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Register for teacher empowerment conference by end of April 17

The University of Toledo will host the first “Empowering Teachers, Empowering Learners: Active Learning and Technology” conference Wednesday, April 22.

The conference, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Union, is free and available to all university and high school faculty in the area. It is co-hosted by the University Teaching Center and Learning Ventures.

“We wanted to give the high school and university faculty a chance to learn together,” said Dr. Barbara Kopp Miller, UT associate provost for online education. “Those two groups don’t normally have an opportunity to have professional development together.”

Check-in will take place from 8 to 8:30 a.m. in Student Union Room 2582, followed by keynote speaker Matt Pellish, senior director of strategic research and education and a national meeting speaker with the Education Advisory Board. Two breakout sessions will follow, then lunch with keynote speaker Dr. Jon Landis, U.S. development executive with Apple Inc.

Following two additional breakout sessions, the group will go on a tour of the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center on Health Science Campus. Buses will be available to transport the group to and from each campus for the tour.

Eight different breakout sessions that discuss active learning in the classroom will be offered, and each will be led by university and high school faculty members. Each session discusses how active learning is being used within the classroom at UT and in surrounding high schools.

“Active learning increases student retention and performance,” said Dr. Constance Shriner, UT vice provost for academic program development. “There is a growing body of literature that suggests that when students are actively engaged with the content and with each other, they perform better.”

To register, click here by the end of Friday, April 17.

Parking will be available in Lot 13 and the west parking ramp.

Spotlight to shine on poetry set to music April 19

The University of Toledo Department of Music will present Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. in Doermann Theater.

CarminaThe name “Carmina Burana” refers to a large body of poems written in the Middle Ages as a form of rebellion against religion and social mores. Some poems mock the clergy, while others celebrate love and the return of spring, as well as drinking, gambling and other forms of mischief. The surviving manuscript contains more than 200 poems. Orff collected 24 of the poems and set them to music.

Taking the stage will be the University Concert Chorale and Community Chorus, and members of the Whiteford Agricultural High School Choir.

Soloists Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini (soprano), Ryan de Ryke (baritone) and Eric Smith (tenor) also will perform. Bernardini, UT assistant professor of music, is director of the UT Opera Ensemble; de Ryke appears often the Chamber Opera Chicago; and Smith is a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University where he is studying choral music.

For the show, the arrangement for piano and percussion will be used. The music will be performed on two pianos by Christina Montri, UT graduate student in piano performance, and Phil Clark, who earned his master’s degree in piano from the UT Department of Music.

Dr. Olman Piedra, UT assistant professor of music, and the UT Percussion Ensemble will accompany.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door for $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors 60 and older. Visit utoledo.tix.com or call 419.530.2375

Exhibit showcases talent of graduating students

Works by graduating students are on display in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery on the UT Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

See artwork by Veronica Bialecki, Matt Dangler, Khrystyne Dewey, Kayla Dopfer, Sarah Emch, Jared Geisman, Nate Perez and Courtney Stahl.

The free, public exhibit will be open through Sunday, May 10.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Toledo Sister Cities International Festival to come to Main Campus April 18

The Toledo Sister Cities International Festival will take place Saturday, April 18, from noon to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

Flyer.inddThis sixth annual event will feature nearly eight hours of international performances, including music, dance, karate, as well as ethnic food from area restaurants and cultural exhibits. More than 20 entertainment groups and 10 sister organizations will be represented.

A parade of nations will open the festival at 12:10 p.m. There will be crafts and souvenirs, vendors, raffles and a language corner.

The UT Center for International Studies and Programs is one of the co-presenters along with the Toledo Sister Cities International.

“This partnership with the International Festival reflects the center’s mission to facilitate cross-cultural interaction among students, faculty and staff that leads to better global understanding,” Dr. Sammy Spann, vice provost for international studies and programs, said. “We hope to see the UT community turn out for this event.”

The UT Foreign Languages Department also is involved, hosting language activities, where students and professors share their linguistic and cultural experiences with visitors.

In addition, Rocky and Rocksy will visit the festival from 4 to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $5 in advance. Admission at the door will be $7 and $5 for seniors 65 and older and students with ID. Parking will be free.

For more information on the collaborative event of Toledo Sister Cities International and The University of Toledo, click here, see Facebook at Toledo Sister Cities, or contact Eric Bergman, festival publicity chair, at 419.260.2553.

Parking garages to close for repairs in May

Restoration work is scheduled for the Main Campus east and west parking garages, which are slated to close from May to mid-August.

Construction is expected to start Monday, May 11, and run through Monday, Aug. 17.

The project will include concrete repairs to the floor systems as well as installation of sealants that will require that both ramps be closed during the project, according to Doug Collins, director of grounds and off-site facilities.

“The main scope of the work will be installing supplemental horizontal reinforcement,” Collins said. “Other repairs, such as floor patching and caulking replacement, will be done to address maintenance issues that arise due to the winter months.

