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UT professor selected as one of three finalists for $250,000 national teaching award

A leadership scholar at The University of Toledo is a finalist for a prestigious national teaching award.

Dr. Clinton Longenecker, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in the UT College of Business and Innovation, is one of three finalists selected for Baylor University’s 2018 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.

Longenecker

The other finalists are Dr. Heidi Elmendorf, associate professor of biology at Georgetown University, and Dr. Neil Garg, professor of chemistry at UCLA.

The Cherry Award is the only national teaching award — with the single largest monetary reward of $250,000 — presented by a college or university to an individual for exceptional teaching.

“To be selected as one of three finalists for this prestigious award is an absolute honor, and I’m very proud to represent The University of Toledo on this national stage,” Longenecker said. “I’ve considered my entire career to be a privilege, an opportunity to make a difference, and a blessing to be able to teach adult learners how to improve their skills and career trajectory.”

As Cherry Award finalists, each professor will receive $15,000, as well as $10,000 for their home departments to foster the development of teaching skills. Each finalist will present a series of lectures at Baylor during fall 2017 and also a Cherry Award lecture on their home campuses during the upcoming academic year.

The Cherry Award winner, which will be announced by Baylor in 2018, will receive $250,000 and an additional $25,000 for his or her home department and will teach in residence at Baylor during fall 2018 or spring 2019.

“With close to 100 nominees from a very strong field, the Cherry Committee had the difficult task of naming three finalists for the 2018 Cherry Award,” said Dr. Michael W. Thompson, committee chair and associate dean for undergraduate programs in Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. “It is gratifying and inspirational to learn about each nominee’s accomplishments and dedication to great teaching. The three finalists for the 2018 award are excellent scholars and great teachers, and we look forward to hosting their campus visits during the fall 2017 semester.”

The Cherry Award program is designed to honor great teachers, to stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching, and to encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers. Individuals nominated for the award have proven records as extraordinary teachers with positive, inspiring and long-lasting effects on students, along with records of distinguished scholarship.

“Dr. Longenecker is a UT alumnus who makes a difference every day for his students as an effective and passionate classroom leader,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “This is a well-deserved honor, and we wish him luck through the Cherry Award experience.”

“I’m greatly humbled by this recognition as I work in a student-centered institution with lots of great teachers,” Longenecker said. “For me, teaching isn’t about just presenting information to my students. Rather, it is all about helping students improve their motivation, their integration and mastery of important ideas, concepts and practices, as well as their application to be able to do the things necessary to be successful with their careers and personal lives. In the final analysis, teaching is all about transforming students, and as a comprehensive University that is what we do and do well across all disciplines.”

Longenecker has received more than 60 teaching, service and research awards and numerous industry awards. In 2013, he was recognized by The Economist as one of the “Top 15 Business Professors in the World.”

His teaching, research and consulting interests are in high-performance leadership and creating great organizations. Longenecker has published more than 190 articles and papers in academic and professional journals, as well as several best-selling books. His latest book, “The Successful Career Survival Guide,” was published in March.

Assessment Day to be held April 5

The Office of Assessment, Accreditation and Program Review and the University Assessment Committee will hold the fourth annual Assessment Day Wednesday, April 5, in Libbey Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Assessment Day will include a morning workshop, a lunch and keynote speaker, and an afternoon workshop presented by Dr. Tom Angelo, an internationally recognized expert and consultant on higher education teaching and learning.

Angelo

Angelo will share his expertise on classroom assessment, fostering creative thinking and in-depth learning. He is a clinical professor of educational research and innovation at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill.

Topics for the morning workshop will focus on helping faculty and staff design effective undergraduate courses to promote student learning, while the afternoon session will offer an introduction to classroom assessment and how it can help students become more independent and effective learners, said Alana Malik, university assessment director.

The morning workshop will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; the afternoon workshop will run from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

“Both workshops will provide attendees with practical, research-based strategies to help them improve their teaching skills,” Malik said.

Lunch will be provided from noon to 1:30 p.m. with a keynote address from Angelo on the topic of fostering creative thinking and innovation.

