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UT CommunityCare Clinic to host second annual golf tournament in July

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences’ CommunityCare Clinic will hold its second annual golf tournament Saturday, July 16, at 1:30 p.m. at Heather Downs Country Club, 3910 Heatherdowns Blvd.

The tournament is a fundraiser for the clinic, which is run by health science graduate students and medical students from UT.

CommunityCare Clinic golf flyer“The CommunityCare Clinic provides free care to underinsured or uninsured,” said Saloni Mathur, second-year medical student and director of public relations for the clinic. “One of the ways we can do that is by fundraising. Our golf tournament is one of our biggest fundraisers; we’re hoping to get as much exposure as possible and get as many people to donate or come and play.”

The CommunityCare Clinic works to provide basic medical care to the underserved populations in the Toledo community. In addition to routine wellness visits, the main clinic offers services such as occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, HIV testing and a women’s clinic. Students also work with psychiatrists and social workers to provide mental health services.

Last year’s event allowed for the addition of a physician-supervised traveling clinic, which stops around Toledo to provide basic health-care services closer to home.

Mathur said the main focus with the money raised during this year’s event will be keeping the weekly clinic running as usual, though opportunities to grow would be welcomed.

“We are always looking for expansion, and we like to get involved in other health-care organizations or events. We are putting on a health-care event for migrant workers who have come into the United States and still don’t have insurance or don’t yet have their citizenship. We have clinics we will be holding specifically for migrants, though all of our clinics are open and no questions asked.”

Mathur said the ability to work at the clinic is invaluable in terms of out-of-class experience. Especially with the traveling clinic, the opportunity to meet Toledo residents and take that classroom learning to the real world takes the education a step further.

“You get to meet people who live in Toledo, not just people you go to school with. We are all students; we want to learn. Sitting in class is one way to do that; this is a great way to get hands-on experience. For those students who haven’t yet completed their rotations, they can finally put what they’re learning in the class to practical use so, by the time they get to rotation, they’ve already given a physical, they’ve already been able to take a history. They’re 10 steps ahead of those who haven’t.”

Dinner will be served after the golf tournament concludes. Casual attire is recommended, as well as non-metal spikes.

The deadline to register for the tournament is Friday, July 8. Cost is $75 per person or $60 per person for students.

To register or to see sponsorship opportunities, go to http://utole.do/communitycareclinic.

For more information on the CommunityCare Clinic, go to utcommunitycare.org.

Incoming UT freshmen in multicultural scholars program to start classes

On Saturday, 32 incoming freshmen at The University of Toledo cut their summer vacation short to get a head start on college life.

Students accepted into the Multicultural Emerging Scholars Summer Bridge and Living Learning Community Program June 25 to participate in a two-day orientation. The program begins Monday, June 27, and runs through Friday, Aug. 5.

Business Hlogo 1c BlackThis is the second year of the six-week program that supports student success in their first year of college as they transition from high school. The goal is to get students acclimated to the academic, social and cultural life on campus in order to boost retention and graduation rates, as well as promote academic excellence and college readiness.

“90 percent of the incoming freshmen who took part in the pilot session of this program last summer are returning to UT as sophomores this fall. That is higher than the University’s overall retention rate,” Dr. Willie McKether, UT vice president for diversity and inclusion, said. “Plus, students from last year’s program are now leaders on campus. Five students will serve as peer mentors for this year’s program.”

Students take four courses together in the summer and earn eight credit hours toward their UT degree requirements. During the six-week summer program, each student will be enrolled in a series of classes, including Composition I, Cultural Anthropology, Learning to Serve and Math Camp.

“When the fall rolls around, these students will be ready to hit the ground running on the first day of the semester,” McKether said. “They will have already formed connections with fellow students who share similar academic goals and attitudes.”

The entering freshmen will receive an $8,000 scholarship to cover tuition, books, housing and meals for the six weeks of summer class. To continue their momentum in the Emerging Scholars Living Learning Community, they will continue to stay in the same residence hall for the 2016-17 academic year.

