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Construction on Bancroft Street set to start July 24

Two projects on Bancroft Street will mean traffic by the University will be a bit slower for a few months.

Lane restrictions between University Hills Boulevard/North Towerview Boulevard and Parkside Boulevard for the Bancroft Street Road Reconstruction Project are slated to begin Monday, July 24.

Traffic will be maintained in both directions during this project, which is scheduled to be complete in November 2018.

In addition, there will be a sewer line installed on Bancroft Street between Meadowwood Drive and Westwood Avenue. That project also is scheduled to start Monday, July 24.

This work will require closures of University Hills Boulevard and Bancroft Street for three to five days, according to Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation.

He added UT officials have met with members of the Toledo Division of Transportation and requested the closure take place before Sunday, Aug. 20, and the start of fall semester.

“We will announce when that closure is scheduled and keep the campus community informed as we receive updates from the city of Toledo on these two road projects,” said Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation.

Visitors to Main Campus can continue to use the north entrance off Bancroft during the reconstruction, but are encouraged to use the west entrance off Secor Road or the south entrance off Dorr Street to avoid traffic congestion due to the project.

New work order software rolled out

To better serve the campus community, Facilities and Construction has implemented new maintenance request software, SchoolDude.

All facilities and maintenance requests should be made online to utoledo.edu/facilities/requests.html.

Users must register with the UT account number 1382162944 before entering work requests.

Once registered, users can follow the prompts and enter the work order, including maintenance, custodial or housekeeping, and sign shop requests.

In addition, users may log in at any time to check the status of the request and check the status of prior requests.

Emergencies should continue to be called to the following numbers: Main Campus and Scott Park Campus, 419.530.1000; and Health Science Campus, 419.383.5353.

For questions about the new software, contact Rebecca Smith, manager of work control, at 419.530.1409.

Law student recognized for oral advocacy at international moot court competition

For the last several years, the UT College of Law has sent a team of students to China to compete in the Beijing Foreign Studies University-Wanhuida Cup Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition.

This year’s team — Victor Aberdeen, Jason Csehi, Alex Bayoneto and Patrick Charest — competed against teams from China, Australia, Taiwan and the United States. The team was coached by Bernadette Delgado, a law student who competed in last year’s competition.


The team faced incisive questions from the competition judges, who were intellectual property attorneys, law professors, and the chief judge of the District Intellectual Property Court of China.

Charest’s oral arguments and responses to questions were praised by the judges, who named him one of four “Best Oralists” in the competition.

According to Delgado, Charest’s win was well-deserved. “Patrick had a solid grasp of the problem and both sides of the argument,” she said. “He was very persuasive in his arguments and knew the applicable Chinese law and cases well enough to support his position.”

Because this competition brings together both native and non-native English speakers to argue unique questions of Chinese intellectual property law, the judging is different from a typical moot court competition.

“The judges give greater weight to the quality and substance of the answer rather than the style of the oralist,” explained Professor Llewellyn Gibbons, faculty adviser to the team. “Patrick’s answers impressed a panel of Chinese law experts with his mastery of Chinese intellectual property law, as well as principles of trademark law drawn from the U.S., the E.U. and the Paris Convention.”

UTMC Emergency Department to participate in active shooter training July 21

In an effort to better prepare for the unexpected, members of The University of Toledo Medical Center Emergency Department will participate in an active shooter training exercise Friday, July 21.

During the drill, which will take place at 5 a.m. in the hospital, emergency physicians, nurses and other staff will be tested on their ability to make decisions on patient care and self-preservation and whether it is appropriate to run, hide or fight. In anticipation of the announced drill, staff members have been reviewing emergency procedures.

The UTMC Security Department and UT Police Department will lead the training scenario, which will include a volunteer simulating an active shooter entering the building and opening fire. The drill will last about 15 minutes with a debrief session afterward to discuss how the staff responded.

The training exercise is part of ongoing efforts to better prepare and protect the health and safety of faculty, staff, students and campus visitors. UTMC nurse leaders participated in a training exercise last year, and UTPD routinely trains for active shooter scenarios.

To review UT’s safety procedures and plans, visit the UT Environmental Health and Radiation Safety Department website.

International Youth Academy set for July 23-Aug. 5

The Center for International Studies and Programs, in conjunction with Toledo Sister Cities, will welcome students from around the world for the 2017 International Youth Academy scheduled for Sunday, July 23, through Saturday, Aug. 5, on The University of Toledo’s Main Campus.

