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Goodall to play professionally in Spain

Goodall

Goodall

Former Toledo women’s basketball player Melissa Goodall has signed a professional contract with Uni-Tenerife in Spain for the upcoming season. Goodall plans to make her way to Santa Cruz in the middle of September.

Uni-Tenerife is a member of the Spanish Second Division Professional Basketball League and will provide the Lexington, Ohio, native an opportunity to continue her playing career.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity,” said Goodall, who scored in double figures on 59 occasions in her four-year career wearing the Midnight Blue and Gold. “Playing professionally is something that I really wanted to do after I graduated. This is going to be a great learning experience for me.”

As a senior, Goodall averaged 12.9 points, a team-high 6.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 steals in 30.8 minutes per contest, earning third-team All-Mid-American Conference accolades. She played a key role in helping the Rockets win a school-record 29 games and become the first MAC basketball program to capture a national postseason tournament. UT’s historic WNIT run was capped off by a 76-68 triumph over USC in the championship game before a school and conference women’s basketball record 7,301 fans. The 2010-11 tri-captain finished seventh in the league in rejections, 11th in overall rebounding and offensive caroms (2.62 rebounds per game), 12th in field-goal percentage (45.2 percent, 183 of 405), 13th in defensive boards (4.30 rebounds per game), 16th in scoring and 24th in minutes played.

She wrapped up her career tied for first in UT annals in games played (131), fourth in blocked shots (83), 10th in minutes played (3,161) and 16th in scoring (1,131), as well as ranked third in minutes played (1,140, 2010-11), fifth in rejections (39, 2010-11) and ninth in field-goals attempted (405, 2010-11) in a single season.

“We are all very excited for Melissa to have the opportunity to continue her playing career professionally in Spain,” Toledo Head Coach Tricia Cullop said. “She has worked her tail off to improve each year and is very deserving of this wonderful experience. She is a proven leader who will positively impact her new team.

“Melissa is keeping the tradition alive of UT players playing professionally overseas, just like Kahli Carter, Tia Davis, Dana Drew, Julie Hillis, Karin Hoogendam, Mimi Olson and Savannah Werner did before,” Cullop said.

UT to kick off new Recycle Like Rocky campaign

The University of Toledo is continuing its efforts to be green with the new Recycle Like Rocky campaign.

rocket_recycling_artwork1Rocket Recycling Services has teamed up with partner Lott Industries again and will kick off the new year-round recycling campaign in conjunction with the UT’s first home football game against New Hampshire Thursday, Sept. 1.

The emphasis for 2011-12 will be placed on recycling bottles and cans. In the past, there was success with collecting items such as paper products and cardboard, while plastic bottles and cans have been neglected, said Marcie Ferguson, strategic plan coordinator.

“Bottles and cans are the big push this year,” Ferguson said. “Every major area that we monitor had gains last year, but our lowest gains were in the bottles and cans categories.”

At the game, tailgaters will be given clear, plastic bags to recycle their items and will be instructed to place them in the designated fenced areas in Lot 25 in front of Rocket Hall and Lot 10 in front of the Glass Bowl where Lott Industries trucks will be during home games throughout the season.

The University has set the goal of an increase in 5,000 pounds of plastic bottles and aluminum cans recycled. Last year, 19,996 pounds of plastic bottles and 21,304 pounds of aluminum cans were collected.

During the 2010-11 program, Rocket Recycling Services saw an 18 percent increase overall in its recycling efforts. With the increased efforts for the 2011-12 Recycle Like Rocky campaign, UT is looking for another jump in recycling participation.

The University is committed to reducing 20 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2014 and has demonstrated its commitment by signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

“We want to be green. We want to be sure that we’re reducing the carbon footprint,” said Arlene Fell, director of environmental services.

There are 128 large and small recycle receptacles throughout the academic buildings on Main Campus. Any person or department needing extra containers can contact Rocket Recycling Services. For Main and Scott Park campuses, contact Rey Guerra at reynaldo.guerra@utoledo.edu or 419.530.1358; for Health Science Campus, contact Dan Royer at daniel.royer@utoledo.edu or 419.383.4922.

For more information visit www.utoledo.edu/facilities/recycling.

Employees recognized for professional development

UT employees from Main and Health Science campuses recently were recognized at a breakfast for their successful completion of a series of professional development certificates.

UT President Lloyd Jacobs and College of Business and Innovation Dean Thomas Gutteridge presented the certificates of achievement.

“It was a great culmination of a full year of hard work for both students and the instructors,” said Carrie Herr, director of the Executive Center for Global Competitiveness in the College of Business and Innovation, which implemented the series. “This UT certificate ceremony recognized the accomplishments of the many employees who devoted a tremendous amount of time and study to pursue a learning journey that will directly benefit not only themselves, but our students and others served by the University.”

