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May 30 event to feature visual displays of UT students’ work

Catch an early glimpse of a multidisciplinary video project The University of Toledo’s College of Communication and the Arts students have been working on over the past semester at the Toledo Botanical Garden’s one night only event.

garden-after-dark-2015subThe event titled “The Garden After Dark” will take place Saturday, May 30, from 7 to 11 p.m. and will feature visual displays, performances and refreshments from various community members and businesses.

“Nathan Mattimoe, a former art student, who is part of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo and works with the Toledo Botanical Garden, approached me and asked if we would be interested in working with the Toledo Botanical Garden on a projection-based event,” said Barry Whittaker, UT assistant professor of art.

Students’ works will be displayed through projection installations during the event.

“There will be two main sites, one mixed with work from film students and with animations from the Art Department, and another highlighting a multidisciplinary project that involves creating an educational pilot episode for WGTE,” Whittaker said.

The multidisciplinary project involves classes from the Communication, Theatre and Film, and Art departments and is still in development.

Tickets for the event are $15 and can be purchased here.

For more information, visit toledogarden.org/events/garden-after-dark-2015 or call the Toledo Botanical Garden special event line at 419.536.5588.

National expert in legal education, property law named college dean

A national leader in legal education and property law will become The University of Toledo College of Law’s next dean, pending approval by UT’s Board of Trustees, University officials announced today.



Benjamin Barros, associate dean of academic affairs at Widener University’s School of Law in Harrisburg, Pa., will be the college’s next leader following a national search.

“Ben Barros has extensive experience in legal education and in the practice of law at two of the nation’s top law firms, each with an international footprint,” said John Barrett, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “As dean, Ben will bring with him innovative educational approaches that respond to the changes in the legal profession and ensure our law graduates continue to leave UT a step ahead of their peers as they pursue employment.”

Barros said the strength of UT’s law school was one of the key components that attracted him to the position.

“UT’s law graduates have some of the best bar passage rates in both Ohio and Michigan and a big part of that is unquestionably the stellar faculty that comprise the College of Law,” Barros said. “Faculty are regularly advancing national legal conversations in their published scholarship and are frequently the voices media at a national level reach out to for expertise.

“The result is an alumni base that is very successful in the profession and holds many prestigious and influential positions across the country,” Barros said, also noting the college has positioned itself very competitively with its current tuition pricing.

Barros also emphasized the importance of a continued partnership with the local legal community for the college and UT’s students.

Prior to joining Widner University, Barros worked as an attorney at the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP, and before that at Debevoise & Plimpton, both in New York City. He has taught at Fordham University and Catholic University.

Immediately after graduating law school at Fordham, Barros clerked for Judge Milton Pollack of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in philosophy from Colgate University and the University of Maryland, respectively.

Barros is the founding editor of the Journal of Law, Property and Society. He was one of the youngest educators to serve on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools and has served as chair of its Property Section as well as president of the Association for Law, Property and Society.

Earlier this year, he published a textbook on property law with Aspen and Wolters Kluwer and has been published in leading philosophy journals including Philosophy of Science and Synthese.

A recipient of Widner law school’s outstanding faculty award this spring, Barros said student success is the primary goal.

“The most rewarding part of being a law professor to me is seeing the transformation of my students in law school and following their career success,” he said.

Barrett also thanked Daniel Steinbock for his service as the college’s dean since 2011. He also served as interim dean in 2010.

“Under Dean Steinbock’s leadership, UT law graduates passed the bar exam at some of the highest rates in Michigan and Ohio,” Barrett said. “From faculty scholarship, to fundraising, to community engagement, Dan is leaving the deanship in a much stronger state. I know I speak for many when I say thank you for all he has accomplished on behalf of UT.”

Repairs underway to waterlines near Student Union

Crews are continuing work over the holiday weekend to replace waterlines near the Student Union and Carlson Library.

Water has been turned off to both buildings to allow for repairs following a water main break earlier this month outside the Student Union. Portable toilets, hand-washing stations, bottled water and maintained life safety systems have allowed for continued limited operations.

Water service will be restored to the buildings after the approximately 100 feet of waterlines are replaced and the buildings will then be fully reopened to the public; however, they will be under a boil water drinking advisory for 72 hours.

University officials apologize for the inconvenience and will continue to update the campus community on the progress.

‘The Relevant University’ to air May 26

Tune in to “The Relevant University” Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. on AM 760 WJR.

