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Women’s cross country tream captures third-straight MAC Championship

Despite harsh weather conditions, the 20th-ranked Toledo women’s cross country team ran to its third-straight Mid-American Conference Championship in historic fashion Saturday afternoon at Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island, N.Y.

The women’s cross country team captured its third straight Mid-American Conference Championship, and Head Coach Kevin Hadsell, holding the trophy, won MAC Coach of the Year for the third straight year and the fifth time in his career.

The Rockets dominated conference foes with a record-breaking score of 24 points, eclipsing their mark of 33 points set in last year’s championship race.

Eight of the nine Toledo runners earned All-MAC honors, while Head Coach Kevin Hadsell was named the MAC Coach of the Year for the third straight year and the fifth time in his career. The Rockets now have five conference championships in program history.

“Today went really well,” Hadsell said. “I’m really proud of how we were able to handle the conditions. Our whole game plan coming in here was to validate our ranking and to get as many All-MAC runners as possible. This should really set us up nice for the NCAA Regionals in a couple of weeks.”

Senior Kaylin Belair and sophomores Megan Wright and Liz Weiler led the Rockets, crossing the finish line second, third and fourth. Belair ran at 5:41-mile pace and finished 20 seconds behind Ohio’s Julie Accurso at 21:08.7. Wright and Weiler recorded times of 21:20.5 and 21:24.9, respectively.

Sophomores Brooke Tullis (21:55.8) and Priscilla Timmons (21:56.5) finished back to back in seventh and eighth place, while juniors Devyn Ramsay and Liz Lemon and freshman Sharon Morgan rounded out the top-14 finishers.

Two-time MAC Runner of the Week Mackenzie Chojnacky battled through the tough weather conditions and an illness to finish 57th with a mark of 23:00.8.

Toledo became the first school to win three consecutive MAC titles since Ohio won five straight crowns from 1987 to 1992.

According to Hadsell, this is just the beginning for the Rockets as they will amp up their training to prepare for the NCAA Regional Championships, which will be hosted by Wisconsin Friday, Nov. 9. Toledo will gun for its third straight NCAA Championship bid at the regional meet.

UT Outpatient Pharmacies, partner receive award

For dedication to the lives of customers, The University of Toledo Outpatient Pharmacies and Catarman, UT’s prescription benefit manager, were recognized for excellence in consumer care in October.

UT was recognized for its commitment to the welfare of health-care consumers with the Health-Care Stars! Award, which was presented by the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission. The honor was announced at the commission’s 2012 Quality Summit and Awards Program in October in San Francisco.

“The Health-Care Stars! Awards recognize individual health-care professionals who deliver on the mission of protecting and empowering consumers and promoting quality care through their daily work,” said Alan P. Speilman, president and chief executive officer of the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission. “These individuals are true heroes of health-care management, serving as role models for how to make a real difference in the lives of health-care consumers.”

The University was selected because of its work with diabetic patients to improve the quality of their lives and health care. UT and Catarman have worked with consumers with diabetes to ensure that they meet all medication, counseling or other needs they may have.

UT graduate pharmacy students assisted with counseling, including smoking cessation, and setting up additional informational appointments for diabetic patients. They also made referrals for services that the UT pharmacy could not provide.

“I am exceptionally proud of the pharmacy team for creating a patient-centered program that has become our standard of care that is nationally recognized as a best practice for empowering patients,” said Cindy Puffer, UT manager of managed care pharmacy operations.

UT Outpatient Pharmacies fill 85 percent of all employee prescriptions. The two pharmacies, located on Main Campus and Health Science Campus, also provide prescriptions and other services to students and the community.

Gandhi Lecture to take place Nov. 4

Bacik

The Rev. James J. Bacik, former pastor of Corpus Christi University Parish and UT adjunct professor of humanities, will deliver the Sixth Annual Gandhi Lecture Sunday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. in the Richard and Jane McQuade Law Center Auditorium.

His talk it titled “Truth-Force: Exploring Gandhi’s Response to Violence.”



Bacik is the author of Catholic Spirituality, Its History and Challenge; Tensions in the Church: Facing Challenges and Seizing Opportunity; Spirituality in Transition; and Spirituality in Action.

Richard P. McBrien, professor of theology at Notre Dame University, has called Bacik “one of America’s finest, most insightful theologians.”



The free, public lecture is sponsored by the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences. Free parking is available in Lot 12 by the Law Center. 



For more information, call the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences at 419.530.2164.

