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Dean’s Club Symposium honors life of George Isaac, awards Mundt endowed professorship

The Dean’s Club Symposium of the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences celebrated George Isaac’s support of the college and awarded the first Adela and Alfred Mundt Endowed Professorship in Transplantation Cardiology.

Dr. Samer Khouri, left, posed for a photo with Alfred Mundt, local restaurateur and longtime MCO/UT benefactor. Khouri received the Adela and Alfred Mundt Endowed Professorship in Transplantation Cardiology.

Dr. Samer Khouri, left, posed for a photo with Alfred Mundt, local restaurateur and longtime MCO/UT benefactor. Khouri received the Adela and Alfred Mundt Endowed Professorship in Transplantation Cardiology.

The event, held Thursday in the George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, celebrated the work of the Dean’s Club that helps
 the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences and UT Medical Center meet its mission of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Gifts from members provide essential funds for scholarships, faculty research support
 and other innovative programs.

“We lost a true champion of the University’s mission earlier this year when George Isaac died,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, senior vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “During his 91 years on this earth, George was a generous and involved community leader.”

In a show of support for the 2006 merger between UT and the former Medical College of Ohio, Isaac donated $1 million for the new George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. A previous $1 million donation supported the Isaac Chair in Cancer Research, the George Isaac Scholarship in Occupational Therapy and the Isaac Presidential Scholarship.

His dedication to medical education in our community also included serving on the MCO Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1996, as chair from 1991 to 1996. Isaac also was a past member of the MUO Foundation Board of Trustees.

The Adela and Alfred Mundt Endowed Professorship in Transplantation Cardiology also was awarded to Dr. Samer Khouri, professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Khouri’s area of expertise is the diagnosis of diastolic heart failure and pulmonary hypertension, and the interaction between the kidney and the heart.

The Mundt family have been longtime supporters of the University. Alfred Mundt received his cardiovascular care from longtime MCO/UTMC cardiologist Dr. Thomas Walsh; this included a quadruple bypass surgery, treatment for arrhythmia problems and, eventually, a heart transplant following congestive heart failure.

To support the cardiology program, the Mundt family, who are local restaurateurs, in 2008 created the Mundt Cardiology Endowment Fund. The next “From the Heart” celebrity wait night in support of the fund will be Monday, Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m. at Loma Linda, 10400 Airport Highway in Swanton.

Other endowed faculty positions created by philanthropy that were recognized at the symposium were:

• Clair Martig Endowed Chair in Neurology;

• Edmund Vickroy Collins Endowed Professorship in the Department of Pediatrics;

• Frank D. Stranahan Endowed Chair for Oncological Research;

• Frederick W. Hiss Endowed Professorship in Diabetes Research;

• George Isaac Endowed Chair in Cancer Research;

• Helen and Harold McMaster Endowed Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;

• John M. Howard Endowed Professorship of Pancreatic Surgery;

• John T. Schaeufele Endowed Professorship in Pediatrics;

• Kenneth A. Kropp M.D. Endowed Professorship of Urology;

• Medical College of Ohio Alumni Endowed Chair in Surgery

• Mercy Health System Chair of Excellence in Education;

• Rita T. Sheely Endowed Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology;

• Robert A. Stranahan Chair in Microbiology and Immunology;

• S. Amjad Hussain M.D. Endowed Professorship in Cardiothoracic Surgery; and

• University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences Endowed Professorship in Nephrology.

Also at the event, the 2015 Ashel Bryan Distinguished Service Award was presented to Peter and Nanette Ryerson for their efforts to advance the health and well-being of the region. Peter Ryerson is the president of Ryerson Management Associates, a national health-care management consulting firm. He served as a board member of the Medical College of Ohio Foundation from 1994 to 2005 and is a member of the UTMC Advisory Council.

Employees, alumna, students recognized by University Women’s Commission

Four University employees and one UT graduate committed to her alma mater were honored last week for excellent service and dedication to the campus community at the 29th annual Outstanding Women’s Award ceremony.

