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Water shutoff slated for June 15

Seven buildings on Main Campus will be affected when the water is shut off for a construction project Saturday, June 15.

Industrial Power Systems of Rossford will install a new water valve outside the Health and Human Services Building while the water is off from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Affected by the shutdown will be the Health and Human Services Building, Snyder Memorial Building, Gillham Hall, Stranahan Hall, Savage & Associates Business Complex, McMaster Hall and Ritter Planetarium.

“The Health and Human Services Building will be under a water boil advisory until the morning of Wednesday, June 19. For the other buildings, water will be consumable immediately after it is back on,” Dan Perry, electrical manager with Facilities and Construction, said.

“We apologize for any convenience this shutdown may cause,” he said.

Annual CampMed program shows area students their potential in studying medicine

The University of Toledo will provide more than three dozen teens from across northwest Ohio a hands-on introduction to studying medicine during its annual CampMed program.

The students, all of whom will be high school freshmen this fall, will be on Health Science Campus Thursday and Friday, June 13 and 14.

Now in its 22nd year, CampMed gives students who excel in science and mathematics a window into what it’s like to pursue a career as a physician or medical researcher.

“We want to inspire these students and help give them an outline of how to prepare for an education in medicine,” said Courtney K. Combs, director of the UToledo and Ohio Area Health Education Center programs. “As much as CampMed is educational — and it really is — we also want it to be a fun time for the kids. It’s summer. It’s camp. It might be the first time they’re surrounded by kids their own age who have the same interests. We try to make it as hands-on as possible.”

Under the guidance of UToledo faculty members and physicians, the students will be taught Heartsaver CPR, learn how to suture, and practice forming a cast. They’ll also receive hands-on tours of the Emergency Department at The University of Toledo Medical Center, the gross anatomy lab, and the Jacobs Interprofessional and Immersive Simulation Center.

Second- and third-year medical students serve as camp counselors.

Most of the students who attend CampMed are underrepresented minorities in medicine, from underserved rural or urban communities, or the first in their family planning to attend college.

“We want to encourage these students to help them realize that a career in medicine is a realistic goal for them. Some of them may have never even been on a college campus before,” Combs said. “We want to provide that exposure to let them know if they work hard and are serious about their schoolwork now, this could be an option and The University of Toledo College of Medicine would welcome them.”

CampMed, which began in 1998, was implemented by and is coordinated through the UToledo Area Health Education Center program, which works to improve the well-being of individuals and communities by developing the health-care workforce.

The competitive scholarship program requires students to submit a letter of recommendation from a science or math teacher or guidance counselor, grade transcripts, and a personal essay to be chosen to participate.

Rocket Reduction promotes smarter recycling

The University is expanding its efforts to educate faculty, staff and students on how to better recycle materials in order to significantly reduce recycling contamination and increase UToledo’s environmental stewardship.

“Gone are the days when people are simply encouraged to recycle,” said Michael Green, director for energy management. “What we’ve learned over the years is that too many of us use recycling containers improperly, tossing the wrong items into the blue bins. That cross-contamination defeats the purpose because then everything in that bin ends up at the landfill.”

Organizations also have realized they can no longer afford the enormous amount of time it takes to sort through and manage recycled materials. Therefore, all too often they combine recyclables with their waste for ease of disposal and to reduce costs, Green added.

To improve recycling at the University, blue, single-stream recycling bins are being removed from individual offices across campuses to promote the use of existing multi-stream recycling stations located throughout each UToledo facility. This measure helps to streamline the process and to reduce costs associated with recycling, while still offering the campus community ready access to recycling bins.

If you have any questions about using multi-stream recycling stations — which provide separate bins for recycling paper, cardboard, metal and plastic — refer to the label atop each blue bin, as it provides clear tips for sorting.

“Even before we recycle items, we should reduce and reuse materials whenever possible,” said Jennell Brown, sustainability specialist, who is spearheading UToledo’s recycling and reduction efforts through the Rocket Reduction program.

“When in doubt, throw it out,” Brown advised. “It’s better to throw any questionable items into the trash — such as that potato chip bag, a book or a box’s packaging material — than to put it into a recycling bin where it might contaminate the system.”

As examples of how to reduce waste and reuse materials, you should consider:

• Purchasing a coffee store’s mug to use whenever you buy coffee from that store vs. frequently disposing paper coffee cups;

• Filling a reusable glass with drinking water from the office water cooler vs. buying water in disposable plastic containers; and

• Using washable tote bags at grocery stores instead of using unrecyclable plastic bags that end up in the landfill.

