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Art on the Mall accepting artist applications

Artists looking to participate in the 26th annual Art on the Mall at The University of Toledo have until the end of the month to apply for consideration.

Applications for the event, which will be held Sunday, July 29, can be accessed here.

Monday, April 30, is the deadline to apply to be part of one of the University’s signature events.

In addition to completing the online application, artists will need to submit four digital images of their work. They also need to pay a $25 application fee.

Art on the Mall

All applications will be reviewed by three independent jury members from the Fort Wayne Art Museum, according to Ansley Abrams-Frederick, director of alumni programming in the UT Office of Alumni and Annual Engagement.

“Art on the Mall is an amazing event that brings more than 12,000 people to our beautiful campus,” Abrams-Frederick said.

Each year, more than 100 artists throughout the country have the opportunity to display and sell their works in acrylic, glass, jewelry, mixed media, oil, pen and ink, photography, pottery, textiles, fibers, and many other forms.

Artists will be eligible for cash prizes, including UT’s Best of Show Award presented to an artist with a UT affiliation.

The event also will feature food vendors, live music, and hands-on children’s art activities.

For more information, contact the UT Office of Alumni and Annual Engagement at 419.530.2586.

Marathon to affect traffic, parking lots beginning April 19

The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay and 5K will affect traffic on and surrounding UT’s Main Campus Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22.

As a result, several parking lots will be impacted beginning the evening of Thursday, April 19, through Sunday, April 22.

Students and others who may be traveling on or around campus are reminded to plan accordingly.

Organized by the Toledo Roadrunners Club, more than 8,000 runners are expected to participate this weekend in the events, which will have a major impact on traffic.

Specifically, Lot 10 will close beginning Thursday, April 19, from 9 p.m. through Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m. Cars remaining in this lot will be towed Friday, April 20, at 5 a.m. Lot 12W also will close at 9 p.m. Thursday and open at 4 p.m. Sunday.

On Saturday, April 21, East Rocket Drive will close from 9 to 9:45 a.m. There will be no access in or out of parking lots 18 or 9 during this time.

Also on Saturday, Stadium Drive will close from 7:30 a.m. until noon.

On Sunday, April 22, Lots 3, 4 and 18 will be for volunteer parking only; cars will be unable to leave until after the race is complete, approximately 1 p.m. No parking will be permitted in Lots 5, 6 and 10.

Also on Sunday, Secor Road will close at 4 a.m. between Bancroft Street and Valleston Parkway, and West Towerview Boulevard will not be accessible. At 7 a.m. Sunday, Secor will be closed from Kenwood Boulevard to Dorr Street. The entrance to Lot 25 from Secor will be open after 8 a.m.

Additionally, several lots will not allow cars in or out on Sunday from 6:45 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m.; these include Lots 1N, 1S, 2 East Ramp, 3, 4, 8 (both entrances), 9 and 26. Students are urged to plan accordingly if they need to drive to work or elsewhere.

UT Campus Course Maps for the 5K on Saturday, April 21, are available here.

Complete campus and city road closures for Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, are available here.

For more information about the event, visit glasscitymarathon.org.

President asks Toledo to share its Rocket pride during address

In her second state of the University address, UT President Sharon L. Gaber shared accomplishments that are building a positive momentum on campus and encouraged the Toledo community to uplift its university by showing its Rocket pride.

“We have so many great programs, exceptional faculty, talented clinicians and accomplished students. We need to celebrate that!” Gaber said. “We need to talk about ourselves as a destination university. We need to tell each other and everyone we meet that this is a fantastic place where students can earn an excellent education in a safe and supportive environment.”

President Sharon L. Gaber addressed more than 400 people who attended her second state of the University address.

More than 400 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the speech April 18 in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Each attendee received a UT window cling to take with them to share their Rocket pride on their vehicle or in their office or home.

Gaber focused much of her talk on the initiatives underway to support student success, enhance research excellence, and strengthen UT’s reputation.

