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UT distance learning instructor recognized by Quality Matters

The University of Toledo continues to earn accolades for its online courses.

Jessica Kruger, a UT doctoral student in health education, teaches three classes that have been recognized by Quality Matters, a peer review process that certifies the design of online and blended courses.



The courses recently recognized are:

• HEAL 1310: Nutrition for Fitness and Health, which is for all majors and teaches foundational knowledge of nutrition.

• HEAL 1360: Alcohol and Contemporary Issues in College, which focuses on the effects alcohol can have on college students.

• HEAL 3300: Drug Awareness, which teaches everything about drugs, legal and illegal, good and bad.

“It is important to make sure courses are meeting a standard, include more rigorous work, and focus on the student,” Kruger said.

“We work hard with our health education doctoral students to help develop their teaching skills, but Jessica has gone above and beyond to maximize her teaching effectiveness in the online learning environment,” Dr. Joseph A. Dake, professor and chair of the School of Population Health, said. “We are proud to have her as one of our majors.”

Kruger said programs like Quality Matters are important because instructors can take what the QM peer review team suggests and improve the course being taught.

“I encourage students to try online courses and to pay close attention to whether or not a course is Quality Matters-approved,” Kruger said. “Having Quality Matters approval shows that the class has been reviewed for its design and that it is put together in a way that is conducive for student learning and is easy to navigate.”

Kruger believes distance learning is important because it is a great way to provide students with more flexibility; however, it requires strong self-discipline.

“Just because a course is online does not mean it is easy or takes less time,” Kruger said. “Online courses require students to be self-motivated to work on projects and learn the materials on a schedule.”

Faculty who would like to learn more about Quality Matters or the course review process are encouraged to contact Phoebe Ballard, director of instructional design and development, at phoebe.ballard@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4379.

UT astronomer helps capture first sharp image of famous exploding star’s raging winds

A researcher at The University of Toledo is part of an international team of astronomers pioneering a new way to understand how extremely massive stars lose mass as they evolve.



The research team focused on the most luminous and massive stellar system in the Milky Way galaxy called Eta Carinae. Its primary star is 100 times more massive and five million times more luminous than the sun. That star also is famous for losing 10 suns worth of material — huge amounts of gas and dust — into space in an enormous explosion in the 1830s.

These astronomers are the first to use what is called the Very Large Telescope Interferometer at the the European Southern Observatory in Chile to study the violent wind collision zone between two stars in the system and discover new and unexpected structures.

The nebula surrounding Eta Carinae as imaged with the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope at left. At right is a high-resolution image of the wind collision zone in the central region of Eta Carinae. The two red dots indicate the positions of the two stars. 

The nebula surrounding Eta Carinae as imaged with the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope at left. At right is a high-resolution image of the wind collision zone in the central region of Eta Carinae. The two red dots indicate the positions of the two stars. 

“The scale of the images is roughly equivalent to being able to read the small print in a newspaper from 50 miles away,” said Dr. Noel Richardson, postdoctoral research associate in UT’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The team’s methods used to revolutionize infrared astronomy and the resulting discoveries recently were published in the international journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.

This 3-D print of wind collision cavity in Eta Carinae system is based on models of Dr.Thomas Madura at San Jose University.

This 3-D print of wind collision cavity in Eta Carinae system is based on models of Dr. Thomas Madura at San Jose University.

The researchers used interferometry, which is a technique combining the light from up to four telescopes to obtain an image about 10 times higher than the resolution of the largest single telescope.

“It’s phenomenal,” said Richardson, who earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and master’s degree in physics from UT in 2004 and 2006. “Until now, we couldn’t study the Eta Carinae star system’s wind collision zone because it was too small for the largest telescope.”

The Eta Carinae star system is 7,500 light years from Earth where winds from two tightly orbiting stars smash together at speeds up to 10 million kilometers per hour approximately every five years. Temperatures reach many tens of millions of degrees – enough to emit X-rays.

This shows three 1.8-meter telescopes of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer of the European Southern Observatory in Chile.

This shows three 1.8-meter telescopes of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer of the European Southern Observatory in Chile.

