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Olympic gold medalist to talk business March 22

John Naber, Olympic gold medal winner and sportscaster, will visit The University of Toledo to give the Edwin Dodd Distinguished Lecture Series in Business Ethics.

The public is invited to hear him speak Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium.


Naber’s presentation is titled “Pursuing Victory With Honor.”

In today’s difficult business environment, the temptation to “cut corners” has never been greater. Delivering his remarks in a friendly and unthreatening manner, Naber enables his audiences to learn how to succeed without violating ethical standards. He believes that nice guys can finish first.

In 1976, Naber became the most highly decorated member of the U.S. Olympic Team, winning four gold medals and one silver, and setting four world records in the sport of swimming. In the process, he became the first swimmer in Olympic history to win two individual medals on the same day.

One year later, he led his school, the University of Southern California, to his and its fourth consecutive undefeated season and national title, and won the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete.

Moving to broadcasting, Naber worked for all the major networks and almost every cable channel covering his sport at local, national and international meets. In 1984, he was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame, just two days before he carried the Olympic torch, and later the Olympic flag, into the Los Angeles Olympic opening ceremony. In 1986, Naber began working as a play-by-play announcer, covering sports as varied as motorcross, skiing, gymnastics, football, bowling and equestrian events. He has hosted coverage for more than 30 different sports and for seven Olympic Games.

As a keen observer of excellence, Naber has discovered the method by which champions in all walks of life use to reach their goals, and he shares this process along with his personal insights to audiences all over the globe.

Sponsored by Dana Inc. and Owens-Illinois Inc., and co-hosted by the UT College of Business and Innovation, the College of Law, and the Jesup Scott Honors College, the event is free, but registration is requested at utoledo.edu/business/edwindodd.

The Edwin Dodd Distinguished Lecture Series in Business Ethics celebrates the legacy of the late chairman, CEO and president of Owens-Illinois Corp. Established in 2003 through a collaborative effort led by the Dodd Family with partners Owens-Illinois and the Dana Corp., this fund was established as an enduring memorial to Dodd, spotlighting his work in the business world and the Toledo community. The purpose of the fund is to support the ongoing Distinguished Lecture Series in Business Ethics.

The fund is housed in the College of Business and Innovation and partners with both Dana Corp. and Owens-Illinois with representatives sitting on the planning committee, along with a member of the Dodd family, with the goal of leveraging national networks to identify and feature experts in the field on a biannual basis.

Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame induction ceremony set for March 17

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Science’s Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame will induct a new class of honorees Saturday, March 17.

Inductees will be recognized during a ceremony at 7:30 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1000 on UT’s Health Science Campus.

Members of the 2018 class are:


• Dr. Diane Cappelletty, professor and chair of pharmacy practice in the UT College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Monclova, Ohio, resident has been involved with medical missions and local medical clinics for 15 years.

Her mission work began in 2003 when she went with a team to Peru. Since then, Cappelletty has been on numerous missions to Guatemala and Honduras, and has inspired students to serve alongside her. She compounds medications in the field, comes up with innovative techniques to provide meds during the missions, and mentors students, showing them the humanistic side of pharmacists in trying conditions. Her work has been recognized by the Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists.

In Toledo, Cappelletty volunteers at the free Community Care Clinic, which, thanks to her efforts, was licensed by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.

A UT alumna, she received a bachelor of arts degree in biology from the University in 1982. Cappelletty continued her education at Ohio State University and received a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy and doctor of pharmacy in 1991 and 1993, respectively.


• Dr. Ziya Celik, a surgeon who has participated in missions for more than three decades. He has worked with Midwest Medical Missions, Medishare and Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Boarders, serving in the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Haiti and Nigeria.

Born in 1941 in Rize, Turkey, Celik moved to the city of Erzurum to complete his early education. In 1960, he started medical school at the University of Istanbul, completed a surgery residency, and was an instructor at the University of Ataturk in Erzurum until 1971. A research fellowship followed in 1972 at the University of Boston, where he was selected for a position. In 1976, he completed a residency in general surgery at the former Medical College of Ohio.