The president highlighted a number of programs adopted to support students, such as lowering the cost of a UT education through the Tuition Guarantee program that locks in the cost of tuition and some general fees for four years and a digital course content program that offers less expensive digital texts to students.

The $6 million investment in Carlson Library that was completed in the summer has led to a 40 percent increase in student visits this school year, she said, before announcing another enhancement to the library coming in the fall — a new Starbucks on the second floor.

Gaber recognized a number of researchers for their contributions to advancing knowledge, including undergraduate physics student Nathan Szymanski, who was recently awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for his studies of solar cell and battery technologies.

Overall, UT’s research program has doubled the number of awards received so far this year compared to the year before. UT has received 233 research awards and nearly $41 million in external research funding, Gaber announced.

“We are proud of the national accolades bestowed this year on our talented researchers and faculty members for advancing knowledge,” she said.

The president did note that the University has been able to maintain financial stability thanks to a number of successful initiatives last year, but asked every individual at UT to continue efforts to recruit and retain more students because enrollment growth is key to achieving UT’s goals.

Building up fundraising efforts also is important for UT’s success. The president publicly announced for the first time how the University plans to use the real estate gift from Welltower, which is UT’s largest gift in history valued at $30 million. UT’s Division of Advancement will relocate to the Welltower property to allow all of its offices — Alumni and Annual Engagement, Development, Special Events, the UT Foundation, and University Marketing and Communications — to work together under one roof.

Gaber’s speech about UT’s accomplishments and the talent of its students, faculty and staff led to a call to action for the audience — and the broader Toledo community — to help tell the University’s story and strengthen its reputation by showing their Rocket pride.

“UT is this city’s only university. We have an important impact on this community, and we need your support,” Gaber said. “We want you to share our enthusiasm. Mentor our students. See our physicians. Partner with us. Root for our Rockets. And hire our graduates.

“We are energized by our positive momentum. And we are so proud to be The University of Toledo.”

Watch the address here.

University Women’s Commission honors employees, gives scholarships to students

Three UT employees were recognized for exceptional achievement and dedication to the campus community at the 32nd annual Outstanding Women’s Award ceremony.

More than 60 attended the University Women’s Commission program, which was held April 11 in the Savage Arena Joe Grogan Room.

Kelly Andrews, senior associate athletic director who is chair of the University Women’s Commission, told the crowd that since 1987, the organization has honored 173 UT faculty and staff members, and awarded $87,000 in scholarships.

Guest speaker Sherry Stanfa-Stanley, director of foundation and development communications with the UT Foundation, talked about how challenging yourself to go outside your comfort zone can be empowering. The 1983 UT alumna and 2017 Alice H. Skeens Outstanding Woman Award winner is the author of “Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares,” which just received a silver medal in the humor category of the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs).

Recipients of the 2018 Dr. Alice H. Skeens Outstanding Woman Award were, from left, Melissa Gleckler, Dr. Revathy Kumar and Dr. Michele Soliz.

The recipients of the Dr. Alice H. Skeens Outstanding Woman Award were:

• Melissa Gleckler, educational technologist with UT Online in University College. She has worked at the University for 11 years. Gleckler won the Ohio Academic Advising Association Excellence Award in 2017, and has presented about advising and learning assessment at national conferences. She is a founding member of the Toledo Academic Advising Association, and she is serving a three-year elected term as co-chair of the communications committee for the Professional Staff Council. The UT alumna received a bachelor of arts degree in communication in 1996, a master of liberal studies degree in 2009, and is working on a PhD.

“She had a wonderful rapport with her students. Her office was next door to mine, and the walls were quite thin. I could hear laughter, sometimes tears and consolation, and lots of encouragement,” one nominator wrote. “Melissa is a proud UT alumna. I have always admired her pursuit of self-improvement and further education. She continuously sought opportunities to add a credential or skill and is pursuing a PhD focused on educational media and technology, with research interests in how course aesthetics and technical design affect the learning experience. As an adjunct instructor, she took pride in enhancing her courses with the latest technology and was passionate about updating the content and course material every semester.”

