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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.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 12 to celebrate library renovations

When the William S. Carlson Library opened at The University of Toledo more than four decades ago, it was a repository for more than one million volumes of printed reference materials with card catalogs to direct students to the resources they needed.

Today the space looks much different thanks to a recently completed $6 million upgrade that features more open spaces, additional group study rooms and a new veterans lounge. The east wall also has been replaced with a curtain of windows to let in more sunlight.

Carlson Library’s new glass wall is a welcome addition that lets in natural light.

“Modern libraries are no longer just a vault of books and reference materials. They are environments where students want to come and are inspired to learn,” said Beau Case, dean of University Libraries. “Librarians continue to provide students with the resources they need to succeed, and we are excited to engage our students in discovery in our new facility.”

A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the renovation will take place Thursday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. on the library’s second floor with UT President Sharon L. Gaber, Student Government President Jimmy Russell, Case, and Jason Toth, associate vice president for facilities and construction.

The ceremony is part of the University’s celebration of Founder’s Day, which marks the 145th anniversary of when UT was established with Jesup W. Scott’s donation of 160 acres of land to found what was then the Toledo University of Arts and Trades.

UT is holding its first Day of Giving, Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives, on Oct. 12 to encourage alumni, students, faculty, staff, volunteers and members of the community who support the institution to follow in Scott’s footsteps and invest in the University’s future.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours will be provided to see the library’s new features.

In addition to the new glass wall spanning the entire height of the building, the renovations include an expanded and landscaped concourse that greets guests when they enter the library and an added mezzanine area on the second floor.

The renovated library also features a variety of seating and study space options to accommodate all learners, collaborative workspaces, conference rooms, an endowed technology classroom, and 47 group study rooms and 16 active learning areas.

The new LTC Thomas J. Orlowski ’65 Veterans Lounge on the second floor named for the UT alumnus and Army veteran provides a space for military veterans and current service members to relax, study and enjoy the camaraderie they experienced while serving their country.

The multiyear library renovation project was funded by state capital dollars. A gift from the estate of Dorothy MacKenzie Price, a UT alumna and patron of many University programs, also supported the new state-of-the-art model classroom in the building.

Career Fair Tailgate scheduled for Oct 12; open to all majors

The Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services will host its fall 2017 Career Fair Thursday, Oct. 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. in parking area 6 on the east side of the Health Education Center on Main Campus.

“The Career Fair is open to all majors,” said Shelly Drouillard, director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services. “This year we are putting a tailgate spin on our traditional Career Fair. It’s going to be fun with traditional tailgate activities, music and snacks, but it’s serious business, too. The tailgate venue allows for a more relaxed, casual atmosphere, which we hope will encourage even the non-job-seeking younger students to participate in the event. It is never too soon to start building relationships with employers and expanding your professional network.”

Career Services asks faculty, advisers and success coaches to encourage students to attend the event, and they, too, are welcome to stop by to take in the tailgate experience.

Students will be able to explore career and internship opportunities while networking with corporate recruiters. Representatives from more than 60 for-profit, government and nonprofit organizations will be available to meet with students regarding full-time and part-time employment, along with internship opportunities. Students of all majors and alumni are welcome to attend.

Registered organizations represent a wide range of fields; employers include Promedica; Cleveland Clinic; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Federal Bureau of Investigation; North American Science Associates Inc.; Sauder Woodworking Co.; Thomson Reuters; and Charles River Laboratories.

The city of Toledo will have two tables at the event, one for overall city positions and internships (including the Toledo Talent Keeps Toledo Great initiative) and an individual recruitment table for police.

Participants can see a full list of employers online at utoledo.edu/success/career.

Many students might not be aware of the tuition reimbursement and/or scholarship programs offered by some area employers. The Ohio National Guard, UPS and Fed Ex are three of these employers that will participate in the fair.

Wright Patterson Air Force Base is looking to hire more than 2,000 people over the next few years and will be recruiting for business and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors at the fair.

