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Gaber’s second forum focuses on growing resources to support University

Dr. Sharon Gaber emphasized the need for more resources to support all of the great initiatives of The University of Toledo and her experience increasing funding through growth in enrollment, research dollars and fundraising in her second presidential search open forum on Friday.

Gaber

Gaber

Gaber, one of three finalists to be UT’s 17th president, said the next president of the University needs to be visible in the community to enhance the reputation of the institution and increase its support. She is the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas.

“In the past several days here, everybody says that The University of Toledo is an outstanding university, and that’s what I’ve seen by talking to people, by looking around, by having the opportunity. And yet people externally aren’t recognizing it as well as people internally,” Gaber said. “At Arkansas, we joke that we were the best kept secret. I said, ‘Well, why do we want to be that?’ And I’d say that’s the same for Toledo. From what I’ve seen, you have all of the component pieces, now the question is how do we make that step?”

Gaber introduced herself to Health Science Campus with a similar presentation about why me, why here and why now.

She said promoting a University is about directing your limited resources in the appropriate ways to support and enhance the institution.

Gaber emphasized her experience increasing enrollment by 37 percent during her tenure at the University Arkansas and at the same time improving the total diversity of the student body by 92 percent. Fundraising also grew from $74.4 million in 2009 to $113.3 million in 2014.

As part of her home institution’s goal to become a top 50 public research university, she noted her strategies of reaching out to program officers and creating collaborations through a health initiative to go after the increasingly competitive National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation research dollars.

Gaber answered questions from the audience about increasing diversity of ethnic minorities, hiring more faculty to improve the the faculty-student ratio, her thoughts on a separate provost for Health Science Campus, engaging with the community, building relationships with UT neighbors, empowering people to do their jobs well, and supporting libraries.

If you would like to share your views with the UT Board of Trustees, fill out the feedback questionnaire available on Gaber’s profile page on the presidential search website through 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

For more information on the presidential search, visit utoledo.edu/presidential-search.

UT Health changes emphasize clinic operations

University of Toledo Heath officials have announced several leadership changes designed to provide additional focus on the system’s outpatient clinics.

Calling the clinics an increasingly critical piece of UT Health’s health-care delivery system, Dave Morlock, CEO for UT Health, said he has asked Olivia Dacre to focus solely on ambulatory care.

“This change will provide a clearer institutional focus on the clinics and help us respond in a timely way to specific clinical needs,” said Morlock, who also serves as UT’s executive vice president for finance and administration. “Olivia will report to me and will work to standardize clinic operations, create clarity of expectations for staff and faculty, and identify best practices at individual clinics that we can implement across our growing geographical footprint.”

Morlock added that he will work with Dr. Christopher Cooper, senior vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, to identify a medical director for the clinics who will partner with Dacre.

Robin Horani will assume oversight of the UT Medical Center revenue cycle role that Dacre will vacate. Horani also will continue leading revenue cycle operations for UT Physicians, the University’s physician group.

“These changes will be effective as of March 1,” Morlock said, “and Dr. Cooper and I are confident this will better coordinate patient access and customer service across our clinical platform.”

Studies validate treatment for stroke patients

The results of three key studies have validated a stroke treatment that The University of Toledo Medical Center was the first to offer the region and is a leader in delivering the care.

The studies that compared mechanical thrombectomy — removing a blood clot with a stent-like device — versus conventional medicinal therapy to break up the clot were recently presented at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference in Nashville. The studies showed the treatment as a clear success; one found the death rate cut almost in half for patients who received the treatment.

The mechanical thrombectomy technique was first performed in the Toledo region by UTMC’s Dr. Mouhammad A. Jumaa and Dr. Syed F. Zaidi, vascular and interventional neurologists and assistant professors of neurology.

“We have been offering this endovascular stroke treatment at UTMC since 2012. It is indeed reassuring that our approach has been conclusively validated by these large studies,” Zaidi said. “We have impacted many lives in the greater northwest Ohio region and hope that through further media awareness, more patients will get a chance for a better outcome when faced with this devastating disease.”

“There is a limited time window to re-establish blood flow to the brain before a stroke is completed,” Jumaa said. “With this level of evidence, it is now critical to transport patients quickly to the nearest center where this treatment can be offered.”

Strokes, affecting about 800,000 people in the United States each year, are caused by a blood clot lodged in the brain. The traditional treatment has been administering the clot-dissolving medication tPA. The mechanical thrombectomy technique instead uses a metal mesh cage called a stent retriever that essentially flattens the clot, traps it and removes it, opening the artery faster and with less damage.

“Mechanical thrombectomy will become the standard of care for acute stroke therapy in patients with moderate to severe stroke who do not qualify or do not benefit from the conventional clot busting medication tPA,” said Dr. Gretchen Tietjen, the UT Clair Martig Endowed Chair in Neurology.

