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New dean selected to lead College of Education

An educational psychologist with an interest in enhancing classroom assessment for more effective teaching and learning has been named dean of The University of Toledo Judith Herb College of Education.

Dr. Raymond H. Witte will join UT July 1 from Miami University, where he is professor and chair of the Department of Educational Psychology.


“Dr. Witte is an experienced administrator, having served as department chair and associate dean. He is not only an accomplished scholar as a university professor, he had many years of experience working for public schools before joining academia,” said Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “He has a passion for student success, especially those of first-generation college students. I am glad to welcome him to The University of Toledo and look forward to working with him and the college to further improve our college and our student success.”

“I am honored to be the new dean of the Judith Herb College of Education. I’ve always thought highly of the institution and been impressed with the quality and professionalism of the faculty and the administrators,” Witte said. “I am looking forward to working and collaborating with the distinguished faculty and staff of the college, as well as all the members of the University and Toledo communities.”

Witte joined the faculty of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1999 and held a variety of additional administrative roles, including associate dean, graduate program director, department chair and assistant chair. Prior to his career in higher education, Witte was a school psychologist for the Jessamine County School District in Nicholasville, Ky., where he also directed the kindergarten and preschool programs.

Witte received his PhD and master’s degrees in educational psychology and bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kentucky.

His academic interests include working with students with learning disabilities assisting individuals and their families through transitions. As his career evolved, he became increasingly interested in effective assessment and has written two books and numerous articles on the topic.

Accordingly, Witte said he is a data-driven leader and he looks forward to getting to know the college staff and collaborating with them to ensure strong student enrollment and community partnerships.

Hsu thanked Dr. Virginia Keil for her leadership while serving as interim dean of the Judith Herb College of Education since July 2015.

Three-time cancer survivor headlines event about local cancer care

A three-time cancer survivor and genetic testing advocate who inspired the film, “Decoding Annie Parker,” will share her story at an event to provide information about cancer care in the community.

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences will host “An Evening With Annie Parker” Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St.


The event will begin at 4 p.m. with the film screening, followed by a talk from Parker, and will conclude with a panel discussion with experts speaking about genomics, clinical trials, cancer biology and “living the new normal.”

“We are grateful to have Annie Parker join us for this important evening,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “Her story is not only compelling, it is inspiring to cancer survivors and their loved ones, and clinical care teams as well.”

After Parker lost her mother and sister to cancer, and she was diagnosed multiple times personally, she became determined to understand her family’s history with the disease. Parker has survived breast cancer, ovarian cancer and cancer in her liver.

In 1994, she became one of the first women in Canada to be tested for the BRCA1 gene mutation after Dr. Mary-Claire King, a geneticist at the University of California at Berkeley, had discovered the gene is responsible for many breast and ovarian cancers. Parker’s results were positive for the gene. The story was the inspiration for the 2013 film, “Decoding Annie Parker.” Parker also tells her story in her 2014 book, “Annie Parker Decoded.”

The American Cancer Society estimates more than 1.7 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018. The local event is an effort to highlight the different treatments, new research and care options in the area.

“We remain committed to training the next generation of physicians and believe that by continuing to evolve available treatment options and enhancing our education and research, we will be that much closer to finding a cure,” Cooper said.

“An Evening With Annie Parker” is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to hscevents@utoledo.edu or 419.383.6122.

Lane closures expected as work on Bancroft Street to continue

Crews are scheduled to begin relocating and installing a gas line on West Bancroft Street this week.

The work will require some lane restrictions during the day, but two-way traffic will be maintained during the project.

Miller Pipeline will be working on Bancroft between Audubon Place and Cheltenham Road.

The project will continue through April to align with the city of Toledo’s street improvement project, which is scheduled to start in the spring.

“We will keep the campus community up to date on this work and the project in the spring,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation, said.

“In the meantime, we want to remind drivers to slow down,” he said. “We ask everyone to be patient, drive slowly, and be aware of pedestrians and workers.”

Exhibit explores ‘Where Lights Goes’

A three-artist exhibit titled “Where the Light Goes” is on display in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery on the Toledo Museum of Art Campus. 