“Students need to bring their Rocket Card and plenty of resumés to share with potential employers,” Drouillard said. “Students may prepare for the Career Fair Tailgate by stopping in Career Services for a resumé review or to create a Career Fair Tailgate strategy. We are happy to meet with students; they just need to contact Career Services at 419.530.4341 or celcs@utoledo.edu to arrange an appointment.”

In case of extreme weather, the event will move indoors to the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

Residence Life will provide tailgate games, and DJ Tyler and WXUT FM 88.3 will provide a festive vibe.

The Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services works to connect students to meaningful learning experiences and assist them with determining a major and career exploration. Additional services include resumé reviews, mock interviews and job search strategies.

UT to launch its first Day of Giving

Support students by contributing to The University of Toledo’s first Day of Giving on Thursday, Oct. 12.

The inaugural fundraising event, Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives, will begin at midnight Thursday, Oct. 12, and last through noon Friday, Oct. 13. During those 36 hours, everyone is encouraged to give to UT, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, volunteers and members of the community who support the institution.

UT is launching this new tradition in recognition of its founder. The University began with a gift when Jesup W. Scott donated 160 acres of land to found what was then the Toledo University of Arts and Trades because he believed Toledo was destined to become the “future great city of the world.”

As UT marks the 145th anniversary of when the University was established in 1872, supporters are encouraged to follow in Scott’s footsteps and invest in their city’s public university on Founder’s Day.

“We are encouraging Rockets around the world to come together for one day to use their collective power to give back and make a huge difference in the present and future of The University of Toledo,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Philanthropy is key to continuing the positive momentum of our University, and I look forward to seeing what is possible when alumni and friends join forces on our Day of Giving to celebrate what we are passionate about at UT.”

“It is fitting that we kick off this Day of Giving on Founder’s Day to honor our past as we celebrate our future,” said Michael Harders, vice president for advancement. “Giving to the University is an investment in our students, our scholars, our facilities and our community as a whole. Every donor and every dollar will make a difference.”

Participation is the goal for this inaugural Day of Giving, which aims to encourage as many people as possible to support the University.

Multiple activities are planned to celebrate the day and raise awareness of the opportunity to give. The UT community is invited to Centennial Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, when WXUT FM 88.3 will provide popular music entertainment, Founder’s Day cupcakes will be shared, and giving tables will be set up to make it easy to donate with credit cards and Rocket dollars. On Health Science Campus, giving stations are planned in the Collier Building, Mulford Library, Wolfe Center and the Four Seasons Bistro inside UT Medical Center.

To get students engaged in Day of Giving, for donations of just $1 they can pet a dog or snap a photobooth picture on Centennial Mall, and for $5 they can receive a UT branded blender bottle. Students also can participate in several raffles during the on-campus fundraising event. For a $10 donation, they get the chance to win a Rocket football jersey signed by Coach Jason Candle. A $25 donation will give student donors one of seven chances to get a rooftop tour of Parks Tower, and a $50 donation will provide the chance to be one of seven people to tour the clock tower in University Hall.

UT mascots Rocky and Rocksy also will be “locked up” on the outdoor balcony off Doermann Theatre in University Hall to be freed when the goal of 200 gifts is reached.

Gifts to rocketforward.utoledo.edu during the Day of Giving can be designated to specific funds that support causes donors are passionate about. Various giving challenges also will be added to the website during the course of the fundraising event.

Support UT on its first Day of Giving, Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives.

‘Badass’ author to sign books at Homecoming Oct. 7

Here’s your chance to meet that crazy, brave lady who changed her life by embarking on weekly new adventures for one year.

Sherry Stanfa-Stanley will sign copies of her book, “Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares,” Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore at the Gateway.

Sherry Stanfa-Stanley signed her book, “Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares,” during a recent event. She will read and sign at the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The 1983 UT alumna will talk about her uplifting and amusing escapades and read from her debut.

Her year of personal challenges included suiting up as Rocksy the mascot for a UT soccer game; babysitting quadruplets; going on a raid with the vice squad and SWAT team; visiting a nude beach — and taking her 75-year-old mother; performing as a mime outside a shopping center in Newport, Ky.; and crashing a wedding reception — and catching the bride’s bouquet.

