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College of Engineering dedicates new Owens-Illinois Conference Room

The University of Toledo dedicated the new Owens-Illinois Conference Room in the College of Engineering last week to celebrate the new meeting space made possible by a gift from the glass manufacturing company to support UT’s engineering and business programs.

The conference room is located in Nitschke Hall Room 4020 and is part of the Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department.

Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, interim dean of the College of Business and Innovation, left, and Dr. Michael Toole, dean of the College of Engineering, held the ribbon for Ludovic Valette, global vice president of research and development at Owens-Illinois Inc., left, and Adam Hafer, manager of the Innovation Center, Global Technologies EH&S, and Perrysburg Properties at Owens-Illinois, to cut Jan. 10 to mark the dedication of the new Owens-Illinois Conference Room in Nitschke Hall.

“The support of our corporate partners makes it possible for the College of Engineering to provide a first-rate experience to our students,” said Dr. Michael Toole, dean of the College of Engineering. “O-I has been a long-term partner with the College of Engineering, and their leadership support has impacted many of our students throughout the years.”

The new conference room is supported by a $250,000 commitment O-I made in 2015 to support the College of Engineering and the College of Business and Innovation. The new Owens-Illinois Finance Tutoring Lab opened last year in Stranahan Hall.

Following the ceremony, UT and O-I officials had lunch in the new space.

In addition to the facilities improvements, the gift from O-I provides financial support for key initiatives, including the Engineering Innovation Fund, O-I National Society of Black Engineers Scholarship Fund and O-I Society for Women Engineers Scholarship Fund in the College of Engineering and the O-I Corporate Finance Scholars Tutoring Program in the College of Business and Innovation.

“O-I has been a tremendous friend to the College of Business and Innovation in many ways, such as through their support of our annual student Pacemaker Awards and by providing the first-place prize for the college business plan competition,” said Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, interim dean of the College of Business and Innovation. “We were pleased and honored to welcome the O-I executive team so that they could see and touch some of these things, and so that we could thank them in person.”

Researchers assess role schools can play in preventing, responding to teen dating violence

A nationwide study of school principals has shown that while the majority had assisted a victim of teen dating violence recently, most of them had never received formal training in this area and their school did not have a specific protocol for dealing with the issue.

The most common approaches of school principals for responding to teen dating violence found are discussed in an article published in Violence and Gender, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert Inc. publishers.

“Teen dating violence is, unfortunately, a child and adolescent social and health problem,” Dr. Amy Thompson, professor of public health at The University of Toledo, said. “Even if minor, victims of teen dating violence can suffer from major consequences, including depression or suicidal tendencies.

“This study surveyed school administrators in an effort to help inform better practices and policymaking on dealing with this dangerous issue.”

The article titled “Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence: A National Study of School Principals’ Perspectives and Practices” was co-authored by Thompson; Dr. Jagdish Khubchandani, associate professor of health science at Ball State University, who received a doctorate in health education from UT in 2010; and colleagues from Illinois State University, the University of Houston, the Indiana Area Health Education Center, and the Illinois Education Association.

The researchers provide data related to teen dating violence prevention practices by schools, training to assist victims provided to personnel within the past two years, and the most common ways principals assisted victims of teen dating violence.

“Our No. 1 goal is to help school administrators prevent teen dating violence,” Thompson said. “We also want to help school leaders establish policies for teen dating violence and helping victims.”

“This article is truly an eye-opener. According to the authors, teen dating violence has emerged as a ‘significant child and adolescent social and health problem,’ but school administrators and staff are not equipped to address it,” said Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole, editor-in-chief of Violence and Gender, and director of the Forensic Sciences Program at George Mason University.

“More training is absolutely essential to address this problem effectively,” O’Toole said. “This first of its kind national study will help principals, teachers and others realize their own deficiencies and develop proper procedures to address an issue that affects our children and adolescents in every school throughout the country.”

UT president named higher ed leader to watch

The University of Toledo President Sharon L. Gaber has been recognized as one of the top higher education leaders for her focus on student success and a strong financial foundation for the institution.

Gaber leads the list of “5 Higher Ed Leaders to Watch in 2018 (and Beyond)” by Education Dive, an education industry publication that shares K-12 and higher education news and analysis.

The publication notes the University’s cost-saving measures, including consolidated purchasing and salary restructuring, and efforts to improve student retention under Gaber’s leadership.

“And Toledo’s first woman president, whose research interests include community needs assessment of marginalized populations, Gaber has honed in on student success in her first two years at the helm of the University,” the publication states.

Along with Dr. Gaber, the list includes Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr., chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University; Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, president of Colorado State University-Global Campus; Dr. Robert C. (Bob) Fisher, president of Belmont University; and Dr. Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University.

Read the article here.

UT recognized again for service to veterans

Military Advanced Education & Transportation named The University of Toledo a top school in its 2018 Guide to Colleges & Universities research study.

Released last month, the guide measures best practices in military and veteran education.

“The University of Toledo is committed to making sure all men and women who serve our great country have everything they need to succeed,” Dr. Barbara Kopp Miller, dean of University College, said. “This national recognition validates our commitment to U.S. service members.”

The guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions, including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, and four- and two-year colleges.

“As the first publication to promote a list evaluating best practices in military education, [Military Advanced Education & Transportation] has been improving the process every year in order to provide our men and women in uniform information that will help them make the right choices about college,” Kelly Fodel, editor-in-chief of Military Advanced Education & Transportation, said.

Navy Reserve Lt. Haraz N. Ghanbari, director of military and veteran affairs, completed the survey on behalf of the University.

“I am honored to work at an institution that is consistently recognized for its dedication to serve service members and veterans,” Ghanbari said. “We are here to help them transition and succeed.”

UT’s military-supportive culture and numerous resources available include University College’s Military Service Center on Main Campus and the Lucas County Veterans Service Commission on Health Science Campus.

Ghanbari pointed out the University is responsive to requests from military men and women, noting the relocation of the veterans lounge. The Lt. Col. Thomas J. ’65 Veterans Lounge in Carlson Library was dedicated in September. The lounge provides student veterans a place to relax, study, and enjoy the camaraderie they experienced while serving their country. Previously, the lounge was located in Rocket Hall.

“Our student-veterans wanted a more centrally located space,” Ghanbari said. “In the academic setting in Carlson Library, they have better access to resources for research and homework, not to mention longer hours to take advantage of the lounge.”

Last year, UT was nationally recognized as the first university campus in the country to simultaneously honor all service members of the armed forces and the families who lost a loved one defending the United States by dedicating both a Blue Star Memorial marker and Gold Star Memorial marker. The star markers are part of the Veterans’ Plaza, located on the northwest corner of Centennial Mall on Main Campus, which recognizes the courage and commitment made by servicemen and women.

In addition, the community’s annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast and Resource Fair on Veterans Day is held at the University.

Medicine Ball Jan. 27 to raise funds for medical student scholarships, care clinics

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences’ annual Medicine Ball will raise funds for scholarships and to expand local clinics where students care for patients.

The 2018 Medicine Ball will take place Saturday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Toledo Zoo’s Malawi Room. It is organized by medical students who are involved in Students for Medical Missions, the Community Care Clinic, and the UT chapter of the American Medical Student Association.

“Thanks to the generosity of last year’s donors, we were able to raise enough money to fund scholarships for 14 students,” said Isabella Bartholomew, a UT second-year medical student and president of Students for Medical Missions. “This year we hope to surpass that mark and plan to continue growing our medical services within the community and abroad.”

The event is open to all College of Medicine students and faculty, and will feature a dinner and cash bar. 

Tickets are $50 or $95 for a couple; a student ticket is $35. Tables, which seat 10, also are available for $450. A dancing ticket with entry after 9 p.m. is $10.

Tickets will be on sale daily from noon to 1 p.m. in the Health Education Building lobby.

Tickets also can be purchased via the Venmo app to Lexie Schwann @lex_schwann by mentioning Med Ball and the number of tickets and number of drink tickets requested (for example, Med Ball #1 ticket, #1 drink ticket).

For questions about tickets, email alexandra.schwann@rockets.utoledo.edu.

Contact Bartholomew for additional information on the event at ibartho@rockets.utoledo.edu.

New dean selected to lead College of Education

An educational psychologist with an interest in enhancing classroom assessment for more effective teaching and learning has been named dean of The University of Toledo Judith Herb College of Education.

Dr. Raymond H. Witte will join UT July 1 from Miami University, where he is professor and chair of the Department of Educational Psychology.


“Dr. Witte is an experienced administrator, having served as department chair and associate dean. He is not only an accomplished scholar as a university professor, he had many years of experience working for public schools before joining academia,” said Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “He has a passion for student success, especially those of first-generation college students. I am glad to welcome him to The University of Toledo and look forward to working with him and the college to further improve our college and our student success.”

“I am honored to be the new dean of the Judith Herb College of Education. I’ve always thought highly of the institution and been impressed with the quality and professionalism of the faculty and the administrators,” Witte said. “I am looking forward to working and collaborating with the distinguished faculty and staff of the college, as well as all the members of the University and Toledo communities.”

Witte joined the faculty of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1999 and held a variety of additional administrative roles, including associate dean, graduate program director, department chair and assistant chair. Prior to his career in higher education, Witte was a school psychologist for the Jessamine County School District in Nicholasville, Ky., where he also directed the kindergarten and preschool programs.

Witte received his PhD and master’s degrees in educational psychology and bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kentucky.

His academic interests include working with students with learning disabilities assisting individuals and their families through transitions. As his career evolved, he became increasingly interested in effective assessment and has written two books and numerous articles on the topic.

Accordingly, Witte said he is a data-driven leader and he looks forward to getting to know the college staff and collaborating with them to ensure strong student enrollment and community partnerships.

Hsu thanked Dr. Virginia Keil for her leadership while serving as interim dean of the Judith Herb College of Education since July 2015.

Three-time cancer survivor headlines event about local cancer care

A three-time cancer survivor and genetic testing advocate who inspired the film, “Decoding Annie Parker,” will share her story at an event to provide information about cancer care in the community.

