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UT to host post-election community forum Dec. 1

More than three weeks after Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, a panel of scholars at The University of Toledo will participate in a public forum to analyze the election cycle, its results and what happens next.

The event, which is open to the public and sponsored by the UT College of Law and the School for Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts and Letters, will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

web Post-Election Forum flyer“We want to bring our community together to engage in constructive discussion and debate about the changes underway with Trump’s victory,” Dr. Renee Heberle, professor of political science, said. “Topics will include appointments to the White House advisory staff and cabinet, historical comparisons to past presidential elections, constitutional issues, and feminist perspectives on the campaign and outcome.”

Panelists will include Dr. Jeff Broxmeyer, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Jetsabe Caceres, assistant professor of political science and director of the Global Studies Program; Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor of women’s and gender studies; Benjamin Davis, professor of law; and Rebecca Zietlow, the Charles W. Fornoff Professor of Law and Values.

After presentations from panelists, the audience will be invited to ask questions and offer input.

New UT Press book showcases voices of Beat poets

For one year, David Ossman interviewed writers and literati as poetry reached its precipice.

With reel-to-reel tapes recording, Ossman was on the air at WBAI in New York City, where he talked to poets and editors in 1960 and 1961. His show was called “The Sullen Art,” a reference to Dylan Thomas’ poem about the solitary nature of writing. Among those stopping by to share thoughts were Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov, Robert Creeley, Amiri Baraka, Paul Blackburn, Rochelle Owens and Jackson Mac Low. Corinth Books published some of Ossman’s transcripts in 1963.

Sullen ArtAn expanded edition of “The Sullen Art: Recording the Revolution in American Poetry” recently was published by The University of Toledo Press. The 268-page work includes 28 interviews and a CD recording of Ossman’s 1961 radio documentary.

“At the moment ‘The Sullen Art’ was on the air, I felt was doing my listeners a service by playing out to them something they couldn’t have known unless they were grubbing around in the Beat bookstores in Greenwich Village,” Ossman said during a call from his home on Whidbey Island, Wash.

“There were poetry readers on the air, but no one was talking about what was really going on, and by this time, it had been going on for five years where everything — since “Howl” and “On the Road” and “Naked Lunch” — had changed in the world.”

Being a poet, novelist and playwright helped Ossman easily converse with other artists who wielded words.

“I really think [the book] is a slice of history and shows when poetry began to go in several directions. The ’60s lay spread out for the poets and the writers who were writing in 1960, and if you look at that decade, how tumultuous and political and violent it was, well, all of those things were about to happen,” Ossman said. “At the moment of the interviews, and I made this comment to many of the writers: It seems like nothing is happening; it seems like an interregnum; it seems like a quiet spot just between the election and the inauguration, just when Kennedy came into office. 

Sullen Art event info box“So it’s a snapshot, to use another cliché word, of that year — what people were talking about, what moved them, what kind of writing they wanted to do, who they liked, who they didn’t like. And so much of it centers around Ginsberg as the guy who was famous.

“Other than the novels [Jack] Kerouac was churning out and long, long poems that Allen was turning out, general readers didn’t know about anybody else. It was censorship; it was the press: Should we talk about that? It was a weird moment in time. And I think everything in the ’60s precipitated from that, including really the end of poetry as an influence, which Allen carried all the way through the ’60s, through the Vietnam War, and became almost a folk hero.” 

Ginsberg’s interview offers a peek into his innovative process.

“It’s a moment in Allen’s creative life that he was willing to share very informally; I just pointed at the tape recorder and said, ‘Go,’ and it started. That to me is the centerpiece — where he was at that moment as a writer, where he was famous, but it was before he became a real pop culture figure, and how everyone else in the community of writers felt about it. And the impassioned writers of the time really cared about method and influences, and everybody is corresponding with everybody else and talking about Ezra Pound, I mean, it’s really serious stuff. That disappeared by the mid-60s. I was happy to go into comedy,” Ossman said and laughed.

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Ossman headed west and helped create the comedy troupe, The Firesign Theatre, which received three Grammy Award nominations. The witty writer also penned a novel, “The Ronald Reagan Murder Case,” a memoir titled “Dr. Firesign’s Follies,” and is finishing a second memoir called “Fighting Clowns of Hollywood.” His latest collection of poems is “Marshmallows & Despair,” and his forthcoming second novel is “The Flying Saucer Murder Case.” Other credits include directing “The War of the Worlds 50th Anniversary Production” and providing the voice of Cornelius in Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life.”