The free events are open to all UT faculty, administrators and students.

Angelo has consulted on teaching and learning improvement, assessment and curriculum design for more than 250 educational institutions and 65 associations and organization in all 50 states and 18 countries.

He has delivered more than 90 higher education conference keynotes and authored or co-authored four books and more than three dozen articles and chapters.

Those who wish to attend the events should sign up at utoledo.edu/aapr/webforms/2017AssessmentDay.html.

Pianist to give master class, recital

Matthew Bengtson will visit The University of Toledo for the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series this weekend.

He will present a master class Saturday, April 1, at 10 a.m. and a recital Sunday, April 2, at 3 p.m. Both free, public events will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Bengtson

Bengtson’s program will include the music of Beethoven, Chopin, Alkan, and Liszt, among others.

Critically acclaimed as a “musician’s pianist,” Bengtson also is a composer, analyst and scholar of performance practice, and thus is in demand as both soloist and collaborator. An advocate of both contemporary and rarely performed music, he commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from William Byrd to Gyorgy Ligeti and numerous contemporary Philadelphia-area composers. He has appeared with violinist Joshua Bell on NPR’s “Performance Today” and XM Satellite Radio’s “Classical Confidential.” His recordings can be heard on the Romeo, Arabesque, Griffin Renaissance, Albany and Navona record labels.

Bengtson is assistant professor of piano literature at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he teaches piano, fortepiano, and courses in piano repertoire, history and culture. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music and the Peabody Institute, and has been on the collaborative piano staff at the Curtis Institute of Music. Besides his musical attainments, Bengtson was educated at Harvard University with a focus in mathematics and computer science.

For more information on the piano series, contact Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of piano, at michael.boyd@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2183.

UTMC to hold flag-raising ceremony in honor of Donate Life Month

The University of Toledo Medical Center and Life Connection of Ohio will be honoring Donate Life Month by holding a flag-raising ceremony Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. outside Mulford Library near the main entrance to the hospital on Health Science Campus.

The Donate Life flag will fly throughout the month of April to raise awareness about the need for organ and tissue donors in northwest Ohio and around the country, as well as to encourage more people to register as donors.

The 15-minute ceremony will feature the personal stories of three speakers, including Andrea Jacobs, a retired UTMC employee whose life has been affected by organ donation.

UT slates events to showcase diversity

Last year, President Sharon L. Gaber declared The University of Toledo would shine a spotlight on diversity with a month filled with events.

“While we celebrate diversity every day on our campuses, it’s important to set aside some time to schedule events and come together to discuss our differences. Our inclusiveness gives us strength,” Gaber said.

Dr. Willie McKether, vice president for diversity and inclusion, echoed the president’s sentiments: “Our inclusive campus values and celebrates diversity and uniqueness. We can all learn from our differences and each other.

“I hope to see students, faculty and staff in attendance at our events during Diversity Month. Everyone is invited and welcomed.”

New this year is an Implicit Bias Speaker Series.

“Implicit bias refers to the unconscious attitudes we have about people that, left unchecked, can lead to prejudice and discrimination,” Jennifer Pizio, associate director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, said. “By learning about these biases and making the implicit explicit, we can change our attitudes and help create a more diverse and inclusive environment.”

Ari Melber, MSNBC chief legal correspondent, will kick off the series Thursday, April 6. He will give a talk on “Bias in a Post-Truth Era” at 5 p.m. in Doermann Theater.

“There’s nothing new about bias distorting our view of the world, but are polarized politics and selective information making bias worse? What can we learn from social science and legal training to combat our own biases? I’m hoping to tackle those questions in this program,” Melber said.

Other topics and speakers in the series are:

• “Unconscious Bias and Its Impact on the Patient-Clinician Relationship” by Dr. Adil Haider, surgeon and Kessler Director of the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Thursday, April 13, at 4 p.m. Collier Building Room 1000B.

• “Discrimination, Subtle Bias and Inequalities in the Workplace: In the Name of Meritocracy” by Dr. Leanne Son Hing, associate chair of psychology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Tuesday, April 18, at 5 p.m. Thompson Student Union Room 2584.

