BGSU Firelands College Commencement.
Jacob D. Smith ’07 ’09 ’11
Jacob D. Smith is the congressional staff assistant for U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur covering veteran services, military, IRS and postal service casework. He served in the U.S. Army from 2000-04 as a field artilleryman and was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, with the 1st Armored Division as a sergeant from 2003-04. He continues to serve his country through volunteer efforts as a board member and trustee of Honor Flight Cleveland, an organization that, through funding and support, enables veterans to travel to Washington, D.C., to visit memorial sites free of charge
Melanie Craig ’17
Melanie Craig is graduating with her second degree from BGSU Firelands, an Associate of Applied Science in human services. A nontraditional student, Craig enrolled in BGSU Firelands in spring 2015 and has been active in student organizations and special events on and off campus. She received an Associate of Science in 2017 and is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in political science from Bowling Green State University, and plans to graduate in August 2019.
Graduate College, College of Business, College of Health and Human Services. Guest speaker John M. Starcher Jr., Esq. ’93 - John Starcher is president and CEO of Bon Secours Mercy Health. As the leader of one of the largest health care systems in the country, he oversees the development of system strategies and operations for 43 Mercy Health and Bon Secours hospitals and more than 1,000 sites of care across Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Florida. Bon Secours Mercy Health employs more than 57,000 people, including 2,100 employed providers, and has net operating revenue of more than $8 billion
College of Education and Human Development, College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering. Commencement Speaker: Dean Pees ’72
Dean Pees, a two-time Super Bowl winning coach, is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in education. Pees has taught and coached football for 46 years at all levels: high school, college and the NFL. He is currently the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans in the NFL. Before his 15 years in the NFL, Pees spent 25 years as a college coach and six years as a high school teacher and coach.
College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Musical Arts. The commencement speaker was Mizell Stewart III. In more than three decades as a journalist, Mizell Stewart III has been an award-winning reporter, top newsroom editor in three states, radio and television broadcaster and corporate news executive. Today, Stewart is a senior news executive for Gannett and the USA Today Network. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the founder of Emerging Leaders LLC, a leadership development consulting firm focused on mid-career professionals
JOURNAL is going on the road! You remember him from "McHale's Navy" and "The Carol Burnett Show." Now, funnyman Tim Conway is here in Northwest Ohio performing at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo. Did you also know that he is a BGSU alum? Host Melissa Andrews talks with Tim Conway about his television and movie career.
On this episode, we will answer a few important questions. First, what exactly does the term "popular" even mean? Then, we'll look at Globalization. How do cultures from one nation impact and affect other nations across the world? We'll consider differences and similarities in how pop culture works in Asian and Western countries, and how economic conditions contribute to its international spreads. How do the music industries differ and connect in a global arena? How does music contribute to nationalistic ideals or convey resistance?
To answer these questions, we'll visit several different places in Asia and hear their music. The first discussion will compare the music industry and government regulations between the West and Asia taking a visit Thailand to learn about the Grammy music company. Next, we'll visit China and take a look at nationalism in music and its relation to global influence. Looking at resistance, we'll visit Singapore's school system. Next, Japan's animation, interaction with the West, and integration into television programs opened doors to spreading one culture to another. Finally, we'll look at Korean popular music in the West as an economic boost for the Asian country.
Recently, Asian culture and popular music have experienced a surge of global attention. Western culture developed a craze for K-pop and Japanese anime. The virtual J-pop star Hatsune Miku, K-pop idol group SHINee, and other Asian artists have toured the United States and gained a large fan base. YouTube and other social media venues now provide Americans with unprecedented access to music from outside their country. This public musicology project seeks to provide an accessible recourse for students and researchers addressing this globalization of Asian popular music. Using a podcast format, the project will communicate aspects and effects of globalization, drawing on music scholarship and sound recording collections discoverable in BGSU’s Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives.
This episode began to contextualize K-Pop in a global culture movement. First, we determined that culture shows through the everyday ways of life as seen in a specific group of people. In oder to contextualize K-Pop thrugh a cultural mindset, we took a short overview of the main neighborhoods of Seoul, South Korea following the rebuilding after the Korean War in 1950-1953. We looked at the different ways these neighborhoods created a unique space for different social groups within the city. Through the lens of the land, we began to see how the "big three" music labels, yG, SM, and JYP Entertainment, developed and jump-started the K-Pop business. From there, we determined the specific aspects of K-Pop that make it so unique such as the sound of the language, the dubstep or hip-hop beat, the pop melodies, and the dance choreography.
After discussing the land and music, we begin to truly examine the culture surrounding the gloabl aspect of the K-Pop genre. We start looking at the culture in Korea including the formation of K-Pop idols, the kinds of idol fans, and the behavior of concert audiences. We will look a furthr still to see some of the issues that have come up in the politics between artists and music corporations such as the slave contracts and discrimination of Chinese artists and restricting HyunA's music video content. Lastly, we will zoom out to see K-Pop as it moves into the U.S. and quickly gains fans as recorded by Billboard successes of Wonder Girls, PSY, and BlackPink.