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UT alumni celebrate Giving Tuesday Dec. 1

Thanksgiving is the day for giving thanks. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the days for getting great shopping deals. And Giving Tuesday is the day for giving back.

Since kicking off in 2012, Giving Tuesday has become the premier day for celebrating philanthropy and giving back across the country.

web GIVING TUESDAY my_utThe University of Toledo is asking alumni and supporters to consider a gift to UT on Tuesday, Dec. 1, if they should choose to participate by visiting utoledo.edu/giveTOL.

As part of its Giving Tuesday campaign, UT is highlighting just a few of the people and programs impacted by the generosity of Rocket donors, many of whom are giving forward for current and future students.

“Before I was a physician, I was a UT medical student working long hours, studying hard, and planning for a future in medicine. Scholarships eased the burden. When I came to Toledo, I wasn’t sure how long I’d stay. Seven years later, I’m a physician at UT Medical Center, and I’m proud to call Toledo home. I started giving back to UT as a way to honor the people who gave me this opportunity — and to extend the same opportunity to others,” said Dr. Rajiv Bahl, a resident in emergency medicine.

Join UT alumni and friends in remembering the University on Giving Tuesday. Gifts on Dec. 1 will make an impact on the University and beyond.

Follow UT Giving Tuesday on Twitter with the hashtag #GiveTOL and Facebook.

Dec. 2 deadline to apply for MLK Scholarship

The Office of Student Financial Aid is accepting applications for the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship.

Undergraduate African-Americans who are U.S. citizens and enrolled full time or part time at The University of Toledo are eligible to apply.

MLK scholarship poster 2015The application deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 2, and materials should be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid in Rocket Solution Central, Rocket Hall Room 1200.

Applicants must have a 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid on file in the Office of Student Financial Aid and completed a minimum of 30 semester hours by the application deadline.

To be considered for this scholarship, a completed application form, along with two letters of recommendation, one from a professor or instructor, and two essays must be submitted.

Selection criteria for the scholarship include grade point average, extracurricular activities, civic or community service, professional goals, financial need as it relates to all resources available to attend UT, and an interview.

Applications can be found here.

For more information, call the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement at 419.530.8571.

Community invited to watch businesses compete for $1,000, chance at up to $70,000

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, the public is invited to watch 10 local businesses vie for $1,000 and a chance at much more at The University of Toledo’s Scott Park Auditorium.

UT is hosting a local round of the InnovateHER Challenge, a national competition created by the U.S. Small Business Administration aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families.

InnovateHERThe 10 local businesses competing will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, much like the TV show “Shark Tank.” Judges will evaluate each pitch based on whether the product or service has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, whether it has the potential for commercialization, whether it fills a need in the marketplace, the overall quality of the pitch, and the overall quality of the company’s business plan.

The judges for the regional event are Scott Weiss, CEO of Ocean Accelerator; Dr. Gary Insch, dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation; Amy Hall, president and CEO of Ebony Construction; Linda Parra, president at Nuestra Gente Community Projects Inc.; and Chris Hill, vice president of business banking at Huntington Bank. The local round is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

The winner of this round, announced the same day as the competition, will be eligible to compete with up to nine other businesses in the national competition for a chance at one of three prizes totaling $70,000 provided by Microsoft.

For more information, visit UTInnovateHER.com or sba.gov/content/2016-innovateher-challenge.

UT Health pediatrician: National Diabetes Month is opportunity for family lifestyle change

The best way to prevent Type 2 diabetes in children is to get the whole family involved.

“You can’t just make your Type 2 diabetic child adopt a healthy lifestyle; everyone in the household has to be committed to eating healthily and exercising,” said Dr. Berrin Ergun-Longmire, the new chief of the Pediatric Endocrinology Division at The University of Toledo.

Ergun-Longmire

Ergun-Longmire

Ergun-Longmire wants families to understand that a healthier lifestyle, which can prevent or reverse Type 2 diabetes, can include an occasional splurge as part of a normal childhood experience.

“I always tell parents that their children can have an occasional piece of pizza or cake,” she said. “The bottom line is that children need to know what they are eating and approach it in moderation, but they need family guidance when it comes to that.”