In its 2nd iteration, “Where the Light Goes” deepens its exploration of contemporary approaches to the photographic image through the examination of its physical properties, the possibilities of its reproduction, its vulnerability, and its uncertainty as an instrument of truth.

“Backyard” by Trisha Holt

On Friday, Feb. 2, Dr. Robin Reisenfeld, curator of works on paper for the Toledo Museum of Art, will moderate a panel discussion featuring the exhibit’s artists: Trisha Holt, Ben Schonberger and Eric Zeigler. Brian Carpenter, UT lecturer of art and gallery director, also will participate in the discussion, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater.

“Framework: Remainder 1” by Ben Schonberger

Holt works with printed photographs to dismantle the image plane. Her bodies of work center around the themes of feminist performance art, the history of cinema, and the aesthetics of serial killers. Her work is at the intersection of performance art and large-scale collage that exist as framed photographs, videos and installations.

Schonberger is a visual artist and lecturer of photography at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Utilizing photography, appropriated imagery, collage, performance and sculpture, his work examines the complexities of identity through long-term social investigations and archive augmentation processes.

Zeigler is a photographer based in Maumee, Ohio. As an associate lecturer in the UT Art Department, Zeigler teaches photography, digital media and tools.

“False Martian Regolith” by Eric Zeigler

The free, public exhibition will be on display through Friday, Feb. 16. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on the exhibition, contact Carpenter, at brian.carpenter@utoledo.edu.

UTC3 surpasses campaign goal

Thanks to the generous support of hundreds of faculty members, staffers and retirees, The University of Toledo surpassed its $125,000 goal for UTC3 — the University’s annual Community Charitable Campaign that supports more than 220 local nonprofit organizations.

“I’m very proud of our UT community for generously supporting this community campaign,” said President Sharon L. Gaber. “There are many people in need throughout our region, and I’m glad we can assist nonprofits in their support. UT has once again demonstrated its commitment to our mission and serving this community.”

“Coming on the heels of last year’s very successful inaugural Day of Giving, it was really difficult asking faculty and staff to make another contribution — especially just prior to the holidays,” said Dr. Michele Soliz, assistant vice president for student success and inclusion, and the 2017 UTC3 chair. “It was really great to see our campuses come together to help others. We truly are one!”

To thank each person who submitted a UTC3 ePledge form, all contributors have been sent an email inviting them to a breakfast with President Sharon L. Gaber that will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30. A hearty buffet of breakfast foods will be served, followed by drawings for many prizes. Additionally, contributors may pick up their complimentary UTC3 gift — a tumbler with straw — at the breakfast.

If you contributed to UTC3, be sure to respond to your email invitation by Tuesday, Jan. 23, whether you plan to attend the breakfast or not. Your gift will then be made available for you to pick up at the breakfast, or mailed to your office by early February.

Any questions may be sent to UTC3campaign@utoledo.edu.

UT Department of Art offers lunchtime workshops

The Department of Art will offer workshops for UT employees and students throughout spring semester on Main and Health Science campuses.

Each workshop is composed of two 45-minute sessions. The cost is $30 per workshop.

Dr. Mark Sherry, professor of sociology, participated in a brown-bag art workshop last semester and tried his hand at wood burning.

The seven workshops that will be offered this semester are:

• Hand sewing — basic hand-stitching techniques, embroidery and cross-stitching.

• Paper craft plus — the art of book making, page flowers, wall flowers, and beading/jewelry.

• Painting — paint on variety of surfaces such as rocks, watercolor book pages, mugs and mini acrylic canvases.

• Upcycling — re-purposing of a variety of objects for T-shirt tote, cookie sheet magnet board, map tile coasters and art.

• Polymer clay — magnets, pendants, earrings and pens.

• Glass — painting on glass, sea glass wind chime, votive holder and alcohol ink pendants.

• Wood burning — line work and shading techniques.

Workshops will begin Monday, Jan. 22. For a complete schedule, visit utoledo.edu/al/svpa/art/galleries/artworkshops.html.

Sessions on Main Campus will take place in the conference room on the first floor of Sullivan Hall, and workshops on Health Science Campus will be held in Collier Building Rooms 2410/2412.

Alissa Cox, an independent artist since 2006, will present the workshops.