Students in the summer session also will take a variety of trips to help enhance their understanding and appreciation of their own culture and the Toledo community. Visits will include the Toledo Museum of Art, Cherry Street Mission, UT Lake Erie Center and Toledo City Council.

High school seniors explore pharmaceutical science careers at UT camp

The University of Toledo will host high school seniors interested in science careers at a new camp this month.

Students will explore current topics in science through hands-on lab exercises, faculty presentations and small group discussions during Shimadzu Pharmaceutical Sciences Summer Camp Monday and Tuesday, June 27 and 28, in the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center on UT’s Health Science Campus.

UT College of Pharmacy logoThe two-day camp will provide a hands-on learning opportunity for students to explore several pharmaceutical fields, including pharmacology, toxicology and cosmetic science. Attendees will work side by side with current UT pharmacy students and professors in laboratories using the latest technologies to gain more information about science careers and the college experience as a whole.

“These students are our next generation of scientists,” said Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, UT associate professor of medicinal and biological chemistry, and director of the Shimadzu Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Research Excellence. “We are pleased to provide this unique opportunity to young people as they explore occupations available in the STEMM fields.”

During the past decade, the demand for highly skilled workers in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) fields has risen sharply, and the U.S. Department of Commerce projects an employment growth of 17 percent in STEMM occupations through 2018.

The camp is sponsored by a multi-year grant from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments and supported by Amway. A global leader in analytical technologies, Shimadzu’s mission is to contribute to society through science and technology. In January, UT dedicated the new laboratory made possible with a $250,000 donation from Shimadzu that features a mass spectrometer that is capable of analyzing samples with a high degree of accuracy and unmatched speed.

Rocket football three-game ‘mini-plan’ on sale

The University of Toledo three-game “mini-plans” for the 2016 football season are on sale now. Mini-plans start at $81 and include a sideline seat for three games.

mini plan webFor the mini-plan, Rocket fans may choose one premium home contest on the 2016 schedule and any two other games. Sideline A seats are $93, while sideline B seats are $81.

Limited quantities are available for each game, and seat location is based on availability.

Mini-plan ticket holders may choose one premium game — either Fresno State (Sept. 17) or Bowling Green (Oct. 15). They also may choose any two games from the following: Maine (Sept. 10), Central Michigan (Oct. 22), Ohio (Oct. 27) and Ball State (Nov. 16).

To order, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go online at UTRockets.com, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Glacity Theatre Collective to perform original musical at Toronto Fringe Festival

The Glacity Theatre Collective has been selected to perform at the Toronto Fringe Festival June 29-July 10 and will present its original musical, “House of Vinyl,” written and composed by company members Dr. Edmund B. Lingan, UT associate professor and chair of theatre and film, and Timothy Lake.

Originally developed and performed in Toledo one year ago, this tightly wound, bubble-wrapped, 55-minute psychedelic musical was developed as part of Glacity Theatre Collective’s Junkbox Theatre project. The idea is to take unfinished scripts, loosely connected scenes, current obsessions, scribbled notes and musical compositions with or without lyrics that company members have from previous inspirations and mash them together to see what sticks. The ultimate goal is a completely new story that any audience can appreciate.

Tori Zajac and Nolan Thomaswick rehearsed a scene from the Glacity Theatre Collective’s musical, “House of Vinyl.”

Tori Zajac and Nolan Thomaswick rehearsed a scene from the Glacity Theatre Collective’s musical, “House of Vinyl.”

The musical has been reworked slightly since its original production and now features a smaller cast playing multiple roles.

In the Toronto Fringe Festival format, companies have exactly 15 minutes to set up for each performance and another 15 to strike afterward, so the technical elements were streamlined to fit the festival parameters.

