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Artist donates works to be sold to benefit alma mater

The University of Toledo College of Arts and Letters’ School of Visual and Performing Arts will hold an exhibition of selected artwork created by local artist and UT art alumna Nathine G. Smith.

The Benefit Exhibition for the Nathine G. Smith Fund for Artistic Achievement will be held on the first floor of Sullivan Hall on Main Campus from Friday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Jan. 5, during regular business hours.

Nathine G. Smith sat by a couple of her creations.

All pieces in the exhibit are for sale. Smith has graciously offered to donate the proceeds to benefit the UT Department of Art and its students.

The work will be introduced to potential buyers at an invitation-only reception Friday, Nov. 17. Remaining work will be on display through Jan. 5 or until it is sold.

Pieces are mixed-media on paper, collage, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil, and graphite.

“My work is created by experimentation with mixed-media on paper, exploring texture, form and color in two- and three-dimensional abstract forms. My inspiration comes from nature, music and literature,” Smith said.

“Enigma Variation XXII” by Nathine G. Smith

“Mainly I work with my hands. I like the feel of the textural surface, the piecing together — almost quilt-like — of paper creations. I work with layers and layers of art tissues, stacks of them, and I have to sort through those and cut and tear to size. It could take three weeks or sometimes a couple months. I couldn’t possibly duplicate a piece — the colors are always different.”

Smith and her husband, Willard Smith, former UT vice president for business affairs, are longtime Toledo arts supporters. Together, through years of volunteerism and financial assistance, they have supported a wide range of area arts and educational initiatives and institutions, including the Toledo Art Museum, Toledo Symphony, The University of Toledo, area hospitals, and the Rotary Club.

Nathine is a graduate of the UT/Toledo Museum of Art School of Design with a bachelor of arts degree in art. Afterward, she pursued an independent study program at UT. Previously, she received a bachelor of science degree in education from Miami University.

Her works were featured in a one-woman exhibit called “Exploring Texture” at the UT Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women.

Smith, who has numerous awards to her credit, is also a longtime member of the National Collage Society. In 2005, she was included in the society’s book, “Collage,” as a Signature Member. She is also a member of the Athena Art Society (since 1988) and the Toledo Artists’ Club (since 1997).

Alumnus to return to campus Nov. 16 to discuss breakthrough physics research

Dr. Robert Cooper will visit his alma mater Thursday, Nov. 16, and talk about the cutting-edge physics research he and graduate students at New Mexico State University are conducting.

He will discuss “Observation of Coherent Elastic Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering” at the UT Physics and Astronomy Colloquium at 4 p.m. in McMaster Hall Room 1005.


The assistant professor of physics at New Mexico State University is among 80 researchers from 19 institutions and four nations working on the COHERENT experiment, which investigated a 43-year-old mystery.

Since 2015, Cooper and company have been attempting to measure coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This process has eluded detection despite a standard model prediction for the low-energy particles that only interact via weak subatomic force and gravity.

“This situation is akin to measuring the momentum transferred by a pingpong ball colliding with a bowling ball,” Cooper explained.

Using the smallest neutrino detector on the planet, researchers recorded the first measurement of coherent scattering of neutrinos off nuclei. They published their results in the August issue of Science.

“This measurement capability has applications to help understand supernovae, nuclear structure, neutrino oscillations and nuclear reactor monitoring,” Cooper said.

“We are proud to welcome back Robert Cooper to campus to hear more about his role in the exciting frontier of particle physics,” said Dr. Karen Bjorkman, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy; and Helen Luedtke Brooks Endowed Professor of Astronomy. 

Cooper received a bachelor of science degree in physics and mathematics from The University of Toledo in 2002. He studied particle physics at the University of Michigan, where he received a doctorate in 2008.

For more information on the free, public colloquium, contact Dr. Scott Lee, UT professor of physics, at scott.lee@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4779.

Innovators to present business ideas at UT LaunchPad Incubator’s Pitch & Pour Nov. 16

An app that aggregates social media messaging, 3D printed bone implants, and a cutting-edge treatment for autism are among the ideas to be presented from aspiring entrepreneurs at Pitch & Pour, northwest Ohio’s largest entrepreneurial business pitch competition.

Five teams will pitch their ideas at the sixth annual startup pitch event sponsored by The University of Toledo’s LaunchPad Incubation Program Thursday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex.

The teams are vying for a grand prize of $10,000 in cash, plus access to entrepreneurial services through UT Launchpad Incubation.

The future entrepreneurs will have five minutes and five slides to pitch their business concepts to the region’s angel investors, venture capitalists, technology experts, professors, and business and community leaders. An expert panel of judges will provide helpful insight and vote to determine the winner or winners.

“We are proud to be providing the opportunity for candidate companies and entrepreneurs to compete in November’s event here at the heart of our region’s startup community,” said Jessica Sattler, director of economic engagement and business development programs at UT. “Each year we seek to identify high-tech, high-growth, technology-enabled enterprises that demonstrate innovation and business concepts with the potential to develop into successful companies. This year we are thrilled to have received the greatest number of applicants in Pitch & Pour history with some true standout ideas in the mix. This is a testament to the growth in the entrepreneurial culture and overall ecosystem here in northwest Ohio. ”

The presenting startup teams at the Pitch & Pour event will be:

• Flyght, a retail and restaurant software platform that automates and unifies the business ecosystem to allow retailers to focus on their customer.

• Psyneurgy, which is developing new treatments for neurological disorders, including autism spectrum disorders.

• RegenFix, an implant that mimics the structure and mechanical behavior of bone designed and produced according to patient-derived CT data.

• Venturi, an app that aggregates different social media platforms to allow the user to see and organize all messages in one place.

• Uptik, a service that organizes upcoming expenses and revenue to provide a daily, accurate picture of your financial future without taking any personal and sensitive information.

This year’s judges are Tom Burden, founder of Grypmat and former student winner of Pitch & Pour; Justin Hammerling, CEO of Kapios Health and associate vice president at ProMedica Innovations; Candice Matthews, founder of Cincinnati’s Hillman Accelerator; Bob Savage, founder and managing partner of CoreNetwork Fund and founder and president of Savage Consulting; and Dr. Michael Toole, dean of the UT College of Engineering

Admission is free. Attendees must pre-register online at pitchandpour.com.

Pitch & Pour competitors have the opportunity to be invited to join UT’s LaunchPad Incubation Program, which works to bolster innovation in northwest Ohio by providing access to capital, resources and expertise focused on enhancing community collaboration and communication for entrepreneurial development.

UT grad to pitch invention on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’

A graduate of both The University of Toledo and its LaunchPad Incubation program got the opportunity to pitch his invention to celebrity investors on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning reality TV show “Shark Tank.”

Tom Burden, who graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology, introduced his solution to mechanics frustrated by their tools sliding off aircraft while they work — the Grypmat. The flexible, non-slip tool mat is made of a unique polymer-silicone blend that helps grip tools and keep them in place at extreme angles of up to 70 degrees.

UT alumnus Tom Burden talked about his invention, the Grypmat, on “Shark Tank,” which will air Sunday, Nov. 12, at 9 p.m. on ABC.

“It was pretty nerve-wracking to pitch this idea that I created up in my basement in front of billionaires,” Burden said. “I’m standing there on set next to a jet getting the opportunity to tell them all about how my invention helps mechanics like me keep their tools in place while they work.”

So what did the sharks think? You have to tune in at 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, to find out. The episode Burden participated in included guest shark Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, in addition to investors Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec.

Burden came to “Shark Tank” with experience successfully pitching his idea. He won the University’s Pitch & Pour competition while a student at UT and is returning next week to serve as a judge for the sixth annual entrepreneurial business pitch competition. Five teams will pitch their ideas at the local startup pitch event sponsored by the UT LaunchPad Incubation program Thursday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex.

“We are incredibly proud of what Tom has accomplished with the Grypmat,” said Jessica Sattler, director of economic engagement and business development programs at UT. “Tom was one of our first clients here at LaunchPad, and we knew he had potential as an entrepreneur from the start.  His work ethic, coachability, and willingness to utilize and leverage all the resources at his disposal convinced us of his path to success early on.”

An F-16 mechanic in the U.S. Air Force, Burden knew firsthand the frustration of not having his tools within reach. He was inspired by a nonslip mat for the car dashboard to come up with a similar solution geared toward mechanics.

The CAD training skills he learned in the UT classroom helped him design his product. The resources at the UT Launchpad Incubation helped him put the Grypmat in the market.

“The University helped me take this idea and turn it into a real product that is now available for sale not just to aircraft mechanics, but those who work on cars or boats or any number of projects where it is important to keep your tools organized,” Burden said.

For more information about Grypmat, visit grypmat.com. To learn more about the UT Launchpad Incubation program, visit utoledo.edu/incubator.

UT to hold All-Steinway Piano Gala Nov. 12

The University of Toledo Department of Music will present a piano concert featuring performances of masterpieces written for two, four and eight hands Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Pianists will include guests, faculty, alumni and piano students of the University.

Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of music and Steinway artist, performed with the assistance of Nathanael Leonard, UT music alumnus.

Performances will feature Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” Bolcom’s “The Serpent’s Kiss,” selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” and the music of Mozart, Piazzolla, Ellington and Sousa.

The All-Steinway Piano Gala is the second concert in this year’s Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series.

All seats are $20 each. Proceeds will benefit UT’s effort to become an all-Steinway school.

A reception and cash bar will follow the event.

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

Department of Theatre and Film to present comedy to celebrate Department of Mathematics and Statistics’ centennial anniversary

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film’s production of playwright Tom Stoppard’s acclaimed comedy, “Arcadia,” will open this week.

Performances will be Friday through Sunday, Nov. 3-5 and 10-12, in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre. Curtain time Fridays and Saturdays will be 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday shows will start at 2 p.m.

Thomasina Coverly (Grace Mulinix) worked with her tutor, Septimus Hodge (Justin Petty), in this scene from “Arcadia.”

Special matinee performances for schools and community groups will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 7-8, at 9:30 a.m.

“Arcadia,” Stoppard’s 1993 play, has been praised by many critics as the finest work from one of the most significant contemporary playwrights in the English language. Set in a Derbyshire country estate in England, “Arcadia” takes visitors from 1809 to the present — and back again. The characters of the past try to predict the future, while those in the present attempt to uncover the past. It is a comedy about history and science, philosophy and mathematics, love and death, and the human desire to know everything — even if that’s impossible.

The production is directed by guest director Qarie Marshall. In addition to teaching at UT on an adjunct basis, Marshall is a professional actor, voice-over artist and choreographer. He said he is excited to direct a Stoppard production having appeared in some of his plays, including “The Real Inspector Hound” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” and having seen many of his productions.

Marshall said his goal is to deliver audiences an authentic Stoppard production. “Quite simply, I want to get out of the way of the playwright and let him do his work. Stoppard has done all the heavy lifting in the construction of this beautiful play.”

“Arcadia” is one of two math-based plays the department is presenting this season. The other is “Proof” by David Auburn, will run Feb. 2-11. The department is collaborating with the Mathematics and Statistics Department on the production. Dr. Alessandro Arsie, associate professor and associate chair of mathematics, approached Dr. Edmund Lingan, professor and chair of theatre and film, during spring semester and suggested the collaboration to coincide with the 100th anniversary celebration of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Working together, they decided that Stoppard’s play, with its plot and themes rich with mathematical ideas, would be perfect to commemorate the centennial celebration.

Marshall said it’s all good fun, and you don’t need to be a math wiz to enjoy the show. “You don’t have to know anything about chaos theory, fractals or iterated algorithms. Stoppard’s genius gives you everything you need.”

The cast of “Arcadia” features UT students Justin Petty, a sophomore majoring in theatre, as Septimus Hodge; Zane Traxler, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, as Jellaby; Bryan Harkins, a senior theatre major, as Ezra Chater; Keeyong Hong, a senior theatre major, as Richard Noakes; Faith Murphy, a sophomore theatre major, as Lady Croom; Rachel Hybarger, a senior theatre major, as Capt. Brice; Kenzie Phillips, a senior majoring in theatre and environmental science, as Hannah; Becca Lustic, a sophomore theatre major, as Chloe Coverly; and Austin Rambo, a junior majoring in theatre and media communication, as Valentine Coverly.

Rounding out the cast are Brad Smith, a 2005 UT College of Law alumnus, as Bernard Nightingale; Jude Lingan, a student at the Toledo School for the Arts, as Augustus/Gus Coverly; and Grace Mulinix, a student at Toledo Early College High School, as Thomasina Coverly.

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.

Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals to hold oral arguments Nov. 1 on UT’s Main Campus

UT students and the public will have a chance to hear appellate arguments when the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals convenes Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the McQuade Courtroom, located in Health and Human Services Building Room 1419.

Oral arguments at the free, public session hosted by the Paralegal Studies Program will begin at 9 a.m.

Presiding over oral arguments will be a panel of three judges from the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals: Arlene Singer, a 1976, UT law alumna; Thomas J. Osowick, a 1981 UT law alumnus; and James Jensen.

Arguments set for the session include appeals from a murder conviction and personal injury decision.

“This will be a great chance for UT paralegal students to observe judges and lawyers in a real court session,” said John J. Schlageter III, senior lecturer and director of the Paralegal Studies Program. “The court’s willingness to hold arguments on campus is appreciated as it provides an unparalleled experience and instruction for our students, as well as area high school students.”

Approximately 100 students from Maumee and Whitmer high schools will be in Health and Human Services Building Room 1711 to watch a live stream of oral arguments from the courtroom.

After adjourning, the court will host a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The court’s docket is available here.

Hunt Returns to Glass Bowl, honored as No. 7 on UT’s All-Century Football Team

A special guest made an appearance at the Rockets’ football game in the Glass Bowl Oct. 21. But he certainly was no stranger to Toledo fans.

Kareem Hunt, Toledo’s all-time leading rusher and a meteoric rookie for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, was back on campus along with fellow NFL rookie Treyvon Hester to witness the Rockets’ 48-21 victory over Akron on a sunny autumn afternoon.

Kareem Hunt waved to UT fans after President Sharon L. Gaber and Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien honored him for being voted No. 7 on Toledo’s All-Century Football Team.

Hunt also was presented with a framed photo commemorating his spot on UT’s All-Century Football Team during a break in the first quarter by President Sharon L. Gaber along with Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien.

Hunt was unable to attend the original ceremony Sept. 16 honoring the top 50 players in Toledo’s 100-year history. The University is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of its football program, which was founded in 1917.

“It’s a great honor to be No. 7 on the All-Century Team with all those great players of the past,” Hunt said.

Hunt, who is leading the NFL in rushing and recently was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated,
is No. 7 on the All-Century Football Team. He rushed for 4,945 yards from 2013 to 2016 for the Rockets before he was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.

He is only the second rookie in NFL history, along with Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, to gain at least 100 yards from scrimmage in his first seven games.

College of Business and Innovation to recognize couple Oct. 20

The UT College of Business and Innovation will celebrate the gift of Alan H. and Karen A. Barry as they become Million Dollar Partners for their $1 million gift establishing an endowed professorship in accounting.

The celebration, which will include the unveiling of a plaque, will take place Friday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Stranahan Hall lobby.

Alan H. and Karen A. Barry

Mr. Barry, a 1966 graduate of the UT College of Business, is a certified public accountant, the retired president and chief operating officer of the Fortune 200 company Masco Corp., and currently serves on the UT Foundation Board of Trustees.

“The accounting background I got at the University was beneficial to me throughout my career,” he said when their gift was announced in April. “I’ve always been a supporter of the University, and once I was in a position to do so financially, I felt pretty good about giving back to the University that gave me the opportunity to succeed.”

The Alan H. and Karen A. Barry Endowed Professorship in Accounting will be used to recruit or retain a professor in the Department of Accounting; any costs related to the recruitment of a faculty member; bridge or pilot research projects; faculty and staff development costs; curriculum development; the development of a fellowship program; and specialized equipment needed for teaching.

Participate in UT Day of Giving activities Oct. 12

Rockets around the world are coming together for The University of Toledo’s first Day of Giving, Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives, on Thursday, Oct. 12.

UT students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and volunteers can get involved by participating in a number of on-campus activities to celebrate UT’s history and support its future.

Activities kick off Wednesday, Oct. 11, with special group exercise classes at the Student Recreation Center. Popular local Beachbody instructors and master trainers Angie Green and Laurie Vass will lead classes at 4 and 5:30 p.m. for $5 donations to the Day of Giving fundraiser.

Donation tables also will be available starting at 3 p.m. at both the Rec Center and the Morse Fitness Center on Health Science Campus. All in-person donations will receive a donor recognition sign for a $1 gift, a blender bottle for $5 and a T-shirt for $10, while supplies last.

On Founder’s Day Oct. 12, Centennial Mall will host a number of activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the day and raise awareness of the opportunity to give. There will be a dog-petting station and photo booth available for donations of $1, and blender bottles for donations of $5. Students also can participate in raffles for the chance to win a Rocket football jersey signed by Coach Jason Candle for a donation of $10, a view of campus from the rooftop of Parks Tower for a $25 gift, and a tour of the clock tower in University Hall for a donation of $50.

The on-campus giving stations will accept credit and debit cards, checks and Rocket dollars. Locations to accept in-person donations include, on Main Campus, Centennial Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thompson Student Union and Rocket Hall all day, and on Health Science Campus, in the Collier Building and Wolfe Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Four Seasons Bistro in UT Medical Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Orthopaedic Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Giving stations on Health Science Campus will accept debit and credit cards and checks.

Online donations are accepted at rocketforward.utoledo.edu. All Rockets also are asked to share their stories and encourage others to give on social media using #rocketforward.

Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives begins at midnight Thursday, Oct. 12, and continues through noon Friday, Oct. 13. The goal for this inaugural Day of Giving is to encourage as many people as possible to support the University.