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UT pharmacy students host bowling tournament to support cancer patients

A pair of University of Toledo pharmacy students are on a roll when it comes to fighting cancer.

Jacob Garfield and Ryan Brown teamed up last year to create “Strike Out Cancer,” a bowling tournament to benefit UT Health’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center. Nearly 80 teams participated, raising more than $2,500.

Microsoft Word - 2nd Annual UT STRIKE OUT CANCER flyer (002).doc“We received so much positive feedback after last year’s event and had so much fun, we decided to do it again,” Brown said. “We have room for 360 bowlers and would love to fill all the spots. We are aiming to double our donation to the Dana Cancer Center this year.”

The second annual “UT Strike Out Cancer” bowling tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 28, from 9:30 p.m. to midnight at New Glass Bowl Lanes, 5133 Telegraph Road. The evening also will include a Halloween costume contest, door prizes, a raffle, music, concessions and a cash bar.

The tournament is a 9-Pin No Tap Dutch Doubles format.

“In this style of play, taking down nine pins equals a strike,” Garfield said. “Teams of two bowlers will play alternate shots throughout the game, with the only time one of the pair completes a frame alone is when scoring a strike.”

Teams will play three games with each game adding to the team’s final score. The top team in each division — all male teams, all female teams and co-ed teams — will win a cash prize, Garfield said.

Chris Kosinski, Dana Cancer Center clinic manager, said funds raised from the event support patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

“Patients received integrated supportive therapies, including therapeutic hand massages and guided imagery,” he said. “These techniques help patients manage the physical and emotional stress that cancer treatment can cause. They help to support the patient’s stamina and well-being, and we are grateful for the work Jacob and Ryan have done to raise funds for this type of care.”

Registration is $20 and includes three games and shoe and ball rental. Teams can register here before Tuesday, Oct. 25, or at the event.

Author to discuss campus racism at diversity dialogue Oct. 24

The latest installment to the Dialogues on Diversity and Inclusion series will take place Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

“Know Better/Do Better: Deeper Reasons Why Campus Racism Exists” will be presented by Lawrence C. Ross, author of The Divine Nine and Blackballed. This lecture will focus on why campus racism exists and how to overcome it.

Ross talkRoss’ lecture will cover the systemic racism that has been observed on college campuses for generations and has been ignored. Ross looks at it from four different viewpoints: policy, symbolism, overt racist acts and racial micro-aggressions.

“As you’ve seen over the past couple of years, there’s been more than 100 different campus racism protests, and it’s evident that colleges and universities aren’t prepared to handle it,” Ross said. “Colleges and universities are places where we educate our future leaders, and if they’re not fostering an environment that is racism-free, or creating an inclusive environment, what does that say for the future of American society?”

The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book-signing event.

Henderson Hill, assistant dean of multicultural student success, said the decision to spotlight this topic was influenced by questions and concerns about current racial tensions and issues around the country.

“I think that people should attend this discussion because it is an opportunity to have a program facilitated by a content expert who does work related to race, culture and inclusion,” Hill said.

Ross was chosen to speak after a group of students heard him at a national conference and felt that he would be a good fit for the series.

“Our students were impressed by Lawrence Ross, and we are extremely excited for him to visit the University and share his powerful point of view on why racism still exists on college campuses and how we can all work together to create an environment where all feel like they belong,” Dr. Willie McKether, UT vice president for diversity and inclusion.

McKether led UT’s effort to create a strategic plan for diversity and inclusion, which is available on the Office for Diversity and Inclusion website at utoledo.edu/diversity.

According to Ross’ website, his newest book, Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses, tackles the historical and contemporary issues surrounding campus racism.

“Racism isn’t about false equivalence, or ‘I just feels…’; campus racism has a real-life effect on the students who are the targets and those who do the targeting,” Ross said. “To get a comprehensive understanding of it, people should get out of their own myopic point of view and see how deep the problem is.”

Ross’ visit is sponsored by the offices of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Student Success, and Student Involvement and Leadership.

“It is really important for all students to come out to hear Lawrence Ross and other speakers like him,” Donovan Nichols, assistant dean for student involvement and leadership said. “It is an opportunity for students to dig deeper and gain more understanding about an issue that is extremely prevalent in our nation and on our campus.”

For more information on the free, public event, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Success at 419.530.2261.

Conference celebrates conclusion of NURTURES science education program

The University of Toledo will recognize the conclusion of a successful science education program with a conference to showcase how local educators incorporated high-quality science inquiry into their curriculum.

