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Ottawa River Photography Contest winners announced

Three UT graduate students won gift cards for their striking shots entered in the 2016 Ottawa River Photography Contest.

Bruce Kwiatkowski, who is pursuing a master of arts degree in German, won first place with his photo titled “Winter Scene.”

Tyler Westendorf, a graduate student in environmental science, came in second with his shot, “Bridge View.”

And Isha Muthreja, a graduate student in engineering, took third place with her photo titled “Reflections.”

“This contest was created to encourage students to take a closer look at the Ottawa River,” said Dr. Patrick Lawrence, associate dean of social and behavioral sciences in the College of Arts and Letters; professor of geography and planning; and chair of the President’s Commission on the River. “And it’s a great way to showcase the beauty of the waterway that we’re lucky to have run through campus.”

The event was part of the Celebrate Our River Week and was sponsored by the President’s Commission on the River.

Bruce Kwiatkowski won first place with “Winter Scene.”

Bruce Kwiatkowski won first place with “Winter Scene.”

Tyler Westendorf came in second with “Bridge View.”

Tyler Westendorf came in second with “Bridge View.”

Isha Muthreja took third place with “Reflections.”

Isha Muthreja took third place with “Reflections.”

Civil rights icon, former UN ambassador to speak at UT Sept. 29

The first African American to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations will speak at The University of Toledo Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in Savage Arena.



Andrew Young, a former member of Congress and mayor of Atlanta, worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement to organize desegregation efforts throughout the South, including the 1963 march through Birmingham, Ala. Young was with King in Memphis, Tenn., when King was assassinated in 1968.

“Ambassador Andrew Young’s life of humanitarian service and activism for racial and social justice can inspire all of us to reinvigorate our efforts as individuals and as a University and community to achieve justice, peace and inclusion,” Dr. Jamie Barlowe, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters, said. “His presence on our campus is both a gift and a call to service, particularly important in today’s world of social and political unrest.”

The free, public event presented by UT’s College of Arts and Letters marks the 10th anniversary of the Edward Shapiro Distinguished Lecture Series that has included such speakers as Toni Morrison, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Elie Wiesel, Oliver Sacks, E.J. Dionne, Michael Sandel, Jon Meacham and Wynton Marsalis. 

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Young served as U.N. ambassador from 1977 to 1979. He is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, France’s Legion of Honor and the NAACP’s Springarn Medal. He founded the Andrew Young Foundation to support and promote education, health, leadership and human rights in the U.S., Africa and the Caribbean.

Celebrate Right to Read at Banned Books Week Vigil Sept. 29

University students, faculty and staff, and area citizens will celebrate the right to read and think freely during the 19th annual UT Banned Books Week Vigil Thursday, Sept. 29, on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

The free, public event will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. Throughout the day, 20-minute presentations will focus on censorship and the importance of freedom of expression.

Banned books week 2016_Poster.jpgAll day, free snacks and light refreshments will be available, and door prizes — including donated banned books and UT items — will be given out to make the event fun as well as educational for the audience.

UT faculty and area teachers are invited to bring classes; attendance vouchers will be available at the freedom of expression festival.

“I hope the UT Banned Books Week Vigil raises awareness of the importance of reading to our democracy,” Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication, who coordinates the event, said. “Without reading freely, citizens could not think freely and, therein, would not ask the questions that lead to reform and a better nation. I hope the event gives students a fun break from their routines and enlarges their understanding of the First Amendment.”

Topics and speakers for the event will be:

• 9 a.m. — “Read On, Everybody! Welcome to Our Annual Celebration of Free Inquiry” by Barbara Floyd, interim director of University Libraries and director of the UT Press, and Dr. Jeffrey Wilkinson, professor and chair of communication.

• 9:30 a.m. — “Free Expression and the Inside-Out Prison Exchange” by Emily Numbers, community and public relations specialist in the College of Engineering, and community art coordinator.

• 10 a.m. — “Stereotyping Indigenous Peoples in Children’s Books” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor of women’s and gender studies.

• 10:30 a.m. — “Censorship and Media Ethics” by Sarah Ottney, former editor of the Toledo Free Press, which closed in 2015.

• 11 a.m. — “The Not-So-Free Press: Global Media Troubles,” Arjun Sabharwal, associate professor and digital initiatives librarian.

• 11:30 a.m. — “W.W. III: The War Against Women” by Warren Woodberry, Toledo author.

• Noon — The Dr. Linda Smith Lecture: “Owning the Words: Intellectual Property, First Amendment Law, and the Parlous State of Free Speech” by Dr. Sam Nelson, associate professor and chair of political science and public administration.

• 1 p.m. — “Lifting the Veil: Banning the Graphic Novel Persepolis” by Dr. Matt Yockey, associate professor of theatre and film.

• 1:30 p.m. — “Revealing the Hidden Rules of Broadcast News” by Lou Hebert, Toledo broadcaster and historian.

