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UT Chapter of Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi to initiate new members

The University of Toledo Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will hold its initiation ceremony for new members Saturday, April 23, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room.

More than 70 undergraduate and graduate students and three UT faculty members will be inducted into the honor society this year.

phikappaphi728x520_q85Dr. Dale Snauwaert, UT professor of educational foundations and leadership, will present the keynote address.

Student inductees into the honorary must be among the top in their class as juniors or seniors or in their graduate program to qualify for membership.

In addition to inducting new members, the society will honor four $500 scholarship winners. The winners were selected based upon academic performance, an essay, and letters of recommendation from faculty members. The winners are:

• Tala Abou-Dahech (Toledo), a freshman majoring in speech-language pathology. Valedictorian for her Toledo Early College High School class, Abou-Dahech also was a winner of a Jefferson Award for public service through Leadership Toledo, and a BCSN Student of the Month. She is active in many University and community groups. In her essay for the scholarship, Abou-Dahech wrote of the important role that the Toledo Early College High School played in her life by giving her confidence to succeed in college. Stephanie Hughes, associate professor in the UT Speech-Language Pathology Program, noted in her recommendation letter that Abou-Dahech “represents the best and brightest of the speech-language pathology undergraduate program.”

• Lucille Frank (Wauseon, Ohio), a junior, majoring in political science and French. In addition to many volunteer activities, she has served as an intern in the office of Toledo’s mayor. She has conducted research on the Keystone XL Pipeline, human trafficking, mental illness and food sustainability. In her essay, Frank wrote about her difficult transition from growing up in a small town to studying at UT, and her experience living and studying abroad in France. As Dr. Larry Connin, professor in the Jesup Scott Honors College, noted in his recommendation letter, “Lucy is one of the most active and engaged students I have been around. She is a committed activist and a ‘doer’ — always on the lookout to embrace the next new experience.”

• Megan Post (Fort Recovery, Ohio), a freshman majoring in pharmaceutical sciences and pre-med. In addition to a full schedule of work and volunteer activities, Post wrote in her essay about becoming certified as an emergency medical technician and volunteering with her county’s emergency squad. In his recommendation letter, Dr. Isaac Schiefer, assistant professor of medicinal and biological chemistry, stated that he selected Post to serve as a researcher in his laboratory, and that “Megan is exceptionally mature for her age and has a good grasp of her eventual career goals.” Post is one of two bachelor of science in pharmaceutical science scholars in her class in the UT College of Pharmacy.

 Lekha Vemuru (Toledo), a sophomore majoring in biology. She is active in many University organizations, and was selected last summer to conduct research in the lab of Dr. John Plenefisch, associate professor and associate chair of biological sciences, investigating cellular movement. In her essay for the scholarship, Vemuru wrote about the emotional experience of working in Managua, Nicaragua, over spring break teaching English and Spanish to children there. Sharon Schnarre, UT pre-med adviser, described Vemuru as “warm and caring, and I am confident she will be successful in her pursuit of a career as a physician and an asset to the profession.”

In addition to the undergraduate and graduate students who will be inducted into the honor society, three UT faculty members also will be inducted: Kelly Moore, associate professor of law and interim dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College; Dr. Martin J. Ohlinger, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice; and Dr. Ami Pflugrad-Jackisch, associate professor of history.

For more information, contact UT chapter Phi Kappa Phi President Wade Lee, associate professor of library administration, at 419.530.4490.

World-renowned polar explorer to speak at UT April 5

Ann Bancroft’s extraordinary life has consisted of many firsts: first woman to cross the ice to both the North and South Poles, leader of the first group of women to cross Greenland, and first woman to sail and ski across Antarctica’s landmass alongside fellow polar explorer Liv Arnesen.

The author, educator, philanthropist and pre-eminent polar explorer will be at the University to share her story Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater.



