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Hands-on summer classes offered in environmental sciences

Three special courses are being offered this summer to teach students about the Toledo’s aquatic habitats.

lake erie center class cropStudents are invited to enroll in three different one-week courses this summer through the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center. Each course is comprised of two semester credits — one lecture credit and one lab credit — and features hands-on learning opportunities in the Toledo community.

Intro to Aquatic Ecology (EEES 2980) will be taught by Dr. Douglas Kane and will run from Monday, June 15, to Friday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The class will explore the ecology of inland waters, with a specific emphasis on the Maumee River watershed and the western basin of Lake Erie. It is open to undergraduate and advanced high school students and teachers.

Field Ecology and Behavior of Fishes, which offers two sections for undergraduate students (EEES 4980) and graduate students (EEES 6980), will be taught by Dr. David Jude starting Monday, July 6, through Friday, July 10, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This course will teach about fish habitats specifically in the Great Lakes emphasizing how humans have affected fish communities. Students will learn how fish are processed to provide useful data, how habitat affects distribution and abundance of species, how toxic substances affect fish, and the importance of understanding larval fish taxonomy.

Field Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians and Reptiles also has two sections, undergraduate (EEES 4980) and graduate (EEES 6980). It will be offered Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dr. Katy Klymus will teach the courses, which will serve as an introduction to herpetology — the study of reptiles and amphibians. Students will have the opportunity to study the basic taxonomy of these two groups, specifically native Ohio species.

To register, students should go to the myUT portal and click on the student tab.

For more information, visit utoledo.edu/nsm/lec or call 419.530.8364.

School record 7 Rockets to compete in NCAA region preliminary meet

A school record seven University of Toledo women’s track and field student-athletes will compete in the NCAA East Region Preliminary meet this week in Jacksonville, Fla.

The meet is hosted by North Florida and will take place Thursday through Saturday, May 28-30, and is the first phase on the road to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

web seven track and field athletesRepresenting the Rockets are senior Megan Wright (1,500-meter run), junior Liz Weiler (3,000-meter steeplechase), senior MacKenzie Chojnacky (3,000-meter steeplechase), senior Cara DeAngelis (5,000-meter run), junior Brooke Tullis (10,000-meter run), sophomore Cassie Vince (10,000-meter run) and senior Carly Molls (javelin). Chojnacky, Tullis and Wright each competed in the preliminary meet last year.

“Getting seven women into the NCAA meet is a great accomplishment,” Head Coach Linh Nguyen said. “We doubled the amount of distance runners from last year and added Carly in the javelin. If pole-vaulter Alexa [Jarrett] were healthy, we would have had two field event qualifiers.

“Obviously, these women all worked really hard to get to this point and will be excited to get down to Florida and try to advance to the finals. I couldn’t be any more proud of them for what they’ve accomplished so far this year,” Nguyen said. “At the same time, I know we have some people very capable of getting to the finals, so I’m looking forward to seeing them do so.”

Weiler and Tullis are Toledo’s highest-seeded competitors in the field. Weiler ranks 17th in the region in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:09.42, which she achieved at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays April 18 in Walnut, Calif. Tullis is 18th in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 34:21.19 registered at Mt. San Antonio College Relays as well.

A 20th-place finisher in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in last year’s NCAA Championships, Chojnacky is joining Weiler this week with a No. 31 ranking with a time of 10:16.98 notched at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays. Also ranking in the top 40 is Molls, who is 37th in the javelin with a throw of 46.19 at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays.

Sophomore Cassie Vince will join Tullis in the 10,000-meter race with a No. 46 seed following a third-place showing and a time of 35:00.00 at the Mid-American Conference Championship.

Senior Megan Wright will represent the Rockets in the 1,500-meter race; she qualified 47th with a time of 4:23.87 at Hillsdale College’s Gina Relays. Senior Cara DeAngelis is running in the 5,000-meter event, ranking 48th with a time of 16:28.79 at Hillsdale College’s GINA Relays.

The top 12 finishers in each individual event will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships that will take place Wednesday through Saturday, June 10-13, in Eugene, Ore.

