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University recognized as Phi Kappa Phi Circle of Excellence Silver Chapter

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — recently recognized The University of Toledo Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Circle of Excellence Silver Chapter.

The award is given to chapters that exceed expectations in operations and that demonstrate sustainability and vitality as a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

The Circle of Excellence distinction is a part of the Society’s Circle of Honor Program, which was introduced in 2018 and awarded for the first time this year. The program recognized 75 chapters this year, including 29 with the Silver distinction. Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on more than 300 select campuses in the United States and the Philippines.

“The Circle of Honor Program recognizes Phi Kappa Phi Chapters that have gone above and beyond to promote academic excellence on their campuses,” said Dr. Mary Todd, society executive director.

The Circle of Excellence Silver honor is given to chapters that scored 90 to 94 out of 100 on a criteria scale that evaluates chapter health indicators. By receiving the Silver distinction, the UToledo chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that holds annual initiations, upholds the society bylaws, regularly attends chapter training opportunities, and submits a chapter-endorsed nominee to the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program.

“I’m proud of the members of our chapter who have stepped up to promote the love of learning on our campus,” said Wade M. Lee-Smith, associate professor of library administration and president of the University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. “Through thoughtful programming and philanthropy, they have shown that membership in an honor society is more than a recognition of academic success, but can be a means of giving back to our University community.”

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

Since its founding, more than 1.5 million Phi Kappa Phi members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley.

Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards nearly $1 million to qualifying students and members through graduate and dissertation fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.

For more information, visit the Phi Kappa Phi website and the Circle of Honor Program page.

University Libraries going green with recycling drive

Carlson Library will host a recycling drive just in time for move out. Students leaving campus for the summer are invited to recycle and enter to win reusable zero-waste products.

The drive will take place on the first floor of Carlson Library from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 22
and 23.

“The library has not typically participated in Earth Day programming in the past. This year we wanted to tackle an issue we see every day in this building — paper waste.” said Alyssa Jane Slottke, event coordinator for University Libraries.

“Most students associate the first floor of Carlson Library as the printing station. The library wanted to bring awareness to the excess of paper still being used in the digital age with an event focused around making a positive change to enforce behaviors hopefully our students will take with them,” she said. “To drive home the importance of recycling, the library wanted to provide the service at a time so close to move-out when there is so much waste.”

All products to be recycled need to be visible; no black garbage bags or sealed containers. Carlson Library only will accept paper products for recycling. Please remove any metal spiral binding from notebooks.

Trash, cans, glass and plastic will not be accepted, Slottke said. Paper products stained with food or liquids, receipts, photos, coffee cups, pizza boxes, stickers, padded envelopes, paper towels and napkins cannot be recycled.

Each person who brings in qualified materials will have a chance to enter the zero-waste raffle. Prizes will include reusable coffee cup filters, beeswax wrap, reusable grocery bags, a KeepCup, a FinalStraw and more.

More information on the paper recycle drive can be found on the University Involvement Network website.

For more information, contact Slottke at alyssa.slottke@utoledo.edu or 419.530.5479.

Traveling national exhibit shines spotlight on Colonial America

An exhibit from the National Library of Medicine can be seen on the first floor of Carlson Library through Friday, April 26.

“The ‘Fire & Freedom: Food & Enslavement in Early America’ exhibit is one of several from the National Library of Medicine that the UToledo Libraries has hosted over the years,” said Gerald Natal, assistant professor and health sciences librarian in University Libraries.

This detail from Joachim Ferdinand Richardt’s “East Front of Mount Vernon” is featured in the “Fire & Freedom: Food & Enslavement in Early America” exhibit on display in Carlson Library.

The six panels show how meals reflected how power was exchanged between and among different peoples, races, genders and classes in the early colonial era.

These National Library of Medicine exhibits focus on the intersection of medicine with the arts, technology and society, but often go further to reveal issues of social justice, according to Natal.

For example, the current exhibit reveals that the popularity of a beverage enjoyed by a large percentage of Americans — coffee — was a major driver of slavery and colonialism. In addition, during his presidency, George Washington often rotated his slaves to get around the Gradual Abolition Act, which was an opportunity for freedom for slaves in Pennsylvania.

“These exhibits are so popular among libraries that we have to wait two to three years for an exhibit,” Natal said.

The free exhibit can be seen when Carlson Library is open: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to 1 a.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 to 1 a.m.

The next exhibit to come to the University will be “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn!” It will be here in March 2021.

Exhibit focuses on activism and history of protest

“PROTEST: Activism and Social Change, 1845-2015,” an exhibition, will open Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library with a panel discussion on the effectiveness of activism in creating change.

Panelists will be Dr. Kim Nielsen, professor of disability studies, history, and women’s and gender studies; Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor and interim chair of women’s and gender studies; and Andrew Krantz, medical eligibility specialist for the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services. Dr. Ally Day, assistant professor of disability studies, will be the moderator.