The three recent studies — SWIFT PRIME, EXTEND-IA and ESCAPE — confirmed the findings of the previous Multi-center Randomized Clinical trial of Endovascular treatment for Acute ischemic stroke in the Netherlands (MR CLEAN) study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in December.

ESCAPE, a Canadian study, assessed 316 patients and found that the addition of intervention — recommended with the often-used Solitaire stent — doubled patients’ rates of return to functional independence and cut the risk of death from stroke in half compared to traditional treatment with tPA alone. Functional independence also was significantly improved at 90 days.

Similarly, EXTEND-IA, which was conducted in Australia and included 70 patients, also found that the addition of Solitaire stents doubled patients’ rates of return to functional independence compared to treatment with tPA alone. Functional independence also was significantly improved from 29 percent to 53 percent.

The EXTEND-IA study showed a strong trend toward reduction in death from stroke, reducing the mortality rate from 20 percent to 9 percent. Patients treated with Solitaire also spent significantly less time in the hospital or in rehabilitation before returning home or to work in 15 days compared to 73 days.

The Canadian and Australian studies were published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine.

SWIFT PRIME, which was conducted in 39 hospitals in North America and Europe and assessed the use of the Solitaire device in addition to tPA versus tPA treatment alone, also was presented at the conference, but has not yet been published.

The study enrolled 196 patients and showed a statistically significant improvement in 90-day functional outcome for patients receiving Solitaire stent thrombectomy rather than tPA alone.

For more information on UTMC’s Stroke Program, click here.

Student Union’s food service begins to reopen

Food service is returning to the Student Union following a water main break on Main Campus that resulted in the eateries being closed as a precaution.

The Student Union’s South Dining Hall reopened at 4 p.m. Thursday, and most other eateries reopened by 5:30 p.m. Pizza Hut is expected to reopen soon.

While not directly impacted by the main break, there was debris found in the Student Union’s water supply Tuesday during a period of reduced water pressure on campus. Food service was suspended as a precaution, and the city of Toledo has since tested the water and found no issues with the supply.

The water main break Tuesday morning near the Glass Bowl resulted in water being temporarily turned off to Savage Arena, Health Education Building, Nitschke Hall, Palmer Hall and North Engineering Building to make the necessary repairs. The buildings are under a boil water advisory through Saturday.

Because the water was never turned off to the Student Union, there is no need for a boil water advisory in the building.

Gaber discusses need for collaboration to enhance University in first open forum

As an urban planner, Dr. Sharon Gaber has a specific interest in taking different pieces of an organization or community and finding the best ways to put them together for the best outcomes. During her first presidential forum, she outlined how she would take that approach to enhancing The University of Toledo if selected as its next president.

Gaber

Gaber

One of three finalists to be UT’s 17th president, Gaber is the final candidate to visit campus for open forums and meetings with University stakeholders. She is the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas.

Gaber framed her remarks around the questions why me, why here and why now.

Why her? As a nontraditional provost, she said she has a wealth of administrative experience that includes addressing student recruitment and retention with a focus on diversity, fund raising, increasing research funding, hiring quality deans and faculty members, and engaging in visible community outreach.

Why here? Because it bears the name of the city, Gaber said UT is an integral part of the region and an economic engine for northwest Ohio with the unique position of being one of few comprehensive universities in the country.

Why now? It is a time for transformation at UT with a need to increase enrollment, student retention and funding support, and to respond to increased regulations and criticism. Gaber provided examples of how she addressed each of those issues during her career.

Throughout the forum, Gaber expressed her commitment to communication and getting everyone around the table to find the best solutions rooted in data and around a shared vision for the University’s future.

“What I’d like to see is building on the synergy and capitalizing on all of the strengths that are here, putting together a plan to be able to move forward,” Gaber said. “And I envision that all of us in this room — and it’s going to be from the board to the students, faculty, deans, vice presidents — we’re all going to have to have a say in here’s where we are going and how we are going to do it.”

Gaber answered questions from the audience about supporting faculty entrepreneurs, growing and improving the quality of online education, recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, the role of academic advisers, improving student life on campus, using data in decision making, inspiring campus to share a single vision, engaging with students, and the president’s role in the community.

Gaber will host another forum Friday, Feb. 27, from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. in Collier Building Room 1000B on Health Science Campus.

If you would like to share your views with the UT Board of Trustees, fill out the feedback questionnaire available on Gaber’s profile page on the presidential search website through 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

For more information on the presidential search, visit utoledo.edu/presidential-search.

