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All 16 UT varsity sports teams earn 3.0 GPA or higher for first time

For the first time in school history, all 16 University of Toledo varsity sports teams earned team grade point averages of 3.0 or higher, Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien announced today.

thumb-rocket-color-logoOverall, UT student-athletes earned a grade point average of 3.258 in spring semester, the second-highest department GPA in UT history, trailing only the 3.266 set in spring 2012.

It is also the 13th consecutive semester in which UT student-athletes earned a combined GPA of 3.1 or higher.

“We could not be more proud of what our student-athletes accomplished in the classroom this past semester,” O’Brien said. “For every team to earn at least a 3.0 grade point average says so much about the commitment to academics of our student-athletes. It also speaks of the great support provided by our coaches, athletic department academic staff and University faculty members who help them reach their goals.

“This is truly a great achievement for our student-athletes, one in which all of Rocket Nation can take great pride.”

Individually, 23 student-athletes earned President’s List honors with a perfect 4.0 GPA, while 35 percent (119 of 340) earned a spot on the Dean’s List by garnering at least a 3.50 GPA, and 70 percent (238 of 340) achieved a 3.0 grade point average or better for spring semester.

Women’s soccer had the highest team GPA at 3.640. Baseball had the highest GPA for a men’s team with 3.307.

Toledo 2015 Spring Semester Team GPAs (3.0+)
Overall Department GPA: 3.258

Women’s Soccer — 3.640
Women’s Basketball — 3.582
Women’s Swimming and Diving — 3.541
Women’s Golf — 3.498
Women’s Tennis — 3.488
Women’s Volleyball — 3.424
Softball — 3.317
Baseball — 3.307
Women’s Cross Country — 3.297
Men’s Golf — 3.282
Indoor/Outdoor Women’s Track — 3.194
Men’s Cross Country — 3.086
Men’s Tennis — 3.080
Men’s Basketball — 3.044
Football — 3.006

College of Medicine to host commencement May 29

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



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

Roubideaux will be presented an honorary degree.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trustees approve new contract with faculty union

The University of Toledo Board of Trustees approved May 11 a new contract with the UT chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

The collective bargaining agreements cover UT’s tenured and tenure-track faculty and lecturers and are effective retroactively to July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017, and thereafter effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

The union membership ratified the collective bargaining agreements May 5.

“Faculty are core to our mission in ensuring a high-quality university education to our students, and this contract is an important step forward for our university,” Interim President Nagi Naganathan said. “My sincere thanks to AAUP leadership and all faculty for their commitment to our students and to UT.”

The agreements, which cover about 600 faculty members, include a $2,000 increase to base pay in the first year and a 2.7 percent wage increase. A wage increase of 2 percent is included in each subsequent year covered by the contract.

Faculty members also will contribute 20 percent toward health-care costs as the University works to make premiums uniform across all collective bargaining units and employee groups.

UT Health physicians help with relief efforts in Nepal

A physician and two medical residents with UT Health are in Nepal helping with earthquake relief efforts.

Dr. Kris Brickman examined a woman in Nepal. He and two UT residents went to the country following the first earthquake to provide medical assistance.

Dr. Kris Brickman examined a woman in Nepal. He and two UT residents went to the country following the first earthquake to provide medical assistance.

Dr. Kris Brickman, professor and chair of the Emergency Medicine Department at The University of Toledo Medical Center, and two of his senior emergency residents, Brandon Stransky and Scott Hackman, arrived May 6, less than two weeks after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook the country April 25. They were in Nepal when another earthquake hit May 12.

The UTMC physicians are teamed up with the local Special Commission on Relief & Education of the Filipino Association of Toledo, known as SCORES. The health-care team in Nepal also includes two orthopedic surgeons, a general surgeon, an anesthesiologist, a pharmacist and several mission nurses, among others.

“We plan to go to a village around three to four hours outside of Kathmandu that has received limited medical attention,” Brickman said in an email from Nepal. “After that, plans are still up in the air. We have no idea where we are staying, but are prepared to sleep in tents that we brought to Nepal.”

Brickman said the team plans to go where the need is greatest. It has the supplies and equipment to be self-sustainable, so the team can set up a mobile clinic and procedure tent anywhere.

“We expect to see a variety of problems from traumatic skeletal injuries, head injuries and complications to existing medical problems,” Brickman said. “Most meds and supplies are for traumatic injuries and possible surgical procedures, but we have a supply of medication to manage a wide variety of acute problems.”

The mission was funded in part with donations from SCORES, UT, The Blade and a private philanthropy.

This is one of several medical missions Brickman has done primarily to Haiti as well as a disaster mission to the Philippines after the typhoon.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Brickman said. “As emergency physicians, we need to be engaged or lead these efforts to respond when the infrastructure of a country is overwhelmed in trying to manage a crisis like this.”

College of Medicine academic affiliation website established

As part of an effort to keep the University community up-to-date on the academic affiliation between the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and ProMedica, the college has established an informational website here.

The site includes direct outreach from Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and senior vice president for clinical affairs. It also includes videos of some of the town hall meetings that took place this week for faculty, residents, students and UTMC employees.

