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Two temporary parking areas to open this week

Work is under way on three temporary parking areas being constructed in response to the emergency repairs that have closed the upper two levels of the East Parking Ramp on Main Campus.

The need for the emergency repairs was discovered Sept. 20 by contractors conducting inspections as part of scheduled maintenance and repair work on the parking ramps.

Facilities and Construction officials will close the East Ramp during fall break – Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 – as they begin repairs. Lower levels will reopen Wednesday as students return to campus.

The first two temporary parking areas are scheduled to open Wednesday, Oct. 2, the first day after fall break.

One will be north of Parking Area 20, which is opposite Palmer Hall at the College of Engineering. It will provide 88 new parking spaces. Access to this parking area will be from Westwood Avenue. It will be called Parking Area 20N and will be designated for vehicles with A, C or K permits.

The other lot will be on the southern portion of the former site of Dowd, Nash and White Halls. It will provide 93 parking spaces. Access will be from Campus Road. It will be called Parking Area 13E and will be designated for vehicles with A or C permits.

Additional temporary parking is being planned as an expansion of Parking Area 19 at the College of Engineering between Douglas Road and Westwood Avenue, north of Oakwood Avenue. When completed, this area will provide approximately 200 additional parking spaces. It will be called Parking Area 19W and will be designated for vehicles with A or C permits.

These temporary parking areas will be constructed of compacted stone, so those using them are reminded to use extra caution when walking. The temporary lots will have striping and traffic control devices to assist with maintaining safe parking configurations. It will be important for those using the temporary lots to park only in designated parking spaces. These temporary parking areas have been designed by DGL Consulting Engineers and are being built by Miller Brothers Construction.

Phil Whaley, a structural engineer at Poggemeyer Design Group and a regional expert in the repair of concrete structures, is coordinating the repair work on the East Parking Ramp. He is working with structural engineers from Structural Pullman, national experts in the repair of precast, pre-tensioned concrete structures — like the East Ramp — to design and complete the repairs. It is expected that the repairs necessary to address the problems identified in the ramp will be completed by the end of December.

As part of the University’s commitment to safety on its campuses, additional testing of the structural columns and beams of the parking ramps will be conducted. These tests will examine the chemical composition of the concrete and the structural integrity of the reinforcing steel inside the concrete. Whaley will design the testing regimen, which will be conducted by Toledo Testing Laboratories.

Until the repairs are complete, the upper two levels of the East Parking Ramp will remain closed. Although the testing and repair work may restrict use of some additional areas of the parking ramps on a temporary basis, the West Parking Ramp and the lower levels of the East Parking Ramp will remain open based on the current assessment by the independent structural engineer working with the University that these areas of the garages remain safe.

In addition to the new temporary lots, alternate parking areas on Main Campus include Parking Area 25, located west of Rocket Hall, and Parking Area 20, which is south of the College of Engineering. Spaces also are available in Parking Area 23 on Scott Park Campus, which is served at least twice an hour during weekday daylight hours by UT Transit Services shuttles. Main Campus Gold Loop and Blue Loop routes also are available. UT Transit routes and schedules are available at utoledo.edu/facilities/transit.

Further updates will be issued on the temporary replacement lots, as well as the additional testing and permanent repairs in the parking ramps, as information is available.

‘Rocket to the Moon’ at Homecoming this week

Ready to have a blast? “Rocket to the Moon, Stars and Beyond” for The University of Toledo’s Homecoming!

Homecoming Logo 2013 2 color Spot 2.aiTake a look at the out-of-this-world events planned for this year’s celebration of school spirit. Homecoming week activities will include:

Tuesday, Oct. 1

• Midnight Breakfast, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., Parks Tower. A $2 donation will let you eat breakfast super-early or really late! Blue Key will host a game show on UT traditions.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

• Festival Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall. Check out the free food, games, music and fun! The top 10 Homecoming candidates will be announced.

• T-Shirt Exchange, Student Union Steps, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a shirt from any other school to donate and receive a free UT T-shirt courtesy of Student Government.

• “An Out-of-This-World Rocket Experience,” 7 and 8 p.m., Ritter Planetarium. Journey into space at this program, and meet Rocky and Rocksy!

Thursday, Oct. 3

• College of Business and Innovation Alumni Affiliate Dean’s Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Toledo Club Belvedere Room, 235 14th St. Program on “Ranked and Recognized: How the UT College of Business and Innovation Equals Jobs, Progress and Success” starts at 8 a.m. Register for free program by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 419.530.ALUM (2586) or shirley.grzecki@utoledo.edu.

• Good Morning Commuters Breakfast, 9 to 11 a.m., Student Union South Lounge. Stop by for some free food, sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement.