May 30 event to feature visual displays of UT students’ work

Catch an early glimpse of a multidisciplinary video project The University of Toledo’s College of Communication and the Arts students have been working on over the past semester at the Toledo Botanical Garden’s one night only event.

garden-after-dark-2015subThe event titled “The Garden After Dark” will take place Saturday, May 30, from 7 to 11 p.m. and will feature visual displays, performances and refreshments from various community members and businesses.

“Nathan Mattimoe, a former art student, who is part of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo and works with the Toledo Botanical Garden, approached me and asked if we would be interested in working with the Toledo Botanical Garden on a projection-based event,” said Barry Whittaker, UT assistant professor of art.

Students’ works will be displayed through projection installations during the event.

“There will be two main sites, one mixed with work from film students and with animations from the Art Department, and another highlighting a multidisciplinary project that involves creating an educational pilot episode for WGTE,” Whittaker said.

The multidisciplinary project involves classes from the Communication, Theatre and Film, and Art departments and is still in development.

Tickets for the event are $15 and can be purchased here.

For more information, visit toledogarden.org/events/garden-after-dark-2015 or call the Toledo Botanical Garden special event line at 419.536.5588.

UT Health to host Heart-Palooza May 27

UT Health will host a Toledo Heart Walk pep rally Wednesday, May 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the mall area by Mulford Library.

UT Health employee and heart attack survivor Violet Townsend will be among the attendees. She will be available for media interviews.

“I will be celebrating my second chance,” the clerical specialist said. “It was scary having a heart attack. I went from not believing I had any heart issues to finding out that I had 70 percent blockage.”

The pep rally called Heart-Palooza is the precursor to the Greater Toledo Heart Walk, which will take place Saturday, May 30, at 8 a.m. at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.

UT employees, including Townsend, are participating with a goal of raising $40,000 for the University team. Dave Morlock, CEO of UT Health, is the chair of the 2015 Toledo Heart Walk.

“I challenged our employees to raise $40,000 for this worthy cause because we at UT Health understand more than anyone how crucial heart health is to a person’s quality of life,” Morlock said. “Millions of Americans live with heart disease, stroke or a cardiovascular condition. Money generated from this walk will help fund the valuable research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association.”

Games, food and education will be among the festivities at Heart-Palooza. Harvey J. Steele from K100 Country will broadcast live from the event, which is free and open to the public. Reel 2 Real Studio will provide music.

Participants can pick up their UT team T-shirts during Heart-Palooza. Those who want to sign up for the Heart Walk can do so at the event.

“This is a great time for UT employees to come together and get excited about the Greater Toledo Heart Walk,” said Andrea Jacobs, marketing coordinator for the Heart and Vascular Center at UT Health. “Even if you aren’t able to participate in the actual walk, you can donate on behalf of a person or you can just come and support our walkers.”

During Heart-Palooza, attendees can buy raffle tickets to win one of three prizes: an iPad, Fitbit or UT Health gift bag that contains branded merchandise and gift cards to Caffeini’s Coffee and the hospital gift shop. Tickets will be $1 for one; $5 for six; and $10 for an arm’s length of tickets. Proceeds from the raffle will go toward UT’s Health $40,000 fundraising goal.

For more information, go to heart.org/toledowalk.

heart walk poster

Med student adds ‘dad of 3′ to his degree

Christopher Johnson was unmarried and childless when he entered medical school in 2011.

That would change quickly.

Chris Johnson holds Madelyn, and his wife, Jillian, has Claire, left, and Sophia. Chris will receive the doctor of medicine degree Friday, May 29, and then study ophthalmology at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial for a year before serving his residency at Loyola University Hines VA Hospital in Chicago.

Chris Johnson holds Madelyn, and his wife, Jillian, has Claire, left, and Sophia. Chris will receive the doctor of medicine degree Friday, May 29, and then study ophthalmology at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial for a year before serving his residency at Loyola University Hines VA Hospital in Chicago.

In 2012, he married Jillian, his girlfriend of three years. Both wanted children and they thought, “Why not start right away?”

“I would say that it doesn’t get any easier as you go further in your training, so we thought we would get started,” said Chris, who is now 26. “We always wanted a good number of kids.”

But he didn’t expect they would have three children in 18 months.

Their oldest daughter, Claire, was born May 17, 2013, which was four weeks before his first set of boards.

“I was doing 12-hour study days,” he said. “The night my wife went into labor, I was studying until 10:30 p.m. and then went to bed. She, of course, went into labor at midnight.”