Finally, the site contains a list of frequently asked questions, which will be updated as new information is available, and a comment section to submit questions to college and UTMC leaders.

Two accounting students among first inducted into new international honor society

This year the Institute of Management Accountants, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, established its new Accounting Honor Society, designed to support and acknowledge high-performing accounting students attending accredited colleges or universities around the globe.

Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, professor and chair of the Accounting Department, presented an honor society certificate to Rachel Fitzpatrick.

Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, professor and chair of the Accounting Department, presented an honor society certificate to Rachel Fitzpatrick.

Among the first students inducted into the honor society were Rachel Fitzpatrick and Zachary Zavela of The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation.

“I was quite surprised when I first learned that I was nominated for membership in the honor society,” Fitzpatrick said. “I felt honored that Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby (professor and chair of the Accounting Department) chose to nominate me out of many accounting students in the College of Business and Innovation. I have made many sacrifices and put in a lot of hard work to excel in my accounting courses, and I am very grateful to be honored for my achievements.”

Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, professor and chair of the Accounting Department, presented an honor society certificate to Zachary Zavela.

Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, professor and chair of the Accounting Department, presented an honor society certificate to Zachary Zavela.

“I was surprised to have been nominated by Dr. HassabElnaby to join the honor society,” Zavela said, “especially since I did not apply to join. This recognition shows my academic achievements in my undergraduate studies. Because my professional goal is to become either a CFO of a company or make partner at a firm, I believe that this honor will help in achieving that goal.”

He added, “I choose to study accounting because my grandmother is an accountant. When I heard her talk about her work, it seemed very interesting to me.”

Fitzpatrick also sees the benefit of the honor. “My short term goals include earning my CPA certification and gaining some public accounting experience. Afterwards, I would like to pursue a career in health-care financial management. As I transition out of public accounting, the Institute of Management Accountants Honor Society will help me to network and discover career opportunities in the area of management accounting. I can also benefit from the Institute of Management Accountants Honor Society through earning the [certified management accountant] certification, which will set me up for success in management accounting.”

She added, “I chose to study accounting because it is the ‘language of business.’ Accounting knowledge allows you to understand all aspects of business performance and provides valuable information to corporate decision-makers. The field of accounting has a variety of different career paths, and the job demand is always high.”

Fitzpatrick said, “It is an honor to be recognized, and I am thankful for the quality education I have received from the College of Business and Innovation and the Accounting Department here at The University of Toledo.”

The honor society is open to junior and senior students majoring or minoring in accounting, finance or IT with a 3.0 or higher grade point average overall and in accounting. In addition, students must be nominated by a professor or provide proof of meeting eligibility requirements in order to be accepted into the Institute of Management Accountants Honor Society.

The Institute of Management Accountants is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. It has a global network of more than 70,000 members in 140 countries and 300 professional and student chapters.

Golfer to compete at NCAA Regional in Indiana

Senior Chris Selfridge is one of five individuals selected to participate in an NCAA regional hosted by Mid-American Conference member Ball State.



The field of 14 teams and five individuals will play in the regional Thursday through Saturday, May 14-16, at the Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind. The Sagamore Club is a par-72, 7,173-yard Jack Nicklaus design that previously served as the host for the 2010 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf NCAA Championships.

The top individual seed at the Noblesville Regional, Selfridge will compete in an NCAA event for the second time in the last three years. He concluded the 2012-13 season by tying for 25th place at the 2013 NCAA Columbus Regional at nine-over par 222 (77-71-74) in the 54-hole event.

The 2014-15 Mid-American Conference Men’s Golfer of the Year enters the event following a fourth-place tie at the recent MAC Championships. He carded a one-over par 289 to help the Rockets to a second-place showing, marking the third-straight year the Midnight Blue and Gold posted a top-three finish in the conference.

He also earned first-team All-MAC honors for the third-consecutive season and closed out the year with four straight top-six finishes. He leads the MAC with a career-best 72.4 stroke average and is ranked No. 98 in the World Amateur Golf rankings.

Selfridge will be one of two individuals representing the MAC in the NCAA regional, joined by the MAC Championships medalist Johnny Watts from host Ball State.

Fans can follow live scoring every three holes for the event through GolfStat.

The Sagamore Club is one of six regional sites across the country along with the University of North Carolina Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill (host North Carolina), the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (host San Diego), the Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas (host Texas Tech), Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. (host Washington), and the Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn. (host Yale).

The top five teams from each regional, along with the top individual not associated with one of those teams, will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be played May 29-June 3 at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.

Golfer wins Horton Smith Invitational

Junior Otto Black won the Horton Smith Invitational over the weekend at the Detroit Golf Club (par-68, 5,967 yards).



Black shot two-under par 269 (68-66-72-63) over the four rounds to claim a six-shot victory over runner-ups Tom Werkmeister (72-67-73-63) and John Quigley (78-63-70-64).

The 2014-15 first-team All-Mid-American Conference honoree was at his best in Saturday’s final round, firing a five-under par 63 to capture medalist honors in a field of 34 players.