Some 60 attended the University Women’s Commission program, which was held Thursday in the Savage Arena Joe Grogan Room. Dr. Penny Poplin Gosetti, dean of the UT Judith Herb College of Education, spoke at the event.

Winners of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award were, from left, Dr. Patricia Relue, Lt. Tressa Johnson, Dr. Celia Regimbal, Diana (Dee) Talmage and Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich.

Winners of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award were, from left, Dr. Patricia Relue, Lt. Tressa Johnson, Dr. Celia Regimbal, Diana (Dee) Talmage and Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich.

There were five recipients of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award:

• Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor of medicinal and biological chemistry and director of international pharmaceutical sciences graduate student recruitment and retention in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She joined the faculty in 2007. Her research interests focus on modified nucleic acids, biomarkers, DNA and RNA damage, photochemistry, mass spectrometry and ionizing radiation. She is a strong advocate for women in science.

“For the past three years, I have assisted Dr. Bryant-Friedrich and many other fabulous women planning WISDOM — Women in STEMM Day of Meetings. This is an event with the mission of getting more young women to consider studying the STEMM fields,” one nominator wrote. “Every year the Association of Women in Science brings more than 100 students from area high schools to campus for a day of experiments, lessons and fun. Dr. Bryant-Friedrich served as president of the association last year and played a key role in the success of the event.”

• Lt. Tressa Johnson of the UT Police Department. She joined the staff in 1998 and received a master’s degree in counseling from the University in 2004. Two years later, she became a licensed professional counselor in Ohio. Johnson started the Healthy Boundaries Program that promotes strong relationships among students, and she implemented the UT Police Department’s first domestic violence training program, providing resource materials for all officers.

“Lt. Johnson is a powerful resource for everyone on campus, especially for students involved with domestic and intimate partner violence situations,” a nominator wrote. “We had a student who was in a violent relationship, and Lt. Johnson helped us help our student. She went above and beyond to keep this student safe and helped me to understand the dynamics of domestic violence. She has so much grace and knowledge dealing with this complex and difficult topic. I am so glad she is a resource for our students.”

• Dr. Patricia A. Relue, professor of bioengineering and director of the undergraduate program in bioengineering in the College of Engineering. She joined the faculty in 1993. She received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from UT in 1988. Her research applies engineering first principles to solve problems involving biological systems. These include producing ethanol and multispectral imaging of skin for diagnosis of cancer.

“Dr. Relue serves as a role model for young female engineers, one that is often challenging to find. Despite having graduated last year, I still seek advice from Dr. Relue and value her opinion. Her personal connection sets her aside from most other teachers. To me, Dr. Relue garners great respect due to her intelligence, skills and personality. This cannot be said for most people, let alone engineers who often face many stigmas,” one nominator wrote. “I know that Dr. Relue has impacted more lives than just my own.”

• Diana (Dee) H. Talmage, UT Women and Philanthropy member, UT Foundation Board of Directors member emeritus, UT Alumni Association past president and community volunteer. She received a master of education degree from UT in 1965. For years, she has been involved with the Judith Herb College of Education and the UT Alumni Association. For that dedication, she received the Blue T Award in 1996. Her community involvement includes serving on the Owens Community College Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors, and she has been elected Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee Woman for Senate District 2 since 2002.

“Dee embraced the ‘stay-at-home mom’ and home manager roles, but did not allow that to define her. She also was passionate about giving back to the community and utilizing her abilities as a leader and organizer,” one nominator wrote. “She has opened doors for other women to follow her in many organizations and has been a mentor.”

• Dr. Celia Regimbal, associate professor of early childhood, physical and special education in the Judith Herb College of Education. She joined the UT faculty in 1986. She serves as chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Regulations and is the UT Faculty Athletic Representative for the NCAA.