Courses, which were presented between September and June, were offered in three different certificate tracks: Managerial Finance and Budgeting (five courses), Leadership (eight courses) and Exceptional Customer Service (seven courses). While 45 people completed all of the courses necessary to earn one of the certificates, a total of 495 people enrolled in the courses.

Instructors included several College of Business faculty members, UT administrators and other subject-matter experts.

“As we go through turbulent times, people have to reinvent themselves and develop their skill sets. The people within a university will make or break the university’s success,” Gutteridge observed.

“The College of Business and Innovation frequently talks about the importance of lifelong learning, and these certificate programs are what lifelong learning is really about. It is a marvelous thing for people to take advantage of the opportunities — in a peer-to-peer environment — that exist. Their efforts advance the mission and vision of The University of Toledo. It personifies the focus of action learning, which is to apply what you learn in the real world, in your day to day job,” Gutteridge said.

This sentiment was echoed by Nancy Koerner, UT director of planned giving, who completed both the Managerial Finance and Budgeting series as well as the Leadership series.

“We built relationships throughout these classes, and I now know people to call while working on certain projects,” Koerner said. “It was great to be involved with people from both Main and Health Science campuses throughout this series, because none of us functions in a silo. I’ve gained insight into how we are all inter-related and how one decision impacts the whole University.”

She added, “This was an amazing opportunity offered to staff. The University has invested back in their own people, and there have been immediate and long-term payoffs for the employees and for the divisions in which we work. I have utilized on a daily basis what we have learned in the classes.”

Reflective of their commitment to providing quality service, the entire staff of Rocket Solution Central completed one series.

“The staff of Rocket Solution Central is thankful to have been given the opportunity and support to participate in the Exceptional Customer Service Certificate Program,” said Lisa Hasselschwert, director. “Each session was presented in a professional, enthusiastic and well thought-out manner. Each series provided an opportunity to develop individual steps to implement the new skills into our daily interactions with customers.

“Since we work with students, parents and others on a daily basis, we are always concerned about providing exceptional service,” Hasselschwert added. “This series allowed us to review techniques as well as learn new techniques to improve listening, communication and conflict-resolution skills. We will continue to incorporate these skills into our daily interactions with students as they seek our assistance with registration, financial aid and payment processes.”

Listed by certificate series, those who completed programs were:

Managerial Finance and Budgeting — Gracie Brown, Diane Eisel, Aimee Falk, Christine Filzer, Duana Huggins, Nancy Koerner, Janice Kusowski, Kelly Manahan, Jacki McBee, Stephany Mikols, Sheryl Milz, Diana Raider, Gail Simpson, Lansing Stoll and David Walczak.

Leadership — Diane Eisel, Ecole Eisenhard, Kim Govan, Reynaldo Guerra, Sadik Khuder, Nancy Koerner, Vickie Kuntz, Misa Mi, Roxanne Ring, Sherris Schwind, Carol Stamm, Rodney Theis, Joanna Tyson and Charles Williams.

Exceptional Customer Service — Joe Bendix, Donna Buza, Bill Connolly, Debbra Cooper, Jennifer Dietsch, Tamika Dobbins, Charlene Hansen, Lisa Hasselschwert, Gerri Jacobs, Adelina Jaime, Elizabeth McKnight, Tenley Petersen, Lee Reany, Mary Schneider, Terrina White, Jason Woodward and Lisa Young.

“Talent management is a very critical component for UT’s future success in today’s changing global marketplace,” Herr said. “I think everyone’s commitment to these certificates is a great milestone for UT.”

Toledo Rocket Sports Radio Network adds affiliates

The University of Toledo Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Rocket Sports Properties, have announced the addition of three radio stations to the Toledo Rocket Sports Radio Network in an effort to bolster its programming reach.

webrocket-sports-radio-network-21The new affiliates are WOHF-92.1 FM (Bellevue), WBVI-96.7 FM (Fostoria) and WMTR-96.1 FM (Archbold).

Beginning this 2011-12 athletic season, WOHF will carry football, as well as a minimum of 20 men’s basketball games, and air the weekly Rocket Coaches’ Show. WBVI will broadcast select football and men’s basketball games and coaches’ shows. WMTR also will carry select football and men’s basketball games.

Additionally, the Rockets’ flagship station WSPD-AM (Toledo), along with WJMO-AM (Cleveland) and WDTW-AM (Detroit), will return to the network as football and men’s basketball affiliates for the 2011-12 season.

“This is another positive step in expanding The University of Toledo reach into the entire state of Ohio, as well as Michigan,” said Vice President for External Affairs Lawrence J. Burns.

“We are very pleased to be adding three more affiliates to our Rocket Sports Radio Network,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “This gives Rocket fans throughout most of northern Ohio and southeast Michigan the chance to follow our football and men’s basketball teams.”