• T-Shirt Exchange, Student Union Steps, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a shirt from any other school to donate and receive a free UT T-shirt courtesy of Student Government.

• Law Alumni Affiliate Awards Reception, 5:30 p.m., Law Center Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Lounge. Register for this free event by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 419.530.ALUM (2586) or shirley.grzecki@utoledo.edu.

• Homecoming Wine Country Tour, 6 to 8 p.m., William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion. The UT Alumni Association is partnering with Heidelberg Distributing Co. to present 40 to 60 different wines from vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and the Pacific northwest wine region. Hors d’oeuvres also will be served. The cost is $30 per person. RSVP: 419.530.ALUM (2586) or shirley.grzecki@utoledo.edu.

• Electronic Dance Music Rocketfest, 7 p.m., Memorial Field House lawn. Receive free glow sticks and neon shirts at this concert sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming. The top five Homecoming candidates will be announced.

Friday, Oct. 4

• Golden Anniversary Class of 1963 Luncheon, 11:15 a.m., Driscoll Alumni Center Schmakel Room. Following the lunch, the group will take a bus tour of Main Campus.

• Homecoming Alumni Gala and Awards Ceremony, 6 p.m., Student Union Auditorium. The Alumni Association will present this year’s Blue T, Gold T and Edward H. Schmidt Young Alum Award, and college and affiliate award winners will be honored. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Alumni Office at 419.530.ALUM (2586) or shirley.grzecki@utoledo.edu.

• Bonfire, the Flatlands, 7:30 p.m. Psyche up for the Toledo-Western Michigan game! There’ll be free food and music by WXUT.

• UT Marching Band Reunion, 9:30 p.m., Trotters Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd.

Saturday, Oct. 5

• The Edward C. Schmakel Homecoming Parade, 11 a.m. Sponsored by Blue Key, the parade will begin at West Bancroft Street and go to Middlesex Drive to Hughes Drive to Cheltenham Road and back on West Bancroft Street.

• Alumni Tailgate, noon, William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion. Stop by for free hot dogs, chips and pop; beer will be available for purchase with proper ID. And there’ll be live music by Five O’Clock Rush.

• Substance-Free Tailgate, 1 to 3 p.m., Student Recreation Center Volleyball Courts. Free food, music, games and prizes at this event hosted by the University Counseling Center and the Office of Residence Life.

• Toledo vs. Western Michigan Homecoming Game, 3 p.m., Glass Bowl. See you at the game! Cheer on the Rockets and see the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen. Tickets are $25 for reserved seating; $12.50 for children 12 and younger; half off for UT faculty and staff; and free for UT students with IDs. For tickets, call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

For more information, go to utoledo.edu/homecoming/events.html or call the UT Alumni Relations Office at 419.530.ALUM (2586) or the UT Office of Student Involvement at 419.530.4944.

Grand opening set for new UT Cardiovascular Physicians office

Patients, staff, physicians and community members will gather Monday, Sept. 30, to celebrate the grand opening of a new UT Cardiovascular Physicians office in Bellevue, Ohio.

The grand opening celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and include blood pressure screenings and a chance to meet the physicians. The event also will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony, refreshments and a raffle.

UT Cardiovascular Physicians has been in the Bellevue community for a number of years offering high-level cardiac care. The new location in a private office setting allows those who live in the Bellevue area to continue to access university-quality cardiac care from physicians with the area’s only academic medical center.

The free, public event will be held at the new office located at 1355 W. Main Street in Bellevue.

Law professor named to list of top African-American professors in Ohio

Llewellyn Joseph Gibbons, UT professor of law, has been named to a list of the top 25 African-American Professors in the state by Online Schools Ohio and StateStats.org.



Gibbons’ scholarship is at the intersection of law, contract and technology. A pioneering professor in the area of cyberlaw, he penned one of the first law review articles to study the theoretical legal principles on which the Internet could be governed.

His new treatise on trademark law, “Mastering Trademark and Unfair Competition Law,” with Lars S. Smith, recently was released. He also has published numerous law review articles, three book chapters and one encyclopedia entry.

Gibbons is at work on books on intellectual property licensing, and trademark myths and the law.

As a Fulbright scholar and after having delivered invited lectures in Argentina, England, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy and Singapore, Gibbons has earned an international reputation. His articles have been republished in India and translated into Chinese and Japanese. He is also a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Intellectual Property Rights at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China, and an elected member of the American Law Institute.

