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UT Engineering Fall Career Expo slated for Sept. 26 in Savage Arena

The University of Toledo Engineering Career Development Center will host the Fall 2018 Engineering Career Expo Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Savage Arena.

“This year marks a milestone for the center: celebrating 20 years of placing more than 20,000 engineering co-ops,” said Angie Gorny, interim director of the Engineering Career Development Center.

More than 190 companies from across the United States and 700 UT engineering students and alumni are expected at the event.

Companies scheduled to participate include Automatic Handling, BP, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Dana Inc., GEM Inc., Johnson & Johnson — DePuy Synthes, First Energy Corp., GE Appliances (a Haier Co.), Honda, Libbey Inc., Matrix, Marathon Petroleum Corp., Owens Corning, Owens-Illinois Inc., PCC Airfoils, SSOE Group, and the Lathrop Co.

Employers are seeking undergraduate students to participate in engineering co-op assignments, as well as their leadership development programs, along with seniors and graduates for full-time employment.

“This event is a dynamic networking and hiring experience for students to connect with companies seeking the talent they need for success,” Gorny said. “The expo is exclusive to UT College of Engineering students who are enrolled in the mandatory co-op program, as well as UT engineering alumni searching for full-time opportunities.”

Since the launch of the co-op program, the event has grown in size each year and this fall has been relocated to Savage Arena.

“The demand for our co-op students is evidenced by the increase in the number of companies participating this fall,” Gorny said.

The college hosts semiannual career expos to offer UT students the opportunity to network with potential employers. It allows employers to meet UT students to determine if they would be a good fit in their organizations.

“The current job outlook for engineering students in The University of Toledo Engineering College is certainly bright as indicated by the record number of students registered to attend the fall expo,” Gorny said. “This reflects very positively on the quality of The University of Toledo’s engineering program and our students. It also demonstrates our vital and mutually beneficial partnership we have with our industry participants.”

The UT undergraduate mandatory co-op program is one of only eight mandatory engineering co-op programs in the country.

“Many students indicate our co-op training is the reason they attend the College of Engineering at The University of Toledo,” Gorny said. “Our students have one full year of professional engineering experience before they graduate, and they feel confident seeking full-time employment upon graduation. Co-op businesses are able to work with these students and determine how the student fits within their organization. It’s a win-win situation for our students and the companies who hire them.”

More information can be found on the College of Engineering Career Development website or by contacting Gorny at angelagorny@utoledo.edu.

‘SculptureX 2018 — Social Practice: Igniting Change’ symposium Sept. 28-29

“SculptureX 2018 — Social Practice: Igniting Change” is a two-day symposium for artists, educators, students, arts administrators, collectors, patrons and arts enthusiasts. It will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29.

The symposium will be presented through the collaborative effort of The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Contemporary Art Toledo, Owens Community College and the Toledo Museum of Art.

SculptureX is an annual symposium convened by academic institutions in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and western New York. This year, the symposium will be held at the UT Center for the Visual Arts, the Toledo Museum of Art and Bowling Green State University’s School of Art.

Now entering its ninth year, SculptureX (sculpture exchange) is intended to encourage and foster the intellectual pursuit of compassionate thinking, while discovering new forms and definitions of visual communication and understanding.


This year’s symposium will explore social practice in art, a discipline that critically and explicitly challenges existing social norms and conditions. Social practice is frequently expressed through community engagement, performative installations, political encounters and environmental activities. SculptureX 2018 will investigate current manifestations of this important field.

The keynote address for the symposium will be delivered by Mel Chin, an internationally acclaimed artist known for his use of sculpture, video and land art, among other mediums, to spread political awareness and expose social injustice. Chin’s appearance in Toledo comes on the heels of a groundbreaking multi-site exhibition in New York titled “All Over the Place.” His sculpture, “Two Me,” is on display at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Monroe Street entrance.