“We choose speakers that we hope will engage, challenge and provoke the audience,” said Interim Provost John Barrett. “Ann Bancroft will do just that. She went out and chased her dreams, and because of that she has a very inspirational story to tell.”

Not only has Bancroft achieved many polar exploration firsts, but she also has inspired girls and women around the world to do the same. In 1991, she founded the Ann Bancroft Foundation, which provides grants, mentoring and encouragement to girls ages 5 to 18 to help them reach their biggest aspirations.

For her achievements, Bancroft has received numerous awards and recognition, including induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1995.

Tickets to the lecture are free and can be obtained at utoledo.edu/honorslecture. Bancroft’s talk is part of the UT Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series.

For more information about Bancroft and her latest expeditions, visit yourexpedition.com.

Apple co-founder to speak at UT Feb. 1

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc. and Silicon Valley icon, will come to UT Monday, Feb. 1, to speak as part of UT’s Jesup Scott Honors College Lecture Series.

Wozniak and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revolutionized the computer industry with the Apple I and II personal computers. These early designs influenced today’s Mac computer and innovative products that impact daily living, including the iPhone, iPad, iTunes and AppleTV.

HP-64-Honors-series-web-banner-WozniakWozniak will speak at 7 p.m. in Savage Arena. Tickets are free, but some limits on quantities apply.

Because the event will likely be of high interest, John A. Barrett Jr., interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, recommends that those planning to attend get their tickets soon.

“We’ve already moved the event twice, from Doermann Theater to Nitschke Hall Auditorium, and now from Nitschke to Savage Arena,” Barrett said. “We’ve also distributed 1,000 tickets, and once news of the lecture is announced to the public, we anticipate a flood of requests.”

Go to utoledo.edu/honorslecture to request tickets.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author to speak at UT Oct. 22

Drawing from life experience is a theme in an American author’s work that he will discuss later this week.

Novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and teacher Richard Russo will be featured in The University of Toledo Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series. The series is back for its second bout of engagement and innovation from noted professionals Thursday, Oct. 22.



With several distinguished achievements under his belt — including a Pulitzer Prize for his 2001 novel titled Empire Falls — Russo knows the key to good literature. He will discuss his 1997 book, Straight Man. The novel tells the tale of William Henry Devereaux Jr., a reluctant chairman of the English Department in an underfunded Pennsylvania college, who in the course of a week has his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagines his wife is having an affair with the dean, and wonders if an adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits. All of this leads to the pinnacle where he threatens to kill one of the campus ducks every day on television until his departmental budget is finalized.

4.1.2“I’m looking forward to talking about my novel Straight Man with the good folks at The University of Toledo, where I plan to kill a duck a day until my demands are met,” Russo joked.

His talk and all lectures in the series will take place at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater, located in University Hall on Main Campus. Space is limited for the free, public lectures, so attendees are encouraged to register for tickets in advance at utoledo.edu/honorslecture.

“Richard Russo is well-known within academic communities for this book, Straight Man. Its setting is a fictionalized university within the Midwest,” said Kelly Moore, interim dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College.

“Richard Russo is a keen observer of what is around him. Often we take for granted what we see, hear or do every day. He is also a writer who reminds us of the importance of paying back — gratitude for those individuals and places that helped to shape us is often overlooked in our 24/7 environment.”

Following Russo, two more speakers are set for the 2015-16 Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series lineup:

• Monday, Feb. 1 — Steve Wozniak, a Silicon Valley icon and entrepreneur. Wozniak is known for co-founding Apple Computer Inc. with Steve Jobs.

• Tuesday, April 5 — Ann Bancroft, one of the world’s pre-eminent polar explorers. Bancroft is an internationally recognized leader who is dedicated to inspiring women, girls and audiences around the world to unleash the power of their dreams.

For additional information, visit utoledo.edu/honorslecture or call 419.530.2738.

Campus novel topic of Oct. 1 talk

Dr. Christian K. Anderson, associate professor of higher education at the University of South Carolina, will discuss the academic novel at the university Thursday, Oct. 1.