Their twins, Sophia and Madelyn, arrived Dec. 30, 2014. Before the twins were born, Jillian was put on bed rest while he was interviewing for an ophthalmology residency.

Jillian’s first thought was, “Oh no, what are we going to do?” The next thing that ran through her head was that these babies were “not allowed to be born” until he got home from his interviews.

“But with a little luck and a lot of prayer and extra helping hands, the twins waited another month to bless us with their presence,” Jillian, who works as a claim representative at State Farm Insurance, said. “We were so relieved that they waited until Chris was done with interviews so I had help at home while I recovered.”

Originally, the babies were going to attend his graduation from the College of Medicine and Life Sciences Friday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at Stranahan Theater.

“However, we decided the kids won’t attend the ceremony as I found out it is hours long. We don’t want to torture those around us,” Chris said.

Reactions to their growing family have been varied. Some people think they are crazy. Others ask, “How do you have time to do anything?” Some say, “What were you thinking?” And then the most prying question: “Was this planned?”

“Not 100 percent, definitely not the twin part, although twins do run on my wife’s side of the family,” Chris said.

The couple met during their undergraduate studies at Ohio State University. Chris is from Celina, Ohio, and Jillian is from Sagamore Hills, Ohio. For the most part, they share parenting duties, but Jillian knows how important it is for Chris to do well in school.

After Claire was born, he would hold his daughter while he was studying. She would spit up on his book, which was “the bible of studying for the test,” he said.

“That was a difficult time,” Chris said. “My wife would get up with her a lot so I could focus on studying. Then during rotations, I was getting up three or four times a night with the baby. I wanted to give my wife some sanity.”

Jillian said Claire was a terrible sleeper when she was an infant. For the first month, she got up at every feeding, which was just about every hour around the clock. Eventually, she put Chris in charge of diaper changing and burping.

“We make a really great team, and I could never do it without him,” she said.

When his wife was five months pregnant with the twins, he had to complete a monthlong rotation in ophthalmology in Cleveland.

He remembers saying, “‘My wife is pregnant with twins and home alone with our daughter. What am I thinking?’”

Luckily, the twins were born during his winter break, but he only had six days with them before getting back to work. He can’t remember much from that time. He wasn’t sleeping much, obviously.

“We were up a long time each night,” he said and laughed.

The next step for the family is moving to Indiana for his internship at Ball Memorial in Muncie. After that, he will complete his residency at Loyola in Chicago.

Chris decided to become an ophthalmologist after observing a cataract surgery.

“I love the combination of medicine and the eyes,” he said. “I will be able to make an impact in people’s lives. Seeing people being able to see again made me love it.”

His mentor, Dr. Gerald Zelenock, professor and chair in the Department of Surgery at UT Health, said Chris is a hard-working and dedicated young doctor.

“He is a very mature student who accomplished much in medical school, which is a challenge as a married student with children.”

By the time he is finished with his residency, Claire will be in school, while his twins will be heading to kindergarten. Jillian said his dedication to education is inspiring.

“Chris is a great example of hard work and dedication for our daughters,” she said. “He is very dedicated to doing well in school and, obviously, as shown by his accomplishments, his hard work has truly paid off, but this is not at the expense of his family. I have never seen a father who is so amazing with his children. I know that the kids have no doubt that they are No. 1 in his life.”

‘The Relevant University’ to air May 26

Tune in to “The Relevant University” Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. on AM 760 WJR.

Relevant U logo 2014International recruiting will be the topic of this month’s show.

Mary-Bec Gwyn, associate vice president for branding and creative services at The University of Toledo, will be joined by Mark Schroeder, UT director of international admissions, for the program.

Their guests will be:

• Lewis Cardenas, dean of international enrollment at Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, N.J.;

• Jennifer Brook, director of international student recruitment and marketing at Foothill and De Anza Community Colleges, Los Altos Hills, Calif.; and

• Lou Greenwald, director of university relations at KIC UnivAssist, which has offices in Summit, N.J., and Mumbai, India.

The University of Toledo and Detroit’s WJR Radio produce the monthly, hourlong program that explores the critical role higher education plays in our world.

Listen at utoledo.edu/therelevantuniversity, WJR 760 AM or wjr.com.