Relevant U logo 2014International recruiting will be the topic of this month’s show.

Mary-Bec Gwyn, associate vice president for branding and creative services at The University of Toledo, will be joined by Mark Schroeder, UT director of international admissions, for the program.

Their guests will be:

• Lewis Cardenas, dean of international enrollment at Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, N.J.;

• Jennifer Brook, director of international student recruitment and marketing at Foothill and De Anza Community Colleges, Los Altos Hills, Calif.; and

• Lou Greenwald, director of university relations at KIC UnivAssist, which has offices in Summit, N.J., and Mumbai, India.

The University of Toledo and Detroit’s WJR Radio produce the monthly, hourlong program that explores the critical role higher education plays in our world.

Listen at utoledo.edu/therelevantuniversity, WJR 760 AM or wjr.com.

Credit union branch in Student Union to move downstairs this month

The UT Federal Credit Union soon will be relocated from the third floor of the Student Union to the first floor in room 1570.

UToledo-Federal-Credit-Union-final“We needed more space and greater visibility,” said Kara Mominee, marketing manager of the UT Federal Credit Union. “The new location is more convenient for our members, as well as being right next to Rocky’s Technology Central, with whom we have a special financing offer with.”

The new location will offer the same services, including short-term loans for purchases at Rocky’s Technology Central and Rocket Wireless.

In addition, an ATM will be available.

“A lot of members are excited about the ATM since we didn’t have one at our old location,” Mominee said.

“The ATM will be located outside of the new location, so it will be available even when the credit union isn’t open.”

The credit union’s third-floor location will continue to be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the move at the end of May.

“The credit union will close for one day for the move and then return to normal operating hours,” Mominee said. “We will be updating our members as soon as we figure out specific dates.”

For updates, visit the UT Federal Credit Union on Facebook here.

For more information on services, visit uoftfcu.com.

Department of Music to present summer workshops

The University of Toledo Department of Music is offering four music workshops in June and July.

The workshops that will be offered are:

• Janus Vocal Arts Festival — Thursday through Sunday, June 4-14

music campFaculty: Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini
Ages: 12 and older
Adult track — Thursday through Sunday, June 4-14
Study and performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”
Performance dates: Friday and Saturday, June 12-13, at 7:30 p.m.
Participant fee: $550

High school track — Monday through Sunday, June 8-14
Voice training, personal coaching, concert preparation
Concert date: Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
Participant fee: $200

Youth track — Wednesday through Sunday, June 10-14
Acting classes, voice lessons, music theater
Performance date: Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
Participant fee: $160

Register by Friday, May 29; payment is due first day of track.

To register and learn more, click here.

• Flute Camp — Monday through Friday, June 8-12

Tse watches flute playersFaculty: Joel Tse, principal flute with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and UT flute instructor, and Amy Heritage, flutist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Suzuki flute instructor
Ages: Elementary school through adult
Track 1 — Suzuki book 1 and 2 and beginning band (Heritage) — $150/week (mornings-only workshop)
Track 2 — Intermediate and advanced (Tse)
— $300/week (full day) or $65 per day if attending less than five days

Special guest Robert Johnson of Flute Specialists will present a flute repair and care workshop.

Additional workshops for all participants will be offered in yoga and breathing, and music and movement, and for younger students, flute crafts and stories.

A concert performed by all students will conclude the workshop Friday, June 12.

Register by Friday, June 5; payment due Monday, June 8.

To register and learn more, click here.

• 2015 UT Summer Jazz Institute — Sunday through Wednesday, June 14-20

SJIcomboFaculty: Jay Rinsen Weik, guitar; Norm Damschroder, assistant director, bass; Gunnar Mossblad, director, saxophone; Tad Weed, piano; Dr. Olman Piedra, percussion
Ages: 12 and older
Tracks: Vocal, instrumental, teacher-training, jazz appreciation

The UT Summer Jazz Institute is the place where all levels of jazz students can discover and achieve their jazz potential through the study of jazz in one of four exceptional programs: instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, teacher training and jazz appreciation. The teacher-training track is flexible to fit the participant’s time and needs. It provides enough contact hours for one to three hours of continuing education. Check with the school district for its continuing education policies and forms.

Register by Monday, June 1, or a $25 late fee will apply; payment due Friday, June 12.

To register and learn more, click here.

