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Water shut off in three buildings on Main Campus

University and Gillham halls, along with the Savage & Associates Business Complex, have no water Wednesday, May 23, after the city of Toledo broke a 12-inch water line this morning.

The water should be back on around noon today and then will be shut off at 3 p.m. so the line can be repaired, according to Cheryl Skolmowski, executive assistant in Facilities and Construction.

There will be a boil advisory for these buildings — and Stranahan Hall, which has water — for three days or until the city notifies the University the advisory has been lifted.

Main Campus Pharmacy to start summer hours

The University of Toledo’s Main Campus Outpatient Pharmacy will begin its summer hours after Memorial Day.

The pharmacy will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We want to assure campus community members we are here and we are open. It might be a little more difficult to get to us for a while with the construction,” Dr. Valerie Householder, manager of the UT Main Campus Outpatient Pharmacy, said. “Please use the Secor Road entrance to get to West Rocket Drive to come see us.”

West Rocket Drive is closed at the railroad tracks so new steams can be installed. The project is expected to be finished by Friday, June 29, according to Dan Perry, electrical manager with Facilities and Construction.

The pharmacy summer hours will remain in effect until Monday, Aug. 20, one week prior to the start of fall semester.

Located in the Main Campus Medical Center across from the Horton International House, the pharmacy offers personalized health care, immunization services, affordable prices and a wide array of over-the-counter products.

“We are here to help and answer any questions about prescriptions,” Householder said. 

The pharmacy will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day.

For more information, click here or call 419.530.3471.

Rocket baseball player named National Pitcher of the Week

Toledo’s senior pitcher Sam Shutes was named National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), the organization announced Tuesday.

Shutes earns yet another accolade after his incredible two-hit, complete game shutout of Bowling Green last Friday. With the Rockets needing a win to keep their Mid-American Conference Tournament hopes alive, he threw the first complete game shutout by a UT pitcher since the 2014 season.


He was dominant from start to finish, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out nine. He retired the final 17 batters he faced, six by strikeout, and pitched to just two batters above the minimum.

Shutes leads the league with 10 victories and 89.1 innings pitched, and his 3.12 ERA is fifth in the conference. Seven of his last nine starts have lasted at least seven innings, and he has five starts this season with at least six shutout innings.

He has been especially dominant in conference play, posting a 1.96 ERA in 64.1 innings pitched; opposing MAC hitters are batting just .212 against him.

Immediately after Shutes threw his complete game shutout, teammate Michael Jacob went out and threw one himself, giving Toledo back-to-back incredible pitching performances to end the regular season. The Rockets earned the No. 5 seed in this week’s MAC Tournament thanks in large part to stellar outings by Shutes and Jacob.

Shutes also was named All-MAC for the first time in his career Tuesday, joining Ross Adolph and John Servello as MAC award winners for Toledo. He was named a national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball and was CollegeSportsMadness.com’s MAC Player of the Week as well. 

Toledo will begin its MAC Tournament run Wednesday, May 23. The Rockets will play No. 4 Central Michigan at 6 p.m. at Sprenger Stadium in Avon, Ohio.

Outfielder named MAC Freshman of the Year

John Servello has been named Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday.

A native of Hollidaysburg, Pa., Servello becomes the third Rocket ever to win the award, joining Mitch Maier (2001) and AJ Montoya (2015).

Heading into the conference tournament, Servello’s .353 batting average ranks fourth in the league and 10th among all freshmen in the country. It would be the highest mark by a UT freshman since Maier hit .444 in 2001.

Earlier this season, Servello registered a 23-game on-base streak and a 19-game hitting streak, both of which are season-highs for Toledo and the longest by a Rocket since 2010.

Servello’s 15 multi-hit games ranks second on the team, and his .325 batting average in conference games paces Toledo. He has tallied 15 extra-base hits (10 doubles, three triples, two home runs) and scored 30 runs.

Toward the end of the Rockets’ spring break trip in March, Servello was moved to the top of the batting order and hit .393 over the next six weeks, proving to be an important offensive catalyst for UT.