“Social media has made us more aware of activism than ever before. #BlackLivesMatter, #WomensMarch, #MarchForOurLives, and many other hash tags have emerged as powerful tools for gaining support for a cause, but Americans have a long history of joining together to advocate for civil rights,” Sara Mouch, archivist in the Canaday Center and associate lecturer, said. “Demonstrations, sit-ins, boycotts, art, writing, service, scholarship and education have been — and continue to be — effective methods to demand social and political change.”

“PROTEST” illustrates those demands for change through the historical materials of local and national activist organizations, student groups, and individual artists and advocates.

The exhibit explores the theme of protest by focusing on six movements: women’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, labor rights, student protest, and LGBTQ rights.

A free exhibition catalog providing a general overview of each movement will be available to guests.

The free, public exhibition will be on display Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 16.

The collections represented in the exhibit are available for review by interested researchers. For more information on the exhibit or to view related collections, contact the Canaday Center at 419.530.4480.

University Libraries celebrating National Library Week

The University of Toledo Libraries is ready to recognize National Library Week, April 7-13.

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 will celebrate the love for libraries with an event and a sale.

Murder in the Stacks is a weeklong interactive murder mystery. New clues will be released daily as sleuths try to solve the murder of a librarian. Enter for a chance to win an Amazon gift card. The murderer will be revealed Friday, April 12, at 12:30 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005. For details, visit the University Libraries’ website.

A book sale will be held on the second floor of Carlson Library Monday through Thursday, April 8-11, from 10 a.m. to 3 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, and sales will be cash only. All proceeds raised will benefit the library.

‘Spring Into Better Habits’ to return

Fitness activities, mindfulness exercises, therapy dogs and a community walk will be part of this year’s Spring Into Better Habits.

Presented by University Libraries, Spring Into Better Habits will take place Sunday through Saturday, April 7-13.

All events — except for the community walk — will be held in the Mulford Library Building Annex Student Lounge on Health Science Campus. If weather permits, activities may be held outside.

Listed by date, activities include:

Sunday, April 7 — Meet Kaci, a therapy dog, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Monday, April 8 — A talk titled “Mindfulness” by Jolene Miller, at 12:15 p.m. Miller is director of Mulford Health Science Library, assistant professor of library administration, and instructor of physician assistant studies.

— Meet Futo, a therapy dog, 5 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9 — Meet therapy dogs Ezzy and Sadie, noon to 1 p.m.

— Group fitness activity, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10 — Group fitness activity, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 11 — Group fitness activity, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Friday, April 12 — Meet Toby, a therapy dog, noon to 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 13 — Community walk, 8 to 11 a.m. Meet at the Mary Jane Gill Shelter at Swan Creek Metropark. Walk or run a 3.1- or 1-mile route.

Those who can’t make it to these events are invited to take part in the Spring Into Better Habits Challenge. For details, go to the University Libraries’ website.

In addition, University Libraries is collecting donations for Bethany House. This organization provides long-term shelter at no cost to victims and their children escaping domestic violence in northwest Ohio.

For more information about these events and to make a donation as part of Spring Into Better Habits, contact Margaret Hoogland, assistant professor and clinical medical librarian, at margaret.hoogland@utoledo.edu or 419.383.4214.

Interlibrary loan available for distance learning students

University Libraries is making borrowing books and other materials easier for distance learning students. Those who qualify can use interlibrary loan.

Eligible students must live more than 50 miles from University campuses, but still reside within the United States. They must be enrolled as students, but not taking any classes that meet on campus. Additionally, their library record must be in good standing with no outstanding fines.

“The University has a large population of online and distance learning students,” said Lucy Duhon, collection sharing coordinator and scholarly communications librarian. “Offering these students interlibrary loan extends our library service and makes our collections available to them.”

Shipping materials are covered by the library. Materials are sent in a flat-rate box labeled U.S. Priority Mail. A prepaid shipping label will be emailed to the student before materials are due.

“Eligible students who live in Ohio should be encouraged to try to borrow materials via OhioLINK first, if possible, using the ‘pickup anywhere’ service,” Duhon said. “But for those who do not live in the state, or for those requests that cannot be filled via OhioLINK, we are happy to provide this new option.”

Distance learning students who are interested and meet the eligibility requirements should check out the new Distance Learning Patrons’ page on the University Libraries website.

For more information, contact Valerie Brown, library associate, at valerie.brown@utoledo.edu.

University Libraries offering research workshops this semester

Spring is almost here, and it is time to renew and brush up on your research skills.

Do you have a major project or presentation approaching? Graduating soon and on the career path? University Libraries is a one-stop shop with weekly workshops in February, March and April. No need to register — just show up.

UT librarians are here to help undergraduates and graduate students in their research success.

All workshops will be held in Carlson Library Room 1025.

