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Semifinalists named in first business plan competition

Twelve semifinalists have been named in The University of Toledo’s inaugural Innovation Enterprises Challenge Business Plan Competition.

“This competition was open to all UT faculty, staff and students, with a goal of encouraging a spirit of entrepreneurship within the University,” said Dr. Sonny Ariss, professor and chair of the Management Department in the UT College of Business and Innovation. “We did not know what to expect in terms of participation in the first year of this competition, but we are quite excited to have received a total of 49 entries from individuals within several colleges.”

Ariss added, “The UT community should be proud to have so many talented, enthusiastic, emerging entrepreneurs among us, people who are pursuing their dreams by trying to establish their own business.”

The 12 semifinalists soon will make oral presentations on their projects before a panel of community judges. The winners will be announced Thursday, Dec. 2, with eight winners receiving cash prizes ranging from $500 to $10,000.

UT Innovation Enterprises is providing prize money, and the UT College of Business and Innovation is conducting the business plan competition and offering assistance with business functions such as accounting and marketing.

Rick Stansley, chairman of Innovation Enterprises, said, “This competition reflects UT’s belief in innovative thinking and is intended to advance a creative culture of growth in all areas of the University.”

The 12 semifinalists are:

• Conservation Consulting — The company provides energy consulting services to intermediate-sized users on how to reduce their energy costs.

• Dynamic and Smart Systems Laboratory — The purpose of this device is to improve upon current spinal fusion procedures by making them less invasive and decreasing the patient recovery time.

• Elarya Pharmaceuticals LLC — This product is a haemostatic agent designed to tame bleeding as a clot-protecting agent or to target angiogenisis in cancer.

• HbA1c Monitor — This would be the first fiber-optics-based commercial HbA1c sensor. It is an optical biosensor for accurate real-time monitoring of blood glycated proteins for clinical and home use by people with diabetes, providing for glycemic control.

• Regentiss LLC — This business develops advanced technologies for the treatment and regeneration of both hard and soft craniomaxillofacial tissues (such as bone and cartilage).

• Resonance Group — This product is an energy control system that integrates the new RG controller with state-of-the-art pulse motors and power management technologies for improved performance of electric motor-driven products.

• Saltron — This product is a hand-held device that will measure the dilation of the female cervix in order to monitor the progression of labor accurately and comfortably.

• Smart Orthosis — The creation of a hybrid-active ankle foot orthosis to treat patients with drop foot condition.

• Solar Engineering Solution — The company will deliver new technologies that serve the heating and cooling needs of buildings. These technologies are based on new solar innovations.

• Team ShrivIt — This is an Internet-based review site to share one’s experiences with others by creating and posting short videos and blogs of people’s experiences and feelings about a place, product, service or event.

• Three Sisters’ Bakery — Their products consist of naturally sweetened, no sugar-added baked goods.

• WhatsUpDirectory.com — This is a national events directory providing users with a geographically filtered and categorized view of events.

New direct delivery means faster service

The University of Toledo has worked with UPS and Federal Express to start delivering packages to direct locations on campuses.

“Previously, UPS and Federal Express had shipped all packages to the central receiving docks, which in turn delayed the final delivery of packages to our customers,” said Jennifer Pastorek, UT director of supply chain management. “We wanted to improve the delivery process and let UPS and Federal Express do what they do best — deliver packages quickly. It’s all about enhancing service here.”

The efficient change was possible as University buildings now have individual addresses for emergency response purposes.

“We are able to capitalize on that improvement with package delivery,” Pastorek said.

The new package delivery program began in early November.

While purchases made with University procurement cards will be delivered directly, orders placed via the Lawson e-requisition and purchase order process will continue to be received and delivered by University receiving personnel.

Both UPS and Federal Express will deliver packages directly to recipients as long as the shipping address includes: The University of Toledo, the exact building number and street name, the building code and room number/name, Toledo, Ohio, and the ZIP code. The information needs to be given to the supplier at the time of order to ensure an accurate, deliverable ship to the address that is on the package.

One important service level this change will bring is for express package requests such as overnight by early morning delivery. With UPS and Federal Express now delivering direct, their guarantees will be followed.

For more information or questions regarding the new delivery process, contact Pastorek at 419.530.8707 or at jennifer.pastorek@utoledo.edu.