Richardson said the star is too far south to observe from UT’s telescope. The collaborators in South America sent him data to analyze every night in mid-2014, the last time the stars passed close to each other. Richardson observed the images with spectroscopy and spotted structures in the data that hadn’t been seen before.

“We’ve learned the secondary star’s wind is carving a cavity into the primary star’s enormous wind,” Richardson said. “We saw large structures pushed out into space after the winds collide, were able to pinpoint how they were moving, and learned they keep that geometric shape. It’s amazing to see the tails coming off, which are the shocks in the secondary star going into orbit. We have computer and 3-D print models that can now explain the X-rays, Hubble Space Telescope observations, unusual spectroscopic features, and the incredible images from the Very Large Telescope Interferometer.”

“Our dreams came true because we can now get extremely sharp images in the infrared regime,” said Dr. Gerd Weigelt of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany, who led the team of astronomers from the U.S., Canada, Chile, Japan and Brazil.

“Dr. Richardson’s work is a nice example of the kinds of international collaborations with which our UT astronomers are involved,” said Dr. Karen Bjorkman, dean of the UT College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy and Helen Luedtke Brooks Endowed Professor of Astronomy. “The results, which use data from the Hubble Space Telescope, show a very interesting way to map the fossil remnants of material thrown off by a famously unstable binary star system. I congratulate him on this work and am proud to note that he is a UT alumnus.”

Richardson hopes this new research helps astronomers come closer to understanding what triggered Eta Carinae’s explosion in the 1800s.

“That is one of the driving motivators for myself,” Richardson said. “How do we connect the physics of what is happening today to what happened back then? There is still a lot we don’t understand about the stars we have looked up and seen in the sky for a long time. Science is a process, and we want to push the envelope to solve the mystery.”

UT awarded $286,782 to continue Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness

For the second time in two weeks, The University of Toledo has received a grant to prevent and address sexual assault on college campuses and help victims.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine awarded UT $286,782 to continue operations of the University’s Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness, which was created last year.

The new funding is part of $79.5 million announced recently to support 356 crime victim service providers across the state through the Attorney General’s Expanding Services and Empowering Victims Initiative. The funds being awarded are from the Victims of Crime Act provided to Ohio from the U.S. Department of Justice. The fund is financed by federal settlements, fines and fees.

“Victims come first, and we want to set the example of how to do this successfully for other universities across the country to follow,” said Dr. Kasey Tucker-Gail, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the UT Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness.

“In the aftermath of a crime, it’s critically important that victims have easy access to comprehensive care and services,” DeWine said. “Through these grants, agencies throughout the state will be able to continue or even expand upon the ways they help victims of crime in Ohio.”

Last week the U.S. Department of Justice awarded UT a $299,202 grant to enhance efforts to prevent and address sexual assault victimization on college campuses through the creation of a coordinated community response team. The team will develop prevention, education and intervention policies and practices for sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

“This is a national issue that we are committed to tackling here at UT through education, prevention and research,” said Dr. Megan Stewart, assistant professor of criminal justice and director of development and programming for the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness.

The UT Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness is a community where education, advocacy and research intersect that strengthens the University’s commitment to raise awareness and increase education and prevention of sexual assault and violence.

UT partners with Imagination Station to develop hands-on learning for area youth

The University of Toledo is teaming up with Imagination Station to develop a preschool network to promote hands-on science exploration in the region.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur announced last week a $311,676 competitive grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Leadership Grants for Museums awarded to the Imagination Station to create the network, which will be called Prime Time, that will promote early STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in partnership with UT and other local educational partners.

“It is vitally important that we expose young children to STEM educational opportunities,” Kaptur said. “We know that investments in early education programs provide significant long-term dividends in a child’s education. The Imagination Station is the perfect facilitator to bring together our regional groups to enhance the STEM education of our youngest citizens. While this specific project focuses on preschoolers, the science center is a vital resource for children and adults of all ages in our region.”

Dr. Charlene Czerniak, professor emeritus of science education and research professor in the UT College of Engineering, was the primary author of the successful grant proposal.

