled with his belief in the value of extracurricular activities, had a pivotal effect on former student Jacob Beck, who met him while a sophomore. “Going into Dr. B.’s office I was expecting a 10-minute meeting on what class to take,” Beck wrote. “It ended up being a two-hour conversation on everything in my life: my goals, my aspirations, family and life in general. He strongly advised me not only to become a member of AMA but also to apply for an executive position. He even offered to let me borrow the $60 for the cost of membership!” Beck continued to meet with Boatwright over the next two years for guidance in academics, professional development and life skills, he said. “Without his insight and guidance I do not believe I would be where I am today. I am currently working at Nike World Headquarters in Asia Pacific Marketing… I am only one of many who have benefited from his wisdom.”

Psychologist, author, editor and world expert earns national recognition Dr. Kenneth Pargament, a professor of psychology, was honored by the American Psychiatric Association for his contributions to the dialogue concerning religion, spirituality and psychiatry. The Oskar Pfister Award is presented by its Corresponding Committee on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry in consultation with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Pargament will receive a $1,000 honorarium when he gives the award lecture next October at the association’s Institute on Psychiatric Services meeting in New York City. Pargament has been a national leader in the psychology of religion and in the effort to bring a more balanced view of religious life to the attention of social scientists and health professionals. He was recently named editor-in-chief of the American Psychology Association’s forthcoming, two-volume APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion and Spirituality. The inclusion of this subject in APA’s pioneering series of handbooks on all major areas in psychology, Pargament noted, is “a reflection of the progress our field has made.” His BGSU colleague, Dr. Annette Mahoney, will be an associate editor.

Recycled cooking oil keeps campus green in more ways than one When the grass is green and the lawn mowers go about their work this summer, campus pedestrians might notice the enticing smell of…doughnuts. Thanks to the work of two former environmental studies classes; support from Duane Hamilton, director of campus services in facilities services, and a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), university mowers will begin to run on used cooking oil from the dining halls. The project has been in the works since 2005, when Dr. Enrique Gomezdelcampo’s environmental studies class, for its capstone project, prepared an environmental impact statement on “Limiting Emissions from the Campus Maintenance and Small Equipment Fleet.” Last year’s class concentrated on the use of “Waste Vegetable Oil as Fuel for Campus Lawn Mowers.” Working alongside the facilities services department, the class researched the feasibility of recycling the vegetable oil produced in the dining halls. “They asked the questions: How much fuel do we need? How would you go about it? How would we filter the oil? The students did all that, and they figured the costs,” said Gomezdelcampo, an assistant professor of environmental studies. With a $50,000 ODNR grant, the University can now proceed with the conversion of the first mower and purchase a holding tank and collection drums–which are now supplied by an outside company–along with building a filtration system for the oil. Hamilton is pleased the project has finally gotten off the ground. “We’ve talked about it jokingly for 20 years, and it has been done on other campuses. For years, we paid a company to haul away our used cooking oil. Then they began hauling it for free because they could sell it to others for fuel.”

The process began this winter with the conversion of one riding mower. Overseeing the work is Scott Euler, manager of grounds and solid waste, who has been involved with the project from the beginning, working with the students to teach them about the equipment. “We believe that with our small diesel engines, we have good success potential,” Hamilton said. Gomezdelcampo said he has been contacting the original class members to let them know their work is coming to fruition. In their summary of the environmental impact statement, the 2005 class said that by “utilizing alternative fuels and equipment, BGSU would be able to decrease its environmental impact footprint, increase the efficiency of current equipment and become an example for other universities. The use of these alternatives will also reduce fuel and maintenance costs and contribute to a better quality of life for campus and the surrounding area.” It also would allow the University to become a leader in the “move toward a more environmentally conscious world.”


43% reduced carbon mon oxide

56% reduced hydrocarbons

55% reduced particulates


Research project helps mothers give voice to hearing-impaired infants New parents have long used “baby talk” to coax grins and giggles out of their infants. But that earliest form of communication, particularly coming from mothers with a singsong quality and clearer enunciation of sounds, has also been linked to speeded development of language and speech skills in children with normal hearing. How hearing-impaired infants develop those skills, and what can be done to help them and their parents maximize the likelihood they’ll be able to use language and speech effectively, are the overarching goals of a nearly $2 million project involving two faculty members. Drs. Laura Dilley, an assistant professor of psychology and communication disorders, and J. Devin McAuley, an associate professor of psychology, are working with Dr. Tonya Bergeson, the project leader from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders is funding the research for five years through mid-2012, with BGSU’s share of the total just under $400,000. The importance of singsong maternal speech to infants learning language is driving the project, said McAuley, explaining that babies must figure out where words are in speech and “baby talk” aids that recognition. Further affirming its value is babies’ boredom with a monotone delivery. “Baby talk is a good thing,” he said. Little is known, though, about how hearing-impaired infants, especially those with hearing aids or cochlear implants, develop attention to maternal speech and language ability, Dilley said.