Students who participate in the International Youth Academy, a special cultural program for high school-aged youth 14 to 17 from around the world, can improve their conversational English, develop new understanding of teens from different cultures, and gain lifetime friendships, all while having fun.

Students who participated in last year’s International Youth Academy posed for a photo at the Toledo Museum of Art.

“The University of Toledo and Toledo Sister Cities International have a long standing relationship; this relationship has evolved into a partnership to implement the International Youth Academy program,” said Dr. Sammy Spann, assistant vice provost for international studies and programs. “This summer we are welcoming high school students from Japan, Tanzania and the United States. This program provides us the opportunity to showcase the city of Toledo, as well as The University of Toledo. The city of Toledo has a great wealth of opportunities to offer the international community, and this program allows us to gain exposure in the international arena.” 

“Toledo Sister Cities International is proud of its nationally acclaimed alliance with The University of Toledo’s Center for International Studies and Programs,” said James Hartung, vice president of the Toledo Sister Cities International Board of Trustees. “In my mind there is no greater pride than the pride I ascribe to our UT/Sister Cities co-sponsorship of the International Youth Academy. Our shared commitment to creatively foster the development of a corps of young citizen-of-the-world diplomats through the International Youth Academy exemplifies the synergy between UT and Sister Cities.”

International Youth Academy is a special cultural two-week program that enriches high school students’ global awareness and English language. The program is designed for students to share their thoughts and experiences with teenagers from other countries. American youth diplomats work side by side with students to assist them with English, learn about the students’ traditions and culture, and share interests. English classes, language games, cultural activities, field trips and hands-on team building events all aid in improving students’ conversational English.

“We are happy to host the International Youth Academy on UT’s campus. The high school students have the opportunity to experience campus life by residing in one of our residence halls and engaging with The University of Toledo students,” said Kayann Carlson, who is coordinating this program for the Center for International Studies and Programs. “We have added a new twist to the program: This year we will have junior ambassadors. Junior ambassadors are American students in the same age group as the program participants. The ambassador program allows the students to build relationships with American students within their age group. Additionally, the American junior ambassadors are able to gain an international perspective while remaining in the United States.”

This summer’s International Youth Academy program will host nine students from Japan, two students from Tanzania, and five junior ambassador students from the United States.

Program highlights will include targeted English second language instruction and development of cultural awareness through outings to Cedar Point, Toledo Zoo, Toledo Mud Hens game, and the Toledo Art Museum. 

For the third year, The Blade will support the International Youth Academy.  The Blade staff will provide education on the concept of free press and teach the process of interviewing and reporting. In addition, The Blade is sponsoring several of the student outings.

Study abroad trip broadens business horizons for students

As soon as spring semester ended and the last graduates walked off the stage with their cherished diplomas, dozens of College of Business and Innovation students embarked on an engaging study abroad program to London and Berlin.

All College of Business and Innovation students — all majors — are strongly encouraged to study abroad during their undergraduate degree program. Study abroad programs can assist students in the development of academic, intellectual, personal, professional and cross-cultural skills.

Business students smiled for the camera in front of one of London’s gates.

These two- to three-week study abroad programs are led by College of Business faculty members, with Carol Sullinger and Dean Gary Insch leading May’s trip. Examples of College of Business faculty trips include eastern Europe, western Europe and Asia. Opportunities vary from year to year.

“I teach both marketing and international business classes and have experience in industry international business,” Sullinger said. “The trip is designed to be an immersion into the business culture, which includes the economic, political and cultural environments of a country. Those are the foundations of the business environment, and the trip is an experiential way to learn. The idea is to experience both the differences and the similarities of the different countries.

“My role was co-teaching the class with the dean throughout the semester in preparation for the trip, as well as planning the company, educational and cultural visits, everything from picking the hotels and assigning roommates to coordinating travel plans and the itinerary throughout the trip,” she added. “I think one of the really special parts of the trip was for the students to spend 10 days with the dean of the College of Business and Innovation. It was a privilege for all of us to learn from his knowledge and experience.”  

Business students met with members of a real estate agency in London.

“I went on this trip because I thought it was a great opportunity to squeeze in an extra class while being able to travel abroad and immerse myself into new cultures,” said Alex Odenweller, who majors in finance and accounting. “The biggest thing I learned was that the cultural and language barriers in European countries were more apparent than I thought they were. These barriers sometimes made it difficult to travel around the cities and immerse into the cultures.”

