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Ingersoll reaches semifinals of women’s three-point championship

Senior Courtney Ingersoll advanced to the semifinals of the State Farm Women’s Three-Point Championship Thursday evening on the campus of Tulane in Fogelman Arena in New Orleans. The event was televised nationally on ESPN.


Ingersoll competed against St. Bonaventure’s Jessica Jenkins, Louisville’s Becky Burke, Michigan State’s Taylor Alton, Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn, South Carolina’s Markeshia Grant and USC’s Ashley Corral at the 24th-Annual Three-Point Championships, which is held the Thursday before the Men’s Basketball Final Four in the event’s host city.

Ingersoll and the other competitors had 60 seconds to make a total of 25 shots from five stations set up beyond the arc. The first four balls at each station were worth one point, while the fifth “money” ball was worth two points.

The Massillon, Ohio, native qualified for the Final Four by tallying 15 points in the opening round to finish in a three-way tie for second place. Ingersoll made one shot at the first station, two at the second, three at the third, four at the fourth and five at the fifth, including the “money” ball at each of the final two stations. USC’s Corral won the opening round with 20 points, followed by Ingersoll, Burke and Jenkins with 15 points each.

Ingersoll had some trouble finding her mark at the beginning stages of the semifinals and totaled eight points. She scored one point at the third station, two at the fourth and five at the fifth. Burke and Corral advanced to the finals with 18 points and 14 points, respectively.

Corral defeated Burke, 20-11, in the finals to win the competition.

A 2011-12 third-team All-Mid-American Conference selection, Ingersoll averaged 11.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals in a squad-best 35.0 minutes per game.

She is currently leading the NCAA in three-point field-goal percentage (44.2 percent, 96 of 217, as of March 27) and ranks 13th in three-point field goals made (2.8). She made at least four triples in 12 games this season, including a collegiate-best six against Cincinnati in the second round of the WNIT March 19. Ingersoll’s 96 treys tied a MAC single-season record, and her 44.2 three-point field-goal percentage stands second best in UT annals.

Ingersoll wrapped up her career first in school history in games played (133), sixth in three-point field goals made (176), seventh in three-point field-goal percentage (36.6 percent, 176 of 481) and minutes played (3,469), tied for seventh in three-point field goals attempted (481) and tied for eighth in steals (173).

Professor publishes new book on network capabilities

Dr. Paul Hong with the new book he co-wrote

A new book co-authored by a University of Toledo professor about network capabilities in the global market offers an updated study of international firms.

Building Network Capabilities in Turbulent Competitive Environments: Practices of Global Firms From Korea and Japan, written by Dr. Paul Hong, professor of information operations and technology management in the UT College of Business and Innovation, and Dr. Young Won Park of the University of Tokyo, compares strategic management practices of Korean and Japanese firms, and analyzes how their global market performance has driven economic growth around the world.

“The book analyzes the way companies in Korea and Japan compete,” Hong said. “Previously, they competed by how or what they made. Now companies cannot compete by what they do in isolation, but instead compete with their extended global network capabilities.”

Building Network Capabilities in Turbulent Competitive Environments is divided into three sections: network capabilities and how to build them, global competitive reality, and case studies and interviews profiling Korean and Japanese companies.

“There are many books describing Japanese companies in the 1990s, but very few about the global competitiveness of Japanese companies after 2000,” Hong said. “The book highlights changes made by Japanese and Korean firms during the past 10 years, as they have strived to establish their new global position.”

Hong added, “Understanding of their supply chain strategies required extensive personal interviews with senior executives of global firms from Korea and Japan. Our research reveals valuable insights from in-depth case studies and field visits. In this regard, this book is quite unique.”

Building Network Capabilities in Turbulent Competitive Environments is the first in a series focusing on network capabilities, and licensing for translation to Korean and Japanese is under way. The second book will focus on networking capabilities of global companies in emerging global markets — Brazil, Russia and China — and the third, still in planning stages, will focus on how small and medium enterprises compete in the global market.

Poetry by UT professor included in American Library Association Notable Book of 2012

Poetry by a University of Toledo faculty member is featured in an anthology selected by the American Library Association as a Notable Book of 2012.