• Dr. Revathy Kumar, professor of educational psychology in the Judith Herb College of Education. She joined the UT faculty in 2001. Her research focuses on social and cultural processes involved in constructing a sense of self and identity among adolescents in culturally diverse societies. Of particular interest are the roles of teachers, teacher-education programs, schools, communities and families in facilitating minority and immigrant adolescents’ development, learning and motivation. Her work has been published in education and psychology journals.

“Dr. Kumar has started examining the role of mindfulness cultivation among pre-service teachers for enhancing awareness and focusing attention on personal implicit and explicit biases toward poor and minority students. The program of research is both important and relevant because increasing demographic heterogeneity in our country has raised concerns regarding our teachers’ capacity to face the challenging task of teaching culturally diverse students,” one nominator wrote. “She has chosen to develop a line of research particularly aimed at improving undergraduate teacher education at UT and, as responses to her articles indicate, recognized as useful across the nation for constructing teacher education programs that prepare teachers to be effective in the diverse classrooms they will enter.”

• Dr. Michele Soliz, assistant vice president for student success and inclusion in the Division of Student Affairs. During her 17 years at the University, she has worked in the Office of the Provost and served as dean of students. She was chair of the 2017 UT Community Charitable Campaign, which raised $128,934 for nearly 220 nonprofit area organizations. The UT alumna received a master of education degree and a PhD in higher education in 2002 and 2012, respectively.

“Michele has an unbridled passion for helping the students she comes into contact with on campus, as well as those in the community. Her determination and wholehearted desire to help others was apparent to me since the first time we worked together,” one nominator wrote. “She has been a committee member of the Latino Youth Summit and Multicultural Emerging Scholars Program since their inceptions. She is active in the UT Latino Alumni Affiliate, serves as a mentor to African-American female students in the Talented and Aspiring Women Leaders Program, and teaches the course Managing Diversity in the Workplace. Her hours of charitable work confirm she is not only socially conscious, but also invested in the betterment of the world around her.”

Winners of the University Women’s Commission $1,000 scholarship were, from left, Celine Schreidah, Jessica Avery, Shaquira Jackson and Hailey Cox.

The University Women’s Commission also presented $1,000 scholarships to four students. Receiving awards based on academic achievement, support of women’s and gender issues, and campus involvement were Jessica Avery, a senior majoring in history; Hailey Cox, a junior majoring in biology; Shaquira Jackson, a junior majoring in theatre; and Celine Schreidah, a senior majoring in biochemistry.

Two successful engineering alumni named national trustees

Two successful graduates of The University of Toledo will join the UT Board of Trustees as national members.

Roy V. Armes, a 1975 mechanical engineering graduate of the UT College of Engineering who served as president and CEO of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in Findlay, and Birdel F. Jackson III, who graduated from UT in 1968 with a civil engineering degree and founded the B&E Jackson and Associates engineering and consulting firm in Atlanta, will join the UT Board of Trustees effective July 2. Their appointment was approved Monday.

UT established national trustees last year to take advantage of the diverse cultural, geographic, business, professional, public service and civic backgrounds, talents and experiences of friends and alumni of the University. Toledo native and award-winning journalist Christine Brennan was named the first national member. National trustees serve a two-year term without voting privileges.

Armes

“Roy and Birdel are among UT’s most distinguished alumni who are highly respected leaders in their professions,” Board Chair Steven Cavanaugh said. “The perspectives from these accomplished graduates will be invaluable as we make progress on our strategic priorities.”

Armes led Cooper Tire for a decade. He was appointed CEO and president in 2006 and chairman in 2007. He retired in 2016.

Armes’ career also included a variety of roles for the Whirlpool Corp. in the areas of engineering, manufacturing, global procurement and international operations management. He served as corporate vice president and general director of Whirlpool Mexico, vice president of manufacturing technology for Whirlpool Asia, and vice president of manufacturing technology-refrigeration products for Whirlpool Europe.

