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Register for Nov. 27 Breakfast with the President

Dr. Sharon L. Gaber is continuing her Breakfast with the President series for faculty and staff this semester, with the next session scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Driscoll Alumni Center.

These informal sessions enable employees to receive University updates from the president, plus provide her the opportunity to gain employee input and answer questions. A complimentary breakfast is provided for all participants.

“I value these sessions because they’re a great way for me to hear directly from our employees,” Gaber said. “They also provide our faculty and staff the chance to meet colleagues from other departments and campuses so they may exchange ideas that might help to improve the University.”

If you would like to attend the Nov. 27 event, register on the Breakfast with the President website as soon as possible. Once the sign-up period has ended, a wide cross-section of participants will be selected.

If you are chosen to attend, you will receive a follow-up email confirmation from the Office of the President within approximately one week.

New leadership named for Eberly Center for Women

The University of Toledo appointed new leadership to the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, which promotes the personal and professional advancement of women at the University and in the surrounding community and offers scholarships to UT students.


Dr. Kim Nielsen, UT professor of disability studies, history, and women’s and gender studies, will serve as interim director through August 2019.

Danielle Stamper, program coordinator for the UT Office of Multicultural Student Success, was named interim program manager during that same period.

Nielsen and Stamper take over day-to-day administrative operations as UT launches a search for a new executive director to replace Dr. Shanda Gore, who continues to serve as the executive director of the Minority Business Development Center.

“We thank Dr. Shanda Gore for her leadership and service to the Eberly Center,” Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for student affairs, said. “I welcome Dr. Kim Nielsen and Danielle Stamper to the center. They bring a wealth of proven leadership and experience reflective of the core mission and values of the Eberly Center.”


The Eberly Center reports to both the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Division of Student Affairs.

“The new leaders are responsible for implementing high-impact programs, engaging internal and external stakeholders, promoting student success and student well-being, and strategically increasing the visibility of the Eberly Center,” Dr. Willie McKether, vice president for diversity and inclusion, said.

The Eberly Center hosts programming and services to empower women and guide them on their careers and community engagement to enable them to reach their highest potential. The Eberly Center offers personal and professional development classes and is home to Kate’s Closet, a professional women’s clothing closet providing complimentary professional attire to UT students and clients of the center.

“This responsibility and opportunity is an honor,” Nielsen said. “Since its founding in 1977, the Eberly Center has always been an important resource for both the UT community and the greater Toledo community. The Eberly Center seeks to bring hope and growth to women, provide resources for all who seek to support women, and welcome those committed to gender justice and equality. I invite all to stop by to say hello and use the space to study, have an organizational meeting, ask questions, use Kate’s Closet, learn about our scholarships, try the computer lab, or just relax.”

“Women’s centers have a rich history of not only empowering women, but also working toward gender equity and inclusion within the institution,” Stamper said. “I look forward to connecting my baccalaureate and professional experiences to continue growing as a student affairs practitioner.”

The Eberly Center is located in Tucker Hall Room 0168 and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public invited to ‘Fake News’ symposium at UT Nov. 15

The Independent Collegian and Zeta Phi Eta at The University of Toledo are hosting an event titled “Fake News: An Interdisciplinary Approach” Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

The free, public symposium will feature professionals in the fields of law, journalism and political science on the nature of “fake news,” how to distinguish between fact and fiction, and the effect it has on society.

“Our purpose is to inform students and community members about the importance of news coverage, how to identify reliable sources, and debunk myths regarding journalism,” Areeba Shah, editor-in-chief of The Independent Collegian, said. “We hope this event educates individuals and allows them to understand journalism in a more in-depth capacity.”

Speakers will include Nolan Rosenkrans, reporter for The Blade; Dr. Sam Nelson, associate professor and chair of the UT Department of Political Science and Public Administration; Dee Drummond, associate lecturer in the UT Department of Communication; Brigette Burnett, host and producer of the “Daily Downtown” on Buckeye Broadband; and Kristen Schnerer, social studies teacher at Start High School, who pioneered a class on Media and Politics.