Poetry by Dr. Jim Ferris is included in "Beauty is a Verb.”

Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, published by Cinco Puntos Press, features 40 poets, including Dr. Jim Ferris, Ability Center of Greater Toledo Endowed Chair of Disability Studies and associate professor of communication.

Ferris is part of the disability poetry movement, which seeks to express the experience of people with disabilities through poetry.

“The changes the disability rights and disability culture movements have wrought are enormous and profound, for the nondisabled as well as for people with disabilities,” he said. “My work seeks to participate in and extend disability culture, which means not only greater awareness of all the many ways we can be human in this difficult and beautiful world, but also greater opportunity for all of us who have bodies.”

Ferris is a recognized figure in the disability poetry movement along with other writers in the anthology, including Stephen Kuusisto and Kenny Fries.

“One of Jim’s poems, ‘Poet of Cripples,’ became a sort of anthem poem for those in the disability poetry movement,” said Michael Northen, one of the editors of Beauty is a Verb. “We wanted to include it in Beauty is a Verb because it’s the sort of thing that people can really respond to, even if they know nothing about disability poetics.”

Northen added Ferris’ work has been published in several anthologies and collections. Beauty is a Verb contains previously published poems as well as new work.

Ferris said, “These poems are the products of the encounters of anomaly with a normalizing world. We talk about how good it is to be different, to proclaim our individuality, but the range of difference that is considered acceptable is really pretty narrow.

“Contemporary commercial culture corrals people into a normalized mindset. I hope my work helps to pry open those constraints,” said Ferris, who also is director of the UT Disability Studies Program.

Beauty is a Verb is an anthology of poetry that Ferris said “is not about disability culture: it is disability culture.”

“The concept for the anthology originated from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Denver in 2010,” Northen said. “I was on a panel with the other editors — Sheila Black and Jennifer Bartlett — and after we got back, we thought about doing a collection. All of us had read some of Jim’s work, and we wanted work like Jim’s recognized to show what poets in the disability movement had done.”

Ferris is planning a reading for the poets whose work is featured in Beauty is a Verb and hopes to hold the reading in April at UT.

Since 1944, the American Library Association’s Notable Books Council annually has selected the good, readable and important fiction, nonfiction and poetry books for adults. Works are selected for literary merit, expanding human knowledge, making specialized knowledge more accessible, contributing solutions to contemporary problems or presenting unique concepts.

To learn more about Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability or to order a copy, visit Cinco Puntos Press’ website at www.cincopuntos.com or the official site for the anthology at www.beautyisaverbbook.com.

Pianist to play works by Schumann, Debussy


The University of Toledo Department of Music will welcome Christopher Harding this weekend to wrap up the season of the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series.

He will give a master class Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. and a recital Sunday, April 1, at 3 p.m. Both events will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

For the recital, Harding will play Schumann’s “Kreisleriana” and several Debussy pieces, including “L’Isle Joyeuse.”

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate piano performance and chamber music at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Harding serves on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer Piano Academy and is a frequent guest artist and teacher at the MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, Ind.

Harding has given frequent solo, concerto and chamber music performances in venues that include the Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the National Theater Concert Hall in Taipei, the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, and halls and appearances in Newfoundland, Israel, Romania and China.

He has presented master classes and lecture recitals at universities across the United States and Asia, as well as in Israel and Canada. His most recent tours were to Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.

The Toledo Piano Teachers Association assists with The University of Toledo Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series. The association provides students for the master class, publicity for the class and concert, and refreshments for the reception in the lobby following the concert.

For more information on the free, public events, go to www.utoledo.edu/cvpa/music.

Panel to evaluate if Vatican is legally accountable for clergy’s sexual violence against children

A complaint submitted to the International Criminal Court in the Hague requesting an investigation of the Vatican for crimes against humanity will be the subject of a program early next month at The University of Toledo College of Law.

Two free, public panel discussions titled “Child Sexual Violence by Clergy: Is the Vatican Accountable Under International Law?” will be held Monday, April 2.