Summer Strings — July 14, 16, 21, 23, 26

Faculty: Cecilia Johnson, director
Ages: 18 and older
Track: Adult amateur musician

Summer Strings will meet twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. This strings workshop (violin, viola, cello and bass) is for the adult amateur musician who is looking for a fun music experience that will keep playing skills sharp over the summer plus provide an opportunity for concert performance. Participants are asked to attend at least two of the rehearsals and the final session Sunday, July 26, which will be the concert performance at 3 p.m.

Fees: $90 (all five sessions) or $25 per session for those who cannot attend all rehearsals

Register by Friday, July 10; payment due Friday, July 10.

To register or for more information, call the Music Department at 419.530.2448 or provide contact information — phone and/or email — and indicate instrument when mailing in payment.

Please note: Participants younger than 18 must complete and have a parent or guardian sign the permission/medical consent form.

For more information, go to the UT Department of Music Summer Workshops website here.

Fundraiser to benefit local charity, support pet education programs

A local organization working to provide proper care and training for pets, including the so-called bully breeds, will host a fundraiser to garner support for its mission.

petbullproject imageToledo’s PET Bull Project will a host a fundraiser at Twylite Thursdays — an event put on for local charities — Thursday, May 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pinnacle in Maumee.

The event, which costs $10 to get in, will include music from the Blind Dog Boogie Band, a cash bar, and a silent auction featuring Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Browns memorabilia, photography packages, and painted portrait of your pet. Half the proceeds will go toward Toledo’s PET Bull Project to help fund programs.

“Fundraiser’s like Twylite Thursdays are the only way we keep our doors open at the PET Bull Education Center,” said Cynthia Reinsel, founder and president of the organization. “This education center opened in January 2012 and is where we hold classes for young people to talk about pet safety, responsible pet ownership and animal cruelty. We are all volunteers, and the only way we continue to support our mission is through private donations and fundraising.”

The local nonprofit organization uses the model PET: Prevent animal cruelty and dog fighting, Educate on the importance to spay and neuter, and Train pets and people to be breed advocates. It offers a variety of classes and programs, ranging from dog training, safety education, and the Pawsitive Reading Program — an initiative used to teach kids confidence in reading through therapeutic interactions with dogs. Volunteers and trainers also work to have dogs adopted and with area veterinarians to prevent overpopulation of pets in shelters.

“I have poured my heart and soul into this project for four years now and believe in what we are doing 100 percent,” Reinsel, secretary 2 in the UT Department of Pediatrics, said. “I know we have made a difference in our community from the outcome measurements we have collected. I believe that if we are to change the amount of animal cruelty cases and irresponsible pet ownership problems in this country we have to start with our young people.”

For people who are unable to attend but would still like to donate to the project, contact Reinsel at director@toledospetbullproject.com.

For more information on the project, visit toledospetbullproject.com.

Trustees approve new contract with faculty union

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

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

The union membership ratified the collective bargaining agreements May 5.

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

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

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

Regional accounting professionals to celebrate UT Accounting Department’s accreditation

Accounting professionals from throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan will attend a celebratory dinner recognizing the recent departmental accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business of the Accounting Department in The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation.

The event will be held Tuesday, May 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Inverness Club in Toledo.

Accounting logoThe Accounting Department received notification of the accreditation in March, following an on-site review of the program by the association accreditation team earlier this year. It was the first attempt by the Accounting Department to obtain the distinctive accreditation.

“This is a voluntary accreditation obtained by only 1.3 percent (183 institutions) of accounting programs in business schools around the world,” said Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, professor and chair of accounting, “and it would not have happened without the extensive and generous support the Accounting Department has received from accounting professionals in the regional business community. Their continuing involvement with our students and graduates through mentoring, internships, jobs and financial support significantly contributes to our program’s success, so we wanted to thank the individuals and companies in the accounting profession for their mutually beneficial relationships with the college.”

He added, “The expertise of these accounting professionals creates a high standard of performance that both informs and inspires our students, which further ensures employers in this region and across the country that our accounting department graduates are ready to perform on day one of their jobs.”

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is composed of educational institutions, businesses and other organizations devoted to the advancement of higher education, and is the premier accrediting agency of collegiate business schools and accounting programs worldwide.

Advanced Leadership Academy enhances futures of UT students

About 100 University of Toledo students from across campus took a major step to enhance their personal and professional lives recently as they participated in the sixth annual Advanced Leadership Academy, which was presented by the College of Business and Innovation.