He also has been perfect in the field, not making an error during his 25 games in the outfield and throwing out three runners on the bases.

Toledo will begin its MAC Tournament run Wednesday, May 23, as the No. 5 seed. The Rockets will play No. 4 Central Michigan at 6 p.m. at Sprenger Stadium in Avon, Ohio.

UT and BGSU to grow independent nursing education programs

In order to meet the demand for more nurses in the region and across the country, The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University will pursue independent nursing programs to educate additional health-care providers.

UT and BGSU currently partner in a joint nursing consortium. Moving forward with independent programs will provide opportunities for both universities to focus on separate strategies to educate and grow the supply of nurses, which is critical to meeting the future health-care needs of the region.

All current BGSU nursing students and new students beginning their studies in fall 2018 will continue with the consortium program through graduation and will not be impacted by the change.

Under the existing agreement, about 50 BGSU pre-nursing students annually go on to complete their required nursing coursework and clinicals through the UT College of Nursing after two years of pre-nursing studies at Bowling Green. While the students take their classes at UT during their junior and senior years, they remain BGSU students and are awarded their bachelor’s degree by BGSU.

“Health care is a rapidly changing industry, and universities need to continue to adapt to the changing environment in order to provide the best education for future health-care providers,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “The nursing profession is more critical than ever, and this new organizational structure will allow both UT and BGSU to grow our programs to better meet the need for more high-quality nurses in Ohio and beyond.”

The demand for nurses in Ohio and across the nation far exceeds the current supply. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing is among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2024. The nursing workforce is expected to grow by 16 percent to 3.2 million by 2024 with more than one million job openings for nurses due to growth and replacements.

“We agree that the time is right to pursue new partnerships,” BGSU President Rodney Rogers said. “We recognize that there is growing demand for nurses throughout northwest Ohio. This provides both universities the opportunity to grow their respective programs.”

UT and BGSU continue to be strong partners. Last year the universities announced a foreign language course exchange program. The universities also are partners in the Building Ohio’s Sustainable Energy Future initiative, a joint program that encourages students to pursue research careers in renewable energy and sustainable environmental practices.

Additionally, UT and BGSU are collaborating on the Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills program, which allows universities to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for use in learning laboratories specific to regional workforce needs and then share these resources with other colleges and universities to help more students get a quality education more affordably. The universities also are focusing efforts on addressing the opioid crisis and Lake Erie water quality concerns.

Rockets to host evening at Inverness with football coach May 30

UT Head Football Coach Jason Candle and his staff will host a reception at the world-famous Inverness Club in Toledo Wednesday, May 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Fans and supporters of the Rockets can sample craft beer and wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

There will be a live auction; items will include a trip for two to the games at Fresno State; NFL packages and gifts; Rocket items; and a complete game-day experience with the team for home games vs. Miami (Fla.) and Bowling Green.

Proceeds will benefit The University of Toledo Rocket Fuel Program.

Donation levels are $1,000 for a table (seating for 10 and event recognition), $200 for a couple, and $125 for an individual. Donations are tax-deductible, except for $30 per person to cover costs.

Register here or by emailing andrew.terwilliger@utoledo.edu or calling 614.580.9978.

UT College of Medicine to hold commencement May 25

Dr. Josiah D. Rich, who is known for his research on infectious diseases and addictions, will be the speaker for The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences’ graduation ceremony Friday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at Stranahan Theater.

A total of 200 degrees will be awarded: 161 doctor of medicine degrees, nine doctor of philosophy degrees, 25 master’s degrees, and five graduate certificates.


Rich will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.

“It is an honor to have Dr. Rich address our graduates,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and executive vice president for clinical affairs. “Dr. Rich was selected by a committee of medical students and faculty from a national pool in recognition of his efforts to improve health care and his work related to addiction, especially as it relates to the national opiate epidemic.”

Rich is a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence. He also is a practicing infectious disease specialist at the Miriam Hospital and at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, caring for prisoners with HIV Infection and other diseases since 1994.