Receiving $1,000 scholarships from the University Women’s Commission were, from left, Rachel Wagner, Tiffany Runion and Grisoranyel Yoselyn Barrios Rodriguez.

Receiving $1,000 scholarships from the University Women’s Commission were, from left, Rachel Wagner, Tiffany Runion and Grisoranyel Yoselyn Barrios Rodriguez.

“Dr. Regimbal always gets her students involved in their learning processes inside and outside of classrooms. An outstanding example of her leadership, from 2006 to 2011, she organized an alternative spring break experience that took students to Bay St. Louis, Miss., for Hurricane Katrina recovery work,” one nominator wrote. “She has encouraged community attention to the importance of physical education at all ages. She co-authored Ohio’s Physical Activity Plan 2008-2013. For more than 20 years, she has been involved with the Ohio Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and currently is president-elect of the Midwest Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.”

The University Women’s Commission also presented $1,000 scholarships to three students. Receiving awards based on academic achievement, support of women’s and gender issues, and campus and community involvement were Grisoranyel Yoselyn Barrios Rodriguez, a sophomore majoring in political science and social work; Tiffany Runion, a junior majoring in women’s and gender studies; and Rachel Wagner, a junior majoring in bioengineering.

UT Sailing Club ready for world competition in France

The University of Toledo Sailing Club is traveling to La Rochelle, France, to compete in the 47 EDHEC Sailing Cup from Friday, April 24, through Saturday, May 2.

Members of the UT Sailing Club posed for a photo after winning the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta.

Members of the UT Sailing Club posed for a photo after winning the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta.

The event is the biggest intercollegiate offshore regatta in the world. Last year, more than 180 schools and universities from 23 countries were represented in the competition.

During the week, the sailors compete on both in-port races and long-distance races to qualify for the final, which will take place Saturday, May 2.

To qualify for the global contest, the sailing team won the Paul Hoffman Perpetual Trophy at the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta last fall in Larchmont, N.Y. The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta is one of the largest collegiate sailing events held in the country and hosts an extensive lineup of university sailing programs.

UT will face some tough competition going against some of the best sailors from Georgetown University, Tufts University, the University of Chicago and other schools from around the world.

Andrew Logan, UT senior engineering student and team member, has high expectations for the club.

“We beat a lot of really good teams in New York, one of them was Georgetown and they competed in France last year,” Logan said. “We expect to do really well and finish somewhere in the top 20.”

Logan said preparing for the competition has been tough, adding the team has only been able to get out on the water a few times leading up to the event.

“We launched a boat a few weeks ago; a member’s family let us borrow their boat, and we have only been training the past couple weeks,” he said.

Logan and the UT sailing club would like to thank the Toledo sailing community for its efforts to help raise money for the trip.

“Without their support, we would not have been able to go, so we are incredibly thankful to the local sailors for their generosity,” he said.

For more information or to donate to the UT Sailing Club, email sailing@utoledo.edu.

Two UT fundraisers earn distinguished professional certification

Two fundraisers for The University of Toledo Foundation have earned the highest professional certification in their field from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Brett Loney and Barbara Tartaglia-Poure display their Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive medals.

Brett Loney and Barbara Tartaglia-Poure display their Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive medals.

Barbara Tartaglia-Poure and Brett Loney recently received the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive certification, a distinguished achievement available only to senior-level fundraisers who have worked in the profession for 10 years. They are among only 107 professionals in the world who have achieved this certification since the inception of the program in 1992.

“The ACFRE process is so much more than simply studying all of the experts in our profession,” Tartaglia-Poure, associate vice president of development, said. “It is a journey of self-exploration, one when successfully completed allows the seeker to find their own voice in our profession of fundraising and philanthropy. Perhaps this quote from Aristotle addresses it best: ‘Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.’”

“The ACFRE process has been about far more than simply the next step in certification,” Loney, director of corporate and foundation relations, said. “It has been a process of self-discovery and a chance to really immerse myself in the profession. I learned a lot more about some of the great authors and experts, but the process also helped crystallize my own philosophy of fundraising and my commitment to what we do every day as professionals.”