Armes and his wife, Marcia, were instrumental in establishing the Engineering Leadership Institute in UT’s College of Engineering to help undergraduate engineering students develop leadership skills. The Armes have provided generous support to The University of Toledo.

Jackson

Jackson established B&E Jackson and Associates in 1988 and grew the company into a respected professional consulting firm serving the transportation, aviation and civil engineering industries.

Jackson began his career in the bridge divisions for U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh and the District of Columbia Highway Department. He went on to work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, General Electric, and engineering and architecture firms. He spent much of his career in Atlanta and is a registered professional engineer in Georgia and 13 other states.

Jackson is the president of the Jackson-Davis Foundation, which he established to award scholarships in honor of his grandparents and to make the engineering profession more diverse and inclusive. He has served his alma mater as past president of the UT Alumni Association and University of Toledo Foundation board. Jackson also has been recognized with the UT Alumni Association’s Gold T and Blue T awards.

UT president to deliver state of the University address April 18

President Sharon L. Gaber will share The University of Toledo’s positive momentum during her second state of the University address.

The speech will be Wednesday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium, followed by a reception. University students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public are invited to attend.

“We have so much to be proud of at UT, and I want each person in Toledo to celebrate the excellent University they have in their community,” Gaber said. “This annual event is an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments and look forward to the future.”

The successes of UT students, faculty and staff, and the impact those achievements have on the broader Toledo region, are something everyone can rally around, Gaber said.

This will be Gaber’s second state of the University address since being named president in July 2015.

2018 Pacemaker Awards honor UT alumnus, outstanding business students

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation and the Business Engagement and Leadership Council will recognize both business and academic excellence during their 55th annual Pacemaker Awards Friday, April 13, at the Inverness Country Club.

The 2018 Business Pacemaker Award will be presented to Alan H. Barry, a 1966 graduate of the UT College of Business, who is a certified public accountant, retired president and chief operating officer of the Fortune 200 company Masco Corp., and a member of the UT Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Barry

Barry joined Brass Craft Manufacturing Co. in 1972 as controller and became president of the Masco division in 1988. In 1996, he became a group president of Masco, a manufacturer of home improvement and building products. He has broad business experience that includes finance, manufacturing, customer development, acquisitions and general operating management.

Barry currently serves on the board of directors of the H. W. Kaufman Financial Group. He is the retired director of Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. Inc., Scotts Miracle Gro Co., and IPS Corp. He also served as an executive board member of the Plumbing Manufacturing Institute from 1985 through 2000, and as chairman of the institute in 1994. In addition, Barry served on the executive board of the associate member division of the American Supply Association during 1995 and 1996.

Barry and his wife, Karen, a 1964 UT alumna, have a history of philanthropy at The University of Toledo. In 2014, the University named a new accounting lab in the College of Business and Innovation for Alan Barry. At the time the lab was established, it was the first one nationwide to have a certified management accountant license, in which students could access for free the review material from Wiley, a leading provider of educational programs for professionals and students who are preparing for the certified management accountant exam.

The couple also endowed the Alan and Karen Barry Scholarship Fund, which provides support for full-time UT business accounting students based on both merit and needs.

Alan Barry, a native of Toledo, is an active member of the UT Alumni Association’s Phoenix chapter, is involved in UT’s Blue Key organization, and serves on the executive committee for the children’s charity Variety.

In 2017 the Barrys donated a $1 million gift to establish an endowment that supports the Alan H. and Karen A. Barry Endowed Professorship in Accounting at The University of Toledo.

“Recipients of the Pacemaker Award over the past five decades read as a who’s who of current and legendary business leaders in the Toledo region,” said Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, interim dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation, “and Alan Barry certainly belongs in that impressive roster. The Pacemaker Award is the College of Business and Innovation’s highest honor, recognizing individuals for outstanding achievement in business, as well as contributions to the community and the University.

“We are also pleased to recognize the excellence of students from each of our departments through the Student Pacemaker Awards,” Hassan HassabElnaby said.