The NURTURES program, which stands for Networking Urban Resources with Teachers and University enRich Early Childhood Science, was a five-year, $10 million program funded by the National Science Foundation to engage teachers and parents in supporting a young child’s natural curiosity through interactive science lessons.

The NURTURES conference will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons in Perrysburg. It will feature presentations from local teachers and administrators who incorporated science inquiry and engineering in their classrooms and schools through the program.

Educators from Toledo Public Schools, the Catholic Diocese of Toledo and local charter schools will present topics that include:

• Overcoming common science misconceptions in the classroom;

• Developing discourse and critical thinking skills around science;

• Incorporating engineering design at the early childhood level;

• Integrating common core subjects with science; and

• Engaging with parents and community resources to promote science.

During the NURTURES program, 330 teachers of preschool through third grade and administrators participated in a total of 544 hours of professional development in the teaching of science inquiry and engineering design for early childhood classrooms.

Through NURTURES, teachers were exposed to high-quality science and engineering activities and worked to use them within their classrooms to increase student comprehension and academic achievement, said Dr. Charlene Czerniak, professor emeritus of science education and research professor in the UT College of Engineering. Data from standardized testing in Toledo Public Schools show an increase in reading, early literacy and math scores in students of teachers who have participated in NURTURES, she added.

“These findings are very significant and provide evidence that the teachers in Toledo Public Schools and area schools worked diligently to improve science teaching and learning,” Czerniak said.

Led by UT, the NURTURES program engaged a number of local partners for a community-based complementary learning model to support early learners. Those partners include Toledo Public Schools, Toledo Catholic Schools, Monroe County Schools, the former Apple Tree Nursery School, the East Toledo Family Center Day Care, UT Ritter Planetarium, Imagination Station, Toledo Zoo, Metroparks Toledo, Toledo Botanical Gardens, the former Lourdes University Nature Laboratory, Challenger Learning Center, YMCA, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and WGTE Public Media.

Students argue insider trading and hearsay exception questions at Fornoff Appellate Advocacy Competition

What is the scope of insider trading tippee liability? Can exculpatory testimony given in prior grand jury proceedings be admissible where the witness is unavailable for testimony in subsequent criminal proceedings?

Second- and third-year students will tackle these issues during The University of Toledo College of Law’s 45th Annual Charles W. Fornoff Appellate Advocacy Competition.

law logoThe final round of the competition will take place Thursday, Oct. 20, at noon in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

Daniel Carroll and Blake Padget will represent the United States (petitioner) in this year’s competition. Nancy Magginis and Mitchell Guc will represent Dana Dinofrio (respondent). Padget was the only competitor to go undefeated during the preliminary rounds, which earned him the honorary title of barrister in the competition.

The judges for this year’s final round will be Magistrate Judge Kathleen B. Burke from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Chief Judge Denise Page Hood from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and Judge James D. Jensen from the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals.

The Fornoff Appellate Advocacy Competition is organized each year by the UT College of Law’s Moot Court Board. Patrick Charest and Dylan Loga are the 2016 Fornoff co-chairs.

Professors Eric Chaffee and Bryan Lammon serve as Fornoff faculty advisors and helped prepare the finalists in the weeks between the tournament’s end and the final argument.

“For students, the Fornoff Competition is one of the premier events of the academic year,” Chaffee said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for competitors to learn about oral advocacy, and as a faculty member, I am very pleased to help support the competition.”

Named for former Dean Charles W. Fornoff, the competition honors Fornoff’s 31 years as a UT law professor and administrator between 1939 and 1970. During his time at the University, he continued law school operations in spite of World War II and encouraged women to pursue a legal education even when this was an unpopular stance. He generously gave his time to students and even personally aided students with financial need.

The purpose of the competition is to help students develop the skills needed to become excellent oral advocates as well as dedicated and proficient lawyers. Early rounds of the competition take place in spring semester, with additional and final rounds taking place early in fall semester.

Halloween carnival Oct. 22 to help support Diabetic Youth Services

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences Pediatrics Club will hold a Halloween carnival with Diabetic Youth Services Saturday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 4441 Monroe St., Toledo.

More than 3,000 children in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This event featuring food, games and performances will help call attention to their plight and raise awareness for Diabetic Youth Services, an independent nonprofit in Toledo.

halloween carnival hi-res“Diabetic Youth Services is a phenomenal organization with a plentiful collection of resources and fun, informative events to help serve its mission of teaching children to manage their diabetes,” Alex Calderone, president of the Pediatrics Club, said.