College of Business and Innovation featured in Princeton Review’s 2013 edition

The UT College of Business and Innovation is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review, which features the college in the new 2013 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 296 Business Schools.

“We consider the UT College of Business and Innovation one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of Princeton Review. “We selected the schools we profile in this book — 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international — based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book.”

The Princeton Review stated its survey showed the College of Business and Innovation provides a “solid preparation in general management and doing business in a global economy.”

“UT and the College of Business and Innovation are very excited at this continuing recognition by The Princeton Review of the quality and relevance of our MBA programs,” said Dr. Thomas Sharkey, interim dean of the college. “This validates the quality of our faculty, the significance of our curriculum, and the excellence of our students.”

Dr. Anand Kunnathur, senior executive associate dean of the college, said, “Our inclusion in this select group is a seal of quality for our degree programs. It elevates the value of degrees received, leads to increased enrollment of high-quality students, and enhances the qualifications of alumni. Furthermore, it benefits businesses nationwide by providing them with highly qualified graduates who become superb employees.”

In the profile, The Princeton Review editors describe the school as “offering a good education at a very competitive price with convenient scheduling. The College of Business and Innovation at The University of Toledo fits the needs of area businesspeople in search of a quality MBA.”

“UT distinguishes its MBA program with a number of cutting-edge concentrations,” the listing states. “Students here may specialize in customer relationship management and marketing intelligence, human resource management, information systems, operations and supply chain management, and professional sales, as well as in the more traditional areas of administration, finance, international business and marketing.”

One student in the listing commented, “Receiving individual attention is a norm, be it in the advising office or from a professor.”

Another student said, “The program is very accommodating toward people who work full time. The majority of classes are taught at night, so I have been able to continue to work full time while taking one or two classes at night.”

The Princeton Review’s survey asked 19,000 students at the 296 schools their opinions of their institution’s academics, student body and campus life, as well as about themselves and their career plans. An education services company, The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 296, or name one business school best overall.

Newly accredited UT program has most representatives at athletic training conference

At this year’s National Athletic Training Association Conference, The University of Toledo had the largest number of research presentations of any institution for the second year in a row, making up almost 8 percent of the content reported.

Brittany Luc, UT athletic training graduate student, presented her research on the “Effectiveness of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Preventing Knee Osteoarthritis” at the National Athletic Training Association Conference in St. Louis this summer.

This also was the first conference in which UT’s Graduate Athletic Training Education Program was recognized by the association as accredited. The UT program was accredited in March, making it the 16th program of its kind in the nation.

“The accreditation was a long time coming and a great accomplishment for the University,” said Dr. Phillip Gribble, UT associate professor in kinesiology.

Coming from an accredited athletic training graduate program, Gribble wanted to see Toledo take a similar route when he came to the University 10 years ago. UT already had an accredited undergraduate program in athletic training, and faculty members wanted to see the program grow.

“We started in 2004 with four students,” Gribble said. “We currently have 20 students in the program. We’ve exponentially increased the number of students we have in the program. It’s been a lot of fun to see that over almost a decade we’ve built the program to what it is now.”

The accreditation of the program was through the National Athletic Training Association, the professional organization of athletic training. The association took an investigative look at the program’s curriculum, research and involvement of the students in clinical settings in order to determine whether it was fit for accreditation. Representatives then came to UT for a November site visit last year to study the facilities, students and faculty.

“Overall, they were extremely impressed with what The University of Toledo has been able to produce,” Gribble said. “They had no major concerns at all about our program. For being a first-time application to the accreditation process, I’m really proud of that.”

Gribble was joined at the National Athletic Training Association conference this summer in St. Louis by Dr. Brian Pietrosimone, UT assistant professor in kinesiology, and 19 students from the Graduate Athletic Training Education Program.

“This solidified us as one of the strongest programs in the country in athletic training and sports medicine research,” Pietrosimone said. “Our success is largely due to the fact that we have some of the best students.”

The faculty and students gave 26 presentations on lower extremity injuries, such as those in the knee and ankle. Topics discussed by other institutions were concussions, sudden death and shoulder injuries.

Gribble said that although concussions are more serious and deadly, research on lower extremity injuries is just as important because they are much more common and can have negative, long-lasting effects. Research on these types of injuries is a main focus at UT and is pertinent to athlete health at the adolescent, collegiate and professional levels.

Another great accomplishment was Gribble’s induction into this year’s class of fellows. He has been attending the conference since 1996, when he began presenting as a student. Pietrosimone has been attending and presenting research for seven years.