Student Pacemaker Awards are presented to UT College of Business and Innovation graduate and undergraduate students for their outstanding academic achievement, University and community service, and leadership.

The 2018 student Pacemakers are: Master of Business Administration — Aanchal Senapati and Mitchell Howard; Master of Science in Accountancy — Tyler Hecht; Accounting — Martin Linthicum and Sarah Avina; Finance — Alex Odenweller and Brianne Michel; Information Operations Technology Management — Brandon Stewart and Lindsey Wittenauer; Management — Kathleen Kurman and Jenna Jeffers; Marketing and International Business — Haley Orr and Amanda Martin; and Dean’s Recipient — Julia Foley.

UT LaunchPad Incubation Program wins monthly recognition from International Business Innovation Association

The University of Toledo’s LaunchPad Incubation Program has been selected as the March Incubator of the Month by the International Business Innovation Association.

This puts the program in the running for Incubator of the Year, a prestigious honor held by very few incubators across the globe.

UT’s LaunchPad was selected for the monthly honor based on a longitudinal study by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the International Business Innovation Association, which is a global nonprofit that has supported entrepreneurial organizations for more 30 years. Their study assessed the incubators’ services, economic outcome, and the number of companies graduated.

“We are incredibly honored to be given this award as the International Business Innovation Association is the lead benchmarking association within innovation ecosystems,” Jessica Sattler, director of economic engagement and business development programs at the University, said. “Our outcome metrics and our mode of operation were measured against international centers much like LaunchPad, so to be No. 1 speaks volumes about the exciting developments within our companies and the programs we’ve built to serve them.”

“The LaunchPad Incubation Program is an essential component of UT’s research, technology development and commercialization programs,” Dr. Frank Calzonetti, UT vice president for research, said. “As improving UT’s national stature is an important element of the University’s strategic plan, the recognition of our incubation program by the major international business incubation organization is a testament to the quality of the program under the leadership of Ms. Sattler.”

The LaunchPad Incubation Program is a business startup and entrepreneurial assistance leader that provides a framework for companies to become innovative, thriving members of the community.

Since its inception in 2014, LaunchPad has served more than 250 entrepreneurs, creating nearly 250 jobs and nearly $30,000,000 in sales revenue and professional investment within the northwest Ohio region, according to Sattler. Many of these companies have been composed of UT students, faculty and staff.

“Most STEMM-based research centers across the U.S. and the world are engaging and investing in innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization,” Sattler said. “UT has always been a pioneer and leader in this area, and this award illustrates this leadership to the international and academic innovation community.”

She added the LaunchPad Incubation staff hopes this achievement alerts students to the opportunities available through the program.

“We hope this will help raise awareness about LaunchPad and drive students to our center, where we can help them further develop their ideas, understand the market potential, and help them launch their venture,” she said.

LaunchPad has strong experience in this area as it has helped several student companies, including Tom Burden, founder and CEO of Grypshon Industries and successful “Shark Tank” contestant.

“Tom built his company while he was a student here at UT. He would go to class and then come to the LaunchPad, and we want to help other students who have that type of entrepreneurial vision and drive,” Sattler said.

The LaunchPad Incubator is located at the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex, 1510 N. Westwood Ave.

For more information, go to utoledo.edu/incubator or contact Sattler at jessica.sattler@utoledo.edu.

UT to give back to community through Big Event April 14

Nearly 1,700 students, faculty, staff and alumni from the University are expected to participate in this year’s Big Event, UT’s largest, student-run service project.

Volunteers will spend the day in the communities raking, picking up garbage, painting and more at Toledo parks, businesses, neighborhoods and UT campuses.

Students will begin gathering at the Student Recreation Center on Main Campus at 9:30 a.m. to receive their job assignments for the service event that will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz will speak to the group of volunteers at 10 a.m. to thank them for their work and to get them excited for the service they will be doing to benefit the community.

The annual event is meant to show students’ appreciation and give back to the surrounding communities by completing service projects.