In addition to medical missions and earthquake relief, Celik maintained a general surgery private practice in Oregon, Ohio, for 30 years, retiring in 2006. Affiliated with St. Charles Hospital, he was a 20-year member of its executive committee, director of surgery for 10 years, and chief of staff while volunteering his surgical skills around the globe. He lives in Pompano Beach, Fla.

• International Samaritan, a ministry based in Ann Arbor, Mich. For nearly two decades, this nonprofit organization has established programs to alleviate severe poverty and health issues in numerous countries.

In 1994, the Rev. Donald Vettese, a Jesuit priest who was then president of St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, founded this ministry after a trip with students to an orphanage in Guatemala City. He and his students took a detour and stopped beside a garbage dump where the scene seemed like a nightmare: Droves of people scavenging through trash, searching for plastic, glass, metal and other materials to sell to recyclers. After talking with the students and the mayor of Guatemala City, Vettese agreed they would work together to help improve the plight of garbage workers and others living near the dump. In 1995, Vettese was able to incorporate the not-for-profit, originally calling it Central American Ministries, but renaming it International Samaritan in 2009 to reflect the growing global outreach.

In 16 years, the ministry has started programs in Guatemala, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Haiti. The organization also is conducting feasibility studies for similar efforts in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and the Philippines. Each year it serves more than 13,000 people.

Oscar Dussan, president of International Samaritan, will attend the ceremony to accept the award.


In addition, Dr. Andrew Casabianca, associate professor and chair of anesthesiology in the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and medical director of operative services at UT Medical Center, will receive the Dr. Lawrence V. Conway Lifetime Distinguished Service Award. He also is associate professor of surgery and dentistry.

Since traveling to the Dominican Republic on his first medical mission trip in 1994, Casabianca has returned every year. A member of the Midwest Medical Missions, he has participated in more than 30 trips, conducting primary care, anesthesia and dentistry. Casabianca has been the faculty adviser for UT Students for Medical Missions and is on the missions committee at Calvary Church in Maumee. He also was on the planning committee for Serve Week, participated in medical clinics for Vision Ministries and Convoy of Hope, and is a board member for Midwest Medical Missions.

Casabianca completed his undergraduate education at New York University and received a doctor of medicine in dentistry degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He graduated from the former Medical College of Ohio with his medical degree in 1988, and completed his dental residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital, a transitional internship at Mercy Hospital, and an anesthesiology residency at the former MCO.

In conjunction with the induction ceremony, the College of Medicine Students for Medical Missions will host a free symposium Saturday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Health Education Building 110. Speakers will include Cappelletty, Celik, Dussan and Casabianca. Register for the free symposium here.

Dr. Lawrence V. Conway, UT professor emeritus of finance, founded the Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to advancing the medical well-being of people around the world. In 2006, the Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame became affiliated with the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences. The hall of fame can be seen in the lobby of the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center.

RSVPs are requested for the free, public induction ceremony: Call 419.530.2586 or 1.800.235.6766, register online at toledoalumni.org/events/events.aspx?eid=753 or email medmissionhof@utoledo.edu.

Toledo to face Wright State in first round of postseason WNIT March 16

Toledo (17-14) will entertain Horizon League member Wright State (23-10) in a first-round matchup in the 2018 Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) Friday, March 16, in Savage Arena.

Tip-off time between the Rockets and Raiders will be 7 p.m.

UT is one of 32 at-large qualifiers in this year’s event and one of three Mid-American Conference representatives, along with Ball State and Miami, in the 64-team field.

Toledo will be appearing in the Postseason WNIT for a sixth time under 10th-year Head Coach Tricia Cullop and 11th time overall. The Rockets are 20-9 (.690) in the post-season tourney, including 13-4 (.765) under Cullop, and previously reached the WNIT (formerly NWIT) in 1989, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2012 , ‘203 and 2015. UT also has won its first game in the Postseason WNIT in each of its last five appearances.

Most recently, the Midnight Blue and Gold advanced to the second round of the 2015 Postseason WNIT with a home victory against WSU, 72-64 (March 20). UT’s season came to an end with a 74-58 home setback against Michigan (March 23).

Toledo enters the post-season with a 17-14 overall record and an 8-10 league mark to finish fourth in the MAC West Division.

