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Toledo Baseball Dugout Club to hold golf outing Aug. 7

The Toledo Baseball Dugout Club will hold its annual golf outing Friday, Aug. 7, at the Legacy Golf Club, 7677 U.S. 223, Ottawa Lake, Mich.

thumb-rocket-color-logoThe event will begin at noon with a shotgun start.

The entry fee for the outing is $100 per person for those who graduated prior to 2011 or $75 for those who graduated from 2011 to 2015 with all proceeds going to the Rocket Baseball Program. Individuals may form their own foursome or be placed in one.

The fee includes use of the driving range prior to the event, a participation gift, pre-golf lunch, golf and a post-golf dinner.

UT Head Baseball Coach Cory Mee also is offering opportunities for hole sponsorship for the outing for $100. Anyone can sponsor a hole —individuals, families, businesses and teams.

RSVPs are requested by Friday, July 31.

To make a reservation or for more information, call Mee at 419.530.6263.

Graduate nursing information session to be held Aug. 4

The University of Toledo’s College of Nursing will host a Graduate Information Session Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

“General information about financial aid and an overview of each program along with admission requirements will be the focus of the session,” said Kathleen Mitchell, assistant dean for student services in the College of Nursing. “Breakout sessions will be held for individual programs where a graduate adviser or program director will be available to answer questions.”

Located in Collier Building Room 1200 on Health Science Campus, the session will feature information on the following programs:

• Post-master to doctor of nursing practice;

• Post-baccalaureate to doctor of nursing practice;

• Master of science in nursing family nurse practitioner;

• Master of science in nursing primary care pediatric nurse practitioner;

• Master of science in nursing nurse educator;

• Master of science in nursing graduate entry clinical nurse leader;

• Family nurse practitioner graduate certificate;

• Primary care pediatric nurse practitioner graduate certificate; and

• Nursing education certificate.

The session also will feature information on two new programs, Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, to be offered at the master of science in nursing and doctor of nursing practice level at UT starting fall 2016.

To RSVP or for more information, contact the Office of Student Services at 419.383.5810 or email Bridget Irmen, secretary in the College of Nursing’s Office of Student Services, at bridget.irmen@utoledo.edu.

UT pharmacy alum tests her trivia on ‘Jeopardy!’ [updated]

This University of Toledo alumna is a contestant on “Jeopardy!” tonight.

Who is Dr. Erin Saelzler? Correct!

Alex Trebek and Dr. Erin Saelzler posed for a photo on the set of the game show.

Alex Trebek and Dr. Erin Saelzler posed for a photo on the set of the game show.

There are many ways to prepare for one of America’s favorite quiz shows, but Saelzler said her 2012 doctor of pharmacy degree from UT played a large role in getting on the popular game show and ready to compete.

“Going through pharmaceutical school helped me with the science questions as did my elective classes,” Saelzler said.

While the 31-year-old Toledo resident placed third on her July 23rd appearance, her misspelling of Brigham Young University in the final round caused a stir on social media. Fans of the show wanted the answer to count, but “Jeopardy!”

“I actually thought I had spelled it correctly because that is the way I had always pronounced it,” Saelzler said. “Alex Trebek gave it to me, but the judges came in and overruled him. We had to reshoot that part of the show.

“It was still fun,” she said. “I know that it isn’t the first time that something like that has happened with a spelling mistake.”

Saelzler remembers watching the show with her parents in their Oregon home when she was a teenager. Sometimes they would go over to her grandparents’ house to watch it. She yelled out as many answers as the adults, if not more, she said.

In January 2013, she took the online Jeopardy test, which led to a live audition in Detroit in July that year.

“I took another written test, and then the contestant coordinator interviews you and pairs you up with people to have mock games,” Saelzler said. “I felt pretty confident, tempered by the fact that the contestant pool was a couple thousand and they only choose a couple hundred contestants per season.”

Saelzler didn’t think she had made the cut after the 18-month window for a decision had elapsed.

“But then they called me six weeks before they wanted me on the show,” she said. “I was so surprised because I had heard stories of people auditioning five times before they got on the show. I was preparing to audition again before they called me.”

Saelzler flew out to Los Angeles in April to tape. Contestants are required to pay for their flight and hotel, but it works out, she said, because the third-place contestant still takes home $1,000.

“It is kind of a surreal thing to be on the show,” she said. “It is one thing to watch it at home and say, ‘It would be neat to be on the show,’ but it is a whole other experience to be giving Alex Trebek your answers.”

UT Health doctor to address physician suicide [updated]

A series of studies have documented a noticeable decline in the mental and social health of American physicians.

Physicians suffer some of the highest rates of alcoholism, divorce, substance abuse and suicide of any profession, according to research.

Dr. Blair Grubb, director of electrophysiology services at The University of Toledo Medical Center and Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, will present a lecture on the topic Wednesday, July 29, at 1 p.m. in the Mulford Café on Health Science Campus.

Grubb’s free, public presentation, “Struggling in Silence: Preventing Physician Suicide and Promoting Wellness,” will focus on three topics:

• Understanding the scope of the physician wellness issue;

• Describing the causes of physician suicide; and

• Discussing ways to address the issue of suicide and promoting wellness.

