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Finalists named for UT CFO position

Four finalists for the position of executive vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer will hold open forums in May to engage with The University of Toledo community.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to get to know the candidates at four open forums. Each will take place in Student Union Room 2582:

• Monday, May 2, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. — John Beaghan, vice president for finance and administration and treasurer to the Board of Trustees at Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.

• Monday, May 9, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. — Dr. Gregg Lassen, vice president for business affairs at the University of New Orleans.

• Tuesday, May 10, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. — Dr. David Ellis, associate vice president for budgeting and analysis at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

• Friday, May 13, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. — Dr. Cornelius Wooten, vice president for administration and finance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The executive vice president of finance and administration and CFO is responsible for the University’s overall financial leadership, strategic financial planning, and financial management. The role also oversees UT’s facilities and police and safety operations, the divisions of human resources and information technology, and other business services.

For more information about the CFO search and to see the candidates’ curriculum vitaes, visit utoledo.edu/depts/hr/cfo-search.

Budding conservation biologists go birding at Warbler Capital of the World

As songbirds begin to stop, rest and refuel along Lake Erie marshes before finishing the last leg of their spring migration to Canada, a class of environmental science students at The University of Toledo learned firsthand how researchers collect data and what the long-term patterns teach about climate change.

“I had zero experience with birding,” UT senior Alexa Seaman said. “I heard this area is called the Warbler Capital of the World. Now I know why.”

Black Swamp Bird Observatory Research Director Mark Shieldcastle showed an American goldfinch to UT students before it was banded.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory Research Director Mark Shieldcastle showed an American goldfinch to UT students before it was banded.

“This is a remarkable natural phenomenon,” said Dr. Hans Gottgens, UT professor of environmental sciences and editor-in-chief of Wetlands Ecology Management. “These songbirds are the size and weight of a pingpong ball. It’s fascinating they are so light and somehow manage to migrate from South America to Canada. They’re magnificent animals.”

A group of 17 students boarded a bus last week on Main Campus for a 40-minute drive to the Black Swamp Bird Observatory at Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area in Ottawa County, which is preparing for the Biggest Week in American Birding, May 6-15. Tens of thousands of avid birders across the world flock to the 10-day festival timed to coincide with the peak of spring songbird migration.

Kate Zimmerman, the education director for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, left, and UT student Jeanna Meisner released a banded American tree sparrow.

Kate Zimmerman, the education director for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, left, and UT student Jeanna Meisner released a banded American tree sparrow.

“The Black Swamp Bird Observatory has been monitoring songbird migration for nearly 25 years on the southwestern shoreline of Lake Erie,” Gottgens said. “There is little habitat left along the lake for these birds, so they all pile up in the same area for food and sleep.”

UT undergraduate students watched as conservation biologists at the observatory used mist-nets to carefully capture and care for the birds. Researchers demonstrated how to safely hold the birds, identify the species, and assess them for weight and condition.

“We were looking for the wing length, if it was male or female, and the amount of fat on the body,” Seaman said. “Before we released the birds, we also watched the banding process.”

According to Gottgens, researchers put a miniscule aluminum band around the leg of a bird to help track its travel.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory Education Director Kate Zimmerman spoke to students from Dr. Hans Gottgens' upper-level conservation biology course.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory Education Director Kate Zimmerman spoke to students from Dr. Hans Gottgens’ upper-level conservation biology course.

“Some of these bands are so tiny, you could hardly see them with the naked eye,” Gottgens said. “Birds banded in northwest Ohio have shown up in Columbia, South America, later in the year. Over time, you keep track of the status of the birds. Are they in danger of going extinct? Are they growing more abundant?”

The database on the conservation status of songbirds also provides information related to changes in the environment.

“By following the birds and relating it to climate conditions, you get an idea of how climate change affects bird migration,” Gottgens said. “Some birds might show up much later than they did 25 years ago partly because of change in the weather and climate conditions.”