“The Halloween carnival allows the Pediatrics Club to give our medical student members an opportunity to work with children similar to those they’ll care for in the future,” he said. “More importantly, the event allows us all to give the diabetic children of Toledo a fun, safe and diabetes-conscious atmosphere to enjoy the usually sugar-heavy holiday.”

Calderone added, “As a club, we offer other opportunities for our students to explore the skills and experience needed to practice pediatrics later in their careers, but this event is about giving to the kids above all else.”

To RSVP and for more information regarding the event, click here.

For more information about Diabetic Youth Services, visit dys4kids.org.

To donate or offer support for the Halloween carnival or the UT Pediatrics Club, email alex.calderone@rockets.utoledo.edu.

Political Science Dept. hosting final presidential debate watch event for students

The University of Toledo Department of Political Science and Public Administration will hold a final presidential debate watch event with students Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 9 p.m. in Snyder Memorial Room 3066.

Political science students will watch the debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, engage in fact-checking, follow social media response, and participate in a discussion and evaluation.

“The debates are the last significant events that potentially move poll numbers unless there is a sudden major economic crisis or terror attack,” Dr. Sam Nelson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, said. “Debates are rarely game changers, but Trump is a different kind of candidate, so maybe they will have bigger effects than in the past. It’s important for students to participate in the process and see both candidates side by side answering questions about issues facing the country.”

Nationally recognized expert to speak at UT lymphedema seminar

The University of Toledo’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center will hold a free seminar to educate cancer patients about the latest lymphedema treatments available and provide advice for managing their symptoms.

“Lymphedema From Head to Toe” will take place Monday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel on Health Science Campus. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Dana Cancer Center. Valet parking is available, and refreshments will be provided.

lymphedema flyerDr. Suzie Ehmann, clinical coordinator of the edema management program at Carolinas HealthCare System, will be the keynote speaker. For more than a decade, Ehmann has dedicated her practice to the evaluation and comprehensive treatment of patients with lymphatic disorders and chronic non-healing wounds.

Lymphedema is painful swelling due to a buildup of lymphatic fluid. It is common in cancer survivors who have had lymph nodes removed or radiation therapy as a part of their treatment plan. This painful condition occurs primarily in the extremities, but also can occur in other areas of the body, such as the face and chest.

“We will review the lymphatic system and how to look for the symptoms of lymphedema,” Ehmann said. “Many patients don’t realize that occasional swelling can be the start of a much bigger problem. If we address lymphedema at this stage, it is much more treatable and improves the quality of life for patients.”

She added, “Often lymphedema is associated with breast cancer, but those who have head and neck cancers or melanoma can also experience lymphedema.”

While there is no one-size-fits all solution, Ehmann said a comprehensive treatment plan that includes skin care, massage, compression and exercise helps improve the quality of life of many lymphedema patients.

“This is a rare opportunity for patients and professionals alike to hear from one of the nation’s leading lymphedema experts,” said Renee Schick, event organizer and manager of UTMC’s Survivor Shop. “Anyone with a condition that can lead to chronic swelling and those who care for lymphedema patients will benefit from her presentation.”

Local therapists and lymphedema product manufacturers also will be on hand to share information with attendees.

“It is my goal to dispel the myths of lymphedema, highlight available treatments, and to connect patients with the network of organizations and care facilities available to them,” Ehmann said.

Due to limited seating and the expected popularity of this event, registration is required.

Call Renee’s Survivor Shop at 419.383.5342 or email eleanorndanacancercenter@utoledo.edu to RSVP.

Canaday Center exhibit looks at architecture of housing

What do the architectural styles of American middle-class homes say about the people who live in them?

The new exhibit of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, “House and Home: The Intersection of Domestic Architecture and Social History, 1870-1970,” attempts to answer that question by looking at the way the changing architecture of homes reflects the changing role of women and the evolution of families.

House and Home exhibit catalog coverThe exhibit includes examples of rare Victorian home pattern books from the late 19th century, catalogs of bungalow kit houses from the early 20th century, and plans for ranch-style homes built in post-war mid-century subdivisions, all from the center’s collections.

The free, public exhibit will open Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 3:30 p.m. with a talk by historian Dr. Amy Richter, associate professor of history at Clark University and author of At Home in Nineteenth-Century America: A Documentary History, published in 2015 by New York University Press.

“The Queen Anne style of house was a three-dimensional expression of the middle-class woman’s role in society during the Victorian era,” said Barbara Floyd, director of the Canaday Center.