Coming from a family of artisans and artists, Cox grew up learning woodcrafts, stained glass, blacksmithing, jewelry craft, quilting and painting. She moved her business, Smoky Grove, to Ohio in 2012 and has exhibited at Columbus Winterfair, the Great Lakes Jazz Festival and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. Cox has taught several workshops in pyrography, sewing and painting.

In addition, a crochet workshop will be held each Friday in Sullivan Hall on Main Campus. Open to crotchetiers of every skill level — from beginners to pros — this workshop is an opportunity to learn new techniques or get help on a project. Each session is $10 and can be paid at the door. No reservations are required.

Auditions for UT jazz Vocalstra slated

Do you like to sing jazz? Audition for the University’s Vocalstra, a vocal jazz ensemble founded by legendary singer Jon Hendricks.

This ensemble performs a variety of repertoire, including jazz standards, blues, vocalese (a genre of jazz singing in which words are set to instrumental recordings), and other contemporary genres.

Dr. Ellie Martin directs Vocalstra during a rehearsal last fall.

Auditions will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, and Monday, Jan. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Center for Performing Arts Room 1017.

Singers should prepare a song, preferably in the jazz style if possible.

Auditions will be held in 10-minute increments. Students of all majors are invited to sign up for a time here.

“We are searching for new, passionate and committed members,” said Dr. Ellie Martin, instructor in the UT Music Department and co-director of Vocalstra.

Students who have a conflict with the audition times or who have questions should contact Martin at lee.martin@utoledo.edu.

Main Campus Medical Center treats students, employees

The Main Campus Medical Center is open five days a week to provide health services to students and employees in a convenient location.

The on-campus medical services are primarily for sick visits; however, students who have a primary care physician out of town also can schedule appointments for primary care needs, such as physicals or oversight of chronic medical conditions.

The Main Campus Medical Center is located on West Rocket Drive across from the Horton International House.

“We understand the convenience factor when it comes to serving employees and students and having an office right on campus,” said Dr. Linda Speer, professor and chair of family medicine. “If a member of our campus community is experiencing symptoms of an ear or sinus infection, for example, you can schedule an appointment to be seen, in most cases, that same day.”

The Main Campus Medical Center is staffed with a nurse practitioner with a physician in the office on Wednesdays. Appointments are encouraged. Walk-in patients will be treated; however, they could have a considerable wait time when patient volume is high, Speer said.

In the event there are not any immediate openings at the Main Campus Medical Center, the staff will assist with making arrangements for the employee or student to be seen at another UT health-care provider at the Student Health and Wellness Center on Health Science Campus, the Regency Medical Campus off Talmadge Road north of Monroe Street, or Glendale Medical East on Glendale Avenue between Health Science Campus and Byrne Road.

The Main Campus Medical Center is closed during summer term, and fall, winter and spring breaks, a decision that was made earlier in the year in response to low usage.

Students on campus during breaks can access medical services in the Student Wellness Center located in the lower level of the Ruppert Health Center on Health Science Campus. They may use the UT transit loop that provides a free shuttle between campuses with a direct stop at Ruppert Health Center. Students can use the TransLoc service to track the UT buses en route at https://utoledo.transloc.com.

The last day of operation for the Main Campus Medical Center this month will be Friday, Dec. 15.

The Main Campus Medical Center will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 16, for spring semester.

The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 419.530.3451. For more information about the Main Campus Medical Center, visit utoledo.edu/healthservices/student.

Professor honored for pioneering academic contributions

Dr. David Nemeth, UT professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, has received the second annual Kevin O’Donnell Distinguished Friend of Korea Award.

The Friend of Korea Award is dedicated to enhancing cultural awareness and friendship between Americans and Koreans and was founded in 2002 by former Peace Corps volunteers who served in Korea between 1966 and 1981.


Nemeth spent two years on Jeju Island off the southern coast of South Korea with the Peace Corps in 1972. After returning to the United States, he pursued researching, publishing and teaching about Korea.

“I formed a mystical attachment to Jeju Island and a fictive kinship with its inhabitants during my Peace Corps years of service,” Nemeth said. “In addition, I found a moral compass there.