The situation has devolved to the point where children are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes — a disease that is typically found in the elderly — because one-third of the children in the United States are overweight. Unlike Type 2 diabetes, those suffering from Type 1 diabetes can only be treated, not cured, because their body doesn’t produce insulin.

“The trick to understanding Type 2 diabetes is to pretend that your body is a power plant that burns sugar as its fuel,” Ergun-Longmire said. “For your body to remain alive, it initially converts the food that you eat into an energy source in the form of sugar. Then, with the help of insulin, your body will tap into this sugar and carry it inside the body’s cells where it is burned as fuel.”

However, for people with Type 2 diabetes, their insulin cannot transport the sugar from the bloodstream into their cells, according to Ergun-Longmire. This is because these people have an excessive amount of body fat that keeps the insulin from doing its job.

Ergun-Longmire said the key to preventing and defeating Type 2 diabetes is to make sure that your child’s body fat is not excessive. This is where a healthy lifestyle comes into play.

She suggests swapping whole milk for skim and choosing fruit instead of fruit juice. Exercise is a key component, but it doesn’t mean buying a gym membership.

“Your child could join a soccer team or run in the basement or listen to music and dance,” she said. “You need to find ways to incorporate exercise into your child’s life without making it seem like a chore.”

Ergun-Longmire practices at Rocket Pediatrics, in both Toledo and Waterville, with her team: Dr. James Horner, Nurse Practitioner Janet Moore, Staff Dietitian Michelle Cleland and Staff Nurse Cereda Blanchard. They can be reached at 567.952.2100.

Interim head football coach named, search launched

University of Toledo Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien announced that Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Jon Heacock will serve as the Rockets’ interim head football coach, replacing Matt Campbell who was named the new head coach at Iowa State University today.

O’Brien said that a national search for Campbell’s permanent replacement will begin immediately.

“We wish Matt and his family the very best in their future life at Iowa State,” O’Brien said. “Matt did an outstanding job in his seven years with the Rockets, four as the head coach. His leadership of the student-athletes on our football team has been exemplary, and he leaves our football program in very good shape for our next head coach.

Heacock

Heacock

“We will begin our search for a new head coach immediately. There is no timetable for the hiring, but obviously with recruiting coming up, we want to move quickly. In the meantime, we are pleased that Jon Heacock will be leading our team on an interim basis. Jon has done a great job guiding our defense the past two years, and we look forward to his leadership as we prepare for a bowl game.”

O’Brien added that Campbell indicated that the current Toledo assistant coaches will be available to coach the Rockets for their bowl game. Toledo’s bowl assignment will be announced Sunday, Dec. 6.

Campbell, who turns 36 years old today, was 35-15 in four seasons as head coach of the Rockets, 24-8 in Mid-American Conference play. The Rockets were 9-2 this season, and were ranked as high as No. 19 by the Associated Press at one point this year.

Campbell also served as the Rockets’ offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2011 under former head coach Tim Beckman. Campbell took over as head coach after Beckman assumed the head coaching position at Illinois. Campbell’s first game as head coach was a 42-41 victory over Air Force in the 2011 Military Bowl. Campbell also led UT to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2012 and to the GoDaddy Bowl last season. The Rockets triumphed in the GoDaddy Bowl, 63-44, over Arkansas State.

Heacock, a 31-year veteran of the college football coaching ranks, has helped shape Toledo’s defense into one of the best in the Mid-American Conference. The Rockets rank No. 1 in the MAC scoring defense (21.1 points per game) and second in rushing defense (115.5 yards per game) this season. In 2014, the Rockets were No. 1 in the MAC in rushing defense (116.2 yards per game) after ranking fifth in that category (170.4) in 2013, as well as ranking seventh in scoring defense (28.6 points per game), the season prior to Heacock’s arrival.

A former graduate assistant at UT under Dan Simrell in 1983, Heacock returned to Toledo in 2014 after spending one season as the defensive backs coach at Purdue. Prior to that, he was the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Kent State in 2011 and 2012.

Prior to joining KSU in 2011, Heacock spent nine seasons as the head coach at Youngstown State, which included a 2006 run to the national semifinals in the Football Championship Subdivision. He was named the Gateway Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006, and ended his tenure with a 60-44 overall record. He also was named the American Football Coaches Association’s Division I-AA Region Four Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006, and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award.