The IU School of Medicine performs cochlear implantation, which has been an option for the profoundly deaf since the 1980s. The implants can directly stimulate the auditory nerve, sending signals to the brain and providing some degree of hearing. However, the sound signals are distorted, which, while not preventing adults who know language from hearing speech, presents “quite a large hurdle to overcome” for children with limited or no experience with language, Dilley said. Those with cochlear implants, she added, need about a year’s experience with the implants to start reacting to normal speech. In the ongoing project, Bergeson is studying behavior of hearing-impaired infants and how their mothers talk to them. Mothers of infants with normal hearing have been recruited to join the study there. The collected data is being sent to BGSU for analysis, including acoustic analysis by undergraduate students who have been hired to assist and are learning to use computer software to do the work, Dilley said. Among other things, they measure frequency, timing and amplitude information from the mothers’ recorded speech, McAuley said. Evidence indicates that adult listeners are good at using timing and temporal aspects of speech, Dilley said, but the question remains if children can acquire similar ability. “Temporal cues” include when a sound begins and ends, as well as rhythm. Just as Morse code has a rhythmic pattern, so, too, does speech have rhythmic components, McAuley noted. BGSU MAGAZINE 23

A healthy share of national recognition given to BGSU wellness leaders The Wellness Connection collected three top awards at the BACCHUS Network General Assembly, the organization’s national conference in Columbus. Dr. Faith Yingling, Wellness Connection director, and BGSU senior Amanda Lynch, president of the Student Wellness Network, were each among five winners of Outstanding Advisor of the Year and Outstanding Student of the Year awards, respectively. Lynch is a human development and family studies major from LaRue, Ohio. In addition, a peer education program, “Condom Sense,” was the lone initiative honored in the Successful Fund Raiser category. For $10, BGSU students receive 50 condoms and watch a required educational video on their correct use. With the award came $150 for use on other Student Wellness Network programming. Announcing a new Wellness Connection program, Yingling explained that work has begun on a campus anti-tobacco project funded by a roughly $20,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Health.

Study shows teaching real world mathematics puts odds in kids’ favor “Life is uncertain,” says Dr. James Albert, a professor of mathematics and statistics at Bowling Green State University, but having a grasp of the laws of probability can help people make better decisions, as can the ability to understand data. With the help of a two-year, $192,710 award from the Ohio Department of Education and support from BGSU, Albert and colleagues Dr. Barbara Moses, the Bailey Family Endowed Professor of Mathematics, and Diane Mott, instructor, are working with area teachers to better prepare them to teach these skills to their students. Participants also gain three hours of graduate credit at no cost. “Ohio standards require that we teach probability topics in grades K-12, but the schools are having a hard time working that into the curriculum,” Albert said. “We want to give them curriculum and activities that address real-life situations the kids are dealing with. At the end of the course, we want the teachers to make lesson plans to show what they’ve learned.” Much of the course content is based on a textbook Albert wrote, Data Analysis and Probability for Teachers, that will be published by Wiley. Fifty teachers of grades 7-12 are participating in the grant project, “Developing Reasoning about Data and Chance.” They began in July 2007 with an online class on data analysis, with special emphasis on graphing and relationships. They will be taking a second online course in summer 2009 on concepts of probability. The group also meets in person occasionally to work on specific skills. At the group’s November meeting, the teachers gave presentations on the lesson plans they had written. The spring meetings will focus on developing graphing calculator skills. “We want to better equip teachers and give them the tools to teach these concepts,” Albert said. 24 BGSU MAGAZINE


ALARM WILL SOUND WAKES UP MUSIC WORLD Oboist Jackie Leclair and her 20-member chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound was one of three groups chosen to perform at the gala reopening of New York City’s Alice Tully Hall in March. The famed concert hall in Lincoln Center had been closed three years for renovations. Alarm

Will Sound was the youngest of the three groups to play; the others were composer Steve Reich’s ensemble and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. For the reopening, Alarm Will Sound commissioned a piece by group member Caleb Burhans, a composer, singer and

multi-instrument performer. Alarm Will Sound is one of the first classical groups to play certain pieces from memory and to move about the stage, breaking the bounds of the traditional, seated crescent arrayed around the conductor.

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This has been quite the year for the doctoral program in music, and for one of its students in particular. Katherine “Kiki” Kilburn of San Jose, Calif., a first-year student in the program, has won the prestigious Thelma A. Robinson Scholarship Award from the Conductors Guild. It is the second time in a row that a BGSU student has taken home the biennial award. In 2006 her fiancé, Octavio Más-Arocas, also a student in the program, won the Robinson award. Both he and Kilburn study with Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, director of orchestral activities. The two were married Dec. 27 near San Jose, where the globetrotting Kilburn’s family lives. “It’s where I think of when I think of home,” she said. The couple were joined by members of Más-Arocas’s family from Spain. The Robinson award is given to someone who has participated in at least one Conductors Guild Conductor Training Workshop. It is sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) and endowed by the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. Thelma A. Robinson was a past president of the NFMC.

Kilburn was nominated for her achievements in a workshop that was held at BGSU last year with Detroit Symphony conductor Leonard Slatkin. “The orchestral conducting program at BGSU is extremely strong because of the talents and teaching of Dr. Emily Freeman Brown,” said Dr. Richard Kennell, dean of the College of Musical Arts. “Emily has a gift for training young conductors. I am proud of our student orchestra conductors and their teacher.”