• 2 p.m. — “Words” By Dr. David Tucker, professor of communication.

• 2:30 p.m. — “Oops! When lol Posts Backfire” by Jessica Harker, editor-in-chief of The Independent Collegian.

• 3 p.m. — “Jeopardy!” led by The Independent Collegian staff.

• 3:30 p.m. — “The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs,” an episode of “South Park” in which J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is revisited.

• 4 p.m. — “What? Can You Teach THAT?” by Cindy Ramirez, Bedford High School English teacher.

• 4:30 p.m. — “Banned Songs” by Dr. Edmund Lingan, associate professor and chair of theatre and film.

Banned Books Coalition logoKilmer said this Banned Books Week Vigil would not be possible without help form generous sponsors: Ann Lumbrezer; Aramark; Barry’s Bagels; The Independent Collegian; Lambda Pi Eta, UT Communication Honor Society; UT Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America; Mitchell and Kelley Auctioneers; New Sins Press; Phoenicia Cuisine; Barnes & Noble University Bookstore; UT Campus Activities and Programming; UT Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development; UT Counseling Center; UT College of Arts and Letters; UT Jesup Scott Honors College; UT Department of Art; UT Department of Communication; UT Department of English Languages and Literature; UT Office of Multicultural Student Success; UT Federal Credit Union; UT Toledo Friends of the Library Foundation; UT Foreign Languages Department; UT General Libraries; UT Greek Life; UT Marketing and Communications Office; UT Office of the Dean of Students; UT Student Government; UT Theatre and Film Department; UT Starbuck’s; UT School of Visual and Performing Arts; and WXUT radio station. She added a special thanks to the UT Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

Three selected for UT’s Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor

The University of Toledo Medical Center will recognize three individuals for their contributions to the field of emergency medical services at the Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor Ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 27.

A reception will start at 11:30 a.m. in the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center on Health Science Campus. The program will begin at noon with remarks from UT President Sharon L. Gaber, Dr. Christopher Cooper, executive vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and Dr. Kristopher Brickman, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

“This is the sixth year we have honored those who have made a significant contribution to the field of emergency medicine,” Brickman said. “The individuals recognized are the trailblazers in their field, and they have set the gold standard for what it means to be an emergency medicine professional.”

The Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor, made possible through funding from The Blade, was established in 2011 to celebrate the achievements of those who have lived a life of self-sacrifice in committed service to the emergency medicine community.

Each year, nominations are submitted by a committee of community stakeholders and reviewed by a multidisciplinary selection committee.



This year’s honorees are:

• Carl W. Neeb, retired Toledo Fire Chief. After serving 30 years with the Toledo Department of Fire and Rescue, Neeb retired as chief of the department in 1980. He was known as the “Father of Paramedics” in Toledo due to his invaluable contributions in establishing emergency medical services within the Toledo Fire Department. His expertise and involvement helped develop and implement Lucas County’s Advanced Life Support System and was instrumental in its success as one of the first and finest systems in the country.



• Bruce D. Janiak, professor of emergency medicine, Medical College of Georgia. Janiak was the first resident in emergency medicine in the United States and is recognized as one of the fathers of the specialty. He is considered a true visionary in the field, having explored and implemented concepts such as telemedicine well before it became standard practice. He served as president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance, an organization that defines the best clinical and administrative practices. He is a lecturer, instructor and author, as well as a consultant specializing in medical malpractice.



• Judith A. Ruple, registered nurse. Ruple was chair of the National Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee Education Subcommittee for the American Heart Association and president of the National Association of EMS Educators. She was the director of the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Program in the UT Department of Health and Human Services. Ruple served as a content level leader of the National EMS Education Standards Project and was the principal investigator for the State of EMS Education Research Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. She has written more than 30 publications and received numerous grants for research and development in the area of emergency medicine services education.

University to launch strategic planning process

The University of Toledo this week will begin work on a new strategic plan to advance its mission as a metropolitan research institution.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the strategic planning committee will convene its inaugural meeting to receive its charge from President Sharon L. Gaber.

Business Hlogo 1c BlackThe committee is comprised of nearly 30 UT faculty, staff, administrators and students, and includes a member of the Board of Trustees. Under the guidance of Provost Andrew Hsu, the committee will be co-chaired by Dr. Laurie Dinnebeil, Distinguished University Professor and chair of early childhood, physical and special education, and Dr. Anthony Quinn, associate professor of biological sciences and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The University has engaged strategic planning consultant Sharon McDade to facilitate the process and keep the committee on track.

Following the kick-off meeting, the committee will engage in a process throughout the fall to discuss the current status of the University and solicit input through a series of town hall forums and online surveys. The input will be used to develop a draft plan that will be shared for feedback early in spring semester.

A final plan is expected for the Board of Trustees’ consideration in summer 2017.

UT Political Science Dept. hosting presidential debate watch events for students

The University of Toledo Department of Political Science and Public Administration is holding its first presidential debate watch event with students Monday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. in University Hall Room 3820.