Seaman had the opportunity to touch and release a warbler after a conservation biologist finished banding it.

“She placed the little bird on my hand, and the bird just flew away in a matter of seconds,” Seaman said. “It was an awesome, amazing experience.”

Spring plant sale through April 29 at Wolfe Hall

The University of Toledo Department of Environmental Sciences is holding its spring plant sale this week.

The fundraiser benefits the community gardens and student groups.

“We offer a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and native wildflower seeds,” said Jessica Sherman, PhD student researcher in UT’s Department of Environmental Sciences.

The sale is open from noon to 4 p.m. through Friday, April 29, at Wolfe Hall.

Organizers accept cash and credit card.

Plant Sale 2016

UT invites public to Stranahan Arboretum’s 50th anniversary celebration on Arbor Day

Arbor Day 2016 will mark 50 years since The University of Toledo’s Stranahan Arboretum opened to the public as a place of beauty, learning and inspiration.

A group of UT students will celebrate the golden anniversary by recreating the tree planting ceremony of five decades ago along with food and games Friday, April 29, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the 47-acre site at Sylvania Avenue and Corey Road.

arboretum springUT President Sharon L. Gaber will attend the tree planting ceremony that will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The free, public event on Arbor Day will feature guided tours and family activities, including potato sack races and Frisbee.

“As a senior project, our group called Team Treedom Arboretum wants to ignite the hope and inspiration that was present 50 years ago by involving both the community and the University,” Matthew Miller, UT student majoring in environmental studies, said. “We want to help make a difference by inspiring the next generation of tree planters with our love of nature and belief in preserving forests for the future.”

“The UT Stranahan Arboretum is not only an outdoor laboratory for ecology and geology classes, it is a place to nurture plants and engage our community in fascinating biodiversity,” Gaber said. “We want to use this milestone to kick off the next 50 years of our work to protect the environment here and across the broader region.”

The W.W. Knight family donated the land to UT in 1964 in memory of Robert Stranahan, founder of Champion Spark Plug Co.

The Stranahan Arboretum opened in 1966 and serves as one of the Department of Environmental Science’s field sites for education and research. It also hosts educational programs for local K-12 school students.

“Trees are amazing. They not only make our world beautiful, they clear our air and clean our water,” Dr. Daryl Dwyer, director of the arboretum, said. “The 50th anniversary of the Stranahan Arboretum should remind us to thank J. Sterling Morton, who with his wife organized the first Arbor Day in Nebraska in 1872 as a holiday that is a promise for the future made by planting trees that ‘grow and self-perpetuate themselves and shed yearly blessings’ on us all.”

Parking will be available at Camp Miakonda located at 5600 W. Sylvania Ave. A UT vehicle will shuttle visitors to Stranahan Arboretum. 

Service recognition and staff awards set for May 3

The Employee Service Recognition Program will be held Tuesday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

More than 800 employees will be recognized for their years of service at the University.

Business Hlogo 1c BlackFive employees also will receive the 2016 Outstanding Staff Award at the ceremony.

In addition, the Diane Hymore Exemplar of Excellence Award will be presented.

“Shining the spotlight on loyal employees who accomplish so much every day and who are committed to improvement and innovation is important,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Employees make the University what it is — a destination of choice for so many. We need to recognize staff members for their dedication.”

Gaber will speak at 3:15 p.m. to start the celebration. A reception will start about 4 p.m.

“It’s important to come together and commemorate these milestones,” Jovita Thomas-Williams, vice president and chief HR officer for human resources and talent development, said. “The University is a special place to work, and it’s nice to thank the employees who make it feel like home for so many — students, patients and their peers.”

Service Awards will be presented to eligible employees who achieved their milestone anniversary during the calendar year of 2015. Those who have worked at the University five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years will be recognized with service pins and awards during the ceremony.

Pacemaker Awards to honor local couple, outstanding UT business students

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation and the Business Engagement and Leadership Council will recognize both business and academic excellence during the 53rd annual Pacemaker Awards Friday, April 29, at the Inverness Country Club.

