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University, Detroit Lions working together to highlight value of UT degrees

The University of Toledo is continuing to expand its reach into Detroit and southeast Michigan, partnering with the Detroit Lions, one of the region’s most iconic brands.

Detroit lion copyThe Rockets and the Lions formally announced their partnership Thursday at Ford Field.

Teaming up with the Lions is another high-profile way UT is working to close the gap between Toledo and Michigan’s largest city, blurring the state border, and erasing the perception of distance between two cities less than 60 miles apart.

“The University of Toledo continues to strengthen its brand and attract talented students to campus by partnering with institutions like the Detroit Lions and the NFL, introducing them to Rocket Nation,” said Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs.

In addition to stadium signage, UT and the Lions are developing hands-on opportunities for students and planning joint educational projects that are applicable to real sports business.

“We’re excited to partner with The University of Toledo and integrate sports business into their curriculum,” said Tom Lewand, Detroit Lions team president. “This partnership will also serve as another great platform to introduce more young professionals to Detroit.”

UT also has a prominent presence at both Comerica Park and Joe Louis Arena. The increased marketing effort has directly impacted student recruitment, almost doubling undergraduate student enrollment from metro Detroit from 860 in 2006 to nearly 1,600 southeastern Michigan students in fall 2013.

“This isn’t just buying advertising,” Burns said. “Whether it’s real-world training or other opportunities, we’re looking for ways to share the value of a UT education. That message coming alongside the Detroit Lions brand makes it resonate so much more powerfully.”

In addition to its sports partnerships, The University of Toledo also is extending its reach into Michigan with a partnership with Schoolcraft College in Livonia that will allow students in select degree programs in the area to obtain a four-year degree from UT in their neighborhood. UT also has a strong relationship with News/Talk 760 WJR, which reaches throughout most of the Midwest and into the eastern United States and Canada that includes a monthly radio program called “The Relevant University.”

Register for Stoepler Scholarship Golf Outing

Golfers can practice their swing at a golf outing benefiting University of Toledo law student scholarship recipients Monday, June 9.

stoepler law golf outing adThe 15th annual John W. Stoepler Scholarship Golf Outing was established in 1990 to benefit UT College of Law students. To date, the fund has awarded more than $92,800 in scholarships to 36 students.

This year’s event will be held at the Stone Oak Country Club in Holland, Ohio, with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. Participants can eat lunch or begin practicing on the driving range until the 1 p.m. shotgun start. Teams then will play an 18-hole scramble and finish with dinner after play is done. A short presentation will begin at 6 p.m.

Teams of four golfers are being accepted for $620 per team. A single golfer also can register and be placed on a team for $155. Individuals have the option to not golf, but still socialize by attending the dinner for $40 per person.

Team and individual golfers must register either online here or by printing a registration form and mailing it with a check, made payable The University of Toledo Foundation, to Ansley Abrams-Frederick, Office of Alumni Relations, Mail Stop 301, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606.

Sponsorship opportunities also are available and can be registered online.

All proceeds will benefit UT law students.

For more information, call the UT Alumni Relations Office at 419.530.2586.

UT offering summer music workshops

From a summer chorus, to workshops and classes in the classics and jazz, The University of Toledo Department of Music is offering a variety of opportunities this summer for singers to learn new music, develop their voices, and to perform.

Taking place this summer:

University Summer Chorus, Tuesdays, June 10-July 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. With the University Summer Chorus, singers can opt to participate in the chorus for free, or they can take the chorus as a class to earn college credit. To take it for college credit, participants must be enrolled as a student or guest student, and the usual tuition and fees for a one credit hour course will apply. A $15 fee to cover the cost of music will apply to all chorus members.

The University Summer Chorus will perform music from Rodgers & Hammerstein and George Gershwin. The chorus will perform Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

After the concert date, students taking the chorus as a class will continue on to participate in the University’s Summer Sings program as part of their class. Non-student chorus members also can participate in Summer Sings if they choose, but there will be a $25 fee to participate in all three sessions, or $9 per session. See below for details.