UT, Toledo Symphony Orchestra team up for festival

The University of Toledo College of Visual and Performing Arts is partnering for a second season with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra to offer a festival that looks at dealing with the devil, temptation, redemption and heroes.

This arts and humanities collaboration is the second of its kind between the symphony and the college. In April, the Wartime Reflections Festival was presented.

Faculty and artists who work in theatre, dance, music, film and literature will provide context and background to enhance the audience’s appreciation for the musical pieces performed by the Toledo Symphony in its presentation of Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, at 8 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theatre.

Cornel Gabara, UT associate professor of theatre, will direct the production about a fiddle-playing soldier who makes a deal with the devil.

Tickets for the concert range from $24 to $54 with student prices of $10 in advance and $5 at the door. They can be purchased by calling 419.246.8000 or visiting ToledoSymphony.com.

Four free, public events remain that are part of the festival. Listed by date, they are:

• Tuesday, Oct. 30 — “Fighting and Embracing Evil Empires: Goethe’s Egmont and Faust” with Dr. Edmund B. Lingan, UT assistant professor of theatre, at 7 p.m. Libbey Hall. Just in time for Halloween, Lingan will invoke demonic realms and legends of a primordial occult religion in this exploration of two of Goethe’s plays, “Egmont” and “…Faust Part I.” The theatre historian and critic will show that these plays intuit the existence of a complex and disturbing realm of spirits, demons and deities.

• Friday, Nov. 2 — “Scoring Evil: Penderecki and Lynch’s ‘Inland Empire’” with Dr. Jeanne Kusina, UT coordinator of participatory learning and research, and a visiting faculty member in the UT departments of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies, at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus. Director David Lynch has graciously granted permission for this rare public screening and discussion of “Inland Empire.” The story of an actress who enters into a terrifying psychological underworld as she increasingly identifies with the character she portrays, this challenging film can be described as a lurid, surreal journey down the rabbit hole. Film scholar Kusina will introduce the movie with a presentation on the film’s musical score, which features work by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, whose early avant-garde music has been featured in a number of films as a means to evoke unspeakable horror. Employing transcendental visual imagery and aural effects, “Inland Empire” provides a unique passageway into a chilling, at times haunting, consideration of the aesthetics of evil.

• Tuesday, Nov. 6 — “The Faustian Bargain and Other Devilish Deals” with Dr. Daniel Compora, UT associate professor of English, at 7 p.m. Libbey Hall, 7 p.m. This lecture will explore different folk variations of the Faustian bargain — the selling of one’s soul to the devil. The theme is prevalent in Western culture, and a number of people in literature and music allegedly have entered into such pacts. In particular, the legend of blues musician Robert Johnson and his deal at the crossroads will be examined.

• Tuesday, Nov. 13 — “Recruiting the Folk: Verbunkos, Gypsies and Temptation in Stravinsky’s ‘The Soldier’s Tale’” with Dr. Christopher Williams, UT visiting assistant professor of music at 7 p.m. in Libbey Hall. Although Stravinsky frequently boasted of the originality of his music, its utter independence from folk traditions or stylistic predecessors, the most radical features of his style — including its spasmodically shifting meters and acidic harmonic textures — nevertheless remain rooted in Eastern European and Russian folk music traditions. This is as true for his Russian folk tale with music, “The Soldier’s Tale,” as it is for the more obviously revolutionary “The Rite of Spring.” In this 1918 theater piece, the various functions and aspects of the soldier’s character are played out through musical folk references, especially to “recruiting songs” or “Verbunkos,” that were common to countryside military recruiting in Hungary and Russia in the 19th century, then popularized and further embroidered by gypsy musicians. Accordingly, “The Soldier’s Tale,” while spinning a classic yarn about the temptations of a simple everyman at the hands of the devil, also provides a prismatic reflection of Stravinsky’s most modernistic concerns as a composer and organic ties to popular folk tradition. This talk will place “The Soldier’s Tale” in a broader context of Stravinsky’s connections to folk music, rural recruitment and military culture on the Russian/Austrian border, and stories of diabolic temptation.

Conference to discuss sustainability in today’s university

With the cost of higher education rising each year, universities are looking to become more self-sustainable in order to save money.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, The University of Toledo will host Sustainable U, a conference in which this sustainability initiative will be discussed. The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m. in Student Union Rooms 2591 and 2592.

This is the first year the conference has been held at UT; for the past three years, it has been held at Bowling Green State University. For this year’s meeting, UT will be joined by BGSU and the community to talk about the present and future for sustainability at U.S. universities and beyond.