Kathleen Hanley

Kathleen Hanley

The 2016 recipients of the Business Pacemakers Award are Kathleen Hanley, recently retired from ProMedica, and Michael Hanley, recently retired from Ernst & Young. It is the first time in the history of the honor that the business Pacemaker Award will be presented to a married couple, as well as the first time the award has been presented to more than one person.

Mrs. Hanley retired from ProMedica in 2015 after 35 years of service. She served as chief integration and development officer, president of ProMedica Indemnity Corp., and ProMedica’s chief financial officer. Previous to her long career with ProMedica, she was a senior auditor with Ernst & Young. Mrs. Hanley graduated from the UT College of Business with a BBA in accounting in 1978 and an MBA in finance. She has held many leadership positions with a variety of community organizations, including membership on the UT Foundation Board and the UT College of Business and Innovation Business Advisory Council, and she was named the 2014 UT College of Business and Innovation Most Distinguished Alumna.

Michael Hanley

Michael Hanley

Mr. Hanley retired from Ernst & Young in 2014 after 37 years with the firm, where he served many companies in the automotive industry in both an assurance and advisory role. He was the firm’s global automotive leader, was a frequent speaker at automotive conferences around the globe, and led conferences or executive discussions covering global and regional automotive megatrends, urban mobility, and doing business in developing markets. Mr. Hanley graduated from UT in 1977, completed Ernst & Young’s Executive Program at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in 1996, and is a certified public accountant. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Shiloh Industries Inc., as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the MVP Foundation.

The Hanleys have two children and reside in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“Recipients of the Pacemaker Award over the past five decades read as a who’s who of current and legendary business leaders in the Toledo region, and both Kathleen and Michael Hanley certainly belong in that impressive roster,” said Dr. Gary Insch, dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation. “The Pacemaker Award is the College of Business and Innovation’s highest honor, recognizing individuals for outstanding achievement in business as well as contributions to the community and the University. Kathleen and Michael’s highly successful careers, outstanding leadership, and tremendous generosity to our community make each of them an ideal business professional to receive this year’s award, as well as to historically be the first dual Pacemaker honorees.”

Student Pacemaker Awards are presented to UT College of Business and Innovation graduate and undergraduate students for their outstanding academic achievement, University and community service, and leadership.

The 2016 student Pacemakers are: Applied Organizational Technology — Donna Provolish; Accounting — Gianfranco Rolando and Rodrick Perkins; Finance — Martha Krause and Patrick Northcraft; Information Operations Technology Management — David Headley and Madeline Jarrett; Management — Kayla Cepo and Karee Kunkel; Marketing/International Business — Stephanie Elkins and Megan Gaysunas; Master of Business Administration — Gretchen Buskirk; Master of Science in Accountancy — Rachel Headley; and Dean’s Recipient — Jacob Pawelczyk.

From robots to recycling, UT engineering students to debut senior projects to public

An algae cleanup robot, micro-housing, and Greenbox, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-funded food waste recycling system, are a few of the projects that will be on display at The University of Toledo’s College of Engineering senior design expo.

The public is invited to view the 62 student projects at the Undergraduate Research and Senior Design Engineering Project Exposition Friday, April 29, from noon to 3 p.m. in Nitschke Hall on UT’s Main Campus.

College of Engineering Logo“This expo showcases what our students have learned throughout their academic program here at UT through projects that address a certain societal need,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, dean of the College of Engineering. “This event gives them a chance to demonstrate their knowledge by applying it to real-world experiences in problem solving by working with local sponsors.

“In addition to showcasing their new skill sets, they also learn to have an entrepreneurial mindset, as many already have gone on to pursue commercialization of their projects,” he said. “The event is a great way for us to show the public the caliber of work we are doing here at the College of Engineering.”

The College of Engineering sponsors the event to spotlight design projects created by graduating seniors from the departments of Bioengineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Engineering Technology; and Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

As part of the required senior design capstone project, students create business-consulting units to develop a solution for a client’s technical or business challenge. Businesses, industries and federal agencies sponsor these projects.

