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Chancellor shares data on economic impact of Ohio’s academic health-care industry

The Ohio Board of Regents last week learned about the $42.6 billion economic impact the state’s medical colleges and teaching hospitals had on Ohio in 2011.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold, UT chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, gave the hourlong presentation titled “Statewide and National Perspectives on Medical Education” at the board’s May meeting at Lorain County Community College.

Gold, who serves as chair of the Ohio Council of Medical School Deans that commissioned the report, said it is important for state leaders to understand the significance of the academic health-care industry.

“Only New York state has an academic health industry with a greater economic impact on its home state than Ohio, and that impact is growing,” Gold said. “The $42.6 billion impact in 2011 is an increase of more than $5 billion since the study was last conducted in 2007.”

The Ohio Council of Medical School Deans commissions economic impact studies every five years, with similar studies completed in 2007 and 2002. The firm TrippUmbach recently finished the 2012 study with 2011 data to show medical schools’ impact on the economy, jobs, tax revenue and other key economic metrics.

The report shows that a growing number of Ohio jobs also are tied to the academic health-care industry with more than 463,000 full-time equivalent positions in 2011, an increase of more than 38,000 in the last five years.

And the state’s medical schools and teaching hospitals have a more than $1.8 billion impact on total state tax revenue, also an increase of nearly $300 million since 2007.

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences and its teaching hospitals alone had an economic impact of $5.6 billion on Ohio last year, and more than 57,000 full-time equivalent jobs are tied to the college and its teaching hospitals.

The state’s academic health-care industry also is responsible for attracting millions of dollars in research grant funding, and teaching hospitals provide much of the country’s uncompensated care, Gold said.

Gold has been invited to present the information to the Toledo City Council’s Economic Development Committee.

Local artist to unveil mural painted for UTMC pediatric patients

Artist Jeannine Dailey poses in front of the mural she painted in the pediatrics clinic lobby in the Ruppert Health Center.

As Jeannine Dailey finishes the mural that spans the walls of The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Pediatric Clinic in the Ruppert Health Center, it seems fitting that the beauty she’s created for kids and families comes from having successfully conquering the results of a disease normally associated with children.

On Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. in the Ruppert Health Center on UT’s Health Science Campus, Dailey will unveil her mural and share her remarkable story.

After catching chickenpox as an adult and having part of her brain removed, Dailey was expected to live the rest of her life in a nursing home.

Instead, working with the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, Goodwill Industries and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Development Center, Dailey has her own business, Visions Murals LLC.

“I always wanted to open a mural-painting business, and this new program is allowing my dreams to come true,” Dailey said at Vision Murals’ launch celebration in August last year.

Retirement concert slated for June 2

Rondelli Perry

Barbara Rondelli Perry, UT professor emerita of classical voice in the Department of Music, will be honored with a concert in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall Saturday, June 2, at 2:30 p.m.

The concert will feature opera and oratorio arias, as well as art songs, sung by 13 of her former students, all alumni.

The music will represent compositions of Mozart, Handel, Gounod, Puccini, Wagner, Rorem, Duparc, Gershwin, Tosti and Debussy.

Violinist Brenda van der Merwe, Rondelli Perry’s daughter, will play a selection by Brahms.

Rondelli Perry, a lyric soprano, played more than 50 major operatic roles around the world before joining the music faculty in 1975.

For more information on the free, public concert, call the UT Department of Music at 419.530.2448.

Summer arts workshops for all ages slated

The University of Toledo College of Visual and Performing Arts will offer nine workshops as part of its Summer SmARTS Series.

The workshops are operated independently and provide opportunities for professional educational development in the arts as well as performance training for vocalists, musicians and visual artists — of any age or experience level.

Many of the workshops also may be taken for college credit. More information about how to apply for college credit is available at the registration sites of the workshops that offer that option.

Those interested in attending one of the workshops, whether for college credit or not, should register now even if they plan to pay later. Payment is due by the first day of the workshop.