“It is a great way to give back to the city that has done so much for us as students and growing professionals,” said Gabrielle Latreille, the director of this year’s Big Event. “Also, providing service alongside friends and others is a great way to grow closer together and make a larger impact.”

This year, students from more than 70 different organizations will work at around 60 sites in the community providing an estimated 7,000 hours of community service.

To sign up for the event, visit orgsync.com/104109/forms/304469.

UT to stage Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ as theatre in the round

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will stage Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in the round when it presents the play Friday through Sunday, April 6-8 and 13-15, in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

Dr. Edmund Lingan, professor and chair of theatre and film, will direct the play.

Student cast members rehearsed a scene from “The Tempest.”

“The Tempest” is Shakespeare’s last play and one of his shortest. Lingan said audiences can expect a light, comic treatment of the work that is suitable for all ages.

The plot of the play centers on Prospero, the duke of Milan, and his daughter who find themselves trapped on a deserted island after having been abandoned by his enemies at sea. Among their few provisions are some books on magic, which Prospero calls upon to help him exact his revenge.

Lingan said some believe that the character, Prospero, one of the most famous magicians in all of English literature, was based on the real-life John Dee, astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I of England. Dee, along with Edward Kelley, is credited with creating Enochian magic, a system of ceremonial magic that also featured a secret language Dee and Kelley claimed to have received from angelic visions.

UT’s production of “The Tempest” is set upon a circular rotating stage that is designed as a magician’s magic circle and features symbols described in Dee’s Enochian manuscripts.

The play also will feature choreography developed by UT alumna Won Hee Kim and original music composed by Scott Hunt, a faculty member of the UT Music Department, who received his master’s degree in music from the University in 2017.

The cast features UT students Kurt T. Elfering, a junior majoring in religious studies, as Prospero; Faith Murphy, a sophomore theatre major, as Caliban; Kenzie N. Phillips, a junior majoring in theatre with a minor in environmental science, as Ariel; Becca M. Lustic, a sophomore theatre major, as Miranda; Michael R. Miller, a sophomore majoring in bioengineering, as Ferdinand; Josh Keidan, a doctoral student in the Judith Herb College of Education, as Gonzalo/Spirit/Reaper; Kevin Upham, a junior theatre major with a minor in visual arts, as Antonio/Spirit/Reaper; Bryan Harkins, a senior theatre major, as Sebastian/Spirit/Reaper; Drew Michael Young, a senior theatre major, as Alonso (King)/Spirit/Reaper; Hanna L. Gerlica, a sophomore majoring in pharmacy, as Francisco/Master of the Ship/Spirit; Shaquira Jackson, a junior majoring in theatre performance, as Ceres/Boatswain/Spirit; Alexis Johnson, a senior theatre major, as Adrian/Iris/Spirit; Michael James Vanderpool, a senior majoring in theatre with a minor in music, as Trinculo/Spirit; David Wanhainen, a philosophy major, as Stefano/Spirit; and Emily E. Meyer, a senior majoring in theatre with a minor in Japanese, as Spirit.

Rounding out the cast are Keely-Rain Battle, a 2015 alumna who received a bachelor of arts degree in theatre, as Juno/Spirit, and Grace E. Mulinix, a student at Toledo Early College High School, as Spirit.

Making it happen behind the scenes are Daniel Thobias, assistant professor of theatre, set designer; Katelyn Justice, freshman theatre major, assistant set designer; Caribbea Danko-McGhee, 2013 UT alumna who received a bachelor of arts degree in theatre, as props designer/master; Stephen Sakowski, assistant professor of theatre, as lighting/sound designer; Ryan Peters-Hieber, junior theatre major with design and tech concentration, assistant lighting designer and associate sound designer; Holly Monsos, associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and professor of theatre, costume designer; Logan Fleming, freshman theatre major, assistant costume designer; Sean P. Freeman, a sophomore majoring in economics, stage manager; and Emily R. Wemple, English major with a minor in theatre and Spanish, assistant stage manager.

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.