• “Unconscious Racial Bias in Health Care and in Medical School Admission” by Dr. Quinn Capers IV, associate dean for admissions at Ohio State University College of Medicine, Wednesday, April 26, at 4 p.m. Health Education Building Room 110.

In an effort to take the pulse of the campus diversity and inclusiveness climate, McKether said the annual diversity assessment survey will be conducted from Monday, April 17, through Saturday, April 22. Students, faculty and staff will receive an email with a link to take the survey.

Diversity Month is hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office Multicultural Student Success.

Listed by date, other events include:

• Monday, April 3 — Gay? Fine By Me Tie Dye, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thompson Student Union steps (rain location: Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge).

— Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Kickoff, noon, Thompon Student Union steps (rain location: Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge).

• Tuesday, April 4 — Diversity and Dialogue, 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

• Thursday, April 6 — Maayan Keret, former international model and now author, will discuss media, technology, women, and the cultural and environmental factors that impact the female body image, 7 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 1140.

— Spectrum Drag and Talent Show, 8 p.m., Rocky’s Attic.

• Saturday, April 8 — African People’s Association African Night, 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and $15 for VIP in advance; and $15 at the door.

• Sunday, April 9 — Beyond the Afikomen: A Passover Survival Kit, Toledo Hillel House, 2012 Brookdale Drive, Toledo. Stop by for snacks.

• Monday, April 10 — Screening of “Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric,” 5 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 1050. A panel discussion will follow the film.

• Tuesday, April 11 — Asian American and Pacific Islander Tea Party, noon to 2 p.m., Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge.

• Thursday, April 13 — Diversity Celebration, 8 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

• Friday, April 14 — Solo Success Workshop, “How to Thrive in the Academy When You’re the Only __________ in Your Department,” 9 a.m. to noon, Thompson Student Union Room 2592. Dr. Rosemarie Roberts of Connecticut University will facilitate the program. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. with luncheon at noon. Register at utoledo.edu/diversity/events.

— Shabbat Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Toledo Hillel House.

• Tuesday, April 18 —Asian American and Pacific Islander Film Screening, “Ip Man,” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 3018.

• Thursday, April 20 — Holi Toledo, UT’s fourth annual celebration of the Indian holiday Holi, 3 p.m., field south of Memorial Field House.

• Friday, April 21 — Shabbat 101, 5 p.m., Rocky’s Attic.

• Thursday, April 27 — Rock in the Red Zone, 7 p.m., Toledo Hillel House.

• Saturday, April 29 — Toledo Sister Cities International Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Savage Arena. Admission: $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Info: toledosistercities.org.

For more information on these events, go to utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/omss.

UT to host series of events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

As part of The University of Toledo’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about sexual violence, UT is marking Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April with a series of events across campus to help educate students on prevention.

Those include self-defense training, a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, and a lecture by rape survivor and author Liz Seccuro.

Seccuro

Seccuro, a victim’s advocate and the author of “Crash Into Me: A Survivor’s Search for Justice,” was gang-raped in 1984 during her freshman year at the University of Virginia. Seccuro will speak at UT Wednesday, April 19, at 6 p.m. in Doermann Theater.

“This is a story of how a victim has endured the most horrible of acts, was re-victimized, and found the strength to embark on a journey of healing and victim advocacy,” said Dr. Kasey Tucker-Gail, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the UT Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness. “I cannot think of a better story of empowerment for our campus and community. We are thankful to the YWCA Hope Center for co-sponsoring this event with the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness and the UT Office of Marketing and Communications. I encourage everyone to come and hear Liz Seccuro’s message.”

UT sorority Alpha Chi Omega also is hosting a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event called #RedShoeChallenge Tuesday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Centennial Mall.

During the event, which is sponsored by the UT Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness, men will be challenged by a colleague or friend to walk a mile in high heels. It costs $5 to challenge and sponsor a man on campus. All proceeds go to the Bethany House in Toledo.

