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UT educators work with Toledo Walleye to create learning experiences for student visits

webwalleyeWhen the puck drops for the inaugural game of the Toledo Walleye hockey team, fans will be focused on the game and the recreation offered while elected officials bask in the team’s economic benefits to the city.

But to The University of Toledo’s Dr. Robert Schultz, the Walleye and the arena offer a third opportunity: an educational experience.

Working with the team’s owners, Schultz is leading a class of UT master’s and doctoral education students to research and develop an instructional experience for elementary and secondary school students when they visit the arena and Walleye team members on field trips.

“As an educator, whenever you have a field trip, you are trying to use fun and excitement as a vehicle to drive home your educational message and efforts,” said Schultz, professor of gifted education and curriculum studies.

Schultz and the Toledo Mud Hens developed a similar program for school visits at Fifth Third Field that is still in use.

As part of the class’ research for the curriculum they are developing, students:

• Met with former Toledo Storm players Nick Parillo and Iain Duncan, who talked about the player’s perspective of the game. Parillo was a star forward for the Storm, and Duncan was a player on the 1984 Bowling Green State University national champion hockey team and went on to play for the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets.

• Toured the new arena downtown with Toledo Walleye leadership and gathered information about the project for the curriculum guide.

• Heard from former Blade hockey writer Dan Saevig, UT associate vice president for alumni relations, who spoke about hockey in northwest Ohio.

• Listened to Nick Vitucci, Toledo Walleye head coach and director of hockey operations, who came to Main Campus and talked to the class.

“Ideally, students who visit with the Walleye will come away more knowledgeable about Toledo and the history of hockey so that when they attend as fans, they’ll appreciate the games that much more,” Schultz said.

UTMC experts address health-care misconceptions through MedTV

How well do you know the causes of ovarian cancer or vascular disease? Instead of spending hours on the computer searching for symptoms and prevention methods, view UT Medical Center’s newest resource, MedTV.

UTMC aims to improve public knowledge of health issues through MedTV— a monthly education program that showcases UT health professionals as they define certain health issues, risk factors and prevention recommendations.

Dr. Jodi Tinkel, UT associate professor of medicine, recently covered women and heart disease. “The leading cause of death in women is coronary artery disease, and this is a common misconception for women who often think that it’s breast cancer,” she said in the June program. Watch the full program to the right.

For the July program, Dr. Kelly Manahan, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will discuss ovarian cancer.

According to Esther Fabian, UT director of health-care marketing, the public will gain useful information on health issues and get to know UTMC health professionals as experts through MedTV.

Future episodes will cover pain management, hip conditions and more. Viewers will be notified through UTMC’s Twitter and Facebook pages when a new episode airs, and past episodes will be archived on the UTMC Web site and YouTube page.

In addition to the UTMC health professionals, Fabian would like to thank Jessica Gast in the Health-Care Marketing Office and Center for Creative Instruction staff members Chris Mercadante, Mike Procyk, Brock Clagg and Eric Eitniear for working on this production.

The episodes are available for viewing on the TV monitor system on all campuses and online at http://utmc.utoledo.edu.

Board passes faculty workload policy, approves interim dean

President Lloyd Jacobs presented resolutions to outgoing Board Chair Richard Stansley, center, and David Huey, who both completed their terms as trustees.

President Lloyd Jacobs presented resolutions to outgoing Board Chair Richard Stansley, center, and David Huey, who both completed their terms as trustees.

The University of Toledo Board of Trustees said goodbye to four members during its final meeting of the year, while also taking action on a faculty workload policy and appointing an interim dean for the Judith Herb College of Education.

During committee meetings and a full board meeting June 22, trustees discussed the need for a policy that ensures that instructional workloads “align with The University of Toledo mission.”

The new policy, which reaffirms UT’s adherence to a 1994 state law under which boards were required to take formal action to adopt a faculty workload policy, states: “Be it further resolved that while the Board of Trustees and The University of Toledo recognize the three components of faculty workload — teaching, professional activity and service — The University of Toledo faculty shall continue to be assigned a 12-credit-hour per semester or equivalent teaching load as part of their normal faculty workload.”

During the meeting, President Lloyd Jacobs described the policy as placing emphasis on the role of chairs, deans and provosts in the process, and how the administration evaluated workload for fall semester in a more “intentional” way.

“This is not a reflection on a belief that people are not making appropriate contributions,” Jacobs said. “In fact, I believe that nearly all our faculty are working really hard for the benefit of the University. It is our hope that this policy will help to legitimize many of the nonteaching activities being undertaken by our faculty.”

Trustees also unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Thomas Brady, CEO and founder of Plastic Technologies Inc., as interim dean of the Judith Herb College of Education. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Dartmouth College. His appointment will begin Aug. 1 and run until July 31, 2010, or until a national search process has been completed and a permanent dean selected.

Brady also served as a member of the UT Board of Trustees, from which he resigned in April.