Upcoming one-hour workshops will be:

Mastering Citations With EndNote

Monday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.;

Thursday, March 14, noon;

Thursday, March 28, 5 p.m.;

Monday, April 8, 6 p.m.; and

Thursday, April 25, 9 a.m.

Scholarly Attribution and Citation: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, Feb. 26, noon, and

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m.

Finding Resources Your Professor Will Love

Monday, March 18, 1 p.m.

Government Information Resources for K-12 Education

Tuesday, March 26, noon, and

Wednesday, March 27, 4 p.m.

Research in Engineering

Tuesday, March 19, 3 p.m.

Library Resources for Research in Psychology, Health and Human Services, and School Counseling

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m., and

Thursday, March 21, 1 p.m.

Workshop descriptions and complete details can be found on University Libraries’ website.

For questions or more information, contact Julia Martin, associate professor, director of reference and instruction, and business librarian, at julia.martin@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2492.

Timeless art: Pair of UT fine arts students incorporate old clock tower hands into mural at Carlson Library

A few years ago, The University of Toledo’s Carlson Library took delivery of a special piece of campus history — a set of hands from the University Hall clock tower.

Now those brass hands are the focal point of a two-sided mural being painted near the library’s circulation desk by two students in UT’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Program as part of the library’s experiential learning initiative.

Rose Mansel-Pleydell, left, and Tara Yarzand are painting the clock mural in Carlson Library. The painting incorporates a set of brass hands from University Hall’s clock tower.

“We always wanted to display the hands somewhere in the library. With the recent renovations, we thought the time was right,” said David Remaklus, director of operations for University Libraries. “Experiential learning is great for the library because we get to showcase student work, and we get to tap the expertise that’s available on campus.”

At the recommendation of Barbara Miner, professor and chair of art, the library invited Rose Mansel-Pleydell and Tara Yarzand to conceive a motif for the project.

The women, both juniors in the program, quickly came up with the idea to incorporate a clock face featuring UT’s signature stonework set between a pair of panels featuring abstract hues of blue and gold. Mansel-Pleydell said her panel represents the converging paths bringing people to the University, while Yarzand said hers is a shattered sky design that represents the future while paying a nod to both the UT Rockets and Toledo’s reputation as the Glass City.

But they both say they want people to find their own meaning in the art.

“It really is sort of open-ended. There’s no correct way to interpret it, but based on those things we came up with, we think it’s a pretty solid design,” Mansel-Pleydell said. “We didn’t want to do something that wasn’t clearly The University of Toledo. We wanted to use the school colors and pay homage to the Gothic architecture because it’s a gorgeous university.”

Because the hands are mounted on a thin dividing wall, the artists are able to use the rear side for a three-dimensional collage featuring a mixture of wood and metal gears meant to look like the innerworkings of a clock. Both the gears and hands will be static.

The clock mural incorporates the names of UT programs in the mortar.

There’s also a bit of a hidden element in the mural. Painted in the mortar are the names of programs at UT.

“I think there’s something like 500 different majors and career tracks,” Yarzand said. “People will stand here and try to find their own majors. It’s fun to watch.”

Yarzand and Mansel-Pleydell both earned degrees in other disciplines before coming to UT to study art. They each had high praise for the program and said they were grateful to have their artwork so prominently displayed.

“I love UT and I don’t just say that. I’ve been to four different universities now, and I honestly love it here,” Mansel-Pleydell said. “The fact that I’ve had opportunities like this come up has just been out of this world. I can’t believe I actually get paid to do art every day as a junior in college. I’m really thankful they let us do this.”

“I am happy to be enrolled in The University of Toledo as a fine arts student and very thankful that I got this opportunity in my second semester. To me, it represents a step that I wanted to take for a long time: to be a professional artist,” Yarzand said. “We hope that this mural can stand as our tribute to the University and its iconic clock tower.”

Remaklus said he’s been impressed by both the talent of the artists and how much recognition the work is getting.

“It is a really beautiful mural, but it’s also like performance art. People enjoy coming in, watching them paint, and seeing the progress they’re making,” he said. “Tara and Rose have done a fantastic job.”

Canaday Center closed for renovation

Renovations are underway in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, which is closed to the public with limited reference services.

Renovations started Jan. 17 in the Canaday Center.

Work began Jan. 17 in the exhibition area and reading room of the center, which is located on the fifth floor of Carlson Library. The project is expected to be complete in March.

“We can still assist our remote users via email or phone; however, visitors to the center must email or call ahead to make an appointment,” Sara Mouch, university archivist and curator, said.

Patrons needing assistance should email canadaycenter@utoledo.edu or call 419.530.4480.

Renovations will include replacing walls for a lighter look, upgrading electrical outlets, and installing a projector.

“We’re also planning to showcase artwork that is preserved in the center,” Mouch said.

For updates, go to the Canaday Center website.