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences will host “An Evening With Annie Parker” Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St.


The event will begin at 4 p.m. with the film screening, followed by a talk from Parker, and will conclude with a panel discussion with experts speaking about genomics, clinical trials, cancer biology and “living the new normal.”

“We are grateful to have Annie Parker join us for this important evening,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “Her story is not only compelling, it is inspiring to cancer survivors and their loved ones, and clinical care teams as well.”

After Parker lost her mother and sister to cancer, and she was diagnosed multiple times personally, she became determined to understand her family’s history with the disease. Parker has survived breast cancer, ovarian cancer and cancer in her liver.

In 1994, she became one of the first women in Canada to be tested for the BRCA1 gene mutation after Dr. Mary-Claire King, a geneticist at the University of California at Berkeley, had discovered the gene is responsible for many breast and ovarian cancers. Parker’s results were positive for the gene. The story was the inspiration for the 2013 film, “Decoding Annie Parker.” Parker also tells her story in her 2014 book, “Annie Parker Decoded.”

The American Cancer Society estimates more than 1.7 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018. The local event is an effort to highlight the different treatments, new research and care options in the area.

“We remain committed to training the next generation of physicians and believe that by continuing to evolve available treatment options and enhancing our education and research, we will be that much closer to finding a cure,” Cooper said.

“An Evening With Annie Parker” is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to hscevents@utoledo.edu or 419.383.6122.

Lane closures expected as work on Bancroft Street to continue

Crews are scheduled to begin relocating and installing a gas line on West Bancroft Street this week.

The work will require some lane restrictions during the day, but two-way traffic will be maintained during the project.

Miller Pipeline will be working on Bancroft between Audubon Place and Cheltenham Road.

The project will continue through April to align with the city of Toledo’s street improvement project, which is scheduled to start in the spring.

“We will keep the campus community up to date on this work and the project in the spring,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation, said.

“In the meantime, we want to remind drivers to slow down,” he said. “We ask everyone to be patient, drive slowly, and be aware of pedestrians and workers.”

Exhibit explores ‘Where Lights Goes’

A three-artist exhibit titled “Where the Light Goes” is on display in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery on the Toledo Museum of Art Campus. 

In its 2nd iteration, “Where the Light Goes” deepens its exploration of contemporary approaches to the photographic image through the examination of its physical properties, the possibilities of its reproduction, its vulnerability, and its uncertainty as an instrument of truth.

“Backyard” by Trisha Holt

On Friday, Feb. 2, Dr. Robin Reisenfeld, curator of works on paper for the Toledo Museum of Art, will moderate a panel discussion featuring the exhibit’s artists: Trisha Holt, Ben Schonberger and Eric Zeigler. Brian Carpenter, UT lecturer of art and gallery director, also will participate in the discussion, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater.

“Framework: Remainder 1” by Ben Schonberger

Holt works with printed photographs to dismantle the image plane. Her bodies of work center around the themes of feminist performance art, the history of cinema, and the aesthetics of serial killers. Her work is at the intersection of performance art and large-scale collage that exist as framed photographs, videos and installations.

Schonberger is a visual artist and lecturer of photography at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Utilizing photography, appropriated imagery, collage, performance and sculpture, his work examines the complexities of identity through long-term social investigations and archive augmentation processes.

Zeigler is a photographer based in Maumee, Ohio. As an associate lecturer in the UT Art Department, Zeigler teaches photography, digital media and tools.

“False Martian Regolith” by Eric Zeigler

The free, public exhibition will be on display through Friday, Feb. 16. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on the exhibition, contact Carpenter, at brian.carpenter@utoledo.edu.

UTC3 surpasses campaign goal

Thanks to the generous support of hundreds of faculty members, staffers and retirees, The University of Toledo surpassed its $125,000 goal for UTC3 — the University’s annual Community Charitable Campaign that supports more than 220 local nonprofit organizations.

“I’m very proud of our UT community for generously supporting this community campaign,” said President Sharon L. Gaber. “There are many people in need throughout our region, and I’m glad we can assist nonprofits in their support. UT has once again demonstrated its commitment to our mission and serving this community.”

“Coming on the heels of last year’s very successful inaugural Day of Giving, it was really difficult asking faculty and staff to make another contribution — especially just prior to the holidays,” said Dr. Michele Soliz, assistant vice president for student success and inclusion, and the 2017 UTC3 chair. “It was really great to see our campuses come together to help others. We truly are one!”

To thank each person who submitted a UTC3 ePledge form, all contributors have been sent an email inviting them to a breakfast with President Sharon L. Gaber that will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30. A hearty buffet of breakfast foods will be served, followed by drawings for many prizes. Additionally, contributors may pick up their complimentary UTC3 gift — a tumbler with straw — at the breakfast.

If you contributed to UTC3, be sure to respond to your email invitation by Tuesday, Jan. 23, whether you plan to attend the breakfast or not. Your gift will then be made available for you to pick up at the breakfast, or mailed to your office by early February.

Any questions may be sent to UTC3campaign@utoledo.edu.