ArtsX event is an extravaganza of BG talent and creativity

Music imitates life in acclaimed Maestro Benjamin Zander’s spellbinding presentation What does classical music have to offer us today? And how can it relate to business and leadership? In the hands of Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the power and spirit of the music translate into much more than a listening experience–one that inspires people to look inward and approach life with new gusto. Zander gave a special presentation called “Experiencing the Art of Possibility” on campus in January as part of BGSU’s Dorothy and DuWayne Hansen Musical Arts Series which was jointly sponsored by the College of Musical Arts and the College of Business Administration. Based on his best-selling book, The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, co-written with his wife, psychotherapist Rosamund Stone Zander, the talk has been given to corporate executives around the world to rave reviews. The energetic presentation involves audience participation, musical demonstrations and singing. Dr. Richard Kennell, dean of the College of Musical Arts, explained, “The goal of this series was to provide opportunities to collaborate with colleagues across campus and throughout the region by bringing major national figures to Bowling Green. Benjamin Zander was a perfect choice, blending his expertise as a major conductor with his message of creative management that applies across a broad spectrum of professions and disciplines.” BGSU music students had a rare opportunity to work directly with the maestro the day of his presentation. Zander coached students planning to participate in the Bowling Green Chamber Music Competition that was held in late February. Seeing himself first and foremost as a teacher, Zander has taught at the Boston Conservatory of Music for more than 35 years. He is also artistic director of the music program at the Walnut Hill boarding school for gifted musicians. Zander has been with the Boston Philharmonic since its creation nearly 30 years ago. He has worked with such luminaries as Yo Yo Ma and has guest conducted London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Israeli Philharmonic and numerous others.


The fifth annual arts extravaganza–renamed ArtsX last year–was a celebration of excellence in the arts. “As the Wolfe Center for the Arts nears its groundbreaking, ArtsX was one of the signature events to showcase the interaction and collaboration between the varied visual and performing arts entities on campus,” said art faculty member Dennis Wojtkiewicz, an organizer of the event. Featured groups and activities included:

> Annual Faculty/Staff Exhibition

> Art History Association

> College of Musical Arts

> Comic Book Club

> Computer Art Club

> Creative Writing Club

> Department of Theatre and Film

> Japanese tea ceremony in the Nakamoto Gallery

> Juggling Club

> Sculpture Club

> Student Art Glass Association

> Student Metal Arts Club

> Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) busses

> University Film Organization

> University Libraries





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Nils Lindquist ’50, Columbus,

Jack Gray ’70, Shelby, Ohio,

Ohio, wrote a book, Lest We Forget Island X, for the Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. He was a member of the 87th Naval Construction Battalion, which served in the South Pacific in WW II. Jane (Spreng) Kinyoun ’54,

Keuka Park, N.Y., retired after 15 years as a full-time tour manager for Collette Vacations. Mary Pollock ’55, San Luis

Obispo, Calif., was awarded the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Women’s Public Links Golf Association. Robert P. Hanrahan ’56,

Vernon Hills, Ill., a former U.S. Congressman, is serving as president of RPH & Associations LLC. Jeanne C. Carlson ’59, Huntsville,

Ohio, was a competitor in the National Masters Synchronized Swimming Championship from 1976 to present, taking first place for 14 years and second place for 13 years. In 2007, she took first place in solo and in duet in the 70-79 age group. Don Babson ’59, Huron, Ohio,

band director at Shelby High School from 1970-2000, was inducted into the Ohio Band Directors Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the University of Akron. Roger Coate ’71, Columbia,

S.C., has been named the Coverdell chair at Georgia College and State University and is a renowned scholar of international affairs.

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Ohio, was recently inducted into the Wauseon Athletic Hall of Fame. Bernice (Cooper) Washington

’71, Jersey City, N.J., is vice president of client services with the FreestoreFoodbank. Maureen (Worley) Yoder ’71,

Bellefontaine, Ohio, retired in 2007 after 36 years of teaching and being an administrator in Bellefontaine City Schools. The last 12 were spent as high school principal. She is currently managing the Ohio Teachers Incentive Fund for the Ohio Department of Education. George Zumbano ’71, West

wrote a book titled Sail Away.

Chester, Pa., has been named president-elect of the Chester County Bar Association.


Robert A. Hall ’72, Napoleon,

Robert Roskoski Jr. ’61,

Hendersonville, N.C., was appointed scientific director of the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, in Horse Shoe. He was a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Lois Schwartz ’62, Ithaca,

N.Y., has written her fifth book, Just a Memory. David Steinman ’62, Las Vegas,

was elected as interim city councilman in Ward 4 for the city of Las Vegas.

Stan Lammon ’65, Lexington,

Ohio, was inducted into the Wauseon Athletic Hall of Fame. Kenneth R. Collins ’68, Zanesville,

Ohio, has been appointed coordinator of the Electronic Media Program at Ohio University’s Zanesville campus. Patrick Joseph Haynes ’68,

Fremont, Ohio, is the owner of Patrick J. Haynes Certified Public Accountant.