Workshops, dates and times are:

Summer Jazz Institute with Gunnar Mossblad, professor of music — June 17-23 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with evening jam sessions/social time. The UT Summer Jazz Institute is the place where all levels of jazz students can discover and achieve their jazz potential in one of four programs: instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, teacher training and jazz appreciation. College credit available. Cost: $50 non-refundable application fee and $450 workshop tuition includes lunches. The $450 workshop fee is waived if the institute is taken for college credit; only UT tuition/fees will apply.

Screenprinting Workshop with Arturo Rodriguez, associate professor of art — June 18-22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Screenprinting, as a mode of artistic self-expression, is a medium that is easy to learn and use. Once you know the basics, you can continue on your own without the need to make a huge investment in art supplies. This workshop, suitable for high school students, artists and artist educators, will teach you the basics of screenprinting and give you the tools and techniques you need to continue to explore this fascinating art. The $300 cost includes materials needed for the workshop.

Art Song Festival & Workshops with Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini, assistant professor of music — June 25-July 1 from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. This is a weeklong festival of master classes, voice lessons, coaching sessions and performances, with classes geared for both students and emerging professional singers and collaborative pianists. Guest artists/educators come from across the country and join with UT faculty to provide training in everything that goes into the art of recital planning and performance. A number of concerts, open to the public, will be given throughout the week. College credit available. Cost: Many participation options are available.

Books to Sing, Dance, Act & Play with Dr. Pamela Stover, assistant professor of music — June 25-29 from 9 a.m. to noon. This is a hands-on workshop for librarians, music teachers, elementary teachers, education students and music education students. Music, children’s literature, drama and art will be integrated in activities that are appropriate for pre-school through middle school children. This workshop will be framed using the Orff-Schulwerk process of music and movement education. No prior experience with music or movement is needed; beginners and advanced students are welcome. College credit available. Cost: $100; this fee is waived if workshop is taken for college credit, and only UT tuition/fees will apply.

Summer Band Institute with Dr. Jason Stumbo, associate professor of music and director of bands — July 9-13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Improve your musicianship, no matter what your current level might be, at this weeklong intensive in band for high school students. Learn more about music theory, practice techniques and composition, and rehearse and perform in a variety of large and small ensembles during the week. The $200 includes breakfast and lunch.

Guitar Intensive Workshop with Jay Weik, lecturer of music — July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This workshop will help prepare high school guitar students for college-level auditions and study, and their instructors in ways to assist their students in that process. College credit available. Cost: $250; this fee is waived if workshop is taken for college credit and only UT tuition/fees will apply.

Intro to Orff-Schulwerk Workshop with Dr. Pamela Stover, assistant professor of theatre — July 30-Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is an introduction to the highly creative and integrative Orff-Schulwerk process of music and movement education for elementary education teachers and students. Designed for beginners to the Orff-Schulwerk, experienced teachers who hold Orff levels and want a different perspective are welcome. College credit available. Cost: $100; this fee is waived if workshop is taken for college credit and only UT tuition/fees will apply.

High School Choir Workshop with Dr. Stephen Hodge, professor of music — Aug. 6-9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sing, sing, sing! Improve your vocal technique, sharpen your sight-reading skills, and explore choral singing in a wide variety of ensembles in this workshop for choral singers going into grades 8-12. The workshop will conclude with a choral concert featuring the pieces explored during the week. The $230 cost includes daily lunches.

For more information, visit http://utole.do/summerarts. For information on music or theatre workshops, call the UT Department of Music at 419.530.2448. For information on the screenprinting workshop, call the Department of Art at 419.530.8300.

Flower baskets to add look of spring to Main Campus

The University Environs and Beautification Committee have brought baskets of brightly colored flowers to campus this spring as part of its efforts to enhance UT’s appearance.

Flower baskets like these found near the Brunner Garden behind University Hall have been placed around Main Campus.

A total of 30 locations have been identified on Main Campus, each to display two baskets that will integrate bright red calliope geraniums with purple fountain grass planted in the center and white scaevola flowers cascading down.