Meanwhile, in 1977, thanks to encouragement from Noel Stock, UT professor emeritus of English, the University obtained the recordings of poets who appeared on Ossman’s radio show. The tapes and related materials are housed in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections in Carlson Library.

Two years ago, Ossman and his wife, Judith Walcutt, contacted the Canaday Center about the possibility of an expanded edition of “The Sullen Art.”

“The inspiration was: Can we get this published and on CD? And the answer was yes,” Ossman said. “I love the book, and I love the way it turned out.”

Thanks to the Alice Ohlinger Weaver Endowment Fund, the reel-to-reel tapes were digitized so a CD could be included with the book.

“I’m proud that this important work has been given new attention through this updated edition,” Barbara Floyd, director of the Canaday Center and UT Press, and interim director of University Libraries, said. “The interviews in this book reveal these poets at a time when their styles were still evolving, and they were only just becoming well-known and critically acclaimed.”

“The Sullen Art” is $29.95 and available at utoledopress.com.

In honor of Ossman’s 80th birthday, members of the Toledo Poets Museum will read excerpts from “The Sullen Art” Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005. The free event is co-sponsored by the UT Press and the UT Department of English Language and Literature.

UTMC’s Ryan White Program receives grant to support memorial fund

The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Ryan White Program was selected to receive a $25,000 grant from the Stranahan Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation for the Ann Wayson Locher Memorial Fund for HIV Care.

Locher opened the first grant-funded, free and anonymous HIV testing site in northwest Ohio in 1985 and was one of the key organizers of the Ryan White Program. The Ann Wayson Locher Memorial Fund was created in her honor upon her death in 2010.

“This generous gift will help us to carry on Ann’s mission,” said Richard Meeker, manager of fundraising and special projects for the Ryan White Program. “She was passionate about providing support to those affected by HIV and AIDS. Through this fund, we are able to provide emergency services for our clients.”

Toledo Community Foundation Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in the area. For more information, visit toledocf.org.

The Ryan White Program offers high-quality comprehensive care for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. The program offers adult primary care, mental health counseling, case management, advocacy and HIV testing in Lucas County and the surrounding area.

Draft campus master plan to be presented Dec. 7

The University of Toledo will present a draft of the master plan for its campuses to the community Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Representatives from the University and planning consultants from SmithGroupJJR will present the draft plan at 6 p.m. in the Nitschke Hall SSOE Seminar Room. The presentation is open to UT faculty, staff and students, as well as alumni and the public.

“The draft master plan melds together the best ideas of the scenarios discussed with our stakeholders since last summer to establish a 10-year vision for University campuses,” said Jason Toth, associate vice president for facilities and construction. “We look forward to sharing the plan with our community and finalizing this guide for our future decision-making.”

The plan is focused around four themes: repositioning the academic core, investing in research, consolidating athletics, and enhancing the student experience. The detailed presentation will include plans for specific buildings and areas of campus that will meet those goals, Toth said.

Following this public presentation, the master plan will go to the UT Board of Trustees for its consideration.

For more information about the University’s master planning process, visit utoledo.edu/facilities/master-plan.

World AIDS Day forum to be held on UT’s Main Campus

The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Ryan White Program will host a forum discussing the many challenges of HIV and AIDS.

The free event will take place on World AIDS Day, Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium on UT’s Main Campus. Light refreshments will be served at a reception from 5 to 5:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion.

World AIDS Day flyer version 6.pub (Read-Only)“The goal of the Ryan White Program and World AIDS Day is to reduce the stigma surrounding the HIV epidemic and to open a dialogue to educate the public about the myths and facts associated with HIV,” said Kennyetta White, minority outreach coordinator. “We need to work together to change public perceptions. While HIV infection rates are down, we still need to talk about risk factors and preventative measures.”

Panel members will include individuals living with or affected by HIV, as well as community health-care and service providers. The panelists will offer insight into the world of HIV and field questions from audience members.

World AIDS Day has been recognized every year since 1988 to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic and recognize those who have lost their lives to the disease.

“This forum is open to students, faculty, the HIV community and anyone else interested in learning more about HIV,” said Te’Anne Townsend, senior public health major and intern with the Ryan White Program. “This is an opportunity to separate fact from fiction, educate the public, and work to end stigma.”