“African-American professors of distinction in Ohio create a broad tapestry of the arts and sciences, excelling in academic teaching and inquiry into music, law, education, history, visual arts and social justice,” according to Online Schools Ohio. “This selection of the top 25 African American educators in the Buckeye State draws from major research universities as well as from teaching colleges. These celebrated educators, writers, artists, policy experts and scientists share a singular commitment to fostering educational diversity and opportunity.”

Medical student’s research published in journal

Curious about the namesake of Becker Muscular Dystrophy, UT medical student Frank Hill did some research on the doctor who discovered it. As it turns out, Dr. Peter Emil Becker was a Nazi.

During his research, Hill first stumbled across an autobiographical article written in 1985 in which Becker denies ever being a member of the Nazi party. But further into his research, Hill discovered a German federal government document that said otherwise: Becker’s denazification file.

“Right then I thought it was sort of interesting that in 1985, in the twilight of his career, Dr. Becker denies ever having been a member of the Nazi party,” Hill said. “But I have his denazification file from 1948 — which clearly says that he was, in fact, a member.”

Hill’s interest in medicine during the Third Reich era led him to research the doctor further, knowing that he was alive and in Germany during that time. He planned to use his research for a class presentation in his History of Medicine elective course.

After his presentation, Hill was encouraged by Dr. Steven H. Selman, professor of urology, to do more. He wrote an article, which was published in the August issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics, which actually is the same journal that featured Becker’s autobiographical article in 1985.

“I really want to encourage other students to do the elective because it inspired me to do solid research on a topic that interested me,” said Hill, a third-year student pursuing doctor of medicine and master of business administration degrees.

Hill is the third student from the History of Medicine elective course to have a paper published. In 2011, Bradley Buck had a paper published in the journal Urology, and student Petar Bajic was published in the journal Xenotransplantation in 2012.

Job fair for UT business students slated for Sept. 27

Approximately 400 UT College of Business and Innovation students will participate in the college’s annual autumn job fair Friday, Sept. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Student Union.

More than 100 companies — including the Cleveland Indians, Owens-Illinois Inc., Owens Corning, 3M, Ernst & Young, Sherwin-Williams and Kroger — will participate.

“The fact that so many well-known companies are coming to the UT College of Business and Innovation to find the talent they need reflects very positively on the quality of both our programs and our students,” said Dr. Terribeth Gordon-Moore, senior associate dean of the college. “It also demonstrates the extremely dynamic and mutually beneficial relationship enjoyed by our college and major national recruiting companies such as Marathon, FedEx, Lowe’s and HCR Manor Care.”

She added, “Employers are looking for undergraduate students to participate in business internships and their leadership development programs, as well as for seniors and graduates seeking full-time employment. Furthermore, we strongly encourage our freshmen to attend the job fair, engage these company representatives, and begin a relationship with these employers now.

“This semiannual job fair is part of what we do to prepare our students for their futures,” Gordon-Moore explained, adding that the college’s Business Career Programs Office works year-round to assist students in acquiring internships and jobs upon graduation. “We strive to provide the necessary resources so our students can conduct their own tailored job searches.”

More than 85 percent of College of Business and Innovation students participate in internships, and the job placement rate for UT business graduates is greater than 80 percent, even in recent economic times.

U.S. Green Building Council awards education grants to schools in UT LEADERS program

The Northwest Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council awarded eight grants to area schools for the advancement and study of sustainable ecology.

Material and supplies up to $2,000 were awarded to Central Catholic High School, Gesu Catholic School, Reynolds Elementary School and Robinson Elementary Schools in Toledo, as well as Airport High School, in Carleton, Mich., Ida Elementary and High schools in Ida, Mich., and Sodt Elementary School in Monroe, Mich.

Six of the eight schools are represented by science teachers enrolled through the Leadership for Educators: Academy for Driving Economic Revitalization in Science, or LEADERS program at The University of Toledo. The program is a mathematics and science partnership designed to improve science education by making it relevant to students through the incorporation of project-based science that is linked to the renewable energies industry and its environmental impacts.

The grant money supports projects that vary in scope and include the construction of a small greenhouse, outside learning areas or community gardens.

Two of the eight projects will be completed Saturday, Sept. 28, between 10 a.m. and noon to celebrate Green Apple Day of Service at Central Catholic and Airport high schools.

The Green Apple Day of Service, an initiative from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, brings together advocates from around the world and encourages them to take action in their communities through service projects at local schools. The day of service, now in its second year, provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, elected officials, organizations, companies and more to transform all schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places.

“These projects could not have happened without the tremendous assistance and expertise our local businesses provided,” said Karen Walker, green schools committee chair for the Northwest Ohio Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council. “Both teachers and administrators welcomed these projects with such enthusiasm.”