To sign up for the chorus as a non-student, register by Friday, June 6. Call the UT Department of Music at 419.530.2448 or email thearts@utoledo.edu. Music fee is due by Tuesday, June 10.

Summer Sings — Music of the Masters, Tuesdays, July 15, 22 and 29. The Summer Sings program serves to promote choral masterworks through voice on experience. On three successive Tuesday evenings, a conductor will instruct choral singers in a study session of a major choral gem culminating in a straight run-through performance.

— July 15 — “Jesu, meine Freude” by Johann Sebastian Bach
Dennis Blubaugh, musician and owner of nationally acclaimed Musical Resources, will be the first conductor. Singers shouldn’t worry about German pronunciation; neutral syllables likely will be employed.

— July 22 — Mozart’s “Requiem”
Dr. Steve Hodge, director of choral activities at The University of Toledo since 1989, will conduct Mozart’s “Requiem.” This staple in the choral repertoire will receive special attention so participants experience the intensity of emotion this work is famous for.

— July 29 — Handel’s “Messiah”
Dr. Sandra Frey Stegman, associate professor of choral education at Bowling Green State University, will lead the assemblage through the less well-known but powerful choruses of Handel’s “Messiah.”

Register by Tuesday, July 1, and save. Fee is $25 to participate in all three sessions, or $9 per session. (No charge for students taking the University Summer Chorus as a class, since Summer Sings is part of the course.) After July 1, fee is $27 for all three sessions or $10 per session.

ArtSongHeaderArt Song Festival and Workshop — “American Song Book,” Monday through Friday, June 23-27. The Art Song Festival and Workshop, directed by Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini, UT assistant professor of music, is dedicated to promoting recital performances as well as training singers and collaborative pianists in the fine art of recital planning and performance. Each participant takes classes in diction, stage movement, vocal coaching, professional development, voice lessons and master classes.

Workshop faculty members are master teachers and professionals who have sung nationally as well as internationally. Coaches are professionals who have collaborated with some of the world’s finest singers and have worked at regional opera houses.

The music for this year’s festival will be drawn from American composers, including Aaron Copland and Gershwin. Festival classes will be held on Main Campus, with performances held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall Wednesday, June 25, and Friday, June 27, at 7 p.m. both nights.

Register by Monday, June 2, or late fee of $25 will apply. Cost is $375 and includes all music and materials needed to participate. For details, visit artsongfestival.com.

SJIcomboSummer Jazz Institute — Jazz Voice Track, Sunday through Saturday, June 15-21. The UT Summer Jazz Institute is the place where all levels of jazz students can discover and achieve their potential through study in one of four programs: instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, teacher training and jazz appreciation.

The curriculum is designed to provide fundamental, intermediate and advanced jazz experiences for talented high school, undergraduate and graduate college students. The institute provides a positive and fun learning environment through lectures, master classes, jam sessions, performances and a recording experience. Participants immerse themselves in improvisation, performance, arranging and pedagogy with established professional jazz musicians and educators.

Register by Monday, June 2, or a $25 late fee will apply. Fee is $500 and includes lunch each day plus all music and materials required to participate. For details, visit summerjazz.utoledo.edu.

To register online or for more information on these and other UT Department of Music Summer Music Workshops, click here.

50th anniversary of founding of MCO to be celebrated May 31

The nation’s 100th medical school was officially created Dec. 18, 1964, when Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes signed legislation establishing the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo.

Helping to break ground for the Health Sciences Building Sept. 11, 1970, were, from left, Paul Block, Gov. James Rhodes, Dr. Glidden Brooks, Dr. Robert Page, and student Lurley Archambeau.

Helping to break ground for the Health Sciences Building Sept. 11, 1970, were, from left, Paul Block, Gov. James Rhodes, Dr. Glidden Brooks, Dr. Robert Page, and student Lurley Archambeau.

The University of Toledo is commemorating that historic milestone with an invitation-only 50th anniversary celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in the Radisson Hotel located on Health Science Campus.