“After Peace Corps, my in-depth studies of Jeju Island, highlighted by many return visits, became a rewarding intellectual obsession that I vigorously pursued while earning my PhD at UCLA.”

Nemeth’s research focuses on cultural geographic studies in Korea, which include diverse yet related explorations into Neo-Confucianism, geomancy, economic-growth ideology and agricultural ecology.

In 1987, Nemeth published a book titled “The Architecture of Ideology: Neo-Confucian Imprinting on Cheju Island, Korea,” which has since been translated into Korean.

“This award in general draws international scholarly and public attention to the profound significance of Korean civilization on the world stage, past, present and future,” Nemeth said. “More specifically, my award celebrates the uniqueness and worth of Jeju Island’s remarkable landscape and culture within Korea.”

Women’s volleyball coach named

Jason Oliver, who has more than 20 years of experience as a coach and a player on the court, has been named the head women’s volleyball coach at The University of Toledo.

Oliver comes to UT from Indiana University, where he spent two years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Hoosiers. Prior to that, he was the head coach at High Point University in North Carolina from 2009 to 2016.

“We are very pleased that Jason Oliver has agreed to lead our women’s volleyball program,” Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said. “Jason is a proven winner with a highly successful tenure as a head coach at High Point and impactful stops as an assistant coach at Indiana, Dayton and West Virginia.

“Jason has all the qualities we desire in a head volleyball coach,” O’Brien said. “His teams have a history of academic success, and he has a track record of recruiting high-end talent. He will be a terrific teacher and leader for our young women.”

“My family and I are ecstatic to be coming to The University of Toledo,” Oliver said. “I want to thank Mike O’Brien, [Senior Associate Athletic Director] Kelly Andrews and [Deputy Director of Athletics] Dave Nottke for giving me the opportunity to be the head women’s volleyball coach. I think this program has huge potential, and I’m excited to roll up my sleeves and get after it. It’s a great move for me and my family, and we’re excited to be a part of a great city like Toledo.”

Oliver’s stint as the head coach at High Point was the most successful in school history. He led the team to a record of 118-103 during his tenure, both the highest win total and winning percentage in program history. He led the Panthers to a Big South Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010. Oliver helped his student-athletes achieve 17 all-conference honors, two Big South Freshman of the Year awards, and seven all-freshman team honorees.

Off the court, his teams averaged a 3.1 grade point average over seven years, reaching a high of 3.52 in 2015. Two of his former student-athletes were named College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-Americans, two were named Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year, and eight earned Academic All-Big South distinctions.

Most recently at Indiana, Oliver assisted in leading the Hoosiers to a 21-3 mark in non-conference play over two seasons and coached Jazzmine McDonald to All-Big Ten honors in 2016. As the team’s recruiting coordinator, he helped put together a 2017 class that was ranked in the top 30 by PrepVolleyball. Oliver’s 2018 recruiting class at Indiana was the most highly regarded in program history, with three top 150 players and the 54th best player in the nation.

In Oliver’s three years at the University of Dayton, the Flyers posted an 80-24 record and earned two NCAA Tournament berths. In 2007, Dayton went 33-2 and achieved a No. 12 national ranking from the America Volleyball Coaches Association, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Dayton spent 14 weeks in the top 25 and grabbed a national rating percentage index ranking as high as No. 8 in the country. In 2005, the Flyers set school records in kills (2,143), total attacks (5.523) and assists (1,965). During his tenure, Oliver helped train two Atlantic-10 Players of the Year, two Atlantic-10 Setters of the Year and two Atlantic-10 Rookies of the Year, as well as 11 all-conference performers.

During Oliver’s time at West Virginia University, the Mountaineers recorded their single largest win total in 13 years, improving from a 6-21 record during the 2003 season to an 18-13 record in 2004. Oliver coached two Big East All-Conference players, two academic All-Americans and three All-Big East Academic performers.

Oliver played volleyball at George Mason University, where he was a co-captain and starting setter during his senior year. He led the team in assists and digs per game in 1997. Oliver set a school record of 99 assists in a match and tallied 1,638 assists in a season.

The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native received his bachelor’s degree in communications from George Mason in 1998 and a master of science degree in athletic coaching education from West Virginia in 2005.

Oliver and his wife, Kelly, recently had a baby boy, Miles.