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UT dean elected to executive committee of Association of American Law Schools

D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the UT College of Law, was elected to serve a three-year term on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) at its annual meeting in New Orleans this month.

The AALS Executive Committee is composed of nine members from across the country who are respected among their peers as leaders in legal education. Barros, an expert on property law, was one of the youngest educators to serve on the executive committee when he served a one-year term in 2014.


“Dean Barros is well-positioned to serve legal education as a member of the AALS Executive Committee,” Judith Areen, executive director of AALS, said. “His thoughtful advice and prior experience on the committee will help guide the association in our efforts to advance excellence in legal education.”

“Law and lawyers are essential to our society and our democracy, and our profession is rooted in legal education,” Barros said. “I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the AALS and its member schools as we work to shape the future of legal education and the legal profession.”

Barros joined UT as dean of the College of Law in 2015. He teaches and writes in the areas of property law and theory, regulatory takings, property law reform, and the philosophy of science. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Law, Property, and Society. In 2015, he released a casebook on property law with Aspen/Wolters Kluwer.

Prior to joining UT, Barros was the associate dean of academic affairs and professor of law at Widener University School of Law. Barros practiced as a litigator before teaching. He clerked for Judge Milton Pollack of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and later worked at the law firms of Latham & Watkins LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton, both in New York City.

Barros graduated from Fordham University School of Law, where he was an editorial board member on the Fordham Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Colgate University and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Maryland.

The Association of American Law Schools, founded in 1900, is a nonprofit association of 179 law schools. Its members enroll most of the nation’s law students and produce the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges, as well as many of its lawmakers. The association’s mission is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education. In support of this mission, AALS promotes the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity, including diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints, while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve communities — local, national and international.

Multiple diabetes resources available to UT employees

Did you know that roughly 10 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes and one-quarter of these individuals have not yet been diagnosed? In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates one-third of Americans are living with pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing diabetes.

University of Toledo Outpatient Pharmacies and Benefits are announcing a new program available this year in partnership with CerpassRx and Telcare. The BioTelcare Complimentary Diabetic Meter and Test Strip Program has many advantages over current products: a cloud-based system to replace the log book, which safely and securely shares information with your physician; access to a clinical team for additional support, including a certified diabetes educator; and continuous monitoring and real-time feedback from a dedicated clinical team.

For eligibility requirements and additional program details for the BioTelcare Complimentary Diabetic Meter and Test Strip Program, visit the Outpatient Pharmacy website.

Along with the BioTelcare program, Healthy U and UT Pharmacies also provide other resources to improve employee health, wellness and a better understanding of diabetes. Those include an on-site pharmacist who can offer personalized service. To schedule an appointment, contact Bree Meinzer, outpatient clinical pharmacist, at 419.383.1591 or breanna.meinzer@utoledo.edu. You also may visit one of the University’s pharmacists at any UT outpatient pharmacy location.

“As a pharmacist, I’m passionate about helping our employees understand their medications and health-care needs,” said Meinzer, outpatient clinical pharmacist. “I’m proud to be part of the professional team that’s committed to offering well-being programs to help faculty and staff on their health journey.”

Healthy U also offers the Prevent T2 program, a CDC-recognized, lifestyle-change program that emphasizes healthy lifestyle choices to prevent Type 2 diabetes. For more information on this free program, visit the Healthy U website.

Additionally, a variety of diabetes lifestyle management programs are available through UT Benefits plans. Visit the Benefits website for more information specific to your 2019 plan.

For questions about any diabetes program offerings, contact healthyut@utoledo.edu or breanna.meinzer@utoledo.edu.

Mascot makes kindergartner’s day, spreads Rocket cheer

Rocky made a special appearance last month to greet one of his biggest fans. After receiving kindergartner Eli Cordell’s email, UT’s mascot visited Delaware, Ohio, to surprise the Schultz Elementary School student.

Rocky ventured to Schultz Elementary School in Delaware, Ohio, to have lunch with Toledo fan Eli Cordell.

“I love Rocky the Rocket from Toledo. I think it’s funny when he dances,” Cordell wrote in his message. “I want to go to [UT] for college.”

After collaborating with Cordell’s teacher and the Schultz Elementary administration, Rocky traveled to Delaware, which is north of Columbus, and joined the young fan for lunch and met his parents and classmates.

It was important to the UT mascot to acknowledge how much Cordell’s message meant. From the expression of excitement and joy on the boy’s face, it was clear Cordell was elated.