A second keynote address will be delivered by Laurie Jo Reynolds, an award-winning artist, policy advocate, and researcher who has dedicated two decades of work to addressing the negative representations of people in prison.


The UT Department of Art is hosting an exhibition of the work of artist and symposium presenter Jova Lynne. She is displaying “Soft Thrones,” a portion of her larger body of work titled “Sites of Power,” in the UT Center for the Visual Arts through Saturday, Oct. 27. A reception with Lynne will take place in the Center for the Visual Arts Friday, Sept. 28, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Lynne will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in BGSU’s Wolfe Center Auditorium.

Shanna Merola, a visual artist, photojournalist and activist legal worker, will speak Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. in BGSU’s Wolfe Center Auditorium. She also coordinates legal support for grassroots organizations through the Michigan Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Merola will speak about know-your-rights best practices during police encounters.

Additional programming for the two-day event includes six exhibitions, presentations by noted artists, evening networking events, and guided tours of the Toledo Museum of Art, UT Center for the Visual Arts, and Bowling Green State University’s Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery.

The cost of attending the event is $15 general admission and $10 for students. The fee covers admission to most symposium events, exhibits and receptions; however, there is a separate $10 admission to attend the SX Party Friday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Secor Building, 425 Jefferson Ave. in Toledo.

For complete details and to register for SculptureX 2018 and/or the SX Party, visit catoledo.org/sculpturex.

Wanted: Proposals for Future of Higher Education Forums

Friday, Oct. 5, is the deadline to submit program proposals for Future of Higher Education Forums.

Coordinated by the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the University Teaching Center, these new forums seek participation and expertise from UT faculty members.

“We want to talk about a variety of topics — student success, time management, creating an inclusive classroom, crisis management, using technology and innnovation in higher education, tenure and promotion, and more,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, interim associate vice provost of faculty affairs and professor of public health.

“We want to hear from faculty members who are willing to share their knowledge and experience on diverse topics with campus community members.”

Program proposals should plan for one hour of lecture with up to one hour for brainstorming and conversation. The session should identify a clear target audience and method of instruction, providing two learning objectives.

“We encourage an activity to be part of the program,” Thompson added.

Applications will be reviewed by the Office of the Provost; faculty members selected to present a forum will receive a $250 stipend.

For an application and to read more about the Future of Higher Education Forums, go to utoledo.edu/offices/provost/future-of-higher-education-forum.

Staff Leadership Development forms due Oct. 1

Applications and nominations for the second cohort of UT’s Staff Leadership Development program are being accepted through Monday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m.

The one-year program is designed to develop emerging, high-potential leaders to help them grow in their existing positions and later assume expanded leadership roles at UT.

Click here for forms and additional details.

Individuals selected to be part of the program’s second cohort will be notified by Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Staff member continues to build trust with bowling event

The sixth annual Build-A-Trust Bowl-A-Thon will take place Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. at New Glass Bowl Lanes, 5133 Telegraph Road in Toledo.

The event is intended to bridge the gap between youths in the community and local men and women in uniform — police officers, firefighters and members of the military, according to George W. Hayes Jr., UT electrician and Toledo Bowling Senate junior coordinator.

“I believe this event is a great way to bring together kids and cops in a fun atmosphere to bridge that gap and build that level of trust,” Hayes said.

The cost to bowl three games is $5 per person, including shoes. Children ages 17 and younger bowl for free courtesy of JCILH Inc. of McDonald’s in Toledo.

Music and door prizes also will be featured at the event, which is expected to bring in about 200 people.

Hayes is looking for someone to roll the first ball, an honor that went to the Toledo mayor last year.

For the sixth straight year, members of the UT Police Department will hit the lanes, and Hayes encourages all police, firefighters and military personnel to attend the bowl-a-thon.

“We must have fun in life and try to help each other,” Hayes said, “because no one can do it all alone.”

For more information, contact Hayes at george.hayes@utoledo.edu.