Sponsored by the UT College of Law and its International Law Society, both panels will take place in the Law Center Auditorium. The first panel will begin at 11:45 a.m. and the second will start at 6:30 p.m.

The September 2011 complaint filed by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights charges that Vatican officials tolerate, enable and fail to stop the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and other sex crimes by clergy against children throughout the world. The complaint states that “the high-level officials of the Catholic church who failed to prevent and punish these criminal actions … have, to date, enjoyed absolute impunity.” Panelists will discuss the background and international legal framework for the action.

Panel participants will be Barbara Blaine, founder and president of SNAP; Pam Spees, senior staff attorney for the International Human Rights Program at the Center for Constitutional Rights; and David Beckwith, executive director for the Needmor Fund.

The panel will be moderated by Benjamin G. Davis, UT associate professor of law.

“The complaint seeks accountability for what one comes to see is not a local, regional or national problem in any one country, but has transnational dimensions,” Davis said. “Having Toledoans, including the president of SNAP, discuss the background and legal journey to bring these matters to the attention of the International Criminal Court is a local example of international law in action.”

Information and the panelists’ biographies are available here.

Despicable dozen: UT researcher IDs most common traits of bad bosses

Are you a bad boss? Maybe even a horrible boss? The good news is that if you are, you’re probably too arrogant to know it.


Dr. Clinton Longenecker has researched the top “despicable dozen” characteristics of really bad bosses, and arrogance tops the list. The research recently was published in the journal Industrial Management.

The full “despicable dozen” and the percent of respondents who mentioned the troublesome traits were:

1. Arrogant, prideful, inflexible and always right — 73 percent

2. Unprincipled, untrustworthy, misrepresent the truth and lie — 66 percent

3. Fail to create clear performance expectations — 58 percent

4. Not letting employees know where they stand — 54 percent

5. Horrible communication skills and practices — 52

6. Erratic and unpredictable behavior and moods — 51 percent

7. Take all credit and avoid blame
 — 47 percent

8. Everything is a crisis — 42 percent

9. They don’t develop their people or help them get ahead — 39 percent

10. Do not solve problems or improve processes — 33 percent

11. Technically incompetent and lack talent — 31 percent

12. Lack wisdom and decision-making skill — 27 percent

Longenecker, UT professor of management and an expert in organizational development and executive leadership, said nothing undermines your credibility as a boss as quickly as throwing modesty to the wind and basking in your own greatness.

“People with arrogant bosses minimize and avoid contact and as a result, the regular and candid communication needed for any organization to improve and succeed doesn’t take place,” Longenecker said. “Stay humble. Arrogance kills working relationships and careers and it can be a real barrier to high performance.”

And the worst bosses also are viewed as being at the wrong end of the integrity, acing in ways untrustworthy and unprincipled.

So if you work for a bad boss, what should you do? Longenecker acknowledged, particularly in a difficult economy, that simply polishing up your resumé isn’t always feasible.

“Consider developing a realistic exit strategy that takes into account the pros and cons of your current situation,” he said. Work to understand how your boss is hampering your performance and take proactive steps to minimize your boss’ influence — and make it a priority to not emulate your boss.

Longenecker also spoke directly to organizations and the leaders who employ bad bosses.

“If you have bad bosses working for you, it reflects poorly on you,” Longenecker said, citing short-term and long-term damage to the organization and, ultimately, to the career of the manager overseeing truly bad bosses.

Longenecker was quick to point out there is a difference between a boss struggling to find his or her footing in a new role and a boss who is doing little to improve his or her leadership skills.

To develop the “despicable dozen” characteristics, Longenecker sampled 187 seasoned business leaders from cross sections of U.S. manufacturing and service enterprises. Men comprised 72 percent of respondents and women 28 percent, all with an average age of 43 and more than 14 years of managerial experience. Participants were asked to “identify and chronicle the behaviors of the worst boss that they had ever worked for during their career.”

Law student recognized by American College of Bankruptcy

UT law student David Paul Mann has been named the 2012 Distinguished Law Student from the Sixth Circuit by the American College of Bankruptcy.

