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Portion of sidewalk north of Ottawa River to close this week

A section of the sidewalk directly behind Carlson Library will close Thursday, June 28.

In conjunction with the replacement of the bridge behind the library, part of the sidewalk will be replaced, according to Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation.

Visitors will be able to enter Carlson Library on the south side, but a portion of the walkway will not be accessible, he said.

“We apologize for the inconvenience, but we’re improving the sidewalk and appreciate the patience of campus community members,” Collins said.

The sidewalk replacement project is expected to be finished Friday, July 13.

Book launch to celebrate new UT Press title ‘Caps, Capes, and Caring’

A new book that chronicles a century of nursing education in the Glass City has been released by The University of Toledo Press.

“Caps, Capes, and Caring: The Legacy of Diploma Nursing Schools in Toledo” was written by Patricia Ringos Beach, Susan J. Eisel, Maria E. Nowicki, Judy Harris Szor and Beth E. White.

Mulford Library on Health Science Campus will host a book launch Wednesday, May 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the library. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase, and the authors will be present to speak with attendees.

Between 1893 and 1999, there were eight hospital-based diploma schools of nursing in Toledo: Flower Hospital School of Nursing, Maumee Valley Hospital School of Nursing, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Riverside Hospital School of Nursing, Robinwood/St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing, Toledo Hospital School of Nursing, and Toledo State Hospital School of Nursing.

This core group of schools, operating for more than 100 years, sent registered nurses into the community to care for the sick and teach community members how to stay healthy. Graduates from these schools continue to provide care and comfort, and educate future nurses.

The authors, all hospital diploma school graduates, taught together as nursing faculty at the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing. Beach, Eisel, Nowicki and Szor are alumni of MCO/MUO/UT, where they received advanced degrees in nursing and education.

In the course of writing the book, the authors interviewed nearly 100 Toledo diploma school graduates. Their memories and stories are celebrated in the book, which also includes historical images and photographs.

The book is $24.95 and available at utoledopress.com.

Light refreshments will be served at the free, public event.

For more information on the launch party, contact Jodi Jameson, assistant professor and nursing librarian at Mulford Library, at jodi.jameson@utoledo.edu or 419.383.5152.

Bridge behind library to be replaced

The bridge located behind Carlson Library will be closed starting Monday, May 7, so the structure can be replaced.

Constructed in the early 1960s, the bridge has exceeded a normal design life of 50 years, according to Jason Toth, associate vice president for facilities and construction.

“The new bridge will be wider to accommodate more foot traffic. It will be very similar to the bridge behind the Center for Performing Arts,” Toth said. “The new bridge also will incorporate aesthetics that blend with the Gothic architecture on campus.”

All other bridges crossing the Ottawa River will be open during the project, which is scheduled to be complete July 31. Detour signs will be posted.

The bridge located behind Carlson Library will be closed starting Monday, May 7, so the span can be replaced.

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.

Events planned for National Library Week

April 8-14 is National Library Week, and The University of Toledo Libraries will join other libraries across the country in celebrating the value and importance of libraries, librarians, library workers and library users.

“Our libraries are academic places and social spaces. Quiet and collaborative floors, study rooms, archives, online journals, special events — everyone knows we do these things,” Beau Case, dean of University Libraries, said. “But we also are experts and authorities in data and metadata, research methodology, information retrieval, scholarly communication, copyright, systematic reviews, and so much more. The University Libraries lead by leveraging our resources to enhance research, teaching, learning and health at UT.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is an observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.

Carlson Library has a week of events celebrating love for libraries. In addition, the library will unveil its 2018 READ poster campaign. The READ poster, created by the American Library Association, features a celebrity posing with a favorite book. Posters with local celebrities will be revealed Monday, April 9.

A book sale will be held in the Carlson Library Concourse Monday through Thursday, April 9-12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A wide selection of books will be available; topics include business, social sciences, sciences, children’s literature and popular titles. Prices will be 50 cents a book, or $5 a bag, and sales will be cash only. All proceeds raised will benefit the library. For more information about the sale, contact jessica.morales@utoledo.edu.

Participate in the Love Your Library Social Media Contest Monday through Friday, April 9-13. Visit the Carlson Library Love Wall, post a selfie with your heart, and tag @UTCarlsonLib for a chance to win a prize. Winners will be contacted through direct messages on social media platforms.

Listed by date, other events hosted by University Libraries will be:

• Tuesday, April 10 — Poetry Slam, 6 p.m., Carlson Library Room 1005. There will be featured readers, and anyone is invited to share his or her work at the open mic.