“All of this work is part of our program to stabilize the structures and will continue intermittently this year and next year,” he said. “We thank everyone for their patience so we can take care of the structures.”

Minor repairs to both garages may continue into September, but will not impact opening the ramps for fall semester, which will begin Monday, Aug. 24.

In addition, Lot 2 by the east parking garage will close for resurfacing.

Ring sale April 15-16 on Health Science Campus

It’s time to ring in spring. Stop by the Satellites Auxiliary’s ring sale this week.

ringThe sale will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

Check out more than 2,000 rings. Valued at $24.99 each, the rings will be on sale for $18 or two for $35. Rings are plated with gold and rhodium and set with crystals and cubic zirconia.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

Proceeds will benefit the auxiliary’s patient programs.

The Satellites Auxiliary promotes education, research and service programs; provides support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conducts fundraising events; and offers volunteer services.

For more information on the spring sale, contact Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

Professor to be honored, new class to be inducted into Medical Mission Hall of Fame April 18

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Science’s Medical Mission Hall of Fame will induct its 13th class of honorees Saturday, April 18.

Dr. Alfredo Casino, Dr. Abali Chuku and Dr. Paul Williams will be honored during a program in Collier Building Room 1000B on UT’s Health Science Campus beginning at 7 p.m.

That evening, Dr. Clint Longenecker will receive the Lawrence V. Conway Distinguished Lifetime Service Award for his humanitarian work.



A native of the Philippines who now lives in Akron, “Poppy” Casino founded the American Foundation to Aid the Poor in 1986. The organization is designed to provide medical care to the needy in his native land, with a focus on the repair of cleft lips and palates, after he learned of double and triple the incidence in the Philippines and Asia compared to the Western world.

American Foundation to Aid the Poor also provides safe drinking water in many rural communities and supports Philippine-based surgeons so they can do post-operative follow-up and perform multi-stage procedures that can’t be done effectively on short-term mission trips.

A graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Casino was a surgeon for more than 30 years, first at Barberton Citizens Hospital in Barberton, Ohio, and then at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital in Wadsworth, Ohio.



An ophthalmologist based in Umuahia, Nigeria, Chuku turned the decaying 327-bed Federal Medical Centre — the former Queen Elizabeth Hospital — in Umuahia into a center of excellence for those in need despite an assassination attempt on his life as he fought a culture of corruption and graft.

Appointed chief medical director of the Federal Medical Centre in 2011 after serving for 15 years as head of ophthalmology at that institution, Chuku was shot later that year below the abdomen and in his left arm as he was going to his car that was parked at the hospital. At the time, he was in the process of revamping a hospital that had lost huge sums of money because of collusion and embezzlement despite receiving increased funding from the government. After a year of surgeries and physical recovery in England, Chuku has returned to the Federal Medical Centre and has transformed the facility into one that has modern surgical suites, state-of-the-art equipment and a well-trained staff.

He earned his medical degree at the University of Nigeria, Nsukku.



A veteran medical missionary who has been involved in more than 200 medical mission and disaster relief efforts in more than 100 countries, Williams founded HealthCare Ministries, the medical missions program of the Assemblies of God, and later the medical division of Operation Blessing and the International HealthCare Network.

Williams, of Pisgah Forest, N.C., has organized and led medical teams in response to a number of major world disasters. From refugee camps created as a result of the Rwandan Civil War, to cyclone-devastated Bangladesh, to hurricane-ravaged Nicaragua and Honduras, to tsunami devastation in Indonesia, Williams has led thousands of missionaries who have treated hundreds of thousands of patients.

He earned his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.



Longenecker is the Stranahan Professor of Leadership and Organizational Excellence in the UT College of Business and Innovation. Recognized by The Economist as one of the top 15 business educators in the world and the recipient of more than 20 outstanding teaching awards, Longenecker also is an active community servant, a committed member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, and an active Bible study leader and Christian speaker. The UT alumnus has spent extensive time working in Haiti managing missionary schools and hospital construction projects as well as disaster relief programs. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children, including Steven, who was adopted as the result of their missionary work.

Dr. Lawrence V. Conway, UT professor emeritus of finance, founded the Medical Mission Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to advancing the medical well-being of people around the world. In 2006, the Medical Mission Hall of Fame became affiliated with the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences. The hall of fame can be seen in the lobby of the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center.

RSVPs are requested for the free, public event: Call 419.530.2586 or 1.800.235.6766.

For more information, contact Dan Saevig, UT associate vice president of alumni relations, at 419.530.4008.

Stomp Fest to bring back step April 17

The National Pan-Hellenic Council will host “Stomp Fest 2015: Flashback Friday” April 17 at 7 p.m. in Savage Arena.

STOMP FEST 2015 UPDATE FLYER“I think it is a lost art on this campus,” Ryeon Wedley, a junior majoring in film and vice president of Phi Beta Sigma, said. “The last time there was a step show here at UT it was 2009. I think this is an opportunity for the teams competing to show the people around campus what stepping is all about.”