Lake Erie Center to host one-day mini-camps in August

The University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center will hold one-day mini-camps Tuesday, Aug. 4, and Wednesday, Aug. 5, for incoming fourth- and fifth-graders.

web sci-camp-2015-RL-fullEach class will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon.

The science program is titled “Nature of Maumee Bay” and will feature laboratory exercises, art and outdoor activities focusing on DNA, the food chain, invasive species and more.

“We hope to foster interest in STEM fields, which are science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Rachel Lohner, education program manager at the Lake Erie Center. “This is a great opportunity for parents to get their kids to learn while having fun.”

Registration is $40 each and can be done online or by mail. Scholarships and sibling discounts are available. Class size is limited.

To register online or download a registration form, visit utoledo.edu/nsm/lec.

For more information, contact Lohner at rachel.lohner@utoledo.edu or 419.530.8364.

Community dialogue on urban revitalization set for July 29

When more than 30 local organizations come together this month for a dialogue, plans will be discussed to put Toledo on the fast track to greater success.

URBAN_revitalization_poster_webThe University of Toledo’s Peace Education Initiative, in partnership with a broad coalition of area organizations focusing on issues of peace, will host the Community Dialogue and Public Forum on Urban Revitalization Through the Lenses of Peace and Justice Wednesday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Frederick Douglass Community Association, 1001 Indiana Ave.

Lunch, coffee and snacks will be provided at the free, public event.

Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson is scheduled to give opening remarks.

The day will kick off with a facilitated dialogue — open to anyone in the Toledo community — where an analysis of problems and ideas for transforming the city’s urban issues will be discussed. Ranging from economic justice to peace education, ecological justice to social justice, a whole gambit of topics will be up for discussion.

“The particular organizations we’re partnering with have either a mission or perspective through which they approach their work in communities that incorporates peace and justice,” said Dr. Tony Jenkins, director of the UT Peace Education Initiative.

Some of the organizations at the event will offer workshops and information about their group’s work. For example, Toledo Botanical Garden’s Toledo GROWs project — a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to the continued growth and success of community-based gardens in the city of Toledo and throughout northwest Ohio — will offer demonstrations on their work with youth to develop environmental stewardship and healthy eating habits.

A panel of speakers, including both international guests and local leaders, also will be invited to the event in the afternoon. One such panel member will be Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder, president and executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning. The institute was established to provide teacher training to Afghan women, to support education for boys and girls, and to provide health education to women and children while under Taliban rule.

“We’ll be hearing stories from people at the international level, as well as our local community doing work in the [Frederick Douglass] neighborhood, which will create a bridge from the local to the global,” Jenkins said.

RSVPs for the forum are required and can be made at 419.530.2552 or info@i-i-p-e.org.

For more information, visit the event’s website here.

Modernist jeweler to feature colorful work at Art on the Mall

As Jane Lamanna settled into her chair, she adjusted her ivory crescent necklace, just one of many pieces she’s fashioned throughout her career.

Lamanna

Lamanna

The jeweler constructs a variety of colorful pieces, but her favorite ones to create are earrings.

“I do make a lot of earrings; I like to wear them,” she said, gesturing to a dangly pair on her own ears. “For me, it’s fun to make two of the same — pairs are always fun to make.

“I don’t make tons of bracelets probably because I don’t like to wear them,” she added with a laugh.

Inspired by midcentury modernist jewelers, much of Lamanna’s work features clean lines and shapes that relate well to the body.

“When I’m thinking of how to make my jewelry, I like it to be clean and comfortable to wear and colorful — that’s the other thing that really inspires me,” she said. “Some of my newer pieces that feature color resin are more fun for me because I’m mixing the color myself to get just the right one.”

But long before color mixing, Lamanna starts with a sketch where she formulates her idea and scales it to a size that she would want to wear. From there, she cuts sheet metal with a tiny saw blade and forms it to create the style she wants.

“There’s soldering, sawing, filing, sanding; lots and lots of cleanup so it looks snappy,” she said.

Lamanna blue earringsWorking with the metal is her favorite part of jewelry making, but mixing the colors to create resin is a close second. It takes her two days to tinker with the colors — blending and mixing the different hues to get just the right shade.

Sometimes while mixing, Lamanna creates a color she never intended to that works for the piece: “It’s a great surprise when that happens.”

She sells her jewelry at many art fairs and venues, including Art on the Mall, where she will be one of more than 100 exhibitors Sunday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on UT’s Centennial Mall. Her work also is featured at the Toledo Museum of Art’s gift shop.

A number of her wearable works will be featured at the free, juried event.

Lamanna necklace“I’m still in the process of creating pieces for [Art on the Mall],” she said. “There’s going to be tons of earrings and some new styles of necklaces and everything. There should be new colors and styles of resin. All sorts of new things — clean and colorful.”

For Lamanna, jewelry making is a family affair that started with her grandfather in the 1940s and 1950s. He owned a jewelry shop in Manhattan, where Lamanna’s grandmother and aunts helped string pearls, she recalled. Since then, there have been many family members who owned shops or created their own pieces.