“This is an important event for men to stand up and say no more to the sexualized violence against women and support Bethany House, a local women’s shelter,” Tucker-Gail said. “For $5, women can challenge a colleague, friend or faculty member to participate. I hope that we can support victims and promote healing as a community. Look out men of UT, you are about to be a part of #RedShoeChallenge!”

The UT Police Department will hold three self-defense classes for UT students during the month: Saturday, April 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 1512; Thursday, April 6, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Honors Academic Village; and Monday, April 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Horton International House Multipurpose Room.

The UT Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program also is hosting a series of events, including:

• Monday, April 3 — T-shirt making for the Clothesline Project, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rocket Hall Room 1619. Women affected by violence and their family and friends can express themselves by creating T-shirts as part of their healing process. The shirts will be displayed as part of the Clothesline Project as testimony to the problem of violence against women. A counselor from the UT Counseling Center will be present to facilitate the process. The UT Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness is a co-sponsor.

• Saturday, April 8 — Take Back the Night, 6 to 10 p.m., Woodward High School, 701 E. Central Ave. The event that protests all forms of violence against women includes a resource fair at 6 p.m., rally at 7 p.m., women’s march at 8 p.m., men’s event 8 p.m. and women’s speakout at 9 p.m. UT sponsors are the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women; Social Work Program; Student Social Work Organization; University Counseling Center; UT Feminist Alliance; Women’s and Gender Studies Department; and the Women’s Law Student Association.

• Tuesday, April 11 — Speaker: Lizbeth Meredith, author of “Pieces of Me,” 6 p.m., Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0168. She will discuss how her daughters were kidnapped by their father and taken to Greece and her struggle to get them back.

• Wednesday, April 12 — The Clothesline Project, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall (rain location: Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge). View shirts created by women affected by violence and their family and friends. T-shirt colors show the form of abuse: white for those who died because of violence; yellow and beige for battered and assaulted women; red, pink and orange for survivors of rape and sexual assault; blue and green for survivors of incest and sexual abuse; purple for those who were attacked because of their sexual orientation; and black for women attacked for political reasons.

• Monday through Wednesday, April 17-19 — Red flag event, Centennial Mall. Red flags will be displayed to represent the 316 individuals who reported rape in the city of Toledo in 2016.

• Tuesday, April 18 — Screening of “I Am Jane Doe” and panel discussion, 6 p.m., Doermann Theater. Panelists will be UT President Sharon L. Gaber, Sen. Rob Portman and Dr. Celia Williamson, UT professor of social work and director of the UT Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute. Reception will be at 6 p.m., discussion at 6:30 p.m. and screening at 7 p.m.

• Wednesday, April 26 — Denim Day. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear jeans to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault. Stop by the Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program’s information table in the Thompson Student Union from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn more about Denim Day. The UT Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness and the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women are co-sponsors.

Biochemist studies new point of attack against dangerous stomach bacteria with help from astronauts

Research at The University of Toledo could lead to new treatments for a type of bacteria that is in the stomach of half the world’s population, causes ulcers, and is linked to the development of stomach cancer, one of the most common causes of cancer death worldwide.

And astronauts on the International Space Station played a key role in making the experiment possible.

NASA astronomer Reid Wiseman on the International Space Station held Dr. Donald Ronning’s experiment before he activated it. For six months, the protein crystals circled Earth as they grew.

A team of researchers led by Dr. Donald Ronning, professor in the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, discovered a new point of attack for the bacterium called Helicobacter pylori by using neutrons to decipher how an important enzyme works in the bacterium’s metabolism.

“There are no current drugs on the market that target this special enzyme called MTAN found in the bacterium,” Ronning said. “The enzyme synthesizes vitamin K2 and is essential for the bacterium to survive.”

Most of the people who have an H pylori bacterial infection are treated with general antibiotics that are 50 years old, and in some regions of the world 30 percent of the strains are resistant to those drugs.

“It’s likely that inhibitors targeting this enzyme can lead to the development of medication specifically targeted to kill bad bacteria without harming useful bacteria or human cells in the gastrointestinal tract,” Ronning said.