Junior Kaayla McIntyre, junior Mikaela Boyd and senior Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott led Toledo offensively, scoring 16.1, 12.7 and 12.4 points per game, respectively. McIntyre and Boyd earned third-team All-MAC honors, while Bravo-Harriott captured honorable mention accolades.

Tickets for Friday’s first-round game are available online for $15 for elite reserved, $12 for general admission and $6 for youth 12 and younger for general admission.

Women’s basketball season ticket holders with suite, loge, club, courtside or elite season tickets can sign into their accounts and purchase their same seats. General admission seats also may be purchased online.

In addition, UT students will receive free admission with a valid ID for the first-round game.

Tickets are on sale in the UT Ticket Office or by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Parking for the first-round contest will follow the regular-season parking guidelines. For donors and season ticket holders that have requested basketball premium parking passes, use the BKB parking postseason #1 pass in your pass booklets. Fans who have season-parking cards can also use these to park.

Also, the Joe Grogan Room will be open to Rocket Fund donors.

Tournament officials award an automatic qualifying berth to each of the nation’s 32 conferences. The spot goes to the team that finishes the highest in the regular-season conference standings that does not advance to the NCAA Tournament. If there is a tie, the WNIT abides by the conference tiebreaker. A team earns the berth regardless of its overall record. A total of 32 teams are then given an at-large berth; a team must have an overall record of .500 or better to be considered.

The Postseason WNIT is owned and produced by Triple Crown Sports, based in Fort Collins, Colo. Triple Crown Sports also organizes men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments in Cancun and the Preseason WNIT. Triple Crown also produces WNIT concept events in NCAA D-I softball and volleyball, which debuted in 2017.

For complete information on the tournament, visit womensnit.com.

Three Distinguished University Professors named

Three faculty members have been named Distinguished University Professors in recognition of their exemplary teaching, research, scholarship and professional service.

The newest Distinguished University Professors, who were approved and recognized by the UT Board of Trustees at its February meeting, are Dr. Abdollah Afjeh of the College of Engineering, Dr. Paul Chongkun Hong of the College of Business and Innovation, and Dr. Joseph Slater of the College of Law.

UT Board of Trustees Chair Steven M. Cavanaugh, left, and UT President Sharon L. Gaber posed for a photo with the new Distinguished University Professors, from left, Dr. Paul Hong, Dr. Abdollah Afjeh and Dr. Joseph Slater. The three faculty members received the honor in recognition of their exemplary teaching, research, scholarship and professional service.

“It is an honor to recognize the careers of these outstanding faculty members who are accomplished experts recognized for advancing their fields of study and who are great teachers dedicated to sharing their knowledge with our students,” said Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

Afjeh, chair and professor of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, joined UT in 1984. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an internationally recognized researcher in propulsion and energy conversion systems.

Afjeh’s focus is on the development and validation of computational models that are used to predict behavior of aerospace propulsion systems under flight conditions. His work supports the design and development of aircraft engines and small gas turbine engines. He also has been working on comprehensive aeromechanics analysis of utility-scale wind turbines.

“I am profoundly honored by this recognition,” Afjeh said. “I am deeply grateful to my colleagues and students who inspired me and fueled my passion for learning. This honor is also a recognition of the great work of my talented students who knew no boundaries and believed in impossible things.”

Afjeh has received 49 research awards for more than $22 million and has authored 115 peer-reviewed publications. He received UT’s Outstanding Researcher Award in 2014.

Hong, professor of information operations and technology management, joined UT in 1999. He is an internationally recognized researcher in network capabilities,
global supply chain management, international comparative studies, and building growth engine industries for national

Hong’s expertise is in the implementation of supply chain management practices to build firms for domestic advantage and global competitiveness. Much of his work has been in the service sector, notably, U.S. health-care industries as well.

“This recognition is about the value of teaching, research and outreach of business faculty for the world at large,” Hong said. “I accept this honor along with my colleagues here at The University of Toledo and around the world who have worked with me over the years.”

Hong, who was selected as Fulbright Scholar in 2017, has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and three books. He received UT’s Outstanding Researcher Award in 2015.

Slater, the Eugene N. Balk Professor of Law and Values, joined UT in 1999. He is the nation’s leading expert in public-sector labor law respected in academia, as well as by practicing attorneys, the courts, and national and international media.