The period was dominated by a “Cult of Domesticity,” where women were expected to live virtuous lives and to be worshipped for their role in raising children and caring for their husbands. To reflect this life, Victorian homes often looked more like churches than houses, Floyd, interim director of University Libraries, said. The houses were heavily embellished, both on the outside and on the inside. The houses had public parts such as the parlor where women could show off their taste and style, and private areas where servants did much of the manual labor needed to keep such large houses operating efficiently.

Owens-Corning Fiberglas sold many products used in suburban home construction; this included insulation that reduced the cost of heating and cooling.

Owens-Corning Fiberglas sold many products used in suburban home construction; this included insulation that reduced the cost of heating and cooling.

At the turn of the 20th century, this view of women — and the architecture of homes — changed dramatically. As the Progressive era advocated for women to assume new roles in society outside of the home, houses became much smaller, Floyd said.

“The popular home design of this era was the bungalow — a simple house with a living room that replaced the parlor. Smaller homes were necessary because servants were increasingly hard to find,” she said.

Many bungalow houses were sold as kits. Those who wanted to own their own home no longer had to employ an architect, but could actually build their own house.

Aladdin was one of the largest sellers of kit houses, including the Sunshine model.

Aladdin was one of the largest sellers of kit houses, including the Sunshine model.

“Even companies like Sears and Montgomery Ward sold kits to build bungalows during this time,” Floyd said.

The Canaday Center exhibit includes many examples of the catalogs that advertised these kit homes.

“These quaint houses, many of which sold for $2,000 to $3,000, made home ownership available to many more members of America’s middle class,” Floyd said.

These dwellings also emphasized efficiency in design and often included built-ins like bookcases and buffets. As electricity was brought into homes, they also included the latest in innovation, like washing machines and refrigerators.

The picture window became the most ubiquitous symbol of the post-war ranch-style house.

The picture window became the most ubiquitous symbol of the post-war ranch-style house.

After nearly two decades of depression and war in the 1930s and 1940s, Americans were desperate for housing, especially because of the post-war baby boom. To meet this demand, houses of the 1950s were constructed rapidly, often using prefabricated components, Floyd said. Beginning with the example of Levittown in New York, huge subdivisions of ranch houses that all looked alike were constructed in the suburbs. Women were encouraged in this new era to make their homes a place of happiness and comfort for their families.

Many new products were utilized in post-war housing, such as fiberglass insulation and large two-paned picture windows. New technology focused on improving efficiency in the kitchen through new appliances like dishwashers, and coal furnaces were replaced by forced air natural gas ones.

The exhibit includes many examples of the products made by Toledo companies that were used in post-war housing; these include Thermopane windows manufactured by Libbey-Owens-Ford Co. in Toledo, curtains made of Owens-Corning Fiberglas, and Libbey-Owens-Ford’s Vitrolite kitchens and bathrooms.

“It is amazing to see how much Toledo corporations impacted the homes we grew up in,” Floyd said.

A speakers’ series will feature three free, public lectures on various aspects of the connection between home design and social history. All events will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Canaday Center, which is located on the fifth floor of Carlson Library. Speakers will be:

Wednesday, Oct. 19 — Dr. Amy Richter, director of the Higgins School of Humanities, who will talk about why the home has become a rich subject of historical inquiry.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 — Dr. Douglas Forsyth, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Bowling Green State University. Forsyth, who has published numerous articles on early 20th century homes, will discuss the architecture of that period.

Nov. 16 — Dr. Katerina Ruedi Ray, professor and director of the School of Art at Bowling Green State University. Ray, a national expert on modern architecture, will talk about housing architecture of the mid-century post-war period.

The free, public exhibit will be on display through May 5.

A related exhibit, “Comfort and Convenience: Toledo Corporations and Post-War Housing Innovation,” will be on display in the art gallery area outside the Canaday Center. It will feature advertising for some of the now common products by Libbey-Owens-Ford, Owens-Illinois, and Owens Corning that shaped modern home construction.

For more information, contact Floyd at 419.530.2170.

Women’s basketball team to hold fundraiser Oct. 24

Toledo will hold its fifth annual Cake, Rattle & Roll Monday, Oct. 24, in Savage Arena. The musical squares fundraiser will be hosted by the Rockets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The cost is $45 per person, $85 per couple, and $10 per child age 12 and younger with all proceeds going to the UT women’s basketball program.

cake rattle and roll catchingsAttendees also can reserve a 10-person table for $500 or purchase the MVP package for $1,000 that includes a reserved table for 10 and an honorary coach package for two. The honorary coach package includes two loge seats at a home game, two pre-game meals with the team, access to shoot-around on game day, and pre-game talk in the locker room.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., followed by a short program featuring four-time Olympic gold medalist and current Indiana Fever player Tamika Catchings and the cake walks. Attendees will listen to live music by area band Nine Lives and eat food donated by local restaurants while vying for numerous prizes.