UT law student David Paul Mann ., has been named the 2012 Distinguished Law Student from the Sixth Circuit by the American College of Bankruptcy. He is executive director of the Lucas County Land Reutilization Corp., locally known as the “Land Bank,” and posed for this photo in front of a home recently acquired and sold by the bank in Toledo’s Old West End.

Mann is the only student from the states in the Sixth Circuit — Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee — to receive the award this year.

The American College of Bankruptcy’s Distinguished Law Student program seeks to honor and encourage law students who have demonstrated academic achievement and interest in bankruptcy law.

On March 16 and 17, Mann traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the college’s induction ceremony, where he had the opportunity to meet distinguished practitioners and judges from the bankruptcy bar. The induction ceremony took place at the U.S. Supreme Court.

As a night student at the College of Law, Mann has collected several major accolades, including Best Oralist and a member of the Best Team at Toledo Law’s 39th Annual Intramural Moot Court Competition for his argument before a panel of judges that included two U.S. District Court judges.

He serves as assistant managing editor on The University of Toledo Law Review and his note, “Out of the Penalty Box: Why Supreme Court Precedent Should Have Saved Matching Fund Triggers,” was published in the Law Review’s summer 2011 issue.

Set to graduate this May, Mann plans to join Marshall & Melhorn LLC as an associate in the firm’s business litigation practice.

“David Mann is a superb representative of the College of Law. I have no doubt that he was a hit with the American College of Bankruptcy, and that the connections he has developed as an American College of Bankruptcy Distinguished Law Student will serve him well in his professional career,” said Kara Bruce, UT assistant professor of law.

By day, Mann is the executive director of the Lucas County Land Reutilization Corp., locally known as the “Land Bank,” a nonprofit, government-type entity established by state statute. By strategically acquiring vacant and abandoned properties, the Land Bank works to reduce blight, increase property values and promote economic development in Lucas County. Mann was hired as director a few months after the Land Bank was created in August 2010, and for many months was the Land Bank’s sole employee.

When asked what it has been like to build the new Land Bank by day and attend law school at night, Mann smiled and quipped, “I don’t have a life, but I knew that going in.”

After observing him in her secured transactions and commercial paper classes, Bruce nominated Mann for the Distinguished Law Student honor. His nomination was supported by Judge Mary Ann Whipple of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio, a part-time professor of law at the University who teaches bankruptcy course offerings, and Nicole Porter, UT associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law.

The American College of Bankruptcy requires that written materials from the student and letters of recommendation accompany a Distinguished Law Student nomination. All nominated students are considered by the council in their circuit, which selects the winning student.

“I was honored to represent The University of Toledo College of Law at this event,” said Mann after the induction ceremony and his weekend in Washington. “It’s an important recognition of the work that Judge Mary Ann Whipple and Professor Kara Bruce are doing to prepare the next generation of bankruptcy professionals in our community.”

The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary professional and educational association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. College fellows include commercial and consumer bankruptcy attorneys, insolvency accountants, turnaround and workout specialists, law professors, judges, government officials and others involved in the bankruptcy and insolvency community.

Islam traditions, Middle East revolutionary uprisings to be explored in conference

The University of Toledo is partnering with the University of Michigan for a two-day joint academic conference that will confront the issue of the role of Islam after the Arab Spring by bringing together scholars whose areas of expertise provide insight into the social and political culture in the Middle East.

More than a dozen academic presentations by leading modern Middle East specialists, as well as emerging young scholars, will be featured during “Islam in the New Middle East: Traditions, Transitions and Trajectories” Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Michigan.

UT will stream live the speakers and presentations in Memorial Field House Room 1050 on Main Campus.

“The academic conference demonstrates UT’s commitment to supporting cutting-edge scholarship on issues of national and international import,” said Dr. Ovamir Anjum, UT Imam Khattab Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies. “All presenters and volunteers for the conference are enthusiastic and committed to their ongoing research.”

The conference will combine current analysis of the revolutionary uprisings in the Middle East with the long-standing scholarly conversations on the region.

In the spirit of the joint conference, keynote addresses will be held on both the University of Michigan and University of Toledo campuses.