Nov. 15 reading to spotlight work by Ohio Arts Council award recipients

Two UT faculty members will celebrate winning the Ohio Art Council’s 2018 Individual Excellence Award with a reading Thursday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

To mark the honor, Dr. Benjamin Stroud, UT associate professor of English, and Dr. Jim Ferris, UT professor and the Ability Center Endowed Chair in Disability Studies, will read some of their work.


Stroud, who specializes in creative writing and 20th-century American fiction, plans to read a piece titled “My Dear Master Liszt” he submitted for the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Award.

“It’s focused, in part, on an event that happened just before the Civil War in a town in East Texas, a town a few miles from where I grew up,” Stroud said. “It’s a sort of fictional exploration of history, and an attempt at recovering something that’s been largely forgotten.”

Stroud is the author of the story collection titled “Byzantium,” which won the 2012 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Fiction Prize and was selected as a Best Book of the Summer in 2013 by Publisher’s Weekly and the Chicago Tribune.

His stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, One Story, Electric Literature, Boston Review and more.


Ferris, who is the Lucas County poet laureate, will read “Comprehensive List of All Benefits to Being Disabled in Contemporary America” and other recent poems. “Comprehensive List” is among his poems that will be published in March in the anthology “Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice.”

Ferris holds a doctorate in performance studies and believes poems are invitations to performance not only for poets and speakers, but for readers and listeners as well. “Poems come alive when they are taken into the body,” he said. “A reading is a great opportunity to complete the circuit.”

Other poems will come from a new project exploring family history, race, disability, and the construction of cultural identity. Titled “Is Your Mama White? Excavating Hidden History,” Ferris is planning a performance of the work at the University during spring semester.

His books include “Slouching Towards Guantanamo,” “Facts of Life: Poems” and “The Hospital Poems.” Ferris also is the author of “Laborare,” a poem he wrote for the inauguration of the new mayor of Toledo in January 2018.

The free, public reading is sponsored by the UT School of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities.

Modern medicine woman to speak at UT as part of Native American Heritage Month

Deborah “Eagle Cloud” Ayres will give the keynote address for The University of Toledo’s Native American Heritage Month celebration.

Her talk is titled “Indigenous Healing for Modern Times” and will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 3018.


Ayres is an expert in Native American spirituality and runs a healing practice in Sylvania, Ohio. She also is the president of the Avalon Foundation, which offers emotional support for children with rare diseases and their families.

“We are thrilled to host Deborah ‘Eagle Cloud’ Ayres, who will share her experience as a medicine woman,” said Dr. Michele Soliz, associate vice president for student success and inclusion in the UT Division of Student Affairs.

Ayres said it is important to have a designated time to remember and celebrate Native Americans and it is an honor to give the keynote address.

“During the November moon, many of us tend to deepen our gratitude and take note of our blessings — it’s incredibly powerful medicine. It’s a beautiful time of year to renew ourselves in these Native American traditions, which hold such reverence for the simplicity and sacredness of life,” she said.

During her address, she will talk about the value of indigenous healing practices and their benefits for individuals as well as society as a whole.

“My hope is that individuals will deepen their appreciation and reverence for our Native American healing traditions while raising their own spiritual awareness,” Ayres said. “My mission is to build bridges of understanding toward mindfulness and peace in today’s world by practicing and teaching the ways of living sacred.”

For more information on her free, public talk, contact the UT Office of Multicultural Student Success at 419.530.2261 or omss@utoledo.edu.

UT to hold events for Great American Smokeout Nov. 15

In an effort to end smoking and raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use, The University of Toledo is joining the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Members of Rocket Wellness, UT Pharmacy Services, and the UT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Program staff will be in the Thompson Student Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. handing out candy cigarettes along with information about smoking cessation and the benefits of being tobacco-free.

The goal of the Great American Smokeout is to raise awareness about the harmful effects of smoking, as well as provide students, staff and faculty with information on how to quit.