Dean candidates to be interviewed by University

The University of Toledo community is invited to meet the candidates for the founding dean positions in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the College of Language, Literature and Social Sciences.

Three search committees were charged on Nov. 18 by Interim Provost William McMillen to carefully review the experiences, academic credentials and leadership capabilities of all candidates.

Those candidates recommended by the committees will be interviewed this week by faculty, staff and students. McMillen and UT President Lloyd Jacobs will then make recommendations to the UT Board of Trustees at its Academic and Student Affairs Committee meeting Monday, Dec. 6.

The candidates for dean of the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences will be interviewed Tuesday, Nov. 30. The schedule is:

Alice Skeens, PhD, associate dean for social sciences and associate professor of psychology
8-9 a.m.
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Faculty/Staff

9:10-10:10 a.m.
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Chairs/Search Committee

11-11:50 a.m.
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Deans

1-1:30 p.m.
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Students


Mark Denham, PhD, associate professor and chair of political science and public administration

8-8:50 a.m.
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Deans

9:10-10:10 a.m.
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Faculty/Staff

10:20-11:20 a.m.
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Chairs/Search Committee

1:30-2 p.m.
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Students


Sara Lundquist, PhD, professor and chair of English

8-9 a.m.
SU 2584
Chairs/Search Committee

9:05-9:55 a.m.
SU 2582
Deans

10:20 – 11:20 a.m.
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Faculty/Staff

2-2:30 p.m.
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Students

The candidates for dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts will be interviewed throughout the week on both the UT Main Campus and the Center for the Visual Arts at the Toledo Museum of Arts Campus. The schedule is:

Lee Heritage, DMA, senior associate dean and associate professor of music
Tuesday, Nov. 30

8-9:30 a.m.
Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium
Faculty/Students/Staff

10-10:50 a.m.
SU 2582
Deans

11-12:45 p.m.
SU 3020
Search Committee

1-2:30 p.m.
Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre
Faculty/Students/Staff

Raymond Marchionni, PhD, professor of music
Wednesday, Dec. 1

8-9:30 a.m.
Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium
Faculty/Students/Staff

10-10:50 a.m.
SU 2582
Deans

11-12:45 p.m.
SU 3020
Search Committee

1-2:30 p.m.
Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre
Faculty/Students/Staff


Debra Davis, MS ED and MFA, professor and chair of art

Thursday, Dec. 2

8-9:30 a.m.
Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium
Faculty/Students/Staff

10-10:50 a.m.
SU 2591
Deans

11-12:45 p.m.
SU 2591
Search Committee

1-2:30 p.m.
Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre
Students/Staff

The candidates for dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will be interviewed Wednesday, Dec. 1. That schedule is:

Karen Bjorkman, PhD, University Distinguished Professor and chair of physics and astronomy;
8-9 a.m.
SU 2591
Faculty/Staff

9:10-10:10 a.m.
SU 2584
Search Committee

11-11:50 a.m.
SU 2582
Deans

1-1:30 p.m.
SU 2591
Students

2-2:25 p.m.
SU 2584
Chairs

Geoffrey Martin, PhD, associate dean and associate chair of mathematics,
8-8:50 a.m.
SU 2582
Deans

9:10-10:10 a.m.
SU 2591
Faculty/Staff

10:20-11:20 a.m.
SU 2584
Search Committee

1-1:25 p.m.
SU 2584
Chairs

1:30-2 p.m.
SU 2591
Students

Marcia McInerney, PhD, University Distinguished Professor and chair of medicinal and biological chemistry.
8-9 a.m.
SU 2584
Search Committee

9:05-9:55 a.m.
SU 2582
Deans

10:20-11:20 a.m.
SU 2591
Faculty/Staff

1:30-1:55 p.m.
SU 2584
Chairs

2-2:30 p.m.
SU 2591
Students

Suspect arrested in connection to attacks in South Toledo

A suspect has been arrested by the Toledo Police Department in connection to a series of attacks on women in South Toledo.

Vincent Vernell Williams, 30, was arrested Friday and arraigned Saturday in Toledo Municipal Court on two counts of rape. He is suspected in a number of rapes and attempted abductions in the areas of South Toledo, about a 1/2 mile east of the Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation, and in East Toledo.

The UT Police Department had warned members of the campus community last week before the arrest to be aware of their surroundings when off campus.