“The golden anniversary provides an opportunity for us to remember an important time in the history of Toledo and to recognize those who worked to bring a medical school to our community,” said Dr. William McMillen, former provost and chair of the anniversary celebration committee. “It is a celebration of a medical school that has successfully evolved to stay ahead of the curve in health science teaching and research, as well as the delivery of exceptional health care.”

Between 1910 and 1950, only 10 new medical schools were created in the country, and the post-WWII baby boom produced a growing population in need of medical care leading to a critical shortage of medical personnel.

Paul Block Jr., co-publisher of The Blade and a chemist, was an advocate for northwest Ohio as the ideal location for the new medical school that was needed in the state.

“It is impossible to count the number of people whose lives have been improved because of the medical college in this community that was a direct result of Paul Block’s efforts,” UT President Lloyd Jacobs said. “During the last 50 years, this medical school has trained generations of leaders within the medical community and is a source of pride for Toledo and Ohio.”

Allan J. Block, chair of Block Communications, and John Robinson Block, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Blade and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, served as honorary co-chairs of the anniversary celebration committee and will speak at the event.

The Medical College of Ohio’s hospital, shown here during construction, opened in 1979.

The Medical College of Ohio’s hospital, shown here during construction, opened in 1979.

Dr. Mary R. Smith, UT professor of medicine and pathology, will give the keynote address about the value of the then Medical College of Ohio and current UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences to the city and region.

In addition to the founding of the school, the event will celebrate the first class of medical school students, the teaching hospital that opened in 1979, and the leadership of Dr. Richard “Dick” Ruppert, who served as president from 1977 to 1993.

To conclude the celebration, WGTE Public Media will preview its “Toledo Stories — MCO: A History of Healing and Teaching” documentary that will air at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, on WGTE.

Landscaping/construction project to improve scenery, safety

A project under way at The University of Toledo is transforming the landscape south of Memorial Field House.

Trees and shrubs have been added to the area south of the Memorial Field House.

Trees and shrubs have been added to the area south of the Memorial Field House.

Doug Collins, director of grounds and off-site facilities, said that the primary purpose of the construction is to develop a safe and sustainable environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

He said the renovations include updating the asphalt, which is done regularly, and adding a raised sidewalk in front of Memorial Field House, where the striped crosswalk used to be. All the sidewalks and building entrances are being built in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, he added.

A landscaped entry island is being created at the corner of West Campus Road and West Centennial Drive to stop vehicles from continuing forward onto the sidewalk, a situation Collins said has been confusing in the past.

The area also is being landscaped with trees and shrubs and will continue to be used as a green space on campus, Collins said.

“There are ornamental trees, flowering trees, shade trees and conifers, which are the evergreen,” he said. “There’s interest throughout every growing season between the foliage and the flowers with different textures to give interest year-round.”

To allow work around some of the utilities and pipes in the area, soil was brought in to make the area sustainable for plant growth. These mounds of soil are arranged in an amphitheater-style.

“We wanted to be purposeful in placing the soil, so that there still was a good green space in there so students could be active, throw a Frisbee,” Collins said. “We’re sensitive that we only have so many green spaces on campus.”

Collins said he believes the safety component and the aesthetics make the project worthwhile, and he is grateful for the tolerance of everyone on campus.

“We appreciate everybody’s patience during this process,” he said. “If everyone can just be slow and honor safety barricades and caution tape; it’s a necessity. I know people get tired of the orange barrels during summer, but it’s a necessary evil sometimes.”

Due to weather complications, construction was postponed for a few days, but the projects are scheduled to be finished in early June.

UT Retirees Association recognized as affiliate of year

They’ve done it again. Members of the The University of Toledo Retirees Association (UTRA) pitched in and helped the UT Alumni Association and their former employer.

For those efforts, UTRA was named the 2014 Alumni Association’s Affiliate of the Year. It’s the second time in three years the organization has received the designation.

Jim Lapp, president of the UT Retirees Association, left, accepted the banner proclaiming the group as the UT Alumni Association’s Affiliate of the Year from David Dobrzykowski, president of the UT Alumni Association.

Jim Lapp, president of the UT Retirees Association, left, accepted the banner proclaiming the group as the UT Alumni Association’s Affiliate of the Year from David Dobrzykowski, president of the UT Alumni Association.