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

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

A presidential debate watch event also is scheduled to be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the same location.

UT, ProMedica promote Academic Affiliation through new ad campaign

The University of Toledo and ProMedica have launched a new marketing campaign to promote the Academic Affiliation between the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and the health system.

web academic affiliation ad copyTelevision, print and digital ads have begun to appear around the Toledo region promoting the benefits of the affiliation to the community and to students, residents and fellows in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. The advertisements feature local thought leaders representing a cross section of the community and praising the benefits of the unique educational relationship.

The Academic Affiliation will provide long-term benefits for the University and the community throughout the course of the 50-year agreement. The anticipated impacts of the agreement include attracting and retaining top talent among learners, faculty and physicians; additional funding to support biomedical research; economic development in the community; expanded clinical learning opportunities for students, residents and fellows; and increased access to specialty care in the Toledo community.

In July, the first class of College of Medicine and Life Sciences students and residents began training under the Academic Affiliation, utilizing new learning space, and filling clinical learning opportunities at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. University learners in pediatrics, surgery, internal medicine sub-specialties and emergency medicine are on-site at ProMedica Toledo Hospital for clerkships and residencies.

More information about the Academic Affiliation and the new television commercial are available here.

Steak ‘n Shake coming to UT campus dining

The University of Toledo is expanding dining options for students on campus as it extends its contract with Aramark for six years.

Steak ‘n Shake is scheduled to open in January replacing Rocky’s Grill in the lower level of the Student Union.

Steak ‘n Shake is scheduled to open in January in the Student Union.

Steak ‘n Shake is scheduled to open in January in the Student Union.

A second national restaurant chain is expected to open next fall in the lower level of the Student Union around the corner from Rocket Wireless and the UT Federal Credit Union.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with Aramark because they have given us very good service to meet the needs of students,” Dr. Kaye M. Patten, senior vice president for student affairs, said. “The plan the company presented to us gives the University a whole new model for our dining services, which will result in new choices and variety for our students. These changes are in direct response to what students have told us is important to them. Our students visit other campuses and see these restaurants. When they return to UT, they ask for popular name brands.”

Freshens, a chain promoting healthy options, is moving into UT’s engineering campus by the end of the year to offer a dining option on that side of campus.

“Freshens is a new type of restaurant that is up-and-coming on college campuses across the country,” Patten said. “Freshens will offer salads, sandwiches, rice bowls, crepes and smoothies. Students will be able to use a meal plan to swipe at the counter.”

aramark_logoUT has four years remaining on its contract with Aramark to operate campus dining, and the six-year extension includes upgrading the main dining facility in Ottawa House West residence hall and adding more fresh food concepts.

South Dining Hall in the Student Union also will undergo minor renovations as part of the contract extension.

“Our partnership with Aramark is all about being responsive to the needs and requests of our students,” Patten said.

Chelsea Clinton to campaign for Hillary at UT Rec Center

Chelsea Clinton will visit The University of Toledo Thursday, Sept. 22, as she campaigns in support of her mother, Hillary, who is running for president.

The event will be at 12:05 p.m. in the Maple Room of the Student Recreation Center on Main Campus. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and space is limited. Those interested in attending can RSVP online through the campaign website.

According to the campaign, Clinton will lay out the stakes of November’s election for voters and emphasize Hillary Clinton’s belief that Americans are stronger together when the economy works for everyone — not just those at the top. She also will urge Ohioans to register to vote ahead of the Oct. 11 deadline.

Toledo to play at Notre Dame in 2021

The University of Toledo football team will play at Notre Dame in 2021. The game will be played Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at Notre Dame Stadium. The contest will mark the first meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.

Rocket football logo“We are very pleased and excited to add Notre Dame to our 2021 football schedule,” UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said. “Notre Dame has one of the greatest college football traditions in the country, so it definitely will be a matchup our football team will be looking forward to. The game also has the added benefit of only being just a two-and-a-half hour drive from Toledo, so I know many of our fans will travel to South Bend for the contest.”

UT Head Coach Jason Candle added, “Playing at Notre Dame will be a great experience and an exciting challenge for our football program.”

Notre Dame will be among the most prominent college football programs that Toledo has played. In recent years, UT has faced Power 5 schools such as Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Florida, Arkansas, Missouri, Arizona, Iowa State, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Kansas, Syracuse, Colorado and Minnesota. The Rockets have held their own against these teams, with wins over Michigan, Penn State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Purdue, Iowa State (twice), Pittsburgh, Colorado and Kansas.

Toledo will be just the fifth school currently in the Mid-American Conference to play Notre Dame in football, and just the fourth since 1920. The others are Miami (1909), Akron (1910) and Western Michigan (1919, 1920 and 2010). Miami is scheduled to play at Notre Dame in 2017 and Ball State in 2018.

Information on how to order tickets will be provided at a later date. Tickets orders will be prioritized based on Rocket Fund/athletic donation and season ticket history.