The investigation is ongoing, and UTPD continues to urge anyone with information to contact the Toledo Police Crime Stoppers program at 419.255.1111.

More information about the arrest is available at http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101127/NEWS02/101129669/0/FRONTPAGE

Two Rocket football players earn national recognition

Page

Page

Sophomore Eric Page was named national kickoff returner of the week by the College Football Performance Awards for his role in Toledo’s 42-31 victory over Central Michigan Nov. 26.

Page had two touchdowns on kickoff returns vs. the Chippewas, becoming the first Rocket to score twice in one game on kickoff returns. Page’s first kickoff return was a 99-yarder in the first quarter that gave Toledo a 14-7 lead. His second was a 95-yarder in the third quarter that gave Toledo a comfortable 35-17 lead.

Page’s 99-yard return in the first quarter was the second longest in school history. The record is 100 yards set by Chuck Hardy in 1948 vs. John Carroll. Page has three TDs on kickoff returns this season, the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) to do so this season. His other kickoff return was a 98-yarder vs. WMU Sept. 18. He is also the only FBS player to return two kickoffs for a score in one game in 2010.

Page, a wide receiver, also caught TD passes of nine and 25 yards against CMU, and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass for a total of five TDs. Page led the Rockets with 12 receptions for 127 yards, earning honorable mention honors at wide receiver from the College Football Performance Awards.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Terrance Owens had another impressive outing, completing 24 of 32 passes for a career-best 304 yards and three touchdowns, and was the recipient of Page’s TD pass in the fourth quarter. Owens also earned honorable mention honors for national quarterback of the week from the College Football Performance Awards.

In addition, Owens and Page were honored by the Mid-American Conference. Owens earned MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honors while Page was named MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week.

And Page was named MAC Player of the Week by Rivals.com.

Toledo women basketball team wins Iona Thanksgiving Classic

Smith

Smith

Toledo claimed its fifth tournament title in school history and second in the last two seasons with a 68-60 victory over host Iona Sunday in the championship game of the Iona Thanksgiving Classic at the Hynes Athletic Center.

With the win, the Rockets improve to 3-3 on the season.

Sophomore Lecretia Smith posted her first collegiate double-double to lead the Midnight Blue and Gold with 13 points and 10 rebounds and collect classic MVP honors. Joining Smith in double figures was senior Melissa Goodall with 15 points and three steals to also earn all-classic recognition. Junior Naama Shafir added 16 points and a game-high six assists, while sophomore Yolanda Richardson had nine points off the bench.

Shafir’s strong play at the outset helped the visitors set the tone and gave them a slim 9-8 edge at 15:24.

The Rockets then broke the game open with a 12-0 run to stretch their lead to 25-14 with 8:04 remaining in the period. Goodall sparked the burst with a deep triple and a lay-up to establish a double-digit cushion.

UT remained in control for the remainder of the half behind the strong play of Goodall and Shafir to hold a 31-23 lead at the intermission. The Rockets’ dynamic duo combined to score 17 of the team’s 31 points in the opening period.

The host Gaels made a charge to start the second half behind the hot shooting from Tomica Bacic and retook the lead, 38-37, at 14:50. Bacic scored seven points in her team’s 15-6 opening run to claim their first advantage since the 10:10 mark of the opening period.

UT quickly countered with a pivotal 21-6 burst over the ensuing five-plus minutes to reclaim a double-digit lead, 58-44, with 7:21 left in regulation. Smith started the game-changing run by scoring the first six points, followed by triples from junior Haylie Linn, senior Jessica Williams and junior Courtney Ingersoll to take a lead it would not surrender.

The Rockets’ lead did not dip below five points for the remainder of regulation to help even their overall record at 3-3. UT finished the game shooting an impressive 46.4 percent (26 of 56) from the field and held the edge on the boards (37-31) and in steals (15-5).

The Rockets return to action Tuesday, Nov. 30, when they travel to Jersey City, N.J., to play Saint Peter’s. The opening tip is slated for 7 p.m. in the Yanitelli Center. UT defeated the Peahens, 68-50, last season at home.

UT makes CASE for Crystals: Alumni magazine, marketing projects win big

2009-fall-magazine-low-res-1Results from two major marketing and communications award contests came in last week, and the news was good.