Slater’s work has influenced two separate fields of study — labor history and modern labor law. He is an expert witness on the history of labor law.

“This means a lot to me. I know The University of Toledo employs many outstanding faculty, excellent scholars and excellent teachers. I am deeply honored to join the ranks of law school colleagues past and present, as well as the amazingly impressive Distinguished University Professors from other colleges,” Slater said. “Also, I am pleased because this award reflects the importance of the field of labor and employment law, and the study of unions, workers and employers, in this community and beyond.”

Slater, who is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyer, has published four extensively cited books and 29 peer-reviewed articles and essays. He received UT’s Outstanding Researcher Award in 2016.

Match Day: UT medical students to learn residency placements March 16

On Match Day, thousands of graduating medical students across the country will open at noon Friday, March 16, the envelopes that contain their residency placements.

Fourth-year medical students at The University of Toledo will gather at Stranahan Theater’s Great Hall for Match Day to learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training in their chosen specialty.

The 2018 Residency Match Reception will begin at 11 a.m. with the envelope-opening ceremony precisely at noon. This event is invitation-only because space is limited.

Students spend months interviewing at hospitals and universities across the nation to find the institutions that will best help them perfect their chosen specialties. The students then rank their top choices, and academic and community-based medical centers nationwide rank their top student choices.

A computer algorithm administered by the National Resident Matching Program then “matches” students and residency programs together.

Residents are licensed physicians who care for patients under the supervision of attending physicians and represent the medical workforce of tomorrow.

Road replacement set to begin on Bancroft Street

Electronic message boards will help spread the news: Bancroft Street will be down to two lanes of traffic in both directions starting Monday, March 19.

Miller Bros. Construction Inc. of Archbold, Ohio, is scheduled to begin replacement of the road on the north side of Bancroft Street from the Douglas Road overpass to Secord Road.

Phase one of the project is expected to last through May. Once half of the road is replaced, traffic will shift to the north side of the street so the other half of the pavement can be replaced. Work is expected to be finished in November.

Traffic will be maintained in both directions during the construction.

To avoid congestion, students, employees and visitors to Main Campus are encouraged to use the west entrance off Secor Road or the south entrance off Dorr Street.

STEMM initiative established in honor of UT faculty member

The new Tony Quinn We Are STEMM Initiative recognizes the immunologist in the Department of Biological Sciences for his work in deciphering the interplay between diabetes and immunity, as well as his dedication to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students.

Dr. Anthony Quinn, associate professor of biological sciences and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, created in 2015 a We Are STEMM initiative designed to bring high-profile underrepresented minority scientists to UT in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine as role models for University students of color, inspiring them to engage in STEMM fields of study.


In recognition of his contributions during his 16 years of educational leadership, UT has created the Tony Quinn We Are STEMM Initiative that will build upon the existing We Are STEMM lecture series to also include fellowships for graduate and professional education and mentoring programs.

“Tony’s dedication and contributions of energy and intellect to the full participation of individuals from marginalized groups in the scientific enterprise has benefited The University of Toledo and our community greatly,” said Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, dean of the College of Graduate Studies. “His work has impacted our students at all levels through the creation of a diverse and inclusive campus. This work must continue.”

While battling pancreatic cancer, Quinn co-developed UT’s strategic plan, co-directed the Multicultural Emerging Scholars Summer Bridge and Living Learning Community Program, and led the Brothers on the Rise mentoring program.

“We recently visited Dr. Quinn and his family where we shared with them this recognition. They are pleased to have this honor in recognition of Tony’s contribution to the University,” said Dr. Willie McKether, vice president for diversity and inclusion.

The Tony Quinn We Are STEMM Fellowship Fund has been created to support the initiative to ensure ongoing support of underrepresented graduate students in STEMM disciplines — scholars so important to Quinn.

For more information about donating to the fund, visit utfoundation.org/give/quinnfellowship.

Women & Philanthropy to donate 1,000 books to second-grade classrooms

Women & Philanthropy and the Judith Herb College of Education at The University of Toledo are donating approximately 1,000 books to Toledo Public Schools.

The books will be distributed to 33 second-grade classrooms at 19 TPS schools.