“I would definitely recommend this class to everyone,” Natalie Zerucha said. “I believe everyone should experience a culture change to make us as Americans realize how fortunate we are, as well as to show them that companies overall operate the same as we do and that it would be interesting to work with a business overseas.

The students also visited St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

“All businesses have the same sort of cycle no matter where you are in the world,” Zerucha added. “They might operate differently but they get their products from somewhere and someone else packages those products, so that is supply chain. Someone deals with their numbers. They market. I learned if you have an idea, run with it and see where it takes you, like Passle for example; they failed a few times, but they got back up and readjusted how they wanted to do things and be an asset to the business world. I also learned that you have to go with the trends to stay in the market, like QVC.”

Odenweller said, “The best experience for me was becoming very good friends with some of the people on the trip. I didn’t know anyone before going on the trip, and when I left I had made a whole new group of friends. Being able to experience everything London and Berlin had to offer with a group of friends made the trip an even greater experience. I would say that this trip was one of the best experiences I have ever had, and I would go on it again in a heartbeat.”

“My favorite part of the trip was watching each student grow,” Sullinger said. “We had a wide variety of travel experience in the group; one student had never been on a plane, and another was a graduate student who did international medical device sales for his career. The group bonded in so many ways. One of the students who had never run a 10K in his life decided to enter and compete in one in London. His roommate on the trip went with him to cheer him on. The whole group, after learning of his accomplishment, congratulated him for days. I have many more of those stories, and each one was really rewarding to see. Watching each student grow is what I love about teaching.”

The location of next year’s trip will be determined before the fall semester starts. Anyone interested can contact Sullinger at carol.sullinger@utoledo.edu.

“The dean and I are looking forward to another great trip with up to 20 students in May 2018,” she said.

Parking garages scheduled to reopen

The east and west garages on Main Campus are set to reopen Wednesday, July 19.

“We had the chance to install supplemental horizontal reinforcement and complete other repairs, such as floor patching and caulking replacement, which addressed maintenance issues that arise due to the winter months’ freeze and thaw cycle,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation.

Americans With Disabilities Act improvements also were addressed in the structures, he added, along with restriping the spaces and washing the driving areas and stairwells.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to address the annual maintenance for the parking garages,” Collins said.

Glacity Theatre Collective to present world premiere of ‘Falling Short’

It’s Feb. 1, 2003. Space Shuttle Columbia has just disintegrated upon re-entry. What kind of person would see this horrible disaster as an opportunity?

Meet Ed and Tony. On a quest for Shuttle parts — as souvenirs or possibly to sell on eBay — the two men journey through the Piney Woods of east Texas, arguing conspiracy theories, ridiculing Nazis, dissing English literature, confessing peculiar secrets, and contemplating their own failed existence.

Texas playwright Wolfgang Paetzel vividly remembers that day: “The Columbia disaster happened right over my house. I should have noticed the loud booms and rattling of windows, but I was too preoccupied chasing a screaming toddler. At that moment, in my own little universe, a poopy diaper was more pressing. ‘Falling Short’ features many folks in similar situations — but only one poopy diaper.”

In this multimedia piece, Ed and Tony will be played live by Drew Wheeler and Dr. Edmund B. Lingan, UT associate professor and chair of theatre and film, as they interact with video segments incorporating actors from both Texas and Ohio.

“East Texas has a distinct natural environment that is different from the rest of Texas,” said Lingan, who, like Paetzel, grew up in that area. “Wolfgang has done an amazing job of capturing the look and the language of the region, and he has really caught the essence of the people we grew up with.”

The production is directed by Lingan, with video segments created by Paetzel and UT alumna Megan Aherne, and set and lighting design by James S. Hill, UT professor emeritus of theatre.

The soundtrack showcases music from obscure Texas garage bands as well as Lone Star legends, including The Blanks, Texas Belairs, Ran, Homer Henderson, Sled, Culturcide, Roy Bennett, and The Peenbeets.

“Falling Short” will run Thursday through Saturday, July 20-22, in the UT Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre. All performances will be at 8 p.m. The doors will open one half hour prior to curtain.

Tickets are $15 at the door or in advance online here. Student tickets are $10 with a valid ID and are available only at the door.