Additional information about reducing waste and recycling may be found on UToledo’s sustainability website.

Throughout the coming months, more Rocket Reduction tips, as well as training, will be available to students and employees.

“A University-wide reduction program can’t be successful without many individuals choosing to learn responsible recycling practices,” Brown said. “I’m proud the University is supporting the Rocket Reduction program, especially because it teaches students how to care for the environment … habits they can use long after graduation to improve whatever community they call home.”

UToledo precision medicine researcher edits premier textbook on cellular response to stress

Within every living cell are microscopic proteins that play the role of chaperone when things get dicey.

Called heat shock proteins, the molecules have a starring role in a cell’s response to external stresses such as excessive temperatures, infection or exposure to toxins.


“There is always motion in the cell, but when stressors come, those motions can actually stop. When they stop, the cell dies,” said Dr. Alexzander Asea, a professor in The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “Heat shock proteins prevent that from happening.”

By wrapping themselves around other proteins, heat shock proteins preserve order and essential functions within the cell, ensuring it can survive.

Asea has studied heat shock proteins for more than 20 years. His work has been key in identifying and developing potential targets for cancer vaccines and in identifying new cancer biomarkers.

Recently, Asea collaborated with Dr. Punit Kaur, an assistant professor also in the Department of Medicine, to edit a new textbook called “Regulation of Heat Shock Protein Responses.”


“The book provides the most comprehensive review on contemporary knowledge on the regulation of heat shock protein responses and the consequences to human diseases and disorders,” Asea said. “Since we know heat shock proteins have a very important role in regulating a sort of immune response against stress, many have been working on designing drugs targeting that action.”

The book, published by Springer Nature, is available in both digital and print versions.

Asea, who also is director of the new Precision Therapeutics Proteogenomics Diagnostics Center, joined UToledo in 2018 from MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, where he was a visiting professor of radiation oncology. He also has taught at Harvard Medical School, the Boston University School of Medicine and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

At UToledo, Asea is playing an important role in furthering the precision therapy cancer treatment program by using proteogenomics to better understand an individual patient’s disease so doctors can identify the specific targeted therapies that are most likely to help them.

“It’s a more wholistic approach. For precision medicine, we have to look at the whole human and not just part of the human,” he said. “That’s what makes medicine now really exciting.”

Police embrace technology to better connect with campus

Campus police are embracing technology to better connect with faculty, staff and students instantly through the smartphones we have on us at all times.

The UT Alert emergency notification system is moving to an opt-out system for the 2019-20 academic year; once complete, this will automatically sign up mobile numbers to receive texts in the event of an emergency on campus. Users currently have to sign up for the texts while all members of the campus community receive an email to their UToledo accounts when a UT Alert is sent.

“We don’t leave home without our phones. It’s always with us in our pocket or sitting right there on our desks while we’re in class or in the office. We know that is our go-to communications tool in the event of an emergency, and it’s important our campus community know that’s how they will get the message if we need to reach them,” UToledo Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Jeff Newton said.

Individuals should continue to opt in to UT Alert until the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

All UT Alert users have the ability to enter up to three phone numbers and three email addresses into the account to be sure they get the alerts in whatever platform they use most regularly. Some students also might wish to include contact information for their parents or guardians to receive the real-time notification of campus emergencies, Newton said.

“In the event of an emergency, we are looking to reach as many people as possible as soon as possible,” he said. “Our campus community has embraced UT Alert, and we look forward to expanding its use even more.”

UToledo Police also continue to encourage members of campus to download the Rave Guardian app to access safety services. It has a safety timer and panic button to immediately contact police in an emergency and uses your GPS location to get help to you faster. The app, which is available to download for Android or iPhone, also allows trusted friends or “guardians” to receive the same information as the police.

With the advances in technology, UToledo will follow the trend of other universities and discontinue use of the stationary phones located across campus; they are past their life expectancy with parts no longer available for repairs, Newton said.

“We had planned to move away from the kiosks and toward smartphone applications, which is the trend in higher education,” Newton said. “Our Code Blue phones are becoming obsolete and are rarely used, so now is the time to make that change.”