The mission of the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is to promote relationships among individuals and organizations toward greener buildings and communities through education, outreach and advocacy. The Green Apple Day of Service projects help the organization work toward its vision to regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.

Benefits open enrollment 2014 to begin Oct. 1

Open enrollment for 2014 health benefits will take place throughout the month of October.

Following a procedure that has been successful for the past few years, enrollment will be conducted entirely online. Only required documentation — spousal/domestic partner health-care eligibility affidavits, birth certificates and marriage certificates — will be accepted in hard-copy form.

“All benefit-eligible employees must complete the online open enrollment process,” said Denise Shordt, senior benefits specialist in Human Resources and Talent Development. “Even if you don’t intend to enroll, you must waive the option.

“Our employees have become very comfortable with the process. The ease and convenience are big pluses of completing registration online. It literally takes just a few minutes and can be done anywhere with access to computers, laptops or smart devices.”

As with last year, users will go to an open enrollment link on the myUT portal located on the University’s internal website. A series of prompts will lead each employee through the process. Employees must have their user names and passwords activated before they can enter the portal.

“Some plans require updated information for spouses and older children to be submitted each year,” Shordt explained. “One of the plans has a short procedure if an employee wants to contribute to a Health Savings Account or would like to continue to receive the employer contribution to the Health Savings Account.”

Shordt said plans did not change significantly. A few of the differences from last year include:

• Dependents between the ages of 19 and 26 are no longer required to enroll in their own employer-sponsored health-care coverage. If eligible, they can enroll in UT’s health care as their primary coverage.

• Annual limits to Health Savings Accounts have been changed by the Internal Revenue Service to $3,300 for single plans and $6,550 for family plans.

Details regarding each health-care plan, as well as support information, will be available on HR’s website Tuesday, Oct. 1. An explanatory PowerPoint presentation also will be available on the open enrollment website.

Computers will be available for employee access Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Human Resources and Talent Development offices on Health Science Campus (Facilities Support Building) and the department’s new location in Academic Services Center Room 1000 on Scott Park Campus.

Employees who require personal assistance with online enrollment are advised to email benefits@utoledo.edu.

Although open enrollment ends at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Shordt encouraged employees not to wait until the last minute.

“The process is simple and self-explanatory, but we don’t want any questions you may have to go unanswered,” Shordt said. “Our offices close at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. If you register after that, we won’t be available to help guide you, if necessary.”

New benefits selections will be effective Jan. 1.

Bands of America Regional Championship at UT Sept. 28

bands of americaHigh school marching bands from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia will compete in the Music for All’s Bands of America Regional Championship Saturday, Sept. 28, in the Glass Bowl.

Twenty high school marching bands are scheduled to perform in preliminary competition from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The groups will be evaluated by a panel of nationally recognized music educators and marching band experts.

The top 10 scoring bands will advance to the finals competition, which is scheduled to start at 7:45 p.m. The regional champion will be named at the conclusion of the event.

Gates will open for finals at 6:45 p.m.

All times are tentative pending the final schedule of performing bands. Check musicforall.org for current times.

The University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band will perform in exhibition during prelims and finals.

“Bands of America Championships are a program of Music for All, whose mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all,” Eric Martin, president and CEO of Music for All, said. “Active participation in music and arts is a vital part of a meaningful educational experience. The thousands of students who will perform at this championship showcase the dedication, teamwork and mastery required and fostered through music and arts education.”

music for allTickets will be available at the gate. Standard general admission prices are $17 for prelims or finals, or $26 for a day pass to both. All children ages 10 and younger are free for general admission seats. Discounts will be available at the gate for spectators 11 to 18 years old and college students who can receive $7 off. Seniors 62 and older get $3 off the adult ticket price, as do active duty military members and their spouses with military ID required.

For more information on the event, which is presented by Yamaha, is available online at musicforall.org or by calling 800.848.2263.

Learn how media is evolving at Press Club of Toledo event

The field of media and communications is changing, making it a challenging time for both students and professionals.

“The Future of Media” is the topic of the Press Club of Toledo’s next professional development event Friday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m. at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 Michigan St.

Dr. Jackie Layng, UT professor of communication and faculty adviser for UT:10 News, is among the panel of experts, which also will feature Kurt Franck from The Blade, Danielle Gamble from The Independent Collegian, Alex Alusheff and Robert William Bortel from Bowling Green State University, and Jeff Cole from Dana Holding Corp.

Some of the areas of discussion will include how reporting is changing with evolving technology and the tension between immediacy and conventional fact-checking. The panel also will address what skills students and professionals should work on going into the next era of communications.

The event is free for students with IDs and $10 for other attendees.