“The University of Toledo’s role is to provide best practices resulting from our previous research to engage both pre-K children and their parents in inquiry-based learning through meaningful play,” she said. “It is important to let children play and explore, but we want to enhance that experience with questions about why did that happen or what do you think the result will be if we do this differently? It is getting young people excited about predicting the outcome and then learning through hands-on investigation.”

Czerniak led the UT NURTURES research program, which stands for Networking Urban Resources with Teachers and University enRich Early Childhood Science, which was funded with a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The interactive family programs and the take-home family science packs created for NURTURES will be updated to fit this new Prime Time program. UT educators Dr. Susanna Hapgood and Dr. Lacey Strickler-Eppler, who are associated with the NURTURES program, also will provide training for Imagination Station staff.

In addition to UT, the community partners include the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Earl Learner’s Collaborative, Aspire, Polly Fox Academy and Summit YMCA Head Start.

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.

Rockets Win the Battle of I-75, 42-35

Senior running back Kareem Hunt scored on a three-yard run with 18 seconds left to give Toledo a thrilling 42-35 victory over archrival Bowling Green before a capacity Homecoming crowd of 30,147 in the Glass Bowl Saturday.

The victory gives Toledo (5-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) the Battle of I-75 Trophy for the seventh consecutive season.

Michael Roberts caught a career-high three touchdowns in Toledo's 42-35 win over Bowling Green.

Michael Roberts caught a career-high three touchdowns in Toledo’s 42-35 win over Bowling Green.

Junior quarterback Logan Woodside led the Rocket offense with 322 yards passing and four touchdown tosses, three of them to senior tight end Michael Roberts, who set his career high for TD receptions. Roberts had six catches for 94 yards, while junior Cody Thompson had six grabs for 74 yards, and senior Corey Jones added five receptions for 90 yards and one score.

Junior Terry Swanson led the ground attack with a season-high 112 yards on 12 carries, including a 63-yard TD run in the fourth quarter that put Toledo up, 35-21. Hunt had 99 yards on 25 attempts.

Bowling Green (1-6, 0-3 MAC) answered with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns that tied the score, 35-35, setting the stage for Toledo’s game-winning drive in the final three minutes. Woodside completed three passes in the drive, and Hunt carried the ball four times, leaving Bowling Green just 18 seconds to try to tie the game. Morgan completed one pass to the BGSU 32-yard line as time ran out.

The Falcons got on the scoreboard first on an eight-play, 70-yard drive that was finished off by a 10-yard pass by Scott Miller to James Morgan with 8:59 left in the first quarter. Toledo struck back when Woodside hit Michael Roberts for a 41-yard TD down the left sideline to tie the score, 7-7.

Logan Woodside led the Rocket offense with 322 yards passing and four touchdown tosses.

Logan Woodside led the Rocket offense with 322 yards passing and four touchdown tosses.

The Rockets took the lead on another Roberts’ touchdown, this time a 22-yard catch in the end zone from Woodside with just 36 seconds left in the half. The Falcons were able to attempt a Hail Mary pass at the end of the half, but Morgan’s 42-yard attempt was knocked down by Trevon Mathis.

BGSU opened the second half by stopping UT on a three-and-out, then put together a seven-play, 69-yard drive to tie the score, 14-14. Morgan connected with Scott Miller from 15 yards out for the score.

The Rockets rallied back on the arm of Woodside, who threw touchdown passes to Roberts and Corey Jones in the third quarter. Jones’ TD was a 64-yarder down the middle of the field that made the score 27-14 with two seconds left in the third quarter.

But the Falcons struck back almost immediately, as Miller hit Morgan for his third TD catch two plays into the fourth quarter, a 57-yarder that pulled BG to within six, 27-21.

Moments later, Swanson came up with a big run, bolting 63 yards into the end zone. Woodside hit Roberts for the two-point conversion to put Toledo up 35-21 with 10:25 left.

Bowling Green would not quit, however. Morgan threw his fourth and fifth TD passes of the game to Marquis Zimmerman and Teo Redding, the latter with 3:07 remaining to tie the score at 35-35.

The final drive of the day belonged to Toledo, as Woodside marched the Rockets 66 yards in seven plays for the decisive score. Hunt sealed the win with his three-yard run.