The research, which was supported by a NASA grant and done in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and the Technical University of Munich in Germany, was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. UT graduate student Mike Banco also participated in the study.

Dr. Donald Ronning, left, and UT graduate student Mike Banco held NASA patches.

The first six months of Ronning’s stomach bacteria experiment took place on the International Space Station, which orbits Earth approximately 16 times a day.

“We sent samples of the protein we were trying to inhibit on a SpaceX rocket up to the International Space Station’s microgravity environment in 2014,” Ronning said. “Astronauts activated the experiment and helped us grow the large, high-quality crystals of these proteins we needed in order to use a rare methodology called neutron diffraction.”

When the proteins were returned to Earth on a SpaceX rocket, the largest crystals were the size of a grain of rice or the width of a paperclip.

Ronning based his structural determination of the enlarged, crystallized proteins using neutron diffraction, which affords visualization of hydrogen atoms in the protein.

“The usual methods for determining three-dimensional structures of molecules, such as x-ray diffraction, don’t allow us to see hydrogen atoms and their movements that are vital to the function of enzymes synthesizing vitamin K2,” Ronning said. “Instead, we used neutron diffraction for our crystal structure analysis, which allows us to see the hydrogen atoms and shows us how they do their job in the protein. In the history of mankind, there have been 106 molecular structures solved using this technique. It’s an expanding field.”

Based on the findings, it is now possible to develop molecules that are better at blocking the enzyme’s reaction process.

“By seeing what the protein looks like in a 3D model and understanding how it functions, we have a better idea of how to create a drug to prevent that function and would kill the bacteria causing the infection in the gastrointestinal tract,” Ronning said.

Theatre students bring creativity, imagination to ‘The Internationalist’

The UT Department of Theatre and Film will present “The Internationalist” by playwright Anne Washburn, Friday through Sunday, March 31-April 2 and April 7-9, at the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Lowell (Carter Makiewicz) flirts with Sara (Victoria Zajac) during this rehearsal scene from the UT production of “The Internationalist.”

Lowell, an American on a business trip, is met at the airport by a beautiful colleague. They spend the night together, and he thinks he’s in one of those great American movies where you go to a foreign land and there’s romance and adventure and the experience changes you. The next day at the office, he discovers he’s not in one of those movies; he’s in one of those foreign films where nothing is as it seems, where there is no moral to the story, and, most importantly, no subtitles.

Washburn places Lowell — jet-lagged and unable to speak the local language — in the middle of a fictitious country on a business trip to a company with dubious interests. Caitlyn Tella, the director of the UT production, said the fictitious country and language provide student actors with the opportunity to use their imagination to create their own meaning in these interactions.

“Even though there are parts of the play that are spoken in a foreign language, the audience will follow what is happening along the lines of their own imaginative logic,” Tella said. “With the literal meaning of words moved off into the background, when normally they would be front and center, body language and other visuals move into the foreground to establish the scene’s meaning. There is a tension between what can be understood clearly and what can’t be grasped.”

She added, “It plays with your expectations. You can expect the unexpected — it sounds cliché, but it’s really a prominent idea in the play: The idea that what we think we know isn’t the full picture, and as well-intentioned as we may be, there is always an element of delusion to our actions.”

The play comically touches on truthful communication, status in the workplace, and globalization of the workplace. People who have found themselves at times working or traveling abroad, in a culture very different from their own, will recognize the often humorously confusing dynamics at work in this world.

Tella said she sees the play in the style of film noir, a feature that carries over into the look and feel of the sound and lighting. The play opens with a song with lyrics that are part of the script, but with music composed by UT music student Stephen Caldwell. It recalls the Rat Pack era of the 1940s, but with updated elements as well.

“One of the reasons I like this play,” Tella said, “is that it’s a huge challenge and a huge reward for the students to make a fictional foreign language real, to invent the world of this imaginary country and workplace, to create mannerisms and a cultural identity that is at once strange and yet very familiar. I think they pulled it off.”

Cast members are Victoria Zajac as Sara; Carter Makiewicz as Lowell; Kurt Elfering as Nicol; Wonhee Kim as Irene and anonymous woman; Alexis Johnson as James; and Justin Petty as Simon and Paul.