An expert in the care and prevention of disease in addicted and incarcerated individuals, Rich’s research looks at the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and co-morbid conditions, especially among these populations. He has had continuous federal research funding for more than two decades and has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed publications.

Rich is the director and co-founder of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at the Miriam Hospital. He is also the co-founder of the Nationwide Centers for AIDS Research Collaboration in HIV in Corrections initiative. Rich has advocated for public health policy changes to help people with addiction; this includes improving legal access to sterile syringes and increasing drug treatment for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations.

In 2015, Rhode Island’s Gov. Gina Raimondo appointed Rich as an expert adviser to the Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force, charged with formulating a strategic plan to address addiction and stop overdose deaths in Rhode Island. He also has served as an expert for the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

In April, Rich spoke about the opioid crisis in front of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. And on May 8, he testified for the House Committee on the Judiciary’s hearing titled “Challenges and Solutions in the Opioid Crisis.”

New equal opportunity and affirmative action director named

Tiffany Murray has been named UT’s equal opportunity and affirmative action director, reporting to Human Resources.

“This position has administrative oversight for equal opportunity and affirmative action program activities, including the annual affirmative action plan, investigation of any complaints involving prohibited discrimination, training, and consultation on related topics,” stated Wendy Davis, associate vice president for human resources.

The University is committed to providing equitable employment opportunities, fairness, and access throughout the institution without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, covered veterans status, or genetic information.

Any questions should be directed to UT’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office at 419.530.1464 or tiffany.murray2@utoledo.edu.

Reports of potential discrimination also can be made by completing the Discrimination and Harassment Reporting/Complaint form.

Bancroft-Westwood intersection to close May 21

Traveling around UT’s Main Campus may be a bit more challenging next week as the Bancroft Street and Westwood Avenue intersection is set to close Monday, May 21.

Large cranes will be brought in to remove the railroad bridge crossing Bancroft, according to Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation.

The work is scheduled to be done by Friday, May 25, weather permitting.

“We realize there are a lot of construction projects taking place on and around Main Campus,” Collins said. “We appreciate your patience as improvements are being made.”

Tourniquets added to AED boxes for campus safety

The University of Toledo is updating a number of its automated external defibrillator stations to also include tourniquets for the campus community to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations.

While AEDs — portable devices used to treat sudden cardiac arrest — have been available for several years across UT campuses, this is the first time commercial-grade tourniquets also will be available in several AED stations.

Dr. Paul Rega, right, talked to UT Police Chief Jeff Newton as he placed tourniquets in the automated external defibrillator station outside Doermann Theatre.
On May 10, signage was installed marking the AED/tourniquet station in University Hall and 19 other such stations located across UT campuses.

“Thanks to the generosity of the UT Foundation, we were able to purchase 100 combat application tourniquets, as well as signage to help individuals locate these combined AED/tourniquet stations during an emergency,” said Dr. Paul Rega, assistant professor of public health and emergency medicine.

“In the event there is a victim or multiple victims who have sustained life-threatening hemorrhaging due to an accidental or intentional incident, tourniquets would be readily available in AED boxes to help save lives,” explained Rega, who also is the University’s medical advisor for disaster preparedness and has more than 30 years of experience in emergency preparedness. “Additionally, we’ve trained about 600 members of our campus community on how to effectively use them.”

As emergency preparedness has evolved in the U.S. during recent years, paramedics and other medical professionals have turned to using military-grade tourniquets to help save lives during disasters such as building explosions caused by gas leaks, vehicular accidents, crimes involving weapons, and other life-threatening emergencies. As a result, some large facilities such as airports, malls and schools have begun equipping their sites with such tourniquets so they are on hand for medical crises, Rega said.

“Even with a solid emergency preparedness plan, routine practices and preparation, a disaster can occur at any time,” Rega said. “That’s why it’s important that the University has proper supplies that are easily accessible across our campuses, in addition to an adequate number of campus members trained to use them.”