Ohio, has been appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland to a six-year term on the board of trustees at Northwest State Community College. Howard G. Williams ’72,

Woodville, Ohio, retired in 2007 from Woodmore Local Schools after teaching instrumental music for 35 years. He is now a tutor for fifth- and sixth-grade instrumentalists at Woodmore. Christopher McCracken ’73,

Cleveland, completed his third term as chair of Lawyers Associated Worldwide. John Francis Risacher ’73,

Chicago, retired after 34 years with the IRS and has accepted a position with Ernst & Young in downtown Chicago. Lynda Thomas ’73,

Southborough, Mass., is vice president, marketing communications, for Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Patricia (Hill) Williams ’73,

Woodville, Ohio, retired from Lakota Local Schools after 35 years as a second grade teacher, and is now a substitute teacher for the same district. Thom Headley ’74, Bowling

Green, received the 2009 Outstanding Educator Award from the Ohio Music Educators Association. He has served as band director at Bowling Green Schools since 1980. Richard S. Rosenthal ’74, Silver

Spring, Md., was promoted to vice president, business transformation solutions, with Lockheed Martin. Dianne (Rotering) Stickel ’74,

Gahanna, Ohio, is employed with Columbus City Schools as a math/ science leadership specialist.

Thomas Tucker ’78, Vermilion,

Ohio, is assistant superintendent of Sandusky City Schools. Roberta Ogletree ’79,

Carbondale, Ill., received the Willard W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University for her work as a professor in the Department of Health Education and Recreation at Southern Illinois University.

1980s James Daniels ’80, Pittsburgh,

received a 2008 Faculty Service Award from Carnegie Mellon University’s Alumni Association for his mentorship and service to alumni and students. Pete Lefferts ’80, Naples, Fla.,

Mich., was re-elected as president of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation, a global, nonprofit research organization.

was the only male participant to represent the U.S. in the World Challenge Deca Iron Triathlon. He finished the 24-mile swim, 1,120-mile bike, and 262-mile run in 13 days, 14 hours, 49 minutes, and 21 seconds in 15th place out of 18 starters. He was the seventh American to ever finish this race distance, with the third fastest time.

Barbara McEachern-Smith ’75,

Mary Cathy Presnell ’80,

Diana (Montenaro) Conley

’75, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, was named chief academic officer for Westerville City Schools. Alison J. Harmon ’75, Troy,

Cleveland, was inducted into Ohio Wesleyan University’s Hall of Fame. Lynn Kostoff ’76, Florence, S.C.,

was named to the Nellie Cooke Sparrow Chair writer-in-residence at Francis Marion University. Debere Worley ’76, Toledo, is

retired from the Toledo Public Schools, where she was a special needs teacher volunteer for people with disabilities and is publishing a book in March 2009. Elise (Studer) Smith ’77, Aurora,

Ind., won the Midwest district of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Elementary Teacher of the Year award.

Annadale, Va., is a partner with KPMG LLP. Craig Dean Bowman ’81,

Delaware, Ohio, is an ABE/ GED teacher at the Madison Correctional Institution. Michael Dostal ’81, Hudson,

Ohio, is senior vice president/ manager with First Merit Bank. Cort Williams ’81, Williamsville,

N.Y., is president of Interactive Data’s sales organization.

Ernest Auciello ’82, Painesville,

Ohio, is partner with Tucker Ellis & West LLP.

Cynthia J. Guest ’85, Canton,

Ohio, was promoted to vice president of finance and administration for Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio Inc. Also, she has been accepted into the Goodwill Industries International Executive Development program. Sgt. Roger Kantner ’85,

Springfield, Va., performed in the inauguration ceremony and parade as a member of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. James Umble ’85, Poland, Ohio,

performed with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Festival, playing saxophone parts to John Harbison’s piece “Remembering Gatsby.” He also performed with his trio (the Cleveland Duo and James Umble) at the Southern Ohio Museum of Art.

Suzanne (Reichert) Cromer ’86,

Cary, N.C., is a special education teaching assistant in the Wake County School System. Richard Helldobler ’86,

Pittsburgh, is vice president for academic affairs at Shepherd University. Lisa A. Stevens ’86, Perrysburg,

Ohio, was presented the 2008 Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year award by the Ohio Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

David Zavac ’86, St. Petersburg

Beach, Fla., is the sales manager for TTE Inc.

Cynthia Lammert ’88, Chagrin

Falls, Ohio, is a partner with Remingers Co. LPA. Larry Normansell ’88, New

Charles Pona ’82, Chesterland,

Ohio, was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Concord, Ohio, has been installed as the Harry and Mary Evelyn Laurent Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Muskingum College.

Beach, Fla., is a national awardwinning author for her novel One Clown Short. It won the humor category at the 2008 National Indie Excellence Awards.

Marcia Sloan Latta ’83, Bowling

Chris Redfern ’88, Port Clinton,

Douglas Cook ’78, Westlake,

Ohio, has owned University Accessories Inc. for 15 years.

Ohio, is senior director of communications for American Municipal Power-Ohio.