His free, public talk titled “The Fictional Realities of Campus” will start at 7 p.m. in Libbey Hall.



A meet-and-greet will start at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments and a cash bar.

“The academic novel is an emerging genre portraying a fictional version of campus life as seen through the experiences of faculty and students,” said Marcia King-Blandford, UT vice provost for academic operations.

She noted that Richard Russo, author of Straight Man, will continue the conversation on the academic novel as part of this year’s Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will speak Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater. For more information, go to utoledo.edu/honorslecture.

Freedom to read celebration continues for 18th year

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has garnered a great deal of recognition: a 1961 Pulitzer Prize and the Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and status in 2011 as the American Library Association’s 10th most banned book.

The last week of September marks the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week. The University of Toledo will join the celebration Thursday, Oct. 1, on the fifth floor of Carlson Library for the 18th annual Banned Books Week Vigil.

web Banned Books Week artwork courtesy of the American Library AssociationThe free, public event will begin at 9 a.m. with programs running every half hour until 5 p.m. Speakers will celebrate the right to read, think and speak freely with the campus and Toledo community.

“Our festival is a mirror of how greatly this campus believes in intellectual freedom,” said Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication, founder and coordinator of the event, which the UT Banned Books Week Coalition spends months planning.

“This campus’ belief is evident in many ways — our library, our IT and computer support, the free access for Wi-Fi, The Independent Collegian, UT:10, the radio station — these all show that intellectual inquiry is very important here,” she said.

Light snacks and refreshments will be available all day, with free banned books and prizes distributed every half hour. Also this year, the first 400 attendees will receive a goody bag at the entrance, and one bag will have $50 cash donated by New Sins Press. WXUT also donated 21 shirts for prizes in an all-day Banned Music Twitter Trivia game.

“We are proud to host this campus-wide celebration of the right to read and think freely,” Kilmer said. “Our event gives UT people an opportunity to support freedom of expression. We set aside all sorts of holidays — for groundhogs, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day — and they’re all good, but we could really afford to add a holiday for reading, too.”

Banned Books Coalition logoTopics and speakers for the event will be:

• 9 a.m. — “Welcome,” Barbara Floyd, director of UT’s Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections and interim director of UT Libraries, and Dr. Jeffrey Wilkinson, professor and chair of the UT Communication Department;

• 9:30 a.m. — “Reflections” by UT Interim Provost John Barrett;

• 10 a.m. — “Silencing Through Stereotypes: Native Americans in Children’s Literature” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor and interim chair of the UT Women’s and Gender Studies;

• 10:30 a.m. — “Toledo Free Press Memories” by Sarah Ottney, Toledo freelance journalist;

• 11 a.m. — “The Helicopter Problem” by Dr. David Tucker, UT professor of communication;

• 11:30 a.m. — “Women Who Know Better” by Warren Woodbury, Toledo author;

• Noon — The Dr. Linda Smith Lecture: “Do Criminals Have First Amendment Rights? Civic Death and the U.S. Constitution” by Dr. Renee Heberle, UT professor of political science;

• 1 p.m. — “Innocence Seduced: A Brief History of Comic Book Censorship” by Dr. Matt Yockey, UT associate professor of theatre and film;

• 1:30 p.m. — “The Shifting Lines of Intellectual Property in the Digital Age” by Wilkinson;

• 2 p.m. — “College Confidential: Censorship of College newspapers” by The Independent Collegian Editor-in-Chief Amanda Pitrof and Forum Editor Morgan Rinckey;

• 2:30 p.m. — “Trigger Warning Here! A Reflection on ‘Trigger Warnings’ in Higher Education” by Dr. Glen Sheldon, UT honors professor of humanities;

• 3 p.m. — “Jeopardy!” hosted by The Independent Collegian staff;

• 3:30 p.m. — “Naughty Girls or Nasty Minds? The Evolution of Pin-Up Models” by Torrie Jadlocki, local photojournalist;

• 4 p.m. — “You Can’t Teach That!” by Cindy Ramirez, English teacher at Bedford Senior High School; and

• 4:30 p.m. — “Banned Books, Birds and Expressing Beliefs Through Art,” by Lee Fearnside, associate professor of art at Tiffin University.