In addition to smartphones to quickly contact campus police, new software now allows for calls to 911 from campus phones to ring both to Lucas County 911 and the UToledo Police dispatch center permitting the campus officers to listen to the live call and immediately get the information, allowing for quicker police response and decreases in potential errors in relaying messages.

To contact campus police in case of an emergency on campus, call 419.530.2600. For non-emergency situations, call 419.530.2601. For off-campus emergencies, dial 911.

Nurse education history book published by UToledo Press receives award

“Caps, Capes, and Caring: The Legacy of Diploma Nursing Schools in Toledo” has won the 2018 Local History Publication Award in the Independent Scholar Division from the Bowling Green State University Center for Archival Collections.

Published by The University of Toledo Press, the book chronicles a century of nursing education in the Glass City.

Authors Patricia Ringos Beach, Susan J. Eisel, Maria E. Nowicki, Judy Harris Szor and Beth E. White will receive a $300 cash prize this fall at an event at Bowling Green, where they will discuss their work.

The BGSU contest was established to encourage and recognize authors of outstanding publications about northwest Ohio history.

This is the UToledo Press’ seventh award since 2006.

“This group of health-care professionals are so deserving of this honor,” Yarko Kuk, managing editor of the UToledo Press said. “They interviewed countless fellow nurses and produced a book that documents more than 100 years of the evolution of nursing schools in Toledo. The memories, stories and history contained in ‘Caps’ would have been lost were it not for the efforts of these dedicated women. Their book offers a wonderful peek into the field of nursing as it evolved over the past century.”

“Caps, Capes, and Caring” tells the story of the eight hospital-based diploma schools of nursing that were operating in Toledo from 1893 to 1999.

The authors, all hospital diploma school graduates, taught together as nursing faculty at the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing. Beach, Eisel, Nowicki and Szor are alumnae of MCO/MUO/UToledo, where they received advanced degrees in nursing and education.

To write the book, the authors interviewed nearly 100 Toledo diploma school graduates. Their memories and stories are celebrated in the book, which also includes historical images and photographs.

“I was a bit curious about how the book would turn out, considering we were working with five authors,” Kuk said. “When they initially pitched the book idea, they were describing something far different than the 320-plus-page work we have today. They thought it might be around 100 pages with about 100 photos. But as they turned in the manuscript, chapter by chapter, it became clear we had something really special. When I sat down with them after our first major edit of the entire draft and told them we were around 280 pages without photos, they just could not believe it. I had to tell them several times they had something really exceptional before it sank in.”

“We are so pleased to have won this award,” Beau Case, dean of University Libraries, said. “The prize both recognizes the hard work of Yarko Kuk and the authors, as well as the continued valuable contributions to local history that the Press makes.”

“Caps, Capes, and Caring: The Legacy of Diploma Nursing Schools in Toledo” is $24.95 and available on the website of The University of Toledo Press.

Lot by North Engineering Building to close June 10

As construction on the North Engineering Building ramps up, lot 19S located on the north of the structure will close Monday, June 10.

In preparation for the first phase of the lab and classroom renovation of the North Engineering Building, the contractor will assemble scaffolding along the north face of the edifice.

“In order to provide space for the equipment and materials necessary for the construction, the north parking lot 19S will be closed,” Christopher Levicki, project manager with Facilities and Construction, said. “There will be a single one-way lane flowing west to east located along the most northern end of the lot for access to the east portion of the lot and emergency vehicle access around the building. That lane will take up the parking spaces in the area.”

Lot 19S is scheduled to remain closed until phase one of the construction project is finished in May next year.

Art faculty member awarded Ohio Arts Council grant

Deborah Orloff, professor of photography and associate chair of The University of Toledo Department of Art, has received an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council for her body of work, “Elusive Memory.”

According to the Ohio Arts Council website, the excellence awards “are peer recognition of artists for the exceptional merit of a body of their work that advances or exemplifies the discipline and the larger artistic community. These awards support artists’ growth and development and recognize their work in Ohio and beyond.”


Orloff said the $5,000 grant will be used to expand her “Elusive Memory” series and to exhibit it nationally.

The work was inspired by an experience she had following the death of her father in 2007 when she was preparing a eulogy for his funeral. While drawing upon specific memories, she realized all of them were directly connected to photographs, causing her to wonder if she remembered the moments, or if the pictures had created false memories.

“I wanted to make work about this phenomenon, but the project didn’t actually take form until many years later,” Orloff said.