Dr. Nathan Brown, professor of political science and international affairs at Georgetown University, will give a keynote address, “Islamist Movements in Post-Revolutionary Egypt,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the University Unions Hussey Room at UM.

At UT, Dr. Juan Cole, the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, will give a keynote address on “Arab Spring to Arab Transitions” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the Driscoll Alumni Auditorium.

“UT is honored to put on an academic conference with the University of Michigan,” Anjum said. “We are grateful for their ongoing support of our scholastic achievements and research, and we will continue to show the same gratitude and respect toward them.”

The joint conference is the first major academic collaboration in philosophy and religious studies between UT and the University of Michigan.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit Ann Arbor for the presentations. The presentations at the University of Michigan and the live web stream in the Memorial Field House, as well as the keynote addresses, are free and open to the public.

A complete conference schedule is available at sites.google.com/site/inmeconference.

The conference is sponsored by the UT Department of Philosophy and the Center for Religious Studies and the University of Michigan’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and Islamic Studies Program.

For more information, contact Anjum at ovamir.anjum@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4598.

Upcoming election season offers UT prominent voice

While the primary election season in Ohio has wound down, campaigns for the 2012 election are as passionate as ever across the nation.

“Ohio is a key battleground state and as a result, we’re going to get more than our share of visits from prominent politicians and their supporters,” said Dr. Frank Calzonetti, vice president for government affairs.

“The time from now through Nov. 6 represents a tremendous opportunity for The University of Toledo to be a forum and a venue for elected officials and candidates to share their views and for the campus community to get involved in the political process.”

One of UT’s most fundamental values is that of free speech, civil debate and the open expression of ideas, Calzonetti said, encouraging those who invite a political figure to campus to reach out to the Government Relations Office.

“If we know a candidate or elected official will be speaking, we can help increase the visibility of an event as well as help take care of some of the logistical issues that may not immediately come to mind,” he said, highlighting areas such as parking, room reservations, and ensuring that local media are aware of the event.

As an institution, Calzonetti emphasized, UT will not be backing any candidate for office. However, highlighting the breadth and depth of the on-campus conversations that will help shape the democratic process locally, statewide and nationally can only serve to elevate The University of Toledo, he said.

Calzonetti added UT was investigating the possibility of hosting debates as Nov. 6 draws nearer.

“Northwest Ohio is and will continue to be an important part of the national political conversation, and by working together, we can raise the profile of this institution and make our voices count for that much more,” he said.

If you are hosting a candidate or an elected official for an event, contact the Office of Government Relations at 419.530.5529.

Global Voices: UT’s new international speakers program

The Center for International Studies and Programs has created a new resource to encourage cross-cultural dialogue and understanding on UT campuses.

The international students and scholars registered with Global Voices will share their unique experiences and perspectives with peers in UT classes or serve on panel discussions for student groups and organizations.

“In most cases, our Global Voices’ speaker would take part in question-and-answer-style panels or presentations in front of UT students who are eager to learn about what life is like in other countries,” said Vince Schiavone, Global Voices coordinator. “The Center for International Studies and Programs is continuing to recruit international students and scholars to join Global Voices and has launched a new web page where students can register and where faculty and staff can request a speaker.”

“This is a great opportunity and another important step toward the internationalization of UT’s curriculum,” said Dr. Sammy Spann, Executive Director for the Center for International Studies and Programs. “I strongly encourage faculty, staff, advisers and students to participate in making Global Voices a success.”

To register as a member of Global Voices or request a speaker, click here.

“Building bridges of understanding between nations is crucial in today’s world,” said Cathy Zimmer, director of relations in the Center for International Studies and Programs. “Hearing about an international student or scholar’s experience and culture firsthand and incorporating this opportunity into the classroom is a great way to improve international relations and educate others about our similarities and differences.”

The Center for International Studies and Programs supports internationalization efforts at The University of Toledo by creating links among students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars and the community that foster cross-cultural understanding and appreciation. It encourages global citizenship through innovative educational, cultural and service-learning programming and through student and scholar exchanges.