“The purpose of the conference is to bring together the researchers, practitioners and educators who are working in the sustainability area in northwest Ohio so that they can discuss what they are doing and what universities are doing in order to create a sustainable environment,” said Dr. Ashok Kumar, professor and chair of the UT Department of Civil Engineering and conference chair.

The event will kick off with a welcome from Dr. James P. Trempe, UT vice president for research and professor of biochemistry and cancer biology, followed by opening speaker Dr. Andy Jorgensen, UT associate professor and director of general chemistry.

Following the opening remarks, there will be posters, exhibits and speakers from UT, BGSU and the community. Presentations will be given on university initiatives, sustainable pedagogy, sustainability research and student contributions. There will be breaks for coffee and lunch.

“We want to invite anyone from the University who is interested in learning about sustainability,” Kumar said. “We will have practical tips as well as research tips during the conference, and attendees will be able to see how the new generation of students is learning about sustainability.”

Those who wish to attend the conference must register at utoledo.edu/dl/sustainableu/index.html. More information also can be found on that site.

Historian to discuss Indian-Pakistani conflict

Students and faculty soon will get an outside-the-box narrative about the Indian-Pakistani conflict from a respected scholar of both countries’ history.

Jalal

Dr. Ayesha Jalal, the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University, will give a talk titled “The Pity of Partition: The Personal and Political Across the India-Pakistan Divide” Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in Libby Hall.

The free, public event will last about two hours and be followed by a question-and-answer session.

“The personal life, family history and short stories of renowned Urdu litterateur Saadat Hasan Manto will serve as a prism to explore the human dimension of the partition of India and the post-colonial moment in Pakistan,” Jalal said. “By probing the creative tension between fictional and historical narratives, the lecture will analyze the post-colonial transition, the advent of the Cold War in South Asia, and the impact on Pakistan and its relations with India.”

Jalal is the author of seven major publications and is working on four others, including Battle for Pakistan. She has been a professor at Tufts University since 1999 and holds a joint appointment in the History Department and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

“She is going to discuss the history of Pakistan and whether creating the nation of Pakistan was actually the goal of the founder of Pakistan,” said Dr. Renee Heberle, UT associate professor of political science. “The implications of this historical argument will be discussed at length. She will put on display how she uses the best of both history and political science to get at these difficult questions. We welcome everyone to this important discussion.”

The lecture is sponsored by the Office of the President, and the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences and its School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Jalal’s talk is the inaugural lecture for interdisciplinary studies.

In addition to the event Friday, there will be a faculty seminar Thursday, Nov. 1, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in University Hall Room 4180.

Costume sale to help students, theatre shop

As Halloween approaches, finding the perfect costume can be difficult, but a new fundraiser aims to solve that problem, save people money, and help students at the same time.

Members of the Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honors Society along with the Department of Theatre and Film Costume Shop will host a costume sale Wednesday, Oct. 31, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts.

All of the costumes that are being sold are unique pieces that have been featured in UT theatre productions. Prices will range from $1 to $15.

“The costume sale provides people with an opportunity to purchase handmade costumes for low prices so they can enjoy the holiday without breaking the bank,” said Sean Koogan, president of Alpha Psi Omega.

The idea started as a joint venture between the Center for Performing Arts Costume Shop and Alpha Psi Omega as a fundraising opportunity that would allow the shop to restock materials needed for upcoming shows and help students expand their education by helping to pay for workshops and conferences.

For further information, contact Koogan at sean.koogan@rockets.utoledo.edu.

‘New Laws Impacting Water Quality and Quantity’ topic of Great Lakes Water Conference

New international, national and state laws impacting Great Lakes water quality and quantity will be the subjects of the 12th annual Great Lakes Water Conference Friday, Nov. 2, at The University of Toledo College of Law.

The free, public conference titled “New Laws Impacting Water Quality and Quantity” will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the recently renovated McQuade Law Center Auditorium.

Three panels of experts will discuss the newly amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, mercury pollution and water use legislation spawned by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. Tom Henry, award-winning environmental writer for The Blade, will be the keynote speaker.

“The problems facing the Great Lakes are often interdisciplinary in nature,” said Kenneth Kilbert, UT associate dean for academic affairs and director of the College of Law’s Legal Institute of the Great Lakes. “This conference brings together experts from law, science and policy in an effort to solve such important problems.”

The conference is free to the public, and attorneys can earn 4.5 hours of Ohio Continuing Legal Education for $60. The conference is sponsored by the College of Law and its affiliated Legal Institute of the Great Lakes.

More information about the conference is available here. Register for Continuing Legal Education and/or a box lunch here.