• Wednesday, April 11 — Library Lockout, 6 p.m., Carlson Library Room 1005. Can you outsmart the librarians? Sign up at the Circulation Desk before 5 p.m. Wednesday to play this twist on escape rooms.

• Thursday, April 12 — BASH Game Night, 6 p.m. to midnight, Carlson Library Room 1005. Stop by to play board, card and video games.

For more details about these events for National Library Week, visit libguides.utoledo.edu/nlw.

Canaday Center to hold film night to spotlight exhibit

Carlson Library, the Canaday Center for Special Collections and The Andersons will host a film night Wednesday, March 28, at 6 p.m.

The free, public event is in celebration of the Canaday Center’s current exhibition, “Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow: The Best of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections.”

“Grain: The Harold Anderson Story” will be shown in Carlson Library Room 1005.

This documentary was made using resources from the archives of the Canaday Center and tells the story of The Andersons Inc.’s growth from a single grain elevator to a large agribusiness.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a display of historical artifacts and documents from The Andersons’ collection. “Grain” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. after an introduction by Kay Anderson, documentary producer.

“Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow: The Best of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections” features unique historical treasures like the original 1837 charter for the city of Toledo, an early Rocky the Rocket mascot costume, and artifacts from Toledo businesses, including Libbey-Owens-Ford and The Andersons.

The free, public exhibit is on display Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 27.

The Canaday Center for Special Collections preserves the history of the University and the greater Toledo area. The collections are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Women in leadership panel discussion to take place March 21

In celebration of Women’s History Month, on Wednesday, March 21, Carlson Library and Career Services invite members of the UT community to participate in a discussion on “Women Making a Difference: A Panel on Inspired Leadership.”

The women in leadership panel will be held at 6 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

The event will feature four panelists who will address their roles as women leaders and change-makers in business; they specifically will discuss the challenges facing women in leadership positions.

Panelists will be:

• Nina Corder, founder of Women of Toledo and EmpowerWomen;

• Rita Mansour, senior managing director of Mansour Wealth Management; 

• Lisa McDuffie, CEO of the YWCA of Northwest Ohio; and

• Andi Roman-Tye, communications and media director for the Toledo Walleye and Toledo Mud Hens.

Panelists will share the stories of what made them successful and challenges they’ve encountered along the way. Included will be an opportunity for a question-and-answer session and a chance to network at the conclusion of the panel.

Light refreshments will be available at 5:30 p.m.

To learn more about the event, go to libguides.utoledo.edu/utinspires.

Freeze frame: New book offers pictorial history of UT

There are 240 photos packed into the 128 pages of “University of Toledo.”

That’s a lot of pictures telling many stories in the new book by Barbara Floyd. Part of Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History Series, the work takes a look back at The University of Toledo.

Barbara Floyd holds her new book, “University of Toledo.”

“This book would not have been possible without the incredible images preserved in university archives created by photographers known and unknown,” Floyd said. “The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections houses more than 15,000 UT images, and sifting through them to decide what to include in this book was a labor of love.”

Floyd was the perfect person to curate the book. She retired last month as director of the Canaday Center, where she worked 31 years, initially as university archivist and later also as director of special collections for 20 years.

And she is a UT alumna. She received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism, a master of arts degree in American history, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University.

“The University of Toledo changed my life,” Floyd said. “Having the chance to pay tribute to this beloved institution that means so much to so many was a wonderful opportunity.”

The pictorial review starts with one man who had a vision: Jesup W. Scott believed Toledo could be the “Future Great City of the World.”

“As a real estate investor, Jesup Scott saw the location of Toledo on railroad lines, on the Great Lakes, and near farmland as the elements of a future industrial powerhouse,” Floyd said. “And that future great city would need a university.”

Scott donated 160 acres of land to serve as an endowment for the Toledo University of Arts and Trade. While the school failed, it was resurrected in 1884 by Scott’s sons, who gave the remaining assets to the city to create a manual training school.

“By 1909, the institution was becoming a full-fledged university, but struggled financially and needed a permanent location,” Floyd said.

When Dr. Henry J. Doermann became president of the University in 1928, he began planning for a new campus. A $2.8 million bond levy was passed that November, less than one year before the Great Depression.

A photo shows Doermann at the 1929 groundbreaking ceremony for University Hall.

“President Doermann selected the Collegiate Gothic design elements of the great universities of Europe because he wanted the architecture to inspire students,” Floyd said.

University Hall with its iconic tower and dual courtyards continues to be one of the most photographed landmarks in Toledo.

Images chronicle the University’s growing campus and burgeoning student life, which flourished even more when UT joined Ohio’s higher education system in 1967.

“The focus of this book is on the major events that shaped the University,” Floyd said. “It celebrates the University’s growth as an institution.”