For more information, go to glacity.org.

University College adviser selected for award in excellence

Whether students, faculty or staff, those tied to The University of Toledo know just how important the role of an adviser is.

Melissa Gleckler, senior specialist for prior learning and credit assessment, was recognized for her achievements in advising by the Ohio Academic Advising Association June 16 at its annual conference held at Cleveland State University. Gleckler was presented with the Advising Excellence Award, which she was nominated for by Deb Sobczak, director of student services for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and DeMya Wimberly, success coach and pre-major adviser for exploratory studies.

Melissa Gleckler posed for a photo with the Advising Excellence Award she received at the Ohio Academic Advising Association’s annual conference last month in Cleveland.

“It is an honor to be recognized by my peers as an exemplary adviser for the state of Ohio,” Gleckler said. “It is important that we not only support our students, but also support each other. Receiving the state advising award is a wonderful way to celebrate my 10th year in higher education here at UT.”

Gleckler, who completed both bachelor’s and a master’s degrees at UT, said she hadn’t planned on working in higher education.

“Higher education is actually my second career, and an accidental one, at that. My bachelor’s degree is in broadcast communication, and I worked in TV production for many years. I often found myself in teaching and training situations, which is what led me to pursue a master’s degree and commute my career to higher education.

“I’m currently pursuing a PhD in educational technology, which I find to be a marriage between my two careers, both of which I have enjoyed immensely,” she said.

Wiona Porath, who at the time was president of the Ohio Academic Advising Association, sent Gleckler the notification of her award. She transitioned to past-president at the conference.

“I have known [Gleckler] since 2007, when I worked at UT. I was so pleased that the awards committee selected her to receive the Excellence in Advising Award for the Ohio Academic Advising Association,” Porath said. “It was such a joy for me to let Mel know she would be the recipient of the 2017 award. It was even more exciting to be able to present the award to her at our annual conference.”

“Universities can be large and hard to navigate. Higher education is so different from high school. Advisers are a lifeline for students. While academic success is our main goal, I, like so many of my colleagues, believe in holistic advising to promote student success in all facets of life, well beyond the books,” Gleckler explained, when asked about the importance of good advising.

“I’ve actually had students ask me about my career path and how to become an adviser — which is a great compliment in itself. The desire to pay it forward reminds me of the impact we have on students. The best advice I have for them is to always remember their own student journey — what helped them, what they needed to know, what they know now that they wish they had known then. Sometimes a student might not know the right questions to ask, but we still have to be able to give them the answers they need. By staying in touch with the student experience, I know I can better understand and serve my students’ needs.”

Compliance training reminders, deadline extended

Based on feedback from faculty and staff, the deadline for each of the following mandatory compliance training courses has been extended to Thursday, Aug. 31, for all 12-month faculty and staff:

• Intersections: Supervisor Anti-Harassment and Title IX (all faculty and staff);

• Ohio Ethics Commission: Ethics — It’s Everybody’s Business (all faculty and staff); and

• HIPAA Basics (only for Health Science Campus faculty and staff, plus those on Main Campus assigned this course because of their direct or indirect ties to patient care).

Nine-month, 10-month and part-time faculty, staff, supervisors and UT student employees will receive notification on or about Sept. 1 to take their assigned courses, and their deadline to complete the above courses has been extended to Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow sufficient time for completion.

Please reserve at least 60 to 90 minutes to complete each class online.

To access the courses, you may continue to use the email invitations you received (and use the Begin Training button contained therein), or you also may access your assigned courses via myUT in the Training and Career Development section; please read the instruction sheet available there before beginning the course work.

When you complete the Intersections course (and if you are required to complete the HIPAA course), an electronic record will be made so Human Resources and Talent Development will have your course completion on file. However, when you access the Ohio Ethics Commission course, you are linked directly to the Ohio Ethics Commission website. Therefore, you must print your certificate of completion for this particular course and send it to trainingdevelopment@utoledo.edu. Additional instructions can be found on the course webpage.

If you already have taken any one of the above courses since January 2017, either online or in a face-to-face setting, there is no need for you to retake it or to take additional action at this time (such as submitting a certificate of completion) because Human Resources and Talent Development has your course completion data in its records.

For assistance, direct any questions about these courses or compliance training to trainingdevelopment@utoledo.edu, terrie.kovacs@utoledo.edu or keenen.fisher@utoledo.edu.