Tickets are $8 for students and children; $10 for UT faculty, staff and alumni, and military members and seniors; and $15 for the general public. Call 419.530.ARTS (2787) or order online at utoledo.tix.com. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Compete for a cause: 80th annual Songfest to raise funds for Hut Outreach

Since 1937, UT students have been brought together by song, dance and philanthropy for Songfest. This year, student organizations will compete to raise money for Hut Outreach under the theme: Rockets Re-loaded.

“We knew we wanted to choose something that had a Toledo touch, so it could entice people to get involved, but we also wanted to keep a global scope,” said Stephanie Elkins, vice president of Blue Key Honor Society and emcee for Songfest 2017. “Hut Outreach was actually founded by University of Toledo alumni who visited for a mission trip and felt called to continue serving. It was the perfect blend of local and global for us to make a difference.

“This year we are hoping to raise $10,000. This would go toward building the first Hut Outreach-funded high school in this area of Haiti as well as help feed 300 kids for an entire year.”

Hut Outreach was founded in 1997, and creates building projects and schools that employ native Haitians. Through these projects, locals gain the opportunity to earn income. Hut Outreach has the capability to channel 100 percent of donations directly to Haiti, with the U.S. side of the organization funded through volunteers and the board of directors.

This year’s Songfest theme gives participants the opportunity to choose songs from the 1940s to the 2000s, celebrating the generations since the tradition’s founding.
“Brandon [Rosolowski, fellow emcee,] and I love this theme because it allows the groups to take more ownership of their performances,” Elkins said. “In the past, they’ve had to choose from a list of songs we give them, but this year for the first time, they could choose what they wanted, as long as it hadn’t been used in Songfest the past four years.”

Student organizations are excited to have the freedom of choosing songs and decades that fit their individual themes.

“Prepare to hear some of the most amazing songs from each different decade we chose,” said Maddy Hoste, co-director of the Kappa Delta Sorority team. “We are excited to put on a show even better than last year.”

Many hours of practice go into the weeks and months leading up to Songfest, but the performances that result have led to the event becoming one of the most highly anticipated of the spring semester.

In addition to the musical numbers, Blue Key National Honor Fraternity and Mortar Board National Honor Society, the Songfest sponsors, hold their recognition and tapping ceremonies during the event.

Songfest 2017 will be held Saturday, April 1, at 5 p.m. in Savage Arena.

To make a donation benefiting Hut Outreach, click here.

UT Medical Center opens new Inpatient Detox Unit

The University of Toledo Medical Center is accepting patients to its new Adult Detoxification Inpatient Unit on the sixth floor of the hospital.

The 10-bed unit has a dedicated team of nurses, social workers and other staff with training and experience in detox and behavioral health. The detox unit will help patients safely manage the physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with stopping drug or alcohol abuse and then connect them with services to enhance their possibility for success in overcoming addiction.

Singh

“There is a drug abuse and overdose epidemic in our state, and UTMC is responding with this dedicated unit as part of our increased focus on behavioral health. We want to help people in our community who suffer from addiction,” said Dr. Tanvir Singh, UTMC physiatrist who serves as the unit’s medical director. “Addiction is a brain disease just like any other chronic illness, but these patients also struggle with social stigma and marginalization, which makes it challenging. We need to both treat the disease and connect patients with the resources they need to overcome those challenges for successful recovery.”

Patients will be admitted to the detox unit through referrals from other units within UTMC and through health-care providers in the community, as well as patients and their family members who contact the hospital directly for detox assistance.

Patients must be in active withdrawal from alcohol, opioids or other substances when they are admitted to the UTMC detox unit and commit to immediately entering an intensive outpatient treatment program following their stay in the hospital, which would average three to five days.

UTMC also plans to include individual talk therapy, group therapy, social work visits, physical exercise, mental exercise, and nutrition and self-care classes with community partners as part of its services in the detox unit to address the patients’ medical and psychological needs.

For more information, call 419.383.2337.