The Rockets will face Central Michigan in a MAC West Division matchup in the Glass Bowl Saturday, Oct. 22. Kickoff time is set for noon.

UT student places in national video contest, travels to D.C.

A video Kennedy Pierce created about her internship experiences landed The University of Toledo student a ticket to the nation’s capital for the Washington Center’s prestigious awards gala.

Pierce, a third-year student at UT studying psychology, placed second in the Washington Center’s alumni intern video contest, which led to her escorting Congressman Elijah Cummings, the recipient of the 2016 Pillar Award for Professional Achievement, to the ceremony Sept. 26 in Washington, D.C. It is the center’s largest event featuring leaders of business, government and higher education.

Kennedy Pierce, left, and her roommate, Ericka Castillo, a UT student majoring in nursing who is in the ROTC Program, attended the Washington Center’s Gala Sept. 26.

Kennedy Pierce, left, and her roommate, Ericka Castillo, a UT student majoring in nursing who is in the ROTC Program, attended the Washington Center’s Gala Sept. 26.

Through the Washington Center, Pierce interned for the United States Marshals Service in the Management Support Division in the Office of Fleet Management last summer.

“It helped me narrow my focus on the things I need to make sure I accomplish until I am old enough to apply for a federal agency,” she said. “I learned how critical work experience and internships are in building a resumé and making contacts, as well as staying involved and making sure your academics are the best they can be.”

Pierce, who plans to relocate to the Washington, D.C., area after graduation, said the internship opened her eyes to the competition in her prospective career field.

She was one of two alumni of the program flown to the capital for the gala through the contest that had the students create a 30-second video that described how the center helped provide leadership opportunities.

In addition to her Washington Center internship, Pierce has worked for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign, Future Agents in Training, and on a mission trip to Haiti. She is currently interning with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and said she has started applying to be back in D.C. to intern next summer.

“My internships have provided me with great contacts, and I believe it is very important to always keep looking forward,” Pierce said. “When I graduate in 2018, I want to make sure I have set myself up to be as qualified as possible when applying into the competitive workforce for a federal agency.”

Rockets to host Bowling Green in Homecoming game for Battle of I-75 Trophy

The greatest football rivalry in the Mid-American Conference will renew for the 81st time when Toledo hosts Bowling Green in the Battle of I-75 in the Glass Bowl Saturday, Oct. 15 (3:30 p.m./CBS Sports Network).

The Rockets (4-1, 1-0 MAC) are coming off a 35-20 victory at Eastern Michigan Oct. 8, the same day the Falcons (1-5, 0-2 MAC) fell at Ohio, 30-24.

The Rockets have never relinquished possession of the Battle of I-75 Trophy, which was first awarded in 2011.

The Rockets have never relinquished possession of the Battle of I-75 Trophy, which was first awarded in 2011.

Junior quarterback Logan Woodside had another superior performance, throwing for 247 yards and four TDs to put away a stubborn EMU squad. Woodside has 20 touchdown passes in just five games this season and is second in the nation in passing efficiency.

Senior Kareem Hunt led the ground attack vs. the Eagles with 141 yards rushing and one score. Hunt’s performance gives him 4,024 career yards rushing, only the third Rocket ever to top the 4,000-yard mark.

Defending MAC champion Bowling Green knocked off North Dakota the second week of the season, but has lost four straight games since then. First-year Head Coach Mike Jinks’ team is led by senior running back Fred Coppet, who has rushed for 451 yards and three touchdowns. Redshirt freshman James Morgan is now the starter at quarterback and has thrown for 706 yards and three TDs in the equivalent of three games.

Toledo has had the upper hand lately in the Battle of I-75, but Bowling Green still leads the all-time series, 39-37-4. Toledo has won six straight games in the series, its last defeat coming in 2009, the first year that first year UT Head Coach Jason Candle began his career as an assistant with the Rockets.

The winner of the Toledo-BG game earns the right to keep the Battle of I-75 Trophy. Toledo won the trophy in 2011, the first year it was established, and has never had to relinquish it.