In addition to serving as the head coach at YSU, Heacock served as the Penguins’ defensive coordinator under Jim Tressel for six years (1992 to 1996, 2000) and defensive backs coach for an additional year (1991), which included Division I-AA national championships in 1991, 1993 and 1994. In between his stints on the YSU staff, Heacock served as the defensive coordinator at Indiana from 1997 to 1999.

A native of Beloit, Ohio, Heacock graduated from West Branch High School in 1979. He played college football at Muskingum College, graduating in 1983 with a degree in health and physical education.

Heacock, 55, and his wife Trescia, a registered nurse, have two children, son Jace and daughter Adelyn.

Toledo falls to Western Michigan, 35-30

Toledo’s hopes for a Mid-American Conference Championship were washed away by Western Michigan, 35-30, on a rain-soaked Friday afternoon in the Glass Bowl.

A win for the Rockets would have given them a outright West Division title and a trip to the MAC Championship Game. Instead, the Rockets (9-2, 6-2 MAC) have to settle for a share of the division crown with Northern Illinois and WMU. NIU will go to the MAC Championship Game for the sixth consecutive season.

Kareem Hunt rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns as the Rockets lost to Western Michigan.

Kareem Hunt rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns as the Rockets lost to Western Michigan.

Toledo’s final chance to pull out the victory was thwarted when Western (7-5, 6-2 MAC) recovered an on-side kick with 1:16 left following a late UT touchdown pass from Phillip Ely to Diontae Johnson that cut the lead to five points.

Ely completed 16 of 33 passes for 280 yards and two TDs. Junior Kareem Hunt led the rushing attack with 139 yards and one score on 20 carries.

The first half was a back-and-forth battle, highlighted by big plays on both sides. Western struck first, jumping out to an 8-0 lead on the strength of a 54-yard pass completion from Zach Terrell to Daniel Braverman that put the Broncos on the UT 16-yard line. Two plays later, backup quarterback Tom Flacco ran it in from 17 yards out. Flacco also ran in the two-point conversion.

Toledo answered with a 10-play drive in which the only pass came on the 10th play, a three-yard toss from Ely to senior tight end Alex Zmolik to cut the lead to 8-7. Swanson had 35 yards on the drive, Hunt added 32. WMU then extended its lead to 11-7 on a 31-yard field goal by Andrew Haldeman with 2:38 left in the first quarter.

The Rockets took their first lead of the contest thanks to a big play on defense by junior safety DeJuan Rogers. Rogers stripped Jamauri Bogan and took the ball to the WMU 28-yard line. On the next play, Hunt took it down the left side for the score, giving Toledo a 14-11 lead with 8:07 left. Toledo’s lead was short-lived, however, as Terrell hit Corey Davis for a sideline pass on the second play from scrimmage that the wide receiver broke open for a 76-yard score.

Toledo struck right back as Ely hit Cody Thompson for a 56-yard bomb to the WMU one-yard line. Two plays later, Swanson ran in untouched to give Toledo a 21-18 lead with 5:06 left in the half.

WMU recaptured the lead thanks to a fumbled punt by the Rockets that gave the Broncos the ball at the UT 48-yard line. Davis scored again, this time on a screen pass from Terrell that went 30 yards, sending Western into the locker room with a 25-21 lead.

Western Michigan pushed its lead to 32-21 on the opening drive of the second half, a nine-play, 65-yard drive capped by a one-yard run by Bogan. Toledo missed an opportunity to answer when Hunt was stopped on fourth-and-one play on the WMU 17-yard line. But the Rockets came back on their next drive to cut the lead to eight points, 32-24, on a 19-yard field goal by Jameson Vest with 58 seconds left in the third quarter.

Both teams exchanged punts to start the fourth quarter, but Toledo’s stalled drive was especially costly, as senior wide receiver Alonzo Russell was ejected on a second-down play for targeting. WMU then put three more points on the board on a 38-yard field goal by Haldeman to give the Broncos a 35-24 edge with 6:57 to play.