This year, the participating groups also will shed light on the dangers of e-cigarette use, which has gained popularity in the last few years.

“We want students, faculty and staff to know that the University cares about their well-being. There are many resources on campus that can support those looking to quit smoking, and this event helps bring that information to those interested,” said Jocelyn Szymanski, wellness administrator.

Another goal of the event for the Great American Smokeout is to remind students, employees and community members that The University of Toledo is tobacco-free on all campuses; this includes e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

For more information about the Great American Smokeout, contact Szymanski at jocelyn.szymanski@utoledo.edu, or visit the American Cancer Society’s website.

Clinic manager raises funds for American Cancer Society

Chris Kosinski, clinic manager at the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center, capped off his promise to wear something pink every day in October with an accessory of a different sort.

Kosinski, who joined the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink challenge to raise awareness and money for fighting breast cancer, ended the month by raffling off a chance to toss a pie in his face.

Susan VanCamp won a raffle and had the honor of delivering a pie to Chris Kosinski. The fun stunt was part of Kosinski’s fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink challenge.

Susan VanCamp, ambulatory staff development and performance improvement director at UT Medical Center’s outpatient clinics, was the winner.

“Any kind of publicity we can get to bring awareness to breast or any other type of cancer is worth it,” Kosinski said. “If we can get a dollar here a penny there to put toward research and studies to help cure cancer, I can take a pie in the face for a couple days. That’s not a bad deal.”

Kosinski’s efforts raised more than $1,050 for the American Cancer Society.

Now that he has the whipped cream cleaned from his face, Kosinski is embracing No Shave November to raise awareness about prostate cancer and other men’s health issues.

University Women’s Commission lunch and learn Nov. 15

“Finding a Healthy Work-Life Balance for a Meaningful Career in Higher Education” will be the topic of the University Women’s Commission for Lunch and Learn Thursday, Nov. 15.

The event will take place at noon in Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100.

The speaker will be Dr. Beth M. Schlemper, interim associate dean of the College of Graduate Studies and associate professor of geography and planning.

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

UT among schools named Best for Vets

The University of Toledo has again been recognized as a top school for supporting student veterans.

UT is among 208 schools receiving the Best for Vets 2019 designation, according to the Military Times.

“We are happy to help our service men and women who enroll at The University of Toledo, and this Best for Vets designation recognizes our commitment,” Dr. Barbara Kopp Miller, dean of University College, said. “It is an honor to help our veterans succeed.”

“Military Times’ Best for Vets designation is trusted throughout the veteran community as the mark of excellence for schools and other organizations that work with veterans, service members and military families. It can’t be bought with advertising dollars — unlike some other supposedly veteran-friendly rankings — only earned through a record of steadfast service and dedication to those who have served,” said George Altman, Military Times editor in charge of the rankings.

“Fewer than half of the roughly 500 colleges and universities that competed for the recognition earned the right to call themselves Best for Vets in 2019,” he added. “Their efforts should be commended.”

The rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey — a comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement — as well as a detailed review of public data collected by federal agencies.

Military Times’ annual survey asks colleges and universities to disclose academic outcome and input data; describe many aspects of veteran culture on campus; and document a wide array of services, special policies, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

See the 2019 Best for Vets list on Military Times’ website.

Events planned for International Education Week

The Center for International Studies and Programs will spotlight International Education Week, Nov. 11-18, with more than 15 events.

“International Education Week is not only an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, but also a great opportunity for students to study and work with people from other countries and cultures,” said Sara Clark, director of the Center for International Studies and Special Programs.

“Everyone is encouraged to come and participate in these fun, academic opportunities for students, faculty and staff throughout the week,” she added.

Events will include screenings at the Toledo International Film Festival, an online photo contest, a cultural experience at the International Village, a rice cook-off and trivia night.

“This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange,” Clark said. “We are honored to share our different cultures and experiences to bring that unique diversity to UT.”

For a complete list of International Education Week events, visit the Center for International Studies and Programs website.

International Education Week celebrates diversity of voices and the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.