There was a lot to celebrate in 2006 when UT merged with the Medical University of Ohio. At the time, it was estimated the new entity would have a $1.1 billion impact on Ohio’s economy.

A few pages also commemorate when UT was in the national spotlight. A smiling Chuck Ealey, the quarterback known as the “Wizard of Oohs and Aahs” who led the Rockets to a 35-0 record from 1969 to 1972, is in the book, along with a shot of the men’s basketball team playing Indiana in the inaugural game in Centennial Hall, now called Savage Arena. UT won, 59-57, with a basket at the buzzer to end the Hoosiers’ 33-game winning streak. And the women’s basketball team is shown celebrating its 2011 WNIT Championship.

Floyd gave credit to the late longtime UT photographer Bill Hartough, MCO photographer Jack Meade, and current University photographer Daniel Miller: “Their keen eyes captured events big and small, as well as campus life.”

“University of Toledo” is $21.99 and available at the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore and online book retailers.

Carlson Library and Writing Center to host write-in Nov. 29

Wednesday, Nov. 29, colleges and universities across the country, including The University of Toledo, will unite students by providing a space to study, write and prepare final assignments during the end of semester crunch.

Carlson Library and the Writing Center will host a National Write-In from noon to 5 p.m. The event will take place in Carlson Library Room 1005.

Writing tutors and librarians will be available to answer students’ writing and research questions.

There will be giveaways, and snacks will be available.

For additional details, contact Elaine Reeves, senior lecturer in University Libraries, at 419.530.2868 or elaine.reeves@utoledo.edu or Clayton Chiarelott, coordinator in the Writing Center, at 419.530.7753 or clayton.chiarelott@utoledo.edu.

Exhibit featuring best of Canaday Center to open Nov. 14

A copy of “Common Sense” printed in 1776 signed by Benjamin Franklin. A white shirt worn by President John F. Kennedy in 1958. An autographed photo of Katharine Hepburn. Toledo native Jamie Farr’s “M*A*S*H*” scripts from 1978 to 1980.

These are a few of the documents and artifacts that will be on display in the exhibit titled “Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow: The Best of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections.”

Barbara Floyd, who retired last month as director of the Canaday Center, will speak at an opening reception Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m.

“With 31 years in the Canaday Center — initially as university archivist and for the past 20 years as university archivist and director of special collections — I had a role in preserving some great collections,” Floyd said. “This exhibit is bittersweet for me. It has been a privilege to have helped shape the development of the center and its collections.”

It was a $226,000 gift from Doreen Canaday Spitzer in 1977 that made the center possible. The donation was to be used to create a research center for the study of rare books and special collections as a tribute to her father, Ward Murphy Canaday, chairman of the board and president of Willys-Overland Motor Co., and longtime president of the Friends of the UT Libraries.

Since its dedication Sept. 26, 1979, the center has grown from a small rare books repository into a modern special collections department, preserving thousands of feet of material.

“The center still has a three-pronged mission of collecting, preserving and making available rare and unique research materials,” Floyd said. “The center continues to preserve three distinct types of materials: rare books, manuscripts and The University of Toledo archives.”

Rocky emerged as UT’s mascot as a personified depiction of a real rocket during the 1966-67 season and made his first physical appearance in fall 1968. The costume shown here includes pieces of multiple Rocky renditions, which started with a wastepaper basket with a pointed rocket top made of papier-mâché.

In addition, the center has refined its collecting focus while expanding its emphasis to include new research areas.

“With rare books, the center has collected less literature and more books chronicling the history of northwest Ohio and women’s social history,” Floyd said. “The center also added an amazing collection of rare medical books following the merger of UT’s library with Mulford Library of the former Medical College of Ohio.”

It is in manuscript collecting that the Canaday Center has grown in terms of size and reputation, according to Floyd.

“The center has developed three extraordinary collecting areas: the history of business and industry in Toledo, disability history, and the history of Toledo’s city government,” she said.

These areas will be showcased in the exhibit, along with gender and sexuality, sports and recreation in Toledo, and more.

“This exhibit highlights specific, individual items from our collections that are judged to be among the best of what we preserve,” Floyd said.

On public display for the first time will be the original charter of the city of Toledo, which the center recently acquired and preserves on behalf of the city. Also on display will be items documenting Toledo’s glass industry. The collections of historical records from Owens-Illinois, Owens Corning, and the former Libbey-Owens-Ford companies that the center houses have been used extensively by researchers from around the world.

“Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow: The Best of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections” will be on display Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 27.

For more information on the free, public exhibit and opening, contact Sara Mouch, curator and assistant university archivist, at sara.mouch@utoledo.edu or 419.530.5578.