UT students can now bring resumés to life with Seelio’s online portfolios

All University of Toledo students now have a unique way to showcase their work with a digital portfolio on Seelio.

web seelio-blue[5] copyUT has expanded its partnership with Seelio, an online portfolio company based in Ann Arbor, Mich., to allow all students access to lifecycle portfolios to highlight their accomplishments throughout their time at the University while interacting with online communities.

“The University of Toledo prepares students for successful careers with engaging classroom and experiential learning opportunities that can now be easily shared with potential employers,” said Larry Burns, UT vice president for external affairs. “The partnership with Seelio allows us to enhance the student experience and highlight the value of a UT degree.”

“We are thrilled to be rolling out Seelio to the whole UT community,” said Moses Lee, Seelio’s co-founder and CEO. “From day one we’ve wanted to help students show the value of their degree, and we’ve been blown away by what we’ve seen already. UT is truly leading the way in helping students capture and showcase the value of experiential learning.”

Last year, UT partnered with Seelio to bring the technology and services to the Jesup Scott Honors College and College of Communication and the Arts that allow faculty members to incorporate portfolios into their classrooms and students a way to have an avenue to demonstrate the work they performed in an experiential learning setting.

After the successful pilot involving about 1,000 students in the two colleges, the program is now being expanded to the entire UT community of more than 20,000 students.

“Our students are having amazingly rich experiences that are not easily captured in just a bullet point. With Seelio, they can showcase their work in creative ways and demonstrate their enhanced undergraduate experiences at UT,” said Dr. Lakeesha Ransom, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College. “Seelio has been a great asset to our students, and it helps them articulate their undergraduate experiences.”

“I shared the link to my Seelio page with an employer and they loved it,” said Caroline Jardine, a junior in the College of Communication and the Arts. “Not only did my Seelio site present my work professionally, but it also gave me an edge over other applicants who might not have had an account. I ended up getting the position and I know that my Seelio helped me.”

Colleges across UT are working with Seelio’s service team to identify new ways to incorporate portfolios into the student experience. The honors college is using Seelio to build communities with honors coaching circles to share academic and co-curricular activities, and the College of Communication and the Arts has integrated Seelio into its Project-Based Learning Initiative where students collaborate on a 30-minute television production in partnership with WGTE Public Media in Toledo. Other colleges are planning to incorporate Seelio into their co-op and advising programs with individual faculty members who also are integrating the portfolio technology into their courses.

As an enterprise campus with Seelio, UT gains access to data visualization tools, learning management and student information system integrations, a dedicated UT community on Seelio, as well as service support for portfolio implementation across all colleges.

UT students or faculty who want to get started on Seelio can visit utoledo.seelio.com. UT students and faculty who already have accounts will receive more information from Seelio in their University email.

New business book reflects expanding horizons in emerging global markets

Learning from successful businesses located in critical areas of the global economy not only provides useful information for other business owners, but also provides rich resources for students studying in business colleges.

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Hong

That is why Dr. Paul Hong, professor of operations management in the UT College of Business and Innovation, wrote Building Network Capabilities in Turbulent Competitive Environments: Business Success Stories from the BRICs, published in December. Dr. YoungWon Park is the co-author.

“Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) are among the largest and fastest-growing economies in the world,” Hong said. “The enormous size of the customer base in these emerging markets is the strategic concern of global business firms. Successful market performance in these markets requires sound understanding of dynamic environmental factors and timely investment of appropriate resources. This book presents strategies for recognizing the challenges and optimizing the opportunities for building network capabilities and competitive advantage within the context of these emerging markets.”

Hong previously wrote a book about building networking capabilities in global companies in Korea and Japan, but noted that his new book expands on that, with a different research model that looks at what the companies do, recent plans and successes, and more.

“The seed idea was part of a UT discussion,” Hong explained. “We had 15 general papers and did field visits to companies in Russia, China, India and Brazil. We met senior executives at their sites. We tracked their revenue in sales and their market share. They did not just want to tell their stories; they wanted to be seen as credible, explain what they are about, what they are doing, and to have the value of their company recognized.

“We did not just want a nice story,” he added. “We wanted to see their challenges and problems and how they address them. We see how they became leaders in their country and then became globally competitive. They also wanted to learn from us, learn about what we do, and share what other companies do.”

The initial reaction toward the book from professors around the world has been extremely positive.

“Brazil, Russia, India and China have increased their influences on the entire world economy since the beginning of this century, but there have been relatively few studies that focused on their critical industrial issues. The balance between their tenacious field works and logical thinking has made this seminal book’s arguments persuasive to both researchers and practitioners in the field of global management,” noted Dr. Takahiro Fujimoto, professor of faculty of economics at the University of Tokyo and senior research associate at Harvard Business School.

“It can be used for MBA students for case studies and PhD students as cases leading to problem identification, and/or hypotheses formulation. The cases can also be used as training materials for industrial people about how to develop network capacities within and beyond BRIC countries. I highly recommend this book to both academic and practical people,” said Dr. Hongyi Sun of the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at the City University of Hong Kong.