Department of Music to present summer workshops

The University of Toledo Department of Music is offering four music workshops in June and July.

The workshops that will be offered are:

• Janus Vocal Arts Festival — Thursday through Sunday, June 4-14

music campFaculty: Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini
Ages: 12 and older
Adult track — Thursday through Sunday, June 4-14
Study and performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”
Performance dates: Friday and Saturday, June 12-13, at 7:30 p.m.
Participant fee: $550

High school track — Monday through Sunday, June 8-14
Voice training, personal coaching, concert preparation
Concert date: Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
Participant fee: $200

Youth track — Wednesday through Sunday, June 10-14
Acting classes, voice lessons, music theater
Performance date: Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
Participant fee: $160

Register by Friday, May 29; payment is due first day of track.

To register and learn more, click here.

• Flute Camp — Monday through Friday, June 8-12

Tse watches flute playersFaculty: Joel Tse, principal flute with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and UT flute instructor, and Amy Heritage, flutist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Suzuki flute instructor
Ages: Elementary school through adult
Track 1 — Suzuki book 1 and 2 and beginning band (Heritage) — $150/week (mornings-only workshop)
Track 2 — Intermediate and advanced (Tse)
— $300/week (full day) or $65 per day if attending less than five days

Special guest Robert Johnson of Flute Specialists will present a flute repair and care workshop.

Additional workshops for all participants will be offered in yoga and breathing, and music and movement, and for younger students, flute crafts and stories.

A concert performed by all students will conclude the workshop Friday, June 12.

Register by Friday, June 5; payment due Monday, June 8.

To register and learn more, click here.

• 2015 UT Summer Jazz Institute — Sunday through Wednesday, June 14-20

SJIcomboFaculty: Jay Rinsen Weik, guitar; Norm Damschroder, assistant director, bass; Gunnar Mossblad, director, saxophone; Tad Weed, piano; Dr. Olman Piedra, percussion
Ages: 12 and older
Tracks: Vocal, instrumental, teacher-training, jazz appreciation

The UT Summer Jazz Institute is the place where all levels of jazz students can discover and achieve their jazz potential through the study of jazz in one of four exceptional programs: instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, teacher training and jazz appreciation. The teacher-training track is flexible to fit the participant’s time and needs. It provides enough contact hours for one to three hours of continuing education. Check with the school district for its continuing education policies and forms.

Register by Monday, June 1, or a $25 late fee will apply; payment due Friday, June 12.

To register and learn more, click here.

Summer Strings — July 14, 16, 21, 23, 26

Faculty: Cecilia Johnson, director
Ages: 18 and older
Track: Adult amateur musician

Summer Strings will meet twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. This strings workshop (violin, viola, cello and bass) is for the adult amateur musician who is looking for a fun music experience that will keep playing skills sharp over the summer plus provide an opportunity for concert performance. Participants are asked to attend at least two of the rehearsals and the final session Sunday, July 26, which will be the concert performance at 3 p.m.

Fees: $90 (all five sessions) or $25 per session for those who cannot attend all rehearsals

Register by Friday, July 10; payment due Friday, July 10.

To register or for more information, call the Music Department at 419.530.2448 or provide contact information — phone and/or email — and indicate instrument when mailing in payment.

Please note: Participants younger than 18 must complete and have a parent or guardian sign the permission/medical consent form.

For more information, go to the UT Department of Music Summer Workshops website here.

Fundraiser to benefit local charity, support pet education programs

A local organization working to provide proper care and training for pets, including the so-called bully breeds, will host a fundraiser to garner support for its mission.

petbullproject imageToledo’s PET Bull Project will a host a fundraiser at Twylite Thursdays — an event put on for local charities — Thursday, May 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pinnacle in Maumee.

The event, which costs $10 to get in, will include music from the Blind Dog Boogie Band, a cash bar, and a silent auction featuring Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Browns memorabilia, photography packages, and painted portrait of your pet. Half the proceeds will go toward Toledo’s PET Bull Project to help fund programs.

“Fundraiser’s like Twylite Thursdays are the only way we keep our doors open at the PET Bull Education Center,” said Cynthia Reinsel, founder and president of the organization. “This education center opened in January 2012 and is where we hold classes for young people to talk about pet safety, responsible pet ownership and animal cruelty. We are all volunteers, and the only way we continue to support our mission is through private donations and fundraising.”