The announcement was made at the UT Alumni Association’s annual meeting held earlier this month at the William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion.

“This honor reflects the hard work of many individuals and is a testament to the involvement of our membership in the University and Toledo communities,” said Jim Lapp, UTRA president, who retired in 2005 as assistant director of the Division of Student Success in University College.

Each year, UT Alumni Association Affiliates compete for this award. The selection committee evaluates the affiliates on a number of factors, including service to the Alumni Association, the University and the community; collaboration with other organizations and affiliates; scholarships supported; and sponsored events and programs.

Representing all retirees from the University and from the former Medical College of Ohio, UTRA organized nearly 40 events. The group counts 1,100 active, dues-paying members.

“The number of events, programs and trips that we continue to sponsor is a big factor in this award,” Lapp said. “Since last spring, we have arranged more than 35 activities that have been attended by well in excess of 1,000 of our members and their guests. Plus, we continue to have our monthly game days and the monthly social luncheons.”

In addition to keeping in touch, members value giving back to the University.

“As a group, the UT Retirees Association raised more than $10,500 for two scholarships — one for Main Campus, the other for Health Science Campus — which now have endowments totaling more than $60,000,” Dan Saevig, UT associate vice president of alumni relations, said when announcing the honor.

Members also are generous with their time. UTRA members have donated hundreds of hours of volunteer service to the University and Toledo community.

“We are thankful for the UT Retirees Association’s continuous support and so proud of all efforts by its members,” Saevig said.

College of Medicine to hold commencement May 30

Dr. James Madara, CEO and executive vice president of the American Medical Association, and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will address The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences graduates at the commencement ceremony Friday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at Stranahan Theater.

There are some 250 candidates for degrees; these include 171 for doctor of medicine degrees, 42 for master of public health degrees, nine for master of biomedical sciences degrees, seven for master of occupational health degrees, and 18 students for graduate certificates.

Eleven students are candidates for a PhD in biomedical sciences.



Madara will receive an honorary doctor of science degree, and Portman will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

“We are honored to have these two leaders willing to share their experiences and advice with our graduating students,” said Dr. Ron McGinnis, interim dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “This is a great opportunity for our graduates to gain knowledge from two distinguished professionals before embarking on the next phase of their careers.”

As CEO and executive vice president of the American Medical Association, Madara oversees the nation’s largest physician organization.

An accomplished academic medical center physician, medical scientist and administrator, Madara previously served as Timmie Professor and chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine.

He also held the Thompson Distinguished Professorship and deanship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He was the longest serving Pritzker dean in the last 35 years.

During his deanship at the University of Chicago, which also extended to the university’s Biological Sciences Division, Madara served as CEO of the University of Chicago Medical Center, bringing together the school’s biomedical research, teaching and clinical activities.

Madara is a noted academic pathologist and an authority on epithelial cell biology and gastrointestinal disease. He has made important contributions to understanding the biology of the cells that line the digestive tract, with more than 200 published original papers and chapters. His work has garnered both national and international awards.

He is a recipient of a prestigious Method to Extend Research in Time Award from the National Institutes of Health and recently received the Davenport Award for lifetime achievement in gastrointestinal disease from the American Physiological Society.

Madara has served as president of the American Board of Pathology and as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Pathology.

He earned his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical Center in Philadelphia. He completed an internship and residency at New England Deaconess Hospital and a fellowship in anatomy and cell biology at the former Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, now Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston. After completing his fellowship, he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and became a full tenured professor. He also served as director of the Harvard Digestive Diseases Center.



Portman was elected to the United States Senate, winning 82 of 88 counties, representing Ohio in 2010. He previously served 12 years in the House of Representatives from Ohio’s 2nd District.

During his time in Congress, he promoted welfare reform efforts and was a strong advocate of the balanced budget that passed in 1997. Portman was involved in several bipartisan legislative initiatives, including advocating to increase retirement savings, IRS reform, the addition of more than 50 new taxpayer rights, curbing unfunded mandates, tax reduction, and expanding drug prevention and land conservation efforts.