In addition to Kilmer, UT Banned Books Week Coalition members are Sheldon; Arjun Sabharwal, UT associate professor of library administration; UT alumna Laura Kinsel Mitchell; and communication students Danielle Pigula and Josie Schreiber.

Kilmer said the Banned Book Week Vigil would not be possible without help from generous sponsors: Barry’s Bagels; Ann Lumbrezer; Promedica; UT Starbuck’s; The Independent Collegian; WXUT; Kroger; Society for Professional Journalists; New Sins Press; Phoenicia Cuisine; Barnes & Noble University Bookstore; UT Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development; UT Federal Credit Union; UT Foundation Friends of the Libraries; UT Libraries; Jesup Scott Honors College; UT Student Government; UT departments of Art, Communication, English Language and Literature, Foreign Languages, Theatre and Film; UT offices of the Provost, Student Involvement, Excellence and Multicultural Success, Greek Life, Enrollment Services, Communications, and Dean of the College of Communication and the Arts.

Ribbon cutting to celebrate new UT Honors Academic Village Sept. 21

The newest on-campus living community at The University of Toledo will be celebrated Monday, Sept. 21, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.

UT campus leaders and representatives from American Campus Communities, the project’s developer and manager, will cut the ribbon at 9 a.m. for the Honors Academic Village, located at Campus Road and West Rocket Drive on the northwest corner of Main Campus.

UT President Sharon L. Gaber and James E. Wilhelm III, executive vice president of American Campus Communities, will be joined at the event by UT Honors College Interim Dean Kelly Moore, UT Student Government Vice President Ian Michalak and UT Faculty Senate President-Elect Mary Humphrys. Tours of the building will be offered following the ceremony.

The ribbon cutting is one of a number of campus events taking place during the week of the inauguration of UT President Gaber.

The Honors Academic Village provides a modern on-campus living community for 492 students in fully furnished rooms and also offers an academic success center, state-of-the-art fitness center, and lounges for recreation and socialization.

The four-story, 142,000-square-foot building opened for the 2015-16 academic year and provides opportunities for living-learning communities for UT Honors College students.

Honors College to present 2015-16 Distinguished Lecture Series

The University of Toledo Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series will feature the co-founder of Zipcar, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, the co-founder of Apple and a polar explorer.

The 2015-16 series will kick off Tuesday, Sept. 22, with a lecture by transportation entrepreneur Robin Chase. Chase is the co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service in France now merged with Drivy; and GoLoco, an online ride-sharing community. She also is the co-founder and executive chair of Veniam, a vehicle communications company.



Chase lectures widely on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, transportation, cities and climate change.

Her talk and all lectures in the series will take place at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater, located in University Hall on Main Campus. Space is limited for the free, public lectures, so attendees are encouraged to register for tickets in advance at utoledo.edu/honorslecture.

The lecture series aims to engage and challenge the community by sharing innovative ideas from esteemed professionals.

“This year’s slate of speakers is outstanding,” said Kelly Moore, interim dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College. “Collectively, they will engage, inspire and motivate the University and the larger community.”

Listed by date, the 2015-16 Distinguished Lecture Series also will feature:

• Thursday, Oct. 22 — Richard Russo, an American novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and teacher. Russo won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel, Empire Falls.

• Monday, Feb. 1 — Steve Wozniak, a Silicon Valley icon and entrepreneur. Wozniak is known for co-founding Apple Computer Inc. with Steve Jobs.

• Tuesday, April 5 — Ann Bancroft, one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers. Bancroft is an internationally recognized leader who is dedicated to inspiring women, girls and audiences around the world to unleash the power of their dreams.