The local nonprofit organization uses the model PET: Prevent animal cruelty and dog fighting, Educate on the importance to spay and neuter, and Train pets and people to be breed advocates. It offers a variety of classes and programs, ranging from dog training, safety education, and the Pawsitive Reading Program — an initiative used to teach kids confidence in reading through therapeutic interactions with dogs. Volunteers and trainers also work to have dogs adopted and with area veterinarians to prevent overpopulation of pets in shelters.

“I have poured my heart and soul into this project for four years now and believe in what we are doing 100 percent,” Reinsel, secretary 2 in the UT Department of Pediatrics, said. “I know we have made a difference in our community from the outcome measurements we have collected. I believe that if we are to change the amount of animal cruelty cases and irresponsible pet ownership problems in this country we have to start with our young people.”

For people who are unable to attend but would still like to donate to the project, contact Reinsel at director@toledospetbullproject.com.

For more information on the project, visit toledospetbullproject.com.

College of Medicine to host commencement May 29

Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, senior adviser to the Secretary for American Indians and Alaska Natives with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will address The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences graduates at a commencement ceremony Friday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at Stranahan Theater.



There are 236 candidates for degrees: 174 who will receive doctor of medicine degrees; 14 who will receive doctor of philosophy degrees; 10 who will receive master of biomedical science degrees; 29 who will receive master of public health degrees; two who will receive master of occupational health degrees; and seven who will receive graduate certificates.

Roubideaux will be presented an honorary degree.

“We are honored to have the accomplished and nationally recognized Dr. Roubideaux speak to our graduating class,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, senior vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “She has spent her illustrious career serving American Indians and Alaskan Natives. She is a compassionate physician, advocate and accomplished author on American Indian and Alaska Native health issues, research and policy. Her resumé could be used as a roadmap for what future physicians could accomplish in academic medicine and public health.”

Roubideaux is the senior adviser to the Secretary for American Indians and Alaska Natives within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Previously, she served as the director of Indian Health Service, where she administered a $4.6 billion nationwide health-care delivery program to provide preventative, curative and community health care to 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

She had always planned to be a physician and treat American Indian patients. However, as she began her career, Roubideaux said she noticed the health disparities and determined she needed to do more. She moved into academic medicine and research to define the problems and look for solutions.

Roubideaux intends to offer the UT Health graduates, in particular future physicians, a message of hope and compassion.

“I definitely want to congratulate them and wish them well on their journey, wherever it takes them,” she said. “I want to encourage them to always remember who they are serving. So much of medicine is moving to patient-centered care. It can be easy as a physician to forget what it is like to be a patient. I want them to always remember to be compassionate caregivers.”

Roubideaux earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency program in primary care internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She then received her master of public health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health while also completing the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University fellowship in minority health policy.

Her career has been long and varied. Roubideaux was a medical/clinical officer at two Indian Health Service hospitals in Arizona before serving as an assistant professor of family and community medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where she conducted research on the quality of diabetes care and directed programs to enhance American Indian and Alaska Native student enrollment in health and research professions.

She is the past president of the Association of American Indian Physicians and an active researcher on American Indian health policy and health issues with an emphasis on diabetes. She was the co-director of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians Competitive Grant Program on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.

Roubideaux’s honors include the 2008 Addison B. Scoville Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service from the American Diabetes Association, the Outstanding American Indian Faculty Award from the University of Arizona Native American Student Affairs, and the 2008 Physician Advocacy Merit Award from the Columbia University Institute on Medicine as a Profession, among others.

Register for regional orthopedic symposium

Friday, May 22, is the last day to register for the Northwest Ohio Regional Orthopedic Symposium, an insight into musculoskeletal treatments hosted by The University of Toledo Department of Orthopedics.

The conference will be held Friday, June 5, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Health Education Building Room 103 on UT’s Health Science Campus and will include lunch.

Topics to be covered will include injection techniques, radiology interpretation, fractures and dislocations, common sports injuries, arthritis and more.

Continuing medical education credit is available at the symposium, which costs $20.

To register or to see the symposium’s full agenda, visit uthealth.utoledo.edu/centers/ortho.

For more information, call 419.383.4020.