While Lamanna never got the chance to work with her grandfather because he passed away while she was very young, she feels he lives through her today. Many of his tools were passed down to her, and she uses them for her own work.

“It’s funny, I have an old design book — kind of like a reference book — of his. A couple years ago I was flipping through that and found that he had made little sketches and notes. I felt like he was talking to me through that,” she said.

When she’s not creating or selling pieces of jewelry, Lamanna can be found teaching others how to make it at the Toledo Museum of Art. She teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced fabrication classes, which guides students through the process of cutting sheet metal and wire to building something — a job she finds highly rewarding.

“I just really, really love teaching.”

Ever since taking classes in college, Lamanna said she has known jewelry making is where she belongs.

Teens from all over learn leadership at Youth Nations

From Sunday, July 19, to Friday, July 24, a group of teens will take over The University of Toledo to learn leadership and gain a global perspective.

Youth Nations logo_final 4cThe teens are participating in the second annual Youth Nations 2015: Global Leadership Experience. The weeklong conference allows participants to have a real college experience, including staying in the residence halls and spending time with UT faculty and staff.

Students will spend the week learning about issues facing our world, including power and fuel sustainability, human trafficking, cyber security, and two new topics this year: public health and water. Then they will take their knowledge and work in teams to come up with solutions, with the winning team members receiving scholarships to UT.

“They learn and gain a global perspective,” said Paulette Anderson, UT enrollment specialist and Youth Nations coordinator. “A lot of the students last year were inspired by the fact that they could make a difference even though they’re only 17.”

In addition to the two new global topics, students will get to see what else UT has to offer. They will participate in experiential breakout sessions at the Lake Erie Center, the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center, the Center for Technological Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Neff Trading Floor and the Center for the Visual Arts.

Youth Nations also has a broader reach this year — only 42 percent of the students come from Ohio, and the rest come from all over the country and the world. Of the 140 students participating, 30 had to fly in, compared to only five last year.

“We’ve definitely grown in our reach and hope to continue that,” Anderson said. “We certainly hope with the two international students coming this year that we can keep intentionally reaching out to international students and getting them involved.”

Of the 108 students that participated last year, about half of them applied to UT and nearly one-fourth has signed up for classes in the fall.

Program aims to help students with disabilities prepare for workplace

A summer program at The University of Toledo kicked off last week geared toward students with disabilities as they transition into adulthood.

Each year the Career Exploration Program, in partnership with the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, offers a two-week camp that provides job and career experience to students with disabilities. This year’s program, hosting 12 students, started Monday, July 13, and will run weekdays through Friday, July 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

With the goal of helping secondary students become familiar with and practice skills needed to obtain a job, the camp offers vocational opportunities on and around UT’s Main Campus. Job sites include Schorling’s 5-Star Market, Ferdos Restaurant, Barnes & Noble University Bookstore, The Oasis, UT Facilities and Construction Grounds Services, UT Student Recreation Center, Phoenicia Cuisine, Carlson Library, Judith Herb College of Education, and Horton International House. While working, the students will perform numerous tasks, ranging from stocking and pricing clothing to preparing mailings to aiding in landscape work.

In addition to on-the-job skills, students have the opportunity to learn about employability skills — working as a team, decision making, problem solving, communication skills and budgeting.

“Research indicates that work experiences during high school years leads to better outcomes for students with disabilities whose goal is employment,” said Dr. Patricia Devlin, UT associate professor of early childhood, physical and special education, and director of the program. “This summer program helps individuals with disabilities explore options they may want to pursue.”

Participants also are mentored by graduate students from the College of Education who administer assessments and provide job-coaching support.

During the program, families are invited to a forum session offered in partnership with the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Opportunities for Ohioans With Disabilities. The forum educates families about the various adult support services available as their children transition out of the K-12 system, Devlin said.

“The two-week program provides secondary students with disabilities an opportunity to choose and experience a variety or work settings, and it offers parents and family participants with information on how their young adults can be successful in the transition from high school to adult life,” she said. “In addition, College of Education graduate students gain hands-on experience of best practices in transition providing a link between their classroom and practical knowledge.”

For more information, contact Devlin at patricia.devlin@utoledo.edu.

‘The Relevant University’ to air July 21

Tune in to “The Relevant University” Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. on AM 760 WJR.

Relevant U logo 2014This month, Mary-Bec Gwyn, UT associate vice president for branding and creative services, along with her co-host Judd Silverman, director of the Marathon Classic, talk with major partners who have an impact on the event.

In this month’s episode, they will speak with:

• Paul W. Smith, radio personality on 760 WJR;

• Craig Weigand, manager of advertising and credit card at Marathon Petroleum; and

• Nicole Hollingsworth, UT women’s golf coach, and UT golfers Sathika Ruenreong and Stephanie St- Jean.

The University of Toledo and Detroit’s WJR Radio produce the monthly, hour-long program that explores the critical role the University plays in the region.

Listen at utoledo.edu/therelevantuniversity.