Tartaglia-Poure and Loney will be honored for their achievements during the Association of Fundraising Professionals Leadership Academy in October.

UT is the only organization in the nation with three individuals on staff with this distinguished credential. Vern Snyder, vice president for advancement, also is an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive.

Of the eight individuals in Ohio who hold the ACFRE, five are members of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Benjamin J. Imdieke, who attended his first year of law school at UT, and Kenneth Frisch, senior philanthropic services officer at the Toledo Community Foundation, also have the certification.

Prior to her current position at UT, Tartaglia-Poure served as associate vice president and principal gifts officer at the University of Cincinnati Foundation, principal gifts officer for the UT College of Business and Innovation, and executive director of Mom’s House of Toledo. She has a bachelor’s degree in individualized studies from Lourdes University and a master’s degree in liberal studies from UT.

Before joining UT, Loney was vice president for advancement at St. John’s Jesuit High School, director of development for Wright State University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, and director of development at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from Fordham University and a law degree from the College of William and Mary.

The ACFRE program is a rigorous certification process that includes a comprehensive application detailing achievements, a written examination that measures a candidate’s knowledge of fundraising and philanthropy, a portfolio representing their body of professional work, and an oral peer review.

For more information on the Association of Fundraising Professionals, visit afpnet.org.

University completes Title IX assessment

The University of Toledo recently completed an assessment of its Title IX policies, procedures, training and outreach in an effort to implement the best practices for preventing and addressing sexual assault and harassment.

In a letter to the campus community last week, UT Interim President Nagi Naganathan outlined the recommendations that resulted from that comprehensive review conducted with the assistance of Bisi Okubdejo of Ballard Spahr LLP from Philadelphia.

“The University of Toledo is deeply committed to preventing and addressing sexual assault and harassment, a commitment Ms. Okubdejo and her team from Ballard Spahr recognized following interviews with approximately 100 faculty members, students, staff and administrators,” the president wrote. “I want to thank those who took time to share your insights and contribute to this assessment. Our path forward is clearer thanks to your active engagement and support.”

The assessment’s recommendations include:

• Streamline and reduce the number of Title IX policies to ensure a clear process and a consistent message;

• Address staffing levels dedicated to Title IX, including the appointment of a designated Title IX coordinator and assigning three deputy coordinators;

• Provide increased clarity for the UT community regarding the process for handling Title IX complaints, including clear timelines and identifying which University personnel will assist at different points in the process;

• Conduct a retrospective review of the University’s response to Title IX matters during the past three years;

• Update electronic resources available on UT’s Title IX website and integrate the site with web pages of the Counseling Center, UT Police and Student Affairs;

• Develop an instrument to regularly assess the campus climate with regard to sexual harassment and sexual violence and encourage ongoing public dialogue on the topic among all constituency groups across campus; and

• Create and launch an awareness campaign on campus to educate the community on prevention as well as prohibited conduct and resources available to survivors.

Okubdejo noted that UT had already begun the work to improve processes and procedures to align with the recommendations, requirements and best practices from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

UT is moving forward with the appointment of a Title IX coordinator and is implementing the University’s own “It’s on us” campaign effective fall 2015 to create better awareness and remain vigilant in prevention efforts.

Okubdejo in her report identified the University’s strong commitment from senior leadership, employees and students to participating in ongoing enhancements to the Title IX process.

Naganathan thanked Okubdejo and her team for their assistance to help move UT into a leadership position when it comes to sexual assault prevention and response and to ensure the safety of students and employees.

“The conclusion of this review marks the beginning of a renewed and ongoing effort by this institution,” Naganathan said. “In the weeks and months ahead, we will be calling on the UT community to join us in the University’s steadfast effort to improve our prevention of sexual assault and our response to assist survivors. I want to thank all of you for your commitment to ensuring a safe learning and working environment for all members of the UT community.”