Dick Eastop, retired vice president of enrollment services and former chair of the Campus Beautification Committee, led the new initiative. The committee has long admired the flower basket program in Ottawa Hills and believed it would be a success to bring it to UT.

“We have been talking about this for a number of years, and I am delighted the committee decided to implement the project this spring,” Eastop said. “As a committee, we believe the beauty of the campus is our gift to the future.”

The pilot project was funded entirely by private donations through the Environs and Beautification Committee UT Foundation account.

“It is our hope that the University community and others will enjoy and embrace this project and that we can generate additional donations that can be used to perpetuate and hopefully expand the project to the other campuses,” said Dr. Steven LeBlanc, executive associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Engineering and chair of the Campus Beautification Committee.

Ralph Keefe, an area grower and a member of the Maumee Valley Growers Association, planted each basket and agreed to replant for future displays.

The UT Grounds Department will maintain the baskets, which will be used around the entrance areas of campus, said Doug Collins, director of facility maintenance and grounds.

“We all — students, faculty and staff alike — take tremendous pride in the beauty of the campus, and UT has been identified as having one of the most beautiful metropolitan campuses in the country,” Eastop said. “In order to maintain that reputation, we are continually looking for opportunities to enhance the campus beauty, not just for us who are here now, but for potential students as well.”

Student organizations and faculty offices are welcome to purchase a basket as a way to embrace the spirit of the initiative and grow together as a UT community. If interested, contact LeBlanc at 419.530.8264.

Student-athletes earn record 3.266 GPA spring semester

UT student-athletes earned a record grade point average of 3.266 in spring semester, shattering the previous high mark of 3.167 set in fall 2011.

It is the fourth time in the last five semesters that UT student-athletes have broken the GPA record, but none of the previous increases were as dramatic as last semester.

The 3.266 GPA also marked the seventh consecutive semester that UT student-athletes have earned a combined GPA of 3.1 or higher, and the 12th time in the last 14 semesters above a 3.0.

Additionally, 14 of UT’s 15 sport programs had team GPAs of 3.0 or above, and every program had a team GPA of at least 2.9. It is the first time in school history that 14 varsity sports registered a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Individually, 26 student-athletes earned perfect 4.0 GPAs, while nearly 41 percent (133 of 327) earned a spot on the dean’s list by garnering at least a 3.50 GPA. And a record 70.9 percent of UT student-athletes achieved a 3.0 grade point average or better for spring semester, the 17th consecutive semester in which at least half of Rocket student-athletes earned a 3.0+ GPA.

“The academic performance of our student-athletes has been truly outstanding in recent years, but this past semester’s in grade point average represents a new level of achievement in the classroom,” UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said. “When you consider that seven out every 10 Rocket student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA last semester, and four out of 10 earned a 3.5, well, I think that is just remarkable.

“I think it also says a lot that all of our teams are excelling academically. This isn’t a situation where some sports are doing well and others are just getting by. We are excelling across the board. I think everyone who is associated with The University of Toledo — whether you’re an employee, an alumnus or a community supporter — should be proud of the achievement of these young women and men.

“As always, I also want to commend our student-athletes, as well as the coaches, athletic department academic staff and University faculty members whose dedication plays a big role in their success,” he said.

Women’s volleyball had the highest team GPA for the second consecutive semester at 3.641, just beating out women’s soccer at 3.622.

Men’s tennis had the highest GPA for a men’s team with 3.446

2012 Spring Semester GPAs 3.0+
Women’s Volleyball 3.641

Women’s Soccer 3.622

Women’s Swimming & Diving 3.557

Women’s Cross Country 3.539

Women’s Tennis 3.458

Men’s Tennis 3.446

Softball 3.361

Women’s Track & Field 3.296

Women’s Basketball 3.263

Baseball 3.176

Men’s Cross Country 3.155

Women’s Golf 3.059

Men’s Golf 3.059

Men’s Basketball 3.011

College of Medicine to hold commencement June 1

Boufford

Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, president of the New York Academy of Medicine, and Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro will speak at the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences’ commencement ceremony Friday, June 1, at 2 p.m. at Stranahan Theater.