Toledo then drove to the WMU 14-yard line before having to settle for a 31-yard field goal. But a fumbled snap left the Rockets with no points and in an even deeper hole. UT then forced the Broncos to punt, giving them one last shot at pulling out the victory. Ely hit Thompson for a 40-yard gain then connected with Diontae Johnson to cut the lead to 35-30. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the Rockets with only the on-side kick as their only hope. Western recovered the kick then ran out the clock.

Toledo will wait until Sunday, Dec. 6, to find out its bowl destination.

Bedside pharmacy program on track to surpass goals

The last thing that Pat Stevenson wanted to do was stop at a pharmacy on her way home to fill her husband’s prescriptions when he was discharged from the hospital after a heart attack.

She was tired. She was ready to go home. She was daunted by the task of running an errand during the busy holiday season.

Smith

Smith

Much to her surprise, UT Health offers a free bedside program to take care of prescriptions for patients. She didn’t have to drive to her local pharmacy.

“My husband, John, is a Vietnam veteran who usually gets his medication from the VA, but when he had a heart attack in December, we started getting some of the heart medications from UTMC,” Stevenson said. “I thought it was going to be a difficult transition, but UTMC has helped us save money on the prescriptions because UTMC puts people before money. That is rare in 2015.”

The iMEDS program (Medication Education Delivery Service) started as a pilot program on the cardiovascular floor of the hospital in April 2013 to help patients get their medications upon discharge. The program was so successful in its first few months that the hospital hired an additional pharmacist and two pharmacy technicians to roll it out hospital-wide by the end of 2013.

Year to date, iMEDS has helped 3,508 patients with a total of 9,141 prescriptions. This is on track to surpass 2014 when 2,741 patients were helped with 7,340 prescriptions filled.

“Our overall goal is to provide a convenient service for our patients and get them the medication they need at discharge, which keeps them healthy and prevents another hospital readmission,” said Holly Smith, pharmacy manager at the outpatient pharmacy. “The patients love it. They love the convenience of our service because they can leave the hospital with their medications.”

Smith said patients and families like not having to make another trip to their pharmacy on their way home. They also like being able to ask face-to-face questions with a pharmacist when the medication is delivered to their rooms.

“Some medications require in-depth counseling,” Smith said. “We may have to demonstrate to a patient how to give themselves an injection.”

The other benefit is that if there are insurance problems, the outpatient pharmacy staff will look for alternative medications that are covered or find manufacturer discount cards. While the iMEDs service is free, the medications are billed to the patient’s insurance company, just like at any other local pharmacy.

iMEDS also has led to an uptick in sales at the outpatient pharmacy. Patients who utilize iMEDS often return for refills.

“We make follow-up phone calls to patients who are scheduled for a refill,” Smith said. “We offer to transfer the prescription if that is what the patient wants to ensure they continue on their prescribed medication.”

In the future, Smith would like to expand the program by creating a follow-up program for patients where they can sit with a pharmacist to review their current medications and make sure everything is going smoothly.

“I am passionate about patient care. I love helping other people,” Smith said. “This program has been self-rewarding and self-fulfilling. I know that we are doing great things in the outpatient pharmacy, and our staff is dedicated to improving the health of our patients by offering convenient patient-centered services.”

Rockets offer online ‘Gobble’ tickets for Nov. 27 game

The University of Toledo is offering $10 tickets for the Western Michigan game Friday, Nov. 27, as part of its Thanksgiving “Gobble Sale.”

The offer is for online sales only through 9 a.m. Friday. Use Promo Code “GOBBLE.” Purchase tickets here.

gobbleThere is no limit on the number of tickets purchased. “Gobble” tickets are located in sections 11 and 12.

The game will start at noon in the Glass Bowl.

Toledo (9-1, 6-1 Mid-American Conference) is currently tied for first with Northern Illinois. A Rocket win over Western Michigan combined with an NIU loss to Ohio Tuesday would give Toledo an outright West Division crown and a chance to play East champion Bowling Green at the MAC Championship Game in Detroit’s Ford Field Dec. 4.

No matter what happens Tuesday, a UT win Friday clinches at least a share of the West Division title for the Rockets.

No. 24 Toledo to host Western Michigan Nov. 27 with share of MAC West Division Crown on line

It’s Senior Day for the Toledo Rockets, and the 2015 senior class would like nothing better than to cap its legacy with a victory in its final game in the Glass Bowl over Western Michigan Friday, Nov. 27, at noon.