Deidra L. Corbett-Ihlenfeld ’78,

Julie Renee Beck ’85, Mount

Linda C. Wright ’77, Delray

Zanesville, Ohio, was honored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee for her work with the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

Green, has been appointed to the board of directors for Farmers & Merchants Bancorp Inc. Kent Carson ’84, Johnstown,

Olive, N.C., is director of student activities at Mount Olive College and has traveled to all 50 U.S. states and all seven continents.

Ohio, was re-elected chair of the Ohio Democratic Party. He was a frequent guest on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN during the presidential campaign. He left the Ohio House of Representatives in January due to term limits. Stephanie White ’88, Fort

Pierce, Fla., a third-grade teacher with Saint Lucie County, Florida Public Schools, has achieved National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in the area of early and middle childhood literacy.

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Sgt. Amy Horn ’89, Burtonsville,

Md., performed in the inauguration ceremony and parade as a member of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band.

Matt Ryerson ’93, Cleveland,

Tenn., is vice president of community investment strategies with the United Way of Bradley County.

Greg Wehrer ’93, Columbus,

1990s Paul Chambers ’90,

Pickerington, Ohio, is a partner with KPMG LLP. Michael Hain ’90, Lebanon,

Pa., is employed with Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co. as the compensation manager.

Ohio, has been elected to Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP’s partnership. Steven Thomas ’94, Charleston,

S.C., is division chair of education at Paine College in Augusta, Ga.

Dean Wheeler III ’95, Peoria,

Longwood, Fla., is director of investor development at Enterprise Florida.

Ariz., graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a doctorate in Latin American archaeology. His dissertation research focused on ancient Mayan society in Chiapas, Mexico. He is a professor of anthropology at Glendale College.

Stephenie Conde ’91, Middleburg

Philipp Breuss ’96, Austria,

Julie Kristenak ’90, Toledo,

was promoted to assistant vice president at Fifth Third Bank. Lisa (Matson) Lutka ’90,

Heights, Ohio, was chosen as an “Ohio Rising Star” attorney by the law firm of Roetzel & Andress. Brian Dzyak ’91, Encino, Calif.,

wrote a book about the film industry,What I Really Want to Do: On Set in Hollywood. He works in the film industry, primarily shooting behind the scenes on film sets for DVD and promotional use. Beth Marik-Dinkins ’91, Brooklyn,

N.Y., is an assistant special agentin-charge of the Office of Inspector General’s sub-office in New York City. She supervised the criminal investigation of Michael Vick and also handled the logistics for the care of the surviving pit bulls involved in the case. Amy (Lentner) Leacock ’92,

Hilliard, Ohio, is a member of the Moxie Ladies quartet. The group was named the new Queens of Harmony at the 62nd annual Sweet Adelines International Convention and Competition. Dierk Seeburg ’92, Mesa, Ariz., is

working as a programmer/analyst for Choice Hotels International Inc. as well as serving as principal of IcoText LLC.

Edward Dawson ’93, Phoenix, is

hospital chaplain at Banner Estrella Medical Center. He continues serving as adjunct faculty at South Mountain Community College, teaching world religions and rock music and culture, and provides private organ and piano lessons. He also hosts a radio program called “SELAH,” serves as an organist at Fisher Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church and serves on the South Mountain Interfaith Coalition Board and the Arizona Ecumencial Council.

launched his own company, Mobilizy, specializing in software for mobile phones. He received a top-50 award at the Google Android Developer Challenge in 2008 with his project Wikitude for Android. Charles Potashnik ’96, Warren,

Ohio, is working as a foreman for Wheatland Tube Co. and is opening a Jimmy John’s franchise in Boardman. Stacia (Timmons) Higgins ’97,

Bowling Green, was the only Ohio teacher to receive the 2008 Milken National Educator Award. Dan Roberts ’98, Findlay, Ohio,

is an adjunct instructor at Owens Community College, where he teaches anatomy and physiology. Deb Roberts ’98, Findlay, Ohio,

is a registered nurse at Lima Memorial Hospital.

Marc Hetrick ’99, Medina, Ohio,

is an associate in the construction and litigation practice groups with Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP. Ryan Kozey ’99, Amherst,

N.Y., earned a doctorate in organizational assessment from the University at Buffalo. He is national program manager and senior research analyst for Great Commission Ministries Inc. based in Orlando, Fla.

Jennifer (Kayackas) Sauber ’99,

Bowling Green, is a meeting and event planner for Service Brands International, a franchiser for Mr. Handyman, Molly Maid and 1-800-DryClean franchises. She had an article published in Franchising World about convention planning and how to work with hotel staff to ensure a successful event. Justin Troyer ’99, Hilliard,

Ohio, is assistant manager for the Office of Information Technology’s sub-department that handles all streaming media and videoconferences for the Ohio State University. 2000s Jeff Schafer ’01, Bowling Green,

wrote a book called Life: An Autobiography as Told by Jack Gunthridge.