UTMC’s Ryan White Program offers high-quality comprehensive HIV/AIDS care services. The program uses a multidisciplinary model that incorporates health care, mental health services and case management for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Lucas County and the surrounding counties in northwest Ohio.

“We encourage UT students and young adults in the community to attend,” said Megan Cooper, master of public health student and intern with the Ryan White Program. “It’s important for young people to understand risks of contracting HIV and the effects it has on a community to make a difference for future generations.”

Undergraduate research in the spotlight at UT

Even with the upfront construction and ongoing maintenance costs that go into a wind turbine during its average life span of 20 years, it makes enough energy to be cost-effective, according to undergraduate student research at The University of Toledo.

The life cycle analysis of wind turbines is one of nearly two dozen research projects that will be on display for the UT Scholars’ Celebration Undergraduate Research Showcase from Tuesday, Nov. 29, through Friday, Dec. 9, in Carlson Library.

Provost Andrew Hsu will host a welcome reception Monday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005. Students will be available to answer questions about their research.

“Research is one of the best modes of experiential learning. It is something unique that a comprehensive research university like UT can offer to our students, and it is what distinguishes our students and graduates from others,” Hsu said. “This is the 10th anniversary of UT’s Office of Undergraduate Research, so it’s especially fitting to recognize undergraduate students who are participating. Our faculty members help our students link their classroom scientific knowledge to the pursuit of innovation and discovery. These students are learning how to communicate, think logically, and be patient and creative — highly-valued skills in today’s competitive world.”

Other undergraduate research projects include an analysis of the boundless beauty of women, as well as a piano performance titled “Schumann Fantasy in C, Op. 17.”

“This is a great opportunity for professional development for our students and for the community to see the depth and breadth of research that UT students are conducting,” said Dr. Thomas Kvale, professor emeritus of physics and director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Changes made in HR leadership

Effective Nov. 28, Jovita Thomas-Williams has been asked to assume a temporary special assignment assessing the overall capability profile of the human resources function until she leaves the University when her contract expires Feb. 28.

Wendy Davis, a director overseeing academic, student and administrative functions for HR, has agreed to step into the interim role as associate vice president of human resources and talent development, effective immediately.

Davis joined the University in 2015 and brings strong experience in human resource management for public employers in Ohio. Prior to joining UT, she worked in human resources for Lucas County Children Services and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction—Toledo Correctional Institution.

Satellites holding ornament sale this week

The holidays are coming, and the Satellites Auxiliary will help you get ready with a personalized ornament and gifts sale this week.

The sale will take place in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 28-30. Stop by Monday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

xmas bulbsIn addition to ornaments, check out other gift items, including sports caps, scarves, games, blankets, musical instruments and more.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit health science scholarships.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a group that promotes education, research and service programs; provides support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conducts fundraising events; and provides volunteer services.

For more information on the sale, contact Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

RSVPs requested by Dec. 1 for president’s holiday open house

President Sharon L. Gaber is inviting faculty and staff to stop by a holiday open house Thursday, Dec. 8.

Drop by the Driscoll Alumni Center between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. and take a few minutes to celebrate the season with colleagues. Cupcakes, coffee and cider will be served.

“I hope faculty and staff members can take a few minutes out of their busy schedules to get together during this wonderful time of the year,” Gaber said.

RSVPs are requested by Thursday, Dec. 1; reply to the invitation email.

president's holiday reception invite

Remember UT on Giving Tuesday Nov. 29

In 2001, Michele Wilson left her home in the Cleveland area to take classes at The University of Toledo.

“I was very fortunate to receive scholarship aid,” she said. “What I’m actually trying to do now is pay back the scholarships that I received so someone else can benefit from them as well.”

2016 Giving Tuesday UT News ArticleThe 2005 alumna plans to remember the University on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29.

“My support will help someone else attend UT and receive a degree,” Wilson said.

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

The University of Toledo is asking alumni and supporters to consider a gift to UT on Tuesday, Nov. 29, to participate in the national campaign by visiting utoledo.edu/giveTOL.

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

That includes graduates like Wilson, who, after a successful career in the areas of commercial real estate and higher education at UT, is now a stay-at-home mom to her young children.

“UT has touched every part of my life. I met my husband and some of my best friends when I was student,” she said.

“I give back to help others find their own path, their own happiness and success at The University of Toledo,” she added.

Join UT alumni and friends in remembering the University on Giving Tuesday.

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