“I’m thrilled that we can bring one of the most decorated basketball players in the country to our arena for this special event,” three-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Tricia Cullop said. “Not only is she an incredible player, but she is a great person who will have a very inspired message.”

Voted by fans as one of the top 15 players in WNBA history, Catchings is a 10-time WNBA All-Star, a 12-time All-WNBA selection, and is famous for recording the first ever quintuple-double (25 points, 18 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals and 10 blocks in 1997) in league history.

For more information or to reserve a spot or table for the event, contact Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Lauren Flaum at 419.530.2363 or lauren.flaum2@utoledo.edu. The Rockets request RSVPs by Wednesday, Oct. 19.

UT employee hits the track for roller derby

“Roller derby provides women of all ages and body types with a strong, supportive community of other women who are dedicated to promoting female athleticism,” said Ulonda Sweeney, data systems coordinator in The University of Toledo’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and member of the Glass City All-Stars and Glass City Royal Panes.

The sport of roller derby has gained momentum in recent years and has been associated with female empowerment.

GunSmoke, a.k.a. Ulonda Sweeney, lined up with teammate Wendy Boughbreaks to block a Central Ohio Roller Derby jammer during a bout this summer.

GunSmoke, a.k.a. Ulonda Sweeney, lined up with teammate Wendy Boughbreaks to block a Central Ohio Roller Derby jammer during a bout this summer.

“Roller derby is an excellent confidence builder as it reinforces the fact that women are athletic, strong, aggressive and feminine all at the same time,” said Sweeney, who has worked at UT for almost 20 years.

Sweeney first attended a roller derby game, called a bout, in February 2014. She was 49 at the time and thought she was too old to play.

Later that year, Sweeney ran into a derby girl named Dirty Die Anna from the Glass City Rollers. “I said I always wanted to do it, but I was too old.”

Dirty Die Anna told her that there was a skater on their team in her 50s and invited Sweeney to an open skate.

GunSmoke, a.k.a. Ulonda Sweeney, is ready to roll as a jammer for the Glass City Rollers in a bout against Circle City Party Crashers last spring.

GunSmoke, a.k.a. Ulonda Sweeney, is ready to roll as a jammer for the Glass City Rollers in a bout against Circle City Party Crashers last spring.

Sweeney started fresh meat training for the Glass City Rollers in February 2015. Every new derby girl chooses an alias or derby name to go by on the track. Many skaters blend female names with aggressive qualities and some with pop culture references, such as Smashley Simpson and Rosa Sparks from the movie “Whip It.” Sweeney chose GunSmoke as her derby name.

“I got GunSmoke from my Gamma Phi Delta sorority big sister Melody Glover,” Sweeney said. “She chose that name for me because I’m a true cowgirl. So I thought it would be great to keep it as my roller derby name.”

In a roller derby bout, each team can only have five players on the track at once. One is the jammer, who scores points and is distinguished by a star helmet cover, called a star panty. The other four are blockers, who play both offense and defense.

Blockers try to help their jammer get through the pack, which is made up of blockers from each team, while also trying to stop the opposing jammer from getting through. The jammer gets one point for each skater on the other team she passes, after she gets through the pack once.

“I love the fact that as a jammer, you’re the person who gets to score points,” Sweeney said. “And as a blocker, it makes you feel good when you open a hole for your jammer.”

Sweeney plays both jammer and blocker for her team and has been awarded MVP jammer and MVP blocker in past bouts.

“I like the competition of roller derby,” Sweeney said. She added that the sport has helped her to get in better shape and increase her endurance.

“The best thing about roller derby is that young girls can see they don’t have to embrace the stereotypical beliefs about our bodies and ages to be a success,” Sweeney said. “The skills learned from roller derby transfers to a woman’s everyday life. It is empowering, unapologetic and uplifting.”

The Glass City Rollers have an upcoming doubleheader bout Saturday, Oct. 22, starting at 5 p.m. at Skyway Rec Center in Oregon. The Glass City All-Stars will take on Little Steel Lawless Rollers from Youngstown, Ohio, and the Glass City Royal Panes will compete against the Bone City Rollers from Warsaw, Ind.

For more information, visit glasscityrollers.com.