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Keep your classmates and the University current on your achievements, career, honors and activities by submitting information for inclusion in Alumni Accomplishments. Articles written about you in some other media may be submitted along with a note giving your permission to include the information in BGSU Magazine. To protect your privacy, we do not publish street addresses. It is not our practice to print engagement, marriage or birth announcements, although graduates should notify the Office of Alumni and Development to receive an Honorary Falcon certificate. BGSU reserves the right to edit or omit any information submitted. Send accomplishments or change of address to: Alumni Accomplishments, Mileti Alumni Center, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0053. Accomplishments may also be submitted online at Your full name (include maiden name if appropriate) Date of birth and graduation year (earliest degree) Street address

David Kopans ’02, Dublin, Ohio,

is an associate with the firm of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn. Ed Meckes ’02, Indianapolis,

is director of bands at Warren Central High School, which was a 2008 Indiana State Marching Band Finalist and WGI Scholastic World Class Finalist. Sean Forney ’03, Westerville,

Ohio, a professional illustrator and comic book artist, finished work on When the Cops Come Knockin’: An Illustrated Guide to the Law. He is working on En Garde!, a graphic novel due out in 2009, and a series of T-shirt illustrations for Blue Planet Gear. Stephanie (Murnane) Forney



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Maribeth Graham ’04, Massillon,

Ohio, won the 2008 Herzing College Admissions Advisor of the Year award. Justin Leonard ’04, Lorain,

Ohio, oversees two fitness centers as wellness director for Superior Medical Care Inc. Amanda Little ’04, Acworth, Ga.,

graduated from Kennesaw State University with a master’s degree in educational leadership.

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Alexis Osburn ’04, Cleveland, is

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Alumni chapter & society news

Michael Williamson ’04,

Milford, Ohio, is an educator at Glen Este High School in the West Clermont Local School District in Cincinnati. He also is completing graduate courses at Xavier University.

Alums host forum on journalism trends The BGSU Alumni Association hit the road in February, hosting an event in Charlotte, N.C., with Blair Miller ’98, co-anchor for WSOC-TV, and Kelsey Brugler, a current broadcast journalism major and Alumni Laureate Scholar. The group heard BGSU updates, networked with fellow Falcons and talked about the latest trends in journalism.

Las Vegas, earned an Emmy Award in the Pacific Southwest Chapter for Outstanding Achievement: Education–News Single Story or Series for “Click It No Ticket” at KVVU-TV.

Abigail Anderson ’05,

Charlotte alumni reconnect at the Blackfinn American Saloon.

Falcons flock to Columbus to cheer Blue Jackets When the San Jose Sharks visited Nationwide Arena in Columbus in February, they were greeted by Falcon alumni cheering on the Blue Jackets in what has become an annual event for the Alumni Association. The team must have heard that classic BGSU enthusiasm: the Blue Jackets pulled off an impressive 3-2 victory in overtime.

Upcoming events for Falcon Alumni BGSU alumni chapters around the country are holding events during the summer. To learn more about special pricing for alumni or to RSVP for any of these engagements, please call 888-839-2586 or visit Falcon Athletics Barnstorming 2009 Columbus Wednesday, May 13 | Columbus Clippers Detroit Tuesday, June 2 | Detroit Tigers Cleveland Thursday, June 1 | Cleveland Indians Washington, D.C. | Hosted by The Discovery Channel | Wednesday, May 6

Pittsburgh, accepted a position with WTW Architects. Her team is designing phase two of the Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Foundation’s student housing project. Ryan Jerwers ’05, Atlanta, is

working for Cartoon Network as a media manager. He has produced the special features section for the Ben Ten Alien Force DVD. Last year for the Olympics, he produced the promotions and packaging for an Olympic student called NonWimpic Games. Brett McClure ’05, Sylvania,

Ohio, is working in public accounting at William Vaughn Company in Maumee. Tim Augustyniak ’06, Las

Daniel Pawlicki ’07, Maumee,

Ohio, is an IT systems technician for Electronic Data Systems. Derek Wise ’07, Bowling Green,

is a field engineer with Lathrop.

Michael Woodall ’07, Lancaster,

Ohio, a U.S. Marine, was deployed to Afghanistan as an infantry team leader in November with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, India Company, Second Platoon. Barbara Adika ’08, Lorain,

Ohio, is director of development for Lorain County Metro Parks. Nick Asbrock ’08, Terre Haute,

Ind., is a project engineer for Walsh Construction.

Andrew Georgakopoulos ’08, Toledo, is a teacher for Toledo Public Schools and a founder of a charity for underprivileged youth. Anna Gray ’08, Cincinnati,

is a project engineer for Danis Building Construction Company.

Preston Harrison ’08, Clyde,

Ohio, is a field engineer with Kokosing Construction.

Adam Kolwicz ’08, Phoenix, is

an engineer for Kiewit.

Cruces, N.M., is a satellite systems engineer with Lockheed Martin Corp.

Edward Nixon ’08, Euclid,

Alex Hoffman ’06, Annapolis,

William Stiffler ’08, Uniontown,

Md., won the American Package Design Award from Graphic Design USA magazine and had the design featured on the magazine’s cover. Nicholas Campbell ’07,

Conneaut, Ohio, is enrolled in the M.B.A. program at Ashford University concentrating in finance and marketing. Lauren Helberg ’07,

Archbold, Ohio, is a teacher at Four County Career Center. Erin Hungerman ’07, Fort

Collins, Colo., is an assistant residence director within the residence life system at Colorado State University, where she is also the residence life involvement coordinator. She will earn her master’s degree from the student affairs and higher education program at CSU.