This past spring, Black ranked fourth in the MAC and second on the team with a 73.6 stroke average in 10 tournaments. He shot par or better on 10 occasions during the year, the second highest total on the squad.

UT College of Medicine plans for academic affiliation with ProMedica [updated]

The University of Toledo announced Monday plans to pursue an academic affiliation between its College of Medicine and Life Sciences and ProMedica, as the UT Board of Trustees approved a resolution asking the administration to sign a letter of intent to begin negotiations on a long-term deal with the Toledo-based health system.

“This is a transformational day for UT medical and health science students, faculty at UT, physicians at ProMedica, and the long-term health of the community,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “This affiliation will provide our learners additional clinical learning experiences that are more varied and more local. The result will be more caregivers and more care options for northwest Ohio.”

In addition to clinical teaching, the affiliation will advance clinical and basic sciences research, said Cooper, who also serves as UT senior vice president for clinical affairs, noting that teaching and research form the core of the academic mission of UT’s academic medical center.

In their presentation to trustees, Cooper and Dave Morlock, CEO of the UT Medical Center, emphasized that the affiliation was with the College of Medicine only.

“UT will continue to independently own and operate the UT Medical Center, and UTMC plays no part in this agreement,” Morlock said. “UT has no plans to close or sell the hospital, and our priorities are unchanged: We will continue to focus on driving out hospital-acquired infections, improving the patient experience, and expanding ambulatory operations.”

Cooper said the letter of intent UT and ProMedica officials sign in the coming days will outline the framework for negotiating the final agreement, a process expected to take between three to six months.

Other elements of the affiliation the partners have agreement on include:

• A 50-year durable affiliation with limited abilities for either party to terminate the agreement;

• The UT Physicians practice group will remain a separate legal entity and interface with ProMedica in a clinically integrated network;

• Residency slots will be aggregated into ProMedica facilities, but the UT College of Medicine will maintain ownership of the residency programs from an accreditation perspective;

• ProMedica will accommodate substantially all UT Health Science Campus learners at ProMedica sites in northwest Ohio;

• Affiliation would be governed by an Academic Affiliation Operations Council, chaired by the dean of UT’s College of Medicine;

• UT and ProMedica will collaborate in the selection of clinical service chiefs at ProMedica, clinical department chairs at UT, and residency program directors;

• Subject to regulatory approval, ProMedica gets right of first refusal on certain transactions involving UTMC in future years;

• UT will have non-voting representation on the Toledo Hospital Board, and ProMedica will have non-voting representation on the UT Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee;

• ProMedica will provide $250 million in capital to rebuild the UT College of Medicine, in a location to be mutually agreed upon at a later date;

• ProMedica will provide at least $50 million per year in academic support payments;

• ProMedica will provide access to an electronic medical record; and

• ProMedica will provide access to clinic and office space.

Cooper said the affiliation would ensure for the next 50 years the continuation of the mission the College of Medicine’s founders envisioned when the former Medical College of Ohio was founded more than half a century ago.

“MCO’s founders wanted a medical school and an academic medical center in Toledo to ensure a healthy community,” he said. “By affiliating with ProMedica, UT’s learners, faculty and researchers will be able to learn, teach and conduct research in a premier health-care institution with the scale to accommodate UT’s medical, nursing, pharmacy, and health sciences students.”

The path to affiliation

In their presentation, Cooper and Morlock walked through the 18-month process they had followed to get to a letter of intent and in sight of the definitive agreements.

Reiterating comments from past board meetings and presentations across the University, the leaders reminded the audience of the vulnerability created by the mismatch between the size of UT’s College of Medicine and the size of its academic medical center.

The reason UTMC exists, Morlock explained, is to provide learning opportunities for UT health sciences students, research material for faculty and students, and capital for the academic mission.

UT’s College of Medicine, at 170 students per class, ranks in the 70th percentile nationwide while UTMC ranks in the 2nd percentile. The result is a hospital without enough patient volume or revenue to alone create long-term sustainability for the college.

With other industry trends, including the Affordable Care Act, the result, Morlock said, is that UTMC is financially strained today trying to provide capital for the College of Medicine and its own physical and equipment reinvestments simultaneously. And that tension would only be exacerbated over time, he said.

“Our learners are the overarching issue and as UT leaders, we have an obligation to them and to this community to ensure that in the decades to come, Toledo’s only medical school is adequately positioned to meet this region’s needs,” Morlock said.

“By affiliating UT’s College of Medicine with ProMedica, Toledo will become a net importer of medical talent and create a legacy we can all be proud of.”

Water main break closes Student Union, Carlson Library [updated]

The Student Union and Carlson Library are closed following a water main break outside the buildings during the weekend.

Water service will remain shut down until repairs are completed to the line. In the meantime, all faucets, toilets and drinking fountains cannot be used.

The scantron service for faculty will remain operational. Faculty can drop off scantron sheets in the Carlson Library concourse between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. today.

University officials apologize for the inconvenience and will notify campus as soon as the line has been repaired and the buildings can reopen.