Rocky gave the young fan UT T-shirts, stickers, a towel and a Battle of I-75 helmet statue.

Schultz Elementary Principal Travis Woodworth was impressed by Rocky’s surprise, saying the visit spoke volumes about Rocky and UT’s culture of appreciation and their support for the Schultz Elementary mission.

“His visit helped to encourage positive energy in the classroom, the importance of education, and excitement about school,” Woodworth said.

Rocky shares UT pride during athletic games, events and special engagements by request. To learn more, visit Rocky the mascot’s webpage.

Canaday Center closed for renovation

Renovations are underway in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, which is closed to the public with limited reference services.

Renovations started Jan. 17 in the Canaday Center.

Work began Jan. 17 in the exhibition area and reading room of the center, which is located on the fifth floor of Carlson Library. The project is expected to be complete in March.

“We can still assist our remote users via email or phone; however, visitors to the center must email or call ahead to make an appointment,” Sara Mouch, university archivist and curator, said.

Patrons needing assistance should email canadaycenter@utoledo.edu or call 419.530.4480.

Renovations will include replacing walls for a lighter look, upgrading electrical outlets, and installing a projector.

“We’re also planning to showcase artwork that is preserved in the center,” Mouch said.

For updates, go to the Canaday Center website.

Megabus stop moves off campus

Planning to hop on the Megabus? You’ll need to catch the coach at a new location.

The Megabus stop has moved from Scott Park Campus to Springfield Commons.

The new stop is located in the Kohl’s parking lot, adjacent to Planet Fitness, 1120 S. Holland-Sylvania Road in Holland, Ohio.

University Women’s Commission program to offer advice: ‘Just breathe’

“Just Breathe: Using Technology and Relaxation to Prevent Anxiety and Improve Stress Tolerance” will be the topic of the University Women’s Commission’s Lunch and Learn Wednesday, Jan. 23.


Dr. Michele Knox, UT professor of psychiatry, will speak at the event, which will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1035 on Health Science Campus.

Acute stress often leads to muscle tension, rapid/shallow breathing, increase in heart rate, and changes in stress hormones — adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol.

These in turn affect the regulation of the immune system and inflammation. Prolonged stress can lead to the development of various physical and mental health conditions. Knox wants to introduce students and employees to new strategies to combat these afflictions.

“I will be showing the attendees why and how to use technology to help learn to prevent and reduce stress. I will show them technology that I use to help patients with anxiety disorders learn to bring about a state of relaxation to counter or prevent the impact of stress,” Knox said. “I hope that attendees will learn a basic skill that they can use on a daily basis to reduce or prevent stress and its outcomes.”

Campus community members are invited to bring their lunch and attend the free event.

UT Department of Art students’ work appears on area electronic billboards

The creations of University art students are on display throughout the Toledo area for the next several weeks, appearing on electronic billboards as part of an annual exhibition.

Each fall, Barry Whittaker, UT associate professor of art, organizes the exhibition of juried student work. The digital billboard space was donated by Lamar of Toledo.

“While studying art, it is important to see how images can move beyond classroom and gallery walls to interact with the city where you live,” Whittaker said. “Lamar has been a great partner in this project by providing students with the opportunity to see their work illuminated and at a large scale in many locations around the city of Toledo.”

A total of 19 works from 14 artists are featured in the exhibition.

The digital billboard locations are at Reynolds Road at Airport Highway, Glendale Avenue at Byrne Road, Tremainsville Road at Laskey Road, Washington Street at Huron Street, Woodville Road at East Broadway Street, the Anthony Wayne Trail at Western Avenue, I-75 at Berdan Avenue, and I-75 at Monroe Street.

Works on the billboards were created by 14 student artists: Austin Baker, Donna Beauregard, Taylor Carey, Colin Chalmers, Jason Chappuies, Alaina Coote, McKenzie Dunwald, Chen Gao, Lindsay Haynes, Alexa McLaughlin, Tyler Saner, Ashley Simmons, Valerie White and Lydia Yant.

Women & Philanthropy offering $65,000 for 2019 grant

Friday, Feb. 15, is the deadline to apply for a grant from Women & Philanthropy at The University of Toledo.

UT employees and students from all campuses are eligible to apply. To be considered for a grant, all application guidelines must be followed. Grant applications are available on the Women & Philanthropy website.

The Women & Philanthropy Grants Committee will review and evaluate the applications, and the general membership will vote to determine the recipient(s). Grant amounts vary from year to year.