Forum to provide crisis training on how to help students

“Are You Student Ready? Crisis Training to Assist Students” will be the topic of the Future of Higher Education Forum Friday, Sept. 28.

The program will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. in Health and Human Services Building Rooms 1711A and B.

“These Future of Higher Education Forums are designed to discuss diverse topics that will benefit everyone on campus by featuring the expertise of our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, interim associate vice provost of faculty affairs and professor of public health. “We plan to hold forums once a month during the academic year.”

Topics and presenters at this month’s forum will be:

• “Counseling Center Resources” by Dr. Mychail Scheramic, director of the UT Counseling Center.

• “Role Plays on How to Help and Refer Students” by Dr. Jason C. Levine, associate professor of psychology and psychiatry, and director of the Psychology Clinic.

• “How to Assess At-Risk Students” by Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, associate professor of educational psychology and director of the Center for Education and Targeted Violence and Suicide.

• “Sexual Assault Resources and How to Report an Incident” by Donald Kamm, director of the Title IX and compliance.

The Future of Higher Education Forums are coordinated by the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the University Teaching Center.

Register for this month’s program and read more about the Future of Higher Education Forums, including how to submit proposals for upcoming events, at utoledo.edu/offices/provost/future-of-higher-education-forum.

Families sought for Toledo International Hospitality Program

Explore your world by becoming a friend of an international student.

The Toledo International Hospitality Program promotes friendship and cultural exchange between area residents and UT’s Center for International Studies and Programs to provide UT international students a positive, culturally rich experience outside the classroom, and to offer local citizens the opportunity and pleasure of building international friendships.

The Toledo International Hospitality Program’s Harvest Party is an annual favorite.

“Individuals and families from the community are matched with international students from all over the world and get together at least once a month to do fun things,” said Sara Clark, director of the Center for International Studies and Programs. “This program is an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures and to help our international students better integrate into life in the U.S.”

She encouraged individuals and families who would like to have this unique experience to sign up by Sunday, Sept. 23. An online application can be found at utoledo.edu/cisp/international/IEP/GO_UT/Hospitality.

Students are matched based on common interests with a community resident for a period of one year. Toledo residents will meet monthly with their students, including them in activities they enjoy, such as sightseeing, sporting events, shopping, coffee and conversation, birthdays, home-cooked meals, and holiday celebrations. American friendship partners do not provide permanent housing or assume any financial responsibility for students.

An information/orientation session for people who sign up for the program will be held on campus Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. The location will be announced through email.

There are more than 1,700 international students at the University from more than 80 countries.

The Toledo International Hospitality Program is governed by Global Opportunities UT, a community-based group, and is affiliated with the Center for International Studies and Programs at the University. The Toledo International Hospitality Program provides orientation for American friendship families as well as cross-cultural programs and group events each semester.

Toledo International Hospitality Program applicants will participate in an orientation meeting where program details will be shared along with upcoming events. A key event involves the annual Harvest Party, where participants will have the chance to meet their student(s) for the first time in the context of traditional American fall activities. This year’s Harvest Party will take place Sunday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 pm in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

The Center for International Studies and Programs supports members of the UT community, domestic and international, in their pursuit of knowledge and cultural exchanges.

Follow the center on Facebook @utcisp for future event and program information.

Registration open for early career faculty grant writing class

Non-tenured faculty who would like to learn more about effectively securing external research funding are invited to apply for a course presented by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

The UT Scholars Institute Program is designed to provide a broad overview of grant writing, from preparing a proposal to the award process.

The course, which consists of five weekly sessions throughout the month of October, also will offer tips on identifying potential funding sources and what resources UT has that can help.

Registration must be completed by Monday, Sept. 24. The program is limited to 35 participants. Only non-tenured faculty who have been at UT for less than four years may apply.

The first class will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3.

To register or for more information, visit utoledo.edu/research/rsp/SIP.html.