Dr. Clint Longenecker, Stranahan Professor of Management, talked to students attending the Advanced Leadership Academy.

Dr. Clint Longenecker, Stranahan Professor of Management, talked to students attending the Advanced Leadership Academy.

Students were invited to participate in the academy based on their academic and professional records of success as well as the recommendations of graduate faculty. Academy members included master’s and doctoral students from most colleges across the University.

“It is always very exciting to bring together some of our best and brightest graduate students from across our campus to link up with outstanding leaders from a wide variety of professions and disciplines,” said Dr. Clint Longenecker, Stranahan Professor of Management and Advanced Leadership Academy program coordinator. “It is a unique and true cross-campus learning experience for everyone.”

“This academy exposes students to cutting-edge leadership theory and practices,” he added. “All disciplines, be it engineering, health care, pharmacy, business or science, need strong, effective, character-driven leadership.”

Community leaders participating in a panel discussion during the last class were, from left, Steven Cavanaugh, executive vice president and chief operating officer of HCR ManorCare Inc.; Joseph Zerbey, president and general manager for The Blade and chair of the UT Board of Trustees; and Michael Miller, CEO of Waterford Bank Ltd.

Community leaders participating in a panel discussion during the last class were, from left, Steven Cavanaugh, executive vice president and chief operating officer of HCR ManorCare Inc.; Joseph Zerbey, president and general manager for The Blade and chair of the UT Board of Trustees; and Michael Miller, CEO of Waterford Bank Ltd.

Students had the opportunity to learn success and leadership principles from a diverse group of speakers that included Joseph Zerby, president and general manager for The Blade and chair of the UT Board of Trustees; Steven M. Cavanaugh, executive vice president and chief operating officer of HCR ManorCare Inc.; Dan Rogers, CEO of the Cherry Street Mission; and Chad Bringman, CEO of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“What a phenomenal personal and professional development experience,” said Jenna LaSota, a master of science in biomedical sciences, human donation science, and professional science candidate in the College of Medicine and Life Science and the College of Business and Innovation. “Not only did we learn how to become an emotionally intelligent, results-oriented leader, we were able to hear current leaders from around the area. During each session, the panel discussion participants varied in background, but each of them had invaluable coaching and career advice to share.”

Michael Miranda, a PhD candidate in chemical engineering, noted, “The Advanced Leadership Academy has been a great experience. The program highlighted the qualities that make a successful leader, with emphasis on emotional intelligence, work relationships and public service. The panel discussion gave us insight to successful leadership and their experiences.”

Puja Pradhan, a graduate student in physics and astronomy, said, “I am an international student from Kathmandu, Nepal. I have been at UT for almost five years, and now I am in a stage where I should start looking for the job. So I wanted to take part in this program for my personal development; it really helped me to build self-confidence and better prepared me for the job market.”

Yuriy Romanovich Yatskiv, a graduate student in the field of bioinformatics on Health Science Campus, said, “I would recommend attending to anyone who is serious about their professional future. The Advanced Leadership Academy will teach you and show you what it takes to be a real leader.”

Jangus B. Whitner, a 2016 doctor of pharmacy candidate in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, said, “This program opened my eyes to new concepts and shed light on unique ways of thinking about traditional approaches to leadership. The energy of this academy is one that breeds positivity, learning and teamwork. I have already begun reflecting and implementing new habits and methods of leadership into my daily routine.”

Garrett Keeton, who anticipates graduating from the Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration Joint Degree Program in 2016, said, “I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude at the privilege of being involved in such a wonderful experience, and I would be remiss if I did not note Dr. Longenecker first and foremost. He contained such energy and zeal that it would have been a difficult task to not be motivated and enthusiastic. The greatest point, in my opinion, was made by panelist Dr. [Thomas] Schwann [chief of staff of UT Medical Center, the S. Amjad Hussain Professor of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and division chief of cardiothoracic surgery, and director of UT Health’s Heart and Vascular Center] when he discussed the concept of servant leadership and how it becomes an essential part of being a results-driven manager.”

Longenecker thanked Michael Miller, CEO of Waterford Bank Ltd., for his ongoing support of this year’s Advance Leadership Academy.

Miller said, “As a two-time graduate of the College of Business and Innovation, it is great to give back to this terrific institution, which has had a powerful impact on my life and career.”

Longenecker also extended his thanks to Dr. Gary Insch, dean of the College of Business and Innovation, for his strong support for the academy.