“This is great news for Rocket fans who rely on the radio to hear game action, coaches shows and other related broadcasts,” said Gerry Dickey, general manager for Rocket Sports Properties, which not only oversees the comprehensive athletic rights for UT but all aspects of the radio network as well. “Our goal is to continue to add affiliates in markets where we want to extend our reach and strengthen the Rocket brand, and we’re happy to have these new stations in place prior to kick off.”

Rocket Sports Properties is a property of Learfield Sports, which manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences and associations. It also titles the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, in conjunction with award co-founders the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. For more, visit learfieldsports.com.

New resident lounge opens in Mulford Library

Fatigued residents at The University of Toledo Medical Center now will be able to unwind by watching their favorite television shows or catching up on sleep in the new resident lounge in Mulford Library.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold talked about and showed the new resident lounge in Mulford Library to Dr. Valerie Takyi and Dr. Mustafa Nazzal, residents in surgery.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold talked about and showed the new resident lounge in Mulford Library to Dr. Valerie Takyi and Dr. Mustafa Nazzal, residents in surgery.

Located on the ground level of the building near the resident call room, the lounge area features a few rooms equipped with a high-definition television, bed, large leather couch, a table and chairs, two secure computers from which patient files can be accessed, and a treadmill.

“The lounge is a really nice place,” said Dr. Mustafa Nazzal, a resident of general surgery. “It is a great way to meet other residents and socialize.”

All UTMC residents will be able to enjoy the lounge.

“This lounge shows just one of the many ways in which the University invests in graduate medical education and its health profession students, and I hope the space is well-used,” Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor, executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, said during a recent reception and open house for the new lounge.

“Its function is highly significant, as it recognizes the challenge of fatigue encountered by residents and offers them a way to prevent it,” Gold said.

The lounge is sponsored by the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

Cartel returns to Toledo to headline Music Fest 2011

Cartel

Cartel

When the Georgia-based pop-rock band Cartel comes to Toledo this week, it won’t be their first time visiting the Glass City.

“We’ve had some fun, sweaty shows in Toledo, I can tell you that,” said Will Pugh, lead singer and frontman for the band.

Cartel will return to Toledo to headline the University’s Music Fest Wednesday, Aug. 31. The band’s stop at UT is part of a 10-day tour in the Midwest that includes three shows with the pop-punk band All Time Low.

“We’ll have the chance to play some headliner shows, and we haven’t done that for a while,” Pugh said. “It’ll be a lot of fun.”

Cartel officially formed in 2003, though Pugh said he and his band mates — rhythm guitarist Nic Hudson, lead guitarist Joseph Pepper, drummer Kevin Sanders and bass player Jeff Lett — had been playing together in different groups for years.

“We played in about three or four different bands that all came together, and that’s how we started playing together and being friends,” Pugh said. “Cartel is probably the fourth incarnation of bands, if you will.”

Inspired by Newfound Glory — a band they toured with in the mid-2000s — and Jimmy Eat World, Cartel keeps shows lively to make fans feel the same way its members felt when they went to concerts.

“We’ve always drawn from our roots of going to shows together and stuff like that,” Pugh said during a phone call from Atlanta, where the band was recording new music. “Those are the bands that showed us the ropes kind of indirectly as far as what we wanted to accomplish in the band, both musically and career-wise.”

Cartel has released three albums and is in the final stages of completing the EP Lessons In Love, which the band recorded, produced and is publicizing on its own. Cartel debuted in 2005 with Chroma and released the self-titled Cartel in 2007 and Cycles in 2009.

The title track for Lessons in Love was released on iTunes last month with the rest of the EP due out in late September.

Fans at Music Fest will hear not only the new “Lessons in Love” when Cartel takes the stage, but songs from each album.

“My personal favorites have to be, on a short list, a song called ‘I Will Hide Myself Away’ from the second record, probably ‘Burn This City’ off Chroma, and ‘Deep South’ and ‘Faster Ride’ off Cycles,” Pugh said.

Music Fest 2011, which is free and open to the public, also will include performances by singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer, country singer Glen Templeton, the ’70s funk band the Ohio Players and jazz artist Alexander Zonjic.

The event will begin at 2:45 p.m. with Stauffer. Cartel is slated to appear at 9:30 p.m., and the event will conclude with a fireworks display at 10:45 p.m.

For more information visit utoledo.edu/musicfest.

Quit Tobacco! session offered

A Quit Tobacco! session will be offered Tuesday, Sept. 6, at noon in Student Union Room 2561.

Alexis Blavos, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs prevention specialist, will host the session, which is offered in conjunction with a revised tobacco use policy on Main Campus.

Participants will be advised about various tobacco cessation resources and tools.

The policy, enacted Aug. 1, restricts tobacco use to designated huts, but does not affect the Health Science Campus, which has been tobacco-free since 2006.