In the same meeting, the board paid tribute to departing board members Richard Stansley, David Huey, Marvin Himmelein and Joseph Russell. Officers for 2010 also were selected, with Olivia Summons as board chair, C. William Fall as vice chair, and Carol Ashley as secretary.

In reflecting on his time on the board and as three-time chair, Stansley said, “We’ve come a long way.

“There hasn’t ever been as much progress as we’ve seen in the last three years,” Stansley said, adding, “I’ve appreciated every moment of it.”

In other action, trustees approved the creation of the Institute for Vehicular Business and Supply Chain Management, and the naming of the College of Business Administration Faculty and Staff Classroom, the James A. Poure Conference Room, the 3M Sales Conference Room and DWD Technology Seminar Room, all part of the Savage & Associates Complex for Business Learning and Engagement.

UT to house center that assists landing government contracts

The University of Toledo’s Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator is a place known for helping startup companies navigate business challenges, and it will soon be expanding its services to existing businesses, too.

After announcing that a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will be housed in UT’s Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator, a ribbon was cut by, from left, Megan Reichert Kral, UT director of incubation; Lisa Patt-McDaniel, interim director of development at the Ohio Department of Development’s Minority Business Division; UT President Lloyd Jacobs; and Fatou Ndiaye, Ohio’s PTAC program manager in the Ohio Department of Development.

After announcing that a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will be housed in UT’s Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator, a ribbon was cut by, from left, Megan Reichert Kral, UT director of incubation; Lisa Patt-McDaniel, interim director of the Ohio Department of Development; UT President Lloyd Jacobs; and Fatou Ndiaye, Ohio’s PTAC program manager in the Ohio Department of Development.

UT held a ribbon-cutting celebration June 17 for a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) that will be on the first floor of the incubator located at 2600 Dorr St.

PTACs are government-funded programs dedicated to providing businesses an understanding of government contracting requirements and the know-how to obtain and perform federal, state, local and university government contracts.

“The PTAC will help raise awareness of business opportunities and special programs for our local companies, as well as provide further understanding of government’s contracting standards and guidelines,” said Megan Reichert Kral, UT director of incubation. “This program is an excellent addition to UT’s economic development resources.”

The PTAC program is funded through a partnership of the federal Defense Logistics Agency, the Ohio Department of Development’s Minority Business Division and the University.

Other programs located at the Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator include the Manufacturing Small Business Development Center and the re-established International Trade Assistance Center program. These programs, along with the PTAC program, serve companies in the 15 counties of northwest Ohio.

Toledo’s PTAC was formerly housed by the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Administrator receives 2009 Impact Newsmaker Award

For more than a decade, the Northwest Ohio Black Media Association (NOBMA) has been recognizing individuals who have made positive, newsworthy impacts within the African-American community.



Each year, NOBMA honors four individuals and two organizations in northwest Ohio with Impact Newsmaker Awards.

Among the four individual recipients to receive this year’s award was Dr. Patricia Hogue, UT assistant dean for diversity, recruitment and retention and associate professor and chair of physician assistant studies.

During the May 21 awards banquet, Dr. Shanda Gore, director of diversity, recruitment and retention for UT’s Health Science Campus, described why Hogue deserves the award.

“She has wrapped her arms around our area young people — like the ladies at Polly Fox Academy by mentoring — and she has embraced those who have participated in fairs aimed at increasing health awareness in minority populations,” Gore said.

“[Hogue] uses her voice to teach students and to present research that shows others that there is a gap between minority and nonminority populations when it comes to health care, and we all have a part to play in closing that gap,” she said.

Gore finished by recognizing Hogue’s gift of laughter, saying that it is “both comforting and contagious when heard. It can light a room and bring a smile to a student’s face who needed that extra lift.”

Other individual award winners were John Preston, retired Toledo Police Department lieutenant; Mario Harris Rosser, a recent graduate of St. John’s Jesuit High School; and David Bush, founder and executive director of the Madd Poets Society.

The two group winners were the Toledoans for Obama organization and the Lincoln/Stewart single gender academies.

UT, Owens, TPS boards set sights on coordinating educational foundation

Leaders from The University of Toledo, Owens Community College and Toledo Public Schools agreed to a first step in their effort to translate a spirit of collaboration into concrete action at a joint meeting of the three institutions’ boards June 19.

Representatives from each school will begin working on an application for funds to University of Toledo Innovation Enterprises to identify those areas of study that most challenge college students, and work to establish a foundation in middle and high school to begin a coordinated learning process for traditionally difficult subjects. UT Innovation Enterprises is a separate, 501(c)(3) organization created to help spur economic development efforts.

Toledo School Board President Steve Steel provided an example of the most recent evaluation of chemistry textbooks by a TPS committee as evidence of the need for reform. Steel said TPS textbook selection processes needed to consider not just what students need to learn in high school, but what types of foundational knowledge will be needed to ensure students’ success in college chemistry courses.