Ohio, is a project engineer for Regency Construction. Ohio, is a field engineer for Turner Construction.

Angela Theresa ’08, Columbus,

Ohio, is in the Peace Corps training in Micronesia to learn local language to teach residents English. Anthony Tozzi ’08, Columbus,

Ohio, is a design engineer for Martin Control Systems Inc. Andrew A.W. VanAtta ’08,

Phoenix, is a seventh- and eigthgrade social studies teacher at Glendale Elementary School. Ryan Yetzer ’08, Perrysburg,

Ohio, is an assistant construction manager at Healthcare REIT.

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In memoriam BGSU Magazine has received notices of the following deaths. For additional information or to make a memorial gift, please contact the Office of Alumni and Development at 419-372-2424. Alumni Helen Geesey Beatty ’27 Ruth Mills ’27 Virginia Young Waha ’36 Ellen Rudolph Bowe ’37 Arlene Yates Gerber ’37 Jane McConkey Krynock ’37 Melva Rohde Myers ’37 Jeanette Wright Anderson ’40 John DeHaven ’40 Dorothy Rothrock Lemmerbrock ’40 Helen Kersten Brandeberry ’41 Rita Fender Berry ’43 Lucile Russell Hodgins ’43 Norman Huffman ’43 Elizabeth Ragg ’44 Ruth Balsizer ’45 Ruth Proudfoot Hunter ’45

Carolyn Albert ’48 Walter Bartlett ’49 Barbara Osmun Provost ’49 James Provost ’49 Neil Rattray ’49 William Rupp ’49 Johann Warner Spalding ’49 Carl Yuk ’50 James Leite ’51 Frederick “Fritz” Rudolph ’51 Edwin Bernard ’52 Lois Conrad ’52 Joseph D’Entremont ’52 JoAnne Vickers Sommers ’52 Elvin Ferres ’53 Thomas Treon ’53 Edward Bessire ’54 Ralph Simmonds ’54 Marlo Snyder Keller ’55 Ann Tabor Keating ’57 Ann Sesok Subler ’58 Elizabeth Caves Elchert ’59 David Busser ’60 Micheline Patti Donovan ’60 Earl Shaffer ’61 Thomas Gibbs ’62 Leota Cashen Hetrick ’62 Caryl Dodd Pape ’62 Thomas Press ’62

Linda Evans ’64 Phyllis Sleasman ’65 Carol Helman Cobb ’66 Carol Lowry Decker ’66 Joseph Marley ’66 Glenn Meikle ’66 David Rand ’66 David Zeigler ’66 Linda Werner Chug ’68 Pierre Amburn ’70 Robert Pasen ’70 Robert Sanka ’71 Karen Brinley Worster ’71 Donnel Doblinger ’72 Mary Ann Plas Kelley ’72 Joanne Humphrey Konieczny ’72 John Mergenthaler ’72 Patrick Piekarczyk ’72 John Brennan ’73 Kathleen Nickelsen Schimming ’73 Barbara McKown Matoney ’75 Elizabeth Siciliano ’75 Mark Seiser ’76 Alan Vargyas ’76 Douglas Dysinger ’78 Linda Ball Will ’78 Gregory Wyant ’78

Dorothy Clark ’79 Barbara Kuzma O’Reilly ’80 Douglas Haynes ’82 Mark Brookey ’84 Richard Greaser ’85 Joanne Zimmer Holt ’85 Timothy Quick ’94 Robert Callaway ’98 Michelle Gottschalk Kosmatka ’00 Nicole Solomonoff ’00 Teri Carl ’03 Keri Shryock ’08

Faculty/staff Margaret Aller, dining services Zola Harvey Buford, associate registrar and director of records Mona Cretney Clafin, library John Fogel, development office Dr. Carl Hallberg, biology Richard Hoffman, General Studies Writing, University Honors Program and Partners in Context and Community Residential Learning Community Bette Jean Logsdon, professor emeritus of health, physical education and recreation Paul Makara, professor emeritus of music performance studies Robert A. Patton, professor emeritus of applied statistics and operations research and former dean of the College of Business Administration Ronald Pattison, University Bookstore Dr, Virginia Platt, professor emeritus of history Larry Shaner, shuttle driver, transportation department Joseph Spinelli, associate professor emeritus of geography James Synnamon, chemistry department Betty Jo Triggs, secretary Dr. Ivan Trusler, professor emeritus of music education

Dr. Virginia Platt

Dr. Robert Allen Patton

Dr. Virginia Bever Platt, an emerita professor of history who in retirement was a University Trustee known for her outspokenness, died Jan. 15, 2009, in Cleveland. She and her husband, Grover Cleveland Platt, also a historian, came to the BGSU history department after World War II. His specialty was European history. Hers was Colonial America, from the work of 18th century women to the triangle trade of slaves, sugar, and rum among Africa, the Caribbean, the colonies, and England. She helped write the charter for the Faculty Senate, on which she served from 1964-75. She was advisor for the Student Government Association and was active in the University Honors Program. In 1984, then-Gov. Richard Celeste named her to a nine-year term as a trustee. She was a strong voice for academic freedom and the rights of faculty, and a strong voice for the University. She was the first female president of the Ohio Academy of History, was president of Ohio-Indiana Chapter of the American Studies Association and served on the Ohio Historical Society Board of Trustees for six years. Memorials may be made to the Grover and Virginia Platt Memorial Scholarship Fund at BGSU.