Portman left Congress in 2005 to serve in a cabinet-level post as the United States trade representative, responsible for implementing and enforcing U.S. trade policy. He was able to reduce barriers to U.S. exports and increase enforcement of trade laws to help American farmers, workers and service providers. Under his leadership, American exports increased, and the United States brought successful legal challenges against international trade law violations. He also served as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

He currently serves on several U.S. Senate committees, including the Senate Finance Committee, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce (as a ranking member), the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations and the District of Columbia, and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, with assignments on the Subcommittee on Energy and the Subcommittee on National Parks.

Portman received his bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and studied law at the University of Michigan. After graduating from law school, Portman moved to Washington, D.C., where he became a trade law expert and lobbyist for the firm Patton Boggs. He then became an associate at Graydon, Head & Ritchey, a Cincinnati law firm.

Student Union to close May 31 for water valve repair

The Student Union is scheduled to close Saturday, May 31, so water valves can be replaced in the building.

Water will be shut off at 7 a.m. for the work to begin.

The Student Union will resume normal hours of operation Sunday, June 1.

UT selects presidential search firm

The University of Toledo Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to partner with Witt/Kieffer to help manage the search process for the selection of the institution’s 17th president.

“This decision is an integral part of the search process as Witt/Kieffer will help guide us as the board and the UT community develop the values, characteristics and the job description for the next president,” said Joseph Zerbey, chair of the UT Board of Trustees.

He said the board will immediately begin working with the executive search firm located in Oak Brook, Ill., to develop a process to solicit input from faculty, students, staff, alumni and members of the community, as well as to establish timelines for the entirety of the search process.

Trustee Susan Palmer said that when she had worked with Witt/Kieffer during UT’s recent search for a vice president for institutional advancement, she found those at the firm to be outstanding.

“They were very honest and upfront about the pluses and the minuses of the University and came in with a strong understanding of UT,” Palmer said, noting the diversity of the pool.

The search was ultimately suspended following the announcement by UT President Lloyd Jacobs that he would be stepping down.

Trustee Vice Chair Sharon Speyer said Witt/Kieffer’s experience in health care as well as higher education was one of the points that helped her decide.

Witt/Kieffer was selected following presentations by three firms at a special board meeting.

UT student-athletes earned 3.181 GPA last semester

University of Toledo Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien announced today that UT student-athletes earned a grade point average of 3.181 in spring semester.

thumb-rocket-color-logoIt is the 11th consecutive semester in which UT student-athletes earned a combined GPA of 3.1 or higher. Additionally, 13 UT sports earned team GPAs of 3.0 or above.

Individually, 22 student-athletes earned president’s list honors with a perfect 4.0 GPA, while nearly 35 percent (117 of 337) earned a spot on the dean’s list by garnering at least a 3.50 GPA, and 64 percent (218 of 337) achieved a 3.0 grade point average or better for the 2014 spring semester.

Women’s tennis had the highest team GPA at 3.539. Baseball had the highest GPA for a men’s team with 3.389.

“We are rightfully proud of the consistently outstanding effort of our student-athletes in the classroom,” O’Brien said. “For each of the past 11 semesters, they have earned a combined grade point average of at least 3.1, which says a lot about their dedication and commitment to academics. It is also a positive reflection upon the coaches, athletic department academic staff and University faculty members who play such a critical role in supporting and nurturing their pursuit of excellence.”

UT student-athletes’ grades are consistently among the best in the Mid-American Conference. UT won the MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award in 2011-12 and 2012-13. The award is given to the MAC school with the highest overall institutional GPA in sports sponsored by the conference.

Toledo 2014 Spring Semester Team GPAs (3.0+)
Overall Department GPA: 3.181

Women’s Tennis 3.539
Women’s Swimming 3.508
Volleyball 3.499
Women’s Soccer 3.436
Women’s Cross Country 3.390
Baseball 3.389
Women’s Golf 3.361
Women’s Basketball 3.276
Softball 3.230
Men’s Golf 3.204
Men’s Cross Country 3.195
Women’s Track & Field 3.111
Men’s Basketball 3.053