For more information about the free, public exposition, call 419.530.8014 or email sandra.stewart@utoledo.edu.

‘Wearable Conditions’ event scheduled for April 28

There will be fashionable art and more at the “Wearable Conditions” exhibition Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion.  

The event will include lectures by Dr. Brian Kennedy, president, director an CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art, and Brian Carpenter, UT gallery director and lecturer in the Art Department.  

TemplateAnd there will be an original soundtrack featuring music played and created by Marc Folk, executive director of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo.  

Ten student wearable works of art will be exhibited in a fashion show.

The concept of wearable art was developed last year, according to Carpenter.

“Students select and research a disease, virus or disorder, and then conceptualize and create a wearable work of art inspired by it,” he said. “This allows for individual student works to join together and present as a cohesive body of work and ultimately a performance.  

“The act of conceptualizing an internal virus, disease or disorder by externalizing that focus into new forms reinforces student recognition of fundamental art-making processes. Art is essentially an internal concept manifested into an external object or performance.”

Students also benefit from the research experience.

“Through research, students are exposed to characteristics of a virus, disease or disorder they may never have considered,” Carpenter said. “This exposure brings about an awareness of not only the physical structure of these conditions, but also the treatments, policies, social constructs and politics that surround them as well.”

For more information on the free, public event, contact Carpenter at brian.carpenter@utoledo.edu.

Retired Rocket radio announcer to be honored by Toledo City Council April 26

Mark Beier, the longtime radio play-by-play voice of Toledo Rockets football and men’s basketball who announced his retirement in March, will be honored by the Toledo City Council Tuesday, April 26, at 4 p.m.

The council will present a resolution recognizing his contributions to UT in his 21 years as the “Voice of the Rockets.”

Beier

Beier

In addition to calling play-by-play for the Rockets, Beier also hosted the “UT Coach’s Show” for football and men’s basketball on the Rocket Radio Network since 1995. He also hosted “Rocket Replay,” a 30-minute coach’s highlight television show from 1995 to 2001. He is the voice of “The Rocket Insider,” a 90-second news vignette that runs on WTVG-TV, and has served as emcee for countless football, basketball and Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame banquets.

In 2014, Beier was honored by the Varsity ‘T’ Club with the Distinguished Service Award for his efforts on behalf of the Rockets.

Beier is perhaps best known for his trademark call, “Touchdown R-r-r-r-r-r-r-rockets!” He began his journey with UT in the 1995 football season, a year that saw star running back Wasean Tait power the Rockets to an 11-0-1 season and a victory in the Las Vegas Bowl. A year later, he also assumed the play-by-play role for men’s basketball.

Over the years, Beier called the action for 252 UT football games and 607 men’s basketball games.

UT offering free health coaching to breast cancer survivors

The University of Toledo Center for Health and Successful Living is inviting breast cancer survivors to sign up for free health coaching.

Enrollment in the six-month, personalized program will begin May 1 and end Nov. 30.

center for health and successful livingThe goal is to equip and empower survivors to take control of their nutrition, fitness and mental health in order to live longer, happier lives.

“Cancer survivors are a vulnerable population,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, health education professor and co-director of the Center for Health and Successful Living. “They are at risk for a recurrence of cancer, as well as the development of other metabolic and mental health disorders. One-on-one coaching will help improve their health and well-being.”

A portion of a more than $50,000 grant from Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio will fund the personalized health coaching at UT for 30 people. The coaches will serve as mentors and guide the survivors on their path to better health.

“This will help the survivors enjoy a better quality of life and reduce the chance of recurrence of cancer,” Thompson said. “Modifications like diet and exercise are recommended to ensure a disease-free survival. This kind of coaching has proven to be an effective model for prevention and sustaining a lifestyle change.”

To enroll, call the Center for Health and Successful Living at 419.530.5199.