“This book is a must-read for executives, researchers and students who are serious about expanding their knowledge and understanding how to create competitive advantage in the global marketplace of the 21st century,” said Dr. Clinton O. Longenecker, Stranahan Professor of Leadership and Organizational Excellence in the UT College of Business and Innovation.

Hong stated, “This research is not just an individual effort. It is not about me, but about the College of Business and The University of Toledo. This book was possible because the College of Business and Innovation supported my research, gave me time to do it. I have great colleagues and really appreciated the support of the deans, our chairs and the provost. It is just like supply chain itself: It is not just one individual, but everybody contributes.

“Research is very crucial and very much-related to teaching. It has great impact; it enhances the reputation of the college and the University. Through good research, teaching and our reputation, we train and prepare students who are then successful in the marketplace. Through my research, I am returning back to the college and the University so I can be better at preparing students.”

He added, “I always wanted to write books because I do a lot of research to actually be able to benefit society at large. A book like this enriches quality teaching because I can speak from my own experience, not just from what someone else says through a textbook.”

“The students all want to be successful,” Hong said. “Now they know global companies and understand global issues. We prepare our students very well, and that gives us satisfaction. It also emphasizes to students that we are on a tier with other national universities. It tells them you are in a very good college of business, and it builds their sense of confidence. We tell them ‘You are destined to succeed.'”

Rathbun Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted for the Edith Rathbun Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award through Friday, March 20.

Take a few minutes to recognize a deserving colleague who has distinguished himself or herself through exceptional community outreach and excellence in community-engaged scholarship, whether in research, teaching or professional service.

Each recipient of the Rathbun Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award will receive a $750 prize. Two awardees will be chosen.

The Rathbun Excellence Award was endowed through a generous and growing gift from Edith Rathbun and further gifts from campus and community donors. It recognizes outstanding outreach and engagement scholarship in any field, discipline or area at The University of Toledo. Full-time faculty members in all colleges are eligible to receive the award.

The one-page nomination form is available online here.

The selection committee is composed of faculty members who served on the scholarship of engagement subcommittee of UT’s former Council on Outreach and Engagement.

Honorees will be recognized at the UT Outstanding Awards Reception Monday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room.

For more information, contact Penny Thiessen in the Office of Research and Innovation at penny.thiessen@utoledo.edu or 419.530.6171.

Water restored following main break, afternoon classes held as scheduled

Water has been restored to the Main Campus buildings impacted by a main break.

Water was turned off to Savage Arena, Health Education Building, Nitschke Hall, Palmer Hall and North Engineering Building on Wednesday morning to allow crews to make the necessary repairs following a main break that occurred Tuesday morning near the Glass Bowl.

Water was turned back on at 12:30 p.m., and classes after 1:30 p.m. will be held as scheduled in the impacted buildings, which will be under a boil water advisory for 72 hours, according to Jason Toth, associate vice president of facilities.

The water main break also caused a drop in water pressure to the Savage Steam Plant requiring reduced heat to most Main Campus buildings during repairs. The boilers are returning to full power as repairs continue.

While the Student Union was not directly impacted by the main break, there was debris found in the water supply on Tuesday and food service was suspended as a precaution. Bottled water was being offered in the Student Union South Dining Hall.

The water lines in the Student Union have since been flushed, and the University is awaiting city officials to test the water. Once inspected by the city, food service will resume.

Because of the main break, yesterday’s men’s basketball game was rescheduled. The women’s and men’s basketball games will be played today in Savage Arena at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.

The College of Engineering Spring Career Expo for UT engineering students and alumni continued as scheduled today.

Water expected to be restored to some buildings after main break near Glass Bowl

Water is expected to be restored this morning to some buildings impacted by a main break yesterday near the Glass Bowl on UT’s Main Campus.

Savage Arena, Nitschke Hall, Palmer Hall and the North Engineering Building should have water flowing again Wednesday morning, according to Jason Toth, associate vice president of facilities.

The College of Engineering Spring Career Expo — which is for UT engineering students and alumni only — will continue as scheduled today.

And the women’s and men’s basketball games will be played in Savage Arena at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.

The buildings will be under a boil water advisory for 72 hours.

Water will continue to be shut off in the Larimer Athletic Complex and Health Education Building as repairs continue, Toth said.

The water main break at the foot of the hill by the Glass Bowl occurred Tuesday morning requiring water to be shut off to several buildings.

Food service in the Student Union also is suspended as officials prepare to test the water. Once inspected by the city, food service will resume.

The water main break also caused a drop in water pressure to the Savage Steam Plant requiring reduced heat to most buildings during repairs. The boilers are returning to full power as repairs continue.