Grant recipients will be announced in May.

The inaugural grant, in the amount of $15,000, was awarded in 2008 to Carlson Library to commission a glass sculpture by artist Tom McGlauchlin. That sculpture titled “A University Woman” is on display in the library concourse and has become the model for the Women & Philanthropy logo.

Since then, Women & Philanthropy has funded classrooms; an art gallery; locker room enhancements; a sensory-friendly medical examination room; the hospitality area in the William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion; renovations to the Savage Arena media room; computer-based educational displays in Ritter Planetarium and Lake Erie Center; a computer lab in the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women; a playground at the Kobacker Center; a student-family room in University College; an interactive periodic table display; a Genetics Analysis Instrumentation Center; and the Thrombosis and Hemostasis Research Center.

A complete list of awards and winners is available on the Women & Philanthropy website.

Since 2008, Women & Philanthropy has gifted $493,687 in 19 grants to a wide array of programs and initiatives to The University of Toledo. Women & Philanthropy is able to give substantial gifts to the University by pooling its members’ resources and making monetary awards in the form of grants.

For more information, contact Sarah Metzger in the Office of Alumni and Annual Engagement at sarah.metzger2@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4237.

Transparent learning topic of forum Jan. 30

“Walk Before You Run: How Transparent Assignment Descriptions Can Foster Greater Growth in Students” is the title of this month’s Future of Higher Education Forum.

The session will take place Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.


Dr. Christopher Martin, visiting associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, will lead the forum.

He will discuss transparent learning — an approach to class and assignment design that emphasizes how and why students are asked to learn course content in particular ways.

“Transparent learning, because it articulates the literal process whereby success is achieved, is very beneficial for our students who are unfamiliar with best practices in college classes,” Dr. Amy Thompson, vice provost for faculty affairs, said. “Dr. Martin will talk about the many benefits of transparent learning and share his passion for helping students achieve academic success.”

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

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 the Office of the Provost website.

Those unable to attend can watch live on the faculty training session website.

Huntington Bank offers free financial empowerment classes for campus community

Ever wonder how to set a monthly budget? Do you know what to do if someone steals your identification? Wondering what to do about student loans? Huntington National Bank, through its partnership with The University of Toledo, is offering a series of free financial empowerment classes to help answer those questions and more.

Beginning in January, Huntington will offer monthly classes that are free and open to all UT students, faculty and staff. These classes will cover a wide variety financial education topics and are designed to ensure that every member of the University community has access to resources that will help them make informed financial decisions.

Participants are encouraged to register by calling 248.655.5635 or emailing teresa.l.grace@huntington.com. A sign-up sheet also will be available at the Huntington Branch in the Thompson Student Union.

Each class will be offered multiple times per day to address scheduling needs. A free lunch will be provided at the noon sessions.

Huntington Bank is the preferred provider of on-campus financial services.

The series will open Thursday, Jan. 24, in Thompson Student Union Room 2584. Listed by time, classes will be:

• 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. — Borrowing Basics. By the end of this course, participants will understand how credit works, available types of credit, and if they are ready to apply. They also will be able to identify the costs associated with getting a loan and how to guard against predatory lending practices.

• 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Understanding Credit. Ever wonder what a FICO score is and how yours is determined? This class will help you understand what’s factored into a credit score and offer tips to improve your score.

• Noon — Strategies for When You Have Student Loan Debt. This session will focus on student loan repayment plans, as well as home financing strategies prior to buying a home.

Future classes, listed by date, will include:

• Wednesday, Feb. 13, Thompson Student Union Room 2591
— 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. — How to Position Your Home to Sell;
— 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Money Matters; and
— Noon — Pay Yourself First.

• Monday, March 18, Thompson Student Union Room 3018
— 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. — Your New Home;
— 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Charge it Right; and
— Noon — Keep it Safe.

• Monday, April 15, Thompson Student Union Room 2591
— 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. — The Road to Refinance;
— 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Second Homes and Investment Real Estate; and
— Noon — Financial Recovery.

Huntington Bancshares Inc. is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with $105 billion of assets and a network of 968 branches and 1,831 ATMs across eight Midwestern states. Founded in 1866, Huntington National Bank and its affiliates provide consumer, small business, commercial, treasury management, wealth management, brokerage, trust and insurance services. Huntington also provides auto dealer, equipment finance, national settlement, and capital market services that extend beyond its core states.

For more information, go to the Huntington website.