“Homecoming is always a special time of the year,” she said. “For me, this year will be even more exciting and rewarding. When I attended UT and worked four years as a UT bookstore student employee, I never dreamed I’d someday return there as an author.”

Released Aug. 15 by She Writes Press, “Finding My Badass Self” continues to receive raves. PopSugar included it in its top five books in the wellness category, and Buzzfeed.com named the book one of five fall reads “guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.” Positive press from trade journals includes Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review and Foreword Reviews.

And Stanfa-Stanley was named the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop Humor Writer of the Month in September.

Stanfa-Stanley returned to work at her alma mater in 1992 and is the director of foundation and development communications at the UT Foundation. She received an Outstanding Woman Award last spring from the University Women’s Commission.

The witty writer continues to schedule book-signing events. Check out upcoming appearances at sherrystanfa.stanley.com, which links to facebook.com/The52at52Project, where it all began in 2013 when she started chronicling her wild, weird and wonderful reinvention.

“Finding My Badass Self” is available at her signing, most local bookstores, and all online book retailers.

Alumni to be honored at annual Homecoming Gala Oct. 6

This week The University of Toledo Alumni Association will recognize the winners of its most prestigious awards: the Gold T, Blue T and Edward H. Schmidt Outstanding Young Alum Award.

These three recipients will be recognized — along with distinguished alumni from each UT college — at the Homecoming Alumni Gala and Awards Ceremony Friday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

Tickets for the gala are $30 each, $10 for children, and may be purchased by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 419.530.ALUM (2586) or by visiting toledoalumni.org.

The Gold T is presented to a UT graduate in recognition of outstanding achievement in his or her field of endeavor while providing leadership and noteworthy service to the community.


The 2017 winner of the Gold T is Dr. Julian Kim of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Kim, a renowned expert in the treatment of patients with melanoma, breast cancer, soft tissue sarcomas and gastrointestinal malignancies, graduated from the College of Medicine and Life Sciences in 1986. Chief of oncologic surgery and chief medical officer at the Seidman Cancer Center of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and the Charles Hubay Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University, Kim holds the U.S. patent for novel research discovery in adoptive immunotherapy of cancer. His breakthrough process takes immune cells from a cancer patient and activates them in a laboratory in order to infuse them back into the patient to treat the cancer. Clinical trials in patients with advanced melanoma have proven successful, with the treatment helping to slow the advancement of the cancer. His treatment process is being used to assist pancreatic cancer patients. Prior to joining the Seidman Cancer Center in 2006, Kim served as director of the Melanoma Program at the Cleveland Clinic. Seidman Cancer Center is one of only 42 cancer hospitals nationwide.

The Blue T is presented to a UT Alumni Association member and UT graduate who has made outstanding contributions to the progress and development of the Alumni Association and University.


The Hon. Nancy Miller, of Sylvania, Ohio, is the 2017 honoree. Chief magistrate of Lucas County Probate Court, Miller holds three degrees from The University of Toledo: a bachelor of arts in psychology/sociology in 1977, a master of education in community agency counseling in 1979, and a juris doctor from the College of Law in 1988. A member of the executive committee of the Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees where she serves as secretary, Miller is also chair of the policy and procedures committee for Women & Philanthropy at UT. Recipient of the Henry Herschel Commitment Award in 2015 from the College of Law Alumni Affiliate, she is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board in the College of Law. Miller is a major donor to numerous campus organizations, including the Medical Research Society, Women & Philanthropy, and the College of Law. A past president of the Lucas County Bar Association and the Toledo Women’s Bar Association, Miller was the first ombudsman for Lucas County Children Services. She has received national acclaim for her work in protecting children.

The Edward H. Schmidt Outstanding Young Alum Award is presented to a University graduate who is 35 years or younger in recognition of outstanding achievement in her or his field of endeavor, while providing leadership and noteworthy service to the Alumni Association, University or community. This award is named in memory of Ed Schmidt, a 1942 alumnus and a longtime supporter of the University and its Alumni Association.