A win over the Broncos would mean at least a share of the Mid-American Conference West Division crown for UT, and pending the outcome of Tuesday’s Northern Illinois-Ohio game, could mean the opportunity to play East Division champ Bowling Green in the MAC Championship Game at Detroit’s Ford Field Friday, Dec. 4.

Junior running back Kareem Hunt ran for two touchdowns in Toledo's victory over Bowling Green.

Junior running back Kareem Hunt ran for two touchdowns in Toledo’s victory over Bowling Green.

Toledo (9-1, 6-1 MAC) enters the WMU game tied with NIU for first place in the MAC West. Because the Huskies defeated UT Nov. 3, they control the tiebreaker that would determine which team advances to the MAC title game. Thus, Toledo needs Ohio to defeat NIU Nov. 24 to have a chance to play for a championship.

The Rockets, who are ranked No. 24 in the latest Associated Press media poll, are coming off a 44-28 victory at  Bowling Green Nov. 17. UT scored on its first six possessions to race out to a 30-7 lead and then staved off a BGSU rally to claim the Battle of I-75 Trophy for the sixth consecutive year.

Junior running back Kareem Hunt rushed for a season-high 153 yards and two touchdowns; it was his third straight game and 19th career game over the century mark. For his efforts, he was named Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week. And he moved up to No. 5 on Toledo’s all-time rushing list with 3,252 career yards, surpassing Jalen Parmelee, who had 3,119 yards from 2004 to 2007.

The Rocket defense forced five Falcon turnovers, and Toledo’s defense held Bowling Green to 368 yards of total offense, 216 below its average of 584.

Western Michigan (6-5, 5-2 MAC) is coming off a 27-19 loss to Northern Illinois Nov. 18 that knocked it out of the MAC West Division race. The Broncos feature the No. 2 offense in the MAC, averaging 486.5 yards per game.

UT ranks No. 1 in the MAC in scoring defense (19.7), and is second in rushing offense (214.4) and rushing defense (112.3).

Toledo has not appeared in the MAC Championship Game since 2004, but has been West Division co-champs three times since then (2005, 2011, 2014), losing out on tiebreakers each time.

The game will be carried by CBS Sports Network.

The UT Athletic Ticket Office will have extended hours this week in preparation for Friday’s game. The ticket office will stay open until 7 p.m. Tuesday, until 5 p.m. Wednesday, and reopen at 8:30 a.m. at the Glass Bowl Friday. The office will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

UT is teaming up with Kroger to offer $12 Black Friday tickets for the game. Fans may purchase up to six tickets. For every ticket purchase, UT and Kroger will donate $2 to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank. Tickets may be purchased online here, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653) or in person at the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena. Online orders should use promo code “KROGER.” Tickets must be purchased prior to Friday.

Med school student trades in baton for stethoscope [video]

First-year medical student Moriah Muscaro is one of the best baton twirlers in the nation.

Her perfect figure eights, spins and illusions are a result of 17 years of continual practice, constant competition and relentless repetition.

Muscaro

Muscaro

“Twirling is amazing for me, even if it is an incredible amount of hard work, because I love to perform for people,” the 22-year-old said. “I love performing for an audience and getting everyone to smile when they leave.”

Just a week after being named College Miss Majorette of America in July, she traded in her baton for a short white coat.

“In many ways, my years of baton twirling and competing can be compared to my journey of getting into medical school and my first semester at The University of Toledo,” Muscaro said. “What I learned from twirling is work ethic. I have had to balance school and twirling my whole life. When I had homework and competition, I had to turn down friends and social opportunities.”

That continues to be the reality of her new life as a medical school student. The aspiring pediatrician who “loves the way our bodies are put together” is applying many of her baton lessons to real life.

First-year medical student Moriah Muscaro performed her routine in the Student Recreation Center.

First-year medical student Moriah Muscaro performed her routine in the Student Recreation Center.

“I love the feeling of my hard work paying off, but I know that even if I work hard, I won’t always succeed,” she said. “That is good to keep in mind as I go through medical school because while I tend to excel in math and science, I am undertaking the most vigorous academic journey of my life.”