Directed by Lake and based on a story that Lingan has written and re-written as a play, novel and screenplay, “House of Vinyl” focuses on Horton Stephen Wilder, who has an intense fear of open spaces, or agoraphobia. When Horton is forced out of his apartment and into the street because of a gas leak, he embarks on a strange and hallucinogenic journey involving lawyer-knights, psychic stingrays, a diaper fetishist, and yards and yards of vinyl. Will he ever make it back to his apartment and safety? Or will he be trapped in the “House of Vinyl” forever?

Nolan Thomaswick is returning in the role of Horton. Other returning cast members are Jennifer Nagy-Lake, Tori Zajac, Lingan, and Holly Monsos, UT associate dean of the College of Communication and the Arts. New to the cast are Dr. Gary Insch, dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation, and Lynnette Bates and Noah York.

The Lingan-Lake score is mostly guitar-driven and is played by Lingan and Insch, augmented with triggered samples. Andrés Medina is stage manager, costumes are designed by Bates, and lighting is designed by Cory Sprinkles.

To help offset the cost of housing a company of 11 for nearly two weeks in Toronto, the collective has started a Go Fund Me campaign. To learn more or to donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/Glacity.

Before leaving for Toronto, “House of Vinyl” will play two performances Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, at 8 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

All tickets are $20 online or at the door and include a reception afterward. To purchase tickets in
advance, go to http://glacity.tix.org.

After the weekend shows in Toledo, the company will travel to Toronto for seven performances at the Robert Gill Theatre during the festival.

To learn more about the Toronto Fringe Festival, click here.

Go to http://glacity.org for more information about the collective or “House of Vinyl.”

UT alum to launch new book

University of Toledo alumna Jasmine Shea Townsend will launch her new book, The Adventures and Shenanigans of Bastien Falco, on Friday, June 24, at 2 p.m. in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

The free, public event will include readings of selections from the book by Townsend.

book launch with author photoDescribed by Townsend as a comedic fantasy novel, the book follows the adventure of Prince Bastien and his manservant, Sandy, as they seek revenge for the murder of the prince’s bride-to-be on their wedding day. In the process, the prince and Sandy are kidnapped by a mysterious woman and her gang of bandits.

Townsend received her bachelor of arts degree in creative writing from UT in 2013 and her master of arts degree in literature in 2015 also from the University.

Previous works by Townsend have received Mill Magazine’s spring 2014 fiction award and a second-place award for a short story in 2015 from the Toledo Writers’ Workshop.

Refreshments will be served. Copies of the book will be available at the event for $10.

For more information, contact the Canaday Center at 419.530.2170.

Sexual dysfunction may reveal underlying medical condition

Erectile dysfunction is a problem more common than men are willing to admit. Although it can be an uncomfortable topic, men shouldn’t shy away from discussing sexual health concerns with their physician.

Men’s health issues such as erectile dysfunction, low testosterone or incontinence are not only a quality of life concern, but also can be linked to potentially serious health risks, including heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.



June is Men’s Health Month, and UT Health physicians say it is an excellent time for men to take inventory of how they are feeling and to take action if they are experiencing sexual health symptoms. It is important for a man to schedule an appointment with a urologist if he experiences any the following:

• Erectile dysfunction with or without a decrease in sexual desire;

• Urinary incontinence or difficulty urinating;

• A lump or mass in the testicles;

• An elevated PSA level or abnormal prostate exam;

• Infertility;

• Andropause (male menopause); or

• Peyronie’s disease (penile curvature).

“Oftentimes we initially see a patient because he is having difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection,” said Dr. Ajay Singla, UT Health vice chair of urology and director of the UT Men’s Health Clinic. “We may then find the patient has an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, vascular disease or obesity causing his symptoms.”

The diagnosis and management of these conditions can be challenging and in some instances could require a more collaborative approach to treatment.

The UT Men’s Health Clinic opened in 2015 to provide the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinic of its kind in the region. Since that time, the clinic has grown from three specialists to a team of seven health-care providers in urology, cardiology, endocrinology, physical therapy, family medicine and nutrition.