Marcy McMahon, the chair of Women & Philanthropy, and Dr. Romules Durant, TPS superintendent, will present the books to representatives of each school Thursday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. at Old Orchard Elementary School.

“Second grade is a critical year for learning to read,” said Dr. Thea Sawicki, chair of the Holiday Project for Women & Philanthropy and professor in the UT Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. “Choosing one grade to focus on allows us to support more schools.”

As part of its 2017 Holiday Project titled “Encouraging Early Literacy,” Women & Philanthropy partnered with the UT Judith Herb College of Education to raise funds to provide scholastic books for elementary classrooms in TPS schools. Women & Philanthropy will continue to raise funds throughout 2018 with the goal of donating books to all second-grade classrooms in each of the 40 TPS schools this year.

“Our faculty is deeply committed to working collaboratively with our school partners to improve early literacy,” said Dr. Virginia Keil, interim dean of the UT Judith Herb College of Education. “Our partnership with Woman & Philanthropy has allowed the college to work with TPS leaders to place high-interest books in second-grade classrooms. We hope that making books readily accessible to students will encourage reading and ultimately help to improve academic achievement.”

“We are incredibly grateful that the UT Judith Herb College of Education and Women & Philanthropy have chosen to support classrooms throughout TPS schools, including Old Orchard, which is right in the neighborhood of the University,” Durant said. “As a College of Education graduate, I’m especially proud of this partnership to serve our students.”

Women & Philanthropy, which was founded in 2006, has gifted more than $424,000 in grants across campus and has 80 active members consisting of both UT alumni and community members.

Rockets fall to Buffalo, 76-66, in MAC Championship Game

A valiant effort by a gritty Toledo team came up short as the Rockets fell to Buffalo, 76-66, in the championship game of the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament action at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Saturday.

Toledo (23-11) was led by junior guard Jaelen Sanford’s 20 points.

Jaelen Sanford led the Rockets with 20 points in the MAC Tournament Championship Game.

Freshman guard Marreon Jackson added 13 points, while sophomore forward Willie Jackson contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Sanford and Marreon Jackson each were named to the all-tournament team.

The Rockets will have to wait until Sunday night to find out if their season will continue in post-season play.

Playing without MAC Player of the Year Tre’Shaun Fletcher, the Rockets stuck with No. 1 seed Buffalo (26-8) most of the way until a 9-0 Bull run late in the game broke open a close game.

Marreon Jackson’s three-pointer tied it at 63-63 with 5:32 left. But Buffalo’s Wes Clark hit a jumper and a pair of free throws, followed by three-pointer and a layup from Nick Perkins to open a lead that Toledo could not counter.

The Rockets were only able to score three points in the final five minutes of play, sealing their fate.

Toledo shot 36.8 percent (21 of 57) from the floor, 7-of-22 (31.8 percent) from three-point range. The Rockets had a season-low seven assists.

Rockets edge EMU, 64-63, advance to MAC Tournament Championship Game

Freshman guard Marreon Jackson nailed a three-point field goal with nine seconds left to give No. 2 seed Toledo a dramatic 64-63 victory over No. 3 seed Eastern Michigan in semifinal Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament action at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Friday.

Jackson’s clutch three-pointer was his eighth triple of the evening, a career-high, helping him rack up a career-best 26 points on the evening.

Freshman guard Marreon Jackson scored a career-high 26 points, including eight three-pointers. He played all but two minutes of the game.

EMU had a chance to win the game, but Kevin McAdoo’s driving shot did not find the mark. The ball went out of bounds after the miss with 0.8 seconds on the clock. Following a video review, the officials ruled that the clock should have run out, thus ending the game at that point.

Toledo (23-10) will play No. 1 seed Buffalo (25-8) in the MAC Championship Game Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m.

 in Cleveland.

Jackson’s huge game was especially vital as Toledo was forced to play without senior guard and MAC Player of the Year Tre’Shaun Fletcher, who came out with a knee injury after making a layup on the Rockets’ first possession of the game. His status for Saturday’s game is unknown.

Another Jackson, sophomore forward Willie Jackson, added a career-high 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Rockets.

Eastern Michigan (21-12) was led by junior guard Paul Jackson’s 26 points.