“About five years ago, I inherited thousands of neglected prints and slides that had been in my father’s basement, where they were damaged by flooding. I started photographing them in the studio, not knowing what I would do with the images, but hoping to salvage some of the family pictures for posterity,” she said. “It wasn’t until I saw them enlarged on a computer screen that I recognized their poignancy and greater relevance: I saw metaphors for loss and the fragmentary, ephemeral nature of memory.”

“My Favorite Dress” from “Elusive Memory,” color photograph on rag paper, by Deborah Orloff

Her new work utilizes the severely damage photos.

“‘Elusive Memory’ explores the significance of vernacular photographs as aesthetic objects and cultural artifacts. The resulting large-scale photographs make commonplace objects monumental and emphasize their unique details,” Orloff said.

The exhibition is on display at Workspace Gallery in Lincoln, Neb. Upcoming exhibitions include Youngstown State University’s Solomon Gallery, Vincennes University’s Shircliff Gallery in Indiana, and Anna Maria College’s Art Center Gallery in Massachusetts.

In addition, Orloff’s project was featured recently online at “Aint — Bad,” an independent publisher of new photographic art.

Samples of Orloff’s work can be seen on her website at deborahorloff.com.

Changes announced for users of Pcard, corporate card program

UToledo’s Finance Department is implementing changes for employees who use a University Pcard or University-issued credit card.

A new vendor, Concur Travel and Expense, has been selected to unify and automate the travel and expense process across campuses. This new service has several advantages, including:

• Creating a better travel and expense process for affected faculty and staff;

• Increasing policy compliance;

• Providing better transparency of travel and expense spending for supervisors; and

• Eliminating the need for the University to collect, manage and store paper receipts.

“This change enables us to leverage the University’s buying power with vendors, providing cost savings and a better user experience,” said Michael Dennis, associate vice president for finance and treasurer. “It will replace our current Banner Travel and Reimbursement Module, plus the PaymentNet Pcard reporting system.”

Users will find that Concur’s process is seamless and has an intuitive design for ease of use because it automatically populates expense reports with the Concur Smart Expense application, plus it reduces the need for paper, receipts, imaging and faxing, Dennis explained.

Additionally, the University is replacing the JP Morgan Chase Mastercard Pcard program with a Bank of America Merrill Lynch Visa-branded card program. The new corporate card also will make travel and purchasing expense reporting simpler for employees, while also maximizing purchasing and accounting efficiencies for UToledo. The new card program will be available beginning Monday, July 1, with all users converted by Friday, Aug. 30.

Users will receive an email invitation to sign up for in-person training on these new tools, which will be required for travel requests, travel reimbursement, and reconciling Pcard activity.

Updated policies, training materials, Pcard application materials and FAQs also will be available on Accounts Payable’s website.

If you have questions, contact:

Jason.Hanely@utoledo.edu for Concur functionality and training opportunities;

Alyssa.High@utoledo.edu for Pcard use, limits and reconciliation; and

Dorene.Spotts@utoledo.edu or Patricia.Peterson@utoledo.edu for general accounts payable assistance.

“We look forward to implementing these new tools and appreciate all users participating in the training to help ensure a smooth transition,” Dennis said.

Dana Cancer Center to hold annual survivor celebration June 6

The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at The University of Toledo Medical Center will host its fifth annual Cancer Survivor Celebration Thursday, June 6.

“Each year of survivorship is a reason for joy,” said Renee Schick, manager of Renee’s Survivor Shop in the Dana Cancer Center. “We want to recognize and honor our patients and their caregivers for their strength and courage through the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.”

The annual event, which will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m., honors and celebrates the Dana Cancer Center’s past and present patients, as well as their loved ones, for their strength, courage and survivorship.

Survivors and their guests will be treated to inspirational stories, food, music, a photo booth, and displays from a number of area support groups. Cancer treatment experts, including UTMC oncologist Dr. Danae Hamouda, also will be on hand.

This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Michelle Masterson, a breast cancer survivor, retired associate professor and former director of the Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health and Human Services.

“I hope my story can inspire and help others to stay strong and positive, to fight hard, and to never give up,” Masterson said. “I also hope this celebration helps to get the word out to the Toledo community that we have excellent, expert, comprehensive and compassionate cancer care right here at the UTMC Dana Cancer Center.”

The event is free, but reservations are requested: Email eleanorndanacancercenter@utoledo.edu or call 419.383.5243.