There are more than 200 students who are candidates for degrees; this includes 166 students who will receive doctor of medicine degrees. Nine students will earn a PhD in biomedical sciences, and 43 will receive master’s degrees. There are nine candidates for combined degrees, including the college’s first two students who will receive the medicine/master of business administration degree. And 18 students are candidates for certificates.

Boufford will receive an honorary doctor of science degree at the ceremony.

Since 2007, she has charted the course of the New York Academy of Medicine. The independent organization’s priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging, to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health, and to eliminate health disparities.

Boufford served as dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University from 1997 to 2002 and is professor of public service, health policy and management, and clinical professor of pediatrics at NYU.

From 1985 to 1989, she served as president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. Boufford also was principal deputy assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 1997, and while there, served as the U.S. representative on the executive board of the World Health Organization from 1994 to 1997.

Boufford was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., in 1992 and is a member of its Executive Council, the Board of Global Health, and the Board on African Science Academy Development.

After attending Wellesley College for two years, Boufford received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and her doctor of medicine degree from the UM Medical School.

Petro

Petro will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the event.

He leads the University System of Ohio, which is one of the largest comprehensive systems of public higher education in the nation.

Petro served as Ohio auditor from 1995 to 2002, providing financial and performance oversight to the universities and other state agencies, and was later elected Ohio attorney general, an office he held from 2003 to 2006. His work there included that of chief legal officer to the state’s universities.

He has spent nearly three decades as an elected officeholder, also serving as state representative, Cuyahoga County commissioner and Rocky River city councilman.

An attorney for 38 years, Petro has litigated cases in most legal venues from Mayor’s Court to the United States Supreme Court and has represented clients ranging from prisoners claiming innocence to international corporations.

He has served on several nonprofit boards and as a pro bono lawyer for the Ohio Innocence Project. A recipient of many awards for his public service, Petro and his wife, Nancy, were recognized for their book, False Justice — Eight Myths That Convict the Innocent, with a 2011 Constitutional Commentary Award at Georgetown University School of Law.

Petro received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Denison University.

ACT prep course to be offered at UT this summer

The University of Toledo is offering an intensive ACT prep course for high school students from Tuesday, July 10, through Tuesday, Aug. 14, to prepare for the September, October and December exams.

This customized course consists of 16 hours of test preparation (two days per week for four weeks) and six hours of pre- and post-testing.

Taught by certified teachers, this face-to-face ACT prep course will help students prepare for all four sections of the test, plus the optional writing section. Students enrolled will have access to two official retired ACT tests. In addition, students will receive data reports from pre- and post-testing targeting specific areas they need to focus on.

Students also will receive two textbooks that include test-taking strategies, quizzes, additional practice tests, and a review of skills needed to achieve a high score on the ACT.

The cost for this course is $249. Fees include pre- and post-tests with diagnostic feedback, student workbooks, certified instruction, UT parking, taxes, and shipping and handling.

Children of UT alumni and employees receive the course at a discounted cost of $199.

The course will be held on The University of Toledo’s Main Campus in the Learning Enhancement Center, located in Carlson Library Room 0300M.

Deadline to register is Friday, June 29. Class size is limited. To learn more on how to register, click here.

For additional information, contact Julie Radwanski at 419.530.2449 or julia.radwanski@utoledo.edu.

Students suggest renovations to Toledo’s UpTown District

The UpTown District of Toledo has the potential to become a family-friendly environment, and UT students who participated in a Community Planning Workshop class have suggestions to make it happen.

Dr. Bhuiyan M. Alam, left, and students in his Community Planning Workshop, from left, Rebekka Apardian, John Puente, Lance Dasher, James Marok, Qiong Zhang and Ryne Sundvold, along with Lucas Davis, who is not shown, gave a presentation in April on how to improve Toledo’s UpTown District.