The University of Toledo won co-best of show at the 2010 Crystal Awards — along with six other honors — and won three awards as part of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District V Circle of Excellence Awards.

“The success of the ‘More’ campaign is well-documented in the awards and enrollment gains we enjoyed over the past several years,” said Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs and interim vice president for equity and diversity. “The strength of our internal team of marketing and communications professionals has gone a long way to position UT as a destination of choice among prospective students and prospective faculty. Recognition such as this is proof positive that we are on the right path.”

“Positioning UT as a place that offers its students ‘more’ is the easy part,” said Esther Fabian, associate vice president for branding and creative services. “Finding a way to do that to break through is the challenge. Our project management team works diligently to be sure that they understand our audiences and what’s important to them. Our creative team brings that to life. I’m not surprised by the recognition, but I’m incredibly proud.”

viewbook-cover“These accolades are a great demonstration of the teamwork and creative synergy that exists across marketing and communications,” said Tobin J. Klinger, associate vice president for university communications and marketing operations. “This group of dedicated professionals never ceases to do the University proud.”

The full list of awards is:

2010 Crystal Awards

Writing, feature series
• Crystal Award for “Homing in on Home” by Cynthia Nowak and Chris Ankney in Toledo Alumni Magazine

Writing, special purpose publication
• Crystal Award for Toledo Alumni Magazine fall 2010 issue

Design, magazine
• Crystal Award for Toledo Alumni Magazine

Collateral materials, brochure, four-color or more
• Crystal Award for the 2010-11 UT View Book

levis-grad-2-flare_smCollateral materials, special purpose publication, corporate
• Merit Award of Achievement for the newly redesigned Freshman Financial Aid Award Letter

Advertising, mixed-media campaign, nonprofit
• Crystal Award for the “More” campaign

Best of show
• Body of work. “The award was inclusive of all the great work that your team has done,” said Rebecca Booth, Crystals co-chair. “I’m especially tickled as I believe in the power and talent of in-house communications/marketing teams.”

financial-aid-dm_cvrCASE V Circle of Excellence Awards

Teresa Du Bois Exline Award for best practices in communications and marketing, 10,000 FTE and up
• Bronze Award for the Freshman Financial Aid Mailer

Best video PSA or commercial spot
• Silver Award for the 30-second “More” spot

Excellence in research/scientific/medical writing, series
• Gold Award for “Sustaining Passions” by Cynthia Nowak in Toledo Alumni Magazine

New program to help solve health-care needs for employees

UT Medical Center is introducing a new Employee Health Concierge Program to help the UT family with their health-care needs.

Shirley Joseph is featured on an internal postcard advertising the new program.

Shirley Joseph is featured on an internal postcard advertising the new program.

The program will offer special assistance for those individuals who greatly have contributed to the success and growth of The University of Toledo, and a means for utilizing an array of high-quality health-care services — with convenience.

“This program is an excellent way to invite our employees and their families to our medical center to experience high-quality service delivered by our outstanding team of physicians and other health-care professionals,” said Shirley Joseph, assistant to the chancellor and director of concierge services.

The primary goal of the Employee Health Concierge Program is to focus on personal attention by facilitating appointments in a timely fashion and aligning the patient with the appropriate physician/specialist.

“I look forward to working with our employees and medical staff, and predict that this program will be highly successful,” Joseph said.

The Employee Health Concierge Program will provide UT’s faculty, staff and their families a confidential, stress-free approach to coordinating health-care needs. It will offer convenience in scheduling appointments along with an opportunity to utilize the easiness of getting lab work and imaging done right at the workplace.

“This program is important because we need to make it easy for employees and their family members to access the best health care in northwest Ohio, which is UTMC and UT physicians,” said Dr. Scott Scarborough, interim vice president and director of UT Medical Center, and senior vice president for finance and administration.

Employees are encouraged to take advantage of the fact that they work at the region’s only academic medical center; 54 of the region’s top 59 physicians are clinical faculty at the UT College of Medicine.

“Our clinical outcomes give patients a second chance at life that they would not receive at other hospitals,” Scarborough said. “Like our patients, UT employees deserve the best health care possible, and UTMC is the best.”

The program also gives University employees and their families a chance to see all the improvements that are being made at UTMC as the institution is in the process of renovating facilities so that the patient experience matches the great clinical care provided.