Dr. Robert Allen Patton, former professor and dean of the College of Business Administration, died Jan. 29, 2009, in Seven Lakes, N.C. He joined the BGSU faculty in 1967 and was promoted to full professor in 1976. In 1977 he was named chair of the department of applied statistics and operations research, and in 1982 as dean of the College of Business Administration, where he served until 1990. Following early retirement from BGSU in 1992, he was appointed dean of the School of Business, Economics and Management at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. There he served on the Maine Council of Economic Education and the Greater Portland Economic Development Council, retiring to Seven Lakes in 1996. Among Patton’s honors were selections for Outstanding Young Men of America, American Men and Women of Science, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Beta Gamma Sigma. Memorials may be sent to the Robert Patton Book Scholarship, BGSU Foundation, Mileti Alumni Center.

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Falcons find virtual

roost on

If you’re one of the 150 million active users of Facebook, visit the new page for the Alumni Association at From there, you can get the latest news from on and around campus, watch videos and other media, post pictures and connect with old friends. While anyone can view the page, a Facebook account is free, easy to use and also required to take advantage of the full networking opportunities the site has to offer.


Alumni Day mixes Mileti & Athletics

with mozzarella

Each year, the BGSU Alumni Association invites area alumni and friends back to campus for Alumni Day, a day full of Falcon athletics and classic favorites from local restaurants. Alumni Day 2009 didn’t disappoint, with a family pizza party at Mileti Alumni Center and exciting games with BGSU men’s and women’s basketball and hockey.

MACBASH In March, hundreds of Falcon fans rallied support for BGSU basketball during festivities at the Mid-American Conference tournament in Cleveland. Always a huge event for the hoops program, the tradition draws Falcon faithful from across northern Ohio.

Volunteer Leaders Conference sparks ideas and inspiration

As you might imagine from the varied alumni events nationwide, the Alumni Association includes a vast network of volunteer leaders who help plan, coordinate and host unique programs as well as create scholarship funds for deserving students. Launched in 2007, the Volunteer Leaders Conference is a biennial event that welcomes leaders back to Bowling Green for a series of workshops to help inform, inspire and energize their local alumni communities. The conference featured keynote speaker Bill Dallas ’77 of BGSU’s Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and offered topical workshops on community service, networking, BGSU’s unique faculty and programs and student recruitment. To learn more about volunteering on behalf of BGSU in your community, please visit


From vanity plates to credit cards – Falcon spirit makes a difference The Alumni Association has partnered with a variety of organizations that offer competitive benefits and special services for our members, including the state of Ohio’s Falcon license plate, with all proceeds funding the BGSU Alumni Laureate Scholarship Program. Hundreds of Falcon alumni are also taking advantage of the Alumni Association credit card, offered by Bank of America, which contributes 1.5 percent of every purchase to BGSU alumni programs. Learn more about these and other programs, including life, home and auto insurance, at

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99 years and counting… With less than a year to go until BGSU begins its Centennial Celebration, plans are underway to make it a year rich with history, traditions and looking forward to the second 100 years.


Jan. 10, 2010–Student Kickoff with concert

May 19, 2010–Legislative celebration in Columbus in conjunction with Kent State University

Other Centennial Activities

October 2010–Centennial Homecoming Celebration

> Centennial Fanfare Competition– Entry deadline Sept. 1, 2009

Nov. 9, 2010–Academic Convocation

For details, visit and click on “BGSU Centennial.”

> Top 100 Distinguished Alumni–Nomination deadline June 30, 2009.

Jan. 30, 2010–Community Kickoff at Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Dance

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looking ahead BG’s Top Chef, with guest Adrien Sharp, host of “Home for Dinner” on JTV in Jackson, Mich., featured a cooking demonstration, an Iron Chef cooking student competition and the opportunity to taste all the delicacies.


April 23

Gregory T. DeCrane Applauding Excellence Banquet and 14th Annual Student Leadership Recognition Program April 23

World Percussion Night Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center, 419-372-8171, 800-589-BACH April 23-25

Monkey Storms Heaven Joe E. Brown Theatre, University Hall, 419-372-2719 April 24

Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship College of Business Administration, April 26

University Choral Society and the Toledo Symphony perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah Toledo Symphony Orchestra, 419-246-8000, 800-348-1253 May 8

Graduate Commencement

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Undergraduate Commencement May 11-15

State Fire School Continuing & Extended Education, 419-372-8181, 877-650-8165 May 27-30

Electroacoustic Performance Workshop MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, 419-372-2685 June 6

8th Annual Autism Summit of Northwest Ohio Continuing & Extended Education, 419-372-8181, 877-650-8165 June 6–26

Summer Academy for Educators Continuing & Extended Education, 419-372-8181, 877-650-8165 June 7-26

2009 Summer Music Institute Moore Musical Arts Center, 419-372-8654,

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