Traffic shifts on Bancroft Street as road replacement continues

Starting Monday, Sept. 17, traffic was moved to the outer curb lanes traveling east and west on Bancroft Street.

The parking bays on Bancroft Street are open, according to Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation.

“Drivers and pedestrians need to continue to be aware and cautious as this road work continues,” Collins said. “We appreciate everyone’s vigilance and patience.”

Road replacement is expected to be finished by November.

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.

International conference at UT to explore labor and sex trafficking in Ohio, U.S. and around the globe

The 15th Annual International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference at The University of Toledo will host almost 90 presentations from researchers, advocates and survivors over the course of two days.

Heroin as a method of control and the connection between sex trafficking and drug addiction are among the issues to be explored.

The conference, which brings the sex and labor trafficking trades out of the shadows and helps end abuse through education and advocacy, will take place Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20 and 21, in the Thompson Student Union.

UT’s Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute and the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition host the conference.

“We are celebrating 15 years of global collaboration to go beyond the idea of rescue and restore to have a profound understanding of emancipation and liberation from modern-day slavery,” Dr. Celia Williamson, UT professor of social work and director of the UT Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute, said. “This conference is an amazing experience where we see people connect to a new thought and open their hearts to vulnerable and stigmatized men and women.”

To date, the trafficking conference has welcomed presenters from 34 states and 25 countries to educate social service, health-care and criminal justice professionals on human trafficking and the needs and risks of survivors, as well as their customers and traffickers. The conference lays the groundwork for future collaborative research, advocacy and program development.

Presentations in the Thompson Student Union will include:

• “What I Wanted Was the Drugs: Heroin as a Method of Control in a Case Study on Sex Trafficking” Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. in Room 2582 by Dr. Jesse Bach, director emeritus of the Imagine Foundation; Dr. George Tsagaris, associate professor in the School of Social Work at Cleveland State University; and Christine Buddner, paralegal and member of the Cleveland State University human trafficking research team.

• “Critical Linkages: Opiate Addiction and Elevated Risk of Human Trafficking” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 11:30 a.m. in Room 3010-A by Dr. Amy Thompson, UT professor of public health and co-chair of UT’s opioid task force; Dr. Joan Duggan, chief of infectious diseases at UT Medical Center and medical director of the UT Ryan White Program; Dr. Jamie Dowling Tawes, assistant director of the UT Ryan White Program; and Courtney Stewart, social worker and chemical dependency counselor with the Toledo Lucas County Health Department’s Northwest Ohio Syringe Services harm reduction program.

• “A Childhood Sex Trafficking Survivor’s Story and Perspectives” 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in the Auditorium by Kylee Gregg, a survivor of childhood sex trafficking who wants to share her story to help save others.

• “Internet Sex Trafficking: Will the Monster Stop Growing?” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 1:30 p.m. in the Ingman Room by Maureen Guirguis, director of the Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic.

• “Theatre for Youth: A Tool for Tackling Trafficking” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10:15 a.m. in Room 3020 by Dr. Jo Beth Gonzalez, theater teacher at Bowling Green High School and leader of the BGHS Human Trafficking Awareness Troupe, which is made up of students who perform “Lily’s Shadow”; and Roxanna Schroeder-Arce, associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance and co-playwright of “Lily’s Shadow,” which illustrates signs of abuse in victims, strategies traffickers use to coerce young victims into the system, and tactics for escaping perilous situations.

• “Not #MeToo: How Gender-Based Work and Micro/Macro-Aggressions Impede Trafficking Survivors of Color From Accessing Services” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Ingman Room by Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent, a psychologist who has collaborated on projects addressing sexual violence.

• “Correlates of Human Trafficking Risk: Implications for Screening, Referral and Intervention Among Substance Abuse Populations” Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in Room 2582 by Isis Martel, medical sciences researcher at the University of Arkansas.

For additional information and a full schedule of presentations, visit traffickingconference.com.