The full report is available here.

Project uses education, vaccination to prevent HPV infections

It’s a silent epidemic that adds another 14 million new cases every year, most of them in young people age 15 to 24. It increases the risk for several forms of cancer. It’s wholly avoidable; just three injections provide a lifetime of protection — yet fewer than half of college-age students are fully vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the world’s most common sexually transmitted infection.

Two faculty members in the College of Health Sciences, April Gardner and Natalie Walkup, are out to change the numbers. The two doctoral students, along with other doctoral and master’s students in the Health Education Program, are spearheading an educational effort on Main Campus aimed at making sure all students understand the risks of HPV and receive the three necessary injections of the vaccine Gardasil.

“Our goal is to reach every Main Campus student between the ages of 18 and 26,” Gardner said. “They represent a group of young adults nationwide who are unvaccinated or under-vaccinated. Many of them may not know whether they received the vaccine when they were children.”

“We want to raise the question so the students can ask either their parents or their family physician,” Walkup added. “And although 96 percent of insurance plans cover Gardasil, we want students to check on that as well, because they will be financially responsible for the vaccinations otherwise.”

If they find that they still need to be vaccinated and wish to do so, the students will be able to sign up online to receive the Gardasil at the Main Campus Medical Center.

Because the academic year is winding down, the co-investigators said, the program at this point is in its educational phase, with a website and online sign-up slated to be developed this summer and the main effort to begin fall semester.

Gardner and Walkup hope to ultimately publish the project’s results to encourage similar initiatives on other campuses nationwide.

The statistics associated with HPV warrant the push, the two said. Spread through all forms of sexual intercourse and through skin-to-skin contact, the infection can be prevented by the use of condoms — a reported habit in only half of sexually active college students.

The Gardasil vaccine protects nearly 100 percent from the long-term risks that come with HPV: genital warts and an increased chance of cervical, penile, vaginal, vulvar and oropharyngeal cancers.

Walkup said, “Statistically speaking, we have approximately 8,000 students on Main Campus who are under-vaccinated against HPV, and this age group is the highest risk of exposure. We have the opportunity to make a huge impact here on UT’s campus as well as nationwide.”

More information can be obtained by contacting april.gardner@utoledo.edu or natalie.walkup@utoledo.edu.

Law and Leadership Institute at College of Law receives $20,000 grant

The Law and Leadership Institute at The University of Toledo College of Law has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Toledo Community Foundation to enhance its upper level curriculum.

Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger of the Supreme Court of Ohio, a 1977 alumna of the UT College of Law, posed for a photo with students who graduated from the Law and Leadership Institute at the University.

Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger of the Supreme Court of Ohio, a 1977 alumna of the UT College of Law, posed for a photo with students who graduated from the Law and Leadership Institute at the University.

Supported by the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio’s nine law schools and others, the institute is a statewide initiative to help prepare students from underserved communities for post-secondary success through a four-year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking and writing skills.

The grant permits the expansion of the writing program during the last two years of the Law and Leadership Institute’s four-year high school program. Students now will receive instruction from experienced composition teachers, write an in-depth research paper, and respond to rigorous feedback on drafts.

“This grant will help further the goals of the Law and Leadership Institute to inspire and prepare students by strengthening their analytical and writing skills, which are critical for success in college and professional careers,” said Marilyn Preston, UT legal writing professor and director of the Law and Leadership Institute.

Those students who complete top-level research papers will receive a monetary award.

“The potential of the award will motivate those Law and Leadership Institute students who now leave the institute during the last two years to remain in the program through graduation,” Preston said. “It also will cause them to strive for excellence in their writing, which, in turn, will make them more likely to succeed in college.”

The Law and Leadership Institute began in 2009 with a single ninth-grade class; a new class has joined the program each following year. The program was piloted in Columbus and Cleveland in 2008, and has since grown to more than 400 high school students on eight law school campuses across the state.