“This collaboration allows us to treat the patient as a whole and address all of his health issues during one appointment,” Singla said. “We are finding our patients appreciate the convenience of seeing multiple specialists at one time and are pleased with the customized medical plans we provide.”

To better consolidate services, the UT Men’s Health Clinic is moving Tuesday, June 28, to the Regency Medical Campus located at 1000 Regency Court. The clinic sees patients on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The medical team’s emphasis is on common conditions affecting the urological, sexual and reproductive health of men. Services offered include surgical and non-surgical therapies for benign enlargement of the prostate, andropause, infertility, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, permanent sterilization, varicocele, sexual dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease and incontinence.

To make an appointment for the clinic, call 419.383.4360.

Rockets to Sign Autographs at ‘Books for Buddies’ at Franklin Park Mall June 18

University of Toledo football players will appear at Franklin Park Mall Saturday, June 18, as part of the “Books for Buddies” program.

The Rockets will sign autographs and meet fans at the mall from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will take place near the Macy’s entrance.

UT Football Coach Jason Candle, center, signed an autograph for a fan last month as senior offensive lineman Storm Norton, left, and junior quarterback Logan Woodside watched at the first event of the Rocket Summer Liftoff Series.

UT Football Coach Jason Candle, center, signed an autograph for a fan last month as senior offensive lineman Storm Norton, left, and junior quarterback Logan Woodside watched at the first event of the Rocket Summer Liftoff Series.

Rocky the Rocket and Rocksy also will make an appearance.

In addition, fans may pick up free posters, schedule cards and ticket information at the event.

This is the second event in the Rocket Summer Liftoff Series. 

Other events will include:

• Thursday, July 21 — Girls Night Out: Football 101 with Jason and Nicole Candle from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Glass Bowl.

• Friday, Aug. 19 — Movie Night and Autographs with the Rockets in the Glass Bowl; time to be announced.

UT staff, students to participate in annual dragon boat races

Are you looking for a family friendly activity to do this weekend? Check out the 15th annual Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival hosted by Partners in Education Saturday, June 18, at International Park on the Maumee River.

The event will take place from 9:45 a.m. until 4 p.m.

dragon boat summer festival copy“The festival stresses the importance of summer learning for our nation’s youth in helping close the achievement gap and support healthy development in communities all across the country,” said Xinren Yu, international program coordinator for the Confucius Institute.

The festivities will include live entertainment, traditional Chinese performances, hands-on learning activities and dragon boat races.

UT’s Center for International Studies and Programs and the Confucius Institute are sponsoring two of the competing dragon boats: one for students and one for staff.

Competitors will take part in three races. The course begins in front of the restaurants at the Docks and will finish at International Park. Winners of the races will receive trophies.

To learn more about the festival, visit toledodragonboat.org.

Celebrate 10-year anniversary of UT-MCO merger June 16

The University of Toledo will mark the 10-year anniversary of the merger of UT and the Medical University of Ohio with a celebration Thursday, June 16.

The event will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Health Education Building Room 100 on Health Science Campus and will recognize the July 1, 2006, date when the two institutions became one and the decade since that has increased interprofessional education and research opportunities for UT students and faculty.

merger bandwUT President Sharon L. Gaber and Dr. Christopher Cooper, executive vice president of clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, will speak at the celebration. Chuck Lehnert, UT vice president of corporate relations, will serve as the emcee for the event that also will feature a video of UT and elected leaders reflecting on the merger.

The Medical College of Ohio was established in 1964 as the 100th medical school in the United States and welcomed its first class of students in 1969. The college grew to include schools of medicine, nursing, allied health, and a graduate school of biomedical sciences, and in 2005 became the Medical University of Ohio to reflect that.

One year later, the college merged with UT, which has served the Toledo community since it was established in 1872. UT has been a member of the state university system since 1967.

Separate for 40 years yet less than 4 miles apart, UT and MUO have accomplished great things during the past decade as a merged institution that is one of just 27 universities in the nation with its comprehensive breadth of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.