Though the trophy was officially awarded to UT in 2011, it was not completed in time for the game, so the first time the Rockets hoisted it after a victory was in 2012. UT also won the Battle of I-75 in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Saturday will be the 88th annual Homecoming game. Toledo is 59-27 in Homecoming games.

Fewer than 1,000 tickets are left for sale for the game. Official capacity for the Glass Bowl is 26,038.

The ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Tickets also will be available at the Glass Bowl stadium beginning at 11 a.m.

Gates will open at 2 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the ticket office, go online or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Couple donates $1 million for UT Basketball Office Complex in Savage Arena

The University of Toledo announced today that it has received a donation of $1 million from George and Leslie Chapman for the construction of the new basketball office complex in Savage Arena. The complex will be named the Chapman Basketball Complex pending approval of the UT Board of Trustees and is scheduled to open in mid-October.

“We are very grateful to George and Leslie for this very generous gift,” UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said. “Their donation will not only have a positive impact on our basketball programs, it will benefit our athletic department as a whole. The new basketball complex will give our coaches an improved working environment as they lead their teams in the quest for Mid-American Conference championships. It will also address the needs for additional office space for many other areas of our department.”

Leslie and George Chapman

Leslie and George Chapman

The Chapmans are longtime Rocket basketball supporters. George is the former chairman, president and CEO of Health Care REIT (now Welltower), a real estate investment trust that invests in health-care facilities. Leslie is a yoga instructor and owns and operates Toledo Yoga.

“For over 60 years, I have watched Toledo basketball, including the great teams of Eddie Melvin and Bobby Nichols,” George said. “Today we’re fortunate to have our men’s and women’s teams led by Tod Kowalczyk and Tricia Cullop. They follow in a great tradition of excellent coaching. Their dedication to building terrific teams with outstanding student-athletes and exemplary leaders is what it’s all about. Leslie and I are honored to be able to contribute our share to such an outstanding program.”

The Chapman Basketball Complex will include coaches’ offices, meeting rooms and a video room. The new basketball complex is located at the concourse level on the south end of the arena, directly beneath the Joe Grogan Room, which has been expanded, substantially increasing its size and capacity on game day.

“All the student-athletes, coaches and support staff within our programs are tremendously thankful for the generosity of George and Leslie in helping our office complex become a reality,” said UT Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tod Kowalczyk. “Since my arrival as the Rockets’ coach, George and Leslie have become dear friends of ours, and we are extremely appreciative of their support of the University and Toledo community.”

UT Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tricia Cullop added, “Words can’t express the gratitude everyone in our program feels toward George and Leslie for their generous donation. We are excited to utilize our video room and everything our new state-of-the-art office complex has to offer.”

‘Shark Tank’ investor, FUBU founder to speak at UT Oct. 18

The man affectionately known as “The People’s Shark” who launched a $6 billion global company from his mother’s basement will visit The University of Toledo to talk about entrepreneurship and the road to success.



Daymond John, an investor on ABC’s Emmy award-winning reality television series “Shark Tank” and founder and CEO of the clothing line FUBU, will speak Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Lois and Norman Nitschke Auditorium as part of the Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“Daymond John is a highly successful entrepreneur, but also a remarkable person who constantly challenges himself to learn more and do more, much like our honors students,” Dr. Heidi Appel, dean of the Honors College, said. “Toledo’s vibrant community of thinkers and doers will find his story of humble beginnings, smarts and grit both familiar and inspiring. We’re excited to have Daymond John as our first speaker in the Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series.”

Tickets for the free, public event are first-come, first-served. To reserve tickets, go to utoledo.edu/honorslecture.

UT buses will shuttle students to and from the Student Union and the Transportation Center to the Lois and Norman Nitschke Auditorium approximately every 10 minutes beginning at 6 p.m.

In addition to his success at “Shark Tank” and FUBU, John is CEO of the Shark Group, a marketing consulting agency. He also is a presidential ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and the author of three best-selling books, Display of Power, The Brand Within and The Power of Broke.

The next lecture in the series will be Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater and feature Alex Sheen. Sheen is founder of “because I said I would,” a social movement and nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept. Sheen once walked 245 miles across Ohio in 10 days to fulfill a promise.