Each of the four summers, beginning the summer after eighth grade, Law and Leadership Institute students take three to five weeks of classes or internships. They also return on some Saturdays during the academic year. Students compete in mock trials and public policy discussions, intern in law firms, visit colleges, and prepare for the ACT.

Toledo Community Foundation Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens in the area to enrich the quality of life for local individuals and families. In existence since 1973, the foundation has more than 670 funds with assets of approximately $219 million. The foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs.

Artwork on exhibit at UT thanks to Michigan entrepreneur; RSVP for April 28 reception

The fifth floor of Mulford Library at The University of Toledo is a bit brighter these days.

This work by Paul Collins is part of the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit.

This work by Paul Collins is part of the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit.

That’s because nearly every wall is covered with the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit, featuring artwork by Paul Collins. Pieces inspired by people from all over the world give a glimpse into the different cultures reflected in the University’s community.

“We embrace diversity here at UT, and this exhibit complements that philosophy,” said Marcie Ferguson, director of corporate relations, operations and initiatives, who organized the installation efforts for the collection.

To understand the exhibit, you first have to understand John Barfield and Paul Collins.

Barfield, the son of two field hands, was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., before moving to Washington, Pa., and later Ypsilanti, Mich. In 1947, he began working as a custodian for the University of Michigan, later cleaning newly constructed houses on the side for additional income.

After his side job became more lucrative than his full-time job, he quit his UM job and began the Barfield Cleaning Co. After several acquisitions and transitions, Barfield founded the Barfield Manufacturing Co., now called The Bartech Group, which he has since turned over to his son, Jon.

This sketch by Paul Collins also is featured in the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit.

This sketch by Paul Collins also is featured in the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit.

The staffing and human resources company based in Southfield, Mich., employs and manages the daily work assignments for more than 35,000 associates and more than $3 billion in contingent labor for major employers around the world.

“The life story of John Barfield is inspiring to all,” said Chuck Lehnert, UT vice president for corporate relations. “And he always remembers to keep the important things first and in order: faith, family and friends.”

In 1975 when Barfield was refurbishing one of his company’s offices, he commissioned Collins to create some art for the space.

Collins is a well-known artist from Grand Rapids, Mich., recognized for his portraits depicting all ages, races and cultures that define humanity. He is credited with more than 100 exhibitions around the world, including “Great Beautiful Black Women,” recognizing history makers such as Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks, and “America at Work,” showcasing the American worker’s contributions to the country and its success.

Collins’ mural of President Gerald R. Ford is on display in the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and he also created the Ford Museum commemorative poster for the opening of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

This painting by Paul Collins also is included in the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit.

This painting by Paul Collins also is included in the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit.

For Barfield’s offices, Collins was sent to Harlem and returned with 19 sketches that blew Barfield away — sketches that now are part of the collection he donated to UT.

It was the shared passion for showcasing culture and humanity that led to Barfield sponsoring Collins’ trip to Kenya and Tanzania to paint the Maasai people and preserve a dying culture. These paintings are some of the most vibrant pieces included in the collection in Mulford Library

Barfield collected many of Collins’ other works over the years, amassing a collection worth more than $230,000 that includes the works from Harlem and Africa, as well as pieces inspired by Japan and Native Americans in South Dakota.

Barfield donated his collection to the Charles H. Wright African American Museum in Detroit. When Barfield showed the collection to then UT President Lloyd Jacobs, whom he was introduced to by Dr. Nina McClelland, former dean of the UT College of Arts and Sciences, they discussed putting it on display at the University.

Juanita Moore, president and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American Museum, agreed to permanently loan the collection to UT.

A ribbon-cutting and reception for the collection on the fifth floor of the Mulford Library will take place Tuesday, April 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Barfield, Jacobs and Interim President Nagi Naganathan will offer remarks, and Collins will be in attendance.

During the reception, Barfield will sign copies of his autobiography, Starting From Scratch: The Humble Beginnings of a Two Billion Dollar Enterprise.