The seven students in the workshop during spring semester created a project titled “UpTown District Land-Use and Walkability Analysis,” which they presented to the Toledo Design Center and UpTown District board in April.

The students found that although the area had a lot of potential because of its close proximity to downtown, it wasn’t living up to it. They suggest improvements to sidewalks, roads, and better uses for vacant lots.

During the project, some students looked at the use of the land, whether areas were well-used, vacant, residential, business or more. Others focused on the “walkability” of the streets. One of the students, James Marok, made a video displaying photographs of the problem areas.

“We divided up what skills and knowledge people had in geography and urban planning, and what they wanted to do with this course,” said Ryne Sundvold, a graduate student, who worked on the project. His focus was the “walkability” of the streets, since he is an avid cyclist.

Students walked, biked and drove throughout the district, recording problem areas in a survey that reported the existence and condition of sidewalks, along with other factors such as whether a street had one-way or two-way traffic.

The students discovered none of the main streets through UpTown had sidewalks from one end to the other, which causes problems for Toledoans who walk or bike from one place to the next. Many of the sidewalks also lacked ramps or had damaged ramps, which did not meet the standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

“One of the goals the group had for the UpTown District was to create ‘complete streets,’ a national movement for streets to be accessible for walkers and bicyclists from one end to the other, using sidewalks and bike lanes,” said Dr. Bhuiyan M. Alam, UT assistant professor in the Geography and Planning Department, who taught the course. “People who like to walk and who like to bike, they’re paying taxes for the roads, too.”

Their analysis led the group to recommend Jefferson Street as the best candidate to be transformed into a “complete street” because it is already in decent shape and construction would not deter traffic as much as it would on other streets.

The group also suggested turning vacant parking lots into community gardens or farmers’ markets, which would encourage community participation.

They also had the idea of putting a grocery store or two in one of the unused lots, so that residents in the area would not have to drive so far for food and other provisions. Such accommodations also would attract young families and senior citizens to the area.

Qiong Zhang, a student who focused mainly on the land classification aspect of the project, said she enjoyed the experience so much she plans to pursue a career in urban planning. Zhang, who is from China, is double majoring in public administration and geography, and is interning with the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority.

Sundvold was offered an internship with the Toledo Design Center and plans to continue working on this project until next spring. A few other students in this class have been working as summer interns in urban at local organizations.

“It gives you the feeling that you actually have a purpose in your community,” Sundvold said of the course.

Other students who participated in this project were Rebekka Apardian, Lance Dasher, Lucas Davis and John Puente from the Department of Geography and Planning.

Runner qualifies for NCAA Championship Meet

Kertesz

Junior Emma Kertesz finished in 10th place in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA East Preliminary Championship Meet in Jacksonville, Fla., last week to qualify for the NCAA Championship Meet in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, June 7.

The top 12 runners qualified for the nationals.

Two of Kertesz’s teammates also ran in the 10K but did not make it into the top 12. Senior Ari Fisher finished in 19th place (35:11.13), while sophomore Megan Vogelsong came in 29th (36:13.43).

UT Head Coach Kevin Hadsell said the hot and humid conditions required Kertesz to run a strategic race. She finished with a time of 34:36.34.

“Emma ran an incredibly smart, incredibly tough race. She stayed in the fifth to eighth range for most of the way, and did what she needed to do,” Hadsell said. “The goal in a race like this is not to win but to finish in the top 12 and make it to nationals.”

Hadsell also had praise for Fisher and Vogelsong. Fisher has earned All-America honors in cross country and qualified for the NCAAs in track and field multiple times. This was Vogelsong’s first appearance in the NCAA Track & Field Regionals.

“Ari has had a great career. She has been one of the most successful female athletes in UT history,” he said. “And this was a good learning experience for Megan. She is just a sophomore and has a lot of track ahead of her.”

Junior Katie Bollin finished in 44th place in the long jump with a top leap of 18 feet, 1.5 inches.