A Quit Tobacco! support group is set to begin in mid-September as Blavos garners interest.

“We’re trying to decide on a time and day that works for everyone,” Blavos said, adding those interested may email alexis.blavos@utoledo.edu or call 419.530.8436 for details.

College of Law named ‘best value’ third straight year

The University of Toledo College of Law has been named a “best value” law school by a national magazine for the third year in a row.

national-jurist-masthead-logoNational Jurist magazine named the UT College of Law among 60 U.S. law schools in its annual “best value” honor roll for 2011.

The UT College of Law is the only law school in Ohio or Michigan to earn the distinguished designation for 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The magazine’s rankings are based on a school’s in-state tuition, average student debt, bar exam passage rate and percentage of graduates employed nine months after graduation. The rankings identify schools that carry a low price tag and prepare their students well for today’s competitive legal job market.

“This year’s designation recognizes what those here have known for years: The University of Toledo College of Law provides a high-quality education at an affordable price,” said Daniel Steinbock, dean of the college. “In today’s economic climate, getting good value in legal education is essential.”

Professor selected Fellow of American Association of Physicists in Medicine

Parsai

Parsai

Dr. Ishmael Parsai, UT professor of radiation oncology, chief of Medical Physics Division and director of the Graduate Medical Physics Program, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).

“I am extremely honored and grateful to have been selected for this award and honorable distinction,” said Parsai, who traveled to a presentation banquet in Vancouver, British Columbia, to receive the award this month.

AAPM fellowships are awarded to “senior members of the medical physics community” chosen through a peer-review process, according to Parsai.

Fellows must be full members of the association for at least 10 years and be nominated by a chapter or by two Fellows of the association. The nominations come from colleagues who have seen the nominee’s academic, professional, clinical and scientific contributions to the field over many years.

Nominations are offered to those who have made significant contributions of service to the organization, advancement of knowledge related to medical physics through original research, leadership in the practice of medical physics, and educational pursuits in the field — particularly in the training of medical students, medical physicists, allied health personnel, as well as medical residents.

Dr. Don Frey, professor of radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina and chair of the AAPM Awards and Honors Committee, said Parsai excelled in all of these areas.

“Dr. Parsai is well-known for his contributions to medical physics on a global scale,” Frey said. “He has served as editor of the Medical Physics World newsletter and has spearheaded many educational projects, helping medical physicists in developing nations understand what they need to know to be well-functioning practitioners in the field.”

“I’ve been very fortunate to be here at UT with really brilliant radiation oncologists like Dr. Ralph Dobelbower, our previous chair, and Dr. John Feldmeier, our current chair, with whom I have a number of patents and publications together,” Parsai said.

Parsai said his career has been particularly distinguished by two patents he has pursued with Feldmeier.

The first involved the removal of a filter used in a machine that emits a beam to target tumors, an alteration that made the beam cleaner and gave it a higher dosage rate without needlessly damaging surrounding tissue. The second patent was for a new generation of radiation detectors and sensors made from large-area photovoltaic solar cell material that allows imaging at both diagnostic and therapeutic energy range better in many aspects, including cost, and all imaging parameters.

“I am humbled by the honor and take it to heart as an added responsibility to further refine my professional skills in clinical medical physics, teaching and research, and to strive harder to make our graduate program maintain the course of excellence and live up to our reputation to better position our graduates in the field,” Parsai said.

In this vein, Parsai said he will work with resources available to him as an AAPM Fellow to increase the educational opportunities available to the students enrolled in the Graduate Medical Physics Program, such as lectures and seminars from professionals in the field as well as other offerings from the related manufacturing sector.

“I hope to create a better environment to further expose our students to the latest technological advancements in the field of medical physics,” he said.

UT launches customizable virtual view book

virtual-web-pageLast year, the offices of Marketing and University Communications and the Center for Creative Instruction took UT’s printed view book into the online world. This year, they took it one step further.

Visitors to UT’s new online view book will answer three questions and connect with Facebook, creating a customized view book that speaks directly to their interests and what they want to know about UT.

Among the features of the new virtual view book are:

• Integration of photos from the student’s Facebook page;

• Information that swaps out based on a student’s interest in residence life, an area of study and scholarship eligibility; and

• A map from the student’s town to UT for a campus visit.

“This is truly one of the most exciting new marketing tools we have ever created,” said Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs and interim vice president for equity and diversity. “This was done totally in-house within the Division of External Affairs. Innovative sites like this and the new virtual tour launched earlier this summer will help us reach and impress students, not to mention our higher education colleagues.”

The virtual view book complements the printed edition, which also was revised this year to feature updated information on the new colleges, QR codes and photos of campus life from the previous year.

Both the publication and the virtual view book are used by the Office of Undergraduate Admission to recruit students.