“I’m glad that we were able to keep this art intact, first by giving it to the museum and now by having it at the University,” Barfield said. “We’re very excited to see the unveiling of it.”

To attend, RSVP before Wednesday, April 22, to the Office of Special Events at 419.530.2200 or specialevents@utoledo.edu,/a>.

Three-peat for UT Pershing Rifles Troop

The motto: Make it work.

The UT Pershing Rifles Troop L-1 showed off the championship cup and trophies it won at the recent John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition.

The UT Pershing Rifles Troop L-1 showed off the championship cup and trophies it won at the recent John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition.

The Pershing Rifles Troop L-1 at The University of Toledo did just that when it participated in the 2015 John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition and won the championship cup for the third year in a row.

Last-minute substitutions, on-the-spot choreography, and impromptu planning were some of the obstacles the unit had to overcome.

“We are really dedicated; we put in a lot of time and effort practicing five to six times a week. We wanted to prove to ourselves and everyone that we were still the best, and that is what we did at the national competition,” said Michael Gonyea, a junior majoring in supply chain management.

The UT troop took first place in squad regulation, squad exhibition and duet exhibition drills, which are choreographed routines that showcase techniques and maneuvers.

UT also earned second place in color guard and platoon exhibition drills, where cadets perform a series of specific commands and are judged on each individual movement they make.

“It felt great to win because it showed all the hard work we put in and all the planning and organizing it took to achieve our goal,” said Alex Meier, a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering. “To know we were all in it for each other and did not want to let each other down was the most gratifying part of the experience for me.”

The National Society of Pershing Rifles promotes precision rifle drill as a means to develop leadership traits in students at nearly 200 college campuses across the country.

More than 400 college ROTC and high school JROTC cadets from the United States participated in the competition in March in Richmond, Va.

Reach Out and Read partners with Delta Dental to provide books to families

Delta Dental of Ohio is teaming up with Reach Out and Read to launch a yearlong pilot project in the state that will promote good oral health and reading together for children ages 6 months through 5 years during routine well-child visits to the doctor.

Dr. Mary Beth Wroblewski, assistant professor, assistant dean for student affairs, and pediatric clerkship director, gave a book to a young patient.

Dr. Mary Beth Wroblewski, assistant professor, assistant dean for student affairs, and pediatric clerkship director, gave a book to a young patient.

As part of the pilot, medical providers who participate in Reach Out and Read will integrate oral health information into their young patients’ routine visits. The program will impact approximately 7,000 Ohio children and their parents.

During checkups, each patient will receive a new, developmentally appropriate book, while their parents hear individually tailored guidance on how to use the book at home to both promote early literacy and establish good oral health habits. Parents will gain increased knowledge about how good brushing and reading habits are important for a child’s oral and overall health and well-being, as well as school success.

“The partnership between Reach Out and Read and Delta Dental will allow medical providers in Ohio to blend critical guidance of two very important routines in a young child’s day — oral health and reading aloud,” said Lori LeGendre, director for the local and state initiatives of Reach Out and Read and program logistics consultant for the Delta Dental collaboration. “Both are key factors in good school attendance and school success later in life.”

The oral health pilot project will take place at three host locations in Toledo, including UT Health Rocket Pediatrics.

Reach Out and Read of Northwest Ohio, coordinated by The University of Toledo Department of Pediatrics, is established in 22 medical offices in the region. The local program distributes more than 25,000 new books each year, and it seeks to partner with area programs and organizations to promote awareness of the importance of early literacy.

Reach Out and Read, a national evidence-based program focused on improving literacy, was founded in 1989. By 2001, dramatic growth brought the Reach Out and Read model to all 50 states. Today Reach Out and Read partners with more than 5,200 program sites and distributes 6.5 million books per year.

For more information about the local initiative, visit facebook.com/RORNWO or contact LeGendre at lori.legendre@utoledo.edu or 419.383.4007.