Additionally, when employees and their families use UTMC facilities, it benefits the overall institution financially, which helps everyone who works at UT, Joseph said.

The UT Employee Health Concierge Program can:

• Help you select a primary care physician for you and your family;

• Assist with referrals to appropriate specialists;

• Facilitate appointments in a timely fashion;

• Assist with inpatient private room accommodations;

• Refer you to the appropriate resources for pre-registration and insurance and billing questions;

• Provide information on services available at employee outpatient clinics on each campus; and

• Assist with directions on where to park, which entrances to use, etc.

Call the concierge line at 419.383.4242 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to speak with Joseph or Laura Malkuian to help navigate the medical system for fast, efficient, personal service.

First steps in academic reorganization announced

Schmoll

Schmoll

The self-imposed 30-day respite on the reorganization of portions of The University of Toledo’s academic areas has elapsed, and President Lloyd Jacobs, Interim Provost William McMillen and Chancellor Jeffrey Gold are taking steps to begin full implementation.

“With the full support of the Board of Trustees, we are now ready to take the first steps toward making this strategic restructuring a reality,” Jacobs said. “While there will be many issues to work through over the course of this journey, I’m confident that these are critical steps to take as we work to achieve excellence and ensure our relevance in the future.”

McMillen and Gold said Dr. Beverly Schmoll has been selected as dean of the newly constituted Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service.

Pryor

Pryor

“During a relatively short tenure at UT, Beverly Schmoll has developed a track record of success that will help propel this new college forward rapidly,” McMillen said.

“This is an exciting time to be part of The University of Toledo,” Schmoll said. “The new college reflects the 21st century in every aspect. There are many points of connection that will enable faculty to engage in innovation and create cutting-edge programs. I look forward to the possible synergies that will evolve.”

In addition, McMillen announced that Dr. Ben Pryor will serve as dean of the College of Innovative Learning. Like the position of dean of the College of Graduate Studies, held by Dr. Patricia Komuniecki, Pryor also will serve as a vice provost.

Lettman

Lettman

“This new college represents a critical component of our future as it relates to technology and innovation in the classroom, on the web and beyond,” McMillen said. “Ben has the vision, the passion and the drive to transform the way we think about the delivery of the student academic experience.”

“The creation of this college represents a recognition from our university’s leadership that teaching and research are being reinvented thanks to innovative new technologies, and that students need to learn how to learn as a condition for success in a a world that expects both deep knowledge and creativity,” Pryor said. “I am incredibly excited to be a part of a new approach to first-year teaching, and to bringing critical thinking to the front of our plan for academic success.”

McMillen also announced the decision to keep the recently established College of Adult and Lifelong Learning as a college, rather than a school as previously suggested. Dr. Dennis Lettman will remain dean.

The appointments were coupled with the announcement of searches for three deans to lead the new colleges of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and Visual and Performing Arts.

Urban Affairs Center wants to bring fresh produce to campus

Want a snack on campus, but something fresh and not from the vending machine? Then The University of Toledo Urban Affairs Center wants to hear from you.

The Urban Affairs Center is partnering with faculty in the College of Health Science and Human Service to conduct a market feasibility study regarding fresh, local produce delivery on campus.

“Fresh markets on campus and in workplaces have worked in other places,” said Paula Ross, research associate at the Urban Affairs Center. “The farm-to-firm idea makes it convenient to purchase healthy foods, and it provides an economic benefit to farmers and health benefits to those who purchase produce.”

The Urban Affairs Center recently hosted a presentation by David Eson, a Pittsburgh entrepreneur who runs “Farms to Pitt” on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Ross and her colleagues want to inspire a similar venture here, and they’re willing to help make it work by facilitating a pilot and providing technical assistance.

The survey will help Ross and her research team determine if there is a demand for such a program at UT and learn what types of products participants would like to purchase if they proceed with the project.

“A lot of the initial responses say it is a great idea; however, we want a realistic picture to determine if this project is feasible,” Ross said.

To take part in the online University of Toledo Food Buying Survey, visit http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/15b20g475e6.

The survey is anonymous and targets faculty and staff. It will be available online through Tuesday, Nov. 30. To thank people for taking the time to participate, one person will be randomly selected to receive a $100 gift certificate to a Maumee Valley Growers greenhouse. To participate in the drawing, you need to submit your e-mail address at the end of the survey.