This will be the third year of the lecture series that has brought to campus high-profile speakers including Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy; Karl Rove, who served as senior adviser to President George W. Bush; and James Carville, political consultant who helped Bill Clinton win the U.S. presidency in 1992.

For additional information, visit utoledo.edu/honorslecture or call 419.530.2738.

Student Part-Time Job Fair to be held Aug. 28; prep sessions available Aug. 25

Looking to build your resumé or gain extra spending money? Go to the Part-Time Job Fair Friday, Aug. 28, in the Student Union Ingman Room from noon to 4 p.m.

“Employers are looking for not only that degree and credentials, but for experience as well,” said Sabina Elizondo-Serratos, associate director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services.

The job fair will feature various campus student employment opportunities, as well as community and campus federal work-study jobs.

“This year we are combining our community work-study job fair along with the part-time job fair,” Elizondo-Serratos said. “We are inviting community agencies and nonprofits on campus to interview our work-study students and hopefully get them connected so they can get that hands-on learning experience in the community.”

The event will feature student employment opportunities several the following campus entities:

• Aramark;

• College of Natural Science and Mathematics;

• Department of Art;

• Department of Foreign Languages;

• Institutional Advancement;

• Jesup Scott Honors College;

• Office of Student Experience;

• Office of Student Involvement;

• Transit Services and more.

“Working on campus, you get 20 hours a week, but employers realize you’re a student so the departments will work with students’ schedules; that’s something you don’t always get off campus,” said Joshua Vail, student employment specialist in the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services.

Community and campus federal work-study jobs opportunities include:

• Food for Thought;

• Kids Unlimited;

• MetroParks of Toledo;

• Nightingales Harvest;

• School for Autistically Impaired Learners;

• Toledo Botanical Garden;

• Toledo Campus Ministry;

• Toledo Museum of Art; and

• United Way.

“A number of our students are awarded federal work-study,” Elizondo-Serratos said. “It’s a mutually beneficial experience for both the community agencies and the students.”

Students should bring resumés and wear professional attire at the event.

Six pre-fair one-hour prep sessions are available to students Tuesday, Aug. 25. Those who qualify for federal work-study status must attend. Register here.

“We will go over interviewing tips that students should know about, resumés to make sure it’s presentable, and professional attire to make sure that students understand what that is and should be,” Elizondo-Serratos said.

For more information, visit the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services in Student Union Room 1533 or call 419.530.4341.

Honors students to gear up for upcoming school year

In an effort to prep honors students for their first year of college, an interactive orientation event will take place this week.

Incoming UT honors students are invited to participate in Jesup Jam — an annual two-day orientation event to kick off the new school year — Thursday and Friday, Aug. 20 and 21.

jesup jam logo 2015Students will have the opportunity to meet classmates, professors and advisers, and prepare for the upcoming school year, all while participating in some free activities at The University of Toledo.

“The Jesup Jam is an important step in introducing incoming Jesup Scott Honors College students to the Honors College, faculty and staff,” said Kelly Moore, interim dean of the college. “The event also allows students to learn more about the campus, their degree programs and the Toledo community.

“When you start college, you become a lifelong member in a community of classmates, scholars, professionals and alumni. The Jesup Jam is one of the beginning steps in cementing that membership,” he said.

Featured at this year’s event is an “Amazing Race,” which will require students to work together in teams to search for clues hidden around campus. Afterward, students can participate in Carnival Day, which will feature games, prizes and goodies.

Also included in the two-day orientation will be the Jesup Service Jam, a service-learning project that will allow to students interact with the greater Toledo community. With the assistance of United Way Greater Toledo, UT has partnered with 15 community organizations, such as Toledo Grows and Serenity Farm Equestrian Center, that will host more than 20 service project locations. Service activities range from creating a landscape to assisting local child-care centers.

A full schedule of events can be viewed here.