Even though Muscaro was given a baby baton at birth, she wasn’t that good when she started twirling at age 5. That was hard to accept because her mom, Rhonda, runs a twirling program called Twirl-M’s in their hometown of Walled Lake, Mich.

“You could say that I was born with a baton in my hand, but I didn’t like it at first,” Muscaro said. “I actually wrote my personal statement to get into medical school about baton twirling because I was terrible. I wasn’t flexible; I had no natural talent, so I wrote about the life lessons learned from having to work so hard to succeed.”

By age 10, she had started to get serious about the sport, and her mom hired outside coaches. In 2005, she won her first competition. After that, the awards and accolades never stopped. She twirled for Walled Lake Middle School and Walled Lake Northern High School.

Moriah Muscaro won College Miss Majorette of America in July.

Moriah Muscaro won College Miss Majorette of America in July.

“People are so stressed out. Life is so hard,” Muscaro said. “I want to bring joy to people with my baton twirling. I want everyone to have a moment where they don’t have to worry about all the things that bring them down in life and just watch something that is pleasurable and enjoyable.”

While many twirlers end their careers after high school, Muscaro was talented enough to continue; from 2011 to 2015, she was the feature twirler for Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., where she majored in biomedical sciences and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

“During the school year, I practiced two hours a day in the morning before class,” she said. “In the summer, I practiced with my team, the Twirl-Ms, for six hours a day. My philosophy is that I practice until I get everything done and do it well.”

Meanwhile, she was taking the MCAT and applying to medical school, which included traveling for in-person interviews.

Morian Muscaro started twirling when she was 5 years old.

Morian Muscaro started twirling when she was 5 years old.

“I felt so strongly that I was being called toward medicine and, if possible, I wanted to go straight to medical school,” Muscaro said. “The process of becoming a doctor takes so long, but I really want to do this.”

She never stopped twirling, though.

In April, Muscaro competed as part of Team USA at the World Baton Twirling Championships in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy. She placed fourth as a soloist. In May, Muscaro won the College Miss Majorette of Michigan competition for the fourth time. In June, she took home the College Miss Majorette of the Great Lakes award for the third time.

When Muscaro won College Miss Majorette of America in July — the highest honor a person can get as a collegiate baton twirler — it was her fourth attempt. The first two times, she placed second. The third time she was first runner-up.

“Moriah twirled under intense pressure at College Miss Majorette of America,” said her mom, Rhonda. “Everyone wanted her to win because it was her last time before she went to medical school. Her solo routine, which was the bread and butter of the competition, was 2.5 minutes long. She twirled one, two, three and then four batons. She didn’t drop. It is like watching ice skating at the Olympics where everyone is just hoping the skater sticks the landing.”

The event was a three-part competition: a solo routine, a strutting routine that judged flexibility and timing, and then modeling a gown, which measured poise, confidence and interviewing skills. In the end, Muscaro bested 53 other twirlers.

“The whole week was emotional because I knew I was going to medical school and I was retiring from competitive baton twirling,” she said. “I needed to stick it. I needed to hit everything. Frankly, I wanted to throw up.”

Moriah doesn’t remember performing much of her solo routine, but she does remember feeling the last catch in her hand and knowing she had achieved a personal best.

“This didn’t seem reachable because I was so terrible when I was young,” she said. “I am still in shock.”

These days, she uses baton twirling as her stress reliever. She also helps with the Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticates. However, medical school and becoming immersed in the UT community is her priority, even though it feels strange to not twirl every day.

“When I came here for my interview, I really loved the community feel,” Muscaro said. “Students are welcoming to each other. It is a collaborative environment. There is so much research going on, but professors still take time for the students.”

Jeff Cole, a member of the UT Board of Trustees, talked to Muscaro before she decided on UT for medical school. He wants her to twirl at an upcoming athletic event.

“Moriah is an exceptional student who could have chosen just about any college of medicine in the country, so I think it speaks to the reputation of our faculty, student services personnel and alumni that she elected to attend The University of Toledo,” Cole said. “Likewise, she represents the excellent caliber of students enrolled in our College of Medicine. Like many of them, Moriah has achieved excellence both in and outside of the classroom while taking time to serve others along the way.”

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