Step is a percussive dance that incorporates the entire body to create unique beats and movements through a mixture of stomps, claps and spoken word. In the late 1960s, historically black fraternities and sororities began embracing stepping on college campuses.

Wedley said that the event also will give African-American Greek letter organizations a chance to show potential members an exciting way to get involved.

“I think it will breathe new life into UT and the organizations competing,” Wedley said.

Five teams will compete for a $1,500 prize. In addition, there will be four exhibition step teams from the Toledo area showing off their skills.

Greg Smith, a UT student who passed away last semester, also will be honored at the event.

Pre-sale tickets for the event are available at Ask Rocky in the Student Union.

Tickets for Greek members are $7, general admission is $10, and VIP tickets are available for $15.

An additional $5 will be charged at the door if a person would like to upgrade to a VIP ticket.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact greeklife@utoledo.edu.

Walk/run to raise money, awareness about worldwide water concern

On average, one in nine people do not have access to clean water, and many that do have to walk several miles to get it — often times not knowing if the water is sanitary.

clean waterWith a goal of raising $15,000, Walk for Water Toledo is doing its part to increase awareness about the lack of clean drinking water worldwide.

The annual Walk for Water fundraiser will start on The University of Toledo’s Centennial Mall Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. Participants can begin checking in at 1 p.m. for the 5K run or walk.

In addition to promoting awareness of the global lack of access to clean water, the event raises money for Clean Water for the World, an organization working to build, ship, install and maintain water purification units for people without clean water around the world.

To simulate the experience of workwomen and children in developing countries and promote solidarity, participants in the event are encouraged to carry water jugs during the race. A water carry competition will take place during the walk where participants can carry as much water as possible however they choose as long as they don’t use backpacks or wheels. Jugs will be provided at the event.

Over the past two years, the Toledo campaign has raised enough money to buy 10 water units that have been placed in communities in El Salvador, Jamaica, Haiti, Guatemala and Uganda. These units bring more than 1 million gallons of clean water to these communities each year.

Participants can solicit donations through the registration website. Once registered, participants make an account that family, friends and community members can give to by clicking on the participant’s name and pressing the donate button.

Registration is $10 for students and $15 for adults and includes a Walk for Water button.

T-shirts can be purchased for $8.

Register and donate online at http://utole.do/walkforwater2015.

Volunteer to be honored for service to University

After years of dedication to making The University of Toledo a more beautiful place, landscape architect Dick Meyers will be honored for his work this week.

The University of Toledo Facilities and Grounds, Campus Beautification Committee and the President’s Commission on the River will host a dedication reception Friday, April 17, at 9:30 a.m. at the river outlook adjacent to Savage Arena to recognize Meyers and his service to UT. Refreshments will be served after the free, public event.

“I’m just doing the things I enjoy doing,” Meyers said.

As a co-founder of the Collaborative Inc., a Toledo-based design firm, Meyers has had a hand in more than 30 landscape design and planning projects on UT campuses. He cites his most notable achievement as Centennial Mall, which was a parking lot before he helped design the green space.

“The mall is one of the top three aesthetic things about The University of Toledo that attracts students, in my opinion,” said Dick Eastop, former chair of the Campus Beautification Committee, member of the Presidential Commission on the River, retired UT administrator and longtime friend of Meyers. “Look what Dick designed and how important it is to the University now and has been for years. Just think of the impact he has had on this University just from that.”

The mall was named one of the 100 most beautifully landscaped places in the country by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Meyers also did the planning for the landscape surrounding the Law Center, the site planning for the Student Recreation Center and the expansion of the Student Union, and many projects on Health Science Campus, including the original site and landscape design for the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center and the Bryant Academic Commons.

In addition to his professional work, Meyers has continued to serve the University for the past 10 years as a volunteer. He is one of the original members of the President’s Commission on the River, the organization that started the habitat restoration efforts for the 3,700 feet of the Ottawa River running through Main Campus.

Meyers also worked on the renovation project around Savage Arena and designed the first river outlook on campus, which is where a plaque will be placed in his honor. Meyers’s outlook design was adopted as the template for all other future river outlooks on campus.

“It’s exciting to see the growth here on campus and know that I was a small part of that,” Meyers said.

When asked why he was selected as an honoree, Meyer’s colleagues spoke highly of his expertise in his field and his humility.

“Dick Meyers provides a view from the outside that also brings a voice that we don’t readily have available to us on campus,” said Dr. Patrick Lawrence, professor and chair of the UT Department of Geography and Planning, and chair of the President’s Commission on the River. “When you’re a volunteer, you do it because you have interest and passion. He fits that profile.”

“He’s done so much for the community,” Eastop agreed. “He’s a giving, compassionate, caring, very humble person. Dick has a passion for helping people, and he lives that passion.”

When asked how he felt about being recognized, Meyers said he was shocked: “I get so much enjoyment out of doing what I’ve done, it just seems like I don’t need anymore. This is just the cherry on top of the icing.”

For more information about the dedication, contact Lawrence at patrick.lawrence@utoledo.edu.