UT Board of Trustees Chair Richard Stansley said it was important to note that extensive collaboration already exists between UT, Owens and TPS faculty and staff. The goal of increased collaboration at the board level, he said, was to make sure institutional and bureaucratic barriers don’t get in the way of partnerships between institutions.

“We all have obligations and loyalties to our individual institutions,” Stansley said. “However, because of the importance of education in our society, we also have a larger responsibility to our community and our region to make sure we are using our collective resources to the maximum advantage for the community.”

UT President Lloyd Jacobs encouraged board members to begin identifying achievable goals within the larger framework of increased collaboration and set timelines for those efforts.

“I believe identifying and working to create more seamless transitions for students in traditionally difficult subjects is an important first step toward the larger goal of convincing more students to pursue and complete a college degree,” Jacobs said.

Board members agreed to a six-week timeframe for developing the application to UT Innovation Enterprises and plan to hold the next joint meeting in September.

Paper processes move to portal

A trio of administrative processes has left the world of paper behind as The University of Toledo continues to use the myUT portal to increase speed and minimize the need to stand in line.

In the left-hand menu bar of the newly redesigned portal layout, users now will find links to automated direct deposit forms, FERPA student privacy options and Title IV authorization, the last of which is required for students to apply their financial aid awards to their bill.

“The ultimate goal is to enable students to take care of as many administrative tasks as possible online,” said LeSha Thorpe, UT treasurer, who is leading integration between UT’s Banner system and the myUT portal. “Not only will this reduce the need for students to wait in line, but it will diminish the number of UT’s paper processes. We’ll be able to provide quicker service in a more environmentally friendly way.”

Officials said while they will continue to accept paper copies of these forms for the time being, UT will transition completely to online usage by the end of the calendar year.

Thorpe emphasized the role the Division of Information Technology played, thanking them for their speed and responsiveness to get the changes implemented quickly.

Employees: Keep benefits coverage current

Significant life changes can affect insurance coverage. The Human Resources Office reminds employees covered through UT’s insurance programs to keep coverage current by contacting HR if one of the following occurs:

• Marriage;

• Birth or adoption of a child;

• Change in spouse’s job status that affects coverage;

• Change in child’s dependent status;

• Divorce; or

• Death.

These events qualify changes or additions to existing coverage, but employees have just 30 days from the date of the event to modify their plans.

Appropriate forms for these events are available on the Human Resources Web page, hr.utoledo.edu.

Contact Human Resources at 419.530.HRHR (4747) for more information.

MCO alumna and best-selling author dies after battling cancer

webicebound1Dr. Jerri Nielsen, best-selling author and 1977 Medical College of Ohio graduate, died June 23 at age 57 at her home in Southwick, Mass.

The physician gained international attention in 1999 when she developed breast cancer while serving as the sole physician at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. She wrote about the experience in Ice Bound: A Doctor’s Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole.

The only doctor for more than 100 hard-working people at the bottom of the world, Nielsen ran the aptly named Hard Truth Medical Clinic after a crash course in frontier medicine and dentistry with no support staff — or even a functioning X-ray machine. Halfway into the winter season, she discovered a suspicious lump on her breast.

When a self-performed biopsy confirmed her diagnosis, she began chemotherapy, using drugs delivered to the station in its first-ever off-summer airdrop.

Ultimately the tumor became resistant to the available drugs and Nielsen — an unwilling international celebrity — was airlifted out by the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard.

Following years of treatment, her cancer went into remission, only to return. “It went to my liver and my bones. In spite of that, I got re-married and had an incredible life,” she said during a 2008 talk to UT medical students. “There’s no end to life until your last breath.”

After the publication of her book, she traveled the world, meeting people and giving inspirational talks.

UT named an endowed scholarship in Nielsen’s honor in 2008. Memorial donations to the scholarship fund may be made here.

Toledo-Ohio State game Sept. 19 to kick off at noon; times for other games set

smallerrocket-spot-color-logo-copyThe football matchup between Toledo and Ohio State at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 19, will kick off at noon.

The game will be televised on ESPN-Plus and ESPN Game Plan. ESPN-Plus games are produced by ESPN Regional and are generally aired on stations throughout the regions of the schools involved. ESPN Game Plan is a pay service available on cable and satellite systems throughout the country.

All other game times on the Rockets’ football scheduled also were announced, with the exception of the Bowling Green game Friday, Nov. 27. Game time and television outlet for that game won’t be determined until after the season begins.

The game times announced June 24 include:

• Sept. 5 at Purdue will kick off at noon on the Big Ten Network;

• Oct. 3 at Ball State will kick off at noon on ESPN-Plus/ESPN Game Day;

• Oct. 31 at Miami will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on the Ohio News Network; and

• The final three UT home games will all kick off at 7 p.m.

Click here for a PDF of the UT schedule.

For more information, go to www.utrockets.com.