The 2017 recipient of this award is Dr. Michelle Carey, of Temperance, Mich. Carey earned a bachelor of science degree from the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2011 and was awarded the doctor of pharmacy degree from that college in 2013, when she was the class valedictorian. Clinical pharmacist for St. Luke’s Hospital Anticoagulation Service, Carey is an active community volunteer. Secretary of the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy, she is a member of the American Pharmacists Association national new practitioner communications and networking committee. A member of the UT Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees, she is a regular volunteer at the University community care clinic, Notre Dame Academy, Blessed Sacrament Church and Bedford Goodfellows.

UT leadership expert to deliver free, public lecture Oct. 5 as national teaching award finalist

Dr. Clinton Longenecker, a leadership expert at The University of Toledo and one of three finalists for the prestigious Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching from Baylor University, is giving a free, public lecture titled “Career Success and Survival in the 21st Century: A Mandate for Lifelong Learning!”

The event, which is an essential component of the award process and sponsored by the UT student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management, will be Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Savage & Associates Business Complex Room 1200 on Main Campus.


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

In addition to delivering a lecture on his or her home campus, each finalist also will present a lecture at Baylor in Waco, Texas, this fall. Longenecker’s lecture is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m.

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.

Longenecker, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in the UT College of Business and Innovation, has received more than 60 teaching, service and research awards and numerous industry awards. He was recognized by The Economist as one of the “Top 15 Business Professors in the World.”

The Cherry Award is the only national teaching award — with the single largest monetary reward — 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.”

Longenecker’s teaching, research and consulting interests are in high-performance leadership and creating great organizations. He 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.

Law alumnus to talk about forensic science Oct. 5

Judge Roderick T. Kennedy will return to his alma mater for Homecoming and give a talk as part of the UT College of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Lecture SeriesThursday, Oct. 5.

He will speak at noon in the Law Center’s McQuade Law Auditorium.


The 1980 UT alumnus is the recipient of the 2017 College of Law Distinguished Alumni Award. He will be honored throughout Homecoming weekend, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8.

The lecture titled “Light A Fire And Curse the Darkness — Where Does the Forensic Science Buck Stop?” will address two new law review articles that argue that the revolution in the admission of scientific and expert evidence promised by Daubert v. Merrill Dow Pharmaceuticals in 1993 has been mostly available in civil court only, while criminal courts have either not rigorously attended to their Daubert “gatekeeping” duties, or ignored rigorous admissibility criteria for forensic science evidence entirely.

Kennedy also will reflect on his commitment during his 36-year career in the law to educating judges, lawyers and scientists to improve the quality of science in court, and to fighting to maintain high standards for judicial decisions regarding scientific and technical evidence.

He recently retired from the New Mexico Court of Appeals after serving 16 years on the bench, two of those years as chief judge. The New Mexico Court of Appeals consists of 10 judges and serves the entire state. Kennedy has written and presented extensively in the areas of expert testimony, scientific evidence and forensic evidence. 

Food and beverages will be provided at the free, public lecture.

UT, TPS partner to enhance student leadership skills

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation is partnering with the Toledo Public Schools Jones Leadership Academy to enhance student leadership skills through a new program called Young Executive Scholars.

Up to 15 students will meet once a month at business etiquette workshops presented by UT and community professionals on various business and leadership topics throughout the academic year starting Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Jones Leadership Academy.

“This new partnership referred to as YES will expose a select group of high school students to leadership skills, business etiquette aptitude, communication best practices and protocol, professional dress, and dining etiquette while allowing them the opportunity to network with UT faculty and staff,” said Selina Griswold, UT associate professor of management. “This YES collaboration will help cultivate the academic potential of high school juniors through powerful mentorship and the development of real-life business leadership skills.”

“Since business etiquette is a sign of professionalism and respect for others, it will help these young leaders make positive first impressions while building trust in the workplace and other professional settings,” Dr. Ward Barnett, Toledo Public Schools principal, said. “To prepare these young leaders for the world, they must learn to adhere to a well-understood code of etiquette.”

When Barnett was an undergraduate student at UT, he was a mentee in Griswold’s UT Mentorship Program that connected him with Toledo professionals who assisted him with achieving his academic goals.